Ceramic Easter Eggs as Kids Craft

As an Easter tradition, we go to the ceramic painting studio and each kiddo paints their Easter egg to add to our collection on the dining room table. I love reminiscing about their techniques and color choices. As a baby, my kiddos did handprints on the eggs.


Color Me Mine


What an interesting name? I love them because the paint is non toxic and washes off clothes. Every Tuesday is 2 for 1 studio fee or Wednesday is 1/2 price studio fee for kids.

This year my oldest daughter is interested in having everything Easter color theme. If you can see her fingernails in the picture, they are a rainbow of bright pastel colors inspired by Easter and her egg matches.

My youngest daughter chose banana yellow, charcoal and pink. Very interesting but I think it will be beautiful. Great color combo for a sitting or living room.

Did you know? If you read in a yellow room, you hold your focus and absorb more of the book. Interested in the other colors, learn more at Kaplanco.com.

Sorry off topic… we can pick them up after Friday at 6pm. So excited to see their cute creations. Happy Wednesday!!

Paint a Pony

Yesterday, my daughter had a play date and when they started to get bored of running around the house I broke out this cute My Little Pony 3 piece painting kit. Peace and calm finally settle across the house.


My Little Pony Craft


I love this set because my 2 daughters and a friend were all able to paint their own plaster figure. Surprising no one wanted the same figurine. My oldest daughter loves Twilight Sparkle while my youngest daughter loves Pinkie Pie and happily our guest wanted Fluttershy. What luck.

My oldest didn’t want me to take a picture until her Twilight Sparkle was completed but her need for perfection caused her not to finish by the time for the play date to end. She will have to finish painting tomorrow. Nice 2 day activity for the price of one.

My toddler decided Pinkie Pie should now be navy blue. Now I wish more ponies on the show were a dark color like Princess Luna. It was perfect for her.

The kit includes 6 paints, a brush and 3 pony plaster figurines. Here is a link to a similar set available on Amazon called Paint Your Statue. Hope you have something like this in your house to add peace and quiet time.

Girl Scout Thank You Postcards

Girl Scout cookie sales are almost done. One more day. As we come to a close, I want my daughter to send her customers a thank you note so they know how appreciative we are for their support. We made postcards from the empty cookie boxes that are littering our house.


Postcard Craft


So a postcard can be cut from every cookie box except Toffee-tastic. That box is too small. Since we already have the boxes to make the postcards, we just have to pay for postcard postage which is cheaper than regular mail at 35 cents. For more info, check out usps.com.

Postcard size:

Min: 5” x 3.5”

Max: 6” x 4.25”

If you don’t have cookie boxes, here is a link to a free Girl Scouts printable thank note.

This could be a great project for the Clover or Gloria Badge. Happy last day of cookie sales!!

Kite Craft for Toddlers

Today, my toddler and I were in charge of the play group at our church. It is a great way to meet other moms and for the toddlers to run off some energy. My toddler took a nap afterwards which is rare these days.


Kite Craft


As part of the play date, we supply a craft for the toddlers. This time they made kites with paper, string and ink bingo dobbers.

I precut a 8×11″ paper into a kite shape. Then let the kiddos dab the ink wherever their heart desired.

Sometimes the toddlers splattered the ink but it was pretty cute. My daughter only used pink, purple and blue. I love seeing her personality show through her choices. Once she was done adding color, I hole punched the two sides and tied a string. With her completed kite, she ran around the room holding onto its string to let the kite fly.

Supples:

  • Medium weight paper
  • Ink bingo dobbers
  • String or yarn
  • Hole punch

Paper Bag Puppet

On Thursday last week, my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop invited a firefighter to visit. He gave an awesome presentation about fire and car seat safety plus ran them through some drills. Words can’t describe what an awesome job he did. Thank You Everett Fire Department!!


Firefighters Craft


After he left, I planned a craft for the kids to make out of a paper lunch bag. Each girl got to create a puppet firefighter to take home with them. I hoped this would spark a conversation about what the firefighter spoke to them about but they were so excited I’m not sure I needed to do a craft too.

Anyways, the project is pretty easy. I precut the basic shapes for each girl so they just needed to make a couple cuts and glue the pieces of paper onto the bag. I made a board with step by step instructions. Here are the steps:

    Add hands and arms
    Add white shirt
    Add outfit
    Add hat
    Add boots
    Add details (so they can personalize them)

At the end of the meeting, the girls got to take home their cute little puppets and knowledge of fire safety. It was a great meeting. Hope they don’t ever have to apply their knowledge but happy the girls now know what to do.

Bead Heart

This week at my MOPS (mother’s of preschoolers) meeting, the kiddos made little heart ornaments from beads and pipe cleaners.


MOPS Activity for Kids


Twice a month, my MOPS group meets to discuss current topics and upcoming challenges of being a mother. I have learned so much from the guest speakers. Thus I’m a huge fan of MOPS.

When I had a toddler and going through a rough time trying to conceive my second, the other moms in the group were there to hold my hand and listen to my pain. I am so thankful to be apart of this group of women. I pray that every mom has something like this in their life and if they don’t I’d be happy to introduce you to MOPS in your area.

Anyways, while us mommies are learning about some new mommy skills, our kiddos are learning about Jesus and his love in the church’s childcare.

This is a great craft for preschoolers. During the MOPS meeting, the kids made this bead heart to symbolize Jesus’s love for them. The instructors began the meeting by reading a short story about ‘Children of Jesus’ from My Favorite Bible.

Similar to the snowflake ornament from last week, you can make this more challenging by having them follow a sequence to practice their coding skills. When they are done, the kids will have a cute heart to share with friends. Happy Hearts Day!

Supplies:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads

Bead Snowflake Ornament

While on vacation, my family took advantage of their winter activities which included this cute snowflake ornament made of pipe cleaners and beads.


Snowflake for Kids


To start this easy craft, take 3 pipe cleaners and twist them together in the middle then separate the end out to look like a 6 point snowflake. I had to twist it together for the kids before they added the beads to each end. This is a great eye hand coordination activity for the kiddos. My toddler was very focused on adding the beads.

When you get close to the end, you will want to hot glue or super glue the last bead on the end so the beads don’t fall off. On one end, tie a ribbon so you can hang it on the tree.

Viola the snowflake is completed. It is an easy and fun activity for all ages. For a complete diy video, check out Crouton Crafts’s YouTube channel here.

For older kids, I recommend making it more challenging by following a pattern to transform this activity into a coding exercise.

Dream Catcher Craft and History

Dreamcatchers originally created by the Native Americans but to be more specific dream catchers are believed to be from the Ojibwa Chippewa and Lakota tribe who lived mainly in Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Ontario. The Ojibwe word for dreamcatcher is asabikeshiinh which actually means “spider,” which I think is prefect since dream catchers look like a spiderweb.


Dream Catcher History


According to the Ojibwa history, the “Spider Woman” is the spiritual protector of the tribe, especially for children, kids and babies. As the Ojibwe people migrated out across the land, this spirit wasn’t able to protect and watch over all the members of the tribe because of their distance. This is why the first dreamcatcher was created. Traditionally, mothers and grandmothers would create the maternal keepsake as a means of mystically protecting their children and families no matter where they lived (Source: Legomenon.)

Dreamcatchers were originally made from leather and wood, but today we made one from metal and beads. Once the metal ring was complete with beads, tape the ring closed then tie the string to the ring and wrap it back and forth. Make sure the string is tight. The kiddos can wrap it as many times as they want then tie it off with a long tail to make into a loop. This way you have a way to hang it on a hook.

Last the kids add decorations like ribbon and snowflakes gems. Cut a couple ribbons and attach them to the bottom of the dream catcher. Then hot glue the gems like snowflakes.

Supplies:

  • Metal rings about 6-8″ diameter
  • 60-80 beads available at Dollar Tree
  • Colorful string (my girls prefer rainbow colors)
  • Gem snowflake or similar
  • Ribbon

One Dollar Canvas Painting

So I love the dollar store for craft ideas, party supplies and season decorations. The Dollar Tree is my favorite dollar dealer. They have a great idea section on their website and will ship to you when you buy in bulk. Great for a Girl Scouts craft or MOPS activity.


Valentines Alien


I love painting though I’m not very good at it. I don’t have the patience to be a good painter. Layering the pigment and letting it dry to add depth wasn’t my strong suit in school.

Painting is peaceful and I encourage my daughters to paint to bring peace in the house. They sat at the counter so quietly and focused on their little alien. I was so impressed by the toddler’s focus. Using every color on the brush at the same time. There was a lot of shades of pink and red on her canvas.

My kindergarten didn’t understand her little sister’s technique but I reassured her that everyone has their own way of doing things. Now that she is in elementary school, she knows “you color in the lines” and “don’t make the whole painting one color” (Her words). Both paintings are prefect depictions of their personalities that is why I love them so much. As ancient philosophers once said:

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I have to thank my mom for this valentines gift. This cute kit could double as a card. Or the kiddos could give it away as a card when they completed the painting.

Also, I just saw the kit is available for Easter. It is a prefect addition to their bunny baskets. Dollar Tree, here I come.

Do you think Easter is in the store yet?

This adorable little kit includes:

  • Mini easel
  • 4 paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Canvas (4 different picture outlines are available)

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