Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sculpt and Bake Clay

We used one of our 40% off coupons at Michael's the other day and got some clay. We made some spring bugs and they are baking in the oven as I type. :)
The kids had a ball with it. They played with it for a long time this morning. I used a toothpick to put holes in them before we baked them so that we could hang them up too. Too cute!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Jelly Bean Bracelets

I saw these on a blog some where and I though that I had saved the site in order to give them credit for the idea, but I can't seem to find it any where. I apologize.

I made these for the kids. They involed a needle and it wasn't very easy to string them on the thread. The kids LOVED them! They have always been big fans of edible bracelets.

Supplies Needed:
Jelly Beans

Friday, March 27, 2009

Pretzels and Pajama Thursday

Thursdays were the only days we didn't have any place to go, so we decided at the beginning of the school year it would be called Pajama Thursdays. The kids look forward to it all week and ask practically every morning if it is Thursday yet so that they can keep their pajamas on. I can't say I blame them. I would love to wear my pjs every day too. This is why in some of my posts, you can see the headless pictures of my kids in their pajamas while doing crafts.

This week on Pajama Thursday, we made home made soft pretzels. We love them so much. We haven't made them in a while, so I decided today we would make a double batch and freeze them. They are so good to make as sandwiches! I have posted about these pretzels before here. Check it out and make some for your family. You won't be sorry!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Chick Craft

I remember making these when I was little. You take some egg shells (make sure they are cleaned really well) and we put 2 yellow pom poms inside and glued on googley eyes and an orange felt beak. They are a cute little center piece to any table.

Supplies Needed:
yellow pom poms
googley eyes
orange felt
egg shells (you can also use the plastic ones)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Caterpillar Clip Magnet

We are all very excited to order our caterpillars and watch them grow into butterflies and then release them. So in anticipation of receiving them, we made some caterpillar clips to hang on the refrigerator.

Supplies needed:
clothes pins
pom poms
googley eyes
pipe cleaners

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Egg Sun Catcher

I have been told many times by my son in the last few weeks that Valentine's Day is over and that we should take our hearts down that we made. I love them so much that I just didn't want to take them down yet. Today we made some eggs the same way we made the hearts from our previous post.

They look so cute on our sliding glass door.

Supplies needed:
card stock
contact paper
tissue paper
hole punch
cording or yarn

Monday, March 23, 2009

Our Craft Supplies

We have a place we stash all of our craft supplies and we always keep a bunch of things on hand. Michael's and JoAnn's have 40% off coupons in our newspaper weekly, so it is easy to keep up our supplies. I am also a huge fan of Oriental Trading Company. They have a lot of things that I buy in bulk like multi colored buttons, craft foam, googley eyes, and jingle bells to name a few.

I have gotten a few emails that asked me what craft supplies I always keep on hand. Here it is:

Construction paper
card stock
multi colored foam sheets
glue (sticks and bottles) I just got a glue gun for Christmas and it has come in handy a lot
googley eyes
pipe cleaners
pony beads
jingle bells
pom poms
paper plates
tissue paper
clothes pins
tempera and acrylic paint
water colors
stamp pads
craft sticks

Other things I have rescued from my recycling bin:

toilet paper and paper towel rolls
water bottles
pickle jars :)
egg cartons

I hope this helps answer some of your questions. If anyone has any other questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Lemons to Lemonade Award

The Lemons to Lemonade Award

I received this award from Annette at The Whipples. Thanks so much!

The rules of the award are as follows:

1) Put the logo on your blog or post.

2) Nominate at least 10 blogs that show great attitude or gratitude.

3) Link to your nominees within your post.

4) Let the nominees know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.

5) Share the love and link to the person from who you received your award.

Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile



My Montessouri Journey


Muses of Megret


It has been a busy week at the Lucky Me! house. I have received a couple of blog awards this week that I am catching up on.

I received the "I love your blog" award from Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile Thanks so much!!!!

Here are the rules:

1) Add the logo of the award to your blog

2) Add a link to the person who awarded it to you

3) Nominate at least 7 other blogs

4) Add links to those blogs on your blog

5) Leave a message for your nominees on their blogs!

I would like to nominate:

Vegertarian Mamma

Filth Wizardry

Hey, I'm Just the Nanny

Her Cup Overfloweth


Plum Pudding

Skip to My Lou

Friday, March 20, 2009

Water Bottle Flowers

I have seen these done on several blogs and REALLY wanted to try them out since Daisies are my FAVORITE flower. The kids had a great time with it. My son said it was just like stamping! We used a water bottle and dipped it in some paint and then used the cap of the bottle to stamp the center of the flower. Then we painted stems and leaves. We then used the cap again to make a sun and drew some rays. Ahhhh Happy First Day of Spring!

supplies needed:
water bottle

Thursday, March 19, 2009

March is In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb Craft

Today we made lions and lambs for March. The kids had a lot of fun with them, especially when I said we would need to use a lot of glue to make sure the cotton balls stick. :)

It was funny too, because they understood completely what it meant to have March start out like a lion and end like a Lamb. No place illustrates that better than living in Ohio!

Supplies needed:
paper plates
construction paper
googley eyes
cotton balls
black marker

UPDATE: I kept looking at these and thought something was missing...EARS!! I can't believe we forgot them. I'll try to upload a new picture with ears included soon! :)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy Birthday Ladybug!

Today is my daughter's 3rd birthday! I have no idea how that happened! She woke up this morning to a floor full of balloons and streamers hanging in her doorway. Now we are off to the zoo because it is supposed to be a beautiful day!!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Irish Potato Candy

When I used to work in the brick and mortar schools, one of my co-workers used to bring this in to school every St. Patrick's Day. They are called Irish Potatoes because the cinnamon makes them look like potatoes. She used to keep them in the teacher work room for everyone to share. I loved them so much and it has been a few years since I have had them since I moved away. I had to ask for the recipe and she was nice enough to share. Thanks Cathy.

Irish Potatoes

¼ lb soft butter or margarine
1 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
6 cups 10x powdered sugar
8 oz coconut

Mix together margarine, salt, vanilla and milk. Gradually add sugar. Mix well. Add coconut. Mix well. Remove from bowl and knead well.
Roll about 15 balls at a time, place in a plastic bag- put cinnamon in the plastic bag, and shake. Repeat with rest of batter.
Put potatoes on cookie sheet lined with wax paper.

Refrigerate over night.

Butterfly Craft

Today we made butterflies out of craft sticks and coffee filters. We used washable markers to color on the coffee filters and then we used a spray bottle to gently mist the filters to make the colors run. Allow it to dry or microwave it for a minute. Then we folded the top and the bottom of the filter and sanwiched it in between 2 craft sticks and glued them together. Lastly we added googley eyes and some pipe cleaner antenae!

Supplies needed:
coffee filters
craft sticks
googley eyes
pipe cleaners

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rainy day

Can you tell what kind of day it was here? The kids decorated some paper plates that were cut to look like umbrellas and then they glued on a handle and some rain drops.

supplies needed:
paper plates
colored paper

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Craft Stick Flowers

Our Dafodils have started coming up in our flower beds. I hate to tell them that they will most likely be seeing snow soon. We are so excited to see our flowers bloom that we decided to make some of our own. We made these out of craft sticks and buttons. The craft sticks that we had were already colored. but you could easily color plain ones with markers or paint. We glued them all together and let them dry. It is so nice to be thinking about spring!!!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Finger Print Rainbows

As you may remember, I have 2 frames in my kitchen that my kids put artwork in every season as seen here. We have had our snowmen in there for quite a while and I have been ready for our spring picture. We made rainbows out of their finger prints using stamp pads and then we made a sun using the side of their fist and orange rays using their whole finger. We cut the sun and the rainbow out and pasted it on a blue sheet of paper and glued a few stretched out cotton balls for clouds. Now I am a lot happier to see the spring pictures especially since we had warmer weather this weekend. I am ready for SPRING!!

Supplies needed:
white and blue paper
cotton balls
ink pads or paint

Friday, March 6, 2009

Art Work Wind Socks

It is really windy here today so we decided to make some wind socks. The first thing we did was make some artwork. We took a large sheet of art paper and my son wanted to draw his family on his, but my daughter decided that she wanted to cover hers with stickers. Then we taped some crape paper as tails for the wind sock. The last thing we did was punch two holes in it and tied yarn through them so that we could hang our wind sock. We have already been running through the yard (as you may be able to tell by my son's smushed wind sock). The kids had a lot of fun playing with them today.

Supplies needed:
markers and crayons
crape paper
hole punch

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tissue Paper Shamrock

We made shamrocks out of tissue paper and paper plates today. It was a lot of fun! We cut tissue paper squares and then we cut out a Shamrock shape out of paper plates. Then we spread some glue on one section of the plate and took our pencils and put a square of tissue on the end of the pencil and smoothed it up. Then we put the tip of the pencil on the plate and continued to do this until the Shamrock was covered.

My 2 and a half year old had no interest in this project the way I had intended, which was absolutely fine. She preferred to just cover the plate with the tissue paper. She was very happy with her shamrock and so was I. My 5 year old was very determined to cover the shamrock and did a great job!
Supplies needed:
tissue paper
paper plates

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Shamrock Search

My kiddos love to play hide and seek so I decided to use their shamrock art we completed yesterday to play a little game. We cut out all of the shamrock stamps from our paper and then the kids sat in another room while I hid a bunch of shamrocks all over our living room. They loved searching for them all. After they found them, they wanted to keep going on so the kids would hide them from each other and the other kiddo would look for them. It was a lot of fun.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Shamrock Stamps

We used our heart foam stickers that we had left over from Valentine's Day and made shamrock stamps out of them. I hot glued 3 layers of cardboard together and then we put the heart stickers on to make our Shamrock Stamp. We used our favorite giant stamp pads we got from Oriental Trading Company and stamped away on our paper. My son loved making a pattern between light and dark green.

Monday, March 2, 2009

A Pot of Gold at the End of a Rainbow (mobile)

Today we made rainbows out of scraps of construction paper. We got the idea from No Time for Flashcards. Then we made pots of gold to put at the ends of the rainbow since we are now in March and it will soon be St. Patrick's Day!!
Supplies needed:
Construction paper (colors of the rainbow and black for pot)
white paper or cardboard to sketch outline of rainbow
hole punch