Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Spring Felt Board

We made felt boards about a year ago by covering pieces of cardboard with felt and gluing it on. I cut out a bunch of basic shapes at first and the kids had a ball. Then I made them a set of cut outs that would help them build snowmen and it was a huge hit. As I noticed my son making another snowman today, I thought it was about time to cut out some spring shapes. Here are our creations today. :)

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Button Caterpillars

My daughter and I made caterpillars out of buttons. They were so much fun and very cute. We also added some googley eyes so we could see where the head was. :)

We liked our caterpillars to be multicolored but you could easily make these using patterns.

Supplies needed:
pipe cleaners
googley eyes

Monday, April 27, 2009

YUMMY Brownies!

I had two small children look up at me tonight and ask desperately for some brownies. It was kind of sad actually. Not thinking I may actually have all of the ingredients to make them, I looked for a recipe on my good friend's website (Martha Stewart) :)

I came across this one and I actually had all of the ingredients and became the hero for the evening. Boy, were they delicious!! Click on the link below.

Martha Stewart's

(since the recipe calls for 8 oz of semisweet chocolate chips and the bag had 12 oz in it, we mixed the remaining chips in the brownie batter and had chocolate chip brownies)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Homemade Bubbles

I saw this on Make and Takes and just had to try them.  We had so much fun!  

Supplies needed:
4 cups water
1 cup dish soap (we used Dawn)
1/4 cup Karo syrup

cookie cutters
bubble wands
pipe cleaners

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Painting Planters and Planting Seeds

To celebrate Earth Day, we had some old, faded metal pails and we decided to liven them up a bit by adding our personal painted touches. The kids also planted some daisy seeds in them and can't wait to see them grow.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Earth Day Crafts

We have a bunch of crafts that we have done that use recycled materials. Here are some ideas for some fun crafts you can do to celebrate Earth Day tomorrow!

Water bottle flowers
Musical Instruments
Milk Jug Bird Feeder
Funny Feet
Thread the Tube Game
Egg Carton Caterpillar
Crazy Faces
Color Collages
Painted Vases

Monday, April 20, 2009

Painted Vases

It was beautiful outside so we decided to go outside and paint!! We took clean, empty spaghetti sauce jars that will be some new flower vases and painted them using acrylic paints. They dried so quickly by sitting them in the sun for a bit. So beautiful!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Simple Chick Craft

I found these cute little chicks on kiddio . They are so cute! We made these today and they are currently in little hands flying all around the house.

We used a cup and traced circles onto card stock and folded the circles in half. Then we made little beaks and the kids colored the bodies with crayons and colored pencils. We glued on some googley eyes and taped a couple of feathers underneath the body.

Supplies needed:
crayons/markers/colored pencils
googley eyes

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Paper Plate Easter Bunnies

Easter is coming soon!! We made some Easter bunnies out of paper plates and the ears were made out of card stock. We also used buttons and googley eyes, pom poms and a black marker. They are too cute!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bunny Basket

Instead of taking our nice Easter baskets outside in the wet grass on Easter for the Easter Egg Hunt, we made these. It is really nice that there is a handle and the kids can easily carry them around.

We took an empty gallon milk jug, cut off the top and added eyes, nose, and ears and then we drew whishers and a mouth on the face with a permanent marker.

supplies needed:
gallon milk jug
colored paper/cardstock
permanent marker
Easter grass

Monday, April 6, 2009

Easter Eggs

We decorated foam shaped Easter eggs today with sequins, buttons, and pom poms. I especially like the 70s Disco Egg my son made :)