Today we got together with our homeschool group and it was my turn to plan! We were going to have a Christmas Party, but I really couldnt seem to get into the right theme, until I got on pintrest and saw all the amazing ornaments! Since we are all still preparing for the holiday, I thought making a bunch of ornaments would be a great thing to do together! With some great help from the other moms, we had four ornaments for the kids to make! Some of them were epic! Some were a bit of a flop, but everyone had a great time! And there were priceless decorations made for everyones trees!
Yesterday was our monthly year of crafts day! Since this is November, we obviously chose a Thanksgiving theme! My friend did an amazing job with the planning even with a couple of extra friends! We started off by making shape turkeys! The kids picked a shape and made a body, a head, and feathers all out of the shape they chose! They turned out really cute and kids got a great scissor practice!
Today we had our friends over for our monthly craft day! It was my month to plan it and I of course picked a halloween theme! After a lot of searching on Pintrest, I found a really great project here. I know that I this link is bad, but I cant for the life of me find the blog this came from! I am so sorry. When I find it will let you know! What the lady did was take a profile picture of her daughter with a witch hat on. Then she printed it, glued it on black paper, and cut it out. Then she glued it down with the black side up on a piece of her daughters art! So cute and so easy! So I asked everyone to bring a piece of their costume and I took pictures of all the kids. Then I pulled out some white crayons and let them do a watercolor resist picture. In hindsight, I should have used lighter water colors, but it worked out. When they dried, we glued the silhouette down and added some glitter! The results were rather busy and exciting! 😉 Here is what they look liked:
As we all know, sensory play is the best kind of fun for little ones! Since my nephew is still with us, we thought it would be fun to so something super crazy and different! I pulled out some shaving cream and planned a painting day! We had our friends over to join in the fun. My first thought was to set up everything on the fence like an easel. It looked great, but the kids had other ideas! They tried painting, but it was difficult and the 2 year old thought it would be better to play in it instead of paint with it. So I cleared the picnic table and simply dumped all the shaving cream out for them to play in! It was a hit! There was shaving cream everywhere and everyone thought it was great! Even Bunny thought it was fun!
Today I finally put some more thread on Bunny’s sewing machine! I really havent done too much with her with her sewing since she was still having some problems, so I just let it go. However, when I remodeled her room, I added a craft area and it was a perfect place for her to have her machine where she could try it out when she wanted. Today was the day she pulled it out! I expected her to try sewing some of the material scraps she has together, but no! She had some big plans! She asked if she could sew clothes with her machine and I said yes, she could sew anything. She wanted to make a skirt! WHAT?!?! She pulled out a piece of what fleece that she wanted to use. It was really short. So I found her a bigger one. She and I worked out where to sew and how to make it fit around her waist. We decided that adding some elastic would be necessary. I helped her sew the elastic in, but she did the rest herself! When she put it on, she was so happy! She made a skirt! It was really hard to let her go once I helped her see what she needed to do. I wanted her to feel like she did it herself. She did a great job and I think you will see alot of it in the photos! It was also a great learning experience for her as she learns to use the machine, control the fabric, and correct the speed of the presser foot. She did a great job and I know she will only get better!
On Tuesday we had our monthly Year of Crafts day and it was full of All American Fun! My friend thought that a simple craft would be the best since it was hot and the kids wanted to play in the water outside! She was so right! With the Fourth of July the next day, our craft was all about the fireworks fun! Using some glitter paint and pipe cleaners twisted into spider shapes they were able to make some really pretty fireworks! We also tried a couple of other techniques. One was using a straw to blow the paint out into a burst! Another was to use q-tips and toothpicks to spread the paint! Bunny got really into it and used all three colors on top of each other to give it a really real look! Pup loved dipping it into the paint and stamping it down. HM (age 5) made his very organized. Each color was done in a nice row! CM (age 6) didnt want to get messy, so she used markers to create a story board of how a firework blows up. First she made a line going up and then it three more pictures she showed how it got bigger, and then it was lighter and falling out! 🙂
Today was our year of crafts day! It was my turn to host and I chose to do a pool party/ beach theme! I was so excited to do a bit of summer decorating around the house and to pull out the kiddie pool for the first time this year!
For the craft I pulled an fun idea I found on Pintrest! We used some empty bottles to make an ocean! We used some water (dyed blue), some sea creatures, glitter, and baby oil! Simple! However, we had some issues with the glitter not sinking to the bottom. I’m not sure why it happened. I think we used too much! 😉 I never thought I could say that about glitter! I think that the kids had fun with it though and they are pretty when you shake them up!
Today I suggested a project idea to the girls and Bunny thought it was a must! I suggested that they use crayon to draw ocean animals and then we could use blue water color over it to make the water! Bunny loved the whole idea, Pup really wanted to paint! 😉 So, this afternoon, I pulled out all the materials! Both girls worked really hard on their oceans and they turned out really well! Bunny really drew so many great animals. It was a fun way to see what she had learned from all the things that we read about! Pup drew a fish all by herself and colored in some that I drew for her. They had a great time!
Well today we had another really great craft day! Our theme this month was birds, and it was my turn to plan!!!! I had alot of fun planning lunch and finding a craft! I have to say, this month came directly from Pintrest! There are a million ideas there and I just had to try them! This month, we started with lunch which was super fun! I found this great idea where they had an Easter egg hunt for their lunch! I modified this by putting their lunch in some white Easter eggs I found and serving them in
baskets nests! The kids were not sure what to think when I set it in front of them! I think that HM thought I had lost my mind! 🙂 Hahaha! I love that! It was fun to watch them open each egg and be surprised by each part of lunch! I also tried making some egg Popsicles for dessert. I found the idea here. They sort of turned out, but they did leak before they froze. So if you try these, make sure your eggs don’t leak! 😉
Well today was a day of work time! I really wanted the girls to get in one more good work time this week! So we headed downstairs. All in all it was a really good day, but there were some moments where I may or may not have screamed like a crazy woman (hey Bug and Pup left the bathroom door open again and Tadpole stuffed my hand towel in the toilet which, of course, hadn’t been flushed)! I am very happy though that the girls got some good work done today! In fact Bug really got into a great place of concentration for a bit. Tadpole also had some more moments of work. He is getting older and its interesting to watch him change into a big boy! He will be two soon and I can see the change from little baby to older toddler! Bunny worked on some new letter sounds, and Pup tried some sound cylinders today that she hasn’t tried in a while. We also did a water color project today that I saw on Amongst Lovely Things. The kids loved it and even Tadpole did one! Here are some pictures I was able to get!