Today we had our very last Year of Crafts Day! I think it was pretty good!Since it is the very beginning of advent, I thought it would be fun to make advent calenders! However, I have two kids and my friend has four, that makes a lot of calenders for each of us to hang up! So I found a way to use envelopes and turn it into a book! This way each kid can open an envelope everyday, but it will only take up a tiny bit of space! Perfect! I started with 24 brown mailing envelops for each kid, and some pretty scrapbook tags, stickers, buttons, beads, and rhinestones to make things pretty! The girls worked really hard, but after about ten, they were pretty tired! They finished them up though and I filled them with a bible verse for each day of the week! The verses are a part of the e-book Truth in the Tinsel. Each day there is a thought about the bible passage and a craft to help the ids ponder the meaning or the characters! It is a really great book and I think that the kids are going to love! Here are some of the “pages” in their books!
A Year of Crafts
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:
Today was our monthly crafts day with our friends and the theme was perfect for September~ Apples! Our project today was a fun one full of messy fun! Using brown paint, we painted the hand and arm of the kids brown and stamped it on the paper to make a trunk and branches. After we washed them off, they used green paint and cotton balls to add leaves. To finish off the masterpieces, they used a cotton swab to add little red apples! These turned out so well! As I am sure you see!
Well today I am resurrecting the Taking Time Tuesday posts and I turned them into a linky party! This is the very first linky party I am hosting! I really hope that some of you link up here with me because it will be alot of fun! The party is a collection of all the fun we took time to have this week with our kids! I have noticed that I always forget to make sure I have time to be with my kids and have fun! Do you? Well in this linky party I want us all to remember the good time we had when we took time to be with out kids!
For my first Taking Time Tuesday day, we had another fun Year of Crafts day! Our theme was bubbles! Who doesnt love bubbles? I had great plans for all kinds of fun bubbly things, but the rains sort of put a stop to some of it! But the kids laughed and got messy and had fun anyway! Since that was the point, it was a smashing success! We started off with the ever so fun bubble prints and then I had all manner of bubble wands for the kids to play with, and of course there was unlimited bubble solution! We set everything up outside (for obvious reasons) and got right to work!
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!
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! 😉
This year for Christmas, my friend and I decided to give our kids a craft day instead of gifts from each other. So once a month, one of our Taking Time Tuesday will be a craft day with our friends! So this month it was my friends turn to plan, and she did a snowman theme! The kids all made hanging snowman and they also got to make snowman garland. Both ideas were really wonderful and easy for the kids to make! The hanging snowman was three circles that the kids traced and cut out. Then they glue these to some fish line and decorate! Simple and fun! The other craft was snowmen that the kids traced onto craft foam, and then cut out. Then they got to decorate them with buttons, felt, and ribbon. After they were dry, we strung them together with some yarn to make a snowy happy garland! Here are a few pictures of the kids at work!