Tag Archives: crafts

Make Something for Mom

10 May

If you’ve got a mom who loves to read and has a sense of humor, she’ll love getting one of these funny bookmarks for Mother’s Day. Create a silly pose and snap a picture. It’s as easy as that. Click on the picture for the complete directions.

Pamper Mom

8 May
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This is a simple activity for dads and kids to make together for mom. Dads, you can use any shape bottle and can usually get them at the dollar store or craft store for a very reasonable price. We’ve added where you can pick up the other items to make shopping easier. This also makes a great gift for grandmas and is easy to make in the classroom.
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Materials
– mixing bowl and spoon (kitchen)
– bottle or jar (dollar store or craft store)
– 1 cup white sugar (kitchen or grocery store)
– 1/3 cup + 2 teaspoons good quality oil (I used olive oil, but you can use any nice, non-smelly oil) (kitchen, grocery store or drug store)
– 3-4 drops of yummy-scented essential oil per jar (I went with mandarin, peppermint, and lavender) (craft or health food store)
Directions
Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Place the scrub into the jar. You may need to use a funnel to get it into the jar depending upon how wide the mouth of the jar is.

Garden Art

1 May

 

This is a simple and beautiful way to bring the garden inside.

Click on the picture for activity directions.

Materials for April 23-27: Baby Week

21 Apr

Try out some simple ideas for babies and toddlers with Brenda. Here’s a list of what you’ll need this week.

Monday

  • 18″ x 18″ piece of heavy cardboard
  • 9 Things that have different textures (Home Depot has several, small samples of flooring, carpet and paint that work well for this activity.)
  • Tacky glue
  • Colored duct tape (optional)

Tuesday

  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Food coloring or Kool Aid packets
  • Sauce pan
  • Bowls
  • Glitter (optional)

Wednesday

  • Apple
  • Sweet Potato

Thursday

  • Nothing needed

Friday

  • Nothing needed

Surprise Egg

6 Apr

Click here for a list of materials.

Click here to download the April Activity Calendar.

Musical Instruments: Shakers

20 Mar

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Materials for March 5-9: Activity Bags

3 Mar

Activity bags are great for take along activities for kids of any age. Keep them in the car or grab them on the way out the door and your kids will have something to play and learn with when you are out.

Surprise a friend and make an additional activity bag each day that they can use with their children.

This is what you will need this week.

Monday: Tangrams, Ages 5 and up

  • White cardstock
  • Print off Tangram template on cardstock here
  • Print off animal, abstract and/or people puzzles on white cardstock here
  • Clear Contact paper
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Tuesday: Water Play, Ages 5 months to 18 months

  • Magazine
  • Clear Contact Paper
  • Scissors
  • 6-8 Small colorful objects such as beads, pom poms, foam shapes
  • Gallon size Ziplock bag

Wednesday: Patterning and Small Motor, Ages 3 and up

  • 5-8 Colored pipe cleaners
  • Pony beads
  • White cardstock
  • Print of the Pony Bead Patterning page here
  • Markers
  • Quart size Ziplock bag

Thursday: Art and Story Writing, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares or scraps of felt
  • 1 Light blue felt square
  • Scissors
  • Square of corrugated cardboard, a cereal panel would also work
  • Tacky glue
  • Crayons to match the felt colors
  • 1 Sheet of colored construction paper
  • 5 Sheets of white construction or printer paper
  • Stapler
  • Quart or gallon size Ziplock sized bag

Friday: Buttoning, Small Motor and Patterning, Ages 3 and up

  • Colorful felt squares (You may have some left over from Thursday’s activity.)
  • Scissors
  • One 12″ length of 1/2″ ribbon

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party

14 Feb

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with your kids doesn’t have to be elaborate. They just want to spend time with you. Make the whole day special by creating a Valentine’s Day dinner party with your kids.

Decorations

Pick up some inexpensive Valentine’s plates, cups, and napkins. Or, use your everyday dishes and add some Valentine’s napkins.

Hang some paper hearts from your light fixture, sprinkle some on the table or make a paper heart bunting.

Have your kids make Valentine’s placemats using stickers, paint, construction paper, markers or other art supplies.

Meal

  • Make their favorite meal.
  • Put marinara sauce over pasta in a heart-shape and add heart-shaped meatballs.
  • Make a heart-shaped pizza from frozen pizza dough. Cut out pepperoni or veggies with a heart shaped cookie cutter to put on the pizza.

Crafts

Make some cards for family members. We’ve given you links to some of our favorite painting techniques. We used construction paper and added some ribbon for a special touch.

Add some candles, flowers and a small box of chocolates for each person and you have a night to remember.

Make it Easy

*Plates, food, etc. can all be purchased in one trip at a large box store. We purchased all of our supplies at Walmart.

*We painted two large sheets of white construction paper with using the paint blotting and marbelized painting for all of our crafts and decorations.

As Seen on TV

7 Feb

If you didn’t see our Silly Snacks on Fox 4 Kansas City last Saturday, you can now! We’ve linked up the live segment on Silly Snacks and given you links for all of the activities we shared on TV. Enjoy!

Silly Snacks News Segment

Octopus Hot Dog

“O” is for Octopus Art

Sea Urchin Craft

Crabs

Math with Seashells

 

 

Simple Things to Do With Kids

1 Feb

Do you need some simple activities to do with your kids? Our new February Activity Calendar is ready for you to download and get started on the fun. It’s got ideas, activities, links and much more! Share it with your friends, caregivers, teachers, grandparents and anyone else who loves having fun with kids.

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