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Monday, July 28, 2014

Flower Garden Art

Flower gardens are such a beautiful sight in spring and summer. I'm sharing a tutorial over at PBS Parents showing you how simple it is to make this Flower Garden Art masterpiece.

This project would go perfect with the book Planting a Rainbow Garden by Lois Ehlert. It's one of our personal favorites!


rachel

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lion Craft from Cupcake Liners

My 7-year old was the inspiration behind this craft when he asked me the other day if we could make a lion. My trusty cupcake liners came to mind when thinking about a lion's mane and before we knew it we put together an adorable lion craft.


Materials you will need:
  • 1 large yellow cupcake liner
  • 1 large orange cupcake liner
  • 1 small yellow cupcake liner
  • small piece of yellow card stock paper or construction paper (for legs and tail)
  • small piece of brown card stock paper or construction paper (for nose and end of tail)
  • 2 googly eyes
  • black marker
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • school glue
Directions:

1. Start by flattening out all of your cupcake liners. Cut small slits around the perimeter of the orange cupcake liner.


2. Use your glue stick to glue down your cupcake liners. Glue your large yellow one for the lion body first, then your orange liner next to the body and then the small yellow liner on top of the orange liner for the lion face.


3. Cut four small strips from your yellow paper for legs and one small strip for a tail. Glue them onto your lion. Also cut a small tear drop shape from your brown paper and glue it at the end of your tail.


4. Finish your lion by gluing on two googly eyes, a nose cut from your brown paper, and draw on a mouth and dot whiskers with your black marker.

  
rachel

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ladybug Craft

Ladybugs are such adorable bugs! Head over to PBS Parents where I'm sharing a tutorial of how to turn a recycled plastic fruit cup into a ladybug craft.


rachel

Friday, July 18, 2014

11 Awesome Bird Crafts

We sure love birds! We have had so much fun the last couple years creating bird crafts. I thought it would be awesome to put together a round up of 11 our of favorite bird crafts so you can see them all in one place. 


Shiny sequins and cocktail toothpicks are the secret to creating this beautiful Paper Plate Peacock.

The layers and different materials in this Textured Owl Craft sure makes it pop!

You can't go wrong with this adorable Toucan Craft!

Kids will have so much fun playing with these Bright Bird Finger Puppets.

  Create Fluffy Owl Babies to go along with the popular book "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell.

Children's painted handprints are a perfect addition to this Pretty Parrot Craft.

Do you kids like pretend play? How about making this Parrot Beak Craft and pretending to be a parrot!

Not only can kids enjoy making this Robin Craft, but you can pair it with this 
fun Robin Eggs Math Game to get some addition practice in too!

These Colorful Patterned Owls are a hoot! They couple perfectly with the book "The Little White Owl" by Tracey Corderoy.

Another fun craft that goes along with a popular children's book, Tacky the Penguin Craft.

Make this Grateful Tissue Box Turkey together as a family and practice being thankful by adding thankful notes inside the tissue box.

You can see the complete collection of our bird crafts by going to our Bird Crafts Category.

rachel

Monday, July 14, 2014

Paper Plate Elephant Puppet Tutorial

A couple months ago I shared this Paper Plate Elephant Puppet craft over at Brassy Apple. I wanted to share the tutorial with my readers here in case you missed it over there.


Materials you will need:
  • Large sturdy paper plate
  • cup for tracing a circle (ours was 3 1/4" diameter)
  • pencil
  • craft knife (for adult use only)
  • gray paint
  • paint brush
  • 2 sheets of gray cardstock paper
  • small piece of pink paper
  • scissors
  • 2 large googly eyes
  • adult-sized gray sock (I purchased a pair at the dollar store)
  • glue gun (for adult use only)
Directions:
1. Start by using a pencil to trace a cup on the back side of the paper plate where you want the elephant trunk to be. Use a craft knife to cut the circle out. Now paint the back side of the paper plate with gray paint and let it dry completely.


2. Cut elephant ears out your gray cardstock paper and set them aside. You will also need to cut a small mouth out of your pink paper. 

3. Once your paper is finished drying, you need to glue the gray sock to the paper plate to make the trunk a puppet. I started by stretching out the top of the sock as much as I could to help it stay down better when gluing. (Use the images below for a guide) Pull the sock through the top of the plate. Put a dab of hot glue on one section of the plate and fold the sock over and glue it down. Put a dab on the complete opposite end of the plate and fold the sock over and glue it down. (See #2 below). Now glue small sections at a time all the way around the sock until it is all glued down around the plate.


4. Turn the paper plate over and glue on the ears, googly eyes, and mouth. You can use school glue for this part, but if you are inpatient like us, you can use hot glue to put the pieces on so you don't have to wait for it to dry. Now it's time to play!


Just put your arm in the sock hole in the back of the paper plate and you have an elephant truck!


You'll have lots of giggles, laughter and tons of fun!!


There are so many different books you can use to go along with this craft. Here is a picture of several we picked up at the library when we made this craft. 


rachel

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Fizzy Dough Alphabet Ocean Hunt

Welcome to another edition of the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Series. This month is all about Fizzy Dough. Do I dare say this has been our most favorite month so far? Gasp! We seriously loved it! We combined a fabulous Small World Fizzy Dough activity found at Fun at Home with Kids together with an alphabet hunt and had such a great afternoon of fun and learning! 


We have been reviewing our letters this week using the book Rainbow Fish A, B, C by Marcus Pfister. There isn't much text in it at all. It's basically a review of the alphabet in correct order by Rainbow Fish and other fish in the ocean gathering all the letters they find in the ocean throughout the pages. 


When I originally saw Fun at Home with Kids' Fizzy Small World Ocean Activity I fell in love with it! You can clearly see I got my entire idea for this activity from them so in an effort to give them full credit I want you to go over to their site to see exactly how to make your fizzy dough and how they set up their ocean bin.

The major change we made in our activity is that instead of hiding sea creatures inside our fizzy dough, we hid the alphabet. I purchased my small plastic alphabet bead letters from Michael's and hid them inside our dough to look like seashells just as Asia did. Since I didn't have any seashells on hand, I used a fork to stamp the fizzy dough to make it look like the appearance of a seashell.  We also used our Safari Coral Reef TOOB Creatures instead of the Ocean TOOB creatures since I wanted to include fish to go along with our Rainbow Fish theme. 

 
My daughter started out mesmerized by the fizzing and all the bubbles created by the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar coming together. We sat and listened to all the popping sounds and talked about how neat it was.

 
Once she discovered there were letters hidden inside the seashells she took on a whole new level of excitement. It was if she couldn't get through them fast enough. She just could not wait to find all of those letters. It was pretty cute!


"It's a P Mommy!"

After she found all the letters she enjoyed small world play with all the little creatures. The octopus was her favorite. In her deep octopus voice she kept telling all the other fish to "Stay away from my treasure!" It was a hoot for me to watch!


While my daughter played I lined all the letters up in random order along the towel to dry. Before we cleaned up I had her line them up in correct order from A to Z, naming them as she put them in order. I was there to help her if she needed any assistance or got stuck along the way.


Make sure to check out our Rainbow Fish Alphabet Match Activity!

I invite and encourage you to visit all of the Co-hosts as each will have a different take on the dough and you don't want to miss out on all of the great ideas and insights! 

Meet the Co-hosts: 

Now it's your turn...

Do you have a favorite Fizzy Dough recipe, activity or post you would like to share? We would love to see! Have you ever had an Fizzy Dough Fail? We would love to see those too! Please link up your posts below in the link party. You can also post a picture on FacebookInstagramTwitter or Google+ with the tag #ilovesensorydough. 

Please read the following guidelines before linking up.
  • Share family-friendly posts related to the month's theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
  • We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
  • By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that others have shared. Discover new ideas and meet new friends!
The linky will remain open for two weeks. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, and will pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.

Don't forget to join us next month (August 12th) for Fizzy Dough. 
To see the yearly schedule, go HERE.



rachel

Friday, July 11, 2014

Toilet Paper Roll Snake Craft made with Washi Tape

 I'm over at Brassy Apple today sharing how we made this fun Toilet Paper Roll Snake Craft with Washi Tape. If your little ones loves washi tape and playing pretend with slithery snakes, they will love this craft! Come read how easy it is to make!

rachel
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