Sweet Valentine Crafts – To Pin For Next Year!

Kristin passed along these sweet Valentine Day crafts well before the special day of love, but I neglected to post them here on time for you to try them out.  Never fear, with our dear friend, pinterest, you can keep track of these for next year!

 A Sweet Shovel: This is a quick, fun gift you can use for teachers, grandparents and friends.  The shovel can be switched out for whatever tool might be appropriate – a ruler for a teacher with the saying “you measure up!”, or a little hand-held fan for grandparents with the saying “I’m your fan!”. Use your imagination and have fun! Hop on over to Family Fun for complete instructions.

 

 

Sweet Necklace:  You can have fun creating this necklace with your child for her friends and siblings.  Hop on over to Family Fun for complete instructions.

Snowflakes

We’ve had an abundance of snow days lately and I thought it was time to get out our paper and scissors to make some snowflakes of our own.  Graham and I made some last year and he’s been asking to do it again for a couple of months now.

Supplies:
thin paper – I bought square origami paper at Hobby Lobby (I’m sure they have it at Michael’s too) because I can’t cut a square square for the life of me
sharp scissors – even for the kids, they’re less likely to have accidents with sharp scissors
patience
I had seen patterns for beautiful snowflakes scattered across the internet.  I started here with a pattern for folding a five-pointed snowflake.  Graham and I tried it together at first and then we both agreed I should fold and he should cut.

Once you have your paper folded, go to town cutting out designs. I liked to draw guidelines on my folded paper first, Graham liked to go free hand.  Do what works for you. You can find some great cutting patterns here, here and here.

The best part is unfolding!

Admittedly, Graham got bored of this long before I did.  We spent a little time each afternoon for a couple of days and came up with a pretty little snowflake garland to hang.

And while Graham and I were busy folding and cutting, I handed the little guy a glue stick and our scraps.  He was perfectly happy collaging them and felt he was a part of the snowflake making too!

Crafting with Kids – All Natural Play Clay

Kristin shares a great activity for indoor time with your kids.

Here is a craft that takes next to no time, effort, or skill and is still one of my kids’ favorite craft of all time – Play Clay.  Family Fun features a fantastic recipe for this clay that is easy to make, easy to clean up, non-toxic and safe to ingest (if you have one of those kids). This recipe features all natural dyes too, which is flippin’ fantastic when your kids are as sensitive to the artificial dyes as mine are.

Hop on over to Family Fun to check out the how-to!

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

Kristin shares a quick and special gift that is great for grandparents or other family members.

Handy Coasters
I had my 3 girls make these as Christmas presents for their grandparents last year. Great practical use as well as a sweet reminder of how much the kids have grown over the years. My mom has hers out every time we visit and the girls often put their hands over their cut-out hands to see how big they are now.

Materials

Card stock
Pencil or chalk
2 coordinating or contrasting cotton fabrics (washed, dried, and ironed)

1 package double-sided stiff fusible interfacing (we used Dritz Heavyweight InnerFuse, $7 at fabric stores)
Iron

Instructions

Trace your child’s hand on a piece of card stock and cut it out to make a template. Use a pencil or chalk to trace the desired number of coasters on one of the fabrics. Trim the fabric into a rectangle that contains all of your tracings, then trim the second fabric and the interfacing to match its size.

Following the interfacing package’s instructions, fuse it between the two fabrics with an iron (an adult’s job). Cut along the traced lines with scissors.

NOTE: these can also be made by tracing your child’s hands on nice printed scrapbooking paper (maybe with a winter or Christmas theme?) and covering with paper laminate and then cutting out the tracings with an exacto knife. (WAY more accurate than scissors…..as I learned the hard way and 4 hands in. HA!)

Have fun and enjoy your children!

(here are more last minute Christmas gift ideas via FamilyFun Magazine!)

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Rain, Rain, Please, Please Stay! We’ve Got Lots To Do Today!

Since fall is fully upon us, quickly leading the way to cold days indoor weather, I wanted to link you up with a list of ten creative activities that you can do at home with your kids.

I ran across this list last spring and printed it out to have on hand for the boys. We haven’t used it much, as we spent a good part of our days outside this summer, but now that we are spending more and more time inside, I brought this list out and plan to have an activity set up several times a week.

The best part about this list is that they are simple activities you can do with supplies you have on hand. They’ll keep the kids busy and thinking!  I hope you find it useful too!

If you follow the links above, you’ll be taken to the original post when you can download a pdf file of the list!