Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Leaf Sun Print Mural

This is a fun fall craft for your kiddos! Perfect for ages 4 and up.

What You’ll Need:

1 sheet construction of each color: red, green, and orange

Tape

Leaves in different shapes and sizes

Pennies, stones or pebbles

How to make it:

Tape the three sheets of construction paper together. Only use tape on one side.

Place paper so it gets some direct sunlight, good side up, and place leaves on top. Position some leaves so that they cover two colors of paper. Also try leaving some hanging off the edge. Place pennies, stones or other weights onto leaves so that they will not blow away.

Leave the project in the sunlight for 3-4 hours. Check after an hour or so to see if any of the leaves have begun to curl, adjust the weights if necessary.

Remove the weights and leaves.

Tips:If the sunlight isn’t strong enough to bleach the paper in only 3-4 hours, leave the leaves on for longer.

To dress your project up a bit, tie twine into a bow and glue to the center of the paper, or glue one to each color.

You will need flat leaves, so use fallen leaves that have been pressed in a heavy book, or pluck one or two from a tree.

Try different shapes and sizes to add visual interest. Have fun while you’re doing it!

Craft idea from Kaboose.com

Monday Motherhood Moments ~ Have YOU Been There, Mom?

Do you see this disaster? The powdery dust of a little one who thought the baby powder was an entertaining toy during naptime gone wrong…

A similar momentous moment in motherhood happened to me when my twins were around eighteen months.

I started a movie, gave each of my little guys a cup of juice and darted to the shower for ten minutes of bliss. Upon stepping out of the shower, the quiet surrounded me. The quiet of two little boys getting into something they shouldn’t be.

A towel around me, my hair dripping wet, I step into the living room to find the two of them with Sharpie Markers that I had left out on the kitchen counters, caps off in hand, drawing all over each other’s faces.

Thankfully, the furniture and walls had been spared, but had I waited another five minutes to check on them, I’m quite sure this story would have gone differently.

Disasters. They are iminent in motherhood…in life. So just remember, that even if you step into your child’s room, baby powder everywhere and Vasaline in their hair…don’t fret. Breathe. We’ve all been there. After cleaning things up, treat yourself to a huge bar of chocolate and a bubble bath, because, well…you deserve it! Wouldn’t you agree? I sure do!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Handprint Turkey Art

This precious little craft is perfect for children ages 4 and above.

9″ paper plate

Acrylic paint: goldenrod, brown, yellow, orange, green, red, white and black

Black marker

Paintbrush

Felt in fall colors, cut into 1″ squares

How to make it:

Place paper plate on work surface upside down and write the child’s name and the date. Turn the plate right side up. Paint entire plate with goldenrod color and set aside to dry.

Meanwhile, cut felt into 1″ pieces. Use several fall colors, such as red, brown, orange, tan, gold and cream.

Have all of your paint colors handy and a separate paintbrush for each color. Paint your child’s palm and thumb with a generous amount of brown paint. Working quickly so that the paint doesn’t have time to dry, paint each of your child’s four fingers with red, green, orange and yellow.

Have your child gently place their handprint in the center of the paper plate (you’ll need to help the younger ones, Mom). Gently press down on their hand and each individual finger to ensure a good distribution of paint.

Have them lift their hand directly up into the air so as not to smear any of the colors.

Use a paintbrush to add a red gobbler and an orange beak. Let dry.

While the paint is drying you can glue on the pieces for the frame. Pipe glue around the outside edge of the plate and press the felt squares onto the glue, overlapping the outside of the plate. Alternate the colors to create a pattern.

Use black marker to draw legs and feet.

Use the handle end of a small paintbrush to add a dot for the eye, let dry. Once dry, use a toothpick to dot on the black.

Tuesday Thoughts ~ Toddlers, Tantrums and Timeouts

 

Temper tantrums…honestly, my children rarely ever suffered from these often cry-inducing (for mom!) fits on the floor.

I remember my mother in law telling me about my dear, sweet husband when he was young, and the tantrum he decided to throw at her one afternoon. He decided he wanted a delicious chocolate chip cookie an hour before dinnertime when he was around four years old. When he initially asked, he was of course, told no. Not being satisfied with that answered he proceeded to stamp his foot and demand, “I WANT a cookie, now!”

My mother in law turned around and told him he better shape up, or there would be no cookie after his dinner was eaten. He took it one step further, falling to the floor, kicking and screaming for that cookie as he wailed at the top of his lungs.

Instead of yelling, my mother and law gently laid down on the floor next to her then, flailing four year old son and kicked and screamed along with him. To his surprise he stopped his ranting, eyeing his mom cautiously. Why was she throwing a fit? She didn’t want a cookie, he did! After a moment or two, she rolled over and glared at him. You know that deep mommy stare…I know you do!

Her words were honest and raw, “See how annoying that is? You don’t like me kicking and screaming and I don’t like you kicking and screaming. Don’t do it again, ya hear? No cookie for you after dinner either.”

She got to her feet and went back to cooking dinner. My husband apparently laid on the floor for another half an hour in complete wonder of what his mother had done. And you know what? He never threw another temper tantrum ever again. True story!

Temper tantrums…do you deal with them or have you? If so, what’s your remedy to dry the tears of the little one who desperately wants his or her way? Share with us!

Thursday Crafts For Kids ~ Halloween Paper Plate Ghosts

 

This is SO super cute, and easy to make! Recommended for ages 4 and above.

 

What you’ll need:

  • 9″ paper plate
  • Black construction paper
  • White construction paper
  • Black and pink markers
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • White crepe paper streamers
  • 12″ piece of white yarn
  • Tape
  • Pattern (from Caboose.com)

How to make it:

  1. From, cut two large ovals from black paper and two small ovals from white paper.
  2. Use glue stick to attach the white ovals to the black ovals. Use a black marker to add pupils to the white ovals.
  3. Using cut two arms from white paper and the mouth from black paper.
  4. Glue the facial features to the front of the paper plate. Glue the arms to the back of the paper plate.
  5. Cut crepe paper into five strips, 24 inches long each. Glue crepe paper to the back of the paper plate so that they hang down from the bottom.
  6. Add cheeks with pink marker and eyebrows with the black marker.
  7. Fold yarn in half and tape the open ends to the back of the plate for the hanger.