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#Halloween - Happy Monster Family

Posted on October 19, 2018 at 2:28 PM Comments comments (0)

Happy Monster Family!

With #Halloween week in full swing the craft fun continues. This is a craft from a previous year, but we had so much fun making, I thought I would repost for all my new readers.  #Makethetime and #enjoythetime with your kids making these simple, fun and inexpensive crafts.  They add a lot of fun to your existing decorations and the time you spend making them with your kids is priceless!  All of my best, Dyan 
 
This craft started our #Halloween family and was easy, fun and inexpensive!  By the time we were done doing all of these crafts, my daughter was painting like a pro and really doing better than ever with a paint brush.   We finished with making a haunted house for all of them to hang out around.  
 
Items needed:  Paper towel rolls, scissors, miscellaneous paint colors, paint brush, googley eyes, black foam paper for mouth, hair and other add-ons, glue or hot glue gun. 
 
Cut the paper towel holders into miscellaneous sizes.
Paint using different colors - use your imagination.
Let dry. Fold in sides to make horns.
Glue on googley eyes.  Let dry.
Cut different shapes for mouths, hair and ears.
Glue on.
That's it!
 
What we learned:  To use our imagination with creating different looking monsters, colors and designs.  It was my daughters idea to do a tie-dyed one and a rainbow one.  Getting better at using a paint brush and filling in all the spaces as she painted.  Creativity with colors and shapes of mouths and hair.  Adults should do the cutting and use the hot glue gun.
What we shared:  #Halloween memories to last a lifetime, creating a family for our haunted house, quality time together and more decorations for our home. And of course lots of fun!
#MAKETHETIME & #TAKETHETIME TO #SPENDTIME

WITH YOUR KIDS!  YOU WILL BE GLAD YOU DID!

#TAKETIME TO #RAISEAMAZINGKIDS

#Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep - fun easy and inexpensive #grateful craft for #Thanksgiving

Posted on November 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM Comments comments (0)
This is a repost from last year...and I still love these so I had to share again.  They were such a hit last year at the dinner table every guest felt special and loved the fact that my daughter created each one especially for them!!  My daughter and I loved these so much that we are using again this year for our guest place mats.  A #Thanksgivingcraft to treasure and keep!!  They are fun, easy and inexpensive to make (my motto)...What better way to show your children's love and #gratitude for their family and friends by creating unique place mats for all of your guests on #Thanksgiving Day!
 
What you will need to create these special take home treasures:

1. Orange, brown, yellow or white construction paper.
2. Different colored pencils, markers, crayons to create their masterpieces.
3. Scissors if paper needs to be trimmed to fit your laminator.
4. Miscellaneous Thanksgiving stickers (optional).
5. Paper laminator.  Caution:  adult should always supervise this activity as the laminator gets very hot!  If you do not have a laminator, you could use a thicker paper (i.e. poster board or paper cover sheets/pre-laminated sheets purchased at any office supply store.
6. Your child's imagination.

#thanksgivingcraftsCreate each place mat unique for each guest.
 
Use your child's hand to trace to make the turkey.  Then have them decorate, color or use stickers to make as intricate as they choose. You can label each place mat and then use them as place cards too!



What we learned:  Lots of stuff!  How to use our hands to make turkeys, how to draw leaves, colors of #Thanksgiving and fall, practiced hand writing names, worked on letters and spelling, practiced writing name, creativity, strengthening hands by cutting, using the laminating machine and practiced safety lessons.
 

I love crafts that reinforce learning!
 
What we shared:  Lots of fun!  Getting into the holiday spirit, memories, useful craft that we will have many uses (a #Thanksgiving Day card, place mat, place card and take home gift for our guests), creative ideas and a fun afternoon of spending time together.




May your #Thanksgiving holiday be filled with peace, blessings and many things to be #grateful for....may you take the time to enjoy the time with your family, friends and kids.  Grab some paper and create some special memories this #Thanksgiving and make these place cmats.  They are easy, fun and inexpensive to make.  #Thanksgiving blessings to you and yours.   All of my best, Dyan

Happy Bat Family - #Reuse/recycle Easy, Inexpensive, #Halloween Craft

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy Bat Family
Happy Bat Family
A new addition to our family of #HalloweenCrafts. The best part of this craft is that my daughter came up with this all my herself!! Last week she went to work with all our usual supplies and I asked her what she was making, she said it was a surprise. And boy it was! Her bat is the one on the left and it is too cute! Her wings came out better than mine!
What you'll need:
Paper towel holders, black construction paper, scissors, glue or tape, googly eyes, black marker and white crayon.
What you'll need:
How to create your family of bats:
How to create your family of bats:
1. Cut your paper towel holders to the size you would like for your bat family. 2. Cut black construction paper to size for each bat and either tape or glue around. 3. Trace wings on black construction paper. 4. Cut out the wings. 5. Glue or tape the wings on the back of the bat. 6. Glue on the googley eyes or draw eyes. 7. Use black marker or white crayon to finish up the face. Easy, inexpensive and cute!
My daughters bat!
This was such a joy to see her make and create all on her own. I guess the last 4 years of making crafts with her has paid off! She is creative, imaginative and smart. Take the time and make the time with your kids. These easy, little time spenders make a difference in so many ways with your kids. The benefits I see in my daughter are wonderful! It brings tears of joy to my eyes and touches my heart everyday to see truly what an #amazingkid she is....
My daughters bat!
Our Happy Bat Family
Our Happy Bat Family
Easy, fun, creative and inexpensive #Halloweencraft. All with items we have from around the house. Take some time this Halloween to make one of these crafts with your kid (s), you'll be glad you did!! All of my best, Dyan

Cutest Ever #Turkeypumpkin #Thanksgivingcenterpiece- Reuse and use items from around your house

Posted on November 5, 2015 at 5:56 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy #thankfulthursday!  I am #thankful for all the wonderful crafts my daughter and I make together and the quality time we spend together while making them... like this one!  So cute, so easy to make, so much fun!     Items needed for #TurkeyPumpkin:  One Pumpkin,     Glue stick or Hot Glue gun (adult supervision required-the glue can get very hot.  Glue gun might work better for you to adhere the feather hands, eyes, nose and wattles).   More items listed below.
Happy #thankfulthursday! I am #thankful for all the wonderful crafts my daughter and I make together and the quality time we spend together while making them... like this one! So cute, so easy to make, so much fun! Items needed for #TurkeyPumpkin: One Pumpkin, Glue stick or Hot Glue gun (adult supervision required-the glue can get very hot. Glue gun might work better for you to adhere the feather hands, eyes, nose and wattles). More items listed below.
We had most of these items around the house. We reused a pumpkin that we had from Halloween.
Red, orange, yellow and brown construction paper
For fun, easy and inexpensive crafts always have a supply of construction paper in the house of various colors.
Red, orange, yellow and brown construction paper
Pencil to trace your kids hands and your hands
Pencil to trace your kids hands and your hands
Scissors to cut out hand shapes to use as feathers.
Brown paint and paint brushes and large googley eyes.
Paint the pumpkin together to make the pumpkin brown to use as the #turkey body of this craft.
Brown paint and paint brushes and large googley eyes.
After pumpkin is painted and dried.  Adhere the cut-out hand shapes on the back as feathers.  It was fun to use both my hands and my daughters hands as feathers.  The size variety was a nice touch to make the feathers fuller.  We also had fun taking turns tracing each others hands both left and right hands.
After pumpkin is painted and dried. Adhere the cut-out hand shapes on the back as feathers. It was fun to use both my hands and my daughters hands as feathers. The size variety was a nice touch to make the feathers fuller. We also had fun taking turns tracing each others hands both left and right hands.
Glue the eyes on the front. Cut a triangle out of construction paper for the nose, fold in half and glue under the eyes. Cut the wattle from red construction paper and attach under the nose. That's it!
This could very well be the cutest #turkeypumpkin ever!
Love, love, love this craft! So much fun! So easy! And so inexpensive! That's my motto! Hope you have the time to make this one to use as a #thanksgivingcenterpiece for your Thanksgiving table. So much we learned and shared: fun, creativity, I even learned with the red thing under the turkey's nose is called (the wattle). Enjoy your #Thanksgiving with family and friends. Remember to be grateful and live in the moment of the day. Cherish one another and make the time and take the time to enjoy your kids. Happy Thanksgiving! All of my best, Dyan
This could very well be the cutest #turkeypumpkin ever!

Valentines Day Mailbox and Puppet House

Posted on February 2, 2015 at 12:41 PM Comments comments (0)
Make this wonderful Valentines Day craft from a box you have around the house.  Reuse and recycle!  Enjoy making this with your kids this year!  We love it and still put ours out every year.  All of my best, Dyan 
Valentines Day House/Mailbox
Valentines Day House/Mailbox
This Valentines Day House/Mailbox turned out better than I thought! We had a lot of fun putting it together and it was a craft well worth doing. Now we have a place to put all of my daughters Valentines. She was also inspired to use it as a puppet house for her new puppets she received for Valentines Day.
Back of the House/Mailbox
This was a multi-purpose craft and we will definitely keep it for next year.
Back of the House/Mailbox
Side View-we decorated the whole house...what fun!
Side View-we decorated the whole house...what fun!
What we learned: A lot with this one...patterns, sorting, counting/numbers, colors, stacking, creativity, design, imagination in creating the perfect house, lines and using straight lines to create a fence, shapes in creating windows, doors, trees and butterflies, practiced handwriting, cutting with scissors and creative thinking in a multi purpose house (puppet, play and Valentine card holder).
Top view of our Happy Valentines House.
What we shared: laughs, happiness, time together, working as a team, creativity and how to express it, crafting to brighten our home, fun and learning.
Top view of our Happy Valentines House.
Keep the imagination going...kids have great ideas too! My daughters Valentines puppet theater.
Keep the imagination going...kids have great ideas too! My daughters Valentines puppet theater.
What we used to create our craft: box-any size construction paper-red,white,pink glue tape scissors-always help your child and use safety rules stickers-regular and foam markers craft stick,gogglie eyes for person

Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Silly Pinecone Ghost Family

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM Comments comments (0)
Happy October!!!  Another fun and easy Halloween craft.  Start making yours now and add to your Halloween collection, by the time Halloween comes around you'll have a bunch of fun, cute and inexpensive Halloween decorations around your house.  I love all of these as they add so much to your home and the best part of all is that you make them with your kid spending the quality time together that every child deserves. Enjoy!  All of my best, Dyan
 
Halloween Fun!  That has been our motto for the past week.  Making, creating and spending time together.  We were inspired to make our Silly Pine Cone Ghost Family after making our Happy Pumpkin Family.  Bianca collects pine cones everywhere she goes, the park, school just about anywhere she can find one on the ground.  We store them in our craft drawer and we always have them on hand when we get inspired.  This is another fun, easy and inexpensive craft to do at home with your child with minimal items.  Join me again soon for another Halloween craft as we add to our Halloween families.

What I loved about this craft is that your child will learn patience and learn detail when painting in between all the pine cone leaves. The use of scissors, again strengthens their hands to help make other tasks easier for them. Being creative in making the shapes of the eyes and mouth, making their ghost family come to life. Remember to always use supervision with scissors and adults should always use the hot glue gun as the tip becomes very hot!
 
Items needed:  Pine cones (a variety of sizes), white paint, paint brushes, googley eyes, black foam paper, scissors and hot glue gun.
 
Paint your pine cones with white paint, let dry.
Cut circles or other shapes from your black foam paper large enough for the back drop of the googley eyes.  Using your hot glue gun, glue the eyes onto the black foam shapes.  When dry, glue onto the pine cones.
Cut different shapes for the mouths and glue onto the pine cones.
Your done!
 

 

Fun Inexpensive crafts we did for Fathers Day

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM Comments comments (0)
Fathers Day Crafts
Fathers Day Crafts
Our fun Fathers Day crafts!
Fishing pole
Fishing pole
Love these! They are like gigantic pipe cleaners and you can make what ever your imagination desires! Yes, that is a fish on the right of the picture. Please see link page for more info on these.
Pencil holder
Pencil holder
Fun and easy to make.
What you need:
A clean rinsed can
popsicle sticks
glue
paint and paint brushes
That's it!
First measure and count how many sticks you need, next paint all of the sticks, let dry and then glue on the can. When dry, present to who ever you are making it for....have fun!
Pencil holder
Pencil holder
Lots of creativity here. Colors, designs and easy to make
Flag
Flag
What you need:
Construction paper: Red/white and blue. Or whatever colors your flag calls for (I do not mean to offend anyone by this flag)
Scissors (always supervise your child)
Glue
Marker
Paint stick

First fold blue piece in quarters. Let your kid cut along the folded edge to get quarter piece.
Fold the red paper in accordion formation across til the end. Again, let your kid cut the length of the strip of paper.
Glue the red stripes on to the white piece of construction paper. I know this isn't an exact replica, but your child, depending on their age, can do how many ever stripes they want to make more real or unreal.
Next have your kid draw their design on the blue quarter piece. My daughter had so much fun making the stars and even labeled one star after each of her family members Daddy, Mommy and her star.
Then, glue the blue quarter piece on top left side.
Let dry a bit and then glue on the paint stick. We just happened to find one that was already brown, because my husband just used it to paint something brown. He got a huge kick out of the fact that we saw it outside and used it for our craft.
Done. The best part of this was finding that paint stick, again using our creativity and recycling at the same time!
Back Flag
Back Flag
Write whatever your heart desires. My daughter wrote a special message to my husband and also drew pictures and practiced writing her numbers for the year she made it. He loved it so much he put on his dresser to see everyday!!!

Sorry about the upside down and sideways pics.....my computer is not agreeing with me today.
Thanks for stopping by. Have fun and enjoy your time with your kids. All of my best, Dyan

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Valentine mailbox craft - Happy Valentines House

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)
The Valentines Day house turned out better than I thought!  We had a lot of fun putting it together and it was a craft well worth doing.  Now we have a place to put all of my daughters Valentines.  She was also inspired to use it as a puppet house for her new puppets she received for Valentines Day.  This was a multi-purpose craft and we will definitely keep it for next year.  What we learned:  A lot with this one...patterns, sorting, counting/numbers, colors, stacking, creativity, design, imagination in creating the perfect house, lines and using straight lines to create a fence, shapes in creating windows, doors, trees and butterflies, practiced handwriting, cutting with scissors and creative thinking in a multi purpose house (puppet, play and Valentine card holder).  What we shared:  laughs, happiness, time together, working as a team, creativity and how to express it, crafting to brighten our home, fun and learning.
 
What we used to create our craft:
box-any size
construction paper-red,white,pink
glue
tape
scissors-always help your child and use safety rules
stickers-regular and foam
markers
craft stick,gogglie eyes for person
 

Fun and Easy Halloween Craft Silly Pinecone Ghost Family

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 12:54 AM Comments comments (0)
Happy October!!!  Another fun and easy Halloween craft.  Start making yours now and add to your Halloween collection, by the time Halloween comes around you'll have a bunch of fun, cute and inexpensive Halloween decorations around your house.  I love all of these as they add so much to your home and the best part of all is that you make them with your kid spending the quality time together that every child deserves. Enjoy!  All of my best, Dyan
 
Halloween Fun!  That has been our motto for the past week.  Making, creating and spending time together.  We were inspired to make our Silly Pine Cone Ghost Family after making our Happy Pumpkin Family.  Bianca collects pine cones everywhere she goes, the park, school just about anywhere she can find one on the ground.  We store them in our craft drawer and we always have them on hand when we get inspired.  This is another fun, easy and inexpensive craft to do at home with your child with minimal items.  Join me again soon for another Halloween craft as we add to our Halloween families.
Happy Ghosts!  Making ghosts with my kid.
What I loved about this craft is that your child will learn patience and learn detail when painting in between all the pine cone leaves. The use of scissors, again strengthens their hands to help make other tasks easier for them. Being creative in making the shapes of the eyes and mouth, making their ghost family come to life. Remember to always use supervision with scissors and adults should always use the hot glue gun as the tip becomes very hot!
 
Items needed:  Pine cones (a variety of sizes), white paint, paint brushes, googley eyes, black foam paper, scissors and hot glue gun.
 
Paint your pine cones with white paint, let dry.
Cut circles or other shapes from your black foam paper large enough for the back drop of the googley eyes.  Using your hot glue gun, glue the eyes onto the black foam shapes.  When dry, glue onto the pine cones.
Cut different shapes for the mouths and glue onto the pine cones.
Your done!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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