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Check out my songs for moms and kids page #childrensmusic

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 5:31 PM Comments comments ()
I have added a preview of a couple of my songs to my Songs for moms and kids page....get ready to get your happy on with Swing, Swing, Swing!  I hope you enjoy listening to the preview.  All of my best, Dyan
#childrensmusic

Fun Inexpensive crafts we did for Fathers Day

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 7:29 PM Comments comments ()
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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Fathers Day Follow-up A day of crafts

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 1:34 AM Comments comments ()
We had a nice Fathers Day and we hope you did too!  Even though we didn't see my husband all that much as he wanted to work on his "to do" list for around the house, my daughter and I kept ourselves busy making crafts.  And boy did we make crafts!  We started with a Fathers Day card that she picked out herself.  And we made our first craft of the day.  A crown.  We brought him breakfast in bed and crowned him with his crown. We gave him his card which had a greatest dad button on it and told him he was king for the day! She also made him a fishing pole out of one of her toys that are like big pipe cleaners (see link on my link page-lots of fun).  Next up.  More crafts.  She wanted to make him a construction paper flag, so we did.  Simple, easy.  Then we made the last craft of the day a pencil and pen holder.  We had a great time crafting together.  I think we crafted from 9-4.  It was a ton of fun.  Every time her dad walked into the kitchen she would tell him not to look at what we were doing.  She finally wrote signs and put them up around the kitchen "No dads allowed"  Which is kind of funny since it was Fathers day.  We presented my husband with these gifts throughout the day and the other fathers day card she picked out herself.  He got a kick out of the fact that almost every other hour he was getting a special gift made for him by her.   The best part of all, we didn't spend one dollar to do them.  I had all the items around the house from other crafts we had previously done together. At the end of the day, when the crafting was done, we made him his favorite dinner, healthy style.  He enjoyed the day because he got to do what he wanted to do and received meaningful gifts from his daughter.  We enjoyed the day spending time together making crafts and using our creativity, spending quality time together.  Since Fathers Day has come and gone, maybe take the opportunity on dads next birthday to make some crafts together and present them to him throughout the day.  If his birthday just passed too...do it just because...I am sure he will love it!  All of my best, Dyan
 
What we learned:  many things, using supplies around the house to create gifts, using our scissors to strengthen writing hands and coordination, the use of construction paper and making a flag, drawing different shapes, stars which are challenging for a 5 year old, practicing to write and learn new words "no dads allowed", creativity with the big twisties, painting, colors, design on our pencil holder, thinking outside of the box and using items from around the house to make gifts-we even opened up the can of garbanzo beans because recycling had just gone out to make our pencil holder and a side dish for dinner.
 
What we shared:  fun, creativity, new ideas, crafting time, quality time and many memories for all of us on a special holiday for dad.

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