Painting Petals Activity

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Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. - Great for all ages.My daughter went to her first live theater production with me last week. We went to see a youth theater performance of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. My girl was mesmerized.  She loved the music. She clapped and bounced along as they sang. One part that she really liked was when the cards in the Queen of Hearts kingdom painted all the white roses red.

We have been singing around the house “We’re painting the roses red, painting the roses red.”

While playing outside this weekends with my daughter and one of her friends, I looked over and spotted some lovely white flowers in our yard and while they were not roses, I thought about Alice and asked my daughter if she wanted to paint those flowers like the cards did. Her and her friend were overjoyed by this idea. I laid down a piece of poster board in our driveway and brought out some paints.

I picked one bunch of flowers and brought them over and thought the kids mighty enjoy painting it together, but as they began, they decided they each wanted to paint their own.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors..

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors.

My my daughter painted each petal very carefully and her friend had a more dive in and get your hands dirty approach. Both were wonderful, with beautiful results.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors

They loved it.

This was a huge hit with both young ladies. I thought that they would like it, but I never anticipated just how much. We ended up eating a very late lunch because I could not pull them away from this paint project.

All of our projects came out great. We set each one aside to dry.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer project that you can do outdoors.

Painting flower petals - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring, summer project that you can do outdoors.

Her friend even asked me if we could paint another one the next time she came over. Of course, the summer is not over yet.

Painting flower petal - nature arts & crafts activities for kids. This is a wonderful spring & summer art project that you can do outdoors. Great for all ages..

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Sunday’s Best Link-up Week 87

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fall, fall activities, autumn
Welcome to Week 87 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re starting our fall theme A Season of Colors. Fall is my favorite time of year. I love the yellow, gold, burgundy, and brown colors. Sweaters and boots come out the closet. Marshmallow and hot dog roasts are a favorite too. We’re looking for crafts, recipes, makeovers, after school activities, homeschooling tips and more.
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.
Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone

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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Football Snack Boxes from Growing Up Gabel

 

fall, football season, football snack ideas

Rhonda selected Construction Birthday Party from Oh My Creative

birthday party ideas, construction party cupcake idea

Kim M. selected Autumn Spiced Rum Cocktail from Honey and Birch

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The Post with the Most Clicks

Woman’s Romper Free Pattern from Nap Time Creations

 

free, sewing pattersn, women's romper sewing pattern

Our Favorite Back to School Theme Post(s):

Back to School Features from Nap Time Creations

school activities, back to school

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Cupcake Liner Sunset Scene

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Cupcake liner sunset landscape craft - kid's arts & craft ideas

I am sure that I have told you many times that many of our craft ideas come from my 4 year old daughter. We have been painting & crafting together for the majority of her life. There is not much that we won’t try to craft with. My daughter has a tough time throwing anything away because she wants to make a craft out of everything. I think it is amazing. I love her creativity.

Yesterday, we went to an outdoor movie showing of Zootopia at a local school. During the car ride, I sat in the back with my daughter. The sun was starting to set as we drove. My little girl, said “Mommy, look at that beautiful sunset.” She went on to explain to me that she wanted to make a sunset craft out of cupcake liners. Watch below for her adorable explanation on her craft idea.

I loved her idea of a sunset with cupcake liners & the car driving. I promised her that we would make her craft the next day, so that is what we did. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and how she was going to do it. She made her sunset just as she described, using an orange liner with a yellow one over it.

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She used a Sharpie to make dark clouds in front of her sunset. She said that the sunset had to be behind her clouds, so she ferociously colored in her clouds.

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She cut up purple & green liners to form mountains & trees.

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She drew some animals, a rode and trunks for her trees and made herself a cute little pink car with one of the remaining liners.

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When she was finished, she asked me to close my eyes because she had one more thing to make & it was a surprise. Awwwww, my heart holding a heart…

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I loved my daughter’s sunset idea so much, that I had to make one of my own too.

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Cupcake liner sunset landscape craft - kid's arts & craft ideas

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Homemade Butter With Kids

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It was our wedding anniversary last weekend. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary weekend together with the whole family.

How to make homemade butter - Cooking with kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe

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We went away for a family weekend. We took our daughter to Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts. It was a lovely look at life in the 1800’s.

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We got to take a horse-drawn carriage ride, see how yarn was made & pretend to churn butter. Our butter making play made me want to churn some butter for real. It reminded me of when I was little and churned butter on class field trips.

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I wanted to teach my daughter how to make butter too. Thank to Google & PBS Kids, I was able to find a simple way to make butter with my little. Did you know that you can easily make homemade butter by shaking cream in a jar? Well you can & it is delicious.

The recipe called for a jar, but we chose to use a shaker cup to make our butter.

We added a carton of heavy cream to our shaker & shook in a little salt. We put the lid back on & began to shake.

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My daughter helped shake for a few minutes, but quickly got tired & handed it back to mommy. It is a lot of shaking, so if you are doing this with a few children, it would actually be perfect because each could take a turn for a few minutes.

The recipe that we saw said that it would take about 10 minutes, but ours did take a little longer than that, although we did stop many times throughout the process to make observations about the butter.

It was a great arm workout for this mommy. The shaking was fun, but what happened during the shaking was the most interesting part.

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The cream hit different forms during the shaking. We stopped & looked at our cream often to see what changes were made. It was fascinating. The first stage was foamy. The cream start foaming & expanding in the shaker cup.

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We shook a little longer & the butter started taking on the form of whipped cream.

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When it took on the whipped cream form, it became a little more difficult to shake, but after shaking a little bit longer, it began to sound watery again. We checked the mixture & could see the buttermilk & butter starting to separate. We kept shaking and then poured the buttermilk through a strainer into a bowl. We drained the butter well. The strainer will catch the butter, but we were able to scoop most of it out of our shaker with a spoon.

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I covered the butter & then refrigerated it until I was ready to use it. We made some toast & tried out our homemade butter. It was delicious. We also used the buttermilk to make fried chicken with later that same evening.

From what I understand, homemade butter does not last too long, so extend the life of your butter by mixing some water into it after the butter is already formed.

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The homemade butter is definitely worth making. It was wonderful. I will definitely make it again, but perhaps next time use a beater.

How to make homemade butter. Cooking with the kids - easy & fun to make with the family. Butter recipe.

 

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Butter making with kids. Easy recipe that you can make with the family

Sunday’s Best Link-up Week 86

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back to school, back to school tips
Welcome to Week 86 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. This is the last week of our Back To School Party theme. Heading to bus stops will soon become a part of our morning routine. So can chasing after the school bus because we got out the door a few seconds too late. We’re looking for tips on how and where to purchase school supplies and clothing, lunch box ideas, after school reading lists or activities, homeschooling tips and more.
We also welcome other recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover, gardening tips, SEO & blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, front porch makeover ideas, organization tips, ideas for backyard hot dog roasts, and more. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. They’re great for inspiration.
Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. We would love to have parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, makeovers, cocktails, and your posts on family and life. Your linkups and giveaways are welcome here too. Anything goes, as long as it’s family friendly and you may linkup as many posts as you would like. Be sure to tell your friends they will want to join the festivities too.
Each week your hosts will select their favorite post and it will be featured the following week. An image from your post will be used on our linkup post the following week with a link back to your blog. Be sure to check back to see if you’re a Sunday’s Best Featured Blogger. All Featured Bloggers will have their posts pinned to Rhonda’s Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board and Kim M. pins the weekly featured bloggers to her Sunday’s Best Linkup Pinterest Board too!
The Reader’s Choice post(s) will be determined by the post(s) with the most clicks. We will be adding the winner to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers.

All posts linking to Sunday’s Best will be promoted on Twitter.

In addition to the Reader’s Choice and Host selections, a post for our monthly themes will be selected and featured each week as well.

If you are interested in becoming a Sunday’s Best host, please contact me for details at rhonda@mother2motherblog.com or email one of our other hosts.

Your Sunday’s Best Hosts Are:

mother 2 mother sunday's best co-hosts

Rhonda at Mother 2 Mother ~•~ Kim U. at Pinterested Parent ~•~ Kim M. at Life in a House of Testosterone

Here are the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:
Mother 2 Mother: Please like Rhonda’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, BlogLovin, or subscribe/join her blog on the right sidebar before you leave.
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Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected BBQ Legs in the Crockpot from Frugal In Florida

recipes, crockpot recipes, easy recipes

Rhonda selected Recipe Stand Makeover from Across the Blvd.

DIY, recipes, crafts

Kim M. selected Patriotic Food Ideas from Dreaming of Leaving

4th of July foods, patriotic food ideas

The Post with the Most Clicks

Winning Olympic Snack Ideas from Silver Foodie

olympic snack ideas, 2016 olympic food ideas

Our Favorite Back to School Theme Post(s):

Back to School Lunches & Free Printable Lunch Ideas from Domesblissity

back to school lunch ideas, back to school printables

 

and

Marbled Pencil Case and Sewing Tutorial from Wesen Art Blog

back to school, school supplies

Congratulations to our featured bloggers! All of the posts were great, and we deeply appreciate each of you linking up. We have so many great posts that it gets difficult to choose a featured blogger. Finally, your hosts would like to invite all of you back to link up your post(s) again … you could be selected next week! While you’re here, take a minute to visit these great blogs. It’s a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love and be sure to connect with others on social media!


Autumn Button Tree

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Fall Button Falling Leaf Tree Craft - autumn arts & crafts for kids

Button crafts are a favorite in our house. We love buttons & I have to admit, we have shoe boxes filled with them. We just recently came across a bag of autumn colored buttons & had to add them to our collection.

They did not waste much time in the box before we put them to good use.

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I told my daughter that we were going to make fall trees out of our buttons & she quickly jumped to work. We both used brown foam & cut tree trunks out of the sheets & glued them to a piece of construction paper.

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She cut some assorted shapes & glued them together for her trunk. I loved the way that she formed her trunk & branches.

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She started adding a couple of buttons to her tree branches & then told me that all of her leaves fell off of her tree already.

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She glued her buttons down & then ran to get some stickers to add to her tree too. I was interested in how symmetrical her layout was. She did a lovely job. She was pretty proud of her tree when she was finished.

Fall Button Falling Leaf Tree Craft - autumn arts & crafts for kids..

Fall Button Falling Leaf Tree Craft - autumn arts & crafts for kids.

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Build A Necklace Activity

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Jewelry craft activity - Make a necklace & earrings out of craft gems . Kid's arts & crafts

It thrills me that my daughter did not fall very far from the ol’ tree. She is so much like me in her love for arts & crafts and it is wonderful that it is something that we are able to do together. I love her creativity. It is wonderful to watch her work. The other day she was crafting on her own & grabbed some glitter and gemstones. When she was done, she handed me her finished project and told her that she had made it for me. It was so pretty & sparkly.

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She explained that it was two dolphins in love under a sunset. Awwww. It was so sweet. I put it on my nightstand, but when I picked it up to look at it again in the morning, I held it in the other direction and it looked like something different to me.

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It gave me an idea for a quick activity that I thought she might like. I quickly cut out a paper bust and glued it to another piece of paper. I drew a ring around the neck with a magic marker & then some lines coming from the ears.

I gave my daughter the bag of gems and she placed the gems in place to form a necklace & earrings. You can choose to add hair and a face too, but for us, we just kept building jewelry.

Jewelry craft - make a necklace & earrings - kid's arts & craft activities

This was a quick and easy activity to set up and it was perfect for my little girly girl.

Jewelry craft - make a necklace & earrings - kid's arts & craft activities.

Jewelry craft - make a necklace & earrings - kid's arts & craft activities,

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Warhol Inspired Fall Pop Art

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Andy Warhol inspired pop art painting. Fall, autumn arts & crafts for the kids.

I know that there is still about a month left in the summer and as much as I don’t want to rush it, I am excited for the fall. I am! I admit it. Autumn is my favorite season and I’m not ashamed to say it. I am a fan of the fall.

I am also a fan of Andy Warhol. Here I am with his wax sculpture at Madam Tussauds.

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I can remember being a young girl and doing my first Warhol style painting in art class. My subject was a rose. Warhol’s Pop Art style is bright & fun and is a wonderful inspiration for young and old artists.

A fallen leaf inspired our Warhol inspired fall paintings. I picked one off of the ground in our driveway and couldn’t wait to make something with it.

I divided a canvas into 4 equal sections & traced the leaf into each section. I painted each leaf in a different fall color and then painted around the outside of each leaf in a different color. This project can easily been done on paper with crayons or markers as well.

Andy Warhol inspired pop art leaf painting. Fall arts & crafts for the kids..

For the next one, I cut a pumpkin shape out of a styrofoam plate & used it as a stamp. You can easily carve out a design into the foam for the details.

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This time we painted all 4 quadrants first & then let the paint dry. I painted the styrofoam pumpkin & used it to stamp each quarter in a different color. The styrofoam cleans off easily between colors.

Andy Warhol inspired pumpkin pop art painting. Fall arts & crafts for the kids.

There are so many possibilities with this style of painting. You can use any subject that you choose and it is perfect for artists of all ages.

Andy Warhol inspired pop art painting. Fall, autumn arts & crafts for the kids

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Andy Warhol inspired pumpkin pop art painting. Fall arts & crafts for the kids

Simple Balloon Experiment

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A simple experiment testing the effects of pattern on the balloon once it expands and inflates & deflates. Simple science for kids.

My daughter is obsessed with balloons. There are balloons bouncing around our house most of the time. We have bags of them & she asks me to blow up new ones for her all the time. Yesterday, she picked up one of her balloons & started coloring it with a marker. Looking at her colored balloon gave me an idea. I grabbed one of our noninflated balloons and used markers & sharpies to color in a design. It did not need to be anything elaborate, just a quick design.

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We wanted to see what would happen to the design once the balloon inflated.  We inflated & deflated our balloon over & over and watched the design disappear & appear again.

A simple experiment testing the effects of pattern on the balloon once it expands & deflates. Simple science for kids

My daughter was not happy when the design disappeared when the balloon was inflated, but she thought it was cool watching it reappear again once we let the air back out. It was just a quick little experiment, but we liked this one.

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Hunting For Worms

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As you know, we love to read. We regularly visit the library & just love to find new books to read. Hunting for worms inspired by the book Yucky Worms. Fun nature & science exploring for kids..

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On our last visit to the library, we found a book that we chose for its funny name. The title ‘Yucky Worms’ attracted my daughter. It got quite a chuckle.

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The book had a lot of fun facts about worms. It explained why we need worms, how they benefit us and why and it gave some helpful tips on when & how to find them. My daughter was very excited about some of the things that she learned & was excited to impart some of her new knowledge of worms on friends & family.

After reading the book, my daughter, of course, wanted to test out some of the suggestions on how to find them & wanted to go on a worm hunt. This weekend, we had the perfect weather as suggested by the book, so we headed outdoors with some buckets & shovels and began our search for worms, big & small.

Worms like to show themselves when the earth is damper, so we added a little water to the area of yard that we chose to look in. My daughter & I carefully loosened up the soil and waited.

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My daughter spotted one almost immediately. We watched him wriggle around and placed him in a container so that we could study him for a little bit before returning him to his home. I asked my daughter some questions based on what we learned in the book.

Which end is his head & which end is his butt?

Why are worms our friends?

We recalled the explanation of how worms move & watched as it moved itself along.

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We continued our hunt, but were only able to find a couple this time out. We had a fun time exploring and my daughter even dug me up a little something special before we went back indoors.

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