May 06

The Benefits Of Arts & Crafts For Children

The Benefits Of Arts & Crafts For ChildrenArt & crafting have always been a huge part of my life. I was brought up in a family of artists. All of my aunts and uncles drew, painted or created works of art in one way or another. When my daughter was born, I hoped that she would share in this passion. When she had barely turned 1, I introduced her to finger paints & she painted her first picture.

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From that day forward, she has not stopped creating. I am teased often for the emphasis I put on arts & crafts. There is hardly an inch of our home that is not covered with a craft project or drawing made by my daughter & there is rarely I day that goes by without her picking up a paintbrush or crayons. The truth is my daughter has learned so much from every craft made & every picture drawn.

Learning about various textures, the combination of shapes & how to mix & blend colors are just a few of the things that art has taught her. There are many other benefits.

It teaches focus & concentration. Each project keeps her engaged & shows her the process & steps that it takes to turn a blank canvas or object into something beautiful.

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It helps develop a strong attention to detail. Whether she is making sure that her butterfly has an antennae or adding a trail of slime to the bottom of a snail, she observes & recognizes the details in everyday things.

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It boosts creativity & imagination. We have experimented with several different types of craft materials over the years. In the beginning, I would come up with an idea for a project & show her what to do. Now at only 3 years old, my daughter takes the lead. One day she asked me for pieces of an egg carton. Since we usually have them readily available for crafts, I obliged & handed her pieces of one. With a few random pieces in hand, she told me that she was going to make a tutu with legs & red high heeled shoes. I was unsure of how she was going to accomplish this, but I watched as she carefully painted each piece & listened to her as she told me all about her girl in the tutu. When she was done, she proudly assembled her pieces. She was not the only one that was proud.

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Encourage your children to express themselves. Remember art is all about expression. If they want to paint a purple sun, let them. Allow them the freedom to create & sit back and enjoy the ride.

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May 05

Color Changing Wax Paper Chameleon

Wax Paper Chameleon

 

We just came home from a wonderful family vacation. While we were away I was surprised at how much our daughter missed our projects. Whenever we were back in the hotel room, Mai would want to make a craft. While I did not bring craft supplies, I did bring drawing materials to entertain her. These fulfilled her need to create.

Today was our first day home & Mai was eager to jump back into arts & crafts. She asked if we could make chameleons. My husband came up with a great idea to make our chameleons on wax paper,, so that they would actually work like a chameleon & change color with their environment. What a clever man I married.

Wax Paper Chameleon

We drew out the chameleon on a piece of wax paper. I have attached a traceable. You may put this under the wax paper & trace it out.

Chameleon Traceable

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Cut out the wax tracing & place on a foam sheet. Trace around your cutout & cut out the middle portion of the tracing.

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Glue a sheet of wax paper to the foam sheet & trim off any overlapping edges.

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Use the original wax paper cutout to trace out the chameleon’s features. We used a Sharpie to trace & colored markers to add a bit of color.

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Lay out different colored construction paper & place you chameleon over the top & roll over the different colors.

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May 04

Surviving A Road Trip With A Toddler

Surviving a road trip with a toddlerVacationing with a child can be difficult & stressful. Before our daughter was born, my husband & I were big travelers. We wanted our travels to continue as a family after her birth. We have traveled by air, by ship & we have traveled by road as well. Road trips with a small child can offer some challenges, but they are possible & can be an enjoyable way to take your journey.

Our most recent trip was to the Kentucky Derby. My husband has a goal of completing a marathon in all 50 states, so we worked the Derby marathon into a fun filled vacation with the Kentucky Derby as our final destination. This trip spanned 2000 miles round trip. With that much driving time, it is important to make sure that you keep your young ones happy. Here are some tips for the road.

Packing

One of the advantages of road tripping is the ability to pack more freely. You don’t have to worry about the restrictions that come with commercial travel.

Pack all of your essentials. Check out our vacation & packing tips.

While most of your luggage stows away in trunk, there are many things that you should leave accessible for your travels.

Have snacks & drinks within arm’s reach.

Have a trash bag, hand wipes & napkins on hand to clean up spills & messes.

Leave out a change of clothes & diapers if still needed.

Pack books, IPads, movies & your child’s favorite blanket or toys to snuggle up with.

Itinerary & Timing

As they say, timing is everything. This is true with most things & especially when traveling with a small child.

If you are driving great distances that might require a full day of travel, traveling before their bedtime might help alleviate any travel disasters. Getting an early start or leaving at nap time will also take some stress off your journey. We had a 15 hour drive ahead of us. We woke our daughter early & let her sleep in the car for a couple of hours while we began our first leg.

Plan to stop at great points of interest along the way to break up your drive. Add this into your vacation plans.

We made an overnight pit stop in Niagara Falls en route to Kentucky.

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Food & Drink

Stop for quick meals to stretch your legs & refuel. Eating on the run will work too if your child is content. Snacks will be your friend on a long trip. Just make sure to watch your child carefully when they are eating. Be sure to also have drinks on hand, but if possible try to limit their fluid intake while on the road to avoid frequent stops.

Our snack selection included:

Juice boxes

Bottled water

Fruit snacks

Granola bars

Doritos

Animal Crackers

Dry cereal (Fruit Loops & Cinnamon Toast Crunch)

Bananas

Hershey Kisses for emergencies & a little bribery

Boredom Busters

It is your job to keep your little ones entertained. You might have to get creative.

I amused my daughter for a half an hour just by blowing bubble gum bubbles. If you find something that works for you, go with it.

Our daughter is a music lover. It was actually quite funny to hear our 3 year old request Matchbox 20 as we drove.

Climb in the back seat & read your kid/kids a book.

Play a game. Depending on your child’s age there are many fun games to play on the road. We played eye spy with cell phone towers & silos.

Talk to your child. Now is a great time to teach them things. Are they learning to count or their ABC’s? Point out animals & buildings along the way. There are many lessons that they can learn from the car seat.

I know many parents are not too keen on their children using electronics, but there are many wonderful learning apps for small children that will teach & entertain. An IPad can be a lifesaver on a long car ride. We saved this as a last resort, but it was successful in keeping Mai engaged on our full day’s journey home. Our daughter used a coloring & drawing app that had her talking and smiling for hours on the way home.

Our road trip went off without a hitch. Our little girl did great. We enjoyed every minute of our family time together. I can’t wait for our next trip. What are some of your best tricks for the road?

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May 02

Sundays Best LinkUp #18

 

 
 
Welcome to Week 18 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our May Flowers theme. May is the month to plant gardens and flowers, open pools, fire up backyard grills, makeover outdoor spaces, and turn the kids loose in the yard. I know you’re jumping for joy, right!  I know I am.  
 
This week we’re looking for activities for kids inside and outside, Mother’s Day ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY, home makeover and gardening tips, SEO and blogging information, sewing projects, patio and deck makeovers, backyard projects, front porch makeovers, spring organization tips, and ideas for indoor flower arrangements.  
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, 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. 

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 my blog 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 the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.   



What’s New: We would like readers to select their favorite posts. Voting will start at noon every Friday until mid-night. We will be adding the post with the most votes from the readers to our Sunday’s Best featured bloggers. Be sure to have your blog readers and social media followers head over to vote for your post on Friday. 

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:


            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  

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The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

 

Kim U. selected  How To Make A Dirt Cake from Growing Up Gabel 





I selected Splash of Lime Party from Lipgloss and Crayons  





Kim M. selected – Chocolate Cake Delight from Lou Lou Girls  







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May 01

Sunflower Craft

Sunflower Craft

 

The beautiful weather & the sunshine are here. Not only does thing bring us plenty of outdoor fun, but it inspires a lot of spring & summertime crafts.

Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers. They are so bright & sunny and cheerful. For our craft we just needed a few things.

 

What you will need:

Paper bowl

Pasta shells

Dried beans or lentils

Acrylic paint

Glue

A wooden skewer

Construction paper

 

Directions:

Color your beans with brown food coloring or paint in a plastic bag. Lay out on wax paper to dry.

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Do the same with the pasta shells using yellow paint or food coloring.

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Paint your paper bowl in yellow & let dry.

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Put glue on the center portion of the bowl & add the beans.

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Apply a ring of glue around the outer edge of your bowl & add your colored pasta pointed side out.

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Paint a wooden skewer in green & let dry. Glue it to the back of your bowl at the top edge & bottom,

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Add leaves made out of construction paper.

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Apr 30

Egg Carton Strawberries Craft

Egg Carton Strawberries

 

My daughter is a very finicky eater. It is not easy to get her to eat her fruits & vegetables. She doesn’t like much, but she does love her strawberries. Tonight’s craft was inspired by these juicy treats.

Mai painted her egg cartons in red & then let them dry.

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We dotted them in green after they dried.

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I trimmed the top cover of the carton for the stems.

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Mai painted these green.

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We cut the leaves for the strawberries out of construction paper.

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I glued the leaves & stems on using a glue gun. They look good enough to eat.

Egg Carton Strawberries Craft

 

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Apr 29

Crayon Box Monster

Crayon Box Monster

 

My daughter loves to draw & color. She will spend hours drawing pictures of the family & practicing writing. What she does not like is picking up all of her crayons after she is done. Most of the time, the crayon box is empty & she puts all of her crayons in a plastic bin. I had given up on trying to get the crayons back in their box & was content with them being put in the plastic bin. Just as I was about the throw away the crayon box, I stopped. I thought we could use it to make a craft instead.

 

Crayon Box Monster

I asked Mai what color she wanted her monster to be & she chose yellow. We put a base coat of white over the box first & let it dry before applying the yellow.

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We painted the inside cardboard inserts in white & cut jagged edges into the bottom row to make teeth.

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We cut jagged edges into the top of the bottom portion of the box as well.

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We cut out 2 triangles & added them to the top of the box for ears.IMG_0936

We cut the arms out of foam sheet for better flexibility & durability & glued them to the sides.

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We glued our hands together in the front. Voila & a quick and easy crayon box monster. Mai has added many of her own touches to him over the past few days. Now she actually likes putting her crayons back in the box because she is feeding her hungry crayon monster.

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Apr 27

Pasta Shell Fish Craft

Pasta Shell Fish Craft

 

I am beginning to think that there is nothing that cannot be made out of pasta shells. Because my daughter loves working with them just as much as I do, we are back with another round of pasta crafts. Tonight, our craft of choice is fish.

What you will need:

Jumbo pasta shells

Medium pasta shells

Bowtie pasta

Chick peas

Acrylic paint

Glue gun

 

Directions:

As usual, you may choose to assemble your fish first or paint them first, whichever you find easier. We did both, but typically I prefer to paint them first for more accurate painting.

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To assemble your fish, glue a medium pasta shell into the end of the jumbo shell.IMG_0595

Glue 2 more medium shells to the side of the jumbo shell to form fins.IMG_0598

Glue a piece of bowtie pasta to the other end of the jumbo shell to form the back fin.IMG_0599

Paint a chick pea in white for each fish that you are creating.IMG_0627

Add a black dot in the center for the eye ball.IMG_0628

Glue the eyes to the painted fish to finish off the craft.

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Apr 26

10 Cute Owl Crafts For Kids

10 cute owl crafts for kids

 

Owls are all the rage these days. I have noticed them popping up everywhere lately. As a longtime lover of these soulful creatures, I am happy to see this. My 3 year has followed in her mommy’s footsteps and loves them as well. We have owl knick knacks & stuffed owls. Her favorite blanket even is, you guessed it, an owl blanket & it goes with her everywhere. Since she also shares in my love for crafting, I have been excited to find a number of amazing owl crafts that we can do together. Here are some of my favorites.

1. Button Owl Craft from Repeat Crafter MeButtonOwlArt2

2. CD Owl Ornaments from Happy Hooligans

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3. Snowy Owls made out of bath puffs from Tippytoe Crafts

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4, Juice Carton Bird Feeder Craft from Red Ted Art

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5. Owl Pillow Boxes from Kerry’s Paper Crafts

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6. Easy Owl Treat Bags from Sweet & Simple Living

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7. Egg Carton Owl Craft from Glued To My Craftsegg-carton-owls-cover

8. Pine Cone Owl Craft by Meaningful Mama

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9. Cork Owl Crafts from Happy Hooligans

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10. Paper Plate Owl Craft from yours truly

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Apr 25

Sunday’s Best Link-Up Week #17

Welcome to week 17 of Sunday’s Best. This month’s theme has been April Showers & we are feeling that here right now. We have been on vacation for 3 days & it has rained every day since it began. Luckily, I know that all of you will be linking up with some wonderful posts to brighten up my day. Thanks for joining us again. Here we go…

 
 
Welcome to Week 17 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup This will be the last week for our April Showers theme.  Next month our theme will be May Flowers.  
 
This week we’re looking for indoor activities for kids, Mother’s Day ideas, recipes, crafts, DIY, home organization tips, summer garden preparation tips, SEO and blogging tips.  Anything that we can work on during those rainy days and for Mother’s Day. Blow the dust off your old posts and link those too. 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, 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. 

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 my blog 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 the Sunday’s Best Pinterest Board.    

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:


            Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                Kim U. – Pinterested Parent         Kim M. – Life In A House of Testosterone


  

Here’s the rules, please connect with us on social media before you leave or subscribe to/follow our blogs:  


Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+, PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  



Life In A House of Testosterone: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin, or Instagram before you leave. 


 

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Last, please help us grow by placing our button on your sidebar. If you are selected as a Featured Blogger please let your readers and followers know. They may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now lets party! 

The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

 

Kim U. selected 10 Ways Not To Lose Yourself In Motherhood from Supermom

 




I selected I Made It Myself: No Sew Curtains from Half Mom Half Amazing 





Kim M. selected – Rocky Road Cookie Bars from Lou Lou Girls  







Congratulations ladies! All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up. I would like to invite all of you back to linkup your post(s) again, it could be selected this 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. 


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