Mar 26

Play Dough Easter Egg Activity

Play Dough Easter Egg Activity

 

Play-Doh is my daughter’s favorite creative material. She has become quite the Play-Doh artist. Her creations include cakes, animals & even a mold of herself wearing a tutu. When I told her that we would be making a fresh batch of Play-Doh tonight, she became so excited that she could barely wait for the homemade dough to cool before she dug her mitts into it.

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We kept going with our Easter theme. We used a piece of heavy stock paper & rolled out our dough onto it to form an egg shape.

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Using cookie cutters & other tools, we rolled & cut out shapes in different colors.IMG_9968 IMG_9976 IMG_9974

We pressed our shapes into our Play-doh to decorate our Easter eggs. I pre-pressed lines into the dough to act as a guide for her to press her lines into. Add gems, string, buttons & other embellishments to dress up your eggs.

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If you have a Play-Doh lover in your home, they may love this cute & easy holiday activity.

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Mar 22

Ink Blot Artwork

Ink Blot artwork craft & activity for kids

 

When my daughter was much younger I was very curious about how her little mind worked. I was & still am fascinated with how the world looks through her eyes. Quite a while back we did an ink blot experiment on her. It was interesting to hear her thoughts on the abstract. Over a year later we are bringing the ink blots back with a kick. The idea was to make the ink blots, have her tell me what she sees & turn the pictures into her visions.

My daughter loves to paint so she was more than willing to play along with mommy. We grabbed a few sheets of paper & folded them in half. We re-opened the paper & started our project.

I showed Mai how to splatter paint onto the paper, but she chose to paint in on instead. Either way will work, but if you paint make sure the paint is applied liberally.

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Fold paper at the crease while it is still wet & smooth your hand over the top to spread out the paint.IMG_9907

Unfold the paper & let dry.

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Ink blot #1

Mai said that this one was a butterfly.

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We followed the outer outline of the picture & filled in the middle to form the butterfly’s body.

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Ink blot #2

Mai said that these looked like dragon fly tails. She liked these so much she made this similar design 2 more times.

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I added wings & the features for the head.

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Ink blot #3

She said that this looked like an animal. We made our own determination on which kind.

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This is a fun way your child to flex their imagination and artistic skills. This would be fun for the older kids in your family as well.

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Mar 21

Dixie Cup Easter Baskets & Sunday’s Best #12

Dixie Cup mini Easter Basket Craft - cute idea for kid's classrooms or parties
Our daughter has gotten to the age where she is beginning to understand the joy in giving other people gifts. She loves to draw & paint special pictures for us at home & she has a collection of them that she made for her friends. With Easter coming I thought we could make mini Easter baskets for some of her friends with just a few little treats inside.
What you will need:
3 oz Dixie cups
Paint
Construction paper or foam pieces
Yarn
Hot glue (for adult use only)
Directions:
Paint your Dixie cups in pastel colors. Add diagonal lines if you would like to add a more basket look to them.
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Set your cups aside to let dry.
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Cut strips out of construction paper or foam about 5 1/2″ long. We use foam for sturdier construction.IMG_9890
Glue the strip to the outside of each side of your cup to form a handle.
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Form small bows with yarn & glue to the front of your cup.
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Let the glue dry & fill your baskets with Easter grass & a few Easter treats.
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If you are looking for more great Easter ideas & crafts, you are in luck. Welcome this week’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.
Welcome to Week 12 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our Spring Forward theme. I’m sad to say, I was hit with 3 inches of snow in my part of the world Friday, but I’m hopeful warm weather is around the corner. I need to see green soon!   
 
 
 

Please help me thaw out by celebrating the arrival of warm weather with your Easter posts, crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips. 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 SEO, blogging, and parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here, as long as it’s family friendly. 

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.    

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The Sunday’s Best Posts are:

 

Kim U. selected The Truth About Craft Blogging from Little Girl Designs 





I selected BBQ Chicken Recipe from Western New Yorker 






 

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Mar 18

Bunny Tail Craft

Easter Bunny Craft with cotton balls & paper plate or bowl

 

My daughter loves crafts that allow her to play with glue. We have bottles of glue in our house & she just loves getting her paws on them whenever she gets a chance. Tonight I thought we could make little bunny bottoms. It would give her a chance to use some glue & play with fluffy cotton, which I thought she would love.

What you will need:

Paper bowl

Cotton balls

Glue

Construction paper

 

Directions:

Glue cotton balls all around the bowl.

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After you have covered the bowl, add extra cotton to the middle to form the bunny tail.

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Cut out two ovals for the foot paws.

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Cut out a pink oval & 3 circles for each foot & then glue them into place to form the bunny paws.

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Cut out ears & glue them under the bowl in place.

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Glue the feet into place & let dry.

Easter bunny tail craft with paper bowl or plate & cotton balls

To be honest, Mai did not take to this craft. When I told her that we were making bunny bums, she laughed. She grabbed her bowl & grabbed her glue. She added one cotton ball to the middle of the bowl & said “I done, mama.” That looks great too, baby.

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Mar 17

Pasta Shell Easter Bunny Craft

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The best thing about doing arts & crafts with my daughter is the time that we get to spend together. My daughter says to me all the time. “Mama, I have fun with you. I like making projects with you.” This melts my heart. I love doing crafts with her as well. She is becoming so creative & is learning so much from our craft time together. When I told her today that we were going to make bunnies out of pasta shells, she cheered loudly & pulled her safety stool right up to our work space. So began this evening’s craft.

Pasta Shell Easter Bunny Craft

 

What you will need:

Jumbo pasta shells (3 for each bunny made)

Spaghetti (just one strand)

Paint

Hot glue

 

Directions:

Paint the inside of the shells in pink. These shells will be the ears.

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Paint the outside of the shell in the color that you choose for your bunny’s ears. I chose gray, Mai wanted purple ears.

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Paint a shell for the head.

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Paint a strand of spaghetti in black. Let it all dry.

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Paint a nose in the middle of the face.

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Add in the eyes & mouth.

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Break the spaghetti into small pieces for the whiskers & glue on to the face.

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Glue the ears into place from the back using a hot glue gun. Use a generous amount of glue to secure.  (Sorry kids, hot glue is only for us grown-ups)

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Mar 16

Hatching Chick Craft

Hatching chick Egg carton kid's craft for Easter

 

Egg cartons have become my new favorite craft material. We eat a lot of eggs, so we always have them in abundance. There are so many fun & simple things that you can do with them.  I like to pre-cut them & keep on hand for when we are ready to use them. Mai was playing with them and made a monster face with a couple of them. “Rrrrwwwarrr” “Let’s make monsters mommy.” She is going through a monster phase right now. How about we make something less scary? Since Easter is upon us, we changed the monsters into little hatching chicks.

Cut up your egg cartons. Like I said, I have a lot of them.

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For this craft you will need two individual sections for each egg that you will be making. One side of the piece will be solid. On the opposite end, it will be more jagged. On the jagged end, cut out an upside down V to form the look of a crack. Do this to both pieces.

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Paint both sections in pastel colors.

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Let dry.

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Form your chick with yellow pom poms, googly eyes & a small piece of pipe cleaner glued into place for the beak. IMG_9717

Place a chick in the bottom half of your egg.

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Glue the top half on to form your hatching Easter egg. Peep,peep, peep. This is a cute and simple craft for kids of all ages.

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Mar 14

Red Sox Foot Print & Sunday’s Best Link-Up #11

Boston Red sox baseball foot prints craft

 

My husband is a superstitious man, especially when it comes to sports. He has worn the same lucky shirt to watch the Patriots play for 14 years. He believes in lucky charms. Last year Mai & I made daddy a Patriots Foot Print Craft. When the Pats ended up winning the Superbowl, he took it to be a lucky charm. With opening day for the Red Sox coming, he wanted to ensure another winning New England team victory, so we broke out our paint again & a cute pair of little feet.

We drew & cut out a pair of socks from red construction paper.

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I painted my daughter’s little piggies in a darker shade of red.

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Press both painted feet into the socks. Mommy made a little mistake the first time & printed on the wrong side. So we flipped our sock over & printed on the other side as well.IMG_9656

Paint in white lines to separate the 2 socks & paint in heels & lines for the top of the socks.

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Now on to our main event…

Welcome to Week 11 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We’ve started our Spring Forward theme. Warm weather is around the corner, I saw Robins in my yard this week. Last week I had 6 inches of snow in my part of the world, so I’m hopeful that I there will be lots of green soon.  
 
 

Lets celebrate the arrival of spring with your Easter posts, crafts, recipes, gardening, decorating ideas, room makeovers, tablescapes, spring cleaning and organizational tips. 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 SEO, blogging, parenting tips, DIY projects, homesteading, homeschooling, and your posts on life.  Your linkups and giveaways are welcome too. Anything goes here, as long as it’s family friendly. 






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  



                                             Your Sunday’s Best Hosts:


            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 I Said Lies We Tell Ourselves from The Mad Mommy 











I selected Horses and Hairbows from Sequins In The South 






Kim M. selected 20 Copycat Recipes  from All She Cooks 




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 this week. While you’re here take a minute to visit these great blogs and connect. 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.  Featured bloggers, please let your readers know that you were featured on Sunday’s Best. 


 

Mar 12

Why I Miss Diapers

232323232-fp83232-uqcshlukaxroqdfv36762-nu=335---53-;;7-WSNRCG=3;32675792336nu0mrjWhen our daughter was first born, she was a pooping machine. We would go through 4-5 diapers sometimes during one changing. We would take off the old diaper & be ready with a new one underneath.  I would barely get the tabs fastened before she would start squirting again. By the time I cleaned her up & was ready with another clean Pamper, she would go again. It was an endless cycle. All I could do is wish for the day that she was potty trained & out of diapers.

That day is here. She is in big girl panties now & the diapers or pull-ups only get pulled out for bedtime to prevent accidents. I should be happy & relieved. I am for the most part, but I have to tell you a part of me misses the diapers.

When she was is diapers I did not have to wake from a sound sleep to the middle of the night chirpings of
“Mama, I have to go pee.”

She was unable to use her little bladder as an excuse to get out of bed when she did not want to sleep.

I never needed to try to find a safe & clean place for us to stop when we were driving through that less than savory part of downtown because she needed to use the toilet.
“Can you hold it?”
“Noooooooo, I can’t.”

I hear her say with a hint of laughter in her voice.

Public restrooms in general gross me out. I have anxiety about using public toilets. Add in trying to undress my child, as I lay toilet paper out all over the seat, while trying to ensure that my daughter doesn’t touch anything and that and anxiety turns into an all out panic attack.

When toddlers poop it is a big event that requires a lot of time, some kids’ books & perhaps an IPad. When daddies poop it is like this too. The only difference is that daddy reads Sports Illustrated & does not expect me to sit in there and wait for him to finish pooping.
“Did you poop yet?” “How about now?”

Road trips & other travels were far easier. We have a road trip to Kentucky next month and to be honest with you, I think we should all wear a diaper for this trip. It will cut down on bathroom breaks.
“Alright everyone, no drinks until Kentucky.”

 

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Mar 11

Teaching Patterns

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I hate going to work during the week & leaving our daughter. It breaks my heart not to be with her all day. Twice a week Mai goes to daycare. Daddy is home with her at least one day during the week because of his rotating schedule & on all other days my mother-in-law watches my favorite girl. It is wonderful that she is able to be in the hands of such capable and attentive people while I am at work. She learns a little from each of them. At times, she will come out with things that surprise me & I wonder “Where did she learn that?” Then I remember that she is surrounded by such wonderful teachers & influencers.

The other day I had on a pair of colorful striped socks. My daughter came over to me & pointed out all of the colors & told me that my socks had a pattern. I was so surprised & excited by her observation. Someone has been teaching her well. Wanting to see how well her understanding of patterns was, we did a couple of activities.

I printed out an assortment of different shapes & clip art from the computer. I cut them out into squares & laid them out on the floor in different patterns. I placed more cut outs in a pile, being sure that there was a shape that would be next in each sequence thrown into the pile.

I handed my daughter the pile & reviewed each line of patterns with her. I asked her to place the next square in each sequence. She did not let me down as she went down the line & successfully placed the next shape on each.

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She made a few rows of patterns that she made on her own & then flipped them all over & said “Now let’s play the match game.” That is the thing about toddlers. Their attention spans are short. On to the next lesson…

There are many other things that you can use to teach patterns to your children.

1. Practice using verbal patterns. “owl, horse, dog, owl, horse dog… What’s next?”

2. You can use assorted shapes & textures in your craft bins such as pom poms, beads & craft sticks.

3. Use magnets & alphabet blocks to show number or letter patterns.

4. Use paints, crayons or markers to show color patterns.

5. Legos or building blocks are a fun way to build 3 dimensional patterns.

6. Show them patterns on clothing or quilts.

7. Make snack time a great opportunity to teach patterns with fruit snacks, cereal or different shaped crackers.

She is learning so much & is becoming quite the little smarty. I know that we cannot take the credit for all of this. Mai is very lucky to be surrounded by so many people willing to feed her growing and curious mind.

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Mar 09

50 Family Date Ideas

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I have a little bit of a confession to make. I am sort of a home body. I am perfectly content to loaf on the couch after a day of work or once the weekend rolls around. Life is exhausting. When you have children, it is even more so. The thing is that you miss out too much being a sofa lounger. You miss out on life. You miss out on time with your family. Our daughter is growing at an alarming rate. She is no longer a baby. You cannot get these days back. Missed moments with your family remain missed. It is important to do things together. Here are some fun family date ideas for every season.

1. Dine out for dinner

2. Go to the park

3. Have a family game night

4. Visit a museum

5. Go to the movies

6. Have a picnic

7. Go for a hike

8. Go bowling

9. Got to the zoo

10. Go to the beach

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11. Cook together

12. Go to an arcade

13. Enjoy a local fair

14. Go to a sporting event

15. Take a craft workshop together

16. Take a scenic ride together

17. Visit a library – Many local libraries have fun activities for children

18. Go apple picking

19. Do a puzzle together

20. Go mini-golfing

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21. Color together

22. Go camping

23. Do a family fun run

24. Take them roller skating or ice skating

25. Visit a local historic landmark

26. Go to an aquarium

27. Take them to a kid’s gym or play center

28. Go sledding

29. Go on a whale watch

30. Build a snowman

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31. Have an at home movie night

32. Ride go-carts

33. Keep your eyes open for local events

34. Feed ducks at a pond

35. Look through old family photos together

36. Go to a spray park

37. Ride the trolleys – there are trolley museums scattered around the states. This was always a favorite of mine.

38. Go on a hayride

39. Read books to each other

40. Visit a botanical garden

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41. Go to a kid friendly concert

42. Play a sport together – Kick around a soccer ball or shoot some baskets

43. Keep your eyes open for local events

44. Go to a planetarium

45. Go for a bike ride

46. Have a dance party

47. Go out for ice cream

48. Take a boat ride

49. Visit an amusement park

50. Have a fun family photo shoot

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Please feel free to add your favorite family date night ideas.

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