Sunday’s Best Link-Up Week 83

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back to school, back to school tips
Welcome to Week 83 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. Heading to bus stops will become a part of our morning routine. Chasing after the school bus because we got out the door a few seconds too late can become our part of routine too. To celebrate, we’re starting our Back To School Party this week. We need to prepare, so we’re looking for tips on how and where to purchase school supplies and clothing, lunch box ideas, after school reading lists or activities 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.
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 by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

Sundays Best Linkup Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Pizza Necklace from Living Lavida Holoka

craft ideas, kids crafts

Rhonda selected Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings from Take Two Tapas

chicken wing ideas, jerk chicken wing recipe,

Kim M. selected 30 Ways to Get Organized from Clean and Scentsible

organization tips, organizational tips

The Post with the Most Clicks

The Rewards Of Being a Step Mom from Crystal and Comp

parenting, step parenting tips

and

It’s Not A Skin Color Problem from Sandy’s P.O.V.

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We didn’t have any posts that fit into The Beach Party Favorite Theme Posts this week. So we selected Summer Themed Posts instead:

How to Save Summer Memories from The Jenny Evolution

scrapbook ideas, memory box ideas

and

How to Grow Beautiful Flowers from Oh My Creative

gardening, flower gardens,

and

Grilling Tips from The Perfect Storm BFFs

grilling tips, BBQ tips, summer cookouts
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!



Alphabet Soup

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Alphabet Soup Craft & Letter Writing Activity For Kids - a fun way to practice writing their ABC's.,

My daughter is very passionate about books. She loves to read stories & she loves to make up stories of her own. She used to ask me to write her stories as she told them, but recently, she has been wanting to write down her own words. She composes her stories and asks me to spell them for her, but sometimes gets frustrated with her letters. We have been working on practicing our ABC’s and we came up with this quick & fun craft and activity.

Alphabet Soup Craft & Letter Writing Activity For Kids - a fun way to practice writing their ABC's.

We sketched out a simple bowl shape & then cut it out. We did the same with a spoon & then glued the spoon to the bowl.

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My daughter gathered up a few different shades of markers & started writing out her alphabet.

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She added a few meatballs to go with her letters.

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She spread her letters out all over her soup bowl, squeezing them in wherever she could. Me made a couple bowls of soup. She had fun with it & it was a great way for her to sharpen her writing skills.

Alphabet Soup Craft & Letter Writing Activity For Kids - a fun way to practice writing their ABC's

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Pretty Egg Carton Dresses

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            My little girl is indeed a princess at heart. She wears a tutu every day, even over her pajamas.  It is adorable.

Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables.

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Last week, we were playing around with egg carton pieces & we came up with the perfect craft for our little princess.

Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables

We used 5 egg carton pieces for each dress. We started by snipping 3 egg carton pieces for the dress tiers.

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We painted all of the egg carton pieces in the colors of our choice. My daughter wanted a silver & purple princess dress.

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We glued each of the snipped pieces one on top of each other. We glued another uncut piece over the top of the tiers. Next, we glued the last piece of egg carton to the top upside down. My daughter has a low temperature glue gun that she loves. She used her glue gun & I used my own.

*Please note that the tip on a low temperature glue gun still gets hot & burns may occur, so use caution & your best judgment as to whether your child is able to operate.*

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My daughter glued a large gem stone to the front of the dress for a pretty little accent. She then added pom poms to the top of her dress to form puffy sleeves. I made a strapless dress & one with spaghetti straps.

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Egg carton princess dress craft - arts and crafts for kids with recyclables

When my little one finished with her dress, she gave it a clay head to finish it off.  We loved how our dresses came out & they were so fun to make.

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Egg Carton Princess Dresses. Kid's arts & crafts

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Clay Fortune Cookies

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Clay Fortune Cookies - Cute & easy to make - kid's can add their own special messages.

I had a birthday recently. All I wanted for my birthday was a quiet night at home and some Chinese food. We ordered a ton of food and with it came a lot of fortune cookies. My daughter liked the fortune cookies, but what she liked even better was the messages inside. She opened all of the cookies & asked me to read every one.

We thought we could try to make fortune cookies of our own out of clay. We tried making them out of polymer clay & also air dry clay.

They were pretty easy to make. We used colorful polymer clay first. Here is how we did it.

Use a little rolling-pin to roll out an oval shape. The shape does not need to be perfect.

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Fold the oval in half over your thumb.

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Push up in the center of the fold with your thumb & then fold the clay again towards you. Use your free thumb to indent into the fold. Bake your clay cookies according to the polymer clay directions.

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Cut a long strip of foam sheet or paper & write your special message on it.

Clay Fortune Cookies - Cute & easy to make - kid's can add their own special messages.

Next we used the air dry clay. I wanted to make an extra-large one. It was molded the same way as the polymer. I left it to dry for a couple of days & then painted it & added our special message.

giant clay fortune cookie. A sweet kid's gift idea with a great message. Would make a great paperweight

These would make great gifts. They would work wonderfully as a paperweight.

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Sunday’s Best Link-up Week 82

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blog hop, linky parties,

Welcome to Week 82 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re heading to the beach to ride some waves. Get your sunscreen, beach towels, snacks, and chair. We’re continuing our Beach Party theme this week. We are looking for all things that pertains to the beach. Where to go, snack ideas, safety tips, games, travel tips and anything else you would like to share to help inspire us this summer!
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.
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.

Snag a Button!

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 by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

Sundays Best Linkup Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Turning A Coloring Page Into An Envelope from Creating Really Awesome Free Things

kids crafts, kids coloring pages, printables

Rhonda selected Bookcase Makeover With Coastal Décor from Across the Blvd.

bookcase makeovers, DIY bookcase updates

Kim M. selected Travel Cooler from The Scrap Shop Blog

DIY ideas, summer coolers, upcycle ideas

 

The Post with the Most Clicks

Having the Talk from Women Abiding

parenting tips, how to talk to kids about sex

The Beach Party Favorite Theme Posts

Umbrellas Beach Bar in Grenada from Jay Eats

vacation spots, vacationing in Grenada

Stuff You Need This Summer at the Beach, Park or Pool from Sandy’s POV

beach tips, pool tips, summer tips

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. Rhonda, Kim and I 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!


Button Toadstool Craft

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Button mushroom toadstool craft. A cute idea for a woodland themed or fairy tale kid's room.

We are a bit button obsessed in our house. We have several boxes of buttons for crafts & play.

My daughter is in a very fairy loving phase right now. Her play room has a fairy door, fairy dust, fairy costumes and a variety of butterfly & toadstool clings to decorate the walls. Together, my daughter & I made a little something special to hang in her already enchanted room.

We drew a toadstool shape onto a piece of cardboard. We separated buttons into three piles, a pile of red, beige & white. I started gluing buttons in place and my daughter quickly jumped in & wanted to take over. We worked together to finish up our toadstool.

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Our toadstool came out adorable. Now we just need to find a shadow box to fit our finished project in.

Button mushroom toadstool craft. A cute idea for a woodland themed or fairy tale kid's room.

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Chalk Watercolor Painting

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Chalk Watercolor Paintings - easy & beautiful art for kids - rainbow arts & crafts for children.

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It has been a beautiful summer so far. We have spent a lot of time enjoying the wonderful weather and playing outdoors. We swim in the pool on hot days and practice playing Wiffle ball, but my daughter’s favorite outdoor activity is making art with sidewalk chalk. She can’t get enough of it. We have buckets of it & believe me, it does not go to waste.

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Since she loves using it so much outdoors, we tried making some art with it indoors as well and we found that it is just as much fun inside as out.

Our project was simple. We used the chalk to draw on watercolor paper.  My daughter chose to make a rainbow & I made a sunset.

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When our chalk drawings were finished, we used water & a paintbrush and painted over our chalk drawings following the lines of our drawing.

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The water on the chalk had a lovely effect & looked like watercolors.

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My daughter actually got pretty excited painting over each color and watching the colors change & blend. She made me watch as she ran her paint brush over every layer of her rainbow.

IMG_1468Chalk Watercolor Paintings - easy & beautiful art for kids - rainbow arts & crafts for children

I had fun watching my painting take form as well. This is a perfect rainy day activity when we can’t hit the sidewalk.

Chalk Watercolor Paintings for kids - easy arts & craft projects for children

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Tin Foil Embossing

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Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.

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My favorite crafting tool is my glue gun. I love my glue gun. There is nothing that it can’t do. I bought my daughter her first low temperature glue gun a few months ago & like her mother, she loves hers too. Obviously, it is great for gluing things together quickly, but it is also a wonderful tool for art projects. This weekend we used ours to emboss tin foil.

We cut shapes out of cardboard. My daughter wanted to make hearts, so we started with embossed hearts. We both used our glue guns to squeeze designs out onto the cardboard. The low temp guns are still hot at the tip & can burn, so use caution when operating & use your best judgment as to whether you think your child should operate one. Glue a piece of tin foil over the heart and smooth out over your design. Paint the foil around the embossing & let dry.

Tin Aluminum Foil Embossing - Painted embossed hearts. Pretty kid's arts &crafts projects for kids.,

Next we made fish. I drew & cut out two fish shapes & drew in scales with the glue. We repeated the same steps as above.

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My daughter had fun with this project & our embossings came out great. You may also try this technique using regular glue and then letting it dry overnight or by using yarn to make your designs.

Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing

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Painterd tin foil embossed fish arts & craft for kids. Great summer craft using aluminum foil, cardboard & glue for embossing.

 

 

Sunday’s Best Link-up Week 81

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blog hop, linky parties,

Welcome to Week 81 of Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup. We’re heading to the beach this week to ride some waves. Get your sunscreen, beach towels, snacks, and chair. We’re starting our Beach Party theme this week. We are looking for all things that pertains to the beach. Where to go, snack ideas, safety tips, games, travel tips and anything else you would like to share to help inspire us this summer!
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.
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.

Snag a Button!

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 by placing the Featured Blogger banner on your site.

Sundays Best Linkup Sundays Best Featured Blogger

Your readers may want to join the party too! For those who have a Link Party list/directory, please add us. We appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares. Now, let’s party!

Sunday’s Best Featured Posts Are:

Kim U. selected Tipsy Iced Mocha Recipe from Growing Up Gabel

chocolate desserts, desserts

Rhonda selected 5 Easy & Useful Mason Jar Ideas from Keeping It Real

DIY ideas, headboard ideas, Upcycle ideas

Kim M. selected Boy’s African Safari Themed Budget Bedroom Makeover from Domesblissity

boys room makeovers, safari themed rooms

The Post with the Most Clicks

43 Healthy Gluten-Free from Healthy Helper Blog

gluten free, healthy snack recipes, snack ideas

The “Let’s Celebrate Summer” Favorite Theme Posts

Dino Diggers from What Happens At Grandma’s

summer activities, kids activities

Summer Time Cupcakes from Dabbling Momma

beach fun, beach desserts

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. Rhonda, Kim and I 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!


20 Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas For Kids

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20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers..

I am a New Englander. I love the changes in seasons. I love winter, spring, summer & fall for very different reason. I know that we still have a lot of summer left & I am enjoying every bit of it, but I have to admit, I am looking forward to my favorite of all of the seasons. Fall is nearing & I cannot wait. I love the crisp autumn air, Halloween, apple picking, cider & the changing of the leaves. Fall trees are so beautiful & they offer great inspiration for arts & crafts. Here is a collection of wonderful fall tree projects that you can do with your kids.

1. Colored Oats Fall Tree via The Pinterested Parent

2. Crumpled Paper Fall Tree via Fantastic Fun & Learning

3. Tissue Paper Fall Tree via I Heart Crafty Things

4. Pasta Shell Fall Tree  via The Pinterested Parent

5. 4 Seasons Nature Tree via A Little Pinch Of Perfect

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers,

6. Fall Yarn Trees via 3 Dinosaurs

7. Sticky Wall Apple Tree via Mama Papa Bubba

8. Handprint Tree & Leaf Canvas via Arts & Crackers

9. Cauliflower Stamped Fall Trees via The Pinterested Parent

10. Foil Printed Fall Trees via Muchkins & Moms

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers

11Cork Printed Autumn Tree  via Rainy Day Mum

12. Autumn Forest Craft via Kidz Activities

13. Paint Chip Mosaic Fall Tree via The Pinterested Parent

14. Easy Autumn Tree Craft via Crafts On Sea

15. Thankful Tree Craft via One Creative Mommy

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers.

16. Pom Pom Apple Tree via Crafts On Sea

17. Puzzle Piece Fall Tree Craft via I Heart Crafty Things

18. Fall Tree Window  via The Pinterested Parent

19. Mystery Letter Fall Tree  via Buggy and Buddy

20. Bleeding Tissue Paper Fall Tree via Fantastic Fun & Learning

20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts project Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers.,

All of these lovely crafts have gotten me excited for autumn, but until then I am going to enjoy the sunshine and warm weather.

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20 Beautiful Fall Tree Arts & Crafts Ideas for kids - Autumn crafts for preschoolers