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Transforming Ladybug Butterfly Craft

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Insect crafts are always a hit for the spring and summer. This transforming insect craft is so cute and simple to make.

This is an easy craft that is fun to make and even funner to play with. Transform a ladybug or a bumble bee into a colorful butterfly with just a twist of the wrist. Here’s how…

Transform a ladybug into a butterfly using a free printable template. Design the wings and transform in this fun kid's craft. Construction paper Arts and crafts for preschoolers and kids. Summer and spring insect crafts

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Pine Cone Pets

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A fun thing happened the other day. I found a huge bag of pine cones in my basement.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

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I was excited beyond belief with our find. Pine cones make wonderful craft materials. The scales and the spaces in between make it a great material for children to use. They can stuff pom poms or tissue in between the scales or wrap the pine cones in yarn or ribbon. There are a number of options.

We wanted to make some cute critters with our pine cones and used air dry clay and pipe cleaners to form our creations. We are huge fans of the air dry clay, but you can try this with play dough as well.

Air Dry Clay

Press a small piece of clay underneath the pine cone to make a sturdy base for your creature.

Roll out a ball of clay to form a head and press it into the upper portion of your pine cone. Press googly eyes into the clay. (When the clay hardens, if an eye falls out, use a dab of glue to hold it back into place)

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We cut a bunch of pipe cleaners in half and some into smaller pieces to form arms, wings, antennae or other details. You may also carve into the clay to form facial details. My daughter used her finger to carve a mouth into one of her creations. She made four critters in all. They were adorable and she even gave me one as a present to put on my night stand.

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pine cone creatures. Use Pipe cleaners, clay and pinecones as an invitation to create a variety of creatures. Arts and crafts for kids with nature

 

I made a few animals of my own.Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for these Owl, butterfly, turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature

I used the same techniques as above. We used the clay at the bottom to form a solid base and then used clay to form the eyes for the owl and then the head for the butterfly and the turkey. Each of these got a pair of googly eyes pressed into them. The beaks for the owl and the turkey were cut out of orange foam and the waddle for the turkey was cut out of red foam. Glue was used to hold these into place. Pipe cleaners were used to form feathers, wings, feet and antennae and horns for our assorted creatures.

These were so much fun to make. I am sure that we will be making more of these together soon.

                       Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this Owl craft for kids. Fall or autumn arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this turkey craft for kids. Fall or autumn \, Thanksgiving arts and crafts. Nature Pinecone and pipe cleaner animals. Check out our other pine cone animals. See our other pine cone animals. These are cute and easy to make. Use clay or play dough for this butterfly craft for kids. arts and crafts. Nature

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Feather Process Art & Painting

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I am certain I have mentioned this before, but owls are my favorite animal. They have been my favorite since I was a little girl. When I was a young artist, they were also my favorite art subject & they still are today.

feather stamped painted owl & butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

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I wanted to make an owl craft with my daughter. We had some craft feathers handy & I thought that they would be perfect. They were perfect, but it turns out that they made a perfect paint brush instead of a craft material. I used the feather to press & brush acrylic paint across a piece of watercolor paper. I showed my daughter what I was doing & asked her if she wanted to make one of her own. She did, so she set up shop next to me.

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When the paint dried, I glued on eyes & a beak & my daughter began to work on hers as well.

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She chose her own colors & dipped her feathers into the different colored paints.

Feather stamping & painting process art for kids

Pressing the feathers onto the paper can get messy on the fingers, but luckily my daughter is no stranger to messes.

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I watched as she formed symmetrical patterns with her feathers. While she worked, she explained “Mama, I don’t want to make an owl. I am going to make a butterfly. Can you see my wings?”

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She asked me to help her cut antennae out of pipe cleaners. She glued on a piece of paper for the head & drew on some eyes.

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Her butterfly was a great idea & it came out adorable.

feather stamped painted butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

feather stamped painted owl & butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

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feather stamped painted butterfly process arts & craft for the kids with a feather

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes

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My daughter loves pancakes. We make pancakes together every weekend. Sometimes they are just plain pancakes, sometimes she wants apples in them & others it is chocolate chips and on occasion she asks for pancakes in the shapes of her favorite things, like princess pancakes.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow sprinkles

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She had two requests this morning. She wanted butterflies & she wanted sprinkles. Challenge accepted!

Start with a basic pancake recipe or you can use ours.

Ingredients:

1 cup of flour

1 tbsp brown sugar

2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp of salt

1 cup of milk

2 tbsp vegetable oil

1 tsp vanilla

1 egg white

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together. Use a blender to mix the batter to get out any clumps.

Use a funnel to funnel the batter into a condiment squeeze bottle.

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Squeeze out the mixture to form the butterfly’s body, which is basically a line with a circle on top.

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Draw in the wings with the mixture. **Note: If the batter get stuck, squeeze it off to the side to clear any clumps.**

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Add lines to the inside of the wings.

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Sprinkle rainbow sprinkles into the empty spots between the wings.

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Squeeze batter over the sprinkles filling in the empty spaces.

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Cook the pancakes as usual until they begin to bubble & then flip and cook on the other side. Serve them up with syrup or plain.

Stained Glass Butterfly Pancake - the kids will love these colorful springtime pancakes made with rainbow color sprinkles

My daughter loved her pretty pancakes. We gobbled all of them up this morning. These were so fun to make & easier then they seem.

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Stained Glass Butterfly Pancakes - the kids will love these beautiful and colorful spring pancakes made with sprinkles

Recycled Puzzle Butterfly Craft & Sunday’s Best Link Up #14

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Recycled Puzzle Butterfly

 

Yesterday we worked on our sight words using puzzle pieces. We worked on our sight word puzzles for a good portion of the morning. I have to admit that it paid off. I could not have been any happier when later that afternoon, Mai ran up to me with a drawing that she had been working on & said  “Look mama, I made mom.” She wrote it twice without any help spelling or writing the letters. This was her first written word other than her own name & practicing letters. My heart swelled.

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In the midst of our learning fun with the puzzle pieces, we found some other crafty uses for some of our old puzzles pieces. We flipped our Doc McStuffins puzzle over & found two similar pieces.

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I drew out a design in black marker on each piece so that they mirrored one another.IMG_0288

Mai colored in the pieces using crayons & markers. You can use paint as well.IMG_0289 IMG_0292

After coloring in the pieces, we used glue to dribble on random designs & then shook on glitter.IMG_0294 IMG_0295

While the glitter was drying, I drew a butterfly body to attach our puzzle piece wings to.IMG_0297

I colored in the wings & then used Elmer’s glue to glue the pieces into place. We made small & large butterflies using our old puzzles.

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The result was these cute little butterflies.

Butterfly Craft made out of recycled puzzle pieces

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Welcome to Week 14 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup We want to wish each of you a Happy and Blessed Easter. We hope you’re enjoying lots of peeps, chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, good food and having lots of fun with family and friends.  



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Butterfly Potato Stamps

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Butterfly Potato Stamp Prints - painting arts & crafts for kids and preschoolers for the spring and summer

With the spring nearing and the weather warming, I thought that a spring craft was in order. When I think of spring, I, of course, think of the flowers, of the rain and I think of butterflies. We are big fans of paint stamping. We have used potatoes, apples, marshmallows and other odds and ends to make prints. We had a bag of old potatoes, so they were going to be perfect for our spring project.

Cut a potato in half and then slice of a little bit from one end so that one end has a straight edge. Do this to both potatoes.

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Cut a small V-shaped piece out of the side opposite of the straight end. Carve a line from the V to the opposite end.IMG_0152

Dip both potato pieces into paints of assorted colors.

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Stamp the two pieces of potato side by side with the straight edges facing each other.

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Let your stamps dry.

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Draw or paint in the butterfly’s body and antennae.

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You can even add a background with paint or crayons or markers around your butterflies.

Butterfly Potato Stamp Prints - painting arts & crafts for kids and preschoolers for the spring and summer

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Spring Pancakes

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Spring Pancakes - pancake art

As most of you already know, I have a picky little eater on my hands. Meals in our home are a challenge. We try to introduce new foods & Mai just won’t try them.

“I think it is too spicy.”

“This looks too cheesy.” (As if there was such a thing.)

“I don’t like vegetables.”

You would think we were living with Goldilocks.  There are not many things that our daughter will try, but luckily we do have a few never fail stand-bys. One of these is pancakes. She cannot get enough of them. She would eat them at every meal if we let her.

If you are online, I am sure that you have seen the videos going around of the various pancake artists forming pancakes in the shape of Olaf, Minions & animals. It is amazing. As with most of these things they make it seem so easy. This curious mommy had to see just how easy it would be. I was not as daring as to try any Disney characters or other elaborate art work this time around, but thought in anticipation for the warmer weather that we could start with some spring flowers.

Start with a basic pancake recipe. If the batter is too thick add a little extra milk. I used a mixer on my batter to make sure that there were no lumps.

Using a funnel separate the batters into squeeze bottles.

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Add a couple of drops of food coloring to each bottle.

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Shake up the mixtures until the color is well blended.

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On a hot griddle, squeeze out the outline to whatever object you are drawing. We started with a butterfly.IMG_9257

Add details to the inside of your drawing.

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Fill in around the designs with more batter. The batter spread very easily around the details. You can dab in where there are holes. Do not worry if some batter goes over the designs. You will not be able to tell on the other side. Cook until the whole pancake is bubbly & flip.

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Try some other simple designs. We made a few different flowers.

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Mai requested M & M’s on her pancakes, so we pushed a few in her petals before serving. She loved the pretty pancakes & ate 4 pancakes for me this morning.

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Here are a few more breakfast time creations.

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Pasta Butterflies & Angels Crafts

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pastacrafts.jpgMy daughter is fascinated by older children. When we are out in public she will very boldly approach an older child and strike up a conversation. The other day she ran up to a boy around the age of 6 & said “Hey boyfriend, hold hands.” This brought a chuckle from her mother & I, but the boy was not that amused. The problem is most kids of an certain age do not quite understand her or want to engage in a conversation with a 2 year old girl.
One of my best friends has a lovely 7 year old daughter. Mai of course adores her & much to my great happiness, she like Mai too. She has a sweet and nurturing nature and is very attentive to my much younger daughter.
They came for a visit this weekend. We were supposed to go to the zoo, but since it was a rainy day, we stayed in & had a craft day instead.
Last week we were crafting & playing with spaghetti. I thought we could continue with the pasta crafts.

Pasta Angels

What you will need:

Bow tie pasta
Spiral pasta
Thick spaghetti
Paint (assorted colors)
Paint brushes
Glue gun

Directions:

Paint one of your bow tie pastas, a spiral pasta & a spaghetti in the colors of your choice. The bowtie will be the wings, the spiral will be the body & the spaghetti will be the antennas. Let them dry.

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Paint as many of each as you would like, painting one of each type of pasta.

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With a glue gun, glue one side of the spiral pasta & place in the center of the bow tie pasta.

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Break off the spaghetti into 2 smaller pieces about an inch or 1 1/2 long. Using the glue gun again, place a bead of glue on the bottom of the broken piece of spaghetti. Find a groove behind the spiral piece & over the bow tie to place your 2 antennas into.

 

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pasta butterfly craft

And in honor of Memorial Day…

Memorial Day Pasta Angels

What you will need:

Bow tie pasta
Dry garbanzo beans
Paint (assorted colors)
Paint brushes
Glue gun

Directions:

To make the body of our angel, we painted a bow tie pasta in camouflauge. We started off with one shade of green.

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Layer on a different color of green, also layer on shades of yellow.

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To paint the red, white & blue wing, paint a blue rectangle on one side & then stripe the sides with red.

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Let it dry.

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Again paint as many as you like. Painting one camo & one red, white & blue for each angel that you are making.

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Glue along the top of a camouflage pasta.

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Press into place. Place perpendicular to the red white & blue wings.

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Glue one side of the garbanzo bean & place on the top of the body & in the crease of the top “v” on the wings.

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The kids played, painted & had a great time & so did the mommies. Craft day was fun.

Paper Towel Roll Crafting

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Papertoweltubecrafting.jpg For the past few months now I have been hoarding away empty paper towel rolls. I had built up quite the collection and the sight of the rolls piled up on top of my kitchen cabinet was starting to give me hives. It was finally time to put them to some use. Mai and I have been on a craft frenzy this week. We made a mess, had a few tantrums & a few laughs and smiles too. Each of these crafts that we made uses one of our paper towel tube.

Paper Mache Maracas

What you will need:

Plastic Easter eggs (1 for each maraca made)

An empty paper towel roll cut in half or two toilet paper rolls

Uncooked chickpeas or dried beans

Newspaper

Glue

Water

Masking tape

Paint

Directions:

Fill each Easter egg with chickpeas or beans

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Use one or two full pages of newspaper & wrap in around the chickpea filled Easter egg. Form it into a ball shape.

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Tape the edges in place to hold the shape tightly.

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Enlist the help of your favorite little crafter to tear up strips of newspaper for you.

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In a bowl, mix 3/4 glue and 1/4 water to form your paper mache adhesive.

 

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Dip a strip of the paper into your glue mixture.

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Wrap your strip of paper around your ball shape smoothing it out carefully as you work it around.

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After you receive a desired shape, allow it to dry & then place your ball on top of the paper towel tube halve.

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Adhere the ball to the tube using masking tape & then cover the tape with more newspaper strips.

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Continue to wrap your project with the paper strips and glue until you reach the desired shape. Make sure that all areas are smooth and that edges are not sticking up. Let it dry.

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Paint the handles of your maracas first in the color of your choice and allow to dry.

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Once dry, continue to paint the rest. You may now use the handle to hold on to while you paint.

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Make beautiful music.

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Mai thought these were rattles. As she was shaking them, she kept saying “Ooooooh, I’m a baby..so cute.”

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Paper Towel Kaleidoscope

What you will need:

An empty paper towel roll

Colored beads

Thin plastic (I used old plastic packaging)

Heavy duty aluminum foil

Glue gun

Craft paper

Ribbon

Directions:

Cut out two pieces of plastic small enough to fit snuggly inside of the paper towel tube.

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As deep in the tube as you can, use your glue gun and squeeze out a line of glue rotating until it meets the starting end.

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Give it a few seconds to cool slightly and then press your plastic disk into the glue.

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Pour the beads on top of the disk, leaving enough room for the beads to move around. Add hot glue to the top edge of tube over the beads and place the other disk in place.

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Fold a piece of tin foil into a triangle. Push your triangle into the open end of the tube. Trim the end as needed. Make sure to reform the shape. It will work best if the triangle has crisp, hard edges.

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Cut out another disk using cardboard or thick scrapbook paper. Poke a hole through the middle of it & glue it to the tin foil end.

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I wrapped my kaleidoscope in craft paper, but you can decorate however you like, paint, crayon, beads, ribbon.

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Not quite like the real thing, but it still is fun to play with.

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Butterfly Craft

What you will need:

An empty paper towel tube

Foam sheets

Scrap book paper

Pipe cleaners

Craft pom poms

Glue gun

Elmer’s Glue

Directions:

This was a pretty simple one. You could also do this on a smaller scale with a toilet paper roll.

Cut out foam pieces in the shape of the wings.

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Using different colored scrap strips, wrap around the tube and glue using the hot glue gun.

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Run the glue gun along the edge of the wing where they should meet with the paper towel tube.

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Pour some glue into a paper bowl and let your munchkin dip the pom poms in and glue to the butterfly.

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Mai decides it is way more fun to stuff the pom poms in the tube than to decorate with them.

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Glue one large pom pom to the top for your head & use pipe cleaners to make antennas. Let dry and your craft is done.

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