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Spring and Summer Fan Craft

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These hand fans are an easy and lovely craft for the spring and summer.

We made pretty Asian style hand fans for the Lunar New Year a few months back. They were such a big hit and so much fun to make that we wanted to make more for the spring and summer. I love these fans. They are simple to make and the kids will enjoy decorating them with their own designs.

Paper plate fans for the spring and summer. These hand fans are a simple arts and craft project that is perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and kids of all ages.

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Paper Plate Hand Fans

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While everyone just finished welcoming in the New Year, my family and I are awaiting another New Year’s celebration.  January 28th is the Chinese Lunar New Year and for my Vietnamese family it is Tết .
Painted Paper Plate Hand Fans. Great for Chinese Lunar New Year or Vietnamese Tet. Kid's & preschooler cultural arts and crafts ideas.

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I have been talking to my daughter about the upcoming holiday, so over the weekend, we made some crafts to help ring in the New Year. I can remember being a little girl and loving my mother’s beautiful hand fans. I thought that making some of our own would be a fun project that my 4 year old would enjoy.

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Valentine’s Day Hand Print

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Valentine's Hand Print - Bee Mine

Valentine’s Day is coming & with it comes the flowers, the chocolates and the cards. My daughter has already started getting excited about making Valentine’s cards for her family & friends. I was excited too because let’s face it, there is nothing sweeter than getting a Valentine from your little one. We love hand & footprint crafts because they make wonderful keepsakes. This adorable Valentine is cute & easy to make.

Hand Print Valentine

Paint your child’s palm and thumb in yellow. Paint black stripes over the yellow paint. Paint the fingers for the wings. I chose light blue for our wings.

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Press their hand onto a piece of paper.

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Paint in antennae and a stinger.

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Add googly eyes & a mouth and draw in wing veins.

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Add your message. (I love puns.) Add a heart trail or a few hearts to finish it off.

Valentine's Hand Print - Bee Mine

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New Year’s Hand Print Craft

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hand print hand clappers - An easy New Years craft. My daughter loved cutting the confetti

It seems as if the holidays fly by quicker & quicker each year. Next week is Christmas & then the following week we will be ringing in the new year. Not long after we clean up our New Year’s confetti, we will be celebrating another birthday for our little girl. She turns 4 in a few weeks & I cannot believe how quickly she has grown.

I would love to be able to keep her small forever. I know that this will not happen, but I can at least preserve some of her tiny cuteness while I still can. This is why I love hand & footprint crafts. It is fun to compare each new print with older ones just to see how much she has grown.

With 2016 fast approaching, I wanted to make a holiday keepsake to kick off the new year.

New Year’s Hand Print Craft

This was a simple and fun project.

Trace your child’s hand or have them trace their own.

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Cut out a few different colored hands using the tracing.

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Fan the hands out & glue them together. Cut out a handle for your hand clapper & glue underneath the hands.

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Cut out confetti & streamers or let your child if they are able to use scissors. We have been working on our cutting skills a lot lately, so Mai couldn’t wait to help me cut the confetti.

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Glue the confetti & streamers into place.

Don’t forget to label your clappers with your child’s name & the date.

hand print hand clappers - An easy New Years craft. My daughter loved cutting the confetti,

Wishing you all the best for the New Year.

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Snowflake Crafts For Kids

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Hand Print Snowflake Craft - Winter & Christmas kid's crafts.

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A funny thing happened the other day. A group of my friends were talking about the winter & things to do with our kids. We began talking about cutting paper snowflakes. I had said that it had been so long since I had last made one that I was not quite sure if I even remembered how to. This conversation sparked us to all attempt to make snowflakes with some funny results. We were all out of practice & went through sheet after sheet of paper until we finally figured it out. This crafting adventure with the grown ups led to a couple of fun snowflake crafts at home.

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“I Glove You Hand” Print Craft

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I glove you - hand print craft A cute idea for kid's winter craft keepsake

I have been talking a lot about our move lately and the construction still going on at our new house. This has been the main focus of our life lately & it has our lives sort of in limbo. We have had most of our things packed for months & now with the colder weather here, I have found that most of our winter clothing is buried in storage. I have been searching for my daughters gloves, mittens, hats & scarves, but realized that they were not going to be found until we unpacked. I bought my daughter new winter gear & then I misplaced it again somewhere in the suitcases that we have been living out of. The loss of the winter gear had me & my daughter joking about the 3 little kittens that lost their mittens.

Mai drew a picture of those poor kittens.

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All of this talk about lost mittens inspired us to do a craft.

“I Glove You” hand prints

You can choose to make your gloves in the design of your choosing, but we opted for striped gloves. To do this, paint your child’s hand with different colored stripes.

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Press it onto a piece of paper. Paint the other hand the same way & press that one too. Let them dry.

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If you have your hands positioned the way that you like, leave them. If you have a squirmy 3 year old and cannot get them exactly how you want them, cut around the hand prints & glue them onto another piece of paper of the same color in the positions that you would like them.

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Glue cotton balls to the bottom of your hand prints & then cut a heart shape around the gloves.

Glue onto another piece of paper in a different color.

Hand print glove craft

Leave it as is or write in your “I glove you” message or another message of your choosing. Add a string to join your gloves together.

I glove you - hand print craft A cute idea for kid's winter craft

Incidentally, we did end up finding those mittens and the hat too.

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‘Inside Out’ Character Hand Print Craft

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Inside Out Hand Print Characters Craft - Riley with her head full of emotions

My daughter loves the movie ‘Inside Out’. She is particularly fond of Joy. Joy is her favorite character. She pretends to be her all of the time. Yesterday, she was asked what her name is. She told the person that her name was Joy. I just laughed. She gets so into character, that she even refuses to wear shoes because Joy does not wear shoes. I promised my little Joy that we would make an ‘Inside Out’ craft. We decided to make a hand print craft. I wanted to make an emotion character on each of Mai’s fingers & Riley on her palm.

We painted her palm in flesh tone. I painted each of her fingers in the character’s colors. For Anger, we painted the thumb in white & the tip in red. We painted the pointer finger light green & then the tip flesh toned for Joy. The middle finger was purple with a light purple tip for Fear. Disgust was green with a light green tip on her ring finger. Sadness finished off the cast of characters on the pinky. She was a very light blue with a slightly darker blue on the tip. We pressed it onto a piece of paper & let it dry.

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I painted the hair on each character.

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I painted in the eyes & mouths on each & added in the clothing accessories.

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On the palm, I painted in the whites of the eyes & added the hair for Riley with magic marker & crayons.

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I finished of our craft by adding the rest of Riley’s facial features.

Inside Out Hand Print Characters Craft - Riley with her head full of emotions

Mai thought this was hilarious & wanted to make one of her own too.

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Hand print X-Ray

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Hand print X-ray

 

When you have a toddler, you really have to keep an eye on them at all times. Unfortunately, this is impossible. You turn your back for just one second & boom. It is inevitable.

I got a call from my daycare provider that my daughter hurt her arm. Mai told me that she was jumping on her mat during quiet time and fell and bent her arm. Yes, my child is the one who is jumping during quiet time instead of napping. We took her to the hospital & she needed to have x-rays to make sure that there was not a break. There were no breaks, but she did end up having a nasty sprain & was in a lot of pain for the last couple of days. She is doing much better today & back to her old playful self. We have been doing a lot of one handed playing today & we also did a quick craft inspired by her hospital visit.

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For this craft we painted her hand & lower arm in gray.

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We pressed it onto a piece of black construction paper & let it dry.

With a white piece of chalk, we drew in our little bones.

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“Ewwww, that looks like a skeleton, mama.” Yes, it does. Hopefully we will not have to look at another x-ray for a long time.

 

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Popsicle Stick Flower Craft

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Add a pom pom or gemstone to the center of your flower.

Last week after a few gloomy days, I got ahead of myself. Mai and I made our first Fall themed crafts a few weeks early. This weekend was a pleasant reminder that the summer was still indeed here.

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Mai & I had a lot of time outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather, but we did manage to squeeze in a craft or two. This time we stayed in theme with the season & made flower crafts.

Popsicle stick flower craft

What you will need:

Craft sticks

Cardboard

Pipe Cleaner

Bendy Straw

Paint

Glue

Pom Pom or Gemstone (Optional)

Directions:

 

Cut out two 1 1/2" circles out of card board for each flower that you are making.
Cut out two 1 1/2″ circles out of card board for each flower that you are making.

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Paint 12 craft sticks.
Paint 12 craft sticks & let dry.
Use a hole punch to punch holes in the middle of the cardboard circle.
Use a hole punch to punch holes in the middle of the cardboard circle.
Place & glue 8 of your craft sticks on top of one of the circles in a pattern like shown.
Place & glue 8 of your craft sticks on top of one of the circles in a pattern like shown.
Glue the second piece of cardboard on top, making sure to line up up the center wholes.
Glue the second piece of cardboard on top, making sure to line up up the center holes. Let dry.
Paint the top piece of cardboard. Let dry.
Paint the top piece of cardboard. Let dry.
Glue 2 sticks in a X pattern over the top of the circle.
Glue 2 sticks in a X pattern over the top of the circle.
Glue the remaining 2 in a similar pattern.
Glue the remaining 2 in a similar pattern & let glue dry.
Trim the short end of a bendy straw so that there is about a 1/2 inch left before the bendy part of the straw.
Trim the short end of a bendy straw so that there is about a 1/2 inch left before the bendy part of the straw.
Insert a green pipe cleaner into the straw to add sturdiness & color.
Insert a green pipe cleaner into the straw to add sturdiness & color.
Push the backside of the straw into the hole in the backside.
Push the bendy side of the straw into the hole in the backside.
Add a pom pom or gemstone to the center of your flower.
Add a pom pom or gemstone to the center of your flower.
Here is Mai's flower.
Here is Mai’s flower.
And Mommy's
And Mommy’s…They spin too.

Keeping with the flower theme we also did a hand & foot craft this weekend. Mai gets a kick out of the paint on her feet. She painted mommy’s feet & made me do a footprint as well. It only seems fair, right?

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Green feet for the leaves.
Mommy, I paint your feet too.
Mommy, I paint your feet too.
We did hand print too, but Mai got a little over jealous with this so we decided to trace hand after instead.
We did hand prints too, but Mai got a little over zealous with this, so we decided to trace hands instead.
That's better.
That’s better.
Of course this went straight to the refrigerator.
Displayed proudly on the refrigerator