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Cardboard Tube Bud Vase

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Mother’s day is a month away. If you are looking for a cute gift idea for mom or grandma, these simple cardboard tube vases might be just what you are looking for.

My daughter loves to run around the yard and pick flowers for me. It is the sweetest thing. We will usually put the flowers in a Dixie cup and save them, but we thought that it would be nice to make and design our own bud vases. These cardboard tube vases are perfect for the spring and would make an adorable Mother’s Day gift. You can choose to make a tapered vase, as we did or keep it even simpler and keep the tube as is and glue it to a base.

Cardboard tube flower bud vase. This is a great idea for Mother's Day or Valentine's. Recyclable arts and crafts for kids.

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Dixie Cup Tea Set

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Dixie Cup Tea Set - We filled our cups with Jell-o, but these would be great for a tea party themed party. You could fill them with a snack or  drink of your choosing.

My daughter loves going through our kitchen cabinets. She pulls out different boxes & likes to set up pretend shops. Today she dragged out several boxes of Jell-o & all of my boxes of herbal teas. She was sniffing each box of tea & telling me what she thought they smelled like.

“Let’s have a tea party.”

“Ok! You want to try tea?”

“No, let’s have a Jell-o tea party.”

With these words, she began ripping open a box of orange Jell-o. “We need to make the Jell-o for our tea party, mama.”

If it is a Jell-o tea party that my daughter wants, then that is what she is going to get.

Dixie Cup Tea Cups

What you will need:

Dixie Cups

Foam sheets in a variety of colors

Yarn or string

Magic markers

Glue gun (Operate caution while using a glue gun. Adult’s should operate)

Filler of your choice. – We filled our cups with Jell-o, but these would be great for a tea party themed party. Fill them with a snack or drink of your choice.

Directions:

Cut “c” shapes out of the foam to form your handles.

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Cut out a small piece of white foam that is long & skinny. When you fold it in half it should form a 1″ square.

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Fold the white foam in half to form the tag for your tea bag. Decorate the tags with markers. Glue a small piece of string or yarn to the inside of the tag & glue the fold closed.

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Glue your handles onto the cups.

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Glue the tags onto the outside of the cup, but leave the tag loose so that it dangles.

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Add whatever you choose your tea cups. We added our mixed Jell-o & then put them in the refrigerator to cool & harden.

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Mai was thrilled to get her Jell-o tea party.

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Jello tea party - These cute Dixie Cup crafts look like little tea cups & are filled with Jello

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Treasure Hunt Bottles

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Sensory bottles for kids made out of colored rice & Dollar store toys. A great sensory activity for toddlers

A few weeks ago, we had to bring our daughter to the emergency room. She had what was called nursemaids elbow, a common toddler injury, which is basically a dislocated elbow. With a quick movement the doctor snapped Mai’s elbow back in place & within seconds, she was back to her happy, smiley, mischievous self. I was relieved. It is a nerve wracking couple of hours.

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While we were there, a very nice nurse brought us a cylinder like toy, filled with sand and different assorted shapes and objects. She gave this to Mai to play with as we waited for her x-rays. The toy worked in distracting our little miss from her injuries. I thought this was a wonderful idea, but in all the stress and anxiety of the situation, it was quickly forgotten, until yesterday when I saw a pin for a treasure hunt game.

This reminded me of the cylinder and all of its’ random objects. I thought this should be easy enough to recreate and would have to be more fun to play with, without a big ouchie.

What you will need…

An old soda bottle 20 oz or 32 will do

rice or sand

food coloring

assorted plastic toys small enough to fit into a bottle top

I originally made this with a 2 liter bottle, but found that it was too heavy for Mai to play with, so we transferred it to a 20 oz bottle. This worked much better for her little hands.

Directions:

Peel the soda label of the bottle. Clean the bottle & let it dry thoroughly

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Pour rice & food coloring into a ziplock bag & shake

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Pour rice onto paper plate to dry

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Insert mini toys into bottle. I went with assorted insects, bugs, butterflies and reptiles. I bought these at the Dollar Store.
Use a funnel & fill the bottle 3/4 of the way with rice.

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Seal top using super glue.

Shake the bottle to mix up the toys

Let your toddler shake & play & point out all of the objects

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With all the left over rice we had, we also made a sensory box.

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The verdict: She loved the bottles. She was shaking it up and pointing to birds and butterflies and laughing. The sensory boxes are always a hit in our house. It was a fun day for Mai. It was a messy day for mommy.

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Drop cloths, mommy..drop cloths. Some one hand me a broom.