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Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree

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Our Christmas tree went up this week. My daughter was excited to decorate for the holidays, but when we finished, she told me that we did not nearly decorate the house enough.

My daughter wanted a Christmas tree for her doll house, so we made one. Pipe Cleaner Christmas Tree craft - arts and crafts for kids pretend play or decoration

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She went on to tell me that we needed to get her dollhouse ready for Christmas. “My dollhouse needs snow and a Christmas tree.”

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Cardboard Box Marble Run

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Kids love boxes. The larger the box, the more fun to be had. We are still in the process of getting our house unpacked after our move and have a ton of empty cardboard boxes. We have been having a lot of fun making things out of our boxes & the cardboard.
Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & craft

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 My daughter has a great building blocks marble run set.  She used to play with it all of the time. The whole family loved playing with it. Unfortunately, since our move, we have been unable to find it.

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I have seen a number of homemade marble runs made out of cardboard tubes, straws & even Legos & I thought we could try our hands at our own while we searched for our missing one.

Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables

We used a large cardboard box. We cut the flaps off of one side to leave one side wide open. We used the flaps to form our ramps.  I wanted to add different options & obstacles to the ramp so I cut a hole or multiple holes into each piece of cardboard.

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I used a glue gun to glue the cardboard pieces in place at an angle, making sure to leave space on the bottom end of each piece for the marble to be able to drop. I used plenty of glue around the edges to hold the ramp pieces in place and used cardboard tubes in a couple of areas for additional drop options.

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We tested it out a couple of times & found that our marbles fell forward a few times, so we glued a couple of extra scraps of cardboard under the bottom front to balance it out. We used the marbles, but then found that a handful of poms poms was just as fun.

Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables Cardboard box marble & pom pom ramp. This was so much fun & a great activity for kids - arts & crafts from recyclables

My little girl was so excited about her cool new toy. “This is soooo awesome, mama.”

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Pom Pom Pig Craft

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Pom Pom Pig Craft - Adorable crafts for kids

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My daughter is only 3 1/2 & is forever changing her mind. Today her favorite book is ‘Are You My Mother?’ Last week it was ‘Harold & the Purple Crayon’. Today her favorite character is Milly from Umizoomi & last week it was Joy from Inside Out. A few things have stayed consistent. Her favorite thing to play with is Play-Doh, her favorite color is pink & her favorite animal is the pig.

She was playing with a bag of craft buttons the other day & began separating all of the pink ones from the pack. She explained that she was saving them because we needed to make piggy noses out of them. That brought us to this adorable craft.

Pom Pom Pigs

What you will need:

Pink craft pom poms (2 for each pig, one larger than the other)

Pink foam sheet

Pink pipe cleaner

Pink button

Googly eyes

Glue

 

Directions:

Cut the ears & feet out of the pink foam & put to the side.

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Glue the smaller pom pom to the top of the bigger one.

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Glue on the ears & feet.

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Cut a piece of pipe cleaner & curl it into a spiral tail. Glue the side of the tail and place it so that the curly end sticks off to the side.

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Glue on googly eyes & a button for the snout.

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Mai needed a little help with the eyes, but otherwise put her pig together by herself. She did a great job.

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Mommy made a cute one too.

Pom Pom Pig Craft - Adorable crafts for kids

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Hatching Chick Craft

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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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Pom Pom Pets

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Craft Pom pom insects - an adorable spring or summer crafts for kids

 

I love our family weekends. Every six weekends the stars align & my husband & I have a full weekend off together. Saturday was a gorgeous day. We took Mai on an outing to the zoo. She loved every second and we got to enjoy a rare family day together.

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We had more fun plans scheduled for Sunday. We were going to take Mai to a local fair, but alas the rain came & it was a gloomy day filled with thunderstorms & flash flood warnings. We did not go to the fair that day, but rainy days can be fun days too. It had been a while since we had done any of our crafts because we have been so busy enjoying the summer. I have to admit, I was kind of excited to stay in and have a rainy day craft day with my daughter & my husband was happy to get a much needed nap.

Mai loves playing with craft pom poms. We have a huge bag of multi-colored & multi-sized pom poms. We broke them out & decided to have some fun. My daughter is a fan of insects, especially caterpillars. She likes to line up the balls & make caterpillars with them.

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She said “Mama make a caterpillar too.” & that is how it all started.

Pom Pom Pets

What you will need:

Craft pom poms

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes

Glue

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Caterpillar

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Separate your pom poms & select 1 large, 2 medium sized & 3 small pom poms. Add glue to one of them
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Join the craft ball to one from the other size group. Continue this step alternating from small to medium until you use all the balls.
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Clip a pipe cleaner to make antennas.
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Add the antennas & googly eyes. Let dry.
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Cut a piece of pipe cleaner and fold into a zig zag pattern. Glue the caterpillar over the top.

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Spider 

Cut three small pieces of pipe cleaner and fold into and arc shape.
Cut three small pieces of pipe cleaner and fold into and arc shape.
Press the arced pipe cleaner into the craft ball & bend the edges of the pipe cleaners.
Press the arced pipe cleaner into the craft ball & bend the edges of the pipe cleaners. Repeat with the other two pipe cleaner pieces.

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Glue the head into place & add googly eyes . Let dry.

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Lady Bug

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Use one large pom pom & several small black ones. Glue the black ones to the red pom pom. Attach a medium sized black for the head.
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Form a pipe cleaner into wing shape. Glue the wings on the top of the body & add the googly eyes to the head.

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Ant

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Mai put in a special request for an ant since she loves ants.
This is any easy one. 1 medium craft ball & 2 small. Attach all 3 together. Glue on top of a pipe cleaner using the same zig zag pattern as in the caterpillar.
This is an easy one. 1 medium craft ball & 2 small. Attach all 3 together. Glue on top of a pipe cleaner using the same zig zag pattern as in the caterpillar. Let dry.
Mai pets her ant.
Mai pets her ant.

Grass Hopper

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Glue one medium sized ball to a large one. Cut two pipe cleaner pieces for the hind legs & fold into a v shape.
Glue the legs into place & allow to dry.
Glue the legs into place & allow to dry.
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Cut 2 more pieces of pipe cleaner & fold into an arc shape.
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Glue underneath for front legs & add googly eyes. Let dry.

It was my daughter that cleverly named our insects her pom pom pets. She loved them & even wanted to take them to take a nap with her.

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