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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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Straw Blown Peacock Painting

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If your kids are peacock lovers like we are, you will love this pretty and fun painting project.

Our family took a trip to the zoo yesterday. We saw a lot of amazing animals during our visit, but my favorite of them all was the peacocks. I love peacocks. They are so majestic and beautiful. Seeing these amazing creatures inspired our latest project. We have made peacocks in the past. Last year. we made them by painting with bleeding tissue paper. This time around we tried using the straw blowing method. Here’s how.
Straw Blown Peacock Painting - fun kid's arts and crafts projects. Blow painting is great for preschool and kindergarten

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Nature Resist Tie Dye Shirts

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Use items in nature to create beautiful nature resist art and t-shirts. This is a wonderful project for people of all ages.Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

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We have been enjoying the beautiful weather these past few weekends & spending most of our time outdoors. We have been experimenting and playing with different nature arts and crafts. Last weekend, we brought some watercolor paper outside and laid some leaves and rocks on top and used spray bottles to spray the paper with a mixture of food coloring and water. This simple nature resist project gave us an idea.

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It came out lovely.  I loved the effect & wanted to try it on t-shirts. We tried to recreate the effect to tie dye t-shirts. They came out great, but after we washed the shirts, the food coloring washed out. The food coloring didn’t take, but we were not going to give up on our idea. We found a non-toxic tie dye spray kit on Amazon & hoped that this would do the trick.

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Nature Resist Tie Dye t-Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults.

The directions on the package did not require that we prep our shirts, but I soaked them in a half vinegar & water mixture to prep them nonetheless. I rang our shirts out & then brought them outside & laid them out flat on cardboard. I slid a piece of cardboard between one of the shirts to keep the color from bleeding through to the other side. My daughter wanted her color to go through,

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We gathered rocks, leaves & branches to create our designs. My daughter & I went to work on placing our design elements.

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Once we had all of our pieces in place, we began to use the spray. Spray over the shirt. Spraying from the side can cause the dye to run under, overspraying could cause this as well. My daughter wore an apron, but we forgot to put on gloves. It is recommended to wear them because it does get messy. Luckily, the spray washes off of skin very easily.

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We did one side & let it sit out in the sun to dry. The packaging recommends to let the shirt sit for an hour, but we flipped after just a few minutes.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

We made heart designs out of rocks on the opposite side of both t-shirts.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature.. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

When we finished spraying the other side, we let it dry in the sun for about 1 1/2 hours. The dye sets in the dryer after about 20 minutes. I also ironed it before washing to help heat set it a little bit more. Once the dye was set, we washed them as normal & then air-dried the shirts. The color held up beautifully. My daughter was so proud of her shirt. She couldn’t wait to put it on & show it off.

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or adults

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nature painting for kids with food coloring paint spray. Spring & summer art activities

Nature Tie Dye Shirts - These t-shirt designs were made from rocks, leaves, twigs & other things found in nature. This is a fun spring or summer art activity & craft for kids or for adults

Plastic Easter Egg Cars

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A great way to use up those left over- make Easter Plastic Egg Cars - the kids will love these

Easter will be here & then over before we know it. Many homes will be dealing with the aftermath of Easter grass, jelly beans & all of those left-over plastic Easter eggs. I for one love those left-over plastic eggs because there are so many fun things that you can do with them.

Check out a few other ideas:

Plastic Egg Floating Fish

Teletubbies Weeble Wobbles

Plastic Egg Daddy Long Legs

A great way to use up those left over- make Easter Plastic Egg Cars - the kids will love these

We decided to make little egg cars. Here is how.

What you will need:

Extra large plastic eggs

Toothpicks

Buttons

Sharpie

Glue gun (As always use caution with a glue gun.)

Optional: small beads or Ditalini pasta pieces

Directions:

Draw a simple car design on the egg with a Sharpie.

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You can do this next step in a few different ways.

  1. Use a hot glue gun to glue 2 small beads to each end of a toothpick or (in our case we used painted Ditalini pasta because we use them as beads often). Make sure to leave room to slide the button on.                                              OR
  2.  You can just use a dab of glue, instead of a bead, on either end. This will keep the button from sliding around.

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Slide in a button on each side & put a dab of hot glue on the end to keep the button from sliding off. Do not glue the button though, let it spin loose. Repeat with another toothpick.

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Glue both sets of button wheels to the bottom of the plastic egg. Let the glue dry.

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My daughter could not wait to get her hands on these.

She quickly started cutting up paper to make roads & I jumped in to help. We used chalk to draw the street lines.

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We glued paper down for the grass around the roads too.

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My daughter wanted to have races with our cars.

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For some reason, she always won & she waved her victory flag every time.

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Our little egg mobiles turned into a fun project day as she wanted to add in houses & schools and make a whole city to go with our cars.

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Finger Painting With Rubber Thimbles

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Finger painting for kids with rubber thimbles - art for children

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My daughter has an art app that she loves on her IPad.  She used it a lot over our travels last week. I watched her draw & paint and stamp shapes with her fingers. Watching her stamp hearts & flowers onto her electronic canvas gave me an idea. My idea was to put foam shapes on the end of rubber thimbles  & use them as finger stamps. I cut out 4 simple shapes & used hot glue to glue them to the tip of the thimbles.

Rubber Thimble Finger Stamps

My daughter & I experimented with the different shapes. We put them on our fingers & stamped away. The heart shape worked the best. If you applied heavy paint it came out looking like a wax seal stamp, whereas just a light dab of paint provided better shape.

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Mai lost interest in the actual shape of the stamps & began to just paint with the thimble. We had a box of a dozen rubber thimbles, so we tried something new. We loaded thimbles on each of her fingers & dipped them all in different color paint. She ran all of her thimble covered fingers around a piece of paper to create a painting that reminded me of a Jackson Pollock.

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The thimbles were a little bit large on a couple of her fingers, so they would flip off from time to time, but she would just stick them back on & go.

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When she was finished, it left us with a bright & colorful piece of abstract art.

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Spin, Roll & Count Exercise Game

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Spin, roll & count exercise game. Fun for the whole family.This game was an amazingly huge hit in our home. My daughter did n

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The past few months have been stressful ones for our family. We have sold a home, remodeled our new home & are still living in a construction zone. With all of these changes & with how busy we have been, we have not made the best food choices & have let our physical fitness kind of slide. My husband & I have packed on the pounds and decided that we needed to get back into shape. We began a new workout regime & just started a squat challenge. Our daughter jumped right in & wanted to join us in getting a little exercise.

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Cleverly, inspired by our exercise, Mai picked up a die & rolled it and told me that she was going to do arm rolls. She rolled a 5 & did 5 arm rolls. She told me to roll & I rolled a 4 & she told me to do 4 jumping jacks. This sparked a new game & a fun idea.

I took my daughter’s idea & added another element to it.

What you will need:

A paper plate

Split pins

Cardboard

Construction paper

Hole punch

Sharpie

Glue

Die or dice

Directions: Cut an arrow out of a rigid piece of cardboard. Use a hole punch to poke a hole at the end of the cardboard arrow. Push a split pin through the hole & the center of the paper plate. Secure it loosely so that the arrow spins freely.

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Cut 8 squares out of construction paper & use a Sharpie to write down fun exercises.

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Glue them to the edge of the paper plate.

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To play:

Spin your exercise wheel. See what it lands on.

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Roll your die or dice.

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Do your activity the amount of times as the number that was rolled. Our daughter hopped like a frog 6 times this roll.

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We all took turns & played together as a family. We did jumping jacks, frog hops and toe touches.

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Our daughter could not get enough. She got a kick out of watching us frog hop & dance like ballerinas. We had fun & promised her that we could play again tomorrow.

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Footprint Puffin

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Footprint puffin craft

 

We just returned from a family vacation in Iceland. We had a fantastic time. We love to travel & it has been wonderful watching our daughter inherit our love. While we were in Iceland, we took in the breathtaking landscapes, swam in the Blue Lagoon & took a trek to the top of the Langjökull glacier and then got to walk inside of its ice cave. We created beautiful memories & have so much fun.

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The ice cave of Langjökull glacier, Iceland

While shopping in Reykjavik, we came across a lot of puffin merchandise. I was fortunate enough to have seen the puffin on our last trip to Iceland, while Mai was still in my belly.

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Puffins were out of season on this visit, so Mai did not get to see one, but she still did get a little souvenir.

Puffy the puffin is our daughter’s new favorite stuffed animal. She has carried him around everywhere since our return.

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Her new friend was also the inspiration for our newest footprint craft.

I painted her foot in black & white as shown & then pressed it onto a piece of blue paper.

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I painted a white oval shape over the heel for the face & added in the beak & feet with orange.

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I added a touch of yellow & black to the beak & painted in the eye to finish it off.

Footprint puffin craft

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Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments

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    These clay fingerprint ornaments are perfect for any occasion. They make a great keepsake gift for grandparents and mom and dad.Clay Fingerprint Keepsake Ornaments for the family - a sweet and easy arts & craft idea and keepsake that the kids or the whole family can make together

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My daughter has inherited a lot of hand-me-down books. We have so many that we don’t even know what we own. For a very long time, my daughter has only read a few of these books. Many just sat there collecting dust, but recently she has been diving into them all. We came across a few art books the other day. We found a few great “how to draw” tutorials and also came across a cute book filled with fingerprint crafts.

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Northern Lights With Watercolors

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Pretty Northern Lights paintings with watercolors - art & painting for kids

This week our family & I are heading to Iceland for vacation. My husband & I have been before & love it there. We are excited to take our daughter to see the geysers & walk the ice tunnel, but our main reason for going is to try our luck at seeing the Northern Lights. There is no guarantee that we will see them, but we are hopeful & eager. I have been telling our daughter all about them & showing her photos on the computer. “Oooooh, that’s pretty mama!” They certainly are. They also made a great subject for a painting with our new homemade watercolors.

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