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Layered Scribble Hearts

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If you are looking for a simple Valentine’s Day project that is also great for developing cutting skills, these easy scribble hearts are just the thing that you are looking for.

I am sure that I have said it to you before, but my daughter loves hearts. She is always cutting them out of construction paper and coloring them or drawing designs on them.

Layered Scribble Hearts. Arts and Crafts for kids. This is a great cutting and fine motor activity and is perfect for Valentine's Day

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One of her latest creations was the inspiration for this simple Valentine’s craft.

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Yarn and Pipe Cleaner Coiled Roses

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we love yarn and pipe cleaners too. If you’re looking for the perfect craft for the spring, Valentine’s or Mother’s Day, look no further. These coiled roses are great for developing fine motor skills as well.Pipe cleaner or yarn coiled roses. A great fine motor skill arts and craft idea for kids. Perfect for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day or to welcome spring flowers.

 It is true. My daughter and I both love working with yarn and with pipe cleaners. Yarn wrapping activities are a favorite of ours. My daughter also loves threading buttons and beads on pipe cleaners. These are wonderful for building her fine motor skills and they make some fun crafts. A new favorite of ours is coiling yarn and pipe cleaners for craft projects. At first, the yarn was too tricky for my daughter’s little hands, so she would coil with pipe cleaners instead. Now she can easily work with both. To get ready for Valentine’s Day, we made these coiled roses using both materials.

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Yarn Wrapped Cat in the Hat Hat

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If you are a Dr. Seuss fan like we are, you may be looking for a fun and easy craft to celebrate his upcoming birthday. When you think of Dr. Seuss, what is the first thing that you usually think of. I almost always immediately think of the Cat in the Hat.

 Toilet paper tube Dr. Seuss headband hat. Recycle cardboard rolls wrap with yarn for an easy Cat in the Hat inspired arts and craft project for the kids. A great fine motor activity as well.

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My daughter loves that mischievous cat and all thing Dr. Seuss, so I thought that this simple yarn wrapped Cat in the Hat inspired hat would be perfect.

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Fizzing Heart Art Eruptions

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These fizzing heart eruptions are a fun way to combine science and art with beautiful and unpredictable results.

Baking soda and vinegar eruptions are a favorite in our house. The ingredients are usually always readily available, they are easy to set up and fascinating to watch. My daughter wanted to make them this week and so we did. With Valentine’s Day nearing, we thought a fizzing heart project would be perfect.Fizzing heart baking soda and vinegar heart paint eruptions. Science and art fun for kids perfect for Valentines Day or any time. Also great for fine motor skills. Arts and crafts activities for kids & toddlers.

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She has recently perfected making hearts. She draws them and cuts them out all the time, so with her love of hearts and Valentine’s approaching quickly, hearts were the perfect choice for our fizzy paintings.

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Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

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Here is a little secret about me. I used to be a scrapbooker, a big one. I have books and books filled with lovely memories set on pretty paper with stickers and stories surrounding them.

This is a great cutting skills activity and craft. Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for kids. Thanksgiving arts & crafts for preschoolers. Use pieces of scrapbook paper to form this pretty turkey.

After having my daughter, I found less and less time to scrapbook, but still have a lot of supplies. I love scrapbook paper. It is pretty. It is thick and it is wonderful to craft with.

Cleaning out our craft room this weekend, I stumbled across a ton of paper stowed away in the closet. We wanted to take advantage of our find and use it to make a cute Thanksgiving craft. I  had a ton of scraps to use, so I selected whatever random pieces that I had to work with.

 

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My daughter and I both cut strips of the paper to form our turkey’s feathers.

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My daughter told me that I was making a mama turkey and she was making a baby turkey. She cut her scraps into tiny strips.

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For the body, I cut out a bowling pin looking shape and my daughter cut out two circles, one larger than the other.

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We glued our scrap pieces flared out around our body with the printed side of the scraps facing down. When we were satisfied with the amount of scrap feathers on our turkeys, we flipped them over and added googly eyes and an orange triangle for a beak.

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My daughter insisted that the mama and baby turkey had to be glued together. It made perfect sense to me. How cute is my sweet little baby? This is a great craft for Thanksgiving and a wonderful way to practice cutting skills.

This is a great cutting skills activity and craft. Scrap Paper Turkey Craft for kids. Thanksgiving arts & crafts for preschoolers. Use pieces of scrapbook paper to form this pretty turkey.

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Yarn Wrapped Broomsticks

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 Halloween is a favorite holiday in our house. My daughter is very theatrical and loves to play dress up and, of course, she loves the candy as well.Yarn wrapped witches' brooms crafts for Halloween. A great fine motor skill activity and kid's crafts. Arts & craft for preschoolers.

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Last year, my daughter was a witch and while she outgrew her costume, she still uses her witch’s broom and hat all of the time.

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As she played with it the other day, it gave me a fun idea for a Halloween craft for us.

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Halloween Yarn Wrap Activity

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Yarn is a favorite craft & play material in our house.

Yarn wrapped Halloween activity for the kids. Great for fine motor skills. Pumpkin, bat, & mummy arts & crafts

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My daughter loves yarn. She will sometimes unravel it & drag it through our house and wrap it around chairs, tables and other furniture. She wraps it around sticks, markers & anything else that she can get her hands on, so it is probably no surprise that yarn wrapped crafts are a favorite activity of ours.

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Felt Diapers

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Felt diapers for pretend play - kid's life skills - arts & crafts

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My daughter really has such a lovely way with babies & smaller children. She is very gentle, protective and nurturing. It is very sweet.

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She behaves this way with her dolls as well. She pretends they are sick and takes their temperatures. She feeds them, reads to them, even pretends to load them in their cars seats. It is wonderful to watch & listen to. She found an old doll while cleaning out her toys the other day. It is one of those dolls that wets itself if you squeeze its belly. My daughter, of course, needed to make sure that she cleaned up her wet baby and asked me for something to use as a diaper.

It gave me an idea.

I am not much of a seamstress, but I thought that I could make her some cloth diapers with Velcro tabs. I had a little bit of felt and thought this would be perfect for her diapers. Again, I am not a seamstress, but I was pretty excited about how these came out & so was my girl.

I measured out a piece of felt by holding it under the doll to see how big I would need to make it. I cut the felt into a rectangle that slightly flared at each end.  I folded the long edge on both sides of the diaper and then sewed both edges & pulled the thread snugly so that they gathered just a little. Then I folded in the edges again, but this time only sewed the center portion so that the diaper had a sort of hour-glass shape.

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I cut a tab to sew along the front edge of the diaper. I sewed the tab into place & then used a fabric marker & wrote the word diaper across it.

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I sewed two tabs to the upper sides of the back-end of the diaper. I stuck Velcro to each tab & then added the coordinating Velcro pieces to the edges of the front tab that says Diaper.

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I showed my daughter how to use the diaper & let her play. She even asked me to make more, so that she could change all her dollies.

Felt diapers for dolls & pretend play - kid's life skills - arts & crafts,

Felt diapers for dolls & pretend play - kid's life skills - arts & crafts

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Yarn Wrapped Bumble Bee Craft

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We just discovered that we have a hive of bees living in our porch. Every day for the past few weeks, the bees have been buzzing around our heads as we are outside playing.
Yarn Wrapped bumble bee craft for the kids. a cute spring or summer craft & a great fine motor activity as well

There was one that lingered on our porch a few days ago & my daughter and I wanted to investigate a little. We watched it for a while as it rubbed its legs together and sat on our step.

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