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3-D Construction Paper Christmas Mouse

Twas the month before Christmas and all through the house, construction paper was cut and folded and made into a Christmas mouse.

Christmas is less than a month away and you are probably looking for some cute and easy Christmas crafts to do with the kiddos. This adorable Christmas mouse craft is perfect for the mantle or as a cute ornament for the tree.

3-D Construction Paper Christmas Mouse with free printable template - animal arts and crafts for kids for Christmas and the holidays

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New Year’s Eve Paper Plate Celebration Clock

We have been working on teaching Mai time lately. She has recently learned her months and weeks and now we have been working on the hours in a day. A couple of weeks ago we made pendulum clocks. They were a lot of fun to make together and they have been a fun way to teach her how to tell time. With New Year’s coming up next week, time is on the mind still, so we decided to make clocks again. This time our clocks are ready to party.

New Year's Eve Paper Plate Celebration Clock - craft for kids

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Paper Plate Witch Hat

Paper Plate Witch's Hat Craft for Halloween. Kid's arts & crafts and pretend play

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Ever since my daughter made the announcement that this year she was going to be a princess witch for Halloween, she has been talking about all things witch.

“Mama, I need a witch broom.”

“Mama, you need to be a mama witch.”

“Mama, I need a witch hat.”

While we already purchased her witch costume, I thought it would still be fun for us to make a witch hat.

Paper Plate Witch Hat

Paper plate

Paper bowl

Black & yellow construction paper

Black paint

Purple ribbon

Glue (School & hot glue)

Glitter

Directions:

As with all of our paper plate hats in the past, we began this one with a paper plate with the center cut out & a paper bowl.

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Place the paper plate over the bowl & glue them together.

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Paint the paper plate portion. My daughter opted to paint the whole thing. When you are done, let it dry.

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While it dries, form the cone for your hat. Leave a small opening at the tip of your cone.

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Roll up a narrow strip of paper, about 8″ long, into a skinny cone & glue, tape of staple in place.

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Push the skinny cone through the hole at the top of the bigger cone.

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Allow about 6″ to poke out at the top. Squeeze a glue gun into & around the edge of opening to glue the smaller cone into the larger one. (Use caution when using a glue gun. Adult operation is recommended.)

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Glue the cone over the top of the bowl & bend the tip of the thin part of the cone.

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Glue a ribbon around the hat where the cone & the paper plate meet.  Glue it in two sections to prevent bunching.

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Cut a yellow square & cut out a smaller square in the middle to form a buckle. Glue it to the ribbon. Cover the seam from the two sections of ribbon.

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Squeeze glue all over the hat & sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Let dry & enjoy.

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Paper Plate Witch's Hat Craft for Halloween. Kid's arts & crafts and pretend play

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Paper Plate Straw Scarecrow Hat

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Like many toddlers, my daughter loves to play dress up. She has a fantastic imagination & she likes to use it. She will put herself into character & really commit to it. We love to make crafts to encourage her love for role play. We make paper plate masks often & another paper plate favorite of ours is hats. With the fall around the corner, we did a fall-themed scarecrow hat.

Paper Plate Straw Scarecrow Hat

What you will need:

Paper plate

Paper bowl

Paint

Scrap paper

School glue

Hot glue gun (as always use caution when operating a glue gun. It is recommended that adults operate the gun)

Directions:

Cut out the center of a paper plate.

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Use the hot glue gun to glue the bowl into the middle of the plate.

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Paint the body of your hat & let it dry.

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Cut skinny strips of construction paper for your straw. Glue them around your hat on the paper plate.

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Rip off a couple of pieces of construction paper to make patches for your hat. Draw in simple designs like checks or polka dots.

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Glue the patches onto the bowl. Let the glue dry.

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When it is dry, it is ready for your head or even your stuffed Teddy’s head.

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Paper Plate Scarecrow Straw Hat - adorable fall kid's craft

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Paper Plate Pocketbook

Paper Plate Pocketbook

 

Our little girl is growing up so quickly. It seems as if she went from baby girl to young lady virtually overnight.

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She has become quite the little girly girl. A tutu must be worn at all times, she digs into mommy’s make-up brushes and she has already found her love for hats & for handbags.

She has a few pocketbooks already, but like most women, she could always use a few more.

 

Paper Plate Pocketbook Craft

 

You will need 2 paper plates. Cut 1/3 of one the plates off the top.

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Glue the cut plate to the full plate.

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With the cut plate on top, fold the bottom plate over to form a flap.

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Glue a button or some other type of embellishment to the flap. Let your child paint their own pocketbook. Let it dry.

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Glue a piece of Velcro underneath the flap around where the button would be. Glue the other side of the Velcro to where the Velcro on the flap will meet when folded over.

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Use a piece of ribbon to form the strap.

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Let them fill up their new bag with their favorite trinkets.

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Paper Bowl & Plate Easter Bonnets

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Once a month at work, we have a pizza party to celebrate all the company birthdays for the month. They bring in a variety of different flavored party pizzas, salad and cakes & cookies. I love this about my job. On this same day, there is always a theme. This past week the theme was crazy hats. I have a large floppy sun hat that I wanted to dress up a bit to give it a little more of a Derby look. I asked my mother-in-law if she had any old ribbon that I could borrow to jazz up my hat. Did she ever? She brought me over two full bags of ribbon. I not only found exactly what I was looking for, I found an inspiration. With all of the beautiful pastel lace ribbon & with the day of the hats, it brought to mind Easter bonnets. As a child I always wore an Easter bonnet on Easter. I love hats, always have & now my daughter is following in my footsteps. Tonight’s fun mommy & daughter project…yup, you guessed it, it is Easter bonnets.

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Black Glue Scarecrow Puppets

There is nothing scary about these adorable scarecrow puppets.

By now, you have probably already realized that I am in love with all things fall. Fall trees and their leaves are my absolute favorite, but coming in a very close second are scarecrows.  They are just so cute with their hair made out of hay, their floppy hats and their overalls. These black glue scarecrow puppets are fun to design and paint and will make for a fun fall themed puppet show for the kids when they are done.

Black glue and watercolor scarecrow puppets with printable template to decorate. Fall / autumn arts and crafts for kids. Painting

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40 Fun Fantastic Yarn Crafts

We love yarn. Sure, it is great for knitting and crocheting, but it can be used for so much more. There are many wonderful arts, crafts and activities that you can make using yarn. It is perfect for teaching sewing to beginners, for working on fine motor skills, for creating fun and unique craft projects and even making lovely pieces of process art. Here are just a few of our favorite yarn crafts and activities.

40 Fun and fantastic yarn arts, crafts and activities for kids. Process art, sewing, craft ideas and activities to build fine motor skills. Great for preschoolers to big kids

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

We had a lot of plans for this weekend. My daughter had a birthday party for one of her best friends & we were throwing a Super Bowl party at our own house. Unfortunately, a case of the sniffles changed things a bit. Mai had a nasty cough & a runny nose, so we stayed in our jammies all weekend. She may have been a little under the weather, but it did not slow her down any. She was still running around like crazy. I wanted to get her to sit down & relax, so we sat down & did a quiet & simple activity together.

We cut the center of a paper plate out.

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Mai loves using the paper hole punch, so she was excited when I gave it to her & let her punch around the inside & outside of the paper plate. I started it & showed her where to punch so that it didn’t clip just the edges.

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I punched the outer edge of a paper bowl because that was a bit too tricky for her & then poked the bowl through the center of the plate and glued it into place.

We used a yarn needle to sew the bowl & plate together with yarn & then to sew lacing around the edge of the plate. I showed my daughter how to use the needle under & over, under & over. She skipped some holes at first & would ask me for help when it would tangle, but eventually she got into the groove & was able to do it perfectly without any help.

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We had so much fun with our project that we made several.

She enjoyed the sewing so much that I wanted to see if she would enjoy weaving as well.

I took a paper bowl & cut around the edges like shown.

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The weaving was similar. It weaved over & under, over & under between sections.

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My daughter was not interested in weaving. I finished the weave myself. We glued the woven bowl into the center of another paper plate & then punched more holes around the plate for sewing.

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She liked this hat the best of all. We had fun sewing our hats, sniffles and all.

Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A cute & fun fine motor craft & activity for kids

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Sew & Weave Easter Bonnets - A fun & adorable fine motor craft & activity for the kids

50+ New Year’s Ideas For The Kids

Over 50 ideas for New Year's Eve crafts, activities, recipes, traditions and more for kids

There are only two more weeks until we ring in another year. New Year’s has changed a lot for us ever since having our daughter. New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on all the wonderful memories that we have made throughout the year. It is also a wonderful time to build traditions & make new memories. There are many fun ways to get your child excited about the New Year. We have compiled a list of great crafts, activities & more.

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All That Sparkles

Sparkler Firework Craft from Kid’s Craft Room

Sparkler Firework Craft from Kid's Craft Room

Firework Sensory Bottles from Messy Little Monster

Firework Sensory Bottles by Messy Little Monster

New Year’s Eve Pop-up Homemade Fireworks from Kid’s Craft Room

Fireworks in a Jar from I Can Teach My Child

Fireworks Ring Craft from Fantastic Fun and Learning

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Kid’s Love Confetti

Toilet Paper Tube Confetti Poppers from Smashed Peas & Carrots

Toilet Paper Tube Confetti Poppers from Smashed Peas & Carrots

Confetti Ornaments from Little Bins For Little Hands

Confetti Ornaments from Little Bins For Little Hands

DIY Confetti Poppers from Persia Lou

DIY Confetti Poppers from Persia Lou

Paint Chip Confetti from The Life of Jennifer Dawn

Paint Chip Confetti from The Life of Jennifer Dawn

New Year’s Confetti Poppers from Adventures In Wunderland

New Year's Confetti Poppers from Adventures In Wunderland

 

New Year’s Eve Confetti Poppers from One Good Thing By Jillee

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Make Some Noise

Water Bottle Noise Makers from Adventures in Wunderland

Water Bottle Noise Makers by Adventures in Wunderland

DIY Noise Makers from JMan and Miller Bug

DIY Noise Makers from JMan and Miller Bug

Jingle Bell Noise Makers from Learning Creating Living

Plastic Egg Maracas from Apartment Therapy

Toilet Paper Roll Noise Maker from JMan and Miller Bug

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Festive Food

New Year’s Eve Countdown Cookies from Adventures in Wunderland

New Year's Eve Countdown Cookies by Adventures in Wunderland

Family Traditions -Milk & Cookies from Hodge Podge Craft

Family Traditions -Milk & Cookies from Hodge Podge Craft

Painted Firework Toast from Messy Little Monster

Painted Firework Toast from Messy Little Monster

 

Kid’s New Year’s Eve Mocktails from Modern Parents Messy Kids

New Year’s Eve Midnight Cupcakes from Confessions of a Facebook Queen

Fireworks Biscuits from Messy Little Monster

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Countdown to the New Year

New Year’s Eve Countdown Chain from Sugar Aunts

New Year's Eve Countdown Chain from Sugar Aunts

Paper Plate New Year’s Eve Clock from The Pinterested Parent

Paper Plate New Year's Eve Clock with movable hands from The Pinterested Parent

New Year’s Eve Countdown Ball from JDaniel4’s Mom

New Year's Eve Countdown Ball from JDaniel4's Mom

New Year’s Eve Kid’s Countdown Clock from Buggy and Buddy

New Year's Eve Kid's Countdown Clock from Buggy and Buddy

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Sensory Fun

New Year’s Sensory Bin from Learning and Exploring Through Play

New Year's Sensory Bin from Learning and Exploring Through Play

Celebration Playdough Recipe from Buggy and Buddy

Celebration Playdough Recipe from Buggy and Buddy

New Year’s Party Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands

New Year's Party Slime from Little Bins For Little Hands

Glitter Cloud Dough from Crafts On The Sea

Glitter Cloud Dough from Crafts On The Sea

Happy New Year’s Slime from Mama’s Happy Hive

Happy New Year's Slime from Mama's Happy Hive

 

Celebration Gak from Glued to My Crafts

Glittery New Year’s Playdough from Home Grown Friends

Gold & Silver Slime from Fun a Day

New Year’s Eve Party Slime from Left Brain Craft Brain

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New Year’s Printables

New Year’s Eve Scavenger Hunt from Buggy and Buddy

New Year's Eve Scavenger Hunt from Buggy and Buddy

Year in Review Poem

New Year’s Printable Coloring Hats from Tot Schooling

Annual Questions for the Kids from Simply Kierste

New Year’s Bingo from Playdough to Plato

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New Year’s Traditions with the Kids

Memory Jar from Learning and Exploring Through Play

Memory Jar from Learning and Exploring Through Play

New Year’s Wishing Tree from No Time For Flash Cards

Explaining New Years To Your Kids With Activities from Little Bins for Little Hands

Family Activity Countdown from EDventures With Kids

New Year’s Resolutions for Families by Mum In The Mad House

New Year’s Eve Time Capsule from Adventures In Wunderland

New Year's Eve Time Capsule by Adventures In Wunderland

New Year’s Wishing Wall by Buggy and Buddy

New Year's Wishing Wall by Buggy and Buddy

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All the Rest of It

Party Blower Craft from Mommy’s Bundle

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Hand Print Hand Clapper New Years Craft from The Pinterested Parent

Hand Print Hand Clapper New Years Craft from The Pinterested Parent

New Year’s Fizzy Science from Little Bins For Little Hands

New Year's Fizzy Science from Little Bins For Little Hands

DIY photo props from Pink Stripey Socks

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New Year’s Party Glasses from Artsy Momma

New Year’s Wish Crackers from Mum In The Mad House

DIY New Year’s Eve Hat from Girl Inspired

Whatever your plans this New Year’s, have fun, be safe & enjoy.

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