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Shopkins Inspired Paper Plate Mask

My daughter loves the Shopkins. We have a bunch of those little Shopkins baskets and characters all around our house. My daughter loves all of those little characters.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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What she also loves are masks, more specifically paper plate masks. I have made her many over the past couple of years & we still have every one. Our latest is inspired by the green apple from Shopkins.

We have a ton of pre-painted paper plates left over from a mask making activity that we had at a kid’s craft party, so I just grabbed one of those.

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I drew a simple flower on white foam using a green outline with magic marker & drew a simple stem on brown foam.

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I cut out the flower & the stem & glued them to the top of the plate.

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I cut a worm out of pink foam and leaves out of green. I drew in details to both and added googly eyes to the worm.

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I glued extra-large googly eyes to the plate & drew in the rest of the face using Sharpies.

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I added the little feet in at the bottom to finish it off.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

My little girl loved her new mask.

Paper plate mask inspired by Shopkins Green Apple Blossom - kid's character crafts and activities for pretend play

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Footprint Works Of Art

Footprint art inspired by famous works of art

Over the past couple of months, I have been enjoying recreating famous paintings with the use of my daughter’s footprints. It all started because I wanted to make a black cat craft for Halloween. The cat reminded me of the famous poster art “Le Chat Noir”.

Le Chat Noir Inspire Footprint Craft

From that one footprint craft, I could not stop. I felt inspired to turn my daughter’s little feet into great works of art.

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Next we moved on to Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’

This one had my daughter puzzled. “Why is he screaming so much, mama?”

I am not quite sure.

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‘The Son Of Man’ aka The Man in the Bowler Hat by René Magritte always reminds me of the movie The Thomas Crown Affair.

More questions…”Why does he have an apple on his face?”

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James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s ‘Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1’, more commonly known as Whistler’s Mother was a fun one to make.

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‘Starry Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh fascinated my daughter. She watched me paint in the swirls and asked if she could make a ‘Starry Night’ too. She has since made her own recreations several times.

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I added two more to my collection this weekend.

On Saturday, I made a footprint art inspired by Pablo Picasso’s ‘The Old Guitarist’.

Footprint art inspired by The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso

My husband really liked this one. I was pretty excited at how it came out too. I only needed 3 colors for this one, so it was less messy than my others.

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Last but not least, was my toughest challenge. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but tackling a Seurat inspired ‘A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte’, was a bit more than I bargained for. It is no wonder it took Seurat 2 years to paint his masterpiece. My much much much smaller footprint version was no Sunday afternoon walk in the park, but we finished it. Phew!! Can you even spot the footprint in all of those spots?

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These were all a ton of fun to make & I cannot wait to display my daughter’s feet throughout the house.

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These recreations of famous art are made out of my daughter's footprint

Hey Diddle Diddle Paper Plate Craft

Hey Diddle Diddle Nursery Rhyme Craft - Paper Plate Kid's Craft - The dish ran away with the spoon

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My daughter loves her bedtime stories. She goes through phases each week of which book is her favorite. This week her favorites are the new Dr. Seuss book ‘Which Pet Should I Get‘ & ‘My Little Mother Goose‘.

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‘My Little Mother Goose’ is filled with all of the classic nursery rhymes that I knew as a child.  Hey Diddle Diddle is one that we love in particular.

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My daughter was very excited to make a craft of one of her favorite nursery rhymes.

The Dish Ran Away With The Spoon Paper Plate Craft

Mai wanted to make sure that the dish & spoon were the same as the dish and spoon illustrated in the book, right down to the bow on the spoon.

What you will need:

Paper plates

Acrylic paint (Pink & purple)

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes (Big & medium)

School glue & a hot glue gun (Use caution when operating a hot glue gun. Adult use is recommended.)

Purple Ribbon

Directions:

Paint a paper plate in the pink & let it dry.

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Cut a spoon shape out of another plate & paint it purple & let it dry.

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Glue large googly eyes to the plate.

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Paint a ring around the plate.

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Paint the rest of the face onto the plate.

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Paint a face & add googly eyes onto the spoon as well. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the spoon’s neck.

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Cut 2 pipe cleaners in half & glue the pieces to the back of the plate to form arms & legs. You will only need one pipe cleaner for the spoon, cut into quarters.

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My daughter did a beautiful job & already requested to do the cow jumping over the moon for the next time.

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Haunted House Crafts

Haunted House Shape Craft - Halloween Crafts for kids

I love doing crafts with my daughter. It is always fun to see what she can do. One of my favorite crafts to do with her is shape crafts. I love to watch what she will construct and listen to her tell the stories about what she just made. Last night we took some of those shapes & used them to form haunted houses. Here’s how…

Cut out a bunch of shapes as shown. You will need two shapes for your house base & tower, two triangles for your roofs & two rectangles for chimneys. Cut small squares & rectangles out of yellow paper for the windows.

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Glue your house base in place.

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Glue on your roof. Draw a cross in the middle of your yellow squares to form the windows & then glue them in place as well.

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Glue your tower next to your house & add the chimneys.

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Cut out a circle to form a moon & glue it in place. Add googly eyes to finish off your haunted houses.

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These houses came out so cute that it inspired one more haunted house craft.

Footprint Haunted House

Paint your child’s foot in all black. Stamp it onto a piece of paper & let it dry.

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Paint a door & windows in with yellow.

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Use white paint to add details to your house.

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Paint in a roof or draw one in with marker.

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Paint or draw in bats, a tree & extra details to finish off your haunted little foot.

Footprint haunted house craft - Halloween crafts for kids

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Fingerprint Fall Mums

 

I went to the grocery store yesterday after work & as it is every year at this time, the outside sidewalk of the store was covered with pots of different colored mums. I love mums & in the fall you can find them just about everywhere.

My daughter has been learning a lot about different flowers & plants lately. She recognizes black-eyed Susans, gladiolus, asters & some others. Last night she learned about mums too.Fingerprint Fall Mums

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Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin & Spider

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

Our house officially went on the market this week. We did a lot of work to get it picture perfect & ready for showings. We have been packing & cleaning around the clock for weeks. With all of the cleaning that we have been doing, I have gone through a lot of paper towels. I mean a lot. This left me with a lot of empty paper towel tubes & some crafting opportunities.

We worked on a couple of crafts this week to use up some of those empty tubes & here they are.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin

What you will need:

An empty paper towel tube

An empty toilet paper tube

Orange paint

Green paint

Green pipe cleaners

Green construction paper

Glue

Directions:

Paint an empty paper towel tube on the inside & out using the orange paint & then let it dry.

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Cut a 3″ – 4″ piece of a toilet paper roll. Cut the roll open & paint it green on both ends & let dry.

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Cut around the paper towel roll forming 3/4″ strips about 3/4 of the way down.

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Round fold the strips starting from the cut end & tuck into the opposite end of the tube as shown.

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Roll the green tube up & stick in the opening on top. Add a little extra paint to your pumpkin if needed.

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Cut leaves out of construction paper & glue them to the green roll. Cut a green pipe cleaner in half & roll into spirals. Stick them in the stem to finish off your pumpkin craft.

Paper Towel Roll Pumpkin Craft

But we were not done there. Mai chose to paint her tube black instead of orange. She wanted to cut her tube too. We chose to make a big spider out of the black tube. In fact we ended up making two because Mai wanted her spider to have a friend.

To make the spider, paint & cut the tube the same as above. Bend the strips out & then make bends for knees & feet.

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Push the uncut core down & bend the legs up around it. Add a little glue behind the knees to make the bends stay. Add googly eyes & glue a pipe cleaner to the inside of the tube.

Paper TOwel Roll Spider Craft

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Paper Plate Play Dough Nature Island

This is a wonderful activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Gather items from nature and form these beautiful nature items with play dough and paper plates.Paper Plate Play Dough Nature Island - This kid's craft & activity combines art, fine motor skills, sensory & nature.Great for toddlers and preschoolers

My daughter and I do arts and crafts project just about every day. Many times, I take inspiration for our projects by things that happen over the course of our day. Sometimes, I just get a random idea and many times my daughter calls the shots.  I had an idea last night to make nature fossils out of play dough, assorted leaves, flowers and small pebbles. We made homemade play dough. We added some cinnamon to change the color and add a lovely smell. We rolled out the dough & cut a circle out of the dough to imprint onto.

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Teletubbies Weeble Wobbles

Teletubbies Weeble Wobbles - Made out of plastic Easter eggs. These are quick & easy to make & a lot of fun

There are not too many kid’s programs that I like my daughter to watch. I have to be honest, I find many of them to be either annoying or just plain pointless. I find the Teletubbies to be both, but my daughter loves them. She thinks that they are hilarious. She wanted to watch them the other night, but I did not want her to watch television, so we made a deal that we would make Teletubbies’ crafts instead.

She wanted to make them out of cupcake liners. She pulled out the liners & separated out the Teletubbies’ colors. She began her craft, but then decided it would be more fun to play craft store.

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She lined up all the liners & set up her craft store instead. She changed her mind, but I still had a project in mind that I thought she would enjoy. I had seen some weeble wobble crafts online during Easter. There were some cute ones from Almost Unschoolers & many others. I had been meaning to make them for a while. It just so happened that we had just found a bag of jumbo Easter eggs while packing for our upcoming move & as luck would have it, they were the perfect colors for our Teletubbies’ project.

What you will need:

Plastic eggs in green, yellow, purple & red (We did not have red, so we used pink.)

Pipe cleaners in the same color as above

Silver paint

Play-doh or clay

Foam sheets

Magic markers

Hot glue gun (For adult use only. Always use caution when operating a glue gun.)

Directions: 

Open up your plastic eggs & press a lump of Play-doh into the bottom of each of your eggs.

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Put the eggs back together & test them to out to see how they wobble. Paint a rectangle of silver paint on the front of each egg & then let dry.

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Cut circles out of foam to make your faces & then draw in the faces with a magic marker.

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Cut out the ears & then outline them in magic marker with the color that matches the body.

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Use a hot glue gun to glue the face & ears in place. Twist the pipe cleaners to form the shapes above each characters head. (Note: Put the hot glue on the foam or pipe cleaner & not directly on the egg. Give it a moment to cool & then press into the plastic. This will help with not melting the plastic.)

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Use old plastci Easter Eggs to make Weeble Wobbles - We made Teletubbies for ours

These entertained my little girl for a while. She laughed while playing & doing impersonations for each character. Now these are the kind of Teletubbies that I can deal with.

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