A few weeks ago we took our daughter to the movies to see ‘Inside Out’. I cried, my daughter laughed & we all left the movie happy. After the movie, my daughter insisted that we all call her Joy after the main character. She wanted to wear green every day & asked people what they thought of her blue hair. This is a common occurrence in our house. Her character changes from week to week. She has been Hello Kitty, Elsa & other assorted characters and animals. Not only does she enjoy pretending to be them, she loves making crafts that are inspired by them. We have made many crafts over the years & have stumbled across quite a few amazing ones as well. Here are some of our favorites.
Mai & I have been working on learning our planets together for a little while now. I am proud & also a little embarrassed to say that she has a better grasp on our solar system than I do. The only ones that I can name are Saturn & of course the Earth.
Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd. For those of you that don’t know, Earth Day is an annual holiday that celebrates our home planet & also brings attention to the various ways we can help preserve our planet. To show our support Mai & I made a special Earth Day craft.
Hand & Footprint Earth
We used a piece of blue 12×12 scrapbook paper for the ocean portion of our Earth. I painted & stamped Mai’s hand & foot in green onto the blue to form our continents. If you make a mistake, which we did, you can always cut around the prints & place them where you would like on another piece of blue paper.
Using the same colored paint, I painted in more green for the land.
Happy Easter! I hope everyone enjoys their days with their families.
Yesterday was the first day that I felt like it was actually spring. The sun was out & Mai and I ventured out doors to take a walk. The wind was strong, but we were enjoying the fresh air & sun shine. The green is starting to peek out from behind the melting snow in our yard. The warm weather is finally on its way & we couldn’t be happier.
After our walk it was craft time. To celebrate our change of season, we made a craft inspired by the four seasons.
Hand Print Seasons
We painted Mai’s hand & arm in brown & stamped 4 separate sheets of paper.
Let the hands prints dry.
Paint in branches around the hands for the winter, spring & fall. Draw in other pictures that represent the season.
Have your child imprint the winter sheet with white finger prints for snow & red, yellow & orange finger prints for falling leaves. Use green paint for the summer tree’s leaves & blue for spring rain. Let dry & frame your sweet little finger prints to enjoy the best of all the seasons all year round.
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Our visit with Santa over the weekend has definitely put us into the Christmas spirit early. I have to admit that one of the long list of reasons that I love the holiday season is there are so many fun crafts & activities. I am looking forward to baking gingerbread and making Christmas ornaments for our tree. I have a long list of things on our to-do list this winter. I cannot wait to share all of these marvelous things with our little girl.
Over the weekend we made hand prints. We have done them for crafts many times & now my daughter just likes to make them just because they are fun. I had a pile of them lying around & was about to toss them into the recycling, but as I hate to throw anything away, I needed to find a use for them.
Paper Plate & Hand print Wreath
What you will need:
Red & green Paint
Craft pom poms
Pipe cleaner or string
Have your child dip their hands into red paint & press them onto a sheet of white paper. Let dry & then cut out the hand prints.
Cut out the inside of a paper plate around the first circle. Paint the ring green. Mai got daddy to join in on our project tonight too.
Let dry & attach hands with glue to form a bow.
Dab a bit of glue on your plate & add a colored pom pom. Continue this process around the whole wreath.
Use a hole puncher to poke a hole at the top of the wreath. Run a string or pipe cleaner through the hole & hang.
I think every parent wants & hopes that their children will show interest in things that they are passionate about. Of course they will discover their own talents and passions, but to be able to have something to share and to connect to them with would be amazing. For my husband, who is a marathon runner, he has aspirations of Mai running races with him someday. He also loves to golf. He bought Mai her first toy golf set when she was just starting to walk.
Since the day my daughter was born, I have been excited for the day that we would be able to do arts & craft projects together. I think I bought her, her first box of crayons before she could even hold one. I started her on finger paints before she turned one. I have been so hopeful that she would love art as much as I do. She likes to color and use her finger paints and she loves it when mommy draws pictures for her. She will often give me special requests by handing me her crayon and shouting “horse” or making an elephant sound. God, is she cute.
With the holidays coming, I have been daydreaming of decorating sugar cookies and making gingerbread houses but since Thanksgiving is only a couple of weeks away, I thought we could do a Thanksgiving Day craft favorite. Who hasn’t made the classic hand turkey as a child? I think most of us, probably have. I wanted to make a special turkey that joined our two hands together. Unfortunately, it is hard to explain to a nearly 2 year old toddler, that she can’t wiggle her hand around in the paint to make a mommy/daughter hand turkey.
I took her foot print and added it to my hand. The foot would be the wing to my hand’s turkey’s body.
I added the feet & wattle using paint & here is mommy & Mai’s hand & foot turkey.
Here is another cute and easy idea.
What you will need…
Styrofoam flower cone
Pipe cleaners in assorted colors
Take the styrofoam cone and cut it to your desired height. I carved around the top also to give the appearance of a head.
Bend the pipe cleaners in half to use as the feathers.
Poke & insert folded pipe cleaners into the back of the styrofoam to form feathers.
Use an orange or yellow pipe cleaner & cut into small pieces to use for the feet & beak. Knot a red pipe cleaner to use as the turkey wattle. Glue on the googly eyes and done.
This is an easy project for kids of all ages.
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