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Monday, October 27, 2014

Jar crafts

We had to do these! They're just too cute, and I happened to have a bunch of jars in the garage. Project cost was for free since we had all the materials needed. 
Dump a little paint (we used acrylic and craft paints) in the jar. Screw lid tightly. Let your kiddo shake it up. Shake it up. Shake it like crazy. Until the inside is coated with color. You'll want to remove the lid so the paint can dry or you'll just end up with a wet mess in there and a bunch of paint on the bottom of the jar (if the paint is runny). One of my paints was runnier, and I had to "roll" the paint around in there a few times while it was drying, so it didn't puddle the bottom. 
We did a monster, a pumpkin, and a ghost. I painted the lids accordingly. Aiden picked some stickers to use for the ghost's eyes and monster's mouth, we added Googly eyes to the monster, and I drew a face on the pumpkin and a scar and bolts on the monster with a fat permanent marker. We had fun with this super simple idea I got from a fellow mom. Thank you!

October Make It Monday

This month, we made:
•Frankenstein's monster hand and footprints. Paint foot and hand green, with the toes and fingers black. Draw on the scar and smile. Aiden glued the Google eyes on. 
•Spooky scenes with handprint trees. Paint hand and part of the arm brown. Paint a moon. Paint the blue background. Either paint ghosts directly onto the (dry) blue or onto feet. If you do feet, print them upside down so the toes are the bottom of the ghost. Once that's dry, paint on black eyes for the ghosts, or use a black marker. 
•Ceramic plate. Use acrylic paints. These stain, so be careful. Trick (ghost footprint) or treat (paint foot in shades to represent candy corn). We don't like "smell my feet", so I painted "trick or treat happy Halloween 2014" on the rim of our plate. I saw a couple of sources (Pinterest,blogs) say to bake it and it will set the paint. It will NOT set the paint. You will wash your beautiful design right off that plate. Use an acrylic sealer. I used mod podge super high shine clear acrylic sealer, you can buy it on amazon. 
We also did a couple on paper for the grandparents. 
•Stamp art. We made Happy Halloween cards for the boys' grandparents and cousin, and a thank you card to a family friend who gave us the stamps and a bunch of other fun crafty supplies. 

We do crafts every Monday, as well as watercolors and coloring throughout the week whenever the boys want to. As our friend Patti said, "Crafts and art foster creativity, reduce boredom and are excellent for fine motor skills besides teaching the obvious classroom skills."

Carter participates when we do prints, and colors when we're doing things that are more for my Aiden's age, like the stamp cards. We have so much fun spending this creative time together. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Halloween Outfit

I'm still undecided on the boots. I'm getting mixed responses from my friends on which to wear, but I'll probably go with the heels on top. 
My SIL is having a halloween party where everyone is dressing up, kids and adults. This is simple and fun, and I can use the outfit for working out when halloween is over. Except the cape, but it was only $11 on Amazion. I got the idea in an email from Fabletics. I just had to get the blue shown in this post instead of the one in the email because that color was sold out. I already had the boots. Done. I love Fabletics. I love that I can skip another if it's not in the budget. I love that they show me customized outfits based on how I like to work it. I love that my first outfit was only $25. I love that I et a discount every time I shop. I love that I get free shipping. I love that they support people, I bought a breast cancer awareness Tshirt this month where the proceeds went to help the cause. This is not a sponsored post, but I'd appreciate it if you sign up through my personal link  if you're interested. http://www.fabletics.com/invite/54348116/

Which boots do you like better and why?

Editing: we won't be going to the party. Instead, we will be doing regular trick or treating this year. I'll be adding a leather jacket under the cape for the cooler weather. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall decor

It takes a little bit of effort t teach Carter these little pumpkins and squash are not for eating, but I love my finished looks. 

More busy bag ideas


Laminate these. (Cut out first, then do four per regular size sheet of lamination pouch.) Cut out.  Do back to back, but make them upside down on one side so LO can flip it over and do both sides. Write letters on clothespins. Uppercase on one side, lowercase on the other. They can match the letters to the cards and spell the words. 

If you search 
1plus1plus1equals1 brown bear 
They have a bunch of printable activities. I printed this one for Aiden. You cut them and they match the heads to the tails. I also laminated them. 
Here's my completed matching cards. I did double sided. (The yellow duck head had the orange fish head on the back, and the yellow duck tail has the orange fish tail,etc). So I ended up needing one more so they'd all have something on the back because I have a touch of OCD. So I did a pic of Steve and me on our first married Christmas. Aww.

You can also cut the fuzzy sticks in half for the lacing balls. We made chains out of felt cut into strips and Velcro.

Busy bags

Busy bags are a quiet way to keep your little one still when the need to be. (For example, at a restaurant or during a younger siblings Naptime). They engage the mind (matching-sorting-fitting), eyes (bright colors), and the hands (stringing-making shapes). And they're affordable. 
Ill post each activity individually with a picture, how to make the project, what the kids do with it, and how much it cost. 
Use a zipper bag (2.97) so stuff doesn't fall out. This also teaches zipping. ��

Sorting colored pasta. Pretty self explanatory. 
I got a four section container in the fishing section. 
Multicolored pasta shapes. One bag has more than enough, and the colors are made using veggies. (Red is beets.)
Container 2.49 Pasta 1.45/bag makes 6 = .24/activity Activity total 2.73

Lacing balls. 
Practice golf balls and fuzzy sticks. I used five of a pack of fifteen balls per bag so there wouldn't be a bunch rolling around all over. You can lace these so many ways.
Practice golf balls 1.97/pkg of 15. 5 used. .66 Fuzzy sticks .97 Activity total 1.63

Felt shapes on ribbon. 
Cut fat ribbon to a length you like. Not too long or it'll be a hassle for the kids. Tie a knot at one end. Cut out felt shapes and cut slits in the center so they can be slid onto the thread. Encourage making patterns once they have the hang of getting them on there. I did the shapes/colors the same. (Yellow is only triangles, purple is only ovals, etc.) I got fun with that one and did football ribbon with Bears colors -blue footballs and orange megaphones. Which are more like strange pointy ovals and fat triangles. But whatever. Aiden loves it. :)
Ribbon 1.97/roll=9ft. Used about a foot per. .22 Felt sheet solid color .23. Used 1/3 each of five sheets. .40 Activity total .62

Making shapes. 
Craft foam and colored sticks. 
On craft foam, make a shape with sticks of the same color. (Do not attach them). I did square, diamond, triangle, and a five sided shape. Cut the foam to fit the center of your shape. The activity is to make the shape with the sticks to fit the foam. I made Aiden a house shape. It'll be fun to decorate.
Craft foam 4.97/pkg of 50=.10/sheet. Use 3 sheets. .30 Colored sticks 2.47/pkg of 150=.02/stick. Use 16 sticks. .32 Activity total .62

Paint swatch color sorting. 
Grab free paint swatches. You can do two of each color you want, or cut them in half like I did. Glue one of each color to a clothespin. I cut off the extra so it didn't hang off, to reduce the chances of if getting pulled off. The activity is to clip the clothespin to the same color swatch that's on it.
Swatches free! Clothespins 1.97/pkg of 24. Use 12. .99 Activity total .99

The total for the bag with those projects is 9.80 pre tax, so about $10. Of course, it would cost more initially because you'd be purchasing all of the supplies instead of just the portion you need. But you could do a billion other projects with the leftovers.