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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Homemade Finger Paints

Homemade Finger Paints

3tbs sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup corn starch
2 cups water

combine ingredients in small saucepan. warm until mixture thickens. cool & pour in containers. add food coloring to create desired colors. enjoy!!

*someone suggested using Kool-Aid for coloring...and it smells good, too!


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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Candy Cane Wreath

Love This!!!

What an awesome gift to give people for their homes!!! This is a wonderful conversation starter as well as a gift!

✿♥✿ Candy Cane Wreath ✿♥✿

large center decoration
10 small decorations
hot glue gun w/glue
20 candy canes

arranged as shown in photo
tie them two by two facing each other,
you can hot glue a decoration to the center to keep the ends together
glue small round ornaments to each set you tied.
Hang with ribbon.

Christmas Wreath


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

‘Soft as a Cloud’ Playdough…using only 2 ingredients!

‘Soft as a Cloud’ Playdough…using only 2 ingredients!

All you need is:

1 part conditioner
2 parts corn flour/corn starch
Food coloring (optional)

That’s it!

Step 1
Pour your conditioner into a bowl (we used a home brand conditioner – note that not all conditioners are of the same consistency so you may need to add a little more or a little less corn flour to get the right consistency for you)
Step 2
Pour in the corn flour/starch
Step 3
Give the mixture a good stir
Step 4 (optional)
Add a few drops of food coloring
Step 5
Mix well using your hands. This part smells delicious!
Step 6
Have FUN molding, squishing, shaping and playing with your new *Playdough*!


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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Design your own Christmas Bulbs

Design your own Christmas Bulbs

I love this! Such a cute idea and a great way to spend time with the kids!

Put a piece of crayon in a clear Christmas bulb, use a blow dryer to melt the crayon while turning the bulb to distribute the color!!

Other suggestions from facebook replies:

Daidre S. ~ I tried this last weekend with my kids. A few tips:
1. do not use plastic bulbs, they melt(duh moment there) luckily we bought glass ones too!
2. One crayon color only. Even if u try one color at a time, it all melts together in the end.
3. While swoo
shing the melted crayon around watch out for the hole at the top, you don't want second degree burns.
4. Wear gloves! Thick ones! That bulb gets hot and stinky!!!
5. Basically a do it yourself project with no kids.
But hey, I got a BROWN Christmas bulb after all my trials and tribulations!!
Oh, and I had to use our gas stove to actually melt the crayon, my blow dryer was shooting sparks at the glass bulb. My daughter thought it was cool she seen "lightening!"

Julia M-M ~ This works WAY better with nail polish. The cheaper the better as they are more runny. Do one color at a time though or you'll get a weird color pool at the bottom. If I want sparkles, I'll start with clear and sprinkle in the glitter, let it dry then add whatever is next. It's stinky but they turn out beautiful.

Aimee M. ~ I done this with my family tonight but we used paint. Depending on where you store Christmas stuff the summer heat might make them melt again in balls. Making a mess or getting on whatever they are stored with. The paint worked well but make sure u turn upside down in plastic cup to drain. If u like the design after drained good use blow dryer. Some of mine I left to long in cups draining turned almost a solid color. So after most paint was drained I used blow dryer to set the marble look. (Instead of leaving over night to drain and dry.) Also when putting paint into glass balls - I used nickle size amount of each color or more and kept tapping ball in palm sideways over and over making paint swirl. Ours turned out great and the smaller kids can do these with plastic and without getting burned with wax too.


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Notes Throughout the Year

Notes Throughout the Year

Start the Year with an empty jar; fill it with notes about good things that happen throughout the year. Then, on New Year's Eve, empty it and see what awesome stuff happened that year.


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3D Paper Snowflake

3D Paper Snowflake

What you need:

  • scissors
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • stapler
  • eraser

  • 3 sheets of A4 paper
  • wood glue


Take 3 sheets of A4 paper. Fold them in half (try to be precise) and then unfold.

Cut the sheets along the line of folding. You’ll get six smaller sheets of paper in total.

Take those six sheets and fold each one like this: take a short side and fold it up against a long side to make a triangle of sorts. Cut the bottom rectangle off to make a perfect square. (In other words, cut each of the 6 smaller sheets into perfect squares.)

Fold all squares diagonally.

Measure off 3 segments (each is 2 cm/0.8 inch long) on the longer edge of the triangle. Start from left corner. (Mark at 2 cm, 4 cm, and 6 cm.)

Now, fold you(r) triangle into a smaller one, with the measured segments side facing you. (Fold in half.)

Draw cutting lines parallel to the diagonal edge (the long side) of the triangle (use marked points).

Mark a point in 1cm/ 0.4 inch distance from side edge of the triangle. Draw a guiding line parallel to this side of the triangle.

Make diagonal cuts along your guiding lines. Cut only to the distance line. (1 cm from the other short edge of the triangle.)

Erase all guiding lines.

Are you done with cutting? Let’s go back to the square! Unfold your triangle twice.

Time for rolling! Take two innermost paper points together to form a tube. Stick them together with a glue (put a little bit only on the corners).

Flip the whole thing to the other side.

Take the next two paper points and pull them on the opposite side of the first tube. Stick them with the glue as before.

Repeat the procedure with flipping the paper and joining the paper points together on opposite sides until all paper points have been joined.

Yay! One of your six basic pieces is ready. Repeat all the steps with the other triangles.

Now, after you’ve prepared five other pieces, join three of them together at the top with a glue. You’ll get two, three-armed pieces.

It’s time to staple together previously joined two pieces.

You’re almost done :) Now you just need to staple together every pair of arms.

You’ve made it!


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Saturday, November 16, 2013

DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys (Kids Craft)

DIY Tissue Paper Stained Glass Turkeys (Kids Craft)

The materials we used to make our Stained Glass Turkeys were
brown cardstock paper,
red cardstock paper,
yellow cardstock paper,
colored tissue papers (fall colors such as red, orange and yellow),
clear contact paper,
googly/wiggle eyes,
pencil and
turkey templates.

I cut the fall colored tissue paper into several pieces. I also cut out turkey templates – the turkey and tail feathers outline. You could make your own template or use mine. Download my Turkey Template HERE.
TIP: The tissue paper pieces, the templates, the tail feathers outlines, turkey bodies, beaks and wattles were cut before I made this with my kids. My kids only had to decorate the turkeys.
To make the tail feathers outline, I folded my brown cardstock paper in half. The paper I used was a 12×12. You could use a 8.5×11. I placed the template on the folded paper. The dotted lines of the template go on the fold.

I traced the template onto the paper. I cut out the pattern. I then cut into this pattern piece to create the outline. You could make the outline as thick or thin as you like. ... I unfolded the paper.

I then placed the tail feathers outline on the sticky side of a piece of contact paper. My kids decorated their turkeys by placing pieces of tissue paper within the turkey feathers outline.

I placed another piece of contact paper (sticky side down) on top of the finished turkey. I smoothed it out.
I turned it over so I could see the outline.

I cut the excess contact paper.

My kids glued the turkey’s body in the middle of the feathers.

They then glued the googly eyes, wattle and beak. Our cute turkeys are done.

They look beautiful on our window. Look at the glorious fall colors shining through the tissue paper feathers of the turkey.


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Monday, November 4, 2013

Cute Fall Craft

Cute Fall Craft

handprint, painted owl craft

your hand :)

> paint your hand and then place your hand on the paper. paint a tree branch with your finger or paintbrush. paint feet, eyes, beak/mouth.

How cute is this!?!?!?!


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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Paper Plate Owls

Hoooooray for fall! Isn't this cute?!

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Paper Plate Owl

what you'll need:

paper plates
crayons or markers
yellow & orange construction paper


> draw feather bumps on the center of the paper plate.

> fold over, at a slant, both "sides" of the paper plate to make wings.

> fold down the "top" of the plate to make the head.

> color in the wings.

> cut a triangle beak and two feet from the orange construction paper. attach the beak to the bottom of flap head. attach the feet to the bottom of the plate.

> cut circles from the yellow construction paper for eyes, about 1 1/4" diameter or so. attach them to the top fold-over for eyes. make a black dot on each.

fall, owl, decorations, kids, easy, simple, fun

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sock Snowmen :)

[We've all seen/had a sock monkey.......but how cute are these!!! ~Tina]

How cute are these to make with the little ones?!!!!!!!!!!!

For this craft, you'll need:
a pair of old socks that are crew length, or longer,
rubber bands,
map pins with heads,
any left over fabric, if you want for a scarf. 

First, cut off the top of the sock from the foot. 
Turn the sock inside out and attach a rubber band tightly to the top of the sock.
Then turn the sock right-side out again. 
Fill the sock with rice. Make sure to pack it down as you go so the sock gets a nice round base. 
Rubber band the top of the sock closed and put another rubber band 3/4 of the way to the top for the head of your snowman. 
Now, decorate!
Tie a scarf around your snowman's neck and add eyes, nose, and buttons. 
Use the toe of your cut socks to fashion a stocking cap.
Or you could use colored argyle socks to create hats and sweaters for your snowman. 
You can either sew or glue on your buttons, and add embellishments - twine, bows, ribbons, etc - as needed.  
This is such a quick and easy craft - 10 minutes tops - that it would be simple to create a whole family of snowmen for your mantle!

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Friday, October 25, 2013

Snowman Ornament

A snowman ornament made from a battery operated tea light!

Just add some ribbon and embellishments and it's good to go! ~Sara

Supplies needed:

battery operated tea light
red ribbon, enough to go around the tea light and tie a bow and make a loop to hang
mini black top hat
black paint or puffy stickers (for mouth)
pink or reddish powder or stickers (for cheeks)
tiny black beads or paint (for eyes)
glue or hot glue gun
paintbrush, if using paint

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Revitalizing Cucumber Toner

*** Ohwww...a 'spa' treatment at home!***

Revitalizing Cucumber Toner

This toner is very mild and is supposed to work well for all skin types. Cucumber is great for soothing and softening skin because it has the same pH as healthy skin.
If you wake up feeling like your face is a little puffy, try using this toner, it's really refreshing and should help to calm and tighten your skin. It's mild enough to use everyday.

1/2 cucumber with peel, chopped
3 tablespoons witch hazel
2 tablespoons distilled water

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. I poured the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all of the solids and used the back of a spoon to mush down what was left in the sieve. There was very little wastage. Discard what is left over in the sieve.
Pour the toner into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store this toner in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life—it should last for several weeks.

To use, apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Deviled Eggs with Spiders for Halloween :)

Halloween Table ~ Deviled Eggs

Cute idea for a Halloween buffet table. Make deviled eggs, then cut olives in half for the spider body, then make quarter slices for the legs.

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Friday, October 4, 2013

72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know

72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know

As we all know, students already get plenty of tests, so why not let your students show what they learned creatively? Whether your students are reading independent books or your class has just finished a unit on space or pioneers, a culminating project can really cement that learning. Here are 72 fun and creative ways for your students to show what they know:
  1. Create a poster
  2. Make a PowerPoint Presentation
  3. Design a model
  4. Make a shoebox diorama
  5. Use a three-panel display board 
  6. Make a timeline
  7. Create a board game incorporating key elements. 
  8. Write a poem
  9. Write and perform a skit
  10. Make a TV or radio commercial
  11. Make a collage
  12. Make a mobile
  13. Create a test about the topic
  14. Make a word search
  15. Make a crossword puzzle
  16. Write a report
  17. Create a flow chart or diagram
  18. Write an interview of a relevant person
  19. Ask and and answer key questions
  20. Write journal/diary entries
  21. Write a postcard or letter exchange
  22. Create a scrapbook
  23. Create a photo album
  24. Make an instructional video
  25. Give a presentation
  26. Create an interactive notebook
  27. Create a set of task cards 
  28. Make a pamphlet or brochure
  29. Write a newspaper article
  30. Perform a puppet show
  31. Hold a debate
  32. Hold a mock court case
  33. Create an episode of a reality show
  34. Create a game show
  35. Have a panel discussion of "experts"
  36. Compose a rap or other song
  37. Use a Venn Diagram to compare two aspects of the topic
  38. Design a comic strip about the topic
  39. Create children's story about the topic
  40. Create a map
  41. Write a fable or myth about the topic
  42. Create a help-wanted add and a letter/resume to answer it
  43. Write a text message dialogue relevant to the topic
  44. Write a series of Tweets relevant to the topic
  45. Create a Facebook wall relative to the topic
  46. Create a Pinterest board relative to the topic
  47. Start a blog
  48. Decorate a box and fill with relevant objects
  49. Create a fold-able
  50. Create a flip book
  51. Create a Cootie Catcher
  52. Create a cereal based on the topic (cover a cereal box)
  53. Assemble a time capsule
  54. Create several bookmarks about different aspects of the topic
  55. Write a recipe relevant to the topic (good for showing causes of an event)
  56. Do a newscast
  57. Write an acrostic poem
  58. Create an internet scavenger hunt
  59. Write an advice column with several problems related to the topic.
  60. Create flash cards or trivia cards
  61. Create a cheer relevant to the topic
  62. Make a short documentary film
  63. Create a museum exhibit
  64. Create a Top-Ten list relevant to the topic
  65. Create a video game
  66. Make a "Choose Your Own Adventure" 
  67. Create a mini book with one fact/idea per page
  68. Create a glossary of relevant terms
  69. Make a paper chain with a different fact for each link
  70. Make a flower with a different fact for each petal
  71. Write a handbook or instruction book
  72. Create a newsletter
Have you done one of these with your students? How did it go? Please share with a comment. 
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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Make your own PAINT

Never buy paint for kids!!!


1 cup salt
1 cup flour
1 cup water
food coloring

Share with your friends so they can make it too! :)

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Homemade bouncy Balls

Homemade Bouncy Balls

Great fun for the kiddos!!

2 cups
Measuring spoons
A stir stick
2 tbsp hot water
1/2 tsp borax
1 tbsp glue
1 tbsp corn starch
Food coloring (optional)

Pour the water and borax into the first cup and stir the mixture until it is dissolved.

Pour the glue, cornstarch and food coloring into the second cup and mix. Then add the mixture from the first cup into the second cup.

Let the ingredients sit for 15 seconds then stir.

Once the mixture becomes difficult to stir, scoop it out of the cup, and roll into a ball. Enjoy!!!

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Want to spend 5 minutes making something to occupy the kiddos for hours.....make some Flubber!

Kids love Flubber -- it's slimy without being sticky, it's silly
without being disgusting, and it holds its shape without drying out. Best of all, you and and your kids can make it with simple household materials

Before anyone asks, this recipe came from a preschool YEARS ago and it calls for Borax - this is completely safe and VERY different from Boric Acid - don't freak out!

What you need: 

3/4 cup cold water
1 cup Elmer’s glue
liquid food coloring
1/2 cup hot water
1 teaspoon borax (you can find this in a box in the laundry aisle)


step 1: in bowl 1 – mix together the cold water, glue, and food coloring. set aside.
step 2: in bowl 2 – mix together the hot water and borax, until the borax is completely dissolved.
step 3: slowly add glue mixture to borax mixture. mix well. pour off excess water.
Store in an airtight container and have some fun! Great rainy day project.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Homemade Glow Stick Solution!!!

For camping or late nights at the beach.....

Leave 1/4 of Mountain Dew in the bottle (just don't drink it all), add a tiny bit of baking soda and 3 caps of peroxide.

Put the lid on and shake......walla!

Homemade glow stick (bottle) solution. Super Cool!!!

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Sunday, June 16, 2013


OMGoodness!!! How Adorable is This?!?!


Ingredients for assembly:
- Plain Omelet (blanket)
- Cooked Brown Rice (bear)
- 1 Sausage link (body)

Step 1- Mold warm rice into balls. Two small balls for the ears and one larger one for the head. You can also mold an arm if desired. For snout, you can use either white rice or a small piece of mozzarella cheese.
Step 2- Cook your sausage link. Once fully cooked, place sausage under Teddy bear rice head.
Step 3- Cook up omelet. Once done to satisfaction, gently lay atop sausage up to the “neck”. You can also use a piece of the omelet for the egg.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

DIY weather-proof stepping stones

DIY weather-proof stepping stones! 

1/2 cup salt, 
1/2 cup flour and 
about 1/4 cup water (I used a little more, about 3/8 cup) 

knead it (roll in ball and flatten out repeatedly) until it is all held together, flatten it out (can make one big one, two medium ones or three small ones), push your LO's foot onto it and pop in the oven at 200 degrees for three hours.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

D.I.Y. Garden Stepping Stones


(lots of steps, but super easy)


I'm so doing this for my backyard!!!!!

Garden Stepping Stone
(from Intimate Weddings)

You will need:

Round non-stick cake pan (You could also use a heart-shaped pan)
Contact paper
Old plates or saucers that you don’t need (I got mine at the thrift store)
Glass gems
sea glass (optional)
marine varnish
Mosaic Glass Cutter (Optional. I did not use one of these, but if you want more precise cuts, this is the way to go.)
chicken wire or other type of wire mesh
safety glasses
rubber gloves
dust mask

Put your safety glasses on. Place a plate or saucer inside a cloth bag or cover with an old sheet or towel, and smash it with a hammer. If you have a mosaic glass cutter, use it instead. Repeat until you have all the pieces you need. You’ll probably want a variety of sizes.

Place your cake pan on your contact paper, and trace around it.

Cut out the contact paper circle. Remove backing and place inside pan sticky side up. Add your mosaic pieces to the contact paper with the desired design facing down. Press each piece down so it is firmly stuck to the contact paper. Leave enough space between the pieces so that the cement can fill the spaces in between – but don’t leave too much room. (When I make my next stepping stone, I will move the pieces a bit closer together.) Carefully lift the piece of contact paper and view your design.

If you are happy with your design, place the design back into the pan with the sticky side up. Head outdoors, put on your dust mask and mix up your concrete according to the instructions on the bag. It will be the consistency of porridge when it’s ready.

Meantime, cut a square piece of chicken wire or wire mesh to fit inside the stepping stone. This will help to support it. Also, line the inside rim of your cake pan with Vaseline for easy releasing.

Don your rubber gloves and spoon some concrete into your cake pan. Spread so it evenly covers your design, about an inch thick. Place your piece of wire mesh onto the wet concrete. Spread another one inch layer of concrete over the wire.

Let sit for two days. (I set mine in the shed.) When it’s ready, turn it over and tap on the back of the cake pan. It should release easily. Slowly remove contact paper.

If there are holes, you can fill them with cement. You can use sand paper to smooth grooves in the cement. I took a wet sponge and cleaned the entire area after removing the contact paper, then I varnished it with marine varnish.

That’s it! Enjoy your handmade stepping stone!

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