Posts Tagged ‘crafting with kids’

Mushroom Fun House

September 9th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

Here in the Northeast we have had a sea of rain fall on us, it just keeps pouring and pouring.  With all this rain the boys and I had a day of mushroom play. We put on our rain jackets and went on a Rain Hunt through the forest. I got the idea of collecting and photographing the mushroom varieties from our young neighbor Neice. The photographs taken of her mushrooms were crazy beautiful!! I did all the collecting with gloves on. In all honestly I was a little scared of some Edwardian fate be falling me, a sad tale of woe.  “Alas, she mistakenly plucked the dreaded Mushroom of Death, her children miss her so!”

I would love to learn more about them and hope to be able to use the photos to identify them once we borrow some field guides from the library.

We were so inspired by our real mushrooms we decided to make this mushroom house out of cardboard.

All of our little animal figures are sliding down the chimney and peeking out the doors of this giant mushroom house. Now, I best be getting to work cleaning the pond out of my basement or we will have a mushroom (not so fun!) house of our own!!!!

Oh, one more thing -

I am kinda new to this blog world and sometimes I am uncertain when to toot my own horn. In the last few months I have had some really cool sites feature some of my work – it’s always fun to have new visitors and this kind of recognition from established sites re-inspires me to carry on.

You can find some of my projects featured at

One Pretty Thing

The Crafty Crow



Bringing Nature Indoors

September 2nd, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments

The monarch caterpillars seem a bit scarce this year. We have fields of milkweed but after several hunts have only managed to find three caterpillar. I am hoping they didn’t get washed away in all the rain from Irene.

We have a new terrarium set up for watching metamorphosis and are hoping for a wonderful show. Today we shall find some good sticks and set everything up for our new friends.

Did you know each summer it takes four life cycles of Monarch butterflies to complete migration to Mexico? Not all Monarchs migrate but those that do lay eggs along their route. The average life span of the first three eggs is only 2-6 weeks but the butterflies who hatch in Sept-October and fly down to Mexico live for 6-8 months. For some reason I always find long life spans in delicate creatures fascinating! For instance the fact that worms can live up to 4-8 years blows my mind!

Another really cool thing to learn about is epic migrations.

We really like this book  Bird, Butterfly, Eel by James Prosek. The artwork is fabulous and the story makes migration almost mystical.


Here is a little Butterfly Poem coloring Sheet we made to share. I colored mine too because – I just love to color!

To get your own click the sheet, save to file and print. To get the best size image allow your printer to scale to best fit the page.

Potato Printing Story

September 1st, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

The boys like to get messy with paints – when we can, it’s more fun for all of us to do it outdoors. Potato Printing is always a fun way to make marks and really get INTO the paint! Today the boys had a new take on it and started to tell a story while they stamped. It was really cool to listen to them create the story together while they stamped houses and painted roads to make a town!

This is their Potato Printing Story -

There was a boy who lived in a town with lots of roads. This boy had SO MANY cats. One day a ghost came and the ghost turned out to be friendly and really LOVE cats.

We used tacks to keep our paper from blowing away and washable watercolor paints so the next rain will carry off any messes. Next time I think I will throw down an old sheet because the paint brushes kept rolling through the cracks in the deck – oops.

Make Marker Cap Finger Puppets

August 13th, 2011 by zoe 8 Comments

Down at the bottom of the art bin we found some old dried up markers. I love creating craft projects and toys from garbage, packaging and containers that would normally go straight to the dump.

These little finger puppet people were made from old dried up marker caps, some yarn, masking tape and glue. Somehow those markers are always getting separated from their caps and drying out!  The boys really like to wiggle their fingers and get their hair flapping, making it pretty hard to photograph!

It’s also pretty fun to start with really long hair and give them hair dews and haircuts!

We used the colored masking tape that we used in this project awhile back but plain old masking tape is just as fun. Oh, and yes, I did hide that fancy pretty washi tape and now can NOT remember where I put it!

To print and save this project for later, click project sheet, save to file and print.

We are working on another variation of this that we cant wait to share next week!


Goods Friends Coloring Sheets

August 12th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

We are learning a lot about being kind and gentle friends.

Big friends helping little friends…

Loving one another….

Sharing with one another!

To print your own Happy Friends coloring sheets click picture, save to file and print.

To get the best sized image allow your computer to scale to best fit the page.

Make a Hen Lacing Toy

July 31st, 2011 by zoe 4 Comments

Summer is whizzing by and our new chicks have grown up fast! We are lucky to have a separate spot in the hen-house for baby chicks.

Chicken wire separates the two areas so the big birds and little birds can slowly get to know each other.  When they grow big enough to venture into the territory of the Big Bossy Hens we put a “small chick” sized door in the chicken wire. The little hens can come out into the main coop but they can also run back into the nursery and hide from the squawking hens.

Watching them figure it out can be quite comical, but that’s life, the young girls and the old girls just gotta learn to work it out!

Maybe one of those big hens will take the little chicks under her wing!

To make your own Hen Lacing Toy click the photo, save to file, then print.

For best results allow your computer to size the image to best fit the page.