Posts Tagged ‘crafting with kids’

Make Father’s Day Gift Coins

June 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Sometimes it’s hard to find the right gift, sometimes you just forgot, and sometimes favors are the very best thing!

For all those reasons and more I made these Father’s Day gift coins – I offered up a few of the favorites at our house, but you can add your own too.

Click on image, save to file and print.

Make a Toy Rocket

May 29th, 2011 by zoe 3 Comments

I have been a bit obsessed with tape lately.  I found out about Japanese Washi Tapes and spent hours drooling over the patterns and colors. The washi tape is simply beautiful but a bit too precious for most of the kid projects. I did splurge and get a few rolls but hid it from my little crafters, which means… I will now forget where I put it and it will be missing for upwards of a year!  What works great for my boys is this colored masking tape, in big, cheap, sticky, bright rolls.  Oh so FUN!  I bet you will see it popping up a lot around here.

This project was inspired by a four-year old friend of ours and his super cool vinegar baking soda rockets. Every time we visit his house he has a new space ship made from recycled bottles and cardboard.

We crafted our small rockets from cast off Play Dough jars. We make most of our own “fun dough” but somehow we still manage to collect quite a few of these cool little containers. Next we tackled a big orange juice container rocket and it fit a whole bunch of astronauts and friends inside.

Yesterday at our house, plastic bottles got new lives as – Toy Rockets!!

5,4,3,2,1, Blast OFF!

Click directions, save to file, print &  make your own Recycle Rocket.

Where Is The SUN!

May 23rd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Oh my! I don’t want to sound overly dramatic but I just looked at the forecast and …. I wish I hadn’t. The word for the week is RAIN.  As in… the entire week is set to be a veritable stir fry of wetness!

So I will perhaps need to get a rain jacket, a fancy umbrella, maybe some colorful rain boots.

But the Earth is growing, greeness is abound and when the sun does come out again it will all be lush and lovely.

So I will do my best to embrace the Spring rain elixir for it does indeed bring with it the green and the flowers.

We are still feeling a bit in outer space over here.  I got a request from a special little friend for a color by numbers page.  I couldn’t see dictating the colors though, so pick your colors fill them in the box and see how it flowers.

Click photo, save to file and print for rainy day color by number play!

Just Add More Kids

May 22nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

There are always new tricks to learn in the long distance marathon of parenting.  This Spring my kids have reached an age where they don’t always need or want me to play in their games.  Some days they really do LIKE each other, which frankly blows my happy meter into overdrive.  I learned something marvelous recently,  “just add more kids” and they will all run, jump, sing together for hours completely uninterested in adults whatsoever. Yes, we have finally reached the fabulous stage of cooperative play. Can you say hooray, hooray!  So try it out, if you don’t know this top-secret parenting trick already, borrow other people’s children for the day and grab yourself a copy of Vanity Fair, have an extra coffee, sit back and listen to the sweet sounds of fun. 

Hope your aliens are enjoying the Spring flowers as much as we are.

Click and print to color your own.

Kids and Cardboard Boxes

May 19th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

There is a special magic with kids and cardboard boxes.  A big, big love.

Okay first a disclaimer,  I had nothing to do with this particular project.  Emmett and Oliver found this box in the basement, got very excited about decorating it and then told me it was a costume.  Now mind you, I did suggest several times that it looked a bit SMALL for wearing but they were unimpressed by my suggestion and carried on faithfully with their mission.

The box is so crazy narrow they had turn their heads sideways to get into it,  claustrophobia anyone!

 

 

Rainy Day Toy Boat Tutorial

May 17th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

The forecast is calling for RAIN all week.

These wax paper boats give you one more reason to find big puddles.

Ours held up to quite few big trips to the stream.

Click photo, and print to make your own Rainy Day Toy Boats.