Monday, April 14, 2014

Hopping Clothespin Bunny Puppet Craft For Easter

I just have to say I think this Hopping Clothespin Bunny Puppet  is one of my favorite bunny craft projects ever and is the perfect project to get ready for Easter!! I host a toddler/preschool art group at my house once a week and I was browsing Pinterest looking for some ideas.  I was planning on doing some Easter  Bunny themed projects and then I found this adorable Hatching Egg Craft and the inspiration for this project.  I thought if I attached the bunny on to the clothes pin it would move up and down like it was hopping.  I made a quick sample and it worked perfectly, both Emily and Juliette thought it was the cutest thing ever and I couldn’t wait for the girls to make their own!

Hopping Bunny Craft To make this project we used a Clothespin , 4 Jumbo Craft Sticks , card stock, wiggly eyes, pom poms, markers, craft foam, green construction paper, glue and a hot glue gun.


First I cut out a bunny shape for each of the girls to decorate.  Juliette decided to color the ears and draw the face with markers.  She also used various other craft supplies to decorate it.  She used a cotton ball for the tail, wiggly eyes and craft foam for the teeth and nose.  She also cut out a carrot from scraps of construction paper.  I loved just watching to see what she created.

Once they were finished with the bunnies, they cut fringe on a strip of green construction paper to use as the grass.

Hopping Bunny Craft

Finally I used hot glue to put everything together.  I glued two of the jumbo craft sticks together to make one longer craft stick.   I did this 2 times so that I had one for the top and one for the bottom.  Then I hot glued these onto the clothespin as you can see in the picture above.  Next, I glued the grass onto the bottom craft stick being careful not to let it stick to the top one.  Then I glued the bunny onto the top craft stick making sure that it didn’t touch the grass.  Finally I trimmed the top craft stick with a scissor so that it ended with the bunny. Hopping Bunny Craft   We found that the hot glue holds everything together much better and I like that it dries so quickly. They were able to play with their bunny crafts right away!

Hopping Bunny Craft Juliette was so excited to test out her hopping bunny puppet and she was able to entertain Clara with it for quiet a while!!

Also check out our cute Hand Print Bunny Napkin Rings

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Tic-Tac-Toe with an Egg Carton and Plastic Easter Eggs

My girls love playing Tic-Tac-Toe!!  It is definitely a stand by waiting game for restaurants, waiting in Dr. Offices or in the car or just for fun at home.  We usually play with paper and pencil or as on a board that came with a set of princess games.  The other day though as I used the last egg in a carton of 18 eggs I realized that if I cut it up it would make the perfect Tic-Tac-Toe board.   

Egg Carton Tic Tac Toe

So after a little cutting I gathered up some of our plastic colored Easter Eggs and showed our new Tic-Tac-Toe board to the girls.Egg Carton Tic Tac ToeEgg Carton Tic Tac Toe

I played a couple of rounds with each of the girls.  It was different to have to place the egg into the container than to draw and X or an O, which made it a fun twist.

Egg Carton Tic Tac Toe

The girls also had a great time playing against each other!

Egg Carton Tic Tac Toe This was a fun new way to play and a great way to recycle our old egg carton!

For more fun with Plastic Easter Eggs Check out our Plastic Easter Egg Chicks and Bunnies


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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Crafting Kites with Kids

The start of spring and the windy weather we have been having always makes me think of Kites.  We don’t usually have much luck when we try to fly our own kites, but we have had fun crafting some very pretty ones.  When Emily was little we make a Triangle Shape Kite, but this time we tried something a little different.  

To make our kites we used Bleeding Tissue Paper, cardstock, straws, yarn and some colored construction paper.  The girls always love working with bleeding tissue paper, it has a somewhat magical property to it which is always fun.  If you have never tired it before we definitely recommend it.

First, I cut out cardstock in the shape of a Kite and then Juliette got to work with the bleeding tissue paper.


She covered the paper with a little bit of water then placed the pieces of bleeding tissue paper over the water.  They like to brush over them with a little more water to make sure they are sticking down to the paper well.

Once the paper is covered to satisfaction we just set them to the side and let them dry.


Now for the fun part, Juliette pulled off all of the bleeder paper to see the beautiful colored design that was left behind…MAGIC!!!A Mommy's Adventures: Kite Craft

To put the kites together we cut pieces of colored straws to glue horizontally and vertically across the kite.  Then we glued on a long piece of yarn and construction paper bows for the tail.  Juliette was very excited to help me glue it together with the glue gun.  Since we have had a hard time gluing straws to paper in the past I figured this would be the best way.

  For another windy day project check out the Windsock Craft we made to go with the book The Wind Blew.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Creative Challenge: Plastic Easter Egg Chicks and Bunnies

When I read about  the Creative Challenge from Tinkerlab I knew it was for us and something we would want to join in.  Emily and Juliette love to work on projects and I loved the idea that it was open ended and up to them to figure out what to do, which fosters their creativity and problem solving skills

This month’s challenge is EGGS, so we could do anything we want with any type of egg.

I explained to the girls that we had to come up with a project that has to do with eggs.  We conveniently decided to decorate our house for Easter which meant we had a huge bag of Plastic Easter Eggs (I’m talking like easily 75-100 eggs) just sitting waiting to be used in some fun and creative way.


Emily suggested the idea of turning a plastic yellow egg into a chick, she thought our bin of pipe cleaners would be perfect for his feet and Juliette totally agreed and added that we needed to make a bunny too.  They picked out yellow eggs for the chicks and pink eggs for the bunnies. Then I helped them gather whichever art supplies they thought they needed to create their projects.

Our supplies included plastic eggs, pipe cleaners, beads, craft foam, sharpie markers,feathers, construction paper, pom poms, wiggly eyes and our hot Glue Gun .IMG_6930IMG_6931

The girls noticed that there were holes in the top and bottom of each part of the egg which was perfect for adding the feet.  IMG_6934

IMG_6939IMG_6932After they added the feet they figured out worked on adding all the other details.  IMG_6937Daddy got in the fun to and decided to create a party egg :)      IMG_6936Emily’s Princess Chick!

Plastic Easter Egg Bunnies and Chicks

Check out our cute Handprint Bunny Craft and Hatching Chick Craft for some more Bunny and Chick Fun!!
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Monday, March 31, 2014

Where I Live: Me on the Map ~ Poppins Book Nook


The theme for this months Poppins Book Nook was “Where in the World” so we decided to read Where Do I Live?  This is a great book that introduces children to geography while expanding on where they live.  I thought it was great that it started with their room, then talked about their room being inside their house, which is on their street, which is in their town and so on.  We have been working with both girls to teach them their address, but this book helped us to take that a step further. 

For our project we made a Where I live booklet that was inspired by the Me on the Map post I had on Counting Coconuts.  I decided to use stacked rectangles for our book, this is a fun technique I a have used to make different learning books with my students while I was teaching.  We picked several locations for the girls to illustrate and add to their book.

Juliette Me on the map  (Juliette’s Drawings –  4 years old)

For their room, our house, our street, and our town the girls illustrated their own pictures. 

IMG_3002 I loved how Emily took her picture right to our front window so that she could see the houses across the street to add the correct details to her picture. 

Me on Map Collage For our state, country and planet I printed out outline maps for them to cut out and paste into their books.  They labeled these pictures and colored them in too.

Emilys Me on the Map

(Emily’s Flip Book – 7 years old)

The girls worked really hard on their projects and I think they really learned a lot about where we live!!

 Mother with children read book

Check out these other creative blogs to find more “Where in the World” themed books and activities

Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God's Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Faith and Good Works ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~ Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy's Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~ Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ Laugh and Learn ~ A Mommy's Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ The Kennedy Adventures ~ Ever After in the Woods ~ Golden Grasses ~ Our Simple Kinda Life ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Simplicity Breeds Happiness ~ Raventhreads ~ Water on the Floor ~ Learning Fundamentals ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~ Where Imagination Grows ~ Lextin Academy ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ Mom's Heart ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ Suncoast Momma ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A "Peace" of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am ~ eLeMeNo-P Kids ~ Simple Living Mama

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Best Pencil Sharpener EVER!!!

First, I just have to say that we have been having some MAJOR Pencil Sharpener issues.  We had one of those tiny hand held sharpeners with a small plastic cover that usually fell off and left lots of shavings all over the table and floor.  This usually happened just as we needed to be clearing the table for dinner or heading out the door.  I actually wasn’t even looking for pencil sharpeners when I came across the first review for The Classroom Friendly Sharpener, but as soon as I saw it I wanted one, no we actually needed one! 

Classroom Friendly Supplies was kind enough to send us one to review and I have to say we absolutely LOVE this sharpener. 

IMG_2832Why do we love this pencil sharpener:

  1. It is quiet, compared to an electric sharpener.
  2. It is easy to use, my 4 and 7 year old can do it all by themselves.IMG_2830
  3. It holds the pencil for you which is just really cool.IMG_2828
  4. It sharpens pencils to the MOST PERFECT POINT EVER IN THE WHOLE ENTIRE WORLD!!  (Really it is true!!!)
  5. Pencil sharpenings are caught in the bucket at the bottom and do not end up all over the table and floor.

Be sure to visit Classroom Friendly Supplies to see their Pencil Sharpener in action and find out about ordering your own for your home or classroom!

**I was given this product for free to review, but the opinions expressed are my own**


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Friday, March 21, 2014

Field Trip Fun ~ The Cradle of Aviation Museum

Our library has an amazing program where you can borrow museum passes to local museums.  The girls have been asking to go to the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York.  It is right next door to the Long Island Children’s Museum so we always pass it when we go there.  I finally remembered to reserve the pass and we had a fun family day checking out all of the planes.


The girls love any museum that is hands on so when they saw a helicopter that they could climb into and touch all the buttons and controls they were really excited!IMG_6368 IMG_6365 There was a great mix of history and hands on exhibits to keep them engaged.  They definitely gravitated to anything that they could touch or push buttons on. 

IMG_6371 IMG_6374 This was an interesting exhibit that showed the flight patterns of the planes that fly over Long Island.  The girls liked moving the planes back and forth.

IMG_6375 IMG_6379 Even Clara had a great time in a cute kids area that was set up with space themed books and baby toys.  Then Emily and Juliette explored what it was like to live on a space station.

IMG_6391 IMG_6393 IMG_6395 We had a great time exploring this museum together. 

The X Ride Theater was really cool, it simulated flying with the Blue Angles.  We almost skipped it and I am so glad that we decided to try it.  After we got off the girls wanted to do it over and over again. 

If you live on Long Island you should definitely check to see if your Library offers free Museum Passes to borrow.  I was even able to reserve ours online, although I did have to do it a few months in advance.


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