Quick & Easy Winter Tree Art

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Lucy and I have been so into everything hearts lately, our winter seasonal crafting has been neglected it seems. So today we decided to take a break from all things hearts and make a winter tree! I had pinned this post from Art Projects for Kids and decided it would be perfect for today. I simplified the directions a bit for Lucy, and she had so much fun! She even decided she wanted it to be a special winter tree just like at the end of Fletcher and the Falling Leaves so we found some sequins to add at the end!

Inspired by the blog, Art Projects for Kids, and the beautiful illustration at the end of the book, Fletcher and the Falling Leaves!

Supplies: oil pastels (or crayons), light blue paper, white tempera paint, sequins, glue

Directions:

1. Have your child turn the paper vertical (great mini lesson opportunity to teach vertical and horizontal!)IMG_8990

2. Take a black or brown oil pastel (or crayon) and draw a line for the tree trunk. For now a thin line is fine. Don’t worry about thickening it yet.

3. Then make a large ‘v’ shape on top the tree trunk.

4. Next, draw more lines and ‘v’ shapes coming of various branches.

5. Once your child is satisfied with their tree lines, they can thicken the trunk and any branches they’d like.

IMG_89926. Use a white oil pastel (or crayon) and draw the horizon line on your paper. Color in the ground white. Draw some snowflakes in the sky if you would like!

7. Mix some tempera paint with a tad bit of water. Brush your white paint over the white oil pastel at the bottom of your paper.

8. Glue some icy colored sequins onto your branches.

9. Let it dry and enjoy!

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Valentines Made Completely by Your Child~ Easy enough for a 2 year-old!

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I absolutely love it when kids make valentines completely on their own! There’s just something so memorable about them. IMG_1701I was going through some old photos of Lucy from when she was about 2 1/2 and was reminded of just how special homemade valentines are, especially when there is minimal help from adults.

What I loved about this valentine was it really only took help from me to gather the supplies and monitor Lucy working.

All we ended up needing to buy to make the valentines were some heart shaped doilies, heart shaped paper, and some heart foam stickers. We already had watercolors and brushes at home.

IMG_1703Lucy created the valentines over two days. On the first day of creating the valentines, I prepared some pink watercolor paint. Lucy sat at her table and painted all her white paper hearts. I remember her being very proud of each and every one!

A few days later, she glued the painted paper hearts to some heart shaped doilies, and, for the final touch, she added some foam heart stickers. They turned out absolutely adorable!!

Daddy later helped her hand deliver each and every one to her neighborhood friends! I think I’ll always treasure not just the handmade valentine itself, but the memory of watching her proudly walk out the front door, climb in that little, red wagon, and head off with her daddy to deliver her special gifts!

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Valentine's Day Sensory Box (and a cute children's book about love)

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Today was the perfect day to get our Valentine’s Day themed sensory box ready~ it was a sunny day, and I had time and energy to get errands done~ always a fun combo!

IMG_8941I headed off to Target and, because our sensory boxes seem to lose the fillers quickly, bought 8 pounds of white rice with a plan in mind to dye it pink. Then, I headed to Cost Plus and found some heart shaped pasta. Perfect! (I also found a couple cute treats there for the kids on Valentine’s Day!)

Once we got home, I wanted to take advantage of the sun and get the rice dyed outside. If you’ve never dyed rice or pasta before, it’s super easy! I put the rice in a large baggie. (I split my rice up into four bags since I had so much.) IMG_8943Then, dump in some white vinegar. I’m thinking for each 2 pound bag I probably added about 1/2 cup. Next, squeeze in food coloring. The amount really depends on how dark you want the colors.

Make sure the bags are sealed and smush the bags all around until all the rice is evenly covered with color. Find somewhere to lay out your rice to dry. Usually I line cookie sheets with newspaper and dump the rice in there. Today I took the lazy route and went straight for the newspaper sans cookie sheets. That made it a bit harder to gather all the rice back up once it had dried. Let’s just say our deck is now nicely adorned with pink rice!

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Okay, so I hadn’t planned on shaping it like a heart, but once I noticed my rice pile kind of resembled one, I had to go for it!

You don’t have to lay it in the sun to dry, but it does go more quickly. Once it dried I kicked myself for not using cookie sheets and struggled to get the rice off damp newspapers into my container while talking to myself out loud,  I gracefully dumped the dyed rice into the container.

IMG_8957Now for the fun part~ adding all the goodies! I added the heart shaped pasta I had found at Cost Plus. And I also had some little heart containers I had found in the Target dollar bins last year, so I added those too. And finally I tossed in some little measuring spoons and a heart cup. Can’t wait to let the kids get started playing!

I also wanted to share a cute book I recently bought, Plant a Kiss, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I am in love with it! A little girl plants a kiss and watches her love spread to all those around her. As Lucy says, “It reminds me of all the love I have inside me.” I feel like I need to brainstorm a little project to go with it. Any ideas?

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Valentine’s Day Sensory Box (and a cute children’s book about love)

box
Today was the perfect day to get our Valentine’s Day themed sensory box ready~ it was a sunny day, and I had time and energy to get errands done~ always a fun combo!

IMG_8941I headed off to Target and, because our sensory boxes seem to lose the fillers quickly, bought 8 pounds of white rice with a plan in mind to dye it pink. Then, I headed to Cost Plus and found some heart shaped pasta. Perfect! (I also found a couple cute treats there for the kids on Valentine’s Day!)

Once we got home, I wanted to take advantage of the sun and get the rice dyed outside. If you’ve never dyed rice or pasta before, it’s super easy! I put the rice in a large baggie. (I split my rice up into four bags since I had so much.) IMG_8943Then, dump in some white vinegar. I’m thinking for each 2 pound bag I probably added about 1/2 cup. Next, squeeze in food coloring. The amount really depends on how dark you want the colors.

Make sure the bags are sealed and smush the bags all around until all the rice is evenly covered with color. Find somewhere to lay out your rice to dry. Usually I line cookie sheets with newspaper and dump the rice in there. Today I took the lazy route and went straight for the newspaper sans cookie sheets. That made it a bit harder to gather all the rice back up once it had dried. Let’s just say our deck is now nicely adorned with pink rice!

IMG_8947

Okay, so I hadn’t planned on shaping it like a heart, but once I noticed my rice pile kind of resembled one, I had to go for it!

You don’t have to lay it in the sun to dry, but it does go more quickly. Once it dried I kicked myself for not using cookie sheets and struggled to get the rice off damp newspapers into my container while talking to myself out loud,  I gracefully dumped the dyed rice into the container.

IMG_8957Now for the fun part~ adding all the goodies! I added the heart shaped pasta I had found at Cost Plus. And I also had some little heart containers I had found in the Target dollar bins last year, so I added those too. And finally I tossed in some little measuring spoons and a heart cup. Can’t wait to let the kids get started playing!

I also wanted to share a cute book I recently bought, Plant a Kiss, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. I am in love with it! A little girl plants a kiss and watches her love spread to all those around her. As Lucy says, “It reminds me of all the love I have inside me.” I feel like I need to brainstorm a little project to go with it. Any ideas?

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Photo a Day: Days 353- 359

~Photo a Day Challenge: Take one picture a day for a complete year~

Day 353: 1.21.13- Taking a walk together.

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Day 354: 1.22.13- Perfect sunny day for some gardening!

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Day 355: 1.23.13- Late evening play time.

IMG_8818Day 356: 1.24.13- Quick pit stop on our neighborhood walk.

1.24Day 357: 1.25.13- Theo enjoying music class.

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Day 358: 1.26.13- Mommy and Lucy reading our night time books.

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Day 359: 1.27.13- Swing!

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