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Category: Crafting With Kids

Let the Crafting Begin!

Ok!  I realize that I am a little early.  Here it is September 11, and fall doesn’t officially begin until Tuesday, September 22.   But seriously, aren’t you ready for some fall fun?  Let’s start enjoying the wondrous blessings of the fall season.  I have started bringing out a few items of festive decor, and those warm colors of fall just make the house seem so much cozier.  Add a bit of spicy cinnamon to the candle warmer and voila…I have entered the happy

The fun craft ideas are certainly abundant–some old favorites as well as all of the new ones that people create every year.  So before we look at some of the fun craft ideas, I want to share with you a coupon code I for some crafting supplies that you need to be sure to have on hand.

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Fall is Around the Corner!

We have all heard the jokes…let’s just skip through Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas and move on to 2021!  Everyone is officially FED UP with 2020.  However, we still have time to make this year memorable in ways other than the dreaded virus that has haunted us these last few months.  I truly believe this.  Maybe it’s because I ABSOLUTELY LOVE HALLOWEEN!  Let’s set aside the frustration and enjoy the rest of this year because YES~Fall is Around the Corner!  Ok, ok I hear you.  It’s August 14 and the official start of fall is September 22.  That means we have time to plan new activities, make new crafts and search for delicious new recipes….let’s go!

Start Collecting Pine Cones and Nuts NOW!!!

The wonderful thing about crafting with nature’s wonders is that adults and children can craft together using the same materials but with different outcomes.   Pinecone and nut crafts have evolved through the years.    I have been urging my family members to start collecting pinecones and nuts now so we will have a nice inventory when we get ready to start crafting.  I am absolutely loving some of the ideas I am seeing on Pinterest like these cute ideas:  Click here for some creative nature holiday crafts like the pics below!!

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Pirate Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a fun activity to do with your children?  This one takes a little planning, but is well worth the time spent.  Of course, there are many variations to creating a scavenger hunt, but dressing the kids up as pirates and making some props in advance is definitely the ultimate pirate scavenger hunt that your young children will love!

PREPARATIONS~

Ok, my daughter loves a good dress up activity, so she went above and beyond for the outfits. (they are pretty cute, huh?)  Let your imagination flow with getting their pirate clothing together.  The bandanas are a must of course!  You may have some stuff to pull from a dress up box or put some clothing items together from everyone’s closet.  If things are too big, belt it up!  If you put your imagination to work you will be surprised with what you come up with.

Then get to work on your pirate map.  This one was made from an envelope.  You can also use colored paper or even a piece of cardboard.  (I know you all have more boxes than normal right now due to online shopping….right?)   Use stickers or cut out images from online to create your map.

Next, make the treasure boxes.  You can purchase these online or at your local craft store.  Decorate with stamps, paint, markers.  Fill those boxes with gold coins, candy and small treasures.  (pictures of finished version later in post)

CRAFT TIME WITH KIDS~

Now put the kids to work making their props for the pirate scavenger hunt before setting out on their adventure.

Pirate Hooks~

Make pirate hooks with plastic cups, foil and pipe cleaners.  Poke hole in the bottom of the cups.  Help the children cover the pipe cleaner in foil.  Insert the pipe cleaner from bottom of cup up through the top.  Bend it in the shape of the hook.  Voila, you have a pirate hook!

Pirate’s Pet Parrot~

Now let’s get to work on the pirate parrot.  Remember, there are no specific rules here for how the bird “has” to look.  Let the kids use their imagination and own color ideas.  Yes, in the books, a pirate always has a parrot.  However, if your child wants a cardinal, blue jay, or robin, let them have fun!  The list of items needed are included in this pin.  Follow these directions for your pirate parrot!

             

Pirate Eye Patch~

Every pirate needs a good eye patch.  You can order them ahead of time or make your own.  Of course, you can be as basic or as elaborate as you want with this as well.  Simple Pirate Patch Directions Here

SET OUT ON THE ADVENTURE~

With their map, eye patches, hook hands and pet parrots, they are ready for a fun adventure!

Addi and Max are younger and not yet reading at the time of this hunt, so their mommy had them look at their map while she vocally directed them around trees, over logs, under swing, etc. to search for their treasures.  You can make this as long or as short as you desire.  However, as you know, when kids know there is a special treat at the end, it’s not easy holding them off for too long.

What a fun and active day!  Imagination is such a good thing.  I am sure that when Addi and Max get older, they will look back at adventures such as this with wonderful memories!

Leaf Print Stamp Art With Kids

I have been wanting to try leaf print stamp art with my grandchildren for a while.  I have looked through so many pictures and ideas of how to do it.  Let’s just say that when Addi, Max and I did this fun craft together yesterday, our artwork did NOT turn out like the images I had in my mind.  BUT….that’s ok!  In fact, it is MORE than ok!  If there is one thing I have discovered in life with kids…nothing ever really turns out the way you plan.  It’s the fun and laughter along the way that makes it all worthwhile!

STEPS AND TIPS TO LEAF PRINT STAMP ART WITH KIDS~

  1. Set up your craft area with markers and paper.  If your children are smaller, I believe white copy paper will be best.  I considered colored construction paper, but the leaves are a bit hard to color on without ripping, thus making it more difficult to get a dark enough image for colored paper.  ***You can use paint as well, but I need to up my art supply game first…including art aprons!
  2. Be sure to have butcher block paper or kids placemats to put under their artwork to save your craft area from looking like a rainbow.
  3. Collect leaves.  I recommend that you do NOT do this ahead of time.  I know many of us like to be prepared for crafts with littles, but I guarantee you that it will be more fun if you let them pick out their own leaves.  Never underestimate a good little walk in nature with children!
  4. Have each child collect at least 5-10 leaves.  It is great to get several different types of leaves, however, the number collected is equally important as you will quickly learn.
  5. Using a small leaf, do a VERY QUICK tutorial for the kids.  Color a small leaf, instruct them to watch as you then turn the leaf over and stamp onto the paper.  I say very quick because they will be anxious to get started!
  6. Make sure you explain that they need to color gently so they do not rip their leaves.  This takes us back to #4 and why you need several leaves.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    .   
  7. It is fun to color with different colors, but I recommend you color with one color first until they get the hang of it.  It takes children quite a bit of time to choose colors and also get the lids on and off.  This results in the leaf colors drying before they ever get to stamp.
       
  8. Once they have colored their leaf, help them turn the leaf over by the stem and press down on paper.
         
  9. Of course, praise them for their wonderful artwork!                                                                                                                         

 

 

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