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15
Mar

pencil eraser rainbow painting

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and we like to celebrate with fun rainbow crafts and activities. This rainbow painting was really fun because we used the eraser at the end of a pencil to do our painting, instead of using a brush. These paintings were fun to make and the kids loved painting with something other than a brush – which is what we usually use.

What You’ll Need

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kids tempera craft paint
pencils with erasers on the end
canvas

How To Make It

Simply pour some paint in separate piles, and use your pencil eraser to stamp out a picture. Remember to use a new pencil eraser for each color so the colors don’t mix.

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Happy Crafting!

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05
Mar

Paper Plate Cat in the Hat Craft

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March 2nd was Read Across America Day and was also Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The kids and I made this paper plate Cat in the Hat craft on Sunday (March 2nd) in honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday and they loved it. Find out how to make it by visiting CBC Parents.

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26
Feb

homemade bird feeder that kids can make!

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I’m not going to lie, I’m a real bird nerd. I love feeding and watching the birds in my yard. We have several store-bought bird feeders up in our yard, but I thought the kids would like to make a beautiful homemade bird feeder for their feathered friends too. Birds need food all year around, but food sources can be especially scarce in the Winter. I make sure that my feeders are always full so the birdies won’t go hungry! This bird feeder was so simple to make, you just have to be patient while the water sets. The next day you can hang this homemade bird feeder outside and delight in watching the birds sneak a treat. I love that the wreath is set in ice, so not only are the little birdies getting a snack, but they are pecking at the ice too and probably enjoying a little drink at the same time. Because this bird feeder is set in ice, it’s for Winter climates only, below 0 degrees. Anything above that, and your lovely ice wreath bird feeder is going to melt! Not only is this wreath a great source of food for the birds, but it’s also beautiful to look at!

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What You’ll Need

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birdseed for outdoor Winter birds – I would say about 4 cups, but you may use more or less depending on the size of your pan
cranberries
sticks
pine tree sprigs
boxwood leaves – they don’t wilt when they are frozen so they will stay beautiful in your wreath!
a bundt pan – mine was silicone
water
ribbon
scissors

How To Make It

1. Take your bundt pan and place it on a flat surface.

2. Fill your bundt pan until it’s about 3/4′s full with all your ingredients – bird seed, cranberries, sticks, pine tree sprigs, boxwood leaves. It really doesn’t matter what order you put these in. The kids just kind of threw stuff in. When ours froze, the birdseed sunk to the bottom and the sticks, leaves and cranberries stayed on the top. That was okay because it looked beautiful.

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3. When done filling your pan with the ingredients, fill it with water until it just covers the ingredients. Place your bundt pan either in the freezer – or place outside – until frozen.

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4. When completely frozen (I waited until the next day), remove from pan, cut a piece of ribbon and hang the ribbon from the wreath. Hang your wreath outside and watch your little feathered friends!

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19
Feb

Review and Giveaway: TogetherBox

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I was recently contacted by TogetherBox to review one of their boxes and I jumped at the opportunity. TogetherBox is a great concept for busy families. Let’s face it – we all want to do fun things as a family, but sometimes we either just don’t have the time to research fun crafts and activities and then go out and buy the supplies or waste way too much time in the process. That’s the genius behind TogetherBox – they do all the ground work for you. You can sign up for a monthly subscription and a fun-filled box will show up on your doorstop every month. This box will be filled with fun and unique activities to do together as a family and includes EVERYTHING YOU NEED! Even me, being a crafty mom myself, found this to be amazing. With my husband and I both working full-time, the kids in school full-time, all their extracurriculars after school and all our other commitments, my free time is really declining. I still want to do fun things with the kids, but find I have less and less time to organize them. Receiving this box with the activities already planned out for me in an easy to read format (with pictures!) was amazing, but then to realize that the box includes everything you need to do the activities and I didn’t have to run out and get anything totally rocked!

Here’s the box we got to review:

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The box we received was the “balloon box” and all the crafts and activities involved balloons in some shape or form.

You will receive a box based on the current climate of where you live. Being in Canada, they knew we were covered in several feet of snow this time of year, so we received a box full of fun inside activities. I will receive outside activity boxes for when the weather is nicer.

I immediately noticed the lovely activity book! This particular book had 4 activities all planned out with pictures of the steps. It is laminated and held together with a sturdy binder ring. There was also a sheet of “bonus” ideas based on the same theme if you want to continue with more activities on your own. This was great!

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The first activity my kids wanted to dive into was the “balloon ninjas.” What little boy doesn’t want to do an activity with the word ninja in it, lol?! They tried to shoot marshmallows into the balloon ninja’s mouths for hours with their homemade marshmallow shooters. Both kids enjoyed this activity SO.MUCH!

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Another activity that they thought was super cool was the water bottle water fountain. This was a fun little science experiment for the kids that was not only fun, but a great learning experience too. They loved seeing how the blown up balloon on top of the water bottle would make the fountain work. They also had fun with the food colouring tablets and watching the water turn from pink to purple by adding blue food coloring tablets!

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Do you want to tryTogetherBox?! TogetherBox has generously offered my readers 50% off their first month. Enter “dubiens” at checkout to take advantage of this fantastic offer!

TogetherBox has also generously offered to give away 1 month of TogetherBox to one lucky reader! Enter to win through rafflecopter below. Good luck!

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17
Feb

glitter glue picture frames

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It’s ‘Masterpiece Monday’ and I wanted to share what the kids and I made last Monday! The fabulous people at Elmer’s sent me an amazing parcel full of glitter glue surprises and I couldn’t wait to make a fun craft with them with the kids. When I asked the kids what they wanted to make with the glitter glue, they decided they wanted to make picture frames. We have loads of homemade picture frames around the house, but I am in need of more fridge magnets – my fridge is an art gallery of the kids masterpieces. It was then that we decided to make picture frame fridge magnets and they are wonderful!

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We used the fabulous Elmer’s glitter glue products pictured above, large craft popsicle sticks, regular Elmer’s glue, buttons, and magnets. You’ll also need some pictures to glue on the frames when dry.

First we glued 4 popsicle sticks together to make a frame shape and allowed these to dry. Then we had fun decorating! We used all the glitter glue products and buttons for decorations. The kids had so much fun with this – we probably made about 20 of these frames. We let them dry over night. The next day we cut out some pictures and glued them to the back of the frame, along with a magnet. Allow them to dry again and you’re good to go!

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