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19
Apr

Ten Recycled Objects Crafts for Kids

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Earth Day is April 22 this year and it’s a great time to teach kids about the importance of our planet and saving it for the future. I scoured the archives of this blog and came up with 10 fun crafts that we’ve made that make great use out of recycled objects – objects that would have otherwise been garbage. Click on the link below to get to the original post for full instructions on how we made them…

Plastic Bottle Bowling

Drink Carton Tab Rings

Laundry Soap Lid Flowers

Toilet Paper Roll Crowns

Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars

Play Doh Lid Bird Feeders

Make a Snake out of old Tights

Bottlecap Birdies

Recycled Crayons

Ring Pop and Button Rings

Enjoy and happy crafting!

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12
Apr

Ten Earth Day Crafts and Foods for Kids

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I love using Earth Day to teach my kids the importance of our planet and how important it is to love earth! I also love celebrating my doing a fun craft and/or having a yummy snack. Here are 10 fun earth day crafts and yummy earth day snacks that my kiddos have enjoyed over the years. Click on the links below to get to the original posts for full instructions…

Grasshead Ladies

Love the Earth Bento Snack

Earth Day Bento Box

Earth Day Cake

Handprint Earth with People of the World

Play Doh Planet Earth

Love the Trees Snack

Recycle Bento Box

We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands Craft

Handprint Paper Plate Planet Earth

Happy crafting and eating!

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24
Mar

Eight Easter Crafts for Kids

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Easter is right around the corner! Here is a little round-up of EIGHT of our most favourite Easter-themed crafts we’ve done over the years. Click on the link to view the full post and get the full instructions!

Kool-Aid Dyed Easter Eggs

Handprint Bunnies

Play Doh Chicks

Easter Chicks, Magical Jellybeans and Lollipops!

Chickie Masks

Handprint Chicks

Handprint Bunnies 2

Paper-Plate Chicks

Enjoy and Happy Crafting!

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03
Mar

Baking Soda and Vinegar Volcano

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My kids love anything scientific. Reactions that they don’t expect amaze them and this baking soda and vinegar volcano experiment did not disappoint. This month Netflix is featuring a number of movies and shows that feature “science fair fun.” One documentary that is a great example is Deadliest Volcanoes: Nova, which showcases some of the most fascinating volcanoes from around the world. I really wanted to try experiment with the kiddos and I figured this would be a perfect opportunity – make the volcano and then watch the show.

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What You’ll Need

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For the volcano:

4 cups of all-purpose flour
2 cups of salt
4 tbsp of vegetable oil
2 cups of water
Brown gel food colouring
1 plastic bottle
1 baking pan

For the eruption:

Warm water to nearly fill your plastic bottle
10 drops of red food colouring
6 drops of dishwashing detergent
2 tbsp of baking soda
1 cup of vinegar

How To Make It

1. Make the dough for the volcano. Mix 4 cups of flour with 2 cups of salt. Add 4 tbsp of vegetable oil and 2 cups of water. Stir until well combined. If the dough is not smooth and firm, slowly add more water 1 tbsp at a time until you reach your desired consistency.

2. Once the dough has come together, add some brown gel food colouring and knead it into the dough until well combined.

3. Place an empty plastic bottle in the centre of a baking pan. Wrap your dough around the plastic bottle to create a volcano. Make sure you leave an opening at the top, where the opening in your water bottle is.

4. Fill your water bottle about ¾ full with warm water. Add 10 drops of red food colouring, 6 drops of dishwashing detergent and 2 tbsp of baking soda.

5. Grab a cup of vinegar and let your kiddos slowly pour the vinegar into the opening in the volcano and watch the magic happen!

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How It Works

The combination of baking soda and vinegar create a chemical reaction. This reaction creates carbon dioxide gas which is also present in real volcanoes. When the carbon dioxide gas is produced, pressure builds up inside the water bottle. The pressure is released when the gas bubbles out of the volcano and creates cool red lava.
This super cool volcano is a classic science experiment that never gets old and will delight and amaze your child. Give it a try! I bet they’ll love it.

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04
Feb

Reach for the Stars Banner

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It is my absolute pleasure to tell you guys that I am teaming up with Netflix to provide inspiration for crafts and recipes each month that will be tied to specific Netflix movies and TV shows. This month’s theme is “create your own destiny” and features great shows such as Ever After High, Mako Mermaids and Richie Rich. These shows feature extraordinary kids doing exceptional things, and provide inspiration for kids to explore and pursue their interests.

This ‘reach for the stars’ banner is a great craft that your kids will be sure to enjoy. It inspires them to think about things that they want to do and things they aspire to be. My daughter and I have watched the entire first season of Mako Mermaids on Netflix this past month. It features three outcast mermaids who display strength, bravery and courage as they strive to get their home and pod back. My daughter is pretty much glued to the screen. It’s so nice to watch a show with my daughter that features smart, strong women – something my daughter can aspire to be. This banner allowed by daughter the opportunity to think about the things that she wants to do and be, and display them in a beautiful way. Here’s how we made it….

What You’ll Need

A variety of stars cut from patterned cardstock paper in different sizes
Glue
Ribbon
Photos of things your kids want to be/do
Optional – stickers, markers, glitter glue, etc. – anything to “pretty” it up

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Some of the things that Kirsten wants to be – an awesome dancer, an artist, a musician, a teacher, a soccer player, a swimmer, a good student at school, a good friend.

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How To Make It

1. Lay your ribbon out on the floor in a straight line. Glue your stars onto the ribbon until you have used up all your stars. Allow to dry.

2. Glue your pictures onto the stars – 1 picture for each star – or write words of encouragement. Allow to dry.

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3. You can leave your banner as is, or you can pretty it up with stickers, jewels, glitter glue, etc.

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You can hang this banner in your child’s room – I like hanging it above their beds. This will help them visualize the things they want to be, and help them ‘Reach for the Stars.’

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