Repurposing With Kids

Are you into repurposing or recycling things? It’s a great way to save some money and make something fun at the same time. The definition of repurposing is “to give a new purpose or use to”. Today let’s do just that with 2 items you might find around your house. The first item is a plastic spreadable butter container.

After we finished using the spreadable butter that came in this container, I looked at the bottom section of it and thought, “That looks like a great bathtub for a doll!”. First wipe it out with a paper towel, then wash in warm soapy water and dry. This doll fits in very nicely!

If you want to make it look a little better, you could add some duck tape around the sides to cover the label. Alas, we’re fresh out of duck tape so I couldn’t do that this time. Add a little soap and water, stir it up until you have some bubbles and presto! A nice bubble bath for your little ones favorite doll. πŸ™‚

Look at her smile! Doesn’t she look like she is enjoying her bubble bath? πŸ˜‰

Now for the second repurposing project for today…a Q-tip box. (You may call them Cotton Swabs.) This is the type of box where the inside tray slides out either direction.

You’ll need a piece of paper to cover the outside of the box. Printed or plain will do. Measure the length of the box. Write down the number so it’s easy to remember. Then measure each side around the box and add the numbers up. Add another inch so you can overlap the paper in the back and glue or tape it together. Mark out the size of paper you need of the BACK side of the paper so your lines won’t show on your box. Cut on the lines.

Grab your glue or double-sided tape. Wrap the paper around the box, bending and creasing the paper at each edge so the paper fits smoothly all around the box.

Tape or glue the overlapping edges together on the backside of the box.

And you’re done! Find some special treasures to keep inside. I’m using this one to store some Barbie doll shoes and accessories.

Shoes in one end and other fun items in the other end.

These could have a gazillion uses! Have fun! Check back soon for more repurposing fun! Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚

Turtle Suncatcher Craft from Crayola

Wow, it’s been raining for DAYS here and it’s getting tiring! I went looking for something fun to do to cheer ourselves up and I came across this adorable craft on the Crayola website – Turtle Suncatchers!

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Aren’t they adorable?! Here’s the link to check it out: https://www.crayola.com/crafts/turtle-suncatcher-craft/

It looks like a great rainy-day boredom buster! Have fun! πŸ™‚

Washcloth Animals – #3 – Chick

It’s been a fun week of making washcloth animals! If you missed making the bunny, you can find it here: https://thekidsniche.com/2020/05/11/washcloth-animals-1-bunny/ If you missed the bear, this is where you can find it: https://thekidsniche.com/2020/05/13/washcloth-animals-2-bear/

So let’s make one more washcloth animal! This little chick is quite adorable and fun! You’ll need 1 washcloth (a yellow one makes him super cute), 1 regular size rubber band, a piece of ribbon or twine, 2 wiggly eyes and a small piece of orange construction paper.

Lay the washcloth out flat on your work surface.

Starting at one corner and working across on the diagonal, roll the washcloth up tightly into one long thin roll.

The place where the end of the washcloth is in the center, you will want to make sure it gets folded inside with the next step.

Fold the rolled up washcloth in half.

Bend one side down so that the tip reaches the bottom or is just slightly longer.

Fold the second side down in the same manner.

Squeeze the top part a bit to make a rounded head and wrap the rubber band around it several times.

Glue on the 2 wiggly eyes.

Tie a piece of ribbon or twine around the chick’s neck to cover the rubber band.

Using the orange construction paper, cut a rectangular piece about 1 inch by 1/2″.

Fold it in half.

Keeping the folded edge on top, cut from the center of the bottom up to the top outside edge on both sides so you end up with a triangle.

Open the triangle and you have a beak for your chick.

Glue the beak in place and your adorable little chick is done! πŸ™‚

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you’ve had fun making washcloth animals with me! πŸ™‚ Tune in next week to see what other kinds of fun things we’ll be doing!

Washcloth Animals – #2 – Bear

It’s time for another edition of making washcloth animals! Our first washcloth project was making a bunny. If you missed that project and would like to check it out, you can find it here: https://thekidsniche.com/2020/05/11/washcloth-animals-1-bunny/

Today’s washcloth animal is a cute bear. Let’s get started! You’ll need 1 washcloth, 1 regular size rubber band, 2 tiny rubber bands and a piece of ribbon. If you want to, you can also add 2 wiggly eyes and a nose and mouth made from felt.

Lay the washcloth out flat on your work surface.

Begin rolling from one side and roll to the middle of the washcloth.

Then roll the opposite side to the middle too.

While holding each end of the rolled washcloth, twist one end over.

While keeping the washcloth from unrolling, bend the twisted end down about 3/4’s of the way.

The bottom 2 rolls become the bear’s legs. Open the top part just enough to place the top 2 rolls along each side for the bear’s arms.

Using the larger rubber band, pinch the washcloth in to make a neck and head and wrap the rubber band around as many times as you can.

Now pinch up a little bit of the washcloth on each side of the head to make 2 ears. Wrap a tiny rubber band around each one to hold it in place.

Tie the piece of ribbon around the neck to cover the rubber band.

Ta dah! Your bear can be finished now. Or you can add some wiggly eyes or even make a nose and mouth from felt. I like the look without the eyes better but here’s what it looks like with eyes so you can decide which way you like better.

I hope you found this project fun! πŸ™‚ Be sure to check back on Friday for Washcloth Animal #3!

Washcloth Animals – #1 – Bunny

Have you ever made an animal out of a washcloth? This week I’ll be sharing how you can do just that and how to make 3 different animals. Today’s craft is making a bunny from a washcloth.

This can be a fun project for kids to do or we’ve even made these for baby shower favors. They are cute, cuddly and easy to make. Depending on the age of the child the bunny is being made for, you can decide on how many details you want to add. You’ll need 1 washcloth, 1 rubber band and a piece of ribbon. Other things you might want to use include 2 wiggly eyes, a small pompom, a medium sized pompom and some glue. Lay the washcloth flat on the surface you’ll be working on.

Grab one corner of the washcloth and take fold it across to the opposite diagonal corner so you have a triangle.

Starting at the point across from the long side, begin rolling the washcloth tightly until you’ve formed one long roll.

Fold the roll in half…

Holding the 2 strips together fold them the other direction.

Can you see where the bunny’s ears will be? Take a minute now and make sure the 2 sides look about even on the end of the fold. This will be the bunny’s face.

Holding the “ears” back, put a rubber band around the “face” end.

Now you can fluff up the bunny’s ear and make sure the face part looks rounded.

Tie a piece of ribbon around the neck area to hide the rubber band.

Your bunny can be finished now or you can continue on to add a few more details. You can glue on 2 wiggly eyes.

A little pompom can be glued on for a nose.

A medium sized pompom can be glued on for a tail.

And there you have it! Your adorable bunny is finished and ready for some hugs!

I hope you enjoyed making a bunny from a washcloth! Be sure to check back on Wednesday when we’ll be making a teddy bear from a washcloth! πŸ™‚

Quick Tip for Long Distance Grandkids

Do you have young grandchildren that don’t live close to you and you don’t see them very often? If so, this tip is for you! When sending little care packages or letters to your long distance grandkids, take a minute to print out a picture of yourself and include it in your package. That way the grandchildren have a picture of you to remind them of who you are and who sent them their special package.

I taped our picture to the top side of the card that I wrote a letter on. The picture doesn’t have to be top quality. I used regular printer paper. Its just a nice way to remind the kids who you are and that you cared enough to send a little something special. 😊πŸ₯°

Taco Tuesday Casserole

Happy Cinco De Mayo day, everyone! Whether you usually celebrate or not, aren’t Tuesday’s meant for tacos? Today’s post is about having a yummy taco tasting dish but made in a casserole so it’s simple and quick to do. Kids can have fun helping to make this meal. Items needed for Taco Tuesday Casserole are: 2 cups cooked rice, 1 – 14.5 oz can of cooked pork OR 1 pound of hamburger, 1 – 15.25 oz canned corn, 1 – 15 oz can of black beans, 1 – 14.5 oz can of diced tomatoes (we use fire-roasted), 1 – 4 oz can of canned green chiles, 1 package of taco seasoning and 1 – 8 oz bag of grated cheddar cheese. Other optional items would be chips for eating the casserole, sour cream, salsa, lettuce, etc. Whatever items you like with tacos. This recipe is very versatile, so feel free to change it up. Grease a 9″ x 13″ pan and turn your oven on to 350 degrees.

If you are using hamburger, start by browning it in a large skillet. After the hamburger is cooked thoroughly, (or if you are using cooked pork) mix the meat, corn, black beans, diced tomatoes, the package of taco seasoning and diced green chiles, together in a large skillet and heat until everything is heated through.

You can make a layer of rice in the bottom of your 9″ x 13″ pan and then pour the combined ingredients over the rice. OR you can mix the rice into the skillet with the other ingredients. This time I mixed the rice in. Pour combined ingredients into the 9″ x 13″ pan.

You can mix about 1/3 of the package of grated cheese into the mixture or just sprinkle it all on the top. Bake at 350 degrees for around 30 minutes or until its bubbly.

This time around we just had Tostitos Scoops chips and sour cream with the casserole.

Doesn’t it look yummy?

Mmmm! It tastes great! Since I’m late getting this posted, maybe you can try it next Tuesday! Ha! Enjoy and thanks for visiting my blog!

Let’s Draw Carly the Cat

Hello and welcome to today’s drawing fun! All you need is some paper and something to draw with. Let’s get started drawing Carly the Cat. Meow!

Start out with a circle.

To add Carly’s ears, draw 2 triangles on the top side of the circle. Then add 2 smaller triangles inside the first ones, and color the smaller triangles in with your pencil.

Now for 2 eyes. Draw 2 ovals, then a circle in the bottom part of each oval. Color in the circles.

Draw an upside down triangle for her nose.

Now draw 2 circles, one on each side of the triangle you drew for her nose. Under that draw a “U” with a smaller “U” inside of it. This is Carly’s mouth. Color in the smaller “U”.

Now let’s add some whiskers by drawing 3 lines out on each side of Carly’s face, starting inside the mouth circles.

If you want to draw only a cat’s head, then you are finished! Good job! If you would like to add a body, then keep going with me. Add 2 curved lines under the head like you see in the following picture.

Let’s add 2 front legs and 2 front feet.

Draw the lines for the body on down till they meet the legs and then draw a small line between the legs to finish Carly’s body.

Add 2 ovals for her back feet and add 2 curved lines to each foot to make her toes.

Let’s see…are we done? Have we forgotten anything? Wait…check again…what’s missing? Her tail? Of course! Draw her tail coming out the side.

If you would like your cat to look like a boy, then you are finished. If you’d like your cat to look like a girl, then you can add 3 eyelashes to the top of each eye.

Great job! Now you’re ready to draw a whole litter of kittens! Hope you had fun with our latest drawing project! πŸ™‚

Paper Packet Surprises

Are you looking for a little something to cheer up some kids that have been cooped up inside waaaaay too long? Here’s a fun idea for making packets out of paper and sticking a little surprise inside. Its a sure way to liven up an otherwise boring day. Or a way to send some little surprises to those grand kids you can’t be with right now…which is what I’m doing with the ones I’ve made. πŸ™‚

Let’s start out with a piece of paper, scissors and glue. Your paper can have a design on it or just be plain or solid colored. You can draw pictures, make designs or add messages to them. I decided to use some white printer paper and some scrap booking paper I had on hand. Depending on the item you would like to hide inside, how big you need to make the starting piece of paper. This one I think started out at 6″ x 8″. If you cut a piece of 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper in half to make it 8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, it makes a nice sized packet.

Put a line of glue across one of the shorter ends.

Bring the other shorter end around so your paper forms a tube and glue the two ends together. Press it flat with the glued line in the center of the side. Like this picture…

It doesn’t matter if it’s exactly in the middle or not. Next fold in both long edges approximately 1/4″ or a little more and crease. Again, no need to be exact. Side #1…

And side #2 is folded up too.

Working with one of the folded sides at a time, open the folded edge up.

You’ll see 3 creases…the 2 creases on the outside edges need to be folded “out” and the center crease needs to fold “in”. It’s a little hard to explain this way, but hopefully the next two pictures will help you see what I’m trying to explain.

Do that for both folded sides. This makes your packet able to hold something inside it. Next apply a thin line of glue to ONE of the open ends.

Press that end closed and hold for a few seconds while the glue starts to work.

Slide your surprise inside the open end. Here are a few ideas that I came up with to use for surprises. Stickers…

Granola bar…

Small candy bars…

Color with water pages and a few Q-tips to use for painting…

Just fold the color with water page and it will fit nicely inside your packet along with the Q-tips.

How about a package of hot chocolate mix? I folded the end in on them to make them fit inside better.

Maybe some pom poms or pipe cleaners…

For older kids you might use a Sudoku puzzle page or another type of puzzle sheet. Gift cards would be awesome! Once you have your surprise inside, glue the other end closed. If you like, you can cut the ends with scrap booking scissors to give it a more finished look.

I added one more twist to my packets by writing a message on the outside of something the kids need to do before they can open the packet. For instance…”Sing a song”, “Do a somersault”, “Clap your hands”, “Hop on one foot”, “Do 5 jumping jacks”, or “Run in slow motion”. You can tailor the message to fit the age of the child you’re making the paper packets for.

Hope this craft will brighten your day! Thanks for visiting! πŸ™‚