We hear a lot these days about stress and how much it negatively affects us. Even kids are dealing with stress. I came across a recipe I had stashed in a drawer for Anti-Stress Lavender putty. (Sorry but it doesn’t say who posted the recipe and I don’t remember where I got it.) Kids love play dough and the lavender essential oil used in this recipe is good to use for calming little people. (And big people!)
So here is my version that I made today. You’ll need 1/2 Cup of flour, 1/4 Cup salt, 4 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil (almond, canola or coconut), 1/4 Cup boiling water and lavender essential oil.
In a medium size bowl, put the flour…
Cream of Tartar…
And oil, then start mixing.
Add in about 5 drops of the lavender essential oil, then mix a little more. If you want a stronger scent, add a few more drops.
Add the boiling water and stir. To finish mixing it all together, I dumped it out on the counter top on a piece of wax paper and kind of kneaded it.
You can add a little more water or flour as needed to get the consistency you want. I needed a little more water. You can also add in glitter but that was more mess than I wanted! LOL It makes a nice soft and easy to shape fragrant playdough.
It’s ready for little people hands and playing! 😉 The idea is that the lavender will help to give the kids a calm feeling while they play. The play dough can be stored in a ziploc bag and should keep for a few months. This is my first batch so I can’t really say how long it will last.
I hope you’ll give this idea a try and that you’ll have great results with it! Think relaxing thoughts as you breathe in the lavender! 🙂
How’s your day going? I hope ok! Today I want to share a super simple way to make your own matching card game. You know, the little cards you line up face down and you turn 2 over at a time and see if they match? Yep, those. 😉 Only a few supplies are needed such as a piece of cardstock or sturdy paper, a ruler, a pencil, a pair of scissors and some stickers.
I used a piece of maroon colored cardstock (8 1/2″ x 11″) and made 12 cards for the game. First you’ll draw lines on the paper to mark the cards into even squares. If you use the same size of paper, your squares can be 2 3/4″. You’ll have just a little bit of extra paper down one side to cut off and discard. (I couldn’t seem to get a good picture of the lines on the paper.)
Cut the squares apart.
Separate the squares into pairs of 2 cards each. You’ll be making 6 sets of matching cards from one piece of paper. Feel free to make more!
Sort through your stickers to find 6 sets of matching stickers.
Make a set of cards by placing 1 sticker on each card, making sure there are 2 identical cards.
And your cards are made! You’re ready to play! Turn all the cards face down and mix them up, then line them up in 3 rows of 4 cards each.
The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match, he/she takes the match and turns over 2 more cards. As long as the player is finding a match, their turn continues. If they don’t find a match, the cards are turned face down again and play moves onto the second player.
6 matched sets is probably enough for small children, but you might want to make more for kids that are a little older. So easy to make and so simple to play! I hope you’ll have fun making your own game AND playing it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!
This blog post might have a little different twist on what a Dream Board for Kids is. Depending on the child’s age, you can do this activity in different ways to match the child’s ability. All you need is a piece of paper or poster board, some used magazines (that are ok to cut pictures out of), scissors and glue.
The idea is to pick a theme for the child’s board. For example, it might be a board about animals they would like to own some day or animals that they like. Let your child look through a magazine for pictures that fit the theme. Cut them out (good practice for using those fine motor skills!) and arrange them on the piece of paper. When they are in just the right places, glue them down.
A title could be added to each board or left off…whichever way the child likes it. Depending on what type of magazine you are using, what type of pictures will be readily available. For instance, a cooking magazine will have lots of pictures of food. A board with all types of food they would like to eat is a good theme too.
You can leave space between the pictures or let them overlap. Here’s a Dream Board of fun activities they might like to try someday.
Making a Dream Board gives you the opportunity to ask questions about what your child likes about a particular picture. If they chose a picture of people using paddle boards, you can ask why they like that idea or what do they think would make that a fun activity. You can gain insight into what your child thinks is fun and even find some activities that you might like to try to do together.
Maybe a Dream Board could be about a picture they found of a house they like. They could add pictures of furniture or what a kitchen might look like, etc. If you have a gardening magazine, your child could cut out pictures of plants and flowers they like and then arrange them in the shape of a garden. How about pictures of birds? How many different birds can you find? The ideas are endless! If you start looking through your old magazines and see what type of pictures are there, the ideas will come to you. And Dream Boards are great for sharing with others too, like grandparents. 😉 Your child will be proud to share what he/she made and to tell all about why they used each picture.
This is a fun, simple and inexpensive activity to try! I hope you’ll enjoy doing it with your favorite kids! 🙂
If you’re looking for a super easy craft for the kids to make, look no further! These bookmarks are very easy to make and the kids will love using them to mark their places in the books they are reading. All you need is some thin cardboard or cardstock, markers and stickers. I actually used the piece of cardboard that comes in a large box of tea bags and the cardboard from the back of a small notepad.
Cut the cardboard or cardstock to the size you want the bookmarks to be. I kept one of mine the size it was for a large bookmark and the other piece I cut in half for 2 smaller bookmarks.
Next grab the markers and stickers and turn the kids loose to decorate the bookmarks however they like.
I made one with Minion Pirate stickers. Ahoy, matey!
For the second bookmark I used some owl stickers, some bug stickers and added some dots using my markers.
Last, but not least, I made a bookmark with a few kitten stickers and 2 flower stickers.
This is a super simple craft project but the kids will enjoy it and maybe be encouraged to spend more time reading so they can use their new bookmarks. 🙂 Have fun!
Who is getting tired of snow? We live in Ohio and we still have a LOT of snow. (Just ask our dog, Rusty, because he finds it hard to go potty when the snow is up to his belly!) It’s starting to melt here and I am looking forward to seeing grass again! Today is also windy so being outside is COLD! But we can have fun making a snowman inside today. 🙂
You’ll only need a few supplies…I used half a piece of blue construction paper, 3 Qtips (also called cotton swabs), a small amount of paint (white, black and red) and a small disposable plate.
You’ll probably want to lay some old newspaper down on the table to protect it from any run away paint drops. 😉 Lay your piece of construction paper on the newspaper and the small disposable plate. Have the Qtips within reach.
Put a very small amount of white paint onto the plate. I actually put more out then I needed.
Using the end of one Qtip, dip it into the paint and start making dots on the construction paper in the shape of a snowman. I suggest starting at the top with the snowman’s head to avoid laying a hand or arm on the freshly painted dots.
Make a second snowball for the snowman’s belly.
And then a 3rd snowball for the bottom of the snowman.
Now put a very small amount of black paint on the plate. And get a fresh Qtip.
Add dots to make a face…a few dots on his belly for buttons…add black dots for his stick arms…and more dots for his hat.
Now it’s time for a very small amount of red paint to be put on the plate. And grab a third fresh Qtip.
Add some red dots around the snowman’s “neck” to make a scarf.
And you’re finished! Great job! I hope you had fun making a snowman while you stayed inside where it’s warm! 🙂
We’re back with another great Valentine’s Day craft project! If you saw yesterday’s post about a tissue paper heart activity and you saw that I suggested you save the stencil looking part of that project for another project, this is it!
If you didn’t see that post, what you need to do is cut a piece of construction paper in half. Then taking one of those pieces and fold it in half.
Draw half of a heart shape on the folded edge of your paper. Then cut along the line you drew. When you open it, you will have a heart. 🙂 For this project, we will be using the piece with the heart cut out, but you might want to save the heart to use it for something else.
For today’s project, you will need another half sheet of construction paper, a pencil, scissors, glue and several different colors of tissue paper. First cut a 1″ wide strip from each color of tissue paper. You will need only a short piece of each color. (I had a lot left over!)
Now, take the half piece of construction paper and fold it in half. Lay the first stencil on top and trace the half of a heart on the fold like you did for the first one.
Cut out the second heart so you have 2 matching pieces.
Unfold the 2 pieces. Place the side that you drew on facing up. This will become the backside of the stained “glass” heart. Using the strips of tissue paper, lay one across the heart opening and glue the ends down.
Take additional pieces of the tissue paper strips and place them, one at a time, in different directions over the heart opening…and glue the ends down.
Add a few more strips…
Keep adding strips until all the open spaces of the heart have been covered with tissue paper.
Take the other piece of construction paper you cut the heart out of and apply glue as it is shown in this picture.
Place it on the paper you have been gluing the strips to so that the edges meet and the 2 hearts match up. This will cover up all the ends that you glued down and allow the light to shine through the heart cutout. And there you have it! You’ve made a stained “glass” Valentine heart! Put it up to a window and look how pretty it is when the sun shines through the heart!
Doesn’t that look nice? Make as many as you like (Or as many as your parents will allow!) and put them close to your windows to make your house look festive. 🙂 You could also make a hole at the top and put a piece of string through so you can hang up your stained “glass” art. I hope you had fun today! Check back for more Valentine’s Day ideas soon!
Candy canes are one of people’s most favorite things to decorate with for Christmas. So here is the quickest and easiest candy canes you’ve ever made! All you need is some red and white pipe cleaners (or chenille stems as some people call them). It’s also fun to mix in some green ones and even to use the sparkly red, silver and green kind. We’ll start off with one each of the fuzzy red and white pipe cleaners.
Twist the two pipe cleaners together so they look like the stripes on candy canes. I also like to twist the ends together a little tighter and bend the end over so folks don’t get poked by the sharp ends.
Bend the twisted pipe cleaners into the shape of a candy cane. That’s all there is to it! 🙂
Here are a few variations you can make…fuzzy red, white and green…
Or try the sparkly pipe cleaners…
Or make a tri-color sparkly one.
Whatever kind of pipe cleaners you go with, you’re sure to have fun making these simple candy canes!
You can hang them up just by hooking them over something or add a bit of thread or string to hang them. These are so fun and simple to make that you’ll want to make a dozen! 😉