Kids Summer Crafts on Sale at Joann’s!

If you are looking for some small craft kits for your kids to do this summer, stop in at your nearest Joann craft store! They have some great prices on some fun looking kits!

These are a few items included in the 60% off sale:

#1.) Melty Bead Kits. There were at least 3 designs to choose from. (Yep, they look very similar to the Perler beads.)

#2.) Scratch Art Kits. There are 6 in this package and it includes the utensil used to do the scratching.

#3.) Color-in Puzzle Kit. There are 2 sets in the package plus some markers for coloring.

#4.) Plaster Magnet Kit which includes a brush and paints. There were a few designs to choose from.

#5.) Wood Coloring Kit. These sets includes 3 markers and a few little gems.

I also saw a couple different types of terrarium grow kits that were 70% off! Normally they would sell for $29.99, but are on sale for $8.99! Wow!

If you like the Makit & Bakit kits, they have some cute ones on clearance for $2.47.

Hop on over to your nearest Joann’s for some great summer bargains that will keep your kids entertained! πŸ™‚

Storms + Wind = No Electricity. Now What to do With the Kids??

We had some strong storms roll through our state on Monday evening this week and a LOT of people have been without electricity. (Including us…for about 44 hours.) Some are still out. That means no TV, no Xbox and soon all the electronics run out of battery. And the kids are home…and they are BORED! Now what??! Here are a few suggestions that might entertain the kids for a while so you don’t pull all your hair out during the first hour of no power. πŸ˜‰

#1.) Coloring pictures. Yep, drag out the boxes of crayons and coloring books and color some pictures. Maybe you “need” some new pictures to hang on the refrigerator or maybe Grandma and Grandpa need some pictures in the mail. πŸ™‚

#2.) Play some card or board games. The more people that play the more fun it will be.

#3.) Read some books. Let the kids pick out their favorite book and read it together. Or read a story to them that they haven’t quite mastered reading for themselves.

#4.) Do some simple crafts. Maybe not painting, if you don’t have water available for cleanup. πŸ˜‰

#5.) Draw some crazy monsters. All you need is paper and markers or crayons. Some wiggly eyes can add to the fun.

#6.) Play with Lego!

#7.) Give your pets some extra love and attention. Maybe play tug-of-war with your dog or trail a piece of yarn for your cat to chase.

Or maybe play Qwirkle with your cat! Lol πŸ˜‰

#8.) Play the “connect the dots” game…only need paper and pencils or pens. Make 100 dots on the paper. Each person draws one line and then it’s the next person’s turn. If you complete the 4th side of a box, that becomes your box and you write your initial in the box. Complete the most boxes and you win.

#9.) Play with Dominoes. You can play the actual game of Dominoes or just have fun building with them and/or knocking them down again.

#11.) Make your own board game. Let the kids design their own board game, even if the rules are a bit wonky and constantly changing. πŸ˜‰ They will feel 10 feet tall when you play their game with them.

#12.) Matching game. Find several pairs of items and mix them up for your kids to match up the pairs.

So the next time your electricity goes out, don’t despair! You can definitely find things to keep the kids occupied with no electricity needed! If you are currently without power, I feel your pain! Hang in there!

Let’s Make Super Soft Cloud Dough

Sorry to be away for a few days. I was feeling under the weather and we also lost a close friend to leukemia. So not the best days recently, but today let’s do something fun and make some amazing cloud dough! This was my first time to make cloud dough and I will say that I like it better than regular homemade play dough. Cloud dough is so soft! Best part is, there is no cooking!! πŸ™‚

And it is so super easy to make and you only need 2-3 ingredients. You’ll need some lotion and some cornstarch and if you want to add some color to it, you will also need food coloring.

Grab a bowl, a spatula, some measuring cups and some wax paper or parchment paper and let’s get started!

All the recipes that I looked at called for using twice the amount of cornstarch as you use for lotion. For example, 1/3 cup of lotion to 2/3 cup of cornstarch or 1/2 cup of lotion to 1 cup of cornstarch. Pour the lotion into the measuring cup (I used the 1/2 cup size) and then put it into your mixing bowl. Use your spatula to get all the lotion out of the cup and into the bowl.

Next add a few drops of food coloring, in the color of your choice. I went with blue.

Using your spatula, mix the 2 ingredients together.

Add the measured cornstarch to the bowl next and stir slowly so the cornstarch doesn’t “poof” all over everything. πŸ˜‰

When your cloud dough is mostly mixed together, dump it out onto a piece of parchment paper or wax paper and knead it together.

If it seems a little too sticky, you can add a little more cornstarch. Keep kneading until it is smooth and soft.

That’s all there is too it! Now the fun really begins!

You can break it into smaller pieces and roll them into balls. (No, I don’t think you should throw these balls in the house!)

Pinch off a piece and roll it between your hands to make a long thin piece. One thing you can do with long skinny pieces is to make a smiley face.

Use an old rolling pin to roll your cloud dough flat and then use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes.

I think you’ll be glad you tried this easy recipe for cloud dough! If you made enough dough, I bet your kids will let you play too! πŸ˜‰

Store in an airtight container. Since this is my first time making cloud dough, I’m not sure how long it will keep. One person said, if it starts to feel dry, add a little more lotion and work it into the cloud dough and it will be good as new.

Hope you have a ton of fun! πŸ™‚

Yes, I Went to Dollar Tree Again…

Ok, I have a confession to make. I’m hooked on finding fun things for kids at the Dollar Tree stores! I met a lady today that was buying items for a vacation trip to the Outer Banks and she had a cart load of stuff! What a great way to save some money!

So let’s look at my find for today…a sticker book, but a different kind of sticker book. Sticker book puzzles.

In this book you use the numbered stickers to make 4 pictures.

You pick a numbered page and a page of numbered stickers. Sticker #1 goes on the #1 spot on the numbered page, then #2, etc.

This book is all about Mermaids but there was at least one other type about Carnivals. Check your nearest Dollar Tree store for what’s available close to you! πŸ˜ƒ

Friday Fun!

It’s Friday! And that means it’s time for some fun! Let’s share some goofy riddles!

-#1.) What goes tick-tock and woof-woof?

Answer: A watchdog!

#2.) What do you call a monkey that loves potato chips?

Answer: A chipmunk!

#3.) What did one egg say to the other egg?

Answer: β€œYou crack me up!β€œ

#4.) What do you get when dinosaurs crash their cars?

Answer: Tyrannosaurus wrecks!

#5.) What kind of shoes do ninjas wear?

Answer: Sneakers!

#6.) What has 8 legs and 8 eyes?

Answer: 8 pirates!

#7.) What does a pig say on a hot summer day?

Answer: β€œI’m bacon!”

I hope these tickled your funny bone! Be sure to try them out on your family and friends! Spread the giggles! πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„

Fun Crayola Felt Flowers Kit

Welcome back to The Kids Niche! So glad you’re here! πŸ™‚

Today I want to share a super fun felt flowers craft kit that I found at the Dollar Tree store. I thought it was a nicely done kit, especially for $1.25!

You can make 4 felt flowers from each kit. Here is what is included in the kit:

To get started, a few of the parts need to be punched out. They came apart easily for me.

I would like to suggest that before you go any farther that you take a couple of minutes to trace around all the flower parts on a piece of paper so you will have patterns to make your own flowers later.

Now for the fun part! πŸ™‚ Each flower needs a set of matching flower pieces. 1 plain solid color piece and 1 plain solid color piece that has adhesive on the back side with a piece of white paper covering it.

Sort the pieces into 4 groups so you know which pieces you want to put together into 1 flower.

I started by putting the smaller flower piece with the face on it onto the front of a larger flower piece that has the white paper backing on it. Remove the paper backing from the face piece and press the piece onto the bigger flower piece.

Take the other matching big flower piece (the one without the paper backing) and lay it down on the table. Take 1 pipe cleaner and lay it on top of the flower piece for the stem of the flower.

Carefully remove the paper backing from the large flower piece that has the face on it, line the 2 big flower pieces up and press together. Once the adhesive touches something else, it doesn’t come back off very easily.

Last step is to remove the paper backing from one leaf and fold it in half around the stem to form a leaf.

That’s all that goes into making 1 flower. πŸ™‚ Repeat the process for the other 3 flowers and you’ve finished the kit!

Aren’t they so cute?! I just love them! Find a small vase or glass to display them in around your house. πŸ™‚ These would be cute flowers to help the kids make for mom or grandma, etc.

I hope these kits are available at your local Dollar Tree store! Happy flower making! πŸ™‚

Keeping Your Sanity With Kids in the Car

Summer is almost here and school is almost done for this year! Are you planning to take a vacation with your family this summer? Do you dread the long rides in the car with a bunch of kiddos? If so, I saw something at a Dollar Tree store today that might make your ride a bit easier! Bingo Games! There were 3 styles available that I saw.

#1.) Vehicle Bingo

#2.) Roadside Bingo

#3.) Road Sign Bingo

Each set includes 2 dry erase Bingo boards and 2 markers with an eraser on the end. My guess is you cross off each item as you see it while you are traveling. First one to get all items in a row marked off is the winner! Could be a great way to get the kids looking out the windows instead of at which sibling might have β€œtouched” them or breathed on them or done some equally annoying thing. πŸ˜‰ I think it’s easily worth the $1.25 for a little more sanity on your trips in the car!

Cute Kitty Overload

Sorry I was MIA for most of last week! It was a very nice, but super busy week having company and seeing family. πŸ™‚ Hopefully we’re back on track here for this week!

I’ve been accumulating some super cute animal pictures from some of the pets in our family for a while now. If you love animals, you will love these furry guys and girls! For today I wanted to share some adorable kitty pictures with you. I bet you can’t look at all of them without saying “Awww!” at least a time or two! πŸ˜‰

I think this picture might just win the “cutest ever” award! What could be sweeter than a sleeping kitten?

Look at these 2 snuggle bugs! The kitty looks like he has paint on his nose.

This picture gives new meaning to the term “pocket pets”.

Hmm…how about a “sleeve pet”? πŸ˜‰

“What do you mean this is a chicken house? I have decided it shall be my castle.”

Hello, my friend…

We’re having a pet party…care to join us? (Yes, 1 dog snuck in on the cute kitty post! LOL)

Meanwhile under the bed…a new batch of kittens! πŸ™‚

I found a tree to climb! Why does this tree keep yelling “Ow! Ow! Ow!”

Remove. This. Thing. Right. Now. Or. Else.

The Kitten Whisperer…

Well, how many times did you say “Awww!”? πŸ˜‰ I hope these cute kitty pictures brought a smile to your face and brightened your day! πŸ™‚

Painting Little Spring Pots

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! If you look out the window here today, you would think it was April 1st instead of April 18th because it looks like we got an April Fool’s joke played on us outside! We have snow! Ok, yes, snow is pretty and all that, but we are ready for Spring now! πŸ˜‰ So let’s do a cute Spring project painting little clay pots and pretend we don’t see the snow.

I found a pack of 3 small clay pots at the Dollar Tree store and decided they would be cute painted for Spring with some succulents planted in them. So go grab some little pots, some paint, sponge brushes and some newspaper to protect your surfaces.

I chose yellow, pink and blue for the main colors for my pots.

I painted the outside of the pots plus I painted part of the way down inside the pot.

Using the eraser end of a pencil, I painted dots on the outside of each pot in contrasting colors.

I painted 1 coat on 2 of my pots but I painted a second coat on the yellow pot. I think I didn’t need to do that.

A word of caution – allow your pots plenty of drying time before adding plants! I didn’t let my yellow pot (that had 2 coats of paint) dry long enough before I added my succulent and the paint bubbled up because of the moisture in the dirt.

Check your local Lowe’s or Home Depot stores or a greenhouse for some little plants to add to your beautiful little pots.

And there you have it! Bright and colorful painted pots to cheer you or someone else up! Spring is just around the corner! πŸ™‚

Pretty Easter Egg Craft for Kids

Easter is only a few days away now! Are you looking for another simple craft to do with the kids? Here’s a great one that I shared last year, but it’s so pretty it’s bears repeating! πŸ™‚

You’ll need a few colors of tissue paper, a piece of white paper, a pencil and glue. A computer and a printer will make it easier but isn’t necessary. To begin…draw the shape of an egg on the piece of white paper. Or do like I did and go to:

https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/easter-eggs.html

You can print out an egg for free. How nice is that?! (Thank you, http://www.firstpalette.com !)

Draw some light lines on your egg to divide it into sections. Begin with your first color of tissue paper and tear it into strips. They DON’T need to be perfect or the exact same size.

Next tear the strips into smallish pieces. Again, no need for perfection here!

Apply some glue to a small area of the first section of your egg.

Take one of the ripped pieces of tissue paper and wad it up into a little ball. Yep, squish it up! Then press it down into the glue. This picture is 3 balls.

Continue making paper balls and gluing them onto the egg shape. Press them close together so there isn’t much of the white paper showing through. I changed colors for each section but you can make your design however you like. Here is the first section done in red.

Then I did a section in yellow.

Next was light green.

Orange…

Light blue…

Pink…

Darker blue and yellow…

And finally red again to finish. πŸ™‚

Doesn’t it look great? You can make lots of different colors and designs for as many eggs as you want to make. Have fun! πŸ™‚