Make a Halloween Spider!

Are you looking for something fun to help decorate your house for Halloween? You might enjoy making some Halloween pom pom spiders with your kids. They are more cute than scary, but they could be scary in the right situation. πŸ˜‰

Here’s what you’ll need for this project: a black pom pom (I used a 2 inch size), 2 black pipe cleaners or chenille stems, some glue and 2 wiggly eyes. You will need to cut the pipe cleaners so a pair of wire cutters or a sturdy pair of scissors is helpful.

Begin by bending 1 pipe cleaner in half.

Then cut it on the crease so you have 2 halves.

Fold each of those pieces in half again and cut them on the crease also.

Do the same with the second pipe cleaner so you have 8 pieces.

Bend each of these pieces into a letter V shape. These will be the spider’s legs. I know that spiders actually have 8 legs, but that is a lot of legs to glue onto 1 pom pom so you may want to do like I did and let your spider have just 6 legs. πŸ˜‰

Now switch to working on the pom pom and glue the 2 wiggly eyes onto it.

Make sure the eyes will stay in place before moving to the next step. Apply glue all around one end of a “leg”.

Stick the leg into the side of the pom pom, leaving space for the other 2 or 3 legs to be added to that side.

I found it helpful to sit the spider’s body (the pom pom) on an upside down Dixie cup.

Hold each leg in place for a little bit so the leg doesn’t just fall back off. After putting 3 or 4 legs on one side, turn the spider so you can add the 3 or 4 legs to the opposite side.

You might want to let your spider sit and dry for a little bit before you move him around much. Once he is dry enough, that’s when the fun begins! πŸ™‚

Where can you put your spider to make people laugh or even to give them a little Halloween scare? If you are careful and move the legs gently, you can reposition the spider’s legs to make him sit in different locations.

Want to give Mom a surprise? Hide him somewhere in the kitchen. πŸ˜‰

Or maybe in the bathroom so Dad finds him?

On someone’s computer keyboard? (Yes, it’s rather dusty, isn’t it? But since the owner is sick right now, we won’t mention it.) πŸ˜‰

On a lamp in the living room?

In the refrigerator??!

Or maybe you should just keep him in with the Fall decorations. πŸ˜‰ Wherever you put him, just be sure the person who will find him has a good sense of humor and they won’t mind!

I hope making this little Halloween spider will help bring some Halloween fun to your house! πŸ™‚

More Fun Finds at Dollar Tree

I made a stop at our local Dollar Tree store and, of course, I had to check out the kids items. πŸ˜‰ That’s what grandmas do, right? I want to share 3 fun things with you that I saw.

#1.) Dominoes. Double Six dominoes, 28 pieces.

These will be great for helping kids learn to match numbers and colors or just for playing the game of Dominoes.

And yes, they will stand up so you can build lines that will fall down with a push on a single domino. πŸ™‚

#2.). Sparkle by Number Unicorn Kits

You just peel and stick on little β€œgems” to make the picture sparkle!

I know a little girl or two that would think this is fun to do and so pretty! (And maybe some BIG girls too!) πŸ˜‰

There were 2 different unicorn pictures at our local Dollar Tree store.

#3.). Barbie pets. They had a kitten and a bunny that would be fun to add to a Barbie doll play set.

I always have fun when I wander the aisles of our local Dollar Tree store! I hope you can find some fun goodies for yourself and for your favorite kids! πŸ₯°

Anti-Stress Lavender Play Dough

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…

Salt…

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! πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

Dream Boards For Kids

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. πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚

Makit & Bakit Kit for Making a Suncatcher

The other day I mentioned we would be making a suncatcher with a Makit & Bakit kit that I bought at a Joann Fabrics store. Today’s the day! I have seen this type of kit before but I had never done one. So time to teach an old dog a new trick! πŸ˜‰ Here’s how they are done:

This is what was included in the kit. The instructions were printed on the back of the cardboard.

The idea of making them is simple. First line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.

Place the frame, flat side down, onto the foil lined cookie sheet.

Start with one color and fill an area of the frame with that color of the little plastic pieces. First I did orange.

Then the yellow…

Next came green…

And finally the blue.

The trick is getting and keeping the colors in the places you want them. It’s good to have a toothpick and a pair of tweezers handy for moving the little pieces around. And tweezers are nice for filling in the little spaces. Here’s a closer view so you can see what they look like when they are ready for the oven.

Now you preheat the oven according to the package directions. Do NOT use a microwave!! Place the cookie sheet with your suncatcher in the heated oven and follow the package directions for how long to let it bake. Mine took about 15 minutes. A word of caution: Open your windows while your suncatcher is in the oven. It will give off a plastic smell. The package says it is not harmful, but if you are sensitive to odors, you might not like this part of the process. After the plastic pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet and let the suncatcher cool before handling. Then it should peel off the foil easily. Because of the odor, I sat my cookie sheet outside to cool and that helped a lot to dispel the odor.

And there is your suncatcher! Add a bit of string if you like to hang it up. It was a fun project but a little tedious getting the little pieces in just the right place, so this might be good for kids that are a bit older. (I accidentally dropped my tweezers on my suncatcher which made the tiny pieces go flying all over…and then I had to clean them up!) And of course, adult supervision is needed when using the oven. Let me know if you give this a try! πŸ™‚

Clearance Is on Sale!

During a quick stroll through my local Joann Fabric Store on Monday, I discovered some crazy good sale prices! Some of the craft kits for kids (not all of them) were on clearance and then they were 35% more off the clearance price! Whoohoo! I only had time to grab a few of them but I wanted to share them with you.

#1.) Pop! Unicorn Foam and Felt Kit. This is the kit that I showed you in another post but it’s even cheaper this time. Got it for $1.61.

#2.) Makit & Bakit Flip Flops Kit. This one was on sale for $0.96! (We are going to make this one soon so be sure to check back!)

#3.) Little Makers Rub On Art Kit. This kit was on sale for $1.28. There was a similar set with different pictures too.

#4.) Little Makers Foam Mosaic. There was more than one type of this one too. On sale for only $1.61.

There were more kits on sale but I didn’t have much time to be there. And items may vary at each store, of course. I’m not sure how long this sale on a sale is available but you can find some cute craft kits for kids at really great prices! Ruuuuuun to your nearest Joann Fabric Store! πŸ˜‰

Make Super Simple Bookmarks

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. πŸ™‚ Have fun!

Clearance Items at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Are you looking for some small craft kits to add to your kids Easter baskets? If you are, head to your nearest Joann Fabric and Craft Store and check out their clearance items! They have a great assortment of little craft kits at some nice discounted prices. I’m guessing each store may have different things on clearance, but here are a few things on sale at my Joann Fabric and Craft Store.

Little Makers Wood Painting Kit. This cute little wooden kitty kit comes with a little paintbrush and 3 colors of paint. Clearance price is $1.97.

Little Makers Paint and Stitch Kit. This one is cute as it requires painting the heart but also has some string crafting to add a nice extra touch. Clearance price is $2.97.

Some items are take an additional 25% off the red sticker clearance price! There are plaster painting kits, shrink art kits, bead art kits, string art kits, pom pom kits, wooden ornaments to color with markers kits and suncatcher kits. Wow! Not all of each kind of kit was on sale.

Another section has canvas coloring kits and canvas painting kits, foam kits, foam mosaic kits, felt kits and toilet paper roll kits.

Also close by are more assorted craft kits, but be careful which ones you grab because not everything is on clearance. The clearance items will have a red clearance sticker on their hook.

One more nicely priced item for kids that I saw is the CraZArt Modelife modeling material. (Similar to Playdough) There was about 5 colors to choose from. These were on clearance for $2.97.

So there were lots of fun products at great prices! Grab them up before they are gone! πŸ™‚ Happy shopping!

Did March Come in Like a Lion?

Have you heard the old folklore that “March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb”? Or sometimes it’s the other way around and it comes in like a lamb and goes out like a lion. πŸ˜‰ March can be an interesting month for those of us that live in the northern part of the United States. Today was cloudy and windy, so for us, it came in like a lion. Here’s a fun little craft the kids can do in honor of the first day of March.

Supplies you’ll need include construction paper, pencil, ruler, 2 Styrofoam or paper plates, glue, scissors, wiggly eyes, a marker and cotton balls. A compass for drawing a circle will come in handy or a small bowl the size of the bottom of the plates you’ll be using works great.

Let’s start with the lion. Draw a circle on yellow construction paper that is approximately the size of the bottom of the plates. You can draw a circle around a bowl, if you have one about the right size. It doesn’t have to be the perfect size, just close will work. πŸ™‚

Cut out the circle using your scissors.

Glue the circle to the inside bottom of the plate.

Now glue 2 wiggly eyes in place.

Using your marker, draw a nose and mouth for your lion.

Now cut about 10 strips of yellow construction paper that are approximately 3/4″ wide by 3″ long. They don’t need to be perfect, just around that size.

Cut another 10 strips the same size from orange construction paper. Alternating colors, glue one end of each strip around outside edge of the lion’s face.

ROAR!! GROWL!! Great job! Your lion is complete! Now let’s make the lamb of March. Start by tracing around the bowl again, this time on black construction paper.

Cut out the black circle and apply glue to one side.

Position it on the inside bottom of the second plate.

Glue 2 wiggly eyes in place.

Cut 2 ear shapes from the black construction paper.

And glue in place.

Glue cotton balls all around the outside edge of the plate. Cover up some of the edge of the black face too. Add a nose and mouth, if you like.

BAA! BAA! And there you have finished your lamb too! Great job! Now, which way did March come in for you at your house? It will be interesting to watch and see if March goes out in the opposite way it came in! Have fun making your March lion and lamb! πŸ™‚