Walmart Clearance Gem

I just wanted to share a quick tip on a neat looking item that’s on clearance at the Walmart store close to us. That’s the Crayola Crayon Melter.

While I have never used one of these, it looks like you put Crayola crayons in the Crayon Melter which melts the crayons and allows you to create melted crayon art. It is normally priced at $19.97, but is on sale for the clearance price of $10.

So if you have been looking for one of these, be sure to check in at your friendly neighborhood Walmart. 😊

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™‚

Making Water Tattoos

Here is a kid-tested-really-awesome experiment that you’ll have fun trying out with your kids! Making water tattoos is something I had never heard of until last night when 2 of our grandkids sent us some videos of their experiment making them. I’m so glad they shared this experiment with us because it looked so cool that I had to try it myself and now I want to share it with you! Here’s what you need: a white plate or dish, a dry erase marker and some water.

Make sure you have a dry erase marker for this experiment.

Using the dry erase marker, draw some small simple pictures on the plate. The less complicated the better. I drew a heart and a spider.

Pour water very slowly onto the plate and watch your drawings. If it works, they will come loose from the plate and start floating! The heart I drew didn’t work, but the spider did! Notice how its in a different position floating on the water in the following picture.

Isn’t that cool??! πŸ™‚ Now, if you lay the back of your hand on top of the floating picture and press your hand down a bit, when you lift your hand you should have a tattoo on the back of your hand! The spider picture worked for me.

How fun is that?! πŸ™‚ Don’t worry if it doesn’t work the first time. Dry your plate off and try again. Make sure to pour the water slowly and beside the pictures you drew, not directly on it. Here are 2 videos our grandchildren sent us that show even better how to make water tattoos. πŸ™‚ Thanks, kiddos, for sharing this fun idea with us! πŸ™‚

Let’s Draw a Cow

Let’s have some fun today learning to draw a cow. Well, a cow’s head, to be more exact. She’s a pretty happy and friendly cow and I hope you will like her. I think she needs a name, so let’s call her Bessie.

Grab a pencil or a marker and a piece of paper. Let’s go! First draw an oval laying on it’s side.

Next, add part of a rounded rectangle on top of the oval.

Now add 2 circles in the partial rectangle down close to the oval for Bessie’s eyes. Draw 2 more circles inside the oval that will be her nose holes.

Great job! Now color the nose holes in solid with your writing utensil. Draw a curved line inside her eye holes and color in the bottom part.

Give Bessie 3 eyelashes on each eye. She needs a mouth too, so draw a curved line to give her a smile.

Bessie needs to be able to hear when the farmer calls her into the barn for supper, so let’s give her 2 ears.

Two horns on the top of her head come next.

Now you can color Bessie whatever color you’d like her to be. I decided my cow would be white with some black patches and also black ears.

And Bessie is all done! I hope you had fun leaning to draw your new friend! Thanks for visiting!

Craft Stick Fun Project #1

Hello and Happy Monday! This week I want to focus on some craft projects using the wide flat craft sticks…the ones that look like short tongue depressors. πŸ˜‰ Ever have the Dr. hold your tongue down with a stick so he/she can look at your throat? Yea, some sticks like that, but used in a much nicer way! I think we are all longing for Spring, so today we’re going to do a project using some cute little flower stickers with the sticks. I found the craft sticks and the flower stickers at Walmart.

These flower stickers have several flower shapes and a couple of leaf shapes and come with the adhesive on the back. All you have to do is peel and stick them where you want them. These are cute flower shapes and glittery too!

Some of the larger flower stickers have the center hole punched so that you can remove it if you want to.

If you don’t like seeing the wooden stick through the hole, just grab a yellow marker and color a circle on the stick.

Place the flower sticker on top of the yellow circle and presto! Your flower now has a yellow center like some real flowers do.

I did the same thing with a little differently shaped purple flower and used a different leaf.

How about putting 3 small flowers together on a stick?

For this stick, I used one of the bigger flowers that has the center punched, but I left the center in place…and added a smaller flower too.

If you save the center circle pieces from several flowers, you can even decorate the sticks with them. Plus a few leaves used in a different manner.

Let your children have free rein with the sticks and stickers and see what neat ideas they come up with themselves. You can give them a small cup or vase to display their Spring flowers in. Or you can add a name to their flower stick and use them to mark their place at the table or as a bookmark or tuck them into a special snack cup…the ideas are endless and I’m betting your kids will think of their own ideas of how to use them. πŸ™‚

Most of all, have FUN! Hopefully this project can help us all hang on until the real Spring flowers arrive! Be sure to check back later this week for more craft stick ideas! Thanks for visiting!

Let’s Draw Penguins!

Think you aren’t the world’s greatest artist? Yea, me too, but you can draw this penguin! We’ll take it step by step and you will be impressed with your artistic abilities when you’re done! Grab a piece of white paper, a pencil if you are a little uneasy, a black marker if you’ve “got this” and an orange or yellow marker or pen. If you are feeling rather unsure, draw with the pencil first and then trace over it with the marker. First draw an oval on its side.

Next draw this shape inside the oval. It’s almost a heart but not pointed on the bottom like a heart.

Now let’s add 2 eyes and 2 little triangles for the penguin’s beak.

Color in the black part of the head and the orange or yellow beak.

Our penguin needs a body so let’s add an oval now for that. Add a second oval inside the first oval.

Next, color in the black part of the body.

How about giving your penguin 2 wings so he’ll be able to swim? And 2 feet are important for walking!

Color his wings in black and his feet in orange or yellow. And tah dah!! You’ve drawn your first adorable penguin! Great job! πŸ™‚

If you enjoyed drawing one penguin, go ahead and draw a colony of them! πŸ™‚

Valentine’s Day Craft

Happy Valentine’s Day!! πŸ™‚ Today I want to share a cute little craft kit that I found at Walmart that is a perfect project for Valentine’s Day. It’s Crayola’s String of Hearts kit using their Model Magic. It cost around $5.00.

Here’s what you’ll find inside the box: 1 pouch of red model magic, 1 pouch of white model magic, directions, 1 marker, 1 tube of glitter glue, 1 string, 1 tool for poking holes and 1 heart shaped cutter.

Remove 1 chunk of model magic from the pouch and roll it out to about 1/8″ thick. You can use a rolling pin, the side of a glass or just your hands. Use the heart shaped cutter to cut out as many hearts as you can. I found through trial and error that it’s best to leave a little bit of room between the hearts. It makes it easier when trying to pick them up. (I cut the red batch a little too close together and they tended to stick back together when I tried to lift them.)



I found it helpful to use a small spatula to slide under the hearts to help release them from my cutting board.

Using the little tool for poking holes, poke 2 holes in each heart. Don’t be afraid to make them too big as they seem to close up some as the hearts dry. The holes are where the string will go through them.

You can also make tiny marks on the edge of a heart using the tip of the heart shaped cutter.

As you cut out the hearts, you will have leftover scraps. Save them for now. Flatten and cut hearts out of the other color of model magic. Again, save your scraps.

You can use your leftover scraps to simply squish them back together and re-roll them to cut more hearts out. But if you take a bit of each color and squish them together just a little, you can cut out hearts that look like this:

I just LOVE these! If you mix some red and white together, but squish them together for a longer amount of time, you can make pink hearts. πŸ™‚

If you use a little less red and a little more white, the pink will come out an even lighter color. Now you need to allow your hearts to sit out over night to dry. I kinda helped mine along a bit by heating my oven to its lowest setting, turning the oven off and letting the tray of hearts sit in the oven for an hour. Some of my hearts might have been rolled out a bit too thin, but I made 55 hearts with this kit!

After your hearts have dried, you can use the included marker and tube of glitter glue for decorating your hearts. Allow the glitter glue time to dry before proceeding.

Now you can string some of your hearts together to make a decoration to hang up. Put the string into the right hole from the right side, cross over the back of the heart and bring the string up through the heart going back to front. Continue in the same way to string as many hearts together as you would like. If your holes seem to be too small, gently use the poking tool to open them up more.

Here’s a closer view so you can see how to string the hearts together.

Do you have leftover hearts? You can glue them onto paper to make a picture or even a card for Valentine’s Day.

Hope your Valentine’s Day is special! Thanks for reading my blog! πŸ™‚

Make Valentine Heart Crayons

Valentine’s Day is almost here! How about making some heart-shaped crayons for a fun Valentine’s project? Old broken crayon bits or even a brand new set of crayons will both work for this fun craft. You’ll need a mold to put the crayons in and it must be oven proof. I found this silicone heart shaped mold at Walmart for less than $2 and it worked great! This project can be done using a muffin pan but the silicone type is great for getting the new crayons out as the silicone is flexible.

Place your mold or muffin tin on a cookie sheet covered with a piece of foil or parchment paper.

Start by removing all the paper from your crayons or crayon pieces. If the children doing this project are fairly young, you might want to remove the paper before getting them involved as it can be a bit tedious getting it all off. Break the crayons into small pieces. Depending on the size of your mold, you might find it helpful to use a sharp knife to cut the crayons into very small pieces.

Fill your mold sections with the small pieces of crayons. You can keep them as one color or mix and match as you please. The crayon pieces will melt so its good to let some pieces of the crayons stick up just a bit higher than the top of the mold section. They will settle down in as they melt together.

Set your oven on a low temperature setting. I used 170 degrees F because that is as low as my oven will go. Place the cookie sheet with the mold on it into the oven and leave it there for 20-25 minutes. Each oven is a little different so keep a close eye on how the crayons are doing and adjust the time accordingly. The outside heart sections melted quicker than the middle ones did.

After all the crayon pieces have melted, remove the cookie sheet from the oven and let the mold cool. The shapes will set up and harden as the melted crayons cool. Once everything is cool to the touch, remove the newly shaped crayons from the mold.

I love how these turned out! Its a great project for Valentine’s Day or any day of the year! πŸ™‚

Valentine Fun Craft

Wow, I can hardly believe that Valentine’s Day is a week from today!! Are you looking for a fun craft for the kids to do for Valentine’s Day? Here’s a cute little guy that I used to make when I was a little whippersnapper. It doesn’t take much to make it…red or pink paper, white paper, scissors, glue or tape, a marker and, if you have them, heart shaped cookie cutters. If you don’t have the cookie cutters, no problem! You can draw hearts to cut out.

First thing to do is to make 1 large heart and 4 small hearts out of the red or pink paper. I traced around cookie cutters.

I used a piece of printer paper for my white paper. Make 4 strips of paper approximately 1/2″ wide by the width of the paper. (8 1/2″)

You should have 1 large heart, 4 small hearts and 4 strips of white paper.

Draw a face on the large heart with a marker or crayon or pen. Make it as silly or as sweet looking as you like.

Take one strip of paper and beginning at one end, fold it back and forth in accordion style. Then repeat that with each of the other 3 strips.

Glue 1 small heart to one end of each of the 4 strips.

The 4 accordion strips with hearts become this little guy’s arms and legs. Glue them in place like in the following photograph and you’re finished!

You can add a Valentine wish to the back of the large heart and use it for a Valentine’s card to give to your favorite Valentine! Have fun! πŸ™‚