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stART ~ Robin’s Home June 25, 2014

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To celebrate summer (along with the springlike weather we’ve had) we read the book “Robin’s Home” by Jeannine Atkins.  This book follows a family of robins whose babies are getting ready to leave the nest.  One little robin isn’t quite ready to leave his home and is a bit afraid to fly.  Read “Robin’s Home” to see what happens.



Paper Plate Robin


When I saw this paper plate robin activity from I Heart Crafty Things I knew we had to do it this summer!  I thought it was so adorable!  Both boys seemed to enjoy the project as well!




Robin Pattern {here}

Dessert Paper plate cut in half

Brown Cardstock

Yellow Cardstock

Orange Craft Paint

Brown Craft Paint

White Crayon

Wiggly Eyes

Foam Brushes



Painting Collage

Start by tracing the bird pattern on the brown cardstock and cut it out.  Paint the bird’s tummy with orange craft paint.  Next, paint half of a dessert paper plate with brown craft paint for the bird’s wing.  Let both pieces dry.


To make the tail feathers use the same brown cardstock and trace around your child’s hand with the fingers close together.  You can leave out the thumb.  Trace the outline and make lines where the fingers would be using a white crayon.  Cut it out.



To complete your robin glue all the pieces together.  Place the eye and beak (cut from yellow cardstock) to the bird’s head.  Attach the tail feathers to the bird’s back at the end and then glue the wing over top lining it up with the bird’s back.  Last, cut some feet from the brown paper and attach them as well.


This is my two-year-old’s first attempt at a big book project.  He had some help, but I thought he did a great job!  Can you tell which robin he made?

 This little bird is ready to fly from the nest!  As you can see the other birdie already flew the coop (wasn’t so much about taking a picture)!


stART ~ Hiccupotomus June 12, 2014

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Since it is summer vacation, I thought we better get back at our book projects.  We kicked off the summer with the book “Hiccopotomus” by Aaron Zenz.  This is a cute rhyming book using mostly nonsense words.  This hippopotamus hiccuped and fell on his bottomus (get the picture).


book cover


paper plate hippo


I found this paper plate hippo on I Heart Crafty Things.  Check out Rachel’s blog — so many cute things!!  It is one of my favorites!  This project takes some time since you have to wait for paint to dry in between steps.

Hippo stART 001



2 paper plates

White Cardstock Paper

2 Large Wiggly Eyes

Pink Craft Paint

Purple Craft Paint

Black Marker


Foam Brushes


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First, slightly cut the edges of each paper plate to make them more of an oval shape.  Also, fold one paper plate in half.

Painting Collage

Now it is time to start painting!

all paint Collage

Paint one plate all purple (or grey) and the other plate half purple.  After that dries paint the inside of the folded plate pink.  This will make the hippo’s mouth.


Now add the details.  I cut the ears, nostrils and teeth from white cardstock paper.  We ended up painting the ears with the purple paint to match the rest of the hippo.  You could also use purple cardstock.  Fold the end of each tooth slightly to create a tab to glue them to the inside of the mouth.  Glue the bottom teeth close together and the top teeth further apart so the mouth will close.  Glue the folded mouth to the other plate and the wiggly eyes on.  Last, use the black marker to make dots on the mouth.

Hippo Collage



Burlap Bunnies May 2, 2014

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Burlap Bunnies


When I saw this idea from Landeelu I knew I had to try it!  How adorable are these bunnies?  I made them as little favors at our Easter celebrations.


1 yd. burlap

1 bottle craft paint

1 foam circle sponge


scissors/cutting mat/rotary cutter

baker’s twine

Candy or something to fill the bunnies




I started by cutting the burlap into 5″ x 8″ rectangles.  You will need two rectangles for each bunny.


Jo-Ann’s Fabric sells super cute burlap with polka-dots in cute spring colors.  To tell you the truth, I was too cheap to pay $14.99/yd for this super cute burlap.  I opted to buy the plain burlap and make my own dots.  It worked beautifully.  After cutting all the pieces out, I laid them on newspaper and used the circle sponge to make dots on the burlap pieces with pink craft paint.  They dried fairly quickly, too.

sewing bunnies

Now you are ready to assemble the bunnies!  This is super fast and easy!  This would even be a great project for a child who wants to learn how to sew.  First, cut a deep V in both rectangles to create the bunny ears.  Next, place right sides together and pin together in a few spot to hold it secure while sewing.  Starting on the left side about at the point of the “V”, sew around to the right side at the point of the “V”.  Last, clip the corners at the bottom to rid the bulk of the burlap when you turn it right-side out.


Turn the burlap right-side out.  The final step of assembly is to sew a straight line down from the top of each ear to the point of the “V” where your side seam exists.  Make sure you leave the other sides of the ears open to add a fun treat inside.

final bunny

You can either fill the bunny with candy to give as Easter favors/treats, or you can fill it with dry beans or rice to use as a decoration.  Fill each bunny and tie it closed with baker’s twine.

“Hoppy” Easter!


Turkey Table Favors November 25, 2013

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Turkey Table Favors

Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  For once in my life, I’m way ahead of the game and have these cute favors ready to share with our families.  I got this super cute idea and very fun project from one of my favorite blogs: Smashed Peas and Carrots.




Baker’s Twine

Scrapbook Papers

Googly Eyes

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Sewing the Bags

Sewing Collage

You can just buy the bags, but the only ones I could find were pretty spendy for a small quantity.  I decided I would take on the challenge of sewing the bags.  1) Cut a piece of 10″ x 3″ muslin  2)  Fold it in half (5″ x 3″)  3) Sew up the sides (leave an open spot to pull the twine through)  4) Fold over the edge about 1/2″ as a casing for the twine (I found it much easier to just sew the twine right in the casing rather than trying to pull it through afterwards  5)  Turn the bag right side out


Decorate your bag with googly eyes, orange paper beaks and red paper waddles.


You can either make a feather template and cut out five feathers for each turkey, or take the easy way out like I did and cut the feather shapes out on the Cricut.  I used a petal shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Next, I glued the feathers together as pictured.  I used hot glue to attach the paper feathers to the back of the muslin turkey bag.


Last, and best of all, fill up your turkey bags with yummy treats.  Our treat of choice was a variety of chocolate!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!


stART ~ Help Me Learn Addition June 25, 2013

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Since Will has really taken an interest in numbers, I thought I’d throw in a number book for stART this summer.  I found the book, “Help Me Learn Addition” by Jean Mazollo, at the library.  This is a cute book with a rhyme to it that uses fun pictures and photographs to teach simple addition (and subtraction).  Will got a kick out of it and loved the challenge of finding the answers.  I think I have a math and science guy budding around here!

Help Me Learn Addition



For our project, I found this cute crab poem/song that uses subtraction.  I found the idea on Pintrest, but it was just a picture – no link to give any further credit.

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This project was done in several steps, so it took a little more time than the projects we generally do.



1 sheet of white large construction paper

5 sheets of white cardstock paper

Red construction paper (cut claws from)

10 wiggly eyes

Red craft paint and brush

Blue craft paint or watercolor

Brown crayon

Glue stick

Decorative scissors (wave pattern)

Poem printed and cut into pieces


First, the background.  I made a wavy line at the bottom of the white construction paper and had Will color it in with a brown crayon to make the sand.  Next, paint the rest of the paper blue for the water.  All of our blue watercolor was out, so we had to punt with craft paint.  Set this aside to dry while you create your crabs.

Crab Construction

Next, create your five crabs.  This is the really fun (and messy) part.  Will painted his left hand with red craft paint using a foam brush.  I helped him place his hand on the white cardstock and pressed down to make his hand print.  We did all the left hands first (total of 5 – each on a new sheet of cardstock).  Next, we did the same for the right hand, but made sure to slightly overlap the hand print with the left print.  After these dried, I cut around each crab.


Embellish the crabs with wiggly eyes at the thumbs and the cut out claws are glued to the index fingers.


Apparently, Will changed out of his jammies from the first part of the project to this part.

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Here is the poem:

5 cranky crabs were digging on the shore

1 swam into a net, then there were 4

4 cranky crabs were floating on the sea

1 got tangled up in seaweed, then there were 3

3 cranky crabs were wondering what to do

1 dug a deep hole, then there were 2

2 cranky crabs were warming in the sun

1 got scooped up in a cup, then there was 1

1 cranky crab was smarter than his friends

So he hid behind a rock and that’s how the story ends.

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I cut each piece of the poem using decorative scissors (a wave pattern) and glued them down the left side of the construction paper.  Lastly, we glued the five crabs on the paper, too.  Will loved to fill in the words I left out while reading the poem.


stART ~ I’m not Reading! June 9, 2013

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This week we read “I’m not Reading!” by Jonathan Allen.  In this book baby owl reluctantly reads a story to baby chick, but each time he begins the story more and more of chicks family (brothers, sisters, cousins, etc.) comes in excitedly to hear the story.  Baby owl loses room on his lap until the adults come in to help solve their problem.

I'm Not Reading


For our art project we had to make an owl!  (To my dear friend, Jackie, who has a fear of owls – it is a nice and cute owl – I promise).


I found this idea on Pintrest and Kerry’s Craft Blog.



Pillowbox template (I just searched on Pintrest for one)

Red Cardstock

12 – Patterned Red Cardstock circles (1/2″)

2 – White Cardstock circles (2″)

2 – Black Cardstock circles (1″)

2 – Red Cardstock ovals

2 – Orange heart shapes




Cut out and score the pillowbox pattern on cardstock.

Owl Collage

1)  Glue the black circle on top of the white circle and add a gemstone to the center of the black circle.

2)  Glue one of the orange hearts (point side up) at the bottom of the pillowbox.  Add the patterned paper circles (3 in a row) to the length of the pillowbox.

3)  Add the eyes, second heart as the nose and ovals for wings.

4)  Put together the pillowbox and secure with glue.

**This was a good activity for following directions and gluing.  I had all the pieces pre-cut.  All Will had to do was assemble the owl. **




stART ~ The Great Turkey Race November 21, 2012

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It has been a while since we have done a stART book project.  Hey, it’s been a while since I’ve had a blog post other than a Friday picture (I guess that’s what adding another family member does).  Here’s to getting back on the old blogging saddle.  We read the book “The Great Turkey Race” by Steve Metzger.  This is a cute book for Thanksgiving.  One of the turkeys in the barnyard overhears the farmers talking about choosing a special Thanksgiving turkey.  This turkey wants to be selected as the best turkey for the holiday.  He quickly shares this news with his turkey friends.  They organize a sort of track and field competition to earn the most medals to be crowned the special Thanksgiving turkey.  Partially through the games, another turkey realizes what being the Thanksgiving turkey really means.  Read the book to find out what happens to the turkeys!

For our project we decorated turkey cookies to take to daycare today.

I found this idea on Pintrest which led me to this page.  Since we were short on time we went ultra easy on this project.  Those of you who know me this generally isn’t my style.  Usually I think I need to go all out on things.  This time bring on the pre-made easiness!

Start with a package of Ready to Bake sugar cookies.

This is so easy — pull the dough off the plastic, plop them on the cookie sheet and bake!

To decorate you will need a can of chocolate frosting, candy corn, and mini M&Ms.

Using a zip lock bag (with a snipped corner) filled with the chocolate frosting make two dots of frosting and place a mini M&M on top of each frosting dot.  Then make a small dot on top of the M&Ms to make the eyes.  Also, use the frosting in the zip lock bag to draw on the beak and legs.

I made a thicker line of frosting at the top of each cookies to attach the candy corn as the turkey’s feathers.

Official Taste Tester!

Happy Thanksgiving from us to you!


stART ~ Bats at the Library July 24, 2012

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Today Will and I read the cutest book, “Bats at the Library” by Brian Lies.  The illustrations are just as wonderful as the rhyming story.  The bats are very excited to find that the librarian has left the window open at the library one night.  They all fly in for a night of fun devouring books, making shadows on the wall and copying themselves on the copy machine.  They are so engrossed in listening to books that they are startled by the sun coming up outside.  They flee from the library in hopes that the librarian will leave the window open again soon.



While looking on Pintrest I found this cute bat project from Enchanted Learning

This project was super easy and quick!


egg carton (3 sections)

black craft paint

foam brush

yarn, string or a rubber band

wiggly eyes

First, I cut the 3 sections from an egg carton.  I cut each one separate, but I should have cut 3 in a row and then cut a half-circle from the two outer sections to create the wings.  I had to later glue the sections back together.  Next, we painted the sections with black craft paint.   Let the pieces dry.

Once the pieces are dry (I had to glue them back together).  I poked a hole in the top of the center section and inserted a piece of yarn and tied a knot in the end and tied a loop at the top.  Last, we glued on wiggly eyes.

We are just hoping this is the only type of bat we have in our house (yes, we speak from experience – ew!).


stART ~ The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse July 18, 2012

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This week we read the book “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle.  We love all the Eric Carle books!  This one was just perfect for my four-year-old because it was written with a pattern that he could easily memorize and “read” the book himself.  Each page has one animal and the text describes the color of the animal that the artist has made.  The artist in the book really uses an imagination with each animal (ie polka dot donkey).  The best part was seeing the excitement in Will’s eyes and his pride in himself when he could read the whole book to me!



For our project we decided to get creative with some animal pictures of our own.  We started by mixing up a couple batches of Kool-Aid finger paint.  Then we printed some animal coloring pages from the Internet.


I found the recipe for Kool-Aid finger paint here.


Kool-Aid Finger Paint

•2 cups flour

• 2 packages unsweetened Kool-Aid (use different flavors for different colors)

• 1/2 cup salt

•3 cups boiling water

• 3 tablespoons oil

What you do:

1. Put the Kool-Aid, flour and salt into a mixing bowl.

2. Add the oil.

3. Slowly add the boiling water.

4. Start painting!


Here are the ingredients!

Adding and mixing the dry ingredients!

Add the oil and boiling water and mix.

At this point Will was no longer interested — he said it looked like “throw up” because some times when you throw up it is pink.  Well, I can’t say he was too off the mark.  As you add all the water and keep mixing it does get a lot thinner.  😉

So, these are the two pictures I finger painted since Will did not want to touch the paint or get messy.

The recipe makes A LOT of finger paint (even making just half).  I would suggest halving the recipe for sure if not making less than that.    I’m curious how long the paint keeps in a sealed container.


Groundhog Day! February 2, 2012

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We had a fun night tonight with our friends, Amanda, Bella and Sophia!  They had us over for pizza and we brought the crafts!  Unfortunately, we didn’t have a Groundhog book so it was just a craft minus the story.  I found this idea in combination from Pintrest and A Mommy’s Adventure. 


First, the kids colored a printable of a groundhog, and the adults helped the little ones cut them out.




Next, each kiddo was given a strip of green construction paper with a line drawn on the back.  They used a scissors to cut fringes up to the line (creating something that looks like grass).




Using a brown crayon, the kids colored their styrofoam cup to look like the ground (groundhog burrow). 



Last, all the pieces were assembled together.  The groundhog was taped to a popcicle stick.  We poked the stick through the bottom of the cup so the groundhog could move up and down out of his burrow.  We also taped the green grass around the top of the cup. 




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