Kid Valentine’s Flower Art

Looking for a way to kill time with your littles this weekend? Try making some flower art for loved ones. These are so simple directions aren’t even needed.

Rose Hand & Finger Stamps
Crepe Rose with Straw Stem
Bow Stamp Rose
Recycled X-mas Bow Rose

We added glitter to some and they look great, but if you like your sanity…don’t🥴 haha. Hope ya’ll have a Happy Valentine’s Day❤Take Care!

Melting Snowman

Leftover pumpkin from Fall decorations? Create this melting snow person with just a few steps. Get the kids involved to save time. My littles really enjoyed helping pick out and paint rocks.

Here is what you’ll need:

* Pumpkin

* White, Red, Black Acrylic Paint

* Rocks (30-ish)

* Sticks

* Cellophane (clear gift wrap)

* UV Spray (optional)

Step 1- Paint the face

Using black paint (or Sharpie) make eye and mouth ovals. Also trace the outline of carrot nose with it’s notches.

Step 2-Paint the rest of the pumpkin white. Don’t forget the tip of the stem because it will be the pom pom on the hat.

Step 3-Paint the stem red

Step 4-Paint rocks white, except for three smallish roundish ones. Those need to be painted black for the buttons.

Step 5-Paint a white puddle on cellophane

Step 6-Pick a spot and assemble snowman

Once everything is dry, carefully place rocks and pumpkin on cellophane. If you picked a spot outdoors spraying a coat of UV protectant might be a good idea. Hopefully, you have a few dead branches lying around from the last frost. I’m still debating if I want to add a scarf…will you? Make your melting snow person and post it under this “pin.” Looking forward to seeing your creations🤗

Learning to Lace

This week at Candid Learning Academy we made a lacing craft. We do practice with a Melissa and Doug puzzle and cute doll, but the laces are small and difficult for my daughter to handle.

I can tell this version is helpful because she can see the large strings more clearly and is getting a tighter grip on them. I believe she will get better at the smaller lacing tools once her hands are used of tying.

Supplies:

-2 pieces of construction paper

-scissors

-glue

-hole punch

-1 shoelace

-template

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First, I stacked my construction paper. I glued the center to avoid separation. Next, I traced the shoe on the paper. I started to cut it out and stopped as you can see because I was unsure of how I wanted to execute the lace flaps. You can completely cut out the base part of the shoe. Next, cut the flaps off of your template. Glue your scrap pieces of construction paper together one sheet on top the other like before. On your template draw over the lace holes with a pencil pressing down to create an indention.

This will give a visual where to punch the holes. So go ahead and punch them. Finally, glue down the outer sides of lace flaps. Your little one is now ready to lace it up!

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Take care

16 Ideas When Stuck Inside

Have cabin fever? Pass some time with a few of these activities.

1. Baby Wipes!

Keep wipes around when they come near you pretend to wipe their face and they run away. You can use this as a chance to sit for a minute or actually chase them and get some exercise.

2. Hospital

This was a life saver when I had terrible morning sickness with baby #2! I mean, that Doc McStuffins is an absolute blessing. I got to lay down while all vitals were checked and bandages were applied. Create illnesses for their toys as well. Start from the 911 call. Then rescue the toy and deliver to triage. Place the toy in a container (I mean hospital bed) and nurse back to health.

3. Buried in Stuffed Animals

For once I was happy my daughter had an abundance of stuffed animals. Yes, bury me as I rest my eyes then I will bury you and witness you breaking your record for sitting still.

4. Pretend to be Stuffed Animals

My daughter’s favorite is to be a stuffed giraffe. I have to talk to her and dress her up with a princess crown and play tea party all while get this, she is immobile and silent. Don’t get me wrong my daughter’s voice is one of my favorite sounds on Earth, but sometimes mama needs a break😂.

5. Stuffed Animal Hide-N-Seek

Anyone else too big for hiding?✋ My solution is picking one stuffed animal and take turns hiding that.

6. Bear Hunt

My kids love the Going on a Bear Hunt book. So what’s better than reading it? Going through it! Place Teddy in one room and start in another room. Pretending to cross a grassy field, splash through a river, trudge through mud, stumble through a forest, whirl through a snowstorm, and finally tiptoe into the bear’s cave. Oh no! A bear! Now back track finally arriving home and in bed.

7. Macaroni Mania

This is one activity we drag out. Like if we are going to make a mess let’s get the most bang for our buck.

-dye pasta different colors and let dry

-dump into trays and make paths with toy trucks

-practice pouring from cup to cup

-sort the different colors

-make rainbow art

-string macaroni jewelry

-water bottle music shakers

That is a good place to end. Now they are contained and ready to put away until the next rainy or snowy day.

8. I Spy Scene

Collect random toys and household objects to make your own I Spy scene either on a table or in a bottle.

9. Painter’s Tape

-zig zag walking lines to balance on

-roads for toy cars

-x marks the spot treasure hunt

-tic-tac-toe board, use coins or Legos as x’s and o’s

10. Build a Fort or Tunnels

Obviously, right? Not always my favorite, but if stuck inside for days it provides entertainment. Sometimes we create kid only tunnels around the bed because the blankets are already there, just needing chairs for the other side of tunnel.

11. Ultimate Toy Land

So we get a little carried away. Well, really carried away. We weave V Tech tracks and wooden tracks to create a double world of transportation. This is a great activity to practice problem solving because sometimes the tracks do not align correctly and the design will need to be reconsidered. Occasionally, we incorporate Lego housing. Seems overkill, but the mess is confined and we sit and have the best conversations.

12. Vacuum Monster

Get the kids to help pick up so you can chase them around with the vacuum. They get to run around and you get a clean house, win win!

13. Sunshine Party

Bring the sunshine inside by throwing a party. Create a couple of pretend invitations, craft a few decorations, play some music, and put out some snacks.

14. Experiment

Head over to Pinterest and find an age appropriate experiment for your little ones. I have a few pinned on my smarty pants board here… https://www.pinterest.com/Mom1st4most/

15. Homemade Labyrinth

We made ours using these trays, play doh, and a paper towel roll. Then, used a straw and pom pom to navigate the course. Tilting the tray to get a marble through the maze would also work.

16. Water Fun

Really you can use anything with water and kids will have a blast. Here we used colorful ice cubes to weigh, scoop out using different utensils, count and sort.

Hopefully, I have given you at least a couple of new ideas for the next time you are stuck indoors. Until next time…

Take care

Valentine’s Rose Painting

In 4 easy steps, your littles can paint roses for loved ones this Valentine’s Day. Here’s what you’ll need:

-paper

-2 plates

-red & green paint

Step 1-Pour red paint in one plate and green paint in the other.

Step 2-Paint the side of your hand red as pictured above and stamp the paper. Make sure you paint the thumb side for best results. My five year old painted the pinky side red and her roses look more like tulips or closed buds. They are still pretty though as you can see below.

Step 3-Paint the side of your pinky green to stamp the stems.

Step 4-Paint your thumb green for leaf stamping.

And there you have it! Wishing you and yours a Happy Valentine’s Day! Until next time…

Take Care❤

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