Hands on House

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I’m that mom. The messes mom. Who pulls out a craft or something fun to in the middle of the day. The hands on mom. My kids love this except when I’m interrupting a current ninja attack.

 It’s difficult for me sometimes because I have one child who loves to create anything and everything and can sit for hours on end doing so and another who’d rather not touch gooey glue or sticky paint.

Art has always been a first love for me and it’s super ironic that I married an artist. So much so that my mom gave me a box of things I created over the years after I got married. Fun stuff!

Creativity is something to me that when grasped, can give a child a new perspective on anything. So I’m the mom that that tries to give my children every opportunity to spill on a blank canvas what lingers in their heads.

I’m also obsessed with hands and feet. I cannot tell you how many things I have in my house or give away as gifts that have my kids paw prints on them. So I thought the perfect opportunity to do so was with these two dollar clearance canvas’ I got at Michael’s.

We used acrylic paint and they stuck their hand right to it. Something nice and slow on a hot summer evening.

I wanted to add something to their wall in their room that they did. So when we were finished we hung it right in the middle. Pictures will come when we are done adding things. Right now it’s lonely. 😦

Any Hands on art ideas for the kiddos from you? Tell me about it!

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Meal Plan Monday: Recipe for fun

So summer is almost here and I’m excited! I’ve been planning our welcome summer shindig and came across these pictures in my archives.

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We made them one day when we had no school back when it was still cold. They are just water bottles covered with foil.

I’ve been looking at the bag of empty water bottles we save for crafts and wracking my brain at what we could do with them for fun and we just made it up as we went along.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Empty water bottles (as many as you’d like to make)

Construction paper in your colors of choice (1 for the dome, 2 for the fire blast, and a couple of others for windows and any other trimmings)

foil- You want it long enough to wrap around once

plastic bags-we used about 7-10

glue stick or tape

Directions:

First stuff your water bottle with some old plastic bags. We stuffed ours full so that it wouldn’t budge when we grabbed it or threw it.

Then wrap your bag stuffed bottle in foil. It should be enough to wrap around once and make a tail.

( Sorry in advance for imperfect pictures)

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Cut strips of construction paper for your fire blasts and glue them to the inside of your foil tail and scrunch foil together.

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Cut a big circle for your dome and then cut a slit halfway through the middle. Turn the two pieces into one another to create a dome and glue or tape shut.

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Embellish with windows, stars, colors and more!

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My boys still have these hanging around and we eventually cut two foam triangles and taped them to the sides. A fun easy project that even a little can do.

Be Intentional,

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HOW MY WEEKEND ENDED WITH MELTED CRAYONS

Has anyone seen that picture of the tired mother at the doctor being diagnosed with children floating around Facebook? Well that exactly sums up my weekend. Bummed. Pooped. Need I go on?

All in all I had a very great and productive time this weekend with family and friends and of course my kids. 🙂

Being as though my weekend was a bit busy, I never got around to sharing our resurrection craft. I figured I’d share some pictures of our weekend activities while I’m at it. Friday kicked off and amazing service at my church which was our first Good Friday service (It was so awesome!) Saturday My beau and I dated my oldest son which turned out amazing. (There were so many children at Chuck E Cheese!…noise, noise, and noise. LOL) And Sunday morning was our church service in which I served in our toddler room (amazing resurrection crafting for the kiddos) and that night ended up with a feast  and eggs all over the place.  We did a resurrection scavenger hunt that turned out good too!

I love being reminded about Jesus’ love and seeing that with his power and strength I can walk the way he did. AHHHHH Jesus!

Ok. Ok. So here’s our craft from Thursday.

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We colored some pasta shells and cracked them up, then we glued them on to halved cake boards.

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My littlest loved making colors in the bags!

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I didn’t have any glitter so we colored sugar with alcohol and food coloring. which came out good but we should have let it dry more first.

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In the end it was supposed to say “Jesus is Risen” but they liked the gloppy look better. Eh, twas their project.

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I had serious issues with the left over shells we had left. So I made my own shell creation. It says Jesus. I will eventually put it on canvas.

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They learned a lot through their lesson!

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Making Pretzels..

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Trying to get the perfect twist

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My littlest said, “take a picture of mine MOMMYY!!!”

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All knotted up 🙂

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Done and Delish!

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Today I decided to make crayons with them. I hated taking the wrappers off of our broken crayons.

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So I put them in warm water. Do you see them unraveling?

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So as you can see, we have had a pretty productive weekend. I have more pictures but figured that was enough. LOL

Hopefully the week gives the same impression.

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Homemade Watercolors {Snow day}

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I Absolutely love being a mother. I’m sure any mother can say that. Being a mother is my perfectly perfect explanation for talking to myself, forgetting things, being late and my favorite-making memories.

Memories.

My Boys are small, just at the peak of childhood. Yup these are the years they’ll remember most…..and the time you told them they could have that toy in the store just so they can be quiet. Oh. It’s coming. LOL!

What I love most about my kids? They are artsy. Yes! They love to paint and make messes. They love to make music, draw and create.  AHHH what more can an artsy momma ask for?

It is perfectly fulfilling for a child to say, “Mommy!!! I made this!”

So in my quest to find more family time and less T.V. time, I stumbled upon the world-wide web and I found a recipe for homemade watercolors. To my surprise, everything that we needed was in momma’s cubbard….errrr cupboard.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • White Distilled Vinegar
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Corn Syrup
  • Food Coloring
  • Container to house it all (We used egg cartons)

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Mix 3tbsp of vinegar, 3tbsp of cornstarch, 3tbsp of baking soda, 1 1/2tsp of corn syrup and a few drops of food coloring. Whisk it around with a toothpick and VOILA!

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A few months back we made some baking soda clay, shaped it into these crackling bowls and let them dry for a few days. The boys wanted to paint them and put them on their dressers.

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I was so proud of them when they were done. There is so much stuff to do when you’ve got boys….I can’t forget our WWE wrestling matches. Who do you think wins?

Yea. Of course I do.

Rainy Day Indoor Crafts (Colored Sand)

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Salt

Chalk

Food grater

Fun jars to create

paper plates to put salt or sugar on to be colored (we used ten)

Instructions:

Place mounds of salt to be colored on each paper plate.

Take chalk and grate in the smallest shredding option over the salt. Let the kids mix it in with their hands. Then you’re done! Pour into old jars or plastic water bottles and create your colored sand mix!

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