As part of our transition to summer vacation, we went through a bit of a playroom purging recently. In addition to choosing things to donate and things to throw away, I kept a few things aside for repurposing, something I’ve had a bit of success with in the past (see here and here). This weekend, I took an incomplete set of alphabet cards and painted them with leftover chalkboard paint. Then, I let Jenna write letters on them and practice making words. She’s just starting to read, so having a batch of cards she can mix and match into a variety of words is quite a bit of fun.
We had a house full of sickness this weekend, which makes for the perfect time for simple crafts like this one. I bought a batch of paper eggs at the craft store and let Jason and Jenna go to town painting them in pink, gold and silver. I thought we would use them as decorations, but Jenna has already hidden them in her room. Guess I’ll have to find them first.
Have you heard of Kiwi Crate? It’s a subscription program that provides amazing crafts and science projects for kids each month. Each crate revolves around a theme and is designed for children ages 3 to 7. Kiwi Crate recently sent me a couple of sample crates to try, and Jenna and I couldn’t be happier with them. I think our favorite so far is this month’s theme: Farmer’s Market. The box included materials and instructions for creating fruits and vegetables, decorating an apron and playing a farmer’s market game. I think this is what I love most about their projects – they start with making and then continue on in the form of creative play.
Here are a few scenes from our recent Farmer’s Market play:
Thank you, Kiwi Crate!
I love Halloween-themed crafts, especially those that do double-duty as decorations for a children’s Halloween party. Above are a few of my favorites.
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It’s probably a little early to start decorating for Halloween. In fact, Halloween decorations are usually a bit of a last-minute thing at our house, since Jason’s birthday falls the week before and I don’t want the spiders, bats and cobwebs interfering with the party theme. But we spotted pumpkins at the market this weekend and couldn’t resist buying a batch of tiny white pumpkins. And once we had them in our home, tiny hands wanted to play with them. So we went to work painting and glittering.
The heat is really wearing us down, and, even Jason, who will usually play outside in any conditions, won’t stay out for more than a few minutes. Even in the sprinklers. It’s that hot. One of our indoor pursuits this week was making collages out of scraps of paper – pink paper, of course.
Sometimes, just adding ice and a few spray bottles filled with water is enough to turn an indoor activity into outdoor fun.
We’ll be starting our spring garden soon so today’s art involved thinking about what flowers and vegetables we will grow. The best part: watching Jason “smell” the flowers.
Elevator Craft Materials
My son’s favorite thing in the world right now is elevators. Not only does he love riding in elevators and pushing the buttons, he loves talking about them, reading stories even remotely connected to them (A Great Day for Up) and seeing pictures of them. So it was only a matter of time before his elevator obsession filtered into craft time. For today’s craft, I gave Jason and Jenna a piece of paper with “elevator doors” attached to it. I also gave them a series of arrow, button and number stickers to arrange on the paper, along with pictures of themselves, to place inside.
Here they are, in action: