Sunday, October 30, 2011

Monday Madness #6

Wow, last week zoomed by so fast to me! Were you as busy I as turned out to be?   For some reason both my kids schools celebrated Halloween last week instead of doing it today, Maisy had a Halloween performance and she had a birthday - yeah big 5!   Whew, glad it's a new week. I'm so glad to be able to feature these fun posts today:


Explore and Express showed us how to to make these beautiful autumn crowns.  Can't wait to give this a try!



Creative Connections for Kids played with some marshmallows and a variety of sticks to make their own tinker toys.  Is that clever or what?  Looks like a great time.




Mummy..Mummy..MUM!! had a bunch of fun with a huge box and made this play castle.


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Now on to this week's party!  Art for Little Hands and I would love if you would share something to brighten our day and start our week off on the right foot.  Go ahead and link up one blog post: new or old posts welcome.  Don't worry if you don't have a craft to link up, it can be absolutely anything to help brighten our day!  I will share some of my favorites next week.  I would also love it if you would "follow" me on GFC, by email or "like" my Facebook page. 


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Friday, October 28, 2011

Marble Spider Web and Handprint Spiders


I recently featured this fun idea from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and just had to try it with two of my girls this week. 



To do this project I took a piece of dark colored cardstock {purple w/ polka dots}, cut it to fit inside a cake pan and attached it with tape.  Then I added a few dollops of white paint.



Then I added 3 marbles to the pan and let the girls roll them around in the paint by tilting the pan from side to side.  This one looks like it's about done.  After the girls were done with their webs they wanted to paint this way some more - I see we'll be painting with marbles again soon.



While the spider webs were drying, I painted the girls' hands with brown paint and had them stamp their hands on another piece of cardstock.  Mina {age 2} did not want me to tell her where to put her hands, but somehow I was able to get her to do it.  I know I need to let her do some finger painting soon.  I confess I've never let her try that. 



 I traced a line going around the handprint spider so that Maisy {age 5} could cut her spider out easily on her own.  It was good practice for her to cut something with such an odd shape.  I cut out Mina's for her even though I know she would have enjoyed using the scissors {it would have been cut into tiny shreds}.



Then they glued on googly eyes to their hearts content.  The spiders were ready for their new home - we glued them onto the web and they were ready for display.


I wanted to hang these up somewhere and decided to hang them from the dining room light fixture.  I attached the two webs together so they were back to back - so fun to look at!

There were so many fun elements to this art project -  thanks Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas for this awesome idea!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Recycled haunted house



Ok, so we made this haunted house last year, but my kids absolutely loved making it.  We had been to the library where there was a display of recycled art that kids of varying ages had made and it was so awesome.  That's where the inspiration for this haunted house came from. 

When I brought it out this year as a decoration, they just want to play with it.  I think we need to make more, but just haven't gotten around to it yet.

We took a couple of empty boxes {we used a tissue box, a necklace box, and some plastic baby food containers} and painted them.  At the time, it was just Lou and Maisy doing the painting because Mina was too  young still.   Each of us painted a different part of the house.




Lou {whose favorite color is purple} painted this section of egg carton to go on top of the house.  Maisy painted the necklace box a spooky red color, and I painted the base of the house black. 




Then they each painted a baby food container, but then they decided to stack them all and attach them to the roof as a chimney.





After the paint was dry I was able to take carefully cut out some windows.  We added orange crepe paper  to hang from the inside of the windows to make it appear as if the lights were on inside.  I've also now added a battery-powered tea light for fun. 

Once we decided on how to attach the boxes together to make our house the girls added some foam stickers.  This year I am unable to keep those stickers attached because Mina likes to take them off and have them play inside the house. 


Have you made a haunted house?  What did you use to make it?  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

One eyed, one horned flying purple people eater

Maisy has been singing this song almost nonstop for the past couple of weeks, but I hadn't thought to actually make one until I saw Toddler Approved do theirs {by the way, you need to check out that blog if you haven't already - amazing}. I pulled out some supplies {purple cardstock, colored craft sticks, circle punches, googly eyes, bingo markers, and glue} and set them on the counter for the night so we'd be ready to go in the morning. Little did I know that the girls would self start on this first thing in the morning without direction from me. This is where I walked in.



Maisy and Lou had already drawn out their monsters and glued on eyes and a craft stick horn {cut up with scissors}.  They were all ready to start decorating their people eaters.  Maisy went for the red bingo dot marker and Lou started punching out orange circles and adding them as hair to her monster.


Mina came to join the fun and immediately got a hold of one of the bingo markers and started gluing on a bunch of eyes.


Mina was more interested in cutting.  She snipped and snipped away.  She still holds her hand the wrong way when she cuts, but her fingers are in the right place and she has got the motion down - she does love her scissors.


Maisy liked to glue scraps of leftover paper onto her page.  She was making Lou pretty mad because she seemed to be taking up all the "good" scraps.

Here's how they turned out:

Lou's stylish people eater on a platform 

Maisy's interpretation - I know she had been envisioning this for quite some time.

Mina's cute little creature - love it!





Monday, October 24, 2011

Dinner in a pumpkin


This dinner is a long time tradition in my family {maybe that's why I love it so much}.  Not only is it cute, it's delicious as well.  The recipe is simple, you'll need:

1 small to medium size pumpkin {mine is about 8 pounds}
1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 package of fresh mushrooms, sliced {this time I actually used a combo of diced celery and shredded carrots in lieu of the mushrooms and it was really good this way - just use what you like}
2 T. brown sugar
2 T. soy sauce
2 cups cooked rice

Wash and dry your pumpkin and draw on a face using a sharpie.  Clean out your pumpkin and microwave it on high for about 10 minutes (until the pumpkin is slightly soft).  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Meanwhile, saute your vegetables and brown the meat.  Add the soy sauce, brown sugar, {mushrooms} and soup.  Simmer 10 minutes, then add the rice.  Put the mixture inside the pumpkin and place on a cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees F for about an hour or until the pumpkin is tender. 

Make sure you scrape the sides of the of that tender pumpkin - it's very complimentary to the rice mixture.  Enjoy!

Linking this post to JDaneil 4's Mom Halloween Traditions and Living Life Intentionally.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Monday Madness #5

Wow, there were some fantastic links shared last week.  I had a really hard time deciding which ones to feature.  Somehow I got it down to 4 posts I just couldn't stop thinking about:



I absolutely love the leaf pounding done by Faith Full Mama





Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas made such an awesome spider web with marble painting and handprints - this is surely on my to-do list this week.





I instantly fell in love with these flying purple people eaters from Toddler Approved.  I would say this is also on my to-do list, but we were so excited about this one that we already did it {will share ours soon}.




simple child's bag

NurtureStore showed us how to make these darling nature collecting bags.  Another thing on our to-do list this week since the leaves  are finally falling around here.


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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Playing with water beads

It wasn't until recently that I even knew these existed.  I first saw them on You'll Thank Me One Day.  Hers took several hours after adding them to water to plump up; the ones I bought were ready to go.  You can find them in the floral section at your local craft store - I got these at Michael's with a 40% off coupon for around $3.  The great thing about them is I can store them in the container they came in until next time.  I think they will last for a while. 

My daughter Lou was actually the one to talk me into getting them.  She saw them on the shelf and was practically begging me to get them.  I don't know if it was the colors she liked or if she actually knew what they were.  I don't know how she would know, but she claimed she did. 

They are awesome - completely squishy, slippery and bouncy {they are a polymer just like GAK}



After running her fingers through them  few times, Lou decided to get out some tongs and play that way.


Well, one kitchen utensil turned into many...I actually had to draw the line because I didn't want to have to wash every kitchen utensil that we owned after they were done playing. 



Maisy immediately wanted to add some marbles into the mix since they looked very similar to the water beads.  Of course the marbles gave exactly the opposite sensory experience than the water beads - very hard vs. soft and squishy. 



She had to try a bunch of different utensils as well.

 

I had to split up the water beads between the three girls - you can see here that Maisy has plenty to work with, but she really spent most of her time running after the strays that were bouncing around on the floor.  She never could get quite enough.  I wish she would have played with them more instead of worrying about what the others had - I guess that's part of the middle child syndrome.



Mina loved to stir her beads around.  In fact all the girls love to toss their make-believe salad. 



Since Maisy was adding marbles to her "salad", Mina decided she should add a Squinkie or two. 

The problem I had with Mina and the beads was that she started to try and eat them.  They are definitely not for consumption, I ended up taking hers away because she wouldn't stop putting them in her mouth.  Needless to say, she was not happy about that. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Halloween crayon rubbings


I've seen this activity in several places recently {although I feel awful I never bookmarked it, so now I can't remember where it was}.  I sketched some simple Halloween shapes onto cardboard, then went over them with hot glue to create a raised surface.  Then I showed the kids how to do "sleepy crayon" over the image {my preschooler is already a pro at this, but it was totally a new concept to my toddler}.



At first, Mina just wanted to color the regular way with her crayon.


I showed her how to lay the crayon on its side in "sleeping" position and rub, but she just ended up rolling it.



She got the hang of rubbing over the image with the crayon on its side for a moment...



But she decided she liked coloring this way much better.


Maisy knew right what to do, she did a few different images then was done. 


Then later on I discovered that they had a much better time just coloring in the hot glue images. 

Do your kids like to do crayon rubbings? 
 I thought mine would like it more than they did, but I still want to try fall leaf rubbings.  Maybe we'll have more success with that.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mummy meatloaf


I saw this idea last year in Family Fun magazine and tried it, and to my surprise my girls actually ate it!  Now, I'm talking about girls who previously didn't want anything to do with meat.  In fact, they renamed the meatloaf "mommy cake".  They really don't know what a mummy is, I guess they think I'm saying mommy?  Anyways, this makes for a nice warm and festive meal to give your kids before they head out in the cold to go trick-or-treating.

You can use your favorite meatloaf recipe {or try this one that I love} and shape it with your hands to look somewhat like a mummy.  I could have done a better job, but you get the idea. 

 Combine:

 3 Tbsp. light molasses
Here's my mummy all ready for the oven.
3 Tbsp. prepared mustard
3 Tbsp. vinegar
4 Tbsp. catsup
1 c. milk
2 unbeaten eggs
1 env. dried onion soup mix
3 c. bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. oregano
3 lb.  ground beef {I actually used 2 lb. ground turkey here}

 Bake 1 1/2 hours at 350 degrees F.  Cover with the following sauce the last 10 minutes.

Mix for the sauce:

1/4 melted margarine
1/4 c. sour cream
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dry mustard
1/4 c. catsup
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. water
2 Tbsp. vinegar
Dash of Worcestershire sauce

After the meatloaf is completely cooked, add strips of sliced white cheese in a "wrapped" pattern and add some sliced olives for the eyes.  Depending on the type of cheese you use, it will either melt right on the hot meatloaf or you may stick it back in the oven for a minute or two to let it melt a little.

What other festive foods do you like to make for Halloween?  We also like to do a dinner baked inside a pumpkin I plan to share next week!


Monday, October 17, 2011

Monday Madness #4

Welcome to Monday Madness!
I am loving the chance to check out all the awesome things everyone is doing!

Here are 3 of my favorites from last week's party (in no particular order):


Toddler Approved started a mommy and me book club and shared some fantastic activities, crafts and games {just in case anyone is looking to start their own}.


 

Have you done bottom prints with your little ones?  You have to check this out at Happy Whimsical Hearts.


 

I fell in love with this fantastic painting over at Creativity My Passion.  They used so many different painting techniques.



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Now on to this week's party!  Art for Little Hands and I would love if you would share something to brighten our day and start our week off on the right foot.  Go ahead and link up one blog post: new or old posts welcome.  Don't worry if you don't have a craft to link up, it can be absolutely anything to help brighten our day!  I will share some of my favorites next week.

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