I am loving this summer with our boys. Last week we made GAK! The boys just loved that stuff!! I stumbled upon a recipe on Pinterest, and as soon as my older son saw it he immediately stated “WE HAVE TO MAKE THAT NOW, MAMA!” So I added the few items to our grocery list and then as soon as we had all of the ingredients we went to town making our own GAK! Here is the link to the recipe I used GAK! at Come Together Kids
I wanted an easy and fun craft project that both my boys could do, so we make “Stain Glass” Turkeys to decorate our window in the play room! All I did was cut up different colored tissue paper into small pieces. Then took a piece of contact paper with the sticky side up had my boys put pieces of the tissue paper onto it. Next I cut traced an outline of a turkey I found on Google and then cut out. We put the turkeys on the window in our playroom. Then the boys asked if I could cut out their names and Happy Thanksgiving so we added those.
My older son put so many pieces of tissue paper on the contact paper that I added a square piece of contact paper on top of the turkey to keep the turkey stuck to the window.
Please ignore the brown grass and messy backyard! My youngest boys loves the turkeys and when he is the playroom he has to have the blinds up so he can see the turkeys!
I am thankful for my family!!
WOW! What a crazy week. Sorry for being MIA, busy with life. I did get some different projects done but did not have time to get them up on the blog. I will have them all up this week.
This past week the boys and I made our Hand and Footprint Turkeys, we make these every year and I love seeing how each year their turkeys are getting bigger. This is a very easy and fun craft! All you need is brown, yellow, orange, and red construction paper, pencil, scissors and glue. I also use googly eyes for the Turkey but you could color yours on the turkey too.
Trace your child’s foot on the brown paper and cut out, trace both hands on the red, yellow and orange papers and cut out. Then glue the hands onto the back of the foot, the foot is the turkey’s body and the hands become the feathers. I then cut legs, a beak and a caruncle (the red part on the throat/under the beak) for the Turkey.
This is my younger son’s turkey, he had so much fun helping me make the turkey!
This is my older son’s turkey. I cannot believe how big his feet are!!!
I am thankful that I can do these fun activities with my boys!!!
Back in August I was pouring creamer out of the container into my morning coffee and when I set the creamer down I noticed that the container looked almost like a bowling pin. My creative mind started turning, ten creamer containers later and Halloween on the brain, I made an indoor Halloween bowling game for the boys!
For the bowling ball I picked up a foam pumpkin from the Dollar Store!
For the pins I took the labels off, washed and dried 10 creamer containers. Then I squirted some white tempra paint (cause that is what I had) inside the containers and shook around the paint till it covered all of the inside. I allowed the containers to dry over night then put the caps back on. Because I have a two-year old I should have (I will have to go back) and glue the lids closed. Then I just added the ghost face with different colored sharpies.
We set the pins up against our backdoor and the boys had a blast! I did go back and using painters tape add Xs on the floor where the pins go so the boys could set the pins themselves. In the end the boys played with the bowling set for thirty minutes and have gone back several times to play with it since we put it out yesterday. A fun indoor activity, perfect for our rainy weekend!
Since I drink creamer and had the paint on hand, the only cost was the $1 to buy the foam pumpkin. I just had to wait till we used 10 creamers. Though I am a huge coffee drinker so it was not that long!
So last week I post my Ten on Tuesday list of Halloween projects I wanted to get done. I have finally completed one of them! I have 4 others I am in the middle of, I tend to be a bit ADD with my projects and cannot seem to just start and finish one. Instead I feel the need to start four or five at once and then slowly finish them.
I have finally finished the Ghost Footprint Plaque! My inspiration was found on pinterest!
Mine turned out a bit different but I really like it!
I had wanted to write Happy Halloween and the boys names in white paint but I am no good at free hand! Vinyl would have been cute but I do not have a cutter! Someday… So I just glued some chip board pieces I had left over from a project from last year. I did not do a full tutorial but the ghost footprints are easy, just paint with white paint and push down. Though some how it was not that simple with either of my boys!
One of my favorite children’s authors has to be Eric Carle, I love how he does his illustrations! His pictures are collages and here is a great answer from Eric himself as to how he creates these amazing collages, How do you make your pictures?
So a few weeks back I read The Very Hungry Caterpillar to Dare-Devil,my youngest. He loved the story and loved saying caterpillar over and over. So now the former elementary teacher comes out in me and I cannot help but do an activity connected to our storybook. So we created a handprint caterpillar after reading! I first found the idea on Pinterest (um totally in love with Pinterest!!!) And yay for the original pinner having the source listed, I found the idea at Snails and Puppy Dog Tails.
I love handprint and footprint arts and crafts projects with my boys, it is neat to see their different size feet and hands. I have also been known to do the same project multiple years in a row so then we see how their hands and feet have grown.
Now I have no pictures of us doing this activity cause paint, a two-year old, me as the only adult around, and my camera do NOT belong together, talk about a recipe for disaster! So I took pictures when the project was done! This is pretty easy I just used tempra paint and painted one of Dare-Devil’s palms green and his fingers blue, pushed his hand onto the paper, reapplied the paint for a second handprint. I wanted a third but Dare-Devil was running out of patience so I quickly moved to the head, just painted the palm of the other hand red and two fingers purple, pushed down the hand. When the paint was dry I used a black Sharpie to draw on the mouth and eyes!
The next day we re-read the story (repetition is a two year olds best friend!) And I needed another activity to go along with the story, so this time we made butterflies with Dare-Devil’s footprint as the body and his two handprints as the wings.
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I am forever finding amazing projects on all the wonderful blogs out there and for the most part these projects/ideas get bookmarked for a later date. However when I came across Eighteen25‘s really cute and easy Bird Feeder project, I realized I had all the items needed and an afternoon where the boys and I could attempt this project! So here goes our first project here on The HoB. Please remember I am still learning to use my DSLR camera and well you can see I need practice!
Items need: (DOUBLE YAY for having all these on hand!!!)
- Bird Seed – 3/4 cup
- Water – 1/4 cup
- Knox Gelatin - 1 envelope
- Cookie Cutters
- Wax Paper or Foil
- Mix the water and gelatin in a small pan over medium heat
- Stir till gelatin is dissolved
- Remove pan from heat and allow to cool for a minute
- Add birdseed and mix
- Lay cookie cutter (or in my case I also had small round individual tart pans that worked well) on the wax paper or foil
- Fill cookie cutter half way
- Set twine in a loop on the birdseed
- Fill the cookie cutter the rest of the way
- Let sit for 24 hours flipping the cookie cutter a few times
- Pop Bird Feeders out of cookie cutters and hang in the yard!
This was easy and quick enough the boys were able to help out. The boys really enjoyed watching the birds fly into our yard to munch on the snack! Love the goofy grin on Brother Jedi, he always keeps it interesting here on the HoB!