Kid Crafts: Paper Plate Cherry Pie

As part of the Virtual Book Club this month, we read “Pie in the Sky” by Lois Ehlert.

This book is one of V’s favorites.  What does that mean exactly?  Well, it means I read it over, and over, and over, and OVER, and over, and over some more!

We also sang the song “Sing a Song of Sixpence” (this book cover always reminds me of that song, so I thought, why not?)

He are the words if you’d like to sing along with us:

“Sing a song of sixpence, A pocket full of rye.

Four and twenty blackbirds, Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened, The birds began to sing;

Wasn’t that a dainty dish, To set before the king?

The king was in his counting house, Counting out his money;

The queen was in the parlour, Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden, Hanging out the clothes;

When down came a blackbird and pecked off her nose”.

And then after singing, we made this great craft with easy household supplies.

This activity also works with fine motor skills (the weaving & the stamping).

Tools

  • #2 pencil
  • red paint
  • brown construction paper, cut in 3 – 4, 1/2 inch strips
  • paper plate
  • scissors

Steps

  • Cut the paper plate across, from top to bottom, then from side to side, dividing the paper plate into four equal parts.  In pie terms: start with the whole pie & cut it into four pieces ;)
  • Cut four vertical slits in each individual piece of pie.  The slits will sit in the middle of each piece, not connecting to either the top or the bottom.
  • Have your child weave the strips through the slits up & down, alternating the pattern for each strip.  The basket weave technique replicates the lattice on pies.
  • Next, dip the eraser end of the pencil in red paint.
  • Have your child dab the eraser end with paint onto the pie slices creating the cherries.

And there you have it, a cherry pie fit for a queen (or king)!

Homemade Playdough 3 Ways

I have been MIA the last couple of days because my little brother just got hitched this weekend!!!  Wahoo – he’s that last sibling to tie the knot.

I don’t have a wrap-up from last week, so I’ll share some more from the wedding tomorrow :)

So, without further ado…I thought I’d throw this post together for this special, momentous day!

Do you know what today is?

A stay-at-home mama blogger HAS to celebrate this day, I mean, poo on Valentines Day, and poo poo on forgetting the anniversary of when I started dating the hubs (yesterday).

Seriously, those are not nearly as important as THIS day ;)

Today (September 16th) is National Play-Doh Day!!!

I had NO idea!

Well, here are a couple of homemade creations to get you started on making your own playdough.

So far I have made these, but, I’ve been experimenting lately with a few more concoctions, so, stay tuned for more to come!!

Chocolate Playdough

Cotton Candy Playdough

Kool-Aid Dyed Playdough

kid crafts: Cotton Candy Playdough

Well, it CAN get better than CHOCOLATE Playdough, introducing Cotton Candy Playdough!

I {LOVE} making playdough!  And V {LOVES} to see what I come up with – “make pay-dough mama” :):):)

I used the same cotton candy liquid flavoring I used in the Cotton Candy Cake Cookies to make this playdough.

It’s super pretty & looks just like cotton candy, especially when you swirl the blue & pink together!

And it smells sooo good, too, good enough to eat!  But don’t eat it – ewww – and make sure if you decide to do this recipe your kiddos are old enough to understand that this is a toy, not food.  It may be confusing to them if they are too little (because I’ll tell you now, it’s nothing like store-bought playdough, and can easily be confusing to the young lads because of the smell & texture :)

COTTON CANDY PLAYDOUGH

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. In a saucepan, whisk together the flour, salt, & cream of tartar.
  2. Blend water & food coloring in separate bowl.
  3. Add colored water mixture to dry mixture and whisk until smooth and blended.
  4. Add scented flavoring.
  5. Place saucepan over low heat and stir continuously until it forms a ball – about 7 minutes (it will be impossible to stir).
  6. Remove dough from saucepan onto a mat and knead it several times while warm.
  7. Play immediately with dough or store in a sealed container for later play.
  8. Although it may be tempting – DO NOT EAT PLAYDOUGH ;)
  9. Seriously – y’all don’t eat the playdough! :)

Oh & if you have tried any of my playdough recipes in the past (chocolate playdough & kool-aid playdough), this recipe is different, just a tad.  I experimented a little.  The composition is a little more textured than the other two, but I like them both :)

Kiddo Craft: Bread Clay Beads & Necklace

So, I’ve declared this week Bread Week!  Yay!  Yippee!  Wahoooooo!

Okay, I’m done ;)

Tuesday, we had my yummy Beer Bread on the docket.

Today, little miss V is gonna share with you how to make these adorable bread clay beads for this fabulous necklace (well, I’m really the one who is gonna share; she can’t really type yet – she’s only 2 1/2 :).

We will learn how to make this super cool, Anthropologie-esque, delightful, kiddo-made necklace!

Did I use enough adjectives for ya?  No?

What about spectacular, magnificent, razzle-dazzle (that’s YGG speak), & stunning!

Too much?  I need an adjective INTERVENTION – EEK – LOL!

Materials

  • 6 pieces of white bread (the super cheap stuff)
  • 3 TBS of white glue (I used a generic Elmer’s)
  • clear dishwashing liquid
  • acrylic craft paint (I used the same brand I used for the Neon Dinos, My Studio Acrylic Craft Paints in: Seaside 72747, Lavender 72759, & Key Lime Pie 72734)
  • string

Tools

  • toothpicks
  • mini cutters (I used these)
  • workable mat (I just used an old cutting board)
  • bowl
  • plastic kids’ needle (I have these)
  • scissors

In this kiddo version, I wanted to have as many activities as possible to involve V.  She is very hands on, as most toddlers are, and loves helping me with tasks.

I had her start by tearing off the bread crusts and then ripping the bread into small pieces, while I prepared everything else.

While the kiddos are doing this, rub your hands completely in dishwashing liquid to make a seal from the dough’s stickiness.  Then in the bowl combine the glue, shredded bread, & a couple drops of dishwashing liquid.  Mix thoroughly with your hands, adding more glue if the dough is too dry or more dishwashing liquid to your hands if the dough starts to stick to your hands.

After it is combined, divide the dough into separate batches for each color you would like to make.  We made three colors, therefore we divided it into three balls.  Add several drops of acrylic paint to each ball and blend thoroughly to get the color you wish to achieve; you may need to add more drops for your desired color.  This part is also a great part for the kiddos to do as well.  It is a great sensory experience smushing the dough between their fingers, and by using the acrylic paint, which is water-based and non-toxic, it is safe for them to do so.  This is another reason I opted for the acrylic paints versus the food coloring.  Plus, the acrylic paints provide an easier clean-up and won’t dye their little hands! :)

Once the colors are blended into each ball, have the kiddos go to town with it.  Our intention was to make a necklace, so I rolled the balls for the beads while V flattened the dough with her hands creating a pancake, and then used the mini cutters to make shapes.  Something else to keep in mind, too, I gave V the mini cutters that were the most simplistic, with the least amount of detail.  Due to the dough being very sticky, less detailed shapes will hold up better for the process.  Make sure you also grease up the mat & the cutters with the dishwashing liquid so it is easier for them to create.

After all the shapes are made, pierce a hole in each shape with a toothpick, inserting it completely through and leaving the toothpick inside the shape for the first stage of drying.  After 2 hours, remove the toothpicks from the shapes by rotating them out of the hole and creating a bigger hole that will make it easier to thread onto string for the necklace.  Let shapes dry completely overnight, or longer, depending on the thickness of your shapes.

After this drying period, reinforce holes with another toothpick, then with the plastic kid needle, making sure the needle & string will be able to travel through each shape.  Go ahead and thread the needle for your little one, tying a knot at the end.  Let them thread the necklace in the order they want (keep in mind this is a kiddo craft; it doesn’t have to look symmetrical or perfect :)  Let them have fun threading the shapes (which happens to be a great motor skill activity, too)!  Once the threading is completed, finish it off for them anyway you want; there is no rhyme or reason to this process.  At this point, V wanted me to add “mama beads” to her necklace, so we went down to my craft room & I gave her some “mama beads” to pick from.  I finished it off with the “mama beads” & really liked the frayed pieces (V thought they looked like tails ;), so I added a few more intertwined through the beads.

And, there ya go, kiddo craft perfection!

Mind you, my little miss fashionista demanded to wear this necklace all day.

I had to bribe her with chocolate milk (with whipped cream!) at naptime to get it off of her for her nap ;)

Well, have fun, and craft on!
Oh…and be sure to check my mama take on this cool way to make clay :)

And here are the printable instructions (click on the button for a printable PDF file):

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tutorial: beach in a jar

I grew up about 30 minutes from the beach.  I was always there as a kid playing in the sand, as a teenager laying out with my friends, and as a twenty-something shopping & laying out.  I love the beach – I mean, who doesn’t?!  The one thing I don’t love about the beach is the sand you find everywhere afterwards.  It isn’t until you get home and take a full, deep, cleansing shower that you will completely rid yourself of all things sand.

Well, with this activity, you can bring the sand home, but it stays in a pretty little jar.  No shower is needed ;)

So, let’s make a "beach in jar"!

What, you might ask, is a "beach in a jar"?  Well, with some jars, sand, shells, and sea glass, we’ll put it together to make our very own "beach in a jar".  This is a fun activity for the kiddos to learn about the beach & and enjoy a sensory experience playing with the sand & shells – yippee!

This is also something you can make with the kiddos as a memento from your favorite beach or a family vacation spot :)

Supplies you will need:

  • jars (I repurposed baby food jars –  little T went through them like a starving cheetah!)
  • sand (I acquired mine from the actual beach – HA! – really, I’m NOT joking, I filled up a grocery bag full of sand & brought it back home with me!  But, if you are not crazy like me, they do sell sand at craft stores or Amazon too.)
  • sea glass (you can buy it by the bag at craft stores or Amazon)
  • sea shells (you can also get this in a bag at craft stores or Amazon)
  • washi tape (for the label) – check out my washi tape board for other cool ideas for using washi tape!)
  • white address labels (for the words on the washi tape)
  • circle labels (for the kids names on the top – I used these 1 1/4” round labels in “gravel” from Paper Source)
  • hemp cord (for jar decoration)

Now, by no means do you have to do all of these things…but my over-achiever-ness, detail oriented mind can’t stop :)

Tools you will need:

  • hot glue gun & glue (to seal the lid of the jar shut when you are done, because they will want to bring it EVERYWHERE, and you don’t want that sand EVERYWHERE, do you?)
  • cup (for sea glass & shells)
  • bowl (for sand)
  • spoon (to scoop sand)
  • white high gloss spray paint (to spray the lids of the jars the night before)
  • dust buster (to vacuum up sand – okay, now I’m micro managing – okay, I’ll stop now ;)

Happy beachin’ sand-free! :)

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