How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft

 

This month’s craft for the Monthly Crafting Book Club is How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.  Have you ever read the book series How Do Dinosaurs…… by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague?  It’s a really fun series.  They cover a bunch of  different topics How Do Dinosaurs Go To School, How Do Dinosaurs Love Their Dogs, How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colours, How Do Dinosaurs Clean Their Rooms, etc.  Tons of books to cover almost anything.  It’s a really fun series as it is a great learning tool.  It starts off with naughty dinosaurs doing the wrong thing, but usually funny.  Then it continues on to show how to do things the nice way.  A great and whimsical way to teach kids right or wrong in certain situations and a big hit with my kids and sister!

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 




If you haven’t been following the Monthly Crafting Book Club you should!  Every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme geared towards kids.  A group of bloggers all contribute fun crafts or activities towards the theme to help you connect with your kids and help encourage their love of reading!  I chose to do How Do Dinosaurs… Clothes Peg Dinosaur craft.

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Materials Needed:

materials needed

  • Fun Foam (not a lot) in varying colours
  • Clothes peg for each participant
  • A googly eye for each dinosaur
  • Glitter glue
  • Glue gun, scissors, and markers
  • How Do Dinosaurs … Book by Jane Yolen & Mark Teague

How to assemble:

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  • Have kids colour one side (the outside edges) of a clothes peg while you roughly sketch out the top of a dinosaur head, and the Bee making her dinosaurmouth section (two separate sections) on fun foam and cut them out.
  • Next, distract kids and have them choose what colour glitter glue they want while you use the hot glue gun to glue the top and bottom of the face onto each clothes peg.  Add on a googly eye (if they are antsy and hovering I get them to point to where they want me to place it) and add on a dot at the end of the mouth for a snout.
  • Give the new dinosaur to the kids to saturate, I mean decorate, with glitter glue.
  • Let it dry for a few hours, or days depending on how much glitter glue they used.
  • Then VOILA, it’s ready to be played with!

Po making his dinosaur

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

Come join us for the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Each month we focus on a different book and encourage early literacy by pairing it with a craft.

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This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with

 

This month's Monthly Crafting Book Club is the How Do Dinosaurs series, with a Clothes Peg Dinosaur Craft. Come see what the other bloggers came up with
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Interested in joining us next month?  Join the Facebook group for updates HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.

Next month we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, any books you would like to see us do?  Let me know in the comments below.

Did you miss some posts from last year?

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

December – Winter Theme Book

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

 

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Monthly Crafting Book for December – Flip and Flop Penguins Craft

 

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This month for the Monthly Crafting Book for December I decided to focus on the book Flip and Flop by Dawn Apperley.  I have a two-year-old and a three-and-a-half-year-old and they identify perfectly with the characters in the book. Both my kids are sick right now so I needed an easy craft, one that both kids would enjoy and could do on their own.

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Materials Needed:

  • Po enjoying making some penguin craftsConstruction paper in various colours: blue/purple/penguin colour, white, orange, yellow
  • Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Glue

How to Assemble:

  • Before you gather the kids cut out a large penguin oval (I used half a paper) for the penguin body.  I picked blue (like one of the characters), but didn’t have purple so I used pink (to my daughters delight), you can use whichever colour you want or stick to Flip and Flop’s character colours.
  • Cut out a circle for the head in the same colour as the body.
  • Next, cut out a white oval, smaller than the body, for the tummy.
  • Grab the orange paper and cut out two orange feet per penguin.
  • Lastly cut a yellow beak.
  • Bee loving making her penguin craftsNow the fun part starts, gather the kids for gluing!  I gave them the pieces one at a time, body, then tummy, then head, then feet, then beak, and let the kids glue them on independently.  Then I had them draw eyes on their penguin.  My daughter’s looked more like eyes than my sons 🙂  But both kids were thrilled with their final product.

What is the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club?  Have you seen any of our past posts?  I am a big advocate for children’s literacy and encouraging kids to read. I think that by incorporating a fun craft with the book it encourages a deeper love of reading and enjoyment of the book.  Every month a group of bloggers get together, whoever feels like participating that month and do a craft based on a specific book or theme.  It’s lots of fun and I get great ideas on activities to do with my own kids!  If you want to join our Facebook group, click HERE and you can check out other books, no obligation to participate each month.

 

Check out some of our past month’s book’s here.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

November – Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

 

Next month we are doing the Ladybug Girl series by David Soman, a personal favourite of my daughters! February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

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I love how creative everyone is in coming up with other fun crafts, I cannot wait to check them out too!

 

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Winter themed books & crafts from awesome bloggers

 

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Thank you so much to everyone for participating and I hope you got some great ideas on Winter themed books and crafts.

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Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas - As part of picture book month an easy craft for toddler or preschooler to go along with the book Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas.

I am so excited to be participating in Picture Book Month again this year.  Earlier this month I did my first book, Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck .  I signed up for my second book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.   It’s a fun story about a class trying to do good deeds around Christmas time.

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A big thank you to  Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family for organizing this blog hop this month in support of Children’s Literacy.  I am a big supporter of encouraging children to read and love the idea of pairing a book with the craft to further their love of it.

I love the story line of Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas by Laura Murray.  My favourite part is the kids trying to come up with ways to spread joy and thanks at this time of year.  Especially because the kids are making things themselves and coming up with their own ideas, that makes it even more special.

 

 

 

Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas Craft

I have a three and a half year old and an almost two year old,  so any craft that I do has to be easily adapted so my daughter can have fun and be challenged, but my son can participate too.  I pre-cut all the pieces before-hand so when we sit down it isn’t as hard to get them to sit still and do the craft.

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Materials Needed:

  • Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas book by Laura Murray
  • Glue
  • Construction paper in various colours.
  • Scissors, markers.
  • Pompoms and other decorations.

How-to Instructions:

  • Cut out a gingerbread man on brownish paper.
  • Grab some red paper and cut out a red hat and red scarf.
  • Next cut out white eyes, either draw on the pupils or have your older child do it.
  • Lastly cut out purple shorts.
  • Time to gather the kids together, give them some glue and let them go nuts.  My son’s parts weren’t quite in the right position, but my daughter got it spot on.  Bee, my daughter grabbed some decorations to decorate the gingerbread man afterwards.
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Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas - As part of picture book month an easy craft for toddler or preschooler to go along with the book Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas.

After the craft we grabbed the book, Gingerbread Man Loose at Christmas, and read the story while playing with our new gingerbread men.

Please comment below with your favourite holiday-themed book!

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Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck

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I am so excited to be joining the Picture Book Month again this year hosted by Krystal at Healthy Happy Thrifty Family.  The book I am focusing on is Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck.

A great way to get kids involved in reading is by incorporating the book into something more than just reading, like a craft.  This was the inspiration for the Monthly Crafting Book Club that I host each month for bloggers.  We focus on a different book or theme each month and come up with a fun craft or activity to do with the book.  If you are interested in joining us please join our Facebook GROUP for more info. Check out some of our fun crafts below we have covered in past months.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

Last year for the Picture Book Month I covered Little Elliot Big City, which is still a favourite of my kids.

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Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

This year I will be participating in two days worth of stories, the first is to cover a book by Jan Peck.  Once I signed up for Jan Peck I immediately put my name on the waiting list for all her stories at our local library.  But, I guess they are popular as even after over a month this one was the only one available, so this was the one we did! Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck, is a fun book, similar to going on a bear hunt to help a child go on an imaginary adventure.  After getting to the page about needing a “spyglass” I immediately decided to make binoculars with the kids to help them go on their own pirate adventures.

Materials Needed:

  • Paint
  • Paint brushes, scissors, duct tape, twine
  • 2 toilet paper rolls per child

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Instructions

  • Have the children pick out their favourite paints and paint their toilet paper rolls as much as they can.
  • Allow to dry overnight.
  • Take some duct tape and tape the two rolls together.
  • Have the adult poke a hole in the ends of the toilet paper rolls and string a piece of twine through it to make it into binoculars.

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Now have an adventure with the kids!  Go over, under, around, and through your obstacles on your adventure!  Have fun with them and help them use their imagination.

Pirate Treasure Hunt Craft - As part of #picturebookmonth, I am covering Pirate Treasure Hunt by Jan Peck and doing a fun binocular craft to help your kids on their adventure.

Where is your favourite place to go on an imaginary adventure?  Comment below and let me know!

 

 

 

 

 

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Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft

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 I chose to do Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft because my daughter loves this series of books.  Besides, wands are super fun to play with so I knew this would be great.  I also have a toddler son, who likes to be included in everything.  I thought I could have him do the craft too that way both kids would have fun and do something age appropriate.

 

 

Back to Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft, this is a great craft to do with any age of kids, you can adapt it to make it age appropriate for them.  For the little ones you will do all the cutting and tracing, then have them help with the gluing part.  My daughter was able to help trace and use the pen.  For my son I had him hold the template so I could trace around it, there is always a way to adapt a craft to make it fun for all ages.

Materials Needed

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  • Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy book by Bugbird Tim
  • Construction paper and recycled cardboard.
  • Glue, scissors, marker, star template (I used a cookie cutter), paint brush, tape
  • Pom poms in Christmas colours of red, green, and white
  • 2 green pipe cleaners per wand

How to Assemble

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  • Use the cookie cutter to mark out the shape of a star on the white construction paper.  Or draw free hand if you are good at it, which I am not.  Then cut it out and glue it on your brown piece of cardboard paper.14657513_10157775739695245_5767303453574340878_n
  • Cut out the cardboard around the star leaving some extra space.
  • Glue a selection of pom poms onto the star and let dry.
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  • Grab the pipe cleaners, try to make the fun bow design on one then twine it with the other one.  Next glue it onto the back of your cardboard star, or tape it on (glue did not hold up to my toddler & preschooler waving it about!).

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My kids had a blast running around and trying to make up magic spells with their wands.  They got destroyed pretty quickly with their vigorous play but it was worth it to keep them entertained for so long. We of course pulled out our Georgie the Gingerbread Fairies book so we could play with our new wand craft as we read.

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

What is your favourite Christmas Story?  Comment below and let me know!  I am looking for ideas for the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month too!

 

 

Monthly Crafting Book  Club

A monthly installment I host on my blog is called the Monthly Crafting Book Club were every month we do a craft based on a book.  If you are interested check out some of my posts below on them.  Or if you are a blogger and want to join us join the Facebook group here, totally up to you which ones you want to participate in and no pressure once you join.  We have the following books coming up:

December any winter themed book, January is Ladybug Girl series, February is Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.

All you have to do is schedule your post to go live in the morning on the 25th of the month, and send me a picture and the URL by the 20th, that is all it takes to join us!

Monthly Crafting Book Club for December - Christmas themed book & craft

Check out the other awesome Christmas related book crafts below:

Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy Wand Craft - Come check out Georgie the Gingerbread Fairy a great Christmas book with an accompanying Wand Craft to go with it. Perfect for toddlers & kids of all ages.

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If you enjoy doing fun crafts and activities to go along with kids books then check out these below.  We love to encourage children’s literacy and pairing a fun craft or two with their favourite book is a great way to encourage them to read.

January – Barnyard Dance

February – If You Give A Moose A Muffin

March – ABC’s

April – Piggy in the Puddle

May – Five Little Monkeys

June – A Camping-related book

August – A Back to School-related book

September – It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse

October – Have You Seen My Monster

 

I am participating in a fun blog hop this month hosted by Emma Owl where each blogger chooses a Christmas-themed book.

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Seasonal Blog Hop Joy #2

I am participating in a fun family-friendly blog hop and here is a round up of the awesome posts.  Look, I was even featured last week!  SCORE!  I hope you enjoy and find some fun new blogs to follow too.
FAMILY JOYS’ PICK
GLOW IN THE DARK SCAVENGER HUNT  by Raising Fairies and Knights
Stop by and check out the Pinterest board…it is looking great!
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And now let’s share some joy…
1. FREEZER BEEF AND BEAN BURRITOS by Thinking-Outside-The-Pot
2. CHICKEN SALAD SANDWICHES by Thinking-Outside-The-Pot
3. SUMMER GARDEN SPAGHETTI by Thinking-Outside-The-Pot
4. SEASONAL BLOG HOP JOY #1 by Family-Joys
5. BROWNIE DELIGHT by Candy’s Farm House Pantry
6. ULTIMATE CLUB SANDWICH by Candy’s Farm House Pantry
7. LEMON ICE BOX CAKE by From This To That By Linda
8. JULY RESOLUTIONS: BOUNDARIES by Simple Summit
9. FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS CRAFT & ACTIVITY by Raising Fairies and Knights
10. THE TRAVELLING TULA by Raising Fairies and Knights
11. VEGETABLE DUMPLINGS by Raising Fairies and Knights
12. FUN SUMMER SNACKS by Family-Joys
14. HULA HOOP FOR FUN AND HEALTH by Pat and Candy
16. SMORE COOKIES by Pat and Candy
17. SOME MISTAKES YOU NEVER MAKE by Chronicles of a Lumpy Person
18. EASY DIY HOMEMADE BUBBLES by CraftyMama-In-Me
Thanks for visiting!~*
Arianne

 

Spring Pom Pom Tree

As part of the Kid Craft Challenge held by Kim over at The Resourceful Mama, I had to come up with a pom pom craft this month.  I decided to do a spring tree with my daughter and am thrilled with how it turned out.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

Materials Needed:

  • Twigs collected from outside
  • A pretty string, ribbon or thread to tie the sticks
  • Pom poms in various Spring colours
  • Glue Gun
  • Decorative butterfly’s

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Instructions:

  • Grab a pretty ribbon to tie around the base of the sticks (a few inches from the base) tightly and around and around to try and anchor them together.
  • Use the glue gun to attach the pom poms to the tree.
  • Once again, use the glue gun to attach the butterfly decorations, I liked to put them on the pom poms as it almost looked like flowers and they were landing on it.
  • I put them in a vase and filled the vase with the remaining pom poms to help stabilize it in the vase.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

Finished Product

My three-year-old, Bee, loved helping with this.  She had seen me use a glue gun before and desperately wanted to use it so I used this as a great opportunity to teach her about glue gun safety and hot/burning.  I put the glue on the tree branch and she attached the pom pom on top, being careful not to touch, or I put it directly on the pom pom and squeezed it onto the branch.  Bee even helped me squeeze the trigger and put the glue on the pom pom or butterfly, it was a lot of fun and she had a great time picking out the coloured pom poms for me to put on or which one she wanted to put on next.

Spring Pom Pom Tree - It's Spring time, why not make a wonderful nature craft with your kids, try this Spring Pom Pom Tree craft to bring a touch of Spring inside.

 

Are you looking for other ways to celebrate Ostara or Spring?

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Here are my past crafts as part of the Kids Craft Challenge:

Minnie Mouse Plant - IGFootprint Egg Wreath + Free Printable - Time to get ready for Spring! Make this cute and easy Footprint Egg Wreath with your kids to decorate. Free printable to welcome Spring / Easter / Ostara, whichever.Valentine's Day Heart Wreath - A cute Valentine's Day wreath to make with your child from their handprints. A fun decoration for anyone's house during the love season!

 

Don’t forget to visit the other blogs below to see what pom pom crafts they came up with.

May Kid Craft Challenge: Pom-Pom Craft

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Craft  by The Resourceful Mama

Pom-Pom Flowers by Craft Create Calm

Spring Pom-Pom Tree  by Raising Fairies and Knights

Elmer the Elephant by Adventures of Adam

Pompom Cupcake Pencil Topper by Teach me Mommy

Pom Pom Monsters by Kidz Activities

Pom Pom Pets by A Mommy’s Adventures

 

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Piggy in the Puddle Sensory Bin

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The book for the month of April in the #monthlycraftingbookclub is Piggy in the Puddle by Charlotte Pomerantz .  This book was a family favourite growing up.  I read it whenever I have to entertain groups of kids and it is always received favourably.

Instead of a craft this month I chose to do an activity with my kids and get SUPER messy!  But have a blast at the same time.  Making a sensory bin of “mud” is great fun, they can play with the pigs in it, try out squishing the pudding in their hands, and have a snack!

Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

 

Piggy in the puddle materials

Materials needed:

  • Pigs (I went through toys and borrowed all the pigs I found).
  • A “soap” representative (I used duplo and wrote SOAP on it).
  • Chocolate instant pudding
  • Milk
  • Whisk, Bowl, measuring cup, shallow dish (or two if you have two kids that need their own dish)

Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

Instructions

  • My 3-year-old daughter, Bee, helped me make the pudding.  Her daddy had just had dental surgery and she was an expert at making pudding and jello for him to eat by now.  Pour in the cow milk, whisk in the chocolate powder and keep whisking until they are too tired and you get to take over.
  • I had her go play while it set and I tracked down all the pigs in her toys.
  • After the pudding had set, I got a small container for the toddler to play in and a bigger one for her then set up the pudding mud with a few pigs and the soap for them to test out.
  • I put smocks on them because I KNEW it would get messy and let them go to town.  As they played I read the book out loud to them and they acted it out with the pigs (or well the older one did, my 15-month-old son just used the pig as a spoon to scoop pudding into his mouth).

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They laughed, ate and enjoyed themselves.  Then bath time for my sticky piggies.  Needless to say neither really ate dinner that night.  Whatever we had fun!!

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Piggy in the Puddle Sensory bin - We made a piggy mud puddle sensory bin to accompany the book Piggy in the Puddle as part of this months #monthlycraftingbookchallenge.

 

What was your favourite childhood book to read growing up?

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Piggies in the Puddle – Monthly Crafting Book Club for April

For this month’s Monthly Crafting Book Club in the spirit of Spring, or what should be Spring here, we kind of skipped Spring and went from Winter to Summer, usually it is messy and rainy in Spring, so this is a good book to focus on for this season.

Monthly Crafting Book Club for April - As April's #monthlycraftingbookclub book we focused on Piggies in the Puddle. Come check out the games and activities all the bloggers came up with.

I am so lucky to have a great group of bloggers to join me each month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club and come up with fantastic games and activities to encourage children’s literacy each month.  Literacy is a big deal to me, my mom worked with an adult literacy organization trying to help adults read and I have learned through her how hard it can be as an adult with low-literacy skills.  It is so important to do everything we can to encourage our young ones to get excited about books and thus we combine activities and crafts to get their excitement going beyond just reading the story.

Monthly Crafting Book Club - Piggy in the Puddle - As April's #monthlycraftingbookclub book we focused on Piggies in the Puddle. Come check out the games and activities all the bloggers came up with.

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The Piggy in the Puddle Handwashing Fun

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We do this every month and the more who join use, the better.

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Family Heart Handprint

I am so excited to bring you this Dollar Store Mother’s Day Craft Challenge! I’ve teamed up with other amazing bloggers for a budget blog hop. Each blogger had to create a Mother’s Day craft for less than $10 and they did an amazing job! Make Mother’s Day special on a budget and check out all of the wonderful crafts created!

Meet the Hosts

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Marie | DIY Adulation Erlene | My Pinterventures

Emily | Two Purple Couches Hil | Raising Fairies and Knights


If you are a follower of my blog you will be familiar already with my love of handprint crafts, if not, you have been warned!  As a mom of two young children I don’t get crafts made for me since I am responsible for making all the crafts.  I decided to take this into my own hands and do a family handprint craft.  “Another handprint painting” my husband said when he saw the materials out.  This is special because it includes the whole family!

Family Heart Handpring - Time for mama to take Mother's Day presents into her own hand, for under $10! Make this with your family and have a lovely keepsake on your wall.

 

Materials Needed

I had them all already, but you can find them at Dollarama for $6-10 depending on what you want to get.

  • canvas
  • paint in 4-7 colours
  • sponge
  • paintbrush

How to:

It needs to dry between paint applications so everyone played and came when I called them for their part.

  • Decide on the colours for your canvas, I choose silver, then to soften it a bit I added some white, I put drops of silver all over the canvas, and a few drops of white at the top for contrast.
  • Using a slightly damp sponge brush it across the canvas covering the whole paper (go in the same direction each stroke, aka side to side, not up and down and side to side), including the sides of the canvas.
  • Let this dry before starting the handprints, if the paint is still wet it will blend together and won’t look as clear and nice.
  • I did my handprint first, I chose purple for me and painted my hand, then placed it gently but firmly on the canvas at an angle with my fingers at the top outer and my palm slightly turned in (remember you are making a heart).   Let that dry before the next hand print.
  • Then I chose blue for my husband and painted his hand, again pressing lightly but firmly his palm next to my palm print with his fingers tilted out. Again, let it dry.
  • Next was my daughter with a pink handprint, I overlapped hers with my hubby’s and my son’s turquoise next to hers over mine.

Now we have our family heart handprints.

Optional, I wrote LOVE on it, you can paint on the words, use a Sharpie marker, or sponge letters like I did.

Family Heart Handpring - Time for mama to take Mother's Day presents into her own hand, for under $10! Make this with your family and have a lovely keepsake on your wall.

 


Before you go, be sure to check out my fellow bloggers’ projects too!

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Family-Heart-Handpring-T Get mom beach ready with these easy DIY flip-flops! Then check out the other amazing budget Mother's Day crafts to rock the holiday this year!

Are you lucky enough to get crafts from your kids?  Who helps them?  What are your favourite’s to receive?

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Family Heart Handpring - Time for mama to take Mother's Day presents into her own hand, for under $10! Make this with your family and have a lovely keepsake on your wall.

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