2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop!

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Welcome to the 2017 Ornament Exchange & Blog Hop! This year, there are 47 amazing bloggers participating in the exchange. The rules of the challenge were simple: be partnered with a fellow blogger, create a handmade ornament for $15 or under, create a tutorial, and ship the ornament off to a new home!

I was lucky enough to be paired up with the lovely Megan from C’Mon Get Crafty.  If you like DIY and crafty stuff you have got to follow her on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for some great ideas!  We are long distance mailing between countries but I will be posting my ornament when I get it.

 

2017 Ornament Exchange and Blog Hop

Meet the 2017 Ornament Exchange Hosts

Erlene ⋅ My Pinterventures Kim · Made In A Day Amanda · The Kolb Corner

Shirley · Intelligent Domesticatons Michelle · Our Crafty Mom

Beverly · Across the Blvd. Christene · Key to Inspiration Pili ⋅ My Sweet Things

Nicki · Sweet Parrish Place Megan · C’mon Get Crafty

Hilary · Raising Fairies and Knights Emily · Two Purple Couches

Tina · One Crafty Mess Marie · The Inspiration Vault Debra · Shoppe No. 5

Trisha · Rosewood and Grace Jeanie · Create and Babble Katrin ⋅ Kreativ K

Terri · Christmas Tree Lane Maureen · Red Cottage Chronicles

Toni ⋅ Small Home Soul Ula ⋅ Lulu & Celeste Sue ⋅ A Purdy Little House

Pamela · Home On The Corner Lorelai Life with Lorelai Cindy ⋅ DIY Beautify

Debbie ⋅ Tweak and Style Stephanie ⋅ Swoodson Says Chelc ⋅ Inside the Fox Den

Susan ⋅ Super Mom – No Cape! Molly ⋅ Just a Little Creativity

Roseann ⋅ This Autoimmune Life Angela ⋅ Simply Beautiful by Angela

Vicki and Jenn ⋅ 2 Bees in a Pod Joanne ⋅ Our Unschooling Journey

Tylynn ⋅ Bitterroot DIY Sam ⋅ Raggedity Bits Mary ⋅ The Boondocks Blog

Cyn ⋅ Creative Cynchronicity Dione ⋅ Clever Chameleon Quilting

Erica ⋅ Erica Ever After Chelsea ⋅ Love Paper Crafts Evija ⋅ From Evija with Love

Samantha ⋅ Little Bits of Home Hope ⋅ Hopes Crafty Niche Anne ⋅ Orange Bettie

Pam · P.S. I Love You Crafts


Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament

Materials Needed:

  • Clear fillable ornament (I got mine from Micheals)
  • Ribbon in your favourite colour, possibly two colours
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Use of your oven, knife and a baking sheet
  • Glue gun and extra sticks
  • Extra charms if desired

How to make:

Part One:  Dry the Fruit

  • First slice your fruits into thick slices.  I did lemons, mandarin oranges, and limes.
  • Preheat your oven to the lowest setting.
  • Assemble your cut fruit on a baking sheet and bake for two hours, turn over, then back in for another three hours.
  • I found it still needed to dry for a few days on my stove to be completely dry.  I did not want them moist at all and attracting fruit flies or smelling, that would not go on a tree well.

Part Two: Assemble the Holiday Ornament

Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop

  • I filled the ornament with the citrus fruit.
  • Inserted a cinnamon stick.  I was lucky that the sticks were short enough to fit inside the ornament without needing a trim.
  • Take some pretty ribbon to use to hang the ornament.
  • I made three different versions of the ornaments.
  • One version was plain with just a pretty ribbon.  The second one I used patterned ribbon to glue around the ornament.  For a different third option I tied a ribbon around the cinnamon stick before inserting it inside.

 Dried Citrus & Cinnamon Ornament - come check out this easy DIY elegant ornament. Check out the other DIY ornaments the other bloggers made at the blog hop


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Pete The Cat – Monthly Crafting Book Club

Pete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kids

This month in the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on the Pete The Cat series by James Dean.  A big hit in this house.  All my kids love to read the Pete The Cat books.  I also grab them up for books for kids birthday parties as they are big hits with everyone. They teach a lot of good lessons to the kids and really embrace individuality.  Which was a big reason of why I chose this series, I like to read stories to my kids with good messages.

 

We chose to do, Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete, because it had some fun craft ideas in it.  I love crafts that take a bit of time and are super interactive, which is why I love doing this one.

Pete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kids

Materials needed:

  • Fruity O’s or Fruit Loops
  • Mortar & pestle (I had two, one for each kid, but use what you have on hand)
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete Book

 

Pete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kids

Instructions

This is a three part activity.  It’s a perfect activity to use late in the afternoon to keep them busy while you start prepping dinner, or they start getting hangry.  It’s a snack and activity all in one.  Perfect for working on colour recognition, fine motor skills, and patterns.

Part One:

Grab a bunch of different little bowls and a big large bowl.  Poor the fruit loops in the big bowl and have your kids separate them by colour.  Yes, they WILL snack, so do this right after a meal, or in lieu of snack time as no one can resist these!

 

Part Two:

Take each colour separately and use the mortar and pestle to grind them to a fine dust.  A few chunks are fine, I think its more important to have your kids do it than be perfect.  I usually help at the end to make them finer.

Part Three:

Use the Pete the Cat: A Pet for Pete book to free draw his goldie picture.  A bunch of horizontal lines with an orange fish in the middle. Using one colour at a time spread the glue on it, then take the colour and sprinkle over it to colour it.  You could copy the picture exactly, or if your kids want to experiment it’s up to them.  Repeat with all the colours until your picture is full of colour.

For younger children, like my two-year-old, he needed a lot of help with it.  He was enthusiastic to paint with glue and only too happy to sprinkle the fruit loops on.  He needed help shaking off the access for sure.  My four-year-old was much more independent.

Pete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kidsPete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kids

That’s it!  There are so many different things you can make with this.  Any pattern you want or seasonal picture, you could even just take out pages from a colouring book and colour those one at a time.

 

 

 

 

 

 




Have you seen what the other blogger’s came up with for Pete the Cat too???

 

 

https://mixedbagmama2013.blogspot.ca/2017/10/monthly-crafting-book-club-sir-pete.html

 

 

Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

September – Pumpkin Books & Activities

October – Pete The Cat Themed Books

Join us next month for non-denominational Holiday Books!

 

 

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Pete The Cat - Time to read Pete the Cat and celebrate the Monthly Crafting Book Club. Read the book then do the Pete the Cat Fruit Loop craft and activity with your kids

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

I love everything Fall.  It is for sure my favourite season.  I love being able to decorate my house for Fall.  It’s sad that it’s the end of summer and means -40 degree weather is on it’s way, but it’s like nature’s consolation before Winter.

My daughter was asking for glitter crafts, and I am happy to oblige!!  I wanted a new centerpiece to display Fall items like pine cones, acorns, etc.  Maybe later on a candle holder for on the table during a holiday meal.  I hit up Dollarama and found a beautiful plain glass jar, some plastic leaves, glitter, and mod podge.  I even found the decorations for the inside.  I love making crafts, but I prefer to do it on a budget so I can make more crafts for less.

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.




Materials Needed:

  • Plain glass jar
  • Plastic leaves
  • Glitter
  • Mod podge
  • Glue gun
  • Optional: Decorations for the inside

How to Assemble:

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

  • Heat your glue gun and assemble your materials.
  • I wanted to keep the leaves at the base of the vase.  I used the glue gun to glue the leaves as a border around the bottom of the vase.  But it’s your craft so if you want it at the top, middle, or even all over it’s totally up to you.
  • After you have attached all the leaves you can use the mod podge to glue it down against the vase and add glitter on top.
  • That’s it!  You are done.  You can choose to fill it with Fall items, or put a candle in.  Totally up to you!

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

Where do you put your decorative vases?  Fireplace mantle?  Kitchen table?  Coffee table?  And do you prefer to fill with candy?  Fall items? Candles? Sand?  What is your favourite filler?

DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

 

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DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece - Time to decorate your house for Fall!  Why not make this DIY Cheap Fall Centerpiece with items found at the Dollar Store to make your house beautiful.

DIY Nature Placemat

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Fall is the best time of year for crafts.  Especially Nature crafts.  I love exploring with my kids and getting up close and personal with the great outdoors. We started doing Forest School last Spring and fell in love with it.  This Fall it was perfect to go exploring in the woods during my own version of Forest School and then come home and continue on by making these DIY Nature Place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

The kids had so much fun exploring nature and picking up treasures to put in our bag and bring home for a craft.  It also kept them busy for a while in the afternoon assembling the perfect place mat.  We use them to decorate our kitchen and set up a beautiful table for our harvest feast.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Materials Needed:

  • Sticky contact paper
  • Duct Tape or masking tape in pretty colours
  • Nature treasures

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!




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How to Assemble:

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

  • Measure out the contact paper to your desired place mat size.  I used an old place mat to model it after.  Make sure you cut out two for front and back.  Or make sure it is double the width so you can fold it over.
  • Take the backing off one of the sides (or half if you did a big one) and tape it down onto a table.
  • Help your kids assemble their treasures and spread them out on the contact paper.
  • Adult job: peel the other side/half and gently press it down slowly pressing out any bubbles.
  • Using the duct tape or masking tape (and please do not buy that pretty thin tape from Dollarama that breaks or it will take you an hour to tape it) line the edges of the place mat.  This helps keep the contact paper shut and give it some durability and decor.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

Now get your kids to help set the table and admire their beautiful place mats.

DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

What is your favourite nature craft to do?  Comment below and tell me!

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DIY Nature Placemat - Make this fun DIY Nature Placemat with your kids!  A perfect nature craft to make with fall leaves & other treasures your kids find. Activity & craft in one!

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I was so excited to try my own version of this DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath.  I love Fall, it’s my favourite season, I cannot wait to decorate for the next season as soon as school starts. My daughter is a big glitter fan (what four-year-old is not right?!?!) so she is always looking for glitter crafts to do with me.  This was a great compromise!

I hit up the Dollarama for some supplies and then came home to craft it up!  I suggest you check out your local Dollarstore for your favourite Fall items.

 

Materials Needed:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • Dollar Store wreath- I found a wooden/wicker one
  • Leaves – real or fake from the Dollar Store
  • Red glitter (or yellow, orange, or brown, any leaf colour really)
  • Mod Podge & paint brush
  • Glue gun & stick

 

How to Assemble:

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

  • I heated up the glue gun and my kids helped me pick leaves (I alternated colours).  They handed me each colour and I used the glue gun to stick it on, they helped press it down.
  • Working around the wreath I glued all the leaves on until it was completely covered.
  • Now for the fun part using Mod Podge (or even regular white glue) the kids painted it on the leaves then sprinkled it with red glitter. They loved this part!
  • You can thread a ribbon through the top to hang it.  Or lean it on your fireplace.

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

I put it on my front walk leaning against a bale of hay for some pretty Fall decorations.  Just in time for the Autumn Equinox!!

 

 

What are your favourite Fall items to decorate your house with?

DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath - Make your own fun DIY Dollar Store Fall Wreath with supplies all found at your local Dollar Store. Perfect for your front door, porch or mantle.

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Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

This month our focus is on Pumpkin Books & Activities for September’s Monthly Crafting Book Club.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we focus on a new book, series, or topic each month to do a craft on.  It’s a lot of fun and a great way to further your children’s love of reading by incorporating a craft along with a book.   I used to love the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin book growing up by Stan & Jan Berenstain.  Since we are celebrating all things Fall this week for the Autumn Equinox, otherwise known as Mabon, this is the perfect time for a pumpkin craft.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

We had a big family Harvest Feast yesterday and decided to make some pumpkin name cards to help everyone find their seats at the table.  Plus it gave a little decoration to the festivities.  It was my first time hosting a big holiday dinner and I loved this extra touch that showed everyone to their seats without the awkward “where shall I sit” while everyone hovers around the table.

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.

Have you seen the other crafts this year for the Monthly Crafting Book Club?

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

September – Pumpkin Books & Activities

Join us next month for Pete The Cat series!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

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Start off by reading the book The Berenstain Bears & The Prize Pumpkin by Stan & Jan Berenstain with your kids.  Get excited about all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Materials Needed:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • Orange & yellow construction paper
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Glue stick & scissors
  • Sharpie marker

Assembling:

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

  • I folded a piece of orange construction paper into quarters.
  • Trace or free hand draw an orange onto the paper.
  • Use your scissors to cut it out.
  • Fold the pumpkin in half and cut little slits along the folded edge, being careful to leave a few centimeters at the edge.
  • Use the scissors to cut narrow yellow strips.
  • Time for your children to help!  Get them to help weave them in and out of the orange strips .
  • Use as many yellow strips as possible, the more strips, the prettier the pumpkin, and nicer the weaving.
  • Glue down the edges with the glue stick.
  • Cut the pipe cleaner into pieces about an inch and a half long.
  • Poke the end of the pipe cleaner through the top of the pumpkin and fold it up a bit on the backside to stay put.
  • OPTIONAL:  Write everyone’s names on the pumpkin to show them where to sit.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Pumpkin Place Card

  • To use as place cards stick the finished pumpkin on the plates of those dining with you.  Or weave it in between the tines of the forks.

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal




Tomorrow we will make Pumpkin Muffins in preperation for the the Autumn Equinox this week.   Then read more pumpkin books together!

Other than the Berenstain Bears Prize Pumpkin, what are your favourite pumpkin books?

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Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Monthly Crafting Book Club – September

Pumpkin Books & Activities

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Don’t forget to check out what the other bloggers did this month!

Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

 

 

Last October we did a pumpkin craft for September as well, but Happy Pumpkin Day Mouse.

 

 

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Pumpkin Books & Activities - The Monthly Crafting Book Club is focusing on Pumpkin books, crafts & activities this month. We did Pumpkin Name Cards for your Harvest or Thanksgiving meal

Handprint Fall Tree Painting

I made this a few years ago with my son when he was a baby.  He loved to do hand-print paintings with me.  This Handprint Fall Tree Painting was a big favourite and I love pulling it out to put on my wall each Fall.

 

Supplies needed:

  • Canvas to paint (I buy mine from Dollarama), make sure it is large enough to fit however many arms/hands you are doing.   I was doing two kids so this one was perfect for me.
  • Acrylic Paint: blue, green, brown, red, yellow, orange, and white.
  • Piece of a sponge
  • Paint Brushes
  • Sponge letters (again from Dollarama)
  • Ensure you are close to a sink or bucket of water with lots of soap for cleaning.

Method:

Step 1 – The background

  • I started off painting the canvas to look like the outside.  I squirted some blue dots sporadically around the top 3/4 with a few white spots in between.  The bottom 1/4 I put dots of green.
  • I moistened my sponge then squeezed out most of the water.
  • Using the sponge I lightly brushed it back and forth covering the whole top section making sure to get the sides of the canvas too.
  • Turn the sponge over to a fresh side and do the green, covering the bottom and sides as well.
  • I took another clean side and lightly melded the colours together so the canvas was completely covered.
  • Let that dry while you set up.

Step 2 – The tree

  • Toddlers/babies are MESSY with paint no matter how careful you are, make sure none of you are wearing clothes you don’t want ruined.  Prep your clean up area and put a towel down.
  • Take their arm and starting at the elbow paint it brown all the way up to their hand making sure to cover their hands too.
  • Lightly take their arm by the elbow and press down from the elbow to the hands firmly.
  • CLEAN THEM QUICKLY BEFORE THEY TOUCH SOMETHING!
  • Do any remaining kids.

    Step 3 – The leaves

  • Let it dry while you prep for the leaves, get a plate/lid/etc. and squirt a little red, yellow, and orange paint in it.
  • Carefully take child’s finger and dip in the colours one at a time and scatter around the finger portion of the “tree” to represent the leaves.  No need to rinse hand in between colours and if they go rogue and paint elsewhere that’s ok, it’s a falling or blown leaf.
  • Repeat with any other children.

Step 4 – The words

  • Choose what colour you want to write your letters with.  I chose silver.
  • Dampen your sponge and dip in your colour, blot it on the lid/plate a few times then carefully spell out F A L L one at a time repeating the previous steps with each letter.  You could change it up and write Autumn, or Mabon, or any other word you wish.
  • Let it all dry.

You did it!  An adorable keepsake to give to grandparents, aunt’s and uncle’s or add to your growing stack of adorable hand and footprint canvases that you are making.

What is your favourite messy craft to do with your little ones?

 

 

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Apple Related Book Crafts

This month for the monthly crafting book club we are doing Apple Related Book Crafts.  With Fall coming it is time to get our apple on!!  If you haven’t heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are a group of bloggers who get together each month and focus on a book to promote for Children’s literacy.  Then we create a craft to go along with the book to read with the kids.  My children look forward to this each month.  They love to read stories, we visit the library each week in the summer and get 20 books to read together with the summer reading program.  It has been a great way to encourage my children to read as many books as possible this summer.

 

Apple Washi Tape Craft

This was a really fun craft that my daughter especially enjoyed.  Something about playing with tape really appeals to kids.  This was easy to do and I was happy with how much they still looked like an apple at the end of the craft.

Materials Needed:

  • Washi tape in colours to reflect apples (we used red, silver, and gold).
  • Construction paper to put the apple on.
  • Scissors for the adult to trim into an apple shape.
  • Brown pompoms for the stem.
  • Green buttons for the stem.
  • Glue gun & glue

How to create it:

  • Draw a rough circle/apple shape on construction paper.
  • Give your children pieces of washi tape cut to roughly the shape of the apple length.
  • Let them decorate it however they think an apple should look.
  • After they finish it you can cut it out and trim it to look like what you think an apple should look like.
  • Let the kids help you glue on the brown pompoms to look like an apple stem.
  • Then they can help you arrange the green buttons in a leaf shape.

Painted Apple Craft

I used to love making hand print crafts with my kids so couldn’t wait to try out painting with them.  My son had just woken up from nap and wasn’t feeling his best so it was not the most successful, but he perked up soon enough and enjoyed himself.  I hit up the Dollarama for all my supplies, no need to spend a lot, you may even have most of it on hand already.

Materials Needed:

  • Red paint
  • small canvas
  • paint brushes
  • green buttons
  • brown pom poms
  • glue gun

 

How to create it:

  • I drew a red circle/apple shape and had my kids help me paint it in.
  • Once it dried they chose out green buttons to shape like a leaf on the apple.
  • Lastly they helped me pick out brown pompoms to make the stem.

 

We borrowed every library book we could find on apples and read them together.  It was a lot of fun!  A very successful Apple themed craft session.

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Here are some of my past Monthly Crafting Book Club activities this year:

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.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

August – Apple Related Book Crafts

 

Let’s see what the other bloggers came up with this month for their Apple Related Book Crafts:

 

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DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case

DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are focusing on Back To School Books & corresponding crafts.  I decided to do a general back to school craft and do a pencil case. Easy for a child to help make as well.  We picked some fabric at Walmart and grabbed some duct tape so we could make a fun craft.

Purple Pencil Case

I saw a bunch of different types of DIY pencil cases and decided to give it a go.  I was a big fan of duct tape in high school and made a bunch of things from it.  Now it comes in fun colours and there are so many more options.

DIY No-Sew Duct Tape Pencil Case - Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

This is a super easy craft to make and you don’t even have to sew it!

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Materials Needed:

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  • Material
  • Duct tape
  • Zipper
  • Glue gun
  • Ribbon and other embellishments

 

How to Assemble:

Have fun with your material and duct tape and pick something you enjoy.  I bought the pre-cut material at Wal-Mart but still found it needed a trim.  Trim your material to the desired height, made sure that the width is the size of the zipper.

pencil case step 1

Put your material, print side down, on a hard surface and cover in strips of duct tape.  Then flip it over and trim the access duct tape.   Fold it in half and press a little along the middle to make it stick.

pencil case step 12

Use a glue gun to attach your zipper to one side.  Be careful not to get any glue on the zipper (I did and it makes it hard to open, oops! But making it extra toddler-proof).  Then fold both sides into the middle and glue the other side, go slowly as the glue dries fast.

pencil case step 123

Turn it inside out and use the glue gun to glue the sides.  Turn it outside again and voila, you have your case!  Now decorate with ribbons and whatever else!

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Check out some of the other crafts the Monthly Crafting Book Club has done this year:

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.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

July – Back to School Themed Books

 

Here are some of our favourite Back To School Books:

First Day of School

If You Take a Mouse To School

Llama Llama Misses Mama

What is your favourite back to school book?  Tell me in the comments below!

Make this DIY Duct Tape Pencil Case with your kids and be all set for back to school. July edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club.

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Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

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This month in the Monthly Crafting Book club we are doing the Pinkalicious series.  I decided to make Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles.  My four-year-old daughter, Bee, LOVES the Pinkalicious books.  They are about a little girl who loves pink, unicorns, cupcakes, mermaids, and lots more.  Perfect for little girls.  My two-year-old son loves them too, but he is easy going and loves all books.

I did some searching on Pinterest for Pinkalicious ideas and was happy to come across Pinkalicious preschool work pages and colouring pages.  I printed them off for my daughter to do during afternoon quiet time.  My son still naps so we use this time to do home work pages and keep learning.  Sticking to our Pinkalicious theme today was great.  I am mentioning this as if any of you are interested you can find school work-pages on Pinterest too.

I decided to take advantage of some of the amazing weather this week by doing bubbles and home-made bubble wands with the kids.

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Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Wand Instructions

 

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Pony beads (or other kinds)

 

String the pony beads onto the pipe cleaners, filling up maybe the bottom half to two thirds.  Wrap the end of the pipe cleaner back around and inside the bottom bead to hold.  On top shape it into a circle, diamond, heart, etc.  Whatever shape you want!  I did find that it helped to keep the circles small. I liked to do figure eights as they were more likely to work and make the best bubbles.

 

Pinkalicious Bubble Wand & Bubbles - Join the #monthlycraftingbookclub to celebrate Pinkalicious-themed crafts this month.  Make some bubbles & bubble wands!Bubble Instructions

 

  • 2.5 cups of water
  • 0.5 cups of corn syrup
  • 0.5 cups Dawn dish soap (apparently this one works best, you can try another if you are brave).

 

Pour the water and corn syrup into a large glass bowl.  Microwave for about four minutes.  Then pour in the dish soap and stir well.

 

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I poured the mixture into little bowls and let the kids go nuts!  They had so much fun dipping over and over with their home-made bubble wands.  My son has a tendency to spill bubble mixture a lot.  Intentionally and accidentally, I mean WHY would anyone put their feet in a bubble mixture bowl??  A two-year-old can find a reason!  At least with home-made stuff I don’t feel like he is pouring money down the drain.  We made tons of bubbles, caught lots on the sticks and had a blast.  We were all super sticky afterwards but had a great time!

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Have you seen the other Monthly Crafting Book Club Challenge books we covered this year?

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.

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

June – Pinkalicious Series

 

 

 

 

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