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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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.

 

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  • 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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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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S’Mores Craft

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Do you love camping?  We LOVE to read camping books in the summer, actually all year long.  Something fun to make alongside reading the book is a fun S’Mores Craft.  S’Mores is the epitome of summer to us.  Roasting marshmallows on the campfire is one of the best parts of camping. My kids love doing this every  summer and reading camping books starts to get everyone excited for upcoming camping trips.

Materials Needed:

  • Glue gun, paint  brushes, something to put the paint in
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Paint: brown, white, & yellow
  • Googly eyes
  • Gem (or something else for a nose)
  • Glitter glue

 

How to Assemble

  • Firstly, paint the Popsicle sticks.  Make sure you have four sticks per each kid.  Paint two of them yellow, one each brown and white.  Let them dry.
  • Next have an adult use the glue gun to glue the Popsicle sticks together.  The yellows are the cookies on the end, the brown is the chocolate in the middle and the white is the marshmallow for the middle.
  • Glue the google eyes and gem stones on wherever your child directs you to.
  • Using the glitter glue make a smile for your S’more Craft dude.
  • Optional: add magnets on the back to put him on the fridge.  Or add a string to hang it up.

What would you do with your S’More Craft?

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Have you heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Challenge yet?  Every month we have a book, author, or theme and come up with a craft to accompany the book.  The hope is when we combine a fun book with a craft it makes children more excited to read and brings the book to life.

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

 

January –Ladybug Girl Wings

February – Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

March – How do Dinosaurs

April – The Hungry Caterpillar

May – Camping Themed

If you like Camping make sure you check out some of my other Camping related posts below:

 

 

Banana Boats - Try making these delicious camping desserts on the open fire, or at home for a camping feel. Easy to personalize and make vegan.

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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:

example of dinosaur

  • 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

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Monthly Crafting Book Club

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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Dinosaur Cookies

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Monthly Crafting Book Club for April

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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Ostara Spring Equinox Cards free printable template

Ostara Spring Equinox Cards - Do you like to send out seasonal cards to your family and friends? Check out below for a free printable and some tips to brighten up anyone's day.

Every Ostara, also known as the Spring Equinox, we take that as a chance to send our family and friends some happy mail.  I use any excuse I can to send grandparents and great grandparents cute little gifts from the kids.  I made up this Ostara Cards free printable template to make it easy for you to as well.  Kids love to be involved, and sending mail is so much fun!  Plus, maybe if they are lucky whoever they send mail to will reciprocate and send them back a surprise in the mail too!

My friends and family are used to my eccentricities.  I am the only pagan in my family, but lots of pagan-friendly friends and family.  I think even if people get cards that say Ostara on it, they don’t care as they take it in the spirit it was meant.  It’s more fun for everyone as they get to learn something new, and not following the Pagan wheel of the year it’s a surprise when they may receive a random gift from us.  Seriously, make friends who are part of a different spirituality, it makes things much more unexpected with extra holidays around and you learn so much!

Do you prefer to do things paperless?  You like to save the environment?  Or simply want to save time and resources by doing it all online?  I have another option for you too, I got a sample at Paperless Post to try out their really cool site.  It’s a great alternative to still send some fun cards to your family and friends, but a lot easier as you can do it all online.  Some really fun ways to customize a card to send to someone.  It’s easy to find individual cards for each person you want to send a fun surprise too, there are even free options so make sure you check it out!

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Ostara Cards free printable template

Ostara Spring Equinox Cards - Do you like to send out seasonal cards to your family and friends? Check out below for a free printable and some tips to brighten up anyone's day.

Materials Needed:

  • Scissors & tape
  • Ostara Cards free printable template PDF (or use the graphic below)
  • Packet of seeds for every person you want to send it to
  • Glitter glue and other decorations
  • Envelopes & stamps

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Tip: Write the names in the “to” and “from” section BEFORE letting the kids destroy it with glitter glue, it’s REALLY hard after and not nearly as pretty.

 

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Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Welcome to February 2017’s installment of Giraffe’s Can’t Dance.  This book is a really fun one to have around.  If you have not heard of the Monthly Crafting Book Club yet it is a group of bloggers who get together to make up a craft related to a certain book, this month we are covering a Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft.  Make sure you check out the other blogger’s crafts below.  I am a big advocate of early literacy, we read a lot of books together as a family and I spend WAY too much each month on my daughters Scholastic catalogs through her nursery school.  Both my children love to read though and by combining a book and a craft together it furthers that love and encourages conversations about the story and more fun.

 

I decided to do a giraffe craft where they can make the giraffe dance.  We use items around the house as I believe crafts shouldn’t cost a lot either, and special trips to the store make it harder to do crafts sometimes, so hopefully you have a stock of basic craft stuff, construction paper, paint, glue, crayons, markers, etc.

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Craft

Materials Needed:

  • Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreas & Guy Parker-Rees
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Paint in desired colours (yellow and brown if you are going traditional)
  • Construction paper or regular white paper
  • scissors, glue, markers, brushes

Method of Preparation:

  • Have the kids help decide what colour their giraffe will be and what colour the spots will be.  My three-year-old daughter of course chose pink and purple.  My son is two and still learning his colours, so let me go the traditional route.
  • Help the kids paint their toilet paper roll completely.
  • As that dries (try to keep it a thin coat), help them use the other colour (brown and purple for us) and dip their whole finger in it then press it on the paper to make the giraffe ears.
  • Use their finger prints to make spots on the toilet paper roll
  • Ours dried for a few days, then I pre-cut the ears out, and helped them draw faces on their giraffe and glue the ears on.
  • Then I cut two holes in the front for their little fingers so they could put it through and make the giraffe dance.

Next I found on you tube some clips of people singing the giraffe’s can’t dance story, so we played the video and the giraffe’s had fun dancing away to the story and songs afterwards.  I think they had more fun making the giraffe’s dance then even making it.  But they enjoyed the painting part too.  I got terrible pictures of the “after” part as they spent too much time moving to get a clear picture!  I hope you try this out with your kids and get to try out different colours too!

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Please check out the other inspiring Giraffe’s Can’t Dance Crafts below from the other bloggers participating in the Monthly Crafting Book Club this month:

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Giraffe's Can't Dance Craft - Monthly Crafting Book Club is celebrating Giraffe's Can't Dance Crafts this month with a group of bloggers and crafts to show that Giraffes CAN dance.

Next month (March) we are doing the books from “How do Dinosaurs” series, in April we are doing The Hungry Caterpillar and May camping themed books.

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

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Ladybug Girl Wings

 

Ladybug Girl Wings - Celebrate the monthly crafting book club for January with Ladybug Girl, come see the crafts bloggers have come up with, like my Ladybug Girl Wings.

This month for the Monthly Crafting Book Club we are covering the Ladybug Girl series.  This series is a personal favourite in my house and my daughter is always asking for Ladybug Girl Wings.  My son is game to try anything and likes the character Bumblebee Boy so he was happy to get his own wings too.

The Ladybug Girl series by  Jacky Davis and David Soman is really fun.  Each book is trying to teach children how to overcome obstacles, sometimes it is boredom, disagreements, etc.  My daughter was almost three-and-a-half when she fell in love with this series, she told everyone her name was Lulu (so strangers at the park asked me about my daughter Lulu!).  She even taught her 18-month-old brother to answer to Bingo (the main character’s dog) and would try to lead him around on a leash.  I couldn’t wait to do this book as a theme in the Monthly Crafting Book Club and see what everyone else came up with too!

If you are new to the Monthly Crafting Book Club, it is a group of bloggers I organize where every month we focus on a different book, series, or theme and all try to come up with a craft or activity that relates to the book. We have sucessflly done it for a year, you can check out last years themes and crafts below:

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

If you are a blogger and want to join us, join our Facebook group HERE and feel free to participate whenever you can.  The next book we are covering for February is Giraffes Can’t Dance and March is How do Dinosaurs….series.

 

On to our Ladybug Girl Wings, what child doesn’t love a set of wings to run around and fly with?

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Ladybug Girl Wings

Materials Needed:

  • Large Fun Foam
  • Wire
  • Glue Gun & sticks
  • Extra fun foam and glitter for decorations
  • Elastic
  • Cardboard to cut out (like an old cereal box)

How to assemble:

  • Sketch out the wings on some cardboard and cut it out as a template.
  • Trace it out on the fun foam, you will need four, two per side.
  • leaving a space a few inches long at the top left for the wire, glue two sides together with the glue gun, repeat on the other side.  Trim access foam around the edges so it looks uniform all around (save the spot you saved for the wire).
  • Take the wire and make a loop in the middle, with the wire sticking out the top on both sides (see diagram).
  • Use the glue gun to attach the long loops into the wing on each side.
  • Trim again to make sure the wings are uniform.
  • Take the elastic and tie to the top of the wire and bottom on each side. Adjust them to your child’s size.
  • Time to get your child to help you decorate the wings!  For my daughter we cut out black circles for the lady bug dots and she helped to glue them on. For my son I stuck to glitter as he is two and his help makes everything challenging.

Time to run around like a bunch of crazy fairies, bugs, etc.

What kind of bug is your child if and when they play BUG SQUAD??

 

Did you get a chance to see the other amazing crafts shared below by the other fabulous bloggers???

Ladybug Girl Wings - Celebrate the monthly crafting book club for January with Ladybug Girl, come see the crafts bloggers have come up with, like my Ladybug Girl Wings.

 

Thank you so much for visiting us and I hope you find some awesome crafts to try out with your little readers.

 

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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.

Flip and Flop Penguins Craft - Time for December's edition of the Monthly Crafting Book Club, winter themed books from bloggers.  I am covering Flip and Flop, check out the book and craft.

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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Monthly Crafting Book Club for December

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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Yule Sun Ice Catchers

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

 

It is almost time to celebrate the shortest day of the year, soon after the days start to get longer and we will see the sun more and more each day.  For this reason we celebrate the sun at the Winter Solstice, also known as Yule.  In our house I am always looking for ways to get the kids involved and excited in our celebrations too.  This year we are trying out these Yule Sun Ice Catchers after seeing some fun pictures on Pinterest.  What better way to celebrate the return of the sun than to make some Yule Sun Ice Catchers to catch the suns rays and make some pretty designs in the snow??

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I have a toddler and a preschooler, so my crafts have to be easy for both of them to do, but slightly challenging for my preschooler so she won’t get bored. My son likes to be right in there though so I have to be creative and adapt the Yule Sun Ice Catchers craft for each of them.

Yule Sun Ice Catchers - Celebrate the Winter Solstice by making beautiful Yule Sun Ice Catchers, alone or with your kids, easy to make with ingredients you already have & fun!

Supplies Needed:

    • Water
    • Food Colouring
    • Circular Tupperware containers
    • Smaller containers filled with coins or nails to weigh them down.
    • Fun shaped ice cube containers if you have, or regular if you don’t
    • Thick ribbon

 

Directions

  • Before you get the kids excited and involved (depending on the age), find some circular empty Tupperware containers.  Stick the weighted down little containers inside it a few inches from the edge (you will thread the ribbon for the Yule Sun Ice Catchers through here). I used some empty play dough mini containers, or ones for making baby food.
  • Fill with water a few inches (as thick as you want it to be) and stick in the freezer for an hour to an hour and a half to start to set.
  • Grab some ice cube trays, fill with water, and either alone or with a child helper, put a few drops of food colouring in each one and freeze for an hour too.
  • Once set for an hour, get the kids out, let them use a spoon to poke the ice a little and break it.  There are a few different patterns you can try:

    1 – drop a few coloured ice cubes inside the ice water
    2 – let the kids use food colouring and drop a few drops in to the ice or freezing water
    3 – or do both!

  • Refreeze overnight until completely frozen.
  • Let sit in hot water until it can come out of the container.  If the weighted down circle isn’t coming out put hot water in that until it slides out.   Keep an eye on it as it will melt quickly.
  • Take out the weighted down circle and thread a ribbon through.
  • Hang the Yule Sun Ice Catchers outside and enjoy how pretty it is!!!

 

 

Final Results

My daughter was much better at the food colouring drops than my son was, he just squeezed the whole bottle so he got a lot more guidance, my daughter could do it more on her own.  My son probably made most of them more coloured than anticipated as he kept poking and stirring, but I still like how it turned out!

 

 

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Do you celebrate Yule in your house?  How do you like to celebrate with your kids

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

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