Baby’s Arrival Countdown Paper Chain for Siblings

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countdown paper chain for baby arrival

 Once we found out the gender of our beautiful little girl my boys began asking how much longer till she arrived! I know how much kids LOVE making paper chains to count down to Christmas, 100 days of school and the end of the school year so we decided to sit down and create a paper chain countdown for their new baby sister! Especially since the concept of “several more months” is a little harder for kids to grasp so having a visual on hand was a great idea!

paper chain countdown to baby Collage

 Not to mention that it kept my boys quite busy for some time! They decided to use all different colors of construction paper but if you’re wanting to make it extra cute and decorative feel free to use scrapbook paper and color coordinate your patterns! Using burlap strips, scrapbook paper, lace, and any other type of material would make a beautiful and decorative chain!

paper chain countdown to baby

This also turned into a great math activity as we wrote the day on each paper chain for the kids to tear off. Each day the boys get to tear off one more day and the shorter their chain got the more excited they got for the arrival of their new baby sister!

DIY Baby Girl Hair Clip Holder Picture Frame Tutorial

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diy baby girl hair clip holder

 We’ve been anticipating the arrival of our 3rd child and first daughter. Having two boys I am totally new to the world of bows, hair clips, and all things frilly!  Our last child was 5+ years ago so we had to start all over with collecting baby stuff which as many of you know can get rather expensive! I decided to spend the summer creating as many DIY baby items as I could to help offset costs and decorate our daughter’s nursery! This DIY Baby Girl Hair Clip Holder Picture Frame Decor was SO incredibly easy (it took me under 5 minutes to make!) and cost me less than $1.50!!

diy baby girl hair clip holder materials

 I bought the above picture frame (no glass!) for a quarter at a yard sale, found a bag of scrap ribbon also at a yard sale for under $1 and grabbed my hot glue gun!! I really wanted a gorgeous vintage picture frame with ornate decor but some of those can run rather expensive so I opted for cheap!

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 You can choose to use all one type of ribbon or like I did by collecting many different pieces of ribbon. Pre-lay them out over the back of your picture frame to ensure that they will reach all the way across! It doesn’t really matter which way you glue them (vertically or horizontally) – that is up to you and how you want your Girl’s Hair clip Holder to look!

DIY baby girl hair clip picture frame holder decor

 I simply pressed the end of each ribbon onto the back of the picture frame in a dab of hot glue, stretched it to the other side and applied hot glue with the other end of the ribbon as well. Easy peasy! It literally took me less than 5 minutes to lay my ribbon out, trim, and glue each end. It’s probably the quickest project I’ll ever do!

DIY baby girl hair clip holder frame

AND Voila! Here we go! You can choose to be finished with this project now, or glue some beautiful flower, pearl, or feather embellishments onto the corner of your frame!

To hang you can tie/staple ribbon onto the back depending on how heavy your frame is, or I chose to go simple and use a pack of velcro Command Strips.

DIY No Sew Baby Leg Warmers – Frugal Baby Idea

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diy no sew baby leg warmers

 With the new arrival of my little girl and the colder winter weather settling in here I thought it would be a GREAT frugal idea to feature these DIY No Sew Baby Leg Warmers which is a much cheaper alternative to Baby Legs (which can run up to $10 per pair!). TIP – if you’d rather purchase baby leg warmers I highly recommend juDanzy leg warmers as the BEST price!  But if you’re like me and you’re trying to save a few bucks you can EASILY make your own Baby Leg Warmers for $1 or LESS per pair.

Supplies needed:

DIY new Sew Baby Leg Warmers Frugal gift

Adult size knee socks

Scissors

Fabric glue (optional)

Note – the socks used in this post were 2/$1 at our local dollar store!

Directions:

1. Begin by laying the sock as flat as possible.

DIY new Sew Baby Leg Warmers Frugal gift

2. Locate the seam at the toe. This is where you will make your cut.

3. Cut off the toe, trying to stay in line with the seam.

4. Fold the cut edge twice. This will give the end of the leg warmer a clean and finished look. You can secure this fold with fabric glue if you wish. Just apply it to the insides of the fold, press, and allow it to dry.

5. Slip the sock over the child’s leg so the traditional heel is placed over the knee of the child. You can pull the warmer up to the thigh if possible, or bunch it around the shin. Wash these leg warmers as you would normally wash socks. Although, you may wish to air dry them if you want to avoid shrinking or issues with the fabric glue.

This is a fantastic and inexpensive way to help protect your little one’s knees as they learn to crawl, begin playing outdoors, etc. Plus a great budget savvy alternative to other baby leg warmers! Keep a pair in the car for emergencies if your kiddo has a diaper leakage and you forgot an extra outfit!! If you’re a whiz at sewing (which I most definitely am not) you can even hem up the bottom instead of using the fabric glue.

EASY Celebration Birthday Cupcake Cones Tutorial

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birthday cupcake cones tutorial

We made these EASY EASY EASY (did I say EASY?!) Birthday Cupcake Cones for my husband’s birthday this past summer but since our 3rd baby, (and 1st daughter!!) is due to be born this week I thought it fitting to post this quick tutorial! PLUS it’s the PERFECT baking experience for kids of ANY age – even your little ones can help!

FIRST – mix up a batch of cupcake batter – whether or not you choose to make it homemade from scratch or from a box mix doesn’t matter! Both work fine!

NEXT – Line a cupcake pan pan with liners and pour in your regular amount of batter for each cupcake.

birthday cupcake cones tutorial

IF you want some sprinkles or surprise goodies INSIDE of your Birthday Cupcake Cone NOW is the time to place that on top of your cupcake batter!! It’s definitely an optional idea though! Next just literally lay your ice cream cones on top of the cake batter top side down like shown above. Don’t worry if they don’t perfectly squish down into the batter since the batter will rise in the oven to fill up your cone. We used regular cake cones for our birthday celebration.

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THIRD – Bake your cupcakes as per directions on your box or recipe! About 2/3 of the way through I checked on my mine and gave the top of my cones a nice pat if they seemed to be leaning off to the side so they would level out a bit. Once your “cupcakes” look done just pick them up and peel off the wrapper!

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LASTLY – Spread on the icing and decorate as desired!! The AWESOME thing about this is  you can easily make this gluten free, soy free, dye free, or whatever allergy free recipe you need to create for it! You can also easily decorate this for holiday parties (think orange and black for Halloween, green and red for Christmas, etc.)!  These easy creations are surprisingly delicious – even the cones are great! Although I personally still prefer a seriously good pile of regular cake these are a BLAST to make, provide a unique spin on birthday treats, and are easy for little hands to help with!

DIY Space Alien Spool Craft for Kids

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DIY Alien space Craft for Kids

 

SUPPLIES:

 Aliens-2

3 Empty wooden spools

Teal, white, and green yarn or embroidery floss

8 Googly eyes

5 Pom poms (3 purple, 2 orange)

2 Pipe cleaner (pink and silver)

Felt scraps (pink and orange)

Black felt tip marker

Hot glue

Hot glue gun

 GREEN ALIEN DIRECTIONS:

DIY Alien Space craft for kids

 

Step 1: Glue the end of the green yarn to the wooden spool. Wrap yarn around spool until it is completely covered. When the spool is completely covered cut the yarn and attach to spool with a small drop of hot glue.

space alien craft for kids tutorial

Step 2: Cut out 2 small pieces of pipe cleaner (silver). Glue an orange pom-pom to one end of each pipe cleaner. Glue the non-embellished end of the pipe cleaner to the inside of spool.

 

Step 3: Glue on 5 small googly eyes.

 

Step 4: Make a mouth for the monster out of felt.

 

BLUE ALIEN DIRECTIONS:

 Aliens space craft for kids

Step 1: Glue the end of the teal yarn to the wooden spool. Wrap yarn around spool until it is completely covered. When the spool is completely covered cut the yarn and attach to spool with a small drop of hot glue.

space alien craft for kids tutorial

Step 2: Cut out 2 circles from a pink piece of felt and glue it to both ends of the spool.

 

Step 3: Cut out two small pieces of pink pipe cleaner. Fold them in half and than pull them apart to make spikes, glue to the back of the spool.

 

Step 4: Glue on 2 googly eyes on one of the ends and use a felt tip marker to make a mouth.

 

CREAM ALIEN DIRECTIONS

 DIY alien space craft kids

Step 1: Glue the end of the white yarn to the wooden spool. Wrap yarn around spool until it is completely covered. When the spool is completely covered cut the yarn and attach to spool with a small drop of hot glue.

space alien craft for kids tutorial

Step 2: Cut out a circle from a pink piece of felt and glue it to the top of the spool. Poke a hole through the center of the felt piece.

 

Step 3: Cut 3 pieces of pink pipe cleaner in various lengths. Glue one purple pom poms to the top of the pink pipe cleaner. Repeat on remaining 2 pieces. Glue them to the inside of the spool.

 

Step 4: Glue on an eye and cut a mouth out of orange felt and glue on.

 

You can create your OWN alien monsters any way you’d like!

 

Dirt Pudding Recipe – Great for Boys Bug Birthday Parties!

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Dirt Pudding Recipe

Dirt Pudding is a classic dessert you can make for kids and grownups alike. These are great for classroom treats (if you can use homemade goods), birthday parties, garden parties, and plenty more! To make this delicious dessert you will need:

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-A package of Oreos

-A package of Gummy Worms

-A package of graham crackers

-Optional (2 cups of raw sugar)

-A package of instant chocolate pudding

-Glass jar

-Ziploc Gallon bags

Directions:

Pudding

dirt pudding recipe for kids

Go ahead and make the instant pudding, following the directions on the back of the package. Let the pudding chill in the fridge, while you complete the other parts of the recipe.

Sand

To make the sand of the dirt pudding, you’ll want to take a Ziploc gallon baggie and crush your graham crackers to smithereens. Crunch, squish, and squash until everything is in little tiny pieces. To give the sand a more “sandy” look, feel free to add the 2 cups of raw sugar. It also gives the sand a CRUNCH.

Oreos

dirt pudding recipe for kids

The Oreos are just to make the sand look a little dirtier. You’ll want to separate the Oreos before crushing. You’ll need to leave out the side with cream on it and only crush the actual un-creamed Oreo side. Crunch, squish, and squash these Oreos until they are also in smithereens.

To finish:

dirt pudding recipe for kids

Grab a glass or a mason jar, flower pot, etc. and start layering your dirt pudding. The chocolate pudding can get a little messy, but that’s okay.

– Put the chocolate pudding in first.

– Add a layer of sand.

– Add a layer of Oreos.

– Place a few gummy worms inside the glass.

- Enjoy!

FREE “Build a Jack O Lantern” Halloween Printable

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Free Build a Jack o Lantern Halloween Printable Image

Looking for some quick last minute activities for your students or kids for Halloween? Grab those scissors and print out this “Build a Jack o Lantern” Halloween printable pumpkin with faces – great for working on fine motor skills! Make sure to PIN this for later and share with your friends! Feel free to print as many copies as you need for your kids or students! It’s FREE!

Printable Build a Jack o Lantern Book

I am Amelia Earhart (by Brad Meltzer) UNIT STUDY SERIES

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This unit study series is based off of the children’s bookI am Amelia Earhart by Brad Meltzer. Below you can find links to each post broken down by day, craft, activity, etc. This series is geared for preschool students through age 6.

DAY 1 Unit Study
DAY 2 Unit Study

DAY 3 Unit Study
DAY 4 Unit Study
DAY 5 Unit Study

“I am Amelia Earhart” Activities & Crafts

DIY “Flying” Airplane Box
Design your own Airport Play Mat
Clothespin Airplane Toys 
Sensory Sky Collage
Paper Airplanes

“I am Amelia Earhart” Themed Games

Dramatic Play – Packing for an Adventure
Amelia “Says”
Set the Record
Writing Prompts

“I am Amelia Earhart” Themed Snacks

Healthy Airplane Propellers
Airplane Candy
The Sky is the Limit Parfaits
Pretzel Stick Airplanes
Airplane Twinkie Snacks

DIY Kitty Spool Craft – Kids Halloween & Pet Parties!

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 If you’re looking for MORE fun Spool Crafts don’t miss out on our Halloween Spools featuring a ghost, witch, pumpkin, candy corn and black cat!

DIY Kitty Spool Craft

 

 

I just LOVE these DIY Kitty Cat Spool Crafts that you can do with kids, turn into Halloween crafts and home decor, or pair up with fine motor skills activities, lessons on mammals, etc. There are just about a zillion excuses you can have for making these adorable spool kitties that kids of any age can enjoy making! Plus it’s inexpensive to make for a larger classroom setting as well!

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

DIY Halloween Kitty Cat Spool Craft Decor

3 small empty wooden spools

Gray, brown, pink, and white embroidery floss

White, yellow, light blue, brown and black paper scraps

Hot glue

Hot glue gun

 

DIRECTIONS:

 DIY Halloween Kitty Cat Spool Craft Decor

Step 1: Glue the end of the embroidery floss to the wooden spool. Wrap floss around spool until it is completely covered. When the spool is completely covered cut the floss and attach to spool with a small drop of hot glue.

DIY Kitty Cat Craft Collage

Step 2: Cut out 3 sets of ears for the cats in colors of your choice and glue them to the top of the spool.

Kitty Cat Spool Craft for kids

Step 3: Cut out different shapes, sizes and colors for the eyes and, using the hot glue, attach them to the front of the spool.

kitty cat spool craft for kids

Step 4: To create whiskers tie 2 short lengths of embroidery floss together and trim to the length you like. Attach with hot glue. For fuller whiskers: loop floss until you create a nice full circle. Tie in the center and trim the ends. Attach with hot glue.

Diy Kitty Spool Craft Tutorial

 And there you have it!! You can easily use this craft year-round for Halloween, pet crafts, fine motor skills activities, kitty lessons, or even create puppy dogs or other animals that you want to feature!

You may also LOVE our Halloween Popsicle Crafts for Kids, EASY Ghost Home Decor, and this stylish Fall Terra Cotta Plate Home Decor!

Healthy Orange Pumpkin Halloween Snack for Kids

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Healthy Pumpkin Snack for Kids

 This adorable “pumpkin” snack for kids to celebrate fall or Halloween is plenty of fun to send in their lunchboxes or wrap up for each student in class for their seasonal parties! And the great thing is you only need TWO ingredients – an orange (per child) and celery!

Cut your celery into several smaller pieces which will turn into the pumpkin “stem”. Peel your oranges and set them onto a plate. Take your celery “stem” and gently place it just inside the top of the orange – make sure not to press hard enough that you break open the orange or squirt juice everywhere! And don’t forget to keep your snacks in the fridge until they are ready to be eaten!

If you loved this Healthy Halloween Kid’s Snack idea make sure to check out our Healthy Monster Teeth Snack too!