Spring Easter Bunny, Carrot & Egg String Art Craft

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Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft

 

Spring is ALMOST here (kind of, but I REALLY want it to be almost here!) so we’re transitioning our house to beautifully decorated spring decor! This Easter Bunny, carrot & egg String Art craft is just too awesome for words and is easy to create! Below I’ve included detailed instructions along with a printable template to get the perfect shaped bunny, carrot and eggs on your board!

Materials Needed:

Pattern, printed on 8.5″x11″ paper (not card stock) PRINT HERE: Easter Spring Decor Template

Old pallet board (mine measures 5.5″ x 14.5″) lightly sanded to remove rough edges, if any

Embroidery Floss (8.7 yard pkgs) in colors you desire. I used 1 each of the following colors:

-white
-orange
-green
-yellow
-pink
Wire Nails: 7/8″ long. 2 oz package. Purchased at Lowes.
Tack Hammer (Purchased at Lowes for about $7)
Masking Tape
I cut my pattern apart and used masking tape to place it where I wanted it on the board. Depending on the size of your board, you may need to do the same.
Instructions:
With the pattern taped on your board, begin to pound the nails into the wood with the tack hammer. I pounded mine about 3/8″ into the wood. Space the nails about 1/2″ apart. Some fine detailed areas and curves will require closer spacing to create detail.
Once you’ve pounded in all of your nails, lift the paper up, off the board and then tear it apart. If you forget to lift up, you may need some tweezers to remove little bits of paper that stick down with the nails.
 Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
Begin at the top, with the bunny. Tie your white floss around one nail and double knot it. Trim the excess. There’s really no right or wrong way to do this! I begin in a zig zag pattern, skipping every other or every third nail and then weave my way back and across and all around. When you are happy with your look, begin the outline.
To outline the shapes, wrap the floss completely around any nail, and then follow it to the next nail, wrapping and moving to the next nail, and so on. When you meet back where you started, reverse your direction to outline the inside.
When finished tie your floss through an outline and double knot it. Trim the excess.
 Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
Continue with the carrot.
Easter Bunny Carrot and Egg String Art Craft
And finish with the eggs.
Helpful tips:
It is important to keep the string tight, therefore your starter knot must be very tight. You will probably get discouraged when your floss begins to loosen and everything unravels. To prevent this, be sure to wrap the string around a nail head twice, every now and again.
When working with the carrot, I started with the green.
For the egg, I began with the pink, or egg that sits behind the yellow one.
A few other Spring & Easter Crafts:

20 Rainy Day Activities For Preschoolers

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20 rainy day activities for preschoolers kids

The weather has just been nasty outside lately and when you’ve got a preschooler (or several kiddos!) at home cooped up indoors you definitely want to keep them productive! I always turn online for some great crafts and activities to do with kids on rainy days to keep the occupied and learning so I wanted to put together a list of some fun ones that I have found online! Here are quite a few great kids crafts to do on rainy days (or any day!)! Most of these can be adapted to working with larger groups as well! AND Don’t MISS our newest post “6 Sensory Activities for Kids at Home & at School“!

  1. Glitter Homemade Slime
  2. Minion Toilet Paper Roll Craft
  3. DIY Travel Sorting Game For Toddlers
  4. Water bottle Lava Lamps
  5. How To Make A Treasure Map
  6. How To Make Homemade Edible Finger Paints
  7. Kitchen Sensory Bin
  8. Three Ingredient Homemade Finger Paint
  9. Three Rainy Day Activities
  10. Rainy Day Duck Craft
  11. Bubble Painting 
  12. Handprint Flower Garden
  13. Make Your Own Pet Rocks
  14. Toilet Paper Roll Sunflower Stamp Craft
  15. Pumpkin Spice Latte Play Dough
  16. No Cook Scented Play Dough
  17. 3D Doily Flowers
  18. Bubble Wrap Sheep
  19. DIY Washable Sidewalk Chalk
  20. Marble Painting

PLUS some BONUS crafts that we’ve posted in the past:

Flower Craft Sticks Craft
 TP Tube Binoculars
Paper Bag Apple w/Worm
Paper Plate Rainbow Craft
Foam Cupcakes
Paper Plate Sunshine Craft
Walrus Tusk Necklace

Check out our collection of English & Spanish Children’s books for $3 each or LESS!

DIY Pete the Cat T-shirt Tutorial for Kids Craft

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DIY Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

 

OK guys I am SO excited how well my DIY Pete the Cat t-shirt turned out and my son has been proudly showing off his new shirt at school this week! He is OBSESSED with Pete the Cat and to be honest I had never read any Pete the Cat books until I bought him Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons – it’s a current favorite of our kindergarten class. Now I am HOOKED! Pete the Cat is SO cute!! So I looked online for some fun Pete the Cat gear to purchase as an incentive for my son as he learns how to read. I found this Pete the Cat t-shirt which was SO adorable – but I was NOT going to pay $25 for it! Ouch!

 

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

So being true to my nature I came up with a better alternative! I made it myself! Now I’m not super crafty or do great at drawing but if you look at this Pete the Cat t-shirt it looks like pretty basic shapes I could re-draw myself! First I grabbed a plain white t-shirt which you can find at Amazon, Walmart, Michael’s, Hobby Lobby, etc. I used a pencil to free draw my shapes and when I was happy with the image I used a Sharpie Black Fabric Marker to go over the pencil. (above you can actually see the pencil leftover on the chin which will just wash right out) The neck was basically two straight lines and the head was an oval shape. Add some ears, whiskers, the eyes and a nose and it’s really pretty simple. If you STILL feel like you can’t hand draw it print out one of the photos on this blog post and either blow it up to place under the shirt or just lay it next to the shirt while you try to draw it!

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

The tail was also very simple. I started on the seam side of the shirt and just drew the tail about half way into the shirt towards the bottom.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

Here’s a full view of how my Pete the Cat looks after drawing him in pencil and then outlining him in black Sharpie Fabric marker. I do recommend placing a piece of cardboard or layer in between the shirt so that you don’t accidentally bleed marker through the back side. Hand drawing Pete the Cat was actually the quickest part and literally only took a few minutes.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

Coloring in Pete the Cat, although simple, took the longest. I used only 3 colors – black, yellow, and blue. I started by coloring in Pete’s tail all blue. Then I moved up to the head and did the eyes….finished up the face, then moved down the neck.

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

 

Ta-da! It’s Pete the Cat!! SO simple!! Now that my son has worn his Pete the Cat shirt he’s been begging for me to add 4 groovy buttons on. I was going to just hand draw them on and color them but he wants real buttons sewn on SO I’ll have to add those pictures later since my husband is hand-sewing on 4 groovy buttons for my kiddo. You can sew it directly onto his neck but we’re going to sew it in the blank white space between his neck and tail.

DIY Pete the Cat T-shirt Tutorial

 That’s one proud kindergartener who’s learning to read and can now wear his favorite book character to school any time he wants!

Pete the Cat kids Tshirt Tutorial Craft

And I’m not going to lie….the cats like it too! ;)

Seriously – DIY t-shirts can be SO easy and fun – even if you aren’t super crafty. Check out our DIY Big Hero 6 Baymax t-shirt that’s even easier than this one and literally takes 5 minutes or less to finish the whole shirt!

Dr. Seuss Thing 1 and Thing 2 Puppets Kids Craft

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dr seuss thing 1 thing 2 puppets

 Calling all Thing One and Thing Two fans! Make your own Dr. Seuss inspired Thing One and Thing Two Puppets just like the ones you see here. This is a craft so simple that even little hands can get in on the action, and you can no doubt craft these for just pennies a piece. Here is how you can get started crafting your own Thing One and Thing Two puppets, perfect for acting out finger plays, your favorite Seuss books, and more.

dr seuss thing 1 thing 2 puppets

Supplies needed:

Wooden craft sticks
Red and blue crafting pom poms
Googly eyes
Craft glue
Scissors
White paper
Pen

dr seuss thing 1 thing 2 puppets

Directions:

1. Begin by gluing your pom poms to the top of the wooden stick. You want to place two red pom poms for the body, topped with one blue pom pom for hair.
2. You can now add your googly eyes. Press a pair of googly eyes to the middle pom pom. Just add glue, press, and hold in place.

dr seuss thing 1 thing 2 puppets

3. Finish the puppets by adding their Thing One and Thing Two name tags. We snipped out simple circles and wrote the names on each with pen. So simple! Add some glue and attach to the center of the stick.

Your Thing One and Thing Two puppets are now ready to be enjoyed! Gather your supplies and try crafting a set of your own, just in time to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Check out more Thing 1 & Thing 2 gear here!

Check out our other Dr. Seuss Crafts! 

The Lorax PINATA
The Lorax Drinking Straws
DIY Truffula Trees
Barbaloot Snacks & Math Games
Rhyming Truffula Trees
The Lorax Jello Snack for Kids
Oh the Places You’ll Go Balloon Craft

Dr. Seuss Oh The Places You’ll Go Craft for Kids

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Dr Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go Craft for Kids

 

Dr. Seuss’s book Oh the Places You’ll Go is full of bright illustrations and encouraging words and plenty of imagination. Enjoy this book with your kids, then make this Oh the Places You’ll Go balloon craft after. It is a great way to enjoy the text further and get into all things Seuss. This is even a fun activity to do before a big road trip or in conjunction with rhyming words (put rhyming words on the balloon stripes!) Here is how you can get started!

Dr Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go Craft for Kids

 

Supplies needed:

pink craft foam or felt
yellow craft foam or felt
scissors
craft glue
ribbon or string

 

Dr Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go Craft for Kids

Directions:

1. Begin by cutting a balloon shape out of your pink foam. We freehanded ours which was quite easy. Just make an oval shape and finish the bottom of it with a triangle shape. Practice on regular scrap paper first if you want.

Dr Seuss Oh the Places You'll Go Craft for Kids

2. Now, cut some strips of yellow foam or felt which will be used to make stripes on your balloon. These don’t have to be perfect, and in fact are more fun if they are wild and uneven.
3. Place the strips of yellow foam or felt across the balloon. Adhere them with glue. Cut them to fit.
4. Finish your balloon by adding a piece of ribbon or string to the bottom of the balloon.

Your Oh the Places You’ll Go balloon is now ready to be enjoyed! Hang them up to add a pop of Seuss décor to your home. As you can see, these are so fun and frugal, and a great way to enjoy all things Seuss. Perfect for preschool, daycare, and kindergarten! Give them a try!

Check out our other Dr. Seuss Crafts! 

The Lorax PINATA
The Lorax Drinking Straws
DIY Truffula Trees
Barbaloot Snacks & Math Games
Rhyming Truffula Trees
The Lorax Jello Snack for Kids
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Puppets

Dr. Seuss The Lorax Jello Snack for Kids Idea

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The Lorax Jello Kids Snack

Make your own Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax jello snack for kids! This would be the perfect after school snack or classroom treat to bring for Dr. Seuss Day! Not to mention how easy it is to make!

Supplies needed:

1 package of orange jello mix (or pre-buy orange jello cups)
Small, clear glass dishes or cups
Googly eyes
Yellow craft foam or felt
Scissors
Craft glue

Directions:

1. Begin by preparing your jello according to package directions. This will usually involve mixing the package of jello along with one cup of hot and one cup of cold water until dissolved.
2. Pour the jello into the glass cups (you can use ones like we used here or any small, clear cups for that matter) and allow to set. This will usually take 3-4 hours.

dr seuss the lorax snack craft
3. Add your googly eyes. Basic craft glue will attach the eyes to the glass without ruining the glass. Plus they can be easily popped off when done.
4. Cut out a mustache from your yellow foam or felt. A simple half moon shape will work. Apply with glue directly under the eyes.

Your Lorax jello snack is now ready to be enjoyed! I know my kids sure loved this easy Dr. Seuss themed snack!

Check out our other Dr. Seuss Crafts! 

The Lorax PINATA
The Lorax Drinking Straws
DIY Truffula Trees
Barbaloot Snacks & Math Games
Rhyming Truffula Trees
Oh the Places You’ll Go Balloon Craft
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Puppets

Dr. Seuss The Lorax inspired Straws – Crafts for Kids

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dr seuss lorax inspired straws for kids

Do your children love Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax? If so, you must give these adorable The Lorax straws a try. Crafting your own Lorax straws is super easy, and as you can see you only need a few materials. These would be perfect for a Lorax themed party, Read Across America Day, or to even enjoy on Earth Day! Here is how you can make a set of your own.

Supplies needed:
Paper straws in choice of color (we used green, like trees)
Small orange crafting pom poms
Yellow felt
small googly eyes
scissors
craft glue

dr seuss lorax inspired straws crafts for kids

Directions:

1. Start by assembling the faces of your Lorax. Begin by gluing a pair of googly eyes onto each pom pom.

dr seuss lorax inspired straws crafts for kids

2. Now, snip out a mini mustache from the yellow felt. You don’t have to get fancy as a simple half moon shape will do.

3. Add a dab of glue to the felt and press it under the eyes of the Lorax. You will now see his face take shape.

dr seuss lorax inspired straws crafts for kids

 

4. Add a generous dab of glue to each pom pom and press it to the straw. You want to be sure you position it so it is about two inches down from the top.

Your Lorax straws are now ready to be used. How cute do these look displayed in a vase or on your desk in a pencil holder? And how sweet will they look being used for beverages? Kids will love crafting and then using their Dr. Seuss The Lorax straws, so gather your supplies and give them a try.

Check out our other Dr. Seuss Crafts! 

The Lorax PINATA
DIY Truffula Trees
Barbaloot Snacks & Math Games
Rhyming Truffula Trees
The Lorax Jello Snack for Kids
Oh the Places You’ll Go Balloon Craft 
Thing 1 & Thing 2 Puppets

Animal Tracks Nature Game for Kids

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animal tracks game

It’s still FREEZING here in Iowa (literally, it’s in the negatives!) but we’ve been creating some fun indoor games to play while we wait for the rest of the outdoors to warm up again! This Animal Tracks game is super easy for you and your kids to create together and will keep them plenty busy for a while! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own game:

Materials Needed

felt or paper (several colors of your choice)
stuffed or toy animals (or create your own)
spinner or small wooden block

Directions

There are 3 easy parts to make this game. One is the animal tracks which you can create out of felt or construction paper. You can choose to print some templates out by using google or we just cut out our own designs. You’ll need to make sure that each design is cut out of several different colors as you want multiple types of tracks and multiple colors of each one. Three types tracks work best. This can easily by spun into a mini research project with the kids deciding what type of animal track to create!

The kids will also need one animal per child. We created a wooly mammoth out of card stock but you can also just use an animal figurine or stuffed animal if you want.

Lastly you’ll need to create a spinner or a die. We used a small wooden block and painted it 3 colors – one color on each side, two sides per color. Make sure that your colors correspond with the color of felt/paper you created your tracks out of! For example, for our animal tracks we used red, green, and brown felt. So on our wooden die we used a marker to color 2 red sides, 2 green sides, and 2 brown sides. If you don’t have a wooden block you can create a colored spinner instead.

Now you’re all set up! Here’s how to play:

animal tracks game for kids

 Have the kids spread out all of the animal tracks making sure that the colors are mixed well and fairly evenly distributed. Each play must then roll the dice and move to the closest track of the color they land on. Continue taking turns until someone reaches the last track! It’s a race across the finish line! Or perhaps the tree line if you’re using woodsy creatures!

If you’re looking to turn this simple game into an all day event I definitely recommend having your kids each choose their own animals to research and fashion a unique animal track for the game. Make sure they choose different species so the tracks don’t look too similar!

Albert Einstein Toilet Paper Tube Kids Craft

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Albert Einstein Toilet Paper Tube kids craft

 Whether you’re looking for a historical figure to make into a toilet paper tube recycled craft for kids or you’re studying Albert Einstein (check out our awesome 5 day Albert Einstein Unit Study FULL of themed activities, snacks, writing prompts & more) this is a fun easy craft for kids to make! I used acrylic paint in mine but you can easily pre-cut out pieces of construction paper if you’re working with preschoolers! If you’re a teacher you can always cut down paper towel rolls if you don’t want to use toilet paper tubes.

Materials Needed:

toilet paper tube
dark grey, white or light grey, and flesh colored paint
2 googly eyes
cotton batting

Albert Einstein recycled Toilet Paper Tube craft for kids

STEP 1 – Paint your toilet paper tube all dark grey and let dry.

STEP 2 – Using your flesh colored paint create a face as shown in the photo above. Let dry.

Albert Einstein recycled Toilet Paper Tube craft for kids

 

STEP 3 – Paint a white or light grey “V” for Einstein’s shirt. Take the end of your paintbrush and make 3 “dots” down the front of the toilet paper tube for his buttons on his suit.

STEP 4 – Using a very thing paint brush squiggle a grey mustache on Einstein’s face. I actually made very small “x”s and criss-crossed them across the front.

STEP 5 – Glue on the google eyes.

STEP 6 – Pull a big wad of cotton batting and stuff it into the top of the toilet paper tube!

Just click below to check out the awesome children’s book “I am Albert Einstein”.

I am Albert Einstein childrens book by Brad Meltzer

President Lincoln & Washington Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

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President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

 

President’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to enjoy with my kids simply because there is SO much that can be taught during this time!  Think about it – over 40 presidential terms to learn about and celebrate in ONE day! Ok, pretty impossible, but there’s a never ending amount of crafts for kids and free president’s printables out there! (Check out our awesome presidential printables for free here!) Most of the time we start with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln as they are the popular early presidents to learn about for kids. Below I will show you step by step how we created our presidents toilet paper tube crafts for these two presidents.

President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

You’ll need one toilet paper tube roll for each president. You can also cut a paper towel tube down to size. I used acrylic paints to decorate our presidents with but you can also use construction paper cut to size for less mess and younger hands.

STEP 1 – Paint your George Washington toilet paper tube ALL dark blue and let dry. Paint your Abraham Lincoln toilet paper tube ALL black and let dry.

STEP 2 – Use a flesh colored paint (or paper) to paint on a face on each president as shown above.

President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

STEP 3 – For your Abraham Lincoln toilet paper tube paint a white “V” under the face for his shirt. For George Washington paint a white collar as you see above with some squiggly lines below filled in to represent the frill on his shirt.

STEP 4 – Using a small dab of glue or glue dots add a pair of mini googly eyes to each president.

President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

STEP 5 – Paint a thin smile on each president.

President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

STEP 6 – Accessorize Lincoln! For his beard you can glue on small pieces of yarn or cut a squiggly piece of paper like we did for his beard. For his hat you’ll just need one black circle, and a piece of black paper rolled up and taped! Attach the hat together with glue and lay on the top of the toilet paper tube. Now he’s complete!

President Washington and Lincoln Toilet Paper Tube Craft for Kids

 

STEP 7 – Accessorize Washington! All he needs is a big wad of cotton stuffing placed inside the top of his “head” and flowing out for his wig!

 Other GREAT President’s Day Resources

5 Day Abraham Lincoln Unit Study (crafts, snacks, activities!)
American Flag Pencil Holder (Soup Can craft)
Lincoln & Washington Coloring Pages
Printable Presidents Bookmarks, Worksheets, Word Games & more
Lincoln Penny Puppet
American Flag Craft Stick Craft