Showing posts with label Creative Ideas. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Creative Ideas. Show all posts

Pintrest Project Share

 As you know I love Pinterest!! I am finding great DIY, recipes, home decor ideas, and more. You can get a little Pinning crazy so I decided to try to start doing what I PIN.
I am going to feature something I found on Pinterest that I actually did as I complete them.


  • Small Blank Canvas
  • Finger Paint in various colors
  • Sharpie Markers

I added a twig border and you can be creative and add whatever you like or leave the Canvas without a borer. I drew the bodies with Sharpie Marker and used their fingerprints for the antennas.

That is the beauty of DIY you can change it up!!

Final Project:

My Husband helped me execute this project, my little guy (18 months) needed to be held in order to paint his feet and place them on the canvas! 

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I Love this book and highly recommend it for Preschool through even First Grade. It is fun to read with the rhythmic and repetitive phrases which are enjoyable and easy for children to pick up and help you read along. Below is a link to the Book put to music and animated pictures.

I also found a great website if you are looking to do this book in your classroom or even at home. Hubbard's Cupboard is a great website and I highly recommend it. She just inspires me. I also have a link to her site along the right side of the blog.

Her websites goal:
Hubbard's Cupboard is a website designed to be a resource for early childhood educators and parents.

But her most important thought that I 
wholeheartedly agree with is:
"If you find ideas and information that is useful for you and your children, please give all the praise, glory, and honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank Him for the time, resources, and desire for making this website possible."

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom 

By Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault
Illustrated By Lois Ehlert

About the book:
In this bright and lively rhyme, the letters of the alphabet race each other to the top of the coconut tree. When X, Y and Z finally scramble up the trunk, however, the weight is too much, and down they all tumble in a colorful chaotic heap: "Chicka Chicka . . . BOOM! BOOM!" All the family members race to help, as one by one the letters recover in amusingly battered fashion. Poor stubbed toe E has a swollen appendage, while F sports a jaunty Band-Aid and P is indeed black-eyed. As the tropic sun goes down and a radiant full moon appears, indomitable A leaps out of bed, double-daring his colleagues to another treetop race. This nonsense verse delights with its deceptively simple narrative and with the repetition of such catchy phrases as "skit skat skoodle doot." Ehlert's bold color scheme, complete with hot pink and orange borders, matches the crazy mood perfectly. Children will revel in seeing the familiar alphabet transported into this madcap adventure. Ages 2-6. 
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Courtesy of Publishers Weekly.

Thought this was cute.

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Dollar Store Crafts: Tidbit

I Found this great website through Pinterest. It is called Dollar Store Crafts. You can find many fabulous ideas for less. Check it out if you are looking for something to do that is fun, different and needs to be low cost to your wallet.

From website: Tiered trays are one of the most popular varieties of dollar store craft.  This variation, assembled from serving trays and candlesticks, uses spray paint to add a pop of color.  (If you use paint that is not food-safe, make sure you do not place food items directly on the trays; use a barrier such as cocktail napkins or cupcake liners to keep your guests safe!)

Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Thank You © 2009 Cameron Blazer

Romans 12:7 “If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well.” (NLT)

Teacher Appreciation is quickly approaching. This year it is the week of May 7-11, 2012, Day: Tuesday May 7th. I was a teacher for ten years in public and private schools and while a teacher I received some amazing gifts that said Thank you. But I am only one person and as I began to look for great ideas I explored Pinterest and other sites and it was overwhelming. I love Pinterest and look all the time but I thought I would get some more personal help.
I emailed a bunch of my friends that are former teachers and just some creative moms to weigh in on either the best gift they ever received or gave a gift that was a big hit. Here are some of there responses.

·      Gift Cards: Visa so you can spend it anywhere

·      Have the teacher fill out a sheet at the beginning of the year with their interest, hobbies, favorite stores, favorite foods and favorite things. This way that can help the moms when they want to get you something you sure are to enjoy.

·      One year our PTO turned the teacher's lounge into an Italian Bistro.  They waited on us like any fancy place would. The menu was excellent!

·      Gift Cards that are useful, Kohl’s, Wal-Mart, Target, Bookstores, and for me I love Starbucks so that is a treat for me!

·      “I think one of my favorite gifts was getting one of those boards where you can slide pictures or notes between the ribbons. The parent had put little gift cards all over it. Such as $5 to Wendy's, $10 to Panera, $10 to Barnes and Noble, etc.  I thought it was an awesome idea!  I still have the board on my fridge!”

·      Basically anything you could eat, burn (as in a candle), or spend.
·      SIMPLE...just a handwritten note/card from my students telling me that they are grateful to have me for a teacher:)

·      I always enjoyed a great gift card. I have received from Macy's, Lands End, Barnes and Noble, Panera Bread, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and more. Stores you can get "teacher clothes" from are always nice. Restaurant cards were nice too. Even if the gift card was for $5 it was wonderful!!!!!!! I think supplies are nice too. Like stickers, pens, pads of decorative paper, etc.. Teachers spend a lot of their own money to provide for their classroom.

·      A beautiful hand made nativity set made of origami (the dad that made it was actually in jail at the time, about 25 years ago!!!) it was very cool.  It was all white made of like thin tag board so it was strong.  I also got a set of needle point Christmas ornaments with Christian symbols on them.  A framed saying "teachers touch lives forever" from a student who died of leukemia 2 years later (I still have that one hanging up).  When I get ornaments from students, I always label them with their names and think of them if I use them each year. Of course food was always appreciated, especially once I had kids.

I like getting hand santizer, hand soap and candles (practical stuff). I talked to a teacher yesterday whose fav gift was a basket of books for her classroom....each handpicked by a child in the class.  Our class made a basket of school/classroom supplies for the teacher.  Starbucks gifts cards.

Skip to my Lou is a great place for creative crafts and ideas. Back in 2008 they posted a list of ideas to show appreciation to the teachers at your child’s school. The link is below and a list of ideas.

Place a large poster in the Teacher’s lounge that says, “We think you are ‘souper’!” and serve a soup lunch. We do this for our teachers on a day that there are no classes but they are required to be at school— like for parent teacher conferences or an in-service day. We place little notes in the box ahead of time inviting them to the special lunch. Parents are asked to send a crock pot of soup so the cost for this is very little.
Late fall or winter place a basket of hot cocoa mixes, instant flavored coffees and spiced cider packets in a basket with a sign that says, “You warm our hearts!”
You can ask parents to donate homemade breakfast goodies and invite the teachers to “A breakfast of champions!”
Supply the teacher’s lounge with cupcakes decorated with lots of pretty frosting and post a sign that says, “Our teachers are the icing on the cake!” or make cakes and have the sign read, “Our teachers take the cake!”
Place a pack of gum in each teacher’s mailbox and say, “You’ve chewed through 1/2 the year. Keep up the good work.”
Place a Power bar in each teacher’s mailbox and a note saying, “We hope this energizes your day.”
Place some store bought tins of flavored popcorn, homemade caramel corn, or packages of microwave popcorn in the teacher’s lounge with a note that says, “Have a popin good day!”
Have the student council or a group of parents wash the teacher’s cars or only car windows. A few days before let teachers know you are planning to do this by putting a note in their mailbox that says, “Thanks for making everything ‘clear’ We are treating you to a free car wash!
Make a sign that says, “Our teachers are the sweetest.” Have parents bring in sweet treats or provide a chocolate fountain and fresh fruit.
Hire a few massage therapists that will come to the teachers lounge and do chair massages. Usually massage students are willing to do this for a reasonable rate. Let teachers know about this special treat by sending them a note that says, “You deserve a pat on the back!”
During parent teacher conferences we put boxes of of conversation hearts in each teacher’s mailbox. We included a note that said, “Hoping your ‘heart to heart’ conversations are sweet!”
Conversation hearts or any other heart candy could be placed in the teacher’s mailboxes with notes saying, “Thanks for putting your heart into teaching.”
At Easter put candy filled plastic eggs in the teacher’s mailboxes with a note telling them they are ‘Eggstra’ special teachers.
Put a lottery ticket in each teacher’s mailbox with a note saying, “We are lucky to have such great teachers!”
Another Blog that I love to look at is:
They have amazing ideas for all kinds events. Check them out!!

I have also put the link to my Teacher Appreciation Board on Pinterest. If you are not familiar with Pinterest to keep it simple it is a virtual Pin Board. You do not need to be a member to look at my boards or any other pins. Check it out!

“What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state, than that of the man who instructs the rising generation.”

Marcus Tullius Cicero

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child." 
Carl Jung

Recycled Crafts

With Earth Day quickly approaching I thought I would share a craft that my daughter and I did.

I have been saving baby food jars for awhile and have found various crafts to do with them that can be useful, decorative or just plain fun. After all it is Earth month and this is a great Recycled Craft!

We have used the baby food jars to create cute pencil holders. We used scraps of construction paper to create a princess and prince around the jar. I use them to hold scissors and crayons or paintbrushes.

Another way we used a jar was to paint it with special glass paint and then turn it into a cute little vase. We made tissue paper flowers and I used small pipe cleaners left over from another craft to make the stems. (I didnt need long pipe cleaners because the jars are small.)

I save scraps all the time because you never know when they will come in handy!!
Happy Crafting!!!

Easter Crafts and More

7.         I have found some cute Easter crafts to do with your kids. The few displayed are from one of my favorite websites Disney Family Fun website. I have always been happy with their crafts and they have great recipes, articles and more. I have also included a cute easy snack called Carrot Patch Cookies.

Disney Family Fun Link:

Another website that I love is called Busy Bee Kids Crafts. This site is full of wonderful ideas and I refer to it all the time. Busy Bee has crafts for all ages and categorized so it is easy to find just what you are looking for and more.

Busy Bee Kids Craft Link:

Next week we will have another Guest Blogger. She is a dear friend and a Children’s Ministry Director so keep a look out for her and her perspective next week. Happy Crafting!

Magazine Mini Basket

Total Time Needed:
1-2 Hours
A tisket, a tasket: this colorful basket is created from strips of recycled magazines. Fill your container with shredded scrap paper for a greener take on Easter grass.

    Magazine covers
    Scissors and craft knife
    Clear tape


2. To make the base, cut a 9-inch square from a magazine cover. Use the ruler to draw a tic-tac-toe grid across the square, then cut it as shown, leaving four tabs (these will be the basket's sides).
3. With the craft knife, cut four slits in each tab as shown (an adult's job). Fold the four tabs up.
4. Cut more magazine covers into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Starting at the bottom, weave the strips in and out of the slits. When one strip ends, tape it in place, then begin weaving the next strip until all the sides are covered.
5. Tape on a strip to serve as a handle.
Younger kids might find it easier to make the base from card stock, which is a bit sturdier.

Tie-Dye Tuffets

    2 coffee filters
    Egg dye in various colors
    1-inch-tall segment of cardboard tube
    White glue

6. Fold each filter into quarters and dip its edges and point into a different-color dye. Unfold the filters and let them dry on a paper towel or draped over an empty egg carton.

8. When the filters are dry, fold them again and snip fringe along the edges. If you plan to make the collage eggs below, reserve the trimmings.

10.           Lay each filter flat. Lightly coat the outside of a tube segment with glue, then put it at the filter's center. Gather the filter around the tube, adhering it to the sides. Repeat with the other filter. (For small eggs, double up the tube segments, fitting one inside the other.)
Bonus Idea! Don't toss the coffee-filter trimmings from the tuffets; instead, use them to make pretty collage eggs. Simply brush hard-boiled eggs with watered-down white glue, stick on the trimmings, and brush the eggs with another coat of glue. Let them dry for an hour.

Melted Crayon Eggs

Total Time Needed:
30 Minutes or less
When the most humble of art supplies meets the shell of a just-boiled egg, the crayon wax softens, and the colors swirl together in a magical way. The results are fast, fun, and gorgeous.

    white eggs
    empty egg carton

11.           Hard-boil white eggs. Remove them from the hot water with tongs or a slotted spoon, dry them, and rest them in an empty egg carton or on plastic bottle caps (an adult's job).

13.           Color them with the crayons' tips or remove the paper coverings and use the crayons' sides. For a speckled effect, grate a crayon and sprinkle the bits over the eggs. The waxy eggs are very slippery, so take care when turning them to color the underside.
14.           When you're done coloring, leave them to dry for about an hour.

Carrot Patch Cookies

A crop of these tiny treats will add whimsy to any Easter or springtime celebration.

    Orange Mike and Ike candies
    Green gummy candy (we used Rips licorice pieces, which are flat)
    Nabisco Biscos sugar wafer cookies
    Chocolate frosting
    Chocolate wafer cookie crumbs

15.           To make each carrot, cut a slit in one end of a Mike and Ike candy with a sharp knife (an adult's job). Cut a small triangle from the green gummy candy (if needed, roll it flat), then fringe the base to form leaves. Tuck the triangle into the slit of the Mike and Ike and pinch it closed.
16.           For each carrot planter, place a wafer cookie base on a flat surface. Form the longer walls from two whole cookies and cut a third one to fit the shorter ends. Attach the pieces with frosting.
17.           To fill four planters, combine 2 tablespoons frosting with 2 tablespoons cookie crumbs. Fill each box with the mixture, then press three candy carrots inside. If needed, add more of the frosting mixture to hold the carrots in place.
We used Biscos because they're smaller than many other brands. If you use a larger cookie, increase the amount of frosting and cookie crumbs.