Thursday, May 22, 2014

Father's Day Goodie Bags

(Originally posted: June 5, 2012)
These goodie bags are so easy to make and can be filled with treats, notes, or any kind of fun surprise for Daddy!

  • Brown paper lunch sacks
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape

Here's what you do:
  • Using scrapbook paper, cut out a tie shape, and glue it onto your bag.
  • (Before doing the next step, fill your bag with the goodies of your choice.)

  • Similar to the Easy Father's Day Card we made (HERE), you simply cut 2 slits at the top of the bag that you fold over to look like the collar of a shirt. Secure them down with clear tape so that the bag can be opened by simply taking the tape off, like this:

Happy Father's Day!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baseball Lacing Activity for Kids

Here is a very simple and fun activity for your little one to practice some fine motor skills!
You can do something similar with any shape at all, but since we're beginning Baseball season, I decided to make a baseball!

  • White cardstock
  • Yarn (any color will do). :)
  • Hole Punch
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape

Prep Work:
1. Trace a small circle (about the size of a cup) onto a piece of white cardstock. You don't want it to be too big, because you need to be able to get your hole punch to reach into it to punch the holes..... :)

2. Draw 2 curvy lines on each side of the circle with a marker.

3. Using a hand-held hole punch, punch holes on both sides of each of the lines:

4. Cut a long piece of yarn and put a small piece of tape around one end. This will help your child lace the yarn through the holes. Then tape the other end onto the back of the baseball so it stays in place. 

Activity Time!!

Show your child how to lace the yarn through the holes so that it looks like the stitches on a baseball. Then let them try it.

Then you can unlace it and do it again!

LB(4) did really well with this! After he was done, he carried it around all day by the end of the string and pretended it was his "kite". haha.

Have Fun!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Basketball Craft for Kids

We did this craft in the height of March Madness and the kids loved it.
But if you've got little ones who enjoy sports, this is a fun craft for any time of the year!

  • White paper
  • Orange paint (fingerpaint, tempera paint, or poster paint) or mix red and yellow to get orange. :)
  • Black marker
  • Toilet Paper tube
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape

Prep Work:

1. Tape a small piece of bubble wrap onto your TP tube. Or if you have 2 little ones, cut the tube in half and then tape the bubble wrap on.

2. On white paper, draw a simple Basketball shape: Circle. Line from top to bottom. Line from side to side. Then two curvy lines on each side. Draw as many as your kids want to paint!

Craft Time!!

1. Have your child dip their TP tube bubble-wrap into the orange paint and roll it over the basketball drawing. The bubbles kind of mimic the bumpy texture of a real basketball. :)

2. Let it dry....

3. Then cut them out!