Thursday, August 17, 2017

Simple Green Apple Craft for kids




Since "Back-to-School" time is in the air, apple crafts are everywhere!
At least around our house. We've been coming up with some super fun and cute apple crafts so stay tuned to see them all!
This one is especially fun and cute....and gets my mouth watering for a big juicy green apple!

PLUS it also functions as a fantastic and fun way to practice counting with your preschooler. LD(3yrs) surprised me with how quickly he caught on to counting all six of the black seeds inside this juicy apple craft.
So grab some paper, scissors and glue and have some fun!


Supplies:
  • Construction paper (green, white, brown, black)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to make it:
  1. Fold a white piece of paper in half and cut out an apple shape. Then cut the another smaller apple shape inside of that. (Put aside the bigger apple cut-out for the craft I'll be posting about tomorrow!)
  2. Fold the green paper in half and cut out a bigger apple shape than the white one.
  3. Glue the white apple onto the green apple.
  4. Cut out as many black apple seeds as you want your preschooler to practice counting and glue them on. Have them count as they put them on. Once they are all on, let them practice counting them again and again!
  5. Cut out a brown stem and a green leaf and glue them on the top.






All done!
We've got a lot more super fun crafts and activities that go well with the Back-to-School time of year. Check them out HERE.

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Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Scrunchy Apple Craft for Kids



School has been in full swing for a few days now in our neck of the woods. 
So LD(3yrs) and I are getting our crafting-juices flowing while the big kids are enjoying the back-to-school-life.
This craft was so easy and fun for my little preschooler. 
And best of all it is SO EASY! All you need is paper, scissors and glue. Check it out!

Supplies:
  • Construction paper (red, green, brown, tan)
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make it:



  1. Fold the tan paper in half and cut out a shape of a C. Unfold it and this is your apple shape!
  2. Rip a bunch of pieces of the red paper. Hand them to your child to scrunch up (this is the super fun part!)
  3. Cut out a stem shape from the brown paper, and a leaf shape from the green paper.
  4. Put glue all over the tan apple shape and let your child place on the scrunched red papers all over the glue!
  5. Let it dry, then add the stem and leaf. All done!



We've got a lot more fun Back to School crafts and activities for kids. Check them out HERE!

And if you are in need of a good supply of construction paper, check out this great deal I spotted on Amazon:
500 sheets---for a great price!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Kite Activity for Preschool




originally published 4-10-13
For our Preschool@Home this week our theme is KITES!
LB(3) and I did this fun little activity and it's SO easy to make, check it out!

Prep Work:
  • Cut 5 kite shapes (diamonds) out of construction paper
    • Write numbers 1-5 on them.
  • Trace one of them on the right side of a white piece of paper.
    • Then draw a string coming off the kite on the paper,
    • And a cloud in the sky. :)
  • Cut 5 bow shapes out of construction paper



How to Play:
  • Sit down with your child and demonstrate how to play.
    • Put one of the kites on the paper.
    • Then count out that number of bows as you place them on top of the kite string.
  • Then have them try!


 LB(3) enjoyed playing this game. He is big into counting these days, and while he can easily count past five, this is a useful skill to practice using something tactile to count out.


HAVE FUN!

Monday, January 9, 2017

14 Super Cute Crafts for Bored Kids!




Rumor has it that nearly the entire country has been hit by a wave of school closures lately!
Whether it's snow, ice, or cold that's keeping your kids home all day (or all week!) they are bound to get a little bored.....

So cure some of that boredom with some creativity! 
Kids love to get creative. Here are some super cute, and super easy crafts for your kids.

Click on a picture below to see that post and get crafting!


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2015/09/shape-bird-educational-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2015/09/pineapple-craft-for-kids.html



http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2015/09/shape-house-educational-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2014/09/apple-puppets.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2014/01/monster-truck-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/08/apple-buddy-back-to-school-craft-for.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/09/pea-pod-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/09/green-salad-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/04/easy-kite-craft-for-kids.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2012/06/paper-roll-american-flag-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2012/10/easy-monster-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2012/09/football-painting.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2013/01/footprint-penguin-craft.html


http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2011/04/clothespin-airplane.html



For ideas for some ways to burn some energy while the kids are cooped up inside all day, check out this post:

http://www.littlefamilyfun.com/2014/01/30-snow-day-activities-for-kids.html


Thursday, December 15, 2016

Easy and Adorable Homemade Mitten Ornaments



originally posted 12-16-10

Here is a fun little Mommy-craft that I've been working on lately. This is a pretty simple craft and would be a fun activity for older kids to do too!





If you are interested in making some of your own, here are the basic steps:

1. Using felt (I LOVE FELT!), cut out 4 mittens of the same color. I made a pattern out of felt and use that to cut out 2 at a time. The dimensions of the mittens I've made are appx. 2.75" x 2.75". You can make them bigger or smaller!


2. Using felt, cut out circles of whatever color you want your flowers to be. I just cut the circles out freehand. They aren't perfect, but that's part of what makes them look cute and handmade.


3. Cut triangles out of your circle to make it look like a flower. You could round the edges more also if you like. I've kept mine straight.


4. Layer the flowers however you desire, and stitch them onto your mittens. I usually just do a single stitch, but sometimes have done a cross-stitch, or a french-knot.


5. Choose what color of thread you want to sew the mittens together with. I usually choose one of the colors of one of the flowers.

6. Using a blanket-stitch, stitch the 2 mittens together. (There are some good videos on YouTube of how to do a blanket stitch. It's very easy, and the videos are a good way to learn!)

7. (Optional) Leave an opening so that you can fill the mitten with a pinch of batting.
OR you can just leave them flat. Both ways end up looking really cute.


8. Cut a piece of twine appx 8" long and tie knots on both ends. Then, place one knot inside the mitten and continue to blanket-stitch, securing it inside.

9. Repeat steps 5-7 with mitten #2, stitching the other end of the twine into the 2nd mitten.
And you are done!!

I have gotten quite felt-happy over this little project, and have thoroughly enjoyed coming up with various color-combinations for mittens a-plenty! Here are some of the combos I've already made:











And here are several others just waiting to be finished!

 Because I'm planning on giving these to family & friends, I'm making a bunch. But I bet that even if you just want to make 1-2, you may end up like me and just not be able to stop!! haha.
MERRY CHRISTMAS!