Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Book!!

Here it is folks, my book!!
It will be released on November 3, 2015.

Click below to pre-order it on Amazon!


I've worked on the book over the past year. It's been such a blessing to have this opportunity and experience in my life at just this time. I am so excited to have it accomplished, and even more excited to share it!

Here is a little glimpse at the inside of the book:

All 50 crafts come with a big full-color photo of the finished craft, and step-by-step photos and instructions for how to make it! It is so fun and easy to use!

There are 10 Holidays listed in this book and each one comes with 5 different craft ideas for kids. The Holidays/Special Occasions included in this book are:

Valentine's Day
St. Patrick's Day
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Fourth of July
Back to School

Most of these crafts are not found on my blog, so you don't want to miss out. Get this book and you are set for a whole year of festive crafting!

Happy Holidays!!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Yarn Spiderweb - Halloween Craft for Kids

The last thing I want to encounter is a spider with fuzzy legs.......Unless, of course, it's in the form of a cute Halloween craft!

  • Craft Foam
  • Yarn (2 colors)
  • Button
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to Make it:

1. Cut a LONG piece of yarn. Wrap it around a piece of craft foam and tie the beginning end to itself to secure it:

2. Keep on wrapping the long piece of yarn around and around from different angles and sides. When you get to the end of the yarn, tie it to an already wrapped around piece to secure it.

This is your SPIDER WEB!

3. With a different color of yarn, cut 3-4 pieces about 2-3 inches long. Choose where you want your spider on the web and tie the pieces around a web piece.

These are your spider legs!

4. Finally, glue a button over the middle of the legs. If you want you can also glue on googly eyes, or just leave it as is.


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Shape Bird - Educational Craft

Birds come in all shapes and sizes.
And some birds come in just SHAPES! :)
Here is a fun and educational craft you can do with your little ones.

  • Craft Foam or Construction Paper in yellow and the color you want your bird to be.
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1" Googly Eye

Make it!

Step 1. Using the color you choose for your bird, cut out a square about 3" big, a small semi-circle, and a small crescent shape.

Step 2. Cut out 3 small yellow triangles.

Step 3. Help your child name all the shapes, including the eye (circle). Tell them you're going to create an animal with the shapes. 

Step 4. As you show your child where to glue each shape (as shown below), have them try to guess what animal they are crafting. Let it dry and you're done!

Have fun!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Shape House - Educational Craft

Learning while crafting = multitasking at it's finest. :)

And if that wasn't awesome enough, it's so easy to prepare. Check it out!

  • Craft Foam, or Construction Paper in various colors.
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Make it!

1. Cut out the following shapes: 
  • Big square
  • Big triangle
  • 2 small rectangles
  • 2 small squares
  • 4 small circles (these will be little green bushes next to the door)

2. Talk to your child about all the shapes. Hold up a shape and have them name it, or name a shape and have them point to it.

3. Help your child glue all the shapes together to create a house. Let it dry and you're all done!

Have fun!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Mango Tree Math for Preschoolers

Living in Hawaii is filled with many blessings. One of the biggest blessings is in the form of the GIANT mango tree in our own backyard! We are just now ending the 2nd harvest of our mangoes that have grown all summer, and are already counting down the days until next year when we can pluck some more! 

In honor of our beloved tree, I thought of this fun way to practice math and counting with my little ones. 

Supplies Needed:
  • Construction Paper: tan, brown, green (I was still all out of green paper, so I used green scrapbook paper.)
  • Craft Foam: yellow, purple (or any other colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black Permanent Marker

Prep Work:

1. Cut out a tree trunk from the brown paper, and a big cloud shape from the green paper. Glue these onto the tan paper and you've got your tree!

2. Cut 6 circles out of the yellow craft foam. HINT: An easy way to do so is to imprint the bottom of a glue stick into the foam, then just cut them out!

3. Cut out 6 squares from the yellow craft foam as well. Write the numbers 1, 2, and 3 on them two times so you have two of each number.

4. Cut out 5 square from the purple foam and write the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 on them.

5. Draw 3 squares under the tree, two on the left and one on the right that match the size of the number squares. Then put in a + and an = sign so you can create math problems.

How to Play!

  • Sit down with your child and go through a problem together, putting down 2 yellow squares, putting those numbers of mangoes on the tree, then counting them all up to get the answer! 
  • Then you put the yellow numbers down, one at a time, and have your child put those mangoes on the tree and find the answer themselves.
  • You can also switch and have your child put down the yellow numbers and you do the math.

LL(3 years old) had a lot of fun doing this. I helped her a lot, but she eventually got the hang of it, and loved this fun way of counting.
When LB(Kindergarten) got home from school, he wanted to try it too. It was perfect for his level, and great practice for him. 

Because math is fun, but mango math ROCKS!