Saturday, December 12, 2015

Awesome Christmas Gift for Kids



Are you looking for an awesome Christmas gift for the kids in your life?
This just might be it!

Kids LOVE to be creative and make stuff.
And this book is something they can use ALL year long to let those creative juices flow!

I published this book last month and you will not be disappointed.
It is full of big, colorful photos and step-by-step instructions on how to make each and every craft.

So check it out!
It is on sale on Amazon right now!





And an added bonus: These crafts are NOT complicated nor do they require complicated techniques or materials. 

All you need to make every single craft in this book are 11 basic craft supplies that you can find on Amazon or even your nearest Walmart!

  1. Construction Paper
  2. Craft Foam
  3. Craft Sticks
  4. Googly Eyes
  5. Yarn
  6. Washable Paint
  7. Hand-held Hole Puncher
  8. Scissors
  9. Glue
  10. Marker
  11. Pencil

That's it!
In fact, you could make this Christmas Gift even MORE awesome by buying all the supplies to go along with it! Your child will be all set and ready to create--all year long!

So give the gift of Creativity to the kids you love.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

My Book! - Holiday Crafts: 50 Projects for Year-Round Family Fun



Here it is folks, my book!!

Click below to order it on Amazon!


or



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
Easter
Mother's Day
Father's Day
Fourth of July
Back to School
Halloween
Thanksgiving
Christmas

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!


Supplies:
  • 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.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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.


Supplies:
  • 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!

Supplies:
  • 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!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Pineapple Craft for Kids!



Who doesn't love a nice, juicy pineapple.
This craft celebrates all that tropical goodness without the mess! Click below to read more!

Friday, September 18, 2015

General Conference Train!





"General conference is a semiannual gathering of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). During general conference weekend, Church members and others who are interested gather worldwide in a series of two-hour sessions to receive inspiration and instruction from Church leaders."
from: lds.org

Want to watch General Conference?
(October 3rd and 4th)
Click HERE

General Conference has become such a special, sacred time for me.
I am amazed, every year, at how perfectly the Lord answers my prayers and inspires me through the words of His modern-day prophets.

We started this tradition several years ago, and have continued it each Conference. My kids love it, and it is a very simple way to help them hear what is being talked about.



General Conference Train!


First, I cut out rectangles from some different scrapbook papers. Then I cut out a bunch of small circles out of black paper for the wheels. I printed several pictures of each of 9 topics often discussed in General Conference and glued the wheels and pictures onto the rectangles. And those are the trains!

 When the kids hear one mentioned, they get a train car that has that picture on it and put it up on our wall using sticky-tack. 

The purpose of this is NOT to get the kids to sit completely still during Conference. I don't think that's even possible with little ones---but it has worked very well in getting them to hear what is being said. They don't listen to every word, but often while they are playing quietly (and NOT so quietly) they will hear a word that sounds familiar and they get so excited to put a train on the wall! 
I figure that's a step in the right direction. :)

They are constantly adding to the train during each session of Conference, and it gets very long. My kids LOVE trains--so a constantly expanding train is perfect for them. You could also do leaves on a tree, fish in the sea, stars in the sky, petals on a flower, or whatever your children are interested in. :)

The 9 topics are:
1. Jesus Christ
2. Joseph Smith
3. Temples
4. Baptism
5. Prayer
6. Prophets - Thomas S. Monson
7. Family 
8. Scriptures - Bible, Book of Mormon
9. Missionary Work
I've also created several blank trains for when the kids hear another topic they recognize and want to add to the train.


If you'd like a copy of these pictures, I'm happy to forward them at no cost. Just email me:
littlefamilyfun@gmail.com
I have them both in black & white and in color, so I'll send both. Included are 5-6 pictures of each of the 9 topics (note: for the topic: Family, I just used a picture of our family. I'll take that one out so you can add a picture of your own family.)  AND all 15 pictures of the Prophet & Apostles as a bonus. :)

Monday, June 1, 2015

Book & Craft: Unicorn Thinks He's So Great




We read a really cute book the other day called Unicorn Thinks He's Pretty Great, by Bob Shea.

One of my favorite parts was where it said that the Unicorn made it rain cupcakes! I thought it would be fun to make a little craft to go along with this part of the book. If you want to do the same, find this book at the library or buy it. Sit down and read it with your child. Then start working on this fun and easy craft!


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mother's Day Balloon Craft for kids



Mother's Day will soon be here!
If you're needing a cute and easy way to say I love you to the Mother's in your life, this craft is for you.

Supplies:
  • Washable Paint (aka: fingerpaint, tempera paint, poster paint) in any color.
  • White Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Craft Foam (any color)
  • Black Marker


Step 1: Paint a piece of paper in the color of your choice. You can use your fingers, a paintbrush, or anything you desire. Let the paint dry (overnight is good).





Step 2: Once it's all dry, fold the painted paper in half and cut out 3 heart shapes about 1-2 inches tall.




Step 3: Unfold the hearts and with a black marker write the words, "happy mother's day" -- one word on each heart.



Step 4: Cut out small pieces of craft foam and glue them to the back of the hearts. This will help them pop out a little bit.




Step 5: Glue the hearts to the top half of a piece of paper. Below the hearts, draw a stick figure.




Step 6: Next, draw lines from the bottom of each heart to the stick figure arm. These are the strings holding the "heart ballons." Then draw a small bow.




Step 7 (optional): You can leave your stick figure as is, or if you want, you can embellish it with a fancy hair-do!




ALL DONE!


HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Spring Kite Craft for Kids!


Originally posted 4-17-13
'Tis the season for KITES!
And if you don't have enough wind to go out and fly one,
Get out some paints and paper and MAKE one!

How to make it:
  • Out of a piece of white paper, cut out a kite shape.
    • Let your child paint (we used watercolors) their kite however they desire (this was LB's job)





  •  Get out another piece of white paper and have your child paint it however they desire (this was LL's job, AND her very first time painting! She loved it.)



  • After the papers have dried, use a hole-punch to make a small hole in the bottom corner of the kite.
  • Cut a long piece of yarn (however long you want it for the kite string), and tie it through the hole.




  • Out of the other sheet of painted paper, cut out 3 (or more) bow-shapes. Start at the top of the kite string and tie the yarn around each one, working your way down the string.



There you have it!


HAVE FUN!