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Halloween critters craft

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These were super fun to make and I loved that it was something different than your normal pumpkin, spider, bat, ghost, witch project 🙂

What you need:
Styrofoam cups
Paint(we used acrylic)
pipe cleaners
Googly eyes(optional, you could also use paint)
Glue
embellishments(optional)

What to do:
Paint your cup however you want your critter to look
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Allow to dry
Paint your mouth and nose on if your critter is going to have one
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Glue or paint on eyes
Stick pipe cleaners through the foam cups where you want the legs to be
Embellish your critter(optional)
We used pipe cleaners as hat edges, tails, and ears, we added gem stickers on some, you can make it as simple or as complicated as you like

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50 of our favorites from the Dollar Tree

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Around here we like to do crafts, sensory activities, and baking together, but we don’t like to spend a ton of money if we don’t have to, who does right? It may come as a surprise that a lot of the things we get for those activities are from the dollar tree.  Today I decided to share a list of our favorite things to buy from the dollar tree and what we use them for some of them you could probably guess and some may be things you would never really think about:

1. Hair Gel- We love hair gel, we use it for our Glitter Bags and also for sensory bins(dyed blue for water), I spy bags, and our Sensory Balloons

2. Dried Beans- We can usually find brown, white and red, and we love them all 🙂 We use these for sensory bins as well, we love the brown for rocks in the bottom of a nature bin, we also use them to make maracas, in our Sensory Balloons and for counting activities

3. Pipe Cleaners- You can use these for so many things, one of our favorites is flower rings which I am hoping to post about soon, but you can also string beads onto them, use them to make critters and so much more

4. Clay- They usually have the multi color packs, A loves to use that to make figures form video games and C loves to make shapes

5. Aluminum Pans- Baking with less clean up, to freeze the ice bricks in our Ice Brick Building Fun Post, making mud pies, to make special bubbles

6. Bubble Bath- There’s works surprisingly well, we love them in the bath and in the pool and to make the special bubbles I linked above

7. Pecans- They can be pricey in the grocery store but you can find them usually in a small bag at the dollar tree and save quite a bit, I wouldn’t buy them to eat plain but they are great for baking things like this Caramel Apple Pecan Pie

8. Glitter- which you may or may not want to use, I know some people consider it the herpes of the craft world, but if that’s herpes well we love us some lol, Glitter is too fun not to play with in my opinion, I am not sure there isn’t a way to use glitter, and we may have glittered far too many things in our days of fun

9. Ribbon- The ribbon I used in my DIY bow holder was actually from the Dollar Tree

10. Bubbles- because who doesn’t love bubbles?

11. Sidewalk chalk- which also works on black construction paper if you do not have sidewalks

12. Cotton balls- painting, doing nails, making Santa’s beard, fake snow, in our sensory balloons linked above

13. Stones- Sensory bin play

14. Water beads

15. Buttons

16. Instant coffee- dirt, mud, and in our coffee play-dohn

17. Measuring cups and spoons- for sensory play, water play, measuring, pouring, mixing, and as holders for paint and other small items

18. Construction paper

19. Glue

20. Craft sticks- so many things including crafts sticks letters

21. Drop cloths- to put under messy sensory play

22. Plastic animals- In many sensory bins, and play mat play including our jello ocean sensory bin and our Dinosaur play mat

23. sea shells

24. Fake flowers- we use them for mostly nature play like our Gardening bath tub

25. Beads

26. Balloons

27. Glowsticks- glow in the dark hunts, baths, and Balloons , light shows

28. Epsom Salt – A variety of options for sensory bins such as the dinosaur and ocean themed bins we made

29. Pasta- dry colored pasta bins, pasta necklaces, introductory cooking, and of course our Messy colored spaghetti pit

30. Food coloring- besides normal things we like to color bath water, epsom salt, and rice with it

31. Baking Soda- For a fun activity try out our Clay Volcanoes

32. Stickers

33. Coloring Books

34. Poster board- besides painting and coloring we like to use them as play mats after we decorate them

35. Vinegar- which is also needed for the volcanoes linked above

36. Glue sticks for glue guns(we even once found a glue gun there)

37. Picture frames- framing artwork or ideas like our 4th of July fireworks craft

38. Googly eyes- for making all types of fun creatures, including our rock friends

39. String, and yarn

40. Paint

41. Gems

42. Foam paint brushes and paint rollers

43. Bowls, and buckets- for sensory play, mixing, and storing

44. Cookie Cutters

45. Foam Sheets- not only for crafting but they make great bathtub toys, you can cut them to whatever shapes you want and they stick to the bathtub walls and eachother

46. Spices- we have used these as grass on a play mat, and for spice painting

47. Felt

48. At Christmas time- garland, jingle bells, mini ornaments, cookie trays, fake poinsettia plants

49. At Halloween time- plastic bugs, bats, ghosts, pumpkins, and gourdes

50. Feathers- for nature, sensory, and light table play

Do you have any Dollar Tree favorites?

Coffee Play-Doh

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This here is a recipe for coffee play-doh, I tweaked a bunch of different recipes and this turned out great.  I love that for younger kids they won’t get hurt if they put it in their mouth, I also love that it isn’t sticky, cleans up easy, and can be saved for a good amount of time 🙂

What you need:
3/4 cup of used coffee grounds
2 Tablespoons of instant coffee(not used)
1 1/4 cup of flour
1/2 a cup of salt
1/3 cup of cooled coffee

Mix it all up, you can add a little more flour or cooled coffee if it doesn’t seem the right consistency

We all had a great time playing with this, and we stored it for 4 months in a ziploc bag, it kept fine, C liked to take it out and use it as mud for play with animals and figures as well

Your child likes video games, you like crafts?

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Have a child that is in to video games? Want to see them do something except sit in front of a video game system? Give them construction paper, crayons, scissors, glue and whatever other craft items you think they may need and tell them to make one of their favorite video game characters!

My son chose to make Kirby:
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This is the final outcome, and honestly he was so proud of himself for being able to create it.
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Bonus he was away from electronics for 30 minutes while he worked away on his craft.

Craft Stick and Glue Gun Letters

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C loves to use the glue gun and she also loves to play with crafts sticks, she has made multiple things over the years with both, so she was very interested when I mentioned using the 2 together so she could show me how many letters she could make out of them.  She was able to make A, E, F, H, I, K, L, M, T, V, X, and Z which is pretty good considering some of the letters can’t be made with straight craft sticks, I love that she was able to practice her letters, and motor skills, while having fun at the same time 🙂

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Bonus all you need is craft sticks and a glue gun!

4th of July crafts

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Over here we do  craft for all of the well known holidays, just wanted to share with you a couple of our 4th of July crafts from previous years.

The first one is framed firework prints:

What you’ll need:
Plane wood picture frame
Red white and blue paint
glitter
glue
blue or black construction paper

Here’s what ya do:

Paint the picture frame with red, white and blue, whatever design you want
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While it is drying, take your blue or black construction paper, make lines of glue to look like fireworks, then sprinkle your glitter onto the glue, shake excess glitter off
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Once everything is dry, put the print in your frame and you have a decoration that will last a long time
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We still hang these on our wall every year, I love that it wasn’t just a piece of paper that ended up getting thrown away 🙂

The next project is a mini windsock:

What you’ll need:
empty toilet paper roll
plastic bag
glitter
glue
blue paint
red pipe cleaner(you could also use ribbon or string)
scissors

Here’s what you’ll do:
(I don’t have pictures of the process because I did it with my daycare children and I try my best not to add pictures of them)

Paint the toilet paper roll blue, let dry
While it is drying cut a white plastic bag into strips
Once dry add glue in any design you want and sprinkle glitter over it
glue the strips into the the inside of the toilet paper roll so they are sticking out(like a wind sock)
Add 2 holes at the top ( 1 on each side, just big enough to put the pipe cleaner through)
Put one end of the pipe cleaner into the hole on one side, and the other end into the hole on the other side, on the inside curl the pipe cleaner so that it will not go back through the hole
(geesh that is far too much talk about holes)

Tada a nice little windsock to display

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