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I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

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I'm Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’m Going There Someday Foil Temple Print

I’ve been playing around with the Heidi Swapp™ Minc™ machine and I’m in love with it! It is so much fun! My girls watched in amazement as I would place a piece of paper covered in foil in the sleeve, run it through the machine and voila! A beautiful foiled picture would emerge! Too fun!

I decided to make a temple print for my daughter’s rooms so they can see it everyday.

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I found a clipart silhouette of the Salt Lake City, Utah Temple. I then added the “I’m going there someday,” to the bottom in a script and also a fun block font.

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It was tricky to decide on the foil color so I did a few different ones and ended up loving them all but the silver with the turquoise stole my heart.

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I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I Whale-y Love You Notebook

I think I’m in love! My daughter was wearing some whale pajamas this week and I kept saying, “I Whale-y Love you!” We both laughed and then I had to do something about that cute little saying. So here you go. My answer is this “I Whale-y love you!” notebook.

I used my Cricut to cut out the vinyl and it was so super easy. I’ll even share the Cricut file here for you so you can jump in your Cricut Design Space and make one too.

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First off you’ll need to snag a cute notebook with a plan cover.  I found these cute craft paper ones at Michaels. They came in a 3 pack so you can make some for gifts.

Next, I used the Brights Sample pack of vinyl from Cricut. I loved the Teal and Pink together. Such fun bright colors.

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Use the Cricut to cut it all out. Use some transfer tape to place the vinyl on the notebook in the way that you like. I would like to mention how much I LOVE my Cricut Tools especially the weeder tool. It’s my favorite.

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And there you have it. A cute notebook dressed up with a little vinyl. Ready to write in or gift to a friend.

If you have been wanting a Cricut now is the time! Make some eggnog and hang some lights because it’s Christmas in July at Cricut! In addition to great sales on Cricut Explore machines and digital items, it’ll make you very merry to know that Cricut is also re-releasing retired cartridges in limited quantities, including: Songbird, Very Merry Tags, Christmas Cards, Dinosaur Tracks and 50 States.

They are also offering an  extra $10 off Cricut Explore Air Everything Set with code EVERYTHING10 and an extra 20% off any digital item with code 20DIGIT15.

Take advantage of this huge sale today and have all your crafting projects ready to go in time for the winter holidays! Plus, you’ll get free shipping with the code JULYSHIP!

Happy crafting!

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DIY Moon Rocks

As a child, I always wanted to see a Moon Rock. There’s just something fascinating about the moon and outer space. So when my son started asking questions about that big ol’ rock in the sky, I decided to make our own version with these DIY Moon Rocks.

This easy play recipe takes some Moon Sand and adds a bit more moisture to make it moldable to form into rocks. We made them black with some shiny glitter to simulate the sun reflecting off the surface of the moon.

DIY Moon Rocks

DIY Moon Rocks

What you need to make DIY Moon Rocks:

  • 4 cups baking soda
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Gold and Silver glitter
  • Black food coloring

In a large plastic bin, mix together the baking soda and water. Add lots of glitter and some food coloring and stir together.

You can let your kids explore this easy Moon Sand for a bit (warning: their hands will get messy because of the food coloring!), or you can go right to making your rocks.

Mold the sand with your hand to shape it into rocks. We pressed our fingers into it to form craters on the surface.

Allow to dry overnight.

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The rocks will be brittle, but kids will love examining them!

They’re much prettier than the Moon Rocks retrieved by astronauts aboard the six landing Apollo missions. Those rocks are stored at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

My son loved learning about the rocks, and how they have to be kept in Nitrogen so that they won’t get moisture. We talked about how adding moisture to the Moon Rocks would change their composition and cause them to fall apart. We even tried adding some water to our own DIY Moon Rocks!

Now that you’ve made Moon Rocks, share photos with us on our Facebook page. Then, head over to our blog for even more space activities for kids!

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Crayon Resist Space Art

We Love Steph from Crafting in the Rain.  Today she is here sharing a fun art project for Space week.

I knew right away what I wanted to do for my post in Space Week here on Crafting Chicks. This crayon resist space craft is great for all ages. You’ll want to join right in with your kids!

You just need a few supplies:
Crayons (name brand works best)
White cardstock
Paintbrush
Black water color or watered down craft paint
Paper towels

Start by coloring a space scene on the cardstock. Stars, planets, shooting stars, rockets, aliens, etc. Color them in completely with the crayons.


Brush over the whole paper with the black water color. The waxy crayon won’t absorb the paint and it beads up a little.  


Pat with a paper towel to clean off paint that beads up on the crayon.


Let dry, and display your beautiful space picture. 


This is how Asher’s turned out! Notice how he used a white crayon to make the moon?

Thanks for having me and I hope you’ll have fun with this space craft! And you might also like this bright and colorful planet mobile I made a while ago.

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Check out all of our fun Space themed activities:

Solar System Craft

Space Activities and Printables

Space Books for Kids

Constellations Kid Craft

Crayon Resist Space Art

DIY Moon Rocks

Rocket Skewers

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Space Activities and Printables

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

To kick off our Space Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

Printables

Printable Space Characters from Picklebums

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Space Mazes from Kids Activities Blog

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Alka-Seltzer Rockets with printable from Playful Learning

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Star Game from Paging Supermom

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Doodle on the Moon from Mr. Printables

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Activities

How to Make Moon Rocks from Learn Play Imagine

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Galaxy in a Jar from Lemon Lime Adventures

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Puffy Paint Moon from No Time for Flash Cards

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Build Toothpick Constellations from Artsy Momma

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Alien Spaceships from Pink and Green Mama

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Recipes

Rocket Dogs from They Are Crafty

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Alien Pretzels from Butter with a Side of Bread

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Galaxy Bark from Life with the Crust Cut Off

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Candy Rockets from She Knows

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Space Ship Sandwiches from Super Healthy Kids

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

Space Themed Kids Activities - Printables, games, recipes, and more!  These are perfect for a lazy summer day!

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Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Back Yard Bug Snacks

Hi there! I am Laura from Inspiration for Moms and I’m thrilled to be visiting you today! I have the perfect snack for our Bug themed week. My Back Yard Bug Snacks have a little something for every bug lover. Your kids will totally enjoy creating these easy eatable butterflies, caterpillars and ladybugs.

Back Yard Bug Snacks

 

Let’s start with those nutty Butterflies. Slice a few celery sticks, fill with peanut butter and top with some pretzels. Finish it off with a few candy eyes to make these flying bugs complete.

Butterfly Bug Snack

Who doesn’t love a sweet caterpillar? This crawling bug is simply made with a wood skewer, some grapes, two candy eyes and a little icing gel. Love that smile! 😉

Caterpillar Bug Snack

And of course, every back yard has a ladybug or two. A cracker topped with provolone cheese holds a cherry tomato with a black olive and a few candy eyes. I speckled the tomatoes with icing gel. Tip: If you don’t think the sweetness would compliment this snack you could always use an edible black marker instead.

Ladybug Snack

I have to confess that out of all the Back Yard Bug snacks, the ladybugs are my favorite. They’re so cute!

All are great for “sneaking” more fruits and vegetables into your little ones diet. (Your kids will never know.) They’ll just be thinking about how their mom is so cool because she lets them eat bugs! 😉

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Happy Bug Snacking everyone!

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Back Yard Bug Snacks

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes
Ingredients:

For Butterflies

  • celery stalks
  • peanut butter
  • mini pretzels
  • candy eyes

For Caterpillar

  • grape
  • wooden skews
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

For Ladybug

  • crackers
  • cheese
  • grape tomatoes
  • black olives
  • candy eyes
  • icing gel or edible black marker

Directions:

For Butterfly

Rinse and cut your celery into 3-4 inch slices. Apply peanut butter into the middle and insert two mini pretzels. Then add two candy eyes.

For Caterpillar

Rinse and dry about 20 grapes. Carefully skew the grapes. Using the icing gel, draw a smile. Then add two candy eyes.

For Ladybug

Use your cracker as a guide to size your cheese. Place the cheese on top of the cracker. Cut grape tomato almost in half, leaving a tiny connection at one end. Open and lay flat on the cheese. Cut a black olive in half and place upside down at top of the tomato. Place the eyes in side the black olive and add the spots with icing gel.

 

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Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs

Fingerprint Bugs!

I’m excited to kick off Bug Week here on our Little Red Hen Summer Survival Series. These Fingerprint Bugs are so simple and fun for the kiddos. I loved watching to see what my girls would come up with.  Here’s what you’ll need.

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First off, download the fingerprint bug jar printable below. I printed these off onto some card stock so the stamps would not leak through the paper.  You could do regular copy weight if you’d like.
Download Grab some stamps or you could even use finger paints. I had a fun variety of stamps from Close to My Heart.

If you also have a nice fine tip black pen or maker they work well for adding finishing touches to the bugs.

Start by reading your favorite bug book. We read Bugs Galore

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This book gave my girls some fun ideas on what bugs to add to their fingerprint bugs.

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Then I gave them the paper and stamps and they were off.

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Of course girls have to add flowers right?

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I was so amazed at their ability to make these bugs come to life.  They made each jar a little cozy home for their bugs. The best part is it kept them busy for a solid 30 minutes. I’m sure I could print more sheets out and they would keep making bugs.

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Stay tuned the rest of this week as we celebrate all things BUGS!

 

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Monkey Banana Muffins

Hi! I’m Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous® and I’m happy to be here to share a quick easy food craft with you today as part of the Chicks’ fun Summer Series! {love those girls!!} The theme is Rainforest and every time I think of a rain forest, I think of Monkeys! So I made these easy Monkey Banana Muffins as a fun treat for your littles.

Monkey Banana Muffins

These delicious little monkeys not only look cute, but they’re fun to eat! My 2 boys {ages 4 and 6} were my taste testers and they loved them! So these muffins are kid-approved.

Notice: I gave them all hair-do’s! 😉

How to Make Monkey Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • Banana Break Mix {yes, I went the easy route!}
  • Cupcake liners
  • Vanilla wafers {2 per monkey}
  • Black Gel Icing
  • Chocolate Frosting
  • Small Black Candies {2 per monkey}

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Yep, I used a banana bread mix! Don’t shoot me! But you can use your favorite banana bread recipe and cook it in muffin tins…or buy a box like I did! hehe!

Make your banana muffins according to the directions on the box.

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Let the muffins cool before decorating.

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Frost each muffin with chocolate frosting. Notice how I gave each monkey a “hair-do” with a frosting swirl?! This one sorta looks like Elvis to me. lol

Place 1 vanilla water for the mouth, break the second vanilla wafer in half and place them on for the ears. Place the candies for the eyes and then draw 2 nostrils and a mouth with the black gel frosting. And done!

Super cute and very yummy! Your kids will love these monkey muffins!

Linda from Craftaholics Anonymous For more craft, DIY, and kid craft ideas, check out my blog, Craftaholics Anonymous®!

Happy crafting!

Linda

 

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Jack and the Beanstalk

Combining activities and food with our kids favorite stories, is a great way to experience them together.   At Super Healthy Kids, our focus is on making fruits and vegetables simple, fun and delicious, so we decided to create an activity and snack based on the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk! What a great way to make green beans come to life for kids.

Jack and the Beanstalk

Step 1) Read the story

The story of Jack and the Beanstalk starts off with a hungry family whose cow stopped giving them milk. When Jack went to sell the cow, he was offered some magic beans instead of money. He accepted the trade, and brought the beans home. The mother was mad, and threw the beans onto the ground and Jack went to bed.   That night, the beanstalk grew up into the sky.

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Step 2) Plant your own green beans

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What a marvelous lesson this is about planting seeds or beans. Seeds truly are magical. Although when planted, they don’t grow overnight, they do get so much bigger and taller than their original size.

You can start this in a pot in the window sill, or if it is spring or summer, use and outdoor spot for your beans.

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Observe the seeds with your kids. Notice the hard shell. Set some aside so the kids can compare the seeds to the plant after it’s sprouted.

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Push the seeds just below the surface of the soil, and keep it watered.

Step 3) Eat the harvest

Another reason beans are magical is because they also grow children! We call veggies in our house, our “growing food”. Green beans in particular are a good source of calcium, vitamin B1 , potassium, and even protein.

One way we like to eat green beans is like French Fries. Add a little breading to the green beans and bake them. This way we can eat them with our fingers.

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Green Bean Sticks

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 lb of green beans

Mix the buttermilk with the egg, and soaked the green beans in the mixture for about 10 minutes in the fridge (hoping for a little extra sticking power).   Arrange the green beans on a pan, lined with foil and sprayed with cooking spray (foil not necessary). Sprinkle the beans with salt and panko crumbs. Place in oven at 400 degrees for about 10-15 minutes, or until panko starts to get golden brown.

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What a fun way to make this story come to life!

For more ideas on making fruits and vegetables fun, simple, and delicious for kids, visit Super Healthy Kids!

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Princess Hat DIY

Princess Hat DIY

Princess Hat DIY

If you have a little girl, these are perfect for a Fairytale theme birthday or just dress ups! Try making these fun dollar store princess hats in three easy steps.

Girls Princess Hat Supplies:

  • Dollar Store party hats
  • gold spray paint
  • variety of ribbons
  • tape

I grabbed these party hats from the dollar store and sprayed them gold. I then headed inside to gather up the ribbons.

Dollar Store party hat I then bundled my ribbon into four different strands and tied a knot on top.

variety of ribbons Once the hats were dry, I opened them up using the tabs. I used some packing tape I had on hand but any tape works great, just make sure it’s sturdy. I taped the ribbons to the inside, closed the hat and then taped it again to make sure I didn’t have any previous design showing.

Make a Princess Hat

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