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Mini Felt Pizzas

Hi friends – Keri from Shaken Together here!  Well, here we are … smack dab in the middle of Summer and the Chicks’ super fun Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Series!  Are you getting the “I’m bored”s or the “What can we do?”s from your kiddos yet? Well, if so, I’ve got a fun craft that will get your kids in the kitchen with no mess and no oven required … Mini Felt Pizzas!!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Aren’t they cute?  We’re pretty obsessed with pizza in our house – it’s my Friday don’t feel like cooking stand-by and we love to make our own pizza, too.  This mini felt version is even faster than take out and tons more fun!  These mini felt pizza pies would be cute magnets for the fridge or a fun ‘quiet activity’ for church, meetings or appointments.

Supplies:

  • Felt (beige, red, cream, white, green, brown, pink)
  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Craft Glue (optional)
  • Magnets (optional)

There is a little bit of prep work to do before your little ‘bakers’ can make their pizzas.  Depending on the age of your kiddos, they may be able to help cut the circles for the crust, sauce and cheese, snip the green felt for peppers and the pink felt for ham, etc.  Some of the smaller details (small circles for pepperoni, onion rings and mini mushrooms) may be better left to an adult or older children.

Here is what I cut for the felt pizzas:

  • Crust – beige felt circle
  • Sauce – red felt circle with uneven edges
  • Cheese – cream felt circle cut with pinking shears
  • Pepperoni – red felt circles
  • Ham – pink felt squares
  • Sausage/Ground Beef – brown felt circles with uneven edges
  • Green Peppers – green felt slivers
  • Mushrooms – brown felt
  • Onion rings – white felt circles with the center cut out to leave the outer ring

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Feel free to get creative and make other felt toppings:

  • Pineapple – yellow felt triangles
  • Bacon – wavy red/pink strips
  • Jalapenos – green felt rings
  • Cheddar cheese – orange circle cut with pinking shears
  • White sauce – white circle with uneven edges
  • Olives – black felt rings

Assembly is easy!  If you plan to make magnets, use craft glue to adhere pizza together.  If you want to let your bakers make pizzas over and over, you don’t need to use glue.  Felt will “stick” to itself and allow your littles to make tons of pizza combinations!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Need some ideas to go along with these super cute mini felt pizzas??

  • Open an afternoon pizza parlor! Kids can take orders, prepare pizzas, serve customers and make change!
  • Talk about shapes while discussing the circles, rectangles and crazy shapes that make up your pizza toppings!
  • Talk about colors while discussing pizza assembly and build colorful pizzas!
  • Brainstorm creative names for your pizza topping creations!
  • Talk about the food groups and which ingredients are each in food group as pizzas are assembled.
  • Make blindfolded pizzas and laugh at the crazy assembly!

Gather the kids around the kitchen table to craft adorable mini Felt Pizzas! Let them add sauce, cheese and their favorite toppings - no oven required!

Hope you and your family have a great time making these cute little mini felt pizzas!  Speaking of pizza, here are a few of my favorite pizza posts from Shaken Together!

Pizza Garden Series at Shaken Together

Plant a Pizza Garden Series

Deep Dish German Chocolate Cookie Pizza at Shaken Together

Deep Dish German Chocolate Cookie Pizza

Pressed Pizza Paninis from Shaken Together

Pressed Pizza Paninis


Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

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Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking & In the Kitchen Books for Kids

Cooking-in-the-Kitchen books for kids

I’m excited to kick off In The Kitchen Week with all these fun books for kids. This might be one of my favorite weeks because I love to be in the kitchen cooking with my kids. I love to teach them skills that come with cooking. It’s also a great time to have fun chats here and there about life and what’s going on with them.

Snag these books online or grab them at the library and get ready to have fun in the kitchen.

Cook-A-Doodle-Doo!

cooking cook a doodle doo

Good Enough To Eat

cooking good enough to eat

On Top of Spaghetti

cooking on top of spaghetti

Peanut Butter and Jelly

cooking peanut butter and jelly

Pizza at Sally’s

cooking pizza at Sally's

The Doorbell Rang

cooking the doorbell rang

The Food Parade

cooking the food parade

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

cooking the little red hen makes a pizza

Cooking with the Cat

cooking with the cat

Betty Crocker Kids Cook!

cooking kids cook

Better Homes and Gardens New Junior CookBook

cooking new junior cook book

The Children’s Step-by-Step CookBook

cooking children's step by step cook book Do you have any books to add to our list? Leave a comment and let us know what your favorites are.


In the Kitchen with Kids – Recipes & Printables

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

To kick off our In the Kitchen with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

In the Kitchen with Kids

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sushi from It Is a Keeper

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kitchen Skills by Age from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Frozen Fruit Kabobs from Sugar Aunts

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

5 Second Pizza Crust from True Aim

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Fruit Necklaces from Artful Parent

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Grocery Store Scavenger Hunt from Empowered by Them

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Knots from I Heart Eating

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Plastic Bag Ice Cream from Teach Mama

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Bread in a Bag from Skip to my Lou

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cheese Puffs from Childhood 101

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cheese & Veg Muffins from Learn with Play at Home

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Easy Dirt Cup Treats from B-Inspired Mama

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kid Made Butter from Life with Moore Babies

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Kids Recipe Book from Thirty Handmade Days

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Oreo Chocolate Pudding Popsicles from The Crafting Chicks

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Cooking Utensils Matching Activity from Nourish Interactive

In the Kitchen with Kids - Recipes and Printables - My kids love to help in the kitchen.  These ideas are great!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

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.


Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

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We are so happy to be a part of Skirting the Issue today with Simple Simon and Company. We adore these ladies and this mission to make skirts to donate to local Foster Care centers. If you are needing a fun sewing project look no further!

Today I am sharing a fun twist on the maxi skirt. A Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls! (I think the pocket makes it.) It’s a quick sew (about 30 mins) and easy enough for beginners.

Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket for Girls

I got my cute fabric from Riley Blake. We are so happy to be on the Riley Blake Fabrics Design Team.  They have some amazing fabric and I was excited to sew with the knit for the first time.

knit-maxi

I followed a Brooke’s Tutorial for the Knit Maxi Skirt. But cropped the length, added a little more fullness and added in the pocket.

knit-skirt I think all little girls should have a pocket or a place for treasures.  My girls are always trying to put their lipgloss somewhere. This ended up being the perfect spot.

What You’ll Need to Sew a Short Maxi Skirt with Pocket

  • 1 yard jersey knit fabric–depending on the size you could make a couple skirts out of 1 yard. I made this as a 4T and I could have made at least 3 more out of the yard.
  • Sewing Machine
  • Coordinating Thread (I used white)
  • Scissors
  • Cutting mat
  • Rotary cutter
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Pins (I used ball point pins specifically to use with knits)
  • Ball point sewing machine needle–this is also specific for sewing with knits

Pre-wash fabric and tumble dry on low.

Set your sewing machine to either a stretch stitch setting or a narrow zigzag to allow for stretch. The tension is set at 4. You could also use a “walking foot” to help guide the knit through easier. For this project I used my regular foot.

To determine size of skirt, take all your measurements beforehand.

Measure:

  • Waist
  • Length from waist to knee (or however long you want the skirt to be)

girls-skirt

I followed the directions to the Girl’s Knit Maxi.

Once you have your skirt sewn together you are ready for the pocket.  I wanted my pocket to be 4″ square.  I cut out a 4.5″ x 4.5″ piece of coordinating knit and gave each side a nice 1/2″ hem. I liked adding this fun detail of a thick boarder. Then I attached the pocket with a stitch on my machine, making sure to reinforce the tops.

I think it would be fun to add another side pocket, but my little one was too excited to even let me hem this skirt.  She wanted to wear it and loves the curl of the bottom.  She thinks it makes it twirl better.

skirt-with-pocket

Please join us in Skirting the Issue! We’d love to see what skirts you can sew up.

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Faux Succulent Monogram

Faux Succulent Monogram

Hey guys! It’s Shelly from Dolen Diaries and I’m back to share my latest obsession!! Faux Succulent picks from Floracraft! Have you seen these yet!?! They are totally cute, look like the real deal, and are completely maintenance free. Floracraft generously sent me some to get creative with and I’m SO excited to show you what I came up with… a Faux Succulent Monogram.

monogram succulent wreath supplies

Supplies:

  • pallet wood
  • Floracraft Succulent Picks
  • Styrofoam
  • jigsaw
  • chop saw
  • wire cutters
  • carpenters square
  • tape measure
  • nail gun with nails
  • pencil

draw base for faux succulent monogram wreath

To start lay out your pieces of wood for the bottom and draw out your monogram outline in pencil. *You could print out a template to trace.

cutting out monogram with a jigsaw tool

wood monogram pieces

Cut the base pieces out with a jigsaw.

inner and outter frame layout Collage

Lay the cut base pieces out and begin cutting pallet wood pieces to frame the base. Carefully measure each section of your base to make sure that your frame will fit properly. Start with the outer frame and then work on the inner frame. *Each joint is a 45 degree angle so cut each joint piece at a 22.5 degree angle.

inside frame attach

Once everything is cut and laid out start assembling the inner frame.

air nail pallet frame together

Attach the pieces with an air nail gun.

inner pallet monogram frame assembled

Here’s our finished inner frame.

inner frame into the center of the pallet monogram

Slide the base around the inner frame and secure into place with nails.

nail the outter frame to the monogram pallet

Attach the outer frame to the base of the monogram piece by piece. Strong man hands come in really handy for this part to make sure the joints are all tightly secured.

pallet wood monogram frame finished

Now you have your finished pallet monogram.

pallet wood monogram wreath frame

You really could display this pallet monogram just as it is or slap on a coat of paint or stain to customize it a bit.

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Take some Styrofoam and cut it into pieces and start filling the frame.

pallet monogram filled with sytrofoam

Once the frame is full of foam you’re ready to start working on your succulent pick placement.

trim ends of succulent picks

Using wire cutters trim the picks down to fit your monogram depth.

faux succulent picks

Push the pick into the foam and

faux succulent pick wreath

faux succulents in a wreath

continue to fill in the rest of the monogram.

moss around faux succulents

Fill in the blank spots with moss to finish off your succulent monogram.

monogram faux succulent wreath

 

Now do a little dance because you love how it turned out. Okay, so maybe that’s just me but don’t you just LOVE it!?!

faux succulent wreath hanging on front porch

I was crushing on my faux succulent monogram so much that I decided to make it into a wreath and hang it right by our front door so I can enjoy it every day! Where would you display your succulent monogram?

Looking for more DIY inspiration!?! Pop on over to Dolen Diaries and check out these projects!

 

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Forest Animal Shadow Puppets

Hi everyone! My name is Cindy and you can find me over at Skip to my Lou. I blog about kids crafts, easy sewing projects, handmade gift ideas and recipes. I hope you will come visit me if you are looking for more fun crafts and activities.
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Shadow puppets can be the perfect camping activity. Can you imagine flashing these animals on the side of your tent?

animal shadow puppets for flashlights

These shadow puppets are super simple to make. Download the animal silhouettes. Print on cardstock. Gather some skewers, tape, scissors and a flashlight.

{Animal Silhouettes}
flashlight shadow supplies Cut out the silhouettes and tape them to skewers.

animal silhouettes for shadows

Once it is dark take the flashlight and shine it on the paper silhouette. You will see the silhouette displayed on the wall. The further away the bigger it gets.

shadow puppets

A fun way to keep kids entertained once the sun goes down!

animal shadow puppets

It is easy to keep these simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time. What a perfect sleepover activity too! You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged.

 

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Nature Explorer Journal

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The best part of camping and being outdoors is exploring and finding new things! The younger you are the more exciting even the smallest things can be. I know I’m not the only mom who ends up with pocket fulls of rocks, flowers, leaves and sticks after a hike, trip to the park, or even a walk around the block. Kids love to touch, smell, and even taste (yuck!) the treasures they find.

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We’re Going on a Bear Hunt has been a nightly read for the past month or so, and it was a game we often played in the car growing up. But it is all about exploring, analyzing and feeling the things of nature.

nature_journal_supplies

So today we are going to make little Nature Explorer Journals that will help kids look for new things, and provide a place for all those little treasures to go, besides the bottom of your washing machine.

You’ll need 3 lunch size brown paper bags, a stapler, glue, and the printable you can get below. Plus a little washi tape if you want to cover up those staples.

journal_sacks

Start by stacking the bags opposite directions. It doesn’t matter which you start with, just make sure it goes top of bag, bottom of bag. Or open, close, open.

journal_folded

Fold the bags in half.

journal_stapled

And staple together to make a little book. The open ends serve as pockets to hold stash the finds in.

 

nature_explorer_journal

Then glue on the printed sheets. You can download those here.

Download

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Camping Activities and Printables

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

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

Camping

Natural Paintbrushes from Learn Create Love

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Themed Story Stones from Playdough to Plato

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Dramatic Play from Pre K-Pages

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Pinecone Owls from Crafts By Amanda

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

DIY Solar Oven from I Can Teach My Child

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Walking Sticks from The Crafting Chicks

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Glow in the Dark Jars from A Girl and A Glue Gun

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Tabletop S’mores from The Crafting Chicks

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Scavenger Hunt from The Creative Homemakers

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Leaf Rubbing Collages from Mama Papa Bubba

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Silly Stories from Classy Clutter

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Preschool Unit from A Teaching Mommy

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Camping Pack from Homeschool Creations

Camping Activities and Printables - So many summer activities for the kids!  Love these!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

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.


Solar System Craft


solar system craft space there's no place like space

This solar system craft is so fun for the kids.  It helps teach them the order of the planets from the sun and reinforces coloring, & cutting skills.  Before we did this craft together, we read one of my favorite Space books…”There’s No Place Like Space!” by Tish Rabe.  I love the rhymes and how it teaches about space and the planets.

To make these Solar System Crafts, you will need:

-Black paper…I glued two 12 x 6 inch strips together to make a long strip

-Star Stickers

-Copy of the planets (This coloring sheet is perfect)

-Scissors

-Yellow paper for the sun

sm space coloring page

Let your kids color and cut out the planets.  Using a half yellow circle, glue on the left end.  Let your child glue the planets in order from the sun (left) to the right.
sm space 3 copy

 

Then add stars all over the black universe. sm space 2 copy

A fun tip:  we loved looking at real pictures of the planets online.  We talked about the colors of each planets.  This was such a fun project…and my little boy proudly displayed his “space” picture on his wall!

sm space 4 copy sm mother hen space

 

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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