Tag: crafting with kids


Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft

Today I’m over at Oriental Trading Co. Blog, sharing this fun Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft. A fun project to do with kids on a rainy day or any day. This project is a great way to keep the kids busy without making the house a mess.

Springtime-Bloom-Tree

This project was so fun and easy. Especially if you use the free printable tree that is available over on the Oriental Trading blog.

Each child will shine through with this project. They are able to use their personal creativity to make a Springtime Blooming Tree that is just for them.

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So if you are looking for a great way to keep your kids busy on a rainy day, or any day.

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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


This post is sponsored by Polyform Products. All opinions are my own. DIY-Jewelry-Dish

I’m always racking my brain trying to think up fun creative gift ideas, especially for Mother’s Day.  I was trying to think of all the things that I would love and decided I really needed a Jewelry dish.  I decided that my mom would love a DIY Jewelry Dish that my girls made for her.  What a fun keepsake this would be.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Polymer clay
  • tin foil or wax paper
  • butter knife
  • rolling pin
  • oven safe bowl

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To get my little helpers started we washed our hands and made sure our work surface was clean.  Place a sheet of tin foil or wax paper under each set of hands.

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I let my girls each choose 2 colors, and we cut them in half, leaving the other half for another project.

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The clay can be pretty hard so you’ll need to knead it out lots.  My helpers were pretty good when the clay wasn’t as rough, but some of the clay did require a little more adult help.
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Once they had the clay in a more pliable state, we were ready to roll each piece into a snake.  The fun is starting.

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We took each snake piece and started to coil it.  Then connected the next color as we continued wrapping.

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My girls had so much fun with this.

Then I took the rolling pin and flatted it all out.

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Now you could be a perfectionist at this part and make sure it’s even everywhere, but I wanted this to show that my girls made it.  The imperfect is perfect to me.

Take the flatted clay and lay over an oven safe bowl.

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I also placed the bowl on a cookie sheet so it was easier to move.

You’ll bake this at 275 degrees F (130 C) for 30 minutes per 1/4″ of thickness.  I think I cooked mine for about 40 just for good measure.  Follow directions on the clay packaging.

DIY-Jewelry-Dish-finished

Once you take it out of the oven, you’ll want to remove it from off the bowl.  It can start to stick if you let it cool on there too long.

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Throw some jewelry in there and you are all set.

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Making a clover necklace

The day of green is almost upon us.  Are you going to be pinch proof?  Here’s a fun way to make sure your kids are.

The supplies you’ll need:

How to make a Clover Necklace

I had a little helper through this project which was so fun.  We began by using the new Cricut Explore to cut out the clover shapes onto fun green paper. She loved being able to watch the machine cut.

how to cute a Clover on a Cricut Explore

I  punched a hole in the center of each clover so they would be easy to string.

Then we cut our paper straws into about 1.5″ segments, and cut a length of bakers twine about 25″ and she began making her necklace.

St. Patricks Day necklace

We had so much fun and now she is pinch proof!

Clover necklace for St. Patricks Day

I can’t wait to make some more of these with my other girls!


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Most of my time has been taken up by this sweet face!

Isn’t she cute?!?

 

I figured it was about time that my older girls get some time with mommy.  I wanted to make some play-dough but decided to make this slime when I found the recipe in my grandma’s cookbook.  I’ll share it with a warning: this is really, REALLY messy stuff, but my girl’s loved it and had a blast.  I would suggest aprons and an outdoor location or at least cover your area in plastic in playing.

 

Okay so to make the slime you need:

1/2 cup of cornstarch
2 cups of water
food coloring
 
Mix the cornstarch and water in a sauce pan and bring to a boil stirring constantly.

Once it looks smooth and has thickened move it off the burner and let cool to room temp.

Once it is cool spoon out for the kiddos to play with.  Sit back and feel like a rockstar mom cause you made something fun and messy for your kids to play with.

 

What fun kid recipes do you have?