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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.


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.


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





Hi- I’m Valerie from Occasionally Crafty, and I’m thrilled to be here today for Rainforest Week!
Your kids will love the art activity I’m sharing today: Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings.
Rainforest Animals with Chalk Pastel Drawings
I’m all about finding fun and inexpensive ideas to keep my kids entertained in the summer.  When they learn something along the way, it’s even better.

You will need the following:

  • Chalk Pastels (buy on Amazon or at an arts/craft store)
  • Black oil pastel (optional)
  • Construction paper- school/heavy grade
  • Pictures for inspiration
  • Newspaper to cover your surface
  • Soap and water for cleanup 🙂

Older children may be able to create their own by looking at pictures of animals or using their imagination.  For younger children, you will probably want to draw the animal for them to color.


1.  Set out newspaper to cover your work surface.  Begin by very lightly using a black chalk pastel to sketch your animal.  You can fix lines and shapes as you go until you’re sure of the design you want.

2.  Trace over your design with a black oil pastel if you have one, or using the black chalk pastel more darkly if you don’t.

3.  Color your design as desired.  With chalk pastels you don’t need to color in the lines completely- just get a good amount of color in each area, in preparation for the next step.

4. Once you have your design colored, smear it with your fingers.  Rub firmly to smear and spread the chalk to fill in all the space between your black lines.  Use a different finger  for each color.

5.  When you’re happy with your picture, finish by retracing your design with your black oil/chalk pastel to make it pop!

My boys all wanted to do snakes, but you could do a jaguar, toucan, monkey, tapir, fish, etc.  There are many animals to choose from!

Chalk pastels clean easily with soap and water.  Your kids will love seeing their animals come to life in art!   And of course, you can use this same technique with anything, not just rainforest animals!

Thanks so much for having me here!  I hope you’ll stop by my blog or visit me on social media.  You can find me in the following places:

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If you like Kids’ Crafts, check out our Tie-Dye Towels

and my huge list of Summer Activities for Kids!


Have a great day!

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For more Rainforest ideas, check out the other posts in our series!

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!

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?