Easy, pretty Christmas crafts


A little post to show you the lovely decorations in the daycare room where I work πŸ™‚ These are all neat Christmas crafts for kids!

Puzzle piece wreaths! (Glue puzzle pieces onto a paper plate with the center cut out, paint green, and glue on red beads for holly and a ribbon bow.)

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A reindeer from each kid’s feet and hand prints! (Head is footprint; antlers are hand prints with the thumbs pointing out.)

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The Christmas board turned out real pretty πŸ˜€ And has a string of real lights.

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The kindergartners made lots of cool ornaments.

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Snowflake from popsicle sticks and glitter
Reindeer from 3 puzzle pieces glued together and painted brown, google eyes and red pompom nose
Marker-colored paper ball
Silver dove on purple paper background
Paper angel with glittered wings

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And this is one that I just put together- a Christmas tree made from puzzle pieces, painted and decorated πŸ™‚

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Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
~ Isaiah 9:6 ~

Easy kid crafts: Igloo and Jellyfish


Some crafts we helped the kindergartners in daycare make. You can use these for the letters I and J, or as winter and animal crafts, or just as a fun activity anytime πŸ™‚

Igloo

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Glue a Styrofoam bowl to a base, and add a bent strip of cardboard to form the entrance.

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Cover that with cotton balls, and add stuffing/batting for snow.

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Jellyfish

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These are coffee filters colored with markers, gotten barely wet, wrung out and laid flat to dry, then had thin strips of streamers glued around the edge. They’re then draped over a plastic or Styrofoam cup that’s been cut down to half its size.
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Poke a hole through the filter and cup to secure both together and have a way to hang it up.
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Mini lighthouses from Pringles cans!


Okay, these are SUPER cool! I love lighthouses, and we had the summer camp kids make these neat models from everyday things.

Just cover a clean Pringles can with colored paper, and decorate with markers and duct tape.
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To make a “working” lighthouse…
-Cut a circle a little smaller than a battery tea-light out of the Pringles lid.
-Use rubber cement or superglue to stick the tea-light to the lid, making sure the on-off switch is accessible.
-Glue on a plastic fruit cup upside-down over the light for the dome.
-Let dry overnight.
-Take the lid off to switch the light on and off.
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And viola! A cute, personalized lighthouse that actually works!

Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs πŸ™‚

Wall 1

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These were painted with a light blue paint wash, then a light purple one.

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Daffodils, made with paper, a single egg carton cup painted yellow, and a chenille stem.

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Poppies made by sticking colored tissue paper squares onto waxed paper with watered-down glue, then cutting out the flower shape.

Wall 2

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Ducks and frogs (the base was an egg shape because it was Easter time) and birds and butterflies, with a couple grasshoppers floating on leaves in the pond.

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Wall 3

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Beehives with bees! The body is a thumb dipped in yellow paint, the head is a pinkie tip dipped in black paint, and the wings, stripes and stingers are drawn on.

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And a group of dragonflies hanging from the ceiling.

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So fun to see their interpretations of some of God’s beautiful creations!

Pretty puzzle piece picture


I like looking for creative, pretty, interesting, out-of-the-ordinary crafts to do πŸ˜€ Here’s one I recently did, and I thought I’d share. It’s a terrific way to turn that puzzle that’s missing a few pieces into a cute or beautiful piece of art!
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Over the Christmas holidays, the daycare I work at was cleaning out its shelves and getting rid of stuff. The puzzle I made this from was missing a few pieces and so wasn’t useful for the kids. We were just going to throw the pieces into a bin to use on other crafts, but I thought of another use for it. πŸ™‚

I found a section without holes to use as the main part of the picture, made that part and glued it onto a piece of cardboard for stability. I cut the bumpy edges off, but, depending on the look you want, you could leave them.
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I thought about leaving it like that, putting on a ribbon hanger and calling it done, (and depending on your picture style, you could just put on a hanger and end here) but I kept thinking of more ways to fancy it up-it is princessy, after all! So I glued more decorative puzzle pieces around the outside edge of the picture. I glued them to the back so they’d peek out but not interfere with the main picture, but again, depending on what you want, you could stick this border on the front side. I used tacky glue for this part as it dries faster and you don’t have to hold each piece as long.
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I used a mix of fancy and plainer pieces for the border.
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And then, because glitter makes everything better πŸ˜‰ I added a little bit just outside the picture.
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Lastly, I wove a string of some gold beads around the outside puzzle pieces, using some superglue to secure it. That also became my hanger.

And that’s it! It took a while but I’m very happy with the finished product! πŸ˜€ There are many different ways to do this craft, and I’m looking forward to trying new styles and looks. πŸ™‚

Edible terrain map!


Look at the kindergartners’ latest school project! It’s a landscape of different terrains, all made out of sweet goodies!

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Flat cookies go down first as the base to build on. Green-tinted sweetened coconut makes the “grass” of the “plains.” The “hills” are chocolate chips and the “mountains” are Reese’s peanut butter cups (you could substitute bigger chocolates here), with more chocolate chips on top for ridges and white sprinkles for “snow.”

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There’s a “river,” of blue frosting. Next to the “plains” on that side is a Kit-Kat “plateau.”

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The “river” leads to an “ocean,” also of blue frosting, and bordered by “coasts” of graham cracker crumbs. The ocean contains cheddar whales (the only non-sweet thing, though gummy fish could be used here) and an “island” made of a vanilla wafer.

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What a sweet, educational craft!

Random thoughts #16: Christmas, in pictures, poem, and song!


A few Christmas goodies πŸ™‚

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Christmas crafts done by some of the kindergartners I watch in daycare:

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Wreaths made from puzzle pieces glued on paper plates and painted green, with beads for holly berries

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Christmas trees decorated with shiny rickrack

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Paper tree decorations- glittered stars, colored balls, and snowmen

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Santa hats with cotton

Stockings with cotton balls

Stockings with cotton balls

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Paper lanterns; the β€œcolored glass” part is tissue paper glued on wax paper with watered-down glue.

Poem
What can I give Him, poor as I am?
If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb;
If I were a Wise Man, I would do my part;
Yet what I can I give Him: give my heart.
-Christiana Rossetti

Song
This version of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” interlaced with the Israeli national anthem “Hatikvah” is done by the group Selah. Just beautiful.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Achievement


I like making outfits for fashion dolls. I did a whole bunch of them at one time. (That’s actually the reason I originally started this blog πŸ˜‰ ) Anyhow, this one outfit took a lot of time but it came out really well. It’s based on a few “The Lord of the Rings” movie characters, and is my favorite of all the doll outfits I’ve made to date πŸ˜€ So it’s my take on this week’s photo challenge πŸ™‚
Here you can read the whole post.

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Introducing… Random Thoughts!


I thought I’d try posting some Random Thoughts periodically. Just recent musings, or things that happened in the day. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to respond in the comments section! πŸ˜€

Random observations today from the kids I watch in the daycare where I work.

“Turkeys are pretty.”

Well, these are! Made of dried beans, some colored with food coloring, and lentils. 😎 Handmade by the kindergarteners.

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“If it doesn’t have wings, it doesn’t look like a ship.”

Got that right. Guess Star Wars didn’t get that memo πŸ˜•

“Some people are archeologists.”

Spoken after said kindergartener found a button on the floor. Oh well, even Indiana Jones had to start somewhere, right?

“It’s cold out there.”

Yes. Yes it is. Has been for the past few days. Cold, cloudy, foggy, rainy…and cold. My favorite type of weather πŸ˜€ Just not always to go out in…

“Jesus died to save people from their sins!”

Take a moment and thank Him for it, won’t you?

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