W, X, Y & Z: Cool crafts for kids


A Whale, a Xylophone, a Yarn doll, and Zoo animals, all as cute as can be!
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W: Whale
(Made from paper bag & fiberfill)
-Stuff a paper bag 3/4 full of fiberfill, tie off a tail, and paint blue or gray. The water spout is fringed paper rolled up and glued into a slit on the top.
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X: Xylophone
(Made from a cereal box)
-Cut a cross section from the cereal box for the body of the xylophone, cover it with paper and decorate. From the cereal box, cut 6 strips in descending size and marker/paint then in rainbow colors for the keys. The stick is a skewer with a pompom.
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Y: Yarn Doll
(Made from yarn)
-Wrap yarn 50 times around an approx. 8 inch book and slide it off. Tie off a head and body, pulling out and braiding a few stands for arms. Braid the boys’ legs and leave the girls’ free as skirts.
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Z: Zoo animals
(Made from cardboard & yarn)
-Glue colored pictures of animals to cardboard, cut notches in the top and bottom of the cages and wrap yarn around to create the bars.
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Easy, pretty Christmas crafts


A little post to show you the lovely decorations in the daycare room where I work 🙂 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 😀 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 🙂

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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 ~

Random thoughts #20: YouTube, kid problems & solar system


My brother was trying to voice-dictate a Youtube search for “how to defeat someone in wrestling.” This is what came out:

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how to delete someone in listening

Kid: “I fell. But nothing hurts.” Well, that’s good.

Observatory – for looking at/studying stars from outside. Planetarium – for looking at/studying stars from inside.

I would stand in line for this
There’s always room in life for this

A kindergartener had studied astronomy in a summer camp, and it showed: “What happens if the Earth falls in a big black hole?”

Little girls discussing how hard it is to pronounce words like “spaghetti,” “certificate,” and “photographer.” Totally hilarious!

My sister: “I pocket-dialed YouTube and it’s playing a Joseph Prince video!” #howdoesthatevenhappen

Catching Fire!
Katnisss going back to The Games
Needs an ally to win, and here’s the next name
It’s Haymitch, victor of the last Quarter Quell
Could there be a better ally than him? Pray tell
He’s studied The Games the past 25 years
“I’ll save you Katniss” -Peeta volunteers!!!
-Studio C’s “Peeta’s Song” (most hilarious way ever to pick holes in the Hunger Games 😛 )

A convo among kids 10 and under on music consisted of the singing of snippets of secular songs and the following words. Taylor Swift. Michael Jackson. Wrecking Ball. Bruno Marx. “Really gross.” “Terribly inappropriate.” Parents, PLEASE keep track of what your kids are listening to.

Ahhh, the diversity of Southern California. White, Black, Oriental, Mexican, Indian, Middle-Eastern…it’s wonderful to see so many different people anywhere you go.

The brave heart never stands alone

Your random alligator fact of the day: “Alligators have even been known to survive freezing conditions.  They have been known to rise to the surface if the water is about to freeze, with their nostrils above the surface.  This allows them to breathe through the ice as it forms.  In extreme cases, they may get frozen to the surface of the pond for several days and then swim free once the ice melts.” 

“I never study.”
“Then how do you pass?”
“Just sheer knowledge.”
-2 middle schoolers

Finally got to watch Interstellar. Mind-blowing!

The T-shirts kids are wearing nowadays reflect what they’re getting taught. And I gotta say, we’re failing our kids by clothing them with these egotistical, self-centered, excuse giving messages:
“It must be the candy talking”
“The sarcasm is strong with this one”
“I tried being good, but I got distracted”
“Perfect princess”
“Sorry, I always win”
“Shake it off”
“Awesome is my middle name”
“Always looking good”
“I’m sassy, cool and sweet”
“Give me space”
“Even my swag has swag”
“Winning isn’t everything, it’s just what I do”
“My swag gets the most likes”
“It’s not that I forget, it’s just that I don’t care”
“Princess of everything”

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

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pic courtesy of Microsoft clip art

Random thoughts #19: Kid Snippets


These were collected from the end of the school year through the start of summer 🙂

Kindergartner girls are playing with Disney princess dolls and one looks at her friend’s doll: “Wow, yours has yellow eyes! [inspects hers more closely] Mine’s creepy as well!”

“She writes neat, especially when she draws.”

Kindergarten boys discussing how to hug your shadow.

The entire fifth grade class just spent their entire recess discussing which brand of mayonnaise is better, Best Foods or Miracle Whip.

A little Mexican kindergartener trying to put on a French accent. ::cuteness overload::

Kindergartners think closing your eyes while swinging makes you go higher. Second graders think closing your eyes while swinging is terrifying and that they’re going to fall. There’s something in there about growing older and losing the sense of wonder…

Kindergartners are watching a movie and the characters are sliding down a snowy hill and cliffs to escape the bad guys.
K 1: “That looks like fun!!”
K 2: “That’s not fun, you could die!!”

The kindergartners wanted to know where all the sand in the sandyard came from.

Two 2nd grade girls:
“That was rude.”
“No it wasn’t.”
“To my instincts it was.”
“Well in reality it wasn’t.”
“Well I don’t care about reality.”
Me: “…Ai yi yi”

My siblings and I were seriously discussing whether alligators can jump… The physics and biology involved…

“Why are you guys so afraid of losing teeth?” -a sage 3rd grader to a group of kindergartners who’d spent the whole day wriggling and peering at their teeth in mirrors.

Leave it to a kindergartener to find goofs in a fairy movie. “Her wings are wet, how can she fly?”

Kindergarten girl: “My mommy can only do high ponytails. And she doesn’t know how to braid. I’m like, “You gotta get teached!””

The kids are making Jurassic Park-type noises on the playground…

Little girl on a noisy bus: “I can’t even hear myself! But I know what I’m saying.”

Forget playing “house,” it’s the cutest when kids play “work.”
“I want a promotion!”
“You’ll get a promotion!”
“You already got fired.”
“Okay, you get a promotion: $1 per year.”
“I hate this company!”
“I’m suing, then.”
“I’m gonna sue you for $2.5 million!”
“Come on, we’re taking this company to court.”
“They’re only giving me a raise; I want a promotion!”
“Can you even afford a lawyer?”
“Don’t worry, I’m a professional.”
“Okay, you get a promotion. You’re Vice-Manager.”
“Oohhhhh!! YES! You’re fired. You’re fired! You’re fired! EVERYBODY’S FIRED!”
“You can’t fire me; I’m fireproof.”
“Then we’ll get a fire extinguisher.”

Aren’t kids da bomb? 😀 😉

Spring at school


The kindergartners have been making spring flowers and bugs 🙂

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!

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!

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