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Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey Craft

by Alyssa

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we are starting to get ready by decorating our house with fun (and easy) crafts found across the internet. My daughter has made hand-turkeys, a horn-of-plenty, and painted pictures this year we are going to try something a little different.

I came across this cute idea for a Thanksgiving themed craft, you can make them before the actual event or use them as a Thanksgiving craft to keep little ones busy after dinner! What’s fun about crafts like these is you don’t have to use exactly what’s needed for supplies. We substituted a few ideas of our own to the original idea from Kaboose. They have crafts for just about every occasion!

Stuffed Paper Bag Turkey:
Supplies –

  • Brown paper lunch bags
  • Paint, Markers or crayons (for decorating)
  • Felt pieces (orange, brown, green, and red) or coloured paper (we used paper for this one)
  • 2 medium wiggle eyes (we didn’t have access to eyes so we just drew them on!)
  • White or stick glue
  • Scissors (parents, this is where we come in!)
  • 1 Spoon and brown cardboard

How to make one:

  1. Lay out brown paper bag on a flat surface. Using the paint, markers or crayons to add colour at the opening of the bag. About 5 to 6″ long (this will be the turkey’s tail feathers)
  2. Open up the bag; make sure to make stripes all the way around including the sides!
  3. Carefully cut the stripes with scissors. You can colour the other sides of the strips but this is optional. We left ours brown and gave it a little colour 🙂
  4. Fill the bag up half way with crumpled up newspaper.
  5. Gather the bag together just under the strips and fasten with elastic band. Make sure to fix the strips the way you like them, pinching just under the elastic you can bring them forward and arrange them, these are the turkeys feathers.
  6. If you decide to use paper instead of draw the features on you’ll need to cut the following from felt or paper – orange triangle (beak), red heart (gobbler),brown triangles (feet) and green bowtie.
  7. For the head: Place the spoon face down on the cardboard, trace it and cut it out. Make sure to make the neck long enough to insert into the body. This will be your turkeys head. Glue or draw on eyes, beak and gobbler.
  8. Placing the stuffed bag on its side ruffles up, cut a small hole at the end of the bag where the neck and head should be.
  9. Push the neck of the cardboard head into the hole and add some glue to seal it.
  10. Cut some toes out from the two brown triangles, dab some glue and set the turkey on them so the feet will stick to the bottom. (our turkey stood on his own so we just drew the feet on)
  11. (Optional) Cut out your bowtie and glue it on the front as well.

For extra fun you can try adding a “happy thanksgiving” sign and gluing it on the front of the turkey under the bowtie. You can really use your imagination when it comes to craft and this one is great for it too, we substituted some of the original supplies with what we had around the house and you can do the same too!

These are fairly simple and make a cute center-piece your child can be proud he or she made this thanksgiving! Happy crafting!

Alyssa is an almost-30, stay-at-home mom of two wonderful kids aged 2 (boy) and 6 (girl), together with her husband Patrick. She spends her days taking care of her family, home and everything in between while posting on her blog A Motherhood Experience by night.

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Paper boats

by Vicky

Bored with the same old backyard kiddie pool, today we decided to change things up a bit with a paper boat race! I remember my nanny making these for us as birthday party hats when I was younger. Unfortunately I could not remember how to make a paper boat/hat, myself, but thankfully the Internet had many step by step instructions.

Here’s a link to some instructions with photos, but you can also find how-to videos by googling ‘paper boats’.

We made 5 paper boats out of construction paper, which seemed like a good idea at the time, but I quickly realized that construction paper disintegrates faster than most paper! I grabbed my tape gun and re-enforced one of the boats, then we headed out to the pool.

Joel had a great time launching his boats into the water and watching them float. He asked me to invite a friend over so he could have a paper boat race, but we couldn’t reach anyone. I think we’ll definitely have to repeat this activity with some friends. Can you just imagine the possibilities – boat making and decorating, adding a paper sail or two with straws, launching on the count of three, and seeing who’s boat will reach the finish line first!

When I was a child I remember making a small boat with my cousin out of Kinderegg capsuls and popsicle sticks. We floated them down a creek near his house. I ran along the edge of the creek with so much excitement, urging my little boat along.

It’s amazing how something so little can keep a child entertained for so long!

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 1 year old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.

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Planning a Fairy Party

by Brie

Do you have any little fairies living in your garden? Perhaps some gnomes hiding behind a tree stump? Elves frolicking in your bird bath?

Then I think it is time to invite them all to a party!

Recently the girl and I went to a wonderful fairy garden party at the Children’s Garden located at Main Street and Clegg in Old Ottawa East. In amongst the trees and tomato plants roamed every colour of fairy, gnomes and elf you could possibly imagine. It was an explosion of gold, pink and blue. And fun!

I was completely blown away by the attention to detail at the party. The organizers did a great job in creating a non-commercial environment that stayed true to the spirit of a fairy party. They also said I could share their secrets with you.

So here is some great ideas and tips if you are interested in planning a fairy garden party:

1. Face painting. The girl headed straight for the face painting as soon as we got there. She was delighted with the simple pink and purple design that was painted on her forehead.

2. Magic wands. The first of the two crafts the girl made was a magic wand. The wands were already cut out of a firm cardboard. The kids were able to decorate them with peel-off stickers, little jewels, glitter glue and ribbon.

With #1 and #2 done the girl was ready to party!

3. Little fairy friends. The second craft on hand, which I had to help her with but would have been great for older kids to do one their own, was to make fairy friends. The fairies had pipe cleaner arms, legs and bodies and little wood bead heads with faces already painted on. Kids could add fake flower petal wings and skirts.

4. A troll pinata. What kid doesn’t like whacking a troll. especially if he has goodies inside! This troll was handmade and painted a vibrant green. He really wasn’t that scary though. The girl was about third in line, so eager was she to take a stick to him.

5. Magic beans. What could possibly be inside the troll’s head? Why magic beans of course! Inside a blue velvet bag that the girl rushed quickly to grab from the ground once his head burst open, she found a little clear plastic bag. Inside that bag was a dozen or so magic beans mixed in with glitter and sparkles. As soon as I told her they were magic beans she headed straight for the bean tent to plant them.

6. Cupcakes and iced tea. No party is complete without cupcakes and on this day all the little woodland creatures were offered mini cupcakes topped with candies pansies. The girl ate her’s right away. None was left for me. She even drank a full cup of chilled tea. And then she asked for more tea please.

7. Storytime. With so many great fairy tales out there it isn’t hard to pick one to share with the kids. I found myself smiling as I watch about twenty little girls sit on the ground and listen eagerly to the story of Cinderella. In this case, a non-trademarked version. It was a great way to end a fabulous party.

Brie is the mom of a 3.5 year old daughter “the girl” and eighteen month old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.

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Canada Day Craft

by Sara

Now that my four-year old is done preschool for the year I am in craft-planning mode.  I work from home, which means there is a 2 hour window every afternoon that I need to fill when I work and he needs to be kept busy.

We like to decorate our house for all of the holidays and celebrations so our craft yesterday was a Canada flag.  I chose it because aside from sketching out the side bars and his hand (as the maple leaf) it required minimal mom intervention.  We used red paint but it can also be done with crayons, markers, or finger paint, for the younger kids. 

1.  Outline the Canada flag on a large piece of white paper.  The outline of a hand makes a great maple leaf!

2.  Cover your table or art space, especially if its new (like our table) and you don’t want red paint everywhere (which I don’t).  Our dining room table is still wearing its badge of green honour from our St. Patrick’s day craft.

3.  Fill in the red spaces with paint, glitter glue, tissue paper, markers, crayons, red stickers, red feathers, or construction paper. 

4.  Hang in a place of prominence for all to admire.

Happy Canada Day!

Sara is mom to a 4-year-old firefighter and 2-year-old monkey.  You can find her at her blog, My Points of View

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Painting with milk

by Brie

We visited the Main Farmer’s Market one weekend and were lucky enough to be there for a science experiment themed kids activity. The wonderful volunteer preformed a number of neat tricks, all of which we have been recreating at home. This one was the girl’s favorite.

Before you begin assemble all the supplies necessary: a pie plate or small baking dish, a cup of homogenized milk, food colouring in the three primary colours and a bottle of dish soap.

The kids and I all sat on the floor for this activity. I figured it would be easier to just sit on the floor and clean it up instead of sitting at the  table and then having to clean off the table and the floor. Because with my kids, messes always creep off the table and onto the floor.

The boy poured the milk from a measuring up into the square baking dish we used. Once that was done, I had to moderate a heated discussion about who would get which colour of food colouring and who would get two colours and who would get one. Sigh. Needless to say the girl managed to out talk her brother and convince him he only wanted one colour. Ah, the life as the older sibling.

Ideally, you would like to put three drops of each colour (blue, yellow and red) into the milk. The drops should be spaced out evenly from each other, almost forming a triangle. My kids dropped copious amount of each colour into the milk in a Jackson Pollack like pattern. But that’s okay. It just makes for more interesting milk art!

When the drops are all in, it is time to bring on the dish soap! This is the best part. I let the boy squirt the soap into the middle of the dish and then we all watched as whoosh went the colours. The soap pushed away the food colouring closest to it, causing the colouring to then blend with the milk and other colours. We spent a good long time watching the red, yellow and blue mix and mingle with each other. We pointed out new colours as they emerged and looked for different shapes.

Then the girl put her hand into the milk and swirled it all around until the only identifiable colour was a light purple. I finally took the pan away once they tried to dip their feet into it.

From what I understood when the market volunteer preformed this experiment for us, the soap causes the coloured milk to move around because it is chasing the fat in the homogenized milk. Or something like that. Whatever the science behind it, we all enjoyed the art of painting with milk.

Brie is the mom of a 3.5 year old daughter “the girl” and twenty-one month old son “the boy”. You can read her blog at Capital Mom.

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Father’s Day Craft

by Sara

Let me preface this post with a statement about my artistic abilities (none) and my craftiness (about 6th grade level):  I love doing arts and crafts with my boys but am by no means ‘crafty’.

For Father’s Day this year we decided to make pencil / tool holders for our daddy and grandpa’s.  All three are relatively handy so we hoped our gift would make a welcome addition to their tool bench or office desk.  We even bought a few screw drivers and pens to demonstrate the usefulness of the project (and ensure clarity upon gift-opening).

I bought wooden boxes at Michael’s for $1.99 each but a tin can covered in paper would work just as well.

I chose the boxes because I have two boys and there was a side for each of them to paint and claim as their own.  Hence the painting tape dividing each side: they are both possessive about their painting surfaces.

My oldest painted his side first, with selection of Crayola paints.  I normally use bottles of tempera paint and mix my own colours but for gift projects he likes the variety of the Crayola 10 pack.  I’ll be honest, he likes their pink and purple.

After the first side dried I let my youngest loose on his section of the box, with mixed results.  Mixed paint that is (a purplish-brown) and some very green 2-year old hair.

We finished our project with a Sharpie pen.  On one blank side we wrote “Father’s Day, 2010” and on the second blank side the firefighter filled in the sentence “I love Daddy / Grandpa because…”.  I also ‘signed’ their names on each wooden canvas so they could lay claim to their masterpiece for posterity’s sake.

I always keep blank cards handy for birthday’s, anniversaries etc.  For Father’s Day I had our four year old draw a picture on the front of him doing something special with his dad and grandpa’s and then I wrote the accompanying text.

For less than $10, we are all happy with the results!

Sara is mom to a 4-year-old firefighter and 2-year-old monkey.  You can find her at her blog, My Points of View

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Birthday Crowns

by Vicky

Here’s a fun little craft to make for your kids’ birthdays! I found a pattern with instructions online, but I modified it slightly to make it a bit easier.

Materials needed:


Crown Pattern
-1/4 meter of felt (at least two colours)
-1/4 meter of contrasting cotton fabric
-buttons or sequins (or other embellishments/notions to decorate)
-rick rack or ribbon
-thread in a contrasting colour
-stiff double sided iron-on interfacing
-sharp sewing scissors, pins
-non-rolling 3/4 inch elastic (at least 6 inches)
-jar lid or something round to trace

Cut out the pattern, pin it and trace it on the felt. Use sharp scissors to cut it out. 

Next you will want to add your embellishments to the top of the felt. I chose to use buttons and sequins, but you can add whatever you like.

I traced around a small star shaped cookie cutter for my stars, and sewed them by hand.

I traced around a small jar lid to make my circle, and drew the numbers by hand. I then zigzagged around the number 1 in the center of the circle, and used a very tight zigzag stitch around the circle in the center of the crown. You can also add another circle with the child’s initial to the back or side of the crown using the same technique. This is where you can get as creative as you like; put your child’s initial, polkadots, stars, or whatever you like. 

How much elastic?

 

The crown without elastic measures 14 inches, so you will need to add some elastic at the back. To determine how much elastic you will need, measure your child’s head, and then subtract 14 from that number. Add 1 inch for seams, and cut the elastic to that length.

Sew the elastic 1/4 inch from the bottom of the crown.

Add the rickrack or ribbon at the bottom.

Assembling the crown layers

Now you will layer your backing fabric, the interfacing, and the felt layer face down. Pin them together. Using a warm iron on the fabric side, iron the three pieces together. Make sure to leave a small opening where you can insert the other end of the elastic. (I staggered them in the photo so you could see all three layers, but you will want them to be directly on top of each other).

Cut out the crown.

Next you will insert the elastic into the other end of the crown, and sew it up. You may want to go back over with the iron to re-seal the opening that was left for the elastic.

Voila! Now your birthday child has a crown fit for a king or queen!

Vicky is the mom to 3.5 year old son named Joel and 9 month old daughter named Mieka. You can read her blog at blog Some Kind of Wondermom.

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