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Imaginary Play: Flower Shop

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Welcome to our Flower Shop! The kids named the shop and made the sign.
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We have a display of lovely 99cent store flowers. Plus Kaia pointed out we pick up our organic fruit from the flower shop by us. So we have some fruit there as well.
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If you want to make some cute flower balls. Its super easy just pick up some of those plastic balls with the holes in them from the 99 cent store and hot glue flowers in each hole. If you want to get fancy you can spray paint the ball first but I didnt and I dont think you can tell.
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You can see the red one I made in the picture above and the yellow one in the picture below
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More Flowers and our butterfly/ caterpillar den behind
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Watering cans in the sink and Birds and bloom magazines behind
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More flowers and baskets
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The buying station. There was a calculator and a pad and paper for receipts. But I didnt get any pictures of it. Here is Kaia wrapping cellophane around the flowers (the cellophane was precut) and pieces of ribbon

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Selling flowers tying ribbon (hooray for fine motor)
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And bags are essential
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Cards to personalize the flower shop gift
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selling station

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I used cutup pool noodles to hold the flowers up
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super fancy
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Mikey was super into this. Flowers are not just for girls!
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This Imaginary Play kept them busy for a long time!
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Looking through a flower magazine for shopping choices
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This was such a fun set up pretty much everything came from the 99 cent store so it was pretty inexpensive!
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Fairy Watching Binoculars

Sunday, May 12th, 2013

Disclaimer: I received a gift card from Jo Ann Fabric and Craft stores to help with purchasing the products to create this craft.

BINOCULARS

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is one of my favorite places to shop. This summer they a fantastic program that has 72 wonderful Summer Crafts. These ideas are spectacular on their own but I like to put my own twist on things. When I saw the Binoculars project I knew it would be a fun project to work on with my kiddos.

We make binoculars every summer. They are fun and easy. Jo-Anns came up with a super simple way to make soft fun binoculars. I love it and it made me start thinking we need to make our binocular making to the next level. Jo-Anns has a ton of really cute craft foam in different colors and prints. I fell in love with this scrapbook paper. It is glittery and iridescent and it does not flake. Meaning the little glitter bits don”t come off with rubbing etc. This is important to me since the binoculars will be next to their eyes.

I started with two toilet paper rolls. We always have a ready supply of those. I cut my paper to the right length using the toilet paper tube as my guide. I then did a mock roll and cut the paper to the right width. You can use your first piece as a guide to make your second. I then glued the piece of cut scrapbook paper to the roll. Once that was done I glued the other end to itself. I also used glitter ribbon. I love it I got some that is self sticking and some that needs glue to stick. I love both I am totally sold on using this for craft projects it is so pretty!

Now its time to glue any other paper embellishments that will be going around the roll completely. Once that is done. Glue the rolls together to create your binoculars. You can now glue on any other goodies you would like attached. Like rhinestones, flowers, stickers etc. Once you are done doing this punch a hole in each of the outer sides of the binoculars to connect your neck strap.

In the Jo-Anns version of this project they use some cording. I wanted ours to be different. So I started thinking maybe ribbon or rickrack. And then I thought mardi gras beads. I just cut the beads. One cut anywhere on the strand. Now push the end bead through your hole you created. I added a dab of hot glue to the inside bead in the TP roll and one to the outside bead that you can see. There I added a little fabric rose to conceal and block the hole where the bead was pushed through. Repeat this on the other side.

You can see the rose up above where I added it to conceal the hole.

I absolutely love them. They turned out so cute!

Kaia loves them too. She immediately took them out and went searching for faeries. She wears them around the house and hangs them above her bed.

You can view the full online Cape Discovery Catalog & Jo-Ann’s Weekly digital advertisement to see everything that is going on! You can find a single coupon for 40% off one item there as well! There are even more craft ideas & you can find out what is on sale when you visit in store & online!

What kind of Summer crafting activities do you enjoy doing with your kids or even for yourself? Which one of the Jo-Ann Summer craft activities are you most excited about?

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Mud Pie Gardening

Thursday, June 7th, 2012


Location, Location, Location… I set up this mud pie kitchen a few days ago and the kids would not go near it. They were just so uninterested.

Since then I have moved it several times and then today after setting it up in one place Kaia said “Mommy why can’t you just set up the mud by the flowers”. Well the child had spoken so I listened. And then something amazing happened Kaia and Mikey both started playing with the setup.
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At first I thought this would be a mud pie kitchen I had muffin tins, spoons, pie tins etc setup but the kids got rid of most of it and decided it was a gardening station primarily for flowers

They spent well over an hour gardening picking flowers and transplanting them to the mud pie garden

They would fill their little pitcher of water and continue on their way making sure every flower had lots of water and dirt to grow healthy and strong

Kaia chose the place it was right under her favorite easy to pick flowers

Some wonderful creations


I also set out some bugs thinking they would want to play with those too and add to the whole garden experience. But alas no. I learned my lesson sometimes simpler is better and its all about location

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A Messy Party

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Mikey wanted a messy slime party so I did what I could to create it for him. Above is Mikey’s Sukkah you can go here to learn more about it.

Here is a link to the templates I used for the disguises on A Mom with a Lesson Plan

I made a mud pit using Grow Dirt we hid GIANT bugs inside

the kids could sit inside and enjoy the mud and dig out GIANT bugs

There was splat painting visit HERE to see more splat painting and to see the materials used to create it

We also had spray painting visit HERE to see materials used and how to create this.

Visit here to see how I made our Colored Jello and for some fun ideas on adding to it.

Visit here to see how I made our Rainbow Pasta I added googly eyes to ours

Visit here to see more pictures of our Water Bead Pool

Visit here to see more pictures and for instructions on how to make my awesome BORAX SLIME

Visit here to get directions on how to make my STRETCHY SLIME

Visit here to see TONS of pictures of our Shaving Cream Slides

I filled a sensory tub with Baking Soda and put colored vinegar in squirt bottles os the kids could create Volcanoes

I added PVC pipes cut at various lengths with connectors and funnels for the kids to tinker with and create water ways

Our Water wall was also up and running it was a ton of fun for all the kids. Visit here to see how I made the water wall and to see more pictures.

And of course our KID WASH to get everyone clean after getting messy visit the Kid Wash Link to see how we made this awesome contraption and to see a bunch more pictures of it.

A Tent and some Disguises

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

I wanted a lounge area for Mikey’s party for when the kids just needed to take a bit of a break. So I created Mikey’s Sukkah.

It was so easy to create. The front is actually a supermarket Jose Cuervo display. the supermarket was taking it down so naturally I asked if I could have it. It became the front of the sukkah.

the kids loved it. I hung white sheets to create the outside frame and a small curtain rod to create the curtain in the front. Outside I had a basket of disguises which also became a huge hit at the party. They were actually a last minute decision I had some craft foam and a ton of chopsticks so I thought what can I do with these. I made them the night before on a whim and I am so glad I did!

Here is a link to the templates I used on A Mom with a Lesson Plan

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