I'm always a bit nervous about transitions in life. And having a new baby has certainly been a humongous transition for our whole family. Diapers, giggles, crying, baby snuggles... we're still trying to find our new groove as a family of four. So I came up with this hand print art project to do with my eldest son. Despite all the crazy chaos that this stage of life brings, I still wanted to celebrate our family.
Family Watercolor Hand Print Art
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Hi friends! Today's art activityis a super easy one that involves looking at colors, emotions, animals, and making hand prints. It's such a great activity to do with kids of all ages! Today we're inspired by German Expressionist Franz Marc's Blue Horse Paintings.
Hand Print Expressionist Art with Kids!
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(Hubby- Please don't read this post because the bottom card is for you.)
Illness + freezing cold temperatures = A LOT of time spent cooped up in a two-bedroom apartment
To help pass the time, Chuck and I have been doing tons of arts and crafts projects. Luckily, he's got a new interest in painting and gluing. (Yes! My son finally shows some interest in crafting with mommy! Woo hoo!) Here are two Valentine's Day cards that we made together for Chuck's Sunday School teachers and hubby.
(So hubby, once again, do NOT read the bottom of this post...)
1. Painted Fish Valentine's Day Card
Keep reading to see how we made this card (and to see hubby's card....shhh... it's a surprise)...
Ready for a fun Chinese New Year Craft? Chinese New Year is one of those really fun holidays that I
enjoyed celebrating as a kid. Yummy food, wearing new clothes, red
envelopes filled with money, and watching cool dragon and lion dancing?
Come on, what's not to love? Since the holiday is just around the
corner, I showed Chuck some lion dancing videos (Youtube to the rescue!) and then thought it'd be fun if we did some dragon crafts together:
Two Chinese New Year Dragon Crafts
Little background about me- Growing up I always felt like a "twinkie."
Yellow on the outside, white on the inside. You see, I looked Asian,
but I didn't always feel that way. Now that Chuck's getting a bit
older, hubby and I are trying to figure out how two twinkies like us
pass down their cultural traditions. (Ehh... it's a work in
This craft is one way that we're trying to pass down our tradition. And, in the interest of full disclosure, Chuck really enjoyed making the handprint dragon.... but he wasn't too keen on coloring my paper bag dragon pieces. However, once I colored and glued everything down for him, he enjoyed playing with it like a puppet.
So, do you wanna see how we made these two dragons? (I've got templates too! Ooh la la!) Keep on reading!
Looking for some easy toddler winter crafts and activities?
I'm officially over winter. Buh-bye shortened days! Buh-bye cold weather! Buy-bye staying inside! Oh, how I wish it were already spring. But, until warmer, sunnier days come, Chuck and I are going to persevere and have fun indoors. Here are four crafts and activities that have kept us busy, happy, and sane for the past couple of weeks.
1. Cereal Box Gingerbread Men
I cut out a whole bunch of gingerbread men from my empty cereal box stash. (Yes, I'm a proud cardboard hoarder!) Then, I brought them to the library and let the kids decorate them with googly eyes and foam stickers. The older 2-year olds had fun making funny men and the babies just watched their moms do the craft.
Chuck's attention span: He probably spent about 5-10 minutes on this activity before he lost interest.
2. Hand and Foot Reindeer Wreath
I've seen versions of this craft all over the internet... and thought they were so cute and perfect for the holidays. I traced Chuck's hand once to make a template for the wreath and horns. I also traced Chuck's foot to make the reindeer's head. Then, I glued everything together and he helped me add foam shapes and googly eyes.
Here are the different components of the wreath:
Chuck's attention span: He probably spent about 10 minutes on this activity before he lost interest.
3. Homemade Play Dough
I followed this craft clay recipe and we had tons of fun rolling, cutting, and shaping our clay. Unfortunately, our ornaments cracked when they dried. Boo. But, we had such fun manipulating the stuff that I kept leftovers in a sealed bag in the fridge. It didn't dry out and we got to play with it another day. (Right now the "play dough" is still in our fridge... so we'll try it out again this week.)
He used a blunt plastic knife, measuring spoons, measuring cup, and an olive jar (our makeshift rolling pin) to play with the dough.
Chuck's attention span: This activity was a hit! We spent about 30-45 minutes on two separate days playing with our "play dough."
4. Water Bead Play
Again, I saw a ton of other mommies raving about these beads so I had to give them a try. I found mine at Michaels in the flower section. The beads are made of a special polymer that expands in water. The resulting beads look a bit like boba balls and are slippery and firm. They also bounce a bit if dropped.
Here's what the water beads initially looked like ...
After a couple of hours, our beads grew and Chuck had a blast scooping them from container to container.
Warning: Yes, they can be a choking hazard. I repeatedly told him that the beads weren't food and I made sure to watch him while he played. Once we were done with the beads, I threw them away in the garbage can. (You can't pour them down the drain because they can clog your pipes.)
Chuck's attention span: This activity was a hit! He spent about an hour just scooping the beads from container to container.
So, for all you mamas out there who are also stuck at home with young ones... stay strong! We can make it through winter! Hopefully one of these ideas will help keep you sane this week.