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Group Fun Idea: Lil’ Lockitz Best Friend Party Pack

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Are you looking for a fun and easy group craft idea? Look no further than the Lil’ Lockitz Best Friend Party Pack! Lockitz are adorable charms that your child can personalize by filling it with charms, photos and gems to make it uniquely hers. Think of it as a “wearable collage.”

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Create something truly personal, for yourself or a loved one. Lil’ Lockitz supplies you with gems, backgrounds and charms of your favorite things to float in a wearable collage that tells a story.

Recommended for children 5 years of age and older, it comes complete with everything you need to make 18 reusable Lockitz including:

  • Design Studio with Storage Compartments
  • Display Stand
  • 18 Locket Tops and Backs
  • 6 Necklaces
  • 6 Bracelets
  • 6 Keychains
  • 72 Charms
  • 54 Gems
  • 32 Backgrounds
  • 1 Pack of Sequin Letters
  • Photo Stencil
  • Locket Crimper
  • Photo Puncher
  • Storage Tray & Instructions

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Great for rainy afternoons, scouts or sleepovers – get a group of friends together and let the fun begin.  Children can make one for themselves and one as a gift. What a fun way to tell your story!

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Easy Kids Craft: Upcycled Dog Toy

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My kids loved making toys and crafts for our dog. This project was a particular favorite because not only is it easy to make, but the materials are easy to find (you probably already have them!) and it can be done in less than an hour.

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Materials:

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• a piece of soft crafting felt (any color would do)
• an empty plastic water bottle
• a small jingle bell (or anything that will make noise inside the bottle)
• crochet thread
• a pair of scissors

Upcycled Dog Toy Kids Craft Instructions

Step 1:

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Measure the soft crafting felt to the empty piece of a plastic water bottle. There should be a significant allowance on the top and the bottom part of the bottle in reference to the felt because we will be creating vertical cuts on both sides.

Step 2:

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Place the small piece of jingle bell inside the plastic water bottle. Tightly close the cap afterwards.

Step 3:

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Tightly wrap the crafting felt on the body of the plastic water bottle. Place the bottle in the center of the felt and start wrapping it around.

Step 4:

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Tie one end of the wrapped plastic bottle with a crochet thread. This should create a candy-wrapped effect now. Make sure that you tie one end firmly because this is a dog toy and our pets tend to ruin their toys easily if it’s not sturdy enough.

Step 5:

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After creating several loops on one side, cross to the opposite side of the plastic bottle and do the same process on this side. The tassel on both sides of the plastic bottle should be prominent by now.

Step 6:

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Cross the opposite side of the bottle again and create several loops. Continue creating horizontal lines using the crochet thread until you finish the walls of the plastic bottle.

Step 7:

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Create vertical line wraps using the crochet thread. When you reach one end of the bottle, wrap the thread in a vertical manner around the walls of the plastic bottle. This will create more tension to the whole plastic bottle and will avoid the unnecessary tears on the crafting felt whenever the dog tries to munch or bite it.

Step 8:

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Secure the end of the thread firmly on one end of the toy. This will prevent the dog from ruining the toy that early if you get to tie this properly, without the spaces and gaps as seen in the photo.

Step 9:

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Finally done and ready to roll! You can now give this unique plastic bottle dog toy to your lovely pooch!

This unique dog toy will simply make your fur babies happy since the plastic bottle offers flexibility whenever they bite the body and at the same time, the dog toy will also produce a sound due to the presence of the small jingle bell inside when they try to munch and wiggle the toy extensively. They would definite love you for this because they would not have any dull moments anymore! Have fun with your fur baby!

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DIY White Tea and Coconut Oil Bath Bomb Recipe

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Do the over priced store bought bath bombs make you cringe? Did you know how easy it is to make them from home yourself? Mix things up with this refreshingly simple recipe and incorporate your own favorite scent. Pretty, fragrant, fizzy bath bombs made easily from scratch with nourishing coconut oil.

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • 2 tablespoons Epsom salt
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 5 teaspoons of strong white tea (water can be used as substitute)
  • Few drops of the essential oil of your choice, optional
  • All natural food coloring, optional
  • Mold
  • Airtight container

Directions:

Mix cornstarch, baking soda, citric acid and Epsom salt together in a large bowl. Use a whisk to work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients. Continue until the mixture becomes sandy with some chunks of oil.

Add the white tea to the dry ingredients 1 teaspoon at a time, making sure to immediately stir with a large wooden spoon after each teaspoon is added. Keep in mind that the mixture will foam up a bit after each teaspoon of liquid added. This is normal and nothing to be concerned about.

Continue stirring until the mixture has the same texture and appearance as sand that is slightly damp. You are ready to proceed to the next step when the mixture is primarily dust but can stick together when you squeeze some between your hands.

When you are ready to continue, simply press the bath bomb mixture into the mold. The mixture must be tightly and firmly packed into the mold. Set the mold in a safe location to dry for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. After the allotted time has passed, carefully remove the bath bombs from the mold and place in an airtight container until you are ready to use.

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Learning About Valentine’s Day

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Are you looking for some awesome crafts and activities for your children for Valentine’s Day? Check out these Educational Resources and Activities for Valentine’s Day. They are great for Homeschooling Parents, as well as classrooms at school. They are also great ideas for your children to continue their learning at home.

Valentine’s Day Songs

Valentine’s Day is a great day to celebrate with kids. Here are lots of sweet Valentine’s Day songs and rhymes in this series of free songs and rhymes.

Conversation Heart Printable

There are so many learning activities you can do with those little candy hearts that you see everywhere this time of year. Here are some free printables specifically for use with these conversation hearts.

Heart Box Alphabet Matching

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and aren’t you excited to receive heart-shaped boxes of chocolate from a friend or loved one? Get these free printable alphabet and shape matching activity for preschoolers and toddlers!

Heart Patterning

For a Valentine’s Day math activity, we suggest using candy conversation hearts to make patterns.

I Love Trucks Valentine’s Day Pack

Is Valentine’s Day also for little boys? Perhaps you have a little guy who would prefer trucks and helicopters filled with hearts, too? This one’s for you! 😉

Pre-K Letter V

Welcome to the Letter V, where we’ll be having fun with Valentines!

Sweetheart ABC Matching Game

These Sweetheart ABC Letter Matching Game will help your Kindergarten aged children work on letter recognition and matching upper case and lower case letters. These pre-reading skills are necessary to help your child become a really prolific reader!

Valentine’s Day Math Printable

Here are some of the Valentine’s math sheets and games that are readily available for download for your kids for free.

Valentine’s Day Addition Pages

Valentins’e Day and math? Why not!

Valentine’s Day Word Pack

There are several different elements in this pack ranging from spelling practice; to hands on word recognition; as well as some vocabulary and grammar practice.

February Tracing Lines

This February Tracing Lines motor skills exercises are perfect to help develop your child’s motor skills and come with cute exercises that are a fun addition to your lessons through the month’s images.

February Writing Paper

These writing papers should be fun for children of all ages, but the February themed images are a great way to tie the monthly theme to your lessons.

Toddler-Pre-K Valentine’s Day Learning Pack

This printable pack is designed for toddlers and preschoolers to practice early learning skills such as alphabet and number recognition, counting, letter sounds, letter cases, size, shapes, patterns, visual discrimination, prewriting, scissor skills, puzzles and more!

Valentine’s Q Tip Painting

Painting with q-tips is a different and fun way of painting, and it’s great for fine motor skills!

Valentine Fine Motor Glue Activity

Here are some fine motor activities with a fun Valentine’s Day twist!

Valentine Syllable Activity

This fun syllable game is always big hit with preschoolers and kindergarteners alike around Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Sight Word Printable

Here’s a simple freebie that you can use to help your student practice sight words — a Valentine’s Day sight word activity.

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Mardi Gras Crafts, Activities and More For Kids

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Mardi Gras is right around the corner. It is my favorite Holiday by far. Check out these awesome Mardi Gras Crafts and More! Enjoy your Holiday by making desserts, crafts, printables, and more. Your children can really work their fine motor skills with all of these awesome ideas.

Printable Mardi Gras Mask craft

Get ready to party with your own DIY Printable Mardi Gras Mask Craft. The kids can color and customize their own mask for Mardi Gras with this free printable activity.

Mardi Gras Candy Necklaces

Let your kids create their own bead necklace from purple, yellow and green Twizzlers. They are definitely not just fun and beautiful, but tasty too!

King Cake Pancakes

These pancakes taste just like traditional King Cake, but in a totally different form! They’re sweet, tart, easy to make – the perfect way to celebrate Carnival.

Mardi Gras Preschool Printable and Sensory Bin

Everything in this Mardi Gras sensory bin may be found at Walmart, Party City or the Dollar Tree. And of course, everything is in purple, green and gold.

Mardi Gras Coloring Pages

What is Mardi Gras all about? Masks, beads and noisy carnival fun – and we’ve got just the colouring pages you will need! Find Mardi Gras coloring pages for all ages here!

Mardi Gras Word Search

Have a go at this fun word search for Pancake Day, and see if you and your kids can find all the words. They can be horizontal, vertical or diagonal, but definitely not backwards.

Mini Beignets

Beignets are like a square doughnut that is covered in powdered sugar.  Did you ever see Disney’s Princess and the Frog?  That’s the dessert they eat in the beginning of the movie!

Hand Print Mardi Gras Mask Craft

Handprint crafts are simply cute. You can easily create this Handprint Mardi Gras Mask for your kids to play with.

Craft Sand Sensory

Colored craft sand is easy to find in craft stores and small bags are inexpensive and simple to store and reuse! And purple, yellow and green would be a pretty combination for Spring! So get ready for this craft sand sensory bin!

10 Ways to use Left Over beads

Do you have an interesting way to use or display leftover Mardi Gras beads? We have 10 ways to do it here!

Mardi Gras Cake Recipe

Do you know why they hide a baby in the king cake during Mardi Gras celebrations? Find out here!

Mardi Gras Printable

In honor of the festivities coming up this February, get these great Mardi Gras party decorations and printables.

8 Mardi Gras Printables

This Mardi Gras printable pack comes with everything you need to celebrate this fun holiday! It’s perfect for preschool classrooms, homeschooling, or as additional activities!

Painting Mardi Gras Beads

Painting activities are always a hit with kids. Do some painting with Mardi Gras beads!

Mardi Gras Activities for Kids

If you’re ready to celebrate Mardi Gras but are looking for some activities that are fun for kids too, here’s a few using cereal.

Mardi Gras Cup Shakers

Want to produce a satisfyingly loud noise for your Mardi Gras parade? Make these Mardi Gras cup shakers!

Paper Jester Hat

This three-dimensional jester hat can be made with some colorful construction paper. Simply download the free printable template and you’re all ready to get started.

9 Spooky Halloween Activities

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9 Spooky Halloween Activities

If you are looking for Halloween fun you are in the right place! I found 9 Spooky Halloween Activities that I can’t wait to try with my family this year. I have a feeling you are going to love a few of these activities too!

From DIY decorations to handmade treat bags there is something on this list for everyone!

Water Color Resist Spider Web
Spooky Expanding Ghost
Spooky Glowing Eyes
Halloween Monster Yard Lights
Spooky Spider Craft
Spooky Shadow Puppets
Count Dracula Craft
Spooky Eye Ball Treat Bags

Which of these 9 Spooky Halloween Activities do you want to try first? I think the Water Color Resist Spider Web and the Halloween Monster Yard Lights are pretty spectacular!

If you have a favorite Halloween activity I would love to hear about it!

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Ready for Talk Like a Pirate Day?

Talk Like a Pirate Day is September 19th! Want to celebrate in your homeschool? Check out these easy & creative ideas to get in the spirit!
 
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Pirate Treasure Hunt – This is a great activity for pirate fun at home over the weekend! Make your own map, hide pirate treasure, and watch your little ones follow directions to search for the Pirates’ Gold!

Island Adventures Reading Program – Join Pete Pirate and his crew with instruction and practice in advanced phonics skills, sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension! 75 lessons teach fundamental reading skills for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. Recommended ages 6 to 9.

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Treasure Map Pizza – Decorate your homemade pizza with olives, peppers, and a tiny red pepper for the pirate ship!

Meet the McKaws – This is such a fun pirate-themed book for Kindergarteners! Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything.

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Pirate Math and Literacy Activities – The pirate literacy activities include wall words, syllable sort, picture bingo, and more! The pirate math activities include four math activities that would deb a great addition to any pirate-themed unit.

Pirate Crafts and Treasure Chest – Make a pirate hat, homemade pirate hook, spyglass, treasure chest, gold coins and more!

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Paper Plate Pirate Craft – Use household items to craft a happy pirate face! This is an easy activity for kids and parents to complete together at home.

Exploding Treasure Chests Pirate Science – Dive into some pirate science with Exploding Treasure Chests!! It’s a great sensory experience as the solid, freezing cold chests turn to mush and expose treasures hidden within.

Pirate Theme Classroom Mega Bundle – Want to set your classroom in a pirate theme? This package includes pirate-themed word wall cards, calendars, customizable name tags, classroom jobs poster, time telling posters set, and more!

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Autumn Necklace: Easy Kids’ Craft for Fall

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This is one of my favorite crafts because it is inexpensive, easy to do and not messy at all! It is a great way to bring the family together when you need a low stress activity that will please everyone or a group activity for a classroom or party.

 

Depending on the ages and capabilities of the children doing the activity, you may want to let them cut the straws and punch the holes in the leaves, or you may want to have these steps already completed so they just do the designing and stringing.

 

Supplies: 

 

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  • Paper Straws in Assorted Fall Colors and Patterns
  • String, cord or twine
  • Scissors
  • Paper Hole Punch
  • Silk Fall leaves

Steps: 

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1. Cut the straws into pieces of varying lengths.

 

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2. Take each silk fall leaf and punch two holes (as shown) so that it can be threaded onto a string.

 

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3. Measure the string to the size that you want your necklaces to hang adding approximately 4 inches to allow for tying a bow or knot.

 

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4. String the straws and leaves onto the cord in your own design.

 

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5. Tie the ends together and have fun!
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Easy Curriculum: Green Kid Crafts Subscription Deal

If you’re looking for a fun, casual way to incorporate learning this summer (or any time of year, for that matter), you may  want to check out this deal on a 3-month subscription to Green Kid Crafts at LivingSocial.com.

Each month, you’ll receive a box with 4-6 STEM activities surrounding a particular theme like “oceans” or “outer space,” along with additional activity suggestions you can do at home, reading lists, games, puzzles and more.  This sounds like a great start to a theme unit to me!

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There’s only a few subscriptions left at the really low price of $37 (total, for the 3 months!), so hurry on over to LivingSocial.com and get yours!

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