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This blog is to inspire all of us to spend quality "fun" time with our children before they get too big and move out of the house. Hopefully you will walk away with a craft, recipe, song, or story you can share with your family, child or friend and if you have one you would like to share with us that would be great!!!
If you would like to post an entry, please contact me-I think it would be great to get ideas from YOU-the more entries we get, the more ideas we have to share with our kiddos.

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Apr 25, 2007
electric food warmer art

If you haven't heard about this before, you must try this!!
I work with children everyday and they love this!!!

Basic food warmer art
(later this week I will show you another way to use your electric food warmer for a different art project......stay tuned)

supplies you'll need
electric warmer
crayons-old broken ones would be great!!!
paper or aluminum foil
light weight gloves (optional)

1.  Get yourself an electric food warmer
(I can always find one of these at the thrift store)

 plug it in.

2.  cover with aluminum foil or paper
( I am working with foil because I am trying to get more outerspace ideas for my summer kids art program)

3.  start coloring straight onto the paper or foil
(if you are worried about the heat, which isn't too hot-now you can put on some jersey gloves.-I do this every week with preschoolers and they have never needed gloves)

keep coloring and adding more colors

Here is one on plain white paper

I would love to start a flicker site full of little bear ideas put to practice,
would anyone be interested?

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Apr 22, 2007
poor man's ink prints

Pearl and I have been working on some ink prints
Our table is set up for our little print shop

Here are a couple of close ups
Which one do you like better, the watercolor or the ink?

If you would like to make one-here are a few simple steps
(I had a picture for each step loaded up and then they were erased!!! ARRGGG
maybe I will get to it in a few days)

1.  Start off with a styrofoam meat tray

2.  turn it upside down and draw your picture on it with an ink pen
-be sure to trace over it a few times to "deepen the drawing"

You can either paint with watercolors (we used the cheap pack)
 or turn an ink pad upside down and "stamp" your drawing until completely covered.
you could also use ink and a brayer but then it wouldn't be a poor man's ink print.

4.  Turn upside down on a blank piece of paper, lift , and you are all done.

Here are a few more prints we made



thanks so much-I will be having a lot more outer space ideas coming soon.

Posted at 01:55 pm by joywilliams
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Apr 15, 2007
embroidered line drawing

  how to embroider your child's drawing
1.  Find a simple line drawing that you would love to embroider
(i think children's pictures are the best)

2. Trace the pattern onto your piece of fabric
(I like to use muslin-I like the look of it, and it is really thin and easy to see through)
You can use a light table or tape the fabric directly to the picture aganist a window.

3.  Place sketched drawing into embroidery hoop and begin to stitch.

I stitched my drawing using the chain stitch and only used 2 strands of embroidery floss.

4. Frame you finished work, or sew it onto a bag, pillow, purse, t-shirt.

these would make great gifts.

you can change the color of thread as much as you want, according to your child's original drawing.

I love this! it looks to me like a turtle/weiner dog with a tam on hiding it's dreadlocks.

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Apr 14, 2007
toothpick, marshmallows, and gumdrops

I had to entertain a whole bunch of kids Easter weekend.
What better way then marshmallow,toothpick, and straws.

here is another

and then I found this picture of my mom with my daughter
(it means too much to me now-I just wish I could tell her how much of an inspiration she was in my crafting/sewing world)

so folks, there you have it!!!
looks great and tastes good too.

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Apr 12, 2007
book review 4

My choice for book of the week goes to
Catherine Marshall's Story Bible.

This book tells over 35 stories from the bible and all illustrations are by children.
(some of the pictures are so amazing)

Here are a few of my favorites
(i guess i am into birds lately)

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Apr 9, 2007
wee garden

I was blog hopping earlier and ran into this amazing website!!!

Wee gardens

(Sorry this image is small)

You willl find great ideas to create with your child, and it is all on a minature scale.
They sell their minature items too!-a tiny trellis, iron fence, minature wheelbarrow.

I promise you, I am going to making these with my kids this summer.
and I might even visit them, because they are close to Chicago.

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Apr 4, 2007
it's not too late!!!

If you are like me, and are just now getting around to decorating for Easter-It's not too late to make up a batch of these!

Swing on over to Theresa's site to see wonderful step by step instructions.

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Apr 1, 2007
numbers can

Look at what I discovered over at simplesparrow while blog hopping this weekend.

I think this can is so adorable-love the colors,image and fabrics.

Toni made this number can for a little girl about to turn 2.
She can collect and dump the tokens and when she is a little older, she can use them to learn to count to 10.

I thought this was such a great idea!!!! Thanks Toni for sharing this with us.
(I've got to make one of these for my daughter)
Check out her blog for many other great ideas.

You could also use this idea to teach the alphabet, colors, farm animals.....

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Mar 30, 2007
felt and fabric hair ties

Use up your felt and fabric scraps to make some of these.

cut 2 circles the same size out of felt using pinking shears
cut 2 slightly smaller circles  from scrap fabric for the inside.
glue or sew smaller circle onto larger one
finish by sewing on thin hair ties
(sorry, I took this picture before the last step)

or you could sew on a pin back

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Mar 25, 2007
let your child use your digital camera

Let your child use your digital camera-see the world through their eyes
just make sure they have the strap tight around their wrist!!

Here are some amazing pictures my daughter took today.
I can't believe how amazing they are-especially this first one.

boy and ball in the sky

bird bath




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