Simple Words

We had a low-key Mother’s Day here at the house, and it was great. We cooked out with my mother and father, my MIL, and one of my best friends and her son. We hung out for hours, and it was a relaxed, laughter-filled day.

I got cards from the kids, DH prepped and cooked out as my gift, and my parents got me an awesome jogging stroller so I can walk with my mom in the mornings again. However, my favorite gift came in the form of a handwritten note from The Older:

M other I like when we make cookies together.
O ur Love
T he best thing is I love to have a Mom like you.
H ot days I like when we go into the pool together.
E xcited when I sleep with you.
R ide bikes together.”

I’m happy to know that when he thinks of me and our relationship, he’s thinking about love and all the things we do together. Nothing could make me happier than to know that my son feels loved and appreciated!

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks

The Younger is sick, so I haven’t been able to do much in the way of posting. I thought I’d pull out an old one from the archives to share for now :-)

I’m trying to get a jump on the next holiday!  The Oldest loves the idea of leprechauns and magic, so this is a great holiday for him.  The Youngest, of course, just enjoys doing anything crafty, so she is easy to please.

I started out by cutting green hearts out of construction paper.  I did it the easy way; fold paper in half, cut half a heart shape, then open.  I let her use the glue stick again and the glitter, and I gave her the hearts one at a time so she wasn’t overwhelmed.

She really liked the different colored glitter (gold and some white left over from Christmas), and she spent a good deal of time putting glue on the paper, dumping the glitter on, then rubbing it to see what would happen.

When she was done decorating the clover leaves, we shook off the extra glitter, added some stickers, and then left it to dry for a bit.  When it was ready, I taped the leaflets together in the back and added a stem for her.

She had a great time, and I see us making many more of these in the weeks to come!  I have a great idea for The Oldest too, and I plan on getting that done this weekend :-)

Bubble Wrap Valentine’s Day Craft

We have this big roll of bubble wrap here in our garage, and I’ve been trying to come up with a way to use it. I’ve heard great things about painting with bubble wrap, so I decided to try this today with The Younger. I cut some bubble wrap into a square and then set out the tempera paint and some brushes.

I put each color in a separate Dixie cup, and then showed her how to paint the bubbles. She was so excited! I should have known that the activity would take a different turn, and it did. She just wanted to mix all the colors in the cups, so I let her go to town and do whatever she wanted. Messy? Yes. Fun? Yes yes yes!!!!

This is her final masterpiece. She loved the way the colors mixed, and I have to say I think it’s pretty amazing myself. Biased maybe, but whatever ;-)

I was going to cut this into a heart shape, but then I had a much better idea. I cut hearts out of construction paper, lay them on the bubble wrap, and then lifted them up to create these:

She had a great time doing this, and she was thrilled that I didn’t have to “destroy” her final masterpiece after all…

Valentine Heart Craft for Kids

I wanted to get a jump on Valentines Day because lately I seem to be surprised when holidays roll around. This year I’m hoping to do handmade valentines for The Older’s classmates, and I thought about what would be easy and fun for him.

This seemed like an easy Valentines Day craft for preschoolers and older kids, so I set up The Younger and let her go to work to test my theory. Supplies are easy:

  • Glitter Glue
  • Tempera Paint
  • Construction Paper
  • Marbles
  • Plastic Cups (or other containers)
  • Box or Baking Dish or Bucket
  • Scissors

I put the paint/glue into different plastic cups, then placed a marble in. I cut out some hearts, lined the bottom of our plastic bucket, and then The Younger chose which color she wanted to use. I dropped the marble in the bucket on top of the heart, and then she rolled the marble back and forth to make designs on the hearts.

When we were done, we set the finished products out to dry. She’s excited to hang them up when they’re done, and I think I might string them together and hang them from the window. For the classroom, I think I’ll have The Older write his message on the hearts in marker, then do the designs… Or maybe the other way, with the design first? I’m not sure. Always up for experimenting!