Posts Tagged ‘kids craft’

Here’s the beginning of a new segment- hopefully these will be short and sweet.  I’m going to call it “My Spin on the Pin” since they’ll be inspired by things I’ve pinned on pinterest.  However, since I rarely do anything exactly as presented, you’ll be able to see or get a brief description of the changes.

So without further ado…  my first “Spin on the Pin.”

Salt dough fingerprint ornaments- this takes 2 of my pins.


Pin #1 is a Cinnamon salt dough recipe that can be found at grouprecipes.com.  A basic salt dough recipe plus some cinnamon for scent/color.

Pin #2 is a cute christmas ornament using thumb prints for the ornaments on the tree, found over here at Home Life Simplified.  (Warning- no instructions, just a link to a pin, that will not load for me).

fingerprint salt dough ornaments

I added a manger scene in fingerprints (sides of thumbs for Mary and Joseph, sides of pinkies for baby Jesus).

fingerprint ornament close

This was my first (stressful!) attempt at making Christmas ornaments with my girls (twins 4+, little sister almost 3).  They got to help with most of the stages- making the salt dough, helping with rolling and cutting out the ornaments, adding their fingerprints, painting the tree green and the stars yellow, and painting in the dots (Q-tips, 1 color at a time, 1 child at a time helped here).  I served as project manager and quality control, plus baking, painting details, sealing, and stringing.

3 painters

(IF you want the fingerprints to be visible in detail, I think I’d go with a polymer clay, unless you have an excellent no-puff, detail-able salt dough recipe.)

They had lots of fun, and I think they turned out pretty cute!

There’s also some gingerbread men and stars waiting in the wings to be completely finished- I left the girls unrestrained in their paint application and I think they’ll need some Q-tip dots to give them a cleaner look- we’ll see what happens.

That cute little snowman has a bit of a tilt, but he’s SUPPOSED  to look like a marshmallow snowman on a graham cracker, if you’ve seen any of those cute little guys out there in the stores…

**** If you’re a relative and you get one of these, pretend you didn’t see it first here 😉


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Nothing too original with this one- I just followed the directions over at Somewhat Simple.

Cut the bottom off of a bottle and put a baby sock over the bottle (enclosing the hole you made by cutting off the bottom). Dip it in straight dish soap (in any container with a flat bottom that will accommodate your bubble snake).  I used the super cheap stuff from the dollar store.


For each kid at VBS, they got 5 minutes to color an infant sock with permanent markers (put the sock on the bottle, then color).  Then we spent the rest of the time blowing bubbles for our last night of VBS.  Each crew was different.  One group competed for longest snake, another group worked together to make a giant bubble pile/cloud on the ground, some just ran around and blew their bubbles.


Pre-school age kids are most likely to breath IN when they put their mouth on the bottle, so encourage them to only blow out, or they’ll get bubbles in their mouth.

These were super simple, but tons of fun for all ages!  They’ve seen a lot of use at my house this summer!

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John and I had served our turn of the month in children’s church Sunday.  Since it was the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we wanted to do something with the kids that would focus them on that special day.  We made and talked about/used our “I-spy something I’m thankful for” jars.  The point is to find an item in the jar and tell what it reminds you to be thankful for.  For the parents, we included a little tag with a list of the 45 items and the reason for the jar and some examples of how it works.  The jars aren’t anything new, there’s lots of versions and tutorials out there.   The concept applying it to Thankfulness is what I wanted to share here.  I’m sure you could make one to pass around the dinner table with your family/dinner guests on Thanksgiving day, too.  The responses to why you’re reminded to be thankful by a given item can be very personalized.

The items to make these were mostly around the house (at least around a crafter/carpenter/gardener/scrounger/packrat house).  There are 10 or so that are a bit of a cheat and use little things punched out of card stock.  The snowflake was a ribbon that I cut into pieces, as was the rainbow and the red, white and blue ribbon.  I cut crosses out of brown felt and shirts out of some T-shirt scraps (they don’t fray).  I made bitty books out of scrap paper- stapled the insides and then glued on a colorful cover.  A few items were beads.  Most everything else came from small found items around the house or outside.  The birthday candle, pencil, and crayon where cut in half or in small stubby pieces.  Obviously, use what you have and can find that will fit the category of things to be thankful for (most anything!)  I used clear spice jars (the ones from Aldi’s have easy to remove labels) and I swapped some lids from other jars that fit, but didn’t have the little flip tops (=less glueing to secure everything).  The tops were glued on at the end to prevent any untimely messes.  I used poly beads to fill most of mine (I had some on hand), but ran out when I made up the rest at home and used rice to finish.  Some people use bird seed for a filler.

Some logistics:  I put my items into egg cartons- 2 in each hole- so it only took 2 egg cartons to carry all the items to go inside the jars.  Unfortunately, I didn’t put anything over my items to keep them from shifting all over to the other spaces in the carton.  It happens no matter how careful you are not to tip them.  (I tested it on the way home.  They didn’t spill on the way there just because John carried the bag to the car- shouldn’t have blamed him for the mess!)  So, I recommend putting a napkin, tissue, paper towel, washcloth,or something else over your items in the spaces before transporting.  It will save you a lot of fumbling, time, and exposure of all those little goodies (not good in a room of busy little ones)!  I handed items to the kids and let them put each thing in their own jars (Except the busiest two year old who wasn’t interested).  I put the filler beads in.  You might be able to let kids help with this if you have a nice flat container of beads/rice, a scoop and a funnel.  I put a bead of hot glue around the inside of the lid and screwed it on quickly.  (Putting it on the jar itself didn’t work).  Tags I had made up and put on a rubber band for simple attachment to the jars.  I just printed on card stock, cut them out, and “laminated” with clear wide tape.  The tag is the first thing to be removed and crumpled, but at least it starts out with the jar, gives parents the idea, and can go back on easily.  I brought a sharpie marker to write names on jars and tags.

Here’s the info I included on the tag.  I made it fit in two columns on a page of cardstock, 4 in a column (so you could get 8 per page).  I used a size 6 font to make it fit, so it’s pretty small.

I spy… something I’m thankful for! 

Spy something in the jar.  Tell what it reminds you to be thankful for.  There may be more than one reason!  

Examples:A feather could remind you to be thankful for birds, chickens (and eggs), or for a comfortable bed.  A bobby pin might remind you to be thankful for your grandma (or someone else who wears them), or to be thankful that you have hair.  A candle may remind you to be thankful for birthdays, celebrations, or light.  A piece of rainbow ribbon might remind you of God’s promises or the beautiful colors around us.  

There are 45 items.  Here’s a list of what to look for.

pencil      candle     button     bell     paperclip

fish      toothpick     teddybear     penny     girl

apple      rubber band     house/castle     car     flower

butterfly     rock     train     shell     nail

screw     crayon     bobby pin     kidney bean     kernel of corn

star     raisin     feather    cross     smiley face

snowflake     marble      shirt     book     twig

safety pin     google eye     heart     tack     boy

pumpkin seed        piece of electric wire        piece of rainbow ribbon

piece of red, white, and blue ribbon          water drop (blue drop bead)

We only had 4 kids in class (two were ours) but it was a busy day!  I love how they turned out.  I especially like that they are so compact- a nice small size to fit in a bag or purse without much hassle, but still plenty to keep a little one occupied.  They will be joining the busy bags for our trip to NC this Christmas.

What ideas do you have for developing thankfulness in the hearts of your children?

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