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Easy Turkey Crafts for Preschoolers

18 Nov

It has been awhile (well, a week) since Charlie and I sat down and made something together, so I started looking around last night for some cool Thanksgiving projects we could do.  I want him to start learning about Thanksgiving, and he is really soaking up the information right now, so I decided today was the day!

I found tons of great ideas, printables, and videos online.  I kind of combined everything and came up with this:

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Charlie and I really had fun making them.  The best part was getting outside to find the prettiest leaves.

Here’s how we made them:

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

1. We colored paper plates with brown crayons, then cut out a circle of brown construction paper and glued it on.

 

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

2. Glue on wiggly eyes, a beak made with a yellow construction paper triangle, and a wattle made with red construction paper (cut out like a heart).

 

We had to look up some information about wattles.  Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

We had to look up some information about wattles. Did you know that they actually change colors when a turkey gets mad?

 

3.  We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside.  We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

3. We used a hot glue gun to glue on the colorful leaves that we found outside. We snipped off the stems before glueing them on.

 

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

Charlie was in charge of cutting off the stems, and I was in charge of the hot glue gun!

 

And done!  Cute, huh?

And done! Cute, huh?

 

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project.  She worked on this great color-by-number turkey.  I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

Maddie woke up about halfway through our project. She worked on this great color-by-number turkey. I found it at http://www.reading-with-kids.com/images/thanksgiving-turkey-color-by-number-letter.jpg

 

I love our turkeys, but here are some more great ideas that I found:

I love this turkey. The feathers are made out of old greeting cards. I can’t get back to the original source, so if it’s yours please let me know so I can give you credit:

I love this turkey.  The feathers are made out of old greeting cards.  I can't get back to the original source, so if it's yours please let me know so I can give you credit!

 

I couldn’t link back to the original source for these turkeys, either, but they are obviously made by Jill Dubien:

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I hope this gives you some inspiration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Decorating Pumpkins

15 Oct

The kids and I had a great time decorating some little pumpkins that they picked out at the store yesterday.  I just pulled out my bag of random, messy decorating things and we went to town!  We stuck everything on with glue dots (which are the best thing ever, by the way) and we have some really cute decorations.

fuzzy balls, sequins, wiggly eyes, and glue dots

fuzzy balls, sequins, wiggly eyes, and glue dots

Charlie and his pumpkin.

Charlie and his pumpkin.

Maddie put hair on her pumpkin.

Maddie put hair on her pumpkin.

Here are some other really great ideas I found:

Who would have thought there were so many ways to decorate pumpkins?

Ghosts and Bats

16 Sep

I know that I have already posted something today, but I just had to go ahead and tell you guys about this!  Plus, I promised on Instagram that I would tell you how to make these bats tonight, and a certain someone (not to name names, but Josh) is waiting with anticipation!

Aren't they cute?

Aren’t they cute? Maddie had to add a little pink to hers, of course!

These bats were SO easy to make.  The hardest part was cutting the egg cartons apart, but the job would be much easier with a pair of kitchen shears, I think.  I got the idea from http://www.dltk-holidays.com/halloween/meggcarton-bat.htm.  We used sequins for some of the eyes and I just happened to have some glittery foam triangles (leftover from last year’s Halloween pumpkin craft) that worked perfectly for the teeth.

The kids had a great time painting the egg cartons!  Charlie had a friend over today, and it kept them occupied for awhile!

Charlie and John were serious about their bats.

Charlie and John were serious about their bats.

We also made some ghosts today.  Remember the ghosts we used to make with the lollipops and kleenex? I used cotton balls and some scraps of fabric and ribbon that I had sitting around.  They turned out really cute and much prettier and more colorful than the kleenex version!

1. Place a cotton ball in the middle of a square of fabric-I used white but you can use any color.

1. Place a cotton ball in the middle of a square of fabric-I used white but you can use any color.

2-Pull the fabric around the cotton ball.  Add another piece of fabric or a piece of tulle.

2-Pull the fabric around the cotton ball. Add another piece of fabric or a piece of tulle.

3-Secure it with a piece of ribbon around the ghosts neck.

3-Secure it with a piece of ribbon around the ghost’s neck.

 

The kids made a couple of the ghosts, but honestly weren’t too interested in this little project!  I did enjoy myself, though.

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I really like this one.

I really like this one.

 

Maddie and I walked through the woods and found the perfect sticks to use for our Halloween tree!  Isn’t it great?

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I do think it needs something else.  Maybe some orange lights?

 

Some New Creations…

29 Aug

Casey, Julie, and I have kind of been on the fence as to whether or not we want to continue with our Mommy in Bonlee business this holiday season.  We have taken the summer off and are feeling re-energized now, so have decided to make a few things for the fall and Halloween season.

I spent all day yesterday making some wreaths, and I must say I really enjoyed myself!  I really like making them, and love seeing them on my door (and other people’s doors) even more!

I love this one for fall, and it looks great on my red front door:

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I really like this one for football season.  Go pirates!

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Casey is busy with some tutus for Halloween, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with.  I think a mummy costume is in the works!

If you are interested in seeing more of our creations or buying anything, just click the Facebook link on the right.  You can order through that page, or you can click on the link to our Storenvy shop and order that way.

I need to get focused now on packing for our Labor Day beach trip-so excited that we are staying at a hotel and someone else will be vacuuming and cooking and making our bed!

Have a great day, everyone!

Our Weekend and Calendars for Preschoolers (and a little adventure in Candy Land)

19 Aug

What a nice, rainy day we are having here!  Even though I would love to be able to start a fire in our fire pit this afternoon and roast the HUGE marshmallows and hotdogs we bought today, I know there will be plenty of time for that this fall.

We had a great weekend as well.  The kids and I got to spend Friday night in Mt. Airy and went to VBS at my dad’s church, which was a lot of fun.  While we were gone, Jason was busy assembling the kids new (to us) swing set so they could be surprised by it when we got home.  They haven’t been able to enjoy it too much yet because of all of the rain we have been getting, but they have loved it the few minutes they have been able to play on it.

I just love this peaceful picture of Maddie that I took Saturday afternoon.  She was worn out after our traveling and playing a little in the rain on the swing set!

Maddie fell asleep in the chair while she was watching Silly Songs-too precious!

Maddie fell asleep in the chair while she was watching Silly Songs-too precious!

Charlie and I just finished up an exciting game of Candy Land.

A cozy rainy day game on the couch.

A cozy rainy day game on the couch.

You will notice that we are not sitting on the couch.  That is because Charlie refuses to play a normal game of Candy Land.  He turns all of the pieces into superheroes (I always have to play with the yellow man, called “Cheese Guy.”). He plays with the red and blue men (Batman and Superman).  We hold them on the game cards and fly them all over the house.  Every so often we return to the game board to fight with Lord Licorice, the evil bad guy.

Here is Charlie playing Candy Land.  The heroes are in the Bat Cave.

Charlie playing Candy Land.

Charlie playing Candy Land.

 

I am starting to do some preschool stuff with Charlie.  This morning we made our calendars for the week.

Charlie's calendar-he's a busy boy!

Charlie’s calendar-he’s a busy boy!

Maddie made a calendar, too!

Maddie made a calendar, too!

 

I added a spot for a weekly Bible verse for the kids to memorize and also added a place to put their chores.  They are really excited about doing chores right now.  I wonder how long that will last?

Click here for a template of the calendar: Weekly Calendar Template

These websites have great suggestions of Bible verses for children to memorize: http://www.ministry-to-children.com/easy-bible-verses/, http://www.tolovehonorandvacuum.com/2011/01/50-most-important-bible-verses-to/.

And here is a great list of suggested chores for your kids according to their age: http://www.parentingsquad.com/43-chores-young-children-can-do.

I am hoping that this helps Charlie learn his days of the week, memorize some scripture, start doing some chores, and just shows him about planning, and Maddie might pick up a little, too.

Enjoy!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

23 Jul

What is more fresh than freshly washed children in the tub with fresh watermelon and banana popsicles?

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I had a really difficult time getting a decent picture! Maddie likes these watermelon popsicles, but I think the cold was bothering her!

Check out Madster's face!

Check out Madster’s face!

Definitely the coldness!

Definitely the coldness!

This is why I never ask them to actually pose for pics!

I did like this one of Charlie:

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I have been making popsicles like crazy this summer!  The kids love them and I don’t mind how many they eat.  They are probably thinking, “Why is Mama making us eat so many popsicles?”

Here’s how I made these:

1. Put fresh, seeded watermelon in the blender and puree until it is just juice.

2.  Drop some banana slices into the popsicle molds.  Blueberries or pineapple chunks are also really good.

3.  Pour the watermelon juice into the molds.

4.  Freeze and done!

Have a good night, everyone!

 

 

Summer Bounty

19 Jul

Hi everyone!  So glad today is Friday and we have a great weekend ahead of us.  I am especially glad that our new refrigerator was delivered today.  After several weeks of going back and forth to our garage fridge to retrieve juice every time the kids needed something to drink, I am SO HAPPY!  What an ordeal this has been, but I will save that story for another day.

We were late planting our garden this year so we are just beginning to harvest our fruits and veggies.  We have been eating fresh squash, zucchini, cucumber, and tomatoes every night, and today I enjoyed my first tomato sandwich of the summer.  It was so good!

Jason is keeping a close eye on our canteloupe and watermelon, and I think we will get to pick one this weekend.  Can’t wait.

My cutting garden is also very plentiful right now.  I so love to go out back and cut a bouquet of flowers for the house.  Jason built my cutting garden for me one day when I was at work and he had the day off (about 7 years ago), and I have gotten so much enjoyment from it!

Here’s what I cut today:

I am not sure what this red flower is, but it actually comes back every year.  I added some rosemary.  We got this vase in Tijuana several years ago.

I am not sure what this red flower is, but it actually comes back every year. I added some rosemary. We got this vase in Tijuana several years ago.

This is a mix of zinnias, cosmos, mexican sunflowers, and black-eyed susans.

This is a mix of zinnias, cosmos, mexican sunflowers, and black-eyed susans.

I love this print I just got. You guys should check outhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/LiveAtHome and their gorgeous prints.

I love this print I just got. You guys should check out https://www.etsy.com/shop/LiveAtHome and their gorgeous prints.

Anyway, great day for me!  God has really blessed me.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

 

 

DIY Chevron Wreath

9 Jul

Is anyone else obsessed with chevron like me?  I just love it.  I found some grey chevron scrapbook paper the other day that I just love, and my new yellow chevron pillows are being delivered tomorrow.  I can’t wait!

Mama asked me to make a gray chevron wreath to match her new paint colors, so we went to Hobby Lobby today and got the fabric, and I made it tonight after I put the kids to bed.  It turned out just beautifully and I thought I would give a quick DIY on it.

Gray Chevron Wreath with Flower Embellishment

Supplies Needed:

Glue Gun and Glue Sticks

Straw Wreath Form (I used a 15″ Form)

1 Yard of Gray Chevron Fabric 

Silk Flowers of Your Choice

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1. Cut the fabric into strips about 6 inches wide.  Make your cut in the direction of the arrows in the chevron pattern.

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2. Cut those strips into pieces that are 10 inches in length.

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3. Take each fabric strip and fold over one edge.  Secure it with the hot glue gun.

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4. Begin gluing the strips of fabric to the straw wreath form.  Secure one edge to the back of the form with the hot glue gun.

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5. Pull the fabric tightly around the form and secure the end of the fabric to the straw form using the hot glue gun.

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6. Continue adding strips of fabric, overlapping the side of the fabric that is folded over onto the fabric on the form so the frayed edge of the fabric isn’t showing.  For a more uniform look, line up the pattern of the chevron on the front of the wreath.

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You will need to fold over the fabric a bit to keep it tight around the form.
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Halfway there!

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7. For the last piece of fabric, fold over both sides so the frayed edges are not showing, then secure it to the wreath the same as the other pieces.

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All done!

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8. Use the hot glue gun to add the flowers of your choice.

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And all done!

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Isn’t it pretty?  I can’t wait until Mama sees it.  And luckily, I have enough fabric left to make one for myself!

Happy 4th of July!

4 Jul

Aren’t we so blessed to live in this country?  Whatever your opinions (and let me tell you, there are a LOT of opinions in NC right now), we are very lucky to live in a place where they can be freely expressed.

I hope that we will all spend this day reflecting on where our country is heading.  I know I, for  one, will be praying to God for our country today, that we will get our priorities in order and become a nation that fears God once again.  That is a dangerous prayer to pray, but danger is usually effective, isn’t it?

Anyway, on a lighter note!  Check out these cuties!

Charlie and Maddie wearing their festive shirts we made yesterday!

Charlie and Maddie wearing their festive shirts we made yesterday!

Charlie was really excited to be using "permanent" paint.  I used some acrylic paint for this, which is also dangerous!

Charlie was really excited to be using “permanent” paint. I used some acrylic paint for this, which is also dangerous!

 

I tried to get them to paint flags on the shirts, but that was a fruitless effort!

I tried to get them to paint flags on the shirts, but that was a fruitless effort!

 

My patriotic toes!

My patriotic toes!

I hope you all have a fun, safe 4th!

 

What to do With All of These Seashells?

2 Jul

Hi everyone!  I hope you have all had a fabulous rainy day….yeah.  Here in the South we are getting quite tired of the constant monsoon.  We have gardening to do!

Luckily, I prepared yesterday morning for the rainy week ahead.  The kids and I (and Noah, whose name is quite fitting at this time) packed up and headed to Hobby Lobby to replenish our craft supplies.

We have TONS, and I mean TONS of seashells from our recent vacation.  Everyone likes looking for pretty shells on the beach, especially my mom, who may be a little OCD about her shell collection.  Not only did she tirelessly search for shells, she washed, separated, and bagged the shells according to shape and texture and color. Thanks, Mama!

So we spent the day making things with our shells.  We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to spend this incredibly rainy day.  Here’s what we came up with:

First, we went out yesterday during a break in the rain and buried all of our shark’s teeth.  We are going to have friends over to dig for them as soon as we can walk through the yard again!

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We’ll have so much fun digging for these again!

This morning, Charlie and I redecorated Goldie’s bowl.  We added some smooth black stones and several oyster shells.

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Goldie loves his new bowl decor!  He has been swimming around happily all day.

Goldie loves his new bowl decor! He has been swimming around happily all day.

When Maddie woke up and we had finished with our morning routine, we made seashell sculptures.

We used Crayola Air-Dry Clay.

We used Crayola Air-Dry Clay.

Maddie is serious about her sculpting.

Maddie is serious about her sculpting.

Charlie's finished project-I think we'll put them in our English garden in a few days when they are dry.

Charlie’s finished project-I think we’ll put them in our English garden in a few days when they are dry.

Then we painted some shells.

Charlie making his Spiderman shell!

Charlie making his Spiderman shell!

And some wiggly-eyes for added effect.

And some wiggly-eyes for added effect.

I also made some magnets with some purple-grayish shells.  They match our kitchen well!

Just use a hot glue gun to secure the magnet to the back of the shell.  Easy!

Just use a hot glue gun to secure the magnet to the back of the shell. Easy!

They look good on the fridge.  I think I will make some with the shells the kids painted, too.  That would make a great gift!

They look good on the fridge. I think I will make some with the shells the kids painted, too. That would make a great gift!

I do have one more shell project I am working on, but it may take a few days.  I’ll let you all know when it is finished.  Then I guess we will dump the rest of the shells in the sandbox.

I am glad we had the shells today.  We had a lot of fun making stuff with them and it helped to make our day indoors pretty fun. Plus, we got a visit from Jill and Addison, so that made our day even better!