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    “Stained Glass” Apple Craft

    Fall is so close and I can’t wait to go pumpkin picking and decorating. Summer is long in Tennessee and October has become my favorite outdoor month. We will be going to an apple orchard next week and to get us in the mood we made a stained glass apple craft. It takes a tiny bit of preparation, toddlers will definitely need help with cutting but elementary school children can master this craft all by themselves. Stained glass apples look very pretty when hung in the window and the light shines through them but they are also cute as general Fall decor. Stained Glass Apple Materials Apple Template, printable below…

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    Dream Catcher Tutorial

    We started homeschooling a few weeks back and it has been an adventure so far. My kids are not easily motivated to do school work and I have been trying hard to make it entertaining for them. We have been talking about Colonial America and Native American history and I tried to tie in fun activities relating to these topics. One of our crafts was making dream catchers and since we all enjoyed it I put together a dream catcher tutorial that you can follow along with your child. The History of Dream Catchers The meaning of dream catchers originate from Native American cultures. The dream catcher is a protective…

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    Kinetic Sand Tutorial and Construction Site Sensory Bin

    Kinetic sand is wonderful! It is soft and pliable, holds it’s shape and doesn’t sprinkle all over the place. I like using it for sensory bins because it is not as messy and can be used for indoor play. Unfortunately kinetic sand costs a fortune if you buy it at the store or online. But you can easily make it yourself for a few cents. I will show you how to set up this construction site sensory bin with self made kinetic sand. Materials for Kinetic Sand plastic container with lid, aluminum pan or high rimmed baking sheet 10 cups of sand 1 cup of water 10 tablespoons of cornstarch…

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    Easy Leaf Print Art

    I like nature crafts. They are unique, beautiful, materials are free and readily available. This easy leaf print art project requires little to no prep and uses items you already have at home. A great project when the kids are bored and it is too hot to play outside. Materials: washable markers – We used broad line markers from Cra-Z-art but any kind will work. The bigger and bolder the better. white paper or card stock damp paper towel (not pictured) leaves Leaf Prints Gather all the materials and go outside to pick a few leaves. Flat leaves with prominent veins will give you the best results. Place a leaf…

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    Apple Crafts and Activities

    I love apple crafts and activities! Apples make me think about Fall, cooler days, and the first days of school. In preschool, we like to start out with “A is for apple” but this year I will be home teaching my kids and we will do our own apple themed week. Here is a list of fun crafts, educational activities, books, and easy recipes for kids to get you into the Fall mood. Apple Crafts 1. Woven Paper Plate Apple by Non-Toy Gifts 2. Happy Paper Plate Apples by Simple Everyday Mom 3. Apple Stained Glass Window Decor by Kinder Craze 4. Apple Stamping Bugs by Box of Ideas 5.…

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    Toothbrush Art

    I am always thinking about crafts I liked to do when I was a child and toothbrush art has always been one of my favorites. It is quick and easy and the results are beautiful no matter how young or skilled you are. We like to use leaves and flowers because the silhouettes are intricate and unique. You could also use paper cutouts if you don’t want to use plants. Materials: paper or card stock in white cup with water watercolors toothbrushes (I got a 5-pack for $1 at Dollar General) comb or wire strainer (optional) leaves and flowers Instructions for Toothbrush Art Place leaves and flowers on the paper.…

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    Scratch Art DIY

    When I was little I used to do a lot of scratch art. I just loved the surprise of which colors would peek through when I started drawing or writing on the black surface. Now they are selling scratch art notepads and craft kits, which my kids like to do, but did you know you can make your own art paper very easily for a fraction of the costs? I will show you two ways to do it. Scratch Art Materials: white card stock crayons, the more colors the better sponge brush or paint brush black craft paint tooth pick, wooden skewer or pencil to scratch images Color your paper…

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    Tissue Paper Art

    A few weeks ago I fell in love with bleeding tissue paper art. It is easy to work with and the results are vibrant and fun. Bleeding tissue paper looks and feels like gift wrapping paper but it releases it’s color when made wet. You can purchase it in school supply and craft stores or on amazon. It comes in sheets or cut shapes, is fairly inexpensive, and will last you a long time. This craft is also quick and simple enough that a toddler can do it with a little bit of supervision. A few weeks ago I made a patriotic tissue paper craft but since it is the…

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    Fun Sticker Activities

    Kids love stickers. I have never met a child that didn’t love them. Stickers make things pretty, they are great as rewards, to help over a small injury, and to keep kids entertained for a few minutes. There are so many fun sticker activities you can do, the possibilities are endless. I have to admit, I have a little bit of a sticker addiction. Every time I run into pretty, funny, or useful stickers I just have to buy them. Since I bought a Cricut I also learned how to make my own, which is really neat. When I substitute in elementary school I give them out as rewards for…

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    Straw Bracelets

    Straw bracelets are such an easy craft, even toddlers can join in without needing much assistance. The bracelets can be made in all kinds of patterns and colors, cost next to nothing, take a couple minutes to make and look so cute. And don’t forget fine-motor-skill development. This craft is perfect for working on it! Materials: colorful plastic or paper straws, cut into small sections pipe cleaners (1 per bracelet) scissors wire cutters (optional) Cut the straws into small sections. For toddlers, I would recommend larger, 1-inch pieces. Older kids are fine with small pieces. Take a pipe cleaner in matching colors and bend one end of it so the…