DIY Winter Mini Box Houses

Happy Holiday Season Everyone!

Just a quick link share for you to check out these gorgeous DIY handmade Winter “Mini Box Houses” for Christmas crafts with the kids. 


..please note:  this photo & credit belongs to Nim C from all things Nim & has been shared here for entertainment only. You do not have rights to copy or redistribute, unless contacting owner yourself.. TY

These are made by Nim C from @allthingsNim <–Her Instagram Link for more gorgeous fun & DIY’s! 

https://plus.google.com/+AllThingsNim/posts/9NRrBAhYFd1?_utm_source=1-2-4

Thanks for dropping by,

Jaynine 😉

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Kids Clay Donut Art

For whatever the reason(s) may be (and I had started with a pretty long list in draft i decided not to air LOL), I just cannot seem to organize a darn thing anymore: my thoughts, my words, my blog posts, nothing. I am completely frustrated and all over the place at this point but, I have been itching for weeks to share our latest projects with you all.

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This small project was so simple and quick with colorful results. One those activities that will bring together multi-aged groups of kids, to the table for some creative time!

START WITH:

+ AMACO Sculptamold modelling clay bag
{ We ordered ours via Amazon.ca as in Canada. If you follow links to US bloggers, you’ll find much cheaper better pricing }
+ water
+ mixing bowl {we use our designated clay mixing glass bowl}
+ kids art deco items like sequins glue donut colored acrylic paints for base, gesso *optional, any other colors for icing of your choice. { we Googled for inspiration results here}
+ PLUS, Puffy Paint: the most important * material *

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AND:
+ follow simple directions on bag
+ mix two parts clay, to one part water. Do not over water!
+ silicone donut molds { for my US readers I found these } Whatever shape you do chose,
* Keep your selection simple as its easier for kids to complete. I added a thin PAM Oil Cooking Spray layer to our molds for easy removal.

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It is difficult however not to end up with air bubbles (or tiny missing spaces) within your finished product. I found it added to the authentic look of the donut though.

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When filling, we pushed, stuffed, jammed, and even added moistened fingers ( wet with water) while kinda forcing the mixture, into the molds. The slightly wet-fingered pressing, gives a close to smooth finish to the donuts exterior as well.

Sculptamold starts to dry after 30 minutes kinda like Plaster Paris. To prevent longer drying times from sitting in the silicone overnight, and so children could get to the decorating already: I pulled out the donuts out after 45 minutes of the mixture settling.

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{ * The first time I tried project alone, the donut was still moist along bottom for days, from leaving it to dry IN molds! }

NOW, time to get out the acrylic paints of donutish colors for decorating! { You can also use white gesso as a base }

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NOTE: This clay post of mine, was directly inspired byAna at her creative children’s art and activities blog: Babble Dabble Do. Check out about Ana, and her added nature twist, to her simple Sculptamold Fruit Bowls art project for kids, done with her own children. { be sure to visit the post for more kid fun inspiration! }

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Now, Mom! Let the kids put too much, overflowing glop. It will DRY! YES, even our $1.00 for 3pk of cheap puffy paint from Dollarama dried fully after 24hours!

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Here’s the kids version:

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See, drippy goopy sticky ooey-gooey yummy, sloppy, or perfectly positioned, donut icing. It truly makes the project.

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WHEN YOU LEAVE
VISIT: ROCKIN’ ART FOR KIDS!. You will find, plenty of their own and other bloggers, kids activities surrounding art; plus a multitude of genius Summer fun ideas, for you to share with your kids.

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BEWARE: Your world of ideas for measly “arts ‘n’ crafts” is about to be blown out of the waters! Hang On & Have Fun!

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DIY: Dreamy train

Lately, I have been finding some seriously creative paper crafting blogs. So wonderful in fact, that I have re-blogged them here. Take a look through the links to post, at a different type train set DIY, via Lullaby Diaries.
Jeanine ;)

Homemade Pixie Dust Recipe

LO has been asking and asking and asking since watching Disney’s Tinkerbell and The Pirate Fairy, to make our own Pixie Dust. (She’s got high hopes for her Moms creativity levels, let me tell ya’!)

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I honestly kept saying yes with the hopes she’d soon forget the idea all together! Hey, no need to get mad, its not like I really wasn’t ever going to do it. This was not an activity I was looking forward to doing with my destroyer! I could see it now….  the food-colour-dyed Epsom salts all over our apartment, in the cracks of our newly laid laminate flooring, and her hair, oh her hair…Oh the four day hair washing that already comes from playground sand. & now add salt!? inside? us ? salt!??  oh no no no! … (dyed salts were the only idea I had in mind at the time)??!!! Oh Perish the thought!! I imagined the worst and so I left all ideas alone.

Since Springs arrival (the Season, not the Weather!), I had been brainstorming. I’d been trying to figure out different things to do with sidewalk chalk! … Sidewalk Chalk, sidewalk chalk, every Easter, more & more Sidewalk Chalk!!!! We always have left over that I keep throughout the cold months, and end up throwing out in Spring cleaning!! This year, I was determined to find another use for them–and I finally did!
Our Bright IDEAS Out of that combination, our HomemadePixie DustRecipe was born. I have created a simple & quick, fool-proof recipe for making Homemade Pixie Dust! even the children can make!

{*Please read the PARENTS! section below post before performing this activity*}

TOOLS all you and your little pixie need are:

–  last years bits ‘n’ pieces of Sidewalk Chalk 

–  a handheld Cheese Grater

–  empty {cute} kitchen containers 

–  Dollar Store Glitter in choice colors

PREPARATION:
*During the preparation, watch my fingers Mum!

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Get your LO to grip the handheld (cheese) grater, with one hand. *I use the smaller holed grater for best results. I haven’t tried regular sized because I was more worried about finger cuts with LO’s smaller fingers.

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Second hand holds the chalk to perform the downwards scrapping action on grater, just like when grating cheese, right inside/over your containers. There’s really not much force required to transform the chalk to powder, making it simple for littles.

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This produces the powder or dust like, effect from the chalk. Now, add about a couple handfuls tablespoons of glitter for sparkly results, and watch your eyes! I sent LO for a trial run, at the highest step to better watch the dust float through the air. I suggested with throw into the wind and air, so she didn’t just throw the glittery sparkles to the ground.

20140505-093556.jpg Our first batch of our Homemade Pixie Dust, was made up in our indoor chemistry lab aka, the kitchen. You can take always your tools outside and sit on the grass, as we did to prep our second batch. **You will NOT FLY but, let your imaginations soar!** I am sure your littles will have tons of fun!

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….. and …. the first throw!!!??

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TIP:  Since she was a young toddler, I have watched my daughters hand-use choices (I just couldn’t think of a better way to describe that) in all different activities. Mainly so I can assist her in future pencil holding and writing abilities.

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HOMEMADE PIXIE DUST RECIPE

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Also due to her families history of ambidextrous habits and their artistic genes. So I'm trying to inspire a young Van Goughsue me lol! I actually encourage her to give both hands a turn in exercises like this. Give it a try with your children, and come back to report with your findings. I’d be interested in hearing them!

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{cute}:  Your LO will be use this cute container to pinch ‘n’ toss the final product from. *For cute photo opportunities, we used our children’s (dated) stainless steal kitchen pot with lid (wind protector) from IKEA. As far as the photos are concerned, we don’t own a working digital camera, but I wish I did. However, even our iPhone-class photography results look amazing because, the children have so much fun with this activity in the mix!

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please, remember to have fun! Think like a kid today ;D
ENJOY, 

JayNine xo

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PARENTS:
You might want to consider a few of these warnings before doing this activity. This pixie dust does not make anyone fly. Be aware of the ideas you’re sharing with pretending. One knowledgeable of your childrens age and maturity levels when pretending. :) Watch your childrens fingers during prep, or with any sharp tools. Watch childrens eyes during activity. You might want to warn and remind the children consistently, not to throw the dust at each others faces, or eyes, but into the air instead. Use outdoors only. Chalk colors if get wet might stain clothing or hands. With all my warnings still, accidents do happen! Importantly, I am no chemical scientist, J9sopinion/I am not responsible for any such accidents thank you. I do not endorse nor oppose (and I am NOT paid or compensated in any form, for mention of any), the use, or purchase of, any/all mentioned products and/or ideas expressed. I am also not a real Walt Disney “Dust Fairy”–lol who knew right?! :)  No copyright infringements intended re: Disney.

 I DO Suggest highly, that ANY activity that involves even the slightest sharp of objects (or not) regardless of age or skill level, be done ALWAYS WITH ADULT SUPERVISION. This posted activity is NOT a suggestion to perform, but merely my shared personal experience;

Made By Joel

Today, I am excited to share our personal experience with one of our new favorite websites! (Especially helpful when we were locked up indoors during the dramatic city wide Ice Storm Ontario 2013)

Made by Joel

Joel is a world renowned designer of all things children. Fabric, wood, clothing, DIY, decor, toy making, hand-drawn and beyond. (Links on where to purchase his creativity book for here).  

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On his website you will find a dropdown menu for Free Printable Activities. Here is where we found the many of our Printable Toys and activities that kept our hands warm and head in the game over the last few  weeks  months. This deep freeze has been quite impossible to handle. It has just resurfaced its ugly head this past week, again. More temperatures around the -24 mark, with outlandish windchill values of -44 and colder.

20140124-133816.jpg Navigating around Joel’s on line playground is not only user friendly but, it’s fun! As we printed the fold, cut, & colourable paper town pieces throughout the site, I discovered using cardstock paper can make standing each piece up individually easy. I had more fun than the young I’m sure. I also had to add my glittery touch to my great looking lamposts here, with gold glitter glue placed on light!

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Since our traumatic Ice Storm hit, I have been extra kid creative around the house–& at the house I babysit 2 boys as well. Poor parents there, can barely see their new fridge or out their front looking window LOL ;D 

 

 

There are so many free printables available on line for children. I have found many for adults as well. What I was searching for this time was a site we could ALL enjoy creating from. That’s when I accidentally happily found MadeByJoel.com.  I took the initiative to save each file I could in our ibooks PDF library for future use. Then, printed each of our choice Paper Cities, People, and Vehicles, on a thicker cardstock paper. Each of the paper playful items we printed stood and were stronger with this choice paper. Made for fun decorating, worked with various coloring utensils, and even added our own special touches like in the pictures below!

 

 

There is much design to enjoyed through the talented father and husband Made by Joel for those of you with children, or children at heart, for the young and old, plain or bold. There is something for everyone. I really hope you will take a look around at his art. You’re certain to be inspired if you do!

What are your favorite adult or children FREE Printables websites you chose for coloring or printable activities with the kids, or alone? Share in the comments below! 

JayNine xo