Fun Crafts

MYO Flower Fairies

These make the perfect little friend for playing with in the garden!

Over the years I have crafted many wee fairy friends with my daughters, my daughters’ friends and my little friends at preschool.  Each fairy is as unique as the child who made it, right down to their hand-drawn faces.

We have even created elves using silk leaves and hot glue to make clothing.  There is really no end to this project and what you can do, just look around for tiny accessories, tools and anything else that strikes your fancy!  Right now I am thinking tiny birds perched on little fairy hands could be fun!  When you are done making your fairy, create a home-grown fairy garden or fairy house for your fairy!

This project originally comes from Spoonful, thank you Spoonful for the great idea!

3fairies

Materials ~

  • Wooden Beads
  • Chenille Stems (assorted colors)
  • Silk Flowers that can be easily pulled apart
  • Embroidery Floss (assorted colors)
  • Fairy Accessories ~ little hats, tiny flowers, small insects, jewels, ribbons, acorn hats, feathers, and tiny garden tools etc…
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun
  • Glue Stick
  • Sharpies or Markers

Instructions ~

This project is fun for little kids and big kids alike.  Little children will need lots of help with each step.  An adult should do the hot gluing.  Older kids can make these fairies all by themselves once they know the steps and are safe using the glue gun.  In fact yesterday afternoon both my girls (age 11 and 7) spent the afternoon together crafting fairies!

~ The Face~

Start by having the child draw a face if so desired on the bead.  Make sure that the holes on the bead line up with the top and bottom of the fairy’s head.  You can also rub the fairy’s head with the glue stick and attach glitter for a sparkly fairy dust face.   

~ Hair and Body ~

Have the child choose a chenille stem for the body and embroidery floss for the hair.  Wrap the floss around your fingers to form a large loop of floss, going around many times.  Go around more fingers to make longer hair and less fingers for shorter hair.

creating hair

Then take the chenille stem and bend it in half around the loop of embroidery floss.  You can either bend the stem around the middle of the floss or closer to one end of the floss bundle which will create longer hair and potentially little bangs!attaching the hair

~ Attaching the Head to the Body ~

Once you have bent the stem around the floss, simply thread both ends of the chenille stem through the wooden bead.  Now you have the hair at the top of the head and the two ends of the chenille stem will create the body and legs.

attaching the head

happy fairy

~ Hair Style ~

At this point you can take some time to style your fairy’s hair if you wish.  You can cut the loops of the embroidery floss to create loose hair ends. and you can give you fairy a braid, pony tail or even a hair cut!  

fairy haircut

Fun accessories to consider are little crowns and hats decorated with tiny flowers and ribbons.  Check out the little hat we decorated.

garden hat

Happy fairy

I usually secure the hair to the head by rubbing a glue stick on the back of the fairy’s head and then pressing the embroidery floss into the glue.  And if we make bangs I do the same at the top front of the head.  This step really helps to hold everything together.

~ Arms and Wings ~

To make the arms have the child choose another chenille stem and cut it in half.  Then center this little half piece underneath the two chenille stems that extend out from the bottom of the wooden bead and wrapping right at the base of the bead, go around from front to back 1 or 2 times until the arms are the length you want them to be.  You can create little hands by folding the poky sharp end of the chenille stem in on it’s self 1 or 2 times.  creating arms

Creating the wings is very similar, using yet another chenille stem.  Look for sparkly stems for sparkly fairy wings!  To make the wings take the chenille stem you are using and center it on underneath the arms.  Starting from the front just like you did with the arms, wrap the chenille stem around those two chenille stems (which extend from the base of the bead) and twist into a wing shape.  You can also hot glue feathers to the fairy’s body to create wings!

wings

wings

 ~ Skirt and Clothing ~

Take a silk flower and pull it apart until you have little circles of petals with a hole in the center.  Then simply thread the two chenille stems that create the body through the hole.  

fairy skirt

Now you have a skirt!  You may want to twist the chenille stems under the skirt a little to hold the skirt on more tightly or even glue the flower on.  You can take petals from several different flowers and layer them to create a full colorful skirt if you want.  My daughter added feathers to her fairy’s skirt by hot gluing the feathers to flower petals.  feather fairyAnother variation is to take some of the leaves from the silk flowers and using a hot glue gun fold them around the legs to make pants!  You can create little feet by folding the poky sharp end of the chenille stem in on it’s self 1 or 2 times.

 ~ Now Your Fairy Is Done ~

Consider giving her or him a flower or crystal to hold, a butterfly friend to perch on a wing or a garden hoe!

fairyrain

wings from the back

Wishing You Lots Of Magic Fairy Fun!

More Fairy Fun ~

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Mindful Crafts & Activities For Happy Kids

Finding meaningful ways to engage children in becoming aware of and exploring their emotions is an important step towards raising confident, happy kids.  And the last few weeks the kids and I filled our time together breathing deep, talking about our emotions and playing!  I would like to share some of the wonderful projects we did that helped us engage our whole-selves, become aware of our emotions and find ways to center ourselves.

These projects are perfect to do with young children and even have complete lesson plans for those of you working with a group of kids.  Most of the projects have a bit of science thrown in while all of them offer kid-approved fun and creativity!

An Aromatic State Of Mind

Conduct a science experiment with essential oils to see what oils insight certain feelings.  Then create a unique piece of art work inspired by an aroma of your choice!

Happiness

Happiness inspired by sweet orange essential oil.

Flower ‘n’ Spice Play Dough Mandalas

Create a beautiful fragrant meditative mandala from lovely botanicals.

Flowers, spices and berries pressed into a base of lavender scented playdough for a calming, centering activity.

Flowers, spices and berries pressed into a base of lavender-scented play dough for a calming, centering activity.

Meditation Friends

Create a special mind jar with a friendly face.  This project helps kids learn to breathe and slow down with they feel out of sorts.

Silly friends for helping kids center themselves.

Silly friends for helping kids center themselves.

Meditation Friends II

A special twist on Meditation Friends that allows for even more personalization of your child’s special new friend!

New colorful friends with lots of kid chosen personalitiy.

New colorful friends with lots of kid chosen personality.

Yoga Play With Babar’s Yoga For Elephants

Simple yoga play with a favorite elephant!  We used this super fun book to guide us through a morning of giggly yoga.

Silly yoga fun!


Do you have any special ways to help kids learn about emotions or mindful ways of how to engage themselves?  I would love to hear about them and give them a try!

Wishing you lots of peaceful fun!

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Wintry Science Experiments & Crafts For Kids

Spring is just around the corner yet here in Colorado, March is typically our snowiest month.  We haven’t had a whole lot of the white stuff so far this year and yesterday’s storm has me excited for more before the first flowers start poking their heads up through the soil and the earliest green buds make an appearance on tree branches.

In honor of winter fun I would like to share some of the great snow and ice projects the kids and I have done.  These projects are perfect to do with young children and even have complete lesson plans for those of you working with a group of kids.  Most of the projects have a bit of science thrown in while all of them offer kid-approved fun and creativity!

Crystal Snow Flakes 

Talk about and play with states of matter while conducting a dissolving experiment with kids.  Use all this new-found learning to grow crystals on snow flakes!

Colorful Snowflake!

Experiments With Ice

Have a race to see how fast ice will melt when exposed to different temperatures and substances.  Create a big block of rainbow ice by using salt and food coloring together to track how fast salt will dissolve ice.  Then paint with ice cubes!

Rainbow Block Of Ice

Snow Globes

Create an enchanted world using fairies, dinosaurs, glitter and pretty stones.  The kids really loved this and want to do it again!

dino and fairy snowglobes

Snow Paint

Super simple to make and a great way to get outside a play!!

snowpaint

Do you have any favorite snow or ice projects?  I would love to hear about them and give them a try!

Wishing you lots of wintry fun!

Shared On:  The Kid’s Co-Op, It’s Playtime!

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Snow Paint ~ Snow and Ice Part 4

This activity is not herbal or even scientific, what it is, is just plain fun!  Plus it is a great way to get the kids outside on a snowy, cold day while bringing out the little Picasso inside.

snowpaint

Materials ~ 

  • plastic spray bottles
  • food coloring
  • cold water

How To ~

The set up couldn’t be easier.  Simply fill a few spray bottes with cold water and then add food coloring.  Let the kids watch.  The drops of food coloring swirling into the water always insights happy “ooh’s and ahh’s.”

snow paint

Then take the kids outside and let them get creative.  You might want to instruct the kids only to spray the snow especially if you are working with a group of children otherwise you might have art in unwanted places.

We did this activity a few weeks ago at the preschool and started out our day with an Ice Cube Experiment and setting up the Big Block Of Ice Experiment and as usual it was great fun being scientists for the day and watching to see if our predictions came true.

ice experiments

We also read The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

which inspired the kids to get outside and explore the snowy landscape.

More Please ~  Check out other fun ice and snow experiments…

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Gratitude ~ Three Simple Crafts

Thanksgiving is tomorrow!  We have a whole day set aside to count our blessings and be thankful.  How can we make this meaningful for our children and for ourselves?  Here are three simple craft projects for kids and families to capture the spirit of Thanksgiving and hopefully help it spill over into the days to come.

Family Thanksgiving Book

Last year my family started this tradition for Thanksgiving Day.  It is a fun project for engaging each family member in an attitude of gratitude on Thanksgiving day.  The basic idea is that everyone writes down or draws about what they are thankful for in their lives.  It can be anything as long as it is meaningful to that person.  We use a scrapbook that we can add pages to as time goes on but you could use anything really.  Last year my youngest didn’t write one word but had pictures of presents and puppies on her page.  My oldest among other things, said she is “thankful for her little sister so she has some one to fight and play with.”  My kids have been asking for days when they get to work on the book this year, having a hard time waiting for Thanksgiving Day.  I am so excited that I found an activity that is meaningful for them and make the spirit of Thanksgiving tangible.

Gratitude Rocks

This is simple and involves a time-honored kids favorite ~ painting rocks.  We did this at preschool starting off with a little discussion about gratitude and thankfulness.  When I brought up the subject with the kids, they were not able to easily put words to their feelings.  They seemed to turn inward and start processing.  So I asked them, “Are you thankful for your parents?”  “Oh yes!”  with big head nods and smiles.  The kids took it from there.  We talked about painting a rock and filling it with gratitude so it would be an extra special rock.  A rock that they could hold and rub when they felt angry or frustrated or sad so they could be reminded of what they are grateful for and feel better.

Chain Of Thanks

Building off our discussion about thankfulness we made a paper chain with our thoughts on strips of paper.  The kids colored pieces of construction paper and then I wrote their thoughts down for them.  Most kids were thankful for their mommy, their daddy and siblings.  One little boy colored multiple pieces of paper and gave thanks for his many Lego toys!  Another was thankful for his meditation friend we made together.  Boy did that fill my heart!  As the chain grew, the kids looked on in wonder and excitement.  It felt good to make something so lovely together as a group.  We ended up with a chain of thanks and gratitude long enough to decorate our door!

For more wonderful hints, tips and inspiring discussion about teaching kids gratitude visit my friend Shawn over at Awesomely Awake.  I always enjoy reading her posts finding inspiration in each and every one!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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