Hi! My name is Alishia and I am a KraftaholicMommy!
It is always interesting to hear the responses I get when I answer the question of where I am from. I am from Florida. Yes, three sides of my state are bordered by beautiful salt water. No, I don’t live on the beach. As a matter of fact, it is very rare to see me at the beach. One, there are not too many craft stores near there and two, I live about two hours from the closest beach. I live in the sticks as they say, and I love it! When my FedEx guy delivers my Stampin’ Up goodies, he always tells me he thought he was going trail riding to my house. I am often asked if I do a lot of beach themed crafts with my son, the answer is no. Our crafts are quite different.
When I was a little girl, my mom would walk with us kiddos around the yard, picking up pine cones. In my neck of the woods today, I have a few pine trees in my yard. My son is already on Spring Break from school, so that means big crafts with Mommy while Daddy is at work. Here is our crafts for this week.
One, pine cone crafts are some of the funnest and cheapest crafts you can do with a munchkin. The first craft we are doing today is bird feeders. Living out in the sticks allows us to see all sorts of wildlife. Birds and squirrels pretty much live in our yard year round. I am going to guess that is because I keep bird feeders full and a nice little watering hole for them. We took a few pine cones that we found and we tied a string around the top. Then, we rolled the pine cones in peanut butter, followed by rolling them in bird feed. As we finished each pine cone, I tied them to the branches of a few trees in our yard. We were able to watch birds enjoying their food while we worked on the next craft.
We then took some more pine cones and again tied a string around the top of them. After that, we rolled the pine cones in glue and poured glitter all over. We hung these pine cones in the house to dry so the birds would not be trying to eat the glitter. We do not want to be the cause of any sick birds. Once they were dry, we left them where they hung so we can enjoy them.
On the list for the rest of the week is leaf crafts. We are going to paint some leaves and then glue them to paper. Under each leaf, we will write what tree it came from. This is a great way to teach your munchkin about the different plants in your area. Along those same lines, we will take leaves and put a piece of paper over them and rub crayons on top to reveal the leaf print. Again, we will label each one, to reinforce learning what kind of plant each leaf has come from.
Another project that we will be working on is, garden markers for my son’s class. They will be planting a garden when they get back from Spring Break and I have volunteered to provide some of the materials for his class. We will take some stakes and make little plaques to go on top. Each little plaque will be labeled for each plant the munchkins will be planting (carrots, basil, snap peas, radishes, and sun flowers). Then we will mount the plaques to each stake and they will be ready to be placed in the garden at school.
I know that munchkins will be getting out of school over the next couple of months for Spring Break and a lot of parents are having to come up with fun activities to do with their little ones. These are just a few of the things we will be doing. My little man is an early riser and he loves to learn. I try to think of projects that we can do that are not only fun, but educational as well. I also try to make sure that what activities we do at home, reinforce what he is learning in school.
We will also be working on our writing, alphabet, colors, and numbers. Not only through these projects I have already listed, but with fun worksheets and other activities. For example, I will get a plate and pour M&Ms on it; then I will have a series of questions that I will ask my little man. “Can you count how many blues there are?” Not only is this a hands on way of learning for him, but it is also a yummy way of learning.
For many parents Spring Break can be overwhelming, trying to figure out activities for the little ones. I hope that I have been able to help in coming up with fun activities that you can do as a family. These projects obviously don’t have to be done just on breaks, they are fantastic for weekend fun as well.
As I am writing this, the things we have done in the past are popping in my mind. The scavenger hunts for cool things on a walk. I have done “spot that animal.” I will describe an animal (example: Frog) and my little man will look for that animal. This opens the door to talk about the different animals in our area and which ones we should give space to. For example, I will talk to him about what a copper head snake looks like and how he is very poisonous and if we see one, we should give them their space. I will talk about how the pond that this is near us is fun to see frogs at, but we have to be mindful that alligators don’t like their territory trampled over. Which always helps me talk about not littering.
This is definitely a topic I will visit again. Our munchkins see us crafting, why not get them involved. Creativity, broadens our minds. Allowing our munchkins to join in that is not only special for us, but helpful for them.
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