Archive for April, 2009

Mother's Day Hand-Print Poem


I realize I haven’t been around much lately.  Hopefully that will change next week.  We are moving this weekend- and have to stay with my parents for a few weeks before our new house closes.  So, I am hoping to get back into doing crafts everyday with Hailey once we are settled in at my parents house.

In case you are looking for a fun Mother’s Day idea, here is what we made last year.

What You’ll Need: Two Paper Plates, Poem, Paint, Skin Tone Paper, Pink Card Stock, Washable Paint, Assorted Ribbon, Lace and Silk Flowers, Glue and Scissors.

Directions: Spread paint in one paper plate. Press the child’s hand into the paint and on to card stock to make hand-print. Trace around the hand and cut out.

Allow child to paint the other paper plate.

Print poem on pink card stock. Cut out in the shape of a heart. Decorate the edge of the paper plate with flowers, ribbon and/or lace. Cut a 30″ piece of ribbon make a loop in one end. Glue to the back of the plate with a loop at the top for a hanger. Glue the heart poem to the bottom of the ribbon under the hand-print as shown in photo (below). Add a bow to decorate. 

The finished Mother’s Day Hand-print Poem

The poem that I used says:
Someday I will be big
And gone upon my way
But here’s my little hand-print
To remind you
of this day

Ranch Potato Salad


Since the warm weather is finally here I think it’s time for BBQ’s and picnics so I wanted to share a recipe for potato salad this week. It’s one that my mom makes and it is so delicious. It isn’t like your regular mustard type of potato salad. And I am not exaggerating when I tell you I could eat the entire recipe by myself. It is that good.

Ranch Potato Salad

2 pounds small red potatoes, cooked
1/2 cup sliced green onions
1 cup Hidden Valley Original Ranch Dressing (I’ve made it with other brands and it is not the same.)
Black pepper
8 slices bacon, crisp-cooked and crumbled

Cut slightly cooled small red potatoes into 1 inch cubes. In large bowl combine potatoes, green onions and ranch dressing. Toss gently and dust with pepper. Garnish with bacon. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Just a few simple ingredients.

Yummy Potato Salad

Bunny Ears


This is another Easter project from last year.  I made these cute bunny ears for Hailey.

It was very simple to make.

How to make it:

  1. Cut a strip of poster board about 2″ wide by about 24″ long.
  2. Cut out 2 ears out of poster board each about 8 1/2″ long x 3 1/2″ wide.
  3. Cut out 2 smaller ears out of white construction paper.
  4. Glue the white ears inside the pink ears.
  5. Glue the ears inside the band, positioning to fit behind the child’s head.
  6. Let the child decorate the head band with stickers, markers, crayons, or colored pencils if they wish.
  7. Tape or staple the band to fit the child. Cut off any excess.

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Look at how little she was last year!

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Hailey thought it was more fun to try to get Dottie to wear the ears than for to leave them on.

Easter Wreath


Since we are busy trying to find a new house and trying to pack up our current house I am sharing a craft with you from last year.  Hailey made this when she was 17 months old.

You will need a paper plate or a large piece of card stock, construction paper, scissors, and glue.

Cut out the center of the paper plate or the card stock (which is what I used because I was out of paper plates). Cut egg shapes out of different colored construction paper. Then let the kids decorate the eggs with crayons, markers and stickers.

Of course I had to cut the “eggs” out (I think age 3 is probably the right time to start allowing children to try out scissors on their own). But, Hailey did the coloring and even the gluing herself. While we were working on this acitivity I made sure to talk about the oval shape of the eggs as well as the circle shape of the wreath. I also made note of the colors of the eggs and the colors of the crayons Hailey was using. She LOVED it and cried when we were all done. So, here are some pictures of the fun.

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Hailey was so proud when she saw her Easter Egg wreath hanging up.

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