Archive for July, 2013

Whale Craft

17
Jul

We are definitely enjoying learning all about the ocean and today we made a cute whale.

Whale Craft

Here’s what you’ll need: paint, something to paint with, a small cardboard planter box, pipe cleaners, construction paper and a sharpie.

Whale Craft

 We wanted our whale to be a light blue, so Hailey mixed some white paint in with the blue.

Whale Craft

 Then she painted the planter blue.

Whale Craft

Hunter painted his blue too.  (He had just woke up from nap and still looks half asleep!)

Whale Craft

We cut out the flukes to add to the back of the whale (and learned the real name).

Whale Craft

We added some pipe cleaner to his blowhole.

Whale Craft

Completed whales :-)

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Flat Stanley’s Latest Travels

15
Jul

Flat Stanley has been a busy little boy! One of my friends was taking a trip to some places in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana and she offered to bring Stanley on their adventures.  Here are just some of the pictures our friend sent us of the adventures they went on:

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Island Park, Idaho

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Cliff Lake, Montana

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Cliff Lake, Montana

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Bear Lake, Utah

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Bear World, Utah

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Jenny Lake, Wyoming

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Bacteria Mats, Yellowstone

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Brink of Flower Falls, Yellowstone

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Geyser, Yellowstone

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Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

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Lower Geyser Basin, Yellowstone

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Mammoth Springs, Yellowstone

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Old Faithful, Yellowstone

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Sapphire Pool, Yellowstone

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Tower Falls, Yellowstone

Stanley is leaving today on his next adventure!!  So be sure to check back and see what else Stanley gets to do!

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Tot School

14
Jul

Tot School

Hunter is 18.5 months old.

It’s been a few weeks since I have done a Tot School post.  We have been so busy enjoying summer that I just haven’t had time.  So, here are some of the things we have been working on over the last few weeks.

Fourth of July Watercolor Activity

For the 4th of July we made some cute pictures, using glue to create stars that resisted water colors when the kids painted.  See the full post here.

July 4th Utensil Holder Craft

Hailey and Hunter worked really hard and made some utensil holders that we used at our July 4th party- they turned out super cute and you can see them here.

July 4th Craft

This was my favorite 4th of July activity- we made candle jars and they turned out so cute.  You can see the finished project here.  They were perfect for decorations at our July 4th party.

Sea Creature Craft

This week we started an ocean/beach theme and here Hunter is working on a spiny sea creature.

Sea Creature Craft

You can see the finished sea creatures here.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Hunter also worked on making a super cute Rainbow Fish- you can see the whole post here.

Tot School

The color Hunter is learning is purple, so he made a purple suncatcher to add to our collection.

Tot School

Hunter finding the purple fish he made.

Stop by 1+1+1=1 to see what the other tots were up to this week.

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Bee Crafty Kids- Rainbow Fish

12
Jul

I am super excited to be co-hosting the Bee Crafty Kids link up!!  Every Friday I will be posting a fun craft that you can do with your kids.  I will be co-hosting with 3 other wonderful ladies.  Since it’s our first week to host together I wanted to introduce you to the other Bee Crafty Kids co-hosts:

To the Moon and Back

 

Dusty is a stay at home mother of three who is expecting her fourth child this summer! She has been married to the love of her life for nearly 8 years and is trying to figure out her own path while devouring chocolate and leaning on the Lord. She blogs about homeschooling, home making, motherhood, and faith at To the Moon and Back. You can also keep up with her on Facebook, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

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Jolene is a homeschooling blogger who hails from Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a wife and mom of 4 children aged 11, 6, 4 and 22 months. Her family are all avid readers and love spending time together reading, watching movies and spending time in the outdoors. You can read her blog at Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy and follow along as she homeschools on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

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Selena is a former tax accountant-turned-homeschooling mom of four. She is a homeschooling graduate herself who was able to go on to college and begin a career in finance, so she knows from experience that homeschooling works! The family practices eclectic homeschooling and both Selena and her husband Jay weave in aspects from all of the major homeschooling methods to create a well-rounded, relaxed learning style for their children. Selena shares her family’s homeschooling adventures every weekday at Look! We’re Learning! Readers can keep up with the family by subscribing via email or by following Look! We’re Learning! on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, or Google+.

Now, on to the fun craft I have planned to share with you!!

Here at Our Crafts ~N~ Things we are learning all about the ocean and the beach throughout the month of July.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Today our craft is this super cute and simple rainbow fish.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Here is what you’ll need: 2 paper plates, 3 coffee filters, water colors, wiggly eyes, craft stick, scissors, hole punch, glue and yarn.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Line up the 2 paper plates like this.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Cut out a small triangle shape while holding the plates together, which will be the mouth.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Have each child use water colors to paint 2 paper plates.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Each child will need to paint 3 coffee filters using water colors.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Once everything is dry, fold the coffee filters into fourths.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Cut a slit around the middle of each plate, behind the mouth for gills.  Insert the pointed end of the coffee filter into the gill.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Turn the plate over and glue the pointed end of the filter onto the back of the plate.
Repeat using the other plate and coffee filter.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Next glue the tip of the 3rd coffee filter onto the back of your plate, this will be the tail.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Add a wiggly eye to each plate.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Glue the paper plates together.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Punch 2 holes into the top of the fish and thread the yarn through.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Tie the other ends of the yarn to the craft stick.

Rainbow Fish Craft

The completed rainbow fish.

Rainbow Fish Craft

Have fun playing with your rainbow fish.  They can be used as puppets :-)

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