Sunday, September 4, 2011

Butterfly masks and fancy magnets

So the past week we've been very sick around here :(  I'm pretty sure Sophia picked something up at VBS and passed it along to Gaia and I.  We've been doing more sitting around and reading and watching movies this week than doing any projects.  We did actually manage to create a couple of new masterpieces right before we got sick!

The first project we did were these beautiful butterfly masks.  We made them out of paper plate, paper that I cut into wings, pipe cleaners, and markers.

   We also made these awesome magnets.  They're super simple and so creative.  We used cardboard from an old shoe box to cut out the shapes, glue, feathers, pom poms, rhinestones, markers, etc...  I have a roll of magnet that has one sticky side, we cut off little pieces to adhere to the back of our magnets.

Thursday, September 1, 2011


I really wanted to make some sort of slime with my girls.  On my search to find the perfect recipe we encountered many different ingredients and consistencies.  I decided just to choose a recipe for which we already had all the ingredients.  The name of this slime is Oobleck but it is the same recipe for the Gak that I made in grade school about a million years ago.  I did assume that this would be a nice neat little project that the girls would make in a bowl and it would stay there, but I was foolishly wrong.  By the end of the 2 hours that they sat at the table playing with the stuff there was slime everywhere!  The upside is that it does wash off easily with water :)

What You Need
2 Cups of Corn Starch
food coloring

1. Place your corn starch in a bowl
2. Add enough water until it about the consistency of brownie mix
3. Stir while adding food coloring

There really are no exact measurments, you basically need to mix and add until you have a good consistency.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Flour Finger Paint

Now this project was awesome!  We had so much fun making our own finger paint, dying it, and getting super messy.  Gaia especially loved squishing the paint between her fingers.  The best thing about this paint recipe is that when you're all finished making a disaster of Mommy's kitchen the paint washes right off of everything very easily. 

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon of liquid detergent
Food Coloring


1. Mix all of your ingredients together except for the food dye
2. Seprate into bowls according to how many different colors you are making and start blending your colors!

These colors were more neon looking in person
Gaia getting messy

Experimenting with color!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Amazing Tissue Paper Crafts

It is absolutely amazing how many projects you can create with tissue paper!  We set out originally to make tissue paper stained glass and ended up making four different projects.  The stained glass came out beautiful and so did the 3D flowers, the pasted flowers, and the water collages.  I didn't take pictures of the water collages but they are so simple and probably the favorite out of all the projects.  We'll start with instructions for the stained glass.

Supplies You Will Need
Tissue Paper of different colors
wax paper
construction paper
white glue

Step 1: cut your wax paper to match the size of the construction paper, I like to cut the wax paper a little bigger and then trim the edges when the project is complete.

Step 2: Put your construction paper aside.  Take white school glue and cover the entire sheet of wax paper with it.

Step 3: Rip up your tissue paper into all different sizes and shapes.  This is the part the kids loved the most, of course!

Step 4: Stick the tissue paper to the glue, be sure to fill every gap.  Overlaying the paper is just fine.

Step 5: Let your project dry completely, this could take a few hours.  I put ours in the sun and that seemed to speed up the drying process.

Step 6: Take you construction paper, we used black, and fold it into a tiny rectangle.  Cut out pieces along the folded edges to create different sized and shaped holes within your paper. Think about the snowflakes we make in the winter, it is the same cutting process.

Step 7: Put drops of glue all along your construction paper and glue it to the tissue paper side of your project. Cut excess wax paper if you left extra room to do so.

The next project we worked on today were these really neat 3D flowers.  The girls created an outragous bouqet for our kitchen table.  This is a fairy easy project and the only help the girls needed was folding up their tissue paper at the end.

What you will need
Tissue Paper
Pipe Cleaners

Step 1: put beads on your pipe cleaner or just leave it plain.

Step 2: Cut your tissue paper into Flat squares, you can use different sizes for a fuller effect.

Step 3: Poke your pipe cleaner through the center of your tissue square and start layering different colors. When you're finished layering squares take the top of the pipe cleaner and loop it over with a small twist.  Take your layers in your hand and squish them towards the center, manipulate them until you get a beautiful flower!

After we finished our 3D flowers the girls felt like they wanted to make more projects.  We took our pipe cleaners and crumpled our tissue paper to make these beautiful pictures.

I didn't take pictures of the water collage but I'll give you the instructions since the girls loved this project the most. 
step 1: tare up tissue paper
step 2: use a piece of white paper and lay a piece of tissue paper on it
step 3: using a paint brush, paint over the tissue paper with water until it sticks.
step 4: Use this method to add many layers.  You will find that you are making lots of new colors and the   texture is awesome! Your picture will be extremely wet but just put it aside to dry.  When your picture is dry you should have a beautiful tissue paper collage!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Fiber Crafted Felt Balls

Washed Wool
        My daughter Sophia learned how to wash wool when she was 2 at a Fall Farm program at the Phillies Bridge Farm.  As simple as it is to wash wool it really was a great way to get her involved in the fiber process.
A couple of years back we ended up attending a homeschooling workshop on sheep shearing and fiber arts.  They had many different small fiber workshops for the children to experience.  The table that we spent the most time at was the Felt Ball making table and this is where we learned this awesome craft.  I found that people make felt balls in different ways but the method that we're going to show you is effective and simple for children to learn quickly.  The younger children should start out with a smaller amount of wool so they can form their ball quicker.  

You're going to start out by thoroughly washing your wool.  After your wool is all cleaned up rinse it with hot water and a little dab of hand or dish soap, something mild.
Gently pull your wool into small and thin strips and cross them over one another.
pick up your pile and start to form your ball adding hot water as you roll between your palms.
Once you really feel your ball forming add cold water in small amounts as you roll.
Roll, roll, roll, roll!
This could take a while :)
To make a larger ball lay out more strips.
Start pulling tiny strips from your wool and cross hatch them.
This is what we started with for Gaias ball (age2) Her ball will be about an inch in diameter. 
Put your wool in the palm of your hand and gently start to form a ball.
Roll, roll, roll between your palms firmly until you form your ball....this could take a while.
Our finished could have used a little more rolling, but it's pretty good for a 2 year old!

Blueberry Muffins with Crumb Topping

We got this great blueberry muffin recipe from  We love love blueberry muffins and this recipe is one of the best we've tried in a while.  The recipe calls for white flour and allot of sugar so it's more like a dessert muffin than a substantial one.  We did have to go out and get more berries since we decided to double the recipe.  We also ran out of eggs so Gaia and I went out to the hen house to collect some fresh eggs.

Adding Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill muffin cups right to the top, and sprinkle with crumb topping mixture.
  3. To Make Crumb Topping: Mix together 1/2 cup sugar, 1/3 cup flour, 1/4 cup butter, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon. Mix with fork, and sprinkle over muffins before baking.
  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.  
This is the awesome reaction that occurs when the milk hits the oil and egg!
Mix wet ingredients with dry  
Add blueberries
After we added our mixture to the muffin cups.
Our super buttery crumble topping!

Don't forget to add your crumble topping before you bake
Finished Muffins!