It’s Turkey Time – Toilet Paper Roll Craft

It's Turkey Time - Toilet Paper Roll Craft

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we figured it is time to do some turkey themed crafts and projects for the kids. With the help of fellow Atlantic Canadian bloggers, we have put together a Turkey themed blog hop of projects you will want to try out this year! (more…)

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Spider

Kids Craft: Egg Carton Spider

spider07 Do you keep Egg Cartons, thinking you will use them in a craft project, and they are piling up? Here is a cute or creepy little craft you can do with the kids. Great addition to Halloween decor. spider04
What You Will Need:
  • Egg Cartons
  • Glue (stick or white glue)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Paint or Markers
  • Scissors
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Prepping the pieces:
  1. Start by breaking apart the egg carton and trimming around the section to make it even. This will be the bottom "belly" of the spider.
  2. Decide what colour or colours you want your spiders to be and colour or paint the egg carton pieces. Let dry, if painted.
  3. Pipe cleaners need to be cut in half. you will need 2 pipe cleaners per spider, making 4 halves to use on each.
How to assemble:
  1. Adult Needed: Once the bodies are dry, use end of pipe cleaner, or point of scissors to poke 4 holes on each side of the spider's body. I had a small picture nail that I used, making it much easier to poke holes.
  2. Thread pipe cleaners across inside the spider body, as pictured. spider02
  3. Flip over spider and form legs by making three bends in the pipe cleaner. One close to body, angled up, then half way along, bend down to table, and turn a small piece back up at the end. spider05
  4. Using glue, add googly eyes to your spiders. You can add as many eyes as you like.
There you go, cute spiders to help in your Halloween decorating. I am putting some of these in our shrub next to the front door on Halloween night. You can hang on string from door frames or position on a web made of cheese cloth or cotton string. Have fun making these in various colours. They can be super cute in bright colours, or slightly creepy if made black or brown. Mine are always colourful! spider09

Craft Kits: Making Craft Time Easy

 

Crafts are so much fun with children, but have you ever noticed their short attention span leads to lots of extra "fun" if you are not prepared?
Hauling out the craft box and letting my little guy go through it is exciting and creative, but often times leads to a sheet of paper with some stickers and a few squiggles of crayon, maybe a pom pom glued on for a little added flare....but nothing specific. I am all for letting him be creative, but from time to time we want our kids to learn something from the craft, right?

My solution for crafting with a purpose is to create craft bags. The idea came from my continued success with freezer meals (all the prep work done!). So I have 4 or 5 craft bags made up in my box and ready to haul out when I need to fill some time on a rainy day.

You can start by picking a few crafts that require some prep from you anyway. Maybe cutting shapes, painting something, or drawing. Then place all the elements of the craft into the bag and label the bag with the Name of the craft and the Extra Supplies needed. ie: glue stick, paint, glitter, etc...

Here is a kit I made up for making an apple tree craft with Clayton (2 1/2 yrs old).

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Elements out of the bag and ready to make.

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Finished craft.

Pumpkin Tips

Pumpkin Tips : Preserving your pumpkin!

Pumpkin patches are prime for the picking and all the grocery stores have their Fall displays set up. If you plan to buy fresh pumpkins this year, here are some tips you might try to help preserve them.

Most pumpkins will keep from now until Halloween if you do not carve them.

☆TIP: Keep out of direct sunlight and move to basement, garage or other cool area if it’s going to be very warm.

Once you carve your pumpkin, try one of these tips to help to keep that hard work looking great through Halloween.

  • 》Soak pumpkin in water 1-2 hours. 
  • 》You can also add 1 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water. This will make it last a little longer.
  • 》Lightly rub a thin coating of petroleum jelly, white glue OR vegetable oil on the inside and around carved parts of pumpkin. This will help keep the insides from drying out and changing its shape. 
  • 》Brush vinegar and lemon juice on the outside of pumpkin (add 2 Tbsp white vinegar and 1 tsp lemon juice to a litre of water).
  • 》Use a battery operated candle if you plan on lighting up your pumpkin for more than one evening.
  • 》 Place a few small packets of silica gel (that come with new shoes and hand bags) inside a carved pumpkin to absorb moisture and help keep it mold free.

Do you have any other tips to share? Please leave a comment below to let us know what you do to make your pumpkin  last the season.

Decorating ideas:
Hand Painted Pumpkins
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Tinkerbell pumpkin

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Pumpkin Carving Templates

Happy Halloween  🙂