What to Do with Leftover Plastic Eggs?

Using Leftover Plastic Eggs

Have your kids already emptied all their eggs, scarfing down jelly beans and sweet tarts left and right? We try to dole out candy gradually, but with a potty-training three-year-old I’ve been going through it quicker than usual.

I keep finding empty plastic eggs laying on the floor. While I hate not to just save them for next year, we don’t actually fill our own baskets – all the eggs we have came from church and preschool hunts. But tossing them – even in recycling – seems wasteful.

So I scoured the web and found all kinds of fantastic ideas for using up those empty egg shells! Here you go!

It seems like there are a ZILLION ideas out there! Now I’m excited to go play with our empty eggs.

Have you ever done anything fun with your leftover plastic eggs?

Last-Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Are you stuck at home in this snow? Our roads are actually not bad in Chattanooga, but it’s still a little gross outside and schools are canceled. Two of my kids and I were supposed to go to Atlanta to visit friends for Valentine’s Day, and I am bummed our plans have to be changed! But such is life.

So for Valentine’s, we’ll be at home, doing some of these fun activities. Hope you can grab onto a few of these ideas and make the best of it, too!

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Horses and the Bible

horsey art

 

“Some trust in chariots. Some trust in horses. But we trust in the Lord our God.” Psalm 20:7, NIrV

Each week this summer, I am hoping to do a themed week with my kids. This week our theme was HORSEYS, at my 2-year-old’s request. As I outlined on my personal blog, we did lots of crafts, read books, and danced to music all about horseys.

But I also wanted to touch on where horses are in the Bible. I wasn’t sure how much I would find – aren’t there mostly donkeys in the Bible? And are donkeys horses? – but there are a few good instances!

  • Pharaoh’s army chased the Israelites on horses when they left Egypt (we had a good coloring page of this in our Gigantic Coloring Book of Bible Stories – love that thing!)
  • When Elijah is lifted to heaven in a whirlwind, there is a chariot of fire and horses of fire (2 Kings 2:11).
  • King Solomon had 12,000 horses. Can we even imagine that many horses? (1 Kings 4:26)
  • In the Book of Esther, Mordecai rose a horse through Susa when he was honored by the king.
  • And of course, and most exciting, when Jesus rides victorious He’ll be riding a white horse! (Revelation 19:11)

Any of these biblical stories could be told and made into a craft to go along with a horsey-themed week at your house. And Psalm 20:7 makes an awesome memory verse for the week.

Stay tuned for more in this series as the summer goes on!

Mother’s Day Cards and Crafts

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching (it’s May 12!), you might want to guide your kids to make cards or small gifts for their moms and grandmothers. (Pssst, Dad, that means you.) Here are a few fun ideas to run with!

scrapbook paper flowers

These flowers are made from scrapbook paper. My daughter painted the paper (not necessary, just gave her something to do!); then we cut it into different-sized circles and layered them. Libbie (4) glued everything in place and drew the stems and leaves. You can use pom-poms, flat marbles, sequins, or buttons for the flower centers. We found the idea at Hands On As We Grow. These would be perfect to grace the front of a Mother’s Day card or to use as framed artwork for Mom or Grandma.

handprint art

No one will love your child’s artwork more than his or her grandparents. Hand and footprint crafts are especially sweet and preserve a memory of a specific time in your child’s life! I have a whole Pinterest board full of ideas for hand and footprint artwork. Make one on a painted canvas for Grandma!

These tulips painted with forks would be a fun and cute painting for the front of a card.

One last idea – how cute are these pool noodle flowers?

Last-Minute Ideas for Easter Weekend

 

Use a playdough mountain to teach about the crucifixion and resurrection

Make a resurrection garden

 

Easter fruit tart

 

resurrection rolls

Do you have any Easter traditions with your kids?

 

 

Easter Crafts

Are you, like me, a parent of a craft-loving child? I have a 4-year-old who would “make art” all day long if I had the motivation, ideas, and supplies!

All of the chicks and bunnies floating around in Springtime are cute, but they don’t teach about the true Easter and the Resurrection. Here are some craft ideas I dug up that do help teach that to your child!

Mosaic Cross at That Artist Woman

Remembrance canvas at OhAmanda

Hand and Footprint Donkeys at Catholic Icing

Easter Light Ray Cross at Philzendia

 

How do you keep Easter about Christ?

5 Simple, Summer Crafts for Creative Kids of All Ages

This month in ParentLife, writer Kristen White wrote in "Essential Creativity" (pp. 32-33) about creativity with kids and how to be creative with them at home this summer. We wanted to give you some more great ideas. Check out these from creativity coach, Whitney Ferre.

June_23_craft.jpgThis summer the goal is to have fun, keep it simple, and feed your children’s minds with creative activities! You don’t need fancy supplies, have to spend a lot of money, or worry about perfection (P.S. it doesn’t exist). All you have to do is provide the raw material and the backyard table. It will be a little messy, it won’t look perfect, but it will be worth it. Why? Because so much of our kids’ lives are scheduled, structured, plugged-in, and “multiple choice” that the value of preserving some good ole’ creative time, where it is all about them, is priceless! Here are my top five summer crafts projects for kids of any age:

#1 Tie-dye

Supplies: Tie-dye kit, blank t-shirt/ tank/ beach towel/etc., gloves

You can’t beat it! I recommend buying a tie-dye kit. Jacquard makes some great, simple kits that have everything you need!  The colors will really stay vibrant (just follow the directions). You could do t-shirts (or cute tanks for girls, etc.). Or what about tie-dying white beach towels, bandanas, or cover-ups? You can tie-dye almost anything! This is definitely an outdoor project and be sure to wear gloves, or you and your kids’ hands will stay multi-colored for days. When you are finished, clean up is a cinch. Take the kids to the pool or turn on the sprinklers!

#2  Artsy Summer Tote

Supplies: Masking tape, non-toxic acrylic paint, plain tote bag (color is fine), paintbrush, sponges or stamps

Place the tape on the flat side of the bag in whatever shape you want. If you have younger kids, create “organized chaos” by taping paper to cover the rest of the tote so all of their creativity stays “in the lines.” Let them use a paint brush, their fingers, stamps, sponges, or anything else that is lying around that tickles their creative fancy (the beauty of outdoor craft projects). Start with one paint color at a time. If they want to use all colors, start with the lightest first and move up: yellow, orange, red, blue, purple, green. Or stay in one color family so the colors don’t get “mushed” into muddy colors. If your kids don’t have a long attention span, make it a multiple occasion craft and leave the rest for another day. Go with the flow! You have to with creative kids!

#3  Patriotic T-shirts

Supplies:
Acrylic or fabric paint, star-shaped sponge or cookie cutter, paintbrush

Your kids will feel so proud when they are sporting their own patriotic designs! Start with a red, white, or blue t-shirt and use the same colors of acrylic paint. You can use standard artist acrylic paint or specialty fabric paint. For ease, use whatever you have. Acrylic paint doesn’t come out of clothes, so either option is good. Use star-shaped stamps or if you have star shaped cookie cutters you can use those by painting the edges. They can use their fingerprints to make fun designs. Let them have at it. Watch your desire to control their experience. Let it be their project. People will recognize that your “little artist” is wearing an original design and you will be the one with the “gold star” by your name!

#4 Splatter Paint Bed Set

Supplies: Solid-colored or white sheets, acrylic paint, water, yogurt cup (empty & clean)

If you have kids around the 8-12 range, they will think you are so “cool” to let them do this. It may feel scary, but just take a deep breath and remember that it is all about fueling your kids’ inspired minds! Use any set of old/new solid-colored or white sheets. Mix 2 parts acrylic paint to one part water in the individual yogurt cup size containers. This will thin the acrylic so the sheets are still comfy in the end. Lay the sheets out on the grass, away from the house, and let the kids release their inner “Jackson Pollock”! Let the sheets dry in the sun, then wash them on the gentle cycle, and let the kids make their new beds! If you need to relax after this project, treat yourself to your own creative retreat and tap your own inner-Pollock here: http://www.manetas.com/pollock/jacksonpollock_by_miltos_manetas.swf

#5 Feed the Birds … in Style!

Supplies: Wooden craft-store feeder, shoe box, or old bird feeder; acrylic paint or old house paint; glue; found objects (i.e. glitter, bottle caps, buttons, etc.)

Kids love birds! For this project you can use just about anything to make a cool feeder for your yard.  Try a wooden bird feeder from a craft store, make a temporary feeder with a shoe box, or salvage an old bird feeder and give it a new life. Brainstorm with your kids about what you could turn into a bird feeder. See how many ideas you can come up with … an old shoe, a milk jug, a peanut butter jar with a wire handle to hang from a tree or hook. The possibilities are endless. Grab any acrylic paint or old house paint you have lying around and paint whatever medium you’ve chosen for your feeder. Glue on found objects such as glitter, bottle caps, buttons, those colorful erasers hanging around from goody-bags…or anything else that inspires your kids. Remember, the focus of all of these craft projects isn’t whether or not the bird feeder is still up in the fall or if the paint splattered sheets make it to the next season. It’s about encouraging and nurturing your child’s creative ability. Creativity is a “21st Century Skill” and more vital than ever for our national and global prosperity. If we’re not raising creative kids, who is going to create all of the solutions?

 

33Things_Kids_TPCover.jpgWhitney Ferre is a creativity coach, author, and mother of three kids. She’s the founder of The Creative Fitness Center in Nashville, TN. Featured on HGTV’s Our House, she is the author of two books, including 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids. For more information about Whitney, visit www.creativelyfit.com. Provided by Whitney Ferre and Turner Publishing.