Alphabet Crayons

You have kids, you have crayons, you end up having broken crayons, am I right?  Last week I bought a bunch of crayons thanks to a free deal through Target. I stockpiled. Well now I am thinking what am I going to do with 8 boxes of crayons plus the ones we already have.  My dear husband suggested the other day to take a box and melt them down into a few big crayons. Well I took his suggestion and made 3 larger crayons, but I also made some Alphabet crayons. Since Action Jackson knows most of his alphabet, he still needs help. I am hoping this helps.

What you need:

  • 24 pack of crayons (or a lot of broken pieces)
  • Alphabet mold (these can be found in the soap section of Michaels)
  • Muffin tin and liners

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with liners.

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Step 2:

Start removing the wrapper from all crayons. After doing several of these by just my fingernail, I had the bright idea to run them under hot water. This was much faster! As you remove the wrappers start breaking the crayons ( or using the broken ones) and placing the pieces into the muffin tin.

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Only have a few crayons in each liner for the alphabet (We refilled another time to make the whole alphabet)

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However, if you want big blocks for crayons fill the liners to almost the top.

Step 3:

Bake for the alphabet for roughly around 4 min.  Until they are all melted.

Bake for the larger crayons around 8-9 minutes. Until all is melted.

Step 4: 

For the alphabet: Once you remove your melted crayons from the oven, carefully pick up one liner at a time and pour it into the alphabet mold.  Allow them to cool completely in the mold. Repeat until the entire mold is full.

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Bottom, still allow to cool.

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Front.

For larger crayons: Allow the crayons to set for roughly 5 min. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

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Top

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Bottom.

Step 5:

For the alphabet:  Once the crayons are cooled flip the mold over and lightly push on the mold to release the crayons.

Step 6:

Enjoy!

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Sensory Bins

Since sensory bins are everywhere it seems, Jackson and I decided make two today.

The 1st one all we did was mix water beads ( already hydrated) and shaving cream. He usually likes to play with shaving cream, today he just wasn’t into having his hands all dirty. I however did enjoy it. I love the feel of water beads, instant hand massage for me.  Shaving cream just gives it a little bit more friction.

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The second sensory bin we made used beans. We used black beans, red kidney beans, small red beans. I even added some cashews. Warning if they get wet they become slimy.  So you may not want to add them.  Jackson loved this one. He even put his Angry Birds and farm animals in to play.

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Let’s scoop them

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Yum mommy!

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Even has to add some beans to the shaving cream.

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Hello Angry Birds

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Make some music

There have been two things that I have been wanting to purchase for Jackson lately, a camera and a guitar.  A camera might have to wait until his birthday/Christmas. However, the guitar is something he tries to play every time he sees one around.  On our latest shopping trip at Joann’s, my husband picked up a few more FREE cardboard tubes that use to hold fabric, just like the ones we used in DIY Car Track. Of course we have 3 huge tubes in my dining room and I’m trying to find new projects to do with them.

I didn’t take any pictures of the actual process but it is very simple. I wanted to make something that I could use things I already had. For the guitar all you need is the cardboard tube, cut in half, a shoe box, with or without a lid, and rubber bands.

 

Since these tubes are very thick I got my exacto knife and did deeper cut around the tube where I needed it to be cut at.  I then karate chopped it off the edge of the table breaking it in two. Yup! I did that!  Use your exacto knife again to clean up the edges.  Have your shoe box ready take the bottom of the tube and put it in the middle of the side of the shoe box.  Outline it and cut it out with your exacto knife.  Be able to slide the tube all the way through the shoebox.  Give your tube  1/2 inch to full inch on the other side of the shoebox.  Then place rubber bands around the shoebox. 6  for a guitar or 4 for a bass. I guess I made Jackson a bass if we are going to be technical.

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Bottom line… Jackson loves this thing. He plays it anytime he hears music.

Tornados!!!!!

Since here in the south we have had nothing but rain for the entire month of July, Jack and I decided to make a tornado.(Do you remember doing these in elementary school?) I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and now I am kinda sad I waited. He is memorized by this.  It’s nice because his little hands are able to flip over the water bottles to form the tornado. I love the weather, I always have. It doesn’t help that my dad is meteorologist. (If you are looking for a new weather report thanks to hurricanes or anything else check it out here)
Jack and I need to do more weather activities.

 

How to make a tornado!

 

What you need:

  • 2 bottles – The smaller the bottles the smaller and shorter the tornado will be. We used 1.5L bottles. Clean and dry. 
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Monopoly house- we used 2 of the small green ones.
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Food Coloring

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Step 1:

Fill one of your bottles 3/4th of the way with hot water.

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Step 2: 

Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to your water. Don’t go to dark otherwise you can not see.

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Jackson got a little excited before this step and started playing with the food coloring before it was time.

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Step 3:

Add your glitter glue, glitter, and houses to mix everything together.

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Step 4:

Add a bead of hot glue around the rim of one bottle. Then place your other bottle on top of the glue and continue to hot glue around the opening. Cover then with duct tape.

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Step 5:

Shake and spin and turn upside down.. Watch your tornado pick up your house and your glitter become debris.

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After this all I heard was Again Again!! You know you are doing something right when your kid becomes excited over science!

Target Practice

**Warning this works best when no wind is present**

 

Are you ready for your little ones to work on some hand and eye coordination?  Target practice is a great way to practice just that.  Don’t worry no guns (or water guns) are used.

What you need:

  1. Spray Bottle (preferably one with a stream knob instead of spray)
  2. Ping Pong balls
  3. Golf Tees
  4. Foam Pool Noodle

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Step 1:

Cut about 2 feet off of your pool noodle. This will be your base for target practice.

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Step 2:

In as straight of line as possible  line up your golf tees horizontally across the pool noodle.

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Step 3:

Use two golf tees in the back  and on in the front, placed at a diagonal slant to insure the pool noodle doesn’t move.

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Step 4:

Add your ping pong balls to the golf tees. **Remember this activity works best with no wind**

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Step 5: 

Have your child sit at various lengths away from the target with the spray bottle. The farther away they are the harder the targets will be to hit.

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Now enjoy!  This is perfect for summer time. Caution for the backlash of giving a kid a spray bottle, you might just get wet yourself 😉

Angry Birds Golden Egg

Like most kids and many adults around the world, Angry Birds phenomenon has exploded in our house and has been for a long time now. We even have no Angry Birds days just to give Jackson a break. Boy does he hate that!

Any who, he has several Angry Birds stuffed toys (the ones that make noise).  But you never see golden eggs anywhere. Since he is being to have more imaginative play lately I decided to make one. This was Jackson’s 1st sewing lesson, I do believe he enjoyed it.

 

What you need:

Stuffing

– Yellow Felt

 

Step 1:

Half the felt and drawn an egg and cut it out. Making 2 eggs.

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Step 2:

Sew the two pieces together (I used a zig-zag stitch) leaving just enough of an opening to fold your egg inside out .

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Jackson’s little hand helping guide.

Step 3: 

Fill your egg with stuffing.

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Step 4:

Sew up the opening of your egg.

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Not the best, but my 3 year old isn’t picky.

 

Now you have your golden egg to go with the rest of the birds… and pig.

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Green Anaconda

If you or your children haven’t heard any of the song from Big Green Rabbit y’all are missing out.  Not only are they fun songs they are also rather educational.  Jackson loves them and I actually love YouTube for having the different songs on there.

 

Since Jackson’s favorite is Green Anaconda (it is his go to song when he has watched to many Angry Bird videos) we decided to make a green anaconda out of socks.

What you need:

– Kelly Green fabric dye (or any green you want, more natural than neon though)

–  Old socks (we used a tube sock and an ankle sock that didn’t have a match)

2 googley eyes

– Red felt (used for the tongue, ours was hot pink though)

– Brown Fabric Pen

 

 

Step 1:

We dyed the socks a few weeks ago, I didn’t take pictures. Follow the directions located on the dye package.

Step 2:

Cut a slit in the toe seam (the seam that usually its at the base of your toes) in one of the socks. This will be the snakes mouth.AAA_8591

 

Step 3: 

Fold the sock inside out, slide it onto the other sock and sew the tops together. Make sure you are able to fold the top sock back over the other so the “mouth” is out. This will make your snake longer.

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(I know I should of sewn it so the seam is inside. It didn’t occur to me until after the fact.)

 

Step 4:

Start feeding your snake some stuffing! Insert through the mouth.

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Step 5:

Sew your mouth.

– Take your bottom lip and pinch the tip so it folds in half.  Add your felt tongue in the back of the bottom lip.

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– Take your top lip and pinch the top making it lay flat just the like bottom lip. However, this time make the top

overlap the bottom.

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Step 6:

Place your googley eyes.

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Step 7:

We drew some brown ovals down the back of the snake to make it look like the video.

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This little project took about 20 minutes to make ( not including dye time)

I hope you enjoy your green anaconda for your little snake enthusiast.

Catching Some Rays

Today Jackson and I decided to make a few different sun catchers. More than likely, a few might go to his grandparents for Mother’s Day.  These were super easy, you just have to be patient and wait. I have seen several on Pinterest that involved using your oven and on a few occasions I read comments that other people had put them on the grill. Well, that is what we decided to do. I am so happy we did too because I couldn’t imagine the smell of burnt plastic all over the house, when it was bad enough outside.

I set the grill to medium/low (or around 500-600 degrees)

What you need:

Metal (it has to be metal) dish

Plastic pony beads (the transparent kind)

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That’s it. Pretty simple actually.

Arrange your beads in your metal dish in a single layer. The more beads you have the thicker it will be.

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(Yellow Angry Bird had to help)

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(This pattern in the grill was not melting as it should and I had to add more beads)

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Grill for around 15 minutes or until completely melted.

While we were waiting, like any project with a 3 year old there is going to be a mess. This time Jackson decided to step in the bowl of pony beads and spill them all over the the patio and into the grass… Yay!

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…..but before that happened we were taking the time to try and separate the pony beads. Teaching Jackson about organization and categorizing.  Yeah he wasn’t having much fun with that and started to get VERY whiny.

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Check the grill the sun catchers should be finished.

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We hung this one in our kitchen window.

I love it.

To hang just drill a small hole and use string. (Edited: Once you take this off the grill or out of the oven, while the beads are still hot, stick a non-melted pony bead into the sun catcher. Make sure the holes are on it’s side so you slide your string through. This beats having to drill anything and you get to use another cute bead! Just please do not burn yourself.) 

Let’s be a Prince (or a Princess)

A few weeks ago we took Jack to see Disney on Ice and it was all Princesses. Well I knew the place would be filled with all these little girls dressed as their favorite princess (BOY! WAS I RIGHT!) Well I didn’t want Jack to feel left out, so I made him a crown so he could be a prince for the evening. I  wanted to find a crown that was just right and and could be used more than once. So felt was automatically perfect for the occasion.

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Our family ❤

I didn’t take pictures of the making of this crown, but as luck would have it, a close friend of mine is having a baby boy in June so I made him a newborn sized crown with pictures!!

I will be showing 3 different crowns (1 boy and 2 girls)

For all of these you will need:

2 pieces for felt (same or contrasting colors)

thread

sewing machine

pattern

sharp scissors

The pattern I used for the newborns and Jackson’s crown I found at Hellobee . For this crown you will need some embroidery thread and needle.

Step 1: 

Lay out your crown pattern (remember this was for a newborn for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

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(for newborns use once, for toddler cut the felt horizontally and use the pattern twice)

Step 2:

Cut out your felt pieces and line them up. (using pins help while sewing)

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Step 3: 

Sew the 2 pieces together along all the edges. In the back where the pieces overlap cut down one triangle so that it will not be thicker than the others. Once you are done sewing go around with scissors and trim up your crown so that all edges meet perfectly. Use the embroidery thread at your back seam for added decoration.

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Congratulations you now have your own Prince Crown! Customize it as much as you want or leave it be.

Now for those Princesses! These crowns were made for the same little boy’s bigger sisters. Why not have a fairy tale family!

These patterns came from Cutesy Crafts . They are the exact same steps as the above crown so I will just show with pictures!

Step 1:

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(You can see on the light pink where the main section of the crown I placed in the middle and along the top is the band for the back of the child’s head. I wanted the seams to be along the sides instead of the middle like the pattern showed.)

Step 2:

Cut it out!

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Step 3: SEW!!!

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I hope you princesses and prince enjoy a little dress up time this week!

Let’s Play with Shaving Cream!

There are so many different ways you can play with shaving cream. This week our shaving cream play time involved a tarp (left over from Outdoor Waterbed), shaving cream (we used 2 travel sized cans) and a little bit of water that was left over from rinsing the tarp off in the 1st place 🙂

After spraying on the shaving cream I just let Jackson go to town. It turned out to be a pretty cool slip n slide. We will definitely be doing this one again!  He had so much fun that all you could see was a smile on his face and hear the giggles in the air.  He even pretended to be a frog perched on top of his lilly pad.

Warning: very picture heavy! It just shows the excitement! 

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We had to get mommy in on the action

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