More Fireworks

We made fireworks the other day but the girls wanted to make more.  I used pipecleaners this time and folded them in half and arranged them to look like a firework.  Then we dipped them in red and blue paint and added glitter.  Ashlyn would use glitter on every craft we did if I let her.  Very simple but lots of fun.   We are headed to a 4th of July parade tomorrow so we made star wands (princess wands) to take with us.  Hope everyone has a great 4th!





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Fun Cheap Crafts

I took the girls to Michaels the other to pick up a few things. I hit the jackpot.  They have tons of craft kits for $1.00!  I bought a few for those days when I hear “Mommy, I want to make something.” or “Mommy, there’s nothing to do!”  I’m going to go back and get more for birthday gifts too.  Here are a few that I got. 

  • Mosaic Butterfly Kit- Emily picked this one out.  It includes 975 foam square stickers with a butterfly template to follow.  We only used about half of them so now I am trying to figure out a fun project to do with the others.  This was great to work on her fine motor skills and following directions.  Plus it was fun!
  • Foam Notebook Kit- It includes 10 sheets of paper, foam and lots of fun things to decorate the notebook. Perfect for Ashlyn to decorate and write in. 
  • Fun Fusion Beads.  It comes with 225 beads and a pegboard.  You follow a pattern and then use an iron to melt the beads together.  Ashlyn was so proud of her bee creation!

I can’t wait to go back and shop some more!  




Fireworks- Happy 4th

I found this cute craft here and wanted to try it with my girls.  I didn’t have the camera while they were doing it bbut got an after picture.  All you need is:

  • cupcake liners
  • markers
  • scissors
  • glitter (optional)
  • blue or black construction paper

Ashlyn colored the liners with markers.  Then she folded them in half and then in half again and cut slits in them.  She glued them to the blue construction paper ( I think black would have looked better but we didn’t have any) and then she added glitter to make the fireworks sparkle.  Happy 4th of July!


Camping Day

We are going camping for the first time with the girls (and as a couple) in a week and the kids are so excited.  I thought I would have a camping day indoors first .  So today while they were resting I planned a whole day of fun activities for Friday.  I took these pictures the night before because I knew I wouldn’ t have time to blog about it tomorrow.  Below is a picture of everything I will need.  Here is what I have planned for them:



  • After breakfast they will decorate two toilet paper rolls using bug stickers, markers, stamps, etc. to make binoculars.
  • rock painting- I found 4 awesome rocks that I “borrowed” from a distant neighbor. :)
  • creating sculptures using toothpicks and mini marshmallows
  • making numbers using playdoh (not really a camping activity but I found a sheet that had snakes on it)
  • bug hunting in the backyard using their binoculars and bug jars they made at Emily’s b-day party. 
  • making their own “trail mix”- popcorn, peanuts, m&m’s, Cheerios
  • reading in their tent and sleeping bags
  • having an indoor picnic using our picnic basket
  • counting activities with fireflies that I found here

I will let you know how it goes and try to take pictures but I can’t promise anything.  I plan on tackling Emily’s dresser in between activities.

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Jelly Fish

We live in Florida and go to the beach all the time.  It is one of our favorite weekend activities.  My girls love anything that has to do with the ocean or the beach so we like to make a lot of ocean animals.  We made jellyfish the other day.

They watercolored the back of a paper plate and then I folded it in half.  I cut strips of wax paper and had them decorate them with sequins.  I stapled the wax paper on the inside of the plate and then the girls added googly eyes. 



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