April Fools…

Tomorrow is April 1st…April Fool’s Day!  My daughter has been whispering her little tricky plans to me the last few days–you know, like putting a rubber band around the sink hose nozzle so Dad will get sprayed when he turns the tap on, and putting a plastic creature in ice for his drink.  All so silly and fun!

I found some more fun ideas.  Check out these fun ideas from Family Fun!  Just click on the images to see how to make it!

Meat loaf cupcakes! These cute little cupcakes are really meatloaf with colored mashed potatoes on top.

Tell your kids someone just invented the presliced banana! Learn how to slice a banana without peeling it and wow your family! (I’m definitely trying this one!)

Fish Stick, a kid’s favorite!  But these will surprise them! These fish sticks and veggies are really cornflake covered wafers, pea-shaped airhead candy and strawberry jam!  I just can’t decide if I should make this one or…

Sweet Cashew Chicken–but it’s really dried pineapple, apples, and fruit rollups!  Haha.  So clever!  I love all these ideas…now which one to do?

See more ideas on www.familyfun.com!

 

Springtime Pinwheels

Make a perfect pinwheel!  No tracing or guessing! This activity is fun and also a great way to teach about pattern-making and shapes.

Just print out these patterns I made below on some colorful paper.  You can use any kind of paper you want– copy paper, scrapbook paper, or cardstock.  If you plan to paint patterns on the paper, it’s best to use cardstock.

 

These fun shapes will be cute centers for your pinwheels.

Decorate the printouts any way you like.  My kids and I chose to paint them, so we used cardstock.  You’ll need your printouts, some thumbtacks, craft paint (or crayons or stickers or whatever you want to use to decorate it) and some small-ish dowels.  The dowels I used are 3/16″ in diameter and came in a pack of 16 for about a dollar.  The thumbtacks were $.88 for a pack of 70.  Good deal!

It’s fun to find objects around the house to use as a stencil to decorate your paper.  Here I used the end of a marker for the circles, and the dots were created using the end of a pencil eraser.  Create a pattern and when it’s dry, turn it over and create a contrasting pattern.

Again, this is a fun way to teach kids about patterns and shapes.  You could come up with countless patterns to create and ways to put these together.

When your decorated printouts are finished, just follow the directions on the printout to create the pinwheel.  Tape down the corners as you go, it will make it easier.  When you are ready to stick the thumbtack in, I found it’s better to cut a hole about the size of a pencil eraser in the pinwheel and the center shape.  If the hole is bigger, the pinwheel spins a little better.  Also, don’t stick the thumbtack in too far, it needs to have a bit of space for it to spin.  I found it best to push the thumbtack through, then turn the pinwheel upside down.  Place the dowel on top and use a small hammer to push it into the wood just right.

Another Method for Those Who Are Thumbtack Phobic:

If you’re going to create these with very young children and don’t like the idea of pins, here’s another idea to make it safer for your kids.  You’ll need the same supplies as above, but you’ll also need some bendy straws.

A bendy straw fits perfectly over the 3/16″ dowels.  Slide it over the dowel and tape around the bottom so it stays in place.

On this one I fluffed the flower shape a little by cutting between each petal and folding the petals up.

Cut the holes in the pinwheel and center shapes, then slide them over the bendy part of the straw.

Cut slits in the end of the straw to make 4 strips.

You can put a button on top and pull the straw strips through to keep everything together.  Now it looks like a daffodil.

Last, just put some tape around the straw in the back to hold things in place back there.

Have fun with your pinwheels!

 

Easter “Bag-sket” Contest – Enter to Win!

Enter to Win!

The Angel Street Kids Easter “Bag-sket” Facebook contest is going strong! So far, Andrea Hull is in first place, with Shelly Russon right behind in second. Kami Stewart is 3rd, and Cheryl Loveless and Linsey Holley are tied for fourth. Keep those referrals coming! Contest ends April 8! Remember, ALL those who “LIKE” our page will recieve 20% off an entire purchase through April!

It’s not too late to start playing!  Here’s how…

Enter to win 4 Backpacks, 4 matching lunchboxes, and 4 t-shirts of YOUR CHOICE of available products PLUS 4 kites, plastic Easter eggs, 4 bags of chocolate candy, 4 boxes of candy bunnies, 4 boxes of Peeps candy, and 12 drawing stencils.

How to enter:

Just tell your FaceBook friends to “LIKE” Angel Street Kids on Facebook and have them add a comment to the Angel Street Kids Facebook page saying who referred them.  Be sure to have your friends include your name as the referral in their comment!  The person with the most referrals at the end of the contest wins!  It’s easy!

ALSO, anyone who “LIKEs” the Angel Street Kids FB page will also receive a 20% off coupon just for liking us!  Click on the link at the top right of this site to go straight to our Angel Street Kids Facebook page.

Contest ends April 8th.  We will ship you your bags by Easter (April 24th!).

Good luck!

 

It’s not too late for St. Patrick’s Day fun!

Okay, have you got your leprechaun footprints and pot of gold ready?  If not, print them out in my St. Patrick’s Day printables link.  Also, I just found some way cute ideas I wanted to share.  These are some really fun ideas to make the day fun for your kids–great for after school snacks or dinner’s dessert.

How cute is this!  I love these ideas!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Waffles by:

http://ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com/rainbow-waffles/2011/03/12/

Love the whip cream clouds!

Ice Cream Leprechauns by:

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com/2011/03/ice-cream-leprechauns.html

Gold Nugget Cake by:

http://www.sugarderby.com/blog/2011/3/5/i-wanna-know-where-tha-gold-at.html

Angel Street Kids Easter Bag-sket Contest!

Give your kids an Easter Bag-sket this year!

Enter to win 4 Backpacks, 4 matching lunchboxes, and 4 t-shirts of YOUR CHOICE of available products PLUS much more!  See below for more details…

Also included in the package are: 4 kites, plastic Easter eggs, 4 bags of chocolate candy, 4 boxes of candy bunnies, 4 boxes of Peeps candy, and 12 drawing stencils.

How to enter:

Just tell your FaceBook friends to “LIKE” Angel Street Kids on Facebook and have them add a comment to the Angel Street Kids Facebook page saying who referred them.  Be sure to have your friends include your name as the referral in their comment!  The person with the most referrals at the end of the contest wins!  It’s easy!

ALSO, anyone who “LIKEs” the Angel Street Kids FB page will also receive a 20% off coupon just for liking us!  Click on the link at the top right of this site to go straight to our Angel Street Kids Facebook page.

Contest ends April 8th.  We will ship you your bags by Easter (April 24th!).

Good luck!

Martha Speaks. Martha Decorates.

Mary just got her Martha Speaks canvas art in the mail!  She loves Martha and she was very excited when she opened the package.

Since the time I took this photo, Mary has hung and rehung her art on nearly every space she can find in the house–like the bookshelf, the banister, and next to the refrigerator!  She’s tried to hang it in the entry way, the family room,  my room, and even the mini van.  But so far it hasn’t actually been hung at all yet because she just likes to look at it.  She still hasn’t decided where to hang it, but I’m sure (because a mommy knows these things) that it will eventually end up on the ready-to-go-nail already in her room.  But just for now, Mary is having fun thinking about all the great places it could go.

You can get these fun licensed, personalized canvas’ and banners here at Ty’s Toy Box.

Lucky Shamrock

I think I’m a little crazed over St. Patrick’s day this year.  It’s just that last year I realized the night before that none of my kids had anything green to wear for school the next day.  I sent Mr. Everything to Walmart at midnight to find something green for them to wear. (Of course I would never go to Walmart at midnight!)

He’s a good sport.

Well, this year I’m planning ahead.  We’ve got the green shirts…and now I’m accessorizing.  Yep…shamrock hair clips!

(Front View)

I’m definitely not a bow making expert, but I’ve been dabbling the last few days.

(Side View)

A friend gave me some good pointers and shared some awesome bow-making blogs with me:

http://thedomesticdiva.wordpress.com/2007/11/26/embellishing-is-sew-creative/

http://fabricbowsandmore.blogspot.com/

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I completely used scraps of fabric and supplies I already had. (Love it when I can find a purpose for scraps!)

So I started by ironing heat n’ bond to various pieces of green fabrics.

Then I traced the shamrock shapes on to the heat n’ bond paper.  I used the smallest shamrock shape pattern from my St. Patrick’s Day printables collection here:  http://angelstreetmom.com/?p=4791

Tracing the shapes on the bonded paper is way easier than tracing straight on to the fabric.  The heat n’ bond makes it so the fabric doesn’t fray, and also makes it a little stiffer.  For this bow, I used 6 shamrock shapes.

I dabbed green glitter glue around the edges of all my shamrock pieces.

Then I took 4 of the shapes and folded them in half like this…

…and then in half again like this.

I glued each of the folded pieces onto an unfolded “base” shamrock with hot glue.  I glued the piece so it lines up with the bottom piece, because I wanted it to stay looking like a shamrock in the end.  (If you vary the pieces, it looks more flowery, which can be fun too.)

After the 4 folded shamrocks were glued down, I glued another unfolded shamrock to the top.  The folded pieces make it poof out a little.  And to make it poof out a little more, I glued pieces of tulle (tutu fabric) into the folds.

Then to finish it, I just glued a little pile of green sequins in the center.

For the back, I cut a circle out of the heat n’ bond treated fabric and cut slits in it like this, then glued it to the back.  The idea was to be able to slip a clip or a headband through it and make it more versatile.  The fabric was too thin though so I ended up just gluing the clip on.  My friend uses a thicker stabilizing material called peltex.  Her bow backs work MUCH better for clips and headbands.  So I will be using peltex with future bows.

And there you have it!

Below is another variation of the bow using the shamrock shapes.  However, on this one I staggered the shapes, which gives it a more flowery look.  I also added transparent fabric in the folds and in the center.

St. Patrick’s Day Printables!

St. Patrick’s Day is coming!

March 17th is just around the corner and it’s time to get green!

Check out these Lucky Wristbands! Just click below to open and print your own!

Here’s some more fun activities for St. Patrick’s Day!  Great for classrooms, parties, homeschool, and just for fun!