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Kids Creations – Happy Earth Day!

My kids have an Earth Day art contest at school today!  These are their beautiful entries that they submitted yesterday. These paintings are each created on the backs of cereal box cardboard, in honor of recycling and preserving this beautiful place where we all live.


Congratulations to Eliza!  Her class already voted yesterday and she won the art award in her class!


I love all the details the kids put into these, and the textures are beautiful.


Anne and Mary’s classes will vote today on their class art winners, so we’ll see how they do as far as the prize goes.  As far as I’m concerned, these paintings are SO beautiful and I’m so proud of their work and creativity!

Happy Earth Day!

In honor of this great day, I’m featuring the Angel Street Kids “Go Green!” Backpack and lunchbox.  Love our Earth and show it! ;)

Click HERE or click the pics to see more!

New Crayons

Well, sort of new.

“Don’t take the papers off the crayons!” That was my echo.  I don’t know why taking the paper off crayons seems to be so fun for kids.  It’s seems like all my kids have gone through a crayon-peeling phaze at one point or another.  It’s like the second they come in the house they have to take their socks off.  The second the crayons are out, they have to take the papers off.  I don’t get it.  Well, this activity was great for my little crayon peelers.  For the first time ever I told the kids to go at it and take all the papers off the old crayons.  It was kid heaven.  Or at least kid crayon heaven.

I helped them with the  papers of course.  It can be a tad tedious.

After that we separated the crayons into like colors, or colors that would blend well together.  Then we broke them up into tiny pieces.

These little silicone trays are the best!  So nice, and I love the bright colors.  This one is actually a baking tray, but I’ve heard of other people using silicone ice cube trays for this and that works too.  It just works best to keep the shapes simple.  FYI:  Some of the colors do stain the silicone.  If you try this, I’d recommend using some trays that you plan on using just for crafts.

We placed the crayon tray on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 275 degrees for about 20 minutes.  (If you try this, be sure to watch the oven and take out the tray whenever the crayons are all melted.  It may take more or less than 20 minutes, depending on your oven, the shapes, and the  amount of crayons in them.)

I used a toothpick to swirl some of them.

Let it cool for about 15 minutes on a cooling rack, then put the tray in the refrigerator until the crayons have completely hardened.  Here’s the result!  Our NEW crayons!

So bright and colorful! Love it.

We melted these ones in a muffin tin lined with cupcake papers.  It was kind of hard to get the paper off, and the pan was still hard to clean.  I definitely would rather use silicone trays for this activity, even if they do stain.

Next time I think it would be fun to try layered crayons, kind of like layered Jello.  I’d just have to melt each color separately in the microwave on low, pour into a shape tray, let it set and harden, then add successive layers the same way.  Wouldn’t that be just ‘kewl?’ ;)

Funny Feet

It was a crazy morning as usual.  I got up at the last minute and scurried everyone around trying to get them ready for school.  It was the usual one-word sentences morning:  Hurry.  Eat!  Brush. Go. Now!   We jetted out the door to make the first drop off and I suddenly remembered it was “Come to School With Funny Feet Day” at Mary’s preschool.  With only 20 minutes until preschool, this is the best we could do.  I think they turned out pretty fun. (Google eyes make anything fun!)

It’s helpful to have a box of odd things in your house.  My odd box has google eyes, yarn, mini bells, all kinds of buttons, craft paint and other stuff, and of course a hot glue gun.

Mark happened to walk by while Mary and I opened the paint, and started colorizing the shoes.  He thought I had gone crazy.   You’d think he’d be used to this by now.  I guess he was surprised because I usually try to have the attitude of “waste not, want not,” but I had bought each of the girls a pair of these shoes on clearance a while back for a screaming $3 each at the shoe store.  So I didn’t feel too bad about the Funny Feet Makeover.

Eliza, of course, wanted her own pair.  She insisted that hers look like honey bees.

I thought the Funny Feet fad would last a day and then the shoes would get lost in the closet.  I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but those shoes are now the favorites!  They are worn more now than they ever were before!  They wore them all over today while we ran errands and people kept commenting on their cute shoes!  It made them pretty happy and proud of their little google-eyed toes.

BTW, we created these pretty fast to get to school on time, but how cute would it be to spend a little more time and effort and put some ribbons, glitter, beads, or sequins on them!  I think I’ll have to keep an eye out for some more $3 shoes. ;)

Buried Treasure

Buried Treasure Part I

My girls found these craft jewels the other day. I have a whole tub of them.  I had them in the house for a project I did awhile ago.  I kept them around because, well, you just never know when you need craft jewels.  Anyway, they have also been a good “busy activity” when the girls need one.  I can just put the tub of jewels in the middle of the floor and it will entertain them for quite awhile.  Sometimes they sort them, sometimes they put them in toy pots and pans and just stir them around.  Well, this time they wanted to play ‘buried treasure.’ 

Mary looked all over for a treasure box to put them in and asked me to help her.  The best thing I could find was an empty baby wipes box.  It was kind of in the treasure box shape, so we decided to decorate it. 

Eliza snagged the camera and took this photo of me.  Not bad for a 2 year old–I mean my whole head is in the picture!


I love this picture.  It’s called “When You’re Being Creative, You Have To Stick Your Tongue Out.”  (It’s the sign of a true genius)

With a little craft foam, ribbon, and jewels, and only 10 minutes of time, we had a great little treasure box.  (There’s no way I was going to spend oodles of time on this, I mean it was going to get buried for heaven’s sake!)

Here’s the precious loot:  craft jewels, a homemade necklace, and some Chuck-E-Cheese tokens.

 …and here they are burying the treasure!

Aren’t sandboxes a wonderful thing?

I especially love our sandbox, and I’ll tell you why…

Buried Treasure Part II

Yes, this is part two, but really it happened before–long before–part one.

So about 25 years or more ago, Mark’s dad built a bunkbed for Mark and his brothers–a triple bunkbed.  About 2 years ago, we inherited the bunkbed.  We really didn’t have a need for it, but kept it in the garage in case another family member did–because that’s just what we do.  Anyway, it so happened that one of our awesome neighbors ordered a little too much sand for their sandbox and asked us if we wanted it.  Hmmmmm…

 Well, yes!  Soon those triple bunkbeds were reconstructed to make our little sandbox.  So how’s that for “reduce, reuse, recycle!”  A free sandbox, and hundreds of hours of entertainment for the kids.  Not bad.

And that my friends is the other buried treasure of this story.