Wooden Saint Peg Dolls

My friend is making these most adorable saint dolls! Something I’ve admired but have been too afraid to start… it seems like a daunting task to paint wooden dolls to actually look the way they are supposed to… but she did it!!! I was so excited for her and impressed by her work that I made her a little website so she could showcase her projects and take orders. I think her little saint dolls would be perfect as St. Nicholas or Epiphany gifts, and of course for Chirstmas! Check it out! She calls her shop Lovely Lady in Blue Boutique!

 

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Guest Post by Education dot Com

Shannon from Education.com has a cute math idea for incorporating shapes into a fun craft! This would be a great activity for all my kiddos, ages 5-10, or any child who could use some practice with scissors or recognizing their shapes. Plus, we can get some fun fall or winter artwork out of the deal! (They didn’t realize that I LOVE topiaries! So I’m all over this project… !)

Topiary Trees

 

Help your child master shape recognition by creating some funky topiary trees. Topiaries traditionally are living trees which are shaped by pruning. These trees are made from construction paper and allow your little one to practice recognizing and cutting out shapes in small, medium and large sizes.

What You Need:
Construction paper (Green, white, brown)
Scissors
Pencil
Glue stick

What You Do:
1. Ask your child to name all of the shapes she knows.
2. Have her pick a few of them. We decided to use a circle, a square, and a triangle.
3. Using the green sheet of construction paper, help her draw each of these shapes she picked out.
4. Ask her if she can draw a small, medium and large version of each of her shapes. If she needs help or isn’t familiar with a shape, draw it for her and have her to trace your lines.
5. Encourage her to cut out all of the shapes.
6. Have her draw and cut out a small rectangle for the tree trunk for each shaped tree she’s making.
7. Starting one tree at a time on the left side of the paper, have her glue the trunk of the tree at the bottom of the page, then glue the largest shape at the bottom, medium shape in the middle and small shape at the top to create a tree.
8. Have her continue this process until each of her topiary trees is glued into place.

(my note… At this point, I think it was fun to then decorate the trees with other shapes, or glitter glue, etc. Math and Art at the same time 🙂 )

For more great ideas, check out Education.com.

Art Class with the Kiddos

We kicked off our homeschooling year with an acrylic painting session on sunflowers. It was the kids’ first time painting with (my) acrylic paints. We had planted sunflowers, on purpose and by accident, in our garden and in the chicken run, so we have plenty of inspiration! After a brief description of how acrylic paints work and a little demo by mom, the kids took off on their own! I think they did a great job!

Chicken Crafty Hobby

I was drawn to these little chicken juggling bean bag things in a local store recently. Eva wanted me to buy some, and like a lot of things they want and I like, I thought “we can make those!” This time I actually followed through and researched some links on how to make them. I found a cute website that had easy to follow instructions and utilized items we already had. I had to teach myself about a “french knot” for making the eyes, but other than that, I was able to easily and successfully make these cute little chicken pyramid bean bags, and now I think I just added a new hobby to my long list of things I like and want to do!

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chicken for Mary, Eva’s pen pal
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the Flock