Look at the jewel I found! This is an awesome and inexpensive project for the little ones....and big ones too! So beautiful....So may possibilities! Click the link above to get full instructions!
Instant Spring Flowers
Ahhhhhh......Can't you smell it? Spring is here! What a perfect opportunity to teach the kiddos about the beauty and magnificence of God's creation. Planting seeds and watching them grow also teaches patience according to God's timing and not ours. Starting a plant from seed can make kids a bit restless, because nowadays they want everything "microwave style". So why not make some "Instant Flowers?" This project is fun and easy for all ages. Let's get started, you will need:
1. Give out as many coffee filters as you like per child (1 filter = 1 flower) use either regular or cone filters; in the pics I used regular filters)
2. Color the front & back of filters using creative designs (making sure not to leave anything un-colored)
3. Flatten the filter and fold in half and then fold in half again (you will have a cone shape)
4. Tape the very bottom of filter to a bendy neck straw (towards the top of the bend)
5. Once secured to the straw, pull the folds apart to create the bloom (careful not to rip it) and place in vase/jar add a ribbon or twine to jar to spice it up a bit!
TIP: For added effect, dab some of your favorite oils onto the flowers for a sweet sniff and place in garden to give the seedlings a little company :)
OH! I forgot to tell you.....Your friends cat may like them too! (hee-hee)
Quick and easy finger-paint
"Creative minds think alike" - Christy Willis-
If you are anything like me, you adore fun finger paintings. Kids get the chance to "dig in", make a mess and be creative. For years I was buying finger paints (a waste I tell ya') and I just knew there was a recipe for one somewhere in the world, so I went on a mad hunt. While surfing the net, I found this recipe on www.lajollamom.com . It's a non-toxic, safe and cost effective too!
You will need:
a bowl w/ lid for every color you make
1/2 cup cornstarch
2 cups water
food coloring (any colors you want)
Mix cornstarch and water into a saucepan and boil until it thickens. Allow to cool, place in container and add food coloring. It make really nice colors (as you can see from the pic) and it washes out pretty good too. You can mix the colors to make new colors. WARNING: If making lots of colors, this process will take TIME, so make sure to prepare to be in the kitchen for a while (the cooling process is what takes most of the time)