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2014 Thankful Pumpkin

Louanne on Nov 11th 2014

Last year we wrote on a real pumpkin, but this year the one I bought started to rot because I left it outside. Whoops. Then when I tried to find another pumpkin to replace it they were sold out at 4 different stores. This inspired me to turn it into a craft that all the girls could help with. And we could actually save it unlike the one one threw away last year. The girls had fun and Dani kept saying, “I di eh! I di eh!” (I did it!) It so easy that you can do it too!

Supplies: Contact Paper, Tissue Paper, Sharpie, Scissors

Thankful Pumpkin

Step 1 : draw the outline of  pumpkin on clear contact paper

Thankful Pumpkin

Step 2: I gave all three girls a mix of orange and yellow tissue paper. Then they just put them on the sticky part. I put a few pieces of green construction paper at the top.

Thankful Pumpkin

Thankful Pumpkin

Step 3: Cut out and peel another piece of contact paper and place it on top as smoothly as you can with the help of the kid ;)

Thankful Pumpkin

Step 4: Hang it up like a suncatcher and start writing what you are thankful for.

As Nadia and Amelie would say, “Easy Peasy. Lemon Squeasy.”

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Art Camp 2014

Louanne on Aug 24th 2014

Art Camp 2014

Paper Mache Giraffes (click to see album)

Nadia was so excited to attend Art Camp at church again this year. She choose to do leather work with Mr. Steve and visual art with Miss Sarah again. There was no way she was going to pick dance, garage band or drama since that would require a performance in front of people :)

Art Camp 2014

In leather work she made an assortment of small items like coasters, but their big project was a leather belt with buckle. She painted it gold and stamped it with cats and leaves.

Art Camp 2014

She loves this belt because she made it, and because she says she likes to pretend it is real gold.

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In Visual Arts our friend Sarah decided to have the kids focus on 3D art and Nadia thought it was fantastic. Above is Nadia’s “house” and she decided that it was a small version that her paper mache giraffes could live in on her dresser.

Art Camp 2014

Here is a close up of the giraffes.

Art Camp 2014

The 3D ice cream cone. Nadia had so much fun making this and was so proud to bring it home. We are very blessed that our church does this each year now. I love the idea that we offer up the talents of the people in the church to share with the kids in our church and community each year.

Art Camp 2014

This is not from Art Camp, but is her parasol that she made in China Camp last month. It’s just so pretty I put it in this blog post with all her other creations.

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Playtime with Oobleck

Louanne on Jan 28th 2014

Nadia loves the Dr. Seuss book about Oobleck and I knew the girls would get a kick out of having some messy fun. This is where I found the recipe. The ingredients are water, corn starch and food coloring.

Oobleck

I gave each girl a bowl, fork, spoon and funnel. For easy clean up I placed some beach towels on the floor. Once they were done I tossed their clothes and the towels straight into the washer.

Oobleck

Oobleck

Both girls thought this was great fun. They said it was squishy, messy and drippy. Nadia spent so much time kneading hers that we had to add more water to soften it up again. Amelie loved the feel of it dripping off her hands. Once they washed their hands they did have a slight green tint, but it washed off by the next day. We will definitely do this again.

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Gingerbread Houses 2013

Louanne on Dec 23rd 2013

Gingerbread 2013

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I think my eyes bugged out more than the girls when I saw this set up!

Gingerbread 2013

This year my friend Laura invited us over to do Gingerbread Houses with her and I am so glad she did!! She had big houses set up for her and I. Then she let the girls pick between houses, trees or a carousel. They both chose to do a chalet. Laura gave us each bowls to fill with candy, a bag of icing and we got to work.

Gingerbread 2013

Hard at work.

Gingerbread 2013

The front of Nadia’s house.

Gingerbread 2013

The front of Amelie’s house.

Gingerbread 2013

The front of my house.

Gingerbread 2013

The back of my house. And because I got to do my own, that meant I could be symmetrical :) Laura says that we can make this a new tradition and we are so excited!

Gingerbread 2013

And this is the craft gingerbread house that the girls made with Aunt Tahni during her visit. I think we covered all the gingerbread bases.

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