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How To Make Perfect Puffy Paint (with Supplies You Already Have)

Puffy Paint. The most amazing creation my two-and-a-half year old has found so far. I’m not a huge fan of any of the puffy paints and puffy fabric paints I’ve found for sale on line or in brick and mortar stores. They are great for adult crafts and t-shirt designs. They are entirely too expensive and not that great for kid sensory activities. What a waste!

Enter Pinterest. Puffy Paint Perfection!

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3/4 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup (gel) shaving cream
your choice of coloring.

food coloring
water colors
tempera paint

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This stuff is simply fantastic. The video above shows how it puffs out of the wall upon application, dries puffy, and then smashes down when a finger depresses it. It does not reform.

In fact, this stuff is so fantastic….

I let my daughter paint in her favorite oversized Tinkerbell Coloring Book. I laid it flat to dry (to completely dry it took somewhere between 24 & 36 hours). I just knew I had ruined the coloring book. i couldn’t rip out the page because I let her paint on the cover! 48 hours later, I was able to safely close the book without sticking. It flattened, and did not reform, but it didn’t ruin it either.

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Puffy paint seems to be the new lifesaver of our house! The paint itself entertained Kara for almost 45 minutes. These days, that’s a long long long time! So, we painted… and painted… and painted… and painted. We painted with:

  • Brushes
  • Q Tips
  • Fingers
  • Toothpicks
  • Cotton Balls

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To make the paint, I made a batch…. 3/4 cup of each was plenty! I felt so wasteful when she was done painting and there was left over paint (more on that further down the post). After mixing the two ingredients (if for some reason its too dry, add more cream, if its too wet add more flour – it is fail proof!), I put a couple spoon fulls in each compartment and added color.

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Quite frankly? It makes zero difference what you use to color. The water colors did take a bit more quantity than the food coloring or tempera paint. Food coloring took 8-10 drops. Tempera paint took less than a squirt. For cost efficiency, if you already own tempera paint (I got ours at Walmart Back to School Sales for $1.00 per bottle), its cheapest. If you have a kid who puts things in their mouths, food coloring is cheap and safest. If you only have water colors, it works too!

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Now as for waste….. I HATE WASTING PRODUCTS!

I make as many messy art things for Kara as possible so that its cheaper and so that she gets to experience “experiments” as she calls them as well as new sensory events. I don’t want to waste what we’ve created. So, for our “waste,” we painted wax paper. Then I let her smash the paper together. This created two things:

  1. Gave my smaller child a less-mess activity. Everything goes in his mouth. I didnt want this in his mouth today. I let his fingers paint through the paper – a no mess activity!
  2. We made window catchers after the paint dried to give away. We added the window catcher as the “card” to our Woven Gift Basket we made in The 3rd Week of our Proverbs 31 Preschool Study.

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How To Never Quit Praying (In the Mind of a 2-year-old)

Prayer pails are a great visual way to never quit praying. Prayer is serious, and it isn’t meant to be easy. It is our job as parents to teach our children how to pray, and how to never quit praying. No matter what.

Why Teach Our Children to Never Stop Praying?

Last week, in our Proverbs 31 Study for Preschoolers, we discussed Proverbs 31: 23 which concentrates on praying for our husbands. What should a preschooler do? They have no husband. A Preschooler can’t learn to pray for their husband as an adult until they first learn to pray. What a better time to learn than now.

What is a Payer Pail?

Prayer pails are super super cute, totally customizable, and super encouraging for children to never ever run out of prayer ideas!

Simply put…. a prayer pail is a bucket or jar that is decorated however a child sees fit. My 2-1/2 year old picked out her Washi Tape colors at the store, and we came home and got to work. I found an old candy jar I found at Aldi last winter for $2.47. Throw together some supplies, and the project took 5 minutes.

Supplies

  • Jar or pail
  • Sharpie
  • Wax Paper
  • Washi Tape

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Now our plan is to place this jar in my daughter’s bedroom, and whenever we have a new person to pray for, a new activity to talk to Jesus about, or a special prayer of thanks…. I will write it down on a small piece of paper, fold it up, and throw it in our jar – to keep indefinitely. This way too, not only does she have a visual reminder of how often she prays, she has a crockpot full of prayers, encouraging her to never stop praying. ❤

 

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Week 13 Proverbs 31: 24: How to Find the Artist in You

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

Proverbs 31, preschool christian education

We introduced our study 13 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We are learning that we don’t have to be perfect, or teach our children to be perfect. All we have to do is be the best we can be and model the best we can do for our babies.

We followed the initial teaching of value with activities to encourage babies to be confident, respectful, and good (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, what they were already being prior to our study that sometimes annoys the crap out of adults!,  the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 made sense. Creating value and work ethic in infancy by responding to an infant’s immediate cry sets our babies up for success. Teaching our preschoolers work ethic begins the success.

It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance.

In fact, sign up for our mailing list (on the right) .today and snag your FREE Proverbs Subway Art for every member of your family! —>>–>>–>>

Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be exempt. Investment comes in many forms. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. Doing something. It doesn’t matter what. They don’t have to be creative. They don’t have to sing. They don’t have to be handy. They just have to not be lazy. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. We added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.

Next we showed and modeled for our children. Instead of teaching THEM to do something…. we are showing them that we are working just as hard. They can rely on us. They can trust us. We prepare for them. We, as men and women of Christ, prepare. We used our preparations to show that we should fear nothing, we prepared, and our children will always be clothed and ready (Proverbs 31: 22,24,25). And then in week 12 we spent time observing and learning How A 2-year-old Prays (or any age child – your child) in Proverbs 31:23.

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Now its time to lighten up, remember the child, find the youth in eachTweet: To our children, we are the world. TO GOD, we are the world. You. You are the world. of us parents no matter how old, and create a timeless admiration and fascination in art. There is a reason creativity is so inspiring. And, I’m of the belief that we all have the ability to be creative, and all have the ability to inspire. Its said that while we may be just one person to the world, to one person we are the world. “To our children, we are the world. TO GOD, we are the world. You. You are the world.”

 

 

MONDAY:

  • Stamps: My 2-1/2 year old LOVES stamps. Last year for Christmas I bought her a whole box of self-stampers, something like this with an assortment of stamps. She hasn’t even opened them all yet, but loves them and none have dried out yet. For today’s activities I looked up a few ways to make DIY stamps as well for Kara to freely craft whatever her heart desired, and we stamped inside the outlines of numbers 1-5. There are a billion ways, here are a few of my favorite. I will link my own personal creation soon, too!
    • Clip Zine has a huugge assortment of listings of project ideas and patterns. This, of course, takes some preparation to get it ready for your child to play with, though.
    • There are a ton of ideas out there, but for the purpose of homeschooling and children I really like projects that are fast to prepare so the child can become involved. What could is preparing for our children if we have no time to play with them? Titus2Homemaker has several ideas in this post; some take no preparation and some come from dollar store preps. How much more could we ask for?
    • Saving the best for last, and one that I personally will also be using: Craftaholics Anonymous creates tanogram stamp peices and provides a free printable to have your child match, sequence, build, copy. They’re fantastic, and develop so many skills at once! This will certainly become a busy bag for us!

TUESDAY:

  • Markers: my personal activities are the dot markers. They make wonderful busy bag on-the-go bags (we’re not quite careful enough with them for car use though!) and a very quick search will leave you enough printables to last years if you laminate them first, weeks if you don’t! What are my favorite four activities:
    • Draw the outlines of letters and let your child dot the shape of the letter.
    • Powerful Mothering shares her ideas of using dots to dot in a pattern followed by using scissors to cut it. We are still on straight line scissor activities, but this could become quite complex for a more advanced child!
    • Southern Shore Mamas shares my favorite activity, but it does take some prep work during nap time. Starting with a somewhat simple coloring page, I draw in my dots where I want Kara to dot. Then I color in the background a color so that Kara must color match her dots to the color I say it should be.
    • Another favorite activity is to fill a page with a sentence of the same letter such as “Harry the Hippo has a happy voice when he hollers through the hall.” Allow your child to dot all the H’s!

WEDNESDAY:

  • Paint: This will be our recipe for this week’s painting sessions, thank you One Little Project! I’ll have to let each of you know after my experiment which one produces the most vibrant colors for us: food coloring, water colors, tempera paint! 🙂 We will be painting on a variety of papers: tissue paper, wax cooking paper, aluminum foil, and construction paper.
  • We also made our own paint this week.
    • 3/4 cup shaving cream (the gel works better!)
    • 3/4 cup flour
    • coloring of choice (post about choices coming soon)

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THURSDAY:

  • Salt/Flower: Of course salt dough crafts are becoming more popular. This week we are going to try out a salt and flour playdoh recipe. Actually, we’ll do a few and check back letting you know which recipe is best and which coloring options provide the most vibrant colors!

FRIDAY:

  • Art Supply Assortment: What could be better than dumping out some crafts… yarn, stick, cardboard, markers, pens, gel glitters, glue, pom poms, felt, foam, and more and letting a child invent! All week long, your child has been making things. At this point, let them be creative!

    • Older children that have the fine motor skills for advanced weaving, necklace making from embroidery string, knitting, etc., could even try selling to friends!

Is anyone joining us on our FACEBOOK page? Please do! Lets us know if you are studying proverbs with us! We have 5 more weeks of activities left! Or, subscribe to the right hand side and grab some free SubWay Art Proverbs Printables!

Week 12 Proverbs 31,23: How a 2-Year-Old Prays

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

Proverbs 31, preschool christian education

We introduced our study 12 weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We started a curriculum, with resources, to help parents teach children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). We are learning that we don’t have to be perfect, or teach our children to be perfect. All we have to do is be the best we can be and model the best we can do for our babies to learn.

We followed the initial teaching of value with activities to encourage babies to be confident, respectful, and good (31:11-12) and then moved toward our Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once our children were aware it was okay and encouraged to be eager every single day of their lives, what they were already being prior to our study that sometimes annoys the crap out of adults!,  the introduction to work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 made sense. Creating value and work ethic in infancy by responding to an infant’s immediate cry sets our babies up for success. Teaching our preschoolers work ethic begins the success.

It is important as parents that our children are aware women and men are both equally valuable (Proverbs 31:15), and understand that everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance.

In fact, sign up for our mailing list (on the right) .today and snag your FREE Proverbs Subway Art for every member of your family! —>>–>>–>>

Speaking of roles in the homestead, it is a-okay for both men and women to work and invest in their family (Proverbs 31:16), and no one, should be exempt. Investment comes in many forms. Parents, did you remind your babies in Week 7 how strong they are? Our lads, and our ladies are so strong, and Proverbs 31:17 reminds us how critical it is they know it! Week 8 helps our babies discover that Godly women work. And work. And work. Doing something. It doesn’t matter what. They don’t have to be creative. They don’t have to sing. They don’t have to be handy. They just have to not be lazy. In addition to working early in the morning and diligently all day long, also work deep into the night (Proverbs 31: 18, 19). They must know they are strong from the week prior to understand they can handle their mountain of diligence. We added to their studies in Week 9 coaching them into giving. After working and working and working the most sacred thing our kiddos can be taught is to give.

Then last week we showed and modeled for our children. Instead of teaching THEM to do something…. we are showing them that we are working just as hard. They can rely on us. They can trust us. We prepare for them. We, as men and women of Christ, prepare. Then last week we used our preparations to show that we should fear nothing, we prepared, and our children will always be clothed and ready (Proverbs 31: 22,24,25).proverbs 31.23

 

We must discuss how to pray and what to pray. I’ve noticed when praying with Kara, her prayers are short sweet and simple. Some two year old’s prayer lists:

I pray:

  • i get apples tomorrow
  • Daddy leg not hurt (his hamstring is torn)
  • bed time is laaaaaaaaaaaaaater
  • Noah at home (She wants Noah to stay home from the hospital)
  • use the potty laaaaaaaaaaaaater
  • we drive safe
  • Elsa (what she calls a lady a church) gets better
  • Nanner (the dog) eats her bone

Obviously as we grow, our prayers become more complex. Deeper. Stronger. But I have to remember, these are very complex issues to my baby girl! She loves apples, and can’t have them after brushing her teeth. She wants something she can’t have – don’t we all? Her daddy is st encouraghurting. While daddy and I are fully aware he will heal, am I not upset when the kids pop a fever or snag an earache? She is afraid of using the potty, she’s asking to do it later, not now. She prays her brother, who as L1, doesn’t go back to the hospital again. When he does go, he comes home. She prays for her family, herself, and those around her (Elsa). She prays. There is aboslutely no need to try to alter her prayer, jue and listen. Let her know that her prayers are heard by the Man upstairs.

 

MONDAY:

  • Letter T & U Coloring Pages Free Printables
  • Prayer Pail: I first saw this idea on Joy’s Hope and made a few adjustments to us!
  • Discussion of the Day: Why do we pray? What is the purpose in talking to Jesus? Do you realize we can talk to Jesus about anything: from the pony we long for to the little girl down the street to just saying thank you for some candy.

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TUESDAY:

  • I Can Pray For Wheel: Crafting the Word of God created an amazing idea with the basis of this project. We switched it up just a little. It would be easy to find clip art on google and glue print out to the wheel. Instead of using locations and opportunities of prayer, we decided to use people and activities. Now, before lunch everyday we turn the wheel and whomever’s photo lands next, we add them to our lunch prayers!

WEDNESDAY:

  • God Knows My Name: Kara has room letters she loves. So today, we made some for her baby brother Noah and painted her name on large poster paper. Perfect activities for a rainy afternoon! I asked Kara what she thought Noah prayed for, and wrote those on the wood.  We glued cardstock and construction paper to Noah’s wooden letters. I told Kara the wood was like Noah’s heart, and we had to put clothes on Noah’s body. According to Kara, Noah prayed for: milk, pillows, songs, and doctors.

THURSDAY:

  • Hand Art for Wall: People I pray For –> On a large piece of construction paper, we traced Kara’s hand prints. Then I let her color the paper however she wished. Then we wrote on each finger all the names she could think of, with no prompting from me, of people she prayed for. I was totally and thoroughly amazed!

FRIDAY:

  • Prayer Cube: A printable prayer cube just for you coming soon! Toss it up and pray pray pray!

Is anyone joining us on our FACEBOOK page? Please do! Lets us know if you are studying proverbs with us! We have 7 more weeks of activities left! Or, subscribe to the right hand side and grab some free SubWay Art Proverbs Printables!

Week 6: Proverbs 31:16, She Works Hard

Proverbs can move mountains! Want to make a difference? Be the difference! They always say if there is a topic you want to read about, go to the Bible. Porn? Bible. Good deeds? Bible. Heros? Bible. Murder? Bible. In this chapter, men learn how to be Godly men and Godly women. Learn how to be Confident, and teach your children confidence.

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We introduced our study three weeks ago week briefly recapping the Proverbs 31’s introduction. We then began sharing a curriculum and resources to teach our children that they are worth more than rubies (31:10). The second week, we taught you how to teach your babies to grow into adults with confidence, respect, and goodness (31:11-12) and followed that with Proverbs 31:13 Eager as a Beaver week. Once we knew to teach our kids that Christ’s children are eager, teaching them work ethic in Proverbs 31:14 just made sense. Then last week, we learned that women and men are both equally valuable in Proverbs 31:15, and everyone has a role in the homestead of equal importance.proverbs31.16

 

During discussions, I’ve seen that many women disagree about the value and meaning of this verse within the Proverbs description of a model wife, a model woman. For me, I feel like humans were intended to do work – men and women alike. Maybe different types of work, maybe the same. Maybe intellectual, maybe physical. None the less, work. Furthermore, in the sense of husbands and wives… I feel like wives are made to compliment their husbands, not depend on them. Husbands rely on their wives just as much as wives rely on their husbands.

Previously, we’ve talked about how our children are: more valuable than rubies, confident and important human beings, eager beavers as Christ-like adults should be, that their work ethics are vital, and then last week that men and women are of equal value. This week, we will talk a little about their futures instead of their nows. We will discuss work. For the purpose of their understanding, we will specifically join this week’s lessons to last week’s nourishment of food and talk about the work of planing fruits and veggies, along with flowers, in a garden!  Come, join us! For free printable, conversation topics, and activities that challenge our children of all ability levels.

 


 

MONDAY:

  • Gardening: 123homeschool4me.com has some superb and super cute little coloring sheets for bugs typically found out in the garden. Instead of printing them as she presented them, I resized each image a little smaller and stuck four on a page. I then let Kara paint them with Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise, and Relish for each of the colors needed to complete the images. This was a super fun sensory activity, as she had to taste and smell everything.
  • Digging for Garden Bugs: Recently, I started making Kara a felt activity quiet book. {{ I have nine pages left to go, but the bugs pages are complete and I am in love!!! I absolutely cannot wait to show all of you these books and patterns! }} Anyway, basically I took the beads that were left over and threw them in a pan of dirt. Kara loves dirt, and loves her shovel. So, activity complete!
  • Discussion: Work can be fun. There is no reason to despise your work, but there is reason to be disciplined enough to complete work. What is discipline? Why is work important? Do you like work? Listen up parents, your kid’s answers to these questions may shock you!

TUESDAY:

  • L is for Letters: We are up to learning about letter L at this point. We have a huge floor pad with interlocking letters. Today we took each of the letters to the driveway. Kara traced them and jumped on them. I let her free play with them, because like I said – she really isn’t that into letters at this point, and I do not want to push her further away. We reviewed colors with them, “Hey! What letter is the A!” and stamped water with them onto the hot pavement. It was a super wonderful afternoon of letters for a girl who despises numbers!
  • Topic of Discussion:  Why must we spend time learning things we do not always enjoy? Is it “work” to learn something we don’t want to learn? What happens if we get lazy and stop learning? What if we don’t teach you anything else? What happens?

WEDNESDAY:

  • Planting Flowers
  • L is for Lemurs, Lobsters, Lambs, and Lions (hand art) – photos coming soon!

THURSDAY:

  • Decorating with Flowers – Remember our woven basket we made three weeks ago? Today, make an arrangement with a few flowers, either chosen or grown, by your child to add to the gift basket your child is making for someone special in their lives.
  • Letter L Coloring Printable
  • Topic of Discussion: Why should we add flowers we’ve grown or specially chosen for that person? Growing is hard work. Choosing is special, thoughtful, and time consuming. When you invest your time into something, you love it even more. Who are you giving your basket to? Do you love them?

FRIDAY:

  • Fruits and Veggies from Afar: I first saw a version of my idea on Kid World Citizen. With a Montessori approach, writer Becky teaches her children about world foods and their placement on a world map. On Tuesday of Week 4 in our Bible Study, we started learning states on a US State map. Kara still loves this activity and now can identify where Hawaii, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina, Maine, Ohio, and North Dakota are. We do it 2-3 times a day for 3-4 minutes at a time. So today, I printed off a few pictures of fruits and veggies, and taped them to our map.We put Oranges in Florida, Potatoes in Idaho, Broccoli in California, and Apples in North Carolina. This means we were able to add two more states to Kara’s list of known states today!
  • Lizzard Shape of L
  • Topic of Discussion:

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Do It Yourself Beautiful Grimm’s Wooden Rainbow Blocks that Actually Work!

In my quest of really cool and totally awesome preschool activities, I came across Funn at Home with Kid’s blog post about how to DIY a Grimm’s Style Wooden Rainbow Block Set. The pictures she posted of her set were absolutely stunning. Beautiful, vibrant colors. Shocking, awesome shades. What’s great? It was so incredibly simple. All she had to do was dunk her cubes in, pull ’em out, and set them down on some wax paper.

So, here I go. I make my list of things to keep on the look out of great prices for {mainly because everyone knows I don’t pay full price.} I found a new dollar store down the street, and decided to go in for a search. Eureka! I somehow found the same brand and type of small, wooden craft blocks that are at our local Hobby Lobby. Even better? Instead of an $8.99 tag, the $8.99 is scratched out and a $1.00 sign is hanging right above the blocks. Sweet! Okay, lets buy 3 packs juuuuuust in case. The problem? I still don’t have a set of liquid water colors.

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Lets just say, good thing I bought 3 sets of blocks…. Man I should have photographed our disasters!

  • First off… I only had food coloring and acrylic paint on hand. NEITHER WORKS. Lets make that clear from the start. If you want a variety of shades, do not use acrylic paint. Plus, sitting on the wax paper the acrylic drips off the sides and puddles at the bottom so when you unstick it from the wax paper, it clumps at the bottom and instead of a colored block of wood you end with a colored block of wood attached to a glump of paint that never comes of
  • Secondly, do not use food coloring in water or any other DIY water color. We used an entire pack of blocks trying out any and all DIY paint mixes you can find on pinterest. They just don’t work. Not as beautifully.
  • Do not think its as simple as dunking. Its super duper incredibly and utterly simple, but not dunking simple.

 

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The project is super duper simple. We purchased Sargent’s Art Liquid Water Colors on sale. I have no experience with water colors, so I simply purchased them because they were the cheapest paints online with decent reviews. I would give them a five star rating so far though! We started off dunking each one, and this entertained my two year old for about 30 minutes, so it wasn’t a wasted activity. We used 1 tsp paint and dipped 4-5 blocks in pure color. Then we added two tablespoons water and dumped 4-5 more blocks. And finally two more tablespoons water and 4-5 more blocks.

TIP OF THE DAY **** I learned what would have made more sense though is to leave the blocks sitting in the mixture rather than dunking. I learned that the blocks have a very light, very slight almost plasticy glaze covering each block. It is almost water repellant so we had to redo several blocks until I learned this tedious fact!

 

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As we continue dying things in our future, I will do two things:

  1. Soak the blocks or whatever objects they may be instead of tediously dipping and just remove several blocks at a time over the course of a couple hours.
  2. Save the left over paint for Kara to paint with instead of washing it down the sink. I’m not sure why it didn’t hit me at the time; we used enough paint for our project and you can’t tell any is missing from the bottles. BUT, why not expand it over another project or two. Kara loves it! Even bath painting would have been great in the tray!

 

***Oh, and One more Critical Tip*** Start with your lighter colors. The dyes leach onto your skin for a few hours, and you will cross contaminate! You can see in the image below how the orange has some red mixed in. Luckily, it didn’t ruin it.. But, what if I had done purple or blue and then yellow? Work light to dark! Always

The final project was glorious!

 

Grimms Blocks

 

Please leave us a comment and let me know of a DIY project you copied from Pinterest and ended up having to make adjustments along the way!!! Some stories, I’m told, just end up humerus!

Weaving in Christ: Make A Cheap Fun Fine Motor Project

 

The Bible is completely filled with weaving projects… completely. Weaving is also an excellent idea for developing fine motor skills in two year olds! Put the two together, and we have Weaving in Christ. Everything in the Bible is woven together; as the human race, we are woven together. Each of us is a piece of a puzzle, that… put together create the vision of God. The bountiful lists of crafts that can be done with the weaving concept is amazing. To list a few:

Bible Weaving Projects:

  1. Any sort of yarn activity, animals and clothing are discussed throughout the entire Bible.
  2. God’s Eye projects
  3. Basket Weaving (today’s post!)
  4. Weaving to make Rainbows
  5. Weaving a Cross
  6. Building with Waffles; they look woven

None the less, no matter how many ideas are out there, they are absolutely perfect for two year olds as they begin learning independence still under mom and dad’s helpful wings. My two year old isn’t quite ready for independent weaving (and shows absolutely zero interest in any sort of nifty lacing card!) However, she loved today’s activity and it lasted a pretty decent amount of time (45 whole minutes!) for a two year old. I was pretty impressed, actually. And, it turned out super cute!

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This activity corresponded directly and perfectly to our current Proverbs 31 study, Proverbs 31:14.

When I was choosing the basket I wished to use, I thought about several different ones. This was actually a zero cost project for us, because we used scraps of pipe cleaners from old projects that would have otherwise been put to waste, and chose to re-gift one that was given to us. We are using this basket to make a final gift at the end of our study. Ultimately, it was important for us to use it, and it was perfect because the wooden make allows it to be elegant instead of gaudy. Plus, the straw is hard; therefore, the holes didn’t keep collapsing on my daughter who is currently still learning hand eye coordination. And, it was free which is a plus for this thrifty mom 😉

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First, I allowed Kara to select which pipe cleaners from our stash she wanted to use.

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And then I let her go to town. We used all the cleaners she picked out, but there was a significant amount of help involved. I truly do not believe bigger basket holes would have helped her, and I can absolutely not believe she stayed interested as long as she did. She started each cleaner for a solid 3-4 weaves, and I finished it out and hid all the sharp tails on the inside of the basket. Overall, I am super pleased with how well it turned out.

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