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i saw this craft after the years of different butterfly punch art and i was finally ready. i had pictures of annie painting the paper but they have disappeared. the first step is to watercolor paint on paper.paint all over with pattern or with out....less water makes for brighter colored paint.and let it dry. then punch out as many butterflies as you can. i bought this martha stewart butterfly punch at joann's.they are not cheap but it was on sale and they do have 40% off coupons quite often.and THAT punch is really cool.VERY easy to use! we used 10x10 canvases also from joann's....i wished i had bigger 20 x 20 would have been great! the girls painted them with acrylic paint. it was fine to have the streaks in the paint....i liked it. when the paint was dry they plugged in their glue guns and got to work with a pile of colorful butterflies.we bent them in the middle and put a tiny dot of hot glue in the center of the back of the butterfly. i hope that works. Related:  Programming - Kids

Paper Plate Yarn Weaving - Sewing Hearts This paper plate yarn weaving activity combines an easy Valentines Day craft with a beginner sewing project! It’s great for fine motor development, and the results are so pretty! Not long ago, we did this paper plate yarn art project, and I was amazed by how lovely two simple supplies (yarn and a paper plate) could look. We’ve put the two materials together again today for this paper plate yarn weaving activity, and once more the results are beautiful! Because many people use the words “weaving” and “sewing” interchangeably with a project like this, I’ve use both words in this post. I love that this simple weaving project offers a variety of skill-development. That’s great! The idea for our weaving project came about the other day when I mentioned that my son had ripped his pyjamas, and that I had sewn the hole closed by hand. One of the hooligans asked what I meant, and I explained that I’d used a needle and thread to sew the pyjamas back together. Ahhh, I thought!

DIY Pendant Lamps | Glitter Weddings I was awesome at papier-mâché. When it came time in Geography to create our own papier-mâché globe, those 5th graders had nothing on me. I would sit for hours, hands covered in school glue, concentrating at an intense level for a ten-year-old. It’s been a few years, but something tells me I’ve still got it. These DIY Pendant Lamps are essentially papier-mâché for grownups. The two projects today employ hemp and lace doilies as the papier-mâché craft of choice, along with a balloon and glue; but all this talk of fifth grade makes me want to glue macaroni. We’re still in the honeymoon phase of marriage, the phase where your husband still thinks everything that you do is beyond cute (eh, usually), so I’m thinking he will LOVE a macaroni lamp. Directions for these fun-tastic projects here and here. Via Glitter & Pearls // DIY Lace Lamp Via Urban Taster // Hemp Pendant Lamps Via Craft Nest

Baby Shower Poems Whether you're one of the expectant parents or simply a shower guest who'd like to help make the day just a little more special, baby shower poems can help you express many sentiments about the little one on the way. Read some original poems and get ideas on ways to incorporate them into the celebration. A Collection of Baby Shower Poems The following poems could be nice to read or include in a speech at a baby shower. A Bundle of Love A bundle in pink, A bundle in blue, A bundle of love Is coming to you. Treat it with kindness, Treat it with care, Always be gentle, and Great love you two will share. Babies Are Like Flowers Babies are like flowers... Give them a rich foundation so they grow strong roots. We Can't Wait to Meet You We can't wait to meet you So we're gathered here today, To shower you with presents That you're going to need someday. Until the day that you arrive And we all get to see you, We'll give your mom the support she needs And eagerly wait to greet you. A Note to Mr.

Paper Lanterns (with LED lights) Paper lanterns everywhere. These non-flammable, simply beautiful, versatile, paper lights, have been a staple in our summer entertaining --- scattered on dinner tables, added to picnic blankets, strung across the patio; they're even a excellent kid's craft: the kids have made night lights for their rooms. After making "night lights" for Grayson's camping birthday, I just couldn't stop. My personal current favorite are the ones made of news print. Paper: regular, transparent, news print, etc. HOW TO: 1. 3. Supplies: Sheet metal (craft store) or use recycled metal, as we did. They gave me large metal sheets which are used in 4 color printing. As a final touch, we thread wire through the top of the lights so that these could hang, as well.

Small beginnings {Part 1} - making space Hello, my name is Joan. For a while I will be blogging in this section of the Pretty Blog. This is Part 1 of Small beginnings. Visit regularly for more in this series of topics around small space living and starting out. My husband moved in with me just after we got married and in the flicker of an eyelash my living space was halved! Here is some clever storage inspiration that I’ve come across which may help to make space for your other half. Tip no.1: Up-cycle vintage items or hand-me-downs into clever storage spaces: Image left: Suitcase drawers designed by James Plumb; Image right: Old suitcase turned into a bathroom cabinet Image left: Old drawers can do wonders for hiding modern-day admin or accessories; Image top right: Steel cabinet drawers in the kitchen ideal for big utensils; Image bottom right: Vintage architectural drawers adds character to almost any space (bottom right). Image left and right: Use old fruit or wine crates to make a beautiful wall unit.

Proof of benefits of reading to children Photo: Phil Carrick MELBOURNE researchers have proven what parents have intuitively known all along - the more often you read to your children from an early age, the greater the positive effect on their reading and thinking skills. The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research has not only proven a causal effect between the frequency of reading to a child and his or her development, but have also for the first time measured the benefits. Children four to five years old who are read to three to five times a week have the same reading ability as children six months older (who are read to only twice or less a week). Reading to children six to seven days a week puts them almost a year ahead of those who are not being read to. It was also found that reading to small children has a positive effect on the development of numeracy skills. Advertisement ''We worked with children representing a whole range of families, from all different backgrounds and economic circumstances.

Easy Origami Picture Frames - Micador With only a few simple folds, these origami picture frames are super easy and perfect for displaying your favourite photos or as a gift! You will need: Micador Create It Two Colour Magic Paper Glost Jumbo Paperclips Sizzle Scissors Sticky tape Step 1: Fold one of the top tips of the A4 paper inward to meet the adjacent edge so that it makes a triangle. Step 2: Using the bottom of the folded section as a guide, cut the page to make a square. Step 3: Fold the square piece of paper in half, then half again. Step 4: Fold each corner into the middle. Step 5: Now fold each corner into the fold then fold down. Step 6: Turn the piece of paper around, and fold each corner back. Step 7: Secure the back with sticky tape. Step 8: Grab a Glost Jumbo Paperclip and pull the smaller curved wire up to an angle to create a base.

Montessori Pin Poking to Develop Concentration, Coordination, and Pincer Grip for Writing {Montessori Monday} - I’ve been wanting to do a literature-based art project with my 2-year-old granddaughter, Zoey. But it requires the use of two very popular Montessori activities, which needed to be introduced. The first practical life activity was eggshell crushing. Montessori Pin Poking to Develop Concentration, Coordination, and Pincer Grip for Writing – Video You’ll see my daughter, Christina, and Zoey (Christina’s niece) in this 1 minute, 53 second video about pin poking: Materials Used in Our Pin Poking Activity Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links (at no cost to you). Montessori Pin Poking Tray with Inset Shapes Montessori Pin Poking Activity Pin Poking a Montessori Inset Pentagon Shape The benefits of pin poking can be amazing. I introduced the activity to Zoey, who’s almost 27 months old. Most 2 year olds will probably punch outside or inside the outline, at least some of the time. Eggshell Crushing – Montessori Practical Life Fun for Toddlers and Preschoolers Montessori Monday Link-Up