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Sew your own pig and piglets. This big pig has a zippered pocket containing six (or more, if you like) little piglets that look just like her!

Sew your own pig and piglets

The piglets have Velcro snouts allowing them to 'nurse' at the matching Velcro dots on Mama Pig's belly. Let her loose in your play pigsty and let your little farmer have at it. Mama is even big and sturdy enough for small children to ride her for a fun change of pace. Kids Crafts: Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice. Here is today's kids craft...

Kids Crafts: Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice

(still trying to post one each Monday :)) I am certain I saw something similiar to this on a blog last year...forgive me for not telling you where/when- I can't remember... This is a great activity for pre-schoolers and even kindergarteners. In fact, it is going to be one of my centers in pre-school this year :) It is a great way to practice patterns. Busy Bag Swap: Day 2 (Pool Noodle Lacing)

My sister Avery is up today...she's the 2nd out of the 5 us kids.

Busy Bag Swap: Day 2 (Pool Noodle Lacing)

(I'm number 3.) She has 3 girls herself, and is expecting baby #4 (gender unknown!) My Husband Is Crazy » Blog Archive » Oooh…I have a great idea – I’ll be right back! My crazy and wonderful husband got an idea in his mind first thing yesterday morning that he was going to construct the perfect pool shade for our baby girl.

My Husband Is Crazy » Blog Archive » Oooh…I have a great idea – I’ll be right back!

He had the perfect idea in his head and knew exactly how he was going to construct it. We love having our baby in the pool but worry that she may get too much sun. Fun with foam noodle chains. Over the summer, I purchased several foam swimming pool noodles to use in my classroom.

Fun with foam noodle chains

I cut most of the noodles up into smaller pieces and stashed them away until I found a good use for them… There are lots of fun ideas out there for ways to use foam noodles so I knew they wouldn’t go to waste but I couldn’t decide what to do with them until I received this Universal Book Display from GuideCraft… Kids Crafts: Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice. Mud Pie Kitchen Inspiration. Sock Bunny. Unlike many sock toys that needs a pair of socks to sew, each sock bunny only needs one (1) sock to make.

Sock Bunny

With a pair of socks you can make a pair of bunny couples. If you have a rather new sock that lost it’s partner, you can make a bunny with it instead of throwing it away. Ojo De Dios or God's Eye Craft. I have become some what fascinated with the beautiful simplicity of the Ojo De Dios.

Ojo De Dios or God's Eye Craft

The Ojo has roots in the ancient Huichol Indians of Mexico. Early account of the brightly colored combination of yarn and sticks is said to symbolize the all seeing eye of God and represents the power of seeing and understanding unseen things. I think the Ojo De Dios (translated from Spanish to "Eye of God") is a beautiful reminder of God's watchful eye on us as we navigate life. Ojos De Dios are relatively easy to make, which is another thing I love. Their simple construction makes them a perfect kid's craft (although I would suggest this for ages 5 and older-but it's up to you.)

{Summer Camp} Giant Bubbles Kit Tutorial With Free Printables. Kojotutorial- the ballerina dress (an anthropologie dulcie dress knock off) This last two weeks has been a whirlwind.

kojotutorial- the ballerina dress (an anthropologie dulcie dress knock off)

Mostly an Everything Bag Sewing whirlwind, but with some next-year-possibilities thrown in the mix. Oh and we were away for the weekend (a church retreat in Estes Park!). Free Loom-Woven Pattern L20042 Loom Woven Bunny. "This and That" Mini Album PLUS Tutorial (Echo Park) Hi Everyone My first official Design Team Post is live at Echo Park - check it out here!

"This and That" Mini Album PLUS Tutorial (Echo Park)

For regular readers of my blog you will recognize this technique as one of my all-time favorites, but I have updated my tutorial and this fabulous new This and That Charming Collection really shows it off :-) I have used the latest This and That Charming Collection to create this simple mini with some recent photos of my family. I have a tutorial below showing how I created it and as you can see from the following picture, the weight of the Echo Park paper is perfect for this kind of technique as you can get a crisp fold without absolutely no paper cracking.

Store « Su Casa. Papier-mache easter eggs. For Easter I made papier-mache polka dotted eggs.

Papier-mache easter eggs

I created them using small water balloons and tissue paper then I filled them with candy and toys and sealed them shut. The egg can hold a surprising amount of candy and the tissue paper seems delicate making for a delightfully heavy and yet fragile object, much like real egg. Also like a real egg you have to break the shell to get at what’s inside. Nest? Basket? I Do Not Know... Is there a simpler way to ask it? Is this nest or is it basket? 'Tis true that in its heart eggs rest. So is it basket or is it nest? Kiddie Crafts - Make your own Lava lamp. Back in September, we shared some DIY lava lamp instructions, taken directly from the patent. That, and the others that I shared in that post, was meant for adults (or chemists!) To make, assemble and enjoy. Kids love looking at motion lamps. They stare at the dancing blobs, enjoying the tranquil motion and curious shapes.

Turn Child’s Drawing into Stuffed Toy/Doll. My little girl is in love with her art box. She loves the crayons and markers and pencils and scissors. Oh, the glue too. But I constantly find her with her hand caught in my printer paper. She grabs whole stacks at a time and draws picture after picture…….drawing to her little heart’s content. Her sketches can be found all over the fridge, in little stacks on the counter, hanging from clothes pins in my bedroom, tucked away inside of drawers, used as bookmarks, and given away as gifts. Mike Doyle's Snap. Tutorial: Hobby Horses | My kids, thanks mostly to the influence of my eldest, are 100% into hobby horses. So much so that they turned old sticks and beach buckets into temporary hobby horses. Around Katie’s 7th birthday, I hunted the whole of Cape Town down for a hobby horse.

I came up with nothing, except a vague thought of making some myself. Well, my mom came to the rescue at the last minute and solved the hobby horse problem for Katie’s birthday, but the boys wanted one too, and so did Kiera’s friend, Lea.