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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! 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. At the end of a long day of farming, prop your feet on her for a bit of rest.

Finished dimensions — Mama Pig is 12" tall x 20" long x 14" wide; Baby Pigs are 3" tall x 4 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wideSeam allowance — 1/2" unless otherwise specified 1. Pig side snout and pig tail (cut 2)Pig upper body (cut 2)Pig side body (cut 2)Pig lower body (cut 2)Pig ear (cut 2)Pig snout front (cut 1)Piglet body 5 per piglet (cut 30)Piglet snout 1 per piglet (cut 6) Cut from white felt:Pig ear (cut 2)Piglet ear 2 per piglet (cut 12) Cut from brown felt:Piglet foot 4 per piglet (cut 24) 2. 3. 4. Step 5. 5. 6.

Step 7. 7. Step 8. 8. 9. Kids Crafts: Water Noodle Lacing & Pattern Practice. Here is today's kids craft... (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. Purchase some water noodles- I got mine at Target for about 75 cents each on clearance- in the dollar section. These are the same water noodles we used for the car racetrack. Cut them up with your kitchen knife on a cutting board. Buy some cording- I got mine at Wal-mart for about a dollar a yard. To secure the end, I tied one water noodle piece right to the end of the cording so that they didn't fall off the end. ( you can probably see in the next picture) Get to work making your patterns. With my youngest son, I helped him at first, and then he caught right on and did it by himself. Have fun! Busy Bag Swap: Day 2 (Pool Noodle Lacing) My sister Avery is up today...she's the 2nd out of the 5 us kids.

(I'm number 3.) She has 3 girls herself, and is expecting baby #4 (gender unknown!) In February (but probably January because somehow she has her babies 3 weeks early!) It makes me nervous even just typing that last sentence because we've been pregnant all three times together...even if it's just for her last trimester. Our family: Brent & Avery, Brynn (5), Camdyn (3), Rylan (1)Blog address: How do you spend your free time?

When you were a child, what was one of your favorite ways to spend the day? Fondest memory with your mom as a child? What does special time with your children look like? Favorite outdoor activity with your children? A favorite tradition that you want to pass down to your children? Pool Noodle Lacing provides several different ways to keep your little ones busy while allowing them to practice fine motor skills, color and number recognition, and pattern sequencing. 1. 2. 3. 4. 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. 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. As soon as our friends arrived, Jason kidnapped one of them and headed out on their quest.

They went to three different major stores and called three other stores trying to find floating pool noodles. We live in So. And if that weren’t exciting enough, today my crazy husband decided he would break out the motorized raft he recently bought. Our elevent month old loved the motorized raft. Be Sociable, Share! Fun with foam noodle chains. Over the summer, I purchased several foam swimming pool noodles to use in my classroom. 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… Click on this photo to find out you can win your own Universal Book Display from MommyPR! I didn’t have a bookshelf for my classroom yet, so getting this in the mail was exactly what I needed to finish off my classroom library.

Not only do I love the way you can display books but I also love the back of the book display. I took my cut-up foam noodles and added a little slit across each of them so they would open up. The noodle links can be hooked together to make chains as well…. We also played with our noodle links on the table…. I plan to bring out the noodles for other activities as well. 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. 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. You may use different sizes of socks to come out with various sizes of sock bunnies. The sock bunny can’t sit on its own, I pinned them down for photography purpose.

[If you are interested on the felted carrot shown at the background, here is the tutorial to make it.] {Get full details on next page.} Pages: 1 2 Get all updates via email: Highlights from Our Partners. Ojo De Dios or God's Eye Craft. I have become some what fascinated with the beautiful simplicity of the Ojo De Dios.

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.)

You'll need a few things to make one. ~Assorted colors of yarn. ~Small craft sticks ~Scissors ~Super glue (optional) Here's how to make an Ojo De Dios: Step 1: Hold two sticks together with your thumb & forefinger. As shown below: Step 2:Next, wrap the yarn around one side of the cross, as shown: It should look like this, so far... {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. 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!).

Anyhow, the Ballerina Dress tutorial was backburner-ed for a bit there. Good news- now it’s done! To make one of these gems, you’ll need- -4 yards of black chiffon -2 yards of light pink chiffon -1 yard of dark jersey (or a men’s XL t-shirt) -a fitted black tank -patterned/printed tulle optional (I bought a yard, but had a bunch leftover, so probably half a yard?) *NOTE- So sorry about the picture quality, y’all! Cut your pieces. You’ll need- -two 20″ x 60″ rectangles of black chiffon -two 20″ x 60″ rectangles of pink chiffon -three 8″ x 60″ rectangles of black chiffon -two 3″ x 60 rectangles of black chiffon To make the base, sew a 20″ long tube of jersey. Stitch a basting stitch along the top edge of both 3″ chiffon strips.

Measure your waist at it’s narrowest place. 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! 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. After I created the base, I then used strips from the Elements and Alphastickers to decorate the tops and bottoms of my pages – don’t forget to use the negative pieces left over too, or you can cut the wider strips in half to stretch them further. Tutorial Take a piece of 12”x12” paper and trim off four inches from one side. Store « Su Casa. Papier-mache easter eggs. For Easter I made papier-mache polka dotted 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. I like things you have to destroy to open. You’ll need: water balloons (they make the egg-iest shape)white tissue paper (one sheet will make about three eggs)colorful tissue paper (one sheet will make many eggs, so you don’t need much)a 3/4 inch hole puncha paint brush you don’t care much aboutliquid laundry starcha sturdy shot glass to hold your egg while you’re working with ita way to hang the balloons to dryenough time to let these dry overnight, and a few hours to let them dry after filling and sealing them (you’ve been warned) Note: I tried a few variations on the starch. Why the loop? 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? It's made of paper, so you've guessed. I have re-used again, no jest.

Yet I am flustered, I cannot mask it. Don't know if this be nest or basket. I think I may just blow a gasket. This quest may send me to my casket. How do I know which name is best? Nest or basket, basket or nest? Perhaps it's best to let it rest, For this has surely left me stressed. So I will leave YOU one small task: That is to name my nest slash basket! Thank you. (A silly poem by Michele, March 2011) Alright, here's the thing to make the thing...

Tutorial - Basket? You will need: Empty cereal boxYarn endsScissorsPVA glue (the white stuff) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. The finished product! Now have yourself a fabulous day, and I'll see you again soon! P.S. 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. It is inevitable that at some point during their little trance, they can't help but reach out and grab the lamp. The hot light and glass are a nasty combination in their small hands, and for this reason, lava lamps are generally confined to dorm rooms, or top shelves in the basement. Don't worry, Kiddie-Crafters: those adult lamps aren't as much fun, anyway.

Follow our crafting adventure in the gallery, and I'll share the full instructions with you after the break. What you need [via: Pitter Patter Craft Library] Source. 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. During crazy clean-up-the-house-before-I-go-crazy rampages, I have been known to toss some of her drawings in the trash.

Can you blame me? So when I saw online, the concept of turning children’s drawings into stuffed toys (have you seen this site? Can I just tell you how sweet the surprise was on her face, when I explained what I did? One day, I will miss all the scribbled drawings on every last inch of scratch paper. And reminds me of what she loved most at this age. First, study the picture. 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. So the thought of making one resurfaced. To cut a long story short, I made Lea one and then promised the kids that we would make more together as a hand craft project in the winter.

Well, the winter came and went. Most of what I did comes directly from this video series you can watch in segments on YouTube. What you need for one horse: Step One: Draw the shape of your horse head onto paper for the pattern. Step Two: Cut out two ear shapes from paper. Step Three Step Four: A horse’s mane! Step Five: Step Six: