Monday, August 24, 2009

Just Add Water: Cornstarch Packing Peanut Art



Did you know you can make sculptures with water
and cornstarch packing peanuts?!
Mini-Saurus received these great Rainbocornstarch packing peanuts
 from her summer swap buddy.



Her crafty mama even included this super cute note
reminding us to add a bit of water and play with them.

We do follow instructions around here.



During Mini-Saurus' nap, the Frog Princess and I couldn't help ourselves.
(when she woke up, we let her play too!)

We had a small can of water, a couple of soft watercolor brushes
and a lot of fun making rainbow sculptures.


Thursday, August 20, 2009

* Is There A Fairy In the House ? Kid's Garden Fairy House


The Frog Princess and I spent Mini-Saurus' nap on Saturday
painting this Fairy House for our backyard.
We picked up the plain wood house
at Michaels and used my 40% off coupon - woo hoo!

I probably should have gotten all crafty and built one from scratch
but why reinvent the wheel!

We painted it with watercolors and sealed it with clear shellac spray paint
from our garage stash.



Since we're in the process of installing a hanging clothes drying line,
we decided the fairies would line dry their flower clothes as well.

We used teeny-tiny clothespins to hang up silk flower "clothes"
on their rainbow clothes line.


Now we keep checking for fairy evidence.

For our next yard craft we want to make some fairy doors
like the ones Nikki made at WhiMSy love
(Check out her WhiMSical Fairy Doors here!) to sprinkle around the yard.

Check out The Crafty Crow for more cool Fairy Crafts!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kid's Craft: Painted Sea Shells


She Paints Sea Shells by the Sea Shore... or... just in the art studio.
But if we were at the beach, we would paint them there too!



Mini-Saurus "C" and I were sorting her sea shell collection today
and she thought they were a bit boring. So many white shells, so little personality.
I asked her if she wanted to pick out some of them to paint.


"Yes!" was the resounding answer.


We used watercolor and our sparkly dot paints from our summer swap friend.


It was great to have a simple art project that Mini-Saurus "C" (age 2.5) could do on her own.

I think they're fabulous!
Time to find a pretty bowl or basket  so we can display them on the coffee table. 

Fondly,
Pink and Green Mama,
MaryLea


Friday, August 14, 2009

Daddy Camp: Kid-Friendly Cement Stepping Stones for Your Yard




The last project from Daddy Camp was a huge hit.
The girls made custom garden stepping stones for our garden.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Daddy Camp: Make Your Own Gummy Candy

Last Week my sweet hubby
took the whole week off
to spend time at home with our family.
It was so much fun!
It's a bit too quiet around here today
with him back to the office.

I've been wanting to re-paint the girls' bathroom.
My sweet hubby announced they would
spend a day doing
"DADDY CAMP"
It was perfect, I could get my work done without "help"
and he could play with his favorite little girlies.
(he even took photos per my request
so I could post it on my blog!)

Their first activity was
making homemade Gummy Candy.
We found this fantastic idea over at

Gummy worms and gummy bears are
very popular
with the shorter members of our family.

First they gathered their supplies:
Knox Gelatin,
Sugar Free Cherry Jello
Measuring Cups,
and my ice cube molds from Ikea.

Here's a recipe/directions you can use

Cherry Jello smells good!

Daddy did the pouring since it was hot!

After they set-up and cooled in the fridge
we had a stash of new yummy gummies!

We've got what's left of them stored in
an air tight container in the fridge.

Enjoy!!

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