Kids Frugal Fun: Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

handprint leprechaun

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With St. Patrick’s Day sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on easy St Patricks Day crafts and recipes for the next month!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page.

Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing crafts…it really helps to preserve them.

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

Easy St. Patrick’s Day Craft-Hand Print Leprechaun

 

Materials:
Paint (orange and yellow/tan)
Construction Paper (cut into hat shape and pot of gold shape)
Glue

Directions:

1.Using orange paint, color your child’s 4 fingers (not thumb) and the bottom part of the hand.
2. Use yellow/tan paint and paint the middle part of their hand. Allow paper to dry.
3.  Have you child glue the leprechaun’s hat onto the “head”.  I had each child also create a little hat buckle that had their initials on it.
4.  Glue the pot of gold on the bottom of the page.
5.  Add a face to your leprechaun and a rainbow to your pot of gold!

Educational Activities:

Science: Obviously this activity lends itself to discuss rainbow and how they are formed and the colors you find in them.

Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a story (you can write while they talk if they aren’t old enough) about a leprechaun finding a rainbow. Encourage them to add as many details as possible (where the rainbow was located, how he searched for it, what was the treasure at the end of it, etc). 2. Read the book The Night Before St. Patrick’s Dayand talk about St. Patrick’s Day and summarize the book. Pay close attention to pictures in the book and see how many rainbows you can spot.

Dr Seuss Activities For Kids

Did you know that it’s DR. SEUSS’s Birthday on March 2nd, and that it’s READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY on March 1st?  Here are some Dr Seuss Activities for kids that you can do to celebrate!

edible bird nests

 

Edible Bird Nests

 Read the Book The Best Nest and create Rice Krispie Treats shaped like a bird’s nest.  Fill with jelly beans for the “eggs.

one fish two fish

One Fish, Two Fish Hand Print Fish

and you can find many other Dr. Seuss activities here.

Don’t forget about the awesome deal on Dr. Seuss books-Get 5 Dr. Seuss books for only $5.95 PLUS A special free gift this week only!

Art and Craft Supplies

 

This time of the year when it’s hard to get outside, I am on the prowl for inside ideas.  Most of these need art and craft supplies!  In my mind, you can really never have enough!

Here is a list of some of my “wish list” items and some products I always have on hand to complete crafts with my kids:

Art and Craft Supplies:

pop stics

 Wooden Treat Sticks, 100 Pcs $5.28

Two craft ideas for these sticks are the Mardi Gras Mask and the Popsicle Puzzle.  You can also use them to apply my homemade remedy for diaper rash.

construct paper

SunWorks Construction Paper Smart-Stack, 9″X12″, 11 Colors, 300 Sheets $7.48

Construction paper has an endless supply of uses but some of my favorite crafts I’ve used it for are:

New Year Jar and the Hand Print Leprechaun

pompom

 Craft Making Assorted Pom Poms, Standard Colors, 750 Per Package $7.90

I always keep these on hand and my favorite craft with these has to be my sombrero craft!

food coloring

MCCORMICK FOOD AND EGG COLORING DYE 4 Colors$6.95

With Easter coming up in a couple of months, you’ll want to have some food coloring on hand for Easter Egg dying.  However, one of my favorite easy and fun crafts to use food coloring is rainbow rice-perfect for St. Patrick’s day!

mod

Mod Podge CS11302 Original 16-Ounce Glue, Matte Finish$6.72

I can’t tell you enough how much I LOVE Mod Podge! We use it all the time while completing crafts!

Some of my most favorite results have been my photo cube, newspaper art, and how to make a homemade Easter Basket!

These are my top art and craft supplies-what are yours?

New Year’s Memory Jar/Canister

new years jar

I’ve seen the New Year’s jar all over Pinterest and loved the idea behind it.  However, jars and my boys don’t mix…all I can see is broken glass everywhere!  So here is my tweak on this popular and awesome craft!

New Year’s Memory Jar/Canister:

Materials:
Christmas Candy canister (or jar)
Construction Paper
Glue and Scissors

Directions:
1.  Cut a piece of construction paper that is sized to go around your canister or jar and glue it on.

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2.  Label it “New Year’s Eve Memory Jar” and glue it to the canister.
3.  Fill the jar/canister with all of the good memories throughout the year.  Some ideas include:

  • Compliments
  • Funny things said
  • Wishes made true
  • Goals met
  • Anything positive!

 

New Year’s Eve Activities & Crafts For Kids

I love creating crafts with my sons and love making more traditions as well!

Here is a great round up of  New Year’s Ever crafts and activities that can be done in under an hour (some just minutes) and are all frugal to help you bring in 2013!

 

New Year’s Eve Shakers

rocket boosters

New Year’s Eve Rocket Boosters-Blast into the new year!

New Year’s Eve Bubbles

New Year’s Hand Print Comparison-Simply have your children leave their hand prints on paper labeled with the year and compare them each year!

 New Year’s Time Capsule (love this idea and will be doing it this year!)

Year in Review Sheet

Exercise/Go for a Run (what better way to help with your “Get Fit” resolutions than involving your kids?!

DIY Gift Idea: Christmas Tree Ornaments To Make

 

ornament collage

 

I love making Christmas Crafts with my children because not only do they help create new memories each holiday season, but they are FUN!  I also try to always pick pretty easy ones!

Christmas Tree Ornaments to Make are always top on my list of Christmas crafts because we frequently give these ornaments as gifts!  Here are some of my favorite ornaments we’ve made!

Batman DIY Christmas Ornament

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration

Santa Ornament Craft

Elf on the Shelf Ornament

Thumbprint Ornament Craft

Don’t forget to also check out all of my Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

DIY Candy Cane Tapers

candy canes tapers

I love Christmas and decorating the house.  The kids love candy canes so I thought…”Why not create some candy cane tapers?”

Candy Cane Tapers

 

Materials:

  • 2 Taper Candles ($ store)
  • 2 Candle holders ($ store)
  • Red Tape, Ribbon, or Paint ($ store)

 

Directions:

1. Paint candle holders red.  Allow to dry.  You may need to paint several layers on the holders depending on the type of paint you use.  I used acrylic and one coat seemed fine.

2. Apply tape or ribbon to the taper in a striped pattern.  I used tape from the craft store (only 99 cents) but I recommend ribbon.  When we turned on the heat this week, the tape kept peeling off.

That’s it-easy peasy!   This craft cost me a total of $2.99 to create.  I already had the taper candles and paint on hand so I only had to buy the red tape and candle holders!

Be sure to check out my easy Thanksgiving Craft using the same idea!

*Note*  These candles are “looks” only.  I do not suggest burning a candle you’ve put any other material on or around!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

candy cane ornament

We love making and giving Christmas ornaments during the Holiday season!  Here is an easy Candy Cane Christmas Decoration that was super easy to make!

Candy Cane Christmas Decoration (DIY Ornament)

Materials:

Round Clear Plastic Ball Ornament
Green, Red, and White Paint
Paint Brush

Directions:

1.  Paint the entire ornament Green to provide a nice background.

2.  Have your child dip one finger in red paint and one finger in white paint.

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3. Help your child create a pattern with the red and white paint that will create a candy cane design.

4.  Allow to dry and it’s ready for your tree or a gift box!

These ornaments are easily personalized-simply paint your message on the front or using a Sharpie marker write on the back.  We leave the back of our ornaments paint free if we are planning on using a Sharpie marker because the marker will take the paint off.

 

Easy Thanksgiving Recipe: Turkey Cookies

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These Thanksgiving Turkey Cookies were super easy to make and the boys were able to help create (and eat) them!  They make perfect additions to a class party or your dessert table at Thanksgiving!

Ingredients:

 

Directions:

1.  Make cookies according to package directions.
2. Spread chocolate icing in an arc on top of cookie.
3.  Press candy corn into the chocolate icing to create tail.
4.  Using Wilton Candy Decorating Pencreate the face and feet of the turkey.

Elf On The Shelf Ideas: How The Elf Returns!

elf returns

Do you have an Elf of the Shelf?  We purchased The Elf on the Shelf: A Christmas Tradition last year and loved every second of it!  We are always looking for new Elf on the Shelf Ideas and when my friend told me about this one, I HAD to do it.  Don’t forget to check out all of our Elf on the Shelf Ideas!

The boys and I have discussed the need to clean out the playroom and put some toys aside for other little boys who would love to have them.  My friend told me yesterday about seeing somewhere that someone’s elf had arrived with boxes to help with this chore. So I decided to do our own version of this.  Our elf does not arrive for the season until we put our tree up for Christmas, but this morning he made a special appearance!

He came with a note and shopping bags explaining for each boy to fill up a shopping bag with gently used toys and that he would return around Thanksgiving to see how they did. When the boys went in the playroom to fill up their bags, I quickly hid the elf and replaced him with some treats.  They were thrilled at his visit and said they can’t wait for his return so they can thank him for his candy!  I promised I would email Santa with a picture of their filled bags.

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts-Thanksgiving Candles

thanksgiving candles

Looking for an Easy Thanksgiving Craft?  These Thanksgiving Candles are super easy and make beautiful Thanksgiving centerpieces!

Thanksgiving Candles:

Materials:

  • Taper Candles
  • Orange Ribbon
  • Orange, Red, Brown Paint
  • Masking Tape & Scotch Tape

 

Directions:

  1. For the ribbon candle, directions are very simple.  Wrap each candle with the ribbon and secure with scotch tape.
  2. For the painted candle, you’ll need to first cut and wrap thin pieces of masking tape around the candle.

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3.  Using your 3 colors of paint, alternate painting the colors the entire length of the candle.

4.  Allow paint to dry.  This part is important.  I didn’t the first time and it was  a MESS that resulted in me having to redo the candle.

Kids Frugal Fun-DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest!

DIY Trick-Or-Treat Bag

Materials:

Paper Grocery Bag
Construction Paper
Glue

Directions:

1.  Cover the grocery bag with the desired background color of your choice.  Depending on the grocery bag you choose, you may need to cut the construction paper a bit.

2.  Cut and glue any designs you have chosen/made for the front.

3.  Cut and glue your child’s name and any other personalization designs.

Since there are 2 boys trick-or-treating in our house, we were able to create two bags-double the fun!

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Have your child measure the bag and all materials such as background, design etc.  Use standard measurement tools like rulers, tape measures, or use non-standard ones like crayons, legos, fingers, etc.
  • Language Arts:  Have your child create a prediction list of the items they hope or think they will get Halloween night to fill up their bag.

 

Halloween Crafts For Everyone!

halloween crafts

I’ve teamed up with a group of lovely ladies called The Mavens of Money and we have brought you a round-up of our best Halloween Crafts.  These are all awesome and a great way to have fun with kids or by yourself!

  1. How to Make a Rag Wreath by A Frugal Chick
  2. Frankenstein Monster Box by Coupons are Great
  3. DIY Halloween Marquee Letters by Madame Deals
  4. Toilet Paper Pumpkin Decor by Mom on Dealz
  5. Handprint Pumpkin Craft by Saving Toward a Better Life
  6. Spooky Sparkle Spiders by The Coupon Challenge
  7. DIY Glow in the Dark Skeleton Halloween Shirt by This Mama Loves

If you missed it, take a look at our Apple Round-up for more Fall ideas!

The Mavens of Money group is comprised of 11 bloggers: MadameDeals | The Coupon Challenge | Mom On Dealz | Coupons are Great | This Mama Loves | A Frugal Chick | The Centsible Family | Stretching Your Budget | Penny Filled Pantry | Freebie Spot | Saving Toward Better Life

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

 

This Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft is one of my all time favorite crafts!

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Halloween is quickly approaching so I will be sticking to this theme for a couple of weeks! Don’t miss the rest of the Halloween themed crafts!

If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. Just a side note, I laminateas much as I can when doing games such as this-it really helps preserve the pieces!

Remember, if you love any of my crafts, be sure to Pin them on Pinterest.

Toilet Paper Pumpkin Craft

Materials:
1 roll of toilet paper
1 sheet of orange tissue paper
Black construction paper
Green construction paper
Brown construction paper

Directions:
1. Cover the toilet paper roll with the orange tissue paper by laying the sheet flat, putting the roll in the middle and then just lifting and tucking the tissue paper in the roll’s hole.
2.  Take one piece of brown construction paper and roll it horizontally.  Then take the roll and fold it in half and stick that inside the roll’s hole.
3. Cut thin strips of green paper and tape stick them inside the hole as well to create “vines”.
4.  Cut the black construction paper into shapes for the face.  We chose traditional triangle shapes for the eyes and nose and then one small line for the mouth.

Educational Activities:

This craft was an adaptation from a tutorial seen here

Kids Frugal Fun-Sun Baked S’mores & Back To School Treat

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Back To School S’more Treat:

 

Sun Baked S’mores

Materials:
Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with this coupon)
Marshmallows
Craft Knife (adult use only)

Directions:

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