Kids Frugal Fun: Homemade Valentines- Candy Trains and Rocket

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Homemade Valentines:  Candy Trains and Candy Rocket

 

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

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

If you’re looking for other Valentines ideas, check out my homemade Valentines gifts or Valentines quotes posts!

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.

 

Materials:
Tube of candy (or lifesaver roll)
6 round candies (lifesavers or mints)
1 Hershey Kiss
4 square candy containers (we used 2 pez rolls and 2 candy sticks)
Hot Glue Gun
1 small box of Nerds (or other boxed candy)

Directions:
1.  Glue the 4 square containers of candy together to form the base of the train.
2.  Glue your tube of candy (we used tubes of M&M’s) on top of the base.
3.  Glue 4 of the round candies onto the base for “wheels”.
4.  Glue the other 2 round candies on one end of the “train” and then glue the Nerds on top of them.
5.  Glue the Hershey Kiss upside down on the other end of the “train”.
6.  Add your Valentine Message.

While creating this train, my boys asked if they could also create a rocket..how could I say no?

candy rocket

Kids Frugal Fun-I Love You To The Moon & Back #Homemade Valentines Gifts

Homemade Valentines Gift

moon love

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

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

If you’re looking for other Valentines ideas, check out my homemade Valentines gifts or Valentines quotes posts!

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.

Materials:
Moon Pie
Ziploc Bag
Yellow Paint
Sponges cut in shapes of stars and moons

Directions:
1. Print the message you’d like on your Valentines and have your child sponge paint moons and stars on the paper.
2.  Put Moon Pie inside of bag and add your message…easy and delicious!

Educational Activities:

  • This craft lends itself perfectly with Science lesson about the moon and stars!
  • If you’re looking for a reading connection with this craft, there are a TON of wonderful Valentine’s Day books that you can read with your child! Here are some of my favorites:

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

The Biggest Valentine Ever

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)

Kids Frugal Fun: #Homemade Valentines Gift-Pirate Treasure

Homemade Valentines Gift-Pirate Treasure

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

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

If you’re looking for other Valentines ideas, check out my homemade Valentines gifts or Valentines quotes posts!

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.

Materials:
Black headband
Sticky Back Felt in black and red
White thread and needle

Directions:
1.  Cut an 2 eye patch shapes from the black felt.
2.  Peel the paper from the eye patch shapes and attach them together over the headband.
3.  Sew around the eye patch to ensure it sticks aroound headband (and for added effect).


4.  Cut a small heart from the red felt. Peel the paper and stick it to the eye patch.


5.  Put the eye patch in a small baggie with candy coins and create a label with a “pirate” saying.

Kids Frugal Fun: Homemade Valentines-Be My Love Bug!

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Valentine’s Day sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts 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.

If you’re looking for more Valentine’s Day ideas, you’ll want to check out my posts on Homemade Valentines gifts and Valentines Quotes!

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

I don’t know about your child, but mine (and most of his friends) LOVE picking up rocks.  Here is a way to get the rocks out of your house and also refurbish them to make a creative and fun Valentine’s Day gift!

Homemade Valentines-Be My Love Bug

Materials:
Rock
Paint (red, black, and white)
Printed label

Directions:
1.  Locate a roundish rock and paint the top of it red.
2.  Then using black paint create the ladybug’s head and spots.


3.  Using white paint, add eyes and other desired details.


4.  Put the ladybug and other Valentine’s trinkets inside the bag and seal it with the sign “Won’t You Be My Lovebug?”

If you’re looking for a reading connection with this craft, there are a TON of wonderful Valentine’s Day books that you can read with your child! Here are some of my favorites:

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

The Biggest Valentine Ever

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)

Kids Frugal Fun: Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gift + Shaving Cream Fun!

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Valentine’s Day sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts 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

Non-Candy Valentine’s Day Gift

Materials:
Shaving Cream
Food Coloring
Popsicle Sticks
Cardstock
Deep pan

Directions:
>1.  Fill the pan with shaving cream.  Use the popsicle sticks to make it really fluffy.

2.  Add food colors one at a time and swirl around to create different designs.

3.  Cut out 2 Big Hearts and as many little hearts as you’d like using the card stock.


4.  Have your child pick a recipient (parent, teacher, grandparent, friend, etc) and either tell you the things they love about them or write the words themselves.
5.  Lay the hearts on top of the shaving cream, words facing down.


6.  Lift the hearts and scrape off the excess shaving cream-put aside to dry.



7.  Connect the 2 big hearts with glue or string creating an envelope for the little hearts to go inside.

Educational Activities:

Writing Skills:  This is an excellent opportunity to practice writing skills and using complete sentences.  Also, if you punch holes in the hearts and string them closed, that is a perfect activity for practicing fine motor skills.

Reading Skills:  There are a TON of wonderful Valentine’s Day books that you can read with your child!  Here are some of my favorites:

The Night Before Valentine’s Day

The Biggest Valentine Ever

Happy Valentine’s Day, Mouse! (If You Give…)

Kids Frugal Fun-Christmas Cards, Gift Tags, & Wrapping Paper

Each week I bring you a craft you can complete with your child that is fun, educational, and frugal!  With Christmas in just a few days, I focused this week’s craft on those last minute items you may have forgotten!

Christmas Cards, Gift Tags, & Wrapping Paper

Materials:
Finger Paint (various colors)
Construction paper, paper grocery bags, etc

Directions:

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Kids Frugal Fun-Money Saving Gift Wrap

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Christmas sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts for the next month!

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

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

Have you started wrapping your Christmas gifts yet?  Gift wrap and gift bags can add up but if you want to be a little creative, you can save lots!

Money Saving Gift Wrap

Materials:
Newspaper
Big sheets of drawing paper (or butcher paper works)
Ribbon
Markers
Cookie Cutters
Brown lunch bags
Any decorations you desire

Directions:
This craft is really simple and basically just allows your child to be creative.  Let them draw, color, trace, or even stamp plain paper and newspaper to create one of a kind and money saving gift wrapping!  For the paper bag I simply let him finger paint a snow man and snow flakes.

 

 

Kids Frugal Fun: Thumb Print Christmas Ornaments

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Christmas sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts 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 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

Thumb Print Christmas Ornaments

Materials:
Store Bought Ornaments (only 77 cents each at local craft stores)
Various Colors of Paint

Directions:
1.  Have your child select the designs they’d like for the ornaments.  I had a whole bunch I had googled and let Will select the ones above.


2.  Using your child’s thumb or index finger, have fun creating Christmas images!


3.  You’ll need to use additional paint and tiny paintbrushes to embellish the images (I also added glitter glue for reindeer noses).

 

Kids Frugal Fun-Foot Print Reindeer

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Christmas sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts 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 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.

Foot Print Reindeer

Materials:
Brown and red paint
Canvas (I got mine at AC Moore with a coupon)
Black Sharpie

Directions:
1.  Paint the bottom of your child’s foot and have them “stamp” it on the canvas.  Be sure to leave room for the other foot.
2.  When the paint has dried take your child’s finger print to create the reindeer’s nose.
3.  After that paint dries, add the eyes and antlers with black sharpie.

Educational Activities:

 

I have seen this craft about a gazillion times and honestly can’t tell you the original source.

Kids Frugal Fun: Toilet Paper Santa and Reindeer

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Christmas sneaking up quick, I will be focusing on these crafts 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 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 Santa and Reindeer

Materials:
2 rolls of toilet paper
1 Red sheet of tissue paper
1 Brown sheet of tissue paper
Black Construction Paper
3 white cotton balls
1 red cotton ball
2 Popsicle sticks
Brown construction paper
2 googly eyes (or black construction paper circles)
Glitter
Glue

Directions:
1. Cover one roll of toilet paper with red tissue paper and the other one with brown tissue paper.

2.  Cut a thin strip of black construction paper to create Santa’s belt and glue around the middle of the roll.
3.  Cut out a small rectangle of paper and cover in glitter to create the belt buckle and glue that in the center of the belt.
4.  Glue 3 cotton balls on top of the toilet paper hole to create Santa’s hat.
5.  Trace your child’s hands on brown construction paper and cut them out.
6. Glue each hand on each Popsicle stick and stick them in the top hole of the toilet paper to create antlers.
7. Glue the googly eyes on the front with the red nose and you have your reindeer!

I’m not including educational activities with this craft but here are some books that will go along with the craft nicely!

The Night Before Christmas Pop-up

Santa Claus

Santa’s Reindeer

Kids Frugal Fun: Toilet Paper Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. With Thanksgiving almost upon us, I wanted to do a craft that can help brighten the dinner table!

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 Thanksgiving Napkin Ring Craft

Materials:
Toilet Paper Rolls (2-3)
Glue
Thanksgiving Images
Construction Paper

Directions:

1. Cut the toilet paper rolls into sections about 2 inches wide.

2. Cut construction paper into 2 inch strips.
3.  Glue the construction paper onto the rolls, covering them completely.
4.  Google or use clip art to find Thanksgiving images and cut them to fit on the rolls.
5.  Glue the images onto the rolls and insert them on your Thanksgiving napkins!

Educational Activities:

Math:  This activity lends itself to math practice.  You can have your child measure the toilet paper rolls, the construction paper, and the Thanksgiving images.

Kids Frugal Fun: Fall Hand Print Wreath

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Fall has some of the most amazing colors and I love handprint crafts so I combined them both this week!

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.

Fall  Hand Print Wreath

Materials:
Red, orange, yellow, and green construction paper
Piece of cardboard (size you want wreath)
Brown paint
Mod Podge
Scissors & Pencil

Directions:
1.  Cut out a wreath backing out of cardboard.


3.  Trace your child’s hands on the different colored construction paper.

4. Cut out the hand shapes and glue onto the cardboard wreath pattern.

Educational Activities:

Math: 
1.  Have your child estimate how many “hands” it will take to cover the wreath.
2.  Have your child  measure the lengths of their hands. Make comparisons of sizes if you use more than one child’s handprint.

Language Arts:
From now until Thanksgiving have your child write something they are thankful for on each hand.

Sunday School:

This craft lends itself perfectly to the verse:  1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NAS) in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.  Using the language arts activity above would tie this verse to the craft perfectly.

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If you’re visiting Momondealz because you caught me this morning talking with Kristen on the news (channel WTKR/WGNT), welcome!

Here are the deals of the week that we discuss:

HOLIDAY DEALZ:
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-Several discounts already released for Busch Gardens Christmas Town but we are still waiting on the “big” one.  So far the deals released are $5 off coupons and 3 day tickets for $17.50

Home Depot Light Exchange-Bring in old or broken lights and get LED lights discount

MAGAZINE DEALZ:
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SHOPPING DEALZ:
Posh Baby Consignment Sale is this weekend!

CRAFT:
Fall Hand Print Wreath

Kids Frugal Fun: Pumpkin Word Families

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Since it’s Fall, pumpkins are on a lot of people’s minds so this week I took an easy learning activity and gave it a pumpkin twist!

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.

Pumpkin Word Family Fun

Materials:
Small piece of cardboard
Printed Pumpkin picture ( I googled pumpkin pictures.  If you’re more of an artist you can make your own)
Scissors
Sharpie marker
Clothespin

Directions:
1.  Draw or google and print a pumpkin picture.
2.  Cut out a piece of cardboard and glue the picture onto the cardboard.
3.  Draw lines to segment the pumpkin and then fill in with the letters to go with word family of your choice (we chose -at).
4.  Write your word family letters on the clothespin.

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts:  Obviously this activity lends itself to Language Arts but you can make it for so many other things besides word families.  Perhaps your child is just learning the alphabet-you can create more clothespins and match lowercase and upper case letters.  You can also match beginning sounds which is similar to one of my previous kids crafts here.
  • Math:  You can put math problems on the pumpkin and the answers on clothespins.  Since my 23 month old is working on learning his shapes, I put different shapes on the other side and he can simply take a clothespin and identify each shape as he “clips” it. This will also work on fine motor skills!

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You know how much I love kids frugal fun so this freebie is awesome and filled with ideas!

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These Halloween craft projects are great for families to do together. Find a  whole section of Halloween crafts devoted to kids. These are a great activity  for Halloween parties for kids, or can help kids get ready for Halloween.