Home Vegetable Garden Plan-Kids Frugal Fun

 

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. We always create a home vegetable garden so I thought why now share our home vegetable garden plan?! 

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!

Home Vegetable Garden Plan

Materials:
Seeds
Soil
Water
Labels

Directions:
1.  Brainstorm what you will grow: Sit down with your child and create a list of the vegetables or fruits they would like to grow in a garden.  Be sure to pick items that will grow well where you live.
2.  Pick the spot for your garden:  We plan on using a corner of the yard that gets full sun because many vegetables need a lot of sun. Plus this corner recently had a shed on top of it so there is plenty of moist soil.
3.  Stay on budget and stick to the plan.  Go online or to a local store to select and buy the seeds and other materials.  Stick to the list of plants you brainstormed-don’t impulse buy more seeds because you may not have the room to grow more than your plan allows.

Other hints to starting your garden:

    • We always start our seeds inside using a Jiffy 5032 Professional Greenhouse 25-Plant Starter Kitbecause our weather is so “iffy” in the spring.  We keep the plants inside as long as possible to prevent any damage that unstable temperatures can cause.
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    • Don’t plant all of your seeds…reserve some in case your first batch fails.  The seed packets generally come with A LOT of seeds so this shouldn’t be an issue.
    • Involve your child in all aspects of the garden.  Not only will they feel included and important, they will learn important lessons such as plant needs and life cycles.  Hopefully they will also learn to appreciate all the hard work that goes into creating the veggies and fruits they see in grocery stores!
    • Make sure to snag some Kids Garden Toolsso they can help!

 

Here are some books that can help when you involve your children with a home vegetable garden plan!

Gardening Projects for Kids: Fantastic ideas for making things, growing plants and flowers, and attracting wildlife to the garden, with 60 practical projects and 500 photographs

The Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book: Fantastic Gardening Ideas for 5–12 Year Olds, from Growing Fruit and Vegetables and Having Fun with Flowers to Indoor and Outdoor Nature Projects

Grow Your Own Pizza: Gardening Plans and Recipes for Kids

Good Growing: A Kid’s Guide to Green Gardening (Klutz) (This one comes with seeds!)

Kids Frugal Fun: Easter Flower Gifts

Easter Flower Gift

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With Easter THIS WEEKEND, I thought some of you may be looking for last minute gifts for family members or friends who aren’t “into” Easter baskets.  This craft didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping but I feel it’s important to show you my hits and misses so you can maybe make them even better!  Regardless, my kids LOVED this one-lots of painting where they didn’t have to stay in lines. :)

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!

Easter Flower Gift

Materials:
Soda Bottle
Strofoam Bowl
Paint
Modge Podge
Sticks, grass,etc
Flower of your choice

Directions:
1.  Clean and cut a 2L bottle into an egg shape.
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2.  Paint the “egg” the color of your choice.



3.  Paint the bowl brown to resemble a nest.



4.  While paint dries, take your child outside to pick up “nest” materials.



5.  After brown paint is dry, cover the bowl with Modge Podge and adhere grass and sticks all over it.
6.  Glue the “egg” into the “nest” and fill with your choice of soil and flower!

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: This craft lends itself to learning about plant cycles and needs.Discuss with your child the needs of the plants (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive

Milk Jug Easter Baskets

pirate easter basketEach week I bring you a craft that is fun and frugal. With Easter coming up FAST and Easter Egg hunts already starting, I thought why not tell you how to create a Milk Jug Easter Baskets?   I like keeping our “nice” ones for the Easter Bunny to use but these homemade ones are great for hunts and also can make nice keepsakes!

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!

Easter Basket Craft For Kids

 

Materials:
Empty and clean milk gallon container
Exacto knife or sharp knife
Decorations of your choice

Directions:
1.  Cut the milk carton into the shape of a basket.

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2.  Cut off the spout of the carton and staple together the ends to make a handle.

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3.  Paint and decorate your basket for your desired theme.

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As you can see we chose a pirate theme.  We painted the entire gallon red and used sticky felt and foam to create pirate faces and a ship.  We also glued some gold coins we had to add to the decor.

Educational Activities:

  • Math: You can put math shapes inside of plastic Easter eggs and have your child open them and identify the shapes found. For older children you can use plastic Easter eggs for actual math problems (adding, subtracting, etc).
  • Language Arts: Create your Easter Basket based on your child’s favorite book character. Talk about how the character is described in the book to help bring him or her to life for your child.
  • Science: Grow your own Easter grass by getting some grass seed and putting it in a recycled yogurt or butter container. Discuss with your child the needs of the grass (sun, water) and how all plants need these things to survive

 

Kids Frugal Fun-Dr. Seuss Activities

 

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd and my son really loves these popular books.  I always had a great time incorporating this day in my classroom and am really excited to now get to do Seuss themed crafts with my children.  For the picture frame above, I simply took pictures of the boys reading and then added a Dr. Seuss quote at the top and the word “READ” at the bottom.  If you’ve missed any previous crafts, check out Momondealz’s Kids Frugal Fun page. If you enjoy my crafts, please be sure to share them on Pinterest!

One Fish, Two Fish Hand Print Fish

Materials:
Construction paper
Paint
Marker

Directions:

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Kids Frugal Fun: Recipes For St. Patrick’s Day-Rainbow Cookies!

rainbow cookies

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!

Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day-Rainbow Cookies

Ingredients:
Boxed Cookie Mix (or buy refrigerated dough) Use this coupon $1.00 off TWO Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough 
Food Coloring
Sharp Knife

Directions:
1.  If using refrigerated dough, set it on counter until it reaches room temperature to make it more manageable.  If using boxed mix, follow the directions on the box to create the dough.
2.  Divide the dough into 4 sections.  Whatever colors you want at the top of the rainbow need to be the biggest sections (I messed up this part hence why my cookies aren’t in “proper” rainbow sequence).

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3.  Use the food coloring to dye your separate doughs.
4.  On a firm surface (I used a cutting board) form your blue dough into a log shape (again, I messed up this part so my colors are off).

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5.  Then layer the rest of your colors on top of the blue to create your rainbow colors.
6.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm (about an 1-2 hours).
7.  Slice your roll and lay on cookie sheet.

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8.  Cook at 375 until they begin to brown.

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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.

This recipe was adapted from this recipe.

Kids Frugal Fun: Easy St Patricks Day Crafts-How To Make Rainbow Rice

Easy St Patricks Day Crafts-How To Make Rainbow Rice

rainbow rice

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 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 Patricks Day Crafts-How To Make Rainbow Rice

Materials:
Vinegar
Food Coloring
Plastic Bags or Disposable Container
Uncooked Rice (Amount depends on how much you want. I used 2 cups per color)

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Directions:
1. Measure out 2-4 cups of rice and place in bag or container.  I did 2 cups and added 6 drops of food coloring and 3 drops of vinegar.
2. Shake the bag/container until the rice has been colored to your liking.  Don’t be afraid to add more coloring and even more vinegar if the color isn’t what you want.

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3.  Dump bag onto cookie sheet and spread out evenly.  Allow to air dry overnight.

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4.  Continue process with all colors.

Note-some recipes I saw called for alcohol and you can use this in place of vinegar but I chose vinegar in case the boys put some of the rice in their mouth.  It turned out great!

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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!

Thanks Lindsay for the idea!

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?

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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).

 

If you like these ornaments, be sure to check out these others:

Christmas Ornaments DIY  :  Beach ornament

Christmas Tree Ornaments To Make

 

 

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.