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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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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Kids Frugal Fun: Toilet Paper Roll Monsters

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 Roll Monsters

Materials:
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Various Colors of Paint
Decorations of Your Choice (i.e feathers, pom poms, googly eyes, etc)
Hot Glue Gun and/or Glue Stick

Directions:
1.  Paint each roll the color of your choice.
2.  Allow your child to decorate the rolls to create any monsters they can imagine!

Educational Activities:
This craft is all about fun but you can easily incorporate learning by reading Halloween themed books such as I Need My Monsteror My Monster Mama Loves Me Soand then creating monsters based on the main characters.

Kids Frugal Fun: Jack-O-Lantern Door Sign

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!

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!

Jack-o-lantern Door Sign

Materials:
Popsicle Sticks
Orange Paint
Black and Green Construction Paper or Sticky Felt
Yarn
Small piece of cardboard
Hot Glue Gun

Directions:
1.   Cut a piece of cardboard into the size door sign you would like.  Lay the popsicle sticks down to measure how many sticks you will need.
2. Have your child paint all of the popsicle sticks orange and allow to dry.
3.  Glue the sticks down onto the piece of cardboard.
4.  Cut out triangles and a mouth to have your child glue onto the sticks to create a jack-o-lantern face.
5.  Add a green stem and some yarn and you have a festive sign to hang on your door until Halloween!

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts:  Read a pumpkin themed book like Big Pumpkinwith your child and try to create your jack-o-lantern’s face to look like a character in the book.
  • Math:  Teach your child the song “Five Little Pumpkins” and work on your counting skills, either by 1’s or 5’s!

Kids Frugal Fun: Edible Pirate Ship + DIY Pirate Hook

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Talk Like A Pirate Day is September 19th and since my sons are pirate fans, I just had to do some pirate 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!

Edible Pirate Ship

Materials:
Ice cream bowls
Ice cream or sherbert
2 Toothpicks and 1 Straw
Marshmellows

Directions:
1.  Fill the bowl with ice cream or sherbert.
2.  Put one marshmellow on each toothpick.
3.  Cut the straw so that it is longer than the toothpicks.  Put 2 marshmellows on the straw.
4.  Insert the toothpicks and straws into the ice cream or sherbert and you have pirate ship sails!

DIY Pirate Hook:

Materials:
Tin foil
Butter container, solo cup, any object that can go over your child’s hand (we used old Easter egg dying cups)
Sharp knife

Directions:
1. The adult should cut a hole in the container for the hook to go in.

2.  Roll up the tin foil into a long roll.

3.  Insert the tin foil into the hole in the container and then shape the top of it into a hook.

Don’t forget about FREE Krispy Kreme donuts for Talk Like A Pirate Day!

Kids Frugal Fun-Grandparents Day Hand & Finger Print Cards

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. Grandparents Day is this weekend and since I love personalized cards and the boys love finger and hand painting, I decided to combine these things and create hand and finger print cards!

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!

Grandparents Day Hand and Finger Paint Cards

Materials:
Finger Paint
Construction Paper

Directions:
1.  Decide on your design.  If you check out Pinterest, you can find a gazillion handprint art designs!  We chose a heart shape design.
2. Paint your child’s hand and create the shape you desire.  I included 1 hand from each boy to create our heart.
3.  Allow your child to finger paint a design.  I had Zack finger paint one side of the heart shape and Will did the other half.
4.  Add your personal message inside the card.

Educational Activities:

This craft lends itself to Language Arts education.  Have your child decide on the message and if they are able, to write the message and sign their names to the card.  If they aren’t writing yet, they can always “draw” their name or draw an image inside the card to personalize it. You can also have your child tell you what they want the card to say and you can write it for them.

Kids Frugal Fun: Family Hand Print Art

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. My boys are growing so quickly and I just love hand print art so this week I decided to make some cork board art using the family’s hands.

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!

Family  Hand Print Art

Materials:
Cork board
Ribbon
Paint
Paint Brushes

Directions:
1.  Paint the entire front side of your cork board pieces and allow to dry (just to be safe we let them dry overnight).

2.  Paint the hands of everyone in the family (Will LOVED painting his Daddy’s hands) and have them leave their handprints on the cork board.

3.  Hot glue ribbon to the back of the boards and hang!

 

Educational Activities:

    • Language Arts:  Read the bok The Kissing Handand discuss the story line and message in the book.  This is one of my all time favorite books to read at the beginning of school each year!
    • Math:  This activity lends itself to introduce counting by 5’s.  Depending on how many members you have in your family this could get into some pretty high numbers!

Cute Kid Creations

Kids Frugal Fun: Doggie Word Family Game

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 26th is National Dog day and Will and Zachary really love dogs so I decided to make a learning game with a dog theme.  Will really enjoyed it, Zack just kept trying to eat and tear up the dog bones!

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!

Doggie, Doggie, Where’s My Word Family?

Materials:
Dog and Dog Bowl Clip Art
Dog Bone Cookie Cutter(or just do a google image search and trace that)
Construction Paper
Plain Folder With Pockets

Directions:
1.  Using your cookie cutter (or clip art images) trace a bunch of dog bone shapes on construction paper and have your child cut them out.

2.  Print some 2 pictures of dogs ( I found a BUNCH in my Word program).
3.  Cut and glue one picture on each side of the folder.
4.  Label the sides with your word family (we did -at and -an)
5. Label each bone with words that will fit in each family.


6. Have your child insert the bone into the pocket they belong.

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Before we labeled the bones with words, I had my son go around the house and measure his favorite things to practice non-standard measurement.
  • Fine Motor Skills:  Having your child trace and cut the bones are great practice for these skills.
  • History/Social Studies:  A big vocabulary word taught in the lower grades is responsibility.  Discuss this word with your child and brainstorm a list of responsibilites that would come with having a dog as a pet.

Kids Frugal Fun-Rocket Boosters and Airplane Experiment!

 

Each week I bring you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 19th is Aviation Day  and since my oldest son is a NUT about plane, rockets, and jets, I thought why not do some fun crafts around this fun holiday?!

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!

We actually made several crafts this week and used a previous craft to have some fun with aviation!  First we made several different aiplanes and also used a paper towel plane we made last year to have an airplane race!  I had Will make a hypothesis about which plane he thought would go the fastest.  Here are the planes we made and directions:

1.  Paper Airplane:  We folded several sheets of paper and cardstock into different plane shapes.  Pretty self explanatory.
2.  Straw Hoop Airplane:  Cut an index card into 3 long strips.  Take 2 strips and tape them together,with the ends overlapping in a circle.  Take the 3rd piece and loop that around, taping the edges overlapped just a bit.  Tape both loops (one big, one small) and tape them to the straw.
3.  Paper Towel Airplane

We threw the planes inside and outside to see if that affected their flight as well.  Will guessed that the paper planes would go the furthest.

 After experiementing with the airplanes, we moved on to a rocket launcher craft  (pictured above) I saw here.  Will and Zack LOVED this craft!

Materials:
(2) 2 liter bottles
Hot Glue Gun
Tin Foil
Piece of cardboard
String
Red, Yellow, and Orange Construction Paper

Directions:
1. Cover the 2 liter bottles with tin foil.

2.  Cut the construction paper into long strips and tape them together.
3.  Glue the strips inside the bottles to create “flames”.

4.  Glue them together and then glue them onto the piece of cardboard.

5.  Poke holes in the cardboard to put the yarn thru the cardboard.  You can measure the yarn to fit your child’s back and shoulders, or just make it long enough for you to try each time. 

I hope your child enjoys these activities as much as we did!

Free Weekend Activities

Who doesn’t love free activities and crafts?!  Thanks to Coupons Are Great for compiling  a big list of free activities nationwide.

Disney Store: Every Day from July 23 to August 26th
Visit the Disney Store for the Summer Play Days! In-store events will occur EVERY DAY from July 23rd – August 26th. Attend 4 events and receive a special gift! Minimum age for participation is 3 years

Guitar Center: Saturday August 11th from 10:00 am until 11:00 am
Free Working with Audio in Pro Tools 10 Workshop

Kidtoons Films: Various times throughout the weekend
Watch Thomas the Train: Blue Mountain Mystery The Movie – a family friendly movie with a family friendly price!

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday August 11th from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm
Create a free garden collage.

Lowes Build and Grow: Saturday August 11th at 10:00 am
Create a free Shrek Dragon Ride. Reregistration is required.

Lowes Build and Grow: Sunday August 12th at 2:00 pm
Create a free Shrek Dragon Ride. Reregistration is required.

Michaels: Saturday August 11th from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm
Cricuit skull demo. Adults only.

Michaels: Sunday August 12th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Scrapbook Make-It Take-It. ages 14+.

Michaels: Sunday August 12th from 1:00 pm until 3:00 pm
Duct Tape Demo. ages 14+.

Pottery Barn Kids: Saturday August 12th at 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Plant a Garden craft workshop. Children will create a herb garden. Call your store to reserve your spot. Cost: $10

 


If you are looking for things to do inside, check out my Kids Frugal Fun!

Diaper Deals Round Up-Best Prices On Diapers

I definitely know how expensive diapers can be but thanks to this weekly post from  The Centsible Family, we can save some money on these necessary items!

Amazon

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Amazon Disclaimer: Prices listed below are on new products only with Amazon Mom & Subscribe and Save benefits and are correct at the time post was written. Amazon prices do and will change in an instant.

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Kids Frugal Fun-Watermelon Math

 

 

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. August 3rd is National Watermelon day and since my 3 year old would live off of watermelon if I let him, I just had to do a fun craft! 

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!

Watermelon Math Fun

Materials:
Red, green, and black construction paper
Glue

Directions:
1.  Cut triangles using the red construction paper.

2.  Cut the “rind” shape using the green construction paper.

3.  Cut small circles from the black construction paper (we had self adhesive black foam so that’s what we used).
4.  Glue the green “rind” to the red fruit to create your watermelon pieces.  Add black circles to create your “seeds”.

Educational Activities:

  • Math:  Create math problems using the watermelon pieces by making sure there are various numbers of seeds on the watermelon pieces.  Write + or – and = signs on a sheet of white paper and allow your child to create and solve their own math problems.
  • Language Arts:  Labe your watermelon pieces with sight words or letters of the alphabet and help your child create a memory game with your desired learning skill

I also did this really fun and cute Watermelon themed craft last year!

Kids Frugal Fun: Olympic Ring Toss

Each week I bring you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. The Summer Olympics begin this week so I wanted to do a fun craft to introduce my son to this special event!

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!

Olympic Ring Toss

Materials:
Toilet Paper Roll
Cardboard
Paint (red, green, black, blue, yellow)
Yellow and Orange Card Stock
Scissors

Directions:
1.  Cut “flames” from orange and yellow card stock.

2.  Glue or tape the “flames” to a toilet paper roll.

3.  Cut circles from card board (I used an empty diaper box so they are nice and sturdy.

4. Paint the circles red, green, black, blue, and yellow to represent the Olympic rings.

5.  Watch your child have some fun with their new ring toss game!

Educational Activities:

    • History/Social Studies:  Discuss with your child the origin of the Olympics (Ancient Greece) and what the rings represent (different continents that participate in the games).
    • Math:  Make a graph of how many times your child makes a ring around the “torch” and how many times they don’t.  You can also see if one color makes the toss more than another.
    • Language Arts:  Read the book G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press Sports & Hobbies)with your child and enjoy a “g” food while reading (grapes, goldfish, grape jelly on crackers, etc).