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Fun Art Project For the Kids ~ Get Them Using Their Fine Motor Skills

This summer has been long and hot where we live.  It seems like as the summer goes on, no one wants to go outside!  That makes for some bored kids and a mom that is going crazy!  So we have improvised and come up with ways that help them learn and help them develop skills while also having fun.  It is a win win for all of us!

All you need is a notepad and a marker, pencil or pen.  Have your child place the notebook on top of their head and draw a picture.  You direct them.  For example “in the top corner, draw a sun. In the middle of your paper draw a person.  Now draw three clouds.  Give your person 2 eyes and a smile.  Now give them shoes.  Now write your name somewhere on the paper.”  It makes it fun when you divide up one specific element of the picture.  Like separating the face from the body because then they have to guess where thy drew the body!  Doesn’t it sound fun?  My kids had a good time looking at what they created when they pull the notebook down.

This was so fun and kept the kids busy for a few minutes! ;) Hope it helps bust the boredom at your house too!

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

07/29/2014 11:56 am · 0 comments

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DIY T shirt Using a Stencil

This is a favorite project at our house and we have created some pretty fun shirts!  It is easier than you would think, and the hardest part of the process is waiting for the paint to dry!

You will need:

A T-shirt that has been washed and dried.

Fabric paint in desired color

Sponge paint brush for applying paint

Stencil made out of clear transparency film

Spray adhesive for applying stencil

Desired picture that you are going to use as a stencil

A razor or scissors for cutting out your stencil

Piece of cardboard to put inside the shirt so that the paint doesn’t leak through the layers

We used a craft cutting machine for cutting our stencil, but if you are looking at making your own stencil, print it out of your computer, and then lay the print out under the transparency film.  Trace with a sharpie onto the film and then cut out the picture, leaving the negative space.  To place the stencil onto the shirt, spray with some spray adhesive.  This should work for more than one application, but if you are doing more than one shirt,you may have to reapply as it loses it tack.

Place the stencil on the shirt where you want it and press it down. Make sure it is all firmly in place. Now take your piece of cardboard and place it in the middle of the t shirt so it is blocking the two layers.

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This stencil has been used already, that is why it is already outlined in black.  That is just dried paint and makes it easier to see for the photos.  Take your sponge paint brush and dip it in your paint.  To apply it to the shirt, be sure to dab, not rub!  If you rub, the paint could spread under the stencil.  Dabbing will help avoid that.

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Once you have covered your area, let it dry for a few minutes before removing your stencil.  It is easier to remove before the shirt has dried all the way.  It will not be completely dry,but dry enough to remove the stencil and allow it to lay untouched and dry completely.

To remove the stencil, grab one corner and pull at an angle.

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Now all that is left is to wait for it to dry before trying on your creation!  Now you have a one of a kind article that is made by you!  We have done this for school projects, family reunions (like the one above), and just for a fun project!  My kids really enjoy creating their own designs and then painting them.  It is a thrifty, fun idea for the whole family!  The paint lasts for a long time and the stencils can be reused several times.  Shirts are pretty inexpensive, making this a great project for the whole family!

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How to make your own ball pit, Turn an old hot tub into your very own BALL PIT for kids #Kids, #Play, #BallPit,Four years ago we bought an older home, we have been in the remodel process ever since tackling one room at a time.  Our home came with a “Hot Tub Room”.  Most the room is glass and brick and has a huge blue hot tub….. cool right?  Well not really, the hot tub is really old and does not work and has cracks in it. The room was built around the hot tub so there is not really a good way to get it out, or get a new one in.

How to make your own ball pit, Turn an old hot tub into your very own BALL PIT for kids #Kids, #Play, #BallPit ,We were going to take a saw to it and rip it out in pieces, but then we would be left with a huge dirt hole….. THEN one day I had an idea.  What if we filled the hot tub with BALLS and turned it into a ball pit for the kids to play in.  The kids LOVE IT, their friends love it even more, and I was just happy to see this be a usable space in our home.

SO if you happen to have an old hot tub at your house…. think about turning it into a ball pit for your kids :).

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More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

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 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
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Color Collage with ads from the paper
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DIY Paint Splattered Denim Shorts, Great Kids Craft!

Looking for a fun summertime craft for the kids?  Do you have  an old pair of jeans that have seen better days but that still fit? Let your kids personalize them with some fabric paint splatters in their favorite colors!  Now you have something they can wear to display their handi-work!

You will need:

Jeans or shorts

Fabric paint

Old tooth brush and/or paint brush

Scissors (for cutting your jeans into shorts)

Newspaper to lay the denim on during splattering

Paper plate for the paint

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Begin by cutting off your jeans if you are wanting to make shorts.  We left ours a little long so that they can be rolled up.

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Now lay on a section of newspaper and take it outside.  Make sure your child is wearing old clothing  just in case they get some on themselves!

Dip your brush into the paint.  If you are using the toothbrush, you can rub your finger along the bristles for small splatters.  If using a paint brush, simply flick your wrist holding the brush several inches above the denim.

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My daughter used pink, white, light blue and some yellow.  She just dried the brush off on the denim we cut off of the legs so that she wasn’t mixing colors in between.  That just went in the garbage so it was perfect!

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Be sure to give these plenty of time to dry without being played with!  Lay on a flat surface somewhere cool.  We used the kitchen table over night and it was perfect!  She  chose not to do the backside of hers, but if you want to do both sides, you will want to make sure they are completely dry before you do the second side.

Chances are you have some worn out pants that have been thrown aside for the hot summer months.  Why not cut them off and let your child add some personality to them?

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Recently we post on one of the best prices on tents we have seen. A good deal on large 10 person tents are hard to come by. But this Coleman 10 person tent is a great deal! After we post on that a couple readers mentioned that tents with poles are too hard to figure out and take too much time to even make camping fun! So we went on a search. We found some of these tents that are called Pop-Up tents. So you just unzip them from the carry bag and throw it into the air – and POP they are set up in an instant!

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Looking for the best price on a good tent?

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