Ideas for Entertaining kids

Valentine note with a hidden message, fun craft idea for kids. All you need is a white crayon and some water colors

Valentine Craft For Kids ~ Hidden Message Hearts

My girls love doing craft projects and writing notes. This week they made HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, using the crayon resist trick.   Such a simple project but it kept them totally entertained for a few hours.

To make your own, you will need:

Valentine note with a hidden message, fun craft idea for kids

Cut hearts out of white paper.  Use a WHITE color crayon to write a hidden message.
Valentine note with a hidden message, fun craft idea for kids

To reveal the hidden message use a paint brush to paint water color paint over the top. Where the crayon is will resist the paint and show the hidden message.  Simple as that you have a FUN project for your kids to do.
Valentine note with a hidden message, fun craft idea for kids

 Valentine Craft For Kids ~ Hidden Message Hearts

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

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS

FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY

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Trolls Party Ideas Easy Crafts For Kids – Plus a Hasbro Toy Giveaway

My kids are in love with the new movie Trolls!  I personally have not seen it yet, my kids went with their Granny to see the show.  But I have heard all about it,  and how much they love it. I predict there are going to be a lot of Trolls themed parties over the next year.  I have an easy Trolls themed craft for you. As well as an amazing Hasbro Trolls Toy Giveaway!  Hasbro is sponsoring the giveaway and will be shipping the product to the winner!

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For instruction on how to make a Troll Pencil scroll to the bottom of this post.

You can see the FULL list of Hasbro Trolls Themed Toys  on their site. But we are just going to highlight a few of  them for you.  The first three items will also be part of the giveaway  package!

To Enter For A Chance To Win:  We will do a giveaway if we get to 200 shares on our Facebook live video.

  1. Leave a comment on this post telling us what toy you are most excited about. This counts as one entry.
  2. Each additional comment on this post counts as an  additional entry.

 

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 Giveaway will end  11/16 at 9 pm mst. Winner will be picked by a third party. Winner must be 18 or older. Winner must live within the USA. Winners prize package will be shipping and fulfilled by Hasbro. 

trolls-glitterific-guy-diamond-doll-christmas-gift-ideas-for-kids-trolls-party-ideaDreamWorks Trolls Glitterific Guy Diamond

  • DreamWorks Trolls Guy Diamond doll inspired by the movie
  • Poseable, glittery body
  • Features signature accessories to match character’s personality
  • Includes 1 doll and 2 accessories
  • Figure scale size: 14 inches

 

trolls-poppys-coronation-pod-playset-trolls-toys-on-sale-trolls-christmas-ideasDreamWorks Trolls Poppy’s Coronation Pod

  • Figures and playset from the DreamWorks Trolls movie
  • Celebrate the coronation
  • Dance floor lights up and spins
  • Includes 11 party themed accessories
  • Includes playset, 2 figures, 1 bug critter, and 11 accessories
  • Requires 3 1.5V “AAA” alkaline batteries (not included

trolls-blind-bag-assortmentDREAMWORKS TROLLS SURPRISE MINI FIGURE SERIES 1

Ready to have a hair-raising time? These colorful 2.5-inch figures are inspired by the DreamWorks Trolls animated movie. Each wild-haired figure comes hidden in a bag for an element of surprise. Randomly receive 1 of 12 and try to collect them all! Style and play with the colorful and wild hair of characters such as Poppy, Branch, Guy Diamond, Harper and more. Each sold separately.

Includes 1 figure.
• Mini figures from the DreamWorks Trolls movie
• 1 figure inside each bag
• Collect all 12

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DreamWorks Trolls Hug N Plush Assortment

Get ready for lots of Hug Time with these collectible DreamWorks Trolls Hug ‘N Plush dolls! DreamWorks Trolls Harper lets her true colors shine by painting with her hair! With a soft, plush body, she’s perfect for hugging and imagining adventures from the movie. Create totally trollicious hairstyles with her wild and colorful hair! DreamWorks Trolls copyright 2015 DreamWorks Animation LLC. All rights reserved. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

Trolls Party Ideas Easy Crafts For Kids

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Trolls Party Ideas Easy Crafts For Kids

What you need:

  • Pencils ( I got mine at the dollar store)
  • Fake fur, about an 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch square for each pencil
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Colored felt
  • Wiggly Eyes

I got my fake fur from Joanns Fabric. I was able to buy a 3 inch strip for only $1.24 (they were having a 40% off sale).  This strip was MORE than what I needed. But they said they had a “minimum of cut of 3 inches”.  I was happy to pay the $1.24.  If I wanted it could easily provide me enough fur to make about 60 pencils.  This craft is so fun and LOW COST too!

Start by cutting a 1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch square of fake fur for your Trolls hair. When you cut the fur, use your fingers to create a part to try and avoid cutting off the long hair.  Use the hot glue to wrap the fur around the pencil. If your child plans to use the pencil, remember to leave the eraser exposed.   Glue your eyes on, and a felt nose. Easy as that you are done!

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Easy Fall Art Projects For Kids ~ that are low cost, easy, and turn out beautiful every time!

Fall craft projects for kids, LEAF RUBBING perfect for school age children, girl scout or boy scout craft ideas that are both educational and low cost

Easy Fall Art Projects For Kids ~ Leaf Rubbing

Leaf Rubbing can be done any time of the year (that you can find leaves) but we always do it in the Fall. I think it is because we see the beautiful colors they turn, thanks for mother nature and want to recreate that in an art project.  This is a great project to make with school age children or adults. Perfect for church groups or even girls scouts or boy scouts as they learn about different trees or plants.

To make you own leaf rubbing all you need is white  paper, I normally use a sturdy copy paper. Coloring crayons with the wrappers taken off, and scotch tape. You will also need an assortment of leaves fresh picked, so the ridges or lines show up good.

Tape your paper on one edge to the surface you are going to work on. In the photo below I have it taped to my side walk. But taping it to a table works just fine too.  I found that taping the paper helps the paper NOT shift so much and makes for a prettier finished picture.  Lay the leaves you have collected under the paper, put the paper on top.  Start rubbing the top of the paper using the length of your crayon as the coloring surface. Use as many colors as you want, watch a beautiful  image appear.
Fall craft projects for kids, LEAF RUBBING perfect for school age children, girl scout or boy scout craft ideas that are both educational and low cost

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Fall flower vase made out of a tin can and jute twine, made the whole thing for under a dollar. Fall Craft ideas, great for Super saturday projects #DIY, #CraftsTwine Vase

Toilet Paper Roll Craft, Make a stamp to create your very own pumpkins, Low cost crafts, party ideas, FallPumpkin stamps made out of Toilet Paper Rolls

Thanksgiving recipe, crafts, DIY, snacks, printables and more. Everything you need for Thanksgiving for kids

Over 20  Fall and Thanksgiving ideas

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Digging up Fossils

Our kids spend hours playing like they are digging up fossils. They go on hunts for them in the backyard too. We start by making putting them in the ground and allowing them to harden up. Not in normal dirt although you could do that. But we place them in a large baking pan. We add in a bowl equal parts sand or loose dirt to plaster of paris and mix in the water to a thick slurry. And push the dinosaurs down into the dirt in various positions. Then set it out to let it harden for a day or two. And then set the pan outside or on the table with a table cloth under it, and let the kids being exploring.  You can even have them try and dig it out so that they can match it to photos of the dinosaurs in their favorite book.

This activity is perfect for all kids.

Not only the ones who love dinosaurs but all of them because they can explore and search.  It challenges them and is like opening a new gift every time.

Now you could get a premade kit. And that is how we started in the beginning. The tools come with it and the dinosaur is pre-buried. And then you can use the same dirt and wet it with some more plaster of paris if you’d like.

For much younger kids like three and four sometimes just loose dirt is best for their little hands.

Then after they are all done playing with it, you can remake the dirt and re-bury the dinosaurs again for the next time they want to explore.

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Smithsonian Diggin’ Up Dinosaurs T-Rex

  • Dig up a plastic skeleton of a t-ren
  • Waiting to be unearthed
  • Assemble the bones
  • Into a cool t-rex
  • Detailed instructions

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plastic dinosaurAssorted Dinosaur Fossil Skeleton 5-6″ Figures, 12-Piece

Set of Dinosaur Skeletons includes twelve different 3 dimensional figures that stand up to 4-3/4 Inch tall or 6 Inch long. They’re made from flexible plastic and can stand up on their own. Great fun indoors or out. You can even have a prehistoric dig and bury these “fossil like” figures and dig them back up, wash them off and play some more – great fun digging up fossils.

  • 6″ – 7″ Long
  • Fossil Skeleton
  • Assorted Dinosaurs
  • Fun to the bone!
  • Size: From 4-3/4″ tall up to 6 Inch long
  • Great party favors
  • Fun items for pretend play

 

metal fossil dig toolsSE DD312 12-Piece Stainless Steel Carvers Set

These are so much fun for the older kids. They get to pretend like they are actually using real tools on real bones as they pick the dirt out of the skeletons.

  • Durable & long-lasting stainless steel construction
  • Double-sided for a variety of shapes & uses
  • Great for carving, shaping, modeling, cutting & scraping

 

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Dap Plaster of Paris Box Molding Material, 4.4-Pound, White

  • Great for plaster repairs; hobby molds; and casts
  • Sets in 20-30 minutes
  • Can be painted with any oil or latex-based paint

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