Thursday, August 20, 2009

Back to School Crafts

Let's get ready for school...

We had a great turn-out for our monthly craft activity. Since we were approaching the start of a new school year, I decided to make 4 school-themed crafts...

construction paper (red or green)
paper plate
foam sheets for stem and leaves

Tear pieces of paper. Coat paper plate with glue. Cover plate with paper. Add stem and leaf. This is a great project, even for toddlers. I was also thinking of using orange paper for a pumpkin craft. Add curled chenille rods for vines, instead of leaves.

School House
Materials: construction paper, glue, scissors
See here for template. This is a great opportunity to discuss shapes. Some glued the finished school house to a sheet of paper. Encourage your child to draw on the paper and use it as an opportunity talk about going to school or encourage discussion of your child's first day/experience. See above for example.

School Bus
Materials: paint, magazine pictures, glue, egg carton top
This was a big hit. Paint the carton top yellow. If you don't have a top with holes, you can cut out holes if you want, or just cut magazine pictures window-size. You can also use photos of your child and classmates.

Apple Print
Materials: paint, apples, paper
Cut apple in half. Dip in paint. Print away. This might have been easier had I put a popsicle stick in the apple, since little fingers got covered with paint. Use fabric paint to decorate dish towels, canvas bags, etc. You can also use other fruit for a similar activity. See below.

The boys demonstrate apple printing.

Saturday, August 15, 2009


I came across this the other day in the bottom of a storage ottoman. I made this for Monkey, and he carried it around with him for a while. I decorated their room in Classic Pooh, so this went with the theme. It is my version of a tag blanket. He has always loved cuddling with a blanket. I took some extra fabric and ribbon scraps and put this together. It's a good size at 20 x 20". Big enough to cover him in his car seat, but was small enough to use as a burp cloth in a pinch. I only edged one side in satin ribbon loops, but I think I would have done two sides and spaced them farther apart, if I could change something. It only took about an hour, which is about the longest I can expect to accomplish anything these days. Both sides are a Classic Pooh pattern toile, one side cotton and the other flannel.
It has already been washed a couple of times. He loves it, as you can see. I always take it away after he falls asleep, I'm paranoid about that.

These go for more than I expected. Using things that I already have and making something useful out of them makes me feel so resourceful. Sewing also temporarily placates my creative cravings. I prefer trial and error to following a sewing pattern. I think this is why my more successful pursuits have been rectangular in shape!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

What should I bring? Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches, of course.

Consider that problem solved. This is my go-to recipe for finger foods. Sure its chicken salad, but spread on croissants, and it looks like you knocked yourself out. Serve at showers, parties, etc.

Makes 3 cups Prep Time: 20 min.
Serve on croissants for a great brunch or shower dish

2 cups diced cooked chicken
2 celery ribs, diced
½ cup golden raisins, chopped
4 green onions, minced
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
3 Tbls. mayonnaise
½ tsp. seasoned salt
1 tsp. curry powder

Stir together all ingredients using a hand mixer. Cover and chill until ready to serve