DIY Tic Tac ToeI love when the kids are off for spring break, but I will be honest....the week can be a long one! Thank goodness Fox 6 Real Milwaukee was ahead of the game on this one for me! My upcoming segment on Monday, March 21st is on keeping kids entertained during spring break. Let the "fun" begin!!
- Rocks (I got mine from Michael's...only because the lake was too cold to go collect rocks from!)
- Tree Stump slice (You can find these at craft stores now if you don't have a huge tree stump in your yard!)
- Paint brush
- Craft paint
- White spray paint (optional)
- Acrylic sealer (optional)
We put the tic tac toe board in the middle of our kitchen table and game upon game has been played during spring break of tic tac toe! I can't wait to add this set to our table on the front porch during summer!
Again, hours and hours of fun for so little money! Happy family game time!!!
Watercolor Stencil Painting
I don't know about you, but my kids LOVE to use paints. Sometimes I can be quick to say no to painting because of the mess, but watercolors are the BEST paints to use for less mess and easy clean up. We got a little creative and tried to incorporate sharpies with our painting project and we were so very happy with the final outcome! It has my house decorated with flowers and getting me in the mood for spring, that is for sure!
- Thin tipped sharpie
- Watercolor paints
- Paint Paper
- Thin paint brush
I decided to mix in some baking along with the crafting for this segment. My older girls are really into baking lately so I thought this would be a good opportunity to introduce them to some simple decorating techniques and candy making. This was a win for keeping them busy and a win for them to eat!!
- Cupcakes (made of course!)
- Frosting (we made a simple buttercream frosting)
- Green food coloring (I like Wilton)
- Frosting bag and grass tip
- Bunny butt candy mold (we found ours at Michael's)
- Chocolate, pink and white candy melts
- Knife for spreading frosting
Next, for the chocolate bunny butts, we melted the white candy melts and added the white to the tail part of the candy mold.
Then, we finished by filling the rest of the bunny butt with the chocolate brown melted candy.
For the white bunnies, we just added the pink to the paws and filled the rest in with the white melted candy. The more bunny butts we made, the better we got!
We put our candy mold in the fridge for about 10 minutes for them to cool and then popped them out. We placed them right on top of the grass and Boom....we had the most adorable cupcakes!
Clay Donut Necklaces
Let me start off by saying, "Yes, these are as cute in person as they look in pictures!" This craft was the biggest hit with my kids and their friends. In one day, the clay was pulled back out 4 different times. Imagination was in full gear and each child loved creating clay creatures and necklaces. My four year old was even making donuts and animals! I would highly encourage you to try this with your kids!!!
- Polymer clay (I bought mine at Joann's while it was 50% off and with an additional 25% off coupon. We used the "sculpey" brand. It is the kind of clay that you bake...not modeling clay) If you are making the donut you need a beige color, a frosting color and sprinkle colors.
- Mod Podge dimensional magic
- Cookie sheet
- Eye pin (I found in the jewelry section)
- Brown chalk
- Paint brush (we used the end of a paintbrush to make the hole in the middle of the donut)
Next, we used our thumb to make the ball flat on the top and bottom.
Here are some of the finished products the girls made. Some of the pieces fell off the eye pins because they were larger in size. If they fell off we just put a little bit of super glue back into the small hole and re-inserted the eye pin! We used the pliers to open up the eye pin and wrap it around the necklace and then pinched it back together.
My daughter's team was headed to the national basketball tournament this past weekend and I thought it would be fun to make our kids matching t-shirts. (I am not sure they thought it was very cool to have matching shirts, but that's why I am the mom!) I was super happy with how they turned out and I think they kids loved wearing them at the tournament....secretly of course!
- Iron on material ( I used cricut iron on and silhouette iron on material)
- Cricut...optional. (If you don't have a cricut, don't panic...you can use the material the same way and just hand cut out your letters!!!)
- T-shirt (I found ours at Michael's on sale 2 for $6 and then added and additional 20% off coupon....I also did wash and dry it before we made the t-shirts)
I used my cricut to do my cutting for me. I programmed it to cut out the letters I needed and placed the dial on the iron on setting. If you are using a cricut, make sure you don't forget to click the "mirror image" button and place the material liner side down. (follow the directions on the box for cutting...they are way better than my directions)
Here is an example of pulling the extra material off to leave the letter on the liner. If you are not using a cricut you could trace your letter on the paper and then cut out your letters. You won't have extra liner hanging off the sides like we did, but it will still iron on and work.
I don't think there was a cuter bunch of kids at the national tournament wearing matching shirts....but I am a little biased!
And....today our spring break ends. The kids head back to school tomorrow morning and I head to Fox 6 Real Milwaukee to talk about what we did to stay busy during the week! I know many of you haven't had your spring break yet....and that's a perfect time to craft!!!