Monday, April 30, 2012

Mesmerized Monday - Crafting with the Kiddos

Summer will soon be here. With summer brings a lot more time for arts and crafts. Here are some crafty ideas that got me mesmerized.

For the Love of Reading:

Every night my husband reads my kids a poem or three just as we're saying 'goodnight'. The kids LOVE this part of our bedtime routine and we love that they're so excited about poetry. 

Right now we're reading poems from Shel Silverstein's "Everything On It". We've already completed "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and "A Light in the Attic" multiple times. Next on the list is "Falling Up". 

Images & Idea: Come Together Kids

When I saw these bookmarks I knew my family had to make them. Laura at Come Together Kids has a great tutorial on how to make them. What a great rainy day project!


I am still in love with my clear shoe organizer turned craft centre seen here. The kids have really responded to it and now know exactly where to go to find the supplies they need when they get inspired to start making something.

That being said, it is still helpful to have table-top organization for your supplies. This idea is so simple. Use a large muffin tin and plastic cups to keep supplies at hand while you work. I love how the clear cups really allow you to see your materials.

Images & Idea: Family Fun

By using magnetic sheeting (sold at craft stores) on the bottom of the cups, they become more stable and tip-resistant.

ABCs and 123's:

How cute is this, turning your handprints into your an ABC gallery . This would be a really fun group project to do with friends or one that you can work on by yourself over a few days/weeks. 

Images & Ideas: E is for Explore

While you're at it, why not create a handprint calendar too?

Don't you think the grandparents would LOVE this calendar next year? Simply take a photo of each month. Take them to your local photo lab (or online lab) and ask them to make a calendar. So simple.

Rock, Scissors, Paper - not quite:

This is the perfect project for the cottage. Gather yourself some similar sized river rocks, grab the paint and let's get started.

At the Joann website you can download their complete instructions but I have a modified version here.

Materials Needed:

  • 10 large flat river rocks
  • Tempra paint in yellow, red, green, black, white
  • 2 Paintbrushes -a flat brush for the main colours and a fine brush for details
  • 8x10 Photo frame for Tic Tac Toe Board
  • 1 piece of black paper
  • White or metallic marker
  • ruler


  1. Paint 5 rocks red and 5 rocks green. Apply several coats for good coverage allowing paint to dry between coats.
  2. Paint the black areas on the ladybugs for definition. Paint the black head and stripes on the caterpillars.
  3. Paint yellow caterpillar feet and black ladybug spots.
  4. Use the handle end of a paintbrush to dot on white eyes. When dry, dot on black pupils.
  5. Using a white or metallic marker, draw the tic-tac-toe grid on your black paper.
  6. Insert black paper into your picture frame.
* To make the bugs hold up even better, you might like to add a coat of shellac when they are dry.
I hope I have inspired you to get crafty this summer. Until next Monday...

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