Saturday, October 15, 2011

My Super Awesome Vintage Typewriter

Introducing....My Very Own Super Awesome Vintage Typewriter!  It's Vintage, It's Grey, It's functional and best of all, It's MINE!  I found it at the thrift store for $6.00!  It looks awesome in my craft room and the girls LOVE playing around with it.  For $6.00, who can complain? 

Friday, October 14, 2011

Job Draw

The girls really enjoy competing for the biggest pile of finished chores.  Mom really loves that the jobs get done!  I just used clear glass drops from the dollar store.  You can get them at any craft store in the floral section.  I used diamond glaze to glue on colored circles I cut out of cardstock and wrote the chores on. 

For the pouch, I used clear plastic from Walmart in the fabric section where you can buy vinyl and tablecloth-type material.  Find some cute fabric and sew it to the plastic.  Super cute!

There are also number glass drops that are smaller.  Those are the number of items to pick up in their bedroom.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Clay Typewriter Key Magnets

These fun little magnets turned out cute!  I love having Alphabet magnets for the girls to play with, but I hate the way most alphabet magnets look.  These fulfill both of our needs (o:  I just rolled out white oven bake clay to about 1/2" and used a perfume lid to cut them into circles.  They look like typewriter keys!  Just stamp letters on them with black ink and bake them.  Super easy and super cute (o:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Calm Down Jar

This cute Time Out idea was on Pinterest and I decided I must make one!

All I did was fill up a pint jar with water, 1 drop of blue food coloring and some glitter.  I have whichever kid is "doing time" shake the bottle and watch it settle.  Once the glitter has settled, they've had time to calm down and talk about their problem.  It's quite soothing actually (o: 

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Emotion game blocks and a Halloween spin on the game

I'm not sure where I found the idea for this game. 
So Much FUN!!!
On the first 1" block you've painted, write in 6 emotions with permanent marker.  Those of you with kids know how well they relate with animals (o:  On the second block, write in 6 different animals. 
There are fun twists on this game too.  Why stick to animals?  Try robot, alien, princess, tractor, etc.

Here is a Halloween version of the game:
Feelings:  Dizzy, Scary, Crazy, Sleepy, Grumpy, Silly
"Animals":  Witch, Bat, Ghost, Monster, Cat, Super Hero

Spelling block toy

I loved this cute idea by countingcoconuts for cute little spelling toys.  They're so easy and so cute!
I used 1" wood blocks from Hobby Lobby (don't forget your 40% off coupon!) and trimmed a dowel to stick out the ends just enough to fit and glue on the end wood balls.  Paint the blocks and balls before assembling and gluing.  I used vinyl letters, but I don't recommend it.  The kids just pick them off, so writing them on with a permanent marker would be more practical.

Go over to countingcoconuts for a much more informative tutorial if you're interested in making these.  She has some really great educational ideas for the kiddos.

block one: b, c, h, m
block two: a, e, o, u
block three: d, g, p, t