Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fall Crafts: Owl Puppet

Cover image with title and kids craft in the process of being completed

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During the fall our son and I made an Owl Puppet together. With a few changes this puppet could easily be turned into a variety of different birds to fit the season you are currently in.

Completed owl puppet

Materials

  • Paper bag
  • Paper plate
  • Construction paper (for eyes, beak, and 'feathers')
  • Bottle caps (for eyes) 
  • Paper fasteners (to attach wings) 
  • Paint 
  • Paintbrushes 

Other materials you could use: 

  • Feathers 
  • Googly eyes 

Steps 

1. Our son painted the paper plate and bag with Grandmom helping him. 

Painting the paper plate and bag

2. We use a pom-pom and a clothespin to create the sponge effect.  (You can see the white one in the above photo and the purple one in the bottom photo.) 


3. We needed to let the owl dry before we could glue on 'feathers' and cut the wings in half. 


4. Almost completed.  Just gluing on 'feathers.' We used different shaped construction paper instead of real feathers. 



The project took about an hour to complete over the course of two days to allow for the paint to dry. 

Here are some sample materials to help you get started.



Here are a few owl related books that we enjoy.

   

Monday, September 12, 2016

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

My adventurous son turned three in June. As he developed a love for Mickey Mouse over the course of this year, we decided that this would be a fantastic theme for his third birthday party.

Here is a link to my Pinterest board: Mickey Mouse Party Ideas.

 

Food 
Cupcakes 
I made Mickey Mouse themed cupcakes with Oreo cookies and white chocolate chips. I got the idea from I'm Quite Crafty. I think the hardest part for me was getting the red icing just the right color. I used Mickey Mouse cupcake holders from the store.

  

And we had Mickey Mouse Rice Krispie Treats.


Our snack table...with his sister's Daniel Tiger themed birthday items as well. 


We found popcorn holders and straws at the Dollar Store.  Other supplies were picked up, like napkins and plates, as we saw them. 


Games 
My modified version of the popular punch board game.  I originally got the idea from this pin: Minnie Mouse Pick a Mouse Board as well as my sister-in-law's Halloween party for my niece.

I painted one side of the stroller box white, cut out circles, and with my husbands help with attached cups to the back. We then filled the cups with candy and taped a layer of tissue paper onto the front of the board. 

I decorated the holes with Mickey Mouse cut outs to give the kids direction as to where to punch.  

If I had to make it all over again, I would make the hole smaller so that the cups fit more tightly and just attach the tissue paper to each cup individually.  

 
 With his cousin - getting lots of candy.

Coloring 
We set up a coloring table for the kids but unfortunately we ran out of time but my son had fun coloring the pages for thank yous for the guests. 


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