I’m sharing a fun one today. It’s called Shy Blue and requires only a few materials which you most likely have in your home. (We’ve done this experiment before. I took pictures this most recent time, but only the one with green food coloring came out. The one below is from last year when I prepped another post, but never published it.) Read More…
A very simple, fun craft involving hearts, a little scissor work and creative coloring/drawing is on tap today. It’s a bright, sunny day here, and these Valentine’s Day Sun Catchers are the perfect thing to catch the sun as it streams in the windows!
You’ll only need a few items:
Vegetable oil (any kind)
A cotton ball (or use a paper towel)
Simply draw a heart (or any other shape) on the paper and get creative with coloring it. Cut it out, making sure to hole punch where you’ll hang it from.
Lay out some paper towels over wax paper and place your creation on the towels. Place some oil in a small bowl on your prepared surface close to your project.
Take your cotton ball, dip it in the oil, and generously spread the oil over the top of your creation. Turn your project over and spread the oil over this side as well. You’ll know when you have enough on when it appears sort of translucent.
Place a fresh paper towel over one side and pat it dry. Repeat on the other side. Of course, your creation won’t be completely dry. At this point set it aside on clean paper towels for a few hours to dry some more.
Once it is dry, lace a pretty yarn, ribbon or even rope through the holes and hang it in front of a sunny window!
You are not limited to crayons and markers, nor is this craft limited to Valentine’s Day. The small sun catchers on the lower right is made with colored tissue paper glued onto white paper. Have fun with it! (Of course, the bright sunshine went away when I took the picture!)
It goes without saying that this could be a messy project that should be done with adult supervision. Working on the coordination skill of cutting with scissors and working with an oily substance can be messy and dangerous. That said, it is a great activity for fine motor skills – coordination through coloring, cutting, pincer grasp for holding the cotton ball; science of working with colors. You could even make several hearts and number them turning it into a counting game!
If you take a few moments and prepare your work surface, clean up will go much more quickly and smoothly. I have a friend who pulls out a cheap shower curtain, covers her table, and then places an old tablecloth over that when doing projects like this.
(This idea was gleaned from a young lady teaching my kids’ Sunday School class.)
Do you have a morning routine? I don’t mean trying to get the breakfast on the table and the kids to school on time. I mean do you, yourself have a morning routine? A few minutes to prep yourself for the day ahead?
The nice thing about having a large set of foam letters as well as a small set, is that you can play indoor letter hopscotch by making dice with the smaller set and have a gross motor activity for indoors when it is too cold to go out! (The boys have been stuck inside due to frigid temperatures. Have your kids?)
I don’t know about where you are, but in my area it is sooooo cold! Cold enough for people to be doing those experiments you hear about every winter like throwing boiling water outdoors and it turning into snow.
It’s also a dreary time. Everything seems grayish white unless there is fresh snow in the air or it is bright and sunny, but too cold to go outside. Today is, thankfully, one of the sunny days, however, it is below zero!
It seems like the perfect day to share a fun, easy little activity we do when it gets this cold. Ice ornaments! (Adult supervision is a good idea!)
First, get out some tins, cupcake tins, empty yogurt containers, anything you’d like to use as a mold for your ornaments. (Any size will do as long as it isn’t too big to fit flat in your freezer and hang by a string/rope from something!) Outside one house a couple of years ago I saw large ice wreaths with cranberries inside, made from an angel cake mold. It was beautifully big!
Paula at Beauty through Imperfection posted last year that she schedules playtime in her planner. She is a visual person and in her post says she likes to see tangible results (like after washing the dishes or doing the laundry). There is no start or stop to play. No measurement. She stresses its so important and shows love to her kids in a way that only playtime can, and that’s why for her personality she schedules it in her day.
When my boys were small I went through a phase where I would see everything around me, see them content playing and decide to do “chores” rather than read or pull out the play dough with them or even just sit with them while they played. After a few days my oldest, then 3, said ‘Mommy, you don’t play anymore.’ Major guilt trip and then I tried to be more intentional about being with them.
Have you ever been taken by surprise by life? Sometimes you think you have everything under control and one little thing happens and – poof! – life’s curveball has you wondering ‘what just happened?’
That’s been happening a lot to me since coming down with the flu. I get tired so easily and those little things keep popping up placing doubts in my head as to if I am sane or not!
Starting the New Year like a New Beginning
In past years I printed out the little forms for everyone to fill out on New Year’s Day and this year was no different. (I used these cute forms from Thirty Handmade Days this year!) For myself, I focus on trying to figure out if I actually accomplished anything the previous year (other than keeping myself, Hubby and the boys alive for another year!) to give myself a little value. Having my boys fill them out is a great way to capture their thoughts and in the future we can look back and see a big picture of how they grew.
I’ve been gathering up some e-books to read and the first was Hope for the Weary Mom: Let God Meet You in the Mess” Hope for the Weary Mom, by Stacey Thacker and Brooke McGlothlin. Here is a quote and the chapter headings from the table of contents page:
“Just finished reading Hope for the Weary Mom & I’m feeling normal for the first time in a long time.”
Table of Contents
- When the Gentle Words Won’t Come
- When You Don’t Measure Up
- Beer & Cigarettes?
- Why You Can’t Live at the Spa
- When You Just Want to Give Up
- Sometimes it Takes an Altar
- When Life Hurts Too Much
- Help for the Weary Mom
- Verses for the Weary Mom
- The Weary Mom Manifesto
- Resources for the Weary Mom
When I put the book down, and even after just relating to that quote, I knew I had to share my review with you.
I’ve posted about some of the feelings I’ve had as a mom in the past and readily related to some of the titles in this e-book. I found myself excited to read it once I realized I’m not alone in my feeling weary.
Some mornings it’s all I can do to get out of bed to greet my one still-tired boy and my so-energetic-that-I-have-to-make-my-stuffed-animal-continually-screech boy. Just the thought is exhausting, never mind that I know in two hours they will be off to school.
I find myself tired to the bones after they go to sleep, having little or no energy to fold the laundry, let alone focus on my husband to grow our marriage.
Are you finding yourself in the same spot these last days before Christmas? Maybe this would make a great gift to yourself?
Weary mom, please know you are not alone. This book has wonderful stories and examples of exactly what you are going through, and relates them in such a way that you can laugh. Be encouraged there are other moms experiencing just what you are going through and are sharing their stories to help you along through this weary time.
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