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DIY Paper Flowers: fun and easy crafts for kids & DIY home decor project

Here is a simple DIY project for you. Jeni is going to share how to make DIY paper flowers for us today. These fun and easy crafts add a vibrant touch of color to any room. 

Crepe paper flowers are "in," cheap, and easy to make - even with littles around. I used these kits to make the flowers, but I think it'd be just easy to whip them out without a kit. Just find your own crepe paper, scallop the edges (or not!), grab some pipe cleaner, and follow the same steps below.

First, lay four sheets of crepe paper on top of each other. If you want a smaller flower - one that's "less full" - use less sheets.

Fold the crepe paper back and forth, accordion style.

Wrap a 12" piece of pipe cleaner around the folded crepe paper, and twist it till its tight

Starting in the middle, unwrap the pieces of crepe paper one sheet at a time...

...until it looks like a flower. Ta da! Pretty and easy, right?

Thanks for letting me stop by today. Cheers to creating and sharing pretty little things!


Jeni blogs about young love (her love - for her man and her daughter), real good food, real life, and how to stay not only sane as a mama, but oh so happy. Find more of her here

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DIY Project for Kids: Recycled Cardboard Storage Box with Used Books

I feel bad throwing away old or ripped books. Books are my treasures and I can’t get rid of them just because. I found an easy DIY project for kids to recycle those old or ripped books and use them to make a cute cardboard storage box. I don’t have to throw them away and the box won’t take extra space.

Many people throw things away so easily these days. Things you can recycle are the best organizers for your kid’s room. I felt extra eco-friendly and made something cute and fun!

 

Tools:

  • Your Hands!

  • Brushes

  • Glue (Spray Glue is better)

Supplies/Ingredients:

  • Cardboard box of an average size (Use a recycled cardboard box If you want to be extra eco-friendly)

  • Used/ripped books

Instructions

Before you start, make sure that the floor is stable and find a room where you can do a fun DIY project. (The glue can be sticky. When kids touch nice furniture with sticky hands, you know what happens.)

 

1. Start ripping the book. (This is the hardest part. Don’t feel bad!) When you rip them, you can cut them neatly, but I just like ripping them with my hands. It gives them a nice edge.

2. Glue the box with a brush or spray glue. Also glue the corner of the ripped paper and put it on the box. Arrange them the way you like them. A little bit of layers and colors give a playful look.

3. Make sure that all parts of the box have pieces of paper glued on. You can glue the bottom of the box, but I didn’t do it.


You can have a fun DIY project for kids with things you can recycle! I hope you enjoy this DIY project as much as I did!

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Creativity: 5 Creative Role Models for Kids

I think one of the scariest things about raising children today is that there are very few positive role models for kids. Kid shows don’t really promote good values anymore and a lot of their characters are kind of annoying and selfish. Society doesn’t really celebrate the good in people, their talents or intelligence. Society celebrates the people who are absolutely willing to do anything to get attention. I want to raise my children in a home that celebrates their creativity and to do that I want to give them really good role models. I want them to learn about people who did great and hard things and who were celebrated because of their creativity not because they’re insane.

5 Creative People in History That Can Be Positive Role Models For Your Kids:

Shakespeare

Shakespeare

There are many theories on Shakespeare's childhood- some say that he was not well educated during his childhood and some say that the grammar school he was thought to attend was actually very rigorous. Due to certain social circumstances Shakespeare was not allowed to attend university or start an apprenticeship so he became a playwright. 

Shakespeare is now known as one of the greatest writer in the English language. He wrote 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems, and a few other verses. His plays are performed more often than any other playwright and have been translated into every major language.  He made up new words that we still used today including: laughable, hint, dawn, bedroom, and many more. Shakespeare never completed an upper-level education but his influence in our lives has surpassed that of a playwright. He invented part of the modern English language and his works are now taught to almost every teenager in America.

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

Franklin was a founding father and helped to form the country of America but he also invented many things that we still use today. His parents couldn’t pay for him to go to school for a long time so he only went to school until he was 10. After that he continued to read so he could learn more.

Despite his lack of education Franklin invented the: Library, the lightning rod, glass armonica, Franklin stove, bifocal glasses, and many other things. Not only was he an inventor but he studied and came up with many social innovations. He studied electricity, population, ocean currents, and oceanography. He also played multiple instruments and composed music. Benjamin Franklin did not let the limits of his formal education get in the way of becoming an intelligent member of society and successful inventor.

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Ludwig Van Beethoven

Beethoven's first music teacher was  his father. He started learning music at a very young age and learned many different instruments including the piano, organ, violin, and viola. At age nine he had a new teacher named Christian Gottlob Neefe.  Neefe was the person who taught Beethoven how to compose music. Beethoven learned music composition when he was 9 and wrote and published his first composition when he was 13. He wrote 75 amount of compositions throughout his life

Beethoven started to lose his hearing when he was 26 which made it difficult to hear music. He was completely deaf by the age of 44 but he continued to write music. He wrote a majority of his music while he was losing his hearing and one piece of music, his ninth symphony, completely deaf. It was one of the most famous pieces of music he wrote. 

Galileo

Galileo Galilei

Galileo was a physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher but growing up Galileo wanted to have a career with the church. His father persuaded him to instead study medicine so he could make money. Galileo studied mathematics after observing the swing of a chandelier and accidentally attending a geometry lecture. He convinced his father to let him switch his studies to math and philosophy because he found what he was passionate about.

Galileo played a major role in the scientific revolution and attributed a lot to the modern study of these sciences. Galileo confirmed the phases of Venus, discovered the 4 largest moons of Jupiter, and led the theory of heliocentrism- the idea that the earth revolved around the sun as opposed to the belief of the time that everything revolved around the earth. Galileo invented and improved upon many inventions including the telescope and the thermometer. Even though Galileo was such an important scientist he was imprisoned by the Catholic Church because his ideas opposed the doctrine of the church.  He was held under house arrest from 1633 to his death in 1642. Publication of any of his works, past and future, was made illegal. Even though he was persecuted for the truth he discovered he continued to study and become the father of modern science. He has been referred to as the father of modern science by both Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking. 

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

There is very little known about da Vinci's childhood. He was born an illegitimate son, his father was a Florentine notary and his mother was a peasant. Leonardo's education was informal and consisted of Latin, geometry, and mathematics. Da Vinci at the age of 14 started as an apprentice to one of the finest painters in Florence where he learned many other advanced subjects.

Leonardo da Vinci studied and excelled in many fields. Over his lifetime he was a: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist,cartographer, botanist, and writer. While da Vinci lived in the 1400’s he conceptualized many things we use now: flying machines, tanks, solar power, adding machines, and many other modern technologies. Leonardo has painted some of the worlds most beloved and famous paintings including The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. Da Vinci also drew many popular sketches used in the arts and in science. Da Vinci’s contributions on modern society are innumerable and his creativity made him a visionary man, almost predicting what the future would bring.

Why are these positive role models for children?

All of these people went against the norm and created something new. All of these people had creative minds. All of these people are talked about in text books and are discussed in classrooms across America. All of these people had to do something hard or had some disability to overcome. Some did not have extensive formal education, some had physical disabilities, some were born in an era without enough technology, and some had to give up what they knew was correct to save their own life. All of these people were creative in some way- they all thought outside the box and against what society taught them. I have to believe that all of these famous people in history attribute most of their success to creativity but also to the trials they had to overcome. Instead of having children look up to Disney Channel stars who have everything handed to them why not give our children positive role models who will inspire creativity. Children should grow up having to overcome some difficulties, that's what will make them successful. Children should also have role models that also had to do overcome some difficulties, this will help children remember that only the best things come from hard work.

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Creativity: Creative Family Movie Night Ideas

Being a parent can be hard especially on the weekends. All those fun things that you did before you had kids are out of the question and your children need entertainment. You don’t just want to put them in front of the TV in front of those awful movies all weekend but it is exhausting running around with them all day. Well we have a solution to offer that makes spending time with family relaxing, entertaining, and provides activities with children that expands their creative minds. Combine the relaxing entertainment of a movie that both children and parents will love with a creative and/or educational activity. To help get you started on this we have a list of wonderful family movies and some corresponding activities you can do with children.

Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs tells the story of Flint Lockwood, an unappreciated, quirky inventor. Flint’s inventions always seem to create problems until he finds a way to make food fall from the sky like rain. Everyone loves the invention but problems arise when Flint’s machine gets over used. This movie is funny for kids and adults, visually stunning, and an all-around good time for the whole family while also stimulating creative minds.

This movie gives so many great ideas for activities with children. Before you watch the movie, make dinner together as a whole family. Teach your children a simple recipe and let them do age appropriate tasks. You can have your children pick their own favorite food to make or you can pick a fun food from the movie. Or an even more creative and less messy idea for smaller children is to make a pretend dinner. Make up foods or add silly ingredients and pretend to eat them. A fun and imaginative activity with your kids that doesn't end up with you actually eating sprinkles and cheese crackers on your BBQ chicken.

Another activity you could do is after watching the movie as a family you could create your own invention. Ask your kids if they could invent anything what would it be and then start brainstorming ideas. Ask your kids to draw up what the machine would look like. You could even make up a story about how the machine goes out of control and have your kid make up a story of how to fix the machine and save the world, just like Flint. 

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory explores the magical world of candy making in Willy Wonka’s factory. In this movie 5 children win the opportunity to tour the mysterious factory and see all the different candies that Willy Wonka makes and is trying to invent. Over time each child breaks a rule and ends up having to leave the tour and only the most virtuous child wins the grand prize. I have a personal preference to Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) with Gene Wilder, but if you prefer a more modern movie the 2005 version entitled Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Johnny Depp that is also an option.

This movie also inspires some great activities with kids. A more imagination inspired activities could be to invent your own candy: flavors, gummy vs hard candy, and the magical quality that makes it special to Willy Wonka candy. Another great activity you could do as a family is make your own candy. Rock candy is a simple and delicious option and is a great science experiment to expand your child’s creative mind. Start the rock candy at least 2 days before you watch the movie to make sure you can eat your candy during the movie.

Delicious Rock Candy

Fantasia

Fantasia was one of my favorite movies growing up. The original or Fantasia 2000 a great movies to engage those creative minds. If you have never seen Fantasia it’s definitely time to spend time with your family and watch it. Fantasia is a movie that takes beautiful classical music and plays the music with animated shorts that have been created as inspired by the music. It pairs amazing music with fun cartoons.

The activity you can do with your kids for this movie is simple. After watching the movie pick a song- either classical or modern- and play the music and have your kids listen to it and draw a picture and tell a story based on the music. Make it a family game- play a song one time through just listening to it and then give everyone art supplies of their choice. Then play the song one more time and draw! You get the length of the entire song to draw something and come up with a story for the song. When the song ends go around and show your pictures and tell the story that the song sounds like to you.

Kid's Drawing

 

There are so many great family friendly movies you can watch to spend time with your family. Don’t feel like you have to watch these movies or do these activities with these movies. Use your own creative mind and find new movies and other great activities for your kids. Most importantly have fun when you spend time with family. Your kids will remember it for the rest of their lives and it will create great memories for you as a family. 

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