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Fruit Loop Marshmallow Craft

Crafts are the best part of being home with my youngest a few days a week. We get to have fun and play while learning and laughing. I love to do crafts with him, even the messy ones. Let’s face it, the messy ones are when we have the most fun, and oftentimes learn the most.

We love to theme our crafts and this month we are leaning towards St. Patrick’s Day and rainbow crafts. My little man loves a good rainbow. This fun craft is an easy one to do and allows you to snack while you craft. Which is the best kind of craft!

We found this craft at Jonesing to Create. This is a craft that always looks good, tastes good, and is fun to create. We have made it in the past, but it is always fun to recreate. Head on over to
Jonesing to Create for the full tutorial and be sure to check out all of the other incredible arts and crafts ideas when you are there. You can find tons of ideas to keep you and your little ones busy for the entire month.

Holiday Crafts: Christmas Light Fingerprints!!

It is my favorite time of year. The holiday time can be really busy and hectic, and I find that with little kids under the age of four to entertain while I get everything done it is best to have some sort of art or busy activity to keep them happy. I love to give them activities that will turn in ot keepsakes for me later on. Bonus if they are something that I can use as a decoration. 

This fun craft is perfect for holiday time, it is festive, uses fingerprints so it reminds you how tiny your little ones were every time you see it, and it can be put out every year as a Christmas decoration. It can be messy, so if you do not have children that can handle that alone they will need help. I have a designated art space in our kitchen area that is easy to clean so I allowed my toddler to do this craft alone. 

I found this fabulous craft at Camp Slop, a fabulous blog that has incredible activity ideas perfect for camp, pre-school, home-school, or at home play. You can get the full details on how to create the craft at their blog. They even have other fun handprint/fingerprint holiday crafts. 

As I said earlier I allowed my little man to do this craft on his own, it was the perfect distraction while I wrapped presents. I simply made the line for the christmas lights ahead of time. I even made this as a christmas gift for the Great Grandmothers in the family. So I simply made the canvases with the “string” line pre-made and let my toddler go nuts with the finger paint. I always leave a picture of the sample so my son can see what it will look like, but gives him the chance to make it his own as toddlers will do.

Now I just have to wait for them to dry and I can package them up as gifts for the holiday season, but do not worry, I always keep one for myself! 

Have Yourself a Salt Dough Christmas

This year we are making special keepsake ornaments for the grandparents. My kids are at that age where they are still small, but in one more year they will be practically grown children. They still have that sweet baby-like look to them, and their hands are still so small and beg to be held. I want to remember all of that. So this year we will make some special salt dough Christmas ornaments that will keep their little hands small and baby-like forever. The fun thing about salt dough is that you can make practically anything with it. Your ornaments do not need to be plain, ordinary, or even the same shape or theme. There is a world of possibilities even when you are using a handprint or footprint as your shape. Salt dough Christmas I Heart Arts n Crafts has 27 different salt dough ideas that will blow your mind. So be sure to head on over and check them all out for full tutorials. We have chosen to do Santas and Reindeers for our gifts. We cannot wait to see the joy on all of the grandparents faces this Christmas!