Saturday, January 29, 2011

* Pink and Green Mama Crafts: Winter Fun eBook

When the weather outside is frightful,
playing and creating indoors can be so delightful!

It's finally here,  my newest set of "lesson plans",
 Pink and Green Mama Crafts:
Winter Fun eBook!
packed with Crafts, Recipes, and Play Ideas 
(for Indoors and Outdoors) all tested and approved by my own two daughters.

Several of these activities have also been tested by me with their friends in their classrooms!
Next time you are stuck at home with a snow day,
or looking for a way to beat the long winter days and weekends,
you can CREATE, PLAY, and EXPLORE with
 my lastest eBook,Winter Fun

for 65 pages full of ideas, full color photos, supply lists,
and step-by-step directions for 20 different projects

14 fun-filled, kid-tested,
and best loved, winter activities
from my blog in addition to
6 brand new never before featured projects!

65-page PDF Formatted Craft e-Book 
for only $10.00.
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These lessons are meant to be made together with your child. 
Younger children, ages 2-4, will need assistance from an adult, but older children,
ages 5 and up will be able to do a lot of these  projects and activities independently!

The projects and activities are simple and do-able even for the craft-phobic!

Many of these projects and activities
can be made with supplies already in your home or classroom. 

The PDF book is designed
to be printed out
(I recommend using card stock paper and assembling it in your binder)
or you can read the directions directly from your own home or classroom computer screen.

This 65-page Winter Fun e-Book
is best suited for preschoolers (ages 3-4)
and elementary-aged children (ages 5-11)

This $10.00 Winter Fun e-Book
20 Complete Craft Projects and 
Winter Activity Lesson Plans,
a compilation of some of my best-loved winter 
activities with 6 brand new (never published on my blog)
Winter Fun lessons. 

To purchase the PDF: 
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Get ready to start having some Winter Fun,  
Pink and Green Mama style!

These craft lesson plans are copyrighted by MaryLea Harris (pink and green mama)
they are intended for personal or classroom use, not for re-sale or reproduction.
Thank you! 

Happy Snowy Days!
pink and green mama

Friday, January 28, 2011

* Valentine's Day Craft: Felt Heart Barrettes

Last year, I whipped up these cute little hair accessories
for my sweet girls to wear to school on Valentine's Day. 
I actually sewed them during breakfast before we went to the bus stop. 

For "E"s barrettes I sewed 3 felt hearts to a barrette with a button in the center.
I just tied the ribbons to the barrette underneath the hearts. 

For "C"s barrettes, I just stitched  smaller hearts to little clip-on style barrettes
and clipped them through her ponytail holders. 
She didn't want ribbons. 

It's funny to look back and see how long "E"s hair waslast year, 
I'm so used to it being short now that that seems like a really long time ago.

She won't let me put anything in her hair now. 
Perhaps some of you mamas out there still have little girls who are willing to "accessorize" : ) 

pink and green mama

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

* Snow Day Craft: Pom-Pom Milk Shakes!

Today we're having a snow day. 
Everyone's home -- daddy's office is without power so he's trying to work at the kitchen island.
The girls and I are crafting and playing!

I used to make these when I was a little girl -- 
Pom-Pom Milkshakes and Smoothies for my dolls. 
Today was the perfect day to introduce them to my own girls.
They're a huge hit!!

They're fun for stuffed animal friends, Barbies, and American Girl dolls!

First we needed straws.
So, I cut 3"x3" pieces of white paper for the girls.
We drew a stripe on the edge of two sides.

Note: You can also cut little skinny cocktail straws from the party store
but we like to make our own with paper. 

Then, you roll it up and add a dab of glue.

Trim off the pointy edges with scissors.
You can use craft glue, tape runner (double sided tape) or glue gun to secure the edge. 

Here's a pile of "straws" waiting to be trimmed.
You could also cut down those skinny coffee stirring straws but we didn't have any.

We used old children's medicine cups and lids from things like spray-on sunblock
(I always save them for projects like this!)

We secured each straw with a dab of glue inside the cup. 
I used a glue gun so we wouldn't have to wait for them to dry
but you can also use craft glue if you're willing to wait!

Then, the girls picked out the combinations of pom-pom colors they wanted to use
and we secured them inside each cup with more glue.

We added bead sprinkles, bead cherries, and "real" sprinkles with glue to 
the tops of the pom-pom milkshakes!

The "Catsby Family" has been visiting my old Barbie McDonalds 
and ordering shakes all morning.

We just might have to make some real milkshakes too!

"Rosie" cat and "Bently" cat love their shakes!

The whole "Catsby family" on the road with their shakes.
Happy (Snowy) Play-Day!!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

* Valentine's Day Craft: Recycled Valentine's Day Card Basket

 Once upon a time, before my life was filled with small children,
I had time for collections. 

I collected: Pink Depression Glass, Handkerchiefs,
1950s Head Vases, and Victorian era - 1940s Post Cards. 
I haven't given much time or attention to any of those collections for several years. 

I still use my pink glass dishes, the girls play with more than two-thirds of my 
hankie collection in their on-going stuffed animal and "house" games,
and my head vases are on display in my kitchen
(always get some interesting comments on those!)

When I saw the Vintage Card Basket (see photo below) on Etsy last year
at Artsy Mama's Etsy Shopit was love at first site.
I had been on the look-out for a card basket for several years
but it's hard to find one when you don't spend time 
at flea markets or antique stores anymore!

I ordered it and was over the moon when it arrived.
It has a place of honor in my art studio holding sewing notions on my sewing table. 

Of course, I wanted to try my hand at making our own
so last year, we recycled some of our favorite  
Valentine's Day Cards into a card basket/bowl of our own!

To start, I printed out a template I found here:
I traced it onto a piece of manilla folder (sturdier for multiple tracings).

They also have great directions--
that I should have followed instead of just winging it.

You'll need 14 cards for this project (or kid drawings on card stock!)

You'll trace 12 "side" pieces  and 2 "bottom" pieces.

They used white glue and I didn't --
my life would have been easier if I had tacked mine together with a dab of glue. 

My pieces kept slipping around and that wasn't fun during the sewing part. 

You'll use a hole punch to punch holes evenly
around the edges of each piece and yarn 
(or embroidery thread) with a fat embroidery needle to sew the basket together.

Here's the bottom.
Like I said, should have followed the directions --
this is not the best sewing job!

A handy little bowl to hold your treasures!

Happy Re-Cycled Crafting!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

* Valentine Button Heart Sign Craft

This is a fun little project my oldest "E" whipped up 
and I realized it would be a perfect Valentine's Day
Decoration for your house, front door, or classroom!

I know that the word "craft"can connote a certain association
with "do it this way and everyone's project  will look the same"...
This little heart craft can be done, (and I encourage it to be done) 
any way your child, the artist, wants.

Don't want to make a heart?  Make a different shape. How about a Star?
Don't want to do "Valentine" colors? How about a Rainbow Spectrum
or  Warm colors and Cool colors on two halves, or Your child's favorite color!

She started with a simple wooden heart from the craft store
but I think you could make this just as easily from a piece of cardboard box
(or cut a piece from a cereal box).

Add a piece of yarn (or ribbon) to your heart (or shape of your choice)
so you can hang it up! 

Paint it pink  (or red, or white,  lavender...or Rainbow!)

Then, crack out some craft glue (we like Elmer's school glue)
and add some buttons! 

Happy "Crafting"!

pink and green mama,

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Monday, January 17, 2011

* Preschool At Home: Ground Coffee Sensory Box

I set this Coffee Grounds Sensory Box up for "C" last month and it has been a big hit.
I added real spoons, a small whisk, some cups, measuring spoons, 
and an empty hot chocolate tin.

with Coffee Beans = Fun!  (FYI - He IS the coolest preschool teacher ever)

So what would you do if you were cleaning out a kitchen cabinet and came across
a large package of coffee grounds pilfered from a hotel room on a vacation 2+ years ago? 
Hypothetically speaking of course!

I mean, I would NEVER have coffee grounds in a big bag
taking up valuable kitchen cupboard real estate
(in a flavor of coffee we would never drink) buried so deeply in the back of a cabinet
that I had no idea they were there! 
Not me, my kitchen cabinets are spotless and very well organized!

"C" likes to play "coffee shop" 
while I unload the dishwasher. She makes a delicious cafe latte!

Warning: it does stain clothes and hands so we wear an apron and keep a rag near by
to dust off while we're playing. 

(You'll also have some sweeping to do when you're done playing.)
But, the Coffee smells heavenly and the grounds are a fun texture to play with.

She's the cutest Barista I know. 
Happy Playing!

pink and green mama, MaryLea

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