Tuesday, November 29, 2011

* Pink and Green Mama's Gratitude Giveway #3: Kiwi Craft Crate

Let's kick off the holidays with another giveaway!

My lovely friends at Kiwi Crate sent us 
this fun little craft kit to play with and try out. 
"C" (age 4) loved it, it's a perfect mess free craft kit for toddlers and preschoolers.

Everything you need comes inside the kit, even these scissors
(which are awesome and now "C"s favorite pair) 

We got the Colors Crate to explore.
First up was playing with colors on two different spinning tops.
The papers were precut so we just colored them in 
and you can make different designs on both sides so you get 
twice as many tops to play with. 

Each craft comes with these cute little instructions and tips.
Very cute graphics and very user friendly!

"C" adding finishing touches to her tops before we gave them a whirl!

They sent multiple, prepunched circles of paper 
to fit onto each of the two spinning tops. 
She made designs on both sides!

Spinning the top!

Look at how the colors blend together -- weeee!

Then, she wanted to make the "stained glass" window that came with the kit.
We stuck the pieces of pre-cut contact paper to the pre-cut matte board frame.
Then, "C" stuck tissue paper to the contact paper's sticky surface. 

Checking her work to see how the colors look in the sunlight.

Then, she played with it on our light table. 
They also sent us these cool pieces of colored plastic so we could blend colors!

Trying the stained glass with the included "blue" glasses
to see if the colors change. 

Then, it was time to play with bleeding tissue paper.
"C" had never played with this stuff before and I guess
I hadn't either. We laid out the included white mini tote bag on a cookie sheet
and used the include eye dropper to apply water to the tissue paper.

We let it dry on the bag and it made a pretty tie-dyed rainbow!

All in all this was a GREAT kit. 
"C" is the perfect age for it and I think any kid ages 3-5 would love it. 
It was very mom-friendly too. 
There was minimal set up (and clean up) involved!
These would make great birthday gifts for classmates and friends. 

Want a chance to win your own free kit to play with at home?
Leave a comment below, stating which kit you'd like to receive
from Kiwi Crate (go check out their website)
they have several cute ones on their website.
One entry per person please. Must be 18 years or older.

Make sure I have your email address so I can contact you.
I'll draw a name by random number generator on 
Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 8pm EST. 
Comments are now closed. 

pink and green mama

Monday, November 28, 2011

* Cyber Monday Pink and Green Mama Crafts Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make Lesson Plan Sale - 50% Off!

I'm hosting my own little Cyber Monday Sale
today to get you started on the right foot
for the upcoming holidays!

My Pink and Green Mama Crafts:
Homemade Gifts Kids Can Make 
from the HeART ebook PDF
is 50% off today only!
(Translation - that's $5.00 today)
This offer is closed.
It has 15 complete projects in a
53-page PDF Formatted
Craft e-Book. 
* Complete Supply Lists
* Full-Color Photos of Actual Projects
* Detailed Step-by-Step Photo Directions
These projects are not just for Christmas,
several of them also work for other special occasions
like birthdays and anniversaries!

The lessons are meant to be made together with your child.
Younger children, ages 2-4 will need a lot of assistance
but older children ages 5 and up,
will be able to do a lot of the work by themselves!

What could be better than
a gift made with love,
given with love,
and created with inexpensive supplies
or materials you already have on hand?! 

This PDF ebook is designed to be printed out
or you can read the directions directly from your own
home or classroom computer screen.
To purchase the PDF
Please click on the PayPal button above.
After I receive a confirmation email from Pay-Pal,
I will email you an easy-to-print PDF
and you will be ready to start making some homemade gifts. 
This $5.00 sale price is only for today, Monday,
 November 28, 2011.

NOTE: Please make sure to keep an eye on your junk mail folder
for a Pink and Green email.
I will send your lesson as soon as possible and always within 24 hours,
I am a busy mom, not a robot so please be patient with me!

Pink and Green Mama 

These craft lesson plans are copyrighted
by MaryLea Harris (Pink and Green Mama LLC)
they are intended for personal or classroom use,
not for re-sale or reproduction. 

Friday, November 25, 2011

* Thanksgiving Break Blog Stand-by...

Today we'll be setting up the Christmas tree.
Hanging wreaths, eating leftover turkey sandwiches,
and sneaking off for a mommy-daddy date
while the grandparents spoil and babysit their granddaughters.

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday weekend.
The blog will resume next week after I can zip my pants again. 

Pink and Green Mama,

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

* Native American Princesses Imaginary Play

Two little Native American Princesses have taken up 
residence in our family room.

It started with the teepee.

My parents found it at a neighborhood garage sale
two years ago. Isn't it great?!

 It travels around our house.
Sometimes it's in the yard, other days you can find it in 
our family room, the playroom, or my art studio. 

Then the girls needed some food so they raided my 
Gyotaku (Japanese Fish Printmaking) rubber fish from the art studio.

They built this "camp fire" with stones and scarves.

and gathered necessary supplies...

Then they needed something to wear. 
So, one Saturday morning this summer,
I made them each a fleece dress.

I found this fleece at JoAnnes during a sale this summer.

I folded it in half and cut out the basic shape you see above with simple side seams
on my sewing machine and hand-cut fringe.
Didn't use a pattern, just eye-balled it. 

Close-up of the "arm pit" area of the dress.

Neckline has a notch to make it easier to take on and off.

"E"s was embellished with some simple (plastic)
 turquoise beads from our stash. 

"C"s dress has a little turtle bead and some pink accents. 

We tied and knotted plastic pony beads onto some of the fringe for a bit more bling.

"E" modeling her fancy outfit. 

"C" gathering fish in her mesh net (one of my string grocery bags)

"E" cleaning the fish by the campfire.

Baskets, blankets, and kittens inside the teepee.

Take time to pet the wild mountain lion who hangs out by the campsite.

Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving from 
our teepee to yours!

Pink and Green Mama,

Monday, November 21, 2011

* Cut Paper Thanksgiving Dinner

"E" (age 8) had to plan a Thanksgiving dinner
as one of her November projects for school this month.
I thought she would just make a seating chart, 
write a menu, and maybe copy a recipe. 

 Nope... she wanted to make a full-size reproduction 
of our Thanksgiving table so that's just what she's been working on 
for the past three weeks. She finished it this weekend and it's adorable.

She used brown contractor's paper to roll out a table 
and made all of the plates and cut paper food out of scrap-booking paper
and construction paper. She even made place cards for
each family member, water glasses out of watercolor paper,
and little forks, knives, spoons out of gold paper.

Here are some peaches stuffed with sweet potatoes and stuffing.
She even asked us to trace our hands and sign on the "tablecloth" just like we do 
at my mom's house every year.

Signing the table cloth for my niece's first thanksgiving (2009).

Here's my favorite part. 
Her kid's meal for my niece. 
Check out the cotton ball mashed potatoes and the crinkly paper crackers!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Pink and Green Mama

Thursday, November 17, 2011

* Mom's Homeroom Anatomy of a Craft Project Body Maps!


This summer, we got to film a segment for the 

We spent a whole morning and part of an afternoon
shooting footage of the girls and two of their friends
making Life-Sized Body Maps. 

The kids made wonderful projects 
and were naturals on camera. 

The film crew was wonderful and I made some new facebook friends too!

We had two awesome cameramen, a very funny sound guy,
a talented working mama director, our lovely and warm hostess Alba (and myself)
along with 4 kids crammed into my art studio!
My hubby was in charge of snacks and candid photos.

Yesterday, the video premiered on their website! 
You can check it out by clicking here, it's called
If you want to hear what my voice sounds like
(it sounds weird to me!) and see my kiddos in action
crafting, learning, and creating go check it out!

Giggle monsters on the rug for a final take.


pink and green mama, MaryLea

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