Friday, April 22, 2011

Easter Craft for Earth Day

I keep intending to post about this craft I came up with for the girls a week or two ago..Decoupage eggs. We have tons of plastic "Easter" eggs around here, and scraps of paper.
I thought we could re-use them and be kind to the Earth and my budget while making a fun
and possibly "keepsake" quality Easter decoration.

To make these you will need

  • white glue (we used about a cup of Elmer's but you can use less)

  • 2 cups of water (separate)

  • paint brushes

  • crayons

  • scrap paper

  • plastic eggs

  • scissors

  • covering for your work surface (optional)

First, I gave the girls scrap paper to decorate with crayons.While they were coloring,

I mixed one cup of the water with one cup of the glue in a glass jar.(the other cup of water was to keep our brushes clean)Once the girls colored the paper, they cut them into small strips of varying sizes.

I liked them at 1 or 2 inches long and 1/4 inch wide. We did not measure it,

I just let them cut the paper up.We used a paint brush to apply a layer of glue on the plastic egg, then added a strip of paper at a time, covering it with more glue as we went on. We let them dry and then covered with another layer of glue.

I enjoyed this more than the girls did. Peanut found the glue "icky" and

Princess was not in the mood to follow the craft directions...she wanted to

make them her own way. She is " ..a much better artist than crafter". lol.

I hope if you try this craft at home you will let us know how it went.

Happy Easter!! ((BIG HUGS))KateinNJ

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Down the Shore

Homeschool soccer started last Thursday, but we missed it due to some

disorganization on my part. I left my purse at home and had no id or money on

me when we got to the park. We were early, so we got back in the truck and drove back

home, after hitting every single light, we were now late for soccer. Princess was not

pleased with my error. I redeemed myself by suggesting a drive down the shore.

We love Sandy Hook, especially off season.We picked up lunch on the way and since

our "beach bag" is always in the back of the truck..we were prepared for a fun day

spent collecting treasures..Building sand castles...and just enjoying the beautiful spring day...

I hope I taught my Princess that some days life doesn't go as planned, but you can always decide to enjoy where you end up. ;-)

((BIG HUGS))KateinNJ

Monday, April 4, 2011

Cranes for Kids to help Japan

Carters and Osh Kosh B'Gosh have a Cranes for Kids

program to help the children of Japan. For every crane you make they will send an article of clothing to the children of Japan affected by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

You can pick up a crane making kit at your local Osh Kosh store or download instructions here for kids 3-8 use these. They also have a video showing you how to do it here.

Once you make your crane bring it to any Osh Kosh store through April 25,2011

and get 10% off any purchase made that day! You can also take a picture of your crane and upload it to

or mail it to them at:

Cranes for Kids

Osh Kosh B'Gosh

One Waterview Drive

Shelton,Ct 06484

In Japanese culture,cranes are a powerful symbol of health

and well wishes. The Japanese believe that anyone who makes a 1,000

origami cranes will have a wish granted. The origami cranes delivered to

Osh Kosh stores will be sent to the Osh Kosh stores in Japan as a show

of caring and support.Osh Kosh will donate up to 50,000 pieces of clothing.

I know I have some origami paper around here somewhere, so Princess,

Peanut and I are going to get started watching the videos and try our hand at it.

I think this is a great way to allow the kids to feel like they are doing something

positive to help out during this tragic time. Will you join us?

We'd love to see what you make..send us the link to your blog with pics in the comments

or e-mail me with a pic and I will re-post with your permission.

((BIG HUGS))KateinNJ

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My homeschool buddies and I are all posting pics of our "home schools" as part of our idea sharing.

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