March 2014 archive

DIY Seed Bombs

| Kids Fun

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs

DIY Seed Bombs – I’m not sure what the weather’s like where you live but in Victoria spring is definitely in the air. The trees are full with cherry blossoms, the fields are covered in daffodils and tiny tender green leaves are poking out of the bushes. It’s hard not to be in a good mood when you can look outside and see the plant world waking up from a long winter’s sleep. To help ring in this beautiful new season we’ve decided to make seed bombs. Seed bombs are a fun way to add beauty to hard to reach and neglected green space. This is a great project for kids and is super easy to do. Noelle and I made them in about half an hour and then it took about 48 hours for them to completely dry.  We have a steep and difficult to navigate hill in our back yard that we’ll be bombing with our seed bombs this weekend.

Supplies:

  • Seeds – a collection of seeds of your choice – we used mostly wildflowers but added in some extra seeds as well (note: the larger seeds don’t always stay in your seed bomb easily so use smaller seeds if possible – I used some sunflower, nasturtium and sweet pea seeds that were pretty big and I had to work hard to keep them in the seed bomb)
  • Colored paper torn into pieces – 2-3 pages (I used 3 pages of paper; red, orange and pink)
  • Newspaper torn into pieces –  2-3 pages
  • Blender
  • Silicone mold – if you don’t have a mold you can also just form into balls with your hands
  • 2 cups of water
  • Mixing bowls
  • Strainer

Directions:

  1. After you’ve torn up all your paper, put the pieces into the blender.
  2. Add 2 cups of water to blender and blend everything until pulverized.
  3. Place a strainer over a small bowl and pour the entire contents from the blender into the strainer.  Allow to sit for about 5 minutes so the water can drain out of the pulp.
  4. Scoop a handful of paper pulp out of the strainer and add a small spoonful of seeds to your pulp.
  5. Gently mix up the pulp and seeds and squeeze out any excess water over a bowl until the seed bomb is fairly compact.
  6. Press the mixture into a mold, squeezing out any excess water and draining it from the mold. Continue until you’ve used up all the pulp.
  7. Finally, using a paper towel, press down on each seed bomb to soak up any left over moisture in the seed bomb – we want to remove as much water as possible to prevent the seeds from germinating.
  8. Allow seed bombs to dry for 24-48 hours and then gently remove from mold.

Looking for more kids crafty stuff: Mandala Coloring PageRainbow Loom Perler Bead BraceletsBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading! ~ Jamey

  1. Seed Bomb Tutorial

    Seed Bomb Tutorial

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Certificate of Awesomeness

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Certificate of Awesomeness

Free Printable Certificate of Awesomeness

Certificate of Awesomeness – We’ve all had those moment as parents where we realize that we’ve dropped the ball – recently I had such a moment. I went to pick up my daughter from school and noticed that the teacher was frantically chasing down kids to give them really cute cards of congratulations. The kids were so excited to be receiving these colorful and vibrant cards. Before we knew it, the cards were all handed out and Noelle hadn’t received anything.  I noticed small tears welling up in her eyes. When I inquired about the cards it turned out that they were given to the kids who had read 100 books at home. My heart started pounding and my face went red… oh no… this was all my fault. I had to admit it, I hadn’t been keeping up with the book tracking journal and hadn’t handed it in.  We faithfully read with Noelle every night so I know she should have received the proper accolades for her achievement. Noelle managed to hold back the tears but I knew she was quite upset, especially seeing all the other kids excitedly comparing their cards.

Once we had left school, I admitted my failure to my daughter.  She was upset with the situation but didn’t really say much more about it. After a few guilt ridden days, in an attempt to restore my status of “best mom in the world”, I came up with a plan to resolve the situation. I decided to create my own award… a Certificate of Awesomeness.  I cobbled a certificate together, making it fun and colorful, all the time having visions of my teary eyed child in my minds eye. We finally presented her with the certificate and she was thrilled – it’s posted on the bulletin board in her room now and she often looks at it with pride.

I made this certificate generic in the hopes that others may find it useful if they ever have a slip up and need to pander to their child.  Or sometimes your kid just does something particularly amazing that you want to recognize. Now you can simply print out this certificate and show your child how proud you are of them.  This is also great for teachers, counsellors, grandparents, therapists and nurses, etc.

Click here to download your “Certificate of Awesomeness.”

Certificate of Awesomeness

Certificate of Awesomeness

Looking for more fun…Kids (and their parents) will love these 40 projects that include simple beading, sewing, felting, bookmaking, and so much more in the book Craft Camp: Over 40 Fun Projects for Kids

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Mandala Coloring Pages

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Mandala coloring page

Mandala coloring page

Mandala Coloring Pages – These beautiful circular designs are called mandalas. Mandalas are as old as history itself and mean “sacred circle” in Sanskrit. In various ancient and spiritual cultures including Buddhists, Tibetans, Hindus and North American Indians, the mandala has been used as a form of meditation, in sacred rites to aid in healing and to invoke spiritual energy. Mandalas have often represented life, nature, creation, wellness and the universe.

Today mandalas are used as a form of art therapy. Drawing and coloring mandalas is known to have a centering, calming effect for both children and adults. For elderly people, coloring mandalas helps them increase focus and concentration.  People are often intimidated by a big blank piece of paper and they may get anxious not knowing how or what to draw.   Pre-made mandalas help give people a comfortable starting place with little fear of failure. Just by adding a little bit of coloring, people suddenly become artists and have a great sense of accomplishment when they are done. You can use  coloring pencils, pen and ink, crayons or watercolor to color mandalas.

I had so much fun designing these mandala coloring pages – that in itself was therapeutic. I’ve created these pages with 12 mandalas to a page and also larger mandalas with two pages of 6 mandalas.  You can download the 12 mandalas to a page here and the 6 mandalas to a page here. Enjoy and happy coloring!

Looking for more crafty stuff: Hearts Coloring Page, Rainbow Loom Perler Bead BraceletsBlank Faces Coloring PageJellyfish Friendship Bracelets10-Minute Superhero CostumePrintable Robot Coloring Page Family Movie Night Tickets

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Thanks for reading! ~ Jamey

mandalas

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Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

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Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

Striped Pinched Crochet Headband

Striped Pinched Crochet Headband – I admit it, I’m a big wimp when it comes to cold weather. I actually moved to Vancouver Island, an area that many consider the most mild climate in Canada, just to escape the frigid cold. While the majority of the winter we manage to elude the cold weather, we do get the occasional day below zero degrees (Celsius). Today I thought I’d show you all my Striped Pinched Crochet Headband I made for my daughter.  She’s not a big fan of hats so this is a good alternative for her and I know it will keep her precious little ears toasty warm.  This is a really easy pattern, something you can make in an hour or two.

Materials:

  • Medium/Worsted weight yarn in 3 colors  (colors A, B and C) – I used Red Heart Soft yarn
  • Crochet Hook – US J10/6.00mm (if you want a tighter look to the stitches use a slightly smaller crochet hook)
  • Button of your choice
  • Embroidery needle
  • Scissors

Directions:

Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, sc = single crochet, dc = double crochet (U.S.)

  1. Measure the head size of the person you’re making the headband for.
  2. With color A, make a chain (by using the chain stitch) that is 1″ shorter than the person’s head size (do not stretch the chain to measure it).  Make sure you keep a loose tension while making the chain.
  3. Once you’ve got the correct length chain, check that the chain hasn’t twisted and then join to the first stitch with a sl st so that it now forms a ring.
  4. Round 2: dc in every chain until you’re completed the round and join to the first dc with a sl st.
  5. Round 3: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  6. Round 4: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  7. Round 5: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  8. Round 6: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  9. Round 7: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  10. Round 8: change to color C, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  11. Round 9: change to color B, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  12. Round 10: change to color A, ch 2 and then dc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  13. Round 11: continue with color A, ch 1 and then sc in each stitch in the round. Join with a sl st.
  14. Bind off and weave in the ends.
  15. Determine where you want your button. Turn the headband inside out, pinch the middle rows together (approximately rounds 3-9) and then sew them together with your color B yarn.
  16. Sew the button on top of the pinched area. Weave in and trim any loose ends.
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