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Artsy Kids: Coloring Easter Eggs

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We always color Easter Eggs the day before Easter at our house, and we always buy the kits at the local store to do so.  This year, however, I decided to make my own dye at home using a method I found on Pinterest (yes, I am a Pinterest addict!).  It was so easy to make, and the eggs turned such bright, bold colors!

Here are the directions:

1.  Pour 1/2 cup of water into plastic or glass cups.

2.  Add 20 drops of food coloring (40 for yellow).  Stir.

3.  Add 1 tablespoon white vinegar.  Stir.

4.  Add boiled eggs and color to desired brightness.  The longer you leave them in, the bolder the color!

Lessons in patience…

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We used glue dots and rubber bands to get some neat effects on our eggs.

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And here are lots of pictures of our beautiful eggs…I did warn you ahead of time that there are lots of pictures, right?

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We even mixed our colors at the end.  Red and yellow make orange, green and blue make turquoise.  Pretty fun!

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This is what you get when you mix all the colors!

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Be sure to protect all surfaces and clothing…and hands!  The food coloring will stain!  Example…

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My silly kiddos being Easter Bunnies!

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Oh, and here’s our newest addition!  Happy Easter from the whole family!!!

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Artsy Kids: Traditional Puebloan Pottery

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My children have been learning about Native Americans in History this year.  Our approach to History is very hands-on.  I feel, especially at this age, that exploration, discussion, and hands-on activities are much more important to learning to love History than fact memorization.  For our study of the Puebloan people, I found pottery craft kits sold on Amazon by Wildwood Craft Kits (these are also available at Mesa Verde National Park if you happen to be in the area).  These kits were so much fun, and really gave my kids an understanding of how the puebloan people make their pottery.  Here’s what comes in the kit…

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First, the kids had to work the clay…

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Then, they rolled it into a ball…

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They made a hole in the center of the ball of clay…

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And began forming the clay into pots.

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Once the pots were finished, they had to give them a few days to air dry.

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When the pots were dry, they polished them with a smooth stone.

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Then, they got ready to paint puebloan designs on the pots.  First, the kids had to chew the ends of the yucca stems to make paintbrushes.  They didn’t love this part.  The yucca stems tasted bad.

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Then, they mixed the paints and picked out designs…

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And drew the designs on the pots…

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And painted them.

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And here are the finished pots…pretty cool if you ask me!

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Artsy Kids: Paper Chains for Christmas

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Since Christmas is right around the corner, I thought I would share some of our family Christmas fun with you.  I always try to let my children do plenty of crafts and baking around the holidays.  I’ve tried to pass down Christmas traditions and create new ones with my family.  We make ornaments, cookies, and gingerbread houses.  We watch Christmas movies, read Christmas stories, and sing Christmas carols.  We enjoy playing with our Lego City Advent Calender.  And we even adopted an Elf on the Shelf last year to add to the fun.  We have trees in just about every room in our house.  We always decorate the “big” tree together.  We put on a cute little Christmas play at our church every year.  We spend time with family, drink hot chocolate, cuddle by the fire, and eat lots of popcorn.  We always dress in our Christmas pjs and read Twas The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve.  And, we always have a pancake breakfast on Christmas morning.  This list could go on and on…we really love Christmas in this house!

So, I will be posting different crafts, goodies, books, trees, traditions, and so on that I enjoy with my family every day this week.  I just love spreading that Christmas cheer.

A few days ago, my kids made paper chains to hang in their rooms.  These are so easy and fun to make.  People have been making these for years and hanging them around the house and on trees.  My mom used to make them with her siblings when she was a little girl.  I made them when I was a little girl.  And now, my children are making them.  Traditions!  Here are the steps to make your own paper chains.

Paper Chains for Christmas

Materials:

construction paper

scissors

glue

Directions:

1.  Using scissors, cut construction paper into strips that are somewhat even in length and width.

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2.  Glue the ends of the first strip together to form a loop.  Hold together until glue dries.

3.  Place the second strip of paper through the first loop.  Glue this one together to form a loop.

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4.  Keep connecting loops until your chain is the length you want it.

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5.  Hang your paper chain from the walls, ceiling, tree, chandelier…wherever you want it!

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I hope you enjoy this Christmas craft of ours!  What crafts do you do with your family at Christmas?

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