We had a fantastic weekend. I hope you all did too. We’re planning on taking LittleM on her first camping adventure next weekend so most of our time was going through everything that we have and figuring out what still needs to be purchased. Sunday afternoon was spent crafting together with ideas found on other blogs. I will give our pictures and then the link to where I found the ideas which have much more professional pictures that mine!
Planning ahead for Easter, I found a fantastic idea to grow actual grass in a container to put in the Easter Basket instead of using the plastic grass. I love it! It also gives us an opportunity to watch nature at work in the comfort of our own home! So, I’m going to be strong, fight the black thumb that I have, and grow some grass with LittleM!
Here’s everything that you need. Your Easter Basket, a plastic insert that fits your basket (I purchased at Lowes for 57cents), potting soil (also purchased at Lowes for $3.97), grass seed (we already had this in the basement), a measuring cup, and a spray bottle (I forgot to take a picture of that!).
Have your little one measure out the dirt to fill the container 3/4 full.
Completely cover the top of the dirt with grass seed and the push into the dirt about 1/2 an inch.
Lightly mist the grass seed just to get it wet then place in a window to watch it grow! I’ll keep you updated with our grass growth as we approach Easter. The point is to have the grass grow to the top of the basket, so let it grow as tall as you can, then trim it to fit the basket.
This idea was found at the blog How Does She? and there seem to be some fantastic ideas for crafts, cooking, fashion, etc there.
We tried to do the thumb print shamrocks next but that was a disaster so we’re just going to skip it and pretend it never happened. We did make St. Patrick’s Day cards for the grandparents with some holiday stamps that I have. LittleM decided to decorate both the front and back of the card with the stamps. Inside we put a greeting of “Irish you a happy St. Patrick’s Day”. I hope they get a kick out of them.
The last craft that we worked on, and weren’t able to finish yet because the paint didn’t dry, was making a shamrock from a toilet paper roll. What you need is one toilet paper roll, green paint, a container for the paint (I save yogurt and jello containers for this purpose because they are small and I can just throw them away when we’re through), a paintbrush, scissors, and glue. (You don’t see the white paper under the scissors and paintbrush. That is the disastrous thumbprints that never happened.)
Start by cutting one paper roll into 6 equal strips.
And I can count, I know that there are five in the picture. The 6th piece I cut in half for the stem.
Now it’s time to let the kiddos go crazy painting the inside and outside green of each piece. I don’t really have any pictures of the painting because I was trying to keep LittleM from painting herself more than the cardboard. When it everything is completely dry (which ours is not yet), you’re going to push the tops down to the bottoms to create a heart shape and glue the pieces together. Please use your imagination to make this into a shamrock.
The 5th cardboard round is going to be glued to the back to create a stand so that you can put this on the counter or table.
I found this great idea at the Family Corner. This has 10 different crafts to do with the kids for St. Patty’s Day, including the thumbprint art. Maybe your kid will be happier to try it. Let us never speak of this again.
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend too and can take some of these ideas for your own crafty afternoon.