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Pom Pom Tutorial

I don’t know what it is about me and my girls’ rooms, but I kind of choose odd or should I say different colors than you would expect for a girl.  I knew I wanted Anna’s room gray and pink and I wanted Ella’s room blue with pink accents (post on that later).  We recently moved into this house and this is the first chance I had at decorating her nursery even though she’s 15 months old now!  My friend came over a couple weeks ago and showed me how to make the pom poms over Anna’s bed.  It was just what I needed for that blank space.  I’m real simple, I just wanted a few to hang over her bed.

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Most of her room! I needed something over her bed and this was perfect!

So, I bet you’re wondering how it’s done.  It’s SO simple that I’m almost embarrassed to tell you!

What you need is:
12 pieces of tissue paper times the number of pom poms you want to make
stapler
scissors
fishing line
hooks for ceiling that won’t show — like the ones here

All you do is:

1.  Lay your tissue paper out flat on the floor.

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Choose 12 pieces of tissue paper.

2. Start folding about 1″ over, under, over, under, etc.

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Fold accordion style. I do mine about an inch wide.

3.  Fold it in half and put two staples, you can do more if you feel like it isn’t going all the way through.

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Staple it a couple times in the middle.

4.  Cut the outside edges in almost a point.  You want to make sure sides are even, if not cut the longer side to match up.

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Cut on each side like this or however you want your tips to look.

5.  Here begins the fun part!  Starting with one half, pull the outside piece of tissue paper out, then repeat on other side.  Then, keep pulling from one side then the other.

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Start pulling apart from each side.

My friend's advice was to start pulling one piece from each side. She said not to pull all one side then the other.

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Half of the pom pom done!

6.  Repeat on other half!

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One pom pom complete!

Make as many as you want for your sweet one!  My friend said she made some for one of her friends baby shower and anothers bachelorette party.  Keep playing with it if it isn’t perfect at first!  You will get it!

Now, just hang some fishing twine, or ribbon if you prefer, from it and hang it!  So fun and so cute!!!

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Finished product!

So sweet!

****  In case you’re wondering, bedding is from Pottery Barn Kids, wall decal is from this shop on Etsy!

Cute Cement Stepping Stone

My mom has been making some adjustments to her garden lately.  She asked us to make a hand or foot print stepping stone for each of her grandchildren to put in her garden.

These turned out so cute that I had to post about them!  They are relatively simple to make and are really sturdy.

The final product already out in the garden

You can buy the kit at Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics.  It will come with everything you need except the bucket to mix it in.

All you do is mix the cement with 3 cups of water and stir it up.  Then, pour it into the mold from you kit and wait about 30 minutes.  Then you can decorate with the rocks, letter prints, or anything you want.

Mixing the cement

I made three of these (one for each of my boys) and learned a few tricks as I went.

First, after you have let it sit for 30 minutes, if you can see water pooled on the top you need to soak it up with a paper towel and wait another 15 minutes before trying to make a mold of your hand or anything else.  If you dont wait, the hand print will fill with the water and you will have to make your print all over again.

Decorating the stone

Second, don’t put your stone in the sun to dry.  Leave it somewhere it can sit for at least 48hrs at room temperature.  You want it to dry slowly.  If it dries too fast it will crack.

Finally, once it is done and has dried for at least 48 hrs you can clean it off (I used an old toothbrush to polish it up) and take it out of its mold.

Let it dry for 48hrs at room temperature. Do not move it while it is drying!

My mom's stone garden from her grandchildren. She actually has 14 grandkids and is still waiting on some to finish up their stones.

Father’s Day Questionnaire

Father’s Day is so fun!  I make it a point to do something fun and creative for father’s Day.  This year I asked each of the kids a few questions about their Dad and wrote them down for them.  Some of the answers were pretty cute!

 

A fun picture idea to attach to your questionnaire

 

 

Love these little guys!

 

If you are interested in my template for the questionnaire, email Jamie@encahntedmommy.com and I can forward it to you.

 

Science Soap Clouds: An Easy Experiment to Do With Your Kids

Awesome science activity… all you need is a bar of Ivory soap.  Yep, that’s it!  Turn some Ivory soap into a fun fluffy soap cloud!  The kids will love this… trust me!  I did this today with 4 little boys and they were mesmerized!

Step 1:  Get your Ivory soap

Step 2:  Put it in the microwave on a paper towel or wax paper and microwave for a couple minutes.  Let the kids watch as it slowly fluffs in to a large poofy cloud!

 

Some very mesmerized boys watched as the soap transformed in the microwave!

Step 3:  Let the kids play!  This is a great sensory activity!  Have the children describe what it feels like and smells like!  Warning:  I wouldn’t let them crumble it up until you have it in a bowl.  It might look soft and squishy, but it is actually very crumbly and flaky when you brake it apart.

Don’t worry this is not wasteful, you can still use the soap when you are done!  You can throw the whole fluffy cloud in the bath tub with them or mold your own smaller soaps from the foam and use those!  I personally like letting my kids use the cloud to soap up the slip’n slide in the backyard!  It makes for some seriously slippery fun!

Tyson declared, “This smells like a bath!!!!”

 

Crumble it into soap snow flakes and have the kids describe the texture

 

Add some food coloring and a tiny bit of water to your flakes to mold into your own soap shapes!

 

A little clean up advice:  Vacuum or wipe up flakes with a dry paper towel or cloth.  Do not try to wipe with anything wet or you will have a much bigger, soapier mess to clean up.

Looking for more sensory activities?  Check out these links for more ideas.

Handprint Butterflies

Spaghetti Sensory

Turkeys 

Pinecone Turkey

Reindeer

Painting with Ice 

Cotten ball Bunny

 

Preschool: Introducing The Letter M

The letter M was an easier letter to do because of all the fun possibilities!  My 2 year old loves baking and doing little tasks that make it seem like she’s a big help.  She had such a great time!  Here are just a few fun ways to learn the letter M.

Ella started learning the letter M by using Markers to fill in the letter M, template here.

Coloring the letter M with markers.

We also made {and ate} Muffins!

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Making her Muffins

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Eating her mmmmmuffin.

Using Marshmallows to create the letter M was another fun and edible learning tool!

Making the letter M with marshmallows.

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You always have to eat what you make!

She also went and put her birthday invitations into the Mailbox.

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She's putting her party invitations in the mmmmmmailbox.

Ella loves counting her Money and putting it into her piggy bank!

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We also put mmmmmmmoney in the piggy bank.

Lastly, we read “If You Give a Moose a Muffin”

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We read "If You Give a Moose a Muffin".

Learning letters and making out the sounds are great preschool activities.  Check out all of our other letters too!

Letter B | Letter C | Letter F Letter H |  Letter I  |  Letter K |  Letter L  |  Letter Q  |  Letter R  |  Letter W | Letter X

 

 

Hair Bow Bouquet!

Today I guest posted on another great blog, www.supernovamom.com.  That is another fun site you should check out when you have the chance!

Anyway, I made this adorable flower bouquet of all kinds of different hair bows for an upcoming baby shower.  Check out the link above to see the details on how to make some of the bows.  You’ll love it.

It will make a great center piece at the shower as well as a cute present for the new mommy!

 

Check out our other hair bow posts!

Daisy Pinwheel Hair Bow

Korker Hair Bow

Regular Daisy Hair Bow


Cute Mother’s Day Craft!

I babysit full time and trade off teaching preschool so each year I am always searching for a cute Mother’s Day craft the kiddos can do.  I decided to have the kids do hot pads this year as they will go nicely with the aprons we did a few years back.

These are really cute and really easy.  You can order the hot pads on oreientaltrading.com or you can buy any light colored hot pad.  You will also need some fabric markers and/or fabric paint to decorate them with.

Mothers and grandmothers everywhere will love these!

 

Adorable Spring/Summer Wreath!

I tutor a couple evenings a week.  One night after one of my students came over he told me how he almost forgot where I lived and then remembered that I still had my clover wreath up on my door and was able to find my house.  Ha!  Yes, my clover wreath from St. Patricks Day in March.

Wow, I am a slacker.  So I set out to fix that asap.  I got a few suplies from Michael’s and was ready to go.

The stick wreath part was $4.99 and each of the three colors of flowers were on sale for $1.29 each.  I also had a 50% off one item coupon.  So basically I made the entire wreath for under $7.  The premade wreaths in this style are selling for $30 – $60 so I feel pretty good.

I love finding a good deal.  I use to say that I am cheap, but my mother-in-law has since taught me that its not being cheap it is being frugal!  Frugal sounds so much nicer!

All you have to do is pull your flowers and leafs off the stems and arrange them anyway you like on your wreath.  Then use a hot glue gun to glue it all together.  You can hang it to your wreath hanger using any ribbon or string.

This was so easy and turned out so cute I think I will make another for my mom for Mother’s Day.

Preschool: Introducing the Letter F

I’ve been working on the alphabet with my two year old!  Today, we focused on the letter F.  I am going to share all of our fun activities we did with the letter F.

First, we colored the uppercase and lowercase F which I got the template here.

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Coloring her "F"

Next, we colored a fish bowl and colored the fish, template found here.

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Coloring her fish bowl.

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She's proud of her fish bowl!

We (mommy, daddy and Ella) also used our hands to make Flowers!

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She also made flowers out of hands.

She even helped mommy water her Flowers.

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Ella helped water flowers.

We used finger paint to incorporate the letter F.

She also painted with her fingers.

Lastly, we used our magna-tiles to create the letter F.

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We made an F with the magna-tiles.

Each letter has so many ways to learn it!  Check out some of the other letters on this site!

Letter B | Letter C | Letter H |  Letter I  |  Letter K |  Letter L  |  Letter Q  |  Letter R  |  Letter W | Letter X

Preschool: Introducing the Letter X

Letter X is the hardest!  There are just not that many words that start with X to help your child figure this one out!  I was kind of bummed that letter X fell on my week to teach preschool, but now I am glad!  We did a lot of fun activities to emphasize the letter X with the kids and it was really fun to watch the kids enthusiasm!

Circle time was a little different.  I reviewed past letters as usual and then introduced the letter X.  I told them that there were not very many words that start with this letter, but there a lot of words that end with the letter X.  I wrote down different words that end in the letter X one at a time (Box, Fox, Ox, Mix, Six, etc…)  and had the kids sound them out with me while really emphasizing the X sound at the end.

I did find an old x-ray of my shoulder from a snow boarding injury and taught them what an x-ray is and how/why they are used.  They were surprisingly interested.  Ha!

We also played Tick-Tack-Toe during circle time.  We played teacher vs. kids.  The kids loved it!  I held up a number flash card and had one of the kids tell me what number it was.  When they answered the question correctly they got to come up and draw their on the chalk board as their team’s move.  We played a few games having them trade off being X’s and O’s so that they would have the chance to practice writing both.

The kids loved bragging about how they beat me!

For our Art activity we painted X‘s that had been cut from cardboard.  I planned on using the finished X’s in a treasure hunt later on (you know… X marks the spot), but we never got to it with all the other things we did.

Great activity for the younger kids too!

These would have been fun to use in a treasure hunt!

We also made painter’s tape X‘s.  All you have to do for this is put an X on each paper with painter’s tape.  Then let the kids paint all over the paper however they want.  After the paint is dry, pull the painters tape up revealing a nice clean X.  This was pretty cool, but if I were to do it again I would reinforce the back of the paper using packaging tape so that the paper would be sturdier as there were a few little rips when pulling the tape off.

Another great activity we did was making a giant X in the driveway with sidewalk chalk.  The kids got to help color the X and then walk along it.

Coloring the X with sidewalk chalk!

 

Walking, dancing, and skipping down the X!

Here are few more letter X ideas you might also like:
Glue toothpicks on a paper in the shape of X’s
Make a treasure map/Scavenger hunt (X marks the spot!)
Have the kids form the letter X using their bodies
Bean bag Toss:  put X’s and O’s on the floor and let the kids try to hit the X’s
Make and decorate sugar cookies in the shape of X’s

 

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