Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crummy weather - day 1

Uh-oh, it's the beginning of cold, dreary days around here. Time to break out the arts and crafts and try to keep the kids entertained....and me from going insane.

I took the kids to the library recently to find some craft books. We came across the book Hand-Print Animal Art by Carolyn Carreiro and it had some magnificent projects the kids could do simply by using their hands.

Garrett and Landon both made turkey handprints. This is Landon's....


This is Garrett's....


Aren't they SO cute?? They picked their own colors and giggled the entire time while I painted their tiny hands.

Cole and Bella weren't in a Thanksgiving kinda mood so they chose completely different crafts.

Cole made a picture of a shark swimming in the ocean, among some fish.


He used his hands and fingers to make the entire thing, with the exception of the outlines. How cool is that?!

Bella made a fishbowl full of goldfish (and some jumping OUT of the bowl because, according to her, it's cruel to keep the fish in water all the time...they might get too wrinkled)...



Look how proud she is of her beautiful masterpiece!!

We actually had a lot of fun doing these, even though the mess was unbelievable! Who knew there were so many crafts you could simply make out of your own handprint?

So....day 1 of crummy weather was successful. Now, what to do the rest of the week?? Hmmmm.....

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40 comments:

PaisleyJade said...

Those turkey handprints are so cool!

Buckeroomama said...

And what masterpieces they are! I love Bella's goldfish (and her explanation of why you shouldn't keep them in the water too long)!!

Check out Klutz.com... I simply love their stuff. Lots of great ideas for arts and crafts.

DysFUNctional Mom said...

They are adorable, I love the nervous look on the shark's face.
Good luck with Day 2!

M said...

Oh, how I miss CA. We count the bad weather indoor time in months here ... not days.

We tried paint here just once ... I think that is a craft for school ... or a nice weather day so it can be done outside.

My three are cranking out so much art work we are being buried in it ... I've finally gotten the nerve to throw a bunch out to see if they would notice ...

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Sounds like a great book for kids! How about baking next?

Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

You are one brave lady to let them paint with their hands. I bow down to your patience and valor.

Booklover1212 said...

Too cute!!! I love the handprints and the shark and goldfish are too cute!!

Good luck with the rest of the week!! Can't wait to see more creations!!

~ Jennifer
http://thetoyboxyears.blogspot.com

Eva Gallant said...

What fun! The turkeys are awesome!

kanishk said...

I simply love their stuff. Lots of great ideas for arts and crafts. Work from home India

yonca said...

Bella's fish bowl and jumping goldfish idea is great :) Whenever my son draws a picture of ocean, starts with sharks:) BOYS!!!

Kristina P. said...

I love the turkey handprints! So fun.

Menopausal New Mom said...

That is a fantastic idea! We have a long Winter here and it will be months before we can get outside on a regular basis again. This looks like a great project to keep little messy hands busy but at least confined to one area.

They did a great job, so when do we see the finished products framed and hanging on the wall?

Kaleena said...

You have such talented little ones! Smiles to you:)

Kaleena said...

You have such talented little ones! Smiles to you:)

Amy said...

Wow they can do wonderful art. I am going to do the turkey one for cards for Thanksgiving. I just have not done it yet.

Corrie Howe said...

My daughter loves crafts. I have a lot available to her. A friend of mine showed me craft towers at Target. I put all the Pix-Os in one drawer, markers in a drawer, paper in a drawer, glue, scissors, rulers, etc. in another drawer...You get the idea.

I've trained her to pull out the drawer she needs (the drawers have lids so she can't accidentally spill everything) and comes to the table. When she's done, she cleans up and puts it back. She and her friends know they can do crafts as long as the clean up. It's great for hours of entertainment.

Lolli said...

Oh my goodness! I am doing preschool at my house tomorrow, and I am totally going to have the kids make those hand print turkeys! They are precious!!

Nezzy said...

I love how different Garrets and Landons hand turkeys are. They are sooo cute.

The distressed look on Cole's shark cracked me up. He looks terrified the goldfish are going to attack.

Bella and her wrinkled fish are just too much. Yep, well take her fish out of the bowl and inject a little botox to those wrinkly boogers.

Have a great day sweetie, how the heck do you not split a gut around the youngens'? God bless you girl!!!

Carly said...

I am going to make the Turkey handprints with my kids. I will put both boys on one page since the babys hand will be so small . It will be so cute next to his big brothers. Thank you for the great idea.

Emily said...

Those are really cute! Such a good idea.....

shortmama said...

Love their masterpieces!!!

Rook No. 17 said...

Funny...I feel a goldfish cracker craving coming on ;)

Amy W said...

They did such a great job!! We have a book of animals you can make from the outline of your hand. They show you a picture of how to position your hand for each one, cause they're all different! My girls love to craft too. :)

Laura said...

Great art work!

The Lane Family said...

What fun craft activities!! Aidan would love to do some of this art work, we will have to pull out the paints and give it a try!!!

I love Bella's comment about the fish getting wrinkles if they are in the water all of the time...so cute and so smart!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

Those are some sweet turkeys! There is actually a whole calendar of crafts that you can use your hands with. The March Leprechaun is pretty cute!

When did I become my Mom said...

So cute!

Erin M. said...

What wonderful ideas and they turned out so cute---I love the fishbowl!

Mighty M said...

Great artwork! I love the turkey idea!!

Alicia said...

Helene..you've got little artists in your home!!

Those are soooooo beautiful!

Stacey said...

OMG! I love Bella's fish bowl! I need to find that craft book for myself. LOL.

Sherri @ Luv a Bargain said...

Oh...those are SO great! I love having crafts to do that I can be reminded later of how little their hands and fingers were. Bella and Cole look very proud:)

blueviolet said...

So much fun! I love Bella's reasoning about keeping them out of the water a little bit!

kys said...

You are a good mama to get out paint when you're playing zone.

independentmami said...

I remember making hand turkeys when I was younger. I have my son's artwork as keepsake. Cool idea, we might have to do something crafty next time it rains around here.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Great artwork. Love the turkeys!

2 Toddlers and Me said...

You and you kids are so creative! Those are really neat.

Nishant said...

Lots of great ideas for arts and crafts. Work from home India

Sharlene said...

Mari made the turkey hands in her art class. Aren't they the cutest? We made pinecone turkeys today. So fun! I do not miss the dreary days of Norcal. You should move on down to sunny Socal. :)

Oh- and I happened to remember I never got a guest post about a trip to Tahoe from one of my favorite bloggers. Who could that be? Hint. Hint.

GAMZu said...

Those crafts are awesome!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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