This is the first year my son is really interested in writing a letter to Santa. He is also full of logical questions about Santa so I have a feeling this could be his last year as a true believer, and I want to make it extra special and full of magic. I created this simple Letter to Santa printable for all of you!
I love when something homemade also turns out beautiful! Our Homemade Pine Cone Print Wrapping Paper turned out so gorgeous that I thought of creating a large frame for it. Thank goodness it also looks fantastic wrapped around our family's presents adorned with painted pine cones. This project is so simple and adds such a lovely homemade touch to your holiday gifts. Best part? Your children can make the wrapping paper themselves! Why not make our Salt Dough Suncatchers or Handprint Suncatchers and wrap them in beautiful Homemade Pine Cone Print Wrapping Paper!
YOU WILL NEED: long piece of white butcher paper, tempera paint (red, blue, yellow), pine cones, lids or plates to put paint in. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Please click on the images to purchase supplies -or- head over to the Homegrown Friends aStore to purchase more of our favorite supplies including the ones below. Thank you for supporting Homegrown Friends!
PREP TIME: less than 10 minutes
AREAS OF DEVELOPMENT: fine motor skills, gross motor skills, language development, creativity, artistic expression, color exploration
One of my children's favorite activities is to act out the stories in our books. There are no need for elaborate props. Our living room or a kid's bedroom works as our stage. My current role as the only one who can fluently read makes me the perfect narrator. And my children's love of fantasy worlds magically transforms them into all the storybook characters we need. Dramatic Play is an essential component of an Early Childhood Curriculum. Best part? Your children are most likely already naturally succeeding at this skill. I've rounded up some of our favorite children's books that promote dramatic play.
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Giving children the opportunity and time to explore color is full of learning opportunities. This activity is part of the Back to Basics Series. All Back to Basics Materials are available for purchase through the Homegrown Friends aStore.
This Color Mixing Activity will help your children break free of seeing color only in terms of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. The children will be given the opportunity to invent new colors and in the process explore mathematics, scientific exploration, literacy, artistic expression and creativity.
This activity is best for children 4 years and older who have had ample opportunities to explore painting. For younger children or those who have not had much exposure to painting I recommend exploring painting through the techniques discussed in Painting 101: How to Introduce Painting to Children.
I promise you Homegrown Friends is not becoming a salt dough suncatcher blog, but my children and I had so much fun making our original Salt Dough Suncatchers that I wanted to try one more idea I dreamed up. Today we are combining concepts of the traditional handprint ornaments with our Salt Dough Suncatchers to create Handprint Suncatchers. I am in love with how these turned out! I hope you love them too!
YOU WILL NEED: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, transparent pony beads , parchment paper, cookie tray, string or wire, glitter, glue This post contains affiliate links for your convince. Click on the images below to purchase.
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I'll admit it, it's entirely possible that when I read an email from Tiny Prints inviting me to join the Tiny Prints Holiday Card Campaign I may have screamed with joy. Okay, I totally screamed out loud because I am such a huge fan of Tiny Prints. In the age of emails there is something still magical about opening the mailbox and seeing an envelope with my name on it. I love cards!
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The Tiny Prints 2013 Holiday Card Collection is full of variety with something for every price level and style. As a lover of stationary I gleefully got lost in the beauty of the choices. So many great options! Here are a few of my favorites. Feel free to make them yours or enjoy taking them time to explore the Tiny Prints Home Page.
Our Salt Dough Suncatchers are inspired by our Stained Glass Cookies and Salt Dough Ornaments. When I saw the creative sun catchers at The Artful Parent I was curious if we could use the technique of melting plastic beads to create Salt Dough Suncatchers. With a little experimentation I am so excited to say it worked! Our Salt Dough Suncatchers are perfect year round hanging in your window or would be a wonderful addition to a Christmas Tree!
YOU WILL NEED: 2 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 cup water, transparent pony beads , parchment paper, cookie tray, string or wire, 2 cookie cutter (1 large, 1 small)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Begin by mixing together the flour, salt and water to make the salt dough. Roll out dough and make shapes using large cookie cutter.
Last year my children loved making our Glitter Pine Cones. They turned out so beautiful that we used them as place cards for out Christmas Eve Dinner. This year we are using our Glitter Pine Cones as inspiration to make Pine Cone Turkey Place Cards. Our Thanksgiving Table will look fantastic with this unique personal touch.
YOU WILL NEED: large pine cones (one per person), tempera paint (we used dark pink, orange and yellow), white glue, glitter (we used gold and pink), paint brushes, construction paper (we used pink, orange, red and yellow), white construction paper or blank index cards, googly eyes, glue gun
Begin by mixing together equal parts tempera paint and white glue (this will help the glitter stick better). We had three containers of orange, pink and yellow. Paint the pine cones.
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I know, I know, it seems like a daunting task to make a lasagne from scratch with children, but take the leap and I promise it will be surprisingly easy and you will have a delicious dinner all while your children have fun and learn! Too many positives not to give it a chance, no?
This easy homemade lasagne recipe is the newest cooking addition to the Homegrown Friends Back to Basics Series. Cooking with kids is such an enriching experience. I hope you will join us! As always I am one comment away from helping you! If you have a question please comment below. I love interacting with readers!