Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Summer Art Classes and Show

This summer I hosted a weekly arts and crafts day for my kids and their friends.
Each week I set out enough art supplies for the kids to make 2-3 projects. Some of the kids chose to make one project and others wanted to make them all. I also provided a treat for them each week. We had snow cones, ice cream sundaes, cookies, brownies, ect. It ended up being a lot of fun and something the kids looked forward to each week. At the end of of the summer I hosted an art show for the kids to show off their artwork.

On the day of the art show I hung the art work up throughout the first floor of my home. Here are some close ups of the projects we made. The girls decorated paper flowers and I created a 8X10 picture collage of the featured artists. The kids thought it was fun to see their picture.

I had a jumbo watercolor paper pad. The kids were creative and enjoyed creating their own masterpieces with watercolors.

These tin foil paintings were fun. I wrapped and taped a piece of tin foil to the back of card stock sheets. I made sure the kids all had aprons for this project. We used bright colored acrylic paint and foam paint brushes.

I found a set of cutout bugs on colored card stock at the craft store. The kids had fun being creative and making them unique. :) They used glitter, markers, pipe cleaners, pom poms and googly eyes to decorate them.

I cut strips of colored paper out for this rolled paper art project. The kids rolled the paper tightly around small wooden dowels or pencils. Then they glued them to a piece of card stock to make a design.

I found a pattern for the rainbow fish online. The kids used watercolors to paint the fish and then glued on some glitter and a googly eye. I had them glue the fish to colored paper, if I was to do it again I would have them glue the fish to card stock.

For this project I set out colored beans, froot loops and noodles. I told the kids to draw a picture and then trace it with glue. Then they covered the glue with the beans, cereal and noodles.

This was a popular project. The kids all enjoyed painting these. Aprons were a must for this project as well.

I found a pack of 20 of these sheets at Target. The kit came with sticks and stencils. The kids used the sticks to scratch a design onto the paper. This was another favorite project.
For the refreshments I served chocolate chip cookies, pudding sugar cookies, brownies, cupcakes and lemonade.

Because it was an open house I wasn't able to get a pictures of all of the kids together at the same time.

Here are some of the other artists. The kids all had fun and I enjoyed visiting with my neighbors and friends.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A Lego Themed Birthday Party

I threw this birthday party for my son last November right before we moved. My son loves Lego's and requested a Lego themed party. I had a lot of fun planning this party. I created this invitation in Paint Shop Pro.

For the place settings:

I bought square blue plates, yellow cups, white napkins, and green spoons. I found a Lego logo online and printed it to make the napkins rings. I ended up making cupcakes but HERE is a cute idea for a Lego block cake.

I filled the goodie bags with a Lego toy, candy blocks (I picked these up at the mall candy store), and a fun dip. I also gave them each a Lego magazine to take home.

For the goodie bags I bought a package of 13 small gift bags at Michael's for $5.99. I used a 1 1/2" circle punch to cut circles out of matching colored card stock. If the card stock is a shade or two lighter then the bag then the circles will stand out better. I also used double sided foam squares to attach the circles to the bags.

For the banner I printed the letters at size 500 using a Lego font. Then I colored a border around the letters with a yellow marker. I cut them out and used a double sided adhesive to attach them to 6X6 inch squares of poster board. You can get the Lego font for free from, it is #268 Lego Font. Typenow is a great place to get free theme fonts.

I found these printable straw toppers online at a blog called My Party File. (The link I had to it won't work anymore) I just printed them on card stock, cut them out, and taped them to the straws.

We let the kids have some free play time with the Lego's until all of the guests arrived. Then we gave them each a Lego Racer car kit. After they all finished building their race cars we put down two of the table legs and had the kids race their cars down the table. The winner got a prize and all of the party guests got to keep their race cars.

The boys all loved putting together their own race cars.

After the races we spread out a bunch of small Lego pieces on the table and gave each party guest a straw. The object of the game was to put as many Lego pieces as they could on their plate in one minute. They could only pick up the Lego's using the straw.

We played Lego Creationary. It is a Lego game where the kids take turns trying to get the other players to guess what they are building out of Lego's. The game cards give them pictures of what to make.

I made this simple Lego toss game by taping poster board strips together. We ended up putting it on the carpet so that it wouldn't slide when the kids threw the Lego pieces. We gave each party guest 10 Lego pieces and had them stand behind a line to toss them. The guest with the most points won a prize.

I also filled a jar with Lego's. Each guest wrote their name and guessed how many Lego's were in the jar. The guest with the closest guess won a prize.

It was a fun party.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cute Candy Cane Poem

I am looking forward to blogging again after the beginning of the year. I recently went through a big move and it has taken me some time to get settled. I hope you are all doing well and enjoying the holidays!

My daughter's primary teacher gave this to her. I thought it was too cute not to share.

Here is the poem:

The candy cane turned
upside down,
is the letter J.
To remind us of
the baby Jesus
born of Christmas Day!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Oreo Suckers

My friend Robin found this idea on We decided to get together and try making some. These were really quick and easy to make. We ended up using two bags of Wilton white candy melts to make two dozen suckers. We also used Wilton tip #102. I think I will try using tips 103 or 104 if I make them again. My friend also ordered the candy eyes from this website You could also use M&M's for the eyes or make your own out of royal icing.

We handed these out to a few of my kid's friends and they all loved them!!

For Christmas I want to make some of these Oreo suckers. Click HERE to go to How Does She for the tutorial.