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Spring has suddenly sprung around our neighbourhood, and not a moment too soon! Since nature walks and yard play are our only outing options during this time of quarantine.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
I whipped up a rainbow treasure board out of cardboard, markers, rubber bands, and clothes pegs. (The clothes pegs were to secure any heavier, larger items to the board. 😉) Then, we set out on our walk to find as many things in those glorious colours as possible! Btw, I did NOT know that pinecones come in purple, but they do, and we found one to prove it!! 🌈
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This was a ridiculously easy activity to set up! And doing the hunt was such a calm, joyful, and positive activity experience for us. Being safe together as a family, frolicking around in Nature (you can do it inside the house)  spending time appreciating the beauty, all really helped to put us in a great mood after our long days at home!

If you have a bunch of brown bags kicking around with nothing to do, then this Monster idea is worth a try! ❤ This was a wonderfully creative opportunity for my kiddos to try a craft that is a little different from the norm. And best of all, it helped to fill up another day of quarantine 🤪
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Children make multiples, maybe they can make one of each that they miss, which it would made them so happy! this activity is for Littles from the ages of 9 years all the way down to 3 years old, and it would be a hit with ALL of them. There is experimentation with painting techniques, gluing, cutting, stapling, and alllllllll the sparkles! (Not gonna lie... repeatedly cleaning up endless sparkles is not my fave part of the day... 😏 But, they are the most popular Monster accessory!)
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Have you ever seen a kid trying to rip a piece of paper?? If you have, then you'll know it's an absolutely fantastic test of their Fine Motor Skills and ingenuity. 👌 And that sound?! Now THAT'S some satisfyingly Sensory fun!
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To make this Rip-A-Rainbow process art, all you need are:
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1) Some different coloured pieces of paper
2) A glue stick or two
3) ...That's it. You're all set!
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Now, invite your kiddos to come and have complete control over their own glue stick & rip up all the paper they want! You can chose to pre-rip some of the paper this time,  to keep frustrations relatively low with three-year-old 😏
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Don't have any coloured construction paper on hand? Hit that recycling bin! ♻️ Grab some of those ads &  flyers, and rip out the pages that have colour printed on them. It'll look even cooler! (Trust me. I've actually done that, and it turned into one of my fave art projects, ever!!)
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 The treasures collected for our nature weave will help us with this project.
The flowers and foliage are printed into air-dry modelling clay or homemade salt dough (recipe at the end)
To get good prints roll a glass over it gently before peeling the flowers and leaves off.
We also used the end of a pencil to create a hole in the clay so we would be able to hang them up.
Once the air-dry clay is completely dry you can paint it if you like.
If you can’t get hold of air-dry clay and you have flour you could always make some salt dough instead (4 cups flour, 1 cup salt, 1 1/2 cups of warm water mixed together).

 

This was a fun little craft project. These birds were actually fairly simple to make and use resources that you most likely have at home already.
The bodies of the birds are formed by scrunching tinfoil up and shaping it until you have something resembling a bird shape with a head, body and tail.
To make the feathers paint a piece of kitchen towel with slightly watered down ready mix paint- you want it to soak through to the other side so your feathers aren’t white on one side.
Once the kitchen towel is dry, tear it up into little pieces and stick them onto your bird using pva glue. This is similar to decoupage. Once the foil is hidden you can add a few extra feathers with just the top end glued down to make it look more feathery.
To finish off your bird add feet and a beak. I made the eyes using a hole punch and black paper.