Our Creative Week

Our Creative Week is a snapshot of the activities that have kept us occupied over the past week, some are impromptu projects, others more planned. Hope this inspires your creative week.

Winter Break has finally come to an end and I’m not sure if I’m ecstatic or sad or both! It has been both challenging and fun to keep my kids occupied during the break. Some days this pregnant mama admits to throwing on some Busytown episodes for the kids and taking a catnap on the couch beside them…Maybe after doing all these mini projects we’re just worn out! Here’s what we have been up to this week:

1. Painting My 3-year old loves to paint. All I really need to do is set up some paints on her easel along with a blank sheet of paper and let her go. Thankfully it warmed up just enough this week during the day for her to go outside and paint. This is her “family portrait.”

2. Bubble Wrap Popping  My husband got a few packages this Christmas that involved a tremendous amount of bubble wrap.  Throw it on the floor and pop away! What a fun way to spend an hour!

3. Book Writing I’m trying to encourage book making and writing in our house. To keep it interesting for my son I suggested he write/illustrate a book about his favorite subject as of late: Minecraft.

4. DIY Wrapping Paper I have all but stopped buying wrapping paper, except for a major holiday like Christmas, and started trying to wrap gifts with supplies we already have at home. This birthday gift is wrapped in a recycled grocery bag, orange duct tape, and Kid Made Modern decorative tape I picked up at Target. The tag was printed from free template online at Oanabefort.com (thanks Oana!) and secured to the top with a rubber band. To make the tape ribbon at the top, just adhere some Scotch tape to the sticky side of the decorative tape and gently fold the tape up. That way it doesn’t stick to the top of the box.

5. Winter Wreaths I finally finished them and am so happy with how they turned out! The complete project can be found here along with a list of the online tutorials I used to make them.

6. Lego City We have transformed our dining room table for the moment into Lego City, complete with an airport, police station, jail, Hello Kitty house, park, and lake. It’s a work in progress and is getting my daughter interested in Legos.

7. Cardboard Box It never fails, put a large cardboard box in front of your kids and walk away. Trust me, they’ll be busy for an hour.

8. Colored Salt I love making our own art materials at home. We made colored salt for this coming Wednesday’s Science post…be sure to check back here to see what we did with it! For the colored salt tutorial click here.

9. Holiday Card Wreath Every year I struggle with how to display our holiday cards. This year I pinned them to a foam wreath and hung it on the wall near the front door. Simple and effective!

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