Children's Art Wrapping Paper




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I wish I could tell you that this DIY was a well thought out and planned craft developed to enhance your child's creativity and fine motor skills. Though it will do all of those things, it was developed in a hurry the day of the birthday of Rowan's classmate. 

As usual, we had a gift, but no wrapping paper. With neither the time nor desire to travel to the local Target, we improvised. I did have a large roll of craft paper left by our movers, watercolors and a 4 year old who is always ready for a good messy project. The result, a sweet, personal package for any gift and occasion.


Watercolor Wrapping Paper

Craft paper
Watercolor paints
Brushes

Cut off a piece of the craft paper big enough for your gift. Spread it out on a flat surface, and let your kids paint all over it. Let paper dry for at least an hour. It may need more or less time depending on how wet. Paper is ready for wrapping.



Make your own Anti-Aging Eye Cream








Sooo, I am not get any younger, and even though Rowan is now 4, I am still not getting a ton more sleep. Plus, our recent move to San Diego has exposed my skin to a ton of more skin damaging sunlight. Lately, I have been really concentrating on skin care that will help keep this pesky wrinkles and sun damage at bay.

Here is a simple, beautiful recipe for an eye cream that I have been loving lately. It takes advantage of some of the same rejuvenating essential oils I used in this homemade facial serum and this scrub. It feels so good going on, and I feel a little fresher each morning after using it the night before. Plus, you can make it in less than 5 minutes, so there is really no hassle. Honestly, I think it takes more energy to order an expensive, eye cream on Amazon, than it does to just make this lovely, organic concoction yourself.



Anti-Aging Eye Cream

1/4 Cup Vitamin E Cream
2 Tablespoons softened Shea Butter
7 drops of Rosehip seed oil
5 drops of Carrot seed oil
3 capsules of Evening Primrose Oil

Melt Shea Butter in either a double boiler on the stove or in the microwave. Let it cool and stir it just before it hardens. As you stir the butter will take on a creamy consistency. Combine Shea Butter with Vitamin E Cream and mix until smooth and creamy. Add essential oils. Then puncture Evening Primrose capsules with a sterilized pin or scissors and add to cream. Store in a small container. You can repurpose a used eye cream container.




No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars


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I love this recipe because it is something healthy that my son will always eat. He is such a picky eater these days and when I come across a recipe that works for him, I jump for joy. Plus, it is simple and easy and something the we can make in the kitchen together.


Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Bars.

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup dates
1/2 cup coconut shavings
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon water (if needed)

Add ingredients into a food prcessor and blend. You may need to add water if it is too dry. Empty mixtrure onto a clean surface and form into a square. Wrap in foil or plastic wrap an refrigerate for at least 30 minutes until firm. Slice into squares.



Repurposed Crayon Winter Forest



Remove wrappers from each crayon and break into small bits.

Arrange in your molds and get creative with the color combinations.

For all my northeastern peeps, here is a fun snow day craft. In San Diego, as you know, it is sunny 99% of the time. This may sound weird, but I miss winter (a little). I miss the snow(just a tiny bit), and the excuse to stay indoors and hunker down searching for fun things to do. So, these crayon pine trees were our little piece of winter fun. On a good and cloudy morning, and got busy with this wintery themed activity.

I was surprised at how patiently Rowan applied himself to getting rid of the wrappers on the crayons. And it was exciting for him to watch them melt in the oven. Ideally, you would gather your used up crayon bits in order to make them new again. We actually had a big box of crayons that we inherited from a friend, and I thought it would a fun way to convert them into something different, yet usable. These would make a great party favor or a lovely addition to a birthday gift. Plus, by recycling your old crayons you can save a little dough, win win.


Homemade Crayon Trees

Wax crayons
Silicone Tree molds (or your favorite oven safe mold)

Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Remove paper wrappers from crayons and break apart into small pieces. Arrange crayon pieces in the molds. Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until fully melted. Remove from the oven and let cool about 30 minutes. When cool, pop out of molds.


Make your own Thaumatrope







The word Thaumatrope means "wonder turner", a definition I just love. It is so simple to make and the possibilities are endless. It entails creating an image that when flipped and turned becomes one as your eye creates an optical illusion. Little one's will be delighted by the images as it spins. Rowan was thrilled calling it magic.

Younger children will need help or they may enjoy glueing the elements together after you have painted it. Older kids can think up the myriad of ideas and have fun with this project all together.


Thaumatropes

Card stock cut into circles (page 2 of template here)
Paint or Crayons
Glue
Tape
stick or straw

Just think up an image, that when married together, creates one image. Paint half of your image on one circle, and then the remaining image on the other circle. Tape a stick or straw to the backside of one circle to create a handle, then glue the other circle to it. Make sure your image is lined up correctly, so that when you spin the Thaumatrope your image works.

If you want to create the dog in a house that you see above, you can download the template here.


Valentine's Day Gem Hunt





I borrowed this ritual from Rowan's Waldorf School, and began Valentine's day with a gem hunt. Scattered paper hearts and glass beads made for a morning adventure for my little guy. His basket of gems has been his most coveted possession today. He has been playing games, and making up stories that revolve around these beads, so simple and so much fun. The beads have been currency, magical jewels, sparkly fairy gifts and on and on. He would not even consider sleep without his "special jewels" next to him in bed this evening.

Waldorf keeps reminding me to keep things simple, and that Rowan's imagination will fill in the rest. Every time I put this theory into real practice, I am always a little surprised when it is true.




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