Easy Penguin Craft DIY

Today I have a fun and easy penguin craft DIY that we made during homeschool.  We are studying penguins in January as part of our winter unit study.  Hadara loves penguins so she’s learning so much about her favorite animal.

Hadara’s also reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins this month so when I found this fun and easy craft on pinterest, I couldn’t resist making it!  We made our own pattern, because I was too lazy to get my printer to work.  However for those of you who want a quick printable, you can find a free pattern from this craft blog.  Unless you’re like me and just like to wing it!  Tracing circles to make the pattern could be a great way to learn about shapes, circumference of a circle and learning how to be creative (not perfect).

Be sure to watch the video to see how we made this cute penguin and let me know how yours turns out!

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How to Make Easy Valentine Cards for Kids with Bible Verses

Making Valentine’s day cards shouldn’t be complicated or cost a bundle.  It can be fun and simple, whether you’re on a budget or you need last minute ideas.  Besides, sometimes valentines from the stores can be so boring and so limited.  Homemade valentines are more personal and give your kids a chance to be creative.  Hadara and I created these ideas through the years and we wanted to share them with you today.  

Here are 3 easy Valentine ideas you and your children can make together right now!  Let’s get started.  

Kid’s Cookie Cutter Valentines

Just like the name says, go grab your heart cookie cutters!   I also have a lips and lipstick cookie cutter, so use what you have!  You can also make your own heart templates from cardboard or boxes just in case you have no cookie cutters.    

Other Supplies You’ll Need: 

  • construction paper
  • ruler
  • glue
  • crayons
  • pencil
  • stapler
  • stickers

First, trace your hearts of all shapes and get creative!  

Fold a piece of construction paper in half to form a card.  Glue hearts, add stickers, decorate! 

Easy Homemade Valentines

Do you have left over Christmas Cards with your family photo hanging around?  It’s time to recycle them.   Cut out your child’s picture from the family photo and use it to make Valentine’s cards.  

You can also print out a sheet of your child’s photo and use those too.  I printed these photos on regular copy paper.  

Hadara added the photo to the front of a card and attached some cookie cutter hearts below her photo with a cute catchy phrase, “From my Heart to Yours!”.

We also like to write Bible verses and scriptures in our Valentine cards.  

Here a few Bible Verses about Love you can use:  

  • Jesus Loves You!
  • God is Love.  1 John 4: 8
  • Love One Another.   1 John 4: 7 , John 15:12 , John 13:35
  • Love is patient and kind.   1 Corinthians 13: 4
  • Love never fails.  1 Corinthians 13: 8 
  • A friend loves at all times.   Proverbs 17:17 
  • We love Him, because He first loved us.  1 John 4: 19 
  • Love covers a multitude of sins.  1 Peter 4: 8

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind.  Love your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10:27, Deuteronomy 6:5, Mark 12: 30, Matthew 22:37

But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.   Galatians 5: 22-23 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish but have everlasting life.   John 3:16 

Heart Pouch of Love
Next, your child will need something to hold their valentines.   Hadara created a heart pouch of love.  

Fold a big sheet of construction paper, trace big heart or cut out a big heart shape.  Do this with a white piece of cardboard paper also.  Cut both hearts out.  

Staple along the outer sides of hearts, creating a seam to hold both hearts together leaving the top of both hearts open.  That’s the opening for the cards to fall in.  Add a handle by stapling each end to back of heart.  We used white lace which gives it an old fashioned look.  

Then, decorate your heart pouch of love with stickers, crayons.  Hadara decorated her heart pouch with one of her favorite doll characters, Lalaloopsy.  Let your children have fun with it!  You can always add a small treat to the card too.  Hadara hung her heart pouch of love on her bedroom door.  Use it as a valentine mailbox or a fun way to pass out cards.   

There you have it!  Easy and budget friendly valentines for your children to share with friends and relatives.  Who knew Valentine’s day cards could be this simple?  I hope this post helped you to make your children’s Valentine’s day extra special.  After all, Valentine’s day gives us an opportunity to celebrate the love of God and spread God’s love all around.  

Blessings and Shalom, 

Which Valentine idea was your favorite?   Comment below.  🙂 

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Christmas Love Notes for the Kids!

Kids love to get mail.  Just ask Princess, our eight year old daughter.  She will tell you if something comes in the mail for her (which rarely does) she goes estatic!

One day my daughter came up with a super cute idea I’m going to share with you today.  Princess is such a words person.  One of her love languages is Words of Affirmation.  If you haven’t read the book The Five Love Languages, then you must!  Anyways, back to our super cute idea.

One morning, Princess created a little box from an old Barbie valentine box and cut up some pieces of paper.  She set it up real cute on her table in our homeschool room and invited me to take a peek.  She then told me if I wanted to write her a love note, go ahead and then place it in the box.  I thought, how cute is that!  

An hour later, when she wasn’t in the room, I hurried over to the table, grabbed a red pen and started to write.  It was a special note that told her how special she was to me.  I folded the note up and placed it inside the box.  I couldn’t wait for her to look inside her box and find a love note waiting inside.  Twenty minutes later,  as I was doing dishes at the kitchen sink, I felt a big hug wrap around me.   I knew she had read my love note!  I turned around with excitement and saw the biggest smile on her sweetest face.  Thank you Mom, she said.  I’ll never forget that moment.

The littlest things do make the biggest impact don’t they?

Then, it hit me.  We can do this as a family?  We can all write love notes to each other from time to time.

Christmas love notes

While I was at the Dollar Store, one day, I spotted a cute mailbox all decked out with gingerbread.  My daughter and I go nuts over gingerbread anything!  I just had to buy it for our love notes!

Then it hit me again.  Let’s do special love notes for Christmas!

So, to make a long story short. . . this is our super cute idea. . . Christmas love notes mailbox and all.  Isn’t so cute?  Now, I know I use the word cute very often, but in this situation it is appropriate.

Princess wanted to share this idea with you all so you could start your own Christmas love notes with your family.   Share the love and keep it going all year round!   

What special way do you and your family communicate love? 

Got a tradition you share during the Christmas season?  

Our family loves to cook and bake together, and in our family traditions of cooking together means . . . tamales!  Hint, hint:  Look forward to that post coming up next week.  Yum!

Blessings and Shalom, 

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Easy 4th of July DIY Door Hanger and T-shirt

Sometimes I just get some creative motivation at the spur of the moment. 
How about you? 

It was the day before 4th of July and I was itching to make some fun patriotic diy. I totally whipped this all together in under an hour! I created a 4th of July sign for my front door.  

I used $1 wooden coasters from Michaels which come in a set of 5-such a good deal.  I painted the one coaster white.  I bought some polka dot ribbon and red rig rag and had some old buttons in my stash.  Hot glued it all to create a American flag, so cute.
I also used this idea to create a shirt for my daughter to wear with pride! 
Yes, and that was like in less than 10 min.  

I used the same supplies and hot glued them to a white shirt. 

My daughter Hadara loved wearing her new shirt 
and we added some of the polka dot ribbon to her hair! 
What are some crafts you do on the spur of the moment?  
It’s fun and it’s creative.  Why not?

Let the creative juices run wild and craft away with the kids today.

Keep pressing on Moms!

Blessings and Shalom,
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