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2 Easy to Complete Yarn Projects for Fall

Now that the fall season is here, it’s time to break out the crafts! There’s no better way to bond with your kids than through the power of craft, and this year, yarn-inspired crafts are all the rage.

Yarn Projects for Fall

Below, we’ve offered up two great fall-inspired yarn projects that you can easily complete with your kids. The first involves making yarn letters and is a beginner project, great for kids ages 5 and up. The second project involves making a yarn pot dangler and is best for kids ages 10 and up.

These projects are not only fun but also easy — all you need is to do is find some super bulky yarn in dozens of colors and then free up an afternoon to craft!

So, without further ado, here are 2 fun fall projects with yarn to help you decorate your home and bond with your kids.

Yarn Projects with kids

Yarn Font

This is a really simple project for any fanatic of fonts or typefaces. It’s also easy enough that kids should be able to handle it on their own! Just remember to show them the fundamentals and help them along!

What you’ll need:

  • Some yarn
  • Some pipe cleaners

This is a great project for you to do with your kids as you can help them read along the way. Once you master the creation of single letters, you can eventually spell out whole messages like Happy Halloween!

Step 1 – Connect the pipe cleaners by twisting them together to shape your letter.

Step 2 – Now, simply start wrapping yarn pieces around the letter and tie them off. Continue this until you reach your desired thickness.

Step 3 – Once you have the thickness you’re looking for, you can reshape the pipe cleaner to form any letter you please!

Flower Pot Dangler

Yarn Projects for Fall

Who wouldn’t want to dangle their potted succulents in bright fall oranges or deep browns? With the right yarn, you can create your own macramé plant hanger to brighten up any indoor space, or better yet, hang them from the porch.

What you’ll need:

  • Wooden pole ring
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Plant pot
  • Orange or brown yarn

Here’s how to make the dangler. Remember to talk your children through the steps carefully, and don’t let them handle the scissors.

Step 1 – Cut four pieces of your yarn into 2m lengths. Fold them in half and then take the folded end of the yarn and pass it through the pole ring. Now, take the other end through the yarn loop and pull it tightly. You should now have eight strands of yarn.

Step 2 – Separate the strands into four sections, with two strands per section. Tie one of those sections into a knot roughly 35cm down from the pole ring. Repeat for the other sections.

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Step 3 – Now you’ll need to pair off the left strand from one section with the right strand from the left section. Tie the strands together roughly 10cm below the previous knot. Repeat with the other sections.

Step 4 – Repeat step 3 one more time, leaving an 8 cm distance between the knots.

Step 5 – Tie every strand together at the base where the plant pot will sit. Cut off the excess yarn to make sure you have an even tassel. Now simply place the pot inside the macramé dangler, and you’re set!

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers

This is our weather wheel which we made as a preschool holiday project. In each school holiday, teacher asks us to complete a craft project according a topic given. As the kid is in kindergarten now, the crafts are not simply art crafts. Instead of simple art crafts, teacher asks us to prepare crafts that are suitable for the learning centre. Therefore the craft needs be an activity which kids can engage.

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Our Weather Wheel Craft made for Preschool activity

Check this save environment craft which we made in last term.

For this term, there are 4 topics given and we chose ‘weather’ as the theme for our craft activity. This weather wheel is not a pure idea of me. I browsed and found this idea in many other websites and blogs. And finally here is our weather wheel which was a good bonding activity for both my kid and me.

While I did part of the work such as cutting, kid did colouring, writing and pasting.

Here is how we made the weather wheel activity for the preschool learning centre.

Note: we used the materials provided by the preschool for the class project. However you can choose relevant materials that makes this crafty activity easy and simple. A disposable plate is perfect for this weather wheel than cutting a cardboard.

How to make a weather wheel for preschool with kids?

Things needed

  • Cardstock
  • Scissor
  • Glue
  • Colour pencils and pens as necessary

How to make the weather wheel?

Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Easy steps for making Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
  • Cut a circle from a cardboard.
  • Cut another circle from the colour paper which is smaller in size.
  • Divide the paper circle in to 6 equal parts.
  • Draw different weather conditions such as sunny, rainy, cloudy, windy, and stormy and thunder.
Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
Easy steps for making Weather Wheel Craft for Preschoolers
  • Write the names with the each drawn phases.
  • Paste the circle with different weather conditions in to the large circle.
  • Cut a small arrow from cardboard.
  • Connect it on the wheel as shown.
  • Weather wheel is ready.

How to use the weather wheel with kids?

Crafts for Preschoolers
Weather Wheel Craft for kids

Rotate the arrow to find different weather.

Kids will learn the names of different weather conditions while they play with the weather wheel.A good way to learn through play.

This weather wheel craft was a fun activity to do with the kid. Do you like making this weather wheel craft for preschoolers? If so,please let me know in comments.

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Counting by Tens Caterpillar Craft for Preschool

This counting by tens caterpillar is another craft activity we made during the school holiday. If you follow this blog, then you know that my kid’s preschool teacher asks a craft project during each holiday.

Counting by Tens Caterpillar

Kid is in K2 (kindergarten 2) now. Instead of simply a craft, teacher asked to create craft activity that matches with different learning centres. Therefore we decided to create this caterpillar as a numerical centre activity.

Check our other recent craft activities on how to make save environment craft and how to make lion craft.

This is a bonding activity which we both kid and mom engaged time together .While I did cutting circles kid helped in gluing the circles as necessary.

Below is how to make this Counting by Tens Caterpillar.

Counting by Tens Caterpillar activity for preschooler

Materials:

  • papers and cards as necessary
  • pair of scissors
  • glue

Instructions:

  • On a cardboard paste another paper circle and create the head of the caterpillar.
Counting by Ten Caterpillar
  • Cut 10 small circles using different colour papers
Counting by 10 activity for kids
  • Write the numbers by tens in each circle.
  • Glue the circles in order to make a caterpillar according to the number order.
Counting by 10 Caterpillar
  • Otherwise keep it as an activity for kids to create the number order when they count by tens.
Counting by Ten

If you find this craft activity is helpful, please let me know as a comment.

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Save Environment Craft with Kids

I spent time making this Save Environment Craft with my kid which was a great bonding activity while giving him education and importance of saving our mother earth.

Save Environment Craft
Save Environment Craft

Save the earth or save the nature is an important message to convey for kids. They learn such valuable lessons from their early stages of life if we teach them. At our home, I always try to reuse, recycle or re-purpose items before discarding. Once we made a recycle box to collect the recyclable materials. At that time kid was a toddler and he enjoyed the project with me. This was a good initiative to teach him about importance of recycling.

Save Environment Craft

Now he is a kindergartner and he learn similar topics in his preschool. For this December holiday his teacher asked to create few art crafts choosing 2 topics. One was jungle theme and we made a lion from empty juice carton. And below is how we made this earth friendly art craft.

If you look for arts and crafts for earth day or saving earth arts & crafts to make with kids, this will be a great idea.

How to make save environment art craft?

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Things needed:

Toilet paper roll or any cardboard roll

Glue

Card stock

A pair of scissors

How to make:

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Kid engaged in making this art craft
We first covered the toilet roll with a used magazine paper

Cut a blue colour or relevant color paper to the size of paper roll. Glue on paper roll. Then Cover the paper roll with blue colour paper.

 Save Environment Craft with Kids
Save Environment Craft with Kids

Decorate it with Green or relevant colour to make it look like earth.

Cut few hearts from colour papers. Match the colours as you like. Make it beautiful by pasting small hearts in light colour papers.

Write earth friendly messages on these hearts. Some of the messages we wrote are as below which help the kid to understand the importance of saving earth.

  • Save water
  • Save electricity
  • Recycle
Save Environment Craft with Kids

There are many earth friendly messages that kids can use on this art craft.

Then, use a ribbon to paste the hearts. Attach all these messages to the earth we made using the toilet paper roll.

Finally we have an earth friendly craft made from items that are to throw away. Or we repurposed some of the items that are supposed to throw.

Skills to improve: scissor skills, awareness of importance of saving earth, recycle/reuse/re-purpose, concentration

Do you like such arts & crafts to do with your kids?

Lion craft for Kids

Looking for a lion craft for kids? This is a really easy arts and crafts project I did with my kid. He was asked to do a craft work by using recyclable materials for his preschool. His teacher gave us few themes and we chose the theme ‘jungle’ and decided to make this lion craft.

lion craft for kids
Lion Craft for preschoolers

Making this lion from empty drink carton was a fun activity for both of us. Kid enjoyed his time doing a craft activity with me. It was great for bonding. After making this lion craft, kid came up with different ideas to use empty drink cartons which is

Things needed:

lion craft for kids

Empty drink box

Glue

Card stock

Used magazine papers

Scissor

How to make the Lion Art Craft

Clean the empty drink carton.

Apply glue on it. Cover it with a magazine paper.

Allow to dry.

Then cover it with a yellow colour paper. Using scissors you can cut the paper to exact size of the empty drink carton.

Then cut a circle using yellow colour paper. Cut another circle with red colour paper (it should be bigger than the yellow circle)

Cut legs and tail.

Paste as necessary to create a lion.

Draw eyes, mouth, nose and whiskers to complete the lion art craft project. This is a perfect craft to do with a preschooler and they can do most parts of this.

Skills to improve: scissor skills, hand eye coordination, awareness of importance of recycle/reuse/repurpose.

It is easy to make this lion with repurposed materials.Lion art craft is ready!

lion craft for kids
Lion Craft for kids

Other arts and crafts we did before:

Paper plate Toucan

Paper lantern decoration

Update:

Later we found that this lion craft has been chosen to display in the Community Art Gallery display board near the preschool.

Our lion craft on community Art Gallery Display board with other arts and crafts.
Our lion craft on community Art Gallery Display board

All About Me Book for Preschool

We made this All About Me book in early January this year as a Preschool project.We were just after a long holiday in Sri Lanka to spend time with kid’s grandparents.We started this year with back to school shopping in Malaysia.We ended 2017 with happy memories and kid was eagerly waiting to start his new preschool term as a kindergartner.

My kid’s preschool teacher asked to prepare an ‘All About Me book’ as part of their learning series. Always these DIY projects are challenging for me. Once we did a paper lantern decoration project for last year Lantern Festival.It was a good DIY project for us to bond.We also made a paper plate toucan when teacher asked to create a craft using paper plates.

As a mom I try to help my kid with ideas while allowing him to do most of his projects alone. Therefore I tried finding an idea for his All About Me book with things he can do alone.

All About Me Book for Preschool

At the beginning of this year, he was 4 years old and he just started writing without help. Therefore we used pages about him with his handwriting.As he cannot write much,I used simple questions about him which answers are easy to write.

All About Me Book for Preschool

First page of our ‘All About Me Book’ for Preschool Project

I printed few headings for the book to make it easier for the kid.

Below are some pages from this All About Me booklet which was fun in making. It was a great bonding time for both of us.

All About Me Book for Preschool

He loved writing about his interests on this ‘All About Me Book’ for Preschool

All About Me Book for Preschool

One of the pages of the booklet was filled with ‘Bitter gourd stamps’ which was fun to do.

All About Me Book for Preschool

At the end of the book, we also inserted few pages to show my kid’s interest and ability to arts and crafts.

All About Me Book for Preschool

This is his handprints

If you love to do DIY and art crafts with your kids, try such All About Me book. It is interesting and exciting way to spend time together.

Do you love DIY projects?Do you love Arts and crafts?How do you spend time with your kids together?Please share your thoughts below.

Design your Own Bouquet Online

Sending flowers is one of the best ways to send love. It is a lovely way to spread love even in a busy work schedule. This is why I always choose to send flowers to my friends and relatives in their special occasions. But, sometimes I spend many hours to choose a suitable bouquet as most of the florists offer similar flower arrangements which include popular flowers such as Roses, Gerberas, Orchid etc. Recently when I found the new feature of DIY flower bouquets facility choosing the flowers that we like I was excited. The main reason is with the facility of design own flower bouquet online, it is easy to add a personal touch. We can easily choose flower that receiver like most. After all it is flower bouquet that is created with love!

Design your Own Bouquet Online

For this flower bouquet,I chose roses.

Do you like to know how to Design your own bouquet online in Singapore? Here is how to do.

The popular flower delivery service in Singapore, 24Hrs City Florist offers their customers this exciting service of designing their bouquet online. You will need to spend few minutes only to choose the suitable flowers and wrapping. They will do the rest including flower delivery to the recipient.

How to Design your own bouquet online?

First visit www.24hrscityflorist.com to start designing your flower bouquet Singapore with the flower arrangement that you prefer. Once you complete the design of your bouquet, they will arrange flower delivery to the recipient within few hours. It is really easy and exciting way to make someone happy even when you have few free minutes at mid night!

Step 1: First choose the main flower type from the collection

Step 2: Select your bouquet style. This step will be easy as there are suggestions given.

Step 3:  Choose your wrapping type.

Design your own bouquet online

I chose Hydrangea for my flower bouquet design.It was really easy to do my design with options available.

You have completed designing your personalized bouquet within few minutes in three easy steps. Complete the order including the recipient address. You are ready to make someone happy and surprised with your own DIY flower bouquet!

Design your own bouquet online

Flower bouquet I designed online using Hydrangea flowers.

Why such facility of Design your own bouquet online is beneficial?

The first benefit for me with such customized service is that I am able to deliver a DIY flower bouquet which includes my creativity. I am sure you like this facility too. Other than that you can choose flowers and design which your receiver loves. If you have budget limitations, don’t worry. You have options to choose which flowers to use. And after all, this is one of the best things to do even if you have few free minutes at mid night among the busy lifestyle. You don’t have to shop spending hours. You will save time by designing your bouquet online at home.

Check www.24hrscityflorist.com for more details and how to design your flower bouquet online. You will sure love this option same as I do. Start creating a flower bouquet to make your close ones excited!

Best Tips for a DIY Kids Birthday Party

Are you looking for tips on how to throw a DIY Kids Birthday Party? If you plan to organize your kid’s birthday party ,then this post will help you on the tips to throw it in the best way.I really love to throw DIY Birthday parties. With beautiful Birthday banners, themed decorations and birthday invitations, actually a themed DIY birthday party is a fun way of celebrating the birthday of little ones.

After organizing few DIY and themed birthday parties, now I have some experience on organizing birthday parties especially for kids making them exciting about their party and the birthday celebration. Some people think small kids, especially those babies who celebrate their first birthday don’t really understand or they don’t actually enjoy it. It is wrong. It is an excuse for some who don’t want to organize a birthday party. With my experience, I found DIY birthday party is the best way to celebrate it with the kid.At the time I was planning our kid’s first birthday party,he enjoyed much with the decorations and other party activities regardless his age.Now as a preschooler,he really enjoys his Birthday celebrations and his friends’ celebrations.You can also read more tips on this post on how to throw a first birthday party which I found many useful tips for my DIY Birthday parties.

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Here are few tips for you to organize a DIY birthday party which your kid would love to talk for long time.

Select a theme

You need to have a theme for your kid’s birthday party. If you search online, you’ll find tons of birthday party themes. But, don’t go for a birthday party theme which you like. Instead, be on alert of your kid’s interests. If your kid is above age 3, then sure they will suggest the party theme. If your kid is a toddler or infant, then decide a theme with his interests.

Pororo themed Birthday Party

our Pororo themed Birthday Party table

For our first birthday party, we decided animal theme because my son loved animal songs and animal toys. For his second birthday, we decided train theme simply because of his interest on his train toys and some YouTube nursery rhymes which feature a train(Bob the Train). Both times, my son enjoyed the party, his cake and decorations.Our Pororo themed birthday party was a hit when the kid was three years old.

Create DIY decorations and Birthday party invitations

Once you decide the birthday party theme then decide on the decorations. DIY decorations are always beautiful and unique. You can create birthday banner, birthday invitations, door banner and other decorations according to your theme.

How to make animal themed DIY Birthday Banner

Our DIY 1st Birthday party backdrop.

If you are creative enough, then you know how to create DIY birthday party decors. But, most of the time it is easy to buy printable party decorations. Once you buy printable party decorations, then you only need to customize it with your kids name and print it. Your themed party decorations are ready in few minutes.

Check for Cake designs and food ideas

When you have a theme for the birthday,it is easy to select the cake design.If you contact a cake decorator,they will show you tons of ideas suit to your theme.Otherwise,you can also make your own cake and decorate it with matching theme.I sometimes order birthday cakes.For some birthdays,I decorated store bought cakes with simple cake toppers.Cake toppers are easy to buy if the theme is related to toys.Otherwise you can easily make some DIY cake toppers for birthday.

Train-birthday-cake

For food ideas,you can easily check online.Kids love candy and sweets.Other than that colourful fruits will make the birthday table beautiful.To make the dessert table match with the theme,use some figures or toppers with your theme in between food plates.That will be really cute and will create a beautiful dessert table!

When you are ready with all these ideas,it is time to order and start planing your DIY kids birthday party!

Do you love DIY Kids Birthday parties?If so,what are your tips and tricks to throw the best birthday party ever?Please share your comments and ideas below.

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Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler : It’s a Zebra!

I always like DIY projects. Though it is difficult to find time, I always try to add some personal touch creating something DIY for most family events including the Birthday parties. However now with my preschool going kid, I get opportunities to do arts and crafts at home spending time in really fun projects.

These projects are not only educational for my kid, but also these give me some relaxing time with opportunity to hang on something that I really like.

So, our recent craft project is this Zebra paper lantern. After our paper plate bird craft, school teachers sent request of joining to a lantern competition by decorating a paper lantern. School provided the white paper lantern. Our task was to decorate it with the kid for the lantern festival.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

My kid loved to join with the lantern festival, so we received our paper lantern to decorate.

In Sri Lanka we make and decorate lanterns for the Vesak Day festival which is a Buddhist Festival. So, I have experience of decorating such Vesak lanterns. But, in Singapore these lanterns are for Mid-Autumn festival which I haven’t joined before. So, I didn’t have any clue on how to do the decoration.

After searching online for some ideas, together with my kid we decided to decorate it as a zebra. My kid loves animals. So, he wanted an animal face on the paper lantern.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler : How we did

Decorating the lantern was not so difficult once we have necessary paper cuttings.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

We cut zebra’s eyes,mouth,nose etc before pasting those.

I used black colour paper and cut zebra’s eyes, mouth, nose and strips.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

All the materials are ready!

My kid pasted those in the lantern. To paste those in the correct place, I helped the kid. He enjoyed applying glue and pasting those on the lantern.

After few easy steps, our lantern is ready! Don’t forget to paste zebra’s ears too.

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

Our Zebra Paper Lantern Decoration

The day which we had to bring the decorated lanterns,my kid was the earliest to the preschool.He woke up early and was so excited to show his zebra paper lantern to his teacher!

Paper Lantern Decoration with Preschooler

Does it look like a zebra?  🙂

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Paper Plate Toucan Craft with my Preschooler

I always love arts and crafts with my kid. We enjoy our time together in such activities when we don’t play outside or when we don’t read books together. Last week was preschool holiday for our kid. On his last day to school term, teacher gave a pack of crafty material to each child asking to make a bird.

The material pack included paper plates, bottle caps and papers to use for making a bird. It sounded interesting for us.

Anyway,before reading further,check our latest craft: weather wheel for preschoolers.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler
Paper Plate Toucan

However we had a busy week last few days and it was the last minute that I came up with this idea of creating a toucan using paper plates. I found this idea while searching for paper plate crafts images on Google and loved the idea.(Actually my kid selected the toucan from the different paper plate bird crafts I showed to him)

So, here is how we made this paper plate bird.

Materials:

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

Paper plates

Colouring pencils/crayon

Colour papers

Glue

Pair of scissors

How we made this Toucan paper plate craft:

Simply we placed the paper plates as in below picture. Cut plates into halves and shapes that make a toucan.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler

I asked my kid to colour the plates. He used his own imaginations and coloured the plates.

Finally we used glue to stick the paper plates together.

Paper Plate Toucan craft with my preschooler
Paper Plate Toucan

Our toucan is live now! My kid loved it and he was happy to take it with him to preschool on the first day of new preschool term!

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