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« Reply #10 on: January 27, 2012 05:43:49 PM »

We started working on some "love bugs" this morning, more Valentine's day gifts, but my sister and nephew stopped by for a visit and so we didn't have time to finish.  Perhaps this weekend! 
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« Reply #11 on: January 27, 2012 07:52:09 PM »

What kind of supplies do you stock up on, or like to have on hand for crafting with your kids? I think maybe if I had a stock pile of things specifically for them to use, I'd probably do more things with them.
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« Reply #12 on: January 28, 2012 05:01:46 PM »

What kind of supplies do you stock up on, or like to have on hand for crafting with your kids? I think maybe if I had a stock pile of things specifically for them to use, I'd probably do more things with them.

I keep construction paper, toliet paper rolls, crayons, markers, glue sticks and stampers on hand in the "kids craft drawer".  I also keep googly eyes, pom-poms, ribbons, and scissors in the "use with permission" drawer.

If they are "super special good" they get access to "mommy's stuff"...paper punches, patterned paper, etc. 

This is the rule in my house for my 6 year old ~and~ my 12 year old. Otherwise, the 12 year old would run amok with the things I have plans for Tongue


I also got a kids craft bead set at Walmart for the elder child to use, and have a bucket of wooden beads for the younger.
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« Reply #13 on: January 28, 2012 05:24:42 PM »

Thanks. I'll have to start gathering. I probably have most of that spread out through my things anyway.
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« Reply #14 on: January 29, 2012 06:20:12 AM »

I too have the basics of various papers, glue, glitters, beads, scissors, paints, canvas, pom pom, feathers, stickers, pipe cleaner...  I sew and crochet so there are many notions available for our projects too.  Most of the supplies we buy come from Dollarama but I do check the clearance section at Michaels when I'm there.  I found some tye dye felt priced at $0.49 per package, down from the original $5.00 so I bought 4 packages.  And there were some very large googley eyes that I picked up.

Otherwise, I've been building collections of "trash" for their stash as well as my own.  Sometimes it's just too costly to buy supplies, and the trash can really be turned into beautiful things.  Toilet paper rolls, patterned envelopes that the bills come in, the plastic mesh that covers clementine crates, coconut water can tabs, Christmas cards, various packaging laces/ribbons, etc...  During the summer I'd like to collect more nature-oriented stuff.
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« Reply #15 on: January 29, 2012 10:44:34 AM »

So what turned out to be Love Bugs that we started out a few days ago turned into Monsters and other things...  We used heart-shaped foam for the base, which was purchased at Dollarama.



Left:  Brahmi wanted to cut legs for his bug but ended up cutting numerous bits of construction paper.  We ended up turning them into the shell.  Googley eyes and pipe cleaner make up the rest.

Right:  Brahmi was having fun with the hole puncher!  Googley eyes, feathers, the punched parts of the foam, and a popsicle stick for the mouth.



Left:  I didn't have time to finish the one I started because I was helping the kids, and you can't tell from the photo but I have two layers of the heart-shaped foam with some space between them (I glued little blocks between the hearts).  I then stuck the pink foam wings in the space and was starting to decorate a bit.

Right:  Ava's last "thing."  She was losing interest by this point, other than using lots and lots of glue.  It hadn't finished drying by the time I took the photo.



Left:  Ava was copying what I was doing.  We used glue and glitter on the base, some black bits we found laying around the house, with googley eyes on top, feathers, and pipe cleaner

Right:  My first Love Bug but I didn't have time to finish it.  It looks a little big like a drag queen...  The eyelashes were added with marker and the legs are some glitter paper.



Left: A collaboration between Ava and I!  We covered the big blogs of glue with glitter, added a feather between the eyes, and Ava liked the look of a few popsicle sticks placed horizontally.  I added the teeth.

Right:  This was Brahmi's first experience with using the hole puncher.  Then I had the idea of making a target.  =)
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« Reply #16 on: January 29, 2012 10:49:50 AM »

I forgot to take a photo of this one:



Brahmi and I made it!
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2012 09:53:11 AM »

It's been a while since we've crafted.  I wasn't feeling well last week so we mostly watched movies and then we were busy with gymnastics and a nearby indoor gym during the weekend.

But we decorated some plant pots this morning, using some terra cotta pots I picked up at a thrift shop recently, foam, and glue:



Ava's is to the left.  Surprisingly, she wasn't so interested in crafting today and quickly moved on to colouring.  Brahmi on the other hand, was busy cutting the foam sheets and I decorated the pot on the right.
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« Reply #18 on: February 06, 2012 01:48:39 PM »

I finally did something the other day. My 4 year old picked out a little ceramic piggy bank to paint as a birthday present, and I actually let him get it and paint it. However, there are no pictures because soon after it had dried he dropped it on the tile and it broke.

When I tried to console him by saying we'd buy another one, he insisted he could never paint another one again.
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« Reply #19 on: February 06, 2012 03:36:01 PM »

That is both cute and sad!  I'm imagine my kids in that kind of situation and the devastation they show...  Awww!

I wish you could have gotten some photos in but hope you had a great time crafting together.
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