EGG-Straordinary Salt-Dough Bush

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Spring has been so long in coming! We have milder weather this week, but next week’s temperatures are forecast to plummet, again. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Still in just two weeks, Easter will be here! It’s such a pleasure to decorate for spring after the long, gloomy winter. And of course I love the cheery colors that come with spring!

I saw these on Pinterest a bit ago and had to try it out. I’ve been making my own playdough for years, but salt dough? And acrylics…this I had to see for myself.

So with a little help…
http://m.designmom.com/2013/03/diy-salt-dough-eggs/
We made our very first salt-dough Easter tree ornaments.

First, a batch of dough!
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And the clean-up, sigh…the floor did need mopping, anyway…really.
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We had to wait for a fine day to paint, as I wanted to try the spray colors I had bought.
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Then, on yet another cold and rainy day, some hand-painting.
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And finally, this afternoon, it was warm enough to hang some! We gave a few to grandmas, etc, and will send some home with the short peeps, as well.

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A marvelous recipe and lots of crafty fun!

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Spring Longing

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Happy Tuesday!

We are still in a deep freeze here in the part of the country. I am grateful for the beautiful sun, but the little ones and I are quite house-bound, as it is only 1ยบF. Brrrrr!

Still we are dreaming…longing…hoping for spring! It can’t be too far off…

So today we made…bunnies! And a few other spring creatures for our class treat later today.

I used two of my old standbys: the Wilton Buttercream Icing recipe
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and MARSHMALLOW fondant.
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I just love making fondant from an old half-bag of marshmallows with a couple tablespoons of water! Cheap, sweet, and it works up like play dough, perfect for little ones.

To cut the stickiness, we rub a little shortening on our hands, then dust with powdered sugar.

My sweet older girl wanted to make a bunny cake, so here he is:
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And all his little friends! Enjoy!
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Here’s hoping warmer
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weather is right around the corner!

Polka Dot Giddy

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I hate painting walls. Can’t, actually, in the middle of winter. The odor would flush us out of doors. Too cold to open all the windows. And I love yellow. And teddy bears. So when the tiny fourth daughter made little noises about updating her “babyish” room, I turned a deaf ear.

Until I heard this word: polka dots.

She saw she had my attention…and pressed the advantage. Just a few, she wheedled. Maybe pink? And I thought, sure. Why not?

A plastic dinner plate and three $.98 bottles of acrylic later, we have fun color!

And the short people were delighted, especially when they were allowed to help. ๐Ÿ™‚
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Roughing them in…
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Daddy jumped in so I could whip up a batch of biscuits for supper.
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The expectancy in that sweet little face!
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And the moment of triumph! Finished!
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Bliss.

Bursting Buttons– Preschool Snowman Craft

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We have had a busy week here in Winterland! We welcomed a new little precious into our family daycare, which means most of my time and energy is taken up easing the new family into ours as we transition. The daughters that public-school are quite jealous of our lone homeschooler this year, and with good reason:
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She is getting all the snuggles!

Keeping preschoolers engaged is always a challenge during the long winter months (it was harder before the internet, though!) One of my alltime favorites is a craft my mother used to do with us: the egg carton creatures.

You can make just about anything out of these: bugs, caterpillars, monsters, people, animals…

We gathered some pipe cleaners, glue, scrap paper and buttons. I also like to use googly eyes, those are fun!
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Then, for academic credit, we sorted buttons. First by size, then color.
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We stuck some pipe cleaners in for arms, glued buttons, cut hats and boots, and added a marker smile.
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Fun, cheap and educational! Now they are on to their free play time. Happy winter!
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