Roll A Jack-O-Lantern {Creative Carousel}

I hope you've been enjoying The Creative Carousel this week!

Fall has really inspired me!  As the temperatures have dropped just a few degrees, I have hit a huge surge of creativity.  I am knee-deep in several fall projects!  Today I decided to share the project that best defines me.

No matter how hard I try to make something just for me--I am always so much more motivated to make a project that the whole family (specifically Little Man!) can enjoy!  So once again, the Mom AND the Teacher in me have joined forces on this little project.

Let me introduce you to our brand spankin' new Roll A Jack-O-Lantern game!

And guess what--I only spent $1 on this project. {Insert husband's congratulations here!}

PLUS there are some downloads at the end of this post to help you create your own game at home.

This game is versatile.  You can adapt it however you would like for your own family!

The idea of the game is to build a jack-o-lantern, with the help of the dice!

I started out with a $1 burner cover from the Dollar Tree.  Yes, there was a rooster on it.  But most importantly, it was magnetic!

I quickly covered that rooster with some orange scrapbook paper.  I added a layer of protective mod podge over the top (because it will be getting plenty of use!), and distressed the edges a bit, too.

Next, I got to work creating the jack-o-lantern pieces.  You will need....

At least 2 eyes (I made 6!)

At least 1 nose

At least 1 mouth

At least 2 teeth

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Scrappy Color Book

When it comes to craft supplies, I'm a hoarder.  I have an insane amount of scraps that I just can't bear to throw away.  I even collect scraps that other people are willing to donate to me!  I love when I don't have to buy a single thing for a craft... I can just put it together with what I already have on hand.  (Not gonna lie... Mr. Oopsey Daisy is a huge fan of these kinds of crafts too!)

Lucky for me, I organize my scraps by color... which worked out perfectly for this project!

Today, I want to show you my scrappy Color Book.

As I considered what to do with my many scraps, I immediately remembered Everyday Celebrations' color book.  It had been on my to-do list for a few years now, so this was the ideal opportunity for me to create my own scrappy color book!  Little Man is learning about colors right now, so the timing was perfect.

I not only raided my stash of fabric scraps... I also threw in some ricrac and ribbon, too!  I searched high and low for scraps of all different sizes and textures. 
I'm a dork, I know.  But one of my favorite things is to organize by color.

Seeing my rainbow of scraps really makes me happy!

Last year, I made 2 gigantic quiet books.  I used the leftover muslin to make the pages for this book.

Now for the fun part!

I arranged a page of scraps for each color, careful to leave a good inch around the edges for seams.  I adore ricrac, so I included it on every page.  I used different shades of fabric, and even used a bit of burlap on this page for texture.

I cut the words out of fabric scraps using my Cricut.  Because the letters need some stiffness in order to be cut, I applied Heat 'N Bond before cutting them on the Cricut.  Once cut, they are all ready to be ironed on!

Now for the sewing... nothing too technical!

This is a scrap book, after all!  (I still consider myself a sewing novice, so scrappy projects are perfect for me!)

Once the pages were complete, I pinned them right sides together, and sewed all the way around, leaving an opening.

I flipped it inside out, punched out the corners, and then top stitched all the way around the edges.

Once all the pages were sewn together, I inserted grommets in each page, and tied on some scrappy ribbons to add some punches of color!

The entire project only took a couple of hours, and I LOVE how it turned out! It's a rainbow of scraps!

Here are just a few of my favorite pages:

As for Little Man, this project was a definite success!

He loves to name the colors on each page and feel the different fabric textures.

And another quiet book I can toss into our church bag for instant entertainment!

Have a happy week, friends!!

Linking up to Today's Creative Blog, Whipperberry,

Felt Car Mat {With Tutorial}

Finally!

For a while now, I wondered if this tutorial would ever get published.  Not only did this take a solid week of crafting effort to complete, but this tutorial has been a doozie!  It's taken several late-late nights (yes, even later than usual!), but it's finally here!

Today I want to share Little Man's new favorite place to play: 

For all you glue-gun lovers, this fun car mat is 100% no-sew!

And this was created just for Little Man!  As I was working on this, he started calling this his car MAP.  So I took his advice.  I turned this into a semi-realistic map of the streets near our home.  PLUS Little Man is very, very visual.  He thrives on logos, so he selected dozens of logos that would be used on this car map.

I'm happy to say that this car map/mat is very realistic.

I love this mat is HUGE, but it rolls up easily like a sleeping bag.  Perfect for easy storage!


In just 2 short days, the car mat has provided hours of entertainment.  So much entertainment that we never want to get out of our pajamas! 🙂

And it's perfect for his little imagination!

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Pirate Play Day {A Little Tipsy}

T.G.I.F.!
Oh my friends, my friends.  I have been dying to share this latest and greatest Summer Camp idea with you!  Michelle from A Little Tipsy is a fabulous gal, and one of my favorite blog reads!  She's a blast in real life, too!  You're in for a treat with this CAAA-UTE idea!
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Hello there! I'm Michelle from A Little Tipsy and I am so excited to share my Summer Camp idea with you today!

With a house full of boys we are all about the pirates these days! My 3 year old and his little cousin LOVE the new show Jake and the Neverland Pirates so I had to go with a pirate book, "How I Became a Pirate."

I really tried to take a lot of my inspiration directly from the book.

We started off by making "sand" castles out of rice krispy treats. I sprayed the table and their hands with non-stick spray, gave them a big glob and let them go to town.

The Monster Sandwich

Ever since our monster playdate, we've had monsters on our mind!
This is what we ate for lunch today:
The slightly scary but oh-so-yummy monster sandwich!
We couldn't help but cackle wickedly while eating every bite!
You can easily make a monster sandwich with what you have on hand in your own crisper drawer.  But this is what we used for ours:
* Lunch meat for face
* Sprouts for hair/fur
* Cucumbers for eyes
* Olives for eye balls
* Cheese for nose
* Cherry tomatoes for mouth
* Pickle for tongue

 

Many times, my food crafts are not even close to being healthy.  But with this fresh yumminess served on whole wheat bread, it's a perfectly healthy meal.
I hope you enjoy a healthy snack with your own little monsters!
Cheers!

Monster Play Date

Let's start out Summer Camp with a BANG!
In case you missed this post...
Every Friday throughout the summer, fabulous guests will be sharing creative ideas based on a children's story book.
Today, I am going to share MY idea to kick-start this fun series.
Did I mention that there would be roaring?
Oh yes.  Big, loud monstrous roars!
Recently, Little Man and Cousin got together for a monster play date based on one of our very favorite children's books:
One of the best.books.ever. Seriously!! The perfect story about friendly and lovable (yet scary) monsters!
Yes there were cupcakes.
And games.
Even dancing.
Are you ready to see all of the gory, adorable details??

Family Match Game

If you have followed my blog since the beginning, you will remember a not-as-cute version of this same idea.  Family match was created as a way to show Little Man the familiar faces of the people he knows and loves.  Because my husband's family lives in another state, we also needed a way to help him remember the faces he doesn't see quite as often.
Little Man absolutely adores this game!  We throw this into our church bag, and he loves to look at the pictures.   But with 2 new sisters-in-law and a few new additions to the family, we needed to update our old game.
I created simple cards by pasting scrapbook paper and cardstock to each other.  The cards are about 4" x 3".
I distressed the edges of the cards just slightly.  Don't you love distressing?!  It adds the perfect touch of character!

Leprechaun Pie

Tis the season for green, right?

Well, this leprechaun pie is as green as it gets!  You can whip this up in no time and call yourself festive!  And the best part is that kids love it!  This delicious treat has a purpose: To find the leprechaun's gold. There is a fun printable poem that goes along with this treat, too.
With just a few simple supplies, I whipped up this cup that easily won over my own lil' leprechaun!

 

First, gather your supplies.  Nothing too fancy.  You will need:
* Instant pistachio pudding mix. (I am not a huge pistachio fan, so I chose to do Cookies N' Cream with a bit of green food coloring!)
* Milk
* Whipped cream
* Oreo and sprinkles (optional)
* Foil-wrapped chocolate coin (I could NOT track these down, so I just used a Dove chocolate.)
* Clear plastic cup
The whole goal of Leprechaun Pie is discovering the leprechaun's gold at the bottom of the cup.  To begin,I dropped this Dove chocolate in the bottom of the cup. Unfortunately, Little Man saw me do this, and he was very frustrated.  He wanted to eat that candy immediately!
Now mix up the pudding.  I did this in my liquid measuring cup.  This is easy:
Combine 2 Tablespoons instant pudding with 3 Tablespoons milk. Stir well.  It will thicken up a bit.
I transferred the pudding to the cup now.  I added some whipped cream, an Oreo, and yes, even some green sprinkles!  (Yes, this is loaded with sugar, but fortunately it is a very small dose!)
Little Man's only motivation was to find that candy.  He was a bit impatient, and didn't want to eat the pudding at first.  He was almost pouting about having to eat dessert!
"No way, Mom."
Finally, he was able to find the candy in the cup.   He literally shouted, "Hooray!" when he saw that elusive candy.  Between the two of us, we cleared the pudding so he could eat his leprechaun's gold!
Happy now.
There is a darling poem that goes along with this treat, too.  Just click the image below to download the poem.
Poem Credits
Clip art designs and/or fonts copyright Dianne J Hook. Used with permission from DJ Inkers. I could not share ANY of these cute fonts and clip art with you except for their support!  Thanks guys!
Every holiday needs some sugar to make it a special occasion!
Enjoy your weekend!

Dr. Seuss Playdate (& Download!)

Yes, Dr. Seuss' birthday is today.

You can always tuck away these ideas for next year.  Or you can just keep celebrating all week long.  (That's what we'll be doing!)  Actually, we are celebrating Dr. Seuss tomorrow when  Little Man and his cousin will be having an entire Seuss play-date.

Unfortunately, I'm a very last-minute kind of gal.  My best ideas come late at night... I get these strokes of genius around 11 p.m. and just go for them full throttle!  I decided that I wanted Little Man and his cousin to dress up like Thing 1 and Thing 2 for their play-date tomorrow!

I found $2 red shirts at Wal-Mart... you can't beat that!  To create the shirts, I used the same printable iron-on fabric transfers that I used to make this Toy Story character pennant banner. Piece of cake!

Of course they wouldn't really be Thing 1 and Thing 2 without the blue fuzzy hair.  I had no time to order blue wigs, BUT I finally came up with a suitable substitute last night.  At US Toy, I found 50-cent blue derby hats along with matching feather boas.  (I never really imagined using a feather boa in a project for Little Man, but it worked out perfectly!)  I just wrapped the feather boa around the hat using some hot glue.  I absolutely can't wait to see how cute they look in their Seuss costumes!
We have all kinds of Seusstastic fun planned for tomorrow, highlighting different Dr. Seuss books.  Last night, I created a new hands-on activity.
After reading One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish we will graph a small cup of rainbow gold fish before eating them as a snack.

 

Nothing too fancy--I just want them to classify their goldfish by colors and see which color has the most or least.

You are welcome to download your own goldfish graphing sheet here.

I hope you're enjoying a happy day!

Hearts With Hidden Messages

Here in Colorado, it has been snow, snow, and more snow!  

With a high of a mere 8 degrees, we decided to call it a snow day today and stay indoors!  But the question is:  How do you keep a toddler entertained inside all day long?!  Especially when we get stir-crazy easily.  I opted to bring out the big guns and attempt an art project.  Not just any art project--a paint project!  I had just mopped our kitchen floor, so I felt like this was particularly risky.  I decided to try out this "hidden messages" art project that I did with my first grade students each year. 
These hidden message valentines are tons of fun to make!  Kids love to paint the hearts to find the secret messages!
I printed out some simple heart templates onto cardstock.  (Although I think that regular old paper works even better, as I learned later on.)  Using a white crayon, I wrote some messages in the hearts.  You definitely need to press as hard as you can.  This is why using regular paper works better; the cardstock I used was probably too thick.  
I used to write my students' names in the hearts, but you could turn them into conversation hearts.  Or you could even just write letters and practice letter recognition.  But I like to do the writing part in secret so finding the message is a big surprise!
Next, using water colors (thicker paints won't work) simply paint over the hearts.  Little Man needed a bit of help, but the fact that his paint hit the paper was a triumph!
As you paint over the hearts, the hidden messages will slowly appear.  Kids really get excited as they see these messages appear!
We decided that this would be a fun valentine to make for Dad!  We painted the entire heart, and then cut it out and mounted it on cardstock.

Daddy will have a fun surprise when he comes home!
 This project was simple, sweet, and cheap.  Perfect for a kids' project!  
Have a happy day!
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