Color and Number Matching Eggs

Yesterday I was consumed by all things plastic and inexpensive at Walmart-- from instruments to dress up, their Easter department is awesome!!  

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I picked up two sets of large plastic eggs for $0.88 each, grabbed a sharpie (now hidden from grace!) and whipped up this super simple busy game for toddlers that encouraged hand and eye coordination to put the eggs together- as well as color and number matching! I can't wait to share with Grace when she gets up from her nap!! 

 

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Easter with Toddlers- Crafts and Treats

 

Happy March! While I have yet to really explore St. Patricks Day activities with the kiddos, this morning I felt compelled to pin a few fun activities and treats to get the wee ones excited for the Easter Bunny coming to town at the end of the month! While these treats and activities don't relay any reminder of what the holiday is truly about and Jesus' resurrection, they are fun and simple and easy to do to create fun decorations and treat for your home and little ones!

Check out my board here! https://www.pinterest.com/kkennedydc/a-toddler-easter/?fb_ref=195836421204870723%3A1e677759dea35db6ffdc

30 Days of Thankfulness

November has always been a favorite month of mine, with the cool Fall weather welcoming sweaters and boots, apple cider donuts and of course birthday month (for me, my dad and a whole handful of friends and family!) I also appreciate the collective community mindset to encourage us each to be more thankful for all of the amazing blessings we have. A woman I have looked up to for years now, Danielle L, posted this "Gratitude Calendar" on her Facebook page this morning, and I just had to share! Life gets overwhelming sometimes - especially around the holidays. This is a great reminder to reflect on the small things that make life sweeter...


Crafting on Bedrest: Busy Bag Mr. Potato Head kits for Toddler Travel

"Have baby, will travel" has been our motto since Grace was born. Within three weeks of birth she had gone on two 4+ hour roadtrips to visit great grandparents and was on her first cross-country plane ride at 6 weeks - 15 flights by age 1. Under age 1 is easy, but as we know, curious toddlers need distractions, which initially led me to a search for busy bags and quiet books.

I was absolutely delighted when one of the mom's from my Mother's Together group invited me to participate in a "Busy Bag Exchange" where each mom makes a dozen of one type of busy bag, and then goes home with a dozen new bags to keep her toddler distracted throughout the upcoming holiday travel season. From all the research I had done, I immediately knew I wanted to make the Mr. Potato Head velcro games as my project- providing children an opportunity to quietly and creatively dress their own flat Mr. Potato Head with a variety of hats, shoes, eyes, and other parts in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. 

When I ended up in the hospital, Sarah asked if I still wanted to participate, offering to help in any and every imaginable way (the sweetest!). Fortunately I figured I had this covered as I would have plenty of time to tackle the dozen MPH Bags. I debated cutting and sewing out of felt, but finally decided on just doing printed and laminated (waterproof! you never know what will happen with a carton of milk on a tray table during a turbulent flight!) I ordered up a laminator and got to work! (My nurses all think I may be the first person to ever have a laminator sent to a hospital room... hmmm)

After scouring the web, I landed on Jayme Carlton's awesome templates which were easy to just print off on cardstock, cut and laminate. Using both the main template and the additional accessories template  provided more variety for the kids' imaginations.

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Give it a try!

Materials:

Directions:

1. Download the Files from Jayme Carleton's Website here and print on cardstock

2. Laminate sheets 

3. Cut all printed parts out and organize

4. Add rough side of velcro dots to potato where a hat, eyes, hands/ears, nose, mouth and shoes go. All individual parts should have the soft side of the velcro dots (less rough when your child is putting her hand in the bag).

5. Assemble bags and give away!!! 


I am hoping to do something similar on a snowman for the holidays, could also do a tree and ornaments!



Halloween Crafting with kits from the Paper Source

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On Day 12 of Camp Bedrest, while celebrating our 26 week milestone, I decided to tackle some craft kits that my girlfriends had spoiled me with. While the nurses laugh because my room is overflowing with crafting supplies, yarn, beads, etc. - these kits from Paper Source worked out especially well in comparison to other projects because they were self contained, easy to do on the lap desk, and I could do in a semi reclined position. (hint hint: I know a few of you reading the blog have been asking for ideas for other friends around the world-- these are good ones!)

 

 

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I loved making the scarecrows because I was able to add a little creativity of my own, trying new hay-hairstyles and coming up with ideas for their outfits. I was pleasantly surprised by all of the extra paper provided to really make the project your own, and I feel like these are cute little additions to my room for now, or a friends' garden or something. When Grace came to visit she loved the mini-puppet show I was able to put on for her. All-in-all the project probably took about 30 - 45 minutes and was a great way to pass the time. In addition to the kit itself, you also need to have a pair of scissors and glue stick on hand, and any other scraps to decorate if desired. Would highly recommend as a family activity for those with kids ages 3 and up. ($14.95, makes six; The Paper Source)

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Ashley brought over these Halloween Wreath kit at the absolute perfect time on Saturday - I had just moved rooms and was excited to have some help decorating it for Halloween this week! (Grant also brought over a bucket of candy and tombstones to decorate the entry portion and treat the nurses- thank goodness I am not allowed out of bed or I would eat it all!)

I spent my Sunday morning catching up on phone calls with friends while punching out the flower shapes and building the dimension. Super easy to do, the wreath was a great distraction and I absolutely loved building the flowers out and arranging on the wreath. This project is completely completely self contained, you don't need a think other than the kit, which makes it great also if you are traveling. I was so delighted making it, and even more so now having it hang in my room to welcome visitors!! A quick check on their website also showed the Paper Source has similar kits for every occasion from Christmas to Baby Showers- be sure to check them out! (On Sale now but regularly $19.99, Paper Source)

Happy Crafting!

Book Review: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Peppered with photographs (images credited in the back of the book from a variety of photographers that the author unearthed to further build out the story), you subconsciously know that Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is fiction, but my imagination kept being pulled in the direction of "what-if"! Author Ransom Riggs has a poetic rhythm about his writing that instantly captivates, even with a coming-of-age main character who has an obvious lack of lust for life (think the male-counter part to MTVs Daria). Well written and fast paced, I finished the book (unsurprisingly on bedrest) in a day- not wanting to put it down. I honestly had been expecting something far fetched with greater emphasis on the paranormal, and was delightfully surprised by the balance between reality& plausability, and that of the unknown.

Looking for something to get you into the Halloween mood that isn't too creepy or a horror story? Pick up a copy of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children! (Note: there are two more books in the series if you get hooked!)

 

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Bedrest Craft Review: Martha Stewart's Pinwheels

Time: 10 minutes

Difficulty: Easy  

Cost: $5.99 on sale at Amazon.com

Apologies for the screen shot, blogging from my phone right now! http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Festive-Pinwheel/dp/B0052UO6W6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445349897&sr=8-1&keywords=pinwheel+martha+stewart

Apologies for the screen shot, blogging from my phone right now! http://www.amazon.com/Martha-Stewart-Crafts-Festive-Pinwheel/dp/B0052UO6W6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1445349897&sr=8-1&keywords=pinwheel+martha+stewart

An easy time killer, I bought this pinwheel set from Amazon for $5.99 with free same day delivery so I would have something handmade to give my friend's children as they come to visit. A hospital can be very very scary for a little one, so figured it may bring distraction at the very least. Little L & B loved learning to blow on the pinwheels and watch them spin, while not much, something entertaining for 30 seconds at least-- and loved seeing a photo of them in their Garden when they got home!

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The kit (makes six) is easy to use, nice end result, but doesn't require much creativity. For a quick $6 craft that was beyond simple to do from bed, well worth it- but I wasn't wowed by the quality of the kit (the plastic washers were barely useable).  

Overall, they turned it nice and brighten my room until I have a chance to hand them out!  

 

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