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Easy Tissue Paper Watermelon Craft

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Summer has me thinking of s'mores, lots of outdoor play, fireworks, and juicy watermelon!  This watermelon craft might have you longing for a piece of the juicy summer fruit, too!  Until then, this craft will have to suffice.

watermelon tissue craft for kids

Once finished add it to a small frame and use as part of your summertime decorations, use it as a card and send it to someone special, or just use this craft as a great way to sneak in fine motor skills!
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Watermelon Craft for Kids


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I set this easy watermelon craft up when Big Sis had a friend over.  It was the perfect play-date craft- no mess and simple!  And it's easy enough for preschoolers to do, but fun enough for the older ones, too.

Begin the craft by drawing an outline of a watermelon in pencil; I drew a semi-circle with little dip at the top to make it look like a bite was taken from the watermelon.  We chose to use black construction paper as the background to make the green and red tissue paper- "POP!"  However, any color will do!

Next encourage the kids to scrunch the tissue paper into 'ball-like' shapes and glue them onto the paper.

tissue paper watermelon kid craft

The girls chose to use green tissue paper for the rind and red tissue paper for the watermelon; there are a few black tissue paper seeds, too.  

I love the scrunched tissue paper effect-- it gives the craft a little dimension.  And is also great for fine motor skills!!  However, Big Sister's friend decided to glue the tissue paper squares as is onto the watermelon template.

Both turned out super cute!

While making the craft, read these fun watermelon themed books!


Have fun crafting!

tissue paper watermelon craft for kids

For more fruity craft and activities inspiration, check out these 15 fun ideas!!  Or make these fruity red, white, and blue fruit kabobs!


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Mix and Match Princess Printable {Busy Bag Idea}

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There are a lot of superhero fans out there!!  Like my 3rd child, who doesn't love Spiderman, Batman, Hulk and the like?!  That is why I think our Free Printable Superhero Puzzles are so popular!

I had a reader many months ago ask if it would be possible to make a set of mix and match princess puzzles, and finally here they are!!

toddler princess puzzles free printable
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Whipping up these Mix and Match Princess Puzzles had me reminiscing about the days when Big Sis was ALL ABOUT her princesses!  A few seconds after getting dressed in "normal" clothes, she was back in her room putting on one of her princess outfits! 

Princess "stuff" everywhere!  

Sadly she has moved on from her princess phase, but if you have a princess fan-- she'll love love this printable!!

How to use the princess puzzles:

There are a couple ways to use this printable.

  • Laminate each page for durability & cut them apart.  Simply use it as a Mix and Match busy bag.
  • Laminate, but add magnets to the back of each piece which allows play on the refrigerator or baking sheet.

  • Print out each page and adhere the printables like a booklet and take this activity when you are on the go.  Have fun mixing up the princesses!
  • Use as a fine motor skills activity by encouraging your child to cut/ paste each puzzle together.


printable busy bag puzzles

These printable Mix and Match Princess Puzzles include 10 popular princesses your daughter will easily recognize! 

Princess clipart by Empty Jar Illustrations

Please do not alter, sell, mass distribute, or claim this free printable as your own.  Please do share this blog post on Pinterest or with anyone you think would love this activity!



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15 Fruity Kid Crafts and Activities

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Here in the Midwest, strawberry season has come to an end, raspberry picking is just starting, and come August we'll be able to pick some blueberries.  Since we are full swing into summer, and munching on all kinds of summer fruits I've collected 15 fruity learn and play activities.

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Will you be berry picking this summer?

P.s. Don't forget to check out the bottom of the post for some more fun round-ups you can find our site!

8 Summer Fruits Crafts for Kids


Paper Plate Watermelon Suncatchers

Perler Bead Fruit Magnets

Bubble Wrap Printed Fruit

Fingerprint Blueberry Craft

Pineapple Thumbprint Art

Fruit Stamped Lunch Bag

Watermelon Slime Recipe

Orange and Lemon play dough recipe


7 Summer Fruits Hands-on Learning Activities


Fruit Clip Cards

I SPY Fruit Printable Game

Fruit and Veggie Bingo Game

Strawberry Tot School Activities & Craft

3 Blueberry Math Activities

Watermelon Tracing Lines Printable

P is for Pineapple Letter Craft


Fruity books to read


Jamberry

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear

The Watermelon Seed

Blueberries for Sal

Eating the Alphabet A-Z

Go, Go Grapes: A Fruit Chant

The Fruits We Eat


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DIY 4th of July Hand Print T-Shirt Tutorial

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The Fourth of July is the perfect time to make some DIY t-shirts.

Prior to my blogging days, Big Brother (who was my one and only at the time) and I sponge painted red, white, and blue stars on our shirts.

Another year, Big Brother created a really cool Fourth of July tie dye shirt.

When Little Sis came along, we made this adorable and easy DIY Hand Print T-Shirt which was perfectly fitting for the holiday.

DIY 4th of July Hand Print T-Shirt Tutorial
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Do you and your kiddos make shirts to proudly wear on the Fourth of July and all summer long?  I think decorating t-shirts is a must-do to add to your summer bucket list, along with:

  • pick berries
  • make s'mores
  • swim at the lake
  • see fireworks
  • etc!


Easy DIY Fourth of July T-Shirt


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I promise this'll be one of the cutest and easiest DIY shirts you will make!  Actually, the "hardest" part was probably making sure I got a nice hand print from Little Sis.  I love hand print art, but that is WORK all in itself!

How to make this adorable DIY Hand Print T-Shirt:

1. Place parchment paper or a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the paint from going through to the other side.

2.  Next, paint your little ones hand blue and have her press her hand print in the upper right corner of the t-shirt.  Wash off and the little one is all done.

3.  While the blue hand print is drying, cut your rosette ribbon various lengths to represent the flag's stripes.

4.  Apply the fabric glue to the ribbon and press the ribbon onto the shirt.  Allow to dry according to the glue's instructions.

5.  Proudly wear this adorable Fourth of July keepsake shirt!


The 4th of July holiday is coming up fast; here's a few more festive activities  you'll love:


30 Unique Process Art Projects for Kids

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The lazy days of summer allow creativity and imagination to take center stage.  Too often during the school year we are often so focused on reading, writing, math, and everything BUT art that I love to make art our focus during the summer months.

This collection of process art activities can be done year-round, but the warmer days are the perfect reason to get outside and bring out the paint without fear of it having spill all over the floor, furniture, counters, etc. etc!!  Painting in the grass puts me much more at ease! Don't you agree?

Or, if the weather is just cooperating-- don't let it put a cloud over you.... make a fun process art collage or sculpture, instead!

So here's a collection of 30 Unique Process Art Projects I think you ought to try!


30 process art ideas for kids

Process Art Projects for Kids


After so many blog posts, it can get hard to navigate them all but I came across 15 projects we have shared here that I don't think you should miss!  There may even be more, but this should send you on your way exploring more of what we have shared here before:


Great for preschool and/or Kindergarten kiddos with an interest about learning about the clouds in the sky!
One of my favorite projects of all time!  We even have another growing collection of "junk" to make another sculpture soon!
Take a nature walk to collect some things and then bring it back home and create!
With just one material the end result made me think of starts in the sky!
Kiddos of all ages will enjoy this activity-- make it a collaborative project!  This idea was inspired by Alexander Calder, but you could just gather the materials and create instead.
You might not want to do this one during the summer, BUT the idea works the same without making a snowflake.
This was a mix of color sorting and free art-- great for little ones.  


And here is a collection of 15 more process art activities from around the web that I think are pretty amazing!


With flies in full force this summer, grab an extra one for a fun outdoor painting activity!  Looks so fun!... and messy!
Grab some neighborhood kiddos for a tree branch painting party, then proudly display those colorful branches in a vase!  These remind me of our Twig Icicle Christmas ornaments!
Fidget spinners: the latest kid craze!  Create a unique piece of art that looks like fireworks!
I've seen painting with various fruits and veggies before; we've done our own apple printing while reading How To Make An Apple Pie and See the World, but never thought to use citrus fruits!
Process art allows you to create with pretty much anything around you.  Get into your kiddo's LEGO Duplo stash and some paint and create some unique patterns using these building block.  If your kiddos want more direction or are interested, encourage them to create Duplo Robot Prints!
Perfect process art activity for summer!
We've created some lovely crafts by yarn wrapping (spring tulips and rainbows), but have never just tried painting with it!
I think the older kiddos would get into this activity!  My kids had fun mark making our scratch art owls!
If you had a kiddo recently learn cursive, they'll love this activity!  Turn your own name into a unique cursive alien!

Now if your kids are like mine, usually one process art project just won't cut it-- my kids make multiple copies-- and with 4 kiddos, that's A LOT of artwork!!!  But alas, instead of throwing them away (!), here's 15 creative ways to recycle those creative art projects!!!


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