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Here’s a quick project the kids and I worked on (last year, and I’m finally posting it!).

It’s an easy DIY bird feeder, with just pipe cleaners and Cheerios! Well, they were supposed to be bird feeders, but eventually the squirrels got to them after they saw the birds enjoying them. They even untwisted them from the branches with their sneaky little squirrel paws and enjoyed them as “to-go” snacks. Anyway, here’s what we did…

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Cheerios

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Twist the end of a pipe cleaner into a hook shape that you can attach to a tree branch. Thread the pipe cleaner with Cheerios, then twist again on the bottom to keep them from sliding off.
  • Attach to a branch outside, and sit back and watch!

Easy DIY Bird Feeders - fun kids craft, only need two supplies!

Easy DIY Backyard Bird Feeders

 

Here are a couple of quick snacks I made for the kiddos: our oldest is a peanut butter fan, and our middle child is more of a cheese fan.

Here’s what we ended up with…

CHEESY PINWHEELS: Sprinkle shredded cheese on a tortilla shell, microwave for a few seconds until cheese starts to melt, then roll up, and slice.

PEANUT BUTTER PINWHEELS: Spread peanut butter on a tortilla shell, then roll up, and slice.

If we make these again, I figured we could add granola, mashed up banana, and/or Nutella to the peanut butter one to make it more like “sushi” with different layers. You could also add salsa or sour cream to the cheesy type.

easy cheesy pinwheel rollups - only 2 ingredients. can add sour cream, salsa, etc.

peanut butter pinwheel rollups - super quick & easy kid food

Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas - just 4 ingredients that you probably already have. Awesome for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and gorditas.Want to make your own tortillas? Here’s an awesome recipe!

 

Here are some fruit kabobs I skewered for a shindig we had. After washing the fruit, I just put it on wooden skewers. It worked out perfectly to have individual servings.

These are also a great healthy snack to store in the fridge and just grab ’em out when you want something sweet and juicy.

fruit kabobs

fruit + kabob skewers

Check out this tip that I saw on (where else) Pinterest:

Unfold the flaps of a juice box so little ones can use the flaps as handles. No more squeezing out the juice! I tried this out with our two oldest kiddos and it really works. Yippee!

juice box trick

 

jelly fish kid craft art project

The kiddos & I came up with a fun and easy ocean craft, inspired by a jellyfish song by Nancy Tucker that was on a CD we checked out from the library (I think it’s creepy when she whispers “jeeelllly fiissh” but the kids think it’s HEE-larious).

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • paper cupcake liners
  • googly eyes
  • crepe paper
  • glue
  • construction paper
  • crayons or makers

WHAT YOU DO:

Cut or rip the cupcake liners in half. Decorate with crayons/markers (or use liners that are already patterned). Attach strips of crepe paper on the back for tentacles, then glue the “jellies” on the paper and add googly eyes.

jellies

jellies

jelly fish craft

jelly fish craft

cupcake liner & crepe paper jelly fish

pennant banner

I’m making a few things for our Little Guy’s 1st Birthday.

I started with a fabric party hat, and made a matching pennant banner with cardstock paper and a clothesline rope.

Here’s what I used…

SUPPLIES:

  • scrapbook paper or cardstock
  • paper hole punch
  • string or rope (I used a 3/16″ braided clothesline)
  • optional – paper trimmer (for cutting triangles)
  • scissors

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Make a triangle-shaped template. I printed a triangle shape from Microsoft Word then cut it out.
  2. Trace triangle shapes on the paper/cardstock. I traced them on the back of the paper so the lines wouldn’t show.
  3. Cut out the triangles and punch a hole in each top corner.
  4. Thread the string/rope through the holes and hang.

triangle template

scrapbook paper

outline on the backs of the paper

punch holes in the 2 top corners of each triangle

pennant banner front and back

paper pennant banner

Our kids love making hot dog people.

Make cuts in hot dogs before cooking, and the 'arms' and 'legs' will curl out while boiling.

Make cuts in hot dogs before cooking, and the ‘arms’ and ‘legs’ will curl out while boiling.

Remove hot dogs from package and make 3 slices with a knife so hot dogs will end up with legs and arms.

Boil in a large pot of water for 5 or 6 minutes, and remove. Add details with ketchup, mustard, etc.