Something Special ~ Snow Paint & Snowmen

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I saw “snow paint” on Pinterest here for the first time and pinned it.  I finally got white shaving cream and one day just decided to go for it!  The entire project was a 2 day deal, one day for the painting, one for the building of the snowmen.

What you need:

  • white shaving cream
  • white glue
  • tempera paint {if colors are desired}
  • craft cups, or bowls for the paint mixture
  • paintbrushes
  • cardstock
  • scissors
  • paper towels, or something to wipe messes and lay under the painting area.
  • trays if you plan to let the kids play in the cream when they are done painting!
  • items to decorate snowmen {glue gun if you have one}: pipe cleaners, twigs, beans, pom poms, buttons, string, etc.
  • PATIENCE…especially if you include a toddler in this process. 

First, I cut circles out of white cardstock for the little 2, and Pac Man cut his own, using kitchen bowls to trace as templates.

We mixed the shaving cream and glue together, I didn’t measure at all, just put a little of both and stirred it up!  I used disposable craft cups.

I let each child choose if they wanted to leave their snow paint white, or add a color to it.  They all chose to add colors.  A little glob of paint made for a pretty pastel color.

I let each of them go at it and have fun painting however they want.  IMG_0565

They loved seeing how this paint made “mountains,” it was really cool!IMG_0575

We laid them all aside to dry and then the real fun began.  I gave each child a tray and squirted some shaving cream onto it and told them to have fun.  Boy, did they ever have fun!IMG_0578



The next day, after the paint had dried, we got busy creating snowmen!  We just taped the circles together {from the back} and I put out an assortment of goodies for the children to add as they wished.IMG_0682

Ladybug was insistent on her snowman having a sad mouth…IMG_0681

I needed to use my glue gun to keep a few things on.  The white glue wasn’t cutting it for the heavier items.  Krash added twigs to his-going out to get them in the middle of it all!  Here are the finished snow painted snowmen



Be prepared, once you show your tot shaving cream fun, s/he may bug about doing every moment form then on!  Ladybug begged me to “paint the tray white” again that night, so I let her! She was occupied for almost an hour!IMG_0664

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Something Special ~ Rainforest Thumbprint Art


I love thumb/finger print art so I brainstormed what to do with it for our Rainforest theme.  I decided to create a background for the kids with a few trees, and came up with a few sample ideas for Rainforest animals and created idea cards for the kids to share while creating {if you want to print these sheets, download is here}.

Rainforest Thumbprint Art   Rainforest Thumbprint Art 2 

What you need:

  • ink pads {be sure to use washable}, or even finger paint {we used both}
  • baby wipes-for messy fingers, and paper towels-just to be ready!
  • sample animals printables {or your own ideas/examples}, we have borrowed Ed Emberley’s great books from the library and really enjoyed them!
  • printable rainforest tree background {or plain paper to draw your own}
  • PATIENCE…if you include a toddler in this process.  Be sure to have additional ideas to keep him/her busy.

First I showed the kids the examples, also telling them they were free to use them or not-or alter them using their own creativity.  I gave them some scrap paper to practice a few on.


Then, I showed them the tree template and let them choose if they wanted to use it.  Krash did, Pac did not.  K began water-coloring his trees.IMG_4129

Meanwhile, scream-o tot was exploring her finger paint and screaming at me to “wipe da finder” every 2 seconds {about that time I was thinking, “why didn’t I wait until her nap time to do this?”}


PacMan proceeded to draw and paint his background and enjoy adding his rainforest animals to his scene.  IMG_4155


Just in case you think she got a grip, here’s proof… it only got worse.  I do believe she was doing some sort of yelling, crying, or all-out-screaming the entire time.IMG_4147

She stopped for a few seconds to color some trees.IMG_4157

Then decided she did indeed enjoy this {after the rest of us were all done}, and began to go to the complete opposite extreme-painting herself!IMG_4173

I had walked away to clean up a bit and came back to this.  Just seconds before this, she was freaking out about it being on her finger a tiny bit.  Here’s a video I took of her silly drama!


The next day, after the paint had dried, Krash illustrated the drawing portion of his thumbprint animals {butterflies and a parrot}.


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Something Special ~ Campfire Craft


It has been a LONG time since we have done Something Special and I certainly flopped big time on the original plan.  But, I have moderate aspirations of doing Something Special around here a bit more often than, never.

We had camping week recently, and I thought it would be fun to make pretend campfires.  I was inspired by a few I saw online, ultimately adjusting it just for us.


What you need:

  • Tubes {toilet paper or paper towel cut in half}
  • coffee filters
  • orange, red, yellow paint
  • paper plates
  • glue, scissors

Paint paper towel or toilet paper tubes brown, place on a paper plate to dry and to use as the base for the fire.  If you’re craftier than we are you can paint the paper plate brown and make it look like the ground-add some twigs, rocks and such!IMG_1016

Drop bits of paint onto one coffee filter…IMG_1005

Lay another one on top…IMG_1009

Smoosh them all around together and be sure to get your hands really messy.IMG_1019

Be careful that the fire doesn’t burn you.

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If your kid doesn’t like getting his hands dirty, just do it for him.IMG_1036


Lay them out to dry. 

A word of advice… if you don’t want to paint 2 sets, be sure to check the forecast before you have the brilliant idea of laying them out in the sun to dry.  We laid ours outside and came back an hour later to find them soaked and scattered around the yard after a quick afternoon shower.

So, we made another set and dried those inside.IMG_1035


Fold up the flames and position all of your products just so and use a bit of glue to be sure they don’t all fall apart instantly.  You can trim up the coffee filters to look a bit more like flames.IMG_1284


We chose to only create 1 craft fire and left the other logs and flames to be used for pretend play.  The kids have had fun creating fires with the pieces and playing.

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Pac Man even made pretend marshmallows with wadded up paper hooked to the ends of pencils to roast over the pretend fires, lit up in the dark by electric flickering candles!IMG_1066

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Something Special ~ Turkey Songs


Turkey Songs

For our weekly music time, we sing many of the same songs each week {which you can find here}, and I am also adding in some special seasonal songs. This week I chose a few TURKEY SONGS from my former Kindergarten teaching days. The kids liked them, and especially enjoyed the colored feathers to put on the nekkid turkey ;-).

Here’s an Instagram video of my daughter singing the song!



Also, I used a craft this week that was one of those package deals from the craft store.  You know the type, the ones that are supposed to be easy-peasy, but rarely are. These fancy little turkeys drove me nuts.  Yes, they turned out cute, but good grief, they were annoying to make.IMG_3136_thumb[1]


Visit the Fall Fun webpage to see the downloads for the Turkey Songs and more!

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Looking for more Thanksgiving fun?  Follow our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board here!Thanksgiving Theme Pinterest Board

Something Special ~ Baby Food Jar Pumpkins Craft

Baby Food Jar Pumpkins

Again,  I browsed around online for pumpkin craft inspiration and came across this post from Stacie. We didn’t have small bottles but we did have baby food jars, so I modified the craft a bit! Here’s our baby food jar pumpkins!

Pumpkin Craft (5 of 5)

It was a very simple craft to make, with little mess for momma to deal with.

~ First, have your kids rip up orange construction paper, crumple it up and stuff into the jars.  This is a great fine motor activity for little ones!

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Ladybug was EXTREMELY into the stuffing part!  She loved this!  It kept her busy the entire time while I did the other things with the boys!Pumpkin Craft (4 of 5)

I was engaged with the kids for the rest of the steps, so no photos, but here’s what we did…

~cut jack-o-lantern faces out of black construction paper

~use a green Sharpie to color the jar lids

~twist a green pipe cleaner into a stem {Pac did his own, I did K and L’s}

~use a hot glue gun for it all!

They are now adorable little keepsakes and will certainly be brought out as decorations for years to come!

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