Who doesn’t love a good stress ball? Ok, so our kids may not have much stress in their lives but we do have a couple of kids who struggle to focus and these help them out quite a bit. They are so easy and cheap to make so if you lose one it’s not a biggie, you just make another one! I also love these because I appreciate a fun craft that is also useful AND shows off the child’s creativity which this one does. Look how cute each of their stress balls turned out and displays what they are currently into.
Ok, are you ready for how easy these are?! You need: balloons, flour, funnel, a dry plastic water bottle, permanent marker and yarn. (the last two items being optional)
First, get an empty, dry, water bottle and use a funnel to pour about 1 cup of flour into it.
Next, blow up the balloon a little and then stretch it over the water bottle. After blowing up the balloon I had my daughter hold it closed while I stretched it over the water bottle so that the air didn’t come out while I was doing it. When you tip the water bottle upside down it should fall into the balloon pretty easily but a little shaking is necessary.
You need to let the air out next but you can’t just let go too much or flour will explode everywhere so pull the balloon tight to make that squeaking noise while you let the air slowly leak out. A little flour will come out at the end when all the air is out so don’t worry about it, that’s normal.
The easiest step is next, tie it off! Quickly followed by the fun part, decorating.
There are so many fun fairy jars you can do out there. Some involve using glow in the dark sticks you can open and use the liquid to pour in your jar, others involve cutting out outlines of fairies and pasting them in your jar so that when they glow at night it looks like a fairy is in your jar…the list goes on of creative ways people make these fun jars.
If you have been to my blog before though, you know that I am a simple diy-er. I like doing crafts, science experiments, cooking and throwing parties with my kids but I also am also not a mom to go over the top with any of those. Instead, try to find the balance of a good diy craft/party/recipe/experiment while keeping it simple. Enter these extremely easy glow in the dark jars or better known as “fairy jars”.
All you need is 1 mason jar/kid, some paint brushes and glow in the dark paint. (We tried glow in the dark glue and it didn’t work nearly as well so I wouldn’t recommend it) Glitter is optional. I think the glitter works best when you do the version with the glow in the dark sticks or any of the versions where you put actual lights inside your jar to turn on at nights. We experimented with the glitter which is why it’s in the picture but we only tried it on 2 jars before realizing it wasn’t worth it. Definitely look up the glow in the dark stick version if you want something looking colorful and more like a galaxy jar. They are super cool.
What we liked best was using the glow in the dark paint and just doing tiny dots all over the inside. It can be time consuming or a very fast project depending on what design you do inside. Most of the kids did a bunch of dots, some did a mixture of dots and letters, some did zig zags, stripes…the possibilities are endless. I wish I got a picture of all of the jars but the kids ran off with them pretty fast and they aren’t the easiest thing to photograph with my phone so I’m going to just roll with the three I did get to photograph.
The nice thing about these is there is no replacing batteries in lights, no need to plug in anywhere and they fade. So the kids put them in their window sill during the day and then at night they stare at them while they drift off to sleep and they fade and leave the room really dark throughout the night.
Are they fancy? No. Did they still have fun while making them? Yes! So we count that as a win and move on to the next task. 🤗 Happy crafting!
Little Miss and I decided we needed to make some playdough so we pulled out the recipe my mom used when we were growing up and got to work. Although this recipe does not have anything harmful in it, it doesn’t taste good either so I wouldn’t consider it edible. I do love the texture of this recipe though which is why I always go back to it.
The best part about this recipe is how easy it is. Dump all the ingredients into a saucepan, heat while stirring until it form a clump and then you simply roll it on the counter and knead it a bit and then you’re ready to play as soon as it cools. (maybe 3-5 minutes, tops) SO easy and so fun that the kids get to say they MADE their playdough, they love it!
We had so much fun rolling, cutting, forming, shaping, and then…building a snowman. Zoey was very captivated by how I made one…
So glad I had the camera ready to capture her reaction when I turned it around to show her…
She thought it was the silliest thing. Typical Arizona girl I guess. Then she decided to make her own and it’s just the cutest little thing ever. She did a good job and then took the “coal”, nose, arms and eyes off of mine to add to hers.
If it’s a cold, chilly day and you want something to do with your child that takes very little effort but is so much fun, this is a great choice! Stores nicely in a gallon bag too so it entertains longer than just one sitting.
It has begun! Operation craft room makeover has officially started and it is…messy. Carpets are up, glue is slowly but surely coming off with the help of paint thinner and our muscles and we are getting one step closer to the room of my dreams.
Are you ready to picture this with me? Black and white stripe floors, large table in the middle of the room with storage in it. The perfect place for the kids and I to do crafts together while making memories that will last a lifetime. A closet that is so beautifully organized that it will make your heart skip a beat when you look at it (ok, I may have a problem when it comes to obsessive organizing), some artwork that represents my two homes, beach and desert, pegboard with more organization and some greenery, and of course a couch for friends and family to sit and visit with those of us creating at the table.
Do you see it? I can’t wait to make it come to life and share it.