I love to have fun with paper, food, paint, music and events and just being creative in all of it. However, I don't feel the need to be a perfectionist nor a professional in any of my creations. I wish I could have a blog JUST about the art of cooking, photography, sewing, art, mothering, jewelry making, card making, dancing, gardening, deep spiritual thoughts, decorating, poetry, party planning, baking.... and the list goes on but I can't. I don't think I was created with the ability to focus on one task. I like all of these hobbies layed out before me and the freedom to pick whatever I choose depending on the mood or time I have.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Earth Day Kid Activity: Earth Suncatcher

I love how the sun shines through the turquoise and green earth on this Suncatcher Earth day craft.

You can find this craft over at our new website Inspired by Familia here!
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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Cinco de Mayo Activity for Kids: Mexican Pyramids using Moon Sand

Here's another Cinco de Mayo activity with depth as we are trying to move beyond the sombreros and donkeys.  You'll also find a recipe for Moon sand to create this structure!

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cinco De Mayo Toddler Activity: Mexican Flag

This Cinco de Mayo Toddler Activity was perfect for my little guy. I am really enjoying toilet paper printing for little ones. The tp roll is the perfect size for their little hands.  Not only will they get some history from the Mexican flag activity but they will also get to practice their colors.

Flags hold so much culture and symbolism and usually we know very little about why. Do you know why your birth country chose it's colors? It's emblem?

The symbolism and legend of the Mexican flag colors and emblem:

The colors are symbolic of-
Green- the independent movement,
White- the purity of the Catholic faith
Red- The blood of the national heroes.

The legend of the emblem:
       "According to a beautiful legend, the gods had advised the Aztecs that the place where they should establish their city was to be identified when they saw an eagle, perched on a prickly pear tree, devouring a serpent. They saw this mythical eagle on a marshy lake that is now the zócalo or main plaza in Mexico City. This flag was created in 1821, when the Independence movement had ended victoriously."
via Inside-Mexico.com

You can print out the actual flag over at Hellokids or you can use a blank piece of white paper as we did and divided it in thirds and then added the eagle in the middle.

You will need:
  • red and green paint
  • Mexican flag coloring sheet
  • toilet paper roll tube
1. I had to fold the flag in thirds so that my son wouldn't paint all over the flag.

2. Once it dried we added the eagle.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Kids Activity: How To Make A Volcano

I have always wanted to make an erupting volcano but never had a chance to. When my son exclaimed that he wanted a, "Dinosaur party," I immediately knew there was going to be an erupting volcano for one of the activities. I shared a few weeks ago how to make a hatching dinosaur egg which was another great hit for our dinosaur activity fun.

The expression on their faces pretty much sums up how much they enjoyed it. I was hoping to make a volcano for each kid to take home as a party favor but I was limited on time so we went with just one volcano.
It's really easy using air dry clay and having the bottle as a base instead of trying to get it to stand up on its own.
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What you will need is:
  • Air dry clay
  • empty plastic bottle
  • vinegar
  • red food coloring
  • baking soda
To make the volcano:
1. Flatten out your air dry clay. I used terracotta color b/c that was all I found and I had not desire in painting it. You can buy white and then paint it.
2. Once it's flatten stick it to the bottle and it will air dry right onto the bottle. Do this around the whole bottle and then flatten it out to create a smooth surface for the volcano.
3. The bottle creates a base for the eruption solution.
4. Air dry over night.
For the eruption solution:
1. Take 2 tbl of baking soda and using a funnel drop it in the bottle.
2. Then add 1/2 cup of vinegar. Notice my bottle is small so it didn't take much for the solution to erupt out of the bottle. If you're using a bigger bottle you will need more baking soda and vinegar.
We ended our activities with this and it was a big hit!