After conquering a giant community sculpture by which an entire school came together to create, I decided it was time to scale things down a bit.
Open the door, get on the floor... everybody walk the dinosaur!
It all started with a little wire and a big idea. With all the best intentions and holding the kids' hopes and dreams in my mind, I soon ended up on my living room floor completely wrapped in a wire burrito wondering what I'd gotten myself into.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” - Einstein
Forget about the bad guys, we want to take a moment to recognize some of our favorite bad girls. These female villains are fierce, challenging and deliciously dark - and it's quite captivating.
While we all know that good will triumph in the end, half the fun of any story comes the powerful ladies who cast the spells, hoard the treasure and try to take over the world.
So without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite fairy-tale villains:
Making play dough is one great way to keep kids busy on a snowy or rainy day!
This easy play dough recipe can be made using hot water (instead of the stove) and contains all edible ingredients.
Best of all, the ingredients are inexpensive, and more than one batch can be made if you want to make more than one color!
If you've ever watched FernGully or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you know that many classic children's movies have scenes or plot points that aren't exactly kid-friendly.
There are kidnappings (Hook, Labyrinth, 101 Dalmatians), neglect (Matilda, The Secret Garden) and dead parents - so many dead parents (Bambi, Lion King, Finding Nemo, Land Before Time).
Seriously, you do not want to be the mom of the main character in a Disney movie, because you're probably not going to make it past the prologue.
Did you know you can make a stamp out of a potato? Well, you can!
This craft is a wonderful family or group activity. I made mine with my kids, and we had a lovely time cutting and stamping Valentine cards for one another.
OMG, I made my very own candy necklace! Pretty cool huh?
You can make these in whatever color you want... mine are pink and purple for Valentine's Day.
Alright let's start. This is easy, I promise!
4 egg whites
1 cup sugar
1/4 cream of tartar (this is a powder in the spice aisle - makes everything shiny, but it's optional)
1 tsp of flavoring if desired
1 tbs cocoa powder (if you want them to be chocolate flavored)
Does your child's classroom exchange valentines? Jessie Jane shares two great ideas for homemade cards that are much cuter than the storebought ones. They're easy to make, fun to decorate and oh so adorable!
Glitter paper (available at any craft store)
Googly eyes (optional)
This past December during my thyroid surgery recovery, my mother-in-law, who is a brilliant artist, spent some quite time with me. She inspired me to try my hand in painting. She brought over her supplies and bought me a canvas.
“No rules,” she said. “Just chose colors you love and go for it!”