Easy Easter Sunday School Craft



Today we’ve got an Easy but Beautiful Easter Sunday School Craft for you!

All you need is a set of watercolors & our Easter Craft Template

Sometimes Photos are the best way to explain a craft project:










Don’t they turn out so beautiful!

These would be great affixed to a card or something for children to take home.

Print your Template Here

Find More Free Easter Crafts Here

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NEW: Easter Activity Pack!  Click here


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Easter Bible Verse Cards for Kids


Every year we try to add new and useful printables to our Easter Crafts Page.

This year we’ve added some colorful Bible Verse Cards for Kids!


This set features 10 different verse cards.

Each card is a colorful egg shape and features a key scripture pertaining to the resurrection of Christ.

We’ve even included a printable pocket with a verse checklist you use use to track progress.

This would be a great set to use with your own Easter Curriculum.

Print our Easter Bible Verse Cards From Here

Find More Holiday Bible Verse Card Sets Here


Looking for more Easter Ideas?

Check out our HUGE Easter Freebies List &

Hop over to our latest Subscriber Newsletter,

it’s filled with freebies & links to our most popular resources!

Also, be sure you check out Amanda’s latest eBook A Sense of the Resurrection,

this is a great way to make meaningful memories with your family this season!

Stay tuned for more!

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Shamrock Poetry Printables



St. Patrick’s day is coming soon, and we’ve got a great freebie for your kiddos!


This is a concrete poetry template in the shape of a shamrock.  Children follow the brainstorming and  instruction sheet, then compose and write their poem around the shamrock.

Shamrock Template

Concrete Poetry Instructions


If your kiddos have fun with this one be sure to check out our complete Poetry Pack in our eStore!








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St. Patrick’s Day Bible Lesson Verse

We’ve had such a great response to our Bible Verse Printable Theme Packs, that I decided we should add a set for St. Patrick’s Day!


We currently have a ton of Trinity resources for St. Patrick’s Day, so I thought I’d switch things up a bit and make this set with the Beatitudes.

    Coins1CoinPocket Coins2

So there are eight different bible verses, each from Matthew 5, and each representing a character trait that God holds valuable and blessed.   I printed them on shamrock coins, representing a focus on treasure in heaven and not earthly treasures.

There is a printable pocket with a verse checklist on the back, these would be great to learn during the month of March!

You can print these resources free at Bible Story Printables

More St. Patrick’s Day Printables Here




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Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables


I can’t believe Valentine’s Day is only a month away!

Every year I try to add new and creative resources to our website,  and this year I’ve made some super cute Bible Verse coloring pages.    There are six different coloring pages each with a Bible verse on love.   These would be great for K-5 grades as a take home for your Jesus Loves Me Bible Lesson.

Valentine’s Day Bible Verse Coloring Pages


And here is a handy list of our most popular Valentine’s Day Resources:

Valentine’s Day Watercolor Card

Valentine’s Day Bible Printables

Valentine’s Day Bible Verses for Kids

Valentine’s Day Preschool Printables

Love is Patient File Folder Game

Color Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards

Valentine’s Day File Folder Games

Loving Generously Preschool Lesson

Jesus Loves Me Bible Lesson

Jesus Loves Me Lapbook

I’m working up some great links for Easter too,

be sure you are subscribed for updates!

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Van Gogh Art Project for Kids


We’re diving into our Artist studies this year, starting with Van Gogh. A couple of years ago we did this Starry Night Art Project, and this year we’re starting off with The Potato Eaters.


This is a fantastic painting to study for children of all ages, and I highly recommend looking into this book series by The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each artists most famous paintings are discussed in great detail and these books would make a fantastic addition to your homeschool library.


We used our Oil Pastels for this project, which worked really well for blending, and overlapping color. We even used our fingernails in some parts to scratch away color.



All of our Master Artist projects come with a printable artist card you can use for displaying children’s artwork.

Click Here for the Full Art Project Tutorial.


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Christmas Printables

As you plan your Christmas lessons this year,
we’ve got some great printables to help you out!

New this year we’ve added a set of printable Bible Verse Ornaments,
that would make great take home projects for children.

And here are some links to our most popular printables:

Christmas Coloring Pages

Luke 2:11 Bible Verse Printables

Psalm 72:11 Bible Verse Printables

Names of Jesus Printable Ornaments

free holiday printables

Also don’t forget to download your FREE 75 page holiday pack!
This is an exclusive offer for subscribers of Christian Preschool Printables!

Happy holiday planning!


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Veteran’s Day Printables

Do you homeschool through the holidays?
We usually continue class as usual for most of the Monday holidays,
but we do try to incorporate so holiday themed activities for that day.

I just can’t DO a four day week.
I’ve tried in the past, and a four day week quickly turns into a three day week,
and then a two day week…and then eventually I give up and say,
Hey let’s just start FRESH on Monday.

A whole week gone, and I’m scrambling to figure out
where we’re going to make it up later!

So, I’ve since learned to do something else for these one day,
beginning of the week holidays.
Here is my magic formula:

-Drop everything except the three R’s.
-Include a special craft, activitiy, or field trip.

There. That’s it.
Impressive huh!

So tomorrow we’ll be reading about Veteran’s Day,
and making some special Thank You Cards.

Of course I made plenty to share.
And of course like a good little procrastinating Homeschooler,
I’ve posted it the night before Veteran’s day.

I realize that’s not the best plan.
I almost just waited until next year to share it,
but then I realized that there is at LEAST one of you out there
who is scrambling for something to do on Veteran’s Day tomorrow.
Obviously, I speak from experience.


So it’s not a fancy set, but I think it will get the job done!
There is a set of printable Thank You badges for children to color,
and use as the cover of a Veteran’s Day card.

I also included some easy to cut decorations,
which would be great for little ones just learning scissor work.
For children who are showing readiness, I also added in some ABC practice
and a small copywork page.

Pretty simple stuff.
You can print the Veteran’s Day Printables here.

Be Sure to Stay Tuned!!

I have lots more Holiday Printables coming out soon,
They will be available on Christian Preshool Printables
so be sure you are subscribed if you’re interested in more simple sets like this!

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Even though we’re mid Fall,
recently I’ve been noticing lots of different colors pop up in the yard.

So today,
as crisp and cold as it was,
we donned our hats and gloves,
and headed outside for a small nature walk.

We brought cameras, a small rubbermaid bucket
and we quickly captured Fall life all around us.
They were all so pretty that we spent all our camera batteries just taking photgraphs!

Some Fall FUNgus for you:

You can imagine how excited the children were as they found each new specimen.

We immediately took off for the library and found this wonderful book
called, Mushrooms of North America and it was filled with beautiful photographs
and information about each different kind of mushroom.

Over the next week, we will be notebooking in our journals about the variety of fungus in our area.

How fun that we can just step outside and marvel at God’s creation.
So glad we got Math worked out so we can have some more days like today!

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Inspiration Station Giveaway

UPDATE: This contest is now closed. We have a winner:

Comment # 206 was Jacque who said, “We do lots of crafts, including painting and drawing.”

Congratulations Jacque, you’ll have a Summer filled with fun arts and crafting!

And don’t worry if you didn’t win, the SALE continues!
Snag the entire set of 12 DVD’s for $31.96

Original post follows:

Today we have a special giveaway,
courtesy of Hearts at Home Curriculum!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out their HUGE Summer Sale where you can score 30% off thousands of popular items such as: Apologia, Christian Liberty Press, Mystery of History, and tons more! (Sale ends July 31st)

Here is a list of ALL the publishers included in the 30% off sale!

One of the products Hearts at Home has at an AMAZING price right now,
is this set of Art Instruction DVD’s by Mike’s Inspiration Station.

In fact, it’s a BOGO offer.
That’s Buy One Get One…

Which means that when you purchase DVD Set 1 you’ll get the DVD Set 2 for FREE!

A little about the DVD series:

Geared toward ages 8-12, the series encourages kids to craft right along with host Michael Cariglio and his biblical buddy, Booker T Bible, a talking, animated Bible who offers creative inspiration with Scripture references. Let Mike’s Inspiration Station inspire your child’s creativity and get some fun art project ideas and fridge art in the process!

Here’s what’s included in each of the volumes:

Mike’s Inspiration Station DVD Set Volume 1 (DVD’s 1-6)
$39.99 $31.96

“Drawing Cartoons,”
“Making Watercolor Paintings,”
“Let’s Draw a Dinosaur.”
“Creating Pastel Art”
“Let’s Draw a Cute Turtle.”
“Light and Shading”
“Let’s Draw a Funny Moon.”
“Let’s Draw a Joyful Heart”
“Let’s Draw Goliath.”
“Making Clothespin Puppets”
“Fun Fridge Art”
“Flower Pot Pals”
“Sculpt a Cute Dog.”

Mike’s Inspiration Station DVD Set Volume 2 (DVD’s 7-12)
$39.99Free with Volume 1 Purchase

“Fun Fish Projects”
“Creating Fun Clouds.”
“Drawing Noah’s Ark”
“Drawing a Shepherd and His Sheep.”
“Making a Clay Easter Bunny”
“Drawing Jonah and the Whale.”
“Drawing Laughter”
“Drawing Love.”
“Drawing Animal Cartoons Using Numbers”
“Drawing a Bluebird,”
“Fun Christmas Projects,”
“All about Colors.”

For those of you keeping track,
that’s 26 instructional art projects on 12 DVD’s
for $31.96.

Doesn’t get much better then that folks!

Actually, for you it just might……
because Hearts at Home is going to give one lucky reader
BOTH sets of these DVD’s!

Yippee! Thanks Hearts at Home!

So ready to win?

Here’s how to enter:
1) Tell me how you incorporated (or *gasp* didn’t incorporate) art into your homeschool routine this year. Your comment will count as your first entry.

Optional Entries:

2) Hop over to Hearts at Home Curriculum, check out their Summer Sale and let me know which VENDOR you’re happy to see! Leave me a comment as your entry.

3) Tweet, Facebook, PIN, BLOG about this giveaway (and comment letting me know, give yourself one comment for each time you shared)

Homeschool Art DVD Giveaway!!
#homeschool @CraftyClassroom

Giveaway ends on Friday June 15 at midnight Pacific.
Winner will be drawn at random and this post will be updated.

Good Luck!

Disclaimer: Hearts at Home Curriculum is a Christian homeschool family business. They are regular sponsors here and often provide free product for giveaway purposes. We personally shop their amazing sales, and all opinions are our own. Thank you for supporting our sponsors!

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In which I spill my Dirt….


I am spilling dirt everywhere.

Or…more accurately: Future dirt.

Cause it’s not really dirt yet.

It’s grass.

And leaves.

And some of this stuff.
(cause I’m just a beginner)

And water.

Good dirt takes time.

So we’ll wait

Please pray that I don’t end up with the smelly horse sludge!

Do you compost? Got any tips -or- Smelly horse sludge stories?

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Love Bible Verses for Children

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to share God’s love with children!
We’ve got some fantastic Preschool resources for you to use this year,
and now we’ve got a few activities for you your older kiddos as well.

Today I wanted to highlight how to use one of our new Valentine’s Day resources:

This little printable craft would be a great way for children to learn some
bible verses on love.

For each child you’ll need to print up the envelope
(on cardstock for best results)

The outside of the envelope reads,
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

This is a very important verse, as children grow they must learn
that what is hidden in their heart is what comes out during times of trial.
( i.e. LIFE )

Once assembled you’ll see that the back of the envelope
contains eight different scriptures for children to memorize
as well as a little space to check off each verse.

These verses coorespond with a set of printable bible hearts, (page 1 page 2)

These are black and white verses, so you can print them onto colored paper
(yea for saving ink!)

Now, of course you can use these HOWEVER you like
Maybe handing out a full set to your students to take home,
Printing on cardstock and attaching to a lollipop, or even
Just using them to add to Valentine’s day cards and crafts.
(we’ve even got a few more printables to help with that)

But I would suggest that you actively use them
to help children commit these verses to memory.

Then as a child successfully recites each verse,
you give them the corresponding heart to put into their pocket.

(Thus, the verses in the pocket represent the verses they have hidden in their heart)

Maybe you do one or two each year…maybe the entire set…
Maybe you just keep this as a special teaching tool you pull out every Valentine’s Day.

Whatever you do with them don’t use them as a
“Hey! Look another thing I started but never finished” tool.

You know that guilt inducing tool we homeschool mom’s are so familiar with

Just have fun with it!
And if it overwhelms you Pin it and we’ll know that you’re “virtually doing it”

(Speaking of….did you see my new Garden board on Pinterest? *grins)

Psssst….If you enjoy this set, be sure you check out our other Free Bible Verse Theme Packs:


Easter Bible Verses for Children


Thanksgiving Bible Verses for Children


Christmas Bible Verses for Children


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Wreaths of Maine

Can I show you something?

It’s kinda pitiful.

The sort of thing that…

IF we weren’t in Bloggyworld


IF we were…..say best friends

YOU probably would have already sat me down
and had a serious conversation with me.

About THIS:

YOU would tell me that a dried up grapevine wreath
isn’t decoration.

That I’ve forgotten the CHIC and all I’ve put up is Shabby.

YOU might even come to my house in the wee hours
and rip this thing from the clutches of my front door
before the entire neighborhood realizes that it’s been
there for two years without any further decorating.

THEN….If you were really my friend…..

YOU would get pro-active and solve the problem yourself

Silently ordering a special miracle to show up on my doorstep:

And when I opened my front door on this brisk winter day
I would be surprised to see….

Something FRESH:

Something Aromatic:

Something Alive!

There might even be something lush and velvety to tie it all together:

Something bright and cheery….

Something that says,
“Welcome! Come on in and stay a while:”

And then of course I would say, “Thank you!”
(holding back sniffles and tears of joy)
for transforming my shabby front door into something quite festive~

And I would ask you, “Where did you get such a beautiful masterpiece?”

And you would point me to Wreaths of Maine.

Children's Fundraiser

Maine? I would say….surprised that it has come from so far
(About 2,500 hundred miles in fact)

YES! You would agree! That is far for a wreath to go,
but the shipping rate was low, only $3.95 in fact and look;
it arrived in perfect condition!

I would agree, It’s perfect!

Then you’d go ON and ON telling me
how the wreaths are made from Balsam Fir,
a tree native to the colder regions of New England.

Really? I’d say…. I’ve never even heard of such a tree,
But it smells wonderful!

You’d be sure to point out many of their other amazing wreaths:

Like this beautiful Bluberry Wreath:

homeschool fundraising

and this Classic Christmas Swag:

wreaths of maine

How with their online ordering system YOU CAN CHOOSE
the day you want your wreath to arrive:

How Handy!

And then, most importantly,
You would tell me about the company itself!

How it was founded by a homeschooling family,
who has issued over $250,000 in commission checks
to benefit the fundraising efforts of children all across the U.S.

You’d show me their Fundrasing Packet:

How it was filled with everything a child would need to earn money for
their favorite club, college education, or even to support
their sponsored child abroad.

It’s a Win-Win you’d say.

And I’d look up at my festive front door,
and nod my head in agreement.

Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was sent free product for review purposes. All opinions are my honest thoughts about the product.

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Scientific Method Printables

I’ve been meaning to make these for a while now.
Tonight I finally scratched the itch
and whipped them up…Just in time for the school year!

scientific method printables

I plan on using these with Sissy (Gr.3) and Bubba (Gr.1)
in hopes that they will learn the necessary steps to
execute a “Scientific” science experiment.

I haven’t yet decided on the different projects we’ll do
next year….maybe these will inspire my children to come
up with their own Hypotheses and interesting ways to test them!

Here’s what’s included:

scientific method chart

Printable Scientific Method’s Chart
(Or sequencing strips)

scienctific method worksheets

Printable Scientific Method Worksheet

scientific method printables

6 Printable Scientific Method Experiment Sheets
These are very child friendly and take children through the six steps, from forming the question to the final report.

You can download these all free in our Homeschool Printables page!

And what about you?
How do you work science experiments into your classroom?

Got any good projects planned for the year?

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Coming up in July:


Thanks to our July Sponsor: Speekee~

You might remember that last month I mentioned Speekee’s new homeschool curriculum? Well it’s ready and LIVE on the site,
so now is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the Free trial.
Here are some details:

“This is a 40-week program divided into 4-day weeks with an activity per day. Most activities are around 10-15 minutes in length and all are very easy to follow. As we are happy to reiterate, there is no need for the parent to have a knowledge of Spanish when using Speekee with their children; teacher and student learn together.”

Here are some screen shots of what you can expect:

(You can click these a couple times to see larger versions)

Needless to say I’m super excited about this!
I don’t know Spanish so I can appreciate the guidance that comes with a program like this.
Starting in September we’ll be using Speekee’s 4 day outline alongside one day of Co-op Spanish class.

And I want to say a special THANK YOU to everyone for sharing a link to
The Crafty Classroom!
Here are the Top Five referring websites:

Homeschool Creations
No Time For Flashcards
No Ordinary Moments
Totally Tots

Thanks Friends!!!

Lynn and I are working on a new bible lesson for Preschool Post,
The theme will be Responsibility with a preschool theme of Cats!
We’re placing this into our October lessons, but as always you can use them
whenever you need!

I’ll be posting more Bible Verse Printables on Totally Tots!
We’ll be starting up the third CD of Seeds family worship music.

I also plan to share a little bit about what we’ll be using for our
2011-2012 Homeschool Year…Once I finalize all my chocies that is!

So that’s what’s coming up!
Subscribe or Stay Tuned!

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Geology Crafts

I know you’re just dying to know what we made
with all this beautiful playdough!

I meant to post this sooner so as not to make you
wait in anticipation so long!

A few weeks back we learned about the layers of the earth
and this clay made it possible for us to make our own model!

Didn’t it turn out wonderful?

As part of our study we also made an erupting volcano:

And then later on we visited our local Rock Museum
where we snagged these exciting beauties,
and took the hammer to them…here’s how it all went down:

The kiddos were really excited to find the crystals within,
and have been coveting them ever since!

(If you want to break your own, try this kit from GeoCentral)

I posted some quick tutorials on the main site,
under our Geology Crafts section!

And Stay Tuned for some fun Geography Activities
as we revisit the Continents & Oceans next month!

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Printable Bible Verse Memory Sheet

I have finally picked out a Bible History program for my kiddos this year, and I’m proud to unveil that we’ll be using:

bible timeline

Grapevine Beginner Testament Overview

I chose this because I’ve got a 2nd grader, and a KG student and the beginner series seemed like it would work perfectly in the middle of their ability levels. I can expand it a bit for my oldest, and shorten it a bit for my youngest.

I will be using this curriculum on a weekly schedule, so we will complete one topic per week and one bible verse per week. The children will work on the same part of the bible story, but they will have different requirements for the bible verse. I’ve also organized this so that it will fit into a 5 day schedule, at about 1/2 hour each day.

Monday: Read Bible Story, Day 1 verse
Tuesday: Read Bible Story (kids help), Day 2 verse
Wednesday: Review Story w/Timeline activity, Day 3 verse
Thursday: Kids use timeline to retell bible story, Day 4 verse
Friday: Lesson Review Questions, Day 5 Verse (recite), Bible Craft

However, since my children will be working at different levels of their bible verse, I wanted them to each have an independent sheet they could use to help them keep track of their daily verse requirements

(enter bible verse memory sheet for Bubba):

bible verse memory sheet

(enter bible verse memory sheet for Sissy):

scripture memory for kids

So that is how my children will be learning their bible verses this year….

I’m really excited because it provides them each with a daily task, and it all fits on one sheet!

And, I made blank versions for you guys so you can grab them and make some for your kiddos this year too!

Stay Tuned! I hope to post more about our curriculum and how we’ll be organizing it all soon……

(you know…once I actually figure it out for myself)

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NEW! Family Math, Art, Geography, & Science Curriculum…..


Recently my 4 year old son (Bubba) has been showing interest and readiness to learn at a higher level then I’ve been presenting to him. I’m really excited to see the changes over the past few months:

He will sit for extended periods of time
He can hold a pencil the correct way most of the time without help
He knows his letters and the sounds they make
He is writing his name and other short words
He is beginning to recognize common words (Thanks Starfall!)
He is showing an interest in having “HIS OWN” school books (instead of sharing with Sissy)

I’m really excited because he has been such an “Energetic” little scout, and it’s been really hard to even attempt to lead any type of learning experience that required “FOLLOWING INSTRUCTIONS”


But I see that we are coming around the bend, and my little Preschooler just might be ready for some more one-on-one instructional learning.

Thus, I’ve been spending the past couple of weeks RE-Arranging my LIFE Homeschool schedule to fit him in a bit more, and of course researching curriculum choices that I could use for both children. I haven’t got it all just perfect yet (do we ever) but here are a couple of new additions to our Homeschool Curriculum that I wanted to share:


The Complete Book of Science:

I love this book not only because it is in full color (total score for entertainment factor) but it has 12 different sections that provide hands on learning alongside worksheets and reproducible charts and diagrams. One of the first topics we started with this book was “Our Human Body” and we made these life size representations of our organs, bones, and muscles. You can imagine that both kiddos were giggly excited to do this. (Now, we’re learning about Rocks and Minerals) You can read sample pages here….




Family Math:

I saw this book at a thrift store (after I read that a friend picked it up at a thrift store) and decided to give it a shot. I mean $2 is worth a shot right? Totally worth it. I love this book already, it has transformed Math time at our house in a matter of days. Both of my kids love the hands on activities, and they love learning alongside eachother when an activity fits both their ability levels. The best part about this book is that it tells you very clearly, what ages each activity is for, and then it has pictures and additional ideas for how to explore the concepts with each child. Here is Bubba playing one of the sorting and counting games:




Teaching Children ART:

Okay, I know…we don’t really need books to teach children art do we? Aside from subscribing to Art Projects for Kids, I’ve been using this book to make sure that the kiddos recieve some sort of formal traning on Art (you know like color theory and all that technical stuff) So far we’ve done a couple of lessons as a family, and both children have been very interested. Here are some photos of them learning about line (horizontal, vertical, and diagonal)



Little Passports

And for Geography…..Did you see? I won the 6 month Subscription to Little Passports, and should be receiving some fantastic learning materials soon! I can’t wait, so stay tuned for photos of those!

I’ve added all of our new books and resources to our Homeschool Curriculum page, in case you’re interested in what we’re using for the other topics too!


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Pitter Patter….

…..Pitter Patter….

Hey What’s that sound?

…..Pitter Patter…….

There it is again?

….Pitter Patter……Pitter Patter…..

I know it’s not my children
(they sound like “stomp…stomp…crash…bang”)

And it can’t be the baby
(his range is a bit confined and can only kick my ribs)

….Pitter Patter….Pitter Patter…..Pitter Patter…..


Now I see what it is…..

It’s the adorable Japanese Sandals we made today…

Japanese Crafts for Kids, Educational Crafts


And I was thinking there were little mice running through the house or something….

I was about to get the gun.

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Origami by Me: Printable Pocket

I Loved Origami as a kid.

L-O-V-E-D it

So this was really a treat to be able to teach Sissy (who is 6) some cute little Origami characters.

However, the only easy thing I could remember was a paper cup.

And since she wasn’t ready to be tackling Cranes and Inflatable Goldfish I went online to find some easy, kid friendly Origami instructions.

So here are a couple of the links we used:

Origami for Kids w/ Printable Instructions

Origami for Kids

Origami Crafts for Kids

Now we didn’t have any Origami paper, so we used Construction Paper (lighter kind) and our Crayola Pastels to color in the creatures where needed. And to give them a little personality, we added in some mismatched Googly Eyes.

(Trust me, Origami Cuteness is all in the Googly Eyes!)

So without any further ado,

Here are Sissy’s Origami Animals:

(which totally need some adorable names to go alongside them)

This is “Tacky” because he reminds me of Tacky the Penguin.

This is “The Mad Hatter”

And finally “Horton” (He needs a little pink flower don’t you think?)

And then I had to figure out what we were going to do with them all. So I made a cute little printable pocket (which will soon be featured in our Japan Lapbook) for her to store all her cute little Origami animals.

Don’t they just look adorable all tucked in like that!

You can print your own Origami by Me Pocket here:

Origami by Me Printable Pocket

Just fold on the line, and glue the sides together
(No there’s no fancy Origami folding to make the pocket…I just whipped out the Elmers)

Have Fun!

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