Gideon’s Newset Addition To His Art Journal

September 25, 2008 at 5:55 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Original Post Date: March 07, 2008 12:24 PM EST

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Piggie Bank Fun. (Kid’s Kraft Made From Recycled Materials)

September 25, 2008 at 5:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

Original Post Date: March 01, 2008 04:47 PM EST

We took a bit of a break from our journaling project and did something a bit different. Last week I bought this kid’s kraft magazine as an impulse buy. It looked cute and I really liked that a lot of the items were made from recycled things that most of us have lying around our house. The cost of the magazine was easily offset by not needing to purchase craft materials for the projects.

So, last night I handed Gideon the magazine and asked him what looked fun that we could make. At first he looked at cover saying he wanted one that has money in it and later found a totem pole he liked. However, once he saw the piggie bank he was sold on the idea. He quickly cleaned up his mess and we got to work on the bank.

So, what did we use to make the bank? Stuff that we (and I bet that you) have lying around the house. A old bottle (ours was from the G2 drinks), some scrapbook double sided tape, scrapbook paper, craft foam, foam beads, and a hole puncher. It doesn’t get easier than this.

I never really looked at the instructions how to make it and I’d bet you don’t have to either. This was something that Gideon adored and when he woke today he ran for his piggy bank and put some more money in it.

Below are a series of photos of the bank we worked on. We decided against cutting a hole in the top as it was kinda hard to do, and before I got a chance to cut one in there Gideon was already happily sticking his money in the nose. I figure why cut the piggie open if he’s happy using the nose?

Here’s the front and the side of our piggy. Gideon chose the colors and helped with the tape and did the hole puncher as well. He also picked out the feet he liked.

Side and back of our pig.

The front of our pig with the magazine we used for it.

The front and side of our bank.

You might find that the pig is front heavy. Just be sure that you position the coins inside so that it is able to sit upright.

That’s all there is to making this sweet little bank. 🙂 If you or your child make one I’d love if you left a link to it here in my comment section. I’d be glad to hop on over and view it.

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Gideon’s Pretzel and Marshmallow Snowman

September 25, 2008 at 5:43 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Original Post Date: January 13, 2008 04:05 PM EST

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A little snowman picture Gideon did at playgroup on Thursday. They did the circles for him and he glued marshmallows and pretzels and eyes on. He also said it needed a mouth, so when he got home he gave it a mouth.

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Gideon’s 3D Applique Art

September 25, 2008 at 4:20 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

This was originally posted on May 31, 2007 04:08 AM EDT

Back when I was writing for Associated Content, I did this craft with Gideon. He just adored it!

They are so easy to make and they do look pretty cute when done. This was sold as an exclusive to the site, so I’m not able to post it here. You can, however click the link to read how you and your children can make them.

Here’s the completed project images:

My felt picture – hand sewn.


Here’s the two that Gideon made.



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Cute As A Button Picture Frames

September 25, 2008 at 2:14 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Original publish date: January 17, 2007 09:26 PM EST

This is a great project for kids of any age. A simple, but sweet photo frame lined with buttons.

What You Will Need:

  • Buttons of all shapes, colors and varities. The more the better!
  • Glue. (We used washable Elmer’s glue)
  • Cardstock or an old Manilla folder
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or some object to trace as an outline for the frame. (we used a refrigerator magnet frame)

How To Make It:

Take your ruler and draw a template the size and shape you desire. Or, alternately you can trace books, or other frames for size and shape. We used a refrigerator magnet frame for this template.

Set out your child’s button supply and glue. If child is old enough and able, allow them to glue and place the buttons on their own. If they need assistance, help as needed. My four year old made these on his own with little to no glue mess.

Instruct your child to leave the middle blank and to decorate the outer edges only.

Once the edges are filled with buttons you may either cut out the center and tape a photo to the backside of the frame, or tape the photo to the middle of the frame.

Your child might wish to color the spaces between the buttons with paint, markers or crayons for extra appeal.

If you wish this to be a magnet for the fridge, you may purchase a self stick magnetic sheet. Simply stick a large piece of magnet to the back and you are set. (If you feel the need you may also stick the full sheet to the back of the frame. Some of these frames are a bit hefty in weight when finished.)

These are really simple and a lot of fun for the kids to make. Best of all these require no fancy or costly materials, and most of this you should already have around the house.

These also could make a cute scrapbook addition that your child(ren) can contribute to.

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The finished frame with buttons, one gold charm and a sticker on it.

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Gideon’s Beaded Fish Craft

September 25, 2008 at 2:04 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

This article was originally posted on September 19, 2006 08:11 AM EDT.

Cold rainy and even snowy weather is right around the corner. Some of you (like myself) might already be feeling the cold damp weather that is often associated with the fall months. So, what do you do when your kids want to go outside and it’s just too cold and wet?

Well, perhaps they’d enjoy a fun and easy  beaded project to make. This boosts young children’s creativity and helps them with their fine motor skills at all the same time.


  • Various colored and shaped beads
  • A piece of cardboard (or other heavy stocked paper)
  • A small metal clip
  • Glue (I used a hot glue gun)
  • Scissors
  • Crayons (optional)
  • Paper scraps or gift wrap (optional)

Take your piece of cardboard and either freehand draw or trace an animal shape to it. (We did a fish as an activity to match the Rainbow Fish book we had read for the summer reading program at our local libray) Cut out the shape. Depending on the age of the child doing the craft, an adult might have to do this step.

Allow your child to choose the beads they would like to add to the cut out animal. If you are using glue that is child friendly (unlike the hot glue gun we used) you can let your child glue the beads on by themselves. If you, like me, use the hot glue gun allow your child to show you where to place the beads. This way they are still involved in the creation process. You can also glue down pieces of paper, gift wrap or even color with crayons. (My son colored the back of his fish with crayons.)

When the project is complete take a small office clip and clip to an outer edge. This will enable you to hang your project from a nail in the wall in your child’s room.

Enjoy! Your child will love this (or at least mine did since he was always fascineated by my bead collection) and they will take pride in their creation.

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The beaded fish Gideon made for a summer reading project.

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