Coffee Filter Watercolor Turkeys

Now that Halloween is over, it’s time for a little Tom Turkey in our lives.  Em had a playdate with her dear friend Vivian and she insisted that one of the things she wanted to do was a craft, so we decided to do have one ready and waiting for the girls when her friend arrived.  She chose to make Coffee Filter Turkeys, using watercolors to paint the tail.  Super cute!

 Emerson had a vision–she wanted to paint her turkey tail in a rainbow.  I love this sweet girl so much.

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After the “tail” dries, glue it onto the construction paper, leaving room for the body and feet.

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Then assemble your turkey and add some eyes.  Color some in or add googly ones!

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Great idea, Emmy! I’m thankful for your artistic spirit that always shines through!

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Simple Symmetry

Just when I take for granted that my kids already know how to do things or already understand how the wonders of the world work, I show them something simple–like how yellow and blue make green or we check to see if bubbles freeze–and they are besides themselves with youthful enthusiasm and awe.  The same thing happened the other day when I told Em we can paint symmetrical butterflies by folding a piece of paper in half.  She looked at me like I was speaking another language and I realized–somewhat gleefully–that she hasn’t done this yet.  She doesn’t know how to make symmetrical butterflies.  So we did.

The trickiest part was making sure she only painted on half of the paper, and to be sure that the butterfly had a thick enough body.  Em is a precise and particular little soul, though, so she was delighted to create the perfect butterfly that would look the same on both sides of the paper.  Like magic.


After we made a few butterflies, I asked her what else we could paint that could be the same on both sides of the paper.  She immediately said, “A rainbow!” and asked for more colors.


Painting With Symmetry @ Rub Some Dirt On It Leaving the world more beautiful than we found it.

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Rainbow Scavenger Hunt



Little H happened to have a lot of rainbow-colored blocks and toys handy so it wasn’t exactly challenging, but they liked it all the same.


Colors, shapes, counting (which pile has most? which pile has least? why do we have so many purple and red things?) and reading all rolled into one activity.

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A Craft & A Car Wash

This one may not be MY personal favorite, but it sure was Jax’s most favorite thing we’ve done in a LONG time!

Here’s what you need.  A handful of teeny cars…

…a dollop of paint in as many colors as you have cars…

…and then let your favorite little person drive all over a piece of paper!

Let me just say that for a little guy who is meticulous, loves not only the destination but the drive, loves nothing more than the open road before him and the wind in his hair?  This was heaven.

He drove his cars all over the paper with purpose and took his serious time figuring out which route he would take to get from Point A to Point B.  It was fabulous to sit shotgun and observe.

After a bit we realized that the paint was getting more on the bottom of the car than on the wheels, so we added a paint brush to the mix to make sure the paint got where it was supposed to go: on the wheels.

And the finished product!

He LOVES it.  I love it, too!  He asked me to hang it up in his room.  I would not be surprised if his cars were driving on it during quiet time, even if it is hanging on the wall.

But, wait! I didn’t even tell you the best part yet!  After the painting is done, there is still more!  Because you can’t leave those cars covered in paint!  Time for a car wash!

Very possibly even more fun for him than the craft itself!

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The rules are simple.  They roll one die and if they roll a one, they get to add a red to the rainbow arc, roll a two and they get to add an orange to the rainbow, etc.  If they roll a six, they would eat one.  If they rolled a number of a color that has already been filled on the rainbow, they got to eat one.  I started cheating halfway through to make sure they weren’t going to eat more than we played!

The goal is to fill up the the rainbow arc with M & Ms, by rolling the dice.

Let’s just say that they BEG ME to play, at least once a day.  So far I have been able to discourage them, but we’ll see what tomorrow brings!

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A Rainbow As-Sort-Ment

Then I made them each a bracelet, and one for each of Em’s dolls (Baby Lovebug and Baby Rosie), working on our fine motor skills even more while lacing!

And they didn’t even realize they’re cleaning up, they were having so much fun!

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Counting On Rainbows

This is a good counting, sorting, and color-identifying activity; Emmy was content to identify the colors and sort through pom poms, but Jax loved it all.

First I took 10 different color pieces of paper and wrote the numbers 1-10 on them.  Rainbow order is fun, but not necessary.

I found brown eventually.

Then Jax stacked bristle blocks on the paper.  Each paper had the corresponding number of bristle blocks.  One on 1, two on 2, three on 3, etc.

After that we sorted through my stash of pom poms and  he put the correct colors on each paper.  This is when Em danced around happily yelling, “Green!’ and “pink!”  Surprisingly, she’s usually right.  When did she grow up so fast?

Too fast for a picture, anyway.

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