There's Just One Mommy Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:14:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 There's Just One Mommy 32 32 Celebrate April Showers with This Simple Crayon Resist Painting Tue, 13 Mar 2018 16:14:33 +0000 Spring is just around the corner.  We are looking forward to spending more time outdoors, hearing the birds singing, and watching the spring flowers pop up.

When it comes to spring crafts for kids, there are plenty of bunnies and sheep.

This crayon resist painting is a fun April showers craft to celebrate those rain showers that ultimately bring such beautiful flowers.

Looking for a fun spring rain craft for kids? Check out this Crayon Resist Water Color Painting!

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April Showers Craft with Crayon Resist Painting

Materials Needed:

  • Crayons, including a white crayon
  • Water Color Paper
  • Water Color Paints and Brushes
  • Craft Sponge (optional)

To start your April showers craft, use the crayons to draw a spring-related picture on your paper.  We drew brightly colored rainbows and umbrellas.  A cute yellow duck or spring flowers would also be fun to draw on a spring rain painting.

Make sure as you draw your picture that you color in all the white areas with a firm and even pressure.  This will ensure that the paint doesn’t cover up the image later.

simple spring craft for kids

Once you have your picture finished, use the white crayon to cover the paper with raindrops.  If you draw an umbrella you may want to avoid drawing raindrops underneath it.

It can be difficult to see white crayon as you draw.  We discovered that if you look at your picture from an angle you can see the raindrops.

The next step is optional.  Rub a damp craft sponge across your page.  This will help the paint spread and blend easier.

kids April showers craft

Then use your water color paints to cover the paper in shades of blue.

The raindrops will magically appear!

Looking for a simple April showers craft for kids? Try crayon resist painting!

You can use store bought water color paints, or try using your own homemade liquid watercolors.

If you use liquid water colors (like we did) I suggest skipping the step of dampening your paper as the extra water will cause the paint to lose some of its vibrancy.

simple spring showers craft idea for kids


April showers craft for kids -- simple crayon resist painting for spring

This April Showers craft using crayon resist painting  is  fun to do on a rainy day.   Your kids will love how the brightly colored crayon drawing seems to “pop” against the rainy background.

spring rain craft for kids

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20 Children’s Easter Books Your Kids Will Love Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:00:29 +0000 Spring means plenty of chick and bunny crafts.  It’s also the Easter season.

While we love doing Easter crafts to decorate the home, my favorite part of the holiday season is snuggling up with the kids to read some of our favorite Children’s Easter books.

kids Easter books: fun toddler and preschool Easter books as well as Easter books for elementary kids

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There are so many colorful and cute Easter books out there.

I’ve put them into 2 groups:  Easter books for toddlers and preschoolers, and even a few suitable for babies, and a collection of kids Easter books for elementary students.

Baby, Toddler and Preschooler Easter Books

Clifford’s Big Red Easter  — Fun preschooler Easter book with everyone’s favorite big, red dog.

Little Bunny — Simple board book with adorable bunny finger puppet.

Where are Baby’s Easter Eggs? — A fun flip the flap book your little one will love!

The Story of Easter —  This simple board book explains the story of Easter with beautifully colored pictures.

Llama Llama Easter Egg — All the fun of the Llama Llama books just perfect for Easter.

Happy Easter, Mouse! — Toddlers will love the pictures in this board book as the mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie goes on an Easter egg hunt.

Duck and Goose, Here Comes the Easter Bunny — Duck & Goose have lots of ideas about how to find the Easter Bunny, but will they succeed?

Happy Easter, Biscut — This is an adorable flip the flap book with everyone’s favorite puppy.

God Gave Us Easter — As Little Cub’s family celebrates Easter, she has questions about this very special day of the year.  Her papa explains God’s plans while taking Little Cub on a beautiful walk through the Arctic world.  The book explains Easter in simple terms that are perfect for your youngest little cubs.

Thomas and the Easter Eggs — Thomas the train comes up with a clever way to save Sodor’s annual Easter egg hunt.

fun Children's books for kids

Children’s Easter Books for Ages 5-8

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story — The Bear cubs are candy-crazy until they learn about Jesus’s resurrection and discover salvation is much sweeter than candy.

How to Catch the Easter Bunny — Start a new Easter tradition with this fun, quirky book.

Journey to Easter —  A Play and Learn book that walks kids through the events of Palm Sunday to Easter Morning.  Each section includes puzzles, mazes, simple art projects and more to help children further explore Easter.

Happy Easter, Little Critter —  Perfect kids Easter book for those that love the Little Critter books.

The Week That Led to Easter — This book retells the events from Palm Sunday to Easter with beautiful pictures and text.

Fancy Nancy’s Elegant Easter — No one decorates for Easter quite like Fancy Nancy.

The Beginner’s Bible the Very First Easter —  This book features the Easter story in brightly colored pictures at a great price.

Mater and the Easter Bunny — This Easter book features everyone’s favorite Disney Cars characters.

Walking with Jesus to Calvary:  Stations of the Cross for Children — Beautiful illustrations help introduce the Stations of the Cross to children.

How the Rabbit Became the Easter Bunny —  Kids will enjoy following the Wiseman on his journey to explain how the Easter bunny came to be part of the holiday.  Find out why the rabbit is the ideal animal to express the love and hope of Easter.


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Classic Egg Drop STEM Challenge Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:46:24 +0000 The egg drop challenge is a classic STEM activity that is a hit with kids of all ages.  The idea behind it is designing a container that can hold a raw egg and keep it from breaking when dropped from a high place.

It’s simple enough that younger children can participate, but it can easily be modified and made more challenging for older kids.

I’ve been wanting to try the egg drop project at home for quite a while now.  I decided to pair it with one of our favorite Dr. Seuss books, adding it to our list of Dr. Seuss activities for older students.

The egg drop STEM activity is fun when done on its own or as a Horton Hatches the Egg activity.  And with spring just around the corner, it is the perfect time to get outside and give it a try.

The egg drop STEM challenge is a fun spring kids STEM activity

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If you have enough materials you can challenge your kids to each make 2-3 different egg drop containers to see what works best.  If you are doing it with a large group of children you could have them work in pairs.

Increase the difficulty:

  • Allow kids to only choose 2-3 items from your box of materials.
  • Try dropping the containers from increasingly higher positions to discover which containers continue to work.

Egg Drop STEM Challenge

You will want to have scissors and tape on hand, plus a variety of building materials for kids to explore.  You will also need a few raw eggs for this STEM activity.

Materials You Might Want to Try:

  • Small Boxes
  • Cardboard Tubes
  • Plastic or Paper Cups
  • Shredded Paper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Packing Peanuts
  • Cotton Balls
  • Plastic Shopping Bags (can be used as parachutes or for packing)
  • Drinking Straws
  • Yarn
  • Pipe Cleaners (Chenille Sticks)
  • Craft Sticks

building the container for the egg drop STEM activity

Part of the engineering process is experimenting with different designs and materials.

Let your child test their ideas out and make changes if needed.  Remind them that this is how scientists and engineers learn; they make mistakes and they come up with new ideas to try.

designing an egg drop STEM activity

Once the egg drop containers are built, and the eggs are safely tucked inside, it’s time to find a high spot to drop them from.   If you have a ladder handy you can carry the containers up and drop them from the top of the ladder.

You can also stand on a sturdy picnic table like we did or even drop them out of a second story window.

STEM activity for spring: egg drop

how to do an egg drop activity for kids -- this would be a fun Horton Hatches the Egg activity for Dr. Seuss book

Once they’ve been dropped, carefully open each container to see if it was successful.

We were happy to see both our eggs survived the drop without cracking.  The kids can’t wait to try it again, and I’ve already got an idea on how we will make it more challenging.

kids egg drop activity -- the must try summer STEM activity

This egg STEM activity makes a perfect Horton Hatches the Egg activity to go with the classic Dr. Seuss book.

We love doing Dr. Seuss book activities each year in celebration of his March birthday.  Horton Hatches the Egg has always been one of my favorites.  The message of being faithful and doing what you promised, even when it isn’t easy, is so important.

We had fun making nests that would protect the egg, just as Horton promised he would do.

Horton Hatches the Egg activity -- a fun STEM activity for Dr. Seuss book

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Activities Inspired by Dr. Seuss’s Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:31:27 +0000 Dr. Seuss book activities are always popular in March, the month of the author’s birthday.   No matter what time of year it is, preschoolers love the characters and rhymes you can find within his books.

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? is a favorite when it comes to Dr. Seuss books for preschoolers and kindergartners.  The book is full of funny sounding words, inspiring giggles and a love of reading.

These Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You activities are a fun way to take that love of books even further.

Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You activities -- Dr. Seuss activities for preschoolers, including Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You printables

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Preschoolers and kindergartners love  Dr. Seuss activities and crafts like this paper plate Cat in the HatThese activities are perfect after reading the book Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You.  

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Activities

This free printable early reader game for Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You  will get kids up and moving while practicing reading skills.   With 2 different versions you can choose the one that best fits your child’s skill level. 

Preschoolers will love this  Mr. Brown Can Moo activity for circle time. Follow up with the sound box craft!

Create your own Dr. Seuss character puzzle using jumbo craft sticks.  So much fun for preschoolers!

Take the kids outside for your very own Mr. Brown Can Moo sound hunt.

Download these free printable story cards from TPT to work on sequencing skills.

Introduce onomatopoeia with this simple activity based on Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You.

Kids will love his super simple thunder sound experiment which was inspired by the classic picture book.  

Looking for a craft for the book?  Make your own paper plate Mr. Brown.


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Magical St. Patrick’s Day Activities Older Kids Will Love Thu, 15 Feb 2018 05:11:42 +0000 Are you looking for some fun St. Patrick’s Day activities for elementary kids?

You’re in luck!  I’ve searched the web to bring you the best St. Patrick’s Day STEM, math, and craft activities that are perfect for kids ages 5-10.

Get ready for some colorful rainbow and shamrock crafts and activities to enjoy with your kids this March.

Looking for St. Patrick's Day activities for older kids? Check out this collection of 20 activities for St. Patrick's Day, including St. Patrick's Day crafts for elementary kids.

St. Patrick’s Day Activities for Kids

Build a Leprechaun Trap  — This is a St. Patrick’s Day STEM activity you don’t want to miss.  Who knows?  Your child might even catch one of the little guys!  

Rainbow Shamrock Suncatcher  — An absolutely beautiful St. Patrick’s Day craft that looks gorgeous hanging in the windows.  

Hidden Treasure Math Fact Zap! — Put away the flashcards and make math fact practice fun with this DIY game.  

Pot of Gold Sight Word Game — This is perfect for making sight word practice more fun.  It can be used for spelling words, too!

Rainbow Lego Treasure Hunt  — Legos and a treasure hunt?  A double win with this one.

St. Patrick’s Day Lego Challenge — Use those bricks to build St. Patrick-themed items.

Rainbow Water Bead Slime  — Kids will have a blast mixing up this colorful homemade starch slime.  

Printable St. Patty’s Day Spelling Game — Fun spelling game that can be used with any spelling list.

Taste-Safe St. Patrick’s Day Slime  — With no glue or chemicals involved, kids will have fun creating this unique, and very green, slime

Fizzing Pots — Seriously fun twist to a classic science experiment that kids love.

Leprechaun Rocks — Leprechauns are tricky when it comes to hiding their gold.  Sometimes they hide it in special green rocks.  Find out how to reveal the gold in this fun activity.

St. Patrick’s Day STEAM — Explore mirrors and reflections while creating rainbows and shamrocks.

Minute to Win It Games — 8 fun Minute to Win It games with a St. Patty’s Day twist.

Shamrock Crystals — Growing these crystals is a fun kids activity for March.

Paper Fan Shamrock — A bit of folding and cutting and you can create a beautiful clover craft for St. Patrick’s Day.

Fused Bead Rainbow Suncatcher  — Perfect for working on fine motor skills and dressing up the windows for spring.

Vibrant Oil Pastels Shamrock Craft —  These gorgeous rainbow shamrocks look beautiful hanging on the wall.

Yarn-Wrapped Shamrocks — Make several and turn them into a mobile, or hand them out to friends.

St. Patrick’s Day Jokes — The sound of children’s laughter is worth more than all the gold at the end of the rainbow.  Take turns telling jokes with the kids, or pop a couple into their lunchbox as a special surprise.

Shamrock Shake — Create memories and  mix up your very own minty green shakes with the kids.

St. Patrick's Day activities for elementary kids

Your children will have a blast with these magical St. Patrick’s Day activities this March.

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Adorable Dog Crafts, Perfect for 2018: Year of the Dog Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:27:21 +0000 Kids love animal crafts.  In the summertime sea animal crafts  are always huge hits.  Sheep crafts are big in the spring.

But no matter what time of year it is, dog crafts for kids are always popular.  After all, dogs are cute, fluffy, and and can be found in numerous children’s books and movies.

And, with Chinese New Year 2108 being the Year of the Dog, these kids dog crafts would be perfect for a Chinese New Year craft, too.  These adorable kids dog crafts are perfect for Year of the Dog craft, perfect for a Chinese New Year Activity. These dog crafts for kids will make kids of all ages smile.

Dog Crafts for Kids

Pom-pom animal crafts are perfect for tweens.  This Shaggy Pom-Pom Dog (pictured) is adorable and so fun to make.  

You will love this adorable pup made with newspaper art.

Craft a dog your child can play with.  This Paper Bag Puppet is a simple craft they’ll love. 

Why just craft a dog when you can become one?  This 3-D Dog Mask  will inspire hours of pretend play fun.

This paper spring dog (pictured) is as much fun to play with as it is to make.

This simple Coffee Filter Dog Craft  (pictured) is sure to be a hit with preschoolers.

There is something about a hand print craft.  Your little one will love this simple Hand Print Dog.

Add a magnet to this Craft Stick Dog (pictured) and it will guard your child’s artwork on the refrigerator. 

Inspire your child to read more with this cute Emoji Dog Corner Bookmark (pictured). 

There are so many fun ways to use hearts to make a dog.  We had fun creating a variety of animals with hearts.  We also love this version of a heart dog.


No matter what time of year it is, these dog crafts are sure to bring a smile to your child’s face.


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