Colorful Snow!

wpid-20150126_100525.jpgFirst of all Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! I hope that no matter what you are doing today or this weekend you surround yourself with people you love and have fun. I’ve have been doing that this week! The kids and I had an eventful week! We of course finally got around to playing with the snow paint and we also did some last minute Valentine’s Day stuff yesterday, because I totally forgot! Anyway the snow paint was so much fun! I can honestly say that all three of us had so much fun with it.

wpid-20150126_100829.jpgTo make sure we had enough time outside to really use the snow paint I started preparing the paint and Penny and Jude to go outside as soon as their parents left. I used two of their water bottles and made them each a color, Penny got pink and Jude got green. Then we bundled ourselves up good because let’s be honest it has been freeing out! I then handed them their water bottles and let them go for it! It was fun to see how excited and imaginative they were with it. Within being outside for five minutes Penny was on a sled spraying her paint everywhere and Jude was pulling her along, leaving a pink trail of snow behind them. It was great! Then Penny got off and Jude got on and they did it again leaving a green trail this time. We stayed outside until the paint was all used up and the kids were frozen. Penny did get some paint on her snow pants but it blended in really well because both were pink so it wasn’t a big deal.

Our smiley face
Our smiley face

If you have snow on the ground this week I would say go out and make it colorful with some paint snow. It was really a lot of fun for the kids and me. And the great part is all you need is snow, food coloring, water, and a water bottle. We didn’t really try to make anything other than a smiley face but I’m sure that if you try you can make some pretty cool stuff. Alright well that’s all for today. Next week I will share what Penny, Jude, and I did for Valentine’s Day so be sure to check back!

~The Pinning Nanny


Melted Hopes

Hello everyone! It’s Friday, the end of the first full work week of the year, and time for the results of this week’s craft. As you may have been able to guess from the title of this post the craft didn’t go exactly how I had hoped. Was there snow? Yes. Did the kids paint? A little. Were they super excited about the craft? Not really.

wpid-20150108_101718.jpgSo this is what happened: Penny had her heart on going outside, but it was 10 degrees! Plus on Wednesday I had gone on a trip up to Up-State New York with my dad where the warmest part of the day was a balmy -5 degrees, so I wasn’t really in the mood to get Penny, Jude, and myself all bundled up to only have to come back inside 10 minutes later because their tears were freezing to their faces. So I said that we were going to stay inside but that I was going to bring the snow inside. My bringing the snow inside didn’t get the thrilling response I was hoping for. Penny was still crying in the corner because I wouldn’t let her go outside when I got back inside with bowls full of snow. Luckily by the time I had mixed the food coloring into the snow she was in a better mood and sitting at the table waiting to paint. When I gave them the bowls of colored snow they were more interested in eating it than painting with it but I figured they would stop soon enough. I was right, and they started painting. However they said that the paint didn’t melt fast enough and claimed that they had to let it melt by the fire first, which meant until the snow melted they ran around the house I was trying to clean…

wpid-20150108_101628.jpgThe snow finally melted and I herded them back to the table. They painted a bit and I was able to make lunch, taking breaks to spot wash Penny’s shirt that she kept staining even though I had an apron on her. Needless to say I was frustrated by my failed efforts of keeping her clean for school. In the end Penny dumped all of the red snow on top of her picture which washed most of the other colors out and made the paper a deeper red. Jude’s came out a bit better, it looked almost like a watercolor. Sadly I forgot to take pictures of the finished paintings because I wanted to wait until the paintings were dry before I took pictures of them and then I forgot.

Even though I didn’t get the enthusiastic response I was hoping for, the kids did actually have fun. The melting snow effect on the paper looked cool. And It was a fun way of playing with the snow without actually having to freeze our noses off. Plus it is so simple to make! It doesn’t get much more simple than snow and food coloring. So if you try this one out and get better results than I did I would love to hear about it, or if it turned out bad too. Alright well it is almost time to go pick up Penny from school so until next week, have a great weekend!

~The Pinning Nanny

Snow Day Painting!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your celebrations and these first few days of 2015. This past week has been wildly busy for the kids and me, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things with the kids starting this week. I was inspired this morning when I woke up because glorious white snowflakes were falling from the sky! I immediately wanted to do something snow related with the kids this week and when I looked at the weather for the rest of the week and found out that the snow will be staying I was even happier. Thursday is also supposed to be really cold so I as much as I will be wanting to be outside all morning I know an indoor craft is probably best considering I want to be able to hand kids not icicles off to their mom at the end of the day. Luckily yesterday I had a pinning binge session on Winter and Spring crafts for kids and found the perfect one for Thursday!

snow paint recipe 6On Thursday Penny, Jude, and I are going to make snow paint. This is probably one of the simplest crafts I have done with the kids yet considering difficulty and ingredients. All it takes is snow and food coloring to make the paint and paper and brushes for the kids to enjoy it. The blogger that I got it from, Growing a Jeweled Rose, said that the snow will slowly melt creating fun designs on the paper. I’m really excited for this craft because I absolutely love seasonal crafts, and snow is one of my all time favorite things. Penny and Jude also really love painting using anything, like I talked about in my last post, and so I’m excited to see how they react to the snow paint.

This craft seems pretty air tight right? I mean I love snow, they love painting, the recipe is easy, and it’s going to be cold enough for everyone to want to stay inside, what could go wrong? Well right now the biggest problem I can foresee is if the weather app on my phone lied to me. What happens if I wake up Thursday morning and there is no snow?! I’m on Winter Break guys my brain has been shut off to quick thinking for over three weeks now, what if I can’t think up a back up plan? Another foreseeable problem is that food coloring dyes everything that it comes in contact with, everything! I can see Penny and Jude now holding their paint brushes aloft waving them back and forth splattering snow paint all over the room and furnisher. That would not be a fun day for me.

However, it’s snowing outside. Snow is like magic to me, I can’t be pessimistic for long when it’ snowing. In the spirit of snow I’m going to say that the snow will stay and Penny and Jude will behave. Come back on Friday to see if all my snowy dreams have melted away or not. 😉

Painting Fun

Happy Almost New Year’s everyone! Since Thursday is New Year’s Day and I am only working a half day on Friday this will be the only post I will be writing this week, and no craft. 😦 I have to admit that now that December is coming to a close and it has been a few weeks since the kids and I have done a craft I actually miss doing the crafts. So next week we will be getting back into the swing of things and starting out the new year with a fun craft, that I haven’t decided on yet… But for today I’m going to talk about a craft that Penny, Jude, and I did this Fall that hasn’t made it on the blog yet.

At some point this Fall, I’m not going to try to remember when because Christmas killed my brain, Penny made up her mind that she wanted to do face painting. When I arrived at their house that morning their dad had already set Penny up with the paints and water and she was painting Jude’s hand. She also painted her hands, Jude’s belly, her own belly, and finally my hands. wpid-20141030_101753.jpg

At this point I can’t exactly remember what each of the paintings were but I do remember that mine was a butterfly. Can you see the butterfly? I’ve always loved letting them play with face paints because I like how it encourages their own imagination and hand and eye coordination, especially now that I don’t have to do all the painting. Over this past year I have seen Penny’s painting dexterity improve so much. She can now easily handle the paintbrushes and make if not perfect at least somewhat clean lines. Jude also enjoys playing with face paints, I hope this next year his dexterity will improve as his sister’s has. Face painting will definitely be something we will be doing in the new year. So have a great New Year’s celebration and the kids and I will be back in the new year with lots of fun new crafts!

BOO Signs Come to Life!

Yesterday Penny, Jude, and I tried our hand at making the BOO signs. When I went to Michaels on Tuesday I decided to have them each make their own signs and so gotten the supplies to make two signs, one for each of them. While they were watching their morning show I got everything set up. I put a plastic table cloth down that we use when painting and set out their letters, a paint brush, and a cup of paint for each of them. They were so excited when they came to the table and saw that they were going to be able to paint.



They jumped right to the task of painting. At first they only wanted to paint the tops of the letters, but with some encouragement they were able to cover pretty much the entirety of each letter in the black paint. There thankfully was no complaint about the color of paint that was provided. And as they happily painted I realized I hadn’t eaten breakfast and so treated myself to a piece of toast with farm fresh butter, my dad works for a farmer, and the pumpkin butter the kids and I made last week. I just have to say that the pumpkin butter tasted amazing still, it has a good shelf life.20141016_101427

Anyway back to the BOO signs and kids. Once they got into painting they had a lot of fun. And like I predicted they got paint on themselves… It could have been must worse. They were able to only get the paint on their bodies. Plus they had come in their pajamas so I just kept them in those for the project as a safety measure so that when Penny went to school there wouldn’t be any paint on her clothes and Jude could go to bed paint free. So once they were done painting we had a cleaning party in the bathroom cause that fact that they didn’t get any paint on their pajamas is actually incredible considering the fact of the places and in some cases the amounts of paint they did get on themselves. Luckily I was able to clean them up and then we went on a walk to get some fresh air, and spend some of their energy, to let the paint start to dry. 20141016_103309

We let the paint continue to dry while Penny was at school and Jude took his nap. After Penny got back from school and took her rest we finished up out craft. I had picked up a thing of ribbon while I was at Michaels that I had thought would look great with the black letters. What I didn’t know was there was going to be just enough ribbon to complete the difficult task at, seriously the hardest part of this project was tying those ribbons so that the letters and the bows looked good. My friend, Hannah, was there watching me tie the bows and she can attest to how much of a challenge it was. Don’t judge me until you try it yourself, those letters and pieces of ribbon did not want to be friends at first. However as you can tell by the final result they’re friends now.20141017_111445


It’s Tuesday again and that means it’s time to talk about a new craft and predict the outcome of making it. I have decided this week to make a seasonal door decoration with Penny and Jude. I found this idea on Pinterest a few weeks ago and I think it is going to be really cute. It originally came from a young married blogger who got into the seasonal crafts and came up with this BOO sign.  I think the sign is really cute and I believe that the kids will really have a lot of fun making it.

I like doing activities like this with the kids because it is always good when you can send them home with something. The kids are so proud to show their parents what they have made and the parents usually are excited to be getting a gift/something they can put up and say their kid made that. Parents love bragging about their kids and crafts are a great way of allowing the parents to do that. Plus I mean come on decorating for the seasons can get a bit much so anytime I can help out I try to. This sign will add a little pop to the front door or wherever else in the house the mom decides to put it. I am even rolling around the idea of them each making their own sign so that they can go on their bedroom doors. We shall see how much the supplies are when I go to the store later today.

There are a few components to this craft; we are going to have to paint the letters, which the kids will LOVE. They love painting and not having any lines to stay in will make it even more fun! I’ll just cover the table with old news paper and let them go crazy. Then after the paint has dried we will have to attach the letters together with ribbon to create the sign. My thinking is that we will do the painting in the morning before Penny goes to school and then after she gets back and has her rest we will attach the letters.

So now comes the part when I imagine what could go wrong while making this craft and second-guess my desire to make it with the kids. Here we go! Paint is messy! The painting could get out of control, they could start flinging their paint brushes around in the air getting paint all over the room and windows, making me have to spend my nap time break scrubbing the room down. A paint fight could occur in which I would have to spend ample time cleaning them up and making Penny presentable for school and then go back and clean the room. They could not want to paint the letters in the colors I have. Paint could get on their clothes and their mom may not send clothes for them to change into.  And yeah, paint, paint is dangerous! Maybe this was a bad idea… I guess you will find out on Friday if this idea was a disaster or the perfect way to decorate a door. Until Friday then!