Saturday, January 14, 2012

Easy Octopus Craft From Paper Towel Holder

Easy Octopus Craft from Paper Towel Holders
Little Buddy still doesn't talk a lot.  One word he does know is, "FOOTBALL!!!"  He yells this approximately 205 times per night, and then immediately tries to tackle someone.  That someone is usually Munchkin Girl, and sometimes she plays, but the other night, she wasn't in the mood for his antics and was getting very agitated.  In other words, she kept screaming in a high-pitched voice, "Mommmmmy!!!!  He won't stop wrestling me!!!  Make him Stooooooopppp!!"

Although Hubby is an orthopedic surgery resident, I didn't want to put his talents to use at home, so we opted for a very quick and easy craft: A Painted Octopus from Paper Towel Holders.  I got out our paints and first they painted the tubes:

Once they were done painting, I cut long slits and made them into an Octopus.  This was especially popular since Munchkin Girls still lives for anything that involves Ariel:

Again, I love crafts that are cheap, easy a fun and this one definitely qualifies!!  What some people don't realize, is that directing energy to something positive and fun can change the whole mood for the night.  Instead of constant fighting and whining, you might get smiles.  Kids are very proud of creations.

If you enjoyed this post, you will love my book!  It was released in July, 2012 and was co-written by me and Susan Case.  In this unique book, which was written by both a Mom and a former Kindergarten Teacher, you will find ways to keep your little kids busy, out of trouble, and motivated to learn.  If you have ever tried to cook dinner while your kid clings to your leg and cries, this is the book for you!  Kids behave better when they are given challenging projects to work on, which will in turn give you more free time to do the things you really need to do, like washing dishes, paying bills, and relaxing so that you can be a better Mom!

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  1. Sooooo cute. Look how good Little Buddy is at painting! That takes a lot of eye/hand coordination for someone so young. Sounds like your house stays buzzzzzy - and fun.

  2. cute idea. pinning

    Natasha xx

  3. so cute!! my nieces will love this idea!! they are into 'cutting' as they say. they love using scissors so this will fun for them to cut it themselves. thanks for sharing.

  4. This is a great idea that will keep my son occupied without costing me much $$! Thanks for sharing this!

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  6. Such a simple and fun activity for the little ones!! Thanks so much for sharing this with our readers at Sharing Saturday.


  7. Great idea, they look fun :)Thanks for joining us on Creative Mondays :-)

  8. cute! we made some of these over the summer and we still have them around!

    Thanks for sharing on the Sunday Showcase - hope to see you this week.


  9. That's so cute! Thanks for sharing!

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