Spring has SPRUNG!

Spring is finally here, yay!

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Who doesn’t love spring, and after this winter we really NEED it! When we start to see those buds magically appear over night I think everyone silently breaks into their happy dance. It means warmer weather is here, and summer is just around the corner.

To many, spring is also that chance to accomplish the goals they put off all winter. Hey, it happens to all of us!

There is no better time than now to do some great projects with your classroom, your children, a niece or nephew, or even just for yourself. Little do it yourself projects are very satisfying, inexpensive, and exciting. The tough part is setting aside sometime to just enjoy this season. We know you can do it!

Why buy a kite, when you can make one yourself for those windy spring days.

The mom of this blog had the same thought!

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Full directions and cute pictures here: http://buggyandbuddy.com/make-kite/

With spring the sky is the limit, with everything from paper boats, to weather, to planting herbs, to cute little ducks. If you’re anything like us, we love pinterest and seeing what other educators and parents are up to.

So we here at Kaymbu made a board filled with easy spring projects you could do at home with your little ones, or right inside the classroom! Come check out these great ideas : )

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/springtime-activities/

Like this this cherry blossom tree using a recycled soda bottle, how clever!

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Project credit from Alpha mom, thanks!

Full directions here: http://alphamom.com/family-fun/holidays/cherry-blossom-art-from-a-recycled-soda-bottle/

Now that you’ve made all those great projects, take a break and read some books about spring under a shady tree.

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This collection was put together by Amy Broadmoore over at Delightful Children’s Books and it’s fantastic.

Discover the list here: http://delightfulchildrensbooks.com/2012/03/09/spring-2/

Amy takes the time to tell what each book is about and what makes it special, so it’s definitely worth a look.

Have a great time completing your projects and enjoying this beautiful season.

Happy spring everyone!

Simple and Lovely Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

This Sunday, May 10th we celebrate mothers everywhere!

George Washington once said…

“My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”

It’s easy to see that mom’s are pretty special people.

I can imagine that some mom’s out there STILL have all the mother’s day presents they ever received. I bet you occasionally run across one saved away in a box and and ask your mom why she doesn’t just throw it away. To that she replies “NEVER!” Moms treasure the things we do and make that show we love them.

There are so many things from making cards, to a homemade necklace that you can do to say “Hey mom, I like you a lot. …And thanks for not getting mad when I cut my own hair, spilled countless items on the floor, colored in all your books to make them pretty, making you stay home with me when I didn’t feel good, for leaving the night light on, for reading to me even when you were exhausted, for giving me the best advice (that sometimes I should have listened to better), and for loving me (that’s the best one).”

So for all those teachers, dad’s, aunts, cousins, or anyone out there that wants to make a mom they know feel a little more special, check out these awesome ideas that we pinned!

https://www.pinterest.com/kaymbuinc/mothers-day-crafts/

I’ve also categorized a few for you to check out!

FREE Printable Love You Hand Stamp (Easy- great for teachers or to do at home with younger children that is super simple! Just print the image and stamp away! You have the option to frame it or not.)

CUTE Love U Hand Print Gift Idea

Full directions here http://lilluna.com/love-u-hand-prints-gift/

Mason Jar Flower Photo Holder (Medium- much better to do with older children or definitely do-able if you have more than one adult to help with your class, but this is GREAT! You could use ANY jar you want it doesn’t have to be a mason jar. Then just add a few flowers either real or some silk ones from a craft store to make it even more beautiful)

How to make a mason jar vase and frame

Full instructions here http://www.homestoriesatoz.com/crafts/mason-jar-picture-frame-vase.html

Mosaic Mom (Harder-in the sense that a little more time is required for prep and clean up. To stay organized my tip is to keep the beads in tupperware containers, or beads will find themselves all over the place. You can use up all those old beads or shiny pieces you have lying around!)

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Full directions here http://www.theartannex.com/2011/12/m-is-for-mosaic-mom-gift.html

We hope these ideas have helped inspire you to create some great things for Mother’s Day, and to mom’s everywhere thank you for all that you do!