This year has been a very unique year to say the least and since unicorns represent uniqueness, it has been our theme this year. We decided to make some unicorn jars for our immediate family as a way to celebrate Nikki’s 6th Birthday.
We of course searched for some ideas on Pinterest that never seems to fail us. We found a design that we loved and put it together. It is very simple to put together and looks adorable!
Jar with lids
Gold Glitter Cardstock
Hot Glue Gun
Extra: Goodies to fill jars
We first did all our cutting first so that we had all the pieces to put together. We cut out triangles to make the horn with the Gold Glitter cardstock and we used the same to make smaller triangles for the inside of the ears.
We then cut triangles on the white felt for the ears. We made sure it was bigger than the small triangles and once cut, we rounded the tip.
Then glue the small triangles onto the white felt to finish off your unicorn ears.
We placed all our cut pieces on the side with our paper flowers that we purchased already made from our local dollar store.
Now for the fun part! We hot glued the horn to the lid and then the ears. Once it has been placed, we hot glued the flowers. We got different colors to make each jar unique!
Then we filled the jars with Skittles and chocolate because we could all use some sweetness. 😉
Using a permanent marker you can add the eyelids and eyelashes to the jar.
Once all your personal touches have been added, you can gift your Unicorn jars or you can keep them!
There you have it! Easy and beautiful Unicorn Jars. We had a lot of fun making them and we know our family will love it too.
If you have or are going to make your own Unicorn Jars, we would love to see it. Just tag us #MommaBraga and we will share it!
The era of crafts has been in full bloom in our home as we look for ways to stay creative. It also just occurred to us that with our five-year-old being homeschooled, we have plenty of toilet paper rolls to use! Who knew that the rolls could serve another purpose; however, we sure found out quickly what fun could be had.
We of course searched for some ideas on Pinterest that never seems to fail us. We found three fun DIY crafts that your kids will love to do and it will also brighten someone’s day.
Toilet Paper Rolls
Scissors and Hot Glue Gun
First paint the toilet paper rolls with any color that you like. Once painted, set it aside to dry.
Pick a color for the wings from construction paper. First fold the paper in half. With a pencil outline the wings by using the middle part of the folder paper as the middle of the wing. This way when you cut out the outline the wings will be the same on both sides. 😉
We highly recommend for the adult to hot glue the wings onto the toilet paper roll, Googly Eyes and the pipe cleaner antennae for the child. This way the child does not get hurt.
With a marker the child can add a smiley face. On some other butterflies, we added eyelashes by the eyes as we went overboard with our creation.
Then add the buttons as that is the fun part. We used self-adhesive craft buttons from the Dollar Store to make it easier. If you do not have buttons, you can use paint to add the design. We painted our fingerprints and placed them on the wings. It added a special personal touch.
Once all your personal touches have been added, you are ready to display or give them to someone you care about.
Extra: We added a little message inside the butterfly that said, “We will be spreading our wings together soon and onto our next adventure.”
This is why we call this the “Adventure Butterfly” as we hope it inspires our future adventures with our families. We have delivered many butterflies to our loved ones doorsteps and they have meant so much to everyone. Even my parents held back tears when they spoke with us on the phone on how touched they were with this craft.
Toilet Paper Rolls
String or Yarn
Scissors and Glue
First paint the toilet paper rolls blue as we are representing the sky. However, feel free to be creative and add any color you would like. Place the roll on the side to dry.
Take a paper and draw a cloud and cut it out. In the cloud you can write any inspirational message. For our rainbow we wrote: “After every storm comes a rainbow.” Then place the cloud to the side.
The next step was cutting strips from tissue paper that we had at home. We didn’t have all the colors of the rainbow so we used a colorful one that we had. Once all cut out, place them to the side.
Take your string or yarn and cut a piece where you will use it to hang your rainbow.
Once the roll is all dry, make two holes on the side to insert your string or yarn through it.
Then glue your cloud to the front of your roll.
Add the tissue paper at the bottom by gluing it into the side of the roll.
Then hang it in a desired area or gift it to someone who may need a smile.
We call this the “Rainbow Inspiration” as a way to uplift us if we are feeling down. We have hung these on some of the doors in our home and I have looked at them a few times and they always make me smile.
Flowers of Joy
Toilet Paper Rolls
Scissors and Hot Glue Gun
First paint the toilet paper rolls green as we are representing the stem. However, feel free to be creative and add any color you would like. Place the roll on the side to dry.
Using construction paper, pick colors for the flowers. Design your flower and cut it. *Just make sure that they will be able to go in the slit in the toilet paper roll that will be created later.
With Green construction paper, we cut out leaf shapes and we used paint to add a dash of color. We then glued the leaves to the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
Then the tricky part which we recommend for the adults to do is create two slits on the top sides of toilet paper roll.
Taking your created flower design, insert it into the slits and now you have created your own Flower of Joy.
These flowers are easy, creative and the best part is that they will last forever. There is no watering needed or sunlight, these are the best flowers to have. We have displayed them on our front window of our home as a way to bring some joy to our neighbourhood.
There you have it! Three DIY crafts that you can do with toilet paper rolls. It is a great way to keep you and your children entertained. It also gives the famous toilet paper roll another purpose in their life.
We would love to see your creations and make sure to tag us @mommabraga or use the hashtag #MelAndNikkiCrafts. We will feature you on our page!
“A perfect activity book for Christmas!” – Momma Braga
Inspired by the animated special based on a beloved classic, this treasure trove of activities, fun facts, and more than a hundred stickers is the perfect gift for a magical time of year.
There’s so much to make, do, and discover in the countdown to Christmas! Whether kids like staying indoors to make crafts or stepping outside to explore, they’ll find plenty of ideas in this gem of a book. Would you like to create a wreath, design your own cards, pr make a special cake for the birds? How about learning some seasonal jokes, looking for winter creatures, or completing a Christmas tree calendar with stickers? With easy-to-follow instructions, charming illustrations, and plenty of holiday spirit, this hands-on guide to making the most of the season will children entertained and inspired.
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Christmas Activity Book is the perfect activity book for the holiday season. It truly does have many wonderful activities to keep your little one entertained. We have tried some of them already but are saving most of them to do during Christmas with our family. Nikki loves the option of coloring your own stickers and it made her feel extra special to say that she colored it on her own.
To pick a favorite activity for me would be very difficult as I love Christmas and all the activities are perfect and easy! The activity book comes with a Christmas Tree Calendar and we will be posting it on our door so that each day Nikki can put a sticker on the tree as our countdown. Such a simple and easy idea to do with a beautiful impact for the child. Oh did we mention there is a golden treat recipe too?! There is just so much fun to be had with this Christmas Activity Book.
Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! Christmas fun awaits in this book and as a parent you will have fun too!
This would make a perfect gift for a child between the ages of three and seven. If you would like to purchase one, click here.
A new series is launching on Saturday November 3rd at 10:30 AM on tvoKids called Super Mighty Makers!
A TV series around kindness, crafting and a lot of fun is what we can look forward to with the Super Mighty Makers.
The Super Mighty Makers (SMMs) are a team of in-the-field kids with special powers to help a friend real Craft Kids with a problem that can be solved with kindness, through crafting.
In each episode, one of our four SMMs gets the craft alert from Bondini – uber crafter and blimp pilot – that sets off the MAKER MISSION! Together in the CareCraft blimp, Bondini and the SMM learn all about the Craft Kid – who they want to help, what that person needs help with, and figure out the perfect craft to make for the situation! Then, they “sparkle up” the Craft Kid and get cracking on the coolest craft ever. When the one-of-a-kind creation has been completed, Bondini and the SMM “sparkle down” their friend and watch on as he or she gives the craft to the special recipient.
Another act of kindness. Another MAKER MISSION completed!
Join The Mighty Maker Movement
The SMMs are out to spread the message of crafting for kindness across the nation, making the world a better place one craft at a time!
So we at Momma Braga had to take part as we love kindness and crafts! The SMMs gave us all the tools that we needed to make a very special craft, a Kindness Cloud.
We are delighted to share with all of our amazing readers on how to make this very simple and thoughtful craft to be given to a special family member or friend.
DIY Kindness Cloud Craft
What You’ll Need
1 Cloud (pre-cut)
6 Strips of construction paper (pre-cut)
Pick a family or friend you want to spread kindness to and think about the things you love about them. Write their name in the cloud followed by “__________ is amazing because he/she is…”
Write a word on each piece of coloured construction paper that describes your friend (i.e. giving, funny, kind, etc.). Be sure to leave room at the top of each piece for glue.
Flip the cloud over so the written side is facing down. Place glue on the top of the written side of each coloured strip.
Please the coloured strips on the cloud with the written side facing down and place the colours in order from left to right. Let the glue dry for five minutes and then flip your card over to reveal your beautiful craft!
Once the cloud and rainbow strips are glued together secure the craft to the inside of the frame.
Once your craft is finished, give it to your family or friend and remember to spread kindness wherever you go! Make sure to upload a picture to social media using the #MightyMakerMovement tag and show us how your spreading kindness in your community!
Nikki picked her baby cousin Adriana as she loves her dearly and thought what a great keepsake for her little cousin. Nikki told me that you are never too young to learn and teach kindness (heart melting at the moment).
The craft is so creative and adorable to do! We had a blast making it together and gets us excited to tune in to the Super Mighty Makers on tvoKids on November 3rd and onward. We would love to see your kindness cloud craft or any other craft that you come up with! Just make sure to tag us @mommabraga.
We love doing arts and crafts in our home especially lately as our daughter prepares herself for Kindergarten. This is why we were very excited to try the DIY Glitter Jar in honor of the new children’s show, Esme & Roy that will be premiering on Treehouse this month.
Esme & Roy use calm-down glitter jars to help the littlest residents in Monsterdale work through their emotions and avoid monster meltdowns (we as parents are very familiar with these types of meltdowns). Now watching the glitter swirl to the bottom of the jar gives kids time to calm down and regain control of their emotions.
So we got to create our very own with our daughter, Nikki.
You will need the following material for this craft:
Pour clear glue into the jar until it fills up to about 1/4.
Slowly pour hot water until the liquid reaches 3/4 of the jar.
Add as much glitter as you would like and stir using the stir stick.
Add more hot water to bring the water level to just below the top of the jar.
Add 1-2 drops of food colouring and stir using the stir stick.
Twist on the lid and give your jar a shake! Be sure to sing the Glitter Jar Song (below) as you watch the glitter swirl and fall!
“When the glitter starts to fall like snow –
take a deep breath, nice and slow –
watch as it settles all around –
and feel your body calming down.”
Those are the easy steps to follow to create your very own Glitter Jar! We had a blast doing this together and of course Nikki’s favourite part was stirring it all together. It was a really fun craft to do and really got us excited to watch Esme & Roy when they premiere on Treehouse on August 18th!
Esme & Roy Synopsis
This new children’s show follows a young girl named Esme and her best monster friend, Roy, on their adventures as the best monster babysitters in Monsterdale. The series invites children into a colourful world where even the littlest monsters can overcome big challenges together.
Esme & Roy offers easy-to-adopt strategies that can help even very young children regulate their emotions. Tactics include: taking slow belly breaths, which provide a pause for children to be reflective; self-talk that uses positive statements to remind kids of their strength and capability; giving oneself a soothing hug; and using a “glitter jar” to calm the body and mind, shaking a sparkly snow globe-like jar and taking deep breaths while watching the glitter swirl and slowly fall.
This sounds like a great children’s show with positive messaging and we just love that! We can’t wait to watch it and have our daughter learn from it too. We hope you will tune in on August 18th and if you would like to try this craft, make sure to tag us @mommabraga and use #EsmeandRoy when you share. We can’t wait to see your Glitter Jars!
When your baby can’t walk yet and they are just not into playing in their jungle gym anymore that day, you have to think of something to do to keep your baby entertained. This can be a difficult task to do especially if you have a young baby on your hands. I did some research and found the perfect activity that has helped me keep my four-month old baby entertained.
Not only did it provide great entertainment but it also became a great family project.
Our Little Family
This activity was seen on Pinterest which has become one of my obsessed apps of all time. When I saw how simple, fun and creative it was, I knew I just had to do it.
Material Needed: All you need is White cardboard, pencil, scissors, two different paint colours, glue, glitter and a picture frame.
First, I took the glass from the frame and put it on top of the cardboard and with a pencil traced it out. Once completed, cut it out.
Next step was to first paint my husband’s hands since his is the biggest with one paint color.
Once it was dried I did my handprint on top of his, then set it aside to dry again. (Tip note: I made sure we all used the same hand so it looked neater.)
I didn’t have a chance to buy non toxic safe paint so instead I used school glue. With the help of someone holding my daughter, I added glue to her hand and then pressed her hand onto my handprint.
Then sprinkle the glitter over before the glue dries and then tap off the access.
The final touch I added was the writing on the top, then put it in the frame.
This is how “Our Little Family” Craft turned out and we love how it came out. It was simple to do and it kept us all entertained, even my four-month old.
Give it a try and let us know how your little family turned out by sharing in the comment section below.
Until next time…Happy DIY!
About the Author
Karen Silva is a writer on Momma Braga and is Melanie Braga’s sister. Karen graduated from Sheridan College with an Early Childhood Education Diploma. She worked with children for about five years before expanding her skills in Administration. Combined with her ECE background and passion for DIY projects and baking, she has recently joined Momma Braga and has become an expert writer for the blog. Karen hopes by sharing her knowledge, tips and tricks, she can bring families together through her creative ideas.
Karen is also a mother of one very adorable baby girl in 2018.
Hello my fellow momma and papa bears, it has been a while. I was pretty busy taking in my whole pregnancy and then the birth of my beautiful baby girl. Now I’m back and ready to share some great ideas with you.
These activities were inspired by my three month old baby as I wanted to do something special for Father’s Day. These art activities are super easy to do and does not require a lot of material. It can also be done for any day of the year as you don’t need a special occasion to have some creative fun. Please note that some of these you may need an assistant to help you or you may want to do them when your baby is asleep.
Leave A Little Sparkle
This is one of my favourites! Especially how I LOVE glitter!
Material Needed: A picture frame, paint brush, glitter, glue and Printer.
First, with a paint brush add glue onto the bottom of your babies feet (it is easier if you do one at a time).
Then place their foot onto the glass of the picture frame to make the footprint.
Once you have done that, sprinkle the glitter on top and dust off the access.
Once you have cleaned the glue off of your baby’s foot, repeat the same steps to the other foot.
Then on a computer, create a sign that says “Leave a little sparkle everywhere you go” (I found this quote on Google).
Cut and insert that sign in the picture frame. You can leave the glitter foot print design on the outside or you can flip it in, so that no glitter can be taken off.
Material Needed: A camera, scrapbook, scrapbook paper and glue.
First dress your little one in cute outfits of your choice and do a mini photo shoot with them (IF they are up for it… I did mine after a feed).
Also make sure to take some family selfies, as that is always great to have in a scrapbook.
Once you have them printed out you can make a photo college on some scrapbook paper (I found mine at my local Michael’s Craft store).
Once completed to your liking, you can put your scrapbook together.
Songs With Props
Material Needed: Computer, printer, Popsicle sticks and glue or tape.
My baby girl loves the Five Little Monkey’s song so I choose to do this one.
First I printed five different pictures of cartoon monkeys and a picture of a bed.
Once I have printed them and cut them out, I glued them onto Popsicle sticks.
Then when I sang the song to her I would use these props.
For a more personal idea you can do the “Family Finger song”, for your props just print out a picture of you, dad, baby and anyone else. This way when you are singing “Daddy finger, daddy finger where are you?” Hold up their dad’s picture and continue the song.
I hope these three ideas inspire you to create some memories in a unique way with your little one. If you choose to do any of these or know of some other great ideas I would love to see them, so please tag me on Twitter.
Easter egg hunts are fun to do and one that we enjoy doing in our home. With my daughter being three, her understanding of the Easter Egg hunt is impeccable especially if it involves finding chocolate. This makes the preparation for the Easter Egg Hunt easier but with a new addition to the family I had to think of a way to involve her as I would hate for anyone to feel left out (my newborn niece won’t notice but I will). 😉
My sister is the much more creative one and she has always come up with ways to make holidays and occasions fun for my daughter so this time I wanted to do something special for her daughter this Easter season.
I thought long and hard about how I can incorporate a newborn friendly Easter Egg Hunt and after a trip to my local dollar store…I came up with a simple way and it was going to include the parents!
I am calling this activity, “Eggspiring Easter Hunt.” So how does it work? Let me give you my simple instructions for some Easter fun for all.
Eggspiring Easter Hunt
This Easter Egg Hunt will involve the parents to do the hunt on behalf of their newborn but of course they can carry their baby with them as they search. There will be decorated eggs hidden in the areas that you have picked for the hunt. As each egg is found, there will be an inspirational quote attached to each one. These messages can be kept to inspire the baby as they grow. These can be used as good wishes for the baby.
Purchase Easter eggs that are either already decorated or that you need to decorate yourself. We purchased our ready decorated Easter eggs from our local dollar store.
Come up with some inspirational quotes to add to each egg. We used some classic Disney inspiring quotes as they mean a lot to our family.
We added the quotes to a bunny shape template. Once the quote is added you can cut out the bunny and if you have an older child, they can color it for the baby. If you would like a printable template, click here.
Attach the bunny with the inspirational quote to each egg. We used a pipe cleaner that we attached to the string already on our eggs.
Then on Easter, hide them when the parents are not looking. 😉
Then start the Easter Hunt magic. Watch as each message is read out loud and see the parents enjoy the inspiring wishes for their newborn.
With these steps above, you will have included one of the youngest members of your family and even though they may not know exactly what is happening. They will appreciate the thought as they grow with the inspiring messages around them. But this too will make the parents of the newborn glow with love. I know this is how my sister will feel.
We can’t wait to try this activity out this Easter and spend some great family time together. That is the one thing that I love the best about the different occasions we celebrate as we get to spend time with those that we love and care for.
If you are celebrating Easter, I would love to hear from you on how you are celebrating in the comments below.
Have you ever wonder what crafts or activities that you can do with your child? Have you looked for a craft subscription option to help you?
There is a solution and an affordable one. Let me first introduce you to Kyla.
Kyla is a mom of six wonderful children in Saskatchewan, Canada. Five of her children were all under the age of five and it was a bit of a challenge as she needed to find ways to keep her older children engaged in activities. Kyla thought that a craft subscription would be a perfect solution to help her. However, after a lengthy research she found very few affordable options were available in Canada. Therefore, she began prepping little crafts in snack bags to give to her children and they LOVED them! This is where the idea of “Myfunvelope” bloomed. Kyla wanted to offer the opportunity for other moms to access an affordable monthly craft subscription and this is exactly what she did.
Myfunvelope is for children ages three to nine. Every month your child will receive a funvelope in the mailbox. They will discover and have fun with four unique craft projects that follow a fun monthly theme. They will also receive a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity for hands-on building that is fun and sometimes hilarious! Markers and scissors are also provided with your package and the cost of this no tie-ins subscription is $18 on a month-to-month basis. All children can enjoy the activities every month as the themes are never holiday related to make it inclusive for all.
We got to try this month’s Myfunvelope and I have to say it was a great one! It is superhero month and my daughter loves superheroes!
The first thing that our daughter noticed was the cape and mask which was the first to go on (and stayed on for hours after)! Then we got to try the fun activities throughout the weeks.
There was the Pop-Up Superhero Activity, Superhero Straw Shooter, Superhero Magnet, Cape and Mask and the STEM activity was creating a flying superhero to measure distance. That one was really fun!
What we loved about the craft package was that it had everything that we needed to do all the activities. It saved us a lot of time and running around in getting any of the little things needed to make craft success.
For this #MelandNikkiReview, we give “Myfunvelope” 5 super powers out of 5! If you would like to try this subscription it is super easy to start! All you need to do is sign up and let the crafting begin! Don’t forget to follow Myfunvelope on Facebook and Instagram for some great crafting ideas!
Okay my mombies gather your little monsters and let’s make your Halloween party a big hit. I will share with you some fun Halloween games you can have at your party, that’s also super easy to do.
Remember to use your best judgment on which tasks your child can help you with.
Strike Those Ghosts!
What you will need: A ball, six clear or White plastic cups and a black marker
First create your ghost faces on your cups, remembering to have the opening of the cup face down on the table.
Once you have completed that you can place them in a corner, stacking them to create a triangle shape.
Decide where you want the starting line to be.
Then each person can take a turn to roll or throw the ball to get strike out the ghosts.
Feeding the Monsters
What you will need: Large box, scissors, paint and balls
With a large box you will create three monster heads, so there are three different eating levels.
With scissors cut the mouth holes and make sure it is large enough for a ball to be thrown in.
Then together paint your monsters and add some details. Then once dried, decide where you want your starting line to be and have people take turns throwing a ball into any of the monster’s mouths.
*Fun Tip: You can use glow in the dark paint and put a black light on during the game. You can also add some creative features such as teeth to make the monsters look more realistic.*
What do you feel?
What you will need: Empty tissue boxes, Black paint, foods that would resemble body parts and a blind fold
First paint your boxes with the black paint and set aside to dry.
Once that’s done fill your empty tissue boxes with your food ideas. You can label each box with the “item” that you want it to be, for example “eye balls”.
Once your guests are ready to play have them put on a blind fold and stick one hand in the boxes to feel the objects. Some examples you can use is:
Noodles with tomato sauce as mushed brains
Grapes as eye balls
Jell-O as guts
*If you wish not to use food you can add Halloween items and have them guess what they are, for example, you can put fake spiders in a box.*
Witch Ring Toss
What you will need: Black construction paper, tape, paint, card board and rings
First cut your Black construction paper into a Triangle shape.
Then fold the corners together, closing the Triangle shape and creating a cone shape.
Then with another Black construction paper cut out a circle to complete the witch hat look.
Together decorate the witch hats with paint.
Once you have taped the two pieces together and set aside to dry. Once completed tape or glue each of them onto the cardboard leaving some space between each of them.
Then create your starter line where your guests can each take turns in throwing the rings trying to get it around each witch hat.
Whether you decided to do one of these or all of them, your guests will have a great time at your Halloween party. Remember that sometimes not keeping score can create a more fun, laid back atmosphere and will help you avoid the “competition” conflicts that may arise.