Tissue Paper Night-Lights

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This is such a beautiful craft for any child afraid of shadows in their room at night. Not only will they feel the pride of having put it together, but the result is comforting and beautiful!

First we needed to tear multiple colors of tissue paper into small pieces. Any excuse to rip through tissue paper is welcome in this house!

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Once we had a pile of scraps, we mixed together glue with a splash of water in a cup.

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Travis loved painting every inch of our mason jar with the glue mixture – so much so that he wanted me to layer on the tissue paper while he continued to add more glue. He wasn’t content until every inch was covered!

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We set our mason jar aside to dry, and by naptime, it was ready!

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Use any battery-operated tea light, and place inside the jar. Travis loved taking the tea light in and out and screwing on the lid, testing the nightlight in several parts of his room until he found his favorite. What a success!

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Planting Felt Flowers

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Our recent Garden crate from Koala Crate had us excited about flowers, so we put together a second make-believe gardening activity.

Preparation was largely a grown-up job for this one: Cut flower shapes from felt (use a template, so they are all the same size) and glue two pieces of felt together for each flower, leaving an opening at both the top and bottom.

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For the stems, we painted craft sticks green – these could then be inserted into the bottom opening of each flower.

Travis’s favorite part of the set up were the pipe cleaners we used for the flower stigmas. Twist each pipe cleaner around a pencil until it is a tight coil – these were a delight to play with even before we inserted them into the top opening of each flower.

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Now we just needed a garden; we painted an old shoebox brown and let it dry before I cut small slits in the top with a sharp knife.

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Planting time!

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