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We’ve played around with Kiwi Crates on the blog before, but we’ve honestly never even thought to purchase our Kiwi Crate from the Target Toy emporium online. I’ve seen them when we’ve gone to Target before, like every other day, but I don’t know why I haven’t purchased one in store or online! Silly me! To be honest, ever since I started working I’ve felt like I’ve been the funnest of moms. I used to do crafty fun things with Alea on an almost daily, but at least weekly basis. Then my nursing career took over my life and I’ve just been struggling to stay on top of keeping our house clean, getting our house ready to sell, going to work 32 hours every week and keeping up with this here blog.
It’s not easy, but I’ve come to the conclusion that something needs to change. I need to do something to keep all these balls up in the air. I’m readjusting my routine to include more fun activities into our weekly schedule and this little Kiwi Crate project makes that so much easier for us. And now I’m feeling like a better mama! Thank goodness!
Having all of the “ingredients” and materials needed for a fun little craft and even enough to make the craft multiple times all in one box is a complete lifesaver for us. There’s no excuse for Alea and I not to do a weekly craft when it’s this easy! I’m now a true Kiwi Crate from Target advocate! Plus– when you buy one from the store, you get a coupon in the box for 10% off one from Target.com. That was just an added bonus I had to share with you!
The Kiwi Crate comes with awesome instructions with step-by-step illustrations for you to complete your craft. It’s absolutely seamless, but I thought I’d share my step-by-step photos to help you out as well. These little pom-pom monsters are so darn cute, so easy to create, and so fun for little ones to play with. Your little one with love them!
001. Use the sticker to adhere the end of the yarn to the wooden yarn winder.
002. Wind the entire ball of yarn around the wooden yarn winder.
003. Keep the yarn centered on the wooden yarn winder in one big clump.
004. After the entire ball of yarn is wound around the yarn winder, wrap a pipe cleaner tightly around the center.
005. Gently slide both ends of the yarn off of the yarn winder.
006. Use a pair of scissors to cut each circled end of the yarn.
007. Make the ends of the pipe cleaners into little ears for your pom-pom monster.
008. Use your scissors to give that monster a hair cut and trim off the longer pieces and even out the monster’s hair.
009. Use the nifty little glue dots and adhere them to the pom-pom monster and “glue” on the googly eyes.
010. Pick out the feet for your pom-pom monster and adhere them to your monster with the glue dots.
011. Pick out the nose and the tail for your monster and adhere those with the glue dots as well.
Miss Alea was so proud of her new little pom-pom monster, Julie, that she had to bring her with her to preschool to show her teacher. Notice how she can finally write her name with both upper and lowercase letters? That makes this mama so darn proud! This craft was so easy that we were able to do it before preschool on a Monday morning– if you know me, then you know I struggle with Mondays– so that’s saying a lot!
What quick little crafts keep you and your little ones busy?