Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas For Kids

What kid doesn’t love fuzzy fun caterpillars? Of course a preschool kid’s favorite is always The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We’ve put together a fun collection of caterpillar crafts that are perfect for summer craft time or a homeschool project. These crafts are great to do when you’re talking about the caterpillar and the role it plays in a butterfly’s life.

25 Fun Caterpillar Craft Ideas and Activities For Kids

1. Sponge Painted Caterpillar Craft from Buggy and Buddy
2. Fuzzy Caterpillar Craft from Formula: Mom
3. Caterpillar Clothespin Kids Craft from DIY Inspired
4. Button Caterpillar from Divine Lifestyle
5. Egg Carton Hungry Caterpillar from Crafty Morning
6. Pom Pom Very Hungry Caterpillars from I Dig Pinterest
7. Very Hungry Caterpillar Puzzle from Happily Ever Mom
8. Garden Rock Caterpillar from Nellie Bellie
9. Bead and Pipe Cleaner Caterpillar Craft from A Mummy Too
10. Caterpillar Toilet Paper Roll Necklace from Kids Activities Blog
11. Woollybear Caterpillar Yarn Craft from Stir the Wonder
12. Very Hungry Caterpillar Cardboard Tube Craft from Danya Banya
13. Handprint Caterpillar Craft from Craftulate
14. Paint Stick Caterpillar Craft from No Time for Flash Cards
15. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Color Sorting Activity from Parenting Chaos
16. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Clothespeg Craft from The Bottomsup Blog
17. Marshmallow Stamped Caterpillars from smArt Class
18. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Noodle Necklace from Buggy and Buddy
19. Caterpillar to Butterfly Craft from Mama Smiles
20. Caterpillar Changing to a Butterfly from Danielle’s Place
21. Caterpillar Bookmarks from Meaningful Mama
22. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets from Damson Lane
23. Cup-Painting Caterpillar from I Can Teach My Child
24. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Fingerprint Art from Crafts by Courtney
25. Beaded Caterpillar Craft from Mommy Enterprises

Kids love creepy crawly caterpillars and bugs! These fun caterpillar craft ideas and activities are perfect for summer, a rainy or snowy day, or anytime of the year you want to teach children about caterpillars and include a fun craft or activity to help keep them interested and enjoying themselves while they learn.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe

When the weather gets hotter, cold desserts are always even more delicious! Add in chocolate and you’ve definitely got a hit at any summer picnic or BBQ. This no-bake pie is a lighter, fluffier version of chocolate cheesecake, and can be eaten cold or frozen. So you can throw it in the cooler and take it along if your summer party isn’t in the back yard.

Dark chocolate wafer cookies create a rich, slightly sweet crust. The filling is made with cream cheese and real whipping cream for a smooth, naturally creamy flavor. You may also want to make this recipe using small individual serving dishes for ease of serving.

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake pie recipe~ So delicious for a summer picnic or  BBQ!

No-Bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • Crust:
  • 2⅓ cups crushed dark chocolate cookies*
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • *Chocolate wafers or dark chocolate sandwich cookies with the cream removed
  • Cheesecake:
  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 plus 2 tablespoons powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon heavy cream, divided
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Optional: choice of melted dark chocolate, sprinkles, whipped cream for decorating
Instructions
  1. Combine crushed chocolate cookies with melted butter and sugar. Stir well to make sure butter is evenly absorbed. Spoon into deep dish pie pan and press firmly over the entire surface, using a measuring cup to press the bottom flat. Place crust in the freezer while you are preparing the pie filling.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth.
  3. Add 1 cup of powdered sugar and beat well.
  4. Add vanilla, 1 tablespoon cream, and cocoa powder. Mix until well combined.
  5. In a small bowl, whip 1 cup cream until thick. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons powdered sugar and beat until it is fairly stiff and holds its shape.
  6. Fold whipping cream into creamed cheese mixture. It will be difficult at first because the creamed cheese mixture is thick, but don’t stir – just keep folding until it is well blended. Remove pie crust from the freezer. Fill with cheesecake filling. If you plan to decorate the top with melted chocolate cornelli designs (the chocolate squiggles) smooth the top as much as possible with a flat spatula. If you will be using sprinkles or leaving the pie plain, swirl the mixture on top.
  7. Add decorations. For cornelli lace, melt a small amount of dark chocolate in the microwave at 15 second intervals. Spoon into a piping bag with a small writing tip and freehand the design in one continuous curvy line, trying not to let the lines touch anywhere.
  8. Cover and chill for at least 3 hours. Pipe with whipped cream if desired. Or…use chocolate whipped cream!

no bake Chocolate Cheesecake Pie with chocolate whipped cream around edgeChocolate Whipped Cream Recipe

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet or dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1. In a small bowl or ramekin, melt the chocolate in the microwave at 15 second intervals. Allow to cool until just warm but still liquid.
2. In a medium bowl, beat the cream until thick. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until it is fairly stiff and holds its shape.
3. Spoon approximately 1/3 of the melted chocolate into the whipped cream at a time, beating briefly after each addition – just enough to combine.
4. Scrape the bowl and whip for just a few seconds more. Pipe around the edge of the pie with a large open star tip. Add a little extra to each piece as it is plated.

Yummy no bake chocolate cheesecake pie recipe

Gifts For Dad Idea Board + Printable Father’s Day Card

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My dad passed away a few years ago after a long battle with cancer. The last time I saw him was on Father’s Day so the day holds a special meaning in my heart! I always tried to make Father’s Day special for my own dad, and I continue to make sure it’s a special day for my husband to enjoy every year. My husband works hard all year round, he’s also a wonderful dad to our teenage son, teaching him all those things he’ll need to survive in this world when he’s all grown up and a dad himself. When Father’s Day comes around, of course, I want to pamper my husband for the day!

This year (and every year) I’m looking for that special gift to get him from myself and my son. I have a few ideas in mind… On the top of the list is a new shaver. His broke a few months ago, so he’s been shaving the old fashioned way, with a razor. I think he would really appreciate a new Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver, and right now they have a $40 off coupon, just in time for Father’s Day! A smooth comfortable shave is something he would really enjoy (especially after using the razor the last couple months).

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Here is my top gifts for dad idea board. Of course the Braun Shaver tops the Father’s Day idea list, but I have a few other gift ideas I may also add in:

Gifts For Dad Ideas Board

  1. Series 7 Electric Shaver for a fresh clean shave from Braun.
  2. Make Your Own Hot Sauce Kit because my husband LOVES gourmet hot sauce and I think he’ll get a kick out of making his own, kit from Uncommon Goods.
  3. Craftsman Tool Belt from Sears, because he loves to tinker around and fix things.
  4. Quilted Hammock to relax in the backyard, via HayNeedle.
  5. Fishing Bag for our trips to the lake from Cabela’s.

Whatever we pick to go with the Braun Series 7 Electric Shaver, I’m sure my husband will love it. I also enjoy adding a homemade touch to my Father’s Day gift to show my husband how special he is to my son and me, so I created this printable Father’s Day card. The card is in shades of gray to go perfectly with the shaver! I’ve included the printable version in a pdf, so you can print it for your own special dad here: Printable Father’s Day card.

Father's Day Printable Card

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12 Fun Activities To Do With Pool Noodles

Pool noodles aren’t just for the pool. These little foam noodles are great fun both in and out of the pool! You can craft with them, create summer obstacle courses, even car washes! All from these inexpensive foam noodles. There are tons of things you can do with these besides using them to swim. Are you wondering how else you might use a pool noodle outside of the pool? Try out these creative pool noodle activities for a summer full of fun! No pool required!

12 Fun Activities To Do With Pool Noodles

Activities to do with Pool Noodles:

  1. Pool Noodle Backyard Obstacle Course ~ Fun for summer parties, or just to get the kids outdoors and active~Learn Play Imagine
  2. Pool Noodle Syllable Caterpillar ~ A super fun and easy summer craft idea~Pre-K Pages
  3. Super-Easy Pool Noodle Marble Run ~A Fun activity for kids!~P is for Preschooler
  4. Pool Noodle Play House~ So fun for a sunny afternoon! ~From ABCs to ACTs
  5. Pool Noodle Bees ~Another super fun craft idea! ~And Next Comes L
  6. Kiddy Noodle Carnival ~Perfect for a summer party! ~ Chaos and Kiddos
  7. DIY Superhero Light Sabers ~Do you have a Star Wars fan in the family? They’d love this idea! ~ View from the Fridge
  8. Pool Noodle Bubble Blowers! ~Kick bubbles to the next level! ~ Domain of the Mad Mommy
  9. DIY Kiddie Car Wash ~So fun for kids to set up their own car wash in the back yard! ~ Mom Endeavors
  10. Pool Noodle Water Umbrella ~ A super fun craft idea for a rainy day! ~Probably Crafting
  11. DIY Pool Noodle Pom Pom Shooter ~Kids will love to make and use this! ~Frogs, Snails, and Puppy Dog Tails
  12. DIY Pool Noodle Garland ~ Fun for summer decor! ~ Mission: to Save

What fun activities have you done with pool noodles?

Kid’s Rustic Cabin Bedroom Decor Ideas

What kid doesn’t dream of living in a log cabin? My son used to love to make his own tent, and to pretend he was camping in the woods. He loved everything rustic and wood. These kid’s rustic cabin bedroom decor ideas are perfect for any little mountain adventurer! This way they can bring the backwoods right into their own bedroom! This story sponsored by Mode. You can check out all the rustic cabin bedroom decor ideas by clicking on the widget below.

Check out Kid's Rustic Cabin Bedroom Decor

by Linette Pierce Gerlach at Mode

My favorites are the bunk beds! Kids love bunk beds, when you give them a cabin feel, kids will love them even more. You can make your own diy rustic bunk beds using old barn siding, or logs straight from the woods.

If you don’t like the bunk bed look you can set your child up with a single or double bed cut from logs, or from some old rough wood.

Don’t forget the cabin feel bathrooom! Set the sink into an old log, or find a a large barn beam to set it into.

Kid's Rustic Cabin Bedroom Ideas

Make sure you keep the cabin feel right down to the bedding and accessories. A rough area rug, and light fixtures can go a long way to setting the mood. You’ll also want to look around for a fun cabin feel comforter and curtains. Maybe a bear or some moose? Or just a solid earthy color to add to the back woods feel of the bedroom.