Category Archives: Kids

Painted onesies

When I first received my Silhouette Cameo, I was thrilled for all of the scrapbooky/card making things I could do with it. The ability to cut out so many shapes and designs, I knew it would change how I made things. One thing I didn’t think about, was how many more crafts I’d be able to make using it, including adorable baby and kids clothes. For years my nephews/nieces were my test subjects, and I made a few painted shirts/onesies for them. But now that I have a little one, I can start making things for her! And since I had numerous white onesies, I decided to spruce up two of them with a cute design/saying. The whole process doesn’t take very long (besides choosing a design and waiting for paint to dry), and it can be done without a Silhouette or Cricut if you have the patience and time to cut out a design by hand.

I started by ironing the onesies so they would be as smooth as possible for the design. I then chose the images and fonts I wanted and inserted them into the Silhouette Design software. I had read on an old Silhoutte tutorial (that I can’t find now!), to draw a box around each shape so that it can be easily removed from the stencil vinyl and added to the item being stenciled on, so I did that next. This video game controller image is actually from a font called Video Games Font from dafont, and the player 3 font is KG Summer Storm.

Once I was ready to cut I set up the software to cut out stencil vinyl, then placed it on the onesie where I wanted it, and finally started to paint. This first onesie that I painted only had one layer, so I only needed one paint color, black. The second one I made had a few layers (apple, stem, leaf, words), so I had to let each layer dry before adding the next one. Obviously, the more intricate and colorful the image, the longer it takes because of all the wait time for paint to dry. After the paint dried, I removed the stencil, then placed a piece of parchment paper over the image and heat set with an iron.

Here is the other onesie I created. The apple image is from this image set found on the Silhouette store, and the words are from the same LG font as above.

I love love LOVE how both of the onesies turned out! And I can’t wait to make more!

The Day The Crayons Quit phonics activities

My second semester in the ELED program we were assigned to create either a “book box” or a “book binder” as one of our final projects in my Literacy Methods class. I like the idea of a binder better, because it’s easier to store, so I went with that. And since one of my favorite children’s books is “The Day the Crayons Quit”, I based my phonics (and other) games off of that. (You could also use, “The Day the Crayons Came Home”). I got an A on the assignment, and was able to use it a few times in the classroom during my internship this past school year. The book was a favorite of my students, and they absolutely LOVED the games and activities that I made to go along with it. There is a picture of each game/activity plus a picture of the directions (except for the last picture, which are Crayon “puppets” used to retell the story…a great comprehension activity!). The “Color by Sight Word” activity I found on Teachers Pay Teachers (link here), as well as the game board (link here), and clip art (links here and here). The long vowel and short vowel boxes were cut using my Silhouette Cameo, but you could really use old crayon boxes with a label over them to make it easier.

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Lego Construction CVC Word Sort

I’m about to finish my second semester in the Elementary Education program, and this is something I created for my Literacy Methods class. After giving a student a phonics survey, I was required to write a personalized lesson with games and activities to help teach the concept the student needed more work on, and in this case it was CVC words (consonant, vowel, consonant words with a short vowel sound). Since the student loved Legos, I decided to turn the typically boring word sort into a more fun game by attaching the words to be sorted onto Legos and having them sorted into containers labeled by construction cones. It turned out to be a success because the student went from scoring a 7 out of 15 on CVC words to a 14 out of 15. The Lego vehicle was from my husband’s collection, the white containers were from the dollar section at Target, and the construction cones were from the Silhouette store (found here).  It was time consuming taping all the words onto the Legos, but well worth it.