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Our Wooden Spoon Family - Crafts for Kids



You may have noticed that this year we have truly toned down on our reviews. It was the one thing that I promised myself when the new year started. While I don't make resolutions I did however set a few goals for us here on Growing Up Madison. One was to take back our blog and focus more on what we've been doing. Traveling more and seeing more of our beautiful adopted state and taking some time away from social media and being the mom that I always knew that I could be. I have a beautiful family, if I do say so myself and Madison my youngest is quite unlike all the others. While my older kids are into video gaming and have been since they day they could hold a controller in their hands, Madison is the outdoorsy one in the family. She loves going outside, no matter how cold it is, and doing things with her hands. She always want to do something crafty and you know what? I oblige even though I'm not the craftiest person in the world. I love things that are easy, super easy and what's easier than crafting with kids? Our Wooden Spoon Family is one of the easiest yet and Madison had a blast making them.


Here's one thing to note when crafting with kids. Please let them do it their way. There is no right or wrong when it comes to their work. The mistake you see makes their piece unique. If you want to encourage creativity, don't criticize or complain that their work is shoddy or they could have done better. Like seriously, your toddler or pre-schooler, while you may want them to be the next Vincent Van Goh, is still a baby and is doing the best that they can, and you want to encourage their best. So how did we do our Wooden Spoon Family? Let's get to it!
Wooden Spoon Family


Supplies needed:

Wooden Spoons
Markers
Ribbons
Buttons
Googly Eyes
Yarn / Pipe Cleaners / Pompoms


Directions:

1. Start by designing your family's face. Madison started with adding the googly eyes. After all you're going to want eyes to see. :)


2. Next have your little one draw on the mouth and nose with their markers.


3. For this one you can use yarn, pipe cleaners or your markers and pompoms. The choice is yours. For the yarn or pipe cleaners, with your glue gun or even Alene's Tacky Glue, place some glue at the top of your spoon and attach your yarn or pipe cleaners. If you're going to use your markers, color the top of your spoon, right above the eyes, in any color that you like. Next attach a pompom at the top giving it the look of a hat.


4.  Cut a piece of the ribbon of your choice at attach on the spoon wherever your little one's heart desires.


5. The buttons are optional but we found that they made our family look so much cooler. You can attach the buttons below your ribbon with a little bit of glue. For this craft I found that the glue gun worked a lot better attaching our buttons.


That's it! Your family is done and it couldn't have been easier. I'm sure it took Madison less than 10 minutes to make her person. She even decided that she wanted "real hair" on her spoon person, so since we had a bit of hair extensions from a previous protective style, I attached a little hair to her person.


You're going to need to help your little one with the glue but beside that please let them do it all by myself. It fosters their independence and encourages their creativity.

So have you done anything creative with wooden spoons before? 

Annmarie John
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  1. These are just too cute!! They sure look so easy to do as well. I just checked out those wooden spoons and the price isn't bad. I just couldn't see myself using my own wooden spoons for crafting lol.

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    1. Oh I don't use my really good spoons which is why I found these and the price for a pack is not even what I spend for one of my good kitchen spoon. :)

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  2. These look so fun. I used to make these when I was small at school. Brings back old memories :)

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    1. Awww how sweet. I did quite a lot of crafting when I was younger as well and now that I have my youngest, I'm back to it again.

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  3. I used to be a girl scout troop leader and these would have been a perfect craft! My kids are older now (super sad face) but what a great craft!

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    1. You're never too old to make a wooden spoon family. :)

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  4. These are adorable.... and your daughter is too! I need to pin this to remember it for those days we don't get outside because of the weather. Love it!!

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    1. Thank you. These are great to do when cooped up indoors.

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  5. These are adorable... and so is your daughter! I need to pin this to remember for those bad weather day activities!

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    1. Thanks but I think you left a double comment. Guess you must have been really excited. :)

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  6. That's so cute! I was a nanny over the summer for 3 little ones (4, 2, and 8 months) and I always looked for crafts to do with them - I bet they would've loved to try this!

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    1. Oh I'm sure they would have and maybe if you babysit again you can give it a try, or save it for when you become a nanny for other kids.

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  7. I adore this project. Gives me something to do next time I see my nephew and niece. I know they would enjoy creating this little wooden spoon family.

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  8. Aw your wooden spoon family is adorable! How cute are they and glad that you have gone back to being you well done x

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    1. Thank you Ana, yes it's great to go back to where I wanted to be when I first started.

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  9. That is a very cute idea. I never would have thought to make those.

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    1. There's always something that we wish we would have thought of. :)

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  10. It is always about acceptance! You are so wise
    By the way, who knows what is right or wrong? Its a child's choice what and how to do
    http://siniciliya.com/

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    1. I agree, when it comes to crafting there is no right or wrong.

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  11. You are so wise! It is now children's life, creativity and choices, not their parents
    The family looks very cute

    http://siniciliya.com/

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    1. Thank you Veronica and I agree. I let her do what she wants within reason and of course it has to be safe.

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  12. That is adorable! I think my kids would love this. I think it would make a perfect little gift for the grandparents as well.

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    1. I think it'll make a great grandparent gift as well.

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  13. Those are adorable. And you are absolutely right - parents need to let kids craft however they like to. There is no right or wrong when it comes to creativity!

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    1. Oh I most certainly agree, there really is no right or wrong.

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  14. I read this yesterday and it was still on my screen this morning so that means I fell asleep but wanted to keep it on my screen!
    I love the hair best -you rocked that.
    These are adorable. Scarlet loves makeshift puppets to play with.

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    1. Thank you Tamara, I feel so special. The hair was Madison's idea. We had a bit of hair left over from her protective style and she wanted her "person" to have real hair so we did that one. :)

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  15. This is absolutely darling! My girls would love to make one these fun little families!

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    1. Then by all means you need to do it with her. :)

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  16. These are very adorable! They're so cute and I'm sure you had a lot of fun I'll try this at home

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    1. Oh we had tons of fun and we can't wait to try something new.

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  17. This is such a cute little craft! My daughter and her friend used to love making "dolls" out of anything they could find.

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    1. I remember making dolls with green bananas when I was younger. The spoons are a better way to make dolls. :)

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  18. These are so cute! I love getting crafty with my little ones too!

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    1. It sure is relaxing (at times) and lots of fun.

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  19. How cute is that? My son would love to make one!

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  20. Those are really cute and you can make them look different in so many ways. Awesome craft for kids.

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    1. Oh you most certainly can and it'll be your own little family.

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  21. These are so cute! I'm gonna have to do this with my niece & nephew! So easy, yet fun!

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    1. That's exactly how I like it, easy and fun.

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  22. I love the fact that you don't control how your children craft. A few guidelines for safety are warranted but don't squelch their creativity! Love this!

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    1. Oh yeah I just let her have fun with it. I do however attach the glue if I'm using a glue gun but if it's the tacky glue, I put a little in a container and give her a craft stick to apply on her own.

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  23. That is a super cute craft! My daughter would really enjoy making a wooden spoon family!

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    1. Then I say you should definitely make one with her and have fun with it.

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  24. I'm totally doing this craft for spring break. I bought wooden spoons to cook with and they aren't coated and awful. So craft it is!

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    1. Well that's one way to recycle those spoons. The ones I bought are perfect for crafting.

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  25. These are so adorable. I love the one with the curly hair. My girls will have so much fun doing this.

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    1. That one is Madison's favorite as well but it's expensive buying extensions so yarn would work just as well. :)

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  26. I love your wooden spoon craft! Such a cute and fun idea.

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    1. Thank you so much Keikilani, and we had a lot of fun doing it together.

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  27. That's such a cute idea! I used to love making puppets out of lunch bags when I was younger.

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    1. I used to make puppets out of a lot of things when growing up as well. We had tons of fun.

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  28. This is a wonderful craft. I love all four of her creations. And I so agree, it is important to let them have the space to make it theirs.
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    Traci
    P.S. Congrats on reclaiming your blog. I did much the same thing.

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    1. Awwww doesn't it feel good to be in charge once again. I've truly cut back on reviews and it feels good!

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  29. This is so cute! Love the craft idea, will use it in my classes!

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    1. I hope your students enjoy it as much as we did.

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  30. That is a great idea! My daughter woudl love to play with those. I am going to buy some this weekend!

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    1. That would be great and I hope you both have fun with it.

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  31. This is such a fun craft idea. I can actually see ways of using this in my home and office!

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    1. Oh I'm curious now as to what ways you can use it in your office. Please let me know.

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  32. How cute is that. I want to do one for doggie treats.

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    1. Did you say doggie treats? I would love to see that.

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  33. I totally agree with what you said about letting kids craft their own way. I wish more parents thought like this. My daughter made wooden spoon people when she was little. Great memories!

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    1. Most parent's love to take over and do things because they want it to be perfect. They seem to forget that no one and nothing is perfect. They also stifle their kids creativity when they do that.

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  34. I love when parents do crafts with their kids, this is so cute. Great idea!

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    1. Thank you Nate, we had a lot of fun doing it.

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  35. I agree, thee is non right or wrong way to craft when it's the littles doing the work. This is a cute idea. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Rosey and it's true, there is no right or wrong way when it comes to your little one crafting.

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  36. I love Madison's Wooden Spoon Family! It really is important to let kids experiment with their artful side and create on their own. We do lots of different little crafts and while they may not come out "perfect" looking, they are perfect to me. :)

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    1. You nailed it Jessica. It might not be perfect looking but it's perfect in its own way.

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  37. This is such a cute craft! My son has special needs and this involves using so many skills, preschool teachers would love this.

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    1. I have a son who also has special needs and you're right, it does include a lot of skills, hand to eye coordination etc.

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  38. Crafts with kids is always so unpredictable but rewarding.

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  39. This is just adorable! I have to pin this so I can come back and do this whenever my niece and nephew comes over to visit.

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    1. Thank you Zara and I hope you all enjoy doing them together. We sure had a blast.

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