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A Happy Spider craft

A Halloween playgroup calls for some spooky fun. Luckily it’s not too scary, but a lot of fun.

We read the book The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carl. Eric Carl’s books are some of my favorite. They add lots of color along with basic shapes for great images. This specific book was a 2nd reader book.

After we read we headed to the tables to make our own spider craft. Parents had the opportunity to draw spider webs with a Sharpie. The older kids also did the spider webs. We all used the stamp spiders.

Let me explain this is not a perfect spider. As one, I don’t believe in perfect and two were focusing on having fun and learning at the same time.

I took toilet paper rolls and cut four legs in each side then cut the “body” portion in the middle. A paper plate and Crayola black washable paint and viola!
I decided to give the kids googly eyes as well, because everyone loves google eyes!

You can also draw a spider if you don’t want to do the paint. A simple oval, eight legs and a smile for a not so scary spider. Let the kids decide what color they want or how many eyes or legs to give the spider. We want them to use their imagination.

I would love to see what you create with these!
Happy Halloween 🎃


  • The very busy spider book
    Crayola Black watercolor paint
    Construction paper
  • Google Craft eyes
  • Elmers Glue
  • Empty toilet paper or paper towel rolls

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April Doodle Challenge

This is the first time I have ever done a doodle challenge so needless to say I am pretty excited. It is pretty cool putting a word out there and seeing what people come up with.

If you caught my Periscope today you watched me doodle day 3, which is toys.  Catch the replay below to see what I drew.  The thing to remember is I’m not an artist, nor do I want to be.  This is just something fun and relaxing for me to do that brings me happiness.


If you would like to join the Doodle Girl & Friends in this challenge just post to social media using hashtag #dgfchallenge.  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

April Doodle Challenge
April Doodle Challenge

Love Christine

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Doodling has changed my Life

Prior to October I always considered myself a person who couldn’t draw. I was never the girl who doodled notes during school, never drew bubble letters on notes to friends, and to be honest has worse handwriting then a doctor.

I logged into Periscope one day and was watching this lady named Diane Bleck; founder of the Doodle Institute and Discovery Doodles.  She made drawing look easy and had me convinced that I should try. I personally always felt that artsy people had a certain air about them, and it just wasn’t for me. But, as Diane would say “Put Pen to Paper and Open your Heart Channel”.

My first couple drawings were nothing like hers, but I kept getting more intrigued and curious about this whole doodle revolution that was occurring.  I started thinking about ways I could use it in my business, with my kids, and yes even home schooling.

Before I knew it I had joined the Doodle Girl & Friends Facebook group.  I started comparing what I was drawing with everyone else.  Immediately, I said I’m not good enough and I just decided to “watch” all the action in the group.  That was until I noticed that the people in this group didn’t think their drawings were better than others. They were all supporting each other and genuinely cared. I will never forget when I got up enough nerve to post a drawing in the group.  A picture of a fairy for a potential book. I was given compliments on my drawing, me of all people.  I was hooked and drawn into all the personalities and creativity that I was seeing every day. This group has provided something to me that others have not. A safe haven to express myself, not be judged, and a cup of encouragement running over.

I decided to become a student of the Doodle Institute in December, when I was so lucky that Diane decided to let a few more students into the winter session. I am truly learning how to trust myself, I am immersed with like-minded people, and we all support each other.  I have found a family of doodlers and it is wonderful. Oh, and yes I am learning how to draw on paper, and how to draw on electronic platforms, and share my work, and help teach others. Maybe being a Graphic Recorder is in my future?!?!

Most importantly, I have reconnected to myself, and found something that didn’t exist before. There is something about coloring or drawing and taking those quiet moments to yourself to connect with you. The kindness and encouragement I have found now runs into my business and life.  I still can’t believe that I can draw! The cool thing is… so can you!

Take a few minutes and check out the Doodle Institute and see how doodling could help you!



My first shared picture in the group 10.12.15
My first shared picture in the group 10.12.15