Fun with Easter Crafts

Friends: Today, Eliana and I decided to create a DIY Easter tablescape. First, I started very simply. I stacked cake plates and covered them with Easter grass. A ceramic bunny (my mom made when I was a child) went on top with plastic Easter eggs on the bottom plate. Cute! Then Eliana worked on her […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Eliana, Family, Holiday
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Luck O’ the Irish Shamrock Paper Plate Craft

Friends: Here’s a fun quick craft for St. Patrick’s Day! Make a lucky shamrock out of a paper plate. Materials: 1 paper plate 1 green crayon Scissors Directions: First, fold the paper plate into quarters. Next, with the point at the bottom, cut out the shape of a heart. The paper plate’s point is the […] Read More

Categories: Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Family, Holidays, Kids, Spring Craft
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Craft: I Love You Little Monkey Paper Plate Mask – Thursday, May 19, 2011

Friends: Have fun monkeying around with this cute craft! It’s a paper plate monkey mask. Ooh ooh ooh, Eeh Eeh Eeh! Grab a big banana for me! Supplies: 2 paper plates Glue stick Crayons Pencil Scissors Cups – 1 small, 1 medium, and 1 large Black marker – 1 fine tip and 1 thick tip […] Read More

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Craft: Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach Puppets

Friends: To accompany our newest book, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Marita Gentry (illustrator) and I have created printable puppets you can use to enhance story time! Here is the link where you can print the puppets – http://www.storyconnection.net/?content=madamePoulet. The puppets came out so cute. Here are the instructions. Madame Poulet chicken puppet Materials: Madame […] Read More

Categories: Author, Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Madame Poulet and Monsieur Roach, Puppet, puppetry, Stories, story time, Storyteller, Storytelling
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Craft: Paper Bag Pinata

Friends: For your next party, try this super simple paper bag pinata! This one took me 10 minutes! Materials: Paper bag with handles (large gift bags work well) Construction Paper Streamers Glue Tape Markers Stapler Candy & small prizes Optional: Glitter Instead of the usual pinata, try this handmade version. With construction paper, create a […] Read More

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Thursday, June 11, 2009 – Summer Reading Tour, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana

Friends: Before leaving St. Martin Parish to go to St. Mary Parish, Jasmynn, my 7 year old niece, and Eliana, my 8 year old daughter, had to take a dip in the Olympic size swimming pool at our hotel. They were like two little fish who did not want to be land-bound! Today, I performed […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Books, Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Library, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Summer Reading, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Travel, TV show
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Thursday, June 4, 2009 – LA Summer Reading Tour, Shreveport, LA

Friends: Eliana, my niece Camrynn, and I were in Shreveport today relaxing at my client’s house. The girls spent hours in the pool playing pool tennis, swimming underwater, and splashing around. In addition to the pool, the girls have been enjoying themselves playing air hockey, basketball (pocket shot), Guitar Hero and Rock Band. My client […] Read More

Categories: Artist Residency, Arts, arts education, Author, Children, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Stories, Storyteller, Storytelling, Summer Reading, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, Travel
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Craft: You Rock My World Heart Guitar – Monday, February 16, 2009

Originally, this was a Valentine activity. But why not let someone know that they rock your world any day of the week?! Directions: Using construction paper in the color of your choice, cut out a heart about 5 1/2 inches in diameter (A). This will be your guitar’s body. Cut out another heart in a […] Read More

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The Cajun Cornbread Boy Arrives – Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Friends, I am so excited! My first picture book for children, The Cajun Cornbread Boy, came in! My publisher, Pelican Publishing Company, is based in New Orleans so my husband picked up a case of books for me today. The books are beautiful! They are scheduled for a Spring 2009 release so getting the books […] Read More

Categories: Author, Books, Children’s Books, Children’s Stories, Christmas, Crafts, Dianne de Las Casas, Folktales, Kids, Louisiana, Puppet
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Christmas Activity: Santa Mail

Christmas Activity: Santa Mail My family celebrates Christmas. During the holidays, we send each other “Santa Mail.” We have a big mail box into which we stuff our notes to each other. We know when there is mail because a small tag hangs from the front of the mailbox that says, for example, “Santa Mail […] Read More

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