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Shyloh Belnap shows us how crafting can motivate kids to work. Look at her fun projects for your family!
Lucky Mom Lotto Card:
These cards are fun to make as prizes for your kids. You can make them do "extra" things around the house to earn a prize.

I went to Camera Shy (in Lehi) and they took this picture of me holding a big frame. I then used photoshop to crop out the square where the frame was so it would be white.

Using a sharpie marker, write in what you would like to have your prize be.

Using 2 parts metallic paint to 1 part dish soap, paint a square of paint on a piece of contact paper. Let dry and re-paint as needed for coverage.

Cut the contact paper to the size of the square on your picture. Now it is ready to be scratched off!

Mom Bucks:
I am always losing the money I have to pay my kids. Or, I don't have the money handy when I need to pay them. I love using mom bucks because I am always able to follow through on payment but I don't have to have giant stacks on $1 bills in the house all the time.

I used a picture from Camera Shy and used my oval marquee tool in photoshop elements to crop it into an oval. I have attached a template to my blog where you can print off the mom bucks and use your own picture on them (you could just glue it on) I put a big B on mine but took them off for the blog since you probably don't have a last name starting with B!

Chore Jars:
I wanted the color on my candlesticks to show through as being white so I painted each wooden candlestick with a coat of white paint first.

I then applied Vaseline to the areas I wanted to have the white show through.

Paint the top coat you would like. I used blue paint.

Sand the Candlestick with sand paper and the white will show through effortlessly. LOVE easy distressing!

Glue a wooden 4" disk (painted blue) to the top of your candlestick. Glue the glass jar to the top of the wooden disk. I used E6000 glue. I then tied ribbons and a tag with a picture of my kids (love that I can print Camera Shy pictures to any size) to each jar. One jar got a tag that simply says "done".
I used 3 different colored sharpie markers (one color per child) and wrote various chores on them. At the beginning of the day, I put their chores in their jar. When they are done, they can put that stick in the "done" jar. I will know at the end of the day how much I owe each child based on what sticks for each child are in the "done jar". A fun, cute way to get your kids motivated! Use mom bucks to pay them right away or allow them a lotto ticket for every 3 days they do every single chore. The ideas are limitless!

For more of Shyloh's great ideas, visit: http://www.aPage4allSeasons.com.
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