Here’s a fun drawing game to play with your kiddos – we named it Pick an Object, Pick a Scene. The basic idea is that you have to figure out how to incorporate a random object (or person, animal, food, etc.) into a given scene. With about 5 minutes of set-up, and some paper and […]

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I had my hand-sewing basket sitting out the other day, which reminded my girls that they hadn’t sewn anything in a long time. We had to remedy that, of course! With spring on our minds, we decided to make some flowers using our (over-flowing) bin of fabric and felt scraps. Sewing buttons is fun, and […]

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When I was pregnant last year, my oldest daughter (age 10 at the time) decided she wanted to learn how to cook some meals on her own. She figured with a new baby in the house, I might need some help in the kitchen. (She was right!) We decided to practice a few slow cooker […]

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Pretty Paper Daffodils

by Amy on March 17, 2014

Spring is coming! Whether your yard is already blooming (like ours here in California), or you’re still waiting for the snow to melt, it’s definitely time to brighten up the indoors with some springtime crafts. Yay! Our first official crafts of the season are these pretty paper daffodils, with frilly 3-D centers. These are such […]

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I love craft projects that can be carried off and used for playtime, and puppets are the perfect craft for sparking some creative pretend play. We had great fun making these super-simple and adorable puppets using envelopes and other supplies we found around the house. Start by sealing your envelope and cutting it in half. […]

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March is our favorite rainbow-spotting month! Whether you are planning a special St. Patrick’s Day meal or celebrating the coming of spring, a colorful rainbow-inspired meal is a fun way to cook alongside your kids. I can never bring myself to use oodles of food coloring in my kids’ meals, so I’m looking to the […]

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We’re huge Dr. Seuss fans in this house – aren’t you? We love the over-the-top, zany worlds and characters that fill the pages of his books. Since Dr. Seuss’s birthday is coming up on March 2, we decided to turn ourselves into silly Seuss-inspired characters by making our own crazy paper hats. These wild hats […]

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Simple Stenciled Heart Cards

by Amy on February 10, 2014

Have time for one more Valentine craft this week? It’s not too late to make a few special cards with your kids and send a little love to family and friends. These stenciled heart cards use simple materials you probably have on hand at home. Plus, your kiddos will love painting with some unusual tools, […]

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Cookie Cutter Toast Stamping

by Amy on February 5, 2014

Toast is a breakfast staple around our house – the kids can make it themselves and choose their favorite toppings and spreads. How about an easy and kid-pleasing way to dress-up your morning toast? Just grab some cookie cutters and get stamping! I often use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of bread, especially for […]

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Lovebird Paper Garland

by Amy on January 20, 2014

Our house was looking a little drab after putting the Christmas decorations away, and my girls wanted to make things more festive by decorating for Valentine’s Day. Homemade decorations to the rescue! We started with this cute and super-easy lovebird paper garland to hang across our mantle. This would be a great after-school craft to […]

For quite a few years, my girls have been keeping journals. They write about family activities, make lists of favorites, compose poems, and try creative writing techniques for home school projects. This school year, we decided to start new art journals to keep things fresh and interesting. So far, the art journaling has been a […]

Fancy Layered Drinks for Kids

by Amy on December 30, 2013

It’s almost time to ring in 2014! We’ll be spending the evening at home, eating our traditional nacho dinner, playing board games, and watching a slideshow of the year’s photos. The kids will have no trouble staying awake till midnight – hopefully mom and dad can keep their eyes open, too! We love having a […]

Triangle Doodle Trees

by Amy on December 16, 2013

Cold weather keeping you and the kids inside? These triangle doodle trees are a fun and simple drawing activity that will keep the kids busy while you do some holiday prep. Even better, gather around the table (or floor) and have a family art night! There’s not much set-up (or clean-up!) with this project. Just […]

Holly Jolly Christmas Cards

by Amy on December 9, 2013

My girls and I love adding homemade touches to gifts, especially at Christmas time. We made some sweet and simple holly cards, which are perfect for mailing to grandparents, hand-delivering to teachers, or using as gift tags. Need a lot of cards? These are easy to make assembly-line style, too! Supplies for Jolly Holly Christmas […]

Gingerbread Granola

by Amy on December 5, 2013

I like to have a few easy and festive meal ideas up my sleeve for the month of December – something to make an ordinary breakfast, lunch, or dinner a little special. We might make gingerbread boy and girl pizzas, eat dinner by candlelight, or have Santa pancakes on a weekend morning. For another fun […]

Thankful Wind Spinners

by Amy on November 18, 2013

While we try to practice gratitude year-round, it’s always nice to give it some extra focus around Thanksgiving time. I love for my girls to record a list in some way of all the things they are thankful for. It’s so fun to look back at their lists from year to year. We’ve done thankful […]

Wax Paper Leaf Sun Catchers

by Amy on October 21, 2013

My girls love decorating the windows around our house. They are a perfect canvas for all kinds of sun catcher projects. We often make things with clear Contact paper, but this time we made beautiful stained-glass leaves with wax paper and tissue paper. This is a fun and simple project for all ages! Supplies for […]

Mix and Match Monster Flip Book

by Amy on October 14, 2013

We keep our Halloween fun on the silly side around our house. My girls are not into scary! We had a great time drawing a stack of silly monsters together, then putting them together into a mix and match monster flip book. Wait till you see some of our creative and crazy monsters! To make […]

Waffle Iron Grilled Cheese

by Amy on October 2, 2013

My Pinterest feed has been filled with all kinds of foods you can make in a waffle iron – from hash browns to cookies to French toast. We decided to try some creative waffle iron cooking with one of my girls’ favorite lunches – grilled cheese sandwiches. They were a hit and so simple! First, […]

Paper Scrap Fall Trees

by Amy on September 16, 2013

We’re just starting to see some fall colors in our neighborhood, which makes me so happy. I love fall! Even though we’re still a few days away from the official first day of autumn, my girls and I were ready to start some fall crafting projects. We kicked things off with these whimsical paper tree […]

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