I hope you aren’t hearing “I’m bored!” too often this summer. My girls have been thoroughly enjoying their downtime! They are both spending lots of time drawing in their sketchbooks, so I hunted down a few online how-to-draw resources for them to check out. My girls definitely go through phases with following drawing instructions – […]

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My girls love the freedom of creating abstract art projects. They can experiment with colors, shapes, and lines and really enjoy the creative process. For this project, we’re basically making a piece of art, cutting it up, and gluing it down to make a whole new creation. Draw, cut, collage! Pretty much anything goes as […]

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I admit it – we’ve been indulging in some delicious treats so far this summer. Strawberry shortcake, a marshmallow roast and s’mores bar, and now these tasty cookie and ice cream morsels. My girls were quite smitten with these cute and yummy mini cookie ice cream sandwiches. Cookies and ice cream are a delicious combination! […]

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This coming Saturday, June 21, marks the first day of summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We’ve certainly been noticing the early sunrise and late sunset as we get closer to summer’s official start. My girls love any reason to celebrate, so we love to pay our tribute to the sun with a day of […]

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Negative Shape Collages

by Amy on June 9, 2014

Are your kids on summer break yet? I have yet another paper-scrap-busting project for you and your kids, perfect for a summer crafting session. For a twist on the good ol’ cut and glue paper collage, we’re leaving a shape uncovered for a cool negative space effect. I love how they turned out! Supplies for […]

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Lazy Summer Lunch Ideas

by Amy on June 4, 2014

This post could have been called ‘Encouraging Independence in the Kitchen’ or ‘Lunches Young Kids Can Make’, but let’s be honest – I am simply feeling lazy about fixing lunches now that summer vacation has hit our house! Here are some ideas that are working for us, and many of them do have the added […]

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While we have been experiencing a heat-wave here in California, I know many of you are still looking for a little spring weather to make its appearance. Either way, summer is coming (yay!), and if you have school-age kiddos, they are probably looking forward to summer vacation. As a family, we always enjoy making a […]

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Paper Cube Sculptures

by Amy on May 12, 2014

Here’s a fun craft-meets-construction activity to try, colorful paper cube sculptures. With just paper and glue, you can create 3-D cubes that can be stacked or glued together to create a larger sculpture. Once you show your kids the simple technique, they will be able to make a cube in just minutes. The only supplies you […]

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My girls love make-your-own-meals, like taco night, oatmeal and toppings breakfast, or salad bar. Do your kids enjoy making personalized meals, too? Here’s a fun twist on pizza night that we have been enjoying at our house – made-to-order pizza pasta bowls. These are fun and easy to put together, perfect for a busy weekday […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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