Let’s face it, life can be hectic. Sometimes you don’t have time to put on a show-stopping birthday party. Admit it, sometimes we want to impress other parents with our amazing parties! I know I do! I love some good bloggy eye-candy, but the truth is, with three boys who aren’t even in grade school […]

The weather is still nice at this time of year, and there are so many wonderful things to find in the great outdoors. This is a great time to go on a nature walk and pick up whatever treasures you come across. Then use your treasures to make fun nature faces. Nature faces can be […]

Sometimes playing with your food is a good thing! Mixing art with food is a great thing. Edible finger paint is simple and quick to make, and kids as young as one will enjoy painting with this fun art supply. Clean up is as simple as tossing the kiddo in the bath after the painting […]

When you don’t have money for a new toy, get creative and make your own out of recycled cardboard. I made two flip-type cell phones out of cardboard for my sons, and they played with them for hours. Kids have big imaginations, and often get more fun out of simple (REALLY simple) toys than they […]

It’s so hard to throw boxes into the recycling. Not because I want to keep them, but because my sons always want to play with them! Boxes are such a great blank canvas for creative play, and kids seem to know it. My sons have made boxes into tractors, kitchen stoves, building blocks, and an […]

Looking for a little last-minute Easter fun? Your little bunnies will think these frames are funny! Alter some mini dollar store frames into silly frames using a few simple itemsĀ  you probably already have on hand. I used dollar store frames (6 for $1 in the wedding section) but you can easily use recycled cardboard […]

My sons love those baby books that have touchy-feely parts in them, even now that they’re not babies anymore. Here’s a craft for kids that creates a furry shamrock, perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Kids will enjoy making a little decorative picture, a greeting card for Grandma or maybe even the cover of a notebook, […]

Everyone knows accessories are what make your outfit! Even kiddos need some good go-to accessories. These simple bracelets are colorful and easy to make, and can even work as updated versions of friendship bracelets. Make a few to give to friends! Supplies for Elastic Band Bracelets: Chubby elastic hair bands Foam stickers If you buy […]

Mini Ice Cream Sundae Candies

by Heather on February 11, 2010

If your kids like miniature stuff as much as I do, uh mine do, they’ll love these mini ice cream sundae candies. They’d be a fun ending to a miniature food meal (make mini hamburgers, serve mini corns, and drinks in tiny plastic shot glasses or Dixie cups). Or just serve the mini ice cream […]

Need a quick and easy activity to hand to your toddler so you can get a few things done? You probably already have all the supplies you need to make this toddler sewing card project, and it only takes a minute to put together. This should keep your toddler busy for a little while! (Shoutout […]

Whenever Saturday morning rolls around, I always have an urge to slow down, watch cartoons and eat a sweet breakfast of pancakes, waffles, or french toast! I have fond memories of Saturday morning pancakes, (my parents made pancakes for us in the shape of our initials, or Mickey mouse), and I want to make sure […]

Want to end squabbles between siblings over who gets to put up the advent ornament each day? How about making personal advent calendars so each kid can have one? This is also a great quick project for classrooms, scout packs, make and takes at holiday bazaars, or just a good fun craft activity to do […]

Pumpkin Turkey Centerpiece

by Heather on November 22, 2009

I still had a couple of uncarved pumpkins left over from Halloween, so I thought it would be fun to use them for a Thanksgiving centerpiece. I think this would be cute at the kids’ table on turkey day. My three year-old son helped me with this project (mostly with gluing and cutting up my […]

Oh look, another post where Heather paints something random with acrylic paint! What can I say, acrylic paint is one of the cheapest and most versatile art/craft supplies around! This time, we’re painting t-shirts and onesies. You don’t need anything special to paint clothing – don’t bother checking out the fabric paint section at your […]

Fun with Chalk Pastels

by Heather on November 2, 2009

When I was a kid, one of my favorite activities at Grandma’s house was playing with her chalk pastels. They were like chalk, but more intense in color, a more serious art supply than we were accustomed to. She taught us a technique that amused us for hours every time we visited. Kids of any […]

Need a way to distract your child for 15 minutes? Let them color on your table with marker! Yes, you heard me right! If you have a glass or tile-topped table, that is! And if the markers are dry erase. I gave my three year-old a couple of dry erase markers and an eraser (naturally! […]

Fall is here, and the weather is still nice. Nature is so beautiful this time of year! Take advantage of it with some playtime during your nature walks. My sons and I bring a small paper sack along with us as we take a walk so we can collect any treasures we come across. I […]

I love pipe cleaners–there are a million things you can do with them! They come in tons of colors, are cheap and readily available at your local craft or dollar store. My three year-old son is just starting to discover dinosaurs (his favorite: the T-Rex. How do boys learn this stuff? Is it just part […]

Along with school shopping and choosing a new lunch box, one back-to-school tradition is covering your school books. Some schools require it, some don’t, but your kids are sure to get a kick out of customizing their books with covers made from recycled materials. You can use a variety of destined-for-the-dumpster materials to make unique […]

Play While You Paint

by Heather on August 17, 2009

You might have noticed by now that I am way into mixing art time with playtime. My boys loved this technique: using a (washable) toy to apply paint to paper. We used some old toy cars to roll in paint and then make a fun painting. Another bonus: using unusual paint brushes makes unique paintings. […]

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