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Splatter Paint Gift Card Pockets

-+*My girls have a few special teachers they want to thank as summer vacation quickly approaches. We love to add a personal touch to bookstore or coffee shop gift cards. This year, we’re handing out these adorable splatter-painted gift card… Continue Reading →

Book Picks for Exploring Our 5 Senses

-+*We’ve been exploring our 5 senses over the last several weeks… taste, smell, hearing, touch, and sight. We even celebrated with a popcorn party using all our senses! Now we’re sharing a few books that can help reinforce all the… Continue Reading →

DIY Coconut Oil Salt Scrub

-+*This is the perfect gift for someone needing a little pampering. In fact, I might know a few moms who’d deserve a little TLC this week :) With only 3 ingredients, mix up a batch of this super simple salt… Continue Reading →

25 Kid-Made Mother’s Day Gifts

-+*It’s almost the most important day of the year… the day that we celebrate our wonderful moms. Life just wouldn’t be the same without moms and all that they do for us. If your kiddos are wondering what to make… Continue Reading →

How to Start a Blog in 3 Easy Steps

-+*I am proud to say Make and Takes has just passed it’s 8 year anniversary. Can you believe it, 8 years? It’s been one wild ride. Amazing to think I’ve been blogging since 2007, I’ve loved every minute of it! There’s… Continue Reading →

Exploring Our 5 Senses: Popcorn Party!

-+*We’re celebrating our series all about Exploring Our 5 Senses! Popcorn is not only a delicious snack, it is the perfect food for exploring all 5 senses. An air popper adds great fun to this “snacktivity,” as you listen to,… Continue Reading →

Exploring Our 5 Senses: Sight

-+*After exploring our hearing, tasting, and touch senses, we’re ready to explore another of our 5 Senses with sight as we go on a Close-Up Photo Scavenger Hunt using our smartphone! We’re putting our excellent eyesight to work with a scavenger hunt around the… Continue Reading →

Rainbow Loom Pipe Cleaner Pom Poms

-+*We have been playing with our rainbow loom bands and coming up with new ways to craft with them. We still love our Rainbow Loom Pencil Toppers! I thought I’d try to use a few pipe cleaners with these loom bands to… Continue Reading →

Exploring Our 5 Senses: Touch

-+*Making Textured Finger Paints My girls haven’t finger painted in years, and even they couldn’t resist trying out these textured finger paints. Adding simple household items like flour, rice, and oats to washable paint creates interesting textures to touch and… Continue Reading →

35+ Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

-+*Raise your hand if your kids are pretty much obsessed with the movie Frozen! It has take the world by storm hasn’t it? What sounds more fun than a Frozen themed birthday party for your kids? I’ve gathered up 35+… Continue Reading →

Exploring Our 5 Senses: Taste

-+*We’re continuing with our Exploring Our 5 Senses series and today it’s all about taste! When my girls were small, I started setting up simple taste tests to encourage them to try new foods and flavors. Since taste tests are… Continue Reading →

DIY Washi Tape Computer Cord

-+*With the bazillions of cords you have in your house, ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, you might need a way to find a specific one in the crowd of plugs, and quick! In comes a sneaky and stylish way to make your… Continue Reading →

Valentine’s Day Tree With Clay Hearts

-+*After Christmas, I promised my son that we would make some clay hearts, similar to the stars and bells that we have made in the past for the Christmas Tree. And then I thought, why not go all the way… Continue Reading →

Exploring Our 5 Senses: Hearing

-+*How Noisy is Your Snack? Put your listening ears on! We’re calling on our keen sense of hearing to explore how noisy different foods are when chewed. We had lots of fun crunching a variety of foods and rating them… Continue Reading →

6 Airplane Busy Bag Ideas

-+*Traveling with kids this year? Flying to some fabulous family-friendly destination? Then you’re going to want to fill a busy bag full of crafts and activities to entertain your little ones! These ideas are simple enough to prep ahead of time and… Continue Reading →

Host a Hot Chocolate Party

-+*Time to warm up with some hot chocolate. Whether you make your own from scratch or mix it from a can, invite over a few friends to join the hot cocoa fun. Here are just a few of the ways you… Continue Reading →

10 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Activities for Winter Fun

-+*The winter season is here! Temps are colder and the snow is falling. Time to venture out into the cold wintry weather. Maybe you live near the snow or you’re headed to a snowy location for a family vacation. I’ve… Continue Reading →

Airplane Scavenger Hunt Printable

-+*It’s almost time for holiday travel. Maybe you’re visiting family or maybe you’re going to a destination getaway for the holidays. Wherever you might be headed, we’ve come up with a fun airport scavenger hunt to help entertain the kiddies as… Continue Reading →

Watercolor Place Cards for Thanksgiving

-+*To help prep for our Thanksgiving dinner, we’re making a few festive place cards for the holiday table. These were fun to make, with a few different items to watercolor, representing Thanksgiving. We all took turns choosing either pie, turkey… Continue Reading →

10 Creative Gratitude Crafts for Big and Little Kids

-+*Believe it or not, November is just around the corner. Like many of you, I’m sure, our family likes to spend a little extra time practicing gratitude during the month of November. We especially love activities that we can build… Continue Reading →

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