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Independence Day Printable Flash Cards

You probably have all your 4th of July traditions and plans in place. At 7:00 am you head to the parade and wait for the parade to start. At noon, you head to your sister’s for lunch and wait for… Continue Reading →

Make Sleeping Bag Pillows for Camping

We’re a big camping family, we try to go a few times every summer. After sleeping in our sleeping bags in our tent with either no pillow at all or a regular sized pillow that’s way too big, I decided to… Continue Reading →

Drawing Activity With Fruits and Vegetables

“What should I draw?” Have you ever heard a child asking you this question? I have. Too many times. While their imagination is impressive, sometimes it’s difficult to step out of the box and figure out what to draw. We have found… Continue Reading →

50 Crafts and Activities to Explore Our 5 Senses

Our 5 senses are so important to our every day life. We use them all without even knowing it. Let’s help teach our kids more about these 5 senses of ours with these crafts and activities that are easy, fun, and educational!… Continue Reading →

7 {More} Unique Painting Tools for Kids

We’ve already shared 7 of our favorite painting tools that we love to experiment with. Now, we’re back with 7 more creative ideas that will inspire you to set the brushes aside and try painting a new way. Any one… Continue Reading →

Watermelon Frisbee Flyers

We’re ready to have some fun in the sun this summer at our local beach. We live fairly close to the Puget Sound in Seattle and try to hit one of the local beaches at least once a week. It’s my happy… Continue Reading →

3 Ways Technology Can Keep Kids Learning All Summer Long

With summer here, my children are out of school next week – eek! While I love the freedom summer provides, there’s still a need for a schedule and daily routine for our family. As I’m try not to get carried away with too… Continue Reading →

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 →

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