Colored Sand and Glue Drawings

by Amy February 18, 2013
Colored sand drawings

Here is a fun and tactile project for your little artists – colorful drawings made with glue and sand. Drawing with a glue bottle takes patience and control, then you get to go a little crazy and cover your design with brightly colored sand. Supplies for Colored Sand & Glue Drawings: bottle of white glue […]

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Mastering the Basic Stitches of Crochet

by Marie February 17, 2013
Mastering Basic Crochet Stitches

You’ve bought your yarn, maybe something turquoise and soft. And you chose the hook for a basic scarf or wash cloth project. Now it’s time to master these most basic stitches of crochet. Read on. The first set of stitches you’ll need to learn are a Slip Knot, Chain stitch (ch), and the Single Crochet stitch […]

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Learning to Finger Crochet with Kids + Video

by Marie February 15, 2013
Learn to Finger Crochet

My daughter has been just as interested in yarn arts as I have. It’s been so fun to have her sitting by my side watching what I do, keeping a close eye on my crochet projects. She’s so eager to learn that we’ve tried a couple of different times to put a crochet hook in […]

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Getting “Hooked” on Crochet

by Marie February 14, 2013
Choosing the Right Crochet Hook

Now that you’ve chosen your yarn, it’s time to get a crochet hook. This can be a big deal. This hook is going to stay with you for a while. You’ll need to stick with the same hook throughout your whole project, so depending on the size of your project, it could be with you […]

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Choosing the Right Yarn for Crochet

by Marie February 13, 2013
Choosing the Right Yarn for Crochet

Since starting my crochet journey, I honestly had NO idea there was so much yarn to choose from. And I’ve learned no two yarns are the same. Here’s a few things I’ve picked up about choosing the right yarn for your crochet projects. 1. Just staring out: First off, know that a skein is a […]

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I’ve Caught the Crochet Bug

by Marie February 12, 2013
Crochet Madness

I’m obsessed with crochet. I’ve caught the bug. If you’ve already been following my instagram feed, you know I’ve been posting all about my crochet journey! I first learned to crochet when I was young. But I could never get my edges even. I would try and try to make a simple scarf, but it […]

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Chalk Pastel Hearts

by Amy February 11, 2013
Chalk pastel hearts

I recently picked up a box of chalk pastels at the craft store, and we finally decided it was time to break them in with some Valentine-inspired art. Using a simple stencil and chalk pastels, we created these fun pictures with a random design of positive and negative heart shapes. All the coloring and smudging […]

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Quick Valentine Craft Ideas

by Marie February 8, 2013
Quick Valentine Craft Ideas

Whether you’re planning a Valentine classroom party or if you’re looking for some quick Valentine crafts, I’ve gathered all our ideas in one handy spot. Check them out here! What fun crafts are you planning for your Valentine’s parties? Share your ideas in the comments.

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Cuddle Up On The Couch With Your Valentine

by Marie February 8, 2013
love pillow

I came across these Valentine throw pillows from Crazy Little Projects at the Make and Takes Spotlight and thought they’d make a simple and easy addition to your day of love decor! More Valentine’s Day love for you: New Valentine’s Day traditions Valentine’s Day knock knock jokes 14 Acts of love + free printables! *Submit […]

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Despicable Me 2 Valentine Printable

by Marie February 7, 2013
Despicable Me 2 Valentines Printables

I’m so happy to be back crafting with the cute and lovable minions from Despicable Me, an M&T sponsor. These minions are all about LOVE for Valentine’s Day. We’ve got an exclusive free Despicable Me 2 Valentine’s printable, just for you!! My kids are already crazy for these minions, so this will be a fun Valentine […]

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Simple Ideas for Pairing Stories and Snacks

by Amy February 6, 2013
Chester's Way and silly face toast

When my girls were wiggly toddlers and preschoolers, we did a lot of our read-aloud time at the kitchen table. They would nibble on their meals, while I read a big stack of picture books. They would listen to stories much longer while eating, plus they ate better, too. Win-win! It was always especially fun […]

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Valentine Pom Pom Flowers

by Danyelle February 5, 2013

Valentine’s is a fun day to treat those special people in your life with love notes and secret surprises. I also personally LOVE the colors associated with Valentine’s Day. Red’s, pinks, and peaches are so happy and really brighten up my mood on these gray winter days. I decided this year to create some simple […]

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Kid Crafted Tassel Banner

by Caroline Urdaneta February 4, 2013
Paper People Tassel Banner txt

I’m excited to introduce a new regular contributor to the Make and Takes team. Please welcome Caroline from Salsa Pie. She’ll be sharing fabulous kid’s crafts and activities once a month! –Marie The other day I started working on a project for myself making felt tassels to string into a banner for our fireplace mantle. […]

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Valentine’s Day Countdown – Start Today!

by Marie February 1, 2013

Looking for a fun Valentine countdown to do with the kids? I’ve got a free printable! Click here to get your Valentine Countdown printable and download to get started on your 14 Acts of Love.

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These Sweetie Pies Are A Perfect Treat For Valentine’s Day

by Marie February 1, 2013
sweetie pies

Looking for a fun Valentine’s Treat? I spotted these sweetie pies from the Farm Chicks at the Make and Takes Spotlight and think they’d hit that nail right on the head! More Valentine’s Day fun: Sophisticated brownie sundae Cutting symmetrical hearts Heart shaped leis *submit your links to the Make and Takes Spotlight for the […]

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DIY Fabric Bows are “Sew” Cute

by Marie January 31, 2013
fabric bows

Looking for an easy sewing project? These fabric bows from Simply Homemade I came across at the Make and Takes Spotlight look like a good place to start. They’d be cute on anyone or added to anything! More Simple Sewing Projects Below:  Drawstring Bags Embroidery Hoop Valentine Art Easy Hooded Bath Towel

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Crafting Angry LOVE Birds

by Marie January 30, 2013
Angry LOVE Birds

We’ve had a lot of fun with our cute little pom-pom Angry Birds craft. I thought it only fitting that we make some LOVE birds for Valentine’s too! But don’t be fooled, this one is still angry and gonna get those pigs! Supplies for Angry LOVE Birds: yarn – pink, purple, or red 2 googly […]

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Heart-Shaped Friendship Bracelets

by Marie January 29, 2013
Heart Foam Bracelets Make and Takes for Kids Book

I’m happy to be able to share a fun and simple craft with you from my book, Make and Takes for Kids! It’s a great one for Valentine’s, getting the kids crafty and in the giving spirit with a few fun heart-shaped friendship bracelets. Supplies for Heart Shaped Foam Friendship Bracelets: Craft foam sheets in […]

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Every Kid Loves A Car Wash!

by Marie January 28, 2013
bubble bath car wash

In desperate need of a fun and easy activity to keep your little ones busy? This super fun bubble bath car wash from What Do We Do All Day jumped out at me from the Make and Takes Spotlight Page. Super easy and tons of fun!   A few more fun activities for kids: 3D […]

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Friendship Bracelets Make For The Perfect Valentine

by Marie January 26, 2013
dandee friendship bracelets

I am dying with love for these sweet little Valentine’s Day friendship bracelets from Dandee Designs I found over at the M&T Spotlight! Don’t you think they’d be so much fun? More unique Valentine’s below: Cute and crafty little love birds Robot Valentine’s Valentine’s heart letter match game *Submit your project to the M&T Spotlight […]

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