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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 […]

We’ve received a few packages in the mail recently where the item shipped is covered in bubble wrap. And we all know what kids want to do with bubble wrap, right?! Since stomping and stepping on bubble wrap is a very loud activity, I sent the kids to the back porch, giving them each a […]

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 items  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

I am currently experiencing two issues with my daughter that I’m sure many parents can relate to. #1: She HATES going grocery shopping with me. This is pretty annoying seeing as how she HAS to go grocery shopping with me, unless leaving a 4-year-old home alone is kosher nowadays? I didn’t think so. #2: She […]

Apple Playtime Activity

by Marie on October 2, 2009

I’m guest posting over at Dresses and Messes with a fun Apple activity for fall. Come see how we’re putting a fun twist on the childhood game of Duck, Duck, Goose.

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. […]

Felt is one of the cheapest crafting materials around, and one of the easiest to work with. It’s also a great crafting material for kids of nearly any age. With a little help, even pre-schoolers (or even toddlers) can make finger puppets that will delight them for hours. I made simple Star Wars inspired puppets, […]

Homemade Memory Game

by Heather on July 6, 2009

What’s more fun than playing a game? Making your own game! One of our favorite preschool games is Memory, the matching card game. My son usually plays the official version at Grandma’s house, but we don’t have that game at home. The concept is so simple that we decided to make our own with readymade […]

Did you know you can paint bread and then toast it into a colorful, edible piece of art? Yep, it’s true. I learned it here. Combine bread cut out with cookie cutters with a bit of edible paint, and art time collides with snack time in a really fun way. Kids of all ages will […]

Mix up art and outdoor play time by bringing the art outside with you (and leaving it there when you’re done!). Kids will get a kick out of applying paint to surfaces they don’t normally see as canvases. Painting out in the great wide world might inspire some young artists more than sitting at the […]

Looking for a great inside summer activity to do with your grade-schoolers, tweens and teens? Stamp-carving is a great activity for kids of all ages and stages, and a good one to have in mind in case of a rainy summer day (or on days when it’s too hot to go outside!) Older kids can […]

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