Kids

September is National Yoga Month and it’s time to celebrate! We’ve talked about the benefits of yoga for the entire family and know it can be especially helpful for children. From Yoga Cards, videos and games to a plethora of books, yoga really is accessible no matter where you live – you don’t have to be enrolled in […]

We love our MT contributor Caroline of Salsa Pie, don’t we?! She’s always coming up with fabulously creative ideas for home and family here at Make and Takes. And over at her darling blog… check her out! Caroline has just come out with an amazing craft video series over at PBS Parents, yay! See for […]

I started swimming competitively when I was ten years old.  Twenty five years later–after Country Club Meets, swim team in high school and a few triathalons in my history–I can also add more than 10 years teaching swim lessons as part of my resume. During that time, I’ve seen first hand how water independence can […]

DIY No-Sew Door Muff

by Melissa on September 25, 2012

Hello there! It’s Melissa from I Still Love You. I’m thrilled to be contributing on Make & Takes for the home! We just purchased our first home this summer, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to make it our own. You can see my progress in the column: The Zero Budget Project. I’m trying to […]

Our mornings tend to be slow going, I’m not much of a morning person :) The kids are usually waking me up, coming in for a snuggle. We talk about our day and then it’s up and at’em to get ready for school. We are usually up in plenty of time to head out the […]

Hello friends! Hope everyone had a great weekend! I saw these mini chalkboards at Jo-Ann’s recently and thought they would look so cute on my children’s door. Now that my son is learning more about words, I thought it would be fun to make him his very own name board. This is a great activity […]

This giveaway is now closed. Thank to all who entered. The winner of the $100 Target gift card is Jordan R. I will email you for your prize. Have fun shopping. My kids are such good sports. I think I took about 400 photos of them in their first day of school clothes. “Mom, are […]

It’s only day 5 of school and I’m already running out of ideas for my kids lunches. I know, seems silly, but I want to try to give them something other than PB&J everyday. So I’ve been doing a little research on what to make and I’ve found a lot of great ideas. Here are […]

School has begun! I have a 3rd grader, 1st grader, and my little 3 year old just started preschool. It was a big jump going from everyone at home for the summer to now the house is really really quiet. It’s a good quiet. I miss my kids, but it’s nice to have them in […]

Guest post by Carrie of Little Big Terrariums are a great craft for kids because they are fun in all stages of development. Picking out plants, containers and little figurines to go inside can be just as fun as making the terrarium and watching it grow. But let me back up a bit. What’s a […]

Summer Camp guest post by Amy of Let’s Explore On a recent afternoon where there was more squabbling than playing, I knew we needed a quick and simple boredom buster. I grabbed a stack of large index cards and a black Sharpie, and drew a quick squiggle on each one. I invited my girls to […]

The sky has been falling on a regular basis, in my home… “This cut will NEVER heal!” “I will NEVER figure out these Math problems!” “I CAN’T eat at that restaurant, they won’t have anything I like!” Oh, puh-lease, right?  I know.  In my mind, I imagine saying, “you have NO idea how hard life […]

I know there are a lot of patterns out there for crayon rolls, but I love this Crayon Roll Tutorial by The Pleated Poppy, featured over at V and Co. These help the crayons fit so much better back into their home, rather than the crayon box it comes in where they slip and slide […]

Even though our playroom is a pretty fun place to play, my kids still like to be right where I am. If I’m in the kitchen, they’re running around me in circles. If I’m on the couch, they’re climbing all over me. You might know what I’m talking about. But as summer is ever approaching, […]

I have a big place in my heart for kids and any type of organization that can help them succeed is amazing in my eyes. So when I first saw this commercial about the Members Project helping the Harlem Children’s Zone weeks ago, I was really impressed with how a credit card company was giving […]

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 […]

We’re celebrating the new year with some fun and crafty glasses. We’re getting excited to be heading into 2010 and will be sporting these spectacles as we ring in the new year on Dec. 31st. I don’t know if the kids will last until midnight, but they’ll be rockin’ it with some goofy glasses as […]

Giving Your Kids Choices

by Marie on August 13, 2009

As parents, we want to know that we’re in control. But our kids tend to beg, plead, and whine about the choices we make for them. So I try to give my kids choices without letting them choose. This is a great way to let kids have a choice without giving up all the parental […]

Here’s some fun and fresh crafty ideas I’ve come across for those, “What can we do today?” questions. (Click on the image for directions.)

Ever since my children were very young, I’ve had the desire to expose them to a second language. I’ve noticed over the last few years that they’ve been picking up phrases in Spanish, thanks to Dora and Diego! They can count in Spanish, know a few colors and some directions, it’s great! So I’ve been […]

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