Posts Tagged ‘arts and crafts’

Crafts for 10 Favorite Children’s Books

Reading can take us on imaginative adventures great and small with a few simple words, and, in some cases, with a few pictures or illustrations too. Want to bring the fun even more “to life” with your kids and help encourage their love of reading?

Here are 10 favorite kid’s books, and crafts perfect for pairing with them.

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Back To School Preschool & Kindergarten Essentials 2016

The early school years are such a precious time. Your young child is just getting the hang of what school is like and his brain is a sponge, soaking up all that there is to learn. The curiosity of preschoolers and kindergartners is inspiring. Make the most of the first school years with the right stuff. We have all your preschool and kindergarten essentials here for you in one place!

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Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide

Stockings are often overlooked and end up being stuffed with candy and a toothbrush. However, you don’t have to stuff your stockings with stuff you grabbed at the last minute at the pharmacy. Take the small size of stocking gifts as a fun challenge and find little treasures that will be useful and loved at the same time. You can make opening up stockings at your house just as fun as opening big presents with a little creativity. Check out these fun ideas!

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Make Baby Bugs with Grandsons

Many grandparents are on the lookout for activities that they can do with their grandchildren. Baking cookies and reading to them are fine. But sometimes, a grandparent wants to do something a little bit different.

If you find yourself in this situation, making baby bugs with your grandkids could be the answer – especially for grandsons who are really into all things creepy and crawly. 

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Back to School Essentials 2015

It is hard to believe that we are already closing in on the end of summer and back to school season is officially in full swing. Every time you go to the store you are overwhelmed with school related signage and pencils, papers and notebooks. We have gathered up a unique look at some back to school essentials that go beyond what you typically think about when back to school shopping.

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DIY: Milk Carton Birdhouse

Up today: a DIY birdhouse you can easily make with stuff you already have! This craft is perfect if:

  • Your child has shown an interest in birds/nature.
  • You have an artistically inclined kiddo.
  • You’re homeschooling and want to do a lesson on nature/birds/ecosystems.
  • Your toddler is into building things.
  • It’s a rainy day, and you need a fun distraction.

So basically, this is a craft for anyone! Let’s get started.

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DIY: Magnet Board

With school out for the summer, it’s always nice to have a few educational-but-still-fun tricks up your sleeve. Enter: the magnet board. It’s inexpensive, easy, fun, customizable and, best of all — removable! Here’s how to make and customize your own; plus, a some activities your kids can do once it’s up.

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Edible Marshmallow Paint

If your kids are anything like our kids they are always asking to do a fun craft with you! Well, we have one today that is not only fun, but yummy too! With only a few simple ingredients that you probably already have at home, you can turn any regular day into an exciting one by making some edible marshmallow paint! This paint is very pretty and is completely edible- yes sugary, but that’s part of  the fun! It’s great for kids of all ages and makes some beautiful soft colors that your kids will love painting with.

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15 Quiet Indoor Toys For Rainy Days

15 Quiet Indoor Toys For Rainy Days2
Spring has certainly blossomed and summer is just around the corner. The wonderful weather likely has you getting your family outside to enjoy the longer and warmer days which lend themselves to a host of fun family activities! However, along with the great weather also comes a major downfall–the rain. Whether it be the types of rainy days that never seem to end, or a passing rain and thunderstorm you will want to make sure that you are prepared for being stuck in the house with your little ones. We have compiled 15 “must have” quiet indoor toys for a rainy day. Stock up on a few of these and when the dreary weather has you stuck inside with kids that are getting antsy, you will be fully prepared with some awesome new games and toys perfect for an afternoon of quiet and relaxing fun.

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5 Ways to Upcycle Leftover Crayons

Your preschooler wants to color today. You pull out the coloring books and the plastic container that the crayons are stored in. Your child wants purple and only purple to color her princess. As you dig through the crayons to find the only color that will make today’s art session a success, you start pulling out all the broken crayons you come across. Boy, there’s a lot more than you thought – crayons broken cleanly in two, ones drawn down to a nub, crayons barely hanging on by a thread, missing peeling paper, and some so dirty that it’s impossible to tell what color they used to be. Finally, all that’s left in the container are two intact crayons, blue and purple. Phew, crisis averted. Your child colors happily and you gather up all the bits and pieces, mentally adding crayons to your shopping list. Before you just toss those unloved and neglected crayons in the trash, give them a second thought and a second life. We’re sharing 5 fun and creative ways to reuse and upcycle old crayons into new creations.

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Easy Baby Shower Decor

Easy Baby Shower Decor

Are you in the midst of baby shower planning and searching for simple and chic party decor? Look no further! We have a few ideas to help you get your craft on. Don’t fret if you’re not the “crafty” type, these are easy baby shower decorations (almost) anyone can do!

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Let it Snow! Make Your Own Snowflakes

Make Your Own Snowflakes

Cutting out snowflakes can be deceptively difficult. It is hard to get the right shape and design without looking like a kindergarten art project (though real kindergartener art is always cute, of course!). With this tutorial, you’ll be on your way to creating snowflakes that actually look worthy of hanging in your windows, on a Christmas tree, or displayed on your mantle. If you’re feeling extra creative, make some miniature sized ones to use as card tags for your gifts this year! Keep reading for a photo tutorial on how to make perfect snowflake cut-outs.

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