Posts Tagged ‘crafts’

10 Must Do Halloween DIYs

Double double, toil, and trouble, what kind of Halloween tricks are you brewing for the spookiest day of the year? Halloween is a fun opportunity to expand both your creativity and that of your little goblins and ghouls with unique holiday craft projects you can enjoy as a family.

We’ve selected a few of our favorite Halloween crafts that you’ll be dying to try out this year.

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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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Easter Essentials for Kids 2017

Easter is a special time for kids. The magic of the Easter bunny, hunting for Easter eggs, and the beginning of warm weather can make for some special times. However, it can be difficult to find gifts and items for your kids for this occasion, especially after the Christmas and holiday season. Daily Mom has you covered though, with unique gift ideas for the Easter holiday. We have everything – toys, books, treats, and more! Check out the best gifts for kids this Easter in our 2017 Easter Essentials Guide for kids.

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Easter Essentials Guide 2017

Spring has sprung and that means Easter is on its way. With the craziness of the just past holiday season and Valentine’s Day, it can be hard to wrap our minds around yet another occasion in which we prepare meals, buy gifts, and try to create memories for our families. Daily Mom is here to help you get what you need to make this Easter one of the best, with some of the most essential items. From planners to get yourself organized to the perfect dishes to help create tasty meals, Daily Mom has you covered.

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DIY Homemade Holiday Jewelry

The holiday season is here! For many that means cold, wintery weather and long afternoons inside. With children on their winter breaks there will be plenty of time for all sorts of fun activities. Why not show that it’s the hap-hap-happiest time of the year by wearing some holiday cheer?

Grab the kids and head to the craft store. In one afternoon of fun you’ll be spreading the joy everywhere you go with these simple DIY angel earrings.

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Not Your Grandma’s Squares – How to Teach Yourself Crochet

Thanks largely to Pinterest, the crafting renaissance of the last few years has begun to take on a life of its own. Handicrafts like knitting and crochet are considered social art forms, and were once passed down from one generation to the next by women who met in groups to work and chat. Your mother or grandmother may have tried to teach you one of these skills as a child, but at the time the interest didn’t sink in or the desire wasn’t strong enough to retain the information.

You may be familiar with the Granny Square Blanket. Most likely someone in your family had one when you were growing up, and if not, you definitely saw one across the Barr family couch on Roseanne. This iconic crochet pattern often included mismatched or 70’s era colors, low-cost scratchy yarn, and was just ugly.

Today’s crochet combines the spirit of the women who created the art (1700 lace makers) and the ingenuity of the 1970’s without any of the ugly out-of-date patterns and colors. Now that you are finally ready to learn, this quick guide will help you start the process of learning how to crochet with tools and resources available on the Internet.

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5 Ways to Better Organize Your Craft Storage

Many craft projects require purchasing items in bulk or tools that can be used for more than one project. After a few months of DIY projects, those small craft items can easily start to pile up in corners, closets and drawers.

If Pinterest project leftovers are cluttering your space, it is time to start spring cleaning early and organize your crafting stash before taking on your next home project. Here are 5 ways to better organize your craft storage space.

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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DIY Sensory Play: Smash Balls

Sensory play is an important part in a child’s development. By helping your child engage in sensory play, you’re helping them develop and refine their cognitive, social and emotional, physical, creative and linguistic skill sets. These smashing balls are a creative way to involve your child in active sensory play and help them learn to explore, problem solve, and even give them confidence with decision making. Make these bright colored smashing balls with (or for) your child to encourage their own sensory play.

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Encouraging Cognitive Development Through Arts and Crafts

If you hear the words arts and crafts, and shudder, you aren’t alone. Many a mother cowers in horror when imagining letting their little darlings loose with glue, construction paper, markers, popsicle sticks, scissors, and (gasp) glitter. Well, we’re here to ease your fears. Although craft time can be a bit messy, it is extremely beneficial for your child’s brain; especially for their cognitive development. Curious as to how covering themselves in paste helps your child learn? Read on.

First off, we need to mention Richard Rende, Ph.D. Haven’t heard of him? He is a developmental psychologist whose main area of study is the link between parenting practices, family interaction, and emotional behavioral development. According to Rende, children benefit greatly from arts and crafts time especially when it is with their parents. 

Today we’ll look at just some of the benefits of encouraging cognitive development through arts and crafts.  

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6 Tips for Summer Trips to Grandma’s House

Ahhh, summer. Hot days spent at the pool, magical nights spent outside catching fireflies — and fun overnights at Grandma’s house! We know that traveling with kids is tricky, especially when visiting a not-very-kid-proofed-place like Grandmas. But with the right gear, organization and planning, your trip to Grandma’s this summer will be fun, memorable and stress free!

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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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DIY Watercolor Note Cards

DIY Watercolor Notecards

Have you ever searched for a greeting card at the store and none of them expressed your exact sentiments?  Did you ever pick a pretty card but find that it was difficult to choose your words for the message you wished to convey?  Sometimes actions, alone, speak volumes and what you do says just as much as what you write.  

Making your own greeting cards is a perfect way to add extra meaning to the words you write, or to help fill in the blanks during those situations when the right words are just difficult to find.  

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