11 Classic Summer Camp Crafts for Kids

Sand casting camp paint cut paste

Now that summer is officially underway, I've been getting nostalgic for classic summer camp crafts. You know, the ones that you would make every year -- things to wear, hang on your wall, and gift to your parents at the end of summer. These projects are intended to take you back to your childhood, and maybe inspire you to bring some of this time-tested goodness back into … [Read more...]

Easy Peasy Rock Painting

rocks rock painting

This is such an easy project and my kids (almost 4 and 20 months) have gone crazy for it. And I have to confess that I really enjoyed it too. Very addictive. I chalk their enthusiasm (and mine) up to a couple things: Painting or drawing on a 3-dimensional surface is a fun challenge The colors of the paint markers are vivid and opaque (i.e. pretty), and very easy to … [Read more...]

How to Press a Flower

how to press a flower

Do you have a bounty of flowers in your garden? Have you ever wanted to press a flower, but weren't sure where to start? Pressing flowers just requires a little bit of patience for the flowers to actually dry, but the process is quite simple and doesn't require a lot of fancy equipment. Start by collecting some flowers. Big thick flowers like roses are hard to … [Read more...]

Painting Birdhouses

toddler painting birdhouse

The last time my in-laws visited, they left my girls with these cute little wooden birdhouses. I tucked them away to paint on their next visit, but my 3 year old couldn't wait that long. In fact, about a month after I stored these, and an hour before leaving the house to meet friends in the park, my daughter suddenly remembered the birdhouses that were, as far as I could tell, … [Read more...]

Spring Art: How to Make a Bunny Garland

spring art bunny garland

Yesterday I shared how to make watercolor paintings with kids. And from those paintings, I cut out these cute little bunnies. This was all my daughter's idea. She mapped out a plan for Spring decorating, and one of the things on her list was "a bunny garland, with bunnies that are the same shapes as the ones in in the mobile in your bedroom." She tends to cut right to … [Read more...]

Valentine Garland + Some Other Stuff

nurturestorebag

It's February! And you know what that means? Valentine's Day is right around the corner and we get to geek out on hearts, pink, and glitter. I'm over at the Kiwi Crate blog today, sharing this Valentine garland that my three year old and I made together. It's so simple and turned into an excellent activity for practicing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and home … [Read more...]

Rolled Paper Snowflakes

chipboard tube snowflake

When I saw this toilet paper tube star garland on Creative Jewish Mom, I knew my 3 year old would enjoy it. We didn't have any toilet paper rolls on hand, so I improvised with what we had. We made them from a chipboard box (very sturdy, just like toilet paper/loo rolls) and from construction paper (not so sturdy, but it worked well too). I cut the front off a box of yummy … [Read more...]

Hanging Holiday Stars

hanging holiday star

I was invited by Elmer's (the glue people) to join in their Look for Less challenge. If you know me, you probably know that I like a good challenge, and I'm a huge fan of Elmer's, so I said YES! The challenge was to create a magazine-worthy product with Elmer's products, for a fraction of the retail cost. That's doable, but herein lies my second challenge...I blog about … [Read more...]

Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 2

christmas salt dough ornaments with kids

  In the first part of this 2-part salt dough ornament post I shared the salt dough recipe and how to bake it here. In this post I'll give you my best tips for painting and decorating salt dough ornaments with kids. Let me start by saying that these were made as a collaboration between me and my 3-year old. I love how they turned out, and how my 3 year old can … [Read more...]

Make Easy Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 1

dry salt dough ornaments cookie sheet

Raise your hand if you've made or plan to make salt dough ornaments this season! Yep, I see a lot of you out there. It seems we're not the only ones, but in case you haven't committed to this yet, I have one piece of advice for you: While the recipe is simple, give yourself some time! This is a 2-part post. In the first part I'll share a salt dough recipe with baking … [Read more...]