Fall Crafts: Glycerin Leaves

How to make glycerine Leaves

We're ga-ga for all the multi-colored maple leaves of the season, and my older daughter, N, is likely to burst into a chorus of "red and yellow leaves" as we drive down the road. I've been reading up on how to preserve the leaves so that they'll last more than a couple days and it turns out that you have a few choices, some of them being : preserve them with a glycerin … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Playdough

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Have you ever made your own play dough? Im a fan of store bought dough (it's so easy!), but making your own is a money saver and we can make TONS of it in minutes. And with the simple addition of a little pumpkin pie spice, our dough smells heavenly...just like pumpkin pie!   Inspired by The Artful Parent's Autumn Arts and Crafts book, The Artful Year: Autumn, we … [Read more...]

Halloween Countdown Paper Chain

Halloween countdown paper chain

Are your kids as bonkers about Halloween as mine are? Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, and my passion for it clearly seeped into my kids' genes because my 4-year old has been filling her sketchbook with pictures of bats and spiders, and wants to know when, when, when we can put up our Halloween decorations. The Halloween catalogues and impossible-to-miss … [Read more...]

Capture Fall Memories with Kids

Capture Fall Memories with Kids

Last year, my 3-year old fell in love with the Fall season. We visited the pumpkin patch (multiple times), planned and re-planned Halloween costumes, collected leaves, made leaf art, visited an apple farm, and the list goes on! After Halloween I purchased an old typewriter and N dictated a Fall-inspired poem that beautifully captures her age and the spirit of the season. She … [Read more...]

Fall 2012 Bucket List

Fall 2012 Bucket List from Tinkerlab

Have you noticed the leaves turning in your part of the world? Do you make seasonal bucket lists? By nature I'm hopelessly disorganized, but having children has helped me make some progress, mainly because my kids demand it of me. This bucket list was inspired the Fall 2011 Bucket List by Katie at Loves of Life. Thanks Katie -- your list is fantastic! Why I Write Bucket … [Read more...]

Acrylic Painted Pumpkins

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I'll keep this short since I'm gearing up for the holiday and I know most of you are busy yourselves, making travel plans (perhaps with small kids...no small feat!), shopping for basters (don't wait too long -- they will run out!), and making Thanksgiving crafts. Speaking of which, I just spotted these nifty pumpkin place cards, and have visions that a simpler cardboard version … [Read more...]

Halloween Tradition: Little Fabric Ghosts

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This little fabric ghost tradition began last year, and N has been begging me to revive it for weeks. We haven't had any white fabric in the house, I didn't have the energy to make a fabric run, and then low-and-behold I found a quarter yard of fabric in a closet sweep a few days ago! Yay for "free" fabric. It's more craft than art, but you'll see in a minute how this can be … [Read more...]

Organic Shape Monsters for Halloween

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When I saw this idea over at We Heart Art, I loved it for its open-ended qualities and simplicity. Joanna did this project with Kindergarteners, but it was adaptable to my 3-year old and could easily scale up for older children. Plus, the monster theme played out so nicely with Halloween right around the corner. Grrrrr.... And, are you ready to hear how easy this is? All you … [Read more...]

Negative Leaf Impressions

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It's been unseasonably warm around here -- check out the flip flops and dress! And the Easter Basket there...well, would you believe it's for collecting Fall leaves? We don't have a lot of Fall color yet, but enough leaf beauties have hit the pavement that we ventured out for some Leaf Pickin'. N picked up all of her favorites. She was only limited by the amount of space … [Read more...]

Halloween Ideas | No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating

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We enjoy simple Halloween ideas, and this one takes the cake with the toddler and preschool crowd. We had a play date with some good friends last week, and N came home with two cute little pumpkins -- one decorated for her little sister with glitter glue and the other decorated with glitter glue and foam Halloween stickers. She was glued to the art table (really, no pun … [Read more...]