How to Make Felt Ornaments with Kids

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I made these sweet ornaments with my three-year old and five-year old. Our original plan was to hot glue them together, but when our hot glue gun went missing we took the opportunity to turn this into a sewing party. My preschooler surprised me and rose to the sewing challenge (I'll share a photo of that in a moment), while my kindergartener was able to thread her own needle … [Read more...]

DIY Activity Advent Calendar

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{This post was first shared in November, 2010...and we've updated it for 2013!} When the winter holidays come around, our family gets into a deep DIY groove. How about you? In that spirit, making an advent calendar is a great way to introduce children to the less commercial side of Christmas through hands-on making. Although my kids adore their chocolate-filled advent … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine Bookmarks

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Today I'm joined by my real-life friend Susan, amazing mom to a 2-year old and a 4-year old, who I've known since our blanket baby days. She made this simple Valentine Bookmark with her 4-year old last week and I invited her to share it as a last-minute Valentine's Day gift. Welcome, Susan! My daughter’s preschool loves to celebrate Valentine’s Day with homemade … [Read more...]

Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope

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Handmade Valentine Cards: The Amazing All-in-one Envelope If you like to make your own Valentines but you're pressed for time (or have a small and impatient child like me), all-in-one Envelope Valentines could be the way to go. Turning a heart-shape into both a Valentine and an envelope is a delightful way to surprise the card's recipient. This handmade Valentine card is … [Read more...]

Kids Valentine Ideas – How to Set up a Self-serve Card Station

How to set up a self-serve Kids Valentine Card Station

There are some adorable store-bought Valentine Card options for kids, but there's nothing quite like making your own Valentine's Day cards. One of my strongest Valentine's Day memories is of cutting and pasting doilies with hand-cut hearts, and this is a tradition that I'm excited to pass along to my own children. One of the most successful strategies for encouraging … [Read more...]

30 Valentine Activities for Kids

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This mother-lode of Valentine activities for kids (toddlers, preschoolers, and any other hands-on kids) covers everything from cards to treats. With 30 Valentine activities for kids here, this should keep us all busy until St. Patrick's Day! If you're so inclined to roll up your sleeves and make something for Valentine's Day, here are thirty Valentine activities for kids to … [Read more...]

DIY Fabric Ornament With Kids

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This post is sponsored by Gymboree. Bring a friend to a Gymboree store and sign up for Gymboree Rewards together and you'll both SAVE 25% off an in-store purchase.  Kids Crafts Ideas: DIY Fabric Ornaments These sweet fabric ornaments teach children hand sewing techniques while building fine motor skills, and they don't demand that parents have a lot of fancy sewing skills … [Read more...]

Snowflake Collage Activity for Kids

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Are you looking for a meaningful process-oriented art project to do with the kids this winter? I have an answer for you with this snowflake collage activity for kids. Have you made snowflakes with your child? Once you get started, making snowflakes can be completely addicting. Last year, when my older daughter was three, we made PILES of snowflakes and this year she … [Read more...]

St. Paddy’s Day Photo Booth

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I've  always loved St. Paddy's day, and then I lucked out and married a cute Irishman. We spent part of our honeymoon in Ireland, and the green island holds a special place in my heart. A few weeks ago I asked the Tinkerlab Facebook community for some ideas on what I could do with a huge pile of old sheets. I got tons of great ideas, and we started by making a Simple Clip … [Read more...]

6 Kids Valentines Day Activities

6 Kids Valentines Activities

We've been crafting up a Valentine's storm, which mostly means that three-year old N has been collaging all our self-serve bits and bobs of Valentine goodness into a taped-up, glued, and spackled hodge podge of Valentine craziness. In other words, we've been having fun, but it's not something anyone else would likely take inspiration from or worth blogging about! That said, … [Read more...]