Self-serve Valentines for Kids

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I’m working on a project with the San Francisco Children’s Creativity Museum, and one of the ideas we’re playing with is to create a buffet-style selection of materials for children to choose from in our DIY art zone. I’ll share some of our activities with you soon, but in the meantime I thought you might like to see how this strategy has manifested itself in my own … [Read more...]

Last Minute Easy Handmade Gifts To Make With Kids

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Could you use some ideas for last minute, easy handmade gifts? Read on! Okay, so we're down to the last holiday minute, and if you're in need of a little something for your lovely neighbors or visiting cousins, this might just do the trick. My 3.5 year old actually helped me make everything here (in various ways), you might already have all or most of the … [Read more...]

Rolled Paper Snowflakes

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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...]

Do-it-Yourself Clay Menorah

air dry clay menorah with kids

We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our home, so, as some might agree, our children get the best of both worlds! But it can also be a tricky mash-up of cultures, but I guess it makes sense to my kids who know nothing else. The other day we discovered a new-to-us A-mazing teacher supply store, and came home with a 2.5 pound bucket of Crayola Air Dry Clay to make our very … [Read more...]

Seven Ways to Build a Gingerbread House

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Are you getting ready to make a gingerbread house? This article shares seven different ways to make a gingerbread house. Many of these are kid-friendly, and there are even a couple surprises in this group! Make a Gingerbread House from a Mold Note: This post contains affiliate links Find a mold like this. While most of the work is done for you, you can still say it's 100% … [Read more...]

How to Make a Gingerbread House Using a Mold

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Have you ever made a gingerbread house?  Last year, my 2-year old and I made super simple graham cracker gingerbread houses. I'm not even sure if you can call them gingerbread houses since they were made from graham crackers. Hmmm. But making a real, bonafide gingerbread house: this was new territory for me, and I wasn't prepared for how much trouble I would have with … [Read more...]

Hanging Holiday Stars

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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

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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...]

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...]