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...]

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...]

Winter Craft Collage Invitation

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How do you feel about holiday activities? I love it all...the tree trimming, wreath making, cookie decorating, Santa sighting, and latke cooking. Yes, it's only December 7, and we've already done it all! But I've learned that I can only take it in small doses before I need to bury my head in a pillow. And then I learned this week that my kids feel the same way. When … [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...]

Salt Dough Ornaments: Part 2

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  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...]

Candy Cane Still Life

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At least half of the art activities that happen in our home are improvisations. Today was another rainy day, and after setting up a marble run, sommersaulting off the couch, playing with neighborhood friends, and jumping in puddles, I pulled Candy Can Still Life out of my rabbit hat. It was a short activity, but totally worthwhile and applicable, I think, to a wide variety of … [Read more...]

Frozen Wreath

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Until a few weeks ago, I thought Halloween was the best "season" to celebrate with little kids, but now I'm beginning to think it's got nothing on the winter holidays. My two year old is enamored by holiday lights, menorahs, ornaments, snowmen, animatronic lawn decorations, Santa, nutcrackers, and gingerbread houses. And the list goes on and on. When I picked her up from … [Read more...]

Cardboard Christmas Tree

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Have you ever had a weekend that began like this? It doesn't bode well for fun and games, does it? The good news is that we're now the proud owners (and, let's not forget--makers!) of new bedroom dressers, and the bad news is that it was at the expense of being holed up in the house all day.  Okay, back to the picture up there. Don't you love the repurposing of our Hello Kitty … [Read more...]