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Earth Day Recycling Craft Round Up

In honor of Earth Day, here are some links from the archives of our Earth Day craft and activity ideas that feature recycled materials. Enjoy! Bird Feeders from Recyclables Bird Watching Kit Frugal Fun with Music Spring Storage Boxes Spring Basket Frugal Fun with Stilts Matching Game with Juice Lids Baby Food Jar Lanterns Putting […]

15 Books for Learning About and Celebrating Earth Day

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Annually celebrated on April 22, Earth Day is a day to celebrate the planet and raise awareness about environmental concerns. Listed below are many high quality children’s books that can help initiate conversations within your family about preserving our planet. Books About Gardening Franklin Plants a Tree by Paulette BourgeoisThe Ultimate Step-by-Step Kids’ First Gardening Book […]

Ways to Play during Spring Break

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These creative ways to play during Spring Break are sure to keep the kids happily entertained while creating or spending some time outdoors! Many of these use recyclable materials, or other common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for simple and fun activities for kids! Here are 20 of our favorite ways to […]

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Bring Your Creations to Life with littleBits

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When I first learned about littleBits, I immediately put their Base Kit on Emily’s wish list. You may have seen them featured on TED. For kids who are 8 years old and up and love to build things, littleBits kits allow kids to bring their creations to life using a variety of modules to build […]

Easy Recycled Crafts – Fall Wreaths

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Looking for some easy recycled crafts to brighten up your home this Fall? These Fall wreaths are beautiful, and they are SO much FUN to make using mostly recycled materials or items you probably already have on-hand! There is no wrong or right way to make these, so feel free to experiment and invite the […]

50 Ways to Make a Difference This Summer

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The lazy days of summer are the perfect time to focus on making a difference and doing acts of kindness with your kids!  Here’s a list of 50 ways you can make a difference this summer if you are looking for inspiration… 1.  Wash someone’s car. 2.  Make paper fans to pass out at the […]

Wummelbox Review & Giveaway

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Looking for some educational and fun activities for the kids this Summer? Consider Wummelbox, a new European-designed craft and activities subscription service for kids ages 3-8 yrs. Each Wummelbox comes with all the materials and instructions to make 3-4 projects around a particular theme. For the purposes of this review, we were given a food […]

Homemade Gifts for Mother’s Day: Washi Tape Vase

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Homemade gifts are perfect for Mother’s Day.  Moms love to get crafts and cards that their kids have made so this washi tape vase kids craft is sure to be a hit! Making a washi tape vase from a Mason jar or jelly jar is so simple that even toddlers can do it with help!  […]

Recycled Crafts for Kids: DIY Key Wind Chime

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Gifts, especially those created by kids, don’t have to cost a lot of money.  In fact, the perfect materials for a thoughtful gift may be sitting in your recycling bin.  Giving old items new life is not only green, it’s a lot of fun.  It is so cool to take something destined for the trash […]

10 Indoor Winter Fun Activities for Kids

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For most kids, winter break is right around the corner. Need a few indoor activity ideas to keep the kids entertained at home? Here are some of our all-time favorite winter activities that only require a few common household items you probably already have on-hand. Yay for indoor fun that doesn’t require a trip to […]

Recycle Craft: Play Dough Cars

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You know those colorful caps that twist off of apple sauce or baby food pouches?? It seems a certain someone was guilty of holding onto them for a wee bit too long in the hopes that they would one day be used for some recycling crafty goodness. Ahem. Anyhoo, when the kids declared that they […]

5 Totally Awesome Stocking Stuffers to Make

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Please give a warm welcome to Stacy from Kids Stuff World (who is totally awesome) as our newest Pinterest contributor!! Stacy’s been on the look out for amazing stocking stuffer ideas from around the web to share, and here are five of my favorites: 1. Christmas Crayons — Made by recycling old, broken crayons. Get […]

Newspaper “Snowman”

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Ever have an uncontrollable urge to build a giant snowman when there’s no snow on the ground?? ….No? Just me then?! Well, I had no trouble talking Emily into my crazy idea — she ran to find her hat & gloves!  She and I had such a FUN time dressing up our newspaperman with silly accessories! […]

Quick Craft — Salty Snowflake Ornaments

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Did you know that 32 oz Stonyfield yogurt containers have clear lids that are perfect for recycling into snowflake ornaments?? Emily had such a great time making these, plus they were so simple and easy to make! Poke a hole at the top. Use double-sided tape to form a snowflake design on the lid (older […]

Around the Web — Made from Egg Cartons

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Don’t throw those empty egg cartons in the recycling bin — craft with them first! Here are some inspiring and creative ways to reuse egg cartons for some inexpensive (if not free) crafting fun!! Egg Carton Buttons from prettylittlethings.typepad.com   Egg Carton Flower Wreath from kraftykat76.blogspot.com   Egg Carton Sewing Kit from countryliving.com   Egg […]

Around the Web — Displaying Kids’ Art

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It’s no secret that I am a BIG proponent of displaying kids’ artwork in the home. Not only does it send the message that you value their work, but it is also super-cheap & stylish decor! Added bonus — GREAT conversation pieces, AND seeing kids art on display always makes people smile!! Our home has LOTS of […]

Frugal Teaching Aids

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Often times the most effective teaching aids can be the simplest ones. Here are some of our favorites! Added bonus — the kiddos had an active role in making them from very frugal materials!! The cost of workbooks can add up, especially for large families. Here’s an easy tip to reuse workbooks! Encourage early handwriting […]

Colorful Spring Branch Craft

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The girls have been busy crafting up lots of Spring decorations for our home! This Spring branch craft is so bright and cheerful — I cannot wait to put it up on display in our foyer to welcome guests!! I drew some branches on a sheet of paper with a brown marker, then showed Clara […]