Autumn Tree Sculptures from a Paper Bag

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Fall Craft for Kids Need a boredom buster for the kids to celebrate Fall using materials you probably already have on-hand? These Autumn tree sculptures can be made from a paper bag and coffee filter leaves, and they are a great way to introduce kids to the concept of form and balance in sculpture art! […]

10 Apple Crafts and Activities for Preschoolers

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We are getting ready for Fall, and that means plenty of crafts, recipes, and activities with one of my favorite fruits — Apples!! Every Fall our family looks forward to picking our own apples from the orchard. Once we return back home, we bake, cook, or craft with them! Whether you pick your own apples […]

Simple Summer Scrapbooks Kids Can Make

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Need an easy way to keep the kids busy while preserving some of their favorite Summer memories? Here is a very simple scrapbook project the kids can make, just in time for back-to-school when many teachers begin the school year asking what the kids did over Summer vacation. A big thank you to Melissa & […]

DIY School Supplies Kids Can Make

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Busy getting the kids ready for school? Here are some easy school supplies the kids can make and clever ways they can add some creative touches to school supplies they already own using common household items. Most of these materials can also be found at the dollar store!  1. Modern Notebooks and Matching Pencils or […]

How to Play with Stuffed Animals

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Do your kids own lots of stuffed animals? Wish your kids would play with their stuffed animals instead of letting them collect dust on the shelf? Looking for something fun to do on a rainy day?? For a fun time, create a disguise kit for pretend stuffed animal “spies”! You’ll want to change their appearance […]

Quick Craft for Kids — Toy Boats

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Need a super quick craft to keep the kids busy? Here is a really simple toy boat the kids can make themselves, then race in a local creek, lake, or even in your own bathtub! My kids love making their own toys, so this activity was a big hit with them, plus it uses mostly […]

Kid Craft — Simple Leather Bracelets

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As part of the Michaels Passport to Imagination program, the kids and I thought it would be fun to try one of the take-home projects they have outlined in the passport! This one is inspired by South Africa to make leather bracelets, and they are fun and easy to make!! I love how the passport […]

Passport to Imagination

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Early last week, I took the kids to visit Michael’s craft store for their Passport to Imagination program. It was a big hit!! Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now until August 2nd 10am-noon, Michael’s is hosting 2 kid-friendly craft projects inspired by countries around the world for just $2 per child per visit. It’s […]

Patriotic Firework Paintings

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Patriotic Kids Craft for 4th of July These painted firework prints are an easy patriotic craft the kids can make to be displayed in your home in time for the 4th of July holiday! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative craft project! To make your own patriotic firework paintings, […]

Free Printable Blank Comic Pages

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Do your kids like to draw comics? Need a quick and easy boredom buster for the kids this Summer? Here’s a free printable for blank comic pages the kids can use to make their own comic books at home! This is one of Emily’s favorite activities for a rainy day, or anytime she just feels […]

Gifts Kids Can Make for Mother’s Day: Jewelry Dish

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Looking for a last-minute handmade gift idea for Mom this Mother’s Day?? These pretty jewelry dishes are quick and easy for kids to make! A big thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative craft project! To make your own jewelry dish, you will need some oven bake clay, an […]

Spring Baskets from a Paper Plate

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These Spring baskets are a quick and easy craft project the kids can make and they are quite useful for snacking or gift giving! A BIG thank you to our friends at Melissa & Doug for sponsoring today’s creative craft project! Psst — did you see we recently teamed up with Melissa & Doug and […]

11 Recycled Crafts for Kids

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Happy Earth Day!! To celebrate, we’ll be planting seeds in the garden, helping to clean up a local playground, and of course crafting with our invention kit made up of recycled materials. Need some eco-friendly craft ideas to help you get started? Here are 11 inspiring crafts to make from recycled materials and other common […]

Kid Craft: Upcycled Clipboard

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This creative craft for kids project is sponsored by Mod Podge Washout for Kids, an all-in-one sealer, glue, and finish that is designed to be kid-friendly and washes out of clothes in the washing machine and Apple Barrel paint, an all-purpose acrylic paint that comes in a wide variety of colors.  These upcycled clipboards will keep […]

Container Gardening — Potted Herbs

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This container gardening project is brought to you by the Michaels® RE-Love Blogger Challenge. Thanks to a quick shopping trip to Michaels to buy outdoor patio paint and brushes, I was able to turn an old set of terra cotta pots that was collecting dust in the garage into this bright and cheerful potted herb […]

Work in Progress — Potted Herb Garden

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Do you have old or worn things around in your home or garage collecting dust? These plain and dirty terra cotta pots were in need of TLC after sitting in the garage for far too long. When Michaels® asked me to participate in the RE-love blogger challenge to repurpose or remake an old item into […]

Kid Craft — Silly Stick Puppets

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Here’s a quick, low-mess craft for the kids to do. Added bonus — they may be inspired to put on their own puppet shows for plenty of imaginative playtime fun! You might want to keep these in mind for upcoming Screen Free Week later this month! (More ideas for Screen Free Week can be found […]

10 Easter Crafts for Kids

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Celebrate Easter with Crafts, Activities, and Recipes for Kids Easter is right around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than with some adorable Easter crafts, activities, and maybe even a new recipe to use up some of those leftover hard-boiled eggs? Here are some of our favorites from the archives and from our […]