Psychedelic Snowman Sculpture

Who says you can only build a snowman outdoors? And while we’re at it… why can’t he be a bit more colorful? After gathering some snow from outside, we made our sculptures with it…. …and we brightened up our designs using some sheets of bleeding art tissue paper! [Note: This is different from regular tissue […]

Sunny Day

We made our own sunshine today! There was lots of sunbathing…. …jumping around in our bathing suits, dancing to music by The Beach Boys… …reading trashy novels (or library books)…. …and what beach day would be complete without ice pops? Now, if you’ll excuse me…. I think I hear my piƱa colada calling.

Weekend Rewind — Indoor Sandbox

Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend! Here’s a fun post from our archives, and one that I talked about on our debut for The 10! Show. The girls had so much fun with this indoor sandbox, and it’s a great activity even the littlest ones can enjoy! One of the things Emily misses the most […]

Happy Birthday, Bubble Wrap!

Bubble Wrap is turning 50 years old this Monday! We’ll use any excuse to celebrate!! We save and reuse this stuff all the time. It was the perfect excuse to bring it out for the girls to enjoy! Bubble wrap was originally intended as a new kind of wallpaper, but soon after became used as […]

Low-Mess Mittens Painting

Clara and Emily loved painting these mitten pictures, and there was very little mess involved! The secret is to use bleeding art tissue, which is available at any art supply store and is very inexpensive. I cut out some mitten shapes from the bleeding art tissue paper and arranged them on top of some very […]

Indoor Snow Picnic

The girls wanted to have a picnic snack this afternoon, so we made an indoor snow picnic — it was so much fun! Clara, still in her pajamas, was delighted to see this set up in our living room. Emily helped me hang some leftover wrapping paper up on the wall, and we used white […]

Peace Dove Handprints

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we made peace doves using hand prints! This was a quick and fun craft, and it introduced the dove as a symbol of peace. To make your own peace dove handprint, you will need: white paint, orange and blue construction paper, glue, and a paint brush. Oh […]

Snowflakes at Night

I cut out some paper snowflakes this afternoon, and Emily thought it would be fun to make snowflake rubbings with them! We used black construction paper, and put the paper snowflakes underneath. Then, she used the side of a white crayon to make the rubbing. She thought they looked like snowflakes at night! Clara gave […]

Cheap Thrills — Indoor Hopscotch

It was far too cold outside to run around and play. Instead, we made a hopscotch grid in our foyer using masking tape on the floor! The girls got lots of exercise! (I did too.) We have slate flooring in our foyer, so Emily practiced writing her numbers with chalk. You could also add the […]

Fun Igloo Picture

Emily was so pleased with how this igloo picture turned out, and it was so much fun to do – especially if your child happens to love stickers as much as she does! To make your own igloo picture, you will need: a package of labels like the ones shown below (very inexpensive), construction paper, […]

3-D Paper Lantern Picture

It’s a bit early yet for Chinese New Year, but that didn’t stop us from creating these fun 3-D paper lantern pictures. They were so easy and so much fun to make! Plus, it uses recyclables. I love projects like these, don’t you? The highlight of this project…… Clara using glue for the first time! […]

Weekend Rewind — Homemade Hockey Table

Hope everyone is enjoying a lovely weekend! Here’s a fun post from our archives. Our entire family enjoyed many memories of hockey tournaments on our homemade table, and when we were done it was so simple to convert back to our regular coffee table. Be sure to check back tomorrow for a great giveaway from […]

Easy Snowflake Suncatchers

Both of the girls are so proud of how their beautiful stained glass snowflakes turned out, and they were so easy (and frugal) to make! Clara was delighted to have a go at this craft, and gave a huge smile when she saw her finished work on display in the window. Using a snowflake-shaped cookie […]

Because Mark and I Never Grew Up

After dinner, we cleared off the table, covered it all using a roll of craft paper and some masking tape, and gathered every crayon in the house for a few hours of family drawing time. Yes, the dishes are still in the sink. No, I really don’t care about them. What I care about is […]

Cheap Thrills — Indoor Ice Skating

For a good time, wrap sheets of wax paper around your feet into make-shift “skates” with rubber bands. Play waltz music on your stereo. “Skate” over the carpet!! Please note — be careful! It is very slippery, but lots of fun! Check out the look of determination on Clara’s face. She napped quite well after […]

Snowman Vase from Recyclables

We filled this sweet little snowman vase with some evergreens from the yard to bring some green into the house. He is made from recyclables (aka FREE craft supplies)! To make your own snowman vase, you will need: an empty cereal puffs container (or other container of similar shape), Sharpie marker, construction paper, felt, and […]

Cute Marshmallow Snowman

I have been wanting to make marshmallow snowmen with Emily for some time now, and when I mentioned it to her, she instantly adored the idea of making a snowman out of marshmallows! We used jumbo marshmallows and pretzel rods. Push three marshmallows through one end of the pretzel rod, and stack them together to […]

Cheap Thrills — Jumping for Joy Edition

For a fun time, locate a mattress. Take it off the bed and place it on the floor. Jump up and down!!! For some magical reason, this activity never gets old. Have fun!! Note: Be careful not to fall off and bonk your head, or mama will call the doctor, and we all know what […]