Flower Prints from Soda Bottles

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Another rainy day here, and the girls were starting to go through a bit of “messy art withdrawl”. We made flower prints using empty soda bottles! In our case, they were empty seltzer water bottles, but you get the idea. Clara really got into the painting today! She could hardly contain her excitement! To make […]

Quick Craft — Spring Tree Sculpture

It happened right before my very eyes — Emily turned 6 years old!!! We had a fun time at the zoo, and went out for lunch to celebrate. When we got home, Clara crashed for a nap, so Emily and I snuck in this super-quick Spring craft project. For this Spring tree sculpture, make a […]

Easy Crafts for Rainy Days

Emily and I had LOTS of fun on The 10! Show in Philadelphia this morning! We brought some easy crafts the kids can enjoy on a rainy day. You can view the clip of our segment below! View more news videos at: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video.

Birds on a Wire

These colorful birds are so happy and cheerful! The best part — they were made using leftover color coding labels from the dollar store. Very inexpensive, since we had an entire pack of 225 of them for $1! First, we cut a piece of blue construction paper in half to form two long rectangles. Then, […]

Easy Robin’s Nest Picture

This Robin’s nest picture was a simple, easy, and tactile craft that even the little crafters can do with great success! What a fun way to welcome in Spring! To make your own, you will need: some egg shapes cut from blue construction paper, background paper, brown yarn (we used some leftovers from my stash), […]

Flower Arranging 101 — Dollar Store Style

With more snow forecasted for today, this sweet flower arrangement was a nice reminder that Spring will be coming soon! Isn’t it so bright and cheerful? Emily put it together all by herself, and the best part is that all of the materials for this craft either came from the thrift store or the dollar […]

Welcoming Spring

We found butterflies flying all over Emily’s room this afternoon! Good thing she has a handy butterfly net! Tissue Paper + Pipe Cleaners + Fan = Happy Kiddo

Spring is Here! (Sort of…)

Winter can be dark, dreary, and COLD here in Pennsylvania. This year, we thought it would be fun to trick that stupid groundhog into predicting an early Spring. We went outside armed with tons of tissue paper flowers…. ….and planted them all over the place! Soon, it was very colorful! Some flowers bloomed from bushes…. […]

Tutorial — No Sew Spring Cleaning Apron

It’s that time of year again…. time for Spring Cleaning. Here’s an easy and frugal way to make your own no-sew Spring Cleaning Apron. Start by making a pile of three flour sack towels. Lay them flat and place a ribbon across the middle as shown below. Fold over the towels. Tie the ribbon around […]

Leaf Prints

I love incorporating elements from nature in our art projects. Nature provides free art supplies, and I feel it’s important for kids to connect with nature on a regular basis. Emily enjoyed gathering leaves from the yard for this one. I have a feeling we will be doing more block-printing type projects in the future, […]

Butterfly Paintings — Lessons in Symmetry

Like most 5 year old girls, Emily adores butterflies. Today we painted butterflies and I introduced the concept of symmetry. To make your own butterfly painting, start with a sheet of paper, and fold it in half.  Draw half of a butterfly, as shown. I used watercolor markers (just $2.50 for a pack of 8 […]

3-D Spring Art

Today we used Q-tips and twigs for a 3-D Spring craft — catkins (a.k.a. pussy willows) in a vase! These buds are one of the first signs of Spring. The one in our front yard has since bloomed, but this was a nice way to remember how the buds looked. Have your child mix black […]

Make Kites, Not Friends

Today’s post was going to be all about making kites, and how we followed this great tutorial from maya made showing how to make your own kite. Not just any kite, mind you, but the best damn kite ever! I’m planning a similar activity for my MOMS Club, so I thought I would take the […]

Sun Tea

Making sun tea is one of my favorite things to do on a warm sunny day. To make your own sun tea, place a few bags of tea to a jar full of water. We used decaf green tea…. yummmm! Add some lemon slices… Place the sealed jars in a very sunny spot for…. well, […]

Park Love

Today’s visit to the park was full of activities, and it did not cost us a dime. We enjoyed tree climbing, tree hugging, dog petting, leaf studying, bird feeding, squirrel watching, leisurely walking, rock picking, and nature listening.  Emily picked a few rocks to bring home from our trip. With a little inspiration from Painting […]

Fabulous and Frugal Paper Lanterns

I have seen lanterns similar to this at the dollar store, and this afternoon Emily and I dressed one of ours up a bit with some tissue paper and glue. The finished lantern will be hanging up in her bedroom.  To make your own, you will need a paper lantern, some colored tissue paper, white […]

Slacker Saturday — Flying Saucer Frisbees

It’s time for another great Slacker Saturday activity, and this one is very simple, super frugal, and lots of fun! Today’s activity is… Make your own flying saucer frisbees! To make yours, you will need 2 paper plates stapled together as shown, aluminum foil, and some stickers to decorate. If you are feeling particularly ambitious, […]

Inexpensive Field Guides for Tots

When I took Emily to the book store the other night, we looked for some field guides to add to her backpack for nature hikes, but they were very expensive. I found a great way to make a more child-friendly version. It is simple and easy to make yourself. To make your own bird field […]