10 Easy Last-Minute Gifts You Can Make for the Kids

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Looking for some quick, easy, inexpensive gift ideas for the kiddos?? Here are some of our favorite DIY gifts to promote hours of imaginative play without breaking the bank! 1. Doorway Puppet Theater — Use tension curtain rods and a few valance curtains to make your own doorway puppet theater. 2. Lil’ Mushroom House — Recycle an […]

Day 13 — Creative Christmas Countdown

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It’s Day 13 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and that means it’s my turn to share a special way to spend some holiday time with the kiddos! We chose to make handmade wrapping paper because it’s getting to be a real tradition around here. What I love about handmade wrapping paper is that there really […]

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! […]

Giveaway — Phone Call from Santa!

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Want to give your child the special memory of Santa, without the long lines and crowded shopping malls? Did you know that Santa makes phone calls?? SantaSpeaking.com is an online store that lets you schedule live, interactive, personal phone calls from Santa without leaving your home! We were provided with a free live call for […]

Stocking Stuffers You Can Make for the Kids

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Here are five simple and easy stocking stuffers you can make for the kids. Added bonus — all of these are either free or very low-cost!! Yay for frugal and quick crafts! 1. Story Stones — A great way to encourage creativity and imagination! ((Thank you to Stacy from KSW for the idea to use […]

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Crafts for Kids

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Here are some super-quick holiday craft ideas from around the web. Added bonus — these use items most households already have on-hand! Yay for no-hassle crafts!!  I love these festive, yet simple handmade ornaments! See the full tutorial at The Crafty Crow. Use some leftover wrapping paper scraps to make holiday cards like these ones […]

Handmade Pine Tree Holiday Cards

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Looking for a quick handmade holiday card the kiddos can craft up using items you probably already have on-hand?? These pine tree cards are so much fun to make, and we are looking forward to mailing them to far away friends and relatives! Added bonus — the kids were SO proud of their finished cards!! […]

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 […]

The 2011 Creative Christmas Countdown

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Looking for some active and unique ways to celebrate Christmas with the kids this year?? I’m so excited to announce the start of the 2011 Creative Christmas Countdown!! Alissa from Creative with Kids is hosting this fun blog event to bring you and your family 24 days of holiday magic — with the help of […]

Advent Activity Calendar from an Egg Carton

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We had an empty egg carton laying around, and when I opened it, I realized this one had 24 little compartments. Hmm… 24? Are you thinking what I’m thinking?? Hello, Advent Calendar!! Instead of gifts or candy, I thought it would be more fun (and meaningful) to fill each compartment with its own little holiday activity. I just love […]

Giveaway — 4 Tickets to Sesame Place

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We’re continuing with our series of reader appreciation giveaways in celebration of our upcoming 1,000th post here on Frugal Family Fun Blog, and today I have a super-fun giveaway for you!! This one comes from my friends at Sesame Place! We attended Opening Day at Sesame Place this year and last, and had SO much […]

No Mess Sandpaper Snowflakes

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  With a few sheets of sandpaper found in the garage and some leftover white yarn from my stash, the girls spent some quiet time together making snowflake pictures! In mind was this sandpaper craft from Polwig found via The Crafty Crow. The yarn clings onto the sandpaper all by itself, which the girls thought […]

Play Donuts from Dollar Store Socks

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There has been a LOT of holiday-making at our house lately — very exciting!! Now that Emily has one of her surprise gifts ready for Clara, I thought it would be fun to help Clara create a fun surprise gift of her own to give to her big sister. We had lots of fun sneakily crafting […]

Pretend Sweets Made with Sponges!

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Recently, Emily and I made a bunch of pretend play sweets from dollar store sponges for her little sister’s holiday gifts. They were great fun, super frugal, AND very easy to make!! Emily cannot wait to gift these to Clara as part of her Christmas gift, and I love how pretend play food can lead […]

Easy Icicle Craft

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Emily thought this icicle craft was so neat, and it was super-easy to do. All you need is some paper, glue, and some salt! Invite your child to apply a thick line of glue to the top edge of the paper — go back and forth a bunch of times. Emily’s a big fan of […]

Ice Cream Shop!

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What could possibly be more fun than playing with snow?? Playing with snow in your monkey pajamas!! Woo hoo!!! 1 Container of Clean Snow + plastic spoons + ice cream scoop + empty yogurt containers = 1 Happy Kiddo! Pajamas are not strictly required, though they are highly recommended — as is a towel to […]

Sunday Snapshot — Snowy Story Time

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Emily’s new favorite reading spot… Nothing like some outdoor snow furniture! Wishing you and your family a fun weekend — stay warm!!

Easy Lacy Snowflakes!

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These lacy snowflakes were perfect for adding some winter cheer to our house! It was a quick and easy project, plus it gave Emily lots of practice with the scissors! They turn out perfectly every time, giving the kiddos some early success using scissors! To make your own lacy snowflakes, you’ll need some paper doilies […]