Simple Craft for Kids — Cardboard Tube Construction Set

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It’s that time of year when many of us have leftover wrapping paper tubes just waiting to be repurposed in some fun crafty way! Here’s an inspiring idea to reuse empty cardboard tubes for a simple craft for kids that’s sure to keep them entertained for a good long while. Yay for simple and fun […]

Rainy Day Fun: Simple Stop-Motion Animation

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If you’re looking for a good boredom buster for the kids on an otherwise rainy and dreary day, try creating simple stop-motion animation videos using a camera, a tripod, and some old toys! My kids thought this project was so much fun, and I love how it renewed their interest in some of their older […]

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 […]

Toy Fair NY 2013!

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Toy Fair is one of the biggest toy events in the world, and this year they celebrated their 110th birthday at the Javits Center in NYC! Toy Fair is not open to the public — only those directly involved in the toy industry are permitted to attend. Want to see all the latest and greatest […]

Build a Love Nest!

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Wondering what to do with the kids this Valentine’s Day? Need an activity idea for indoor fun? Does your child enjoy building forts?? Then this activity is for you! For a good time, gather up plenty of pillows, blankets, and a sheet to make a “nest”. We decorated ours with heart-shaped sticky notes hanging from […]

Weekend Project: DIY Cardboard Firehouse

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Looking for a handmade gift idea the kids will love? Ever wish to pay tribute to our amazing rescue workers? Need a crafty weekend project?? I made a cardboard firehouse for the kids last weekend, intended as a handmade Christmas gift, but… well… I just could not wait that long! It was a HUGE hit! […]

Quiet Time: Felt Gingerbread Cookies

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  I had a few sheets of inexpensive tan felt leftover from a previous project, so I cut them into gingerbread men shapes for the girls to decorate over and over again. It was a big hit around here! A few scraps of felt and some leftover ric-rack kept them happily entertained for a long […]

Let’s Make Play Dough Critters!

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It’s National Play Doh Day!! As if I needed another excuse to play with Play Doh! This little play idea is quick and easy, and reuses those twist tops from apple sauce or baby food pouches as did our last post on Play Dough Cars. This time around, we added some pipe cleaners and a […]

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 Ways to Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day

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Did you know that Sunday (9/9) is National Teddy Bear Day? Are your teddy bears in need of some extra love and affection? Need some inspiring ways to celebrate the day?? Here are 5 Playful Ways to Celebrate National Teddy Bear Day: 1. Plan (and then Host) a Teddy Bear Birthday Party — Clara thought […]

10 Virtually Instant Ways to Improve Play

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Are you stuck in a playtime rut? Looking for some ways to foster creativity and imagination through play? Are you short on time?? If so, here are ten of our favorite ways to improve play time with your kids instantly and without spending money! 1. Go outside! — Playing indoors is always fun, but taking […]

DIY Cardboard Construction Play Set

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Do your kids love to play with large cardboard boxes? Do you wish you had more room to store them? Want to create a play set that allows them to build and rebuild imaginative play structures?? Then this project is for you! To make your own cardboard construction play set, you will need a large […]

Simple Activities for Little Engineers

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Do your kids enjoy learning about how things work? Do they love to solve problems? Did they grow up reading classics such as HTML for Babies?? If so, you may be raising an engineer in-the-making! Here are some of our favorite play ideas and activities to foster the next generation of innovators. Newspaper Play Structures¬†– […]

Sunday Snapshot: Dollar Store Boredom Buster

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We found the cutest cardboard dollhouses at our local dollar store. I added some paper clips to make stands for the dolls, and the girls loved putting these together to make their own little town! The cardboard itself is not very sturdy (it’s about as thick as cereal box cardboard), but it has managed to […]

Pretend Play — Invisible Taxi

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Wondering what to do with the kids?? Recently, my kids built an invisible taxi, and spent a very long time happily “driving” each other all around an intensely busy pretend city. I thought you may like to build an invisible taxi of your own to inspire plenty of imaginative playtime fun too! To make your […]

How to Build a Simple Shadow Puppet Theater

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I completely underestimated how much the girls would enjoy playing with shadow puppets. Whenever something so simple makes them so happy, I can’t help but smile!! And this was SUPER simple. Added bonus — the perfect entertainment for whenever a power outage occurs. Our little shadow puppet theater was made from an empty cardboard box […]

10 Fun-Filled Play Ideas for the Beach

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Planning a trip to the beach this Summer? Looking for a few play ideas to have in mind for once the kids get bored of playing in the waves? ((Does that ever happen??)) Well, if it does, here are a few of our favorite play ideas for the beach… or sandbox! 1. Play Sand Bakery […]

Connect with Your Kids: Camping …or Camp-In??

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Do your kids crave a camping adventure? Whether you’re planning a trip to the great outdoors, or pitching camp in your own backyard, Joyce from Childhood Beckons and I got together to share some simple camping activities to keep the kids entertained! Tasty Camping Treats Banana Boats — Whip up a tasty campfire treat! Make […]