Cardboard Crafts — Pretend Cookie Shop

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On hot Summer days one of the last things I want to do is turn on the oven to bake cookies. Fortunately, simple cardboard crafts are a great alternative to baking! These pretend cardboard cookies are decorated with pretend icing that is light and fluffy and pretend sprinkles too! These cardboard cookies are all the fun of baking without the […]

St. Patrick’s Day Role Play

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This idea for St. Patrick’s Day role play is festive and fun! Added bonus, you can easily sneak in some Math practice too. Welcome to the Clover Café! We serve the luckiest lunches you ever did see. With just a few items from the dollar store and a few of our favorite stuffed animal friends, […]

20 Ways to Play with Silks

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Play silks are perfect for encouraging hours of imaginative play time fun because they can be easily made into several different things from costumes to props! Babies might enjoy a game of peek a boo with a play silk, while preschoolers might love to use a silk in a pot to stir up some pretend […]

Easiest. DIY Play Kitchen. EVER!!!

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This is quite possibly the world’s easiest DIY play kitchen set EVER! All you need to make one is a sunny day, some sidewalk chalk, and some sidewalk or asphalt. Rainy days in the forecast? No worries, scroll down for a free printable version of this DIY play kitchen set for you to use indoors […]

No Cook Chocolate Scented Playdough Recipe

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I wish you could have smelled my kitchen after making this no cook chocolate scented playdough! My kids absolutely loved this invitation to play pretend Valentine chocolate shop! If the kids are old enough to know not to put play dough into their mouths, you can make your own no cook chocolate scented playdough with […]

DIY Play Food — Cardboard Gingerbreadmen

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Need a Winter boredom buster to keep the kids entertained indoors during frigid weather? Here’s a quick and easy set up for an invitation to create DIY play food (cardboard gingerbreadmen) that is sure to delight! For this set up, I used a gingerbreadmen cookie cutter to trace and cut out several gingerbreadmen. Then I […]

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 […]

How to Make Your Own Felt Pasta (Italy)

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Here is a very quick and super easy project you can make for the kids to encourage plenty of creative playtime fun as we explore Italy on our Kids’ Culinary Passport series! Today, I’m sharing how to make pretend pasta (in this case, linguini) using common household items you may already have on-hand or could […]

DIY Pretend Food Round Up

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Here are ten of our best handmade pretend food ideas that are easy to make, involve NO sewing, and are sure to inspire hours and hours of imaginative playtime fun!! These make great gifts for kids, and are inexpensive too. You may find them to be a bit addicting to make!   Pretend Salad   […]

DIY Cookies for Pretend Play

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My oldest loves to paint, bake and is really into pretend play. So, I found a way to combine all three of his current interests into one by making salt dough cookies with him that he can paint and play with! Salt Dough Cookies Supplies Cookie Sheet Rolling Pin Acrylic or watercolor paint Paint brush […]

Pretend Hair Salon for Dolls

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Wondering what to do with the kids on a rainy day? Are your dolls in desperate need of hair styling? Do they demand the absolute latest and greatest hair styles?? Then it’s time  for a trip to the doll hair salon! Our doll hair salon is by appointment only, so be sure to call in […]

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 Play Santa’s Workshop!

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Wondering what to do with the kids indoors this Winter? Looking for a few creative ideas to keep from going stir crazy? Need a fun to way get into the Christmas spirit?? Welcome to Santa’s Workshop!! Our elves have been very hard at work. With a few of the toys we already had on-hand, some […]

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 […]

Sunshine Crafts and Activities for Kids

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Here are some of our favorite crafts and activities for kids that celebrate sunshine — no matter what weather you happen to be experiencing at the moment. Besides, sometimes it’s more fun to make your own sunshine! Sunny Indoor Beach — If the weather is not cooperating, why not make your own sunny beach indoors? […]

Rainy Day Fun — Pretend Pizzeria!

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Need an idea for what to do with the kids on a rainy day? This pretend pizzeria kept Clara happily occupied and provided plenty of imaginative play time fun!   We had already recycled our cardboard cafe into a cardboard classroom, and now it’s been recycled yet again into a pretend pizzeria. We used a […]