DIY Wednesday: Thankful Turkeys


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With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to add a little turkey to the page. This is a great craft, and easy enough for even the littlest kiddos to help with. We have always been taught to give thanks, here's a way you can do it for a full week or so leading up to Thanksgiving and get the whole family involved. Check out how to make a thankful turkey! You'll need: Shoebox with lid Brown paper (grocery bag works perfect!) Colored construction … [Read more...]

Turn your Kids Regular Socks Into Non-Slip Socks


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Having a house with all hardwood and tile floors, the kids definitely need to have non-slip socks. I started making my own after not being able to find non-slip socks in larger sizes as my kids grew. It is super easy and fun, not to mention a lot cheaper than buying slip-proof socks. What you will need: A bag of  socks (we get them in bulk at Costco) A bottle of nontoxic puffy paint 1. Wash & dry the socks you want to make into non-slip socks.  Decide what design you want to … [Read more...]

How to Make Sparkly Galaxy Playdough


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Here is a another favorite at our house - Sparkly Galaxy Playdough! I use the same base recipe for all of our playdough creations and change up the ingredients depending on what theme I want to create. This is one is great to use with outer space cookie cutters. Ingredients: 2 cups All-purpose Flour 2 teaspoons  Cream of Tartar 2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil 1/2 cup Salt 2 cups Hot Water Black Food Coloring Purple Food Coloring  Glitter Place all dry ingredients (flour, salt, cream of … [Read more...]

DIY Wednesday: Homemade Bubbles


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Bubbles are the greatest things ever in my house. We have the bubble machine, the bubble wands, sticks, you name it. My older one runs around the yard with them and my little one sits there flapping her arms like a little chicken laughing. They keep my kids busy for hours. We always bought the big jugs of bubbles and at least half of them would get spilled each time. So the great value I thought I was getting on those, not so much. So we made our own - and it's super easy. The best part? It's … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Chalk


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I have seen the recipes for homemade chalk and thought, that is too much work and chalk is so cheap. Well, here I am sharing with you our recipe for making chalk. Why? Because it makes for a fun activity with the kids, they learn how things are made and they will probably have a great time. Mine sure did and my oldest is already asking what our next activity will be. What you will need: Plaster of Paris (can be found at hardware or craft stores for about $5) Powder or Liquid Tempera … [Read more...]

DIY Wednesday: Crayon Patties


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With all those RoseArt coupons floating around, here's something you can do with all those free crayons when they start breaking in half or being worn down to nothing. Every couple of months I clean out the big crayon "bin" we have and make crayon patties out of the broken pieces. These are super easy to make and they're great for all ages - the younger ones have an easier time holding them than regular crayons, and the older ones like to mix the colors and get rainbow-colored patties to … [Read more...]

DIY Wednesday: Homemade Holders


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How many times do you see things that you wish you could make yourself? Do you wonder if you can do it, or better - if you have the time? While I like to think I am "crafty," I'm really not. I'm much better in the kitchen than at an arts and crafts table. However, my older daughter is extremely artistic, and she always wants a partner. A few weeks ago we were getting her hair cut and she noticed an adorable cutout of what looked like a ballerina dress with ribbons and tulle on the wall. … [Read more...]

Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop


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Here's a great Earth Day craft that your pets will benefit from! You can get your kids to help with this easy craft. This would also make a cute gift, use the scoop as the gift bag and fill with toy's and treats. Laundry Bottle Pet Food Scoop Materials: Plastic laundry bottle Felt in your favorite shades White craft glue Scissors or a sharp knife Directions: Cut the top of the laundry bottle off, leaving the handle in tact. Remove packaging labels and wash the outside to remove any … [Read more...]

Uses for Plastic Easter Eggs


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Don't throw away all of those leftover plastic eggs, there are plenty of other uses for them. I started searching the web last night looking for uses for Easter eggs after the kids came home with 4 baskets full! These are some of the best suggestions I found. Save Them - Store them and reuse them next year. Store Hair Accessories - Perfect for little bows or rubber bands. Store Change for Parking Meters Unexpected Waiting Treat - Place a small wrapped piece of gum, small toy or trinket, … [Read more...]

Homemade Easter Egg Hunt Basket


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Earth Day and Easter are just two weeks apart this year.  Combine them with your preschooler to really have some fun making crafts for Easter - and save some money while doing it! There are tons of Easter baskets for sale each year - this year you can make one using a few household items.  Keep it for use year after year or make a new one each year with your child as a special tradition. What you'll need: One gallon milk jug (empty, of course) and washed out Scissors Purple, pink, blue and … [Read more...]

Ivory Soap Activity for Kids


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Want to WOW your kids with a fun experiment using some of the free Ivory Soap many of us were able to score from this past summer? My kids went nuts watching this expand. Directions: Cut a bar of Ivory Soap in quarters. Place a quarter piece on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. Microwave on high for 45 seconds - 2 minutes (Be sure the kids can see this) Next, try using a full bar of soap to see what happens. If you want to take the project one step further, try different soaps and see if … [Read more...]