How to Make a Mardi Gras Mask for a Toddler

Gather your supplies! Mardi Gras is all about the glitz and glam so lots of glitter and sequins! You will also need glue, construction paper, scissors, a hole punch, and ribbon. Choose the color you want your mask to be (we are doing orange). Fold your paper in half and place your toddler's hand on the fold. Trace around your toddler's hand. Cut your child's hand out of the paper, being careful not to cut on the fold. … [Read more...]

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Fall Leaf Suncatcher Craft With Crayons – Kid Friendly DIY

  I love fall and all the crafty possibilities associated with it. I saw a suncatcher craft at a preschool one day and adapted the craft for fall. I think Autumn or Thanksgiving is the perfect time to do this craft because the jewel tones of the crayons mirror the beautiful colors of fall. To do this project you'll need: wax paper crayon bits a pencil sharpener newspaper for protection paper plates or dishes a clothes iron Such a fun and simple craft. I actually didn't have a lot of crayon pieces in the right colors, so I used regular crayons in brown, green, red, orange-red, yellow, golden-yellow and orange colors. With the pencil sharpener, sharpen or shave the crayon so that you get thin slices of the crayon. I separated the colors out into … [Read more...]

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Planning Healthy and Delicious Snacks

With the hectic pace of today’s world, you may feel that there is no time for planning healthy snacks. When you do find yourself hungry between meals, it is very tempting to turn to a candy bar from the vending machine or French fries from the fast food drive thru. However, it is possible to treat yourself to a healthy snack. In fact, if you have a busy schedule, it is even more important to eat healthy foods that give you the fuel you need to keep going. Snacking on nutritious food can keep your energy level high and your mind alert without taking up a lot of your time. Healthy Snacking Strategies Here are some ways to make healthy snacking part of your everyday routine: Prepare healthy snacks in advance. Sometimes simply making your favorite snacks at home can make a huge … [Read more...]

Helping Kids Get Creative With Scrapbooking: The Everything Goes Scrapbook

I love scrapbooking. I love the fact that scrapbooking is keeping memories of a particular moment in time. I get giddy when young kids show an interest in scrapbooking. I have a five year old cousin that absolutely adores scrapbooking -- even if it is just cutting paper and gluing them in random places on a sheet of paper and adding pictures of family members. The Everything Goes Scrapbook is a theory I have devised over the course of this year. As my family was moving, I did not have access to my "normal" sized album, papers, page protectors, and tools, but did not want this year to pass away without documenting it in some way. Take one year (or month or week) and collect things of life. Literally everything goes into the Everything Goes Scrapbook -- which is why it is so perfect for a … [Read more...]

Preschool Crafts You Can Do Indoors

With summer in full force and the heat index quickly rising, sometimes it is hard to find ways to keep young children occupied when it is just too hot to go outside. Here is a quick round up of ten easy to do preschool crafts to keep your little ones happy and amused. Top Ten Crafts To Do With Preschoolers and Young Children ABC and 123 Place-mats for Kids Tracing Cookie Cutter Project Creating a Telescope Paint Your Own Peg Dolls How To Make A Terrarium Recycling Crayon Bits Into New Crafts How To Make Marble Magnets Make A Picnic Blanket in Ten Easy Steps Paint Your Cookies! Make a Simple Canvas Book Bag What activities do you do with your preschoolers to keep them occupied during the hot summer months? Share your ideas in the comments and happy crafting! … [Read more...]

Recycling Crayon Bits Into New Crafts

I don’t know about you, but my favorite craft projects are those which are easy, quick, fun, and you use materials that you would otherwise throw away. Looking at my daughter’s collection of very used and broken crayons (and I swear there were about hundred and fifty of them) I was on the verge of throwing them all away and getting new crayons.  Then I remembered the good ol’ days of my childhood when my mom would let us melt down our old, broken crayons to make new, fun crayons. Taking one afternoon (during nap time and while I watched an episode of the latest series I’m into) I took the crayons and matched up colors that I liked together (seriously this was one of my favorite parts). I put together greens and oranges, reds and purples, greens and purples – I seriously felt like a … [Read more...]