10 DIY Christmas Ornaments You Can Make with Your Kids

Do you smell that? Mmmm...that's the smell of fresh baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men coming out of the oven. Do you see that? Wow! I can see twinkling lights and stockings hung by the fire. I'm daydreaming, of course, but it's Christmastime!! It's time to pull out the totes of Christmas decorations. It's time to dig through our favorite cookbooks and find those yummy recipes we make year after year. It's time to make memories with our kids and make some new Christmas ornaments for the tree. Today I've got ten DIY ornaments you can make with your kids. They're easy enough for all ages. So, pick your favorites, make a list, head out to the craft store and pick up the supplies needed to have an afternoon of ornament making. {You may already have the supplies in your craft closet if … [Read more...]

How Snowflakes Form: Homeschool Lesson Plan

Like it or not, it's the beginning of winter.  Some of us have snow and others don't.  Snowflakes are one of the tiniest miracles and a perfect opportunity to introduce science into your lesson plan.  Everyone knows that each snowflake is different, but do you know how they are made?  Here are some ideas for your homeschool lesson plan. Books About Snowflakes Kenneth Libbrecht has numerous books about snowflakes and their beauty.  I highly recommend The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes  and Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes. Image credit and link sources: Amazon  These books easily explain the formation of ice crystals into snowflakes, not to mention they are full of beautiful images.  The books will even help you learn which … [Read more...]

DIY Halloween Trick-or-Treat Bags for Kids

Halloween is only a couple of weeks away. It is certainly time to start thinking of what your kids will carry that night to collect all of their treats. Plan early so you don't just hurriedly hand them a plastic grocery bag. Send them out with something CUTE. Today I've gathered 5 DIY Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag ideas that you can easily make for {or with} your kids! /1/ Hand Print Ghosts Candy Bag - There's something about a hand print {or a foot print} craft that gets me every time. This bag is no different. Your child will love smearing wet paint all over his hand and then pressing it to the bag to create his very own ghosts. Then, you can personalize it for even more fun! /2/ Little Monster Trick-or-Treat Tote - With only a few pieces of felt and a little time, you can have a … [Read more...]

Butterfly Stained Glass Craft

Try this fun and easy butterfly stained glass craft with your kids this summer.   I don't know about you, but I am always looking for things to do with my kids during the summer.  We try to spend time outside each day, but during the hottest times we like to hunker down indoors.  I'm always on the hunt for quick and easy crafts that the kids will enjoy.  And mom too! This butterfly stained glass craft is easy and lets the kids show their creativity.   The great thing about this craft is that all you need is a few items that I bet you have in your home.  To make your own butterfly stained glass craft you need: Press and seal Glitter or confetti Cardstock paper Scissors Glue or tape Tear out a piece of the press and seal and lay it with the … [Read more...]

How to Make Personalized Coloring Pages with Photoshop

Here is a fantastic and easy way to make afternoon coloring activities more fun and personal for your kiddos.  In ten quick steps you turn your digital photos into something unique! How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 1 Choose your photograph & open it in Adobe Photoshop.  A simple picture with clean lines and obvious color contrast works best. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 2 Create a duplicate layer of your photograph.  Make sure it is the dominant layer (listed above the original). How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 3 While on your new layer, go to Image > Adjustments> Desaturate. How to Make a Personalized Coloring Page - Step 4 Duplicate your desaturated layer. How to Make … [Read more...]

The Giggle Bag to Cheer Up and Entertain

Is there anything better than laughing with your children? Laughter really is an amazing stress release and a feel-good therapy for all! Not only are there scientific studies that indicate that laughter truly is a great medicine, but we all know from experience the endless feel-good benefits of a fantastic belly laugh. Here are just a few reasons to encourage smiles: Release Stress Teach your children to cope with daily tensions and ease conflicts with giggles and laughter. Problems will always come our way in life, but laughter helps us cope with problems and gives us perspective to take a step back and ask ourselves, “Is it really that bad? How can we find a solution?” Stay Healthy Research proves that laughter releases endorphins that can actually temporarily … [Read more...]