Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label summer. Show all posts

Monday, September 24, 2018

Easy, Pretty, Preschooler Fairy Houses

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a playdate for some preschool-aged friends at the park.  I love creating with kids, so I wanted to bring an easy, park-friendly, nature-inspired craft. These super easy cardboard fairy houses were perfect.  There was very little prep and the kids loved looking for the items and making their own houses. 

How to Make Easy, Pretty, Nature Fairy Houses with Kids


How to Make Cardboard Fairy Houses with Preschoolers- Super Easy, Low Prep, Recycled kids craft



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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Can you explode a Watermelon?

How many rubber bands does it take to explode a watermelon? That's a question that I issue to you, dear reader.  And it's one that we recently tried tackling in today's fun science activity!   Now, I'm not a mom who enjoys making a mess... but when I saw people exploding watermelons with rubber bands, I just couldn't help myself.  We had to try the challenge too!  So, we celebrated the end of summer with this explosive science activity.   It was super duper fun and so, so easy to set up. 

Here's how you Explode a Watermelon with kids!


How many rubber bands does it take to explode a watermelon?  This fun Kids STEM Science activity aims to find out!


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Monday, July 30, 2018

Sparkly Marbled Shell Necklaces

Do your children love collecting shells at the beach?  Or do they simply adore mermaids? Or do they just enjoy adding colorful, glittery flair to every craft they touch?  Well, today's summer craft is for you!  Recently we had a playdate where we made these lovely glittery and marbled shell necklaces!  The kids (whose ages ranged from 2-7) all really had fun, so I had to share the craft here too.


How to Make Sparkly and Marbled Shell Necklaces


How to Make Marbled and Sparkly Shell Necklaces for Summer- Great for all mermaid or beach lovers!


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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Super Easy and Cute Turtle Glove Puppet

Who loves turtles?  Here's an easy way to turn an old glove into a cute turtle puppet!  My youngest son loves puppets of all sorts, so I whipped this turtle puppet up during naptime.  Here's how I made it!

Super Easy and Cute Turtle Puppet 


How to make a glove turtle puppet craft with kids!


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Monday, July 16, 2018

How to Fold Origami Paper Claws

Ever think about making paper claws? Do you have a kid who loves Wolverine, cats, or monsters?  Then today's origami craft is for you!  We're taking a short departure from my typical uber-cute and colorful origami projects for some more ferocious ones.  RAWR! As a mom of two boys, our home is constantly the sight of roughhousing.   Both had a blast pretend fighting* with these easy-to-fold claws.  So grab two sheets of paper and let's get folding! 

 (*And let's be honest, real fighting too... ack!  Summertime shenanigans currently abound over here...)


How To Fold Origami Paper Claws in 10 Steps

(Super, super easy and only requires 2 sheets of notebook paper!)

How to Fold Origami Paper Claws- For Cosplay, monster costume, cat costume, Wolverine costume- Super easy for all kids to make!



Monday, July 2, 2018

Super Easy Recycled, Homemade Sun catchers

If you're looking for a super easy kids craft that you can make from recycled materials... this is it! We've tried making several fun suncatcher crafts with the kids.  But today's suncatcher craft is by far the easiest one ever.  You can literally make dozens in minutes.  Intrigued?  Read on!

How to Make Super Easy, Homemade Recycled Suncatchers



Super Easy Recycled Sun catchers- easy and fun kids craft


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Tuesday, June 5, 2018

How to Make Best Friend Clay Necklaces

Did you own a best friend necklace as a kid?  One of my friends recently bought a pair for her daughter and best friend.  (They were groovy mood ones.  Girls' jewelry has definitely gotten cuter since I was a kid.)  I was so inspired by the cute necklaces that my son and I made our own clay friendship necklaces.  Aren't they fun?

(And even though these were made for friends, this would be a great gift to make for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day too!)

Easy and Fun BFF Clay Heart Necklaces


How to Make Best Friend Clay Necklaces with Kids- Such a fun and easy craft for the whole family!


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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

How to Make Origami Snails

Here's a super quick and easy origami craft that's perfect for spring or summer!  Lately, we've been bitten by the gardening bug.  My youngest and I keep sticking things into the dirt to see if they'll grow.  My oldest is not as keen on gardening as we are, but he loves folding origami.  So today I'm sharing how to fold these really easy and fun origami snails. 

Easy Origami Snail Tutorial

how to make easy origami snails -fun origami craft for kids and families

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Monday, April 30, 2018

How to Make Mermaid Paper Chains

Looking for a super cute mermaid craft to make with the kids?  Summer is right around the corner and I've been thinking about new, fun takes on classic kids crafts.  One of the most beloved art and craft ideas is a paper doll chain.  We've made several neat paper chain cutouts over the years.  Today I'm giving paper chains a magical underwater spin.  Tada!  If you like cutting out paper dolls, you'll love these super cute mermaid paper chains!

Let's Make Mermaid Paper Chains!

how to cut mermaid paper chains with kids

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Painting with Dandelions



One of our favorite Spring crafts is painting with dandelions.   Dandelions are such a funny flower because every kid loves them, but every home-owning adult seems to despise them.  We don't really have a front yard, so I personally adore them.  My youngest and I recently spent one morning picking the yellow flowers and blowing the seeds around (sorry, neighbors!)  Awhile back, I shared how we turn dandelions into dandelion chains and crowns.  Today, I'm sharing another fun craft to do with the yellow flowers- paint with them!


how to paint with dandelions- a fun spring and summer craft for kids



Monday, March 19, 2018

Smiley Sun Popsicle Stick Weaving

Sometimes it feels like we go in craft cycles.  Before, my son and I were really, really into origami projects. Now I'm starting to dream about doing more weaving projects.  There's something really beautiful and relaxing about the process of weaving.  There's a lovely pattern of movement and you always seems to get beautiful results. 

So, in celebration of the sunny and warm weather, I recently made this really cute smiley sun popsicle stick weaving.   If you enjoy weaving God's Eyes, you'll really enjoy this craft too!

Smiley Sun Popsicle Stick Weaving Craft


smiley sun popsicle stick weaving- great Summer kids craft!



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Monday, February 5, 2018

Tree Painting with Toddlers and Preschoolers

Well, the title of the post pretty much says it all!  Last week we held an impromptu art playdate with some friends.   I wanted to do an activity that was different, open-ended,  and easy-to-set-up.  This tree painting activity did the trick!

Let's Paint the Trees together!


Tree Painting with Preschoolers and Toddlers- Such a fun outdoor art activity that young kids will love!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hula Girl Wrapping Paper

Love birthday parties?  Me too! This weekend we're going to a luau / Moana-themed party and I thought it would be fun to wrap our birthday gift so that it looks like a hula girl.

Isn't she sweet?

Here's a creative way to wrap birthday gifts- turn it into a hula girl!



Tuesday, August 29, 2017

How to make Giant Gorgeous Jellyfish

Giant Jellyfish Decorations?  What?  Yup.  Hi friends! Today's craft is a departure from my normal kids crafts.  But I just had to share this gorgeous jellyfish craft here.  Our church recently redecorated its nursery room.  The new theme is under the sea and one of my very talented friends came up with this super easy (and cheap!) jellyfish design.  We made about a dozen of them to hang up in the room and they look absolutely ethereal and gorgeous.   So I thought I'd share what we did here in case any of you want to make your own giant floaty sea creatures too.


how to make giant gorgeous jellyfish from dollar store materials

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Easy Printmaking Project for Kiddos: Colorful Initials!

Howdy friends! Today I wanted to just pop in and share this colorful, kid-friendly printmaking project.  I know, it's been awhile since I've shared a printing project here. (I've been shying away from messier projects lately because my youngest has now entered the VERY precocious and active toddler years. Ahhh! )  But, I recently took a printmaking course and was enamored with the whole process.... so I had to try out the process with my eldest.

Let's Print Kid Initials


Easy Printmaking Project for kids- Print your Initial

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Happy Woven Paper Turtles

Does anyone else enjoy weaving with kids?  One of my most popular posts to date has been these adorable popsicle stick woven turtles.  And I totally get why... they're super cute, easy to make, and teach kids a neat skill- yarn weaving!

Well, once again we've been bitten by the weaving bug.  This time we took a different approach and made some woven paper turtles!  Like their yarn counterparts, these are also super cute and kid-approved.  (My 5-year-old loved making one alongside me!)

super cute and colorful woven paper turtle kid art and craft project!


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Watercolor Painted Paper Lanterns (with Jellyfish too!)

I am a sucker for kids watercolor art and crafts.  They're colorful, easy to set up, easy to clean up, and give us such bright and happy results.  (Plus, who doesn't love watching colors blend with one another?  It's pure magic.)  Today I'm pulling out another watercolor craft that will look just beautiful decorating your home this summer.  Tada!  We're painting some paper lanterns!


painted watercolor paper lanterns craft (cute fish, pom pom, earth, and jellyfish kids craft!)



Friday, March 24, 2017

20+ Cutest and Super Fun Popsicle Stick Crafts

We love popsicle stick crafts! (Or do you call them craft stick crafts?)  Whatever you call these wooden sticks, I think we can all agree that they offer endless opportunities to create.  Stuck in a rut about what to do with them?  Well, here is a list of over 20 easy, cute, and fun popsicle crafts!

20+ cute and fun kids popsicle crafts


Monday, March 20, 2017

Easy Pom Pom Shooter (Made in less than 10 minutes!)

Lately my son has been obsessed with this DIY pom pom shooter.  Not that I blame him.  It's got a pretty sweet trigger.  Simply press down on the clothes pin.  The rubber band then releases, flinging pom poms into the air.

And you wanna know the best part about today's craft?  You can make one yourself in less than 10 minutes.  Cool right?  Wanna know how?  Keep reading to find out!

Easy Rubber Band Pom Pom Shooter Toy - Super Fun STEAM project to craft with kids.  You probably already own all the materials!

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Monday, August 8, 2016

Sparkly, Colorful Peel and Stick Window Mosaics

Sparkly and colorful- this removable window cling craft was one of our favorites this summer!  We love doing mosaic crafts over here with kiddos.  There's something super neat about putting tiny pieces together to create a lovely design or picture. And this craft takes mosaics to the next level.  Kids can make their own mosaic pieces AND create beautiful stick and peel mosaics on windows!

How to Make Peel and Stick Window Mosaics! 


How to make Sparkly Peel and Stick Window Clings with Kids- Fun Art Project
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