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Monday, July 22nd, 2013
Two weekends ago, we were at our friends’ house for a barbeque/party to celebrate their new baby on-the-way. The party was indoors and outdoors with lots of little ones running about. My dear friend Kelly offered face paints to the children and asked if they’d like to decorate their friends’ faces. This was particularly fun for my youngest who loves face paint, but rarely gets to apply it to a friend’s face. We collectively surrendered to the mess and decided that the evening would end with baths. Within minutes a few stars and whiskers were added to faces, but then the party moved outside and the paints were left behind.
Once outside the children found our friend’s canoe, which was parked on the grass . They hopped inside and were instantly paddling through uncharted waters, encountering aquatic friends and foes, and setting off for far away adventures. All of the adults looked away for a moment or two, and when we refocused our attention, the children were making telescopes, painting eye patches on their eyes and one was even wearing a pirate costume that he had brought from home. Random, but true! Oh my! It was just amazing! They had turned an ordinary play session into a pirate adventure…..eye patches and all.
This was a reminder to me that a simple prop — in this case, the canoe– can transform a play space and spark the imagination. And, that letting children lead the way is magical. Oh, and it also makes me think that a DIY pirate party would be a fabulous summer birthday idea.
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
A few weeks ago, sounds of bubbly water and giggles filled the room as my children and their cousins experimented with bubble printing. I was doing some craft development for a FamilyFun feature and the children were more than delighted to be the testers.
The activity involved filling a tin with bubble solution and paint, asking children to blow bubbles until the tin was frothy and full, and then gently placing paper onto the bubbles to make lovely little prints. We cut the printed paper into squares and plan to use them as gift tags.
This is a nice rainy day project, and would also be a great backyard activity for a group of friends.
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Friday, May 24th, 2013
Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend? Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!
1. Make Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.
2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick? My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.
3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project. What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!
4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags. Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?
5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps. via The Crafty Crow
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Friday, January 25th, 2013
1. When I saw Blair’s charming Doodle Pendants on her blog the other day, I was instantly smitten. I love DIY jewelry and I love doodling, so this one made me smile. It is a perfect project for the kid who loves to doodle in the margins of his notebook, yes? Or, as a group project at a birthday party? Or, as a gift for a family member or friend? (Or, as a gift to yourself?) Yes, yes, yes!
2. These paper tea cups are super fancy and fun! Download the free template and have the sweetest little pretend tea party.
3. Mmmmm. As you begin to think about Valentine’s Day treats, consider Jessica’s Sticky Dippy: Chocolate Marshmallow Pretzel Rods.
4. These Topographical Paper Sculptures are a wonderful way for children to experiment with color, shape, and three dimensional art! Plus, I think they’d look really cool displayed in a bedroom. via The Crafty Crow
5. For all of us living in a frigid part of the world, Roselee’s super easy fleece cuffs tutorial is a brilliant way to keep the cold out of your child’s sleeves. Check it!
Happy weekending to you and yours!
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Friday, January 11th, 2013
1. Amanda’s recipe for Fairy Dust is the perfect sparkly, sweet smelling something for hours of magical play. My Hazel is very excited to make a little pot of her very own! And, honestly, I’m kind of excited to dab a bit onto my hair and shoulders.
2. I love the bright colors and interesting textures of Dana’s Spaghetti Box Feathers. Cereal boxes are one of my favorite materials, so these speak to my heart. And, oh my, the feather necklaces are so sweet!
3. Homemade Snow Dough!
4. These beautiful snowflakes made from twigs and bits of nature. Via The Crafty Crow.
5. This oatmeal cake looks amazing. Yum!
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