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Winter Olympics Crafts

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Poor, poor Winter Olympics…they just never get the attention and celebration that the Summer Olympics get. In the warm weather, the Summer Olympics get families out on their lawns staging their own track and field relays, in the pool trying to swim like Michael Phelps, or on the beach playing volleyball. But the winter Olympics get lost in the doldrums of the season and never get their crafty due. Not this year.

If you’re looking for the 3 crafts that scream OLYMPICS (the rings, the torch, and the olive wreath), you’ve got them all in this little grouping here from Kate’s Creative Space.

First thing you think of when you say Winter Olympics? Snow! Repurpose this Christmas ornament craft from Parents into a craft to commemorate the winter games. Stand them on the mantle, windowsill, or hang them from a drawer pull.

How adorable are these cereal gold medal necklaces from My Sister’s Suitcase? I’m a sucker for edible jewelry. You can find similar plastic gold medals here or make them out of air-dry clay.

So we have the torch, the rings, the gold medal and the olive wreath. We are just missing one thing…the winner podiums! Your kids can stage their own miniature winter games with their toys and stand the winners on these cute podiums made by the amazing blog, Classic Play.

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Kids' Olympics
Kids' Olympics
Kids' Olympics

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Winnie the Pooh Day

Friday, January 17th, 2014

I am all about getting my kids interested in the characters and movies of my youth…Annie, Mary Poppins, Charlie Brown and the beloved little orange bear with the soft voice named Winnie the Pooh. Tomorrow is A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie’s creator, (January 18th is officially Winnie the Pooh Day) so let’s take a moment to celebrate a man who made it okay to talk to stuffed animals. The characters from the book—Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo—were the real life lovies of Milne’s real life son, Christopher Robin. Interested in celebrating Winnie or introducing your child to Winnie and his friends?  Here are a 5 ways…

1. Read a classic Winnie tale. To introduce the youngest set to Pooh, try starting with Winnie-the-Pooh ABC. For ages 7 and up, tackle a classic story book like The House at Pooh Corner. Play up the different voices so your kids really get into it.

2. Make a recipe from the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. Whip up delicious recipes like Apricot Honey Bread or Popovers for Piglet.  

3. Imagine with your kids what their house in the woods would be. All of the characters live in tree trunks except for Tigger and Owl, so where would your little ones live? In a splatter-painted treehouse? Under a canopy of leaves and flowers? At the end of a long branch? Draw pictures and then explore your backyard for where you would build your Hundred Acre Woods home.

4. Watch a Winnie the Pooh DVD. Take the theme one step further by serving popcorn in one of these free printable boxes and wearing a headband with the ears of your favorite characters. Free adorable downloads from Merriment Design.

5. Make a cute Winnie the Pooh craft with simple materials and a paper plate. Found via Surf & Sunshine.

Winnie the Pooh is not only enjoyable for young children, but we adults might learn a few lessons, thoughts, or morals from him too.

“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.” 
― A.A. MilneWinnie-the-Pooh

Case in point. (More wise quotes can be found here.)

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Neon Valentine Crafts

Monday, January 13th, 2014

Two things I love…Valentine crafts and neon colors! It’s time to start thinking about the assembly-line production of class Valentines, so here are 3 cute neon ideas to get you started! (I promise I will whole-craftily obsess over February 14th for the next 4 weeks, so there’s lots more to come!)

 I love how these little origami hearts look like they have wings! The solid neon paper really makes the heart shape pop. Find the how-to here. Found via LMNOP.

 

 

 

 

Let your kids decorate white card stock with wild abandon using neon dot stickers and washi tape. After it’s covered, cut hearts out and write the message on the back to finish the cards. Found via Blank Goods.

 

 

 

 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a kid who didn’t LOVE glow necklaces and bracelets. Download this adorable Valentine from Delia Creates. Or, check out Craftiness is not Optional for a slightly different version!

 

 

 

 

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3 Cool Ice Crafts

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Cool crafts…get it? Ok, bad joke, but what else can we do in this frigid weather if not laugh? Rarely is there an outdoor craft that can only be done a certain time of year, but if there’s one genre, it’s these frozen ice crafts! Check out 3 fun ways to “enjoy” this sub-freezing weather creatively with your kids!

How cute are these ice cube boats? Stage a little boat race by patting down the snow on a slight incline and see whose boat makes it down the fastest. If you don’t have snow, just put a trash bag on your driveway. (You might want grease it up a bit first with some soapy water.)

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • Straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Make it:

  1. Fill up the ice cube tray spaces with water (as many boats as you’d like to make), mix in a few drops of food coloring, and cover with aluminum foil.
  2. Poke little holes in the middle and insert 5″ straws straight up and down. Put the tray outside (or in the freezer) until frozen solid.
  3. Cut a paper sail about 2″ tall by 3″ wide, punch a hole on the top and bottom edges (centered), and insert the straw through the holes. (Smaller second sail is optional.)


Be nice to the birds that didn’t make it far enough South this winter to avoid the cold. Freeze birdseed and cranberries into ice cube trays and hang them on your trees. Check out the how-to at Henry Happened. (BTW, she made the rings by putting a glass in the center of a bowl, putting the seeds and cranberries around it, then filling it with about 1″ of water. Clever.)

It’s no doubt looking a little bleak in your yard…even if the sky is blue, everything is looks pretty sad and lacking some green. Add decor to your trees with these colored ice ornaments from Design Mom.

 

Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft

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Happy New Year…Kid Style!

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

I hope you had a nice Christmas holiday…we (er, I) took a little break from blogging to spend some QT with my husband and kids, but with another holiday upon us (New Year’s is tonight!), I can’t abandon my obsession with celebrating with crafts!

New Year’s Eve seems like the one holiday that kids get the short end of the sparkler. It happens past their bedtime, it involves bubbly (and I’m not talking about the bath kind),  and let’s face it, we adults allow ourselves to let loose a bit on the eve of the new year. We can’t let our kids see us acting out like that! But, there are some little things you can do with them before the clock strikes 8:30 (or whatever their bedtime is) to bring them into the fun a bit.

I love party blowers, but I have never seen them for sale in patterns or colors that I like. So I tried my hand at making my own, and really, they are so fun to make and so easy! I’ll admit, I followed the DIY instructions from Julep, and I couldn’t think of any way to perfect them. I did use patterned paper straws and added silver tape where the paper meets the straw. And the paper I used was origami paper, not wrapping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These 3 genius ideas are all from Sweet Little Peanut.

 

 

Dipping the rim of a shot glass full of milk in sprinkles makes me insanely happy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And I’m crazy about the decoupaged soda bottle noisemaker.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who wouldn’t love sprinkle and white chocolate covered oreo pops?

 

 

 

 

And just for a little awww-candy, I had to add this pic of my little Sommer. I always see people serving kids plastic champagne flutes, but honestly, my kids (ages 3 and almost 2) would spill those in 3 seconds. So I gave my daughter’s OXO sippy cup a little makeover with some tinsel tied to the handles and a dated paper band around the center. Easy, cute, and special for a little tike.

Best wishes to you for the year ahead! Blogging will resume it’s regularly scheduled program!

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