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DIY Toddler Weather Station: FamilyFun Test Drive

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

I’m going to let you in on a never-admitted fact about my household. I am the Al Roker of my little domain. You’d think I had a permanent sign plastered to my forehead that reads, “Ask me about the weather.” My husband gets out of the shower and immediately asks, “is it hot? cold? raining? windy?”. And then, there are my two toddlers who don’t really know to ask about the weather yet, but request to wear the most inappropriate clothing for the occasion. So I’ve been craving a central station where the forecast can live in my house so everyone knows whether or not they need a jacket, an umbrella, or snow shoes! Here it is, right from the pages of the September issue of FamilyFun magazine!!

You will need:

  • Glue stick
  • 4 6×6″ squares of paper
  • Foam core cut to 6 x 24 inches
  • Card stock in solid colors
  • Scissors
  • Clothespin
  • Washi tape
  • Twine or ribbon
  1. Glue the paper squares to the foam core.
  2. Cut out a sun, cloud, raindrop, and snowflake, or other weather symbols. glue one in the center of each square.
  3. Cover clothespin in decorative washi tape. (The original instructions call for scrap paper, but I thought the washi added a little extra pep!)
  4. Tape a ribbon or twine loop to the back of the foam core for hanging.

Now I think I just need to add a white board to record the daily temperature and maybe little clips that teach my kids what to wear in certain weather conditions. Seriously, this meteorology center is going to need its own wall by the time I’m done. But we’re definitely off to a strong start!

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Washi-Tape School Supplies: FamilyFun Test Drive

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

I don’t think my love of new school supplies is a rare thing. Don’t you remember the thrill of picking out fresh pencils, highlighters, and notebooks? My mom would buy us letter stickers to label the sides of our 3-ring binders with the subject names—I would have gone crazy with the options available now! I haven’t had the pleasure of school-supply shopping with my kids yet, but luckily this job o’ mine give me the opportunity to start thinking about it!

Now, if you combine school supplies with washi tape, I’m literally grinning from ear to ear. Today I went through my tape bin (yes, I have a tape bin and it’s overflowing) and pulled out all of my washi tape. (I posted this pic on my Instagram account today.)

And then I grabbed some pencils, notebooks, and of course a yo-yo (obviously every kid needs a yo-yo on the first day of school), and it was like a mecca of blank slates, waiting to be striped with lovely color and happy patterns. You really can’t go wrong with this project. Stripe it, criss-cross it, tear it…and if you mess up, just pull it off and start anew.

Thanks FamilyFun for bringing together 2 of my best buds. This test drive gets 2 (or 3) pencils up!

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Cute Cork Rowboats: FamilyFun Test Drive

Friday, August 29th, 2014

When I saw this cork boat project in the August issue of FamilyFun, I knew it was one I wanted to test drive. I thought it was an amazing project, but I was also so in love with the photo—a peaceful lake, rocks, little ripples of water soft in the background. And I thought it would be impossible to beat or even match that photo (see below), especially in this urban jungle in which I live. So I decided to turn these into the ultimate, homemade bath toy! And it was a hit…I could hear Oliver and Sommer singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat across the house!

What you’ll need:

  • Template printed from FamilyFun
  • Scissors
  • Pen for tracing
  • Thin cork
  • Hot-glue gun (for adult use!)
  • Paint and paintbrushes
  • Twine
  • Craft foam
  • Wooden coffee stirrers
First cut out the template from FamilyFun online, trace it onto the cork, and cut it out. Follow the instructions on the template for gluing it together. (It’s really easy) Then, it’s time to paint!
You have to use acrylic paint (this is very important)—tempera will wash off the moment it hits the water. Sommer decided to go with a pink, green, and blue combo and Oliver went for solid silver glitter. He’s the minimalist in the family.
Once they are dry, punch a hole in the bow (the front of the boat) and thread the twine through. Then cut paddle shapes from the craft foam, glue them to the coffee stirrers, and insert through tiny slits in the sides of the boat.
After having just spent a week at the beach, the kids were insistent on naming their boats, so we went for Oliver, Sommer, and Mommy (original, right?). I used acrylic paint pens to keep it neat, but a Sharpie would probably work just fine.
And then, when bath time was over, we just hung them up to dry. And I’m loving how they look like old buoys when grouped together like this.
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FamilyFun Test Drive: July 4th Wreath Decoration

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

People have been asking me lately why I think that crafting for July 4th has become so popular. I think there are a few things working here…

  1. All kids are out of school, so there’s a collective need for something to do!
  2. It’s the ultimate celebration of summer since the season officially begins just about 2 weeks before.
  3. There’s no decision-making about the color scheme. Its red, white, and blue or bust. There something nice about crafting with a universal color palette.
I made this wreath by myself, but my 4-year-old son Oliver could definitely have helped with the gluing of the straws. My daughter Sommer was ready for the parade…after she marched up and down the block with the wreath, I was thinking it would be cute to replace a straw with a 1/2-inch-wide dowel for parade-marching or lawn ornamentation. (Just print 2 of the templates and glue them on either side if you’re not hanging it on your door or against a wall!)

What you’ll need:

  • Template printed onto card stock
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • Tacky glue
  • Paper straws
  • Fishing line
  • Glue stick
1. Print out the adorable template from Parents.com
2. Trace the template onto regular cardboard twice, and cut out both circles.
3. Make several rings of tacky glue on one cardboard circle and lay the straws in the glue. You can alternate red and blue or let it be random. Make sure to leave about a 2″ circle in the center. 
4. Cut a 1-inch piece of straw and thread a long length of fishing line through that piece and knot the ends. Glue that small straw piece into the center of the cardboard circle with tacky glue. 
5. Apply a generous amount of glue on top of the straws and then cover with the second cardboard circle.
6. With a glue stick, attach the card stock center.
7. Trim the straws to different lengths (I chose to trim my red ones only).

 

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Get Crafty for the World Cup!

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

It only happens every four years, and in my house, it’s bigger than the Olympics…it’s the World Cup!

Get your kids out in the backyard kicking soccer balls and crafting around the kitchen table making one of these 4 cute soccer projects!

I love these flag cookies slash necklaces to celebrate the diversity of the games. Edible jewelry…2 ideas for the price of one. Found on The Imagination Box.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Download and print these soccer players to make a fun, tabletop game! Found on Vegie Smugglers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is always a reason to make something out of hama beads! Flags, trophies, and jerseys by Red Ted Art.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who says a soccer ball has to be black and white? Print out this 2-page design, glue them to a stick or straw to make a cute World Cup Spinner craft. Found on Activity Village.

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