The Father’s Day rule in my household is simple. Dad gets to choose whatever he wants for that day (and ditto on Mother’s Day). So for example, if Dad wants to lay in the park with a bagel and lox and play catch for 7 minutes then lay in the sun then nap when the kids nap then choose his own restaurant for dinner, then so be it. That’s what he gets. If he decides that he doesn’t want to make any decisions, then Mom and kids take over. It’s our way of relieving the pressure of gift giving—we have birthdays and other holidays for that. But there’s always room for a little bit of surprise, even in a day totally prescribed by Dad. And these adorable printables are sure to bring a smile to his face!
Ask any parent what she struggles with the most and usually, at the top of the list is healthy eating. As my kids get older, I notice that involving them in the cooking process really encourages the exploration into new foods. And that first bite (or sip) is step one. All we can hope for is that one of those first bites will catch and a new flavor, food group, or, dare I say, green will get worked into our kids’ repertoire.
Finding recipes that are easy enough to do with kids as young as 3 is a bit challenging, and then you prop up the iPad, print-out, or laptop on the kitchen counter, sticky fingers create smudges, then excitement grows, and spills ensue. A kids’ cookbook is a fun idea, for sure, but there’s something a whole lot more exciting about getting a box every month in the mail with a new recipe, a new tool, and a new activity. And that’s what you get with Kidstir, the subscription service that brings easy-to-follow, easy-to-do, and healthy kid-friendly recipes to your door. Every month. No joke.
Here’s how it works…you sign up and for $19.95 a month (you can do 3, 6, or 12 months), Kidstir sends you a box of goodies. You’ll first get the starter kit that comes with this cute, customizable 3-ring recipe binder with dividers, and then each month you’ll get more recipes, more cooking tools, and more fun activities to try with your kids. The pages are smudge-proof, easy-to-read, and adorably designed. Each kit lists the recipe’s ingredients, the kitchen skills that your child will learn, the steps, and notes to grown-up helpers with safety guidelines. And if this isn’t enough, Kidstir also has free printable downloads on their website for Honey Bee Bar Wrappers, a multiple choice breakfast in bed menu, and a cute chart that reminds kids about the importance of eating the rainbow. Again, no joke.
Oliver and I started with the simple orange drink; he loved squeezing the oranges and I’m not sure if he took a breath as he slurped down his homemade refreshment.
When I cook in the kitchen, my kids always drag their chairs over to the counter and rarely am I prepared for their “assistance.” Sommer will grab for a knife and then Oliver will shut his sister’s fingers in a drawer. It’s not a pretty sight. Now we can plan for real kid kitchen time and they can both lend a hand to making something that we all want to eat!
I’ve always been a fan of hammocks. And swings. Really, I’ll take any hanging seating. And nothing makes an indoor space more whimsical and carefree than a swinging seat to hang out, read, or nap. Do you think you would break the norm and hang a chair indoors? Maybe these 3 spaces will inspire you!
Combine a hanging chair with the most beautiful colors and you’ve got me hooked. Found on 79 Ideas.
Why aren’t hammocks hung indoors more often? These woven, colorful ones are perfect for a sunny corner. Found on the delightful blog, Cakies.
You’d no doubt be voted parent of the year if you gave into your child’s request for an indoor tire swing. Found on Handmade Charlotte.
These frog cupcakes are super simple to make and you very well might even have the ingredients on hand.
And while the cupcakes are in the oven and the kids are in the backyard playing leap frog, whip up a few headbands like this one from The Thread House on Etsy (but maybe skip the sewing and just use tape and construction paper!).
Ok, it’s time for a moment of shameless self-promotion! My craft book, Project Kid, hit the shelves this week, and I couldn’t be more proud! It’s a book for kids ages 3 and up (I don’t like to put an end cap because even adults tell me they want to make my projects!) with over 100 unique (and awesome, if I do say so myself) projects.
I really tried to look at the world through the eyes of a child, seeing juice boxes as the bodies of owls and paper towel tubes as freight trains. My trips to the grocery store were spent staring at oatmeal containers and cereal boxes, trying to invent new ways to transform them. The rocket on the cover? That’s a Dove body wash bottle covered in a sock! Scroll down for a how-to of one of my favorite projects in the book, but first, check out this fun video that my publisher, Artisan Books produced to really capture the whimsy and playfulness of the book.
And now, let’s get crafting! Visit my website ProjectKid.com for information about craft events and book signings in your area! You can also follow me on Facebook and Twitter for updates and fun pics!
Painted Feather Peacock Fan
What you’ll need:
8 to 10 white feathers
Acrylic paint in blue, yellow, green, and turquoise
Gold glitter glue
Blue and yellow craft paper
Paint the feathers as shown or in your own design. Let dry.
Add glitter glue embellishments—tiny dots or thin stripes are best. Let dry.
To create the peacock’s body, draw a 2-inch tall figure eight on the back of the blue craft paper; make the top oval about half the size of the bottom one. Cut along the outside edge of the figure eight, leaving about 1⁄8 inch of space around it.
For the beak, cut a tiny triangle from the yellow craft paper and glue it, pointing down, to the small end of the figure eight.
To create your fan, cut a 1-inch square from either color of craft paper and glue the bottom points of your feathers to it close together in a fan shape.
Finish by gluing the large side of the figure eight on top of the junction of the feathers.