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Hang Out at Home: Swing Inside

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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.

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Today is Frog Jumping Day!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Yes, in case you didn’t know, today is Frog Jumping Day! Here are a few crafts, games and snacks to celebrate this all-important holiday. Hop to it!

Who says a frog as to be green? Love this paper mache frog by MollyMoo found on Curly Birds.

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!).

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What Mom Really Wants for Mother’s Day…

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

While I love to do posts about cute flower crafts for Mother’s Day, I simply can’t keep up the ruse that that’s what Moms really want on May 11th. Don’t get me wrong…I LOVE crafts made by my children. I mean, I’ve made a career out of inventing craft ideas for kids (shameless plug…check out my new book, Project Kid!). But, if you want mom to really feel loved and appreciated, I say one (or more) of these 3 things will do the trick. (And don’t worry….you still get to be crafty!)

This is seriously the best product I’ve ever seen. On the back of the T-shirt is a road map. Lay on your stomach, preferably on a blanket in a quiet park, and actually invite your kids to drive their toy cars around the track. And voila! You’ve got a back massage. Made by the genius company, bky kid on Etsy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Breakfast in bed is a lovely thing, but when your kids prepare your meal, sometimes you’re not quite sure what you’re eating. But, if you are served breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day with a chalkboard tray, food labels are easy as yogurt and granola! Found on Pinterest. (Any solid tray and a can of chalkboard paint will make this a family favorite!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing makes me grumpier than stepping on a lego or a toy car. The pain in my foot and the frustration in my heart are a bad combo. So listen up Dads! A Sunday of tidy toys is a gift that warms the heart and heals the instep. I found these awesome bags that have window panes so that the kids can see what’s what…too bad they are from Little Alligator on Made It in Australia. Anyone know of a product like this in the States? Inquiring minds want to know!

I know most of you reading this are moms. So my advice is just share this right on your Facebook page for all (read: your husband) to see!

Tell Mom she’s the best this Mother’s Day with this Most Valuable Mommy coloring card!

Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms
Mother's Day Paper Crafts: Paper Blooms

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A Happy Earth Day Craft!

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

When I think of Earth Day crafting, I think of 2 things. First, I think of upcycling…taking something out of the recycling bin and turning it into something else. Secondly, I think about crafting with elements of nature…shopping in your backyard or park for FREE craft supplies provided by Mother Nature herself.

This craft does both, plus, it’s cute as a button (mushroom)! It’s from my new book, Project Kid: 100 Ingenious Crafts for Family Fun which happens to be chock full of upcycling and nature crafts alike! Visit my website, Project Kid, for the full how-to!

Happy Earth Day everyone!

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4 Fun Passover Crafts

Friday, April 18th, 2014

 



Passover is a funny holiday for crafting. Not really funny as in Ha Ha, but more like funny as in unexpected. Story-wise, it’s not the most joyous of weeks—there is a triumph in the end, but getting there was quite difficult for the Israelites. (Rather than do a synopsis of the book of Exodus, you can read the story to you kids from here.)

But, even the most serious of holidays deserve a little craft in their step and since I refuse to promote crafts of the 10 plagues (ew), I found these 4 (one made by yours truly) to be particularly surprising and fun!

When I was a kid, my sister, cousin Andy, and I were in competition for finding the hidden matzah (the afikomen). So after the official search, we would just wrap it up again and again and hide it for each other. Since Aunt Rosa didn’t wan’t crumbs all over the place, it ended up being just “hide the napkin.” So I thought, what if I make this fake matzah out of cardboard? Then we could really hide it and do a craft at the same time? Cut a square of cardboard (mine was 6 1/2 x 6 1/2″) and paint it a tan color. Let it dry, then use a pencil to poke holes in the cardboard. Glue brown yarn or twine around the edges to give it that finished, baked look. Look ma…no crumbs! (My son Oliver made the middle one here, by the way)

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always repurpose cereal boxes and cracker boxes for crafts, but it never occurred to me to craft with a matzah box. I love how Deep Fried Kudzu cut letters out of the boxes to make this holiday sign. Save your boxes to make the sign for next year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gingerbread houses are so much fun to make, but they are almost always Christmas-themed. With this unleavened holiday, who says you can’t make a matzah house, complete with a kosher-for-Passover fruit chew fence! Boca Raton Matzah house found via Epicurious.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pyramids are such a symbol of the holiday, representing the slavery that the Israelites endured. While obviously not as hard to build, these origami pyramids are fun to make and teach kids about the 3D form. No Jewish holiday is complete without a visit to the blog, Creative Jewish Mom.

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