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Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Sometimes kids present us with the sweetest of gestures, unprompted, like that of Christian Bucks of York, PA. Christian decided that he wanted to help kids who might be feeling lonely on the playground with something called the Buddy Bench, according to this article on the Huffington Post. He had seen one on a trip to Germany and decided that he wanted to give kids a place to find comfort on the playground when they just needed a little company.
When I searched Buddy Bench on Google, I found that it’s actually a thing that people do (who knew?). This square-shaped one is actually a product for sale on Designs for Education, a British website. (I love how the shape of this one promotes conversation.
And this one is also a product for sale on Red Monkey Play, yet another British web store. (I’m noticing a trend here. You?)
And guess where this happy buddy bench is sold? Yep. England, as well.
I don’t know about you, but the UK seems like quite a friendly place! I bet Christian Bucks would agree!
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013
Clearly nature crafts are on my mind with the start of fall this week. And seriously, I never met a red mushroom craft that I didn’t like. (If you look at photos of my son’s nursery that appeared Parents magazine a few years ago, you’ll see that not much has changed.) These four take clever crafting to a new level!
- A new definition of a toad stool, this mushroom stool cushion is beyond! It’s only $25 at the Smith and Scott Etsy store or you could make your own pretty easily with red and white felt.
- How adorable and easy are these mushroom-painted jar lids by Rosige Zeit? Such a cute container to hold craft supplies.
- These sweet mushrooms from Beneath the Rowan Tree are made by painting inexpensive drawer pulls!
- You can make your own mushrooms from nature by painting acorn caps and sticks. Found on KoKoKo Kids.
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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
Every fall, I’m always a little late on the leaf crafts. There is such a small window where I live of when the leaves are a true rainbow array of colors, and there are so many lovely things to do with orange, yellow, green, and even brown leaves. Here are a few of my favorites from FamilyFun.
The lovely leaves above were pressed in a heavy book for about ten days (you can see how I miss the boat every year, right?) and then decorated with a metallic paint pen. How lovely would these be hanging in a float frame?(FYI, a float frame is a glass-to-glass frame that’s great for projects like this.)
Flower crowns are lovely in the spring, but don’t ignore the leaves for you little woodsy prince or princess! The leaves stay in their raffia crown without glue, so when some go bad, it’s easy to swap them out.
Test your child’s scavenger skills by challenging him to create a rainbow of leaves (blue might be pushing it). Line them up on a log or even outside on the front stoop. Lay rocks on top to prevent them from blowing away. (Idea from Lisa Jordan of lilfishstudios.com)
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Now do you feel the urgency to get out and find those lovely leaves of orange and gold? I certainly do!
Friday, August 2nd, 2013
In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew, consider reading The Wind in The Willows together. The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!
1. This Twig Boat (pictured above) is magical and fun!
2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!
3. Nutshell Sailboats. Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts. I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.
4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!
5. Traditional Origami Boats with a how-to video in the post!
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Thursday, July 25th, 2013
1. What do you do with the sand, shells, dried seaweed pods, and memorabilia that you and your kids brought home from the shore? Mandy featured these nifty Vacation Memory Jars (above photograph) on her blog. Fun and charming!
2. Jessica wove her seaweed and beach findings in a mini embroidery hoop to make a Memory Catcher. I love this idea!
3. I posted these Memory Tags on my blog many years ago and then include them in my book as Memory Cards. They are a wonderful way for children to create a record of their time away. The project helps children organize and order events while giving them the opportunity to highlight their favorite moments.
4. Map Coasters! This is such a great way to reuse all of those special maps that were collected during your time away.
5. Make a beautiful Memory Box to preserve special moments, treasures, and scraps from your adventure. The glass window on this particular memory box makes is a display piece rather than just storage.
Happy vacationing! And, happy memory preserving when you return!
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