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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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Fun Games to Learn ABCs!

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Both of my little ones, ages 2 and 3 1/2, are obsessed with letters. It’s becoming clear that my older child, Oliver, is really starting to understand that letters make up words and words make up sentences and we read sentences in order to recite stories at bedtime. Sommer, my younger, is just getting into the habit of pointing out the letters that she knows when we read her favorite color book. Now that Oliver is beginning to get the whole letter/word thing, I want to start making it super-fun and creative to learn letters. These 4 alphabet games make me want to play too!

In addition to the love of letters, Oliver and Sommer are also obsessed with our spray bottle. It has become a favorite tub toy of late. Dirt and Boogers came up with this super fun way of identifying letters. Write letters with washable markers on a piece of paper, hang it outdoors, call out a letter and have the kids spray that letter with water until it runs down the paper. I’m thinking I might recreate this as a long paper line so the water doesn’t obscure the letters below it. (Or you can try it with chalk on the sidewalk.)









The Imagination Tree came up with this fun ping-pong ball and cardboard-tube letter game. Write letters on the balls and also on the tubes and have the kids pair the corresponding letters. You can write the lower case on the ball and the upper case on the tube to teach them which is which. You can buy ping-pong balls very affordably at Oriental Trading.









Clothespins are one of my favorite things to have around the house…both for crafts and for use as mini-clamps. Write letters on the bottom ends of the clothespins and write the corresponding words on paper. Have your kids clip the letters to match the paper. Once they complete a word, have them draw a picture on the paper next to the letters. Found via Pinterest.









Especially appropriate for this time of year, this plastic egg game is another great way to teach how to match lower and upper case letters. Stick letter stickers to either side of eggs and have the kids match them up to complete the egg. Found on Playing House in Maryland.

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New Kid on the Blog

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

It’s September, there’s a chill in the air, the treads of brand new sneakers are marking the dirt in the ground, and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils replaces the tropical scent of sunscreen. Yes, it’s back-to-school time, and for me, today feels like the first day of a new school. As Emily begins a new chapter in her life, I am beginning a new one in mine as the proud, new writer of FamilyFun’s Everyday Fun blog.

So a little about me…

(Scene: slightly shy girl standing in front of the class)

Hi! I’m Amanda Kingloff. I am a crafter, writer, stylist, and a contributor to both FamilyFun and Parents magazines. I write a blog called Project Kid and my first kids’ craft book, Project Kid, (published by Artisan Books) is coming out in April. I live in Brooklyn, NY with my husband Michael and my children Oliver and Sommer. My favorite color is green, my favorite craft supply is washi tape, and if asked what craft tool I couldn’t live without, it would be my cordless glue gun. I spend most of time making crafts for kids, designing birthday party ideas, and thinking of fun ways to decorate kids’ rooms. Oh, and also being a mom. There’s that.

So as my inaugural New Kid on the Blog post, I figured I’d give you a simple back-to-school idea to jazz up your kids lunches.

What you’ll need:

  • 3/4-inch colored circle stickers (36 colors available at
  • Brown lunch bag
  • Pencil
  • Tongue depressor

Make it:

  1. Use the tongue depressor to draw a grid on the bag. The width of a tongue depressor is the same as the width of the 3/4-inch stickers.
  2. Adhere stickers into the grid squares to make a pattern, picture, or letter of the alphabet. Every letter or number can be made using a 5-by-7-inch grid. Scroll down in this link to see what I mean.
  3. Seal it with love and send your kids to school with their stylish lunch bag!
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