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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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5 Bright Spots: Family Vacation Memory Crafts

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!

-Emily

 

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Beach Art

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As you head off for your summer vacations, this is just a little reminder to make art with the shells, sand, seaweed stones, and other bits and bobs that you find a the beach.  Line them up on the sand, make collages, organize by color, and build sculptures.

Don’t forget to take photographs so you can remember all of the beauty that surrounded you!

Cheers,

Emily

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Make it: Bubble Printing

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

A few weeks ago, sounds of bubbly water and giggles filled the room as  my children and their cousins experimented with bubble printing.  I was doing some craft development for a FamilyFun feature and the children were more than delighted to be the testers.

The activity involved filling a tin with bubble solution and paint, asking children to blow bubbles until the tin was frothy and full, and then gently placing paper onto the bubbles to make lovely little prints.  We cut the printed paper into squares and plan to use them as gift tags.

This is a nice rainy day project, and would also be a great backyard activity for a group of friends.

Cheers,

Emily

 

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5 Bright Spots: Weekend Fun!

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Are you looking for fun things to do with your family this weekend?  Perhaps one of these five fun projects will be just the answer!

1. Make  Crepe Paper Wind Catchers (pictured above) with Jessica Wilson.

2. Or, how about a Kite on a Stick?  My two would love to zip around the yard with these flying high.

3. Jessica Okui pointed me to her incredibly realistic Make-Your-Own-Fossil project.  What a wonderful way to learn about Ammonite Fossils!

4. Make your house festive with lovely Felt Party Flags.  Perhaps, they’ll provide an excuse to have a spring gathering?

5. Gather all of the bright, beautiful fabric scraps in the house and round up children to Weave with Fabric Scraps.  via The Crafty Crow

Happy weekending!

-Emily

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