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Painted Thanksgiving Pumpkins: Family Fun Test Drive

Friday, November 7th, 2014

I always end up with uncarved, unpainted, undecorated pumpkins post-Halloween. You know, the ones that are so round, so beautifully orange, or so perfectly ridged that you don’t want to mess with them? Don’t let them go to waste and turn them into a lovely, photo display for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebration!

  1. First, prime your pumpkins so the paint adheres to the surface. Let that dry, then let the kids paint their own designs and patterns. (Oliver and Sommer loved smothering these guys in paint. I helped a bit with the fine details, of course.)
  2. Use a pointed object like a nail or the end of needle-nose pliers to make a small hole on the top of the pumpkin (a job for an adult).
  3. Loop a 12-inch length of floral wire around something thick and round (I used my small craft paint bottles but you can also use a marker) to make a coil at one end. Slip it off and insert the pointed end into the pumpkin or gourd.

Fingers crossed, these pumpkins will last until Thanksgiving where they will no doubt make it into the centerpiece of my table. (Or perhaps I’ll place them on the buffet table and use them as menu markers next to the dishes! So many options!)

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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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Groundhog Day Fun!

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Please, Punxsutawney Phil, please give us a break! I think we are all willing to pay you oodles of dollars to NOT see your shadow this year! We are done with winter! Send your warm energy in the groundhog’s direction with these fun groundhog day eats, treats, and activities!

Your kids will get a kick out of this animated groundhog cookie from SheKnows.com. My kids are too young to understand Groundhog Day so I might make these just for me!

SheKnows.com does it again with these hilarious groundhog hot dogs. Or should I call them hog dogs?

This cute little paper groundhog pops up out of the toilet paper tube, looking for his shadow. Find the how-to here.

This fact sheet is a few years old. Let’s not insult Phil…he has over 36,000 likes on Facebook!

 

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Winter Olympics Crafts

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Poor, poor Winter Olympics…they just never get the attention and celebration that the Summer Olympics get. In the warm weather, the Summer Olympics get families out on their lawns staging their own track and field relays, in the pool trying to swim like Michael Phelps, or on the beach playing volleyball. But the winter Olympics get lost in the doldrums of the season and never get their crafty due. Not this year.

If you’re looking for the 3 crafts that scream OLYMPICS (the rings, the torch, and the olive wreath), you’ve got them all in this little grouping here from Kate’s Creative Space.

First thing you think of when you say Winter Olympics? Snow! Repurpose this Christmas ornament craft from Parents into a craft to commemorate the winter games. Stand them on the mantle, windowsill, or hang them from a drawer pull.

How adorable are these cereal gold medal necklaces from My Sister’s Suitcase? I’m a sucker for edible jewelry. You can find similar plastic gold medals here or make them out of air-dry clay.

So we have the torch, the rings, the gold medal and the olive wreath. We are just missing one thing…the winner podiums! Your kids can stage their own miniature winter games with their toys and stand the winners on these cute podiums made by the amazing blog, Classic Play.

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Kids' Olympics
Kids' Olympics
Kids' Olympics

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3 Cool Ice Crafts

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

Cool crafts…get it? Ok, bad joke, but what else can we do in this frigid weather if not laugh? Rarely is there an outdoor craft that can only be done a certain time of year, but if there’s one genre, it’s these frozen ice crafts! Check out 3 fun ways to “enjoy” this sub-freezing weather creatively with your kids!

How cute are these ice cube boats? Stage a little boat race by patting down the snow on a slight incline and see whose boat makes it down the fastest. If you don’t have snow, just put a trash bag on your driveway. (You might want grease it up a bit first with some soapy water.)

What you’ll need:

  • Ice cube tray
  • Food coloring
  • Straw
  • Aluminum foil
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Hole punch

Make it:

  1. Fill up the ice cube tray spaces with water (as many boats as you’d like to make), mix in a few drops of food coloring, and cover with aluminum foil.
  2. Poke little holes in the middle and insert 5″ straws straight up and down. Put the tray outside (or in the freezer) until frozen solid.
  3. Cut a paper sail about 2″ tall by 3″ wide, punch a hole on the top and bottom edges (centered), and insert the straw through the holes. (Smaller second sail is optional.)


Be nice to the birds that didn’t make it far enough South this winter to avoid the cold. Freeze birdseed and cranberries into ice cube trays and hang them on your trees. Check out the how-to at Henry Happened. (BTW, she made the rings by putting a glass in the center of a bowl, putting the seeds and cranberries around it, then filling it with about 1″ of water. Clever.)

It’s no doubt looking a little bleak in your yard…even if the sky is blue, everything is looks pretty sad and lacking some green. Add decor to your trees with these colored ice ornaments from Design Mom.

 

Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft
Valentine's Day Heart Fan Craft

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