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Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Raise your hand if you have hundreds, possibly thousands, of digital photos buried in digital devices. Yes, that’s what I thought. All of you!
We take more pictures than ever, share them on social media, yet our kids have little experience of holding prints in their hands. This DIY photo memory game is a great way to relive the best moments of the summer while playing a classic, boredom-buster game with kids as young as two!
Here’s how I made it:
- Since I needed to use square images, I just went to my Instagram and printed out 8 of my faves twice as 3-inch squares (After all, if I shared it on Instagram, it has to be good, right?).
- I cut out the photos, not to the edges, but roughly leaving white space and, using a glue stick, I mounted them to the back of a patterned scrapbook paper.
- After smoothing the glue-backed images onto the paper, I cut out the photos to the edges, now fully adhered to the scrapbook paper.
- At first I wasn’t going to take the advice of the June/July issue of FamilyFun magazine and get them laminated, but then I saw how cute they were and I just couldn’t resist! (I highly recommend this step for the longevity of your homemade memory game. Since I made them, they have been tossed through the air multiple times and survived beautifully.)
When we play, Oliver and Sommer will hunt for Sommer with ice cream, Oliver on the beach, or Mommy and Sommer making kissy faces. You can take a sweet trip down memory lane, while playing a game with your kids. Talk about spending meaningful time together! Two thumbs up, right?
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Friday, January 17th, 2014
I am all about getting my kids interested in the characters and movies of my youth…Annie, Mary Poppins, Charlie Brown and the beloved little orange bear with the soft voice named Winnie the Pooh. Tomorrow is A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie’s creator, (January 18th is officially Winnie the Pooh Day) so let’s take a moment to celebrate a man who made it okay to talk to stuffed animals. The characters from the book—Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo—were the real life lovies of Milne’s real life son, Christopher Robin. Interested in celebrating Winnie or introducing your child to Winnie and his friends? Here are a 5 ways…
1. Read a classic Winnie tale. To introduce the youngest set to Pooh, try starting with Winnie-the-Pooh ABC. For ages 7 and up, tackle a classic story book like The House at Pooh Corner. Play up the different voices so your kids really get into it.
2. Make a recipe from the Winnie the Pooh Cookbook. Whip up delicious recipes like Apricot Honey Bread or Popovers for Piglet.
3. Imagine with your kids what their house in the woods would be. All of the characters live in tree trunks except for Tigger and Owl, so where would your little ones live? In a splatter-painted treehouse? Under a canopy of leaves and flowers? At the end of a long branch? Draw pictures and then explore your backyard for where you would build your Hundred Acre Woods home.
4. Watch a Winnie the Pooh DVD. Take the theme one step further by serving popcorn in one of these free printable boxes and wearing a headband with the ears of your favorite characters. Free adorable downloads from Merriment Design.
5. Make a cute Winnie the Pooh craft with simple materials and a paper plate. Found via Surf & Sunshine.
Winnie the Pooh is not only enjoyable for young children, but we adults might learn a few lessons, thoughts, or morals from him too.
“I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Case in point. (More wise quotes can be found here.)
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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
…or mantle, windowsill, dresser, side table. Really, there are no rules as to where this little elf can go! You can also thread some string through his felt hat and hang him on the tree. A versatile little elf, he is!
Mr. S. H. Elf is part of the crafty Countdown to Christmas I’m doing on my blog, Projectkid.com. Pop on over (Get it? Pop? Champagne cork?) for the instructions for this and to check the other last minute crafts I’m making to help pass the time before December 25th!
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Thursday, December 12th, 2013
A clear glass ornament is like a blank canvas—the decoration possibilities are endless! And even better than a flat canvas, you can embellish both the inside and the outside of a clear glass Christmas ball. Here are 4 of my absolute faves!
You can either pour some paint inside the ornaments and swirl it around, or dip the bottoms in your favorite colors. Visit Hi Sugar Plum for more details.
Crafter extraordinaire Sania Pell used both the inside and outside of the clear glass ornament to make these super-modern and cool Christmas ornaments.
Do you have some extra yarn pom-poms lying around? Blair from Wisecraft had the genius idea of putting them inside the clear glass ball! I’d love to decorate a whole tabletop tree in these!
The melted snowman ornament never ceases to crack me up! This one from Free-n-Fun Christmas is made with epsom salts, but table salt, fake snow, white glitter or sugar would work too!
Keep your little ones entertained with these holiday printables.
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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
One thing that’s always stressful for me in planning my homemade Halloween costumes is the question of weather. I live in New York, and it can potentially be 80 degrees or 40 degrees. And you just don’t know until the day before. Sigh.
Layering is a great solution, and nothing better to layer under than a hoodie! Here are 5 awesome costumes that use simple hoodies as their main element. You can find more details and instructions by clicking the links below!
- Shark costume from Fiskars.com
- Knight costume from Mer Mag.
- Little Red Riding Hood via Indulgy
- Dinosaur costume from See Vanessa Craft
- Sheep costume from Parents
PS…Need a solid hoodie? Check out Basic Brilliance, American Apparel, or Target.
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