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Friday, May 17th, 2013
1. Helping Little Hand’s Eye Spy Cake makes me happy. What a fabulous, creative cake idea!
2. These puppets made out of recycled and reused materials look SO fun to make and also lots of fun to play with too.
3. Author Ben Zackheim’s third Shirley Link book is now released! The extra awesome news is that he is offering it for free today (5/17)! I’ve mentioned before that my daughter LOVES the Shirley Link series.
4. This Handmade Solar System in a Box is a gorgeous way to teach children about outer space.
5. Just say YES! to Toilet Paper Tube Cars. Oh my!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Food, Fun, Group Activities, Must Read, Nature | Tags: book, cake, cars, child, craft, creative, eye spy, free, fun, kids, puppets, solar system
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Happy Saturday, friends! Here is a list of beautiful handmade gifts that mothers will love! The bonus? They are simple enough to be last minute creations!
1. Lovely Collection Jars from my blog, Red Bird Crafts.
2. This sweet strand of Flowers on a String is just the thing for giving mom some spring love.
3. Clever! Turn nice cloth napkins into throw pillows.
4. Visit our very own Family Fun for a video tutorial that shows you how to make GORGEOUS (and super easy) Twig Necklaces.
5. How perfect is this? Make bright, colorful Silhouettes of Your Children to give to a dear grandmother or…….to yourself!!
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Holiday | Tags: beautiful, colorful, crafts, flowers, fun, gifts, grandmother, kids, mother, Mother's Day, necklaces, paint, pillow, simple, tutorial
Wednesday, May 8th, 2013
If your kid is craving creativity, but your feeling uninspired, don’t underestimate the power of experimentation. Get out some paper plates. Pour a few circles of different colored acrylic paints and encourage kids to mix, blend, stir, and swirl. Don’t forget to include white because it offers a fabulous way to subtly change colors.
Not only will your little artist have fun, she will also learn so much about the building blocks of color.
In the end, they might even discover their favorite shade of blue.
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities | Tags: art, blending, children, color, craft, creative, experiment, fun, kids, mixing, paint
Friday, May 3rd, 2013
It is May and (for most of us) vibrant flowers are in full bloom. For those of you with snow on the ground today, your flowers are coming soon, soon, soon! Here is a sweet little round-up of beautiful flower crafts that are perfect for decorating and gifting!
1. willowday offers a tutorial for a gorgeous, simple, peony inspired Felt Flower Necklace.
2. Make punchy floral fabric covered terracotta pots with Christine!
3. Visit the Purl Bee where Molly offers a tutorial for making Felt Anemone Flower Magnets. Aren’t her color choices gorgeous?
4. This Paint Chip Hyacinth tutorial provides a creative way to use up all the extra paint chip samples you’ve collected.
5. Make bright and beautiful Paper Ranunculus Flowers with Sarah (free template included!).
Don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers.
Categories: 5 Bright Spots, Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Seasonal | Tags: beautiful, color, crafts, creative, fabric, flowers, fun, kids, magnets, paper, template, terracotta
Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
This past fall, I ran a Story Disk workshop at the Boston Children’s Museum and had the honor of spending the day in the art studio with the incredible Arts Program Manager, Alice Volger. The studio is gorgeous — inspiring, organized, and filled with most beautiful creative work. I found myself especially captivated by the communal twig and tape sculpture that dangles from the ceiling, cheerfully greeting visitors.
Alice told me a bit about the process. Children filtered into the studio all day long and used twigs and colorful masking tape to add to the sculpture. By the end of the day (or perhaps it was a few days), the twigs were intertwined in the grandest of ways. It is breathtaking, really.
Why not try this at home? Ask children to gather sticks and twigs (yard clean-up!). Leave the twigs and multiple roles of colorful masking tape at a craft station for a few days. Show children photographs of sculptures and encourage them to experiment with making their own unique creation.
If you have small children and are anywhere near Boston, definitely stop by the museum for a visit!
Categories: Crafts, Everyday Fun, Fun, Group Activities, Inspired, Nature, Outdoors | Tags: children, colorful, communal, craft, creative, fun, group, kids, masking tape, museum, sculpture, sticks, tape, twig