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5 Bright Spots: Toy Boat Crafts for Kids

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

 

In celebration of moving into the second full month of summer, I’ve collected some lovely boat crafts for you to make and play with. Build them and set them free on your favorite creek, pond, stream, or puddle. Surely, the boats will lead your kids on wild, summer adventures! And, while you’re sailing the high seas with an imaginary crew,  consider reading The Wind in The Willows together.  The pages are filled with woodland critters on boats, which is part of why it is one of my favorite story books!

1. This Twig Boat (pictured above)  is magical and fun!

2. A Cork Boat! Brilliant!

3. Nutshell Sailboats.  Ariana makes her sweet boats with hickory nuts.  I’ve seen them made with walnut shells as well.

4. These Milkweek Pod Boats that my daughter made in the spring!

5. Traditional Origami Boats  with a how-to video in the post!

Ahoy, captain!

-Emily

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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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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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Backyard Nature Collecting

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

In our backyard, Magnolias are blooming, Lilacs are bursting, patches of chives are thick and green, and Violets and Dandelions are polka-dotting the grass. Last weekend, my two daughters set to work harvesting some of the beauty — some for spells and magic potions and some for a gorgeous flower garden centerpiece.  Not only was their creation beautiful and a true independent creation, it was a lovely way for them to explore the different textures, colors, shapes, and smells in their backyard.

Encourage  children to pick and collect the flowers, weeds, herbs, and growth in your surroundings (teach them to skip over special, planted flowers like Tulips and Irises). Leaves from trees and sticks and twigs are great additions to a natural collection!  Ask them to share notes about their observations and to draw pictures of their bounty.

Sometimes, it is okay to pick the flowers.

-Emily

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Make it :: Cupcake Invitations!

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

These simple, handmade birthday invitations are a nice way to involve your child in preparing for her or his big day.  With just a few easy steps, they are fuss free and super satisfying.

1. Paint a brown paper bag with a mixture of acrylic paints.

2. After the painted paper is dry, have child(ren) cut out cupcake tops.

3. Cut cupcake bottoms out of a brown paper bag.

4. Glue tops and bottoms onto card stock cards.

5. Stamp the age of the birthday kid onto the cupcake bottoms.

Hoorah!

xo emily

 

 

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