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Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Check out this hysterical video, showcasing our adorable, homemade Halloween costumes from this morning's Good Morning, America! The run-away sushi was modeled by our executive editor's son, Grant, and the crayon was our associate art director's daughter Sophia.
If you have a great child's costume that you made, enter a photo into our contest for a chance to win a Sony HDR-CX100 High Definition Handycam Camcorder and have your photo featured in the October 2010 issue of Parents Magazine! Click here to enter. And have a Happy (and SAFE) Halloween!!
Wednesday, October 14th, 2009
It's already half-way through October, which means there are only 2 weeks left before Halloween! Have you crafted or bought your kids' costumes yet?
If you need suggestions, Parents.com is the place to go! Check out our 2009 costume ideas that will help you save time, money, and the planet. And of course we have an archive of years' past to sort through!
What have your kids decided to be this year for Halloween? Leave a comment to share your great crafting ideas!
Categories: Holidays, Shopping & Gear, Time for Fun | Tags: art, baby, crafts, DIY, Fashion, Halloween, Holidays, kids, little kids
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
Last week, I was clicking over at ohdeedoh, and my heart just about melted when I came across a post on building mud-brick houses. I loved making mud pies and building fairy houses as a kid—if I'd known the secret to making mud bricks (hint: add some grass to the mud and then pack it into an ice cube tray) I'm sure I would have gone nuts with them too.
Got a little builder or mud-fiend in your backyard? For detailed instructions (and other fun outdoorsy projects and activities you can enjoy with your kids), check out the original post on the Imagine Childhood blog.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2009
At UPS, you can pack, ship, track, but craft? Who knew?!? Apparently along with everyone and their brother, UPS has joined the cool trend of the DIY trend with this very clever Family Tree Craft, featured in the June issue of our sister pub, Better Homes and Gardens. And guess what it's made from? Yes, you got it, corrugated cardboard.
Click on this link for printable instructions, templates, and a materials list to complete your fabulous tree. And if you want to send it to Grandma Molly in Virginia, guess who can help you do that too? Bingo!
Thanks to Ohdeedoh for the link!
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
All kids love to see their artwork prominently displayed on the walls, but most moms will admit that not every preschool project is worth preserving forever under glass. Enter Do Frame Tape—clear adhesive tape printed with golden frame pattern—which allows you to instantly showcase your kid’s latest creation (or A+ spelling test, awesome report card, etc.) with flourish—and then take it down just as easily. Best of all, at $16.50 for a 98” roll, you can create an entire gallery of your little Monet’s masterpieces for less than the cost of a single custom frame.
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Monday, May 11th, 2009
What mother hasn't wanted to prominently display each and every piece of artwork her kid gives her? Sometimes it's just impossible to know what to do with it all, though. PrintArtKids would like to help you out with that. Pick your favorite kiddie artwork or family photos and turn them into notepads, note cards, return address labels and other fun things. For a limited time the company is also offering one free set of 30 return address labels with your first order. It takes approximately 3 weeks for printing and delivery, so now's the time to start thinking about Father's day as well. Added earth bonus — PrintArtKids uses recycled paper and earth-friendly materials for all their products.
Thursday, May 7th, 2009
I must admit, I'm not always a huge fan of packaged crafts, but for the busy parent (isn't that all parents, really?), this one had me at hello.
Check out Project of the Month Club. Just sign up for a monthly, bimonthly, quarterly, or four-in-a-row subscription and a box arrives on your doorstep with all the supplies you need to make a treasure box, a tie-dye t-shirt, or a pillow.
Project categories include Master Builder (hammers and screws) and Future Designers (stitch and decorate). The crafts are geared toward kids ages 4 to 11 and require adult supervision and interaction.
Thanks to Daily Candy Kids for the link!
Categories: Crafts, Shopping & Gear, Time for Fun | Tags: art, crafts, Dads, DIY, Family, family activities, getting your kids to do stuff, gifts, kids
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
As a kid, my life wasn’t governed by too many rules. Still, there was one hard-and-fast mandate I knew not to break: No craft projects involving glitter. Actually, the rule was more like: No crazy craft projects, period. (My mom simply hated buying all the expensive supplies, which inevitably got lost in the back of the closet.) Aside from coloring, the one thing she really encouraged us to do was papier-mâché. I’m pretty sure that's because it only involved three household staples: water, Elmer’s glue, and old newspapers.
Anyway, last night, while flipping through the newest issue of our crafty sister-pub, ReadyMade, I came across a project that I’m dying to try: Turning empty plastic bottles into striking colored vases. The materials are cheap/recycled and it involves papier-mâché? Even Mom would approve.
Most impressive to me is that while the so-simple instructions are easy enough for little ones to take on, they result in some truly chic vessels (ReadyMade’s vases, which started out as empty Method hand soap and POM juice bottles, among others, remind me of pricey Jonathan Adler ceramics I’ve long coveted for my living room.) I’d like to make a few of my own this week—I’m thinking one could be the perfect container for a sweet Mother’s Day bouquet ….