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It’s Advent Calendar Time!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Tomorrow is December 1st, which means it’s time to hang your advent calendar. If you are in a crafting quandary, try this super-easy (and unique) craft that the kids will LOVE! Each day they get to take a coin to a homemade scratch-off card to reveal a fun outing, surprise, or treat. Click here for instructions and the free downloadable cards.

For more amazingly creative designs, check out this new advent calendar slide show!

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Kid Crafts How-To: Paper Apple Garland (from Make and Takes)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The fabulous kid crafts blogger, Marie LeBaron, recently released her first book, “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.”  We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog.  Come back each Wednesday (11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14) as we showcase one new craft.  For more ideas from Marie LeBaron, visit her blog www.makeandtakes.com.

SUPPLIES

5′ piece of yarn, any color
1 sheet of red craft paper
1 sheet of green craft paper
1 sheet of yellow craft paper
1 sheet of brown craft paper
1 green pipe cleaner
Pencil
Craft glue or tape
Scissors

STEPS

1.  Draw a 4 × 4″ apple shape on your red craft paper. Cut out this apple and use it as a template to cut out 5 more red apples, 6 yellow apples, and 6 green apples (18 total).
2.   With your brown paper, cut out 18 stems, 1 × 3″ in size for each stem. Glue one end to the top of the apple. Fold the brown stem paper into a loop and glue it down on the other side of the apple. Let the glue dry completely.
3.   Thread your yarn through the loop of each apple’s stem. You can add a drop of glue or tape to each stem to keep the apple in place on the yarn. Use the main photo as a guide.
4.   Cut your green pipe cleaner in half to get 2 pieces. Bend and curl each pipe cleaner piece to create 2 green worms, as shown in the main photo. Place a green worm through the brown stem of one of your apples, which will hold the stem in place. Repeat with the second stem.

Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.

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Kid Crafts How-To: Thankful Crunchy Leaves Plaque (from Make and Takes)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

The fabulous kid crafts blogger, Marie LeBaron, recently released her first book, “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year.”  We received permission to showcase four crafts from the book on Goodyblog.  Come back each Wednesday (11/16, 11/23, 12/7, 12/14) as we showcase one new craft.  For more ideas from Marie LeBaron, visit her blog www.makeandtakes.com.

SUPPLIES

10–15 dried leaves
Large bowl
4 × 24″ piece of craft wood, 1⁄8″ width
Orange craft paint
Paintbrush
Pencil
White craft glue

STEPS

1.    Paint your piece of wood with orange craft paint. Let this dry.
2.   Using the photo as a guide, use your pencil to write “THANKFUL” in all capital letters on your painted board. Make sure the letters are evenly spaced across the board.
3.   Trace the pencil letters with your white craft glue. Make sure each part of the letters is covered in a line of glue.
4.   In a large bowl, crunch up your dried leaves. Try to get them as small as possible.
5.   Sprinkle your crushed leaves onto your glue, shaking it around slightly to get each part of the glue covered in leaves. Shake off any excess leaves back into the bowl. Let your board dry overnight.

Reprinted from “Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year,” with permission from Wiley Publishing. Copyright 2011.

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Eco Crafts: Recycled Bottle Top Art

Friday, July 29th, 2011

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I’m one to collect abandoned aluminum cans, paper tower tubes, plastic bottles, milk jugs, and egg cartons (I could go on) for craft projects, but honestly, I’ve never seen anything like this collection of drink bottle tops!

These kids made a cool mosaic in the style of Kandinsky, like the painting above.

High art, with a green twist.  Found via Crafty Crow, originally posted on Kunstraum.

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Super Ideas for 99 Days of Summer

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

girls-swimming-pollEven though some kids are going back to school, summer’s far from over! From Memorial Day through Labor Day, there are 99 days of summer (we counted!), which means we’re dedicated to bringing you tons of ideas to have fun, keep cool, and stay safe every day until September 5.

There are still plenty of summer days left, so make sure to sign up for the Daily Parenting Tip newsletter to receive special summer features from us and our partner, PBS Parents.

Get through the heat wave by keeping your kids hydrated and making unique and colorful ice pops. Or seek the shade and stay indoors to create dazzling crafts that will catch the sun.

For more summer inspiration, here are our favorite ideas to get your family through the rest of summer:

Don’t forget to visit our 99 Days of Summer page for more recipes, crafts, travel, and safety ideas!

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Homemade Gifts for Father’s Day

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and we have plenty of ideas to make the #1 dad in your life feel extra special.

Nothing quite says “I love you” like homemade gifts the kids spent time putting together.  We have 12 Father’s Day crafts that moms and kids can make — from a super neat desk organizer to a personalized paperweight.  Print a “Greatest Daddy in the Galaxy” certificate or create a royal crown to make dad king for a day

If there’s a new dad in the house, alleviate his new father fears with these tips and teach him the how to be an awesome dad.

Handmade cards are also great to give, like these printable Father’s Day cards kids can color and decorate. 

Happy Father’s Day!

More Father’s Day ideas on Parents.com

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Sidewalk Chalk Quilt

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

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There are so many things I love about these photos…

  1. That gorgeous property in Boulder, CO. Don’t you want to live there?
  2. The cement grid in the front yard—imagine playing checkers with large, plastic jar lids!
  3. The vibrant chalk quilt (totally kid-created) that Anne of Flax & Twine came home to.

Even if you don’t have this unique pavement feature, you can make your own chalk quilt by taping off squares with masking tape. Just check the forecast—all that hard work to be washed away the next day would be a craft-tastrophe!

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DIY Teething Necklace

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

I was so excited when my mom bought me a Chewbeads necklace…it’s a great-looking accessory made from baby-safe silicone beads. But after the first wearing, I quickly realized that I was covered in drool—not just the necklace but also my shirt. (And the silicone would get caught in my hair which was sort of painful.)  The concept is genius, and maybe my little Oliver is droolier than most, but it proved to be a total mess for me. So now the necklace sits in his toy bin, along with everything else he puts in his mouth.

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And then I came across this adorable DIY teething necklace by A Bit of Sunshine on Craftgawker. Maybe it would have the same effect, but perhaps the fabric cover over the beads will safeguard my hair and act as a sponge for all the saliva? Maybe? Possibly? Hopefully, because it’s too cute, and I need to make one.

Now I know what my next weekend project will be.

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