Personalized Art for Kids

DIY Custom Art For Kids

Materials: canvas (any size) material glue felt buttons First, cover the front side of the canvas in any kind of fabric. I have three girls, so princesses was an obvious choice! We just used tacky glue and it worked great at attaching the fabric to the canvas. Be sure to pull the fabric taut so it doesn’t buckle. Allow it to dry completely. Next, cut out your child’s initial on a piece of felt and glue this to the fabric covered canvas using the same tacky glue. Using a variety of buttons (we used heart shaped buttons) and the tacky glue, cover the felt initial completely. It looks great to make layers and “stack” some of the buttons. Let the kids have fun, there is no right/wrong way to do this part! We hung them in our hallway above the kids art boards. They were fun to make and it helps the kids keep track of whose art goes where! Written by Anne … [Continue]

Hand Painted Postcards

Kids Painted Postcards

This is a great indoor activity, especially when it’s too cold to be playing outside! Start with some sturdy cardboard. We found some from leftover packaging, and just recycled it. Using a paper cutter, cut it into 4x6 pieces or whatever size works based on your cardboard.   Using craft paint, paint designs and pictures on the front of each postcard. We painted some wooden craft sticks and stamped them on the post cards as a fun design as well. Next, draw a picture or write a message on the back side of the postcard. I drew a line down the middle of each postcard, so they knew where to draw, and where we needed to write the mailing address. This was a fun conversation talking about the different parts that are required in mailing addresses, as well as their placement on a postcard. Where does the name go? On which corner do we put the stamp? Lots of GREAT conversation about how this information helps to get the piece of mail delivered to the correct … [Continue]

Best Kids’ Activities of 2014

Best Kids Activities

2014 is coming to an end. What a year! Below are our favorite kids' activities of 2014. Check them out and try a few! Free, Printable Frozen Dice Games Circle Art Toddler Color Sorting Craft  Snack Bags Prepared by Your Kids DIY Toddler Stacking Toy … [Continue]

Make Something Invisible – Science at Home

At-Bristol has a fascinating new series on their You Tube channel called "Do Try This at Home".  It is full of really cool Science activities and experiments and it includes step by step directions to help you complete them at home. How to Make Something Invisible really caught our attention. Check it out! … [Continue]

A Joyful Shopping Trip with Kids

Shopping Trip

Confession: Going to the grocery store with kids stresses me out! So as you can imagine, bringing both kids in with me to join the pre-Christmas grocery crowd did not excite me. However, this morning before we went, something made me pause and realize that if I slowed down and changed the way I did the shopping trip, then maybe I could change the … [Continue]

2014 Activity Advent Countdown

2014 Christmas Activity Countdown

My annual, printable Activity Advent Countdown is back! It includes ideas, printables, and resources from around the web to make counting down to Christmas with your toddlers and preschoolers fun and educational! Decorate a Handprint Christmas Tree OR Cardboard Christmas Tree Reindeer Play Dough Game Pipe Cleaner Garland Christmas … [Continue]

Food Sorting Game – Order Up!

Order Up A Food Sorting Game

While playing outside in the cottage kitchen, we decided to cook up some special orders. We had recently purchased some new play food for the kitchen and I decided to have some fun with my orders. Instead of the usual….   I asked for foods that start with the letter “B” My daughter proudly served me bread, blueberries, burger, and a … [Continue]

Penny Roll and Tally Game

Penny Roll and Tally Game

My six year old is really excited by math these days. She came home from school talking about tally marks, which they had just learned. We put together an easy game that is super fun to play. My four year old keeps requesting it…maybe that’s because she won the first round? All you need is 20 pennies, a die, and a partner. I decided to use … [Continue]

Shrinky Dink Charm Bracelets

Shrinky Dink Craft Bracelet

Shrinky Dink paper is available at most craft stores. I usually find it at Michael’s. I prefer the paper that has a “scratchy side” because colored pencils work really well on it. Otherwise, you need Sharpie markers for the color to stay on the paper. Start by tracing any image on the shiny side of the Shrinky Dink paper with a fine tip … [Continue]

DIY Dryer Lint Catcher

DIY Lint Catcher

  I am always making trips from the dryer to the trashcan to empty the laundry lint and dryer sheet, usually leaving behind a trail of lint. Keep your old tissue boxes and reuse them!   They make the PERFECT lint catchers because the dryer sheets and lint don’t fall out. I keep mine on top of the dryer and then just throw the … [Continue]