Archive for the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Category

Leaf Hunt Wreath

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

leaf hunt wreath by pars caeli for classic play

Fall is here! And, since it is my favorite time of the year, I find even the simplest pleasures of the season a real delight. Back to school has been (a mostly positive) transition for all of us, and, with homework and tired bodies, my kids and I are missing the fun of digging into a project together. Our shared time is so precious, and I want to make the most of it. Today I’m sharing a simple project to do with your kids (that we did) that can stretch out to a few moments every day over the span of a week, with small accomplishments and projects each day.

First Adventure – take your kids on a leaf hunt (more…)

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Craft | Backpack Charms

Monday, August 18th, 2014

DIY backpack charm

These cute and simple backpack charms totally rule for back to school! I love how they are so very eighties-meets-the-now with the fun mix of texting acronyms and pony beads. With a quick trip to the bead aisle of your friendly neighborhood craft store you will find all the affordable materials you need to make a whole bunch of these little charms. Make some for you, a few for your BFF and that kid that always makes you LOL.

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Endless Summer Projects | Vacation Mobile

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

This project is sponsored by Bing.

vaction mobile - part of the Endless Summer Project Series

This week kicks off the final theme in our Endless Summer Projects Series: Travel. MJ, Alexandra, Amy, Melissa, and I are each bringing you a project that celebrates summer travel and the open road. And I have the pleasure of starting this party…

Our recent California road trip was one I never want the kids to forget. It included the most incredible scenery that we may not see again for awhile. We visited Sequoia National Park, Monterey, Cambria, Solvang, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Los Angeles. We saw whales swimming off the coast of Big Sur, dolphins and seals at the beach, a black bear running from a campsite, and trees thousands of years old.

So together, the kids and I created a vacation mobiles. The kids drew pictures of the things they remembered most about vacation and I helped them turn their drawings into something they can hang in their rooms. Now, each kid has a reminder of their amazing and wild California adventure.

ps. California, you are a truly awesome state.

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Family Ties | A Puppet Theater on the Fly

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

quick on-the-fly puppet theater for summer fun

Summer is upon us, and my children have been home for one week already, and they are ready to be entertained! We decided, or, I decided, ahem, that they were ready to be their own entertainers this week. To bring that reality to life, we whipped up a super fast puppet theater and show that added a lot of laughs and drama (only the best kind) to our afternoons.

My summers as a child included a lot of time creating paper bag puppets and sock puppets, with my older brother and sister, weaving our stories through these characters. My mom is a master seamstress, and she always had fabric scraps sitting around, just waiting to be made into something new. My house is now full of its own set of possibilities – leftovers from art and craft projects – that are prime ingredients for a classic homemade puppet show. You can find materials all over your house, too, I’m sure. Check the recycling bin when in doubt. (more…)

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Craft | Make a Trinket Box for Father’s Day

Monday, June 9th, 2014

kids diy trinket box for father's day

For some reason finding the right Father’s Day gift is tough, and making one is even more difficult. But all dads have keys, coins, watches, and phones right? So why not make them some cool trinket boxes to hold all the loose items in their pockets! This craft is simple enough for even a young child to help with, but the results are sleek and masculine. Here’s to giving Dad something he will use!

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Family Ties | Paper Daffodil Wreath

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

paper daffodil wreath

Happy Spring! I don’t know what’s been going on around your house lately, but around these parts, we are itching for warmth and sunshine, and we’ve self-diagnosed a bad case of spring fever. With snow still on the ground and temperatures continuing to dip below freezing, we’ve had to create our own ways of welcoming the new season.

And few things say welcome spring then the loveliness of glorious bulbs! And though our real versions of these beauties have yet to break through the ground, we decided we could pretend with some paper flowers to add color.

My children and I made these easy paper daffodils from some white and yellow paper, cotton swabs, and yellow food coloring. Let me take you through these simple steps so you can fool yourself into the joy of spring, too. (more…)

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Very Hungry Caterpillar Finger Puppets

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

very hungry caterpillar finger puppets

One of the very first board books I ever bought my kids was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. I can’t think of a sweeter book that illustrates growing up so beautifully. It’s especially relevant now as growth spurts abound at the Cooper house. My kids are constantly hungry. I fear the teen years!

So when the fine people at Penguin Kids asked if I’d like to create something fun for the 45th Anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I said, I’m in! To celebrate, I turned to another childhood classic: finger puppets. I love how these little caterpillar puppets turned out. Wouldn’t they be great at a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party?

They’re super easy to make. Here’s how… (more…)

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Crafty Kids | Modern Art Coaster

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

crafty kids modern art coasters

We never seem to have enough coasters in the house. And getting our preschooler to actually use one is even more of a challenge. So with this project I thought I’d try to kill two birds with one stone.

By enlisting my kiddo’s help in making some new beautiful coasters I’m also hoping he will be inspired to use them. A girl can hope. At the very least this is a very simple craft with beautiful results. I encouraged my son to scribble because I like that look, but you might want to capture those awesome early drawings, or let older kids design cool patterns. A set of four would make a lovely gift. Want to make your own?

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