Archive for the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Category

For the Love of Books: Marbled Paper Bookmarks

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

marbled bookmarks - creative class Valentine's Day cards or teacher's gift

These beautiful bookmarks would make a wonderful gift anytime of year, but with a pretty pink and red palette and a blank side (perfect for writing a little love note) these marbled bookmarks are just right for Valentine’s Day. Kids will love creating the paper and I think these make the perfect teacher gift. Warning: once you learn this simple technique for marbling paper, you are going to want to marble everything!

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Crafty Kids | Pet Rocks Rock!

Monday, January 13th, 2014

the perfect pet for kids: pet rocks that rock!

What is it about kids and rocks? They love them! My son will happily sort through a pile of rocks as if it’s treasure and I often find one or two in my purse. With this simple fascination in mind I figured he’d love his own set of pet rocks. These cute and totally changeable little guys couldn’t be easier to make. All you need are a few rocks, some googly eyes, chalk, and imagination! (more…)

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Crafty Kids | New Year’s Not-So-Noisy Noise Makers

Monday, December 30th, 2013

New Year's Eve Noise Makers

I’m pretty sure sanctioned late night noise is one of the funnest parts on New Year’s Eve for little ones. So with that fun in mind, my son and I rounded up a few household items and got to work on these festive shakers. Want to make your own?

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Crafty Kids | Kids’ Thanksgiving Table

Monday, November 25th, 2013

set the table

Oh the dreaded kids’ table. I remember feeling much too grown up for the kid table. Now I think I might rather grab a seat there, especially if there’s something fun to do while waiting for someone to pass the stuffing. This simple craft is sure to make the kid’s table a hit with young and old alike. As an added bonus, these doodling place mats work just as well tucked in between the grown up table settings.

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Crafty Kids | Leaf Puppets

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

leaf stick puppets by Carla Wiking

One of my favorite parts of fall is the fabulous foliage. This year I decided to come up with a creative way to play with the fallen leaves. This little craft is part nature hunt, part art project, part toy, and all kinds of fun! I hope you and your kids have as much fun as we did creating and playing with our leaf stick puppets.

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Crafty Kids | Clay Snowmen

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

snowmen

Hey there! Today I’m over on Say Yes to Hoboken with a simple and cool craft for kids this winter inspired by Jonah’s love for clay. And also this guy: (more…)

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Fall Leaves Free Printable

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

fall leaves: free printable from classic play

Ah, the crispness of November. This morning as we walked to the bus stop, I listened to the sounds of the leaves crunching under the kids feet and though, well isn’t this nice? I love that sound.

This month, I’m going to try my best to reflect on all the amazing things I have in my life. Truth is, I have a tendency to get bogged down by the silly crap. Who doesn’t, right? So it’s good to have a month that encourages us to have an attitude of gratitude.

What’s at the top of my grateful list? You. You are, no exaggeration here, incredible. Thank you for sticking with me through this whole blogging journey. Sometimes it’s been great, others so-so. Sorry about those times. Mostly it’s been great though, right? ;)

To help cultivate this attitude of gratitude, I made some printable leaves. Cut them out and hand them out for family members to write what they’re grateful for on the back. I thought they’d be great for a gratitude tree or scattered around the table. You can even turn them into a mobile of gratitude or tie them onto a host/hostess gift for Thanksgiving.

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Craft | Mini Bats!

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

mini bats made with felt and bobby pins by Carla Wiking for Classic Play

Our spooky tree, whilst sufficiently spooky, was missing something. I decided it needed bats! Mini bats! Then as I search the house for mini bat supplies a made a lucky discovery; I could use bobby pins to make the most versatile mini bats around. Tree flair, hair flair, Halloween flair in minutes! If you’re looking for a simple last minute Halloween craft, these mini bats will not disappoint.

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