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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


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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Crafty Kids | Spooky Tree

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

spooky tree crafts for kids

I love any excuse to craft and decorate so naturally, I dig Halloween. Ever since I saw this idea on Pinterest, I’ve been wanting to make a cool spooky tabletop tree. And with just a few simple supplies, you can make one too! Oh so Sleepy Hallow, this decaying tree adds just the right amount of ghostly drama to your table or mantle. The kids will love helping you make this one.

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Craft | Beeswax Candles

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

beeswax candles kids can help make

For me, fall is a return to all things cozy. It’s a time for warm spices, fluffy scarves, and glowing candles. As the days become shorter and the nights cooler, lighting a few candles is a great way to welcome fall. How about making your own? Creating these simple and natural rolled beeswax candles is a great way to spend a crisp autumn afternoon with your kids. Oh, and wouldn’t these make the perfect fall hostess gift?

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Crafty Kids | Monster Rings

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Kids Craft - monster rings

Has the pom pom crafting bug bit you yet? Once you start making them you really get hooked! They are easy, quick, and oh so cute. In my pursuit for an excuse to make more, I created this fun little craft. Pom poms make excellent monsters and with a little ingenuity these little pom pom monsters double as rings. They make the perfect DIY kiddo accessory. And they would make really cute present toppers too!

Ready to make your own?

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Botanical Bookmark Art

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

botanical bookmark craft for kids

I don’t know about your kids, but mine are back in school. Busy schedules, homework routines, reading logs, the works! Even though school is back in session for most, art shouldn’t be forgotten. In fact, art can easily be incorporated into each subject. There’s no reason we can’t use art for a little literature appreciation. The bookmarks we are making today not only let us explore nature around us, but they will make any book we read, whether mandatory reading or for fun, that much more beautiful.

Every once in awhile I think it’s great for us to put our paintbrushes down and walk outside for inspiration. We forget sometimes that the best canvas surrounds us. There is art in nature, in our backyards, at the park, in each and every flower, and today’s lesson is going to incorporate those things into our art. You could say that nature is our medium today.

You will need flowers, leaves, and/or herbs, self-adhesive laminating sheets, and scissors. You can find the laminating sheets at any office supply store, they are my go to since we don’t have a laminating machine at home.

supplies for botanical bookmark project

You’ll want to collect your supplies from your walk outside, or trip to your backyard. If you want to cut down the sheet in half ahead of time, that’s fine, or else you can use two full size sheets, one for the top and one for the bottom, and you can cut after. (more…)

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