Archive for the ‘Arts & Crafts’ Category

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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Valentine Potato Stamps

Monday, February 10th, 2014

Valentine's Day Boredom Buster - Potato Stamped bags

These simple heart and arrow stamps turn plain paper into gift worthy Valentines. If you’ve never tried potato stamping before, I encourage you to give it a go. It is so easy and cool! And I’ll admit I set this up for a play date and I’m pretty sure the moms had just as much fun as the kids!

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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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