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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?

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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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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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