Tag: diy

11 truly wonderful 4th of July crafts and activities for kids (and hey, maybe you too)

Since I’ve had kids, the 4th of July has become one of my favorite holidays. I like to keep it really simple with 4th of July crafts, lots of great summer food and treats to eat, maybe letting the kids run around while the grownups hang out at the pool or in the backyard. And of course, watching the fireworks when it gets dark. Since a few, fun patriotic activities can make the day even a little more special, I’ve rounded up some of our favorite 4th of July crafts and activities that you and the kids can make ahead of time to share with guests. Or, set out supplies...

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Web Coolness: Disney’s first Latina princess, keeping kids reading over the summer, why a dad stunt is going viral

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Cheers to NY for making history with tampons. (Seriously, this is fantastic.) More cheers for the three fashion brands committing to an Equal Pay Pledge in addition to plenty of other major companies. May they be the first of many. You’ve seen the viral hit featuring dads stacking Cheerios on babies? Now see moms stacking donuts on dads. Here’s how to get a free Amazon credit from early ebook purchases which is probably already waiting in your account. While you’re at it, go get those free Ticketmaster...

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26 of the best car games and activities to keep kids happy without screens.

I was one of those parents who insisted that I’d raise the kind of kids who would play fun, screen-free car games on our family road trips, or perhaps watching the world whiz by while asking intelligent questions about all the sites and sounds around them. Sound familiar? Yeah. Well after one particularly long road trip, I quickly learned that sometimes screens are really, really useful for making an endless drive feel… not so endless. But that doesn’t mean that I’ve totally surrendered to the lure of electronics. There are times when all the screens need to go off so we can discover other ways to...

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11 great ideas for last-minute Father’s Day gifts | Father’s Day Gift Guide 2016

While we’ve been talking about Father’s Day gift ideas for a few weeks now, some of us (not naming names) still have some shopping to do.  So we’ve collected plenty of our favorite ideas for you, from DIY gifts your kids can make at home to thoughtful gifts you can still get shipped or find in a local store, all to make sure Dad’s day is as special as can be.   Be sure to check out these 11 last-minute Father’s Day gifts that can save the day — and don’t miss our updated 2017 guide to 14 easy last-minute Father’s Day gifts that also happen to...

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8 of the best teacher appreciation printables to help your kids say thanks

When we asked teachers what they thought made the best teacher gifts a couple of years ago, an overwhelming number of them said a personal note from their students was the one thing that really made their day. Yes, gift cards, classroom books, and handmade gifts are nice (and always appreciated!), but getting a handwritten note of thanks takes very little work and goes a very long way in showing appreciation to teachers after a long year. However, I think we can all agree that getting all kids to sit down a write a thoughtful note isn’t always so easy, so we’ve...

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10 absolutely charming storybook birthday party ideas for kids

Looking for some inspiration for your child’s next birthday party that goes beyond animated movies? You may not have to look any farther than one of the well-worn storybooks your child lovingly keeps by their bedside. In fact, we love the idea of a storybook themed birthday party so much! Not only do classic picture books provide tons of ideas and inspiration, but they have the added benefit creating themes that parents can be really excited to bring to life. (With all due respect to Dora and friends.) To help you get started thinking about some fantastic party ideas that will make your child’s celebration memorable, we’ve...

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24 wonderful DIY Father’s Day gifts, crafts + printables to fill him with love

DIY Father’s Day gifts are always so special, especially from the youngest kids. (Once we hit voting age or so, those handprint mugs just don’t really cut it in the same way, huh.) So for our next installment of our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we’ve put together two dozen of the most creative, sweet DIY Father’s Day gifts including crafts, cards, and printables — some new and some favorites from years past. We hope these become treasured keepsakes in your family. Except maybe the food ideas. Those we’d suggest you don’t treasure or keep for too long.   More Father’s Day...

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7 of the coolest craft kits for kids

As much as my older kids love their electronics, good old-fashioned crafts still hold some appeal for them, especially if the finished product is something really worth making. And with summer vacation fast-approaching, I really want to find smart, interactive projects for them that don’t require a battery life. So, I’ve rounded up 7 of the coolest craft kits for kids ages 10 and older that are sure to impress. Related: 3 brand new nature-themed activity books will keep kids busy…without screens. CMP is an rstyle affiliate If your kids already get basic origami, they’re probably love this adorable Origami Playhouse by illustrator, author, and teacher of...

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10 really cool activity books for kids. For summer travel, or for regular boredom, which knows no season.

From books full of creative DIY projects to endless coloring pages, I have tracked down some of the absolute coolest activity books for kids, that I think your kids are sure to love as much as mine this summer. After all, I adore the warm weather and the break from routines, but I am admittedly not ready for summer vacation. With just 3 weeks left until school lets, I’m hoping these kids’ activity books will keep my brood entertained — and off screens — from the minute they wake up. Which is well before I’m able to crawl out of bed, because what is it about...

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21 ideas for awesome last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that don’t feel last minute. You can do it!

Around here we have the same problem each year: We start looking for cool Mother’s Day gifts for all of you weeks in advance…and that means, we sometimes forget to get our own gifts taken care of.  (Cobblers’ children and all that). Hey, we’re moms. We know how busy things can get, regardless of what you’ve been doing the last few weeks. So we’re here to help! Note: Don’t miss our updated list of fantastic last minute Mother’s Day gifts for 2017! We’ve got plenty of wonderful last-minute Mother’s Day gifts that won’t feel last-minute, whether you’re shopping for a special mom,...

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9 sweet, easy handmade Mother’s Day cards your kids can make (with maybe just a little help)

While there are tons of amazing, store-bought Mother’s Day cards these days, I love when my kids take the time to create a handmade Mother’s Day card for me. It gives them an opportunity to be creative, and feel that pride that comes with having made something special by themselves. It’s a money saver too. But beyond that, you can pretty much guarantee that any handmade cards created just for Mom or Grandma will be the kinds of special keepsakes you save even after the flowers and the chocolates are long gone. top image: I Heart Crafty Things I hope you enjoy some of these neat handmade...

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10 DIY teacher gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week to remind them how much they’re helping our children grow

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, and we definitely want to recognize all the VITs (Very Important Teachers) who help nurture our kids’ love of learning. So, along with a handwritten note of our gratitude, we like the idea of giving a DIY teacher gift that grows. While of course there are tons of cool teacher gift ideas that we’ve recommended here, there’s something special about a hand-potted plant that can be kept on a windowsill in the classroom or brought home to plant outside. So we’ve got 10 neat ideas that are definitely worth a peek. It’s a sweet gesture that can serve as...

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How to make your own easy, DIY Me-Time Mother’s Day Gift Basket. (Hint, hint.)

If there’s one thing that we know every mom wants, it’s me-time. Alone time. Mommy time. Call it what you will, it’s the gift she may appreciate more than any other. Especially if it’s made with her in mind. So if you want to save some money by skipping those prefab Mother’s Day gift baskets, we can help you put together your own. The best part is it can be more affordable and personal than one that’s already on a shelf somewhere. To help you get started, we’ve put together some ideas for the kinds of items we’d love to see in our own...

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Put a poem in your pocket: A fun way to celebrate National Poetry Month

By this point in the school year, my kids know not to expect the sorts of lunchbox love notes they got from me daily in September. But there are a few days on the calendar that inspire me to scribble something special to surprise them: Valentine’s Day (of course), St. Patrick’s Day (a must in our Irish-American household), and Poem in Your Pocket Day. Poem in Your Pocket Day (today!) is my favorite part of National Poetry Month each April. The idea is that everyone should carry a poem in their pocket to read in quiet moments or share with friends. Because, who...

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An edible Passover craft idea. How’s that for easy clean-up?

It’s just a few days until Passover, and this awesomely clever craft idea offers one fun way to get the kids excited for the holiday. Besides promising them matzoh sandwiches in their lunch for a week. We love this DIY Passover Matzoh House found at Epicurious. An inventive take on the non-denominational and universally beloved gingerbread house, it’s not all that hard to make. And, it’s as Kosher for Passover as you want to be. You pretty much just need five sheets of matzoh (I’d say more because we tend to break ours in the process), peanut butter if that’s cool by your...

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The adult coloring book that’s perfect for Mother’s Day

Just when you think you’ve seen every adult coloring book concept on the planet, along comes another made just for moms — or those who love them. My Mother, My Heart: A Joyful Book to Color is so much more beautifully designed than I, admittedly, was expecting from the title alone. As a typography geek, I appreciate Eleri Fowler’s exquisite hand-lettering that she uses throughout the book to bring to life inspirational quotes and poetic messages of love for mothers, from the likes of Robert Browning, Louisa May Alcott, and Marcel Proust. But of course the star of the show are the fabulous, intricate illustrations that cover 96 pages....

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Adorable, free last-minute Easter printables for the finishing touch on those baskets

We’re always grateful to the designers who create cute free printables, like these fun printable Easter basket gift tags.  Melanie has designed them in five fun colors, all of which should go perfectly with jelly beans, chocolate eggs, and and unnaturally colored Peeps of every kind. Just add an optional bunny tail (or “bunny butt,” as she calls it) and the Easter Bunny’s basket is ready to go. Related: The ultimate last-minute Easter idea guide, newly updated for 2017 You’ll find them at the wonderfully named Reasons to Skip the Housework, ready for printing. And hey, for more fun last minute crafts and...

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15 pretty Easter flower crafts for kids of every age, from easy to whoa!

There’s nothing quite like bright bursts of color dotting the landscape to wake me up and out of winter’s hibernation. And you can bring all the colors of spring into your home with these 15 pretty flower crafts you can make with the kids,even if the real ones aren’t blooming in your neck of the woods just yet. From easy fingerprint projects to more advanced crafting like weaving and stamp making, we’ve found some amazing DIY crafts that are getting us all excited about the warmer weather and good things to come. And don’t miss our newly updated post with 11 more fun, easy flower craft ideas for kids....

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Making natural Easter egg dyes perfectly: 2 expert methods and step-by-step tips

My kids have shown more of an interest in making natural easter egg dyes this year. It’s like part science experiment, part craft project, and there’s something kind of cool about not entirely knowing how the results will come out. So as much as we’re fans of finding creative ways to decorate Easter eggs without dyeing them, we have a few die-hard dyers (or dye-hards?) in my family who will be excited to check out this cool, easy step-by-step DIY for making natural Easter egg dye, using colors from actual food, courtesy of Chris McLaughlin. She’s a long-time garden columnist and home agriculture magazine editor, as...

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How to make the most awesome tie-dye Easter eggs: A tutorial in 4 easy steps

Tie-dye Easter eggs? Oh, heck yeah! Didn’t you know? We’re parenting in the Pinterest era, which means now Easter egg dyeing ideas are so much more than plain pastels or primary colors. We’re seeing amazing pop-culture characters, foil-wrapped eggs, and elaborate decoupage. And we’re very inspired. But if advanced egg decorating is not in your wheelhouse, that’s why we love these tie-dye Easter eggs, that let you get super creative without a whole lot of work. I know, tie-dye Easter eggs sounded overwhelming to me too, at first, but they’re actually really simple and you probably already have all the supplies you...

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