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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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....Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
If your kids are looking for their Easter eggs to have a little more personality this year, we’ve found tons of ways to make some fabulous pop culture Easter eggs, all representing some of kids’ favorite characters. While it’s always fun just to dunk eggs in dye or color them with markers, these ideas just might keep your kids decorating the entire day. Or…us. (If we’re honest about it.) However while some of these pop culture Easter eggs require a steady hand and some pro skills to make them come out just like the photos, you can also use these ideas as a jumping-off...Read More
Spring is in the air and our kids are clamoring to make some easy Easter crafts — the holiday will be here before you know it! So this year, I’m looking for some fun, realistic (ahem) craft ideas for Easter that incorporate things I have at home already. These easy Easter crafts I found are made with everyday supplies, hopefully to save you some money and a trip to the arts & crafts store (you’re welcome) — take a look at what kids can do with things as basic as plastic spoons, empty paper towel rolls, drinking straws and egg cartons. Oh, and their imagination. Which isn’t basic at all....Read More
More than 40 cool Star Wars The Force Awakens birthday party ideas: invitations, decor, treats, and activities. Now THAT’S how the force works!
Since the release of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, kids all over planet Earth and Jakku are begging for a Star Wars Force Awakens birthday party that incorporates Rey, Finn, BB-8, and yeah, Kylo Ren along with our favorite pals from the original franchise. So, in addition to the 40 awesome Star Wars party ideas we featured last year — which is among our most popular posts with you all, for good reason — we’ve pulled together another 40+ ideas for this next generation of Star Wars fans who can’t even imagine what Star Wars looks like without Rey! Go ahead, mix...Read More
We’re big fans of toys that inspire creativity in our kids. And if they’re small enough to fit in a backpack, even better. The Dollhouse Book by Rock and Pebble is perfection. This house-shaped cardboard-cover book is a 30-page blank canvas, literally, for your child to custom-create their own dream house. They can design at home or on-the-go. No more impatient waits for food to arrive at the table or for a sister’s dance class to be over. And once they’ve designed every room of the most amazing home ever, they can set it up to play — anywhere. Which they totally cannot do with that...Read More
Walking the toy aisles of most big discount stores can make any parent feel dizzy, to use a polite word. Where are all the cool wooden toys? Where are the toys that inspire imagination? Why does it seem like every toy made for kids these days is some beeping, flashing, plastic monstrosity that isn’t built to hold a kid’s interest through the year? Well, not all…but lots of them. So I’m always reassured when I find smaller toymakers doing really special things. Like my latest discovery, the innovative company Once Kids, which makes cool wooden toys that help our children get in touch with their inner artist, designer, or engineer. And...Read More
My daughter loves her screen time, that’s for sure, but lately I have been keenly aware of the other creative toys that she, as an 8 year old, really gravitates to, without any prompting from me. Or really, the toys that I realize I’m always telling her to put away, 16 times in a row before she listens. So maybe I’ll stop asking her to clean them up. I’m sure I’m not the only parent who secretly — or not-so-secretly — loves that quiet time when I’m reading or working, and the kids are next to me playing quietly, without...Read More
This post has been updated for 2017 Even if the only movies you’ve seen this year are the animated kind (no judgment, parents!), it’s always fun to have an excuse to get together with friends and ogle all the Hollywood glamour over a glass of bubbly. If nothing else, then to see just how Jimmy Kimmel takes on this year’s Academy controversy. We have high expectations. For those of you so out of it you’re like, “the Oscars are coming up?” we’re here to help. The 89th Academy Awards show is airing this Sunday, February 26 and to make watching the Oscars even more fun, we’ve pulled together some...Read More
Thanks to my mom, who put me in sewing camp when I was a kid (for real), I know a little bit about patterns, pleats and patchwork. While sewing doesn’t evoke some kind of longing for the carefree days of my youth, I do get pretty sentimental over making something sweet for my babies. And I find the easiest thing to sew, even for the craft-challenged, is a baby blanket. Related: The company that takes personalized baby blankets to a whole new level. Check out these adorable DIY baby blanket kits from Itty Bitty Handmade. These beautiful quilt kits make it so easy (promise, I tried it myself!) to handcraft a keepsake...Read More
Need some last-minute help planning a deliciously sweet Valentine’s Day menu? We’ve put together all our favorite easy Valentine’s Day recipes that we’ve been sharing on Cool Mom Picks and Cool Mom Eats — from breakfast to dessert — in one place. This way, you can scan them quickly to save more time for, well, whatever you want. Plus you’ll find some terrific DIY tricks here that turn store-bought treats into something special for the big day. Because, hey, we’re all about easy on Valentine’s Day. And that’s not a double entendre. Okay, it is. Top photos: Heart-Shaped Pretzels by My Name is Snickerdoodle; Valentine’s Day Brownies by Pink...Read More
If you’re the type willing to seek out creative, responsibly made, well-designed gifts for your kids — or for one of the endless stream of birthday parties they get invited to — then you have to check out Treehouse Kid & Craft. We just discovered this little gem of an online shop which features tons of the kinds of cool toys for kids of all ages that we’ve always loved supporting. And the prices are surprisingly decent, too. What I’m drawn to most is their drool-worthy DIY section of toys and gifts which are inspired by the hands-on workshops for kids they host at their brick-and-mortar stores in Georgia. If you’re lucky...Read More
Each year, we search high and low for the best printable Valentine’s Day cards for the classroom, to make is so much easier for kids (or, ahem, their parents) to get all those heartfelt wishes ready for friends, families and classmates. By now, our readers know that we’re wildly picky about the designs we choose, and yet this year, we’re thrilled to be able to share 30 free or inexpensive printable Valentine’s Day cards, all wonderful, and all ready to download, print, cut and sign, right from the comfort of your home. As Kristen and Liz shared on their recent episode of Spawned, we are definitely pro-Valentine’s...Read More
I love looking for crafty DIY Valentine’s Day gifts that my kids can make, and I hope you like when I look for them for you. Because my criteria, I think, are fairly straightforward, and ones I bet a lot of you can relate to as well: 1) Do I own any of that stuff? 2) If I don’t own any of that stuff can I easily get it? 3) Can my kids actually do most of the work and if not, will I complain about it? 4) Will the end result look anything like the photos? Even a little?...Read More
11 easy Valentine’s Day crafts for preschoolers and younger kids, most with supplies you already have at home.
While I’m not sure I’m ready for my house to look like it exploded in hearts, Valentine’s Day is coming sooner than you think. And since my kids’ own language of love is craft projects, I’ve been looking for some easy Valentine’s Day crafts for younger kids that preschoolers and even toddlers can make, that still have a fun, cool vibe. And most of all, that have supplies I already own or are pretty easy to find locally or through Amazon. In other words, no professional equipment needed. I bet even your older kids will want to help out — well, maybe if you have cookies and pink...Read More
Over the years, we have shared our favorite books, videos and websites that help our kids learn about the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. And now, along with learning about his life, we can add an interesting art project that our kids can do with their friends or in class next week to remember this important person in history. Related: Terrific ways to remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the kids With 36 full-sheet coloring pages, art teacher Kathy Barbro’s Martin Luther King Coloring Mural is a brilliant group project that comes together to form a 48″x60″ mural for the wall. (Of course,...Read More
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