Archive for the ‘Crafts & Hobbies’ Category

Thankful Turkey

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013 by by

I’ve been promising The Younger that we would do our thankful turkeys, but we’ve been so busy getting everything ready for the Cub Scout camping weekend, I didn’t have time before today.

This was super easy to make, and both The Younger and The Older had so much fun making them! All you need is construction paper, paper bags (the lunch size ones), glue, a pen, old newspaper, and some googly eyes (if you want them). (more…)


Pumpkin Turkey Craft

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by by

This Pumpkin Turkey Craft is the perfect way to use those leftover pumpkins. Kids can help paint the feathers on this gorgeous gobbler!
Welcome to Paint and Play, a series I am participating in with some of the best kid bloggers around – Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose, Suja from Blog Me Mom, and Tammy from Housing a Forest. We have been exploring fun ways to use paint. This week, we will be sharing Thanksgiving and Turkey paint ideas. We made a Pumpkin Turkey Craft by painting feathers (more…)

Toddler DIY – Halloween Rolly Monsters

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by by

Welcome to another week of Toddler DIY! I started these posts two weeks ago and there are more to come! Each Thursday (hopefully) I will share a craft, project, art, recipe that Eliada, my 4 year old practically created herself! We do lots of things together.  We hardly leave each others side, and with this post we will share some of them with ya’ll. Head on over to my Youtube channel, where I will be sharing a few clips of the project and then come back to the blog to see the materials and instructions on how to recreate it yourself!


Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins

Friday, October 18th, 2013 by by

Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins - Mix black paint with white glue to make these fun pumpkins.

It’s time for another installment of Paint and Play, a series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Tammy from Housing a Forest. In Paint and Play, we share ideas for having fun with paint. The challenge this week was to use glue and paint to create some art. We made Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins. In the past we have made Fall Leaves Using Black Glue and a Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow. Black glue is fun medium to work with that is created by mixing black paint with white glue. (more…)


Handmade DIY Halloween Costume Roundup

Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by by

I saw some really cute costume ideas online that are DIY tutorials that I love! You can buy/make them for Halloween, a dress up chest, or Purim!

30 minute Mermaid skirt

DIY recycled Frame Scraps Chalk Board

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 by by

I really needed a central place to put a schedule in the Art Center where I am working for the summer. I didn’t want to buy a white board and had an idea to use some of the recycled materials that we already had. We had an awesome donation from a friend of framing scraps for our wood working program. You could probably find some scraps at a local frame shop that they trash if there is not enough usable materials left.

5 frame scraps
Chalkboard Paint (more…)

Erupting Play Dough

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by by

Erupting Play Dough - A baking soda based play dough that erupts when kids add vinegar. What a fun way to teach science!

We have a few simple science experiments to share with you today and they all involve the  No Cook Lotion Dough we made last week. You may recall that we made the dough using baking soda. Looking to get more use from the play dough, I thought we could roll it into balls and do some experiments with vinegar. The result was this fun and bubbly erupting play dough.

You will need:

  • Vinegar
  • Lotion dough (recipe here)
  • Small and large see through plastic cups

Erupting Play Dough Balls



Halloween Gak – Fall Sensory Play

Monday, October 14th, 2013 by by

Halloween Gak - This gak is super fun and easy to make. Add some googly eyes and pipe cleaners to create pumpkins.

Today is the last day of the Fall into Sensory PLAY series I have been doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose. For the past few weeks we have been sharing fun ideas for Fall themed sensory play. (more…)

Packing Peanuts Play

Friday, October 11th, 2013 by by

Packing Peanut Play - Packing peanuts make a great frugal play material. Kids can explore them and use them with different materials for fun and play.

I received a package last week that contained an extraordinary amount of packing peanuts. I knew I couldn’t just throw them out, so I tried to think of some creative ways to use them in play. I am all about creating simple play experiences for kids and since I am frugal, I love using things that are free or cheap. Kids can learn, play and be entertained by items you already have around the house. So don’t throw out those packing peanuts, instead use them to add a new spin to play time. (more…)

Scented Shaving Cream Pumpkin Pie

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by by

Scented Shaving Cream Pumpkin Pie - This fall sensory activity allows kids to create a play pumpkin pie using sand and shaving cream.

I am so excited to be starting a new series, Fall into Sensory PLAY, with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose! Over the next two weeks on Mondays and Thursdays we will sharing fun ideas for Fall themed sensory play. Today we both came up with a hands-on pumpkin themed activity. My kids made pumpkin pie, but not like any you’ve had before. You see, our Scented Shaving Cream Pumpkin Pie isn’t edible but it smells yummy and little ones will love creating it. When you are done here head over to Growing a Jeweled Rose and get your hands dirty with their Pumpkin Slime Play Recipe. (more…)