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Category Archives: Creating with Kids

Experimenting with Glitter and Paint

using glitter gel as paint

I’ve been doing some cleaning in the girl’s art area lately, and one good thing about that is that it means we’re finding things we forgot we had. It was nearly a year ago the last time we played with paint and glitter gel, and the girl found the remains of the bottle over the weekend and decided she wanted ... Read More »

Three Things to Do to Get Ready for a Holiday Break

Art/activity books are a great choice for school holidays and vacations.

We had our first snow this weekend, and though it didn’t cause a snow day, I’m suddenly thinking about the very real possibility that snow days are coming soon and the reality that the girl is home from school all next week and two weeks for winter break. With all that in mind I’ve been thinking about ways to prepare ... Read More »

Campfire Kit for Indoor or Outdoor Play

logs out of pool noodle

When I went to the Arkansas Early Childhood Association conference last month (thanks, Better Beginnings!) one of the workshops I sat in on was all about prop boxes for outdoor play. The presenters offered more than 20 ideas for different prop collections that could be used outside, such as gathering buckets, sponges and soapy water to make a car wash ... Read More »

Three Great “Toys” for Unstructured Play

found object castle

As a blog ambassador for Better Beginnings, I am being compensated for this post, but all opinions and content are my own. Now that the holiday season is basically upon us, I know a lot of parents and family members of young kids are starting to think about holiday gifts. And while the temptation is high to buy the latest ... Read More »

Make an Easy Kid Craft Halloween Centerpiece

finished halloween kid craft centerpiece

Through the years the girl has made a lot of great Halloween crafts at school. These are actually just a few of them. I love the yarn-wrapped mummy, of course, and the spider is pretty awesome, too (it’s made out of a Laughing Cow cheese container). Then there are all the pumpkins she painted last year. (I was doing a ... Read More »

Making Paper Bag Puppets (Your Own or With a Kit)

playing with paper bag puppets

I like to give the girl crafty gifts and I have a lot of things on her wish list that are craft kits and other things I think she’ll like but that are kind of special because we don’t use craft kits all that often. This year someone bought her the ALEX Toys Paper Bag Puppets Kit (that’s an Amazon ... Read More »

Shaving Cream Sensory Play

messy hands sensory

When I know the girl is going to be home for an extended period of time — summer break, say — I try to have supplies on hand for a few special crafty/sensory activities we’ve never done together before. I know she had played with shaving cream and cornstarch at school , but we’d never done it together, so I ... Read More »

Appreciate the Changing Seasons with a Nature Scavenger Hunt

nature scavenger hunt kiwi crate

There are affiliate links in this post. If you buy something from Kiwi Crate after clicking on one, they’ll send me some cash. Just so you know. The girl got Kiwi Crates for a full year (and I actually just resubscribed after almost a year to get the super-cute time traveler series they’re doing right now) but I found we ... Read More »

Go Back to Basics When You’re Busy

making paper flowers

You might have noticed a distinct lack of posting lately, and I’m going to let you know right up front that’s going to be the norm for the next six weeks or so. The book is due Sept. 1, and there’s still a lot to do. All my creativity is going to it rather than coming up with fun things ... Read More »

Creating with Tape {Kid Craft}

Make an easy project with your kids using tape and crayons.

The other day I told you about the big container of wood pieces we got from the girl’s old school. Another thing that I really wanted and snagged was a giant tape dispenser. This thing is awesome. It holds a ton of tape and the cutter is actually plastic so it would be difficult to injure yourself on. Recently the ... Read More »

An Easy Way to Play: Wooden Pieces

building with wood pieces

The girl’s old preschool closed because her teacher retired. We’re really sad to be away from the only school she had known and friends she’s had for two years, but one good thing about this change is that we got to inherit a bunch of craft supplies and other fun things from the school. One of the things I knew ... Read More »

Painting Leaves {Kid Craft}

printing with leaves

The girl and I went to the park on Saturday, and while she was stalling about leaving she was checking out these big, pretty leaves on one of the plants by the creek. She picked a couple and I said, “when we get home we can paint those.” I said it to try to get her moving and because occasionally ... Read More »