Jul 092015
 

Bubbles loves pretty much any kind of craft project you put in front of her.  It doesn’t matter if it’s painting, gluing, using stickers or pompoms or stampers – she’s in.

Not too long ago the folks at Fibre Craft offered to send us some of their new Creative Hands craft totes to review.  They’re recommended for ages 6+ but once I took a look at the kits I decided that Bubbles would be able to complete most of them on her own, and some with a little help.

Fibre Craft Creative Hands Crafting Kits - Zoo 2 Do

We received the Zoo 2 Do, Creative Fun Tote, and Paper Pals Bugs & Flowers kits.  They were in the house for about five minutes before she couldn’t wait any longer and asked if we could give the Zoo 2 Do a try.  So we cleared off her table for a nice, flat crafting surface and sorted the contents. Continue reading »

Jun 172015
 

I like finding ways to add a surprise element of fun to an otherwise “everyday” kind of event.  Bubbles is always and forever wanting to play with and in the boxes that get delivered to the house, so I thought it would be fun to turn one of them into an actual cardboard box car that she could play with.  And since we’d received a few kids DVDs in the mail over the previous few weeks I decided to unveil the “car” as part of a drive in movie experience.

Make an easy DIY Cardboard Box Car for a fun drive in movie experience for your kids

Bubbles has pretended that cardboard boxes are all manner of vehicles in the past.  But I figured that with a few inexpensive supplies I could make a cardboard box car that would last a little longer and help enhance her imaginative play.  The best part was that it only took about fifteen minutes to make and most of that time is taping the “body” of the car. Continue reading »

Jun 232014
 

Growing up crafts were one of my favorite things to do.  I still enjoy being up to my elbows in glue and paint when I have the chance, so I’m particularly excited that Bubbles is showing interest in crafts, as well.

A little while ago the folks at Michael’s asked if Bubbles and I would like to attend their fun annual Passport to Imagination series as their guest this summer.  This year Michael’s has partnered with seven of North America’s best museums to create a museum road trip.  Each day, kids will experience culture through crafts with projects inspired by world-class museum exhibits.

Butterfly Crafts at the Michaels Passport to Imagination Program

Last week was the kick-off week and each class – held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – celebrated the Field Museum of Chicago.  Based on the projects I saw listed for the week, I decided to take Bubbles to the Friday class.  When she found out that we were going to be making butterflies and treefrogs she was super-excited. Continue reading »

Apr 132014
 

While I absolutely love all the new Disney movies and characters, the Winnie the Pooh movies will always had a fond place in my heart.  There’s just something about that lovable bear, unlucky Eeyore, cute little Roo, and all the other friends in the Hundred Acre Wood.  I even still have the plush Easter Eeyore with the butterfly wings that my Gram bought me over a decade ago.

Disney Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo on Blu-Ray + Homemade Playdough Carrot

So when Disney recently offered to send us a copy of Winnie the Pooh Springtime with Roo – on Blu-ray for the very first time – I was excited to have the chance to share it with Bubbles.  She’s a big Eeyore fan and was happy to sit and watch it with me.  The Blu-ray packaging also comes with a free Springtime with Roo mobile that you can put together, and she was excited to work on that with me. Continue reading »

Jul 182013
 

Bubbles has been very interested in all the projects I’ve been working on for the Christmas in July series and she has wanted to lend a hand in most of them.  Not all of them lend themselves well to her age group, but today I have a fun and easy craft that you and your kiddos can do together.  You may want to do the mixing part yourself, but once the salt dough ornaments are done, the kids can have fun painting and personalizing them.

This recipe is great because you can use it to make pretty much anything.  We used cookie cutters to cut out holiday shapes; some of them we painted, some we’ll leave “natural”.  You can also press the kids’ hands or fingerprints in them to make milestone ornaments (which make great, inexpensive gifts for the grandparents, too).

Crafts with Kids: Salt Dough Ornaments #CIJ13

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