Kid Projects

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Boredom Buster: Paint a Box!

We’ve been cooped up way too long. Between yucky weather, fevers and snow days, my kids were getting major cabin fever. I needed something… stat. As of late, my three year old has taken to painting and can actually do it now without creating a masterpiece on the table, wall, her body… you get the …Read More

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Easy Easter Craft — Painting Eggs with Pom Poms

I had no idea what a hit this easy Easter craft with my preschool and toddler would be. Using pom poms, clothes pins and paint, we decorated eggs! Before you even get started with the painting, you’ll need an Easter Egg template.You could draw your own but if you’re like me, your Easter egg will …Read More

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How to Make a Fleece Knot Blanket

Knot blankets are not a new thing. However, making my own now is! I have seen these cozy, fleecy, want-to-curl-up-with blankets around pretty much all my life. I had never looked at them closely until a friend of mine told me she was making some for her boys for Christmas. I totally ripped off her …Read More

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Paper Plate Pumpkin

We are in day two of a week long series of Halloween crafts. Yesterday we made a Candy Corn Craft (with a free printable). Today we are making Paper Plate Pumpkins! This is a simple and easy Halloween craft that your preschooler will love. It involves painting, cutting, gluing and glitter. Potentially a little messy …Read More

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Hand Print Fourth of July Shirts

I love hand print crafts. Love them. They give you a tangible snapshot of time when your little one’s hands where THAT small and remind you of how quickly they grow. In light of my intense love of anything involving hand prints,  I rounded up a few moms to to make a holiday craft. We …Read More

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DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids and is also great for …Read More

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Easter Craft Idea: Little Bunnies

I mean, how you can you not even chuckle a little when you see this? Every time my husband and I walk past this Easter craft we have a little laugh. My two year old was more than delighted to see herself transformed into a bunny as well. I failed to take pictures of how …Read More

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Moms’ Favorite Toys for 2-Year-Olds

Here’s a mommy pet peeve for you: Wasting money on toys that my kids only play with once or twice, not to mention the ones that take up a lot of space! I’m sure many moms and dads out there can relate, yes? In an effort to take the guesswork out of picking out toys …Read More

Indoor Snow Day Activities

7 Indoor Snow Day Activities for Kids

Guest post by Rachel Johnson These cold winter days can feel long and dreary for everyone, especially our little ones. Although snow days can be fun, they can be disappointing when it is too cold to actually go out to play in the snow. If your kids are like mine, they probably get a little …Read More

Easy Cheap Science Birthday Party

Science Birthday Party: Make a Scientist Kit as Take Home Gift

As I’ve been sharing in Easy and Cheap Science Birthday Party: A Complete Guide, we had so much fun at my son’s 7th Science Birthday Party. In this post, I’ll share about our Take-Home gift. Move over junky candy and useless party bag toys! As children arrive at the Science Birthday Party, hand them this …Read More

valentine's day scavenger hunt for kids

Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt for Kids

A couple I work with have been doing a Valentine’s Scavenger Hunt for their kids as long as I’ve known them. It began when their kids were very young, but, now that all of them are teenagers, it still continues. The mom told me that her kids used to get candy at the end, but …Read More

Indoor Snow Play

Indoor Snow Play (for REALLY Cold Snow Days)

Does your weather look anything like this today? Folks, I live in Missouri, not Alaska. We don’t really know what to do with ourselves. We cancel school. My neighborhood streets are barren. Everyone is afraid to go outside. And, as all moms with kids at home know, this kind of weather equals near torture. The …Read More

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2013 Top Ten Posts: Parenting

  1. Cultivating a Heart that Obeys: Dealing with a Whiny Insolent Child 2. Make Your summer at Home Count 3. Packing a Hospital Bag Printable Check List 4. Three Questions to Ask a Child Who Has Done Wrong 5. Baby Gear: What do you actually need? 6. What to Expect When Transitioning from One …Read More

10 Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

6 Easy and Fun Holiday Activities at Family Gatherings

The Christmas spirit doesn’t have to stop after December 25! Here are a few easy ideas to do with family throughout the Christmas break, especially at gatherings. 1. Make a birthday cake for Jesus at Christmas. Here is our go-to Homemade Chocolate Cake recipe from Ina Garten. We make it every Christmas. We call this …Read More

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 3): The Wise Men

Here are Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part series. Children learn, grow and are shaped more in the first five years of life than any other time! What a wonderful opportunity we have as parents to hide the amazing, life-changing Christmas story in their little hearts this time of year. Although, I’ve listed …Read More

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Prepare Your Preschooler for Christmas (Part 2): The Shepherds

Here are Part 1: The Story of Mary and Joseph, Part 3: The Wise Men, and Part 4: Jesus’ Birthday Party in this four-part series. Today I’ll share Part 2 of our four-part series that I hope will help you begin to shape your toddler’s or preschooler’s view of what the Bible tells us happened …Read More

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Our Hand-Picked 2013 Gift Guide for Children: Toys, Books, and Music

As we said last year and probably will every year…the last thing we want to do is to make Christmas about the stuff. We value and celebrate Christmas because it reminds us of the greatest gift humanity has been given: Jesus. Hopefully the joy that comes from giving and receiving gifts on Christmas will ultimately …Read More