Bubble Gum Valentine Printable – Perfect for Preschoolers!

bubble gum valentine printable

Over the years we’ve gotten a bit creative with our valentines and this year is no different. I let the kids decide what they want to pass out (within reason) and then we start creating. So when my daughter said she wanted to pass out bubble gum, I knew this bubble gum valentine printable would come in handy.

Last year we made some cutie valentines and car valentines so this year I wanted to stick with the no-candy theme. My son will be making his dinosaur themed valentines this weekend so stay tuned for those!

Everything I used for these valentines were found at Target. The foam hearts were on an end cap in the party supplies section and the gum was in the snack aisle. And? These took like 10 minutes to put together!

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Kids Crafts: Turkey Napkin Rings for Thanksgiving

Turkey Napkin Rings resizedLooking for ways to make your Thanksgiving table more festive? Well these turkey napkin rings will do just that!

Plus it’s an easy craft to get the kids involved in and they’ll be able to tell everyone around the table how they helped.

This is a craft you can easily do ahead of time if you already have the napkins you’re going to use. So check one more thing off of your holiday list and start crafting! [Read more…]

Craft Stick Christmas Tree

craft stick christmas tree

Remember when I shared with you what my daughter wanted us to make the other week? Well she also requested we make a craft stick Christmas tree as well after we finished with our snowmen. Since we already had everything out I figured why not?

She had such a fun time coloring the sticks, and gluing everything together, that she completely forgot about the cookie she asked for when we first started. Now that’s a win!

As we were crafting I snuck some carrot sticks and apple slices on the table and she happily munched on them non-the-wiser. And we now have some awesome Christmas trees to fling at gift to people. [Read more…]

10 Halloween Craft Ideas for Kids

halloween craft ideas for kids

Looking for great ways to bring the upcoming Halloween season to life with your kids? Why not try your hands at these easy, creative crafts that they can do right along side you!

There’s something for everyone in these 10 Halloween craft ideas for kids.

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Craft Stick Snowman Ornament

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My kids love to craft. And sometimes they ask to make random things. This past week I had a day with just my daughter and asked her what she wanted to do. Her answer? She wanted to make snowmen. In September. In 80 degree weather.

Being the awesome mom that I am (i.e. hoarder of all craft supplies) I dug into my collection of random crap supplies and we created the perfect craft stick snowman ornament. She made one and so did I.

Even though it’s not technically Winter – I mean we just arrived into Fall – we had a great time crafting together and created some pretty cute snowmen. I’m sure grandma will appreciate them! [Read more…]

DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas

DIY Father's Day Gift Ideas collage

Every Father’s Day I sit and wrack my brain with what I think would be the perfect gift to give my husband. Would he love his favorite TV series on DVD? Does he want to go somewhere and make a day out of it? Or does he love the cute, homemade gifts I have the kids make him every year?

So I decided I’d come up with a plan this year. Each child gets to pick out something to give him from either the store or online (I can still direct them to things he’s interested in or has asked for) and then we’ll make something for him.

And of course I turn to the internets for great ideas on what to do for Dad. So if you’re looking for great gifts the kids can make Dad for Father’s Day, look no further.

Check out these DIY Father’s Day gift ideas and find something for every age child!

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Great Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Valentine's Day Crafts for Kids

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and my little ones asking for crafts to make together, we’ve started to work on a few Valentine’s Day crafts. Including the valentines my kids will be passing out at preschool and with our playgroup.

But aside from the valentines we also love creating mementos we can cherish and pass along to grandparents and other family members as well to show our love. These great valentine’s day crafts for kids are perfect for just that!

Valentines to Pass Out

1. Looking for an easy but cute valentine for the kids to pass out this year? Why not use these Printable Disney Cars Valentines from DisneyDIY?

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DIY No Mess Finger Paint

DIY No Mess Finger Paint

Sometimes having a nice, mess-free craft is fun. And a lot easier on mama! One of the best ways to keep painting mess free is to simply cover up the paint in plastic wrap and let the kids go at it. This no mess finger paint is simple, easy, and, best of all, FUN!

We love that this craft can be done indoors and outdoors so if the weather is bad we have an activity to do that won’t get too crazy. This can also be a great way to teach children about primary colors and what two colors mixed together will make. [Read more…]

How to Make Dinosaur Party Hats

Find out how easy it is to make a dinosaur party hat with this template and some paper.

When planning my son’s Dinosaur Train birthday party I stumbled upon an Etsy store with printables for everything Dinosaur (you can check them out in detail on her blog). One of the things included in the kit was a dinosaur party hat. 

Since I wanted to make my party unique I opted out of purchasing the kit but I did find a way to make those adorable party hats! I used a template I found from Oh Happy Day for the base of the hat, picked up some cute cardstock from Michaels and got cutting and piecing together. 

Here’s what I came up with! 

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Dinosaur Party Hats

What you’ll need:

What you do:

1. Print template onto cardstock (save 1-2 colors for the spikes).

2. Cut out the template by following the solid black lines.

3. Cut out the slit on the template.

4. Roll hat together and place tab into the slit. You may have to bend the top tab a bit to get it to fit. Once the tab is in, lift the top tab again so it doesn’t slide out. 

5. Cut out spikes leaving a 1/4″ space at the bottom of each spike row. 

6. Bend spike row on the bottom at the 1/4″ mark and cut the middle of the spikes to slide into the slot.

7. Tape spikes down from the outside and inside of the hat.

8. Using the X-Acto knife, make a small X on either side of the hat.

9. Place the ribbon or string in each hole and knot on the inside.

10. Decorate the hat more from here or leave as is for the perfect Dinosaur Party hat.

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DIY Cardboard Giraffe Tutorial for Preschoolers

When life gives you toilet paper rolls, make a cardboard giraffe! This simple tutorial shares how you can make your own DIY cardboard giraffe using only a few supplies.

Since I started incorporating Tot School lessons into our weekly schedule I’ve been on the hunt for more and more fun crafts for my kids. I’ve been using Pinterest to keep track of what crafts to make and love being able to choose crafts that pair well with the week’s theme. This week we learned about mammals so I thought this adorable cardboard giraffe would be the perfect craft to make.

My three year old LOVES to paint so whenever I ask him if he wants to do a craft where painting is involved he quickly agrees. I love that this craft not only includes a paint brush to paint but also q-tips to make circles on the cardboard. My son has never used q-tips in his painting and I think this is one fun tool we’ll start incorporating more often! We also used the circles as a counting tool as well. we were able to count each circle we made after we assembled the giraffe. We also got a lot of fun imaginative play out of this craft turned toy.

DIY Cardboard Giraffe

What you’ll need:

  • cardboard tube, paper towel size (about 1′)
  • paint brush
  • yellow paint
  • orange or brown paint
  • q-tips 
  • scissors
  • pipe cleaners (any color)
  • tape or glue
  • stapler
  • black marker

What you do:
1. Have your child paint the cardboard tube with the yellow paint. Make sure it’s completely coated. Let dry. 

2. Once the yellow paint has dried grab the orange paint and some q-tips.

3. Let your child dip the q-tips into the paint and start to dot the yellow cardboard. Don’t be alarmed if they start drawing lines instead of dotting. It’s all fun!

4. Let the orange dots dry. Once the paint is dried cut out four lines on one side of the cardboard. Then shape those four sections into the giraffe’s legs.

5. On the opposite side cut out a large U. The leftover portion of this side of the cardboard will be the neck of the giraffe. Take each open side and curl them into one another. Glue or tape closed.

6. Take the leftover cardboard from the U and roll it into a cylinder.

7. Glue or tape the cylinder closed. Flatten the cylinder and cut a V into one side.

8. Take the pipe cleaners and roll up one side to create the horns of the giraffe. Slide the horns into the cardboard slots and close with glue or tape. Let dry if glued. Bend cylinder at the base of the horns to get them to stick up.

9. Attach the head and horns onto the neck with tape or a stapler. Draw eyes and nose slits on the cylinder to personalize your giraffe.

10. Give your giraffe a name (or allow your child to name it) and start playing. Have fun!

The first thing my son did when we finished his giraffe was to take it out to play in the grass. The giraffe loved eating all of the grass he offered it. If you make your own DIY cardboard giraffe, please make sure to share a photo with us on our Facebook page

Have you made any cardboard animals? Which is your favorite? 

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