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Posted on May 22, 2014 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

Father’s Day Gift: Silk Screen Tie

Father’s Day Gift: Silk Screen Tie

The kids and I love to make handmade gifts for my husband for Father’s Day. He always enjoys them so much more than he would a store-bought gift. Handmade gifts are super meaningful, and are always sentimental for years to come for the recipient. This year we tackled a quick and easy necktie project that can be customized for any dad! Silk screening is a fun way to create a clean, flat design on a fabric surface rather than a raised effect you get with bottled fabric paints. Using the fabric dyes and a silk screening kit like the Silkscreen Factory, you can create a wide variety of projects... Read Post

Posted on May 17, 2014 in Activities For Big Kids | 0 comments

Top Secret Spy Activity For Kids: Mystery Scavenger Hunt

Top Secret Spy Activity For Kids: Mystery Scavenger Hunt

My eight-year-old son is really into spy, detective, undercover agent type stuff. He thinks it’s pretty cool to look for clues, and solve mysteries.  So recently, with some help from ALEX Toys and their Super Sleuth Kit, I put together an exciting mystery scavenger hunt for him. His mission was to explore the crime scene, gather his subjects, decipher the clues, and catch the culprit! The kit includes items for fingerprinting, super cool rear view mirror glasses, a magnifying glass, and flashlight, as well as information on a variety of codes. Beforehand, I created the crime scene, and the... Read Post

Posted on May 15, 2014 in Activities For Tweens | 0 comments

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Snail Mail Pen Pal Fun For Kids

Remember the days before text messages and email? I do! I used to have a pen pal when I was young. I met her at camp one summer, and for the next few years we wrote back and forth via the good ‘ole postal service. I remember sharing all about my life with her, my secrets, and my accomplishments. Having a pen pal can be such a great experience for kids. They learn from the friendship, enjoy getting letters and goodies in the mail, and it’s an opportunity for them to practice their penmanship and letter writing skills. My oldest daughter has a friend that lives about an hour away. She sees her... Read Post

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Just the Girls | 0 comments

Mommy and Me Spa Date

Mommy and Me Spa Date

If you’re a mom of multiple children like me, you know how difficult it can be to find quality time with each child. That’s why I enjoy putting together Mommy & Me Dates. It’s simply a set aside time to spend with your children doing something fun! With all the things that end up on our busy schedule, I know it’s important to schedule time to reconnect with my kiddos, and let them know just how important they are to me. Recently, my daughters and I had a Mommy & Me Spa Date, and it was so much fun! We spent time chatting, getting facials, doing our nails, creating DIY lip gloss and... Read Post

Posted on Apr 28, 2014 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

Mother’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! It’s a chance to celebrate the joys of motherhood, a chance to truly reflect on the blessings we receive when we have children, and the opportunity to take a moment to thank our own mothers for the incredible love they’ve shown us over the years. This Mother’s Day, the kids and I wanted to show some of our friends who are mothers that they are special not just to their children, but to the other children in their lives as well.  When I saw the new Tape All Day set from ALEX Toys, featuring six rolls of fun and funky designer tape, I knew just what... Read Post

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 in Developmental Skills | Comments Off

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

How To Make Learning Fun For Kids

Practicing spelling, sight words and math facts can get tedious for children. When it seems as if they are reluctant to tackle that new spelling list, learn the week’s sight words or practice those fundamental math facts look for ways to re-engage them by adding a fun twist to your routine. My Sand Box is the perfect solution; it can be used so many different ways for daily play, to encourage creativity and to make learning fun.   We use My Sand Box to liven up our homework and study time. Put away the paper and pencils and allow your child to use a paintbrush or their fingertips to... Read Post

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Summer Vacation Photo Album

Printable: Summer Vacation Photo Album

Splashing in the pool, making sand castles, riding the waves, backyard BBQ fun with family and friends; these are the great moments of summer! Save them to cherish always with our summer vacation photo album printable! The kiddos will delight in making their very own album that’s all about them and adding their own personal touch to it. They’ll need some adult help with the photos and if desired, additional materials or souvenirs to add to the album such as stickers, glitter, a baseball or movie ticket. Have fun making your keepsake together, it can also be a project you work on... Read Post

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Printables | Comments Off

Printable Games: Candy Dominoes

Printable Games: Candy Dominoes

It’s spring break, although depending on where you live it may not quite feel like it with the cool temperatures and snow on the ground still in some areas! Don’t despair if you’re home bound with the little ones for some of it, we have you covered with our Candy Dominoes printable game. Simply download, print, cut out the dominoes pieces and you’ve got a no-cost game to keep the kiddos entertained that also helps them build matching, recognition and counting skills! All you need are scissors and the Candy Dominoes printable pages, which you can download here. How to... Read Post

Posted on Jan 11, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Collage A Tree

Printable: Collage A Tree

Inspired by our ALEX Little Hands line, each of our printable crafts is specifically designed for little hands to create. Your kiddos will have fun making the crafts and you can secretly enjoy that they’ll also be developing important physical and cognitive skills. They’re easy to make and the end result is one that your kids will take pride in! In anticipation of fall and all the beautiful colors it brings, this week’s printable allows your kiddo to collage a colorful tree of their own. A fun option is add leaves and twigs to your tree for a real fall feel. Spice things up with an... Read Post

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: May Flowers

Printable: May Flowers

April showers bring May flowers…just in time for Mother’s Day! Give beautiful flowers for Mother’s Day that will last forever. Its a gift your little one will be proud to hand over to Mom, Grandma or their favorite Aunt! Choose a flower for each of the flower pots and add your choice of colorful leaves. Add some special touches to each of the flowers to make them unique. Add a special note to the flower pot or glue it onto a piece of construction paper to turn your May flowers into a beautiful homemade cards. Get creative by adding puffy paints or glitter to make your... Read Post

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Ready, Set, Ice Cream!

Printable: Ready, Set, Ice Cream!

ALEX printables are designed specifically for toddlers and preschoolers and inspired by our Little Hands line of products. The Ready, Set collection gives little ones a head start building skills they need to feel confident they can succeed in school. Ready, Set, Ice Cream! combines the developmental skills of Ready, Set, Cut! and Ready, Set, Paste! into an easy printable craft. It’s a great way for little ones  to practice their cutting and pasting skills while having fun! Ready, Set, Ice Cream Instructions What You Need: 1. Safety Scissors 2. Glue Stick 3. Two Printable Pages shown below... Read Post

Posted on Dec 18, 2013 in Printables | 0 comments

Printable: Make a Monster Face

Printable: Make a Monster Face

Just in time for the Halloween, here’s Make A Monster Face! Designed to be easy enough for preschoolers, it’s a fun activity for kids that involves no more than cutting and pasting. Make lots of different faces with various combinations of cut-out features! When they’re done they can show off their hard work and hang the monster faces up as Halloween decorations!   What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue Stick 3 Page Printable – (Click each image to download) How To Make It: There are new ALEX Printables coming out all the time so make sure to check back and follow us on Facebook so you... Read Post

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | Comments Off

Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations

Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations

One of our family’s favorites Christmas activities is decorating our home. From the lights on the outside of the house, to the Christmas tree, to the stockings on the mantle, wherever you look you’ll see a piece of Christmas. Each decoration holds a special part of our family’s Christmas spirit, and every year, we create at least one handmade decoration to add to our collection. Sometimes our handmade décor lasts only one year, while others become valued pieces that last from year to year, priceless pieces of our family history. Kids love creating Christmas decorations, and there are so many... Read Post

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Printables | Comments Off

Printable Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Printable Tic-Tac-Toe Game

We’ve all played it before! Tic-tac-toe is a popular common childhood game for good reason! The simplicity of the game makes it an ideal tool for teaching the concepts of good sportsmanship to young children. It is a great mental exercise that can also help improve their thought process. Add spice to the paper and pencil game with our colorful printable version! FUN FACT: Tic-Tac-Toe was the first computer game, invented in 1952 by A.S. Douglas from Cambridge University. What You Need: Safety Scissors 1 Page Printable – (Click image to download) How To Make It: There are new ALEX... Read Post

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | Comments Off

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: Make a Scarecrow Printable

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: Make a Scarecrow Printable

It’s the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving harvest! Your child can learn to cut while creating a whole family of scarecrows to join yours for a Thanksgiving feast. Kids Thanksgiving crafts like our scarecrow is simple enough for preschool age children to make but allows them to create a complete project that they can be proud of. Just cut along the dotted lines and glue the pieces together. For even more fun, have the kids collect sticks from the backyard that they can attach the scarecrow to and put them on display.   What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue 2 Printable Pages–... Read Post

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | Comments Off

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: How To Make Native American Napkin Rings

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: How To Make Native American Napkin Rings

Here’s a fun way to make decorative napkin rings that look like a Native American headdress. The items required are ones that you almost certainly have on hand in your home, so you’ll be able to set the kids up quickly! It’s a great opportunity for them to also be involved with the Thanksgiving holiday preparations. They’ll have fun making these easy, colorful kids Thanksgiving crafts, your table will look festive and your guests will be impressed with the personal touch! Smiles all around Here’s all you need: -Paper Towel Tube -Construction Paper -Glue... Read Post

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | Comments Off

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: How To Make Indian Corn Jewelry

Kids Thanksgiving Crafts: How To Make Indian Corn Jewelry

In search of festive kids Thanksgiving crafts, we took out our Kid Concoctions Weird Wacky & Wild book and found the prefect project! See below for the “How-To” on making jewelry out of Indian corn. To make Indian Corn Jewelry you will need: Indian corn kernels Sewing needle Thread Bowl Water An adult I couldn’t find loose kernels at any of my local grocery stores, so I bought the decorative bunches of Indian corn sold in the floral department. The first step is to take all the kernels off of the cob. Lori actually had a really fun time popping them all off! Put all the kernels in a bowl... Read Post

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 in Blog | Comments Off

Five DIY Gifts Kids Can Make

Five DIY Gifts Kids Can Make

Homemade gifts are my favorite for the holidays! Our family has made all sorts of items together over the years as gifts for family and friends, from knitted winter caps to jewelry. One year, using clay, we created an entire chess set for my husband featuring our family members! He loved it! The best part is getting the kids involved. While they may not have the funds to go purchase gifts for the important people in their lives, they will always have the energy and the love to create their own. Homemade gifts don’t have to be perfect, in fact it’s the imperfections that make them valued in... Read Post

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | Comments Off

Fall Crafts For Kids: How To Make Indian Corn

Fall Crafts For Kids: How To Make Indian Corn

Fall is my favorite time of year! The changing leaves serve as a vibrant inspiration for crafts to make with the kids and then use as decorations around the house. The kids and I Iove to decorate our home for fall with various seasonal décor that we create ourselves, and there are so many fun and creative fall crafts for kids, such as painting colorful fall trees, or making scarecrow families to hang in our school room. One of our all time favorites is making Indian corn. It’s an easy craft project for the little ones to make and is a natural hit since toddlers and preschoolers love... Read Post

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Printables | Comments Off

Printable Craft for Toddlers: Make a Thanksgiving Turkey

Printable Craft for Toddlers: Make a Thanksgiving Turkey

Creativity is one of the most important skills a person can have. Giving kids an early creative start will help build their self-esteem and confidence for a lifetime of increased productivity. And the holidays are a perfect time for kids crafts! Print out several of our Thanksgiving turkeys for your preschooler to make and then decorate the house for a festive holiday look, or use as dinner table place settings. Your guests will be amazed by the personal touch and their oohs and aaahs will go a long way to making the kiddos feel proud as well as enthusiastic for future craft projects! What... Read Post

Posted on Nov 5, 2013 in Printables | 1 comment

Printable: Paper Bag Owl

Printable: Paper Bag Owl

Hoot! Hoot! Turn a paper bag into an owl with only a few basic supplies that you’re sure to have around the house, plus our two printable pages, which you can download and print using the links below. After the kids are done crafting, they can use their owls as puppets and put on a show.   What You Need: Safety Scissors Glue  Paper Bag 2 Page Printable – (Click each image to download) How To Make It: If the kids enjoy making paper bag owls then we have great gift ideas for the holidays! Look for the ALEX Paper Bag Puppets and Paper Bag Monsters craft kits. There are new ALEX Printables... Read Post

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Pretend Play | 0 comments

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

It’s Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of… apple juice! Ahoy there – did you know that September 19th is International Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day? I don’t know about you, but I love just about any excuse to dress up and act goofy with my kids. And that is just what we did! ALEX has some awesome pirate-themed pretend play toys, like the Pirate Tent Play Set, which is perfect for pretend pirate fun! It comes packed flat and takes only a minute to set up. It is large enough for multiple kids and one [not fully grown-up] adult, and comes with a carrying case so you can pack it up easily and take it along to... Read Post

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 in Back To School | 0 comments

School Stickers

School Stickers

Let the kiddos personalize their school supplies with school stickers in fun shapes and colors! Our printable school stickers make it easy and it’s a fun arts & crafts project for the kids as well. School Stickers Instructions 1. Download the sticker pages (link below). 2. Print onto sticker paper which can be purchased at an office supply or local craft store. 3. Color in the stickers on the bottom half of the pages with markers. 4. Cut out the shapes along the dotted lines. 5. Peel off the back and stick onto notebooks and backpacks! What You Need: 1. Scissors 2. Markers 3.... Read Post

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in Back To School | 0 comments

Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition

Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition

The new school year is quickly approaching, if it hasn’t started already in your state. With a new school year comes a time of adjustment, even for home schoolers like us. Adjusting to a new schedule, a new level of work, a new teacher, etc., can be difficult for both kids and parents. Here are three of my most tried and true tips for preparing your children (and yourself) for a smooth back to school transition: 1. Schedule: Our biggest adjustment every year has to do with our schedule. The lazy days of summer suddenly disappear and it feels like we’re instantly running at full throttle! One... Read Post