Posts Tagged "crafts for kids"

Posted on Dec 4, 2013 in Blog, 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 Nov 18, 2013 in Blog, Holiday Crafts, Toddlers & Preschoolers | 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 Blog, Holiday Crafts, 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 Aug 13, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured | 0 comments

Back to School Labels for Kids

Back to School Labels for Kids

When you send your kiddos off to school for the new school year, you don’t just send them. You send a backpack full of supplies. There are pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, scissors, and more! It’s a huge investment. So the last thing you want to happen is that your investment gets misplaced, lost, or mixed up with someone else’s, right? Labeling all those school supplies is a big part of most families’ back to school preparations. Even though we home school, we still label everyone’s items, so we can tell which notebook or pair of scissors belongs to which student. This year we had fun... Read Post

Posted on Jul 22, 2013 in Big Kids, Developmental Skills, Featured, Parenting | 1 comment

Junk Creations Spark Creativity

Junk Creations Spark Creativity

My daughter’s favorite part of kindergarten was making “Junk”. Her teacher asked us to regularly contribute our recycling to her junk box. Every day, the children spent time with the junk, making anything they could dream up. We do this at home now, too. It’s the best (eco-friendly) way to encourage creativity. You’re providing open-ended play for children to create what they want instead of giving step-by-step directions. Without giving directions for each step, kids must problem solve and think for themselves. It’s also great for social skills to have your children work together to make... Read Post
5 Ocean Themed Crafts for Kids

5 Ocean Themed Crafts for Kids

Guess what the top family summer vacation destination is? The beach, of course! Countless families head to the beach each summer for their family vacation to enjoy the ocean, play in the sun, waves and sand. Given its popularity, I thought it would be fun to share some crafts for kids that are beach and ocean themed. They’re a great opportunity to get some crafting time in, as well as chat about your upcoming vacation or share favorite moments post-vacation! Here are five ocean themed crafts that will provide entertainment, a bit of education, and transport you to the beach! 1.... Read Post

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 in Parenting | 1 comment

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

5 Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Kids

I am not a  professional photographer but, I do love taking pictures of my children, and know that someday these pictures will remind them of fun memories and the love that we have for each other.  Let’s face it, though. Taking pictures of kids is HARD! They don’t sit still, they have “fake smiles,” and they lose focus easy… just to name a few issues. Over the last few years, I have tried to learn more about how to take better photos of my children. And while I’m still no master, I do have a few tricks in my repertoire that have resulted in some of my favorite shots of my four children. So,... Read Post

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured | 0 comments

Fun Summer Activity: Face Painting

Fun Summer Activity: Face Painting

Warm days, picnics, frozen treats, and fun in the water…these are just a few of the things that come to mind when I think of summer. Summer is here in full swing, and if you’re like me, you’re looking for fun and entertaining ways to keep the kiddos busy during their days off from school. Face painting is a fun and easy way to add some excitement to any day! Why save face painting for those once a year carnivals, Halloween, or special events? With ALEX Toys’ face painting kit and face painting sticks, face painting is fun, quick to do, and easy to clean up! The other day, after a... Read Post

Posted on Jun 13, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured, 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 Jun 11, 2013 in Big Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Play Guessing Games to Foster Your Child’s Creativity

Guessing games are fun for the whole family, and are a perfect after-dinner activity that can be shared by everyone to extend meal time togetherness. Spending time as a family is important for bonding and for your child’s social-emotional development. Draw and Guess games are my favorite because they foster creative thinking. We often focus so much on the importance of handwriting skills, gross motor coordination, and self-care skills that we forget that encouraging creativity is just as important. Creative minds are better able to problem-solve, resolve conflicts with others, figure out how... Read Post

Posted on May 31, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured, Pretend Play | 0 comments

Put on a Puppet Show!

Put on a Puppet Show!

Pretend play is important for kids. It encourages creativity and imagination, as well as critical developmental skills. At our house, I try to do my best to encourage creativity and imagination at every turn. We have a designated area for art and crafting with plenty of art supplies available to the kids at all times. I also try to incorporate creativity exercises into our home school lessons having the children write stories or put on plays. One of their favorite activities is creating a puppet show, a hit for children from preschool age to middle school. My oldest has gotten quite good at... Read Post

Posted on May 10, 2013 in Holiday Crafts | 0 comments

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

DIY Mother’s Day Flower Pot Craft

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Posted on May 3, 2013 in Featured, Tweens | 0 comments

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

The Perfect Gift for a Crafty Seven Year Old

My oldest daughter Emma loves crafts. She gets it from me, and usually I’m happy to help her – but, with three other (younger) children, I am always looking for fun craft kits that she can do on her own. When I saw the Patch A-Peel Purse, I knew it would be hit. I set it aside for her seventh birthday, and she was thrilled when she opened it! I was impressed with how nicely the bag was made, it’s fully lined with soft pink fabric! Emma really enjoyed making this bag her own with the pre-cut sticky fabric shapes and adhesive gems that came with it. I loved that the shapes allowed plenty of... Read Post

Posted on May 1, 2013 in Big Kids, Videos | 0 comments

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

Celebrate Spring with Giant Paper Flowers

My Giant Paper Flowers is one of my all-time favorite ALEX products. It’s not just because it was one of the first products I helped create for ALEX, it’s because this one really has a wow factor. Take brightly colored tissue paper that’s been cut into whimsical petals, add pipe cleaners, fold and fluff. It’s truly spectacular! I invited my sweet niece Alyssa (10 years old) over to make some flowers! First she chose her sheets of tissue paper, stacked them up and began to accordion fold them. Then she twisted a pipe cleaner stem around them, spread out the petals and began to fluff them up... Read Post

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 in Big Kids | 0 comments

ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons are Doodles of Fun!

ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons are Doodles of Fun!

As an occupational therapist and parent, I love checking out new crafts. My favorites are the ones that keep the kids happily occupied, while working on their motor skills without them even knowing it. ALEX’s Doodle Cake Crayons delivered all that and more! The kids really enjoyed it and it didn’t take much work on the part of the parent either. I get a little intimidated by craft kits you have to cook, and I have to admit I also became a little afraid when I saw all those crayon crumbles. But the preparation and cooking was a breeze and keeping the mess under control was pretty easy too. We... Read Post

Posted on Apr 22, 2013 in Big Kids | 0 comments

5 Easy Ways to Go Green

5 Easy Ways to Go Green

Any day is the perfect day to set green goals and make some changes for your family; becoming more eco-conscious is a goal we should all make, not just on Earth Day! “Going green” doesn’t have to be an entire lifestyle change, though. There are many easy and simple things you can do as a family to get the “green” ball rolling! Here are five easy ways to go green. 1. Recycle – Some people think that recycling takes too much time and effort and does it even really help? The answer is, “YES!” Recycling keeps tons of trash out of landfills every year, and it takes very little time if you have an... Read Post

Posted on Apr 20, 2013 in Tweens | 0 comments

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

Crafts are a fun and creative way to teach your children about a variety of topics. Children are hands-on learners, and always learn best when having fun! In our homeschooling classroom, I keep plenty of craft supplies at the ready to create a variety of projects. Recently, I’ve been using my craft supplies to teach the children about different cultures. You can create a craft from almost any country and spark a lesson or discussion about an interesting new culture! Here are a few to get you started.  1. Australia: Craft your own wooden or paper boomerang. Let your child paint it in bright... Read Post
6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

If your kids are like mine, their birthday is their favorite day of the year. In fact, my kids make elaborate plans for crafts, parties, and gifts months and months before the actual birthday date. All of which are subject to change at any moment. Birthdays are the best. So, I just go with it. We pretend play birthday all the time. We sing Happy Birthday in the car to them, to me, to all our relatives, to our pets, to our toys. We play birthday party, too. And do you know what? It’s great to play birthday because while you’re playing, you’re sneaking in lots of learning opportunities. Here... Read Post

Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Parenting | 0 comments

Inspiring Creativity Through Artisitic Expression

Inspiring Creativity Through Artisitic Expression

I have been taking and posting a photo every day for seven straight years. This project has been a way for me to not only document the events of my family but to express my creativity. Creativity is what I want to help cultivate and stimulate in my children. A big part of how I do this is through artistic expression. With my daughter, she is four, we color, paint, sing and play instruments. I play like a four year old and color outside the lines take pictures at odd angles and make up silly songs. Through crafting I can see my daughter beginning to develop her sense of self, her ability to... Read Post