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Ivory Soap in the Microwave FAIL

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There’s a really great collection of pictures on Pinterest, if you search “Ivory Soap Experiment”, that entice you to pop a bar in your own microwave and begin having some hands on fun with the kids. The kids and I were all pretty excited to give it a try ourselves. Soap in the microwave!? Let’s go!! Continue reading

Thanksgiving Themed Crafts

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Every Thanksgiving we get the opportunity to sit with our children and discuss what we have to be thankful for in our lives. Then we get to make special memories, as the family comes together, and shares a delicious meal together. It’s always a fun project to create a little something that can be displayed around the home, or on the dinner table, that allows the children to express the things they are thankful for. Continue reading

A Tooth Fairy Surprise!

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We were very lucky to have had such a special surprise from the Tooth Fairy this last time one of the kids lost a tooth. Usually, the Tooth Fairy just writes an adorable, fairy sized letter to whomever lost their tooth, and gives them a 50 cent piece. This is thrilling enough! They get to hold the tiniest letter they have ever seen and then they get to save a really cool coin that you just don’t see too often anymore. The kids must be taking really good care of their teeth lately, because they got a real treat!
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Sharpie Tile Art for Kids

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Even though we are suffering in the hot humidity of summer here in droughtville Los Angeles, I have to think ahead to the holiday season because we make most of the gifts we give. Handmade gifts can be very time consuming, especially when the kids are making their gifts too, so we start early! Our kids have big dreams, so sometimes I have to work closely with them, to make sure we can find a craft at their level, that encourages freedom and individuality, while also not costing a fortune in supplies. This art project isn’t the “greenest”, but it is easy for kids of all ages, and it’s incredibly affordable. Continue reading

Adorable Birdhouses

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I love to do nature crafts with my children. It gives us a chance to think about the planet and the creatures that inhabit it, while also sharing a bonding experience for all of us. This week we will be making birdhouses to hang in the trees for all the sparrows that hang around our yard. My daughter loves everything about birdhouses. She asks to buy one every time we go to the craft store. I wanted to share a collection of great inspiration pins we have come across in our search for ideas. Continue reading

Sparkle Playdough

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A good playdough with a great texture is difficult to come by when it comes to homemade fun. Some of the best ones require cooking on the stovetop. Making playdough in this fashion may be more time consuming, but the finished product is well worth it. I was very excited when I found this recipe for a night sky playdough at Two Daloo. The batch I made is altered slightly, and doubled. I wanted a larger batch so that both my children would have enough to play with. This recipe is easy enough for the kids to make, but please keep a close watch on the process as the stove and fire are requirements. Continue reading

Melted Crayon Art Tutorial

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This simple and creative art project has been all over Pinterest and YouTube. It’s a clever way to make something beautiful out of all those broken crayons a house seems to accumulate. I added a slight twist to the steps to create a more dramatic look. I used an embossing gun instead of a hairdryer, which also works well for impatient types like myself. You have to be careful once the wax starts to melt though, as it will melt fast with an embossing gun. Only do small sections at a time. Continue reading

Moldable Play Sand

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This hands on playtime idea is a very simple three ingredient project that’ll get the kids playing right from the start. Moldable play sand is similar to “Moon Sand” or the wet sand at the beach. Perfect for building castles, roads, and walls to tear down. Help your little ones create a batch of this fun stuff and then help them pick out some toys that might like to participate in the fun. Suggested use is outdoors or on a hard surface for easy clean up. A large cookie sheet makes a great play tray. Continue reading

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