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Mother’s Day Ideas

Mother’s day is this Sunday May 8! So, surely you’re family is thinking and plotting for all the special things they want to do for you. If they’re having a hard time coming up with ideas for crafts, dinners or desserts (since they’ve undoubtedly done such wonderfully creative things in the past), here are a few to get their imaginations churning.

Wheel of Affection:

A craft where your kids can tell you how much they love you in every way! With just a few simple materials and loving words this craft is a sinch. Head over to Disney Family Fun for the directions.

Bath Soaps:

Every mom loves a spa day, so what better way to begin the spa experience than receiving homemade bath soaps? This is a craft that will definitely need adult supervision since a knife is involved. Your kids can create soaps in fun shapes and multiple colors. Fun for them to make, fun for you to use! Kaboose has all the directions you’ll need for this artistic craft.

Lasagna Rolls:

This is an easier way to make a family favorite recipe that your kids can help with too. Just as delicious as a regular layered lasagna, lasagna roll ups are fairly easy to make and fun to eat. Giada De Laurentiis provides you with this great recipe.

Ice Cream Stuffed Oranges with Caramel Sauce:

Everyone loves dessert! This dessert is something new that you can try and is so easy and quick to make. With only 3 ingredients, this delicious treat will be ready in no time at all! You can find the rest of Robin Miller’s recipe here.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!


Card Carriers

With the prospect of your child coming home with a backpack full of  Valentine’s day cards and candy, why not help them make a little mailbox to keep it all in? Plus, they will be the talk of the classroom with one of these cute carriers. This is a great way to personalize a cute holiday.

Here is a neat way to recycle an empty cereal box. Disney Family Fun shows us how! Cover it in plain paper and decorate however you like! Click on the photo for even more instructions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All Things Heart and Home shows us a neat way to decorate a store bought mailbox. Their way is a bit advanced for a little one, so replace some of the extra paper with stickers and personal drawings.


Valentine’s Day Prep

It’s almost Valentine’s Day! The classrooms are filled with hearts and sparkles in pink and red and the kids are getting their cards ready. Here are a few things that you will need to make this Valentine’s Day easy and fun!

  1. Make sure that you get a list of names for all of your child’s classmates. This way you won’t leave anyone out and you eliminate the guess work of spelling names correctly.
  2. Get bags of small chocolates or candies for your child to pass out with their cards.
  3. Also, be sure to find out if any of the kids in the class have any food allergies. If so, get a small bag of candy that they can have as well.
  4. If you’re helping your little one make their own Valentine’s cards you’ll need a few supplies, such as, markers, stickers, cardstock paper and ribbon
  5. You’ll need a package of envelopes big enough to fit the card and candy.

If you would rather skip the DIY V-Day cards, here are a some printables that you can have ready in a flash!

The Rubber Punkin, Paperboxpress, Catch My Party, Skip to my Lou


Books to Inspire

Books are some of the greatest and easiest ways to inspire children. It gives them a sense of imagination, wonder and can even get them to try something new. Here are a few books that not only enhance the imagination, but can also inspire your little one to try different forms of arts and crafts, from doodling to decorating! It’s something fun and educational that you can both do together. You can find these books in most any location such as Barnes and Noble, Borders and even on Amazon. Happy reading!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Do-It-Yourself Book

If your kids love the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, this an exciting way to make the books more interactive. It’s their very own journal to write down their thoughts and feelings and answer silly questions, a way for them to tell their own story. Plus there’s fun comic pages to read!

The Giving Tree

This book introduces children to the world of sharing and caring. This book is a wonderful story about growing to love, share and care. It will teach your children to grow in love.

Ed Emberley’s Complete Funprint Drawing Book

What kid does not love finger-painting? This book gives them tons of ways to turn those special fingerprints into to their favorite animals! It has colorful step-by-step instructions for your little one to follow. You can even help fill their book with yellow finger flowers and little green finger frogs!

Tear Up This Book!: The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, doodle and Journal Book for Girls!

This book is exactly what it says, a big book of arts and crafts! As a part of the American Girl Series, this books gives little ladies and chance to get very creative with instructions on how to make everything from a cootie catcher to a gift box. The book has even more activities for her to do with you, with friends or all on her own!


Rainy Day Activities

Usually on rainy days you here the words “I’m bored!” It’s hard not to just send the kids to the TV when you hear this, but even though it’s wet outside that doesn’t mean that you and your little ones can’t have fun inside! With some ideas on hand, the next time you hear the cry of boredom you will be fully prepared.

Create Silly Creatures

You’ll need a few index cards for this rainy day activity. On the blank side of the cards, have your children draw heads, bodies and legs of different animals. When you’re all done making several different animals, mix and match the cards to create new animals! You can create enough cards to have your very own imaginary zoo (with a very low admissions fee). Store the cards with a rubber band and take them anywhere, even when it’s not raining.

Dream Boards

For this craft you will need a tri-fold project board or simply a a large sheet of construction paper, some markers, magazines and any other craft supplies that you want to use. (Btw, here is a http://frugaldad.com/crayola/coupon from Crayola to help you save on some crafting supplies). Have your little one think about all the things that they want to do, what they want to be when they grow up and all of their biggest hopes and dreams. They can use pictures they find in the magazines, draw pictures themselves and create their own dream board. Hang it up in their room for daily inspiration.

It’s a Secret Code

You will only need a pencil and paper for this simple activity. On the sheet of paper your kids can create symbols and squiggles to represent each letter in the alphabet. They can share it with their siblings, you or anyone they would like! It’s their very own secret language. If they do decide to share it with you, you can use it to write them letters and special notes.

Create Your Own Rain Dance

You can pick a special song for this activity or do it with out music. Create our very own rain dance with your kids. Keep it simple, but fun and try to remember it. Whenever the rain starts pouring you can all do it together! This is also a great way to get them moving even though they’re stuck inside.



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