Low Cost (or FREE) Summer Activities

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One last guest post and then you're stuck with me for awhile... my sister is back with some tips for free or low-cost summer activities to keep everyone busy and having fun.  Because whomever coined the phrase 'lazy days of summer' did NOT have a three year old boy.  ;-)  While summer may feel like it's a time for slowing down and reading books on the beach all day, for kids, it's a time with long spaces just begging to be filled with activities and things to do.  So here you go-- plenty of … [Read more...]

Mom, I’m Bored! {10 Creative Books for Kids}

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My friend Ginger from Literally Inspired (her blog's tagline?  'a card catalog for the creative home'-- love it!) is sharing her favorite creative books to keep kids busy this summer.  Summer is a time when creative ideas for kids are in big demand, and with long lazy days it never hurts to have some new activities for kids up your sleeve.  Thanks to Ginger's list, you may never hear the words "Mom, I'm bored" again! Hi Making Lemonade Readers! OK, I'm calling it - Summer is here. I … [Read more...]

Nativity Ideas for Kids

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Christmas with the kids just seems to get more fun each year as they really start to grasp and enjoy the traditions and stories we know and love.  Noodle came home from preschool singing about  shepherds and kings last week {with a rousing chorus of "MY LORD!" that had us all giggling}, and when 2-year old Bee started joining in I knew it wasn't too early to share nativity stories and activities with them.  I pulled out a few favorite nativity books written just for kids and they've been … [Read more...]

Kids Craft Camp: Round-Up and Link-Up

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I'm peeling glue off my fingers and washing paint out of a certain someone's (curly blonde) hair, so I'd call the Kids Craft Camp a resounding success.  I realized as I was crafting (and also from your great comments) that you don't have to be a child to enjoy these kids craft ideas.  While they were geared for kiddos, they are just as fun for your inner child-- I mean really, spouncing is proven to reduce stress! * *not a real fact. Hopefully you gathered a few ideas you can use with … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Decorate a Craft Frame (Kids Craft Ideas)

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Is there anything a $1 wooden craft frame can't do?  I buy them in stacks at Michaels because they are the perfect kids craft activity-- Inexpensive.  Easy.  Customizable.  Useful.  In fact, once you start decorating these frames it's hard to stop! Case in point?  This post started as one tutorial.  Somehow it turned into five. {and if you're wondering if you need to run a craft intervention, YES.  I had the same issue with the stamped and stenciled tea towels last week-- I … [Read more...]