Category: crafts

Family Matters: Fall Projects + Setting Back The Clock

Family Matters: Fall Projects + Setting Back The Clock

[ 0 ] November 2, 2012 |

Fall’s leaves are a perfect reason to work together as a family and have some fun doing it as well.

As we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy, here’s hoping there are moments in your family’s life to be able to enjoy the bounty of colorful leaves on the ground. It’s the perfect weekend to use yard-clean up as a family activity as well as a craft project! Also, let’s get ready for turning those clocks back on Sunday.

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Wax Leaf Pressing with Kids

Wax Leaf Pressing with Kids

[ 1 ] October 24, 2012 |

Wax leaf pressing is an easy way to preserve the beautiful fall foliage. Hiking outdoors this time of year to find the leaves first, is half the fun.

Supplies

wax paper
thin towel
warmed Iron
leaves

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Just add googly eyes. Simple crafting with kids.

Just add googly eyes. Simple crafting with kids.

[ 1 ] October 23, 2012 |

Buy a pack of googly eyes and buy a pack of fun. Just the words “googly eyes” easily invokes a chuckle (to silly me). These little plastic shells that contain a loose disk or black ball can quickly transform any inanimate object into a toy. Inexpensive and available at craft stores or even some craft […]

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DIY: Three Musketeer Costume

DIY: Three Musketeer Costume

[ 2 ] October 9, 2012 |

My boys have been enamored with the Musketeers since they were in preschool. (We made simple Musketeer costumes for their 4th birthday party.) After reading modified versions of Alexandre Dumas’ book, The Three Musketeers and watching the updated witty action film, The Three Musketeers (1993) starring Charlie Sheen, Kiefer Sutherland, Oliver Platt, Chris O’Donnell, Tim Curry, Rebecca De Mornay,and Julie Delpy, my boys still love this adventure.

Here’s how to make a simple no-sew DIY Three Musketeer costume.

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Family Matters: October Craft Ideas

Family Matters: October Craft Ideas

[ 0 ] October 5, 2012 |

You do not have to be an uber crafter to get in the Halloween mood. There are plenty of ways to get crafty with kids—some ideas require a bit more planning or set up (making shadow puppets) and other projects (drawing on pumpkins with markers) are perfect if you are short on time or would rather not make a mess.

To make crafting fun for children, it’s helpful to remember that they often enjoy the process more then then the end result. You may want to choose projects for the experience. For example if you make a pumpkin mosaic the kids may prefer shredding different shades of orange paper more than where they glue them. If you are looking for a finished product, prep things in advance depending on the child’s age or skill level and make your own craft alongside them or work on your project while the kids are sleeping or off at school.

Have a spooky October with this round-up of cool, crafty Halloween projects.

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camp tinker: sandscape terrarium

camp tinker: sandscape terrarium

[ 0 ] August 8, 2012 |

Welcome back to Camp Tinker! As mentioned in my previous post, Camp Tinker aims to be a series of summertime posts featuring simple and enjoyable craft projects. It also serves as a little “craft lab” for me to try out new ideas and twists. This post’s project is a sort of no-fail terrarium.

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camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

camp tinker: easy peasy summer craft projects

[ 1 ] July 23, 2012 |

Elyse is always full of fabulous clever crafty ideas. This summer, she created Camp Tinker – a series of projects you can do with (or without) your children. – Anisa

As you probably know, I enjoy putting a shabby-style spin on simple craft projects. This summer while between book deadlines, I thought my blog would be the perfect sunny location to try out some ideas.

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Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

Kidoinfo Storytime Book List from Alison Paul and Jen Corace

[ 0 ] July 19, 2012 |

Looking for good books to share with your children? Kidoinfo partners with Greater Kennedy Plaza to create Kidoinfo Providence Storytime every Thursday during the summer in Burnside Park. Here’s what Rhode Island illustrator Jen Corace and author/illustrator Alison Paul read on July 12, 2012.

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Rethinking Recycling

Rethinking Recycling

[ 0 ] June 26, 2012 |

Recycling in Rhode Island has recently changed to encourage more people to recycle, and so that we’ll recycle more than ever before. We can now recycle additional plastics – jars, tubs, yogurt and take-out containers, egg cartons and those ubiquitous plastic cups. All plastic containers up to two gallons can be recycled, regardless of the number in the recycling symbol, and we no longer need to separate our recyclables. (See www.RecycleTogetherRI.org for complete details on recycling changes.)

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how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

how to make a tire swing (mama-style)

[ 1 ] June 18, 2012 |

Erin originally posted this awesome how-to piece on her blog, exhale. return to center. I feel Erin and I are kindred spirits in how we both have many more creative ideas than we can execute in a timely manner but hopefully when we do — and as Erin demonstrates with her tire swing — worth the wait.

Erin’s How-To:

Step One: Admire tire swing at your kids’ preschool for YEARS. Think about how nice it would be to have on in your yard. Talk (a lot) about which tree it should go in and how much fun it will be.

Step Two: Hire your friend (who happens to be a very talented arborist) to hang a line from way up in the tallest oak tree at the top of the hill.

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