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Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

Family Matters: Easy Fall Craft Projects for Kids

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

We like to celebrate fall by making crafts that remind us of the season’s colors, shapes and textures or using natural materials found on our outdoor hikes. Many of these projects are simple and need little advanced planning. Although I show samples of finished crafts, these activities are as much or more about the process, the outdoor adventure and collecting the materials. Plan a walk and bring a bag to hold natural items along the way. Making art with kids can lead to unexpected discoveries and detours. If you want perfection, craft your own piece alongside or after the kids are asleep.

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Build a Cardboard Castle

Build a Cardboard Castle

[ 0 ] November 12, 2012 |

This is a great rainy day project, if you have already collected some toilet paper and paper towel rolls and various small cardboard boxes.

Most of the cardboard is thin enough for a child to cut. I dismantled all the boxes and turned them inside out to hide the labels, but I think a colorful castle would be nice, too. See the little round tower on the corner? That is called a bartizan. We cut slits in a toilet paper roll to stick it onto the wall. The skinny white tower to the left is a garderobe….a latrine. It hangs over the outside wall and empties into the moat, or in this case, into the lake. The tall towers have merlons, (square blocks which defenders could hide behind,) and crenels, the spaces in between, for shooting at the enemy.

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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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