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Who captures your kiddo’s heart? Mom of course! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we have the perfect DIY card to make mom’s day extra special!

DIY Mother's Day Card - Mother's Day crafts

My Heart Belongs to Mom DIY Card

This craft uses a technique called tissue paper bleeding which is just as fun as it is beautiful! With just a bit of water, you can transfer the dye from bleeding tissue paper onto your project, and the results are simply stunning!

Our guide has everything you need to know to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift for mom.

What you need to get started

Supplies:

  • White card/Envelope
  • Bleeding tissue paper (we used red, pink, blue and purple)
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Instructions:

1. Begin by tearing the tissue paper into small pieces. One inch squares seem to work well.

2. Paint a thin layer of water on the front of the card and place the blue/purple tissue across the entire page. Layering the tissue will add more vibrancy and create a neat marbled effect.

Easy Mother's Day DIY Card

3. Once the tissue is in place, coat the top with another layer of water.

4. Repeat the process on the inside, right page of the card with the pink/red tissue paper.

5. Allow the card to dry completely and then peel off the tissue paper. You will be left with a gorgeous dyed masterpiece!

Mother's Day DIY Card with Tissue Paper Bleeding

6. Use a pair of scissors to cut a heart through the middle of the front of the card. Depending on the age of your child, have them write or trace the saying onto the card with a black marker.

“My (heart) belongs to…” on the front.
“Mom” or “Grandma” on the inside.
Feel free to add a special note at the bottom!

My Heart Belongs to Mom Mother's Day Card
A gift she’ll treasure

Just slip your finished card into its envelope, and you’ll be ready to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget!

Have you ever tried tissue paper bleeding before? Once you start, it’s hard to stop!

This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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While we do our best to talk to our kids about the earth on a daily or weekly basis, we like to celebrate Earth day with some fun engaging activities to bring it all together. From planting to baking, we have a whole bunch of activities you can do with your littles to celebrate the day!

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Planting

Earth day means that spring is here, so it’s time to get your kids planting! Begin by planting in an individual planter that you can keep inside for your child to care for. This way they can watch closely to see how they plant is growing. A cute idea to get them even more engaged, is too put a picture of your child on the planter and create their own Chia-pets. Plant some grass seed and before they know it, their plants will be growing hair!

Earth Day Goop

There are so many things to touch and feel all around us and we are always telling the kids not to touch! Create some blue and green earth day goop and let the kids play with it all day long! Goop is simple to make and provides hours of fun! Your kids will be trying to mould it together, but it will melt when they squeeze it! You will need:

Cornstarch, cold water and food colouring…that’s it! Mix cornstarch with half the amount of water and then mix. It shouldn’t be too watery. Add food colouring to make it earth day colors and let the children explore!

Make a pact

What will you do to protect our planet? Make a pact and hold yourself and your children accountable by writing it down. Place your vow on the fridge or somewhere where you will always see it to keep it at the front of your mind. Wether it be to make sure you always throw out your garbage, or to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, encourage your children to make a commitment they can keep!

Bake

Baking instead of buying is good for the environment! Leave all of the packaging behind, and bake your own sweet treats at home. While you are at it, make it an earth themed treat! By using Wilton food colouring gel, you can change the color of your batter to blue and green whether you are making cupcakes, a cake or cookies.

Go litter-less!

Our children’s school has a liter-less lunch policy and it’s great! We have taken in one step further by ensure that we our snacks our litter-less when we go to programs after school, to the park or out on the weekend.  We can’t get enough of the reusable snack bags from Bumkins. They come in so many cute patterns for both us and the kids. The boys are obsessed with DC Comic Collection and we love the Nixi collection for ourselves!

Scavenger hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt in your backyard or at the park. Print off a list of items for your children to look for and collect. Create a competition and see who can bring in the most number of items. Then spend some time talking about where the different items come from as well as what belongs to the earth and what doesn’t. Get rid of all that garbage and clean up your local neighbourhood!

Download the Earth day scavenger hunt here.

Read

Fancy Nancy Earth Day is Every DayBiscuit's Earth Day CelebrationWhy should I recycle?Don't throw that awayThe curious gardenArthur turns greenThe earth book

You know how much we love to read, so Earth day is no different! Pick one of these Earth day books and read it to your child!

How do you celebrate earth day?
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Looking for something new to keep your little leprechauns busy this St. Patrick’s Day? With a little luck, you can put together a fun activity in just a few minutes. Play-Doh gets a bad rap at times, because we’ve all had moments where we find it crusted onto something it shouldn’t be. However, it’s fantastic for little hands and motor skill development. These easy-to-use Play-Doh mats are great for kids of all ages. You can even squeeze in a few teaching moments while they’re playing.

Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Play-Doh Mats

What you need to get started

Simply download our Rainbow and Shamrock Play-Doh mat PDFs, print them off, slip each into a gallon size plastic bag, and get rolling.

Free printables for St. Patrick's Day crafts

Using your Play-Doh mats

Remember ROY-G-BIV? For “My Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow,” roll out ropes of Play-Doh for each corresponding color of the rainbow. Use the mat as a guide to create your very own rainbow arch! This mat helps you work with little ones on colors, and rolling the pieces can be done by even very young children.

My Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow Play-Doh MatDon’t leave it to luck! For “What Shapes Make a Shamrock,” use the circle and rectangle patterns at the top of the mat to help shape the pieces you need to assemble your very own four-leaf clover. Kids can learn about shapes while making their shamrocks and maybe even craft a few gold coins for the pot o’ gold.

What Shapes Make a Shamrock Play-Doh Mat - free printable

Reuse these mats time and again for extra fun

You can use these handy, little Play-Doh mats over and over again. During clean up time, just wipe down the outside of the bag with a damp cloth, so you’ll be all set for your next creation. Toss these in your diaper or tote bag the next time you need to keep kids busy at a restaurant, or pull them out while waiting for an appointment. The Play-Doh should stay home, but if you stash a few dry erase markers in your bag they’ll work just fine on the plastic bag.

Grab your free downloads

My Lucky Leprechaun Rainbow
What Shapes Make a Shamrock

What’s the rule on mixing Play-Doh in your house? (Ours always turns brown over here.)

Joanna Murnan contributed this post. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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DIY Flip Book with Funny Faces

Show me your mad face! Now act surprised!

If your kids are anything like mine, they get a huge kick out of making funny faces in the mirror and going through a range of expressions on command. Asking my kids to look confused, sleepy or bored will inevitably lead us all to fits of laughter and them begging me to give them another emotion to try out. They are also intrigued by the facial expressions of people in the books and magazines we read.

I think helping my kids identify emotions on the faces of people they see will also assist them with understanding the emotions of their friends, teachers, parents and themselves.With all this emphasis on understanding emotions from facial expressions, I thought it would be fun to put together a little funny faces flip book with a variety of facial features and see what kind of stories my kids could tell me about the faces they created.

DIY Funny Faces Flip BookFlip book supplies

Making your own funny faces flip book couldn’t be easier — all you need is some cardstock, scissors, a glue stick, hole punch, markers, 3 or 6 binder rings, a piece of cardboard (for the back) and some facial parts (eyes, noses, mouths). I used letter-sized white cardstock, cut in half width-wise and then again in thirds.

For the face parts, you have all kinds of options: (1) Cut them out of magazines (older kids can do this on their own); (2) Use stickers, googly eyes or foam face parts from your local craft store; (3) Print out stock photos of faces from the internet; (4) Draw your own; (5) Use your own photos your kids and family members; or (6) Use our free printable of a few face parts (download the PDF here).

Free Printable Funny Faces

diy funny faces flip book for kidsAssembling the book

With your kids’ help, use a glue stick to place the eyes, noses and mouths on individual pieces of card stock. Punch one or two holes on the left side of each piece of paper. If you use one hole, the paper will slide around in the book more, but it’ll still work. Two holes (spaced wide apart) work best. Stack all the eyes together and place the sheet of cardboard (or card stock or whatever you want to use for the back) behind the eyes and use the ring clips to secure. Do the same for the noses and the mouths. If you have extra card stock, add a few blank cards to the back of the stack of each category and add/draw more as you play. You can also add a front cover if you want (optional).
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Playing with the book

My preschooler loved this book. He thought it was so much fun making different face combos and then giving each one a name and a silly voice. We talked about the different expressions and what feelings each person we created felt when they made that face. I asked him to make up funny stories about the faces and turned them into characters. We made faces that looked like people we knew and mimicked some the silly expressions we created. If you use facial photos of people you know (kids, parents, grandparents), try to recreate those faces!  My son liked that we had a variety of media in the book – that they were not all photos of real faces, but a mixture of cartoonish features, drawn features and real parts. I wish I would have included some animal face parts (e.g. cat’s nose with whiskers, gorilla eyes, elephant trunk, fish mouth, etc.) because I think that would have made it even more fun for him.
funny faces flip book tutorial and play ideasfunny faces flip bookhow to make your own funny faces flip book for kids This funny faces flip book is a great craft project to make when helping toddlers and preschoolers understand emotions, facial expressions and body parts. It’s a great way to encourage your older kids to use their imagination in creating unique characters, each with their own background story. It could also help when talking to your children of any age about diversity and how every person has their own unique facial features. With so many ways to use this book, it’ll be something that can grow with your child through the years.

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Do you want to build a snowman? No? (Sorry, is that stuck in your head now?) What if we told you you could let your little ones build one without leaving the warmth and comfort of your own home? With just a few steps and some ingredients that you probably already have in your cupboard, you can make your own play snow that will provide hours of fun and giggles for all involved… no wet, soggy mittens necessary!

This super easy play snow is a great indoor activity for those blustery winter days when it is just too cold to play outside, but your children have begun to get a lot little stir crazy, which simultaneously tends to make mommy a lot little crazy. It is so much fun, and is a great activity to provide much needed sensory play for active little hands and minds.

Easy to Make DIY Play Snow

Easy DIY Play Snow

 

What you need

  • 3 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup hair conditioner, preferably white so that it looks like real snow
  • Plastic container or large pan to use for play area
  • Fun tools for creative play: beads, toothpicks, ribbon and craft eyes to make a snowman and Playdoh tools work great, too.

How to Make Play Snow for Kids

Directions

1. Mix baking soda and conditioner together in a large bowl.
2. Stir together with spoon until somewhat crumbly in texture. Snow should be moldable, like sand.
3. Place snow in container and let play begin!

DIY Play Snow for Kids

The snow is cool to the touch, so it feels similar to real snow. It molds easily, smells fabulous, and, surprisingly, provides very little clean up. With just a quick post-play wipe down, and quick once over with the vacuum, all remnants of your snow play will be gone.

How to Make an Inside Snowman

As an added bonus, the snow can be stored for future use. If it becomes dry, just add a little extra conditioner to the mixture, and voila — you are set to go for hours of more snow fun!

Make your own snow

 

So now, do you want to build a snow man?
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My daughter was born on Halloween last year, so I’ve been thinking about what our family costume will be on and off for the last 365 days. Correction: I’ve been thinking about her costume for 365 days and only realized last week, when I was addressing her birthday invitations, that the “costumes required please” also applied to me. Whoops… (face palm). Luckily, every costume has some kind of counterpart that you can easily DIY without a PhD in Pinterest.

DIY Halloween Costume to match your kids

For Peter Pan-themed costumes

If you’re child is opting for a Peter Pan-themed costume like my little Tinkerbell, think happy thoughts! I have compiled a list of quick and easy costume ideas. No pixie dust needed because you already have most of these items at home!

Hook

Tuck black pants/leggings into white knee socks. Break a coat hanger and carry it as a hook. Wear an oversized red jacket. (You’d be surprised what you can find at secondhand stores… The power suits that were so big in the 80’s are perfect for this!) Don’t forget the hat and that killer ‘stache.

Wendy

Grab a long nightgown and you’re done.

Tiger Lily

Wear a dress in any shade between taupe and brown. (There’s bound to be at least one in your closet.) Use a stretchy headband as your headdress and tuck a feather into the back of it. If it’s a little nippy, throw on a faux fur vest: Still in costume, yet fashionable and warm.

Shadow

Just wear all black, you lazy bum. (No judgment.)

DIY Costume for Halloween with faux fur vest

For superhero costumes

Let’s not forget the superheroes. Every superhero has a sidekick or enemy, right? And just like when the heroes arrive to save the day, you can put these costumes together in the “Ta Da” knick of time!

Cat Woman

Don’t panic, I’m not talking about the patent leather Michelle Pfeiffer Cat Woman or the half-naked Halle Berry Cat Woman. This is a practical Cat Woman. All you need are black leggings/pants, a black shirt, and black cat ears. If you can’t find cat ears, fear not — you can make your own! Get a sample of black felt at any store that sells fabric (it should be less than a dollar), cut two triangles from it, and hot-glue them to a black headband. Meow, pussycat! You’re ready to go.

Bat Girl

You can also easily create a Bat Girl costume by cutting larger black triangles (with scalloped edges if you’re feeling fancy) and then pinning, or sewing, them from your shirt sleeve to the side of your shirt, so when you lift your arms the wings are a-flapping! Don’t forget cutting eye holes into a long piece of felt for the mask around your eyes.

Super Woman

Let’s face it. We’re moms, so we’re all basically Super Woman already, am I right? Not much of a costume. Moving on…

DIY TIger Lily Halloween Costume for mom to match Tinkerbell

For costumes for the littlest ones
King Kong and Building

You bought your kid a monkey costume and you’re not sure what to do for yourself? Make yourself into a building by wearing a shirt you don’t mind drawing black rectangles (aka windows) on and voila! You’re a tall building! You’re may not be Frank Lloyd Wright, but you did just create a building fit for a a King… Kong, that is. Roar. (There is a variation of this costume that involves wearing a box, but I don’t think that sounds very conducive to having a baby on your hip.)

Daenerys and Dragon

If you watch Game of Thrones, then you know that there is literally nothing cooler than the “Mother of Dragons.” Isn’t it serendipitous then, that there are a million children’s costumes out there that are dragons or dinosaurs? If that’s the route you went, all you need to be Daenerys is a long blond wig, a long dress, and a take-no-prisoners attitude. Winter is coming… And you’re ready for it.

DIY Halloween Costume for mom to match kids

There you have it. Whatever costume your little monster chooses probably has a complementary option or two… or a dozen! Look at Dorothy. We all know she had the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But don’t forget about the Wicked Witch, the Good Witch, the Flying Monkeys, the Munchkins, the Angry Trees, the Wizard, Toto, the Castle Guards, and the list goes on and on. You don’t need magic spells (or even a sewing machine) to create the perfect family costume. That’s just a bunch of hocus pocus. Think outside the cauldron and don’t be afraid to get your craft on this Halloween.

Halloween is all about the kids, but why not get in on the fun? What will your family be?

This post was contributed by Claire Frost as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Claire on her blog, House of Frost

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Easy Button Pumpkin Crafts

We love getting crafty with our kids and with Halloween right around the corner, the pumpkin crafts are on overload. Creating an easy button pumpkin craft  — and using a little glue! — is fun for kids of all ages in fall. Even the littlest of hands can help create these projects and the finished products are sure to be cute as a button.

Easy Burlap Pumpkin Crafts

Framed pumpkin on burlap

There is no denying that burlap is “in” right now. From home decor to crafting, we see it just about everywhere! The good news? It is affordable and pretty easy to work with. It quickly adds texture to any space and automatically gives your fall decor that shabby chic look.

Easy Burlap Pumpkin Craft Ideas

Materials:
1. Burlap
2. Assortment of orange and brown buttons
3. Craft glue
4. Marker
5. 8×10 frame for displaying finished project

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Directions:
1. Cut burlap to fit frame, leaving an extra inch on all sides. (For an 8×10 frame, cut the burlap to be 9×11.)
2. Using a dark marker, roughly sketch an outline of a pumpkin.
3. Begin gluing buttons down to fill in the pumpkin. Don’t worry about glue showing… it will dry clear! (Note: Glue will seep through the tiny holes of the burlap, so be sure to use something as a backing under your burlap to prevent damage to furniture and table top surfaces.)
4. Allow glue to dry completely.
5. Remove glass from frame. Stretch and secure the burlap onto the frame backing using tape to keep it tight.

Easy Pumpkin Halloween Cards

Button pumpkin cards

We decided to put the leftover orange buttons to good use and create another easy pumpkin craft! This time, we helped the kids make sweet little cards that would be perfect to give teachers, friends, bus drivers and coaches. They absolutely loved this project!

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Materials:
1. Card stock
2. Orange buttons
3. Ribbon… green for grass, if you have it.
4. Craft glue
5. Markers

Directions:
1. Cut card stock to the desired size.
2. Glue a strip of ribbon to the bottom of the card as the “grass.”
3. Glue an assortment of orange buttons above the ribbon to create the pumpkins.
4. After the glue has dried, add details like stems, leaves and special messages using markers.

What kinds of cute crafts are you planning with your little ones this fall?
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5 Creative Was to Repurpose Empty Wipe Containers

Since having kids, my house has slowly become overrun with all of the typical baby gear, as expected. Something I didn’t expect? Stacks and stacks of empty wipe containers. It you’re anything like me, you get a new plastic wipe tub each and every time you buy a box of refills. Two years later, and I’ve found myself with dozens stashed away in different parts of the house.

Instead of tossing the extras, I’ve come up with a few creative ways to reuse wipe containers. Best of all? You already have all the supplies you need!

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Wipes Containers

1. Sturdy snack tote

Nobody likes a mushy banana! Empty wipe boxes are the perfect size for a snack on the go. It keeps fruit from getting bruised and crackers from getting crumbly. Every mama knows, a fed kid is a happy kid!

2. Craft supply central

We spend many afternoons coloring, painting, and gluing craft projects together at our house, so it’s nice to have all the supplies organized and accessible. The paints go in one box, brushes in another, and so on. Crafting with kids is messy, but storage doesn’t have to be!

How to Use Old Wipes Containers

3. Car quiet box

Car rides can get long (and noisy!) with a toddler in the backseat. I like to throw together a box of fun toys that keep my daughter busy. A current favorite is this bright lacing bead set. The best part is that you can also easily take these boxes into a restaurant, a doctor appointment or a play date easily!

4. Trusty treasure box

Anybody else have a kiddo who loves collecting “treasures” throughout the day? My daughter gets to keep whatever can fit in her box and once the box is full, she has to decide which items to keep and which items to cut. It keeps her “treasures” manageable and mess to a minimum!

Playtime Wipes for Baby Dolls

5. Perfect pretend play

This is the most obvious use for the box, but my daughter just loves pretending to diaper her dolls. Simply find a scrap of fabric (t-shirt, handkerchief, etc), cut it into strips, and voila! Just like mommy!

What are some ways you like to repurpose baby items?
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3 Fun and Easy Father's Day Crafts Father’s Day is just around the corner and nothing says Father’s Day like a homemade gift! Moms aren’t the only ones who adore those sweet little hand print covered art projects or hilarious questionnaires. Celebrate your favorite dad by encouraging your little ones to create a special Father’s Day craft with their own personal touch. Here are three fun and easy craft ideas that children of all ages can create, and dad will be sure to love on his big day.

DIY Personalized Father's Day Platter

Personalized Platter

Creating a personalized platter is easier than you think. This is a fun way to incorporate those cute little hand prints or footprints into a piece of artwork that dad can use all the time. We purchased a simple white platter from a local dollar store and used Pinterest as our inspiration to come up with something we knew dad would enjoy.

Supplies:
– White plate or platter
– Acrylic paint
– (2) 1/2-inch paint brushes
– Sharpies
– Smock or old t-shirt
– Wet paper towel
– Paper plate or paint tray

DIY Father's Day Plate

Directions:
– Place smock or old t-shirt on child. (Acrylic paint is non-washable.)
– Prep platter by cleaning the surface with soap and water.
– Place paint on paper plate/paint tray.
– Paint child’s hand and place hand print on desired place on platter to create the body of the fish.
– Wipe or wash child’s hand.
– Use second paint brush and let child paint waves.
– Put brush aside and let child finger paint bubbles.
– Let dry for 20-30 minutes.
– Once dry, use Sharpies to create eyes and lips.
– Use Sharpie to write message along the rim of the platter, or have the child write a personalized message to dad.
– Set aside and let dry for 24-hours.
– Place platter in oven and bake at 300-degrees for 30 minutes.
– Remove and let cool.
– Once cool, the platter will be ready for serving or for display.

DIY Father's Day Sharpie Mug

Sharpie Mug

This is a fun Father’s Day craft even the youngest child can make. Again, we purchased a plain white mug from a local dollar store, then we simply let our little one craft whatever inspired her. Younger children can create this adorable scribbled look and older children can create more elaborate personalized artwork — self portraits, shapes, Dad’s favorite sport — the possibilities are endless.

Supplies:
– White coffee mug
– Sharpies (any and all colors)
– Cut out letters (vinyl stickers or printed letters)
– Smock or old t-shirt if desired

DIY Sharpie Mugs from the Dollar Store

Directions:
– Prep surface of the mug by cleaning with soap and water.
– Place letters of wording in desired located and secure (tape printed letters).
– Give child sharpies and let them color as desired.
– Once complete, peel letters from the surface of the mug.
– Place mug in oven, and bake at 300-degrees for 20-30 minutes.
– Once the mug has cooled it will be ready for serving.

Father's Day Craft Ideas for Kids

Card Journal

Don’t forget to give Dad a card, but do it with this fun twist. We purchased a journal (Barnes and Noble, $15) and in lieu of a new card each year we decided to craft a place where Dad can look back at what his children have created for him each Father’s Day. There is no limit on what your child can place on the journal’s pages — hand prints, questionnaires, photos, stickers, a special letter — again, the possibilities are endless. Whether your child is three or 33, each year they can leave Dad a little something in this timeless card journal that he will be sure to love.

Supplies:
– Journal
– Crayons/Markers/Color Pencils

Personalized Father's Day Gift Ideas

Directions:
– Let child use coloring utensils to create artwork, answer questions, write a letter, etc.
– Date and label age.
– Wrap or give to Dad as is.

Happy crafting this Father’s Day!

This post was contributed by The Magnolia Mamas who are part of the Savvy Sassy Mom Product Scouts program.

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Recycled crafts teach kids about re-purposing materials

Recycled Crafts for Kids

Crafting with kids doesn’t always mean running to the craft store for new supplies. Look around your playroom for materials your children may have left behind or grab some of the kitchen packages you may normally recycle and get started. Recycled crafts are a fun way to learn about reusing materials while enjoying crafting activities with your little ones.

Looking for another simple way to craft? We loved the #PerfectPlaydate subscription box from Avery & Austin.
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Reuse paper and cardboard for these creative crafts

Moving boxes magically transform into a Collapsible Cardboard Tent, crafted by Pink Stripey Socks for Handmade Charlotte. The tent doesn’t even require power tools, and it folds up neatly when your kids are done playing with it for the day. Let them get creative with the design, and they’ll truly have their own private space for reading, writing or daydreaming.

Folded Paper Bracelets from Picklebums are a creative way to recycle your kids’ own artwork. If your children love coloring or painting, especially watercolor painting, you’re likely the proud owner of too-many-to-count colorful masterpieces. Instead of simply stashing several of the pieces of artwork in your recycling bins each week, let the kids choose the ones they want to turn into bracelets.

Michelle from MollyMoo Crafts offers an adorable way to make use of your empty toilet paper rolls. With a little imagination — and some construction paper — your craft-loving kids can turn those simple rolls into a Hula Girl and Her Mermaid BFF. You’ll find additional toilet paper roll crafts at MollyMoo if you have fun with these!

Still Playing School brings you a Triceratops Craft for Kids. Dinosaur lovers will adore this colorful craft made from items most families have in their homes — and craft bins. We eat a ton of eggs, especially during the summer when the kids are in the mood for more leisurely breakfasts, and finding uses for the egg cartons is a fun way to teach about recycling.

The DIY Cardboard Box Lap Tray from A Centsible Life is a perfect craft for summer break. Except for the cutting portion of the craft, kids can create and finish the remainder of the project on their own. Once finished, the lap tray can be used on the floor, on couches or beds and maybe even in the car for road trips, depending on the size and shape of the box you use.

Crafts from repurposed glass, plastic and other materials

Crayon Covered Jars from Donna Herron at Perl3Agony are a clever way to use your jars instead of tossing them into the recycling bin. The jars can be a pen and pencil holder, a colorful vase for the flowers you’re growing this summer or even as a container for craft supplies like pom-pons. We love the way she works around jars whose labels simply won’t be removed.

Floral and Feather has a simple method for using things you have in your home to make a Bird Feeder. The wonderful thing about making a bird feeder with your little ones is the excitement they’ll get from seeing it in use. Young children will love watching the birds discover their new treat, and older kids may be interested in identifying the types of birds hanging out in your backyard.

Simply Kelly Designs knows not all fun crafts need to take an entire afternoon. Her Recycled Bottle Cap Magnets can be completed in fifteen minutes — not including drying time. They’re simple enough that kids can work on them in that sometimes stressful window of time when you really need to make dinner but your kids are suddenly bored with every toy they own.

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