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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

 

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Okay moms.  Hang in there. There’s just a few more weeks of summer vacation left to go. So, if you’ve run out of ideas on how to entertain the kids, we have a few super arts and crafts from Martha Stewart that will do the trick.  Her new book, “Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids: 175 Fun Projects to Create, Build, Design, Explore, and Share” is chock full of creative ideas that will entertain kids through the ages of 3-12.
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Projects include Pipe Cleaner Pals and Paper Bag Puppets (for animal lovers), Water Fireworks and Solar System Bedroom (for little scientists), Elephant Stilts and Carpet-Tile Hopscotch (for the most energetic kiddos), and Schoolwork Scrapbooks and Cereal Box Organizers (to keep all ducks in a row).
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In true Martha form, the book is full color with detailed, photograph instructions. There is also a photo glossary of items needed for a well-stocked craft shelf and a section on basic craft skills like a simple running stitch and paper mache. She literally thinks of everything.

A few of our favorite projects? Farm animal balloons, jungle creatures made of pipe cleaners, origami for beginners and felted finger puppets. The best part is that you don’t have to be like the domestic goddess herself to pull of these crafts. The directions are easy to follow and the materials are easy to come by.

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Want to give the book a try with your kids?

One reader will receive a copy of the book along with a Martha Stewart prize pack complete with essential items you’ll need to complete many of the crafting projects in the book!

Winner will receive:

Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts For Kids Book
Martha Stewart Crafts satin paint set
Martha Stewart Crafts essentials paper pad
Martha Stewart Crafts basic brush set
Martha Stewart Crafts crafter’s clay nature starter kit
Martha Stewart Crafts craft glue.

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Father’s day is right around the corner and I have rounded up the best, most adorable crafts from around the web just for you. From hand prints (which we all know are my absolute fav) to fun crafts like golf cover sock puppets and “beer” mugs. Each and every one of these crafts are something that dad will surely love!

Father’s Day Crafts

Father's Day crafts

This watercolor hand print from Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons is precious. Her easy instructions and clear pictures make this craft super easy to recreate.

Father's Day crafts
This super simply DIY father’s day card from A Day In My LIfe uses materials you probably already have at home.

Father's Day crafts

I love these candy filled father’s day pots from Make It & Love It. You can fill them with dad’s favorite candy and he can put it on his desk at work.

Father's Day crafts
If dad is a golfer then he’ll love these adorable golf cover sock puppets from Alpha Mom.

Father's Day crafts

The tree truck printable is free from Anna & Co, just add hand prints and frame, this is such an endearing, adorable gift idea.

Editor Note: Anna & Co is now unavailable to access – we found another tree printable here

fathers day photo collage

This father’s day photo collage from Positively Splendid is taking up Pinterest by storm. I love the idea of adding what the kids love best about their dad.

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This ingenious idea from Motherhood On A Dime has me inspired to do the same thing with my kids.

father's day beer mug

This last craft if for pure fun. It is a “beer” mug from Thrifty Fun filled with foil wrapped butterscotch candies and marshmallows. Super funny.
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Check out our Awesome Father’s Day Crafts!

Do you have any great Father’s Day crafts to share?

What are you/your kids making for the special dad in your/their life/lives?

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and if you’re like me, you appreciate simple, inexpensive and thoughtful handmade gifts from your children (and expensive, lavish gifts from your husband of course). Since I am the crafty one in the family, I always help the children make something for me and their grandmother’s for Mother’s Day. In the last few years, we have created these hand print frame-able sayings. I love children’s hand prints and I incorporate them whenever possible. Hand prints are little sacred time capsules that will be cherished forever.

Here is the completed project, unframed.

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I came across this saying a few years ago, which I have come to love and adore:

“Every day I am exploring, touching everything I’ve found. I leave behind little marks and hand prints all around. You clean up those hand prints but someday when I’m grown…you’ll wish you had just one hand print to keep for your own. I made this hand print for you so that one day when I am tall you’ll remember what my hand print looked like long ago when I was small”

This craft is super easy and can be done with just a few things you more than likely all ready have at home.

mothers day materials

Materials needed:
Non Toxic Paint
Paper
This Printable  (I have created this plural printable for you that you can download and print at home. If you have one child, you can copy the above saying or change the wordage).
Glue or glue stick
Printed backing paper (for framing)
Scissors and Ruler if you need to cut down the backing paper

After you apply the paint to the child’s hands and apply their handprint to the (pre-printed with the saying) paper, let it dry. Don’t worry if the hand print is messy or doesn’t come out 100% perfect. As you can see, the baby (11 months old) got green paint on everything.
I like to add a patterned paper backing before framing. You can also get a custom mat cut if you prefer. I highly suggest you do frame it, to keep it flat and safe.

Enjoy!

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I must confess, I am not big on commercial, conventional holiday decorations. Maybe it’s the artist in me. Or maybe it’s my mother’s fault for always being so crafty and customizing each holiday in our home when we were growing up. So when I go to drugstores and see the plastic, holiday merchandise I secretly cringe. But this year I bought 100 cheap, plastic Easter Eggs, anyway, for the kids to craft with in the studio. The week before Easter, we made really cool Egg People, with pipe cleaner legs, that hang from recycled, farmer’s market strawberry baskets. It was wildly popular, but I still had a few eggs left over, most of them “broken” in half.

Feeling blue on Monday afternoon, as I often do the day after a holiday, I cleaned the studio while I ate my pizza lunch. When everything was spotless, all that remained was my pizza box and the left-over eggs to store for next year. I instantly saw a Craft Challenge before me:

Could I recycle these little, oval, fluorescent, plastic…things? And could I make it cool?

How to turn plastic Easter eggs into a piece of art…

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I glanced over at my Blaze Pizza box (have you been to Blaze? It’s AMAZING. What lucky little bugs we are to have it right near our shop!) and immediately had a flashback of the cool pizza box art at California Pizza Kitchen (yes, I eat a lot of pizza.) Pizza boxes make unique and cheap canvases and they are cardboard – my favorite art supply!

And so I set to work.

What you need for a family tree

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I pretended i was crafting with my partner Brian and came up with two different ways to use the materials. When I was done, I couldn’t believe how proud I was. Those plastic eggs actually looked amazing with their new look.

What you need to make a sky full of balloons

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I had to share the idea with all of you and give you a reason to order pizza and craft as a family. How great would four or five different egg boxes look on your wall? What else could these plastic eggs be? More importantly, how else will they inspire you to clean out that left-over holiday…stuff? Now, onto that cheap, plastic Easter Grass…

Meet our crafty guest writers

IMG_1599_editCourtney Collins is the Creative Director and Co-Owner of little junebugs She loves crafting, pizza, buttons and blogs, but she is terribly afraid of balloons.

 

 

PhotographerHeadshot_by_Yvette_RomanTanya Alexis is a calm, yoga-loving shutterbug. She is responsible for the incredible photography of Original Kids by Tanya Alexis. Together they create and capture a world of color and chaos…creatively, of course.

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Tissue Paper Sun Catcher

There’s something sweet about the Spring season that lends itself to sweet kids crafts. This tissue paper sun catcher is relatively easy to do in a perfect Spring afternoon and can be created in almost any shape imaginable. I chose a bunny shape to celebrate Easter.

Materials needed:
Colored tissue paper, (I used a pastel colored checkered piece) cut into squares
Glue
Paintbrush
Card stock
Wax Paper
Yarn, ribbon or twine
Shape stencil
Scissors

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Instructions: 

1. Mix white glue with a few drops of water in a bowl, dish or pan. I keep a few old pie pans in our crafting supplies for these kinds of crafts. If you’re crafting with small children, cover the table surface with newspaper.
2. Create your shape frame using a stencil. I found this bunny shaped basket to use. I drew an identical shape on the inside to create a shape “frame”.
3. Tape a square sheet of wax paper down to the newspaper to prevent slipping.
4. Brush a thin layer of white glue onto the wax paper.
5. Place squares of tissue paper on the glue, overlapping in the corners.
6. Brush a thin layer of white glue on top of the tissue paper squares.
7. Sandwich with another sheet of wax paper. Let dry.
8. Place your shape stencil on top of the dried wax paper, trace.
9. Cut out the shape frame. (Cut out the inside of the shape approximately 1/2″ therefore creating a bunny frame)
10. Cut out the shape in the wax paper.
11. Tape tissue paper shape onto the shape frame
12. Hang with yarn, ribbon or twine.

Here is the bunny shaped basket I used to create my “bunny frame”:

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Cutting out the tissue paper into squares was the most tedious aspect of this craft:

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My son is 6 years old and he thought this craft was BunnyAwesome:

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Once you have applied all of the tissue paper squares onto the wax paper, apply another thin layer of glue on top of them, be sure to use soft strokes so you don’t tear the wet tissue paper:

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When the tissue paper is drying, cut out your shape frame. The outside shape is what was created from the bunny basket stencil. I drew the identical inside shape. Cut along the inside and outside shape to create the shape frame. It’s ok if you mess up a few times, I certainly did.

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Trace the bunny shape onto the dried wax/tissue paper. Cut out.

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Tape the tissue paper onto the back of your shape frame:

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Hang with twine, or hang it in the window!

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Happy Easter! 

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Valentine's Photo Cards

I gave myself the task of creating the perfect kids Valentine’s Day cards recently and after stalking the internet and Pinterest I came up with these Photo Valentine’s Day cards. Anytime I can show off more pictures of my kids the better I say.

This craft is easy, all you need is some candy and some inspiration. The limits are endless and if you can get your kids into it, all the more fun.

materials

Materials Needed

  • Camera and printed 5×7 Photo’s
  • PicMonkey (or another photo editing software/site)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Heart shaped chocolates
  • Heart shaped lollipops
  • Lip shaped chocolates

“Kisses for You” Photo Valentine Card Tutorial:

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The key to this Valentine Photo Card is to get your child to cooperate. I told my 2 year old daughter to “give kisses” to the camera. So, she literally tried to kiss the camera lens, that is why her lips and chin are disproportionate in the photo (but that’s OK!).

In PicMonkey I used the “Lips” overlay within the “Sweethearts” theme and tilted the lips around her face to emphasis the “kisses for you” theme. I added “Schoolbell” font at the bottom.

I purchased a pre-made Valentine’s Day card with a set of chocolate lips attached. I removed the chocolate lips and taped it to the photograph.

Kisses Card

This is a perfect card for a set of grandparents or family friend.

“Reach for My Heart Baby” Valentine Photo Card Tutorial:

Baby Card

Since the subject of this Valentine’s Day card is just a baby, I had to take the picture without a theme in mind then choose the best picture and roll with it. That’s the key to taking babies photographs…just roll with it.

In PicMonkey I used the “Unkempt” font within the “Sweethearts” theme for the writing. I also used the “Rapture” effect that seemed to dull all of the colors except for the reds and pinks. I added a “Doodly Heart” overlay.

I purchased a bag of heart shaped chocolates, they were easy to find in the grocery store aisle. I taped the chocolate heart to appear as if the baby was reaching for it. Simple, easy and cute!

baby card

This card is perfect for anyone!

“I’ve been hit by Cupid’s Arrow” Valentine Photo Tutorial:

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While searching for inspiration for a Valentine’s Day kids craft, I came upon this Cupid’s Arrow on Pinterest and was immediately inspired to do the same, that is what makes Pinterest so great after all.

I chose to use my oldest as the subject for this theme as he knows how to follow directions. He had a lot of fun pretending he was being stabbed in the head, I guess it’s a boy thing.

I converted this picture into Black and White with PicMonkey and added “Doodly Hearts” overlay within the “Sweethearts” theme. I also added a “Labels” overlay on the bottom in which I placed “Emilys Candy” font within.

I cut small slits in the photo with a pair of sharp scissors and inserted the heart shaped lollipop. If he was going to give this Valentine away to someone, I would leave the plastic on the lollipop.

Cupid's Arrow Card

This “I’ve been hit by Cupid’s Arrow Valentine’s Day Photo Card” is perfect for anyone!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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The New Year is just around the corner and whether you and your children stay up until the stroke of midnight to ring in the new year or you celebrate at the stroke of noon instead, here is a roundup of the best crafts to celebrate bringing in 2013 with your children.

countdown bags

I love these Countdown Bags from The Idea Room. No New Year’s Eve would be complete without fun ways to count down the hours until the stroke of midnight (or noon).A bag filled with a fun activity or idea to open every hour, sounds like a blast to me and I bet the kids would love activities like “dance in the kitchen” or “make cookies”!

 

Blessings Jar

Blessings Jar from I Can Teach My Child is wonderfully sweet and thoughtful. I absolutely adore the thought of my children gathering what they are thankful and blessed for all throughout the year, then on New Years Eve sitting as a family and “counting our blessings” together.

 

balloon countdown

The Balloon Pop Countdown from Real Life, Real Estate, Real Dana is something I am positive my kids would go crazy for. You can fill the Balloon’s with notes containing fun activities like “have a confetti party” and “jump on your moms bed”.

first night hats

 

First Night Hats from Spoonful While you’re waiting for the New Year, you can help your kids make these adorable and festive. Let your children’s imagination run wild as they create and decorate their own special hats to wear!

 

confetti box

 

Once the magic hour sets, it’s time to celebrate! These Matchbox Confetti Boxes from Homework Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired may be messy but will certainly bring loads of treasured memories for your children. You can make a bunch to throw at the stroke of midnight or you can do one each hour as a countdown; the amount of confetti mess is up to you!

 

noisemakers

 

Noisy NoiseMakers from Alphamom are the perfect way to ring in the New Year. Made of empty raisin boxes, your kids will have a blast making them!

I’m looking forward to the New Year and whatever 2013 holds. Happy New Year Savvy Sassy Moms!

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Creativity For Kids Twitter party!

Wednesday, September 7th at 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST
Hostess:  @momtrends  Co-Hostess: @savvysassymoms

Follow @Creativity4Kids

Hashtag #Creativity4Kids

Creativity For Kids provides the absolute best quality children’s creative activity products. Founded by two moms in 1976, their Mission is to provide children with experiences that stimulate and encourage their natural creativity. Visit the site to check out all their items including award winning products like ShrinkyDink Fairy Garden, Money Monster Banks, Recycled Cardboard Dollhouse and more!

Durting the party we will discuss how spending quality Family Time together is SO important.  It’s not just about doing an art project together it’s about building relationsships with your children, opening up the lines of  communication, and helps develops positive values.  We’ll also discuss and ask for tips on how you keep those kids busy during the rainy or snowy days during the fall and winter months ahead!

Keep up with Creativity For Kids!

Follow them on Facebook , Twitter  and check out their Blog

Twitter party PRIZES

• Five (5) prize packs will each include a $100 Visa Cash Card for “Family Fun Night” + 2 kits

1.  Monster Trucks Custom Shop & Wind Up Workshop Robots
2.  Recycled Cardboard Zoo and Sparkling 3D Paint Activity Kit
3.  Cool Metallics Pictures & Designs, Travel Doodle & Do Coloring & ARTivity Book, Fun on the Farm Coloring & Artivity Books
4.  Create Your Own 3 Bitty Books & Create Your Own Pop-Up Books
5.  Shrinky Dinks Gear & The Complete Tie Dye Kit

 

Rules 

Must be RSVP’d with your Twitter handle on the form below
Must Be a US or Canadian resident to win.
Must answer questions by tweeting with the hashtag #creativityforkids
All winners will be sent a direct Message after the party to coordinate prizing


 

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