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  • Friday, September 29, 2017 8:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tired of the same old smiling jack-o-lantern faces? Want to spice up your family's annual pumpkin carving experience? Why not bring out your power drill? The kids will certainly enjoy watching as mom and dad decimate a pumpkin! Check out The Garden Glove for instructions.

    Carve a Pumpkin with a Drill

  • Friday, September 29, 2017 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    If you're looking for a spooky, but not too scary, Halloween sensory activity for your little one, look no further!  These taste-safe Giant Water Bead Eyeballs from Fun at Home with Kids fit the bill!


  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 9:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    You're certainly familiar with Mother's Day and Father's Day, but did you know there's a grandparents' day as well? There is! It's on September 10th and it presents a great opportunity for your kids to shower their doting grandparents with extra affection. 

    For the crafty families, you may want to make a keepsake craft such as this one.


  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Get your preschoolers and kindergartners ready for the new school year with an alphabet-themed book and craft.

    Found on I Heart Crafty Things


    Supplies you will need:

    • light blue cardstock paper
    • brown cardstock paper
    • green cupcake liners
    • 1-inch circle punch
      (optional)
    • small alphabet foam stickers (We used Dotty Letter Foam Stickers that we received from Craftprojectideas.com. They can be found, along with several other varieties of alphabet stickers, at your local Walmart in the crafts section.)
    • scissors
    • glue


  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 9:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Peanut Butter Cookie Day is on June 12th.  Get your kids involved in baking a special treat!



    Best Ever Soft Peanut Butter Cookies


    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook Time: 24 minutes

    Total Time: 40 minutes

    Yield: 30

    Serving Size: 1 cookie


    Ingredients

    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter
    • ½ cup butter, softened
    • ½ cup granulated sugar
    • ½ cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 large egg
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
    • 1 and ½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • ¼ teaspoon salt

    Directions

    Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line 2 baking pans with parchment paper, if desired.

    In a large mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter, butter, sugar and brown sugar. Beat together until smooth & creamy best if using a stand mixer or hand mixer.

    Add the egg and vanilla extract and continue to mix until well combined.

    In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir in the flour mixture to the butter and sugar mixture and mix until well combined.

    Using a cookie dough scooper or making the dough into 1 inch balls. Roll in white granulated sugar if you desire and place on to baking sheet.

    Using a fork, press down on each ball of dough to slightly flatten and creating a criss-cross pattern.

    Bake for 8-9 minutes. Let cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes and then transfer to a wire rack.

    These keep well for a couple of days in an airtight container.


  • Thursday, June 01, 2017 8:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Found on Glued to My Crafts blog.


    Supplies:

    * Free Template Printable {Download HERE}
    White Cardstock
    * Color Printer
    * Paint {pick a theme, a favorite color – whatever your heart desires!}
    Paper Plate
    * Paint Brush
    Baby Wipes

    Directions:

    * First download and print the free template printable on white cardstock.
    * Squirt some paint on a paper plate.
    * Paint one of your child’s hands and press it on the printable, next to the grill to create flames. Repeat if desired.
    * Add other embellishments you see fit. Then display/gift proudly!


  • Monday, May 01, 2017 8:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Fingerprint flower cardsThis project is adapted from Activity Village.

    Materials:

    • Pink and purple finger paint
    • White paper
    • Pink card
    • Scissors
    • Glue

    Directions:

    1. On the white paper, print 3 flowers in a line. 
    2. Use a purple finger print for the centre of the flower, and add pink fingerprints around the outside as petals.
    3. For the roses, dip a finger in pink paint and another in purple. Swirl the two fingers together in a spiral so the colours mix.
    4. Fold the card in half. Cut out the flowers and glue the painted strip down the front of the card.
  • Monday, May 01, 2017 8:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This project is from Blimpy Girl.  Brown Bag Frog Puppet

    Materials:

    • Paper bag
    • Printout
    • Scissors
    • Double sided tape or craft glue
    • Googly eyes (optional)
    Directions:
    1. Print out the PDF.
    2. Cut out the pieces.
    3. Allow your child to attach them to the paper bag in whatever way they want!


  • Friday, March 31, 2017 12:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This activity is adapted from Learning as we are Growing.  

    Materials

    • Washable Tempura Paints

    • Paint Brushes

    • Wipes or a wet hand towel

    • Paper

    Directions

    1. Choose colors for the flowers.
    2. Place hand prints and foot prints.
    3. Paint the stems and leaves.
  • Friday, March 31, 2017 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This activity originally appeared on the Melissa and Doug blog but has since been taken down.  You can find it, and other springtime sensory walks/ scavenger hunts on Pinterest!  I picked this one because I love the inclusion of the senses in addition to the actual spring things!

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