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Easy Homemade Play Town

February 27, 2015 in All Posts, First Grade, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Art, Kindergarten Craft, Preschool, Preschool Art, Preschool Craft, Sponsored Posts

Glitter, upcycling, and independent play:  these are a few of my favorite things. When we received a box brimming with Glitter Glue, Painters Markers, School Glue and Glue Sticks from Elmer’s last weekend, I knew EXACTLY what we would do – get our craft on and create a homemade play town with items straight from […]

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Love Candy Mosaic Art

October 20, 2013 in All Posts, CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.

This week (with Halloween around the corner), I’m loving Candy Mosaic Art, like the celebrity portraits made by local San Francisco artist Jason Mecier, who is famous for making these intricate works from candy. Some of his candy portraits take 50 hours or more and Mecier also uses trash as his medium, often from the […]

Christmas Coaster Craft

December 21, 2012 in All Posts, Celebrate, Christmas, DIY, Kindergarten, Kindergarten Art, Preschool, Preschool Art, Toddler Activities, Toddler Art

Hey y’all! (No, I am not from Texas, but that’s the kind of mood I’m in today). Just wanted to share that we have an activity doing double duty as a holiday gift and DIY craft over at Kids Activities Blog that you will definitely want to check out – especially if you are tapped […]

{Play} Segmented Coffee Sleeve Snake & Paper Roll Puffy Caterpillar

March 14, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

I’m what you might call an upcycling hoarder.  I can’t throw out anything that might have a second – or third or fourth – life.  If it can be repurposed, it will be stored.  Somewhere.  Regardless whether we have room for it.  I’m always glad when I pick through my stash to find something I […]

{Play} Tinkerlab Challenge | Paper Bag Fan

February 5, 2012 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

You’ve probably seen some of the fun challenges put on by Rachelle over at Tinkerlab. If you haven’t, check them out here.  For her latest Creative Challenge – Paper Bags – we made a Paper Bag Fan! Materials paper bags anything to decorate your bags:  markers, paint, pencils, or glue + gems/feathers/any small objects a round […]

{Live} New Year, New Look, New Link Party, New Giveaway!

January 3, 2012 in All Posts, Giveaways

My new header and buttons are up! Thanks so much to Thanh of Thanh Design for the fabulous blog styling!  If you’ve been featured on the blog, please feel free to grab one of these lovely buttons (grab the code here): {Play}                          {Bake}     […]

{Celebrate} Homemade For The Holidays | Recycled Paper Ornaments

December 6, 2011 in All Posts, Celebrate, Play, Toddler Activities

We get so many holiday catalogs this time of year and I have so many back issues of every fashion magazine known to woman, we decided that turning the piles of paper sitting in our recycling bin into ornaments would be the perfect Sunday afternoon mother-daughter activity.  And it was! We were inspired by Aleacia […]

{Play} Thanksgiving Turkey Mask From Recycled Materials

November 14, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

We have the biggest recycling heap.  It’s not exactly something we should be proud of since even though the materials aren’t ending up in the trash, it means we are consuming and wasting a lot.  Here’s how we give some of our waste a second life:  animal masks!  This Thanksgiving turkey mask is so easy […]

{Play} 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge | Days 1 through 8

November 10, 2011 in All Posts, Play, Toddler Activities

If you aren’t already playing along, Jamie at hands on : as we grow and Anna at The Imagination Tree are co-hosting the 30 Days to Hands on Play Challenge:  thirty days of hands on play prompts for you and your children. Here’s what we’ve been doing over the last week: Day 1 – Develop A Mission Statement We […]

CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT. This Week: Love Turning Violence Into Beauty

October 12, 2011 in All Posts, CRAVE IT. COVET. LOVE IT.

This week I’m loving the idea of turning violence into beauty, like the way designer Ellen Miller of Botticelli’s Niece has designed these brass flake necklaces from spent bullet casings: Isn’t this a much better use for bullets?  Maybe I don’t look like or technically qualify as a hippie, but I do believe we should […]