Making a Contact Paper Suncatcher with Flower Petals

Contact Paper Suncatcher in a Wood Frame

Earlier this week I came across a wall of decorative wooden frames at Michael’s and immediately thought of using one for a contact paper suncatcher. Sort of like a permanent window display for a changing display of suncatcher art over time. Can’t you see it? A flower petal suncatcher one month and a colored tissue…

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The Easy Way to Make Your Own Scratch Art Paper with Kids

DIY Scratch Art the Easy Way

I’ve always known you could make your own scratch art but for some reason thought it would be too much work and kept buying premade scratch art paper. But we finally did it ourselves and it was so easy! And fun. I wish we had tried this years ago. Here’s how we did it…

Taking Online Art Classes with My Kids

Taking Online Art Classes with My Kids

You all know that I’ve been taking a variety of online art classes with my kids through Craftsy. What I didn’t realize until I looked back through the last half year or so is just how many we have taken. So, I thought I’d do a round up of my Craftsy classes and collect them all…

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Double Doodle Drawing to Activate Both Sides of the Brain

Double Doodle Art

I was first introduced to the concept of double doodle art years ago by Maya Donenfeld of Maya*Made. She wrote about a mesmerizing drawing exercise her daughter learned at school from an art teacher. We gave it a try, loved it, and have been doing it ourselves ever since. (Thank you, Maya! Thank you, art teacher!)…

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Gravity Art - A STEAM Art Activity for Kids

Gravity Painting :: A STEAM Art Project for Kids

Post by Jamie Hand Combine science and art to demonstrate the force of gravity in a fun art project for kids. This STEAM-filled activity will have your child thinking creatively and becoming a problem solver. What is STEAM?   STEAM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Hand Made Kids Art believes…

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Rescuing Family Dinner with a Cooking Kit for Kids

A Cooking Kit for Kids by Raddish

Do you cook with your kids? Cooking is an important life skill for children to learn but also just wonderfully fun. In fact, I could go on and on about the benefits of cooking with kids! (And I have here as well as in both of my books.) And yet, despite knowing and believing that, I’ve…

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Useful Gifts for Kids

Useful Gifts for Kids

I’ve praised Imagine Childhood to the moon and back for their quality toys and tools for kids. Some of our very favorite things come from this special shop (you can read about them here and here and here). So when they asked me to write a post for them, I said of course. I decided to…

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Arts and Crafts for the Childrens Garden

15+ Nature and Garden Crafts for Kids

I get so excited this time of year. It’s time to start gardening! And along with planting flowers and vegetables and reading gardening books, we like to turn our creative energy toward the garden and our outdoor living spaces. We make garden wish flags, bean pole teepees, stepping stones, weatherproof garlands, and other garden crafts and…

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Spring Crafts for Kids and Families

12 Spring Craft Ideas for Kids

Spring is my favorite season. In response to an interview question recently over on Picklebums, I said, The calendar year might start January 1st, but to me the new year starts best in spring! Fresh shoots poking up out of the earth, new growth on old shrubs and trees, baby animals and birds, the return…

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Dreamland Fairy House Kit and Book

Dreamland Fairy House Kits :: A Review

Last week I shared some special fairy houses we had made from cardboard boxes. The kids have been playing with the houses and their flower fairy dolls quite a bit both inside and out. (Until we left the cardboard houses out in the rain anyway. Oops!) The fairy house that I’m writing about today is special too,…

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DIY Fairy Houses from Cardboard Boxes

DIY Fairy Houses from Cardboard Boxes

We love a good cardboard box. My kids especially. (I’ll bet your kids are the same way.) There is a competition between the two to call dibs on each new cardboard box that comes into our house. They like them as is, and turn them into just about anything with just their imagination. Sometimes, though, we…

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