How I Finally Learned How to Use my DSLR Camera

How I Finally Learned How to Use My DSLR Camera!

I’ve had my DSLR camera—a Canon Rebel t2i—for years now and, until a few days ago, I used it like a glorified point and shoot. This is an embarrassing confession for me to make, both considering that photography is a big part of my blogging and um, considering I took photography in college (and never… 

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Autumn Leaves Painting

Autumn Leaves Painting

We try to change out the front door stained glass artwork with the seasons—always keeping it fresh and seasonal. So last week, we made an Autumn leaves painting and hung it in place of the spring/summer artwork that had been up for months. We’re not surrounded by Autumn leaves outside yet but there are a… 

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DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray

DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray

I’ve had the idea to create a mini zen rock garden for a while now—you know, the kind where you rake the sand into patterns around strategically placed rocks? For rocks, though, I wanted to use melted crayon rocks for a pop of color—shiny, colorful treasures amidst the sand. I don’t know much about zen… 

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A DIY Fishing Game for Kids

A DIY Fishing Game and Pretend Play with Fort Magic (+GIVEAWAY!)

The Fort Magic kit and pretend play go hand in hand in our household. We usually build something—a submarine, airplane, fort, igloo—that then encourages all kinds of imaginative play over the next few days. This time the kids started with a pretend play idea (a diy fishing game ) and decided to make something with the… 

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Shadow Tracing Art for Kids with Grape Sculptures and Imagination

Shadow Tracing with Grape Sculptures

We combined two of our favorite simple art activities this summer :: kids’ shadow art and grape sculptures. This is one of the many activities from this summer that I shared on Instagram briefly but didn’t get around to writing a blog post about. Perhaps now that school has started back up, I’ll have more time to… 

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10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids - easy and fun

10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids

Celebrate Autumn in all its glory with leaf crafts for kids! We all like to create with the seasonal colors and images around us, and what better way to create this fall than with Autumn leaves? Some of these leaf crafts use the leaves as is, straight off the tree or, more likely, ground. (See… 

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DIY Fall Garlands to Make with Kids

14 Great DIY Fall Garlands

You know how much we love our seasonal arts and crafts around here, right? Despite a few years there at the beginning when I thought that children’s art needed to be pure and sacred and completely untainted by holiday crafts and decorations, I’ve long since dived wholeheartedly into the fun of seasonal and fall crafting…. 

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Drawing Faces with Kids - plus a free printable guide to drawing the human face

Drawing Faces for Kids (plus a FREE printable guide)

We’ve been drawing a lot of faces around here. Self portraits in the traditional style as well as body tracing self portraits and collage self portraits. Drawing faces remains one of our family’s favorite ways to express our creativity. And not just our family. The human face is one of the subjects that many children draw repeatedly over the… 

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The Best Kids Science Experiments to Try at Home

The Best Kids Science Experiments to Try at Home

I started writing this yesterday with the idea of sharing the best kids science experiments to do at home. For you, of course. But also partly as a reminder for myself since Maia has a birthday coming up and has requested a Mad Scientist party with lots of fun science experiments. Basically these are our favorites… 

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Our Favorite Kids Art Supplies from Stubby Pencil Studio

My Favorite Stubby Pencil Studio Kids Art Supplies

As you know, I buy our art supplies from a variety of places, both locally and online. One place I return to again and again is Stubby Pencil Studio, for the quality of the art supplies offered and because of the eco-friendly focus. I’ve also worked with Kate, Stubby Pencil’s owner, as a blog sponsor… 

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While She Naps Podcast Episode 28 on Kids Arts and Crafts

On the While She Naps Podcast

As I mentioned briefly in my blog post about our Folly Beach trip, I participated in my first podcast during our vacation. There was some drama about how it would work when the internet went out island-wide, but luckily it was back up just in time! The podcast is While She Naps with Abby Glassenberg and… 

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