11 Simple Kids Activities for a Range of Ages

11 Simple Kids Activities for Mixed Ages

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! I hope you are having a lovely day filled with whatever you like to do on Thanksgiving. We are baking pies and other yummy foods in preparation for our Thanksgiving meal, watching snow fall outside, and looking forward to seeing family who are driving in today. Maia and Daphne are super…

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Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

Make Handmade Wrapping Paper with Foam Stickers

Have you tried making handmade wrapping paper with your kids? We’ve done it quite a bit, with different techniques each time, and it’s always satisfying! Plus I love that we get to be creative in the gift wrap too, whether the gift inside the package is handmade or store bought.

6 DIY Kids Art Kits to make as gifts

Kids Art Kits :: 6 DIY Gifts to Inspire Creativity

Want to encourage your children’s creativity? Give the gift of art. Bundle a few related art supplies together with an inspiring book or two and give to a young artist in your life. I’ve put together some ideas for themed kids art kits here to get you started. Or create your own based on the…

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Why we still send holiday cards in the age of facebook

Why We Still Send Holiday Cards in the Age of Facebook

Sometimes we get our holiday cards out, sometimes not. The few times we’ve had photo cards printed, I’ve been so happy and proud of myself and our family. For months! I’m not kidding. And I’m not sure why that would be the case, but it is. Partly the simple act of staging and taking a family…

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Mixed Media Flowers

How to Create Mixed Media Flowers

Remember when I shared a while back about using the Craftsy printable on drawing faces? How helpful it was? Well, we’ve been using another one of their free e-guides recently to create mixed media flowers. Creating Flowers in Mixed Media The 5 botanical illustration tutorials included are :: How to Draw a Flower in 4 Simple Steps by Antonella…

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101 Handmade Gift Ideas for Kids and Families to Make

101 Handmade Gift Ideas Kids and Families can Make

This weekend I shared some tips in my ARTletter for making handmade happen and why it’s important. (Are you subscribed? If not, you can sign up to get the good stuff here.) Today, I wanted to share some handmade gift ideas. Lots of handmade gift ideas! Gifts to make for kids; gifts to make for…

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Using and Loving Kids Pottery Wheels

Trying Out a New Pottery Wheel for Kids

We have a new pottery wheel for kids. Maia set it up yesterday along with all the pottery tools (that came with the wheel) out on a table in the studio and started throwing a vase. Daphne watched for a while with Daine and then started playing with the old pottery wheel. After a while she…

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11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make this Christmas

11 Salt Dough Ornaments Kids Can Make

Making salt dough ornaments and salt dough gifts is a holiday tradition in our family as well as many others. As we get close to the holidays and holiday crafting season, I thought I’d put together a post full of fun salt dough ornaments kids can make to inspire your family (and mine!). Enjoy! P.S. If…

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Be Yourself - Maya Angelou Quote

Be Yourself

“If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” -Maya Angelou

Playdough Pumpkin Faces - A Fun Halloween Decorating Activity for Kids

Make Awesome 3D Pumpkin Faces with Playdough and Poke-Ins

The kids and I decorated pumpkins with playdough Jack-O’-Lantern faces yesterday, inspired by the awesome Deborah Stewart of Teach Preschool (and that I shared in my post on The Best Pumpkin Decorating Ideas for Kids). Such a fun Halloween activity! EASY PUMPKIN FACES WITH PLAYDOUGH & POKE-INS MATERIALS Pumpkins Playdough (homemade or store bought) Garlic press…

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Learning How to Draw Portraits with an Online Drawing Class

How to Draw Facial Features

Remember how much we all got out of that printable on drawing faces? Well, after drawing some faces with that, I decided to take an actual class on how to draw facial features to see the techniques in action and to dive more in-depth into portrait drawing. The class is another online drawing class on Craftsy, which…

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