DIY Apple Bunting

DIY Apple Bunting

I’ve been wanting to make an apple bunting with my kids ever since I saw this simple stamped apple garland on Multiples & More.

Where she used burlap, though, I decided to try creating the bunting on the pages of an old book for the interesting contrast between the red apple prints and the black-and-white text.

It worked beautifully!

Not only were the apple prints fun for the kids to make, of course, but the finished bunting adds a lovely note of Autumn to our living room.

Here are the instructions for this easy DIY apple bunting ::… 

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The Best Kids Board Games and Card Games

The Best Games for Kids

I come from a game-playing family.

Playing board games, card games, and any other fun games are ways to connect with other people in a lighthearted way while also developing critical thinking skills such as memory, strategy, literacy, arithmetic, visual patterns, and more.

Besides, who doesn’t love playing games? I love games. I think all kids love games. When I go visit my 87 year old Grandma, she loves playing games.

Games are just plain fun.

The Best Kids Board Games and Card Games

These are some of the best kids board games and card games with recommendations by age—toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. A great list of our favorite family games!… 

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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 really knew what I was doing).

I can’t tell you how excited and relieved I am to finally learn how to use my DSLR camera properly (or at least start to!) and take it off auto. While a photography class has been on my list for, oh, years now, fitting it in around my other responsibilities and the family schedule just didn’t happen.

Until I decided to try an online photography class called Family Photography.… 

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Autumn Leaves Painting

Autumn Leaves Painting with Kids

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 few, and there’s a nip in the air at night. Fall is definitely here and we were ready to make a new welcome to our house artwork.

Here’s how we made it:


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DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray

Make Your Own Zen Garden

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 gardens beyond that I like them so don’t know if this would be considered sacrilegious or something.

But it is pretty. And a wonderful sensory and visual experience.

DIY Zen Garden Sand Tray


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

A DIY Fishing Game with a Fort Magic Canoe

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 Fort Magic kit to go with it.

Note :: Check out the Fort Magic giveaway at the end of this post for a chance to win one of your own.

It all started when Maia and Daphne were sitting on top of the washer “fishing” with a piece of yarn…. 

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Shadow Tracing with Grape Sculptures

Shadow Tracing Art for Kids

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 write up some of the others as well.

Or maybe we should just all go camp out on Instagram and share our creative ideas there via photos and a sentence or two and skip the whole blog writing thing…

Just kidding.

Sort of…. 

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10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids

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 numbers 2, 8, 9 and 10 below.)

Some of them require leaves that have been pressed and dried first. So before we dive into this list of leaf crafts for kids, here are a few methods for preserving your leaves:

5 Ways to Preserve Fall Leaves for Crafting

Okay, now that you have some leaves pressed or preserved, it’s time to dive into the list of leaf crafts!

10 Autumn Leaf Crafts for Kids


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14 Great DIY Fall Garlands

Easy Fall Garlands to Make with KidsYou 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.

And autumn leaf arts and crafts? My goodness. I love, love, love my Autumn leaf crafting!

I’ve started pressing a few of the first fall leaves and looking through a few of my autumn craft posts over the last few days, getting in the mood for fall.

As I’ve done so, I’ve noticed quite a few fall garlands in the mix and decided to pull them together into a round up post of leaf garlands, Halloween buntings, and Thanksgiving banners. Some of these are from The Artful Parent, some from other blogs.

I hope you find some inspiration here as you and your family start your own fall crafting and decorating.

Easy Fall Garlands To Make

Fall Leaf Garlands :: 7 Ideas


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