Make Your Own Zen Garden

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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Figure Drawing with Kids using an online drawing class

Giving (Free) Online Drawing Classes a Try

My kids and I have been trying something new in drawing instruction recently—online drawing classes. We’re giving Craftsy classes a try and I’ve been surprised at how helpful and inspiring we’ve found them.

Marbled Paper Plate Butterflies

A Marbled Paper Plate Butterfly Craft

We are big fans of butterflies here—both the real deal and the hand crafted. We raise butterflies from chrysalis to ready-to-fly with this butterfly kit (so exciting to watch the transformation up close!), we are in butterfly siting mode all summer long (and keep butterflies in mind when choosing what to plant in our garden),… 

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11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

11 Fun Patriotic Art Projects for Kids

July 4th is almost here and since we like to celebrate any and all holidays with creative projects as much as anything else (yummy food! fireworks!), I thought I’d share some ideas for kid-friendly patriotic art projects. Some of these we’ve done ourselves, many of these brilliant ideas are from other blogs. First, of all, you… 

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DIY Backyard Playhouse to Paint and Play In

Building a DIY Backyard Playhouse with Fort Magic

The other day, when Maia and Daphne were off adventuring with friends and I had a rare few hours of kid-free time to myself, I cleaned the house from top to bottom I played with their toys. The Fort Magic kit, specifically. I put together a DIY backyard playhouse all by myself and enjoyed every… 

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Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

Shaving Cream Marbling with Liquid Watercolors

We LOVE shaving cream marbling. Love it. Love any marbling, really, but shaving cream marbling is especially fun (it involves shaving cream, after all) as well as beautiful (the colors are just so vibrant). We’ve done shaving cream marbling so many times over the years, both on our own and with friends, for no special… 

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The Artful Year eBooks

Big News About The Artful Year

I have some fun news to share with you about The Artful Year eBooks! They are going to be turned into a “real” book on paper. Some of you have been asking about this for some time and now it’s going to be a reality. My publisher, Roost Books, who did such a lovely job… 

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Water Balloon Painting in the Swimming Pool

Water Balloon Painting in the Pool

I have a super fun post waiting for you over at my friend Zina’s site, Let’s Lasso the Moon. It’s about water balloon painting in the swimming pool! Sounds a bit far fetched perhaps? It actually works really well! And it was oh, so exciting for the kids.

Make Your Own Minions - fun craft for kids!

Easy Minion Crafts for Kids (for Despicable Me Fans)

Our house is being overrun by minions. Remember when Maia said that Despicable Me was one of her favorite movies (during her very official interview)? Well, she was especially taken by the minions. The other day, when her friend Isaac was over, they were both in “make” mode and searched through the box of milk… 

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Hello Summer

What I Love About Summer with Kids

Well hello, Summer! And welcome. Yesterday pretty much epitomized what I love about summer, so I thought I’d share… Note: I’m trying something new and embedding a few of my Instagram photos, thanks to a tip from my friend Tiffany at Peanut Blossom. What I Love about Summer with Kids 1. Starting the day slowly,… 

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Keep kids art supplies handy and organized with art caddies and holders. Love these!

Whats in Our Kids Wooden Art Supply Caddy

What do a kids’ wooden art supply caddy and a wall mounted iPad holder have in common? Not much, you say? Well, I have been coveting both of these useful items for years now and finally asked my woodworker friend Doug to make them for me. And both handy-dandy organization devices are now fully integrated… 

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