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20 Easter Crafts for Kids

Looking for something fun to do with the kids this Easter? We have compiled 20 fun and easy activities to try with your kids from some amazing bloggers! Check out 20 Easter crafts for kids of all ages! You’ll find something here for everyone.

Simply click the link below each picture for directions.

Peeps Edible Puffy Paint

Brought to you by Messy Little Monster, this edible puffy-paint craft is a fun activity all kids are sure to love!

Homemade Easter Egg Bath Bombs

Make these Easter egg bath bombs using plastic Easter eggs as molds. Check out this post from Mom Foodie for ingredients and directions.

Clothing Peg Easter Bunnies

Brought to you by Emma Owl, here is a fun clothes-pin Easter bunny craft! And what a cute addition to a flower arrangement!

Spring Butterfly Craft for Kids

Here is a fun butterfly activity from The Savvy Mama Lifestyle.

Easter Bunny Pom Pom Craft

Check out this adorable little pom pom Easter bunny from Moms Who Save. Included in the link is a free printable!

Paper Plate Easter Sewing Craft

What an easy and fun sewing craft for children from Red Ted Art! This craft can even help build fine motor skills! Mom win!

Easy Paper Bunny Bookmark Corner

Also from Red Ted Art, here is the cutest little bunny bookmark that I ever did see!

Easy Peeps Play Dough Recipe

Who doesn’t love play dough? And play dough made of peeps? Even better. Check out this fun recipe from Conserva Mom!

Yarn Crafts for Kids

From Natural Beach Living, here is a fun and easy Easter craft made with yarn.

Easter Egg Potato Stamp Activity

Also from Natural Beach Living, this Easter egg potato stamp activity is fun and unique.

How To Make Skittles Paints

Make water color paint with Skittles by checking out this activity from Crayons and Cravings. You will also find a free Easter egg printable!

Cardboard Tube Bunny Rabbit Family

Here is an adorable bunny rabbit craft using toilet paper rolls, brought to you from Crafts By Amanda.

Easter Egg Sun Catcher

Also from Crafts By Amanda, you can make a sun catcher with tissue paper and contact paper.

Easter Chick Handprint Craft

Here is a cute activity from Mom vs The Boys which is fun for the kiddos and an easy way to remember just how tiny those little hands once were.

Upcycled Easter Crayon Shapes

Make new and colorful crayons with your old, used crayons with this activity from Simplify Create Inspire! This link includes a free Easter card printable as well.

Paper Plate Easter Bunny Craft

This Easter bunny craft from The Best Ideas for Kids is super easy and super cute!

Fluffy Chick Craft For Kids

Check out this cute pom-pom chick craft from Simple Everyday Mom. Click the link above for directions and to access a free printable template.

Easy Bunny Craft

Here is a fun Easter bunny craft made by rolling marbles through paint!

Footprint Easter Bunny Card

How adorable is this Easter card idea from Messy Little Monster? Document your cutie’s foot print and send a card at the same time.


Handprint Easter Bunny

This is another cute card idea for the little ones from Emma Owl.

We hope these activities will make your Easter even more fun and special! Enjoy!

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Alternative Valentine’s Day Ideas for Parents

Anyone feeling a little down because they don’t think they did enough this Valentine’s Day? 

Don’t feel bad!

With Valentine’s Day can come a pressure to do something special for our significant other or for our kids. Where does this pressure come from? Well, even the Encyclopedia Britannica defines Valentine’s Day as “when lovers express their affection with greetings and gifts.” Not only this, but the Encyclopedia states that “formal messages, or valentines, appeared in the 1500s, and by the late 1700s commercially printed cards were being used.” Wow! Just based on the extensive history, we have a lot of pressure coming at us.

Then we also have to listen to what “they say!” On social media, or even in just talking with friends, we see all of the different things others are doing and it can leave us feeling pretty lousy, especially if we feel we can’t compete.  

Well, why don’t we go ahead and take this pressure off of ourselves? After all, there are so many alternatives to flowers, cards, candy, and gifts which can be even more meaningful and fulfilling! 

Here are some alternative Valentine’s Day ideas for parents which will save you money and still leave those around you feeling appreciated. 

Instead of buying a gift or jewelry, save money.

Yes, you read that right. We personally don’t buy many gifts on Valentine’s Day. We typically buy what we need or we save.

One idea is to put that money into savings. You could use it for a future trip. Maybe there is place you and your significant other, or even your entire family, has been dying to visit. Maybe it’s too expensive to book now. Put that money you would have spent on overpriced flowers and gifts into an account, or a storage box, and actually take that trip one day.

Another idea is to put that money into a savings account for the kids. We try to save now for what our children will need in the future. We want to buy them cars. They also may decide to go to college. Helping them buy a car one day or helping them pay for college will likely mean way more than chocolates or stuffed animals now.

Last, it can be hard to find a sitter on Valentine’s Day. Restaurants may have limited menus or require reservations many days in advance. So, it might be easier to enjoy a night out when things are less busy. Besides, why only celebrate love or give affection on one day? We should celebrate the entire year!

Instead of buying a card, write in a journal.

We have a journal, and my husband and I write a note to each other in this journal on every Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and birthday. We do this in lieu of buying a card. I love this idea, because we can involve the kids. Even in the early notes to each other, we have traced the children’s hands in the book. We have had them do a little drawing (even just scribbles) that we can look back on one day and enjoy.

Another journaling idea came from my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group. This group of mamas is so inspirational and I loved this idea. Last year, I gave my husband a journal titled, “365 things I love about you.” Starting on Valentine’s day the year prior, I wrote one unique thing I loved about him each day. The following Valentine’s day, this was his gift. He could then read 365 different reasons I loved him. This is such a meaningful gift and it costs little to nothing.

Instead of buying flowers, plant something together.

Flowers can be quite expensive on Valentine’s Day and they honestly don’t last very long. Instead of buying flowers, plant a flower or tree together as a family. You can involve the kids and you will always remember the time you planted it. Too cold? Plant an inside herb garden or an indoor plant to enjoy all year round.

Instead of buying a gift for the kids, find an activity to do together as a family.

Check out our last post, 10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids That Won’t Break the Bank, for lots of fun ideas!

Instead of going out on a date, have a date night at home.

If you can’t go out, have a date night at home after the kids go to bed. Watch a movie you have been waiting to watch. Have a wine and cheese tasting together. Cook together and have a late-night dinner. Spend time doing anything that makes you happy. Instead of going out to dinner, still treat yourselves to not having to cook by ordering your favorite take out.

Or, include the kids in your plan. It might even make the night more special. You can have a movie night with popcorn and treats, exchange hand-made Valentine’s, cook a nice meal together, the options are endless.

Instead of buying chocolate, make something sweet.

You can make chocolate fondue and dip fruits and marshmallows, or bake something fun with the kids. These strawberry rice krispies treats are delicious and super easy to make! You can have extra fun by cutting them into hearts and decorating them. 

Simply grab a box of Strawberry Krispies and make Rice Krispies Treats using this recipe. All you need is 3 tbsp. butter, 4 cups mini marshmallows, and 6 cups cereal.

The bottom line is, it’s not a requirement to surprise each other now. Instead, make an effort to surprise each other or show love multiple times throughout the year—on any  day. It doesn’t have to be the 14th and it doesn’t have to be once a year. I don’t think it will hurt if we miss one day, in fact, maybe the extra love throughout the year could make a relationship or marriage stronger.

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10 Valentine’s Day Activities for Kids That Won’t Break the Bank

Have you heard them say Valentine’s Day is just a “commercial holiday,” a “money-making scheme,” or —my favorite— that it’s “just an excuse to eat chocolate?”

As unbelievable as it sounds, according to this article from the National Retail Federation (NRF), Americans were expected to spend 19.6 billion dollars on Valentine’s Day last year, which was up from the 18.2 billion spent in 2017.

This may be one of the reasons why some people love Valentine’s day and why some people hate it. 

Still, no matter how we feel about this holiday as parents, no matter what “they say” about it, kids seem to love it. No matter the purpose behind the day, I love it, because it gives us an extra reason to focus on showing our children how much we love them. I don’t think that could ever be a bad thing.

We can show our kids love by hugs, kisses, and by just being in the moment with them. Honestly, these three things alone would make for a fantastic day!

For those of you looking for a new activity or for a little something extra this year, here is a list of 10 Valentine’s Day activities that won’t break the bank.

1. Cover your kids’ doors with the things you love about them.

My favorite activity leading up to Valentine’s Day was shared by my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group. Side note: I absolutely love this wonderful group of women! There is nothing better than connecting with other mamas who “get it.”

The idea: Starting the morning of February 1st and ending on Valentine’s day, cut out a heart and write down one thing you love about your child. You can write about something they do well. You can write about a quality they possess. You can write about something they did which made you proud that day… anything!

Here are some examples: 

You are such a great big brother (or sister).

You are such a big helper. I loved how you helped clean up the table last night.

You are a wonderful artist.

You are honest.

You are loving.

Your smile lights up a room.

Each night, we taped the heart on the outside of the kids’ doors. Every morning, my kids were so excited to look at their door and see what we wrote about them. By the time Valentine’s Day comes around, they will have 14 hearts on their door. They didn’t want to take them down.

2. Make a mess with bath paints. 

Pull out some Valentine’s Day inspired bath paint colors and let the kids go crazy. They can paint hearts all over the tub and make the bathtub a fun color.

3. Have an extra special breakfast or lunch. 

For breakfast, try to make pancakes in the shape of a heart. I don’t know about you, but the keyword for me here is try. The kids love it no matter what, especially if the pancake is covered in strawberries, whipped cream, and maybe even a hint of chocolate syrup! For lunch, cut their sandwich into a heart with a heart cookie cutter.

4. Have some fun with pink slime.

Elmer’s has a great recipe for making slime. Click here to see the full instructions.

All you need is:

5 oz Elmer’s Color Glue or Glitter Glue

½ tbsp Baking Soda

1 tbsp contact lens solution

5. Help the kids decorate their room or the house. 

Cut out some hearts or use heart doilies. Add stamps, stickers, or color. The kids can tape them up or hang them from a banner to display. 

Here is a fun craft gift set full of stickers and doilies, or simply use construction paper and any Valentine’s inspired stickers you can find.

6. Use a heart-themed craft kit.

Decorate your own wooden heart or make wooden heart necklaces with these fun kits.

7. Make heart jewelry with Shrinky Dinks. 

My kids love Shrinky Dinks. They can color the designs on the special paper. Then, we bake them in the oven. The drawings shrink up and become hard, like plastic. It is pretty cool to watch. This particular kit makes heart jewelry.

8. Make a heart bird feeder.

Don’t the animals deserve a little kindness too on Valentine’s Day? Have the kids string Cheerios onto a pipe cleaner and shape it like a heart. They can choose a place to hang it outside for the birds to enjoy. My children made these in MOPS kids as well. They were so excited to hang them up when they returned home. 

9. Create heartfelt valentines for each family member.

Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be the same without Valentines, so make cards for each other and exchange them. Everyone can write or draw something they love about each family member. You can even throw in a nice conversation starter while you work: Talk about how important it is to show each other love and kindness—not just on Valentine’s Day—but every day.

10. If Valentine’s day is about showing each other how much we love and care, then what a great time to talk about being kind to others!

Valentine’s Day is a great day to talk about kindness. Words and Your Heart, by Kate Jane Neal, is a great book about how powerful our words can be. Words can make people feel better or they can make people hurt. My five-year-old was able to grasp this book, and it can be used for older children as well.

Reading a book about kindness can be a fun way to start a discussion. Here are some examples of questions to get the kids thinking about this topic:

How we can show each other we care, not just on Valentine’s Day, but anytime?

How can our words make others feel good? How can our words make others feel bad? Brainstorm examples.

This particular book does a nice job of talking about how our words can make each other happy or sad, and how our words can either encourage and build each other up, or just the opposite. 

Another fun book which has underlying concepts of kindness, sharing, and giving is The Rainbow Fish, by Marcus Pfister.

I hope this list will make your Valentine’s Day extra special this year! But remember, it is not about the number of activities you provide, how much money you spend, or the gifts that you give. It’s about love. If our kiddos know they are loved, then I’d say we are winning!

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6 Keepsake Ornament Ideas

Baby’s Hospital Hat and Bracelet Ornament

These are our favorite ornaments. What a great way to save the hospital baby hat and hospital bracelets. Every year I decorate the tree I am reminded of the most special days of my life, the births of my three babies.

To make this ornament, simply place the baby hospital hat and mom and baby’s hospital bracelets into a clear ornament. We chose plastic, so we didn’t have to worry about it breaking.

Here is a clear plastic ornament which is four inches across. In this ornament, the opening is in the top, so we had to roll the items up tight to stuff them in. You may prefer an ornament which opens at the center such as this one. This option is a little smaller at about three inches across. To finish it off, we added our favorite ribbon to the top.

Snowmen Ornament

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For this craft, we bought a plain red ornament. I painted my daughter’s hand with non-toxic white paint (we used Crayola Washable Paint) and had her grab the bottom of the ornament like she was grabbing a ball. Each of the snowmen are her little fingers. We could not get her thumb to look like a snowman, so we kind of blotted it into the bottom a little to make it look like snow. I just used her hand to blot, but you could use a sponge.

We used sharpie markers to make the snowmen features and also to write the date and child’s name on the bottom.

Then, we printed the following saying to tie onto the top:

“These aren’t just 4 fingers as anyone can see. They’re 4 little snowmen that I made with part of me. Now each year when you trim the tree, you’ll look back and recall, Christmas 2018 when my hand was just this small.”

Here is a link to the article we used for instructions: littybitfunky.com

Wedding Invitation Ornament

wedding keepsake ornament

This ornament was inspired by a gift from a friend on the Christmas following our wedding. We cherish this ornament and have since started making them for friends and family. I prefer using a plastic ornament which does not open at the center, such as these. This way, it won’t break open.

  1. Cut the invitation up into long strips. I usually throw out the solid parts and keep any sections which include words or decorations.
  2. Wrap the long pieces around a pencil tightly, so they form a spiral. I try to wrap it moving down the pencil a bit rather than overlapping it in one single spot. When you let go, they should keep the spiral shape you see in the photo above.
  3. Slide each spiral into the ornament and shake it around.
  4. Add your favorite bow to the top.

Here is a link with more detailed instructions: Sarasfavoritethings.com

Salt Dough Ornaments

salt dough ornaments

Salt dough ornaments are so fun to make. The kids love it, because they can play with the dough just like play dough.

First, make your salt dough. Mix:

2 cups flour

1 cup salt

1 cup water

Once you make your creations, poke a hole at the top with a straw for hanging on the tree. Then, bake at 200 degrees for 3 hours. You want to be sure the ornaments are dried all the way through. If they are still soft on the back, you may want to flip them over for a bit longer (once the top is set).

Next, you will paint your objects. I like to use acrylic paint.

Last, spray your ornaments with an acrylic sealer to help them last.

Here are instructions for a few of my favorite designs:

To Make Santa:

You will use an upside down handprint. Have your child push their hand onto the dough. Trim the dough around the hand shape leaving enough room to poke a hole with a straw. The hole will go at the base of the handprint.

The thumb becomes the Santa hat. The fingers become the beard.

To Make a Reindeer:

Have your child push their foot into the dough. Tim the excess and poke a hole about the toe area. Paint the whole foot brown, except for the eyes in the center and the red nose at the bottom.

To Make a Fingerprint Christmas Tree:

Cut out a Christmas tree shape, or use a cookie cutter. Poke a hole in the top. Have your child make fingerprints throughout the tree. The finger prints will become the ornaments. Paint the “ornaments” so they stand out.

My inspiration for these designs: Iheartartsandcrafts.com

Baby’s First Christmas Handprint Ornament

baby keepsake ornament

For this ornament, we bought a kit which made it super easy. We like the no-bake Pearhead kit. We made one of these for each of our children. It was so funny to see how big my newest daughter’s hand is compared to my other kids at the same age. There is nothing better than seeing your baby’s real handprint each and every Christmas.

Memory Time-Capsule Ornament

To make a yearly time capsule, you can place all of your special items you want to save into a large ornament throughout the year. You could include small photos, ticket stubs, little drawings, anything which means something to the family. You can even type or write out memories and place them inside.

Then, each Christmas, a new time capsule can be hung on the tree. Here is a very large plastic ornament which can be opened at the center to fill all year long. You may prefer a smaller ornament depending on the size of your memories. For more detailed instructions check out: Sprinklesomefun.com

A variation of this ornament was shared with me by a fellow mother and member of my MOPS group. She shared the idea of adding one milestone that each of your children met into the same ornament each year. You simply write out something important each of your children accomplished that year, date it, and add it into the ornament. For babies, it may be crawling, but for an older child it may be making a sports team. One day, you can open up the ornament and look back at all of the amazing accomplishments through the years.

I hope you will enjoy making some ornament keepsakes this year!

 

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10 Rainy Day Activities For Kids

“Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day!”- They say

I know we all have this mentality at least from time to time! Rain… hurricanes…tornados… All this rain has me wishing for sunshine, but it also gets me thinking of all the fun things we can do inside the house! With the cool weather approaching, I thought I would share some of our favorite activities to do indoors.

1. Glow In The Dark Slime

First, the kids kept seeing the “glow-in-the-dark slime” on the TV and have been begging to make it. The rain gave us a reason to give it a try and let me tell you, it was a hit!

All you need is:

5 oz. Elmer’s glow in the dark glue
1/2 tbsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. contact lense solution

 

glow in the dark slime

Mix it all together, then have some fun! Check out the full recipe here on Elmer’s website.

2. Paint with Cars

Grab some washable paint. We used Q-tips to add dots of paint all over a large piece of paper. The kids can drive their toy cars through the paint. We had fun experimenting with different sized cars and different types of wheels!

Painting with cars

3. Make a Blanket Fort

There is almost nothing better than making a fort out of chairs, blankets, and pillows and playing or snuggling up inside. Not sure how, but any toy or game is much more fun if played with inside a blanket fort!

Blanket forts

 

4. Fruit Loop Necklaces

Grab a box of fruit loops and some crafting pipe cleaners. The kids can thread the fruit loops onto the pipe cleaners, and even enjoy a yummy snack after.

fruit loop jewelry

 

5. Bake or Cook Together

Our favorite thing to make is the Jell-O Creations Dessert Kits. You can likely find them at your local grocery store. The kids can do all the mixing and add their own gummies. The best part is, it’s pudding, so it’s safe to lick the bowl!

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6. Build with Pretzels and Marshmallows

Connect pretzel sticks together with marshmallows to make all sorts of creations. We all know how much toddlers love to play with their food.

Pretzel marshmallow craft

 

7. Fun with Boxes: The Dice Game

My kids have plenty of toys, but give them a box and they will make believe all day! We always save big boxes to make cars, planes, or play houses. We also love what we call “the dice game.” All you need to do is tape different action ideas onto a square box, like: “Do jumping jacks,” or “Race to the Front Door.” The kids take turns rolling the dice and must do whatever action they roll. My favorite is “freeze dance.” They have to dance, but when I say “freeze” they must freeze like a statue. It’s fun and it tires them out… double win! I have to thank a dear mother and friend for this one as it about saved me when taking care of two toddlers and a newborn.

box game

8. Digging Sets

digging set

We love sets where the kids can “dig” and mine out rocks, gems, or toys. I can typically find these in the dollar spot at Target. Here’s a neat set I found on amazon.

9. Kinetic Sand or Cloud Dough

kinetic sand

My kids love this stuff… and I’ll be honest it’s pretty therapeutic for mama too! It molds and then falls apart in your hands. We use kinetic sand, but we also make cloud dough ourselves.

All you need to make it yourself is:

8 cups flour
1 cup vegetable oil

 

Mix together well and have fun!

10. Experiment with New Art Supplies

The kids always have fun when we try out new art supplies. Here are two of my favorites (click the link to check them out):

Watercolor Crayons

These are awesome because they write like a crayon, but the kids can paint over them with plain water for a watercolor look!

Ooly Fresh Pick Neon Gel Crayon Highlighters

Ooly makes all kinds of fun coloring products. The crayon highlighters are scented, which makes them extra fun.

highlighter gel crayons

 

I hope you will find some of these ideas handy on your next rainy day!

 

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