Free Printable Chore Charts
We are still using our Chore Chart: Lanyard Style to complete daily jobs. I have been getting a few follow up questions about our system so I thought I'd answer all those today and I have now included Free Printable Chore Charts.
My kids really do like this chore chart system because they don't get the same job everyday. When it is job time they put on their lanyards. Each child has a hook where these are stored. When they have completed their job they put the lanyard on the next hook ...
St. Patrick’s Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory
The night before St. Patrick's Day is just days away. This is one holiday where I do not buy a special outfit for my kids but at the same time they do not want to be pinched. The day or night before we are usually scrambling to find something/anything for everyone. This year, instead of worrying about if you have green shirts make an easy St. Patrick's Day Irish Clover Hair Accessory.
I'm getting my printable St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt ready so I'm glad this is a fast craft! ...
How to make 18 doll hangers in 15 minutes
On Monday we shared how we modified a cupboard we have had for years into a Doll Closet. Hangers are absolutely necessary for a closet. I have searched for some affordable hangers online but never liked the cost, or the cost was ok but the shipping was outrageous.
I decided to make my own. I went to the dollar store and purchased three packages of children's hangers.
I took some tin snips and cut the hangers just after the hook on both sides.
I sanded down the edges to ...
How to Make a Doll Closet
My girls love their 18" American Girl type dolls and of course their clothes and accessories. I have found with any toy if it is displayed well or easy to get into it is played with more. We have a cupboard we have used over the years for many different purposes. I thought it was about time to change its purpose yet one more time. I wanted to make it into an Doll Closet because I wanted the doll clothes to be easily seen.
I used a self adhesive shelf liner for the inside of the ...
Lucky Clover: St Patricks Day Crafts
I love shopping the after holiday sales. This is where I find a lot of my fun crafting supplies. This past January I went to an after christmas sale and found some green burlap ribbon. I knew I could make one or two St Patricks Day crafts of some sort.
I love a white frame with a simple picture inside. I decided to create a clover out of the burlap ribbon. The tricky part is making a clover the right size when the ribbon isn't wide enough, but I was able to figure it out. If you ...
Kendama Classroom Valentine
At my kids school Kendama's are a hit! They are constantly talking about different styles we could buy and different tricks. Some kids play with it so much some teachers have had to take away these toys during class time! We thought it would be fun to make a Kendama Classroom Valentine.
hot glue gun
These are pretty simple to make. Aluminum foil is easy to wrap and mold ...
Valentine Advent Calendar – Scratch Off Style
Sometimes my kids need a little extra push to do something nice for their family members. We still have up our easy crafts love tree and that is working well. But I have discovered sometimes they like doing nice things for the same person over and over. My kids absolutely love advent calendars so why not create a Valentine Advent Calendar. Any way to countdown to their fun activity or holiday is very exciting. We have our countdown plaque which is fun to use with candy. The Valentine ...
Free Printable Tags: A Treat For Your Feet
Gifts are fun when they remind us of something else. When my Little Chefs were making their lists for Christmas one of them wanted to get mini tootsie rolls for our Little Man because he really likes them. I was quite impressed that she took the time to think about what each sibling liked. She came up with some very unique ideas. You do not need to like tootsie rolls to use these free printable tags.
pair of socks
DOH You Want To Be My Valentine Printable
Do you remember the super soft playdough we previously shared for Valentine's Day? We showed a picture with a tag that said Doh you want to be my Valentine. I have created a printable for you so you don't need to make your own tag. We know that kids of all ages love to play with play doh. We had a party here with a lot of family members and kids ranging from college age to babies. The 4 year olds started playing first but by the end of the night it was a huge mess even though everyone had ...
Valentine’s Day Love Tree
We love celebrating holidays in our home. In fact, we love celebrating holidays for weeks prior to the actual holiday. This year we have created a valentines day love tree. We create the leaves on the tree by doing nice things for each other.
The first thing we did was find a wall that was empty and big. Next, we bought some brown butcher paper and made a tree trunk with a few branches. It doesn't seem like much but it will in a couple weeks!
The girls helped me cut out a bunch ...
Printable Valentines Day Cards – You’re The BALM!
It seems that most holiday's are filled with a lot of yummy food. Sometimes we get tired of the food and want something just a little different. This year I was able to get a bunch of lip balm on clearance after christmas. It seems like we go through that stuff like crazy. Either my "little man" is using it and ruining it or it is left in a pants pocket and goes through the wash! Let's create fun printable valentines day cards that say "You're the BALM!"
Printable Valentine's - ...
Tie Dye Butterfly Shirt Embellishment
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School has been in for a month now, because we are on year round school. It seems like we are always worried about school clothes for one reason or another. With 5 kids I have plenty of shirts that look nice except for that stain on the front right where everyone can see it. I hate to get rid of a shirt like this so I let my kids ...
4th of July Woven Party Placemat
We are excited to bring you a couple new holiday easy crafts this week. My son is out of school until he starts Kindergarten in Sepetember, so doing crafts is always a joy for us. It is a great time to sit down with him and spend some one on one time. Having a little sister now, he doesn't get as much time with me as he used to.
I remember doing paper weave crafts when I was younger, and thought this would be fun do with with my son. This is something we haven't done before, so ...
5 Father’s Day Gift Ideas
Need some Father's Day inspiration? We have five fun father's day crafts to share with you.
Woven Tie Father's Day Gift - used with your favorite 2 liter and some double sided patterned paper.
Best Dressed Printable - Free printable to add to your favorite 2 Liter or popcorn!
Father's Day Text Art - Use your own words then create the text art using a free online program.
Father's Day Printable - Frame it or add it to your father's day gift.
Father's Day Gum Printable for ...
Father’s Day Gum Wrapper
I have already told you my girls LOVE planning for holiday's. The day after Mother's Day they started planning an easy craft for Father's Day! One thing they all decided is that Dad likes gum. He always has a pack in his car, on his dresser and in his church bag. My three year old now shares the love of gum (much to my dismay) and knows where to search to get a piece when she wants one. Dad doesn't like this so he tries to remember to hide his gum.
In honor of our Dad who loves gum I have ...
How to make an easy Hummingbird Feeder for kids
Hummingbirds are so fun to watch. Making your own Hummingbird Feeder is actually a lot easier then I anticipated. It can be done with recycled containers! The next time you or your kids drink anything out of a plastic bottle that has a screw on cap keep it and put it aside for this project. The next time you eat something out of a short squatty plastic container with a lid keep it and put it aside for this project.
Hummingbirds send out scouts at the beginning of May, two weeks before ...
How To Make A Spaceship from an Egg
One day while perusing the craft store I discovered a large egg. I thought surely there must be something fun that I can do with this, so I bought it. They come in a few different colors, but I chose the yellow. After some brainstorming I thought what if we made a spaceship. There are many different kinds that have an egg or a dome shape that kids who watch movies are aware of such as Little Einsteins, The Jetsons or Meet The Robinsons.
Today we decided to make a spaceship like the one ...
Chore Chart: Lanyard Style
Have you accepted our Challenge: Shed 300 in 30 days? Wednesday is day 30, the last day of our challenge. Whether you have been following our challenge or have been doing your own spring cleaning now is a great time to start a chore chart. This is a way to keep my kids and myself on track each day.
We moved almost two years ago. I quickly realized we needed a chore chart to keep things semi clean. Why semi clean? When young kids are helping clean they are trying their best (most of the ...
Mini Easter Basket
A couple years ago, I believe it was, I saw a post where a pop top can was opened from the bottom. It was cleaned out, refilled and a label was put on the outside for a christmas neighbor gift. I can't remember where I saw it, but here is another example with the instructions on the can portion. With the beginning of an idea from my mom I decided to use one of these cans I still had stashed away to turn it into an Easter basket.
can (see link above for instructions)
Easter Egg Door Decoration – Easter Crafts
We love Easter Crafts because they get us excited for Easter. Holiday's are only one day. When we extend it through crafts and food and activities the one day turns into days of fun and excitement.
We were at our local dollar store when we saw a fun egg cut out. Right in the store came a little inspiration.
Supplies: All items purchased at our local Dollar Tree
Cut out egg
Package of felt
The first step is to plan out your egg pattern. The best ...
If you like counting down the days to anything and everything, then this Countdown Plaque is something you need! Whether you are counting down to a birthday, a holiday, a vacation, days until school ends or begins, days until Grandma and Grandpa come to visit, days until a movie is released....you get the idea, you can customize the Countdown Plaque for your own countdown needs. The frame is removable so you can switch out the picture or subway art. The cabinet pulls on the bottom are to ...
Christmas Tags using the Cricut Mini
There are so many ways to dress up a present. We thought it would be fun to create a couple tags using the Cricut Mini. The Cricut has so many cartridges and options but we used the basic shapes that came free with the machine. We discovered the machine is easy for kids to use. They are able to visually see where the shape will be cut by reading the grid on the screen and on the mat.
For the first tag we cut out the first two shapes. The snowflake we cut out with a punch.
Next, Little Chef D ...
Etched Ceramic Loaf Pan
Remember the Easy Striped Glass Vase? Today I'm sharing something similar. I found these cute mini loaf pans at a craft store. They were a solid red color. I don't mind the red but it was a little plain. I decided to take some glass etching paint and a stencil and see if I could make it a little more interesting. I chose snowflakes because snow is not as seasonal as a christmas icon.
Martha Stewart Glass Etching kit with brush
Martha Stewart adhesive stencil
Mini loaf ...
We have already shared a Pom Pom Turkey and a Yarn Turkey but we are having fun with different turkey crafts for kids! The kids will get a little dirty with this Handprint Turkey because of the paint but if you have a sink nearby or baby wipes the clean up will be quick. This turkey craft is great for all ages. The young ones are even able to participate this time.
foam paint brush
paint, a few different colors (we used red, green, blue, white)