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Spin Art Easter Eggs

We have been decorating Easter eggs for a few years now.  And each year we have tried something different.  It is in my nature to always be trying new things.  I am likely passing this down to my kids.  And I suppose they will come to expect something new and different each year.  Thankfully, there are TONS of ways to decorate Easter eggs.  I did a little brainstorming this year and came up with three different ways to decorate Easter eggs with our toddler/preschool girls.  First up was spin art Easter eggs.

For the first idea, I wanted something that was not as big of a mess as one of our previous year’s attempts, but was still engaging and interactive for the girls.  Let’s be real: I wanted to WOW them!

And what we ended up doing really did wow them!  And it was almost completely mess-free! Continue Reading

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Creative Galaxy Inspired Toddler Mosaic Art

As I have said before on this blog, I am not naturally artistic, but our oldest daughter definitely is!  And her early and enthusiastic interest in art has forced me to come up with opportunities to explore her artistic side; but often I feel like I am floundering for inspiration.  And I often get ideas from just watching what she is watching, what she is interested in.  One of the shows she is very interested in is a new show from Amazon Prime Instant Video called Creative Galaxy.  It is perfect for her art-loving soul! Continue Reading

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Cooking with Kids:Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip Cookies

One of the items on our fall bucket list was to “boo” some of our friends.  Have you ever been “boo”ed?  It was so much more fun than I thought it would be!  And since “boo”ing our friends was on our list, we needed some very yummy homemade treats to pass along.  And I wanted it to be so simple that the girls could do every part of the recipe.  So we modified a basic cake mix recipe a tiny bit to make Pumpkin Cinnamon Chip cookies.  They are so simple and are actually yummy!  Continue Reading

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12 Must-Do Crafts to Make before Your Tot is 3

crafts to make before your tot is 3

I do not consider myself very crafty.  I am definitely not artistic and have never taken an art class.  But our first daughter is very artistic, possessing a natural bend toward creating and expressing herself through art.  We noticed it really early.

That meant I had to come up with ways for her to be able to express herself.  Since I am not naturally talented in that area, the crafts I came up with for her to do are very simple.  But it is their simplicity that make them something any parent can replicate with her kids.

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Toddler Craft for Spring: It’s Spring! Postcard

We live in the desert so there is not really a season one could term: “Winter.”  And our Spring is short-lived, so much so that I am suspecting this year’s is almost over. Yup.

Our Spring is often accompanied with allergies due to the high winds in our area.  So, trying to balance out the bummer of constant allergies, I thought it would be fun to create a card inspired by the wind.  What is wind good for?  Kite flying!  Here is our sweet toddler spring craft: It’s Spring Postcard. Continue Reading

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Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter Cereal Bars

The variations on Rice Krispies Treats are possibly innumerable.  And they have been a favorite treat of kids for generations.  They can be made with any cereal, toppings and mix-ins galore, and can be shaped into whatever the heart desires. And the recipe is so simple that our toddler can do them with close supervision.

Surprisingly, I don’t remember eating one, much less making one until I was in high school.  I made them with a friend at a friend’s house for a bake sale (still didn’t eat one, that I can remember).  But I feel the concept of a sweet, sticky cereal bar is perfect for kids.  And I figured it would be a travesty to let our little ones reach adolescence without having made and tried one.  Plus, my husband actually likes cereal bar treats, even though he is not much on desserts. Continue Reading