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bendable mummy

Halloween Craft idea #3: Bendable Mummy

This is hands-down my favorite Halloween craft we have done this year.  (And we have done quite a few now that we are collaborating with Kiwi Crate!) We took an old stained shirt from my son and cut it into strips. Then we wrapped it around a wire frame that we made from outdoor garden […]

POSTED BY ON October 9, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }
Natural Play Dough

Eco-friendly play dough

Play dough is a staple activity of most childhoods, including mine. I have memories of sitting at the kitchen table making Care-Bear and Rainbow Brite play dough figures with my sister. I even remember eating a pretend hamburger and being very surprised by the salty taste. Now that I have my own kids, I want […]

POSTED BY ON October 8, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }
diy party popper

DIY Eco-friendly Party Poppers

Need a gift idea for your birthday guests?  Why not make some eco-friendly party poppers with the kiddos? Best part is they are made from things you have around your house— toilet paper rolls and newspaper. I did this with my son and he had a blast packing the toilet paper rolls full of treats. We bought stickers, […]

POSTED BY ON October 3, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }

Top 13 Recycled Halloween Crafts

Time to create some fun trash to treasure art projects with these awesome recycled Halloween crafts. Carving out special crafting time is the perfect way to spend quality time with your child while decorating your home with eco-friendly spooky fun! We scoured the internet for our favorite recycled Halloween crafts because we believe you can do some really […]

POSTED BY ON October 1, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }
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Halloween Craft Idea #2: Paper Mache Trick-or-Treat Basket

Are you ready to go trick or treating? Every year we get excited about the costumes and totally forget about the trick or treat bag. Yeah, I’m one of those moms whose “princess” is ringing on doors with a brown paper bag. Well, not this year! I have embraced my inner craftiness and we made […]

POSTED BY ON September 29, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
Cool Recycled Kids Craft Idea: Button Tree

Cool Recycled Kids Craft Idea: Button Tree

What I love about trash to treasure art projects…all you need is time. And kids love spending quality time with their parents. I am a big fan of open-ended play and extended craft projects that become more of a lesson than a quick wham-bam-thank-you-mam kind of craft. This button tree craft featured on Kiwi Crate […]

POSTED BY ON September 26, 2012         |           Comments { 275 }
stress ball for kids

Homemade Stress Ball

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art We call it the “squeeze your worries away ball.” I first made this homemade stress ball when my daughter now 5,was 3 years old and in her first preschool Christmas performance. She was so anxious about performing on stage. I told her she could squeeze all her […]

POSTED BY ON September 17, 2012         |           Comments { 11 }
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Halloween Craft Idea #1: Milk Jug Lanterns

We brought down the fall decorations the same day Pumpkin Spice Lattes made their debute at Starbucks and the Halloween craft ideas have been pouring out of us. This is the first year we have gone all out with the crafting—  it’s been a little messy, but a lot of fun. The kids have grown […]

POSTED BY ON September 13, 2012         |           Comments { 4 }
calm down jar

Calm Down Jar

When Melissa of Green Owl Art featured the calm down jar on Family Sponge last spring, I was in love. Not only do I love mason jars, but I love new ways to get my wild children under control. We do time outs and talk it outs, but they don’t always work. Nothing always works, […]

POSTED BY ON September 4, 2012         |           Comments { 41 }
mud pie

Mud Pie Kitchen

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art My children play the longest and are the happiest when there is dirt involved; so making a mud pie kitchen was a priority this summer. It is such a wonderful invitation for a child to engage in open play and let their imaginations create endless possibilities all […]

POSTED BY ON August 20, 2012         |           Comments { 8 }

How to make a piggy bank out of trash

When my son was born, he got a classic porcelain piggy bank as a gift. It’s adorable and sentimental, but really not very practical for a baby, toddler or even preschooler. It’s on the verge of breaking (after multiple drops in its head), and is taking FOREVER to fill up! My son Jackson is now […]

POSTED BY ON August 13, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }
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Crayon Hearts : An Eco-Friendly Gift

No need to chuck all those broken pieces of crayon that drive you nuts! Find a jar and start saving them so that you can make some pretty awesome gifts for your kid’s friends. We made our first batch of crayon hearts for Valentine’s Day after I read about them on Whipperberry. They are super easy […]

POSTED BY ON July 26, 2012         |           Comments { 15 }

Homemade Birthday Gift: Cork Stamps

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art try to have my children create homemade gifts whenever possible. I think it is important to show them we do not need to head out to the big box store for every occasion and that things we make ourselves can be so special to our friends and […]

POSTED BY ON July 23, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }

10 Awesome Reading Corner Ideas

Kids and books should be like peas and carrots. To help nurture and grow this important relationship, create a cute reading corner for your kids to gravitate to and get lost in literature. I had a great time finding inspiration on Pinterest and other blogs; why not see for yourself below! Reading Corners that Rock! […]

POSTED BY ON July 17, 2012         |           Comments { 4 }
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HOME TOUR: Small Spaces with Trina Cress

It takes some skill for a family of four to live in a 995-square-foot apartment in Lincoln, Nebraska. Trina Cress from Beginner Beans makes it look so easy and beautiful— I had to share what she did. Take a look around her home and get some inspiration from this green-friendly, big-heart mama. Small house living […]

POSTED BY ON July 16, 2012         |           Comments { 25 }