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5 Tips to an Awesome Fun Fest!

Written by Josh and Jenny Solar of The Happy Family Movement First off, what exactly is a Fun Fest you ask? Here’s the thing…it’s SO simple. You pick a day (we usually declare a fun fest the night before), and you do nothing but have fun! That’s it! We’ve done a few Fun Fests now, and […]

POSTED BY ON March 4, 2013         |           Comments { 0 }
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DIY Play Kitchen (from old computer desk)

I always get a thrill out of Trash to Treasure projects— and this one is definitely one of my all-time favorites. Kaley from Dualey flipped an old particle board desk into an adorable play kitchen for her son. The details that they included in it are incredible— a nightlight in the oven, a pullout cutting board […]

POSTED BY ON November 29, 2012         |           Comments { 2 }
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6 Eco-friendly “toys” from Mother Nature

During our Family Sponge cardboard treehouse giveaway, we asked our readers to fill in the blank: “My favorite eco-friendly toy is _____________________________.”   I loved the responses from our readers. No one recommended their kids’ cool eco-friendly toy. Which makes me think that The Story of Stuff is on to something. Do we really need to buy […]

POSTED BY ON July 12, 2012         |           Comments { 3 }
toddler fun with felt geometry board

DIY Tutorial: Toddler Fun With Felt

I just love this colorful felt board that introduces geometry to your toddler or preschooler. This DIY project lets you use your leftover crafty scraps, so your child can have hands-on fun with felt! This super-easy craft serves as room decor and a quiet activity for your kids. Here are some pictures, along with the […]

POSTED BY ON June 4, 2012         |           Comments { 1 }

Eco-Friendly Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

Birthdays parties are tons of fun, but also create tons of waste. And with parties every year, why not consciously change some things to help the environment and eliminate some of the waste? We have a few suggestions that can save some trees, some money and also look super cool.

POSTED BY ON May 24, 2012         |           Comments { 12 }

The importance of pretend play

Written by contributor Melissa Allen of Green Owl Art Something magical happens when children pretend play. Have you ever just stopped and watched a child completely engaged in a new role? It is pretty amazing. Pretend play is such an important learning tool for children. It helps them to grow and mature socially and emotionally, gives […]

POSTED BY ON May 23, 2012         |           Comments { 7 }
egg sound shaker easter activity for kids

Re-Use Plastic Eggs to Make Cool Musical Sound Shakers

Make musical sound shakers and enhance listening skills with this cool easter egg activity. You get to re-use your plastic eggs and recycle your egg cartons with one awesome easter craft. I pinky promise this activity is quick and easy. We had so much fun making our own egg shakers with different sounds. Zoe was […]

POSTED BY ON March 29, 2012         |           Comments { 11 }
alice in wonderland tea party birthday theme

Birthday: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

We celebrated Zoe’s 3rd birthday with an Alice in Wonderland Tea Party theme. We served tea, sandwiches and pizza on reusable plates from Crocodile Creek.

POSTED BY ON February 24, 2012         |           Comments { 6 }