crafts

Upcycle: Be Mine, Holiday Cards!

Portland, Maine – I guess it’s a week after Christmas when I think of an old friend I’ll call Sally. Sally told me that every year, she takes everyone’s holiday cards and puts them in an album. What a respectful thing to do, especially when you consider the thought, time, and expense spent on holiday… Read more »

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Silly Spooky Spider

This craft keeps creepy on the fun side of Halloween. All you need is two inverted paper plates, some paint, construction paper for the legs and eyes, Elmer’s glue, hole puncher and string or ribbon. Paint the wrong side of the paper plates. Cut eight strips out of construction paper and fold accordion style. Cut out… Read more »

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‘R’ is for Rocket!

And ‘C’ is for croup! Baby Q and I had a midnight to 3AM mommy-baby date at the ER this weekend. One massive dose of steroids later, he was breathing like a champ. It was my first trip to ER as mom and Q’s first trip at all. As a bonus, he witnessed his first… Read more »

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3-2-1 Blast Off!

Want an exciting way to teach your pre-schooler to count backwards? Watch video of Space Shuttle launches. This is how we are starting our day, by watching Discovery launch over and over again… and counting along! With the launch looped in the background, we embark on making our very own Space Shuttle, using a paper… Read more »

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Letters in Space

Now that we have our brilliant night sky, time to fill it up with space words, images and letters! We are starting the letter ‘A.’ ‘A’ is for Alien!!!! I love him so much, we made three more. And stuck them on Mars as… drumroll please… Martians. No brainer. A is for asteroid… We simply… Read more »

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DIY Curiosity Rover!

Did you watch the coverage of the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars? What a thrill! While the world saw a marvel of modern engineering, I saw that and something else! I saw two paper plates, an apple sauce cup, string, and tissue paper. Yes, this is what I’ve become. But I’m very cool (at least… Read more »

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In a Bonus Room Far Far Away…

‘M’ is for Mars! We are taking our cues from the  Mars Curiosity Rover and spending the rest of August exploring Space! The images and information coming from the Red Planet will play a big part (Twitter handle @MarsCuriosity .) NASA does a fantastic job explaining their work in terms that I understand and Crowley gets… Read more »

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Toddler + Arrow + Target = Fun

Perhaps ‘toddler’ isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of archery. But today’s Olympic activity has me convinced otherwise!  I found this idea on Toddler Approved and knew it would be a hit at my house. SUPPLIES: 1. Paper 2. Coloring implement of your choice 3. Paint 4. BBQ Skewer 5…. Read more »

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A Lantern to Light your Path

It is a long road to the Olympics. It’ll be easier to navigate with a lantern to light your path. So we are making a Chinese paper lantern and taking this opportunity to learn about another country participating in the games. To make one lantern takes about five minutes so this is a great project… Read more »

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