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Hoo Do You Love?

Hoo Do You Love?

My daughter loves birds, owls especially. And Valentine’s Day is a time for sharing the love so we were very inspired by these Valentine’s Day Owls from Molly at Mommy Coddle. Owls are a perfect animal for Valentine’s Day because while most owls have round facial discs, the barn owls (sometimes called “monkey-faced”) have heart-shaped facial discs. We modified the design two years ago to create this owl, which is mainly my cutting and my then-two-year-old-daughter’s … Read entire article »

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Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

Jesse Bear, Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear (And The UPS Store Giveaway)

“Wanna wear shorts! Don’t wanna wear jacket! Nooo hat!” Sounds familiar? Then you probably have a toddler! They’re adorable, funny, and very, very stubborn. We offer only weather and age-appropriate outfits, give them choice within those boundaries, and still, it is ten degrees below zero and your toddler wants to wear sandals! We created a paper doll project that helps young children understand and choose weather-appropriate clothing in every season. Materials templates (you could also use photographs) markers/crayons/pencils and stickers/glitter/etc. scissors laminate … Read entire article »

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Paper Doll Craft

In my round-up of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day educational ideas for very young children, I mentioned paper doll chains. My kids enjoyed making them while my four year old and I spoke about embracing diversity and valuing people for what’s on the inside. 1. “Accordion fold” a piece of white paper and draw the outline of half of a child. Make sure hands connect all the way to the edge of the paper. 2. Cut on the … Read entire article »

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New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

New Year’s Traditions: Gold Bracelet Craft from Chile

We went to the library looking for New Year’s picture books for kids and found this is definitely an unfilled niche.  We did discover, however, Happy New Year Everywhere!, by Arlene Erlbach. The book details New Year’s traditions throughout the world, including New Years celebrated at other times of the year, like Chinese New Year and Rosh Hashana. Each tradition has an accompanying craft or recipe. The book seems to be out … Read entire article »

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Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

Our Handmade Christmas Gifts

My family reads this blog (thank you!) so I did not want to post these until after they had received their gifts.  They would still make lovely Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and other special day gifts so I wanted to share them! For the grandmothers and great-grandmother and aunt, the children made these votive candle lanterns: Materials: pressed leaves or flowers tissue paper mod podge glitter glass bowl or candle holder (we got ours for $1-2 at Michaels) Directions: Apply a layer of mod … Read entire article »

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Simple Ornaments: Have a Ball!

Simple Ornaments: Have a Ball!

My kids make homemade gifts for family, friends, and teachers. Two years ago, my daughter (age two and a half at the time) made these very simple ornaments that even a toddler can make. Materials Glass globe ornaments* Paint * We tried with plastic this year but the paint really did not stick.  I am going to experiment with mixing glue and paint and seeing if that works better. If you have tips, please let me know. Directions 1. Take … Read entire article »

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Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft

Edible Dreidel Dessert Craft

We actually first made this yummy craft last year with a friend who runs an awesome music program for kids on Long Island (Shake and Make Music). We had a lot of fun so we decided to do it again this year.  Although we are not Jewish, most of my heritage is so this is something I want to be able to share with my kids. Materials: Marshmallow Chocolate Hershey’s Kiss Pretzel stick Nutella (or honey or Marshmallow Fluff) and knife … Read entire article »

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Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

Pilgrim Bonnet and Hat

For your little pilgrims on Thanksgiving Day, a simple hat and bonnet they can make and wear during the feast: Pilgrim Hat Materials: black construction paper white construction paper yellow construction paper glue stick stapler scissors Directions: 1. Fold the black construction paper in half and cut the shape of a pilgrim hat from the black construction paper so that you have two matching shapes. 2. Draw a buckle shape on yellow construction paper and cut it out. (Note: The buckle is most likely anachronistic, having … Read entire article »

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Cascading Leaf Spiral

Cascading Leaf Spiral

For those of you who live further north, your leaves have probably already fallen.  On Long Island, ours didn’t really hit their peak until the last week of October and the forests are still a riot of color here. One resourceful friend of mine in Texas has a friend in Vermont ship her a package of leaves so the children may experience the autumn hues.  Fall is one of my favorite parts of living in the … Read entire article »

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Tickly Octopus Craft

Tickly Octopus Craft

Octopuses have so many fascinating adaptations and we found a storybook that captures this information with humor and charm: Tickly Octopus. Tickly Octopus is the story of a fun-loving octopus who enjoys tickling his friends–but only the wiggly, giggly fish appreciate his tentacled-tickles.  When our octopus protagonist goes on an adventure to recover his friend oyster’s pearl, he discovers he has so many other talents, including zooming through the water, squeezing through holes, and squirting ink … Read entire article »

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