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Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

Christmas Tree Fern Prints on Reusable Market Bags

My kids made these Christmas tree print reusable canvas market bags from pressed ferns two years ago for their grandparents and aunt. Pin It We noticed that ferns look a lot like Christmas trees so we saved and pressed some. Didn’t save any ferns? No problem! Fake ones will work just as well. Then, we simply placed our ferns on canvas bags and sprayed some fabric paint to create a negative print. Pin It We also flipped the sprayed ferns … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Art, Ecology, Featured, History and Culture

Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

Popsicle Craft Stick Pencil Holder

My daughter has made these Popsicle / craft stick pencil holders as end of the year teacher gifts the last two years and was very proud to see that her kindergarten teacher still uses it. This also makes a great “back to school” craft, whether your child goes to school outside the home or has homeschool. Pin It Materials: tin soup can Popsicle / craft sticks tacky glue rubber band acrylic paints/glitter/ribbons for decorating (optional) Directions: Pin It 1. Cut the top off of a … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), Featured

Top 15 Educational Toys for 2012

Top 15 Educational Toys for 2012

Pin It On Naturally Educational, I do not promote a lot of products. My core philosophy is that we don’t need a lot of fancy bells and whistles to have an engaging, educational experience, especially for young children. However, we all like a few toys now and again, right? And no matter how many times you tell Grandma, Grandpa, Auntie and Uncle that the kids would really like that Aquarium membership for Christmas, they still want … Read entire article »

Filed under: Me, Toys

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Mother’s Day Pressed Flower Frame

Last year the kids made photo frames with pressed flowers for the grandmothers for Mother’s Day. I wait a year to share our projects because my mother reads this site! Pin It Materials: wood frames (We found these very inexpensively at Michaels. If you just can’t find any, you could cut a frame from stiff cardboard.) paint pressed flowers Mod Podge optional: letter stickers (We used gold glitter letters.) cute pictures of children Directions: 1. Pick and press flowers. If you are last minute, I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture, Spring

Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Homemade Ornaments the Kids Can Make

Here are some of the homemade ornaments the kids have crafted each year…more on the way! Pin It Beaded Snowflake Ornaments Pin It Beaded Wreath Ornaments Pin It Marbleized Globe Ornaments Pin It Pins and Beads Christmas Tree Ornament … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 1-2 (Toddlers), 3-5 (Preschool), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 6-8 (Early Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), 9-11 (Elementary), All Ages, Featured, History and Culture, Winter

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day

We made these fun Father’s Day photo cards with the kids spelling out “Daddy” and “Papa”.  We got the idea from the very awesome Amy of Crunchy Domestic Goddess! Pin It Pin It The kids even learn how to spell “Daddy” and “Papa”! And if you make this card every year, it will be a fun way to see the children growing and developing. For more great Father’s Day DIY gift ideas from bloggers, including a few you could … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, History and Culture, Interpersonal, Spring, Summer

Father’s Day Craft Gifts

Father’s Day Craft Gifts

Here are some of our crafts that make fun presents for dad or grandpa! Pin It Mosaic Coasters Pin It Photo Pencil Holders Pin It No-Sew Sachet (Guest Post from Jamie of Red Ted Art ) … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Summer

No-Sew Lavender Sachet (Guest Post)

No-Sew Lavender Sachet (Guest Post)

While I am on a brief “maternity leave”, I am welcoming some of my favorite activity, craft, and education bloggers to share a post on Naturally Educational. Today, Maggie of Red Ted Art shares how to make “no-sew” lavender bags. Personally, lavender is one of my favorites for both its scent and colors. Every summer we enjoy the lavender labyrinth at Garden of Eve and bring fresh lavender into our home! Hello! I am Maggy and … Read entire article »

Filed under: 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Smell, Summer

How to Decorate a Candle with Pressed Flowers and Dried Herbs

How to Decorate a Candle with Pressed Flowers and Dried Herbs

Pin It We like to make homemade gifts for the grandparents for holidays. Since our family reads the blog, I don’t want to spoil this year’s Mother’s Day surprises. Two years ago, my daughter (then a few months shy of three years’ old) decorated pillar candles with flowers she had picked and pressed. This simple craft makes a fun gift for moms, grandmas and aunts. Materials a wide pillar candle small votives or clear wax for melting pressed flowers or dried herbs … Read entire article »

Filed under: 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts, Spring

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: Pin It 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 … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1-2 (Toddler), 3-5 (Preschool), 5-6 (Kindergarten), 6-8 (Early Elementary), Featured, Home Arts