crafts

Letting Kids Decorate

My ten year old wants to pick his bedroom’s paint color. He also wants to decorate the walls himself. While I want to encourage his creativity and give him some control, I find I am nervous wreck! Kids decorating is a fine line to walk for a parent. Between kids having some say while not ending up with an unsightly space, what’s the compromise?

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101 things to do….

101 things to do…. As summer approaches, I try to start making a plan of possible activities to do with my kids and visiting nieces and nephews.  I find this list is just the thing to have on hand when the kids utter the dreaded phrase,”I’m bored!”.   Its amazing when kids say they are bored while they are surrounded by toys and gadgets

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Posters for Kids Bedroom Walls

My son’s interests change quickly but he is passionate about each and every one.  For example, a year ago he really liked Beyblades so there posters of Beyblades everywhere in his room. It gets expensive to buy these posters, even if he is using his allowance. They cost $15 and up, yet rip easily.   A great way to spend an afternoon together is

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Flower Arraging for Kids

A friend of mine has three girls and recently they took a flower arranging class together. What fun! I have been looking for something new to do with my son, but would this new project be too “girly” for him?  I figured the only way to find out was to try.  His Aunt’s birthday was coming up so I suggested we make a flower

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Craft for Boys

I don’t know what it is about the word crafting but my son runs away when asked to join me. However, no more!  I have stumbled onto enticing crafts for boys. These craft ideas are engaging and take more than five minutes, making them a good afterschool activity that he really enjoyed! Marshmallow Shooter   Gather up some balloons, plastic cups, mini marshmallows and

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Building Blocks Great for All Ages

The quintessential image we picture in our minds when we think of a toddler learning is that of a three year old playing with building blocks. Parents know that building blocks, whether plastic, foam or wooden, aid in the development of young children through constructive open play.  I believe they are still imperative through the later years of adolescence- its an enriching afterschool activity.

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Mandalas for Kids

A mandala is usually a circular diagram symbolizing an ideal universe. They can come in many forms. Mandalas were originated in the 4th century as part of one of the world’s great religions, Buddhism. They were used in Tibet, India, Nepal, China and Japan among other countries. Now they are created throughout the world. Making a mandala can be a very empowering experience for

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Self-Portrait

I often wonder what goes on in my child’s head. I always look for opportunities to glimpse his ideas and thoughts.  Recently, we started an ongoing project that really helps me see how he sees himself. My son’s self-portrait is a reflection of what he looks like and how he interprets himself and the world around him.  If I want to get to know

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End of the Year Memory Book

Our family plays a dinner game at the end of each year in which we each try to quickly and succinctly list the top ten things we remember from the year. It can be an event, a dream, a disappointment, a lesson, an outing…just anything that we want to never forget. This year it was my son’s idea to add to this tradition by

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Kids for Troops

Our local school discussed how students can help U.S. troops keep up their spirits by writing letters and sending care packages. There is a way to even adopt a platoon! The idea of supporting the men and women who are keeping us safe has been an interest of my son’s for a while because his uncle is a serviceman. Now, knowing that he is

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