Back when we lived in Massachusetts, nature crafting was one of my kids' favorite activities! Since we lived on a half acre lot next to a forest, they had plenty of space to find twigs, leaves, and rocks to work with. Now that we live in a condo in California, they don't have as many readily available resources, but it remains one of the best ways to get the kids to spend … [Read more...] about Nature Crafting with Kids
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Have you tried straw weaving using a drinking straw weaving loom? We learned how from my friend Katherine of One Inch World. It’s easy to make a straw weaving loom, and easy to weave on that loom! Straw weaving is a great relaxing activity for kids – a great way for kids to relax or decompress after school. Setting up the loom is easy. All you need for straw weaving is … [Read more...] about How to Make a Drinking Straw Weaving Loom
I find crafting to be an excellent way to spend time thinking, so I was excited to see Happy Heart Kid’s new crafty kits that focus on building social and emotional intelligence. We were sent their empathy kit to review, and my kids really enjoyed the activities that were included! Teaching kids empathy (and other social and emotional skills) can feel more than a little bit … [Read more...] about Social and Emotional Intelligence: Teaching Kids Empathy
We have reviewed a few subscription kits now, and the Peekapak Storytelling Adventure Pak we were sent to review this month was definitely five-year-old Lily’s favorite! Subscription kits are a wonderful way for parents to make room for kids to get creative without having to stock a household full of craft supplies. I think they are particularly helpful for working parents with … [Read more...] about Creative Fun with Peekapak!
My kids love creating things out of fusible beads, but we don’t do it nearly as often as they would like because it means getting the iron out and the iron is hardly my favorite household appliance (that title goes to our washing machine, followed closely by the dishwasher). When we were offered the opportunity to try out Beados, which work like fusible beads, but are bonded … [Read more...] about Beados Review: Fuse Beads with Water, not Heat