DIY Paper Bows

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   “Brown paper packages wrapped up in string, these are a few of my favorite things.”   Brown kraft paper, as plain as it may be, provides the perfect blank slate when packaging beautiful gifts, don’t you think? I’ll admit, I’m not normally a gift-wrapping pro.…

Snowman Puffy Paint Art

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   Yes, I may have a snowman obsession (Melted Snowman Soup, Do you want to Melt a Snowman, 10 Playful Snowman Activities). But to be fair, this activity is actually part of the snowman bucket list I made in the 10 Playful Snowman Activities post (see numbers…

Candy Cane Christmas Ornaments

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links}   So I think I found a simple enough ornament for my kids to make (seeing as how our wreath ornaments were not quite right for them). I actually came back to a project we did in the fall- marble painting. Since marble painting was simple…

Marble Painting

                                                      Last week we had our fourth preschool co-op. I really love getting together with the moms and other kids (they range in age from 1 1/2 to 3 1/2 years…

Children’s Art Frames

Hi all! Remember last week in my Untoy: Playing and Crafting with straws post, I mentioned that I had a special project I was working on? Well, I’m finally ready to show it off: My children’s Art Wall with DIY frames! I wish I could say that I made up this craft all by myself, but…

Potato Stamps

If you all are anything like me, you like to stock up when you find a good deal: Toys (I’ve got a closet of gifts saved up!), Shampoo (I think I’m good ’till 2017) and potatoes… Do you ever find yourself at the 99 Cent Only Store (crafty mamas congregate here) and see an entire…

Spaghetti Window Art

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Did you happen to see the Nature Suncatcher we made for our reading nook last week? I really loved how pretty it (still!) looks in our window. It got me thinking of other ways we could have some fun  decorating our windows- and out of that…

Nature Suncatcher

{For your convenience, this post may contain affiliate links} Nature suncatchers are nothing new. Preschool teachers everywhere make this activity a regular part of science exploration- and with good reason! When students are allowed to take a walk and gather natural elements, they are learning how to appreciate their surroundings. While in the classroom they…

DIY Yarn Paintbrushes

Before I was a mommy or teacher, I was an after school and summer daycare program coordinator. I loved the carefree days I spent with the kids after school doing arts and activities. And for me, nothing says after school fun quite like painting. It was always the favored art activity 🙂 Yarn painting is…

Father’s Day Photo Gift

This year will mark my husband’s third time celebrating Father’s Day! I can’t believe how fast time has flown by. In the years past the boys have been too young to participate in the gift-giving tradition, but this year I realized they can help create a simple photo gift that I know Daddy will love…