Mother’s Day Craft Kits Shipping Now!

We have a limited supply of our past Mother’s Day craft kits available below for $20 + free shipping!  We ship in 1-2 business days via USPS first class mail, so if you order now you should get your craft kit this week.

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The “We Love You, Mom!” Craft Kit includes:

Wooden Birdhouse
Berry Sweet Treat Container
Flower Pocket Holder
Flower Photo Holder
Wooden Spring Wind Chimes
Tacky Glue Pen
Washable Markers

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Mother's Day Craft Kit

 The Mother’s Day Craft Kit includes:

Mom’s Memo Board Craft Kit
All About My Mom Giant Card
Decorate Your Own “I Love Mom” Flower Pot
Butterfly Mosaic Craft Kit
Mother’s Day Bracelet
Mother’s Day Card Craft Kit
Mini Markers
Tacky Glue Pen

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Happy Mother’s Day to all of you Fabulous Moms!

Carolyn

Little Passports 2015 Spring Coupon

I have been wanting to try the Little Passports subscription box for a while now. Little Passports sends your kids a monthly package of information, activities, and souvenirs about a new country. Sage (age 7), Liam (age 5), and Noah (age 3) are at a great age to start exploring the world without us having to get on a plane. :) I’ll be sure to write about our experience when we get our first box!

Little Passports is having Flash Sale right now! Click on the banner below to sign up for your 12 month subscription and get $20 off by using the code: SPRING20 at check out. But hurry, this flash sale ends today! This would be a great last-minute Easter gift if you need one for the littles in your life.

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Easter Craft Kit Shipping Now!

Celebrate the Easter season with these adorable and easy crafts for the little ones in your life! Our Easter craft kit is just $20 with free shipping!

This Easter Craft Kit a great way for preschoolers, kindergarten, and elementary school-age children to celebrate Easter. Use the craft kits as an after school activity, while travelling, or on the weekend. This Easter craft kit includes the following prepackaged crafts and supplies:

  • Easter Bunny or Chick Basket – you will receive either a bunny or chick
  • Easter Egg Decorating Kit
  • Easter Bunny Door Hanger
  • Easter Sticker Foil Egg Activity
  • Easter Sticker Scene
  • Tacky Glue Pen

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Easy DIY Valentine Treat Bags and Toppers

Today we made Valentine treat bags and toppers for Sage’s and Liam’s classmates (2nd grade and preschool). Liam especially loved this, being the worker bee that he is. He was so happy to count out the bags, fill them with candy, and decorate them with stickers. I did consider using printable Valentine treat bag toppers, but using only cardstock and stickers made this easier for me and made it more fun for the kids!

To make these bags, you’ll need the following:

First, we counted out the number of bags we needed (29 in Sage’s class and 8 in Liam’s class). Liam helped me fill the bags with candy.

treat bags filled with candy

Once that was done, I used my paper trimmer and cut 8.5″ x 11″ red cardstock into 4″ x 3.5″ rectangles.

scoring paper

Once the rectangles were cut, I used my scoring board and bone folder to indent the paper to make it easier to fold the rectangles in half. I really love my Martha Stewart scoring board, it makes it so easy to get a perfect, even fold!

scoring paper with bone folder

scored paper

I then took the 4×6 treat bag and fold it over at the top slightly, using the cardstock to sandwich the treat bag. We added two staples to the middle part of the cardstock. The staples were covered up later by our mailing labels and valentine stickers.

stapling treat bags

stapled treat bags

The kids wrote their names on mailing labels and stuck them on the cardstock (over the staples).

writing name on treat bags

And then they put the foam stickers on the cardstock.

sticking stickers on treat bags

And these are the completed Valentine treat bags! So easy peasy and so fun for the kids too!

valentine's day treat bag toppers

valentine treat bag toppers

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

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New Year’s Eve Ideas for Kids

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Here are some fun New Year’s Eve ideas for kids who want to bring in the new year with a bang! Adults don’t have to have ALL of the fun on New Year’s Eve.

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  1. Make a balloon countdown by blowing up colorful balloons and taping them to your mantel or a wall. Pop them as the hours go by!
  2. Create DIY noisemakers by adding dried beans or rice to an empty juice box and a Popsicle stick. Decorate with craft paper, buttons, and ribbons!
  3. Kids will love these fun confetti poppers using push up containers and confetti. Or make your own confetti by cutting up newspaper into small squares.new years ideas for kids 2 blog
  4. Make New Year’s brownie squares and use M&M’s to “write” out the new year!
  5. Have your kids put some of their favorite things (is this even possible?) into a time capsule. You can also add a list of interview questions to the capsule.
  6. Make New Year’s erupting volcanoes with baking soda, vinegar, food coloring, sequins or confetti, and plastic glasses. My kids would love this and I would enjoy the science.new years eve ideas for kids
  7. When the sun goes down, activate some glow sticks and add them to a glass hurricane that can be used as a glow stick centerpiece and then handed out your kids for play!
  8. Make your own countdown goodie bags and fill them with small party favors. As each hour passes by, let your kids open a bag. This would be so fun – my kids loooove surprises.
  9. Let your kids make these DIY New Year’s pipe cleaner glasses. Love that these are so simple and fun!

Last but not least, it wouldn’t be New Year’s Eve without a dance party! This year I’m going to try to make a playlist on Spotify and let my kids dance to the year’s best songs.

Happy New Year! Wishing you health, love, and happiness to you and your families in the New Year!!!
Carolyn

 

Best Craft Kits and Craft Toys For Kids

25 best craft kits and craft toys for kids

Finding the best craft kits and best craft toys for the kids in your life can be a difficult task. I’ve compiled this list to help make your life a little easier when you are shopping for the holidays or birthdays! From button art to sewing machines, you’ll find the perfect gift for all of the kids in your life.

Button Art

ALEX Toys Button Art lets your toddler create their own “mosaics” using big and chunky buttons. I love that this toy can be re-used over and over again!

Age Range: 2 to 4 years

$16

Loopdedoo Spinning Loom Kit

Loopdedoo Spinning Loom is a new spinning loom that uses embroidery floss to create colorful bracelets in minutes. Kid-powered, no batteries or electricity required!

Age Range: 6 – 15 years

$28

Make Your Own Cards

Make Your Own Cards by Made By Hands lets your child create their own cards for birthdays and special occasions. You get shapes to punch out and your child uses their imagination to make pictures with the shapes, card stock, and a glue stick!

Age Range: 4+ years

$22

Purr-Fect Pillow

Plushcraft’s Purr-Fect Pillow let’s your child create their own cat pillow, with no sewing required! You’ll get a small tool to apply the fabric pieces to the front of the pillow. A great introduction to fabric crafts! Age Range: 5+ years $15

Sew Cool Sewing Machine

The Sew Cool Machine let’s your child sew without having to deal with thread, bobbins, or needles to thread. The needle is protected with a guard so your child won’t get poked. Your child can create cute pillows, purses, pouches, and more!

Age Range: 6-11 years

$40

Kinetic Sand

Kinetic Sand is a cool, new sticky sand that your kids can play with inside or outside. The sand never dries out and clean up is easy. Hours of fun for your kids! Age Range: 6-11 years $25

Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio Artist Set

The Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketch Portfolio Artist Set let’s your favorite girl “dress” their already drawn models using stencils and colored pencils. You get 40 drawing sheets, 7 colored pencils, 6 stencil sheets, 2 glitter pens, and stickers.

Age Range: 6-12 years

$25

Color Counts Animals

MindWare Color Counts Animals is a color-by-number activity that let’s your child color in beautiful illustrations. You can use your own colored pencils or fine tip markers. Great for rainy days and traveling. Age Range: 6-10 years $25

Make Your Own Potholders

This Harrisville Designs Potholder Deluxe Set lets your child create their own colorful potholders that can be used for gifts and decorations. The metal loom and vibrant colorful loops are sure to be a hit with your child! Age Range: 8-12 years $25

String Art Cards

This American Girl Crafts String Art Cards Kit lets you make 12 colorful cards by wrapping paper shapes with string to make geometric art. You’ll also get chipboard shapes, stickers, adhesive, and an idea booklet. This looks like a fun way to create string art! Age Range: 8+ years $17

Play and Freeze Ice Cream Ball

Use the Yaylabs Ice Cream Ball, Green, Pint to make your own ice cream by putting ice, rock salt, and an ice cream mix in the ball. Roll the ball around for 25 minutes (a great activity the get your kids moving) and you’ll have yummy ice cream for you and your kids! Age Range: 3+ years $28

Spirograph

Get the Spirograph Deluxe Design Set and re-live memories from your own childhood! You and your kids can use the interlocking gears and wheels to create distinct designs with colored gel pens. Age Range: 8-15 years $24

Cool Baker Magic Mixer Maker

The Cool Baker Magic Mixer Maker let’s your kids make their own cupcakes using the mixer and a refrigerator (no oven required). Aspiring bakers will love this and can also use it in imaginative play! Age Range: 6-11 years $33

Imaginets

MindWare Imaginets lets your kids use their imagination or follow cards to copy using magnetic shapes. They can make vehicles, animals, and more! Age Range: 3+ years $27

Design & Drill Activity Center

With the Educational Insights Design & Drill Activity Center, your kids will get a reversible power drill, drill bits, and plastic bolts to make patterns by modeling patterned activity cards. Your child will improve on their fine motor skills and imagination by creating their own patterns. Age Range: 3-10 years $30

Art Desk

The Step2 Deluxe Art Master Desk holds plenty of art supplies so your child can draw, color, and paint to their hearts delight! The white board can be easily wiped and the desk is easily cleaned. This is a gift that can be used for several years. Age Range: 3-7 years $90

Quick Knit Loom

The Creativity For Kids Quick Knit Loom lets your kids “knit” their own hats and purses by winding the included yarn around the loom. Projects can be completed very quickly and your kids can use the end result! Age Range: 7-15 years $20

Knot a Quilt Kit

The ALEX Toys Knot A Quilt Kit let’s your child create their own colorful quilt by knotting fringed fleece squares together. No cutting and no sewing required! This would be great for long car trips or rainy days. Age Range: 6+ years $20

Lumino Light Board

With the Lumimo Light Board your child will push large pegs into a light board and will create their own pictures using 20 picture cards. This is another activity that will help your child exercise their fine motor skills. Age Range: 3-15 years $26

Discovery Kids Pottery Wheel

With the Discovery Kids Motorized Pottery Wheel, your child can make their own pottery at home without having to use an oven. An easy way to make pottery gifts! Age Range: 8-12 years $30

Scientific Explorer Young Architect Building Set

With the POOF-Slinky Scientific Explorer Young Architect Building Set your child can lets your aspiring architect build their own 3D models using room templates, tracing paper, acrylic walls, and colored pencils. This kit can be used over and over again! Age Range: 10-14 years $50

Multi-Craft Weaving Loom

The Melissa & Doug Multi-Craft Weaving Loom lets your child create their own tapestries, scarf, coaster, pouch or carrying kit. This is a great kit for a beginner and the loom comes fully assembled. Age Range: 6-15 years $30

Lauri Toys Primer Pak

The Lauri Toys Primer Pak makes a great travel toy, allowing your child to lace, put together puzzles, and interlock foam shapes. This kit also encourages creativity and fine motor skills! Age Range: 3-7 years $12

Skinz Design Studio Motorized Vacuum Chamber

With the Graphic Skinz Design Studio Motorized Vacuum Chamber your kids can apply “skins” to 3D models and decorate them however they wish! The vacuum sucks air out of the chamber, and makes your design stick to your model. Age Range: 8-15 years $30

My Ribbon Barrette Maker Kit

Your daughter can make her own barrettes that she can wear herself or give to friends with the Crorey Creations My Ribbon Barrette Maker Kit. Makes 16 barrettes and includes barrettes, ribbons, beads and organizer. Age Range: 7+ years $19 What do you think? Are there any other craft kits or craft toys that you would add to this list?

New Christmas Craft Kit – Tis the Season!

Our new Tis Season! Craft Kit is available for sale now! We put this craft kit together so you and your little ones can celebrate the holiday season with hands-on craft projects delivered to your door! We have limited quantities, so order now.  We ship within 1-2 business days.

Tis the Season - Christmas Craft Kit

Tis the Season – Christmas Craft Kit

The “Tis the Season!” Christmas Craft Kit includes 6+ pre-packaged retail craft kits. You’ll get the following crafts and supplies:

  • Christmas Train Craft Kit
  • Decorate Your Own Stocking Craft Kit
  • Santa & Mrs. Claus Wreath Craft Kit
  • Beaded Jingle Bell Necklace Craft Kit
  • Button Wreath Christmas Ornament Craft Kit
  • Nutcracker Craft Kit
  • Merry Christmas to All Sticker Scene

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Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House

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Last night, Noah and I assembled the second of the Creatology holiday foam houses that we bought at Michael’s last weekend (the first was the 3D paper train craft kit) This foam house is the Creatology holiday “traditional house” 3D foam kit, but I would say the only thing that is traditional about it is the structure. The rest of the decoration very modern and festive!

These are the materials that you get with the kit. It comes with 99 pieces, some that interlock like puzzle pieces, and some that have a self-adhesive backing. The box says you need glue, but I was pleasantly suprised to find that we could use mini glue dots to complete this project! Other foam structures that we have assembled in the past did need a hot glue gun, which I prefer not to use around my little ones.

Creatology Christmas Traditional House Parts

Creatology Christmas Traditional House Parts

Noah was extremely into putting this house together. I’m an engineer by degree, so he must have gotten some of my genes. I was extremely impressed with how well this house was engineered and how well the pieces fit together.

Creatology Christmas Construction

Creatology Christmas Construction

I also loved how the foam pieces themselves helped me talk to Noah about shapes (this is a square, this piece is a triangle) and everyday objects (this is a window, this is a door). He already knows what these things are, but I am big on repetition and speech stimulation for my kids – especially in the 0-3 range.

Creatology Christmas House Construction

Creatology Christmas House Construction

Here are some shots of the finished house and the assembly process. The only other supplies, aside from glue dots, we needed were a toothpick to punch out the pre-cut holes in the foam pieces and some scissors to cut out off the excess shingle pieces and snow drifts.

The only pieces that needed glue dots were the pre-printed Santa, wreath, bows, and some parts of the tree.

I really did love how colorful this holiday foam house was, and how sturdy it is. My kids love characters (any, really!), so the Santa on this house was a nice touch for them!

Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House

Creatology Holiday Traditional Foam House

Our kids woke up this morning to find a little visitor on their house! Our elf on the shelf is always looking for festive places to appear every morning. :)

Creatology Christmas House Elf on the Shelf

Creatology Christmas House Elf on the Shelf

Have you put any of the Michael’s foam houses together? I am looking forward to putting together the third house with my kiddos!

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

Creatology 3D Paper Train Kit

Creatology Christmas Paper Train Craft Kit

We were in Michael’s this weekend and picked up a few Creatology Christmas foam kits. I love Creatology craft kits because they are sooo cute and are easy for my kids to handle. My son, Liam, who is 4 years old, insisted we work on the 3D paper train kit as soon as we got home from Michael’s. He’s obsessed (an understatement) with Thomas & Friends, so this craft kit was right up his alley!

The box itself is very substantial. You get a nice color photo as a guide, and the back of the box has visual instructions. This is a bonus for kids who can’t quite read yet!

Creatology 3D Christmas Paper Train Kit Box

Creatology 3D Christmas Paper Train Kit Box

The kit has 82 pieces in total and comes with 4 large sheets of paper that have a foam core.  The kit appears to be made out of paper with a foam core. This is the first Creatology 3D structure that I’ve seen that includes both paper and foam – most are foam. The paper and foam combination made it easier to bend the “paper”.

Each of the paper pieces have a letter/number near each paper slot so you know where to insert the slots. I love that this kit doesn’t require any glue. I’m not the kind of mom who likes messy crafts, although I will tolerate them if they are truly worthwhile for my kids. :)

Creatology Paper Train Sheets

Creatology Paper Train Sheets

When we unfolded a sheet, we found that there was actually double the amount of materials than shown above!

Creatology Paper Train Sheet

Creatology Paper Train Sheet

To get started, we started punching each of the pieces out of the paper sheets. They were easy for my kids to punch out – but we did need a toothpick to punch out the tiny paper slots. Liam (4) and Sage (6), did this with ease. Because there are so many parts, we started to run out of time for Liam and he had to take his afternoon nap. Sage and I continued with the project.

Punching out paper parts

Punching out paper parts

I assembled the steam engine, penguin, and moose using the photo as a guide. Sage worked on the passenger car and caboose.  

I was impressed that Sage could put this craft together with minimal help. I liked that she had to do some problem solving to see how to bend the tabs to fit them into the slots. She was so proud that she could do it by herself! Craft kits are great because they’re both educational and fun!

Putting slots together

Putting slots together

Here’s the completed caboose!

Creatology passenger car complete

Creatology passenger car complete

The steam engine turned out really nicely. All of the wheels on this train had double foam, I’m assuming for extra stability.

Creatology engine complete

Creatology engine complete

The hardest part of this craft was putting the penguin and the moose together. The pieces have to go in a certain way, but with a bit of trial and error, we finally got them together. How adorable are these little guys!

Creatology train animals

Creatology train animals

Sage coupled the train cars together all by herself! 

Coupling the train

Coupling the train

Assembling all of the train cars and animals took Sage and I around 2 hours (I had 2-year old Noah in my lap part of the time!), but would probably take an adult and child around 1.5 hours to complete.  

Creatology Christmas train complete

Creatology Christmas train complete

We loved this craft – it appeals to both boys and girls and was simple to do. It’ll make a great Christmas decoration for our buffet in our dining room – or maybe I’ll put it on our fireplace mantel.

What do you think of this craft? You can swing by Michael’s to pick one up – but you may want to do it asap. I think they change their kits out every year so it may not be available next year!

Happy Crafting!

Carolyn

Make Your Own Shrink Art

Make your own shrink art

As a kid, I was fascinated by Shrinky Dinks. They were fun to color and more fun to watch in the oven. I loved you could take a piece of material and make it miniature!

For our September "Happy Fall & Back to School" craft package, I wanted to bring my own version of shrink art into our monthly craft package.

Using some clear inkjet printable shrink film, I printed this fun back to school artwork by Our Monitos using an inkjet printer. I absolutely love this artwork because these images have faces – my kids love any objects with faces (especially Thomas the Train!). I want to thank Our Monitos again for letting us use their back-to-school artwork.

Printing on the inkjet printable shrink film took a lot of trial and error, because my printer didn’t recognize the shrink film at first. I realized that because the paper was "clear" – it’s really a milky white, I had to put a strip of repositionable labels at the bottom of the paper to let the printer know that there was really paper in there. I have also read that this paper won’t work with some printers, but luckily it worked with mine!

Once printed, this is what the shrink art looked like. The ink goes on very smoothly and only needs a few seconds to dry.

Back to School Shrink Art printed sheet

Back to School Shrink Art printed sheet

While printable inkjet shrink film manufacturer states that it’s best to use permanent markers or paint, but most artwork has enough detail that would require colored pencils. Colored pencils go on fairly smooth, but you may get a few spots where the color may not hold, which is okay because you won’t see those spots when it shrinks!

Coloring shrink art

Coloring shrink art

With colored pencils, you’ll get some excess pencil lead. Make sure you dust it off or these speckles will be there once you shrink the images.

Excess pencil lead

Excess pencil lead

Here’s the finished colored sheet.

Finished Colored Sheet

Finished Colored Sheet

Cut your shrink art shapes out, trying to keep the lines as smooth as possible, so that when your art shrinks, it won’t have sharp edges.

Cutting out shrink art items

Cutting out shrink art items

Here are all of the colored and cut piece. Who could resist these smiling faces?! :)

Cutting complete

Cutting complete

Lay a piece of parchment paper on your baking sheet. Lay your shrink art pieces on top, making sure they don’t touch.

Place shrink art items on baking sheet

Place shrink art items on baking sheet

Set your toster oven or oven to 350 degrees F, then pop them in for 1-3 minutes. You’ll start to see them curl and twist (my kids LOVED this part!). Some may even flip over, but that’s okay because they will eventually flatten out.

Shrink art curling

Shrink art curling

You’ll know their done when they are mostly flat. When you take them out of the oven, the shrink art will still be extremely pliable. If some pieces are still a little curled, you can flatten them with a spatula. Don’t let the kids touch the shrink art until it’s cool. It will take a couple minutes for them to cool completely.

Out of the oven

Out of the oven

These shrink to around 20-30% of their original size. This is what they look like up-close. Super cute!

Shrink Art Complete

Shrink Art Complete

My kids loved playing with these mini school shapes, and they even got a little science experiment out of this craft! Our shrink art craft kit included the printed shrink art sheet, parchment paper, and Crayola colored pencils. All you would need is the oven and a pair of scissors!

I have seen other shrinky dink craft kits in Michael’s, and while they are fun, they take a lot of extra time because you have to trace your own outline, and then color the insides of the outlined picture. Making your own shrink art allows you to use your own clip art, and the outlined printed images are crisp and clear!

Please post a comment below if you have any questions about making your own shrink art.

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