Minions Perler Beads Bucket

My kids have recently gotten into Perler Beads lately – they have kind of been taking over our house lately.

We were at Barnes & Noble one day and this Minions Perler Beads Bucket caught my eye!  We have used the Perler Biggie Beads before, which are great for little hands, but this was our first time with the regular size Perler Beads.

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I thought Noah and Sage were going to fight over it – but, there were plenty of beads to go around. The bucket has over 6,000 beads in it. Yes, and we went through every last one of them!

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The bucket included 3 pegboards (round, square, and hexagon) instructions and patterns to create the Kevin, Bob, and Stuart characters!

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We found it easier to spread the beads out on a paper plate so the kids could each have their own set of beads to work with.

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Sage started on Stuart and found it quite easy to make this Minion character very easily.

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This is what he looked like before we ironed him.

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Ironing Perler Beads does require an adult! The bucket included ironing paper that you lay on top of your design so the iron can melt the beads indirectly. It only takes about a minute to warm up the iron and then you iron in a circular motion until the beads start to melt together – for 10 seconds on each side.  For my kids, this can seem like an eternity for me and them… but they are always happy with the finished result.

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Noah was so intent on making all of the Minion characters, we spent the next few evenings making more characters. Some were our own Minion designs and some (the ones below) were from the instructions that came with the bucket!

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This bucket was definitely a winner in my house and has spurred us on to buy more Perler beads – which I’ll post more about later!

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If you think your kids will like this Minions Perler Beads Bucket, you can get it here for only $12.99!

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Green Kid Crafts Coupon – Get 50% off Your First Month + Bonus Wall Map!


Get ready for Back-to-School with Green Kid Crafts' Discovery Boxes! From now until midnight on 8/2/15, you can receive their August Ocean Science Discovery Box for less than $10 (50% off) when you start a new subscription! (You can cancel anytime.)

Your pint-sized oceanographers will go on a journey to the deep blue sea with SIX different projects. They’ll make their own “motion ocean” while learning about density and ocean wave formation, design coral reef bubble paintings, “save” felt sea life caught in nets and learn about bycatch, create a mock oil spill and learn about oil spill science, and make glowing jellyfish for bath time. PLUS new subscribers using the code OCEAN50 will receive a free bonus wall map of the world's oceans and continents.

Green Kid Crafts' award-winning Discovery Boxes pack a lot of fun and learning into convenient packages. Each box contains lots of Creativity and STEM Science Kits, extension activities, and free online extras. Projects are designed for ages 3-10. Use code OCEAN50 from 7/31/15-8/02/15 to get your 50% off using this link!

Green Kid Crafts Coupon – Get 10% Off Your Entire Order!


Stock up and save during Green Kid Crafts' July Fourth Sale! From now until July 6, you can enjoy 10% off your entire order with the coupon code FIREWORKS, including subscriptions (annual subscriptions are included too!), single Discovery Boxes, and all Creativity and STEM Science Kits.

Green Kid Crafts is a monthly science and creativity kit subscription service that provides all the hands-on materials needed to inspire creative and educational fun. Plus they also offer tons of single-purchase items with themes like Kitchen Science, Detectives, Dinosaurs, Mad Scientist, Nocturnal Animals, and much more. We don't see many coupons for the longer-term subscriptions, so this is a great chance to get a deal on those! Visit here to start shopping!

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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.


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!


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.

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

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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!

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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.

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

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And then they put the foam stickers on the cardstock.

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

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Happy Crafting!


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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.


  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 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 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!!!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!