5 Easy Ways to Go Green

April 22, 2013 at 13:04 | Posted in Crafting, Educational, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Eco CraftsEarth Day is the perfect time to set green goals and make some changes for your family; becoming more eco-conscious is a goal we should all make for 2013.

“Going green” doesn’t have to be an entire lifestyle change, though. There are many easy and simple things you can do as a family to get the “green” ball rolling! Here are five to get you started.

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Five Ways to Get Your Preschooler in the Valentine’s Day Mood

February 5, 2013 at 18:23 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays | Leave a comment
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How to teach your preschooler about Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we are gearing up for a day of LOVE at our house.

From the oldest to the youngest, my kiddos adore Valentine’s Day. It’s a special day to celebrate love – the love you have for each other, and your friends.

Sometimes preschoolers don’t quite understand what Valentine’s Day is all about, and as a traditionally adult-geared holiday, that’s understandable.

Here are five fun ways you can add a little Valentine’s love into your day that will both entertain and educate your little one.

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Shrinky Dink Magic

January 9, 2013 at 16:33 | Posted in Crafting, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 6 Comments
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My kids had a fantastic time making these “Cool Stuff” Shrinky Dinks! Shrinky Dinks are made out of a special “paper” that shrinks down in the oven, so it’s like making your very own toys! This particular kit has fun robots, vehicles, and other pre-cut shapes to color. The colored pencils come included, so it was a simple project to pull out on a dark, rainy afternoon – and it was also a quick enough project to let the kids do as a reward for getting ready for school really quickly in the morning!

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Five DIY Gifts Kids Can Make

December 17, 2012 at 20:18 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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Paint a mug, DIY Gifts, crafts for kidsHomemade gifts are my favorite for the holidays! Our family has made all sorts of items together over the years as gifts for family and friends, from knitted winter caps to jewelry.

One year, using clay, we created an entire chess set for my husband featuring our family members! He loved it! The best part is getting the kids involved. While they may not have the funds to go purchase gifts for the important people in their lives, they will always have the energy and the love to create their own.

Homemade gifts don’t have to be perfect, in fact it’s the imperfections that make them valued in people’s hearts. Try these DIY gift ideas that your kids can make, and teach them the joy that comes with giving of yourself and your time!

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Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations

December 14, 2012 at 08:30 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 1 Comment
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One of our family’s favorites Christmas activities is decorating our home. From the lights on the outside of the house, to the Christmas tree, to the stockings on the mantle, wherever you look you’ll see a piece of Christmas.

Each decoration holds a special part of our family’s Christmas spirit, and every year, we create at least one handmade decoration to add to our collection. Sometimes our handmade décor lasts only one year, while others become valued pieces that last from year to year, priceless pieces of our family history.

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Kids love creating Christmas decorations, and there are so many quick and easy holiday décor projects that you can create with your children. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your own handmade holiday collection!

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Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

November 26, 2012 at 16:33 | Posted in Crafting, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
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ALEX Toys, Native American Bead Loom, CraftsCrafts are a fun and creative way to teach your children about a variety of topics. Children are hands-on learners, and always learn best when having fun! In our homeschooling classroom, I keep plenty of craft supplies at the ready to create a variety of projects.

Recently, I’ve been using my craft supplies to teach the children about different cultures. You can create a craft from almost any country and spark a lesson or discussion about an interesting new culture! Here are a few to get you started.

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How To Make Your Own Native American Napkin Rings

November 16, 2012 at 16:41 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays | Leave a comment
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Napkin Rings Dinner TableHere’s a fun way to make decorative napkin rings that look like a Native American headdress. The items required are ones that you almost certainly have on hand in your home, so you’ll be able to set the kids up quickly!

It’s a great opportunity for them to also be involved with the Thanksgiving holiday preparations. They’ll have fun making these easy, colorful crafts, your table will look festive and your guests will be impressed with the personal touch! Smiles all around 🙂

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Inspiring Creativity

April 11, 2012 at 11:57 | Posted in ALEX Blogger Bulletin, ALEX Toys, Crafting, Little Hands | Leave a comment

I have been taking and posting a photo every day for seven straight years. This project has been a way for me to not only document the events of my family but to express my creativity. Creativity is what I want to help cultivate and stimulate in my children. A big part of how I do this is through artistic expression.

With my daughter, she is four, we color, paint, sing and play instruments. I play like a four year old and color outside the lines take pictures at odd angles and make up silly songs. Through crafting I can see my daughter beginning to develop her sense of self, her ability to create and achieve. She is proud of her work and we celebrate it.

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Love Is In The Air…

February 8, 2012 at 12:33 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts, Play@Home Mom | Leave a comment
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Our love for crafts, that is! We adore crafting in our home, so we couldn’t wait to try the I Love Crafts activity kit.

This kit is filled with a ton of supplies: an album, beads, ribbons, pre-cut fabric and felt shapes, buttons, zigzag scissors, glitter glue, sticky dots, instructions and tons more! You can make over 10 heart-themed projects including cards, jewelry and a picture frame.

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“No-Mess” finger paint? Let’s just see about that…

February 1, 2012 at 13:17 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Crafting, Indoor Play, Kid's Arts & Crafts, Play@Home Mom | Leave a comment
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Finger painting, kids simply love it! They love the texture in their hands, the designs they can make, and the way the colors swirl all around the paper. But let’s be honest, the mess is a lot less fun for Mommy to clean up.

This time, I decided to try out the ALEX Finger Paint Pumps, Finger Paint Paper and No-Mess Finger Paint Tray. Here it goes…

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