Add some ALEX to your Easter baskets!

March 20, 2013 at 12:34 | Posted in ALEX Toys, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 3 Comments
Tags: , , ,

easterALEX crafts can be given for any occasion!We’ve selected 9 items that we think will make the perfect accessory to any Easter basket.

Despite the large amount of creativity that these products offer, the boxes are smaller in size and would make a great center pieces for your baskets. They are also valued at $5.95 – $13.95, making them an easy purchase decision you won’t have to think twice about.

Continue Reading Add some ALEX to your Easter baskets!…

ALEX Spring Promotion

March 15, 2013 at 09:38 | Posted in General, Holidays, Videos | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

ALEX Spring Free Gift With Purchase PromotionSpring is in the air!

ALEX is celebrating spring’s arrival with a special promotion!

And it’s perfectly timed for families shopping for Easter and Passover gifts and basket stuffers!

Continue Reading ALEX Spring Promotion…

6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

January 10, 2013 at 18:04 | Posted in Family Time, General, Let's Play | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , ,

6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round

If your kids are like mine, their birthday is their favorite day of the year. In fact, my kids make elaborate plans for crafts, parties, and gifts months and months before the actual birthday date. All of which are subject to change at any moment.

Birthdays are the best.

So, I just go with it. We pretend play birthday all the time.

We sing Happy Birthday in the car to them, to me, to all our relatives, to our pets, to our toys.

We play birthday party, too.

And do you know what? It’s great to play birthday because while you’re playing, you’re sneaking in lots of learning opportunities.

Here are some ideas for your next pretend play birthday bash.

Continue Reading 6 Ways to Pretend Play Birthday All Year Round…

How to Encourage Creativity

December 18, 2012 at 16:24 | Posted in Educational, Family Time, General, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Drawing with ALEX Toys Metallic Crayons

Encouraging creativity is a core feature in my parenting strategy. Creativity has more benefits than I can count, but here are few:

  • Encourages self-expression – drawing and engaging in other creative pursuits gives kids a voice. I have learned a lot from and about my children by listening in as they create.
  • Builds fine motor skills – many creative pastimes help children develop the fine motor movements that are important for scholastic success.
  • Helps children discover passions – Pretend play and creative expression help children discover what truly interests them.
  • A great way to de-stress – I often set out a creative activity for my kids to do after school, as I find it soothes tired nerves and makes it easy to ease back into home life. This also motivates my first grader to get her homework finished (so we can get started on the activity), and it’s a wonderful bonding time for me and my kids.

Now that we’ve covered a few benefits, here are things I do to encourage creativity.

Continue Reading How to Encourage Creativity…

Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations

December 14, 2012 at 08:30 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | 1 Comment
Tags: , , , ,

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.

DIY Christmas decorations, christmas banner, holiday crafts

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!

Continue Reading Priceless Handmade Holiday Decorations…

Five Writing and Drawing Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make

December 4, 2012 at 22:39 | Posted in Holidays, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Kid Arts & Crafts, DIY GiftsHomemade gifts from kids are the best and most loved, don’t you think?

Get your kids started making homemade gifts for the holidays with these five favorite DIY writing and drawing ideas.

Continue Reading Five Writing and Drawing Holiday Gifts Your Child Can Make…

Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures

November 26, 2012 at 16:33 | Posted in Crafting, Kid's Arts & Crafts | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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.

Continue Reading Using Crafts to Teach About Different Cultures…

How To Make Your Own Native American Napkin Rings

November 16, 2012 at 16:41 | Posted in Crafting, Holidays | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

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 🙂

Continue Reading How To Make Your Own Native American Napkin Rings…

Printable: Make A Monster Face

October 18, 2012 at 16:01 | Posted in ALEX Printables, Little Hands | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , ,

Welcome to the ALEX Printables! There are new craft projects coming out all the time so make sure to check back and follow us on Facebook so you don’t miss any of the action! You can get all of the ALEX Printable Crafts by visiting our ALEX Printables and  Little Hands sections.

Just in time for the Halloween, here’s Make A Monster Face! Designed to be easy enough for preschoolers, it’s a fun activity for kids that involves no more than cutting and pasting. Make lots of different faces with various combinations of cut-out features! When they’re done they can show off their hard work and hang the monster faces up as Halloween decorations!

Continue Reading Printable: Make A Monster Face…

ALEX and Scholastic Partner for Reading and Crafting Fun [Giveaway too!]

October 1, 2012 at 11:28 | Posted in Little Hands | Leave a comment
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Scholastic, ALEX Little Hands, book, preschoolers

ALEX is proud to announce its partnership with Scholastic in the launch of two new books, Jungle Party and Moody Monsters.

Written by children’s author, Jenne Simon with illustrations by ALEX, inspired by the Little Hands line, the books bring together the very best of the reading and crafting worlds for preschoolers aged 3+.

Each book teaches children important kindergarten-ready skills through vibrant stories and fun, interactive crafts that keep the learning and imagination going long after the book is finished!

Continue Reading ALEX and Scholastic Partner for Reading and Crafting Fun [Giveaway too!]…

Next Page »

Blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: