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Easy Ideas for Creating Custom, Memorable Holiday Cards


Even with the popularity of using e-mail, social media, and texting to communicate with friends and family, holiday cards continue to be a time-honored tradition. In fact, according to a survey from holiday cards and thank you cards retailer Cardstore.com, 43 percent of Americans prefer a greeting card from a loved one instead of $10, and 63 percent think sending a special occasi ... Continue reading Easy Ideas for Creating Custom, Memorable Holiday Cards

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Transform Your Trash


by Marisa Belger


The jars came first. Instead of sending my growing collection of empty glass receptacles to their usual fate at the bottom of the recycle bin, I did something unexpected -- something wild. I peeled off their labels and plopped them in the dishwasher.


I wanted to see just what would happen if I gave these jars another ch ... Continue reading Transform Your Trash

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Marble Magnets: Easy Crafts for Kids


by Deb McLeod


If you are looking for a fun craft consider making marble magnets, which are simple to make but fun and creative. The sheer variety of marble magnet styles makes this a craft that everyone can put their unique stamp on.


Not only are they simple, but marble magnets are also inexpensive to make. Wrap a few up in tissue paper and present th ... Continue reading Marble Magnets: Easy Crafts for Kids

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ABC Salt Dough


by Amanda Formaro


Making gifts from salt dough is fun and creative. Make these easy salt dough alphabet letters for your teacher. Whether you simply add a magnet or your glue them to something more elaborate like a wall plaque, she will appreciate the work you put into them!


What You Need

1/4 cup salt
1/2 ... Continue reading ABC Salt Dough

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Bright & Easy Spring Crafts


by Deb McLeod


Spring is a time for renewal and brightness. We often think about moving furniture around, adding new pictures to the walls and bringing some flowers into the house. It's all about lightness and brightness.


Many of us also head to the craft closet this time of year, and it's a great idea to do so. You can create fun and ... Continue reading Bright & Easy Spring Crafts

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Crafty Holiday Gift-Giving


by Katriena Knights


In these uncertain economic times, the holiday season might prove even more of a challenge than usual. With holiday gift-buying a strain on the budget even at the best of times, this year might be a good one to look into alternatives.


One way to reduce the holiday budget while spending more time with your kids is to ... Continue reading Crafty Holiday Gift-Giving

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Eggs & Bacon Candy


by Amanda Formaro


Make this fun treat while on your next camping trip or any old time. It's cute, it's tasty and the kids will love it! This is a fun project for 4H, Scouts or just for a lazy summer day.


What You Need

fruit leather candy
white chocolate for melting
yellow M&Ms
scissors


... Continue reading Eggs & Bacon Candy

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Valentine Fun--Make Your Own Cards


from KidCreate Studio


This year, save yourself a trip to the store for another box of Dora, Spongebob or Scooby Doo Valentines. Have your kids create their own cards using these great art techniques. They will have so much fun, they won't even miss the cartoon characters!


Stencil Fun
Kidcreate's teacher Chloe says stencils are all ... Continue reading Valentine Fun--Make Your Own Cards

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9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids



By Amanda Formaro


Children love music as much as they enjoy making things. Why not join these two creative forces and make one or all of these fun and easy musical instruments to encourage play and creativity.


DECORATIVE ITEMS
For any of these activities, you can leave the items plain or decorate them. If you need ideas f ... Continue reading 9 Easy to Make Musical Instruments for Kids

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Paper Bag Scrapbook--with Personality


By Kathy Ross


Take a step back in time, and try making scrapbooks that use scraps rather than purchased materials. "This project is super," one mom reports. "It gives the kids their own project so they aren't constantly asking for acid free paper (which can get very expensive when one wrong cut means they are on to the next sheet). Also, with this project, they e ... Continue reading Paper Bag Scrapbook--with Personality

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Clothespin Magnets




By Amanada Formaro


Children love to display their artwork on the refrigerator. Dad is always hanging up phone numbers and slips of paper. And Mom, of course, has her own little notes, lists, and reminders. With the help of the kids, why not personalize a magnet clip for everyone in the family?



You will need:

wooden or plastic ... Continue reading Clothespin Magnets

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20 Fun, Indoor Activities for Bored Kids


by Amanda Formaro


When it's raining, snowing, or just plain too cold to play outside, your household can fall victim to the "I'm Bored Blues". With a little creativity and imagination, you can turn the tables and find fun things to do without running to the store or turning on the television. Keep this list of ideas handy, or write each idea on a slip of paper an ... Continue reading 20 Fun, Indoor Activities for Bored Kids

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Tennis-Ball Apple Puppets


By Kathy Ross

Don't toss out those tired old tennis balls. Save some to make whimsical, "talking" apple puppets! "We had fun with this one. We are into apples these days since our two apple trees are ripe and filled with apples so this was fun," reports Amy who did this project with Addison (7), Kyle (5) and Delaney (18 mo.). "Even my baby had fun with this proj ... Continue reading Tennis-Ball Apple Puppets

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Bottle Bats

by Amanda Formaro


This cute Halloween bat is the perfect project for your kids. Easy to make, recycles and best of all, it's fun! Gather the kids around and make several of these quicky bats.


A very special thank you goes out to 9 year old Madison for sharing her bottle bat idea with us!


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"Stuck on you" Car Magnets: Kids Krafts

By Tracey C. Agranoff


Ages: 3-6 yrs.


You Will Need:
Magnet Sheets (can be purchased at many office supply stores)
Permanent Markers (Sharpee brand come in great multi-packs)


Step 1. Draw and color any design you like onto the Magnet Sheets.
Step 2. Cut out your design or create a single large sign.
Step 3 . ... Continue reading "Stuck on you" Car Magnets: Kids Krafts

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No Mess Painting: Kids Krafts


By Tracey C. Agranoff


Ages: 9 months--36 months


You Will Need:
Washable Tempera Paint ( color of your choice)
Giant Clear Zip-Loc Bag
Masking or Duct Tape


Step 1 - Open Zip-Loc Bag and squirt in a glob or two of washable tempera paint.
Step 2 - Gently flatten out bag to remove as much air as possible from bag ... Continue reading No Mess Painting: Kids Krafts

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Fruit-a-licious Playdough: Kids Krafts


by Tracey C. Agranoff


Mmm-mmmm---what could be better than crafts with built-in snack appeal?
Ages: 3-6 years


You Will Need:


  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened Kool-aid
  • 4 Tbs. cooking oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Large mixing bowl & spoon

    ... Continue reading Fruit-a-licious Playdough: Kids Krafts

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  • Edible Finger Paints: Kids Krafts


    By Tracey C. Agranoff

    Ages: 9 months-36 months

    You Will Need:
    Pkg. Vanilla Pudding Mix
    Food Coloring or Unsweetened Kool-Aid Packet
    Milk


    Step 1. Pour some of the dry vanilla pudding mix onto a tabletop surface.
    Step 2. Put 2 -3 drops of food coloring or pour some of the Kool-Aid powder onto the dry pudding.
    Step 3. Sl ... Continue reading Edible Finger Paints: Kids Krafts

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    Make-It-Yourself Chalk: Kids Krafts

    By Tracey C. Agranoff


    For ages 3-6 years
    You will need:

    • 1 Cup Plaster of Paris (you can find this at Michaels Crafts)
    • ½ - Cup cold water
    • Candy or Popsicle molds, small paper drinking cups
    • Powder Tempera Paints
    • Bowl & Spoon for Mixing

    Step 1. Combine Plaster of Paris, water and tempera paint in
    mix ... Continue reading Make-It-Yourself Chalk: Kids Krafts

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