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Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Valentine heart art craft

Valentine heart art

Now that the holidays are behind us, we’re surrounded by all things hearts! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we decided to make something pretty for Grace’s bedroom wall. I’ve seen lots of stamp paintings on Pinterest, but I wanted something a little more permanent—so we used a small canvas instead of paper. Our valentine […]

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Puffy paint snowman craft

A completed puffy paint snowman craft.

My 3-year-old daughter, Grace, has been obsessed with all things snowman this season. I was looking for a fun, sensory activity involving painting, gluing and cutting. The puffy-paint mixture is easy to make—and kids will love the creamy texture while they make the craft and the soft, squishy texture after it dries. In fact, all […]

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Happy New Year fireworks craft


This festive craft came to me when when I was trying to figure out a creative way for our family to celebrate New Year’s Day. After noticing the shape of a dish-washing brush in the grocery store, I envisioned the big puffy fireworks we often see ringing in the new year. Given my 2-year-old Grace’s […]

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Paper plate holiday wreath craft

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My toddler, Grace, has been obsessed with everything to do with Christmas! I wanted to combine fine-motor skills with some larger-motor skills into a craft that could occupy her for about half an hour. We had a healthy supply of paper plates at home; this simple, inexpensive holiday wreath craft was the perfect solution. I […]

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Fuzzy Santa beard craft

fuzzy Santa beard craft

Families are starting to decorate their homes for the holidays, but decorations don’t always have to be store bought. Often the most treasured ones are made by little hands. This simple yet engaging fuzzy Santa beard craft is popular at our house. My daughter Grace was occupied for well over 30 minutes as she and I […]

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Fall leaves cork painting


For fans of celery painting, here’s a variation that’s perfect for a fall. Cork painting compliments the developing small-motor skills of young children and the results are frame-worthy! SUPPLIES Paint Paint brush Cardstock Corks (Michaels offers packages of corks in various sizes) DIRECTIONS Paint a tree shape on your piece of cardstock. Place a small […]

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Halloween candy-corn craft

Candy corn craft

Here’s a super-simple Halloween activity that’s perfect for toddlers—and won’t cause cavities: a candy-corn craft made with construction paper. It’s also great practice for sorting, counting and working on fine motor skills. This craft was provided by Phoenix mom Mandy Bopp, who made this easy craft with her preschool-age daughter Grace. A professional musician by trade, Bopp […]

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Halloween cotton-ball ghost craft

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Here’s a simple Halloween activity that’s perfect for toddlers: a (friendly!) cotton-ball ghost craft. This craft was provided by Phoenix mom Mandy Bopp, who will likely be making several cotton-ball ghosts for Halloween with her preschool-age daughter Grace. A professional musician by trade, Bopp also has two sons. She blogs at Almond Place. What you’ll need cotton […]

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Painting with celery a perfect project for preschoolers

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Painting with celery bases gives toddlers and preschoolers a nice chunky grip for their “paintbrush” and quick, colorful results as they create their own garden masterpieces. This project was provided by Phoenix mom Mandy Bopp, who says her preschool-age daughter, Grace, loved it so much “we made six posters in one day.” A professional musician […]

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Homemade play dough

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Play-Doh is fabulous and can be so much fun! But it has a funny smell—and dries out too quickly. Using this recipe, we make homemade play dough that lasts on the shelf for months. Leave it white or let your child choose a color (or get creative blending colors). Adding essential oils or extracts like […]

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