how to cut snowflakes {video tutorial + free templates}

Cutting out snowflakes is one of our favorite holiday traditions! Learn how to cut snowflakes with this video tutorial and free snowflake templates. Easy Christmas or winter craft for kids.

One of our favorite holiday traditions growing up was cutting out paper snowflakes. Every year we would set aside one evening to sit around the dinner table and cut designs, making enough snowflakes to tape up on all the windows so that even if it didn’t snow it would still look festive. This year I […]

punch card bookmark to encourage & reward reading

Good idea to encourage and reward reading: free printable punch card bookmarks. Punch a hole each time kids read, and when the card is full they get a reward. Good idea for reluctant readers.

I’m lucky; my kids love school. It means heading back to school is exciting and fun for all of us–they can’t wait to see their friends and I can’t wait to go grocery shopping alone. (Alone! With no one asking me for anything. It’s amazing, people.) But getting back into the swing of homework can […]

fingerprint art | fun & easy craft for kids

Fingerprint art is so much fun! It's an easy activity for kids of all ages that will keep them busy for hours.

My little kids have a new favorite activity: fingerprint art. They have spent hours in the past few weeks making finger and thumb prints and then adding details with a black Sharpie to turn the prints into all sorts of animals, monsters, bugs, etc. It’s a fantastic boredom buster: it keeps them busy and quiet without the […]

the dice game | fun & easy game for kids and adults

The dice game is fun and easy to play for kids and adults. It's a great way to keep the kids busy over the summer. Free printable and video instructions.

I hope your summer is going great so far! By which I mean that I hope you’ve had some time to relax by the pool and that you haven’t yet felt the need to give any of your kids away (or if you have felt the need that you haven’t actually followed through with it). Since […]

13 fun shirts to make for the Fourth of July

13 fun DIY tee shirts for the Fourth of July. 4th of July shirts you can make with the kids - these are cute!

My kids love t-shirts. The free ones they get from school activities? Love ’em. Dad’s old ones that I tried to throw away? Love ’em. Random tees that I have no idea where the heck they came from? They love those too. They have so many I think the tees must be multiplying in the […]

kid scribble origami bowtie for Father’s Day

What a fun Father's Day gift kids can make! A kid scribble origami bowtie. Let kids color the paper, then fold up the bowtie and hot glue to a ribbon so Dad can wear it. Click through for folding video.

Turn your child’s artwork into a cute origami bowtie for Dad with this easy video tutorial. So when it comes to Father’s Day I don’t do a lot of shopping for my husband. He and I usually treat ourselves to one joint gift for Mother’s/Father’s Day, then we like to help the kids make things for each […]

how to make personalized coloring pages for your kids

This is completely awesome: you can turn any photo into a personalized coloring page for your kids! What a fun summer activity.

And school’s out for summer! Can you believe it? I can’t believe it. I don’t know how the rest of you feel when the kids are home all summer, but I always vacillate between total contentment that we’re all together and absolute despair that my house will never be clean (or quiet) again. I haven’t […]

10 places to go have fun with your kids this summer

Don't let boredom ruin your summer! 10 super fun things to do with your kids when you need to get out of the house.

***Hey, there’s a giveaway worth $100 at the end of this post!*** I always have a vision of how amazing summer break is going to be: me and the kids sleeping in, spending lazy days relaxing at the pool, everyone getting along and the laundry magically doing itself. And it usually is that great–for the […]