A Boat For Santa

A Boat For Santa

I know we haven’t even shared any Halloween crafts this year, but as my preschooler and I were talking about modes of transportation, she decided to talk about ways Santa might get around. It was a wonderfully creative conversation. After talking about it, she wanted to make Santa’s boat. It turned out super cute, so I wanted to share it!

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Materials Used

Paper Plate

Red Paint

Brown Construction Paper

Decorative Paper

Paint Brush

Scissors

Glue

Craft Sand

I started by cutting a paper plate in half. After that, I gave my daughter red paint to paint the paper plate.

While we waited for the paint to dry, I drew a rectangle on the brown construction paper and a triangle on the back of the decorative paper for my preschooler to cut out.

Once the plate was completely dry, we flipped it over and glued the rectangle onto the back. Next, we flipped it back and glued the triangle onto the rectangle.

To finish the boat, my daughter made three circles with glue. I helped her pour the sand onto the plate. This part was messy, but so much fun! If you want a less messy option, you could use black construction paper.

The end result of our spur of the moment craft project was a magical boat fit for Santa!

Book Suggestions

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What Would You Pack? Creative Learning Activity

What Would You Pack? Creative Learning Activity

Our family loves to travel! This past weekend, we did a fun travel themed activity that encourages creative thinking and language skills.

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Materials Used

Construction Paper

Glue

Magazine Clippings

Scissors

Something To Draw With

I started by drawing a rounded rectangle on the construction paper. I also drew two handle shapes. I helped my daughter cut all three things out.

After the shapes were cut, we folded the rectangle in half and then glued the handle shapes onto the sides.

While we waited for the glue to dry, we talked about where we could go on a pretend trip and what we should pack. My preschooler decided that we should pack from a camping trip. I had her pick pictures from a pile of magazine clippings. Before she glued on each picture, she told me what it was and why she needed to pack it.

Book Suggestions

Little learners enjoy pairing a book with crafts and educational activities! Here are a few suggestions.

Easy Felt Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Easy Felt Crafts The Whole Family Will Enjoy

Felt is such a wonderful fabric for small children to craft with! Today, we want to share a list of easy felt projects that children can do with just a little help!

No-sew Monster Banner

Cute Felt Angel

DIY Space Rocket Pencil Toppers

DIY No-sew Felt Name Pennant

Flower Pencil Toppers

Tweety Felt Bird DIY Bookmarks

We help this list can inspire you to break out the felt and get craft with your little ones! If you like the list, please share it with a friend!

Paper Sandcastle Craft

Paper Sandcastle Craft

This week, we have decided to bring a day at the beach home with some fun activities and crafts! Yesterday, we built a “sandcastle”. This craft is extremely easy and only takes a few materials!

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Materials Used

Construction Paper (White and Brown)

Scissors

Glue

A Crayon or Marker

To start, I drew several sandcastle “parts” for my preschooler to cut out. If you are doing this craft with a younger child, you can do the cutting. If you are doing this craft with an older child, you can let them draw the sandcastle themselves and have them cut it out afterwards.

After the cutting was done, we drew a door and windows. Next, my daughter glued the castle together. I let her put the pieces on the paper however she wanted them.

When your little one is done, you will have a one of the kind sandcastle that you don’t have to worry about washing away!

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You Won’t Hear “I’m Bored” With These Fun Summer Activities

You Won’t Hear “I’m Bored” With These Fun Summer Activities

Summer is such a fun time of the year! You can spend a day at a local water park, take a trip to the beach or just enjoy a day with your children at the park. Even with all the fun things your family does this time of year, summer boredom will still likely hit your home at some point. Today, we want to share a list of crafts and activities that will have your preschool aged child learning fun new things all summer long.

Crafts

Dinosaur Fossil Craft

Easy DIY Pipe Cleaner Flower Craft

Lego Crayons

Paper Plate Watermelon Fan Craft

Toilet Paper Roll Bird Feeder

Handprint Sun Paper Plate Craft

Bubble Wrap Butterflies

Educational Activities and Worksheets

Sunscreen Painting

Farm Themed Cutting Practice

Summer Preschool Worksheets

Cleaning Pennies With Ketchup

Seven Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

Seven Fun St. Patrick’s Day Crafts

You can get your kids excited about St. Patrick’s Day with these fun crafts.

St. Patrick’s Day Mickey Mouse

This cute Leprechaun Mickey Mouse can be made for under under $5!

 St. Patrick’s Day Thumbprint Craft

 This simple sensory craft can be done at home or in the classroom!

St. Patrick’s Day Handprint Craft

This art is a fun way to look back on how little your child was!

Leprechaun Toilet Paper Roll Craft 

This Leprechaun Toilet paper roll craft is the perfect St. Patrick’s day craft for kids.

Pot of Gold Rainbow Popsicle Stick Craft

Rainbow crafts are a great way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This popsicle stick craft is easy to make.

St. Patrick’s Day Paper Craft

This paper craft is made with a paper plate, paint, and some construction paper!

Pot Of Gold Craft

This fun craft uses handprints!

Name Toothbrush Craft

Name Toothbrush Craft

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. We are also headed to the dentist in a week for so. To celebrate both of those things, we have been focused on dental related crafts and activities. Today, I want to share an easy art project that you can use to help start a conversation about dental health with your little one!

Materials Used

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Construction Paper
  • Something to write with

The prep work for this craft is really easy! I just cut a long rectangle, a toothpaste like shape, and a short rectangle out of construction paper. I took the short rectangle and cut little slits in it so that it would look like the bristles of a toothbrush. If your child is comfortable using scissors, let them do the cutting!

After that was all ready, I had my daughter write her name on the long rectangle.

Next, she glued her toothbrush to a piece of construction paper.

That is it! This craft is super easy!

Book Suggestions

Little learners love pairing a book with a craft or activity!

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What I’ve Learned By Writing A Crafty Blog

What I’ve Learned By Writing A Crafty Blog

When I started this blog, I really was not even sure if anyone would read it. I wanted to document the crafts and activities my little one did, but I wasn’t sure how many people would be interested in what I wrote. I had just over 1,000 visitors the year that the blog launched. Since then, this blog has grown and evolved in ways that I could not even have imagined!

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A good craft blog can give readers a constant source of inspiration. Whether you love sewing, making art with your children, or just a good DIY project, there is something out there for everyone. Many crafting blogs, like ours, also feature lifestyle content, travel tips, and even recipes! Some other bloggers choose to focus on tutorials for one particular type of crafting.

Pinterest can be a wonderful resource but reading full posts from craft blogs is a great way to bring your crafting up to the next level. My readers not only find new project ideas, but sometimes they even find a new favorite kind of craft! If you are new to the blog, I’d love it if you took a look around to see what inspiration you may find!

This past year was a big year for the blog. Although I had taken on a few sponsored posts in the past, I really focused on turning my hobby into an income source this year. It is a wonderful feeling to watch a hobby turn into something more. Blogging can be a fantastic experience, but it also can be stressful at times. During the beginning of the pandemic, I wondered how current events would impact my blog. I found myself with less time to write once we had to take my daughter out of daycare, but I also found a lot of new readers! Even though my primary focus has always been empowering parents to get crafty with their children, in 2019, a majority of my most popular posts were travel related. Posts about our trip to Disney were especially popular. While we had hoped to go to Disney in 2020, it never happened. We still have a trip planned, but it has been rescheduled twice now. In 2020, I saw a shift in what my readers wanted to see on the blog. My kids craft tutorials have gotten more views than ever before. Knowing that my writing is inspiring other parents to create crafty memories with their little ones during these difficult times means more to me than I could possibly describe.

Today, I want to share a few things I have learned from the past few years of blogging! One of the most important things I have learned is that is it extremely important to read what other, more experienced bloggers have to say. Reading interviews with fellow bloggers has helped me reflect and explore my own goals as a writer and an influencer. I have also learned that quality is better than quantity. I used to push myself to post at least three times a week. Now, I post about once a week. By giving myself more time to think about what I will write, I am able to put more creativity into each post. The next thing I have learned is that it is important to have fluid goals. I re-write and reflect on my goals each month. The last thing I’ve learned is that although monetizing a blog is wonderful, it should never be a blogger’s very first goal. Although some bloggers can monetize pretty quickly, it can also take years. It is easy to get frustrated and burned out if making an income is your primary goal.

I hope this post can inspire you to dive into blogging or to just check out some of our crafty projects! If you are thinking about starting a blog, or have already started your blogging journey, I wish you a wonderful, creative, and productive 2021!

Christmas Tree Counting Activity

Christmas Tree Counting Activity

December is almost half way through and we are busy getting ready for the holidays! Today, I want to share an easy holiday counting activity! This activity is perfect for toddlers or young preschoolers and you will only need a few materials that most people already have around the house!

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Materials Used

  • Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • A Marker
  • Scissors

I started by cutting out six tree shapes from green construction paper. Next, I cut out about 25 little circles from red construction paper. After that, I glued the trees onto a piece of white paper.

After the trees dried for a few minutes, I randomly wrote a number one from six on each tree.

I had my daughter tell me what number was on each tree and then glue a matching number of red circles onto it.

This easy to prepare activity is a great way to practice counting and number recognition!

Book Suggestions

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Upcycled Clothing Projects

Upcycled Clothing Projects

While decluttering and organizing our home, I noticed we have so many unused clothing items! We donate everything that is in great condition, but that still leaves us with things that are not nice enough to pass along. Today, I want to share some great upcycling projects that can easily give new live to old clothing!

Blue Jean Tote Bag

Upcycled Denim Storage Bins

DIY Reusable Hand Warmers

T-Shirt Headband

DIY T-Shirt Pillow

Photo Credit: Creative Green Living

T-Shirt Shopping Bag

DIY Jean Skirt

Recycled Jean Patches

Upcycled T-Shirt Pillow

Photo Credit: Creative Green Living

Fabric Bookmark

Farm Girl Apron

Daisy Jumper

Blue Jean Barbie Bag

Photo Credit: Craftsy Hacks

DIY Headband

Cozy Boyfriend Pillow

DIY Sweater Wreath

T-Shirt Bracelets

Upcycled Jeans Picnic Blanket

Photo Credit: The Boondocks Blog

T-Shirt Wall Art

Shopping Bag

I hope you enjoy these upcycling projects!

I’d love to hear from you! Have you recently transformed old clothing into something new? What did you make?