Summer

How to Make a Bean Teepee for Backyard Play

If you're looking for a kids' gardening project this summer, try building a bean teepee. This natural play tent is a fun addition to the backyard and a perfect hideout for little explorers. Last summer was our first as home owners, and we were as excited about our big...

Fairy Lanterns from Mason Jars

Turn mason jars into a set of fairy lanterns with frolicking silhouettes of enchanted creatures! The post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Two years ago, I made a set of Halloween and Christmas lanterns, and have since had readers asking questions and...

Halloween

How to Make a Musketeer Costume for Halloween

We have a longstanding Halloween tradition - never get a decent photo of the costumes we make. That happened on Budster's first year when he was a garden gnome. For his second year, we dressed him in a grand musketeer's costume, but we only managed one smudgy photo!...

Make-a-Monster Blocks

Wooden building blocks are a classic toy for open-ended play. So I try not to be too hard on myself for picking up yet another set for my kid whenever I see a good deal at a second-hand toy store or dollar store. When I have a pretty good assortment, I can turn them...

Autumn

Thanksgiving Conversation Starter Coasters for Kids

Want to include children in the conversation during Thanksgiving dinner? Try these printable conversation starter coasters! Over the last four years, we lived far from the rest of our relatives and so celebrated Thanksgiving with just the three of us. Moving closer to...

DIY Seasonal Garlands for Kids’ Rooms

 It seems that time moves slower for children than for adults. I feel like I haven't gotten enough of summer, as if it had zoomed past with a terrible speed, but my son is looking forward to snow and winter. He's positively celebrating it! And when there is...

Christmas

DIY Space Christmas Ornaments

One of my favourite family traditions for Christmas is making a handmade ornament with the kids to add to our tree. This year's craft is space ornaments with swirling nebulae and twinkling stars! If our handmade ornament is supposed to represent the year, the space...

Nativity Shadow Puppet Set for Christmas

Begin a new family tradition this Christmas. Stage a Nativity scene shadow puppet play with kids! If you want to win a set, scroll down to participate in a giveaway. A couple of years ago, I held a poll among my readers, asking what shadow puppet set they'd like to...

Winter

Spring

How to Make a Bean Teepee for Backyard Play

If you're looking for a kids' gardening project this summer, try building a bean teepee. This natural play tent is a fun addition to the backyard and a perfect hideout for little explorers. Last summer was our first as home owners, and we were as excited about our big...

Free Printable Watercolour Garden Markers

Prepare for a new gardening season with these free printable watercolour garden markers! It's that time of a year again. The days are gray, and it seems like winter has been here forever. In these last cold months, it's hard to believe that the world will ever be...

Easter

How to Paint Harry Potter Easter Eggs

Celebrate Easter with a set of Harry Potter Easter Eggs! Ten or more years ago, were you in one of those line-ups outside the bookstore doors, waiting until midnight to get the new Harry Potter book, so that you could spend the rest of the night immersed in the cozy...

Matryoshka Easter Egg Craft

If you like decorating eggs for Easter, this craft tutorial will show you how to turn them into a couple of multicultural Matryoshka dolls! The post contains affiliate links to some of the products I've used. There are some holiday traditions that come naturally to...

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