DIY Toys

DIY Toys for Kids from Recyclable Materials

When children are bored, there is nothing like contents of a recycling bin to quickly stir up some fun easy projects! ...Or some elaborate ones. It depends on how carried away you get. Just today, Jeffrey and Anselm spend the evening, pretending that a cardboard box...

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...

DIY Home

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...

Christmas Window Decorations

In preparation for Christmas this year, we have decorated our windows with whimsical silhouettes of a winter wonderland. When do you begin preparations for the winter holiday season? My son maintains the opinion that it can never be too early to start, and his...

Babies & Toddlers

Black and White Baby Name Garland

When Faye turned one month, we had a small family party for her. There we made a black-and-white name garland for our baby as her first month birthday present. All of us participated, including her two-year-old cousin, and since then it has been pleasant to look at it...

Black and White Pattern Pictures for Babies

In the middle of May, as blooming lilacs surrounded our house, our daughter Faye was born. After months of anticipating her arrival, we were smitten with love for the little bundle. The days that followed were filled with lots of dreamy baby smiles and snuggles. It's...

Arts & Crafts

How to Make Fantasy Dragon Eggs

What would dragon eggs look like? Last Easter, Anselm and I pondered over this question and decided that they must be encrusted with jewels and precious stones. And since we always wanted to have a pet dragon, we made a bunch of dragon eggs, just in case a baby dragon...

Birds: Free Printable Card, Colouring Page & Drawing Prompt

These free printable bird cards come with a bird colouring page and an art prompt on the back. Read the card, then enjoy colouring! A card is always a nice gesture, especially with Valentine's Day coming, and if there is something more to the card, it is even more...

Books

52 Questions to Ask Children: Free Printable Q&A Journal

If you like creating keepsakes and family traditions, you will like this one. Download this free printable template for a Q&A journal with 52 questions to ask your children - and fill it once a week or whenever convenient! People change. It’s especially noticeable...

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!...

Learn & Play

Flower Canning Pretend Play

The end of summer, and it's time for canning. Can my son stay away? Of course not! And while we're still washing fruits and vegetables, he has already canned twenty jars! A lot of the posts in my blog are ideas of what parents can do for kids. This one is not. From...

Draw the Missing Half: Vehicles

Draw the missing half of a vehicle to make the picture complete! These drawing prompts are good for introducing the concept of symmetry and basic geometric shapes to all transportation enthusiasts. After Anselm's enthusiasm for our insect drawing prompts, the next...

Family Fun

52 Questions to Ask Children: Free Printable Q&A Journal

If you like creating keepsakes and family traditions, you will like this one. Download this free printable template for a Q&A journal with 52 questions to ask your children - and fill it once a week or whenever convenient! People change. It’s especially noticeable...

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...

Mostly Personal

“Big Scary Teeth!”

When I first started my blog, I thought that it would hold stories about our family's everyday life. Instead, I got into sharing stories about making things! No complaints here. This blog has become a great motivation for me to create with my son and for him. Never...

Should Boys Play with Dolls: a Dad’s Perspective

When I was a kid, my sister was always after me to play dolls with her. "Sure, I will just grab my BB gun," I would say. She even bought me a Ken doll as a birthday gift one year, in an attempt to rope me in - at an age when news of it would have been socially...

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