DIY Toys

Articulated Dragon Puppet with Free Printable Template

Make an articulated dragon puppet from paper with a free printable puppet template! Pet Dragon? Have you ever thought of what it would be like to have a pet dragon? If we consult literary sources, they differ on this account: a dragon brought quite a bit of trouble to...

Emotion Dress-Up Paper Doll Kit for Teaching Kids about Emotions

Did you play with paper dolls when you were a kid? This printable emotion paper doll operates on the same principle: only instead of dresses, she changes poses and expressions to convey a wide array of emotions and teach children to successfully read other people's...

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How to Transfer Silhouette Designs onto Rocks

You have a silhouette design you would like to paint on a rock, but can't do freehand drawing? Try one of these three ways to transfer designs onto rocks! After I wrote about painting silhouette rocks, a few people wrote to me asking whether I have stencils for them...

Fairy Tale Mason Jar Lanterns

Turn mason jars into a set of fairy-tale lanterns with silhouettes of fairies and unicorns! Three years ago, I made sets of both Halloween and Christmas lanterns. We have enjoyed them for a while, and have since made a few new designs. Along the way, I've been trying...

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

Painted Jack-o-Lantern Pumpkin Rocks

If you like painting rocks, here is a fun autumn craft for you and the kids - turn rocks into jack-o-lantern pumpkins! I don't grow pumpkins every year; it's every other year with me. That's how it goes: one year, I get inspired to plant pumpkins and marvel at their...

Black Glue Stained Glass Art

Make imitation stained glass with black glue! Try this unique craft technique with kids and create numerous window decorations and suncatchers. I've tried many different ways of making imitation stained glass. I have never tried the real thing, true, what with all my...

Books

Beauty and the Beast Shadow Puppet Set

Inspired by the Beauty and the Beast fairy-tale, these printable shadow puppets will let the kids tell their version of the "tale as old as time"... When did you hear your first fairy-tale? For most of us, the date would be unknown because our acquaintance with...

Learn & Play

Backyard Railroad Engineering: Outdoor STEM Challenge for Kids

Like many kids, my son likes everything on wheels. Cars, construction machinery, emergency vehicles, trains. Especially trains. He also loves playing in the backyard, and for several summer now, I've been thinking how much fun it would be to build a railroad outside....

Family Fun

52 Reasons Why I Love You: Free Printable Q&A Journal for Couples

Looking for a unique romantic gift for your partner? Give them this printable Q&A journal for couples with 52 reasons of why you love them! During the first year of our marriage, I made love notes for my husband's lunch or left sticky notes with love confessions...

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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