DIY Space Christmas Ornaments

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...
DIY Wooden Gradient Blocks

DIY Wooden Gradient Blocks

Inspired by the Montessori colour tablets, we decided to make our own gradient blocks. At first, I thought that they’d be a sturdier version of paint samples for creating a handmade gradient puzzle, but they actually turned out to be a very open-ended toy! This...
Penguin World: Build a Winter Sensory Bin

Penguin World: Build a Winter Sensory Bin

There are certain themes that seem inevitably popular among kids: dinosaurs, robots, and construction vehicles get a pretty universal love from the young generation. Boys are known for their adoration of vehicles, but there are plenty of girls who cannot walk past a...
DIY Owl Easter Eggs

DIY Owl Easter Eggs

If you like decorating eggs for Easter, this craft tutorial will show you how to paint eggs as a couple of cute owls! I’m hardly a big owl fan, but somehow owls keep sneaking into my art again and again. When I attempt to explain it to myself, I think that owls...
Make-a-Monster Blocks

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...
Wooden Bangles for Animal Lovers

Wooden Bangles for Animal Lovers

If you look around my blog, you will find out that wood is one of my favourite materials to paint on. I like how absorbent it is, yet how smoothly paint goes onto the wooden surface, and how well it bonds. Because it is more interesting than painting on a rectangular...
Luminescent Christmas Ornaments

Luminescent Christmas Ornaments

Like other children, my son is rather partial to things that glow and shine. It was an interesting experience for him to make a Christmas ornament that glowed and shone. Since Budster was a newborn, he was fascinated by lamps. He would lay in his bed and switch his...
How to Make House Blocks for the Railroad

How to Make House Blocks for the Railroad

Make a set of DIY house wooden blocks for kids. It’s a great addition to railroads, cars and other imaginary play activities!  This post contains Amazon Affiliate links for your convenience. Railroads have stretched across our playroom, and along them run the...
How to Make Wooden Monster Blocks

How to Make Wooden Monster Blocks

Last year, we had a little Halloween party for the babies we knew. All of my son’s friends were under one year old, like him, so sweets were not the best option for the party favour bags. Yet, I wanted them to have something special to remember...
How to Make Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

How to Make Matryoshka Nesting Dolls

Have you ever thought of painting your own matryoshka doll? Here are the basic materials and design elements for making a traditional Russian nesting doll. Educational Benefits of Matryoshkas Matryoshkas are wooden dolls that come in a set: they range in size and can...
Make a Painting Together with Toddlers

Make a Painting Together with Toddlers

Painting and drawing have always been a big part of my life. At times they comforted me, other times they helped me to visualize my ideas. So I could not wait to share this passion with my son, and I first offered him food-based paints when he was seven months old. He...
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