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How To Make A Leprechaun Trap (Preschool Engineering Activity)

You don't need to know how to make a leprechaun trap to guide your littles through this super-fun STEM activity for preschoolers!

How do you build a leprechaun trap? Ask your kids! Looking for fun STEAM activities for preschoolers (science, technology, engineering, art, and math)? Or for easy St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids? Or are you a homeschooling parent in search of a preschool engineering activity or STEM activities for kindergarten? Building leprechaun traps is one of the …

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Cute & Easy Button Snowman Ornaments (DIY Christmas Ornaments!)

These cute button snowman ornaments make great DIY Christmas gifts while helping little hands practice sorting and fine motor skills.

Making homemade Christmas ornaments with your children is a great way to spend time together, while practicing critical learning skills. These adorable button snowman ornaments are a great way to help your littles build fine motor skills and coordination while practicing sorting and measuring. And DIY Christmas ornaments make great gifts for the special people in their …

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Paper Clip Angels (Cute Homemade Christmas Ornament)

if you're looking for a cute, easy idea for a kid-friendly holiday craft, give paper clip angels a try; they make great gifts for teachers.

I first saw paper clip angels a few years ago at our church’s holiday bazaar and thought, “Oh, how sweet!” There must be a gazillion versions of paper clip angels on Pinterest, but every time I do this craft, it’s new to everyone who sees it. Originally published Dec. 9, 2016; last updated November 2020 …

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Thanksgiving Bead Bracelet Craft & Poem (Free Printable!)

This cute Thanksgiving bead bracelet is a great opportunity to teach your kids the history of Thanksgiving, while practicing colors and motor skills!

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, here’s a question for all you U.S.-based parents. Have your kids learned yet why we celebrate this holiday, and what the story behind it is? Need help? This Thanksgiving Bead Bracelet is a sweet craft to do with your preschoolers or elementary-school students, while teaching them about the first …

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How To Make A Ghost Costume (It’s Harder Than You’d Think!)

Want to make a ghost costume out of an old sheet for your kid this Halloween? Be forewarned: it's a LOT harder than you would think.

When does your family start thinking about Halloween? Me, I start hounding my kids for costume ideas over the summer. I love DIY costumes; having them take forever to make, not so much. Hence I was thrilled this past August when Essie announced she’d be a ghost for Halloween. How hard can it be to make a …

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Recycled Earth Day Projects With Toilet Paper Rolls

Looking for fun activities and easy crafts to celebrate Earth Day? These recycled Earth Day projects use things you have at home, like toilet paper rolls.

Fun and Easy Earth Day Recycled Crafts and Activities: These are strange times we’re living in. I never thought we’d be stuck at home for literally months on end, homeschooling while trying to get our own work done. But here we are. There’s no just popping out to the store for last-minute craft supplies, and …

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100+ Quick & Easy Holiday Homemade Gift Ideas

Need a last-minute gift idea for someone on your list? Short on time and/or funds? Then check out these 100-plus best quick and easy holiday homemade gift ideas!

Need a last-minute holiday gift idea for someone on your list? Short on time and/or funds? Then you need some of The Best Homemade Christmas Gifts that are Fun to Make AND Give: Time’s running short – Christmas is almost here! But you’re still looking for the perfect “little something” for the neighbors, the neighborhood …

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Fast & Frugal Easy Unicorn Costume Tutorial

Got a tween or teen who wants to be a unicorn this Halloween? This easy unicorn costume tutorial will get you a sophisticated look in a few hours.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Halloween DIY Unicorn Costume: Halloween is coming; are you and your kiddos ready yet? As many of you know, I’m into DIY Halloween costumes that are easy to make, not to mention cuter and more budget-friendly than store-bought costumes. So when eight-year-old Kimmie decided she wanted to be a unicorn last year, …

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Kids’ Arts & Crafts Hacks for Not-So-Crafty Parents

Does the thought of kids' arts and crafts projects make you cringe? Or do you dive in headfirst? Either way, these hacks are my secrets to success.

Essential Tips For Kids’ Arts and Crafts Fun: We are all born creative. The more children get to exercise and develop their creativity, the more skilled they will be at everything from problem-solving to self-expression. This is why many parents like to encourage their kids’ arts and crafts pastimes – or even join in the …

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Homemade Christmas Gifts: DIY Spa Treatments

Making a lovely gift basket of DIY spa treatments is an easy project you can do with your kids, and it's sure to be a hit with the lucky recipients!

There’s always something special about the love, effort, and time that go into homemade Christmas gifts. Well, what babysitter, teacher, grandma, or auntie can’t put some DIY spa treatments to good use? Especially when you’ve got little ones who want to be generous but are short on cash, DIY is a fun, thoughtful way to …

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Clothespin Chore Chart: How-To’s, Inspiration, and Tips for Success

Do your kids need a morning-routine reboot? Or help remembering after-school chores? This clothespin chore chart tutorial has tips and examples to help them create their own!

Are your kids starting to get squirrely for the end of the school year and the start of summer break? Do you find their school-year routines and ability to self-regulate breaking down? Those skills have long since flown the coop around here, so we tried something new this morning: a brand-new set of clothespin chore …

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Mother-Daughter Spa Day with DIY Spa Products

What's the only thing better than a mother-daughter spa day with your little girl(s)? A spa day with homemade DIY spa products - bonding time that's fun AND inspiring!

There’s something special about mother-daughter bonding days. Taking some time to do something special with your favorite girl (or girls) is a great way to strengthen your relationship while having fun. And what could be better than a spa day? One with homemade spa products that you created yourselves! With winter winding down and spring …

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Super-Simple, Super-Fast Scarecrow Costume

Not only is this scarecrow costume fast AND simple AND adorable, there’s a reasonable chance you already have everything you need to make it! (And if you don’t, you can probably acquire what you need for well under $10 at your local thrift store.) And with a few simple modifications, this costume will also work …

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Halloween DIY: 15-Minute Scientist/Doctor/Vet Costume (Cost=Free!)

Want a Halloween outfit that takes almost no time to make and costs ZERO? This 15-minute costume will have your budding scientist, doctor, or vet covered.

Does your child love doing science experiments in the bathroom? Is she a huge Doc McStuffins fan? Or does he long to be a doctor when he grows up? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then this 15-minute costume has you covered for Halloween. Even better, it  involves things you probably already …

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