Category Archives: Crafts

Not A Box

Don’t you just love when simplicity reins over your child’s play? I’m constantly encouraging my 4 year-old son to use his imagination, to color, to play with his cars or army men. Lately, I’m sad to say, playing video games or watching shows is his preference. Last weekend, when I made a new purchase – which came in a fantastic, big box, we clearly had a playtime treasure on our hands. (He didn’t even ask for “just a little bit” of game time!) Now, there have been a great many boxes that got played in simply as square boxes in…

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An Octopus Hotdog| Homeschooling Units: The Letter O

Sometimes, well often, if I’m truthful I’m baffled at what my life has become. The Lord has transformed me from a woman who couldn’t stand kids to a woman who genuinely enjoys life with 4 little children under the age of 5.  Life with babies, toddlers and preschoolers really boils down to simple pleasures. Life through the their eyes is sometimes disgusting, often beautiful and sometimes genuinely baffling. The joy found in an apple, getting to play dress up or an octopus hotdog often leaves me shocked.  Thank God we are all so easily amused!! Want a super fun lunch…

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Easy Kid Friendly Craft | Cinnamon Ornaments

I was reluctantly joyful when a dear friend of mine brought me a huge bag of cookie cutters last year. Although I knew the benefits of having a cookie cutter for EVERY occasion would be wonderful, all I could think about was where I was going to store 100 cutters and remember to use them all year.  Random questions were running through my head. Questions like: Can I use the same cookie cutters for cookies and play dough? When will I make cookies in the shapes of numbers and letters? Am I now obligated to make cookies for Halloween and…

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Mirror Makeover, DIY

In this time of the ever-popular DIY project, I am often trying new things with my home decor. When a friend asked for wall decorations for Christmas, I quickly found myself elbow-deep in glue and paint. Said friend is redecorating her guest room in a shabby chic green and brown motif. I came across this lovely (large and heavy) mirror on sale at a home store and braved the long line to purchase it. Upon getting it home, I decided it needed some sprucing up. Being the impatient person that I am, I got started right away and used what I had…

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Mirror Makeover, DIY

In this time of the ever-popular DIY project, I am often trying new things with my home decor. When a friend asked for wall decorations for Christmas, I quickly found myself elbow-deep in glue and paint. Said friend is redecorating her guest room in a shabby chic green and brown motif. I came across this lovely (large and heavy) mirror on sale at a home store and braved the long line to purchase it. Upon getting it home, I decided it needed some sprucing up. Being the impatient person that I am, I got started right away and used what I had…

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Share the Avocado

For whatever reason, my son’s Sunday School teachers are often on my heart. It may help I know them to be exceptionally kind-hearted women. And it may help I know what the gracious weekly commitment entails. But I find myself always wanting to encourage my son to do special, small things for them. If we see little plants we like, I suggest he take them in to them. If he’s making Valentines or cards for any other holiday (or occasion-less) day, I remind him of them. Well, this week, I purchased an abundance of avocados. (What can I say, they were…

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Turtle Projects for Kids | Home Schooling Activities | Unit Studies | Handicrafts

A week of turtles: My Father’s World Curriculum practices unit studies. I’m not sure we will always use these, but for our first year, it is suiting us very well. I love the curriculum and have even recently found some parents of older children who are very impressed with the results. This weeks 6 day unit centers on the letter “T”. We are reading the Tortoise and the Hare and the virtue idea of the week is “I don’t quit. I persevere.” For some reason I wanted to give up on parenting all week and found myself begrudgingly repeating the…

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T is for Toilet Paper | Fall Crafts | No Sew Pumkins

T is for toilet paper, or at least this is the excuse I used to incorporate this fun craft into our “T” unit for kindergarten today. Hey, there is toilet paper in the craft and toilet paper (which in enunciated far too many times) most certainly does start with the letter “T”! I’m far from crafty, but who doesn’t love a good no sew project? We our having our home fellowship over this week for an early Thanksgiving potluck and I thought these would be great decorations for the tables.  These no sew pumpkins came from this lovely blog, The…

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DIY Pretty Pink Birthday

As my only daughter and last-born child approached the big 1-year mark, I launched into party planning mode. Of course, *planning* is kind of my thing; I don’t make decisions quickly and try to avoid stress, so I tend to start things (even if only in my head) very early. Early pays off with DIY party planning. I had time to make everything from the invitations, centerpieces, hanging decorations, party favors and food for 30+ people, to smaller details like straws and party hats. “Pretty” was my theme. I started with that and let my pleasure for recycling and using what’s on hand take me…

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