Category Archives: Activities

Mother’s Day Crafts

Are you looking for a great craft for kids to make this Mother’s Day? This fun little crafts will make an excellent gift for mom, auntie, or grandma this mother’s day. Mom’s love gifts from the heart, and crafts make the perfect gift full of love. My mother still pulls out all of our old crafts and displays them during the holidays. She tells each of the grandkids which items their parents made and how old they were. It is one of her favorite parts of being grandma, sharing her favorite pieces of the past with there next generation. That is why I love to find new and adorable items to help the grandkids make to add to her collection. This year I found an adorable snail craft. I cannot wait for the kids to gift it to her on Mother’s Day.

This adorable craft was created and crafted by Jackie at I Heart Arts n Crafts. Jackie is a mom and a graphic designer, which means she knows arts and crafts. This sweet craft is simple, inexpensive, and will be cherished for years to come. For full tutorial including amazing photos head on over to I Heart Arts n Crafts now. Be sure to check out some of Jackie’s other ideas. She has an arts and crafts arsenal of adorableness.

The part I loved the most about this sweet craft? The CD we use to build it. My kids were so worried I was ruining a Bluray. Don’t worry, I didn’t. I still have tons of old cd’s that used to come in the mail as promos for internet companies. Yes I know, I just dated myself. Remember when AOL used to send discs to offer free trial runs? Oh the days of yore! If you’re like me and never throw anything away that could be used in arts and crafts then I bet you have plenty hanging around for this fun craft. So break them out and get crafty! Happy Mother’s Day!

Bring Spring Inside: Soda Bottle Eco-System

Spring is such a beautiful time if year. The flowers bloom, the sun shines, the birds sing, and everything is new again. Spring is a great time to plant new life, and building a new eco system is the perfect way to do that. Plants don’t only have to grow outside, you ca bring spring in to the house and share the beauty of spring indoors all day long.

This incredibly fun eco system from Layers of Learning, was created by Moms, teachers, and sisters Karen and Michelle. They have cultivate a fun and simple eco system that sustains not only plant life but wildlife as well. Each eco-system can sustain a goldfish. Now your kids can cultivate beautiful flowers while caring for a small goldfish friend.

The Soda Bottle Eco-System is fun to build and simple to care for. Simply go to Layers of Learning and follow their simple tutorial. Then you and your boys can enjoy the sweet joy of watching spring thrive indoors and out!

 

STEM: Build a Solar Oven

STEM is quickly becoming my favorite educational subject. It is so much fun to create these fun projects at home with my kids, we all feel as if we are playing and building, when in reality I am helping to stimulate their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an important subject in todays world. So many of our important careers have STEM components. Colleges look for STEM based backgrounds, and even supply STEM based scholarships. Schools are quickly trying to create a broader base of classes and programs available in these subjects, but with defunding of public schools many are unable to incorporate these programs. As parents it is our job to fill in the gaps with extracurricular activities, groups, and even working with our kids at home. It only takes a little parental interest to make a project that seems boring and make it in to a fun and interactive game.

We have been trying to share different STEM activities at least once a month on the blog. We know that kids look forward to them, but we also know that parents get busy, and may not have the time to find things like this on their own. We also know that a lot of us pin great ideas to try, but we sometimes get so busy we lack the motivation and time to actually follow through. Many of you have told us that when you see our blog posts it reminds you that you can do these things. And many of you do. So we will continue to share in hopes that we can help you to accomplish the things you plan.

This month we want to share this fun STEM project is not only fun, it is also pretty tasty! PBSKids has shared a simple solar oven that can help you and your kids to create S’mores! Simply follow the incredibly easy to follow tutorial and enjoy the treats of your labor.