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!

Best Boy Books: Diary of a Minecraft Zombie

MINECRAFT. If you have a son under the age of 13 you know exactly what I am talking about. If you don’t, you may need to check it out. Minecraft is a VERY popular game with boys. It allows players to design and construct their own 3D box world which they can then explore, craft, gather, and eventually use combat methods in with other players, zombies, etc. It is so popular that it has spawned an entire merchandise line, television show, and even books.

This month we want to highlight a series of books that any Minecraft lover will want. Diary of a Minecraft Zombie. This series follows a middle school Minecraft Zombie through his daily life. It is rife with funny video game references, and will keep your little player in stitches. It gives a fun diary style insight in to the world of a 12 year old Minecraft zombie. Readers/players will be surprised how similar their life and the zombies lives actually are. It is a fun and fairly straightforward read for readers 7-12. The series features nearly 17 books and they are available in paperback, hardback, and kindle edition.

These fun a quirky books may just encourage readers that would rather play video games than read to look at a book and see what it has to offer. By adapting their favorite game and giving human emotions to the familiar characters it encourages players to take a deeper look at their game, and themselves, all while keeping the pleasantly entertained.

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!