I don't know about you, but Fall is one of my favorite times of year. My kids and I get outside more than ever: I love the cooler temperatures and the fact that we don't have to worry as much about constantly slathering on sunscreen or getting eaten alive by mosquitos. And the colors are the absolute best! My kids are constantly coming home with collections — rocks, sticks, leaves, and yes, even pockets full of carefully collected mulch. Rather than throw out all of those amassed treasures, we often try to put them to good use. Here are 15 of my favorite crafty projects to do just that — so get your kids outside and play with some nature already!
We wouldn't expect anything less from LiEr at Ikat Bag, but will you get a load of this adorable cardboard Barbie house? I can't believe it's taken me two years to find it! I never had a Barbie Dream House growing up, and I never would've wanted one had I known you could construct your own, multi-story Barbie home from cardboard.
Tired of staring at boring, empty walls in your home? Filling your home's walls with art is one of the basic building blocks to decorating a sophisticated home. From how to hang it, to where to find it to how to DIY it, we've gathered our favorite wall art-related resources to help you banish those blank walls!
Sigh. August. You rear your ugly head and I'm racked with guilt, mixed with a twinge of eager anticipation that school is right around the corner. If you're like me, every year the moment hits and you think to yourself, "Oh no! But there's so much left to be done!" Consider this your friendly reminder to check off all those great things you planned to do this summer — or at least two of them.
Foosball, anyone? It's a super fun game, and while it won't improve your real life soccer skills, it is great for hand eye coordination. But who has space for a full-sized foosball table in their home? If you don't have the room but would like to pull off a foosball competition, here's a great option: make a mini game out of a shoebox.
The moon features so prominently in childhood precisely because it provides a seed for kids' imaginations. Just think of all the classic books that use it as a central figure: Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon, Kevin Henkes' Kitten's First Full Moon, and Eric Carle's Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, just to name a few. That's why I love this spaceship to the moon toy that's simple to create and can expand on some of your kids' favorite literature.
Are you a sewing... machine? (Wah, wah, wah...) If making things out of fabric is your jam, you may have a child who is interested in following along, but is too young to be working with needles attached to motors. No problem! Set him up with this great DIY cardboard sewing machine.
Looking to get your kids outside even more this summer? While toy vehicles are often an indoor activity, if you create an outdoor space for driving them you can turn them into a great backyard game. This tutorial will show you how to make some sweet road ramps that your kids can configure any way they want, racing their vehicles all over the outdoors.
I know, I know, the pun is so bad, but I just couldn't help myself. Because I think this cute DIY, great for the summer, really is amazing. Easy to do, customizable, inexpensive, and kid-friendly. What more do you need?