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.
It seems to me that the toys in our house, and the majority of our friends' houses, keep proliferating. There are so many toys that many of them can't even be played with; there aren't enough hours in the day. Instead of buying new ones, try upcycling items which would normally end up in the trash (or the recycling, if we're lucky). These projects do create new toys, but there may be even more fun in the making of them.
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.
Have you ever been to Build a Bear Workshop? Have you SEEN the accessories each bear can sport? From bedding and boots to sashes and socks, there are a ton of options to choose from. But if you don't want to drop a small fortune on accessorizing your child's toy, you can easily make some fun pieces at home. Check out a few tutorials we've rounded up.
When considering works by the likes of Alvar Aalto and the Eamses, world-class architecture is generally what first comes to mind. But lots of modernism's greats designed for kids, too. Maybe it's because all of the really great ones never lost their child-like sense of wonder...
There are few things more wholesome for the summer than traditional games played outdoors on the lawn. Whether you are planning a birthday party, a 4th of July celebration, or just want to have summer fun all season long, these tutorials can help you build one or more traditional games to play in the yard.
Sand inside the house? You bet! Kinetic Sand looks like the real stuff, feels like the real stuff, moves through your fingers like the real stuff, and yet stays permanantly moldable and never makes mess! Sound incredible? For where to find it and what to do with it, read on!
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?