Moving to Northern California means enjoying a fall season. Something we've never really experienced being native Southern Californians. Our kids are obsessed with the vibrant autumn colors emerging all around us. Evening walks, collecting leaves to press have become a favorite activity for our family.
I came up with a quick and easy leaf origami mobile made from recycled materials. We think it gives a rather bare corner of our living room a nice pop of much needed color.
To make the fall leaf mobile you'll need:
An interesting looking stick from outside
We recently planted a vegetable garden leading to the construction of a bin for vermicomposting this next weekend which has inspired all sorts of worm/nature's recyclers type projects with my kids. We're doing them partly in preparation for our newest squirmy family members, partly because they extend the learning and mostly because they are just fun.
As rainy days begin to give way to warmer weather one can't help but feel that Spring is finally here to stay. And since the seasons are changing so must the decor. Out with the frosted glass votives, in with the daffodils in milk glass.
Yeah, Easter is great and all but what gets me is when all the hunting/egg-dying/basket-giving is over what do I do with all the egg-shaped goodies (both candy and plastic)? Sure it's fun to relive the magic by staging mock egg hunts but after the 100th time you've run out of places to hide the eggs and your still left w/dozens of egg-shaped plastic. I'm always on a look out for fun ways to reuse those plastic eggs so they don't end up as carpet bombs in my kids' rooms.
Pesach is here! Rich in Jewish tradition and storytelling, we dig it and my kids can't get enough of Moses, especially the part about the Red Sea. Yeah, that's pretty awesome!
Every year my kids seem to receive a nice supply of Valentine's chocolates from their adoring grandparents. And each year I feel kind of sad (and guilty) tossing the cool heart-shaped boxes all that tasty candy comes in. This year I'm determined that we're going to craft a few things from the boxes. One of which will be this cute Candy Box Photo Frame tutorial posted on the Kodak site.
Fall is here in full force! And as the leaves cover the ground in a beautiful blanket of deliciously warm Autumn colors our leaf collection continues growing (out of control). We've been having a blast doing all sorts of fun projects with our fall treasures. However, the leaf rubbings are getting a little played out. Becky of My Kids Make offers this simple activity for making leaf connect the dots. A few fall leaves, paper and pencil. How clever is that?
Rachelle of TinkerLab has shared an alternative recipe to traditional play dough called cloud dough. All you need is flour, oil and wicked blending skills to whip up a batch of something fun for when it's cold outside.
Need a last-minute Halloween craft? This tutorial for making wooden peg zombies from Jessica Wilson of Scrumdilly Do is brilliant. The tutorial includes handy tips for adding gory details (like bloody bandages...Ewwww) and making your wooden undead stand on their own.