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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Crafts for Kids

 

All comments in the month of May will automatically be entered to win a Lisa Leonard Necklace!  I love mine!image

You’d have to be half dead if you didn’t already know of my featured blogger today.  But on the slight chance she is new to you…….then it’s your lucky day…….you’re going to feel even more alive today!

Scribbit has been around……..that’s why she’s got so many great ideas on her site.

She’s a mother living in Alaska who keeps her kids busy with adventures and creative tasks.  What I love the most is how she creates an activity that doesn’t require a bunch of consumer products.  Most of her projects can be duplicated today with what you have in your home right now.  Those are the kind of activities and projects we need to keep kids busy.

With school out for some of you and only a few more weeks for the rest of us, Our focus turns to just that………keeping the kids busy! 

My son will be all over this one.  Create your own Eco-System.  Look complicated?   No worries, because she’s got a tutorial with step by step instructions.image  Smelly!  When I was a kid, I LOVED projects like this.  What kid doesn’t like fun stuff like this below.   It’s a smell test.  Not only is it fun, but gosh, they may learn something at the same time.  I’m pretty sure it’s even more fun in cute pink and brown polka dot cups.image Color Match!  Another simple but fun idea.  First they get to paint……then send them outside searching for nature’s gifts in the same colors.  Big and small are going to love this.imageTaste Test- It’s projects like this that make you the best mom in the world.  Once again, I love this kind of game.  Create a taste test with certain foods.  She chose vanilla ice cream. image I  may be going out on a limb, but I bet kids would remember this over an overpriced trip to ChuckE Cheese.  (thank God my son never liked that place much) image One tried and true activity we do in our home that has lasted through the years, is making toothpick sculptures.  We use marshmallows instead of packing peanuts….both work great!  This will keep them busy for at least 30 min.

And then you can have them try this fun poking activity……..anything destructive makes my son’s heart sing.  AT least this has a bit of technique to it.image    When you visit her site, you’ll notice she is a mean knitter….not as in cranky mean, but really talented mean.  Such beautiful things she makes with her hands.  imageOf course she’s creative……but look what she figured out.  imageShe made this cute little button so she could create different looks for wearing a scarf…..a scarf she knitted of course.imageWith Memorial Day coming up quickly, you’ll enjoy this beautiful story she shares about this gorgeous Memorial Day quilt.  Heartbreaking, but very very sweet.image  I’d love to meet her some day and exchange Alaska stories.  You see, I worked in Kenai one summer many moons ago…..I still can’t believe I did that.  But I was young and adventurous…….that’s what we do.

OK, off you go…….go make me look good and make her feel good. 

If you’re looking for more crafts for kids to keep them entertained, check out one of my past features.

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Exciting things coming to Today’s Creative Blog next week!  Look for the announcement on Tuesday.

34 comments:

behindthetweet said...

Yet another great site. how do you do it!
Cheers!
L

gramma teetsie said...

What great ideas - I absolutely love the sweater and scarf idea and they look great for the "Great NorthEast"

Charlotte said...

Your blog is one of the first I visit on my morning trip around the internet. Thank you for being so diligent, fun and interesting.

myonlysunshine said...

Love love love your blog! These are some great ideas....I love the taste test idea the best! Well to be honest i love vanilla ice cream so much it just perked my interest sooooo much!!! ha ha!!

Angie Mae said...

Love these ideas! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Great ideas especially with the summer down time coming around the corner here. I am getting my activity list going and will have to add a few of these. Chuck E. Cheese... scary not only with the dancing mouse but the germ fest. Yuck.

kellyn2girls1boy said...

Great ideas, great link. Today is the last day of school here and I have been looking for some good ideas. (oh yeah, the pink and brown polka dot cups, I have the same ones just because they were cute).

Missy in Texas said...

What in the world is in that Ecosystem bottle? Looks creepy. I love the ideas of things to do with the kids.

Ruthanne said...

I am TOTALLY making those ecosystems with my students next year. Those are AMAZING!! Thanks for featuring her!

ladybug said...

What a beautiful necklace. I am using your ideas all the time.

Lisalulu said...

way cool, makes me wish my kids were little again, or I was a teacher

Tonia said...

Love these ideas!! I am so going to try them this summer!

gina said...

I love all her craft ideas for kids - The flour tower!! Ingenious!!!

Sandy said...

Great ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Sandy N.
explabgirl@yahoo.com

Becca said...

awesome! wish i had kids, but for now i'll use it while babysitting ;) i love the nature-color idea!

Sarah @HarriganHowdy said...

Why, yes. I am half-dead! lol. (Mostly from being woken 2-3 times in the middle of the night for the last 4 years by my kiddos.) Sooo, I'm really glad you featured her! I'm always on the lookout for great kid's crafts. Thanks!

Carol said...

We've done the toothpick sculptures with marshmallows too! Even my older kids, 14&12 like making them! Thanks for sharing all the great kids ideas!

marie said...

What a wonderful blog - I've forwarded the link to my daughters and daughters-in-law. My grandchildren will love all her fun ideas.
And yes, the quilt story was very, very sweet.

Tauni said...

What a fantastic blog. Thanks for sharing!

Saucy said...

Exciting things, you say? See you Tuesday, Kim!!

BLJ Graves Studio said...

Such a fabulous blog and great ideas.

Ree said...

I don't know how I managed it, but I've never heard of this blog...but I can't wait to go dig around. Her ideas look perfect for my boys!

ThisKalilLife said...

Summer vacation just started for us, so I appreciate these ideas. Lots of good things to keep my daughter busy.

Scribbit said...
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Kimber-Leigh said...

thanks for sharing! i know i will be bookmarking her site!!!

Scribbit said...

Thanks so much for mentioning me--you have a wonderful blog and I love finding a place for so much creativity!

NikJustNik said...

That has to be the most beautiful Jumper I have EVER seen!!! So stunning!!

Why do I have to live on the wrong continent!!

Mandy said...

It gets really hot here in the summer and the children and I are stuck inside a lot. I am loving these ideas! I was thinking I'd find something crafty or decrative on the TCB, but was so pleased to find a great source for summer entertainment. :D

The Wendelschafer's said...

Your Blog is Amazing!!!! So many GREAT ideas!!! Have used a couple of them already!! Thank you Thank you!!! Michelle3721@hotmail.com

Em said...

I am now infatuated with Scribbit. Thank you!

Locamoniqua said...

So talented! I can't wait to see more.

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured a few of these things on my blog! THanks so much for all the great ideas!

kimboscrafts.blogspot.com

Adrienne said...

Aaaaaaahhhhh! I love everything!

precious said...

You are really so creative! I can make my kids work on this if they have free time.
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