I've been making homemade playdough for years, but in the last few years, I've been experimenting with different ways to dye playdough naturally. This simple playdough recipe is quick and easy, and you're likely to have most of these ingredients on hand. Besides being simple to make, it's also completely free of harmful ingredients! I … Continue reading Naturally Dyed Homemade Playdough
We've lived in our 1880s farmhouse for about two and a half years now, and in that time, I've rearranged the bedrooms about fifty bazillion times. Seriously. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen my sewing room shift from room to room. It had become pretty clear that while I wanted to have my … Continue reading Our Homeschool Room and Play Room Tour
Summer has officially begun, and you may be thinking of ways to keep your kiddos busy. We use screens really sparingly around here, but sometimes I just want something quick to occupy my boys. And if I don't have something on hand, it's super easy to fall back on iPads and Netflix. That's why I'm so glad … Continue reading Keeping the Kids Busy This Summer
If your kids are anything like mine, gifts that encourage creativity are always a safe bet. They love anything that allows them to express themselves. And I never have a problem buying them sewing and crafting supplies, because we are all about raising creative kids over here. Here are 15 gifts for crafty kids, that you … Continue reading 15 Gifts for Crafty Kids
This post was originally posted over at Craftaholics Anonymous. I'm sharing it here today, because although I originally posted this as a Halloween craft, it's also perfect for any fall day. Can't you picture little rows of pumpkins adorning your Thanksgiving table? So if you're looking for a craft to keep the littles busy today, … Continue reading Pumpkin Craft for Kids
"Can I help, Mama?" I know these words are coming as soon as I start to open the box. Sigh. The truth is, I really don't want any help. I know that I can do this much faster on my own, without little hands and fifty bazillion questions and patience... so much patience. But I … Continue reading Why I Let My Kids Help (even when I don’t want to)
For our family, summer = lake. We live near Lake Michigan (which is amazing) and we vacation every year with my family at a small lake in northern Wisconsin. When I was packing up our swim toys, I had a great idea: this year we would make pool noodle sailboats! Simple, inexpensive, and hours of fun. … Continue reading Summer Fun for Kids: DIY Pool Noodle Sailboats!
As a creative mama, I think it's incredibly important to encourage creativity in my kids. There are so many ways to do this, but in our house, LEGO is one of the biggies. Rarely a day goes by without the sound of my boys digging through the LEGO bins (parents, you know the sound!) and … Continue reading 15 Ways LEGO Encourages Kids to be Creative