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DIY Valentine Gifts from Kids

26 Jan

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Valentine’s Day is approaching and it’s a great opportunity to teach your child the concept of kindness and gratitude to express how much the special people in their life mean to them. Kids can show their loved ones how much they care with these fun do-it-yourself gifts that are straight from the heart!

Valentine’s Finger Paint Picture Frame

Your child can design a one-of-a-kind gift with their own fingerprints! This project is great for the little ones that want to join in on all of the Valentine’s Day fun and festivities!

What you will need:

  • Red, Pink, and White Washable Finger Paint
  • White Picture Frame
  • Optional: Use stencils, glitter, or other embellishments

To Do:

  • Your child can simply dip their thumb into the paint and go to town adding their fingerprints all around the frame.
  • Let the paint dry and add your embellishments as needed.
  • Your gift is ready for giving!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Chalk Stencil Heart Collage

This Valentine’s gift is so fun to create yet so simple! Kids of all ages can really get creative with this project! Make this project into a card or frame it. The possibilities are endless!

What you will need:

  • Black Construction Paper
  • Chalk in the colors of your choosing (Red, Pink, and White are the perfect Valentine’s colors)
  • Cotton balls
  • Heart stencil (You can make your own stencil using cardstock paper or purchase your own)

To Do:

  • Use the stencil to draw hearts on the paper.
  • Once you have all of your hearts drawn, take a cotton ball and brush the chalk outwards creating a fading affect.
  • Now your gift is ready to brighten someone’s day!

Source: 75 East Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids by Personal Creations

Valentine Salt Dough Hearts

Share the love this Valentine’s day with salt dough hearts! This recipe is super easy to make and a great gift for that special someone. You can create fun ornaments, garland, décor, magnets and more.

What you will need:

  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • Up to 1 up of water
  • Acrylic paint
  • Heart Shaped Cookie Cutters

To Do:

  • Mix the flour and salt together and add the water gradually (You do not want to the dough to be sticky)
  • Roll out the dough about 5mm
  • Cut out the shapes using the cookie cutter (Use chopsticks to make a hole if you want to hang the heart)
  • Place the dough hearts into the oven and bake for 100°C/212°F for 3 to 4 hours (Be sure to turn dough 2-3 times and re-puncture holes to ensure the holes do not bake shut)
  • When your dough is completely dry and cooled off, the dough heart is ready for painting
  • Let dry for at least another 2 to 3 days to be sure your creation is fully dry and in tip top shape!

Source: Salt Dough Recipe: Valentine’s Decorations by Red Ted Art

Thanksgiving Projects for Kids

3 Nov

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There is so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! Your child can engage in fun and festive projects that teach them to value the true meaning of Thanksgiving! Celebrate the countdown to Turkey Day with these enjoyable projects and create custom keepsakes that last a lifetime!

Hand Turkey:

Gobble! Gobble! Your child can create a festive masterpiece using finger paint, a handprint, and their imagination.

You will need:

  • Brown, yellow, green, orange, and red Finger Paint
  • Sturdy paper designed for finger painting, canvas, or any other surface you wish

Directions:

Step 1: Paint the brown onto the palm of the hand and thumb for the turkey’s body while the other colors will be painted on the fingers to create the beautiful feathers.

Step 2: Place the hand on the paper or other surface to reveal a colorful turkey handprint.

Step 3: Add any features you would like to your turkey.

Source: Cute Turkey Hand Print + 25 Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

 

DIY Edible Pumpkin Play Dough:

You will need:

1 16oz Can of Pumpkin

2 cups of Cornstarch

1 TBSP of Cinnamon

Optional: For extra sensory play, you can add pumpkin seeds, chocolate candies or sprinkles.

Directions:

Step 1: Mix Pumpkin and Cinnamon in a medium or large bowl.

Step 2: Gradually add cornstarch until the mixture is doughy and not sticky.

Step 3: Refrigerate the dough until play time.

Step 4: Add the sensory play food into the dough if you wish.

Recipe makes enough dough for six to seven kids.

Source: Edible Pumpkin Play Dough DIY for the Perfect Fall Play Date

Mini Gratitude Journal

You will need:

Mini Composition Notebook or any small notebook

Glue

Watercolor Paper

Watercolor Paints

Black Marker (We recommend you use a permanent marker to prevent smudging)

Optional: Google Eyes, Stickers, Yarn, or anything you desire to customize your notebook.

Directions:

Step 1: Create a thumbprint turkey. Rub the thumb into the watercolor paint to create the turkey’s body.

Step 2: When the thumbprint is dry, take the black marker to draw the legs and feathers of the turkey.

Step 3: Paint the turkey’s feathers and then let dry.

Step 4: Now it is time to customize the cover of your notebook with your turkey painting! You can cut out the turkey painting and glue it to the front of the notebook.

Step 5: Add any other embellishments you wish!

Step 6: You child can now fill the journal with everything they are thankful for!

Source: Mini Gratitude Journals for Kids

Making Family Memories on Halloween

20 Oct

shutterstock_488743432.jpgHalloween is just around the corner and it’s time for tricks and treats! A special treat this Halloween is creating family memories that last a lifetime! Get into the Halloween spirit by going on spooky adventures and enjoy activities with the whole family! We came up with some “spook-tastic” ideas to encourage family bonding time this Halloween.

  • Partake in a family pumpkin carving session! Create a classic Jack-O-Lantern or carve your own design. An alternative for carving pumpkins is to simply paint them and add fun accessories to create your own one-of-a-kind pumpkin masterpiece. We suggest using an acrylic paint as it features opaque colors and permanent coverage. Be sure to show off your finished pumpkin so everyone can see it!
  • Get together with family and friends for a fun-filled outing with Halloween festivities! Attend a local Halloween event that offers activities for all ages. Enter a costume contest, go on a hay ride, play some games, or many other activities your family and kids will enjoy!
  • Have the family join in on the costume fun! Dress as your own unique character or coordinate your costumes as a family. Show off your fabulous costumes while trick-or-treating or attending your Halloween events! We offer various costumes for different ages ranging from super heroes to animals. Check out our previous blog post for fun and friendly Halloween costume ideas for kids!
  • Gather around the kitchen to create festive treats! Bake Halloween themed cookies, cupcakes, or anything you desire and share them with your family. Even the kiddos can contribute in the kitchen by assisting the grown-ups with their own cooking utensils made for little hands. They can use kid-friendly stainless steel kitchen utensils to help with mixing and measuring.

There is so much to do this Halloween and spending the day with family makes the day far more memorable. Don’t forget to take lots of fun photos and videos as they can be cherished for a lifetime and a treasure to reflect on in the future! Have fun, stay safe, and create lasting memories this Halloween!

Kid Halloween Costume Ideas

17 Oct

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Happy Halloween! It’s that time of the year for tricks and treats! Not sure as to what your child wants to dress up as? We provided some ideas can help you out on your search for the perfect costume for your child! These fun and friendly costumes are sure to be a “spook-tacular” hit this Halloween!

Super Heroes: Kids can dress as their favorite super heroes or create a one-of-kind hero of their own. Add a cape, mask, or other accessories and they are ready to save the day.

Suggestions: Girl Hero Bat CapeAmerican Hero Cape & MaskPretend Play Adventure Capes (Set of 4)

Careers: Inspire your child to be anything they wish with costumes featuring their dream career. Become a firefighter, police officer, doctor, nurse, astronaut, pilot, and more.

Suggestions: Aeromax Jr. Physician Lab Coat and Scrub Set, Toddler Pretend Play Police Officer Vest & HatAirline Pilot Outfit

Animals: From adorable dogs to majestic leopards, your little animal lover can dress as their favorite animal this Halloween.

Suggestions: Cow & Snow Leopard Reversible VestAnimal Dress-Up – Cow

When you find the right costume, add some fun accessories such as a hat, wand, feather boa, or anything you desire.

Complete any costume with face paint! Use the new kid-friendly Grim Tout Face Paint Sticks or Palette to create fun designs. These face paints are easy to apply and easy to clean making Halloween a little easier for parents and kids. For more detailed designs, use the Grim Tout Face Paint Stencil Set.

The possibilities are endless when creating a trick-or-treat ready costume for your child! Have fun, stay safe, and create lasting memories this Halloween!

3 Fall DIY Sensory Activities

2 Oct

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Hello autumn! Hello new opportunities for DIY fun at home! Check out these three ideas perfect for exploring the senses with a seasonal twist! Your child is sure to love making, squishing, smelling, and playing with these homemade creations!

Fall Sensory Bin

You will need:

Bin with lid

Water Beads

Pumpkin Seeds

Fall Colored Buttons

Muffin Pan

Optional: Plastic acorns, mini pumpkins, and small gourds

Simply combine all the items into your bin and encourage your child to touch, squish, and stir the contents. Have them sort the items into groups using the muffin pan. Add a little water to the bin for additional sensory fun!

Suggested book- Pumpkin Pumpkin

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DIY Natural Apple Pie Playdough

You will need:

1 cup Salt

2 cups All Purpose Flour

A few drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil

2 Tablespoons Cream of Tartar

1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon

1 Tablespoon of Apple Pie Spice

2 Tablespoons of oil

1 1/3 Cup Boiling Water

Step 1: Fill Bowl

Add all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl.

Step 2: Mix in Water

Slowly stir in your 1 1/3 cups of boiling water.

Step 3: Mix Dough

Mixing thoroughly and allow dough to fully cool.

Step 4: Add Oil

Add a couple of drops of cinnamon essential oil to the dough and mix.

Step 4: Play

Play using the Dough Tool Set and ABC & Numbers Dough Cutter Set.

Store in an airtight container for future play!

Source: No Cook Natural Apple Cinnamon Playdough Recipe

Suggested book: Apple Picking Time

Fall Sensory Bags

You will need:

Clear Hair Gel

Orange Food Coloring

Gold and Red Glitter

Leaves

Large Ziploc Bag

Duct Tape

Optional: Plastic acorns and cinnamon sticks

Step 1: Fill the Bag

Fill the large ziplock bag ¾ full of hair gel (we got our gel from a dollar store).

Step 2: Add a Pop of Color

Place glitter and a few drops food coloring into the bag, close and squish unto fully mixed.

Step 3: Add Items

Add leaves, acorns, and cinnamon sticks into the bag. Squeeze out all of the air.

Step 4: Seal and Secure

Using duct tape, seal the edges of the bag. Optional: tape the bag to a table for easier play.

Suggested Book- Leaf Man

25 Fun Family Activities for Fall

15 Sep

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With the start of a new school year and the anticipation of many holidays on the horizon, autumn is an exciting time for little ones. It is also a wonderful opportunity to create some family memories. Explore our list of 25 ideas to kick off some fall family fun!

  1. Visit a pumpkin patch or corn maze. Snacking on classic fall treats like caramel apples or kettle corn while you are there is a bonus!
  2. Time for fall chores. After you have raked up all the leaves in your yard, help your child un-rake them by jumping in! An experience worth the work.
  3. Colder, shorter days means more quality time indoors. We suggest snuggling up with a good fall-themed book such as Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf, Pumpkin Soup, and Leaf Man.
  4. Carve a pumpkin for National Pumpkin Day on October 26th.
  5. Host a hot chocolate night! Create a hot cocoa bar with whip cream, chocolate drizzle, sprinkles, marshmallows, and more. Don’t forget apple cider for the non-cocoa lovers.
  6. Get crafty using nature! Use leaves, pinecones, acorns, and rocks as your paintbrush.
  7. Attend a fall festival or local fair. Look for new festivals in neighboring towns so you are sure not to miss out on the fall festivities!
  8. Check the weather for a nice clear, chilly night. Build a backyard bonfire and warm up together. Grab some homemade quilts and roast some s’mores. Don’t forget to be prepared with some ghost stories!
  9. Cold weather got you down? Have an indoor family game night! We suggest the Exit Games and the Jungle Party Memory Game or go old school and play Connect 4, Twister, Sorry!, and Trouble.
  10. Celebrate National Johnny Appleseed Day on September 26th by visiting an apple orchard.
  11. Make some DIY fall décor such as a leave garland and an autumnal wreath.
  12. Nothing beats the smells and sights of going on a classic hayride.
  13. Celebrate the autumnal season by baking some pie! With apple, cherry, peach, blueberry, pumpkin, sweet potato, and more, you are sure to find something to excite everyone’s taste buds.
  14. Take your child to a family-friendly tailgate. There is something special about the camaraderie and excitement of eating food and playing yard games outside on game day.shutterstock_375843820.jpg
  15. Create an autumn looking jar. Take a clear mason jar or vase and fill to the top with little items that are the sights and smells of fall. You can use leaves, acorns, cinnamon sticks, pinecones, and even mini pumpkins and squish to fill the jar.. Makes for a gorgeous dinner table centerpiece!
  16. Make Fall Slime (see instructions here) or apple slime (see instructions here).
  17. Cook up some homemade soup or chili to warm up a cold night.
  18. Clean out your closets! The change of the season gives the perfect excuse to go out with the old and in with the new!
  19. Visit a museum. Be sure to check for special fall festivities.
  20. Celebrate National Taco Day on October 4th.
  21. Create beautiful décor that will last the season by painting a pumpkin instead of carving one. You can even add glitter!
  22. Go leaf looking. Be sure to check to see when the peak leaf color time is in your area and then go take a nature walk.
  23. Get outside. Although the weather may be chillier, fall is a great time to fight off the soon-to-be winter cabin fever. Have some glowy fun with the NightZone™ Sports Pack or play catch with the unique Djubi® Game.
  24. Make gorgeous leaf lanterns (see instructions here).
  25. Relax and prioritize. The upcoming holidays can be a stressful time. Remember who and what is important to you and simply cherish the autumn moments.

No matter what you choose to do, be sure to take advantage of this exciting season and spend some quality time making precious memories with

5 Adorable DIY Costumes for Babies

27 Oct

Can you believe Halloween is this week? If you’ll be toting your baby around for their first Halloween or for some sibling fun, we have five adorable dress-up options that are sure to make the night fun and creative for the whole family! Get inspired:

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1. DIY Baby ET and Elliot costume(Wrap Your Baby)

Want an easy yet adorable costume option for your baby? Simply grab a basket, wrap your baby in a white swaddling sheet, and put some handles on your basket to make it look like a bike, and you have a mini ET costume! Find baby-sized sheets here: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/900584/full-size-cot-sheet

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2. DIY Repurposed Sweater Sock Monkey

Love sock monkeys? Turn your little one into a little monkey with two pairs of socks and a repurposed sweater! With a little sewing and felt add-ons, this is truly an adorable option for your baby monkey. Find step-by-step instructions here.

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3. DIY Gnome

Add a beard and a pointy hat, and you have a baby gnome on your hands! Use felt to craft your baby’s hat and fashion faux fur into a pointy beard to see your baby transform into an adorable lawn ornament. Find felt sheets for your crafting project here: https://www.kaplantoys.com/product/35544/9-x-12-craft-felt-sheets-12-sheets?c=2%7CKTAR11

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4. DIY Despicable Me Minion

Make your baby your favorite little minion with a yellow onesie and overalls! Add fun, cut out glasses or these Color Mixing Glasses for the final effect to transform your little one into a beloved yellow minion.

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5. DIY Ladybug Baby 

Planning on using a baby carrier as you trick-or-treat with your kids? Add some black dots and adorable spotted wings to turn your baby into a beautiful ladybug! Don’t miss our ladybug options for your little one’s costume:

Don’t have time to get creative? Find last-minute dress-up options from super heroes to farm animals here: https://www.kaplantoys.com/shop/dress-up-fun