April 7th, 2015
May 5th is Children’s Day in Japan! Carp shaped windsocks are flown to celebrate the day. Crafts include origami (おりがみ) of carp streamers (こいのぼり) and samurai helmets (かぶと). Here’s a video showing how to make an origami carp windsock… Here’s a video showing how to make a samurai helmet. (If you make it larger and […]
December 4th, 2014
It’s almost the time of year when many of us will be preparing gingerbread houses with our families! We don’t often think of it but, of course, gingerbread houses are associated with the story of Hansel and Gretel. They’re lured into the home of the witch in the forest since it’s made of gingerbread and […]
December 23rd, 2012
Cinnamon Ornaments smell great! They’re very easy to make and are a nice early Christmas gift to give. I made ours in somewhat neutral shapes so people could keep them hanging around the house for the yummy smell after Christmas. We made stars, crescent moons, hearts and trees. Below you can find the recipe for […]
December 17th, 2011
Jingle sticks are inexpensive and fun to make! All you need is an unsharpened pencil, small bells and pipe cleaners. Now you can easily create an instrument (which can double as a pencil or eraser for kids). Here’s how to make your jingle stick… 1. String a large bell in the center of a pipe […]
December 1st, 2011
Advent Candles are used to mark the days from December 1st until Christmas Eve on December 24th. The candles have the numbers 1 to 24 on them, starting at the top with 1 and ending near the bottom of the candle with 24. Each day you light the candle and let it burn down to […]
Advent Calendars are used to count down the days till Christmas. There are many types of advent calendars but the idea behind them all is the same. You open a "door" with a number on it representing that day of December… counting down each day until Christmas Eve on the 24th. Monique Palomares told me […]
November 30th, 2011
Advent Calendars are used to count down the days till Christmas. When I was a kid, we’d have one where you’d open a "door" with a number on it representing that day of December. When you opened the "door" you’d see a picture behind it. My siblings and I would take turns opening the doors […]
November 25th, 2011
"Happy Thanksgiving – I am thankful for my family and friends." Thanks to Corrina for the Thanksgiving Artwork!
November 17th, 2011
I love visiting my daughter’s school at Thanksgiving time. All around you see the kids’ writings about the season. Here’s a turkey – the kids each wrote on a paper "feather" what they’re thankful for. What a great idea! Here’s a close-up… very sweet! We all should take time to contemplate what we have to […]
October 31st, 2011
My daughter made this cool finger pen in school today for Halloween. It’s easy to make! Here’s what you need: A Pen White Model Magic Glue A Fake Fingernail Nail Polish (Green or Orange) Directions: 1. Take a little ball of model magic. Flatten it and then mold it in a shape to cover the […]
October 13th, 2011
Halloween and the Day of the Dead are coming up soon. Today I came across a link to a template to make the paper skull above. Enjoy! Mama Lisa
April 25th, 2011
Here’s how to make eggs that look painted, tie-dyed and speckled. 1) Hard boil eggs 2) Make little bowls of different colored egg dyes. You can make natural egg dyes or use food coloring. If you’re using food coloring, mix about a cup of water with a teaspoon of vinegar and a few drops of […]
February 12th, 2011
Here’s some material to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. Feel free to share your traditions with us in the comments below or by emailing me. Happy Valentine’s Day! xo Mama Lisa
February 8th, 2011
This year my daughter’s class is doing a nice, simple project. They’re not buying Valentines from the store to give to all the kids in the class. Instead, they’re each cutting out hearts out of construction paper. On one side they’re putting a classmate’s name and on the other side they’re writing something nice about […]
December 23rd, 2010
This reindeer went to visit my daughter’s school the other day. Actually, she made him… but look how he came alive! He’s ready to learn. All you have to do to make a candy cane reindeer is to glue a red pompom on a candy cane as a nose, 2 googly eyes above it and […]
December 22nd, 2010
Here are some simple instructions to create a handprint ornament. It can be used as a Christmas decoration or for Chanukah or Mother’s Day or any time you want to hang something cute! 1. Cut out a circle using a thick piece of paper of the color of your choosing (about 6 1/2 inches […]
December 17th, 2010
My daughter made these thumbprint guys in art class today. They’re made with paint and Sharpie permanent markers. All you do is dip your thumb in paint and make thumbprints in different places on thick paper. Let the thumbprints dry. Then add details with a black Sharpie marker. At top you can see a guy […]
November 22nd, 2010
A handprint turkey towel is a lovely gift for kids to make for Thanksgiving. As a Mom, I love anything my kids give me with their handprints on it. Handprint crafts are really special to the adults who receive them. To do this project you’ll need: -A white kitchen towel -Brown, yellow and red […]
You can make many crafts for Thanksgiving with a painted handprint. Out of a handprint you can make a turkey. With that turkey you can decorate cards, towels, cloth hot plates, tablecloths, etc. To illustrate this project, I started with orange construction paper. Construction paper works well for making a Thanksgiving card. Paint your hand, […]
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