To help the little ones get in the mood for Halloween why not the above coloring page from the very talented Style Me Gorgeous? Too cute, right? They have free downloads for each holiday but since it’s Halloween the above is perfect. Just scroll down to the bottom of this page and you’ll find the Halloween print.
Thanks Style Me Gorgeous for this amazing coloring page for the little ones! I can’t wait for my girls to get their crayons out and start coloring. I may even print out one for myself to color along with them.
If you have little ones in your house you probably have crayons. And maybe lots of them? In my house we do not lack in the crayon department. My girls have inherited my love of coloring. Actually one of the girls could sit all day coloring and be 100% satisfied. We keep all the crayons in one big bag which makes it easier for those little hands to reach in and grab the color of choice. I also just gave up trying to fit them all neatly back into their boxes so in the bag is a lot easier. But with that comes crayons that don’t look like they are fresh out of the box. When I look into the bag I see a lot of…
Broken crayons….and lots of them. As I was cleaning up this weekend it broke my heart to even think about throwing these broken crayons away. So instead I decided to have some fun and recycle these broken and used crayons and make new crayons. Ok, not completely new crayons but in my little ones eyes they were pretty cool and new.
First I cut the crayons up in small pieces. Just a note when cutting these up, use a cutting board you don’t mind recycling after using. I learned this the hard way because I was too excited about the project and just started chopping away. Can you see the crayon crumbs embedded in the cutting board? Very hard to get out.
While your chopping the crayons up preheat your oven to 170 degrees. Then take a muffin tin. Again, I recommend using a older pan that you don’t mind messing up. Then just start having fun in grouping the colors together. I placed oranges and yellows together and greens and yellows together. It amazes me how the littlest things like putting colors in a muffin tin can be so fun. Did I tell you I went to art school? Well, that might explain why things like this excite me. After all my favorite class my freshmen year of college was color theory. Ok, back to these crayons. Just place the colors in each muffin tin and get creative. If your kids are older this would be fun for them too.
After placing the chopped crayons pieces into the muffin tins place it in the oven and let the crayons completely melt down. It took mine about an hour. Try to be patient as these melt down. I probably shouldn’t talk because I was the one looking through the glass every 20 minutes wondering if they were ready yet.
After they have completely melted down let them cool down. If you have room in your freezer to squeeze the pan in you could speed up the cooling process this way. After cooling, turn the pan over and pat on the bottoms of the cups. They should come out. Some of mine didn’t want to come out and that’s because they weren’t completely cooled as the others. So let them cool completely and this will help them come out of the pan.
And when your done you have new fun crayons for your little ones to get their hands on and have a whole bunch of fun with. I know I had one set of hands that couldn’t even wait for me to finish taking pictures of the crayons because she wanted to color with them so badly.
Have fun everyone and give those broken crayons you have around your house another life. I promise the kids will love them.
Adapted from Martha Stewart
The Little Experience, a group of designers that developed these magical kits for kids. The kits allow your little ones to do everything from sewing to building….too fun that even the adults will want to join in on the fun.
Above it the Create it Prima Ballerina, a set that let’s the little dancer in your life create a mini size ballerina. The set is stocked with the materials and all is left is to have fun and create!
The Stitch it Little Dolly Kit allows your little one to practice her sewing.
And we can’t forget about the little guys with this adorable Built It Steamboat.
The Little Experience has everything for your child’s imagination so be sure to check out their amazing products. If you want to go even more specific check out their girls and boys section on their website. Let me know what your favorite is too. I’m having a hard time picking which one I will get, there are just too many adorable choice to choose from. Have fun!
Jessica, the creative mastermind behind blog Vol.25 has outdone herself with the sweetest free download I’ve ever seen: Build Your Own Cupcakes! They would make the cutest project for a little girl’s cupcake party themed birthday?! Of course girls (and boys too) of any age can get in on the fun. Just print, cut out and mix and match to your cupcake loving.
All you’ll need to get started is kids scissors. If your child has a little experience with cutting they should be able to cut most of the elements out, but Jessica definitely encourages adult supervision… The cake toppers are a little more intricate and require a little more cutting skill so maybe the adults should handle that part.
Included in the free download are 10 pages total consisting of: cover page, the recipe, 8 different cupcakes, 8 different liners, 8 different frostings, 11 different cupcake toppers, and a sheet of name tags for your little baker(s).
I know what I’ll be doing with my girls this coming weekend… we will be printing and assembling our very own cupcakes. Thanks Jessica for these ultra cute cupcakes!
Now head over to Jessica’s amazing blog for your free cupcake download! And have bunches of fun!
Here are some fun ideas that the kids can do for Dad this coming Father’s Day. I’m sure it will make Dad super happy to receive these crafty gifts too! Have fun!
Neck Tie Cards – Grab a bunch of different patterned papers and let the kids pick what the shirt and tie will be.
Dad Cutout Card – Kids can spell out just how much they love Dad using photos of their faces.
Magnet Bookmarks – Cute idea for Dad the reader. This cute bookmark can mark the page and bring a smile to dad every time he uses it.
Daddy Notepad – Turn a everyday office pad into a colorful masterpiece that dad will love showcasing on his desk.
Spinning Dad Card – Add a photo that twirls on a string. Kids can pick their favorite snapshots of themselves and glue them back to back, or use only one and cover the other side with colorful paper. Then all that’s left to do is write a special message Dad.
All the above pictures are from MarthaStewart.com