DIY Cardinal Craft

    Lately I have been up to my ears in projects for my sons' classes.  It seems like every week there is some new assignment to complete that requires some creativity or forces us to purchase expensive art supplies.  This has gotten me to thinking that there is a real need out there for DIY activities that don't cost a lot of money to make and that you can use inexpensive materials to create.     As you guys all know, red is my favorite color so it stands to reason that I would come up with a project that includes it.  So what better way to get imaginative and experiment with the color red than by making a DIY Cardinal Craft?  Not only are these a ton of fun to make, but they also don't cost a lot of money in terms of supplies.  I hope you will love making them as much as we did and that you will share photos of the finished products on our social media channels. DIY Cardinal Craft Materials: Red cupcake liners … [Read more...]

DIY Easy Spring Snow Globe

    I'm pretty sure that I am trying to will Spring to arrive sooner, especially since we had snow today here in New York City.  Mother Nature has really been temperamental lately and it really makes you wonder how some people can say that global warming does not exist with all the fluctuating temperatures.     Since I'm starting to get cabin here on the weekends, I have been keeping myself busy with some arts and crafts.  I've always been a huge fan of snow globes so I fell in love with the idea of making one at home using some household items and art supplies.  It turned out adorable and I plan on making more to give as gifts for Easter!   DIY Easy Spring Snow Globe Supplies needed: Mason jar Mini white pebbles or fairy garden filler Mini chenille chicks Spring themed bottle brush trees (sold at Michael’s Craft Store) Ribbon of choice Directions: 1. Begin by filling the mason jar with about 1 inch of filler. You … [Read more...]

Chinese New Year Broom Craft

    Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival in China and falls on Saturday, January 28th this year.  It is the year of the Rooster and Chinese families will be gathering on New Year's Eve to eat dinner together and to clean their homes to sweep away bad fortune before New Year's Day.       Chinese children love this celebration and are excited to receive red envelopes which are stuffed with "lucky money" and well wishes from their loved ones on New Year's Day.  Due to modern technology, some teens even have apps on their smartphones to receive their "lucky money" electronically which demonstrates how even this ancient tradition has caught up with modern times.     Since this is the most important traditional holiday in China and signals the start of spring there, it is a public holiday in mainland China for seven days from Chinese New Year's Eve to day 6 of the lunar calendar new year (January 27 – February 2, 2017). … [Read more...]

Snowman Earrings

    I am way behind this year on Christmas shopping.  Normally, I would have already finished buying all presents by mid November.  I'm trying cut down on my spending budget and making sure I give some personalized gifts that will show my loved ones just how much they mean to me.  My godmother loves to wear themed costume jewelry so I thought it would be a great idea if I made her some earrings.       Since it is winter and she has been rocking her winter accessories, I came up with a plan to make her some snowman earrings using supplies that I could purchase right at our local art supply store.  You'd be surprised how many great gifts you could make with just a few items that you could buy locally and are pretty inexpensive. Snowman Earrings Materials Needed: Tools (small wire cutter, round nose pliers, and chain nose pliers) 22mm Fishhook earwire 3″ Head pins Glass snowman beads Tiny silver … [Read more...]

The Very Hungry Paint Chip Caterpillar Craft

    It's no surprise that I totally geek out over books since I am a Literacy Specialist.  I love to take advantage of any opportunity to get kids and young people excited about reading.  After all, good readers use their skills in just about every facet of their lives and it's important to impart these abilities to children early on.     One of my favorite books of all time is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Most kids can remember reading this book when they were younger because it is a classic picture book that has been enjoyed by generation after generation.  The book depicts a very hungry caterpillar literally eating his way through all the pages of the book.     Not only are the illustrations in this book bright and colorful, but they are a beautiful representation of the stages of butterfly metamorphosis.  It's a great way to introduce these science concepts to kids through beautiful and entertaining images.  I … [Read more...]

DIY Pokemon Bookmark And Pointer

    Since the majority of people over 5 and under 50 have begun playing Pokemon Go, Pokemon©, has suddenly jumped in popularity again, despite that they have now been around for 20 years.  We love to include Pokemon© everywhere we can and I figured out a great way to get the kids off the App and into reading more. I created these Pokemon© Bookmarks that can also be used as pointers.     They are perfect for holding their place, tracking words as they read, or even as a pointer for whiteboards, blackboards, and posters. They can also used as puppets, in play dough or sensory bins.  All you have to do is follow these basic steps to create any of your favorite Pokemon© characters. I kept it simple with a Pokeball and a Pikachu to capture the kids' attention and wanted to share how we did it with all of you. You will need: Wide craft sticks  Yellow, Red, White, and Black Craft foam Yellow paint Red and black markers School glue Single hole … [Read more...]

Fortune Teller Craft Activity! #StreamTeam @Netflix #Ad

    Although my family and I definitely agree on the fact that we all love Netflix, we sometimes cannot agree on what we should watch next as a family.  We love each other dearly but we have huge differences when it comes to our taste in movies and shows.  Our weekly debates can go from pleasant disagreements to heated debates so we have been looking to find ways to compromise so we can all enjoy what we like to watch.     Since they know getting a collective answer can be easier said than done, Netflix has created an iconic fortune teller to help your family decide what to watch next. Even better, create your own! Fortune Teller Craft Activity How to play: Print out the Fortune Teller and cut (with help!) along the dotted line. Label the outermost triangles 1-8 and add in different genres for each. Then on the inner triangles, fill in your favorite show or movie currently streaming on Netflix that corresponds to each genre. Fold … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Easter Bunny Bar Soap!

    Lately I have been on a DIY kick and have been researching different ways to make some of our favorite products, or items we use every single day, right here at home.  I was very excited to learn how easy it is to make bars of soap from scratch and how much money it can save you at the supermarket.  The best part is that you can customize them to contain your favorite scents, designs and colors which can really help to bring our your creative and artistic side.     Since Easter is right around the corner, I thought it would be a great idea to create some decorative Easter soaps to really get everyone in our home into the spirit of the season.  You too can make these adorable soaps and I think you will be surprised at how easy they are to make and how little they put a dent in your budget! Easter Bunny Bar Soap Materials- 2 clean empty soup cans 1 clear glass Pyrex measuring cup Clear glycerin soap block Food coloring or soap … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath

    I've always loved Valentine's Day.  Not only is it a special holiday for demonstrating your love for your sweetheart, but it is a lot of fun to get the kids involved and show them how important it is to tell their loved ones how they feel about them.       One of the ways that I have always gotten our boys involved during this sweet time of the year is by spending time doing arts and crafts with them.  Not only do they love creating things with their hands, but they also adore being able to spend this quality time with my husband and I.  This year, we decided that we wanted to come up with a unique Valentine's Day activity so we got really creative! Valentine's Day Poker Chip Heart Wreath Make this easy and inexpensive Valentine’ Day poker chip heart wreath in just minutes and with minimal supplies. Here is how you can get started.

 Supplies needed:
 Red and white poker chips (check your local dollar store) Hot glue, glue … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Puzzle Craft

    As we all prepare for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I am excited about the special time that I will have to spend with my family.  There is just something magical about having those moments to create memories that will last a lifetime.  I plan on taking many photos and capturing every single smile and hug so I can enjoy looking back on them for years to come.     Since this is also a long holiday weekend, I am planning a few activities and arts and crafts with my boys to keep them busy.  Both of my sons love doing puzzles so I thought it would be a neat idea to create their own pumpkin puzzle.  It's a great way to get them to use their creativity and their imaginations.  Also, they can enjoy putting their puzzles up in their room once they finish designing them. Pumpkin Puzzle Craft Material- Old puzzle pieces Orange craft paint Black craft paint Green craft paint Elmer's glue White paper Paint … [Read more...]