Fall is such a wonderful season to enjoy. As we watch the leaves turn from green to orange and browns, the temperatures drop and everything around us is pumpkin and apples then you know it is one of the best seasons of all. I wanted to share this simple DIY that can bring fall into your home for under $10. Your love of candy corn can make the perfect decor. You just need a few supplies to create a unique centerpiece. Simply take a small glass candle holder or container, fill it with candy corn and top it with a tea light. That’s it! It’s a perfect, yet simple centerpiece to a Fall dinner table.
Pour the bag of candy corn into the glass jar, filling slightly to the top.
Add your tea light candle.
Display your beautiful decoration on your table or mantle.
This candle holder can be displayed in many different ways. Add a ribbon of your favorite season. Add crystal clear or blue marbles during the spring months. You can also add m&m’s or holiday colored candy corns for Christmas. The options are endless.
St. Patrick’s Day is rounding the corner. Whether you get decked out in green every year or never really celebrate, this craft is sure to get you and your family in the spirit! Make some leprechaun bait and a trap to try and catch one of those silly little fellas!
Leprechaun bait is a crowd-pleasing snack with a festive look and delightful taste. There is even a delicious healthy version! The salty and sweet mix is great for movie night while the veggies are perfect for an afterschool snack.
What’s more, Personal Creations created a tag for your leprechaun bait that makes for adorable goodie bags. Download the printable, cut and fold along the respective lines, and staple to your treat bag. Your little ones will love the cute rhyme!
Now that you have your bait, it’s time to lay the trap. Help your children cut, fold, and glue to build a tiny little leprechaun house. Add St. Patrick’s themed decor, such as a pot of gold, and your tasty bait to complete the trap.
Leave it overnight and check for a leprechaun in the morning. If you caught a leprechaun, he has to grant you three wishes in order to be released. It’s also possible that the pesky guy got away with some of your gold and treats.
Just like the Tooth Fairy, Easter Bunny, and Santa, the whole family can enjoy the thrill of receiving a visit from a St. Patrick’s Day leprechaun!
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Can you believe it’s almost March already?! That means St.Patricks Day is almost here. When I was a kid St Patricks Day was one of my favorite holidays. We always did so many fun crafts/activities in school. I remember being in elementary and the leprechaun would come in our classroom while we were gone to recess and make a mess and leave us treats. It was always so much fun to see what he had left us.
I have put together a round up of 10 St Patricks Day Rainbow Crafts for Kids. You and your kiddos are sure to have a blast spending time together making these awesome crafts!
Most parents, sooner or later, have to face the dilemma of what to do with all the drawings, paintings, or doodles of their kids. Rather than just putting it away to gather dust, or throwing it into the trashcan, why not decorate the house with it? The artwork that children bring back from school or make at home should be cherished and put on display. A great way to start off is by asking the child to sort out some of their favorite pictures and maybe even let them be a part of the decorating process.
Here are a few creative ways in which you can easily display kids artwork at home.
1. Keep it simple
For someone who might be a minimalist, or just does not want to be too fancy, keeping the decorating process as simple as possible is the way to go. The best thing to do would be to DIY the whole display. For example, classic wood slats with clips would look chic in any family’s home. In order to work on this project, all you need is wood slats, some paint, glue, and clips. You will most likely already have these supplies at home. First, start off by cutting the wood slats to the desired length. Next, make sure to color it so it matches the decor in your home and when it is finished drying, attach the clips with high-quality super glue. Finally, select the drawing that you would like to showcase, and voila you have a simple, yet unique DIY display!
2. Turn it into something useful
Parents who do not like conventional decorating ideas should opt for turning their kid’s artwork into a household item. There are a lot of companies that will turn any drawing or painting into, for example, a mug or maybe a pillow. Also, this is an excellent idea for a gift. It is certain that any family member, especially grandparents, will be more than thrilled to receive a fluffy pillow with their dearest grandchild’s art printed on. So cute!
3. Create a gallery wall
Any child would feel proud to have their own artwork displayed in the classiest way possible. Creating a DIY gallery wall might just be the best thing to do if you have a blank wall in your home that you are desperately trying to fill out. For starters, it is a good idea to purchase cheap frames of all sizes. By visualizing and laying out all the arrangements beforehand, you will make your life a whole easier. Another great idea is getting your hands on portable temporary wall dividers, which may be used as displays as well. As a matter of fact, by acting as a bulletin board, you can freely pin or staple your child’s art. Why display framed family pictures around the house when you can switch it up by displaying your child’s masterpieces?
4. Let them decorate
Sometimes you have a highly artistic child who is constantly creating more and more artwork. The best solution, in this case, is to purchase a giant cork board that you can put up anywhere in the house. The great thing about a cork board is that the displayed art can be switched up easily, and as frequently as desired. Make sure that you tell the child to choose some of their favorite artwork because it is highly unlikely that every piece of the drawing will have space on the board. This is a great way to incorporate the child in the whole decoration process, and he or she will definitely have a blast!
5. Make a scrapbook
Do you have a coffee table in your home? Is it missing something? A great way to treasure any child’s artwork is to find a nice-looking scrapbook and fill it out with doodles. Use some tape and maybe even make funny notes! Any time guests come around, you will have something to proudly show and look at over and over again. In case the artwork is too big to fit into the book, you can always copy it and print it out to fit the pages. By making a scrapbook, you are making sure to preserve any child’s masterpieces for years.
All in all, by ditching the usual methods of decorating your family’s home and putting up kids artwork, you are showing the child that you value their hard work. Remember to get the kids involved in the decoration process and have fun!
Legos are so much more than a toy! I like to think of the always present pile of Legos in my house as a pile of tools to the imagination! My boys learn so much from a good brick building session! When my kids are passionate about an activity I like to offer them encouragement and support of their interest, so I found these Awesome 14 Lego Ideas for Kids!
No matter the age of your children finding productive and budget-friendly things to do can be quite challenging. Below are 9 ways (that won’t cost a fortune) you can use on any day of the week to ensure your kids (or you) don’t go stir crazy.
Indoor Camp Out
What kid doesn’t love to pretend play and make their dreams come true? What they would love even more is actually bringing their imagination to life. Bringing the camping inside is just the fun they may be looking for.
For this activity you will need a tent, a real one will do or one made from sheets is good too. Pretend to light a fire and eat freeze-dried foods. You could also make indoor s’mores very easily at your stove or in your microwave. Be sure to get the sleeping bags and ghost stories ready for a fun night under the ‘stars’.
Indoor Obstacle Course
Sometimes it’s just simply too cold or rainy to get out of the house. Bad weather or not kids need to be able to have the space to release all of the energy they have. Creating an obstacle course in your home is fun for everyone.
Try making the string laser course like you see in the movies for your kids. All you really will need is lots of string to create the course and then your kids can collect the objects you already have at home and put them in baskets at either end of the course.
Give Them Lots of Coloring Room
Kids of all ages enjoy coloring but depending on the age the activity can go pretty quickly before they are bored again. A way to switch up just plain old coloring is to buy a big roll of plain white wrapping paper. Use the wrapping paper and spread it out anywhere like the floor or across a table. This can be really cool for kids because they can just keep pulling the paper whenever they need more space to draw.
There is nothing like a bit of DIY that gets kids excited! Learning how to make their own things will also give them a better appreciation for their belonging as well as the costs of things. Make sure you pick something that is useful but also achievable for a few age groups. You could try making animal masks or maybe a learn how to make a pencil case for the coming school term!
Have A BBQ With Friends
Your kids want to be social and are usually begging to go hang out with their friends. Take this as an opportunity to throw a potluck BBQ. Tell everyone you invite to bring the sides and drinks and you as the host will be responsible for grilling.
Your kids having their friends around will keep them busy. With the kids so hyped up be sure to tell them beforehand the dangers of being near an outdoor grill and take the proper precautions regarding gas smoker safety.
A Day of Volunteering
An awesome way to give kids some perspective on how others live is to have them give back in some capacity. It teaches kids to have empathy and care for others around them as well as have gratitude for what they have in life.
There are many ways to give back that kids may be able to participate in. Some great places to start volunteering are your local soup kitchen, animal shelters, or spending the day cleaning up trash at your local park.
In Need of A Furry Friend?
If you can’t commit to an animal year round you can try pet sitting over the holidays. This can also help you decide whether you and the family are ready to get your own yet. It could be just a phrase and you end up doing all the work. They are a few places you can look for pets to care for or if your not keen a getting a puppy you can look at house sitting sites which also offer animal care.
Young toddlers to school ages children love to play with sensory bins. Sensory bins can be fairly messy so be sure to work on a sheet or outdoors where it is okay for you and the kids to get a little dirty. Make shimmer snow made from baking soda and glitter. Try a colored rice bin with just plain rice and food color. If you want to avoid the mess altogether fill a bin with cotton balls and simply add kitchen utensils and measuring cups and the kids will have a blast.
Make Your Own T-Shirts
Let’s be real, kids will practically draw all over the house if you let them. Foster their creativity skills and design your own t-shirts. It doesn’t take much to get this done and can be made on new or old shirts.
Use any type of art medium your child likes such as crayons, markers, or even let them paint on their shirt. Make sure to hand wash and dry your shirts so that your kids can cherish their creations for years to come.
With a little creativity and planning it easy to keep the kids busy! Once you have built up a repertoire of activities you will have then away from the TV and enjoying themselves all holidays!