Have Kids? DIY – Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Have Kids? DIY - Don’t Buy These 3 Springtime Toys

Make them. Bubbles, play dough and chalk are mainstays of a child’s imagination diet, and a great recipe for outdoor fun. They are also easy to make at home, and kids can help with the recipes. Bubbles, mostly sold in retail-land in plastic containers, are completely simple to make at home. Using generous drops of dish soap, water and a reusable container you can stir up a batch of your own. Check out the National Wildlife Federation for a list of fun bubble recipes. Save wands from other bubble container inserts or make it a game and have kids hunt for… read more

In Bloom

In Bloom

Cherry trees are a beautiful display of the onset of springtime. They are native to Japan as well as China and Korea, but the striking trees can be found across the globe. Plantings of cherry trees were initiated in 1912 as a symbol of enduring friendship to the U.S. from Japan. The line of original seeds that were sown during this time still continues to bloom today. The National Cherry Blossom Festival is an ongoing celebration of this gift. For more on the history of cherry trees in the U.S., see the National Park Service. The blossoming plant, or sakura,… read more

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Where Have All The Board Games Gone?

Sitting on the floor around a board game isn’t what usually comes to mind when someone mentions gaming. However, long before the digital age took over, families and friends used to gather around to play games of a different sort. Created by the Victor Aleman Studio, the Grid Game is a kickback to the days of the surface based, in person and interactive idea of games. This playful take on a design piece knocks on the door of nostalgia, and looks good doing it. From the designers: In a world of virtual connections where games have gone digital we play… read more

The ABC’s Of Things

The ABC’s Of Things

Decorating a children’s room doesn’t have to be an expensive project. Using flash cards as pictures, accents and even traveling games are a fun way to liven up a child’s space while also providing an opportunity for a learning adventure. Vintage, contemporary or fairy tale ABC cards make for an endless stockpile of crafty inspiration and hours of on hand, educational fun. The following printables and interior design ideas are motivation to find a set of letters to play with that will bring the primary student in you back to life, but you can do it in the name of learning. Mr…. read more

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

6 Easy Upcycling Projects Using Kitchen Items

Organization, storage and other items for the home can be expensive. Making your own can be done for next to nothing, and using things you probably already have on hand in the kitchen. An empty oatmeal box can be turned into an instant holder for items like ribbon, mailing supplies and even items in the garage. Deck it out with fabric or paper and put it to work. It can also decorated and used for kid inspired storage. Why buy a storage container for things like pencils, scissors, art supplies and tools when they can be made from empty cans…. read more

Feed the Birds

Making bird feeders

Studies have long shown that an early love of nature fosters ecological awareness that carries over into adulthood. One particular examination looked at 9 to 12 year old children’s involvement in outside activities for a span of six years. It was found that outside playtime had decreased by as much as 50% during this period. Getting kids to appreciate the outdoors can be as easy as providing the occasion. Birds and other outside animals offer an opportunity for inspiring projects that children will love. By constructing bird-friendly enticers, like feeders and treat holders, kids foster a connection to the inhabitants… read more

Paper Play

Paper Play

Children and scraps of paper can go hand in hand, as they love drawing, making and exploring with paper as a medium. They can also bring home a lot of extra paper from school or leftover from projects. The following are a few fun and useful ideas for putting extra paper to use around the house, and children can get in on the fun while learning about cutting down on waste and clutter. For any fashion interested youngsters in the house, check out this recycled couture series. Formed entirely from recycled paper, this collection of clothing is one imaginative series. From… read more

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Plastic Toy Clutter Beware

Those with young children around, in particular, can have a tendency to hate plastic toy clutter. Poor quality plastic toys and trinkets can invade a space, quickly taking up room, and it can also be a reminder of wasteful consumerism. As someone who has loathed my share of I will break in an hour or less plastic toys, the following artists with a strange approach to recycling them is sort of captivating to me. Oh Barbie. She has taken an abstract turn with these jewelry designs from Margaux Lange. An early love of the Barbie doll and all her infinite and imaginative adventures… read more

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The UNICEF Tap Project Turns 10 Minutes Into Water

The United Nations Children’s Fund, or UNICEF, is an organization that began in 1946 in order to assist women and children in receiving basic nutritional and humanitarian services. There are a reported 768 million people worldwide who do not have enough water, according to UNICEF statistics. On a daily basis, 1,400 children lose their lives from diseases that are tied to a lack of clean water. UNICEF’s presence can be seen in countries all over the globe, where the organization has helped to provide sterile water and sanitation services. The UNICEF Tap Project is a nationwide fundraising event held by… read more

Seeds Of Wonder

Seeds Of Wonder

You don’t have to be an avid gardener to appreciate the sophisticated splendor of something as seemingly modest as a seed. The Seed Site provides a realm of information about the life of seeds. A compilation of botanical information, including instructional resources for harvesting, storage, germination and planting are covered. Identification descriptors and many other helpful materials are also offered. Helpful links answer advanced questions as well as the basics, like is it an annual or perennial? Educational tools for scientific and teacher resources are available like themed project supplies for making diagrams, templates, seed packets and identification cards. There is also… read more