Do you enjoy art or craft projects as a family? Family art can be a fun family time to create together and contribute to a finished masterpiece! Our Valentine family art project is really flexible and allows for so many variations. The best part is having fun together!

Start with:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Decorations (paint, markers, colored paper, tape, yarn, etc.)

Create it!

Step 1: Cut hearts from cardboard in various sizes. For example, a family of 5 may choose to each decorate a heart or work together on multiple hearts.

Step 2: Decorate hearts using materials of choice. Include a wide variety of possibilities!

Step 3: Glue hearts together in descending size order.

String can be stapled to each side of the back of the heart to hang as decoration for Valentine's day!


As a child, did you have one of those wooden snakes that “slithered” back and forth when the tail was held? We decided to create a larger version using some recycled materials we had on hand!

Start with:

  • Wrapping Paper Roll
  • Paper Towel Roll
  • Scissors
  • Yarn
  • Brads
  • Markers
  • Hole Punch

Create It!

First, gently unravel the sections of the wrapping paper roll. This will form the snake’s “slithering” body.

Next, cut paper towel roll in half. The top portion will be used for the snake’s head and the bottom portion for the snake’s tail.

Cut the top portion of the paper towel roll to form a rounded head. Hole punch two eyes. We used knotted yarn to make the eyes but brads could be used as well.

Punch single hole near top of mouth. Insert approx. two inches of string and tie knots to create forked tongue. To the opposite end of the head, taper by cutting each side so it will fit into the wrapping paper roll. Use hole punch and brad to secure head.

To create the tail, gently unravel the remaining section of the paper towel roll. Punch hole in top portion and tie yarn leaving a generous amount for winding around the tail.

Roll the unraveled section and wind yarn around it to create the snake’s tail. We used more than one color and repeated this process for each color. Once finished tie knot and cut any remaining yarn from the tail. Use hole punch and brad to secure tail to end of wrapping paper roll.

Decorate snake with markers and it’s play time!

We love creating robots! They have so many fun shapes that can be mixed to form fun personalities. We also enjoy a good joke. For your enjoyment, here are some of our favorite winter themed robot jokes!


Who is a kid’s favorite robot in December? HoHoHobot

What kind of robot looks prettiest on top of a Christmas package? Bowbot

Who is the chilliest robot in town? Snowbot

What kind of robot lights up a Christmas tree? Glowbot


Do you have any to share?

Why is it that food seems to magically taste better when eaten outside? Simple sandwiches, fruit and salads suddenly become a special occasion when spread out on an old quilt under the leafy shade of a tree.  While we love to change it up with different foods, some staples for our picnics also include a handful of before and after eating activities. Our picnic kit, if you will, includes:

  • Frisbee or soccer ball
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Doodle Books
  • Colored Pencils or Markers
  • Kite

Along with the food in a cooler, a blanket or quilt and some sunscreen and we are ready for making some summer memories! What are some of your picnic staples?