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Any December babies? Just me or do December babies sometimes seem to have their birthdays nearly disappear amidst the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season? This hat is fun for December birthdays or festive holiday gatherings! We used a hot glue gun which could burn little hands without careful supervision. Join in the fun and make this project together!

Start with:

  • Cardstock (white and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Long Roll of Green Paper (we reused shipping paper)
  • Multicolored Pom Poms 
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create it!

Step 1: Cut cone shape out of white cardstock. We didn't have a piece large enough so we cut and stapled three standard sheets together.

Step 2: Staple cone together to form base for Christmas tree hat.

Step 3: Unroll portion of green paper and begin twisting.

Step 4: Staple or hot glue end of twisted green paper to the bottom of the cone. Continue twisting, wrapping and gluing until all but the top portion of the cone is covered.

Step 5: Cut and staple small cone from yellow cardstock.

Step 6: Cut and glue star to small yellow cone. Place on top of Christmas tree hat.

Step 7: Glue poms to tree.

This hat comes together pretty quickly, just some waiting for the glue to dry. It's a fun and festive way to enjoy the holiday season!

Combining beautiful Autumn leaves and a few other treasures from nature to create butterflies! For this fun Fall craft, we used a hot glue gun which could burn little hands without careful supervision. Best (and more fun) to make together!

Start with:

  • Assorted Autumn Leaves
  • Pinecones (long and skinny work best)
  • Pine Needles
  • Wooden Beads
  • Hot Glue Gun

Create It!

Step 1: Heat hot glue gun and add glue to stem end of the pinecone. Attach wooden bead.

Step 2: Once glued bead has cooled, add glue to one leaf for wing and attach to pinecone.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 three more times until four wings are attached to pinecone body.

Step 4: Add drop of glue to top of wooden bead and attach two pine needles for antennas.

Just like a real butterfly, the wings will be delicate. Handle with care!

No school yesterday and we were in the mood for some Halloween inspired crafting! We decided to make string bookmarks - some spooky and not so spooky - but all Halloween fun!

Start with:

  • Colored Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Large Hole Punch
  • Glue
  • Embroidery Thread or String

Create it! (for the Jack-O-Lantern version)

Step 1: Punch four circles from orange cardstock.

Step 2: Cut or draw (will need black marker if drawing) Jack-O-Lantern face.

Step 3: Glue face to orange circle.

Step 4: Cut approximately 1 ft. of embroidery thread and tie knots at each end to prevent unraveling.

Step 5: Add glue to one orange circle and place string in center.

Step 6: Cover first orange circle and string with Jack-O-Lantern circle.

Step 7: Repeat at bottom of string.

These bookmarks are a fun and useful way to add a little  Halloween excitement to the everyday! 

For some of us summer break is already here and for others, it is quickly approaching! There are so many reasons to love summer. And, I really do enjoy it. Occasionally though, and when I am in the middle of making dinner more often than not, I hear the dreaded - "There is nothing to do!" You too? I am all for setting out invitations to create type activities but when I don't have the time, I direct my kiddos to the Something to Do Box. The box is filled with 30 or so activities that they can do while I finish making dinner, etc. And, because of the added element of surprise (drawing an activity) they really love it!

Start with:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Box (It already has a hole built in!)
  • Glue
  • Pen or Marker

Create It!

Step1: Write or print activities on sheets of paper.

Step 2: Cut to separate the activities.

Step 3: Fold and place activity strips into box.

Step 4: Draw or print a sign and glue half to box so it can be lifted to reach in and select an activity.

There is always something fun and creative to do. Sometimes a little reminder is all they need!