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With summer well upon us and the temperatures soaring, it’s either the pool or playing inside for us. Looking for a quick non-screen activity to help keep boredom at bay? We repurposed yogurt cups to make the classic ball and cup game!

Start with:

  • Yogurt Cup
  • Hole Punch
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Wooden Bead
  • Colorful Tape and/or Stickers

Create It!

Using tape, stickers or a combination of the two, decorate the outside of the yogurt cup.

Cut approximately 12 in. of string and tie one end to the wooden bead.

Punch hole on side of the decorated yogurt cup. Tie remaining end of string to the hole in the yogurt cup.

 

Getting just the right amount of momentum to make the ball land in the cup takes a bit of practice but hearing the satisfying “clink” of the ball landing inside of the cup is happy music on a long summer 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!

Can’t find the Easter baskets from last year or looking for something new for this year? This simple Easter basket uses materials you likely already have on hand.

Start with:

  • Paper Grocery Bag
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen/Pencil/Marker
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Ribbon
  • Stapler or tape

Create It!

Using ruler and pen, trace ruler width vertical lines across card stock. Repeat on three additional pieces of cardstock.

Leaving one inch on top and bottom uncut, cut lines on sheets of cardstock. Cut approximately 1 in. strips of wrapping paper. We used the lines already on the back of the wrapping paper.

Weave the wrapping paper strips in basket pattern through cardstock sheets, securing ends with tape or stapler.

Cut approximately three inches off top of paper grocery bag. Cut additional approximately three inches in each corner of bag and fold down edges.

Tape or staple woven cardstock sheets to each side of the paper bag. Some pieces may need to be folded to cover the longer sides. Trim off any excess. We used the excess from the side woven cardstock pieces to create the handle.

Staple ribbon around the top of the basket and tie in bow!

We love the ornaments and Christmas decorations our little ones make each year! Isn’t it fun to pull the decorations out of the box and see what they created at different ages?

These cardstock Christmas trees can easily be taken apart and stored flat for future Christmas decorating as well. They are simple to make and can be decorated in so many ways!

Start with:

  • Cardstock Paper
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Pencil/Pen (optional)

Create It!

Fold cardstock in half. Draw and cut or freehand with scissors the shape of your Christmas tree, creating two identical trees.

On one of the trees, cut halfway down the top center of the tree. For the remaining tree, cut halfway up the center from the bottom of the tree.

Slide the two cut portions together to create a three dimensional tree. You may need to slightly adjust the length of the cuts to make the tree able to stand upright.

Decorate with stickers and find a festive display area! We like placing them under the tree among the presents.