Posts in category "crafts"

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.

Nothing to do? Make monster feet.
Spring break is upon us. For your sake, I hope you are headed to a warm and sunny locale. In the event that you’ll be staying in town and trying fill your week with fun and entertaining activities for the kiddos, may I suggest that you make monster feet. This project is the perfect antidote... Read more »

A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft

A "tweet" Valentine's Day craft
Not all Valentine’s Day treats have to involve a sugar rush (and those little conversation hearts taste kind of gross anyway). If you are looking for a more natural take on Valentine’s Day inspired crafts, check out my craft column in this month’s Chicago Parent Magazine. We made heart-shared backyard bird feeders as a little Valentine’s... Read more »

Whoooo doesn't love owls? A simple winter craft project for preschoolers

Whoooo doesn't love owls? A simple winter craft project for preschoolers
You may not love Chicago winters. But I find that it is easier to embrace them rather than just spend December through March in a crabby funk each year. Winter can be fun — and beautiful. Yes. Really. It can. My craft project for this month’s issue of Chicago Parent magazine was inspired by my... Read more »
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Get crafty with your coffee

Get crafty with your coffee
Truth: Craft projects play an important role in surviving a two-week winter break at home with the kiddos (along with plenty of board games, hot cocoa and occasionally changing out of pajamas and venturing outside for an outing). We came up with a cute craft that the kiddos can create and mom and dad can... Read more »

Apples up on top (once you start, you cannot stop)

Apples up on top (once you start, you cannot stop)
You've likely heard that the apple crop in the Midwest is a mess this year right? That means that the annual family trip to a Michigan apple orchard may not happen this year (from what I gather, most orchards don't have many apples left for picking at this point). Inspired by our love for all things apple, we made a bushel (not really) of yarn apples this year for our September craft story in Chicago Parent Magazine. ...

Spring Break Activity: Make Robots!

Spring Break Activity: Make Robots!
I have been writing a monthly craft column for Chicago Parent for over three years now. I always "like" my monthly project (after all, I came up with the idea, shopped for the supplies, conducted trial run after trial run and then put the whole thing into words -- so I get attached). But the column in the March issue of Chicago Parent is one of my favorites. ...
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