My son loves to color. LOVES. But his little toddler hands are not great at getting his crayons back into the box when he’s done. Honestly, I sometimes have a hard time getting that last crayon into the box. The planets basically have to align to get every single one to fit back in. That means he’s not as willing to clean up after coloring with crayons, so instead they roll all over the place.
One of my favorite things about my kid’s preschool is that it’s service-learning based. They require that parents and kids get involved in volunteer projects through the school that benefit the school and the community. Service is such a great way to teach kids about empathy and helping others, and what better way to get them jazzed about giving back than with crafting? Here are 10 ways that you and your kids can get crafty to make a difference in your community and worldwide.
Real talk: being a mom is hard. Even when it’s easy. My son is going through this angelic phase where he’s polite and sweet and snuggly. It’s seriously like magic. He also wants me to hold him all the time. At 28 pounds, that’s no joke. My poor arms and back are sore, but there’s no way I’m passing on toddler snuggles. They’re too wonderful and rare. Homemade lumbar pillow from Sew 4 Home to the rescue! Take THAT, achey lower back!!
You don’t have to be vegan to eat vegan food, and vegan cooking doesn’t have to be hard. Whether you’re trying to eat less meat to save money, improve health, or protect animals, high five to you! Vegan food is just food, and like anything else, there are hard and easy vegan recipes. The ones below fall deliciously into the latter category. Try these easy vegan weeknight recipes from some of my favorite vegan food blogs (including one from my own!).
Store-bought linen sprays – think Febreeze – are expensive and full of toxic, artificial fragrances. Clear the air with a homemade linen spray instead! Kelly Dixon from Smart Schoolhouse shared this simple tute at She Knows, and I can’t wait to mix up my own bottle.
I totally get the rule about bringing Valentines for the whole class, rather than just your kid’s friends, but that doesn’t mean I want to shell out the cash for a box of Valentines. Here are some free printables that your child can pass out on Valentine’s Day instead!
Do your kids have a serious case of cabin fever? All of the cold, rainy weather during the past few months has meant my son and I have played inside more than outside. Next time the cold rain and snow drives you indoors, grab some Christmas lights and an old cardboard box to make this cook box of stars fort from I Thought of It Second! She shares how she made this cool indoor activity plus two more ideas for bored toddlers.
Humble brag: my kid is not yet two, so he hasn’t seen Frozen yet. But holy moly, you don’t need to have a kid with Frozen Fever to see that we are having an epidemic. If your kids are crazy for Frozen, you may as well harness that energy with some fun Frozen crafts. And don’t worry, I’ll get my comeuppance! By the time the next big Disney film is entrancing the toddler set, my son will be old enough to be swept right up.
Turn an old tee from your kid’s closet into a Valentine’s Day top. I love the sweet simplicity of this tutorial from Roonie Ranching. Niki suggests that you could mix it up by using contrasting thread instead of a coordinating color, and I think that would look super rad!
Valentine’s Day is sneaking up! Whether you want to make a card for your sweetie or need a Valentine idea for your kid’s whole class, we’ve got you covered.