Canning Lid Flashcards

Apr
16
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My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it.  I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year.  I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost.  A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards.  So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards! I … [Read more...]



Footprint Stool

Apr
06
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I made this footprint stool four years ago, not too long into my blogging career.  To this day, it has remained one of my most popular posts, and I have to say, it's one of my favorites too.  I decided to update the post for a couple of reasons, but it was definitely time for better pictures.  ☺ It's amazing what you learn in four years!  I also wanted to share it with my newer readers, especially with Mother's Day coming up. I absolutely love this stool, and now that I've had another baby, I'm trying to figure out how to fit another footprint on there! I had a wooden stool that had been a staple in our house for years, but it was needing a little face lift. I thought of all the little … [Read more...]



{craft for kids: no-melt snowman in-a-jar}

Jan
03
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  Happy New Year to you!  It's Michelle from Chalkboardblue, and I'm excited to share with you a Craft for Kids that can be made to enjoy the month of January.   In fact, why not have a Snowman Building Party In Doors? It's much warmer inside and the best part is, these Snowmen won't melt!  Invite a couple friends over and let the fun begin.  To have an organized Snowman Build that will run smoothly, have all of your Snowman essentials ready to go in a Kit for each of the Party participants...a Snowman in-a-jar Snowman Kit!  Don't have time to host a party?   These kits can be made ahead of time and stored so when an inside day comes with nothing to do, here's a craft ready to … [Read more...]



{haunted gingerbread house party!}

Oct
28
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This year marked our 7th Annual Haunted Gingerbread House Party!  We invite friends over to eat, decorate houses, the sit around the campfire and enjoy the evening.  It's one of our most beloved Halloween traditions, and my kids look forward to it all year.   It's so much fun, that I wanted to share all the details with you!   Making gingerbread houses at Halloween are just as fun as making them at Christmastime, but with different elements. Make it spooky, fun, themed, or just let the kids go crazy with their candy. ☺ Ready to let the fun begin?  Let's get going! {invites} First of all, you'll need an invite.  I created one and sent it digitally, but I also love making them with paper … [Read more...]



{chalkboard binder labels} a back to school project

Aug
10
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  It's time for another fun, monthly blog hop--featuring 10 of our favorite creative bloggers! This month's theme is all things CHALKBOARD, and we just know you'll have a blast with these projects. We’d love for you to pin our collage below, check out my Chalkboard Binder Labels and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of our friends!   To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop! 1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender 2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags 3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table 4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon … [Read more...]



Paper Sack Mother’s Day Card: a Child’s Q&A

Apr
23
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At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom.  I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions.  Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I … [Read more...]



{dry erase activity books}

Jan
07
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 I don't know about you, but I am always looking for something to keep my kids quiet and occupied during church,  while traveling, and any other time we have to wait anywhere for any length of time.  I've got some busy kiddos, and I'm sure the people in the church pews in back and in front of us appreciate the effort.  :) When I came across these darling dry erase activity books by icandy handmade, I thought it was brilliant, and couldn't wait to make some of my own.  Instead of using a binder, and sliding coloring and workbook pages inside sheet protectors (which is a great idea), I decided to make them differently, for a couple of reasons.  First of all, I wanted mine to be smaller, so … [Read more...]



{handmade cinnamon ornaments}

Nov
13
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I made these cinnamon ornaments for our first Christmas tree when we were first married, and I have absolutely loved them ever since.  There is something just so cozy about making handmade ornaments, in all their rustic and lovely imperfection.  Perhaps it's the old-fashioned girl in me that wishes I could sit in a log cabin, string popcorn garland, and hang these cinnamon ornaments on the tree I cut down in the woods.  This is my way of capturing a piece of that, and I love it! It was the perfect activity to do with my kids.  They helped with the measuring, stirring, rolling and cutting, and made sure the oven light was on so they could monitor their progress while they were baking. … [Read more...]



{clipboards + wipes cases = easy coloring kits for kids}

Jun
25
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Our family will be getting on a plane this week and flying to our new home!  It will also be the first time that all seven of us will fly together, and with four little ones, I've been trying to think of different ways I can keep them all occupied for the trip. One of the things that I've always had in our church quiet bag is a clipboard or two.  I love them for kids, because they fit perfectly in their laps, give them a hard surface to write on, and keeps their paper or coloring page still and in one place. As I was brainstorming ideas, I realized that a clipboard for each of their backpacks would be perfect, and then I could stick them in our church bag after we arrived.  Next … [Read more...]



Handprint Aprons {Mother’s Day}

May
02
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Sometimes it seems like the years past faster than the days do, and capturing little handprints are like freezing a moment in time. When my oldest was small, I made an apron with his handprint on it for my dad for Father's Day.  I still LOVE seeing his tiny little hand on that apron.  ♥ This year it was grandmas' turn... I love how these Handprint Aprons turned out! This is an easy and super fun project---the hardest part will be trying to get the handprints in the right places with a minimum of wiggling! I love gifts that the kids can contribute to, and it created some really great family time. {SUPPLIES} canvas apron fabric paint (make sure it's washable!) fabric, matching … [Read more...]