Another Go at Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs

Bath bombs made and packed by my 4-year-old. (He had help with the making, but the packing was all him.)

My 4-year-old has repeatedly requested that we make bath bombs again.  So when our friends suggested that we get together and make a batch, of course we said yes.


The bath bombs in the picture may not be the most beautiful (please remember they were made by young kids), but they are everything a bath bomb should be. … Continue reading

Learning is Fun: Making Bead Necklaces

My 4-year-old has recently become very interested in necklaces.  He’s always had a bit of interest in my necklaces, but it never really stuck.  Then his big brother bought him a cat necklace at the Artisan Fair where his big brother had a booth, which immediately turned my 4-year-old into an every day necklace wearer.


Following the introduction of the cat necklace, we took a family trip to Michigan, where – in addition to lots of family gathering and fun – we cleared out my [deceased] mother-in-law’s belongings in order to donate them to a local women’s shelter.… Continue reading

Learning by Doing: Manning a Table at a Local Artisan Fair

My 8-year-old manning his booth at the artisan fair.

Last year, my elder son made a family friend a series of four bead ornaments depicting the life-cycle of a caterpillar (an egg, a caterpillar, a chrysalis, and a butterfly).  She loved them, and suggested that he start a business selling them.  My then 7-year-old leaped on this idea and began to make ornaments to sell.… Continue reading

Make your own Organic Cotton Food Wrap

Are you looking for ways to eliminate more plastics from your life?  Here’s a simple way to stop using plastic wrap as well as most plastic bags.  It’s an organic cotton food wrap.


You can use it to top a glass bowl.  Goodbye, plastic wrap.  You can also use it to wrap fruits and vegetables, cheese, a sandwich, or whatever else you desire. … Continue reading

Super Easy Sharpie Tie Dye

I’ve done tie dye projects with my children in the past.  While they were fun, they were also extremely messy and rather time consuming to set up and clean up.  So when one of our favorite children’s librarians showed my 8-year old how to get a tie-dye-effect using Sharpie markers and isopropyl alcohol, we had to give it a try.


The process was incredibly simply. … Continue reading

Clay Diffuser Ornaments

A set of ornaments made by my 3- and 8-year-olds, along with the essential oils we used to scent them.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited us over to make Clay Diffuser Ornaments with her and her girls.  It was a simple and fun project that has since brought wonderful scents throughout our home, as well as made wonderful gifts to give to friends.… Continue reading

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping

Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping
These three pictures, painted by my boys, will make lovely gift wrap.

The Winter holidays are upon us. In addition to the multitude of gifts that people exchange during this time of year, there is generally an enormous amount of gift wrap and trimmings to go along with them. Unfortunately, much of this gift wrap simply ends up in a landfill after the recipient opens the gift.… Continue reading

Crafting Bugs from Natural Materials

Crafting Bugs with Natural MaterialsNatural, found objects can make amazing art supplies. Not only is it fun for children to explore outside and find these objects, but being able to turn them into a work of art brings another level of perspective to the task.


When kids are looking at items with an eye for using the materials in an art project, it helps to develop careful observation skills by encouraging them to look closely at things and to picture them in an entirely different context.… Continue reading

Gingerbread House Fun: Lessons Learned as a Parent

Gingerbread House Fun: Lessons Learned as a Parent
A gingerbread village built and decorated by my 2- and 6-year-olds (well, I helped the 2 year old).

Last year I wrote a post about the things a child can learn by building a gingerbread house. This year, I’m writing a post about the practical things I’ve learned along the way as the parent supporting the project.


First, if your kids have a ton of food allergies, it’s best to treat the gingerbread house as an art project.… Continue reading

Chalk Mandalas

Though summer is starting to fade, we still spend a lot of time outdoors every day. Now that the heat is no longer blistering in the afternoon, it’s a wonderful time to work on outdoor art projects.


Chalk Mandalas


One of our favorite outdoor art activities is covering our patio with chalk drawings.


Chalk drawing in this setting allows for big pictures or small pictures.… Continue reading