We tried it: Free Birds Hand Turkey (and a giveaway)

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Last night, after the dinner dishes were done but before it was time for pajamas and stories, the kids and I were feeling a little crafty.  Sometimes you just have to make something, right?  But, before bedtime isn’t the best time for big messy crafts, so we needed something simple.

Fall is is one of our favorite seasons, in part because the cooler weather gives us more time at the craft table, and in part because of the holidays.  In fact, don’t tell the Free Birds, a movie we’re looking forward to seeing this weekend (it opens in theaters this Friday, November 1st) but one of the reasons we love this time of year is for Thanksgiving and the turkey.

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The creators of Free Birds have a fun how-to video for drawing a Hand Turkey, which was the perfect project for our crafty mood.  You can watch the video, featuring Amy Poehler who voices Jenny in Free Birds, here:

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Simple (and Frugal) Fun: Dressing Up a Duct Tape Knight

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The following post originally appeared in 2010.  I’m republishing it today with a few updates.  Note: there are affiliate links in this post. Thanks!

If you are a regular reader of my other blog, then you have probably noticed that one of my family’s favorite crafting materials  is duct tape.  We love creating with this sturdy, sticky, colorful tape.

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Duct Tape Knight

We were inspired by one of my daughter’s favorite reads, Igraine the Brave and a booklet from CurrClick, The Shield and Buckler booklet.  Our own “Igraine” and her little brother, Sir Max the Bold, were in need of some knightly attire.

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The Friday Five: 5 Cool Things about Travel With Kids

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What a month!  Earlier we were in California and today I’m saying hello there from gorgeous South Carolina! We’ve been on airplanes and behind the wheel on the open road in October and  it has been spectacular.

My family and I are on the road this week so that I can attend Allume and on the way home we will be exploring some parts of the country we don’t often get to see. We’re turning this week into a mini family road trip, hopefully one that will lead to longer journeys next year and beyond.

So, since I’m blogging from the road for this week’s Friday Five I thought it might be kind of fun to share 5 cool things about traveling with kids.

5 Cool Things about Travel with Kids

1. Traveling with your kids lets you see them in a whole new light.  Earlier this month I was so impressed with the way my eleven year old carried herself and the ease with which she moves through the world (certainly more poised than I was as an eleven year old) and I’m not sure I would have known that about her if I didn’t have a chance to see it in action.   It was neat to see her in an environment we aren’t normally in.

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We tried it: Marker “Tie Dye”

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When Jillian and I attended Crafting Community a few weeks ago, one of the crafts that we fell in love with was marker tie dye.

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Isn’t that fun?  Of course we wanted to share this craft idea with Max and Lucy once we returned home.

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Our October Books

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Ah, October, the time of year when I pull some of our favorite books off of the bookshelf and we start spending the colder days indoors, reading together on the sofa or sprawling out on the beanbag and sheepskins on the floor.  It is a good season for popcorn, apple slices, and lots of page turning.

We don’t have any Autumn piano sheet music, so I popped our current books up on the piano instead.  I’m not sure why it took me this long to figure out that this is a great way to have our seasonal books accessible, but here they are, on display and within easy reach for the kiddos.  I love how the covers are all visible, too.

I tried to set out a little bit of everything for each age and stage we have at our house right now, so we’ve got everything from board books to poetry in our October book list.

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