Keep calm, craft on

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Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

The January days have suddenly turned quite cold, proving that Winter means business.  The temperatures have been too frigid for playing outdoors for about a week, and I have a winter cold that just won’t let me go, so we’ve been keeping ourselves occupied indoors with some crafty fun.

There’s a warm-up on the way, and I imagine the kids and I will be venturing outdoors again soon.  In the meantime, here are a few of the things we have been doing during these frozen January days.

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Kid-made Christmas cards, 3 ways

Written by contributor Catherine Way of Indirect Observations.

My children have been making handmade cards for birthdays and Christmas ever since my eldest son was 2.  I enjoy having this personal touch for special presents, like those we will give to my son’s teachers, grandparents and other family members.

These three cards are quick and enjoyable to make and use materials you will probably already have at home.   The only special requirement is the blank cards to decorate. You can buy ready-made blank cards or make cards by folding cardstock or paper to the size you require.

I’ve also provided my tips for helping you get the best results without needing to do parts of the card-making for your children.

In my house, we make the card-making a bit of an event by setting a day, playing Christmas carols and all sitting down together to create cards.  It is a firm part of our Christmas tradition.

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Weekend links, Gadanke winners, and holiday kids' gift craft-along

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Gadanke winners

The winners of the giveaway from Gadanke were:

  1. Joe
  2. Satia

Congratulations! Check your email soon for further details about claiming your prize.

Enjoy 10% off all journals at Gadanke through Sunday November 25th at midnight MST with the code: STORYKIDS.

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Holiday kids’ gift craft-along November reminder

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Hello friends!  I just wanted to pop in quickly today, in between bites of turkey and leftover pumpkin pie, to remind you that our very last Kids’ Gift Craft-along for 2012 will be on Sunday November 25th.

Are you working on handmade gifts this holiday season?  Whether you are doing a 100% handmade holiday, you adventurous soul you, or are making a few stocking stuffers, I’d love to see what you’ve been up to.

Did you guys happen to catch the post on my sister site Simple Homemade this week?  There’s a great round-up of super simple homemade gifts for kids.  

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31 days of unplugged play: newspaper hats

Written by Kara Fleck, Simple Kids editor and Rockin’ Granola mama.

Today’s unplugged play idea is to make newspaper hats.  (Or construction paper or newsprint or even junk mail taped together into large sheets – use what you have on hand, no pressure and no “right” or “wrong” okay?).

Make hats for your kids, make hats for yourself, make smaller hats for the dolls and stuffed animals if the mood strikes.  Decorate them fancy with glitter and glue and feathers, or leave them simple.  

So, how do you make a newspaper hat?

Follow along and my kids and I will show you!
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