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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Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along October Link-Up

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

Well, here we are friends: 60 days before Christmas. Whoa.  If you haven’t already been hit with the seasonal crafting bug I hope this link up will inspire you to begin today.

I’d love to hear what you are making for the kids in your life and today’s the day we get to share that in our monthly Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along Link-Up.

Holiday Kids’ Gift Craft-along

It is the 25th of October, which means that in two months we’ll be celebrating Christmas Day.  I’d love to see what you are making and how your projects are progressing.

Even though things are getting spooky and silly around here as we anticipate Halloween, just for the 25th I’m taking a North Pole Day.  I’ll be updating facebook, twitter, and instagram all day long with my crafting endeavors. If you want to join in, I’m using the hashtag #SKcraftalong.

I plan to play some holiday music and maybe watch a holiday movie or two and knit, stitch, and glue the day away (well, after homeschool and in between taking care of the kiddos, of course).

Beyond today, I’m trying to dedicate 15 minutes every day toward working on holiday gifts.

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31 days of unplugged play: junk mail art projects

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

Today’s unplugged play idea is to create some art with a junk mail and other items.

Have fun creating art with items that might otherwise go straight into the recycling bin.  This is a neat project to do with your child.  When is the last time you sat down and made some artwork together?

Supplies and materials

  • paper, cardboard, yarn, foil, etc.
  • heavy paper or cardboard to create your art on
  • glue or tape
  • a bit of patience for the drying time if you’re using glue

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31 days of unplugged play: calm down jars (glitter bears)

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

Today’s unplugged play idea was inspired by all of the beautiful “Calm Down” or “Peace” jars that I’ve seen all over Pinterest.  

The idea of a “calm down” jar has been on my mind for some time because it seemed like a good tool to help my four year old daughter find some quiet moments in the day when she’s having “big feelings,” as we say.

Lucy had been eying the big honey bear container in the recycling bin for some time, so I decided to do my own version of these beautiful swirling sparkle jars by making a glitter bear for especially for her in her favorite colors.
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