Violet Paint Prints

Spring is almost upon us!  Let’s celebrate and get crafty with this beautiful print made from celery stalks.  I really enjoy making prints from natural objects like fruits and vegetables, as you never know how the print will turn out.  This is especially fun with children, as it is almost a “magical experience” for them […]

Purposeful Painting

Painting can be beneficial on so many levels for both children and adults.  Not only does it offer fine motor practice, it also provides relaxation, amongst other benefits.  Don’t limit your children (or yourself!) to only using paint brushes and paper; think outside of the box and be creative with your choice of media to use […]

Pet Rock Puppy

My kiddos and I were having arts and crafts time earlier today when I asked my five year old what she was creating.  She simply showed me this adorable Pet Rock Puppy and explained to me “her tips” to make it which included: finding light-colored, smooth rocks; using permanent marker before painting the rock; and adding […]

Easy Valentine’s Day Butterfly Craft

I simply laid out a few supplies and my five year old created this adorable Valentine’s Day Butterfly Craft. My favorite part of this craft is that SHE created it completely on her own; no instructions, no guidance, nothing! You will need: heart shapes (various sizes); feathers, paper, glue, crayons or markers, scissors, pipe cleaners, […]

Simple Valentine’s Day Animal Craft

This simple Valentine’s Day Animal Craft combines two holidays that fall closely together: Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day.  We made these at school after reading a book together on groundhogs and Groundhog Day.  We then reviewed Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day.  Depending on your children’s/students’ ages and/or abilities, you could use a Venn Diagram that focuses […]

Ways to Help Your Children Cope with Divorce

Just when you think you can’t hurt much more from your divorce, you think about how your kids are feeling about the divorce and your world comes crashing down even more.  Thankfully, there are counselors to help, therapists to talk with, books that offer advice, and support groups to be there for you and your family […]

Simple 100 Days of School Shirt

Believe it or not, the 100th day of school is almost upon us.  My son needed a quick and simple idea for a 100th day of school t-shirt.  For this simple shirt, start with a clever line such as, “I’m 100 days brighter,” add some star stickers, and BAM! cute, simple, and DONE! You will […]

Simple Sticker Counting Book

Make this personalized Simple Sticker Counting Book for your little learner out of materials around your house or classroom.  This activity can be easily modified to fit a vast group of learners amongst different ages and/or abilities.*  It can also be personalized to fit your little learner’s current interests to help with eagerness and active participation. You […]

Raising Bilingual Children Today

Kids’ Candor provided you with the samples for my post. All opinions are my own. Our first Kids’ Candor Bilingual Educational Kit arrived today.  From the moment my kids saw both of their names on the box, they were hooked!  They opened the box to find educational materials, a book, stickers, supplies, puzzle, music CD, and […]

Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

Homemade snow globes allow you to create a Winter Wonderland scene straight from your own imagination.  Create this magical Winter Wonderland Snow Globe to enjoy again and again…hot chocolate and snow boots are optional. You will need: bottles (plastic water bottles, baby food or olive jars); glitter; magic snow; plastic or ceramic figurines; distilled water; and glycerin.  Fill the bottle or […]

Change Your Focus: Better Your Life

Focus.  Webster defines the word ‘focus’ as: “a subject that is being discussed or studied; the subject on which people’s attention is focused.”  So I ask you this question, what or who are you focused on? If you were given a blank white sheet of paper with a small, black dot in the center of the […]

Christmas Tree Ribbon Craft

Need a simple last minute Christmas craft to do with your kiddos?  Make this Christmas Tree Ribbon Craft with a few scraps of ribbon and your kiddos will get fine motor practice while creating an adorable keepsake. You will need: ribbon, glue, paper, and scissors. Have your little helper draw (or trace) a tree on the […]