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Random Thought: And the Winner Is! (*drum roll*)
POSTED ON December 15, 2016 BY LEANNE

Painting Christmas Ornaments

People occasionally ask me what my all time favourite craft on the website is. That’s a really tough question because I have a lot of much loved projects that I’ve done with the girls over the years. But! If I had to pick one, it would be the Christmas Ornaments made with acrylic paint. I […]

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Random Thought: Many years later and she still loves paper plates…
POSTED ON OCTOBER 3, 2016 BY LEANNE

Painting Paper Plates

My youngest daughter is eighteen now. Gosh, time flies when you’re raising children! I may get in trouble with her about this, but I had to share! When I first started doing crafts with her, she didn’t really enjoy them. She wasn’t terribly fond of colouring (two scribbles and she was done). She didn’t really like […]

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Spring Bunny Paper Craft
POSTED ON MARCH 4, 2016 BY LEANNE

Spring Bunny Paper Craft

The spring bunny is a paper craft that kids enjoy as part of a number of different themes including a spring theme, a weather theme, an April Showers theme and an Easter theme. The completed bunny is nice and big so it makes a fun decoration for a bedroom door or the family refrigerator. I […]

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Preschool Patterning Practice
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 10, 2016 BY LEANNE

Preschool Patterning Practice Valentine Heart Craft

Creating patterns is one of those preschool math skills that seems like “just fun” but really is forming the basis for lifelong learning. Some kids are “natural patterners” doing it without encouragement making patterns for fun with everything from peas and carrots to blocks and legos. Others require a little more hand holding—paper […]

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Groundhog’s Day Predictions Paper Craft
POSTED ON JANUARY 26, 2016 BY LEANNE

Groundhog’s Day Predictions Paper Craft

Happy Groundhog’s Day! (My husband went to great lengths to find me a stainless steel fridge that lets magnets stick to it… I was SO HAPPY!) Groundhog’s Day is celebrated in Canada and the United States on February 2nd each year. We watch our favourite groundhog on this day. If it is cloudy, he will […]

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity
POSTED ON DECEMBER 28, 2015 BY LEANNE

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Acitivity

Nina is one of our viewers who has been following us since our sites started many years ago. She sent this project suggestion using the templates from our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom section. Nina wrote: “Hi Leanne, I did this with Emmaline age 5, who just started Kindergarten. Her teacher was doing the book two days […]

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Paper Bag Puppets (for Christmas)
POSTED ON DECEMBER 14, 2015 BY LEANNE

Paper Bag Sant Puppet for Christmas

Paper bag puppets aren’t just crafts—they’re creative toys for the kids to play with throughout the season! Have everyone make a different character and then create your own little skits or action songs. It works out well in our house because Kaitlyn’s always liked making the craft and Tasha has always liked making […]

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How To “Build” a Tree
POSTED ON AUGUST 16, 2015 BY LEANNE

Painted Spring Tree

Many years ago when I was in elementary school, our art teacher taught us how to “build” a tree with paint. To this day, I still enjoy mixing a couple of tree bark colors and using them to build trees. I loved that lesson! And thought I’d share it here with you. It’s appropriate for […]

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Halloween Scarecrow Pumpkin Carving
POSTED ON OCTOBER 28, 2014 BY DARREN

Pumpkin Carving

Leanne has been designing pumpkin carving patterns for the site and I have been carving them for over a decade now. This year is no exception and I have decided to tackle a new pattern, the scarecrow. Before diving into my pumpkin I like to gather the required tools. I print the pattern that I have chosen from […]

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Halloween Math Activities
POSTED ON OCTOBER 21, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Halloween Math Activities

Math isn’t always fun, in fact math is rarely fun, but it can be! Math activities that give kids a way to view math visually are a really inspired way to educate kids. These Halloween math activities use Scaries to promote math in a new and creative way by demonstrating simple statistics and data collection with yummy treats! […]

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Samson and Delilah Crafts.
POSTED ON OCTOBER 14, 2014 BY LEANNE

Samson and Delilah Crafts.

The website began with a passion for crafts made from cardboard tubes—toilet paper roll crafts! I love the simplicity of them—they’re basically just color, cut and paste paper crafts but using the tube as a base for the craft makes them three dimensional characters that you can use as action figures […]

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Snowboarding and Skiing
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 28, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Snowboarding and Skiing

Skiing and snowboarding are both very popular sports in Canada, and tons of my friends are all hyped up and excited for competition season! There are tons of different ski hills that people can visit and lots of different level runs for people who are beginners, experts, or just looking for a relaxing day on the […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 14, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Happy Valentine’s Day

Today is Valentine’s Day, which means lots of chocolate, flowers, and cards. For little kids it means LOTS of heart shaped crafts and candy! When I was in elementary school I loved valentines day so much because we got to exchange valentines! We decorated paper bags or little boxes the days leading up to valentines day and […]

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The 2014 Winter Olympics
POSTED ON JANUARY 31, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Canada Flag

The 2014 Winter Olympics will start exactly one week from today; the events are being held in Sochi Russia and the preparation has been a long process! There is lots of hype about the games and I know I sure am excited! My dad and I plan to watch a lot of hockey and will definitely be […]

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Chinese New Years
POSTED ON JANUARY 18, 2014 BY KAITLYN

Chinese Dragon Paper Plate Craft

Chinese New Year is celebrated on a different day each year because it is based on the Lunar year. And each year is named after an animal based on a 12 year cycle. In 2014, the year of the horse, it will be celebrated on January 31. People born in the same year are considered to […]

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Five Cut and Paste Paper Crafts for the Holiday Season
POSTED ON DECEMBER 14, 2013 BY LEANNE

Paper Poinsetta Craft

© by Leanne Guenther If you craft with your child from a very young age, you’ll find yourself doing a lot of “cutting out” with your handy pair of scissors. One suggestion I would make is to use children’s safety scissors from the very beginning. That way, when it’s time for you to pass the […]

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Movember
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 29, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Walrus Paper Plate Craft

I have always thought that Movember was a really neat idea because it isn’t like your classic fundraiser, but up until junior high I didn’t even know it existed. It is important for kids to be able to participate in events like this at a young age so they are inspired to stay involved at an […]

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Thanksgiving Paper Strip Pumpkin Craft
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 22, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Thanksgiving Paper Strip Pumpkin Craft

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of the year; it is a chance to visit with friends and family and show them how thankful you are! For me in Canada, thanksgiving has already passed, but in the states it is coming up in about a week! There are some really cute thanksgiving crafts on the website […]

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Paper Lantern Crafts
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 8, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Paper Lantern Crafts

Over the past week I have been going to town on a new holiday craft idea that my mom had, paper lantern crafts. Until now I never realized how many different holidays there are. From Christmas to Hanukah, summer to winter and even Earth day to St Patrick’s day there are heaps of holidays and special times of the […]

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Bath Salts
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Homemade Bath Salts for Presents

This craft would make an excellent homemade gift for a relative! Some of the ingredients are a bit unusual, like the glycerin or the Epsom salts. They are available at most drugstores but can be a bit tricky to find; I found them in the aisle with the rubbing alcohol. The nice thing about this […]

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Grass Seed Caterpillar
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Grass Seed Caterpillar

This grass seed craft is a very fun craft that creates an adorable caterpillar! The neat idea about this craft is that you can watch the grass grow before your very own eyes! Literally, one day there was no grass in any of the egg carton cups and the next days each cup had several […]

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Paper Mache Animals
POSTED ON AUGUST 23, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Paper Mache Animals

I’ve spent the past week making adorable paper Mache animal crafts. At times it was a bit challenging but it was definitely worth it because they all turned out to be extremely cute! I suggest that if you are planning to make these crafts as piñata’s for a birthday party you give yourself about a week. Paper Mache takes […]

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Paper Plate Echidna
POSTED ON AUGUST 9, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Paper Plate Echidna

This craft is absolutely adorable and very fun to make! Rather than just an average paper plate craft there is the extra component of cutting the fringe around the paper plate to represent the spikes; it is also quite simple for a paper plate craft because the template pieces are straight forward and relatively easy […]

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Animal Cracker Ark
POSTED ON JULY 26, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Animal Cracker Ark

This craft is very entertaining to make since there are so many different components; from the cotton ball clouds to the animal cracker animals this craft is a fun way to learn about Noah’s Ark. I have been planning to make this craft for along time now and about a year ago my dad and […]

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Paper Plate Bird Nest
POSTED ON JULY 19, 2013 BY KAITLYN

Paper Plate Bird Nest Craft

This paper plate bird nest is very fun to make and looks absolutely adorable when it’s finished! I found that I couldn’t help but grin when I realized how much fun I was having with everything this craft involved. From painting the paper plate (something I have enjoyed ever since I could hold a paint brush) to […]

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