Wife, mom and the woman behind the scenes of the DLTK's Crafts for Kids websites. The websites are a terrific hobby -- run by (me) Leanne, a mom with two girls as my official craft testers and my husband as my technical support. DLTK are the first initials of each of the people in my family (I'm the L!). Whenever we send out little cards or whatnot, we sign 'love DLTK' ... when I started the website I used the initials. Had I known the website would get actual strangers visiting it, I would have picked a less mysterious name but we're all stuck with it now!
Links to the articles that Leanne has written can be found below.
A Brief Respite
POSTED ON March 30, 2020 BY LEANNE
I’ve received a few questions from viewers asking why I don’t have more focus on current events on the website now. So I thought I’d sit down and tell you where my head’s at...
Happy Doing Nothing
POSTED ON September 25, 2019 BY LEANNE
We opened the door to the sound of Coltrane finishing one of his classic jazz tunes, quickly followed by an upbeat number by Abba. "Wow," Darren gasped...
A Petrified Forest and a Traumatized Husband
POSTED ON August 31, 2019 BY LEANNE
"Ouch," I moaned quietly, gingerly pushing my glasses back onto the bridge of my nose. I decided to give myself a few more seconds lying facedown on the limestone path to assess my condition before trying to get up....
More Little Things (like coffee)
POSTED ON August 20, 2019 BY LEANNE
"Ackk!" I squealed, bolting upright in my seat as Darren swerved the wheel quickly to the right. "What are you!?...eep, lane!" I scolded and he pulled the car back into the left lane.
"Sorry," he blushed, "but I found one...look there!!"
The Little Things
POSTED ON July 12, 2019 BY LEANNE
"This is AWESOME," Darren exclaimed happily.
I giggled at him for the fifth time since we’d pulled into the huge parking lot an hour earlier.
"No seriously," he scolded, grinning cheerfully, "this is the best thing we’ve done all trip!"
Australian Animals and the Hume Highway
POSTED ON June 26, 2019 BY LEANNE
"It was a wombat," I announced, proud of my research.
"A wom-what?" Darren laughed.
"A wombat, you goof. They’re grey and look like they have a big bear head kind of, and they have pouches like kangaroos but their pouches are backwards so they don’t dig dirt onto their babies heads."
POSTED ON June 16, 2019 BY LEANNE
"Ohhhh, lane honey. Lane!" I exclaimed in as calm a voice as I could.
Darren glowered at the narrow road ahead and clenched his jaw, "I AM in my lane. If I move over any more, we’ll be hit by oncoming cars."
"Honestly, you aren’t. Your brain is tricking you."
Welcome to Australia
POSTED ON May 21, 2019 BY LEANNE
I don’t know, really...but in photos, the Sydney Opera House always seemed huge to me and while the architecture is certainly unique I realized that once again I’ve been fooled by photography..
Exploring Tide Pools
POSTED ON May 4, 2019 BY LEANNE
"Oh oh oh!" I gasped out, pointing and backing away from the pool of water in front of me. Darren was backing up too so I knew he’d seen it. "That…" he said in a voice slightly higher pitched than normal, "is an eel."...
My Thoughts About Air Tahiti
POSTED ON April 22, 2019 BY LEANNE
I sipped my diet coke while watching a fellow passenger try to shoo a crab out of the baggage claim area. His wife cheered him on as he finally herded the annoyed crustacean back into the ocean. Just another day at the airport in French Polynesia...
A Tale of One Bungalow
POSTED ON April 13, 2019 BY LEANNE
I woke up this morning with Charles Dickens famous opening line in my head:
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...
That line accurately describes a lot of things in life, I think — parenthood, career, marriage — and, for me, it accurately describes overwater bungalows in French Polynesia. Lol. Here’s my tale...
One Night in Paradise...
POSTED ON April 7, 2019 BY LEANNE
I giggled nervously at Darren as he stared wide eyed out the window of our overwater bungalow into the blackness outside. Furniture rattled around the deck, illuminated briefly by flashes of lightning...
How Our Free nights in Paradise Went
POSTED ON April 5, 2019 BY LEANNE
So Darren and I are on a trip that we’ve been dreaming about for 25 years. The girls are happily in university and we’re officially “empty nesters” trying to reconnect with each other and adapt to life without the titles of “mommy and daddy”. It’s a bit weird! ...
Choosing a Hotel Room
POSTED ON April 1, 2019 BY LEANNE
When we travelled with the kids we tended to spend a bit more on hotel rooms. Family suites were a favourite choice. Or something with a little balcony that we could sit out on after we settled the girls in bed. Or an RV.Now that we’re travelling as just the two of us, we’ve been pleasantly surprised by how much cheaper it is.....
Have you ever been to LA?
POSTED ON March 12, 2019 BY LEANNE
Los Angeles is one of those places that we’ve passed through or stayed near many times but never really visited. Ask just about anyone from Western Canada, “Have you been to LA?” and the answer will either be, “Does Disneyland count?” or “Well… I’ve been to the airport!”...
I Miss Leonard Nimoy
POSTED ON March 10, 2019 BY LEANNE
Early in our relationship, Darren discovered that despite the odds and, perhaps his best intentions, he had unexpectedly become friends with a geek. He was, is and always will be… athletic...But I knew the difference between a Klingon and a Cylon...
Hurray for Hollywood Spiderman!
POSTED ON March 6, 2019 BY LEANNE
We...headed off on the twenty minute walk to The Chinese Theater (“TCL”). All along the way were the stars on Hollywood Boulevard. We enjoyed chatting about which ones we each recognized, occasionally stopping to take a photo...
Hooray for Hollywood?
POSTED ON February 19, 2019 BY LEANNE
I am a Darren fan, but I’m not really a sports fan. I’m always thrilled to join him at games when we get the chance to go ... and he’s always kind enough to ask, “what do you feel like doing now?” when the game is over. With my preferences in mind, we spent the next two nights at the Kimpton Everly in Hollywood.
Sports Fans and the Women Who Love Them
POSTED ON February 17, 2019 BY LEANNE
I am in love with a man who loves sports. I knew that when I married him and I’m grateful that Darren’s idea of a “wild night” is when a hockey game goes into overtime...
Twenty Five Years of Dreaming
POSTED ON February 15, 2019 BY LEANNE
I still remember many “getting to know you” conversations that touched on the topic of travel....So I asked him, “if you were going to fly somewhere exotic where would you go?” I was surprised how quickly he answered, “Australia!”...
Dressing the Family For a Hike
POSTED ON October 25, 2018 BY LEANNE
Unexpected fresh snow with just below freezing temperatures is great fun to hike around in. We rarely leave the house without a variety of layers to keep us comfortable, whatever the weather may bring so we were ready for this unexpected twist on our adventure. [...]
Calgary to the Athabasca Glacier Tour
POSTED ON October 18, 2018 BY LEANNE
I love driving into the mountains on the first frosty day of the year. It’s like living in a black and white movie. The sky is grey, the ground is white and all of the evergreens look black. [...]
Bow Lake and Bow Glacier Falls Trail
POSTED ON October 13, 2018 BY LEANNE
Bow Glacier Falls Trail isn’t one of my top five hikes for families but it’s pretty
darn close. What I love most about it is that it’s beautiful and photo worthy from the moment you set foot
on it so you can spend anywhere from ten gorgeous minutes to ten beautiful hours exploring it [...]
POSTED ON October 3, 2018 BY LEANNE
Nope, that photo isn’t edited. Peyto Lake really looks like that even on an unusually overcast, snowy day in September (we’d come out expecting a sunny autumn day and ended up in a winter wonderland instead!) Peyto Lake is considered one of the most beautiful views on the Icefields Parkway in Alberta, Canada [...]
Hiking Grotto Canyon
POSTED ON September 17, 2018 BY LEANNE
For anyone coming with a family for the first time to the Calgary/Banff area, one of the top five hikes (for novice and experienced hikers of all ages) that I would recommend is Grotto Canyon. It’s about 10 minutes east of Canmore on highway 1A so you don’t need a national park pass [...]
A Rainy Day in the Mountains
POSTED ON September 13, 2018 BY LEANNE
I grew up on the Canadian prairies. We don't get a whole lot of rain. When it does rain, it's usually violently spectacular -- hail , thunder, lightening -- or beautiful -- sun showers and double rainbows [...]
Ye Olde Medieval Faire
POSTED ON August 22, 2018 BY LEANNE
"Hey guys, anyone interested in watching huge men riding even bigger horses at a full gallop in an attempt to knock each other off with eleven foot long solid wood poles? Oh, and we get to wear costumes."…
Eagle's Eye and the Perseids
POSTED ON August 21, 2018 BY LEANNE
As I write this, I’m sitting beside a roaring fire watching my husband eagerly researching specs of dust. If only he were this interested in dust when it’s time to clean the house…
Reconnecting at Lake O'Hara
POSTED ON August 8, 2018 BY LEANNE
I’m sitting on the porch of a little log cabin watching trout splash up out of the water to catch bugs for dinner. The emerald blue water is like glass right now, reflecting the surrounding mountains and tall, green fir trees perfectly…
Do Something New!
POSTED ON AUGUST 19, 2017 BY LEANNE
I love camping and travelling to (safe) places I’ve never been before. But this year, for a variety of reasons including finances and family commitments we haven’t had the chance to explore the world as much as we had hoped to. Darren saw that I was feeling a bit down about this so brought up […]
Our fun experience at Nat Geo Live!
POSTED ON MARCH 12, 2017 BY LEANNE
They say that a picture is worth a thousand words and while I don’t disagree with the sentiment, I must say that I find listening to National Geographic photographers speak about their projects as fascinating (if not more fascinating!) than the photos themselves. We just got back from a National Geographic Live presentation entitled Beauty […]
Random Thought: And the Winner Is! (*drum roll*)
POSTED ON December 15, 2016 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Random Thought: Guy Fawkes Day
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2016 BY LEANNE
Guy Fawkes Day is on November 5th every year. It is celebrated in England with fireworks and bonfires. We have viewers all over the world and on occasion they ask for a craft or two to be added for celebrations from their neck of the woods. A few years back, I added Guy Fawkes Day. […]
Random Thought: And Then I Picked Up a Knife…
POSTED ON OCTOBER 28, 2016 BY LEANNE
I am not the best homemaker in the world. I don’t get the vacuuming done as often as I should and I occasionally get distracted in the kitchen and burn things (though Darren helps make sure that doesn’t happen—more to protect his stomach than my reputation). But every now and then I get […]
Adirondack Autumn Leaves
POSTED ON OCTOBER 15, 2016 BY LEANNE
Autumn and spring have always battled for the title of my favorite season. This year, I think autumn has finally taken the prize as we visited the Adirondack State Park (Mirror Lake and Lake Placid, NY) for the first time to enjoy the autumn colours. Wow, I’ve never seen so many beautiful shades of autumn […]
Random Thought: Many years later and she still loves paper plates…
POSTED ON OCTOBER 3, 2016 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Random Thought: He Sure Showed Them!
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 BY LEANNE
It’s hockey season—we’re from Western Canada and my husband is a huge hockey fan. Today he is busy watching the World Cup of Hockey and it has me reflecting on other hockey moments that I have arranged for him over the years. In 2004, the Calgary Flames unexpectedly made it to the Stanley […]
Random Thought: Sunny Sunny Sunflowers!
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 BY LEANNE
Sunflowers are such a cool plant. When they are in bud, they turn to follow the sun (they keep their little buds facing the sun all day long… it’s really neat to check on them throughout the day to see them turning). When the sunflowers bloom, they stop swiveling but if you see a group […]
Spring Bunny Paper Craft
POSTED ON MARCH 4, 2016 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Preschool Patterning Practice
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 10, 2016 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Groundhog’s Day Predictions Paper Craft
POSTED ON JANUARY 26, 2016 BY LEANNE
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 […]
POSTED ON JANUARY 14, 2016 BY LEANNE
I mentioned a while ago that I’d attended an interesting presentation by a couple of child psychologists and discovered that I’d done quite well (completely by accident) at parenting my girls when they were babies. (Read “Talking to Babies”) Unfortunately, it turns out that I didn’t do quite as stellar a job parenting them as […]
Talking to Babies
POSTED ON JANUARY 7, 2016 BY LEANNE
Long story, but I was at a “Nerd Night” event this week (the short version of the long story is, “I like learning stuff”). One of the presenters was a professor of child psychology at an infant level and another was a professor of child psychology at a kindergarten level. I really enjoyed their talks […]
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity
POSTED ON DECEMBER 28, 2015 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Paper Bag Puppets (for Christmas)
POSTED ON DECEMBER 14, 2015 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Hiking the Loop Brook Trail
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 26, 2015 BY LEANNE
The Loop Brook Trail in Glacier Park, British Columbia (BC) is the perfect type of trail for my husband Darren and I. It’s a beautiful, forest walk (which I love) that is a pleasant challenge in parts without ever feeling dangerous. It’s also an interpretive walk with frequent signs detailing Canadian and CPR railway history […]
Invasion of the… flowers!?
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 14, 2015 BY LEANNE
When we were in Scotland, Darren and I were pleasantly surprised by how lovely the countryside was. It was pristine, beautiful and litter free. So, as we approached Torridon (near the coast in the north) we were surprised to see plumes of inky, black smoke rising up in the distance. What could that be about, […]
Parenting Through Jet Lag
POSTED ON NOVEMBER 1, 2015 BY LEANNE
Jet lag is a very real condition and, sadly, there is no magic cure. For many people (myself included) jet lag is also more than ‘just feeling a bit tired’—the biggest symptom I get is actually tummy troubles whereas my husband and kids tend to get tired, headachy feelings. Darren, especially, gets quite […]
Touring Halifax, Nova Scotia
POSTED ON OCTOBER 25, 2015 BY LEANNE
The port city of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada has been a vacation destination for our family for a number of year’s now. Our favourite time to visit is late September to early October when (most years) the weather is still warm and the autumn leaves are putting on their display of golds and reds. Halifax […]
Sharing Your Family History: Immigration Stories
POSTED ON OCTOBER 18, 2015 BY LEANNE
Whether it’s Ellis Island in New York, USA; the Immigration Museum in Melbourne, Australia or Pier 21 in Halifax, Canada many of us have family or ancestors who have proudly or nervously or desperately or reluctantly borne the title of immigrant. My family’s story isn’t something I really thought much about until the first time […]
Kaitlyn’s first day of (school) university.
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 BY LEANNE
Some of you have been with my family and I since I started the website nearly twenty years ago. Some of you (eek!) have even written to share that you remember doing crafts from the site as children and that you’re now sharing those same projects with your own kids. What you may or may […]
Hiking the Kicking Horse to Amiskwi Trail
POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 2, 2015 BY LEANNE
Kicking Horse to Amiskwi Trail in Yoho National Park — BC, Canada Length of our walk: two hours, including time for a simple picnic and photos Distance of our walk: 3.4 kms (return) for the Kicking Horse/Amiskwi trail plus another 1/2 km on the Emerald River trail for a total of about 4 km walked. […]
How To “Build” a Tree
POSTED ON AUGUST 16, 2015 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Parenting Thoughts: Moraine Lake
POSTED ON JULY 25, 2015 BY LEANNE
Darren and I sat on the covered porch at Moraine Lake Lodge, sipping tea while we watched hikers scramble for cover from a sudden downpour. It had been a lovely day in the wilderness, but I was suddenly struck by how many people there were out here with us! Moraine Lake is a gorgeous glacier […]
Parenting Thoughts: Introverts and Extroverts
POSTED ON JUNE 17, 2015 BY LEANNE
I’m an introvert. My daughter, Tasha, is an extrovert. Darren and Kaitlyn are more “in the middle”—a little on the introverted side, but less so than me. I’m going to start off by clearing up one giant misconception: introverts aren’t all shy and extroverts aren’t all friendly. I’m an introvert AND I love […]
Hot Air Ballooning in Arizona
POSTED ON MAY 29, 2015 BY LEANNE
Another Family Travel Adventure with Kids. Darren, Kaitlyn and I went hot air ballooning and we had a WONDERFUL time. All of us would definitely go again. And we all agreed that we wouldn’t recommend it for young children (I’ll get to that in a bit). The Hot Air Ballooning Experience We went first thing […]
D and K Get Detained!
POSTED ON MAY 12, 2015 BY LEANNE
Another Travel Adventure with Kids Background: Darren and I swapped days this year just for kicks—we celebrated Father’s Day on Mother’s Day and we’ll be celebrating Mother’s Day in June. It just worked out better to treat dad in May plus it was a fun and silly thing to do. So for “Dad’s […]
POSTED ON MAY 7, 2015 BY LEANNE
Welcome to the sandwich generation! No, Darren and I are not PB&J addicts—we’re middle aged parents with dependent children and grandparents who need a little of our help too. Our exposure to this new type of lifestyle has just begun. It started when Darren’s dad passed away a little under a decade ago. […]
Setting Travel Expectations
POSTED ON APRIL 26, 2015 BY LEANNE
The first time I learned the importance of reasonable travel expectations. Tasha, age 5 and Kaitlyn, age 1 On the first and worst trip to Disneyland that we ever took as a family Darren and I pulled the typical young parent stunt of surprising everyone with a gift of a trip to the “Happiest Place […]
Dog–Sledding in Canmore, Alberta
POSTED ON FEBRUARY 17, 2015 BY LEANNE
(not so) Extreme Travel Adventures with Kids Hi everyone, We just got back from dog–sledding and I decided that I can’t wait to share the experience with all of you. It was AWESOME!! After our fun trip dog–sledding as a family, I was inspired to add a Siberian Husky paper craft to the website. About […]
Samson and Delilah Crafts.
POSTED ON OCTOBER 14, 2014 BY LEANNE
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 […]
Five Cut and Paste Paper Crafts for the Holiday Season
POSTED ON DECEMBER 14, 2013 BY LEANNE
© 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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