How To Exercise With Kids

Want to encourage fitness with your kids? Here are several exercises you can do with your little ones that will keep them engaged and wanting more! How to Exercise With Kids - Tipsaholic, #health, #kidshealth, #exercise, #kidsfitness, #kidsexercise

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Looking for some ways to help your kids get more fit?  It doesn’t have to be difficult!  There are many different workouts you can try with your kids – and if you do them right they’ll feel more like playing than exercising!  Ready to get moving with your little ones?  Read below for our recommendations on different types of cardio/aerobic exercise and how to engage your kids!

 

Interactive Video Games – While video games certainly aren’t a substitute for the real deal, they can be extremely helpful in cold winter months, or long rainy days.  They can also be appealing to all sorts of people, and a great gentle introduction to more vigorous and active “real-world” workouts.

Nickelodeon Fit (for wii) – Kids can engage in over 30 different activities – such as jump roping, river rafting, running and biking – with their favorite Nick Jr. characters.  Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans and others make appearances.  Parents can program full routines and track progress.

We Cheer (for wii) – Your child can create and customize their own cheerleading character, then engage in competitive cheer routines with friends or learn and practice moves on their own.  It’s addictive and engaging gameplay that kids will love as they dance and move to teen pop sensations.

Outdoor Challenge (for wii) – You can really get your heart pumping with over a dozen fast-paced games that can be played alone or with up to four players.  You can log-jump, kayak, dance, ride mine carts, and much more!  There are multiple levels of play from beginner to advanced so all ages can play appropriately and it’s fun for the whole family!

Brain and Body Connection (for Kinect) – Exercise your body and brain at the same time with this fun game for up to four players.  20 different games challenge players to think fast and act faster as they focus on reflex, math, logic, memory and physical activities.  You can train on your own or compete against your family!

Your Shape Fitness Evolved (for Kinect) – It’s geared more toward teens and older kids, but you can construct a workout tailored to your fitness level and there are over 90 hours worth of different fitness options, making it family-friendly in practice.  There’s boot camp, cardio boxing, jump rope, yoga, running, floor exercises, sports-centered prep, muscle-toning and lots of different types of dancing among many, many other exercising options.  You can track progress, set preferences and record goals.

 

Dancing – Dancing in any version is highly appealing to kids.  They love to move their bodies to music and anything with kinesthetics is a great way to grab their attention.  Dancing with your kids can get their bodies working in a super healthy way.  Their are interactive video games to help, or DVD’s and free YouTube videos.  But the best thing about dancing is that there doesn’t necessarily need to be any routine, rules or choreography to be fun AND healthy!  Just put on some exciting music and get moving!

Just Dance Kids (Wii version) – There are over 30 songs and dances led by real kids for a fun and entertaining dance workout!  The lyrics appear on the screen so kids can sing along as they dance.  They learn specific moves to the songs and can create their own playlists for continuous activity.  Kids can dance alone or with up to 3 friends with cooperative play.  There are also a number of different versions of this game that include Disney songs, and different years and genres of music.   This is also available for the Kinect.

Dance On Broadway (Wii version) – This is an awesome family-friendly game that incorporates singing and dancing.  You learn choreography and sing along to your favorite broadway tunes.  With up to 4 players, you can challenge each other to see who’s the top performer!  There are tons of musicals included, with a ton of different songs that will appeal to all ages.  It’s a workout in disguise! This is also available for Playstation 3.

Dance X (DVD) – This fun and easy dance video will give little ones a workout without them even realizing it!  They are guided through 25 minutes of fun cardio centered moves while watching a trainer and five kids of different ages and skill levels energetically perform.  Kids will automatically fall into a skill level represented by one of the 5 performers.  They use music kids will love, including Hand Jive, Disco Rolls and the Monkey.

Fit Kids Club (DVD) – You get two different move and groove type workouts on this DVD – Groove It Out and Cool Moves.  They’re designed specifically for kids and the movements are simple and easily duplicated while remaining full of fun.  Kids will love learning how to dance, plus they’ll get the added bonus of healthy, kid-friendly snack ideas and a wall poster where they can track their workouts.

“Forget You” – CeeLo (YouTube, Kids Dance Workout Video with Benjamin Allen) – This is a fun choreographed workout to the popular song “Forget You.” It’s a simple choreography geared to kids that they can pick up easily.  Plus, it’s a free YouTube video!

I’m A Gummy Bear Song – (YouTube Vid of Just Dance 2) – Several favorite Just Dance 2 segments are free on YouTube videos, which is just the case with this Gummy Bear Song.  Kids love the catchy tune and the fun and simple dance moves that will help them get up off the couch.  Enjoy Just Dance flavor for free, without keeping score.

Circle Jump Dance Game (YouTube) – This video tutorial teaches you how to play the Circle Jump Dance Game with your kids and their friends.  The game has very few rules and allows every child the chance to be the leader – making up fun moves and routines for everyone else to follow.  While kids think they’re just playing a fun game with friends, they’ll be getting some much needed cardio!

 

Zumba – Zumba is an action-packed, high-energy, dance-focused cardio workout that kids will absolutely love.  Kids love to move and groove to music and because zumba is dance-based, they’ll love adding tons of great moves to their repertoire.  Additionally, they can learn the basics to several types of international dance styles.  So not only will they learn, grow, have fun, and be silly, they’ll also get their heart racing.

Zumba Kids (wii game) – This game features easy to follow choreography for over 30 routines that your kids will love.  They use music by popular artists like Will Smith and Justin Bieber along with some classic, high-energy tunes like “Wipeout”.  The routines offer a number of different international dance styles – Cumbia, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Swing, Surf, Disco, Ballet, Tahitian and many more.  You can do it alone or up to 3 friends.  Also available for Kinect – for one or two players.

Move N’ Groove Kids – Two easy to understand and motivating ladies lead kids on a fun adventure to learn dance moves, exercise and have fun all at the same time.  Kids will love the energy in the video and won’t be able to resist following along to the simple but engaging exercises.  The DVD mimics a classroom setting, helping your children feel like part of the onscreen action while teaching them about small group dynamics as well.

Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (CD) – If you’d prefer to teach your children your own zumba moves and routines, use this CD with 9 awesome songs to help you get your groove on!

Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba for Kids (YouTube) – You can join the Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba Team as they bust out some fun and simple moves.  Kids will like being guided by those of similar ages and will be engaged by the upbeat music.

Zumba Monkey Song (YouTube) – Kids of all ages will be able to groove along to this group of kids doing The Monkey Song.  It’s silly and fun, and your little ones will laugh while learning the funny moves and listening to the funky beats.

 

Yoga –  While not strictly exercising in a cardio-type way, yoga helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.  There’s also a strong mental component that can encourage thoughtfulness, focus, and groundedness – all important elements for adults and kids alike!

Storyland Yoga (DVD) – This is a fun-filled yoga adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while telling a story.  Kids get to imitate animals while posing and engaging in the storyline.

Yoga for Children book by Lisa Flynn – This book will introduce you to over 200 yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations for kids.  It’s an encouraging, positive book that will get kids excited about their health and mindfulness.

Cosmickids Yoga (YouTube) – Cosmickids is an all-free yoga program that makes yoga fun and exciting for kids.  Their website includes links to their YouTube channel where you can find many episodes of yoga routines suitable for different age levels of kids.  There’s also ideas and advice for parents, a list of free resources and a guide to teaching your kids yoga.

Yoga for Kids (YouTube) – This one episode from Yoga Today is geared specifically to kids.  They’ll love the gentle, fun approach to learning yoga poses.

15 Yoga Poses for Kids – On this website, you can learn 15 basic poses that you can incorporate into a daily routine with your kids.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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5 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night

Start a fun weekly tradition and your family will be closer than ever. Get tips for a successful family game night and make sure everyone has a blast! 5 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night - tipsaholic, #familynight, #games, #family, #boardgames

 

 

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Family time is important for bonding and maintaining relationships.  Summer is easy to fill with tons of outdoor activities and fun vacations and day trips, but what do you do during the cold winter months?  One great idea is to incorporate a game night into your regular weekly schedule.  Kids will look forward all week to the specified night.  When it finally rolls around, everyone will get in on the excitement.  If you’re looking forward to adding this tradition to your winter schedule, here are some tips for making family game night successful.

 

1. Avoid arguments.  It can be very difficult to agree on which game to play, what constitutes “cheating,” who gets to go first, what snack you’ll eat, and any number of seemingly small choices, especially with young kids involved.  If you’re worried about arguments ruining the fun, make sure to plan some ground rules ahead of time.  Think about problem areas and set rules that will work for your family.  For instance, perhaps each member of the family is assigned a week of the the month to pick the game or everyone picks a game and then votes on which to play.  Perhaps there’s a standing “youngest goes first” rule, or each time you play you roll a dice to see who goes first.  If kids have a hard time with sportsmanship, institute a “no complaining” rule, a “no accusations” rule (for cheating) and a “fair game handshake” for the end of the game.  Present the “rules” in a laid back way, but don’t waver once they’re set.

 

2. Build your arsenal.  Make sure to invest in several group games that are appropriate for the ages in your family.  You’ll want options so no one tires of the same games.  You’ll also want different types of games, from board games to action games, from card games to dice games.  Don’t underestimate the old standby’s of checkers, dominoes, and even tiddlywinks!  Consider looking into educational games as well, which teach children on the sly, without them even realizing!

 

3. Offer refreshments.  Food is always a great incentive to gather and visit, so why not add snacks to your game night, too?  You can plan them together, or pick one family member each week to be in charge.  You can use it as an opportunity to encourage healthy snacking choices, or it might be the perfect time to try out some snacks you normally don’t indulge in!

 

4. Don’t force it.  If there are weeks when kids don’t want to join in the fun, don’t force them to the table.  Let them know you’ll miss them during the game, but that it’s their choice to participate or not.  But don’t let that cancel the activity altogether!  Carry on as normal, no matter who’s missing – even if it’s just parents playing!  Forcing kids to join in on the fun with foster resentment and bad attitudes which can affect everyone’s mood.  Family time should be fun for all involved, and it won’t be if you push it.  Chances are, when kids realize that the fun will go on without them and that they’re missing out, they won’t be absent very often!

 

5. Keep it consistent. You may have to adjust game night at times to accommodate schedules, but on the whole you should make it a scheduled event that everyone plans for at a certain time.  Not only do kids respond better to routine, but it’s more likely to become a fun tradition that you stick to if it’s not always changing willy-nilly for anything that happens to pop up.  So make sure to clear a night of activities (for instance, don’t plan it for a night that there’s usually piano practice or a day when there are often soccer games) and resist the urge to throw extra to-do items into the schedule for that open slot (if you happen to have a lot of extra errands one week, or a friend wants to meet for dinner for example).  Not only will this solidly plant game night into your family schedule, but it will make family members feel even more important if they can’t be easily replaced by book club, jogging with a neighbor or a chance coffee break with a friend.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Science Books 9-11 Year Olds Will Love

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If you want to foster a love of science in your elementary aged kids, you’ve got to make it readily accessible at home.  Science class is great for teaching basics and fundamentals, but supplementing what they learn at school is key to a more well-rounded education and deeper understanding.  One great way to reinforce science concepts is by reading books with your children.  Here are 10 great Science books 9-11 year olds will want to read over and over!

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1. Big Book of Why: 1001 Facts Kids Want to Know, by the editors of TIME for Kids Magazine – It’s no secret, kids are curious critters.  Sometimes the questions pile up high and parents have a hard time answering!  That’s when this book comes in handy.  Why do we have eyebrows?  What’s the fastest a human can run?  What’s the deepest point on Earth?  The highest?  Kids can find all of this and more.  The book is divided into subjects and covers lots of different scientific areas – humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space – and it’s full of photos and illustrations to represent the science and history behind each question/answer.  Once they start reading, they won’t be able to stop!  They’ll want to wow their teachers and parents with all the fun facts they learn.

 

2. Extreme Weatherby H. Michael Mogil –  This book is full to the brim with amazing images and quality diagrams on everything from types of storms to how to observe weather to places known for their specific extreme weather conditions.  The images – taken at unique and unexpected angles from up-close in the action will take readers right inside the book.  The text answers likely questions about weather and will guide your kids to a better understanding.  It’s an engaging follow-up to meteorology basics and a fun read.

 

3. The Elephant Scientistby Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson –  This book chronicles the research and findings of Caitlin O’Connell, an American scientist who traveled to Namibia to research Elephants in their natural habitat.  Set in the African scrub desert, this book includes breathtaking photographs that will truly engage young readers.  O’Connell’s observations of elephant behavior led to a groundbreaking discovery in her field.  For those interested in Biology and Animal Sciences, this is a great representation of the field.

 

4. Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun, by Steve Spangler - This book is written and endorsed by the original creator of the mentos geyser!  Inside your kids will find extraordinary science experiments they can do with household items.  This isn’t your average science – these tricks are sure to entertain and amaze, all while your kids learn more about the why’s and how’s!

 

5. Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, by Bridget Heos – In this captivating book, kids enter the Science lab of Randy Lewis whose research centers on spider silk and its benefits and uses in human life applications.  Through photographs and exciting factual presentation, kids learn about golden orb weaver spiders, and transgenic alfalfa, silkworm silk, and goats, whose milk contains the proteins to spin spider silk–and to weave a nearly indestructible fiber!  They’ll be fascinated to discover the applications: from improving body armor and strengthening parachute tethers, to repairing human bones and ligaments!  This is an exciting look into the world of genetic medicine, with some focus given to the ethical concerns of genetic research.

 

6. Great Scientists, by Jacqueline Fortey –  Great Scientists takes a look at the world’s pioneering scientist, their most popular discoveries and relevance to us today.  The book begins with Aristotle, highlights Archimedes, William Harvey, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble (among many others), and ends with Stephen Hawking.  It’s an overview of leading discoveries and life’s work in the vast field of science and shows a bit about many subcategories.  Each scientist is afforded a summary of work and contribution to the science community and historical effect, some personal information, a timeline, and a photograph.  This is a very in depth look at very important leading scientists that have shaped our knowledge and view of the world and a wonderful introduction to the history of science concepts.  It is interesting and engaging, and will give kids a desire for more.

 

7. Something Stinks! by Gail Hedick, When dead fish continue to wash ashore of the Higdon River, a determined young lady decides to find out why.  At first mocked by her seventh grade classmates, she eventually persuades them to help in her investigation.  They’re led to factories, farms, golf courses and all over town, and their discoveries eventually land them in trouble with law enforcement.  Can a group of kids really solve the puzzle and fix the source of the problem?  While fictional in content, this book sheds light on serious, real-life issues and has been awarded for its outstanding Science content by the NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Committee.

 

8. Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, by Elizabeth Rusch – This exciting and action packed book begins by detailing the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz, one of the most devastating volcanic events known.  With amazing real-time photography and engaging sidebar notes and facts, this book chronicles the perils of living in volcano danger zones – as more than one billion people do today.  It also recounts the life-saving missions of the International Volcano Crisis Team.  This is one book about science they won’t be able to put down!

 

9. The Periodic Table: Elements With Style, by Simon Dasher and Adrian Dingle – This super witty book introduces kids to Chemistry and the elements in a new and engaging way.  The pages are designed to resemble popular networking sites online, and each element is given their own homepage.  Kids will love reading through the funny and informative “profiles” – each personally written by the elements themselves – and watching for profile pics that represent their “personalities”!

(Bonus: Look for other Simon Basher books, too!  Each has the same entertaining illustrations and design, along with the witty writing and style typical of Basher.  There’s Astronomy: Out of This World, Physics: Why Matter Matters, Biology: Life as We Know It, Human Body: A Book With Guts, and more about Science, Technology, History and Math!)

 

10. The Elements: a Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, by Theodore Gray – Do not be put off by the intimidating title or the length of this book.  The Elements is the perfect aid in teaching your kids about atoms and elements.  Each page is broken into sections for easy visualization – so there is detailed information without overwhelming the eye.  Bright, bold photographs of the elements in their true form accompany the text, along with sidebar images that show various real-world applications of each element.  Explained in a way that makes elements fun and personal, the text and graphics are easily accessible, even to children.  The gorgeous photographs alone will excite readers and ignite an interest in Chemistry.

(Bonus: See also Theodore Grays’ sequel to Elements, Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything and Marcus Chown’s Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun.  Both of these are done in the same eye-catching, invigorating and exciting style.)

 Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Fun Valentine Activities for Kids

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out the paints and doilies, glue and glitter, pipe cleaners and paper and let your kids have a blast!  There are many fun Valentine activities for kids that can encourage creativity and inspire learning. Doing some projects together can make this an even more special time of year. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 

1. Amp up your learning with Valentine Activity Trays

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There are several ideas for Valentine-themed trays at this link that will help with counting and numbers, color recognition, letters and spelling, matching, small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more!  Plus, they look totally fun.

 

2. Make Valentine Sensory Bottles. 

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Use the free printable to add a tag to let your kids know they’ve got you “all shook up!”

 

3. Paint with homemade heart sponges.

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Whip out your red, purple and pink paints and let your kids make a painted heart collage.  Throw in some glitter for even more fun!

 

4. Feed the birds

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All you need are pipe cleaners and cereal to make these cute and colorful bird feeders to hang outside!  Your little ones will love threading Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into hearts.

 

5. Glam up with some DIY heart glasses. 

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When all the cereal is gone, use the boxes and leftover pipe cleaners to upcycle some fun heart shaped glasses to wear all day!  You can even use red cellophane paper for the “lenses”!

 

6. Create these little “love bugs” from clothespins, craft sticks and pom poms!

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Add a magnet to the back to turn them into magnetic clips.  You and your kids will have a great time making fuzzy bugs and they can give them away as gifts to their loved ones!

 

7. Punch a Bunch.

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Of cups, that is.  There’s a game kids can’t resist called “punch a bunch” where you basically fill some paper cups with prizes, cover them with tissue paper and let the kids punch through to the prize.  This Valentine themed punch a bunch game, called “My Heart is Bursting” would be awesome at a party with a ton of kids, or used with 14 cups as an advent countdown to Valentine’s Day!

 

8. Scatter love all over. 

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Make some love rocks by collecting stones from outside and painting them.  Once they’ve dried, deliver them anonymously to places and people who need to feel a little love!  Think hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, bus stops.  Place them around park benches and by doors.  Line a neighbors walkway.  But be sneaky!

 

9. Shoot some arrows – dessert style!

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Create cupid arrows with skewers, sparkly paper and donut holes.  Your kids will like making them almost as much as eating them!

 

10. Weave some baskets

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These Danish Heart baskets are inexpensive and fairly simple to create.  When you’re done weaving them into a heart shape, you can fill them with little treats and drop them off at your loved ones houses!  Or hide them under family members’ pillows!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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30 Clever Food-Free Valentine’s For Kids

Sometimes there can be too much candy on Valentine's Day. Avoid too much sugar by gifting one of these 30 Clever Food-Free Valentines for Kids - tipsaholic, #valentines, #valentinesday, #valentine

 

 

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If your child wants to exchange Valentines with friends, but you’d rather avoid sharing sugary treats, never fear!  There are a lot of creative, clever and cute ideas that you can easily DIY with your kiddos.  Their friends will flip for one of these great 30 ideas for food-free Valentines!  And your kids will have a blast making them with you, too.

 

1. Valentine Stick Bookmarks, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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These bookmarks are adorable, easy and take just a few materials to create.  You can whip up a bunch in no time!

 

2. Balloon Valentines, Eighteen 25

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Kids love balloons, and with the free download for the cute “love is in the air” printable tags, you’ll be all set for Valentine’s Day!  You can find heart balloons here but don’t underestimate the power of a simple red, white or pink balloon as well!

 

3. Wind-Up Robots, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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These adorable wind-up robots are a little bit nostalgia, a little bit mod and a whole lot of fun!  You can use the free printable and some clear bags to create the perfect valentine for your robot-lover to hang out.

 

4. Paratrooper Valentines, A Pretty Cool Life

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For a cool twist on the classic valentine, try these fun paratroopers, which you can find in the party section at Target.  They’re a cinch to make and will take no time at all.

 

5. Homemade Crayons, Cherished Bliss

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Use a heart-shaped mold to make up some DIY crayons.  Attach a clever tag (which you can find at the link) and friends will love these colorful gifts.

 

6. Pencil Arrows, The Cottage Market

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Turn fun and colorful pencils into Valentine arrows with these Valentine’s Day cards!  Kids will love the gift and the pun on the tag!

 

7. Dino Valentines, Sweet C Designs

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These mini dinosaurs are the perfect tiny gift, especially for boys!  Just print out the provided tag and tie them on for some truly dino-mite valentines!

 

8. Wild Animal Valentines, Sarah M Style

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If you have an animal-lover at home, they’ll think these Valentines are awesome!  Make a cute “wild about you” tag on your computer and attach a mini animal for cute and clever gift.  Have your child pick which animals their friends get for a more personal touch!

 

9. A-MAZE-ing Valentines, U Create

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Get some tiny mazes in the party favor section of your local store, or order heart-shaped mazes here.  Then all you have to do is stick them on the free printable tag.  Kids will love playing with these tiny games for weeks to come.

 

10. Glow Sticks, Delia Creates

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These are such a super cinch to whip up, and what kid doesn’t love a glow stick bracelet??  There are printable tags provided – you just use a hole punch and stick the glow sticks right through.  Cute, clever and everyone will love them!

 

11. Mini Whoopee Cushions, Paging Supermom

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Is there a boy alive who does NOT love whoopee cushions?  This Valentine will have everyone laughing up a storm!  And if you’ve got a boy yourself, you’ll be his hero for providing these mini whoopee cushions to all his friends.

 

12. Little Alligator Clothespin, Inspired by Familia

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You likely won’t have to buy anything special to make these Valentine Clothespin “puppets” with your kids!  Hide a secret message in the alligator’s mouth and wish the class a happy Valentine’s Day with a clever handmade toy!

 

13. Mouth Whistles, Li’l Luna

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These take a bit more work since you need a cute close-up photo of your child to stick the mouth whistle on, but it’ll be worth the effort!  The whistles are favorites among kids of all ages, and the clever pun will make them smile.  Plus, you can always print a tag instead of a photo.

 

14. Nose Pencil Sharpener, JacOLyn Murphy

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There is no child alive who wouldn’t think this is hilarious!  Not only will it have them laughing, but it’s functional, too!  Now they can sharpen all the Valentine pencils they receive!

 

15. Play Doh, g*rated

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Little ones will love this cute Valentine!  A tiny play doh wrapped up in a clever little saying makes this a fun gift for toddlers or young kids to hand out.

 

16. Covered Button Earrings, 30 Handmade Days

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Here’s a great idea if your kids are a little older and want to make something cute for their friends!  Just help them make some earrings (instructions are here) and print out the adorable tag!

 

17. Lego Accessories, Chez Beeper Bebe

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These super cool lego rings and necklaces are fun to make and with the included small pieces for kids to design their own, they’ll be a smashing success!  If you want to make it more unisex, you can attach the base bricks to key rings instead!

 

18. Love Bugs, Dandee

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These creepy critters turn particularly cute when popped on a mason jar card and labeled love bugs!  There super easy to make to, and little kids will love to compare and swap bugs!

 

19. Mini Puzzles, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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Whip up some mini puzzle valentines in a snap with printable labels and clear bags!  Get some Valentine themed puzzles at your nearest Walmart or Target in the party favor section.

 

20. Bubbles, Armelle

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You can pick up a pack of tiny bubbles at your nearest dollar store and make these Valentines in no time.  Stick a label around them and attach them to a card and you’ve got an adorable valentine that kiddos will love to use!  The stickers and tags are free to download.

 

21. Fake Mustaches, bliss, bloom, blog –

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If you want some seriously funny valentine’s this year, have your child hand out some fake mustaches!  You can find fake mustaches here.  Their classmates will have a blast trying on their new facial hair!

 

22. Toad-ally Awesome Frogs, Crap I’ve Made

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Buy some toy frogs at the dollar store and stick them to the free printable tag.  You’ve got a fun froggy Valentine the boys will love to hand out!

 

23. Temporary Tattoos, C.R.A.F.T.

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Here’s a fun idea for an easy to do Valentine.  All you need are temporary tattoos.  Create a card with the cute tagline “I’m stuck on you!” and include the tattoo for an inexpensive but unique gift.

 

24. Bouncy Balls, Paging Supermom

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Have a ball this Valentine’s Day!  Slip a cute bouncy ball in a bag and print off the clever tags.  Staple it all up and in no time you’ve got a Valentine the kiddos will love to play with.  You can cut down on cost by buying the balls in bulk.

 

25. Toys With Wheels, 30 Handmade Days

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Here are some seriously cute cards you can print for your boys to hand out.  Just attach anything that rolls – a car, truck, bulldozer, skateboard – whatever!  They can all be the same or your kid can personalize each one for his friends!

 

26. Crazy Straws, Gingersnap Crafts

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Let your kids hand out a fun and functional valentine their friends will use over and over again!  These straws are such a blast for kids to drink from.  Attach a little tag to let them know just how crazy for them you are!

 

27. Paper Yo-Yo’s, Full House

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Create your own paper yo-yo’s with blank receipt tape and skinny wooden dowels!  They’re easy to make, and even more fun for your kiddos to personalize!  Use stamps, paint, markers, stickers, glitter and anything else you can think of to be as creative as you can.  Then just roll them up, secure them with twine and deliver them to classmates – watch as they yo-yo their hearts out!

 

28. Friendship Bracelets, Dandee

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How cute are these friendship bracelet valentines?!  They’re perfect for slightly older kids, who will love making them as much as handing them out!  With a cute printable tag and a hole punch you can turn friendship bracelets into an awesome valentine friends will wear for a long time!

 

29. Slinky, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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The tag for this cute valentine reads “You put a spring in my step, Valentine!”  Print it out, tie it on a slinky, and you’ve got one cute, fun toy to give to friends!

 

30. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Just Another Day In Paradise

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Here’s a cute idea that’s bound to be a hit during the cold winter.  These “Bee friends” valentines are practical but oh, so adorable!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Never know what to do with the family on Valentine's Day? Looking for something new to try? Here are 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities via @tipsaholic #valentine #family #kids #valentinesday 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is mostly celebrated between couples and in classrooms all over the country, but it’s not generally viewed as a family celebration. Change that with these 8 sweet but simple family Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your whole family. They don’t require much work, but they definitely will make for a really nice day with your loved ones and will become cherished memories for years to come.

1. Have a chocolate fondue party.

After dinner, get the family together and whip up a simple chocolate fondue for everyone to share! Cut up various fruits and add a few treats, like cheesecake pieces and marshmallows, and let everyone dig in the chocolate and enjoy the dessert with each other. Try this easy recipe. You don’t have to have an electric fondue maker for this; a stove pot will do the trick just fine. Invite another family over for even more fun and family love.

2. Go out for a special dessert.

Is there a local cupcake bakery in your town that you save for special days? Or a favorite ice cream spot? Pack up the whole family and go out for a Valentine’s Day treat. Often, dessert places serve special Valentine-themed desserts, so this could be a fun way to try a new dessert. Take a lot of pictures, chat with each other, and end the night with full tummies and big smiles.

3. Enjoy looking at family pictures together with a slideshow or photo books.

Use a projector or Apple TV to let the whole family enjoy a slideshow of family pictures you’ve put together. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of prep; you could just go through all the photos month by month and let everyone take turns pressing the “next” button. If you have lots of photo books already printed out, you could look through that instead — spread out in the living room and bring out all your photo books for everyone to look through together.

4. Make each other homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

If your family likes to give and receive gifts, you could agree to make each other something homemade for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas: a decorated picture frame, Valentine’s Day DIY decor, a painting, homemade earrings, and freshly baked cookies.

5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for your neighbors.

Everybody loves to receive a sweet card on Valentine’s Day and that includes your neighbors. Have your family get together and make fun homemade cards for your favorite neighbors and put them in their mailboxes or at their front doors.

6. Assign a dish to every person to cook for a big family dinner.

If you have older kids, you could assign every person in your family a dish to cook for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. One person could make the appetizer, another the salad, one could do a vegetable side and one could grill the meat, and so on.

7. Play Minute to Win It, Valentine’s Day style.

Have a large family that loves to play games? Play these fun Minute to Win It Valentine’s Day party games for a night full of laughter and hilarity. Be sure to take lots of pictures to capture all the fun you have.

8. Paint a map of your heart.

This is a sweet activity for the family that likes to do art together. Give every person a piece of paper with dots of dried watercolor paint and have them draw and paint what they love. When everyone is finished, you could share your maps to your hearts with each other. This is a simple activity that could be done first thing in the morning or after dinner.

Now I’m really looking forward to February 14! What other family activities would be perfect for Valentine’s Day?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out 7 Valentine’s Day Books to Read With Your Family and 12 Love Notes for Your Valentine.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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12 Fun and Functional Playroom Ideas

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Do you have a playroom dedicated to play and games for your kids? Here are 12 playroom ideas that will give you a functional, organized, and FUN playroom.

Dress Up Corner

Designate a corner of your playroom to act as a dress up area. Put a full-length mirror that’s tall enough for your kids and hang up their dresses and costumes near it. Your kids will love having everything at reach and a mirror for them to admire themselves. Add even more storage with an ottoman that can hold shoes, hats, scarves, and tiaras. If your kids have a lot of dress up clothes, you could DIY this nifty dress rack!

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Window Bench with Shelving

If you have an awkward wall in your playroom with a window and not much wall space, you can turn that spot into a window seat with side by side shelves. You don’t need to pay lots of money for a custom install — pay a visit to IKEA and grab three of their Kallax shelf units. Put one below the window and the other two standing on both sides of the window. Add storage boxes that fit into the shelves and a cushion on the “bench” and ta-da, you’ve got a great storage solution that looks great AND extra seating for your kiddos.

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Art from Kids’ Books

Don’t forget to decorate the walls with lots of art to stimulate your kids’ imagination and creativity. Not sure what art to use? Consider art from much-loved kids’ books, such as Eric Carle. Don’t go ripping up your kids’ books just yet — look for decorative prints of these books. Like this one! Or you could scour thrift stores for used copies of your kids’ favorite books and cut out pages from those.

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Interactive Art

Another great art idea for the playroom is interactive art: something that you can take down and let the kids play with, and then hang back up when they’re done. This truly great felt board is fun for kids to play with by rearranging all the people, vehicles, and animals in the park, but it also looks really nice in the playroom.

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Hanging Clips

Kids create a lot of art and they love to see us display them. Make it easy by adding hanging clips in your playroom. Whenever your kids complete a masterpiece, you can just clip it up without fussing with tape or pins. And it’s easy to swap out older art pieces for newer ones. Depending on how many kids you have, you might want to have two or three or four of these hanging clips, or curtain wire with clips, which is what they’re called at IKEA.

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Hopscotch

Yes, hopscotch is traditionally an outdoor game, but there’s no reason why it can’t be moved indoors. The game is confined in the lines and there’s no real throwing, so go ahead and put it in your playroom! You could paint the lines right on the floor, but an easier solution would be to use tape to make the lines. Paint tape would work great on wood floors, while duct tape would be just fine for carpets. There’s a lot of colorful duct tape on the market now; choose one that matches your playroom’s decor.

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Physical Toys

Kids are physical creatures and they often need space to run, swing, and experiment with what their bodies can do. That’s usually done outside in a playground, but sometimes it’s too cold or too hot to go outside. If your playroom is big enough, consider putting in some playground features, like gymnastics rings, a climbing wall, a swing, a ball pit, or even a slide.

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Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard walls are popular in playrooms, but why not take an extra step and make your chalkboard wall magnetic? That way, your kids can draw with chalk AND play with magnets – double the fun. Use a combination of magnetic primer and chalkboard paint to make your magnetic chalkboard wall. Make sure to stir the magnetic primer thoroughly and do two coats so the magnets will stick to your wall. To make your chalkboard wall prettier, consider framing it with molding or window casing.

If you have texture on your walls, you still can have a magnetic chalkboard wall. Try this great tutorial!

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Reading Corner or Nook

Dedicate a spot in your playroom to the exciting activity of reading! There’s a lot you can do to make a reading corner a perfect place for your kids to sit back and escape into another world. Install rain gutter shelves or ledge shelves to hold your kids’ books, put down a couple of bean bags, and a lamp or sconce. You could also put in a tepee to make it even more cozy. If you have an unused closet in your playroom, you could turn it into a reading nook like this one.

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Glass Jars

Crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and chalk can get disorganized fast… but when they’re organized, they’re often hidden away and kids forget about them. Solve both problems by using glass jars, such as cookie jars or candy jars, to hold art supplies. These glass jars could be used to hold small toys, like marbles, and craft supplies, like stickers and pom-poms.

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Lego Table

Do you have kids who are addicted to Legos? Organize all these tiny pieces with the help of a Lego table and a few plastic bins. There are many different versions of a Lego table, but a great one is this one hacked from an IKEA LACK coffee table. Put Lego road plates or any other Lego base plate on top and organize all the pieces by color or type into the plastic bins. Put the bins on the shelf and under the table and rest easy knowing you’ll never step on a tiny Lego piece again.

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Wall Mounted Baskets

Not sure how to organize the plethora of stuffed animals that’s overtaking your playroom? Put them in wall mounted garden baskets! Take out the lining, spray paint the baskets in any color you like or leave them as is, and mount them on the wall. Put up all of your kids’ stuffed animals in these baskets. It’ll still be easy for your kids to see and if you hang them low, they can grab whatever stuffed animal they want. This is also a cute way to decorate a wall or a corner of your playroom.

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How did you like these playroom ideas? I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas from this list that would be useful for your playroom. What other playroom ideas have caught your eye lately?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Hands-On Science Activities for 6-9 Year Olds

Keep the kids busy at home with science activities. Supplement their education and have fun. 5 Hands-On Science Activities for 6-9 Year Olds - Tipsaholic, #science, #scienceexperiment, #experiments, #kids

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As important as it is to teach your children the basics of science and reinforce the concepts they learn in school, it’s even more important to DO science with your kids!  Kids learn best by doing – whether they fail or succeed at a specific task, acquiring information in a meaningful way is always easier when they are fully engaged.  Luckily, science is full of fun experiments that help illustrate scientific behaviors and concepts.  Here are 8 science activities for 6-9 year olds that will be sure to grab their attention!

 

1. Fantastic Foamy Fountain – Science Bob

This fun demonstration creates an exothermic reaction, and is a great way to teach your kids about chemicals and the way they interact.  You can also teach them about catalysts, as it uses yeast as a trigger for the foaming reaction.  Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the growing foam – it seems like magic!  Until you talk about the science behind it.

 

2. Swimming Spaghetti (and other weird experiments) – Boys’ Life

This easy peasy science demonstration uses things you’ve got in your pantry, so you can do it today!  Break spaghetti into small pieces and watch them sink to the bottom of a glass of water.  Add vinegar to the water and see what happens to the spaghetti then!  Baking soda and vinegar react chemically, creating carbon dioxide – you can explain the science behind it as you cook the rest of the spaghetti for dinner!

 

3. Rock Candy – About Education

Not only is this a fun science activity, but you can eat the result – something your kids are going to love!  All you need is rough string (or wood skewers), water, sugar and food coloring!  Set the experiment up in a glass jar so you can watch what happens while it’s going on.  Be sure to talk about the key science concepts of saturation, precipitation and evaporation.  If you want a scientific explanation for what’s happening, see here.  Once you’re done watching your crystals grow and talking about the science, share the rock candy with friends and family!

 

4. Homemade Gak – Li’l Luna

What kid wouldn’t love making their own slime?  Gak is a fun, slimy, play dough type material with interesting qualities and behaviors.  The science behind this one involves state of being – solids, liquids, gas, etc.  Gak is a non-Newtonian fluid, which is basically a liquid that’s not “normal”.  For younger kids, discussion of state of being is likely enough, but if you’d like to delve deeper, you can also talk about polymers, and how molecules form to create them.  Read the science behind it here.

 

5. Rainbow in a Glass – My Kids’ Adventures

This is demonstration creates an awesome visual your kids will love.  It’s a colorful, fun way to show them how density works.  Basically, you stack liquids of different types which have been treated with food coloring onto each other in a glass jar.  The different densities won’t mix, but will separate and show as stripes.  Not only is this visually interesting, but it will give you an opportunity to talk about density, and thus volume and mass.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love!

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Take advantage of the chilly conditions outside and cozy up with your kids to do a few crafts inside this winter! 

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Felt snowman building

Whether you’ve got snow in your area or not, building a snowman is a great winter pastime. The grand scale of this indoor snowman building craft makes it almost lifelike. Watch your kids get creative with a variety of snowman features to place on his face and tummy. Scale things down a bit if you like and enjoy a frosty friend inside!

 

 

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Sensory snow

Packable white “fluffy stuff” is perfect for indoor snow play and sensory bins. Color the snow with powdered tempera paint and show the kids how to make snowballs!

 

 

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Snow globes (no liquids required)

A classic winter project sans the spilled water mess, these sweet little snow globes will make a great wintry addition to your child’s dresser.

 

 

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Snow measuring stick

If you’ve been impressed by the amount of snow that’s fallen outside, why not help the kids learn to measure it with this fun craft? A simple paint stick or old ruler are all you need – unless your snowfall calls for a yardstick!

 

 

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“Snowman Slam” game

Get your kids’ wiggles out before bed with this fun snowman slamming game from Growing a Jeweled Rose. Between crafting each snowman face and playing the game, this could add up to hours of fun!

 

 

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Borax snowflake science

Mixing a little science into your long winter will both teach and impress your little ones! A bit of Borax and a cleverly crafted pipe cleaner snowflake make for an easy and decorative project. Mix things up by trying different shapes and maybe even the letters in your child’s name.

 

 

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Monster claw gloves

If your kids have turned into wild animals being cooped up all winter, indulge their imagination with these easy monster claw gloves! Upcycle a pair of gloves by adding claws and maybe even a bit of fur.

 

 

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Winter playdough play

Playdough may just become your best friend through the chilly season. Dress up your kids’ dough time by adding woodland scents, creatures, and colors. Use white dough for an avalanche of fun!

Featured image via Tidy Mom.

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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8 Christmas Traditions To Try This Year

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For many of us, the holiday season can be a time of chaos – rushing to holiday events, cooking and baking holiday favorites, parties, concerts, family get togethers, traveling, decorating, making, doing, buying… it can be an overwhelming whirlwind if we let it!  It’s important to carve out some time to be with our loved ones and create lasting traditions everyone will cherish.  Christmas traditions make the holidays less frantic and more meaningful.  They strengthen family bonds and provide the fodder for memories that will withstand the test of time.  Chances are, you already practice several traditions that have been passed down from your parents or even grandparents.  If you’d like to start a few new traditions this year, we’ve got some ideas for you!  There’s always time to start something fun and new – and find something that perfectly suits your current family situation.

 

1. Host a Cookie Swap Party.  The holidays can be crazy with Christmas parties for work, church, school, family; but this party is one with a purpose!  For a cookie swap, invite friends and family who enjoy baking to make their favorite Christmas treat and bring it to share.  Everyone takes a few of each home with them for a smorgasbord of delicious treats to enjoy with their own families.  This is a great way to cut down on your own baking, not to mention your grocery bill!  Be sure to provide cute boxes and tags for your guests to pack their cookies in, plus include “free samples” with your party food.  Play Christmas music to set the mood and have warm drinks available like cider and hot chocolate.  Check out this guide on Better Homes and Gardens for more ideas!

2. Make some “special deliveries.” Once your Christmas treats are all baked and boxed up, take some to the local fire station, police station or your family doctors office.  This is a great way to thank them for the service they provide the community while wishing them a happy holiday!

3. Hold a special birthday party.  On Christmas night, when the excitement has settled, host a small birthday party.  Make a cake with a candle and put up a few decorations.  Explain to your family that this birthday party is special, because it’s the day Christ was born!  This is particularly meaningful for very young kids who might night understand the why behind Christmas.

4. Nativity Count Down.  Wrap each piece of the nativity scene in special paper and include the corresponding scripture or a simple explanation and story in the package.  In the weeks leading up to Christmas, take turns unwrapping one package each day as a family and read the scripture or story together.  Whoever unwraps the item gets to decide where it will be placed in the stable.  Unwrap the baby last, on Christmas morning.

5. Enjoy the arts.  Christmastime is a veritable treasure trove of performing arts events.  As a family choose one play, musical, ballet or concert to attend in or around your area.  They can be professionally produced or community activities.  Check your newspaper for listings and look online at specific theater venues for their seasonal events.  The spectacle of the arts can really bring the season to life!

6. Rock out.  Create a holiday playlist full of favorite seasonal tunes.  Have each family member contribute ideas and make the list together.  Play it as often as you can (even in the car!) but reserve a special time – perhaps right after dinner – when you have a “dance party” and everyone dances and sings along!  This nightly ritual will be especially popular among kids 10 and under.

7. Christmas Camp-Out.  Have a special Christmas-themed camp-out right next to your Christmas tree.  Have your family bring sleeping bags and pillows, set them up around the tree and leave all the lights on.  Pop popcorn and make hot cocoa.  Read a few favorite Christmas stories and sing Christmas carols.  If you’ve got a fireplace, don’t forget to light a cozy campfire!  You could do this on any night leading up to Christmas, but it would be an especially fun way to end a day of putting up the tree and decorating it!

8. Get Chinese food.  Have you seen the movie A Christmas Story?  One of the best parts is when Ralphie’s family ends up in the Chinese restaurant on Christmas Eve because their special Christmas dinner is unintentionally ruined.  You can adopt this into your Christmas traditions!  On Christmas Eve, load up the family and eat out at your favorite Chinese restaurant!  Don’t like Chinese?  You could go anywhere, really, but Chinese restaurants seem the most likely to be open and uncrowded.  No big dinner to make, and no clean up!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

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Are you stumped when it comes to stocking stuffers for your tween or teen?  When small toys will no longer cut it, it’s hard to know what to fill their socks with!  While making your own small gifts is generally more durable and more meaningful, hand making for the 10-17 crowd can leave you flustered.  Here are some cool DIY stocking stuffers your tween and teens are sure to love!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCustom Sharpie Mug, Pounds4Pennies – If your teen loves hot chocolate, tea or coffee, this cute mug is sure to please.  Even if they’re more into milk and cookies, a monogram mug in their favorite colors will have personal meaning.  Plus they could use it for a pencil holder or even a vase for their bedroom!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino Necklace, It All Started With Paint – This cool necklace is super easy to create and makes a fun statement.  Metallics are super trendy, too.  Not into dinos at your house?  You could use any small plastic animal – just paint them up in gold or silver!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensVintage Book Trinket Box, Lovely, etc. – Everyone needs a secret spot for notes, mementos, and other small treasures.  This trinket box looks just like a vintage book – because that’s what it is!  Give them a spot to hide precious items from nosy siblings – bonus points if you can find a favorite book or author to use!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensKitty Studs, The Pink Samurai – Small and simple kitty studs make the cutest little statement perched in your tweens ears!  They’re fun and whimsical, but simple enough to look chic.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMini Duct Tape Notebooks, blitsy blog –  A mini notebook is super handy for keeping in a purse, pocket or bedside drawer.  Kids can keep track of ideas, inspirations, and notes while they’re out and about.  They are so easy to make, you’ll want to make a few sets for yourself as well!  Personalize them for your teens with papers in patterns and colors they’ll love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensComic Book Magnets, Crafts By Amanda – For the superhero fan, these magnets are a surefire hit.  They require just a few materials to make and teens will love the fun shapes, sizes and comic theme.  They can put them in their lockers for more personalization.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSwiss Army Key Ring, Man Made – Once your kids start driving, they’re bound to have more than one key to keep track of.  This awesome swiss army knife-style key ring is the perfect solution!  It folds up in a clever disguise your boys will love.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensGlitter Rings, A Splendid Assemblage – Add some sparkle to your daughters’ hands with these cute glitter rings!  It’s an easy and quick project, so you can make one for each finger, or a rainbow of glitzy colors.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensDino iPhone Tripod, Eat, Sleep, Make – A phone tripod is super useful for watching videos, using the internet for homework, taking photos, and tons of other things.  This particular tripod – featuring a fun dino tail – will be a hit with your guys.  Use any kind of dino tail you want; you could even paint it different colors!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensMystery Braid Bracelets, A Pumpkin and a Princess – These leather mystery braid bracelets are fun, trendy and unisex!  Stuff their socks with an accessory anyone can rock!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLego Belt, Delia Creates – Are legos slowly taking over your house?  These tiny building bricks make an awesome belt!  This is a super fast project they can have fun with AND wear for years to come!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensPom Pom Bookmark, Design Mom – If you’ve got any bookworms in your house, this is the perfect little stocking stuffer for them!  A fun, fuzzy pom pom makes just about anything cuter, but these bookmarks top the list.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Sunglass Case, Whimsey Box – Sunglasses can be a fun gift, even in the winter time.  Wrap them up with these DIY sunglasses case.  The neon shapes on the light leather pack a big style punch.  You can customize them however you like so your tween and teen will love them!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensCereal Box Notepads, Infarrantly Creative – Here’s another way to encourage them to keep track of ideas, notes and other things they’ll want to remember throughout the day.  The cereal box covers are bright, fun and quirky – sure to catch the eye.  And you can make a whole set in one afternoon.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLip Balm Locket, Beautylish – This fun accessory is full of charm.  If your girls like a little vintage style, these lockets will impress for sure.  Hidden away inside is some homemade lip balm!  It’s a lovely addition to their trinkets.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSpa Kit, Doodlecraft – Your daughter will feel very adult with her own special spa kit!  Loaded with nail polish, nail file, lip balm, lotions and a bath poof, these tiny jars pack a lot of relaxation and thoughtfulness inside!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensFoxy Kindle Case, Eskimimi Makes – This super cute case is designed to fit a kindle or iPad.  It’s made out of fleece so there is no fraying to worry about and it’ll keep your kids’ devices nice and snug.  They’re going to love the little fox design!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensLeather Coin Pouch, Always Rooney – These geometric and leather circle pouches are loaded with style.  They can be loaded up with all your teens change, too!  What a fun way to keep track of their pennies; and a simple sewing project too.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Hershey Bars, Robin’s Creative Cottage – You just can’t go wrong with chocolate!  If you want to add a little fun to the treats in your kids’ stockings, try dressing the candy bars up like snowmen.

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teensSnowman Gum, My Little Gnochi –  And continuing the snowman treat theme, why not draw some snowmen on the plastic packs of white gum?  Ok, it might be a little too “cutesy” for your 17 year old son, but at least his breath will be fresh!

 

Find the perfect stocking stuffers for teens and tweens without breaking the bank. Plus some are ones you can make yourself. 20 Cool DIY Stocking Stuffers for Tweens & Teens - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffer, #Christmas, #gifts, #DIY, #tweens, #teens

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas


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If you’re looking for the perfect stocking stuffers for your little ones, you don’t need to search the stores.  There are plenty of awesome DIY ideas out there!  We’ve got 20 super cute DIY stocking stuffers to provide inspiration.  Most of these are simple projects that require minimal time and materials, making them awesome candidates for filling up the kids’ Christmas socks!  Better yet, these stuffers won’t fall apart within a day like cheap store-bought toys and they don’t need batteries.

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas1. Sock Donuts, bugaboo, mini, mr & me – These adorable pretend play donuts are a super fast project.  They look like felt food, but they’re really made out of socks!  You could make all kinds of funky donuts with different patterned socks, and kids will love playing bakery with these soft, adorable treats.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas2. Doll Diapers, Bee in My Bonnet – Little doll clothes are the perfect size to roll up into a stocking!  These tiny diapers will thrill a baby-loving child who loves to dress and undress their dolls!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas3. Dino Magnets, C.R.A.F.T. – Kids love to hang their artwork and school papers on the fridge, and playing with magnets are a great time occupier!  If you’ve got a magnet wall or board that your kids can’t resist, these dino magnets are the perfect addition.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas4. Felt Ballerina Doll, Snugglebug University – If your kids love paper dolls, they’ll love this cute version!  Make a set of felt dolls – like paper dolls but without the tabs.  They stick to a flannel board or even another piece of felt.  They’re even easier to make AND play with than paper dolls are.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas5. Superhero Softie, TutsPlus – Who doesn’t wish they were a superhero?  With this pattern and tutorial you can design a superhero softie that resembles your own child!  This little action figure is perfect for cuddling, when it’s not saving the day.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas6. Magnetic Fishing Game To-Go, Crafts Unleashed – Magnetic fishing games teach motor skills, sharing, taking turns and other social skills.  They’re also cute and fun!  This mini version is so small it fits in an altoids tin!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas7. Lucky Penny Necklace, Kaley Ann – Boys and Girls alike will love this piece of jewelry.  A penny for luck that they can wear around their necks!  It’s super easy to create and you can personalize it by using ribbon or colored twine.  Find a penny with your child’s birthday on it for added luck!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas8. Monster Lacing Cards, So Here’s My Life – Make a set of these monsters for your little monsters and they’ll have a blast!  This tactile activity increases hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.  Plus they’re adorable, fun and easy to make.  Get them laminated for more durability.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas9. Lego Minifig Necklace, Lil Blue Boo – These are so easy to make you can whip up a bunch in just a few minutes.  All you need is some glue and a mini screw eye!  You could even attach them to a key chain or lanyard instead.  If you know someone crazy about legos, this is the perfect tiny gift for them!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas10. Felt Owl Pouch, Do Small Things With Love – Give them an adorable pouch for their tiny treasures!  This owl is super cute, and small enough to fit in the palm of their hands.  They can store all the little things they love – squinkies, stones, coins, stickers.  It’s the perfect spot for a little collection.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas11. Animal Key Chains, Megan Olsen on Flickr – Paint some inexpensive plastic animals, add an eye screw and attach a key ring.  Easy as that!  Kids will love the look of these wild animals, and they can attach them to backpacks or coats for zipper pulls, or keep their house key close at hand.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas12. Three Little Pigs Finger Puppets, Obsessively Stitching – Make these tiny cuddly critters out of just a bit of fleece; the free pattern makes it a cinch.  Kids will delight in an impromptu puppet show when they find these in their stocking!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas13. Car Carrier, Crazy Little Projects – These pouches keep toy cars snug and carry them wherever your little ones want to go!  They’re an easy sew and entirely customizable as far as pattern and number of pockets.  If your kids love keeping their cars close at hand when you’re out and about or on car or plane trips, this is a great gift idea!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas14. Fabric Marble Maze, Twin Dragonfly Designs – With some scrap fabric and a bit of sewing you can create a fun, portable, reusable maze for your kids.  Sandwich a marble between the two pieces of fabric and sew the maze design right on.  Kids can take it anywhere for some quiet play – it’s sure to keep them busy for a bit!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas15. Molded Crayons, She Knows – Use all those old crayon bits and pieces to create something cute and new!  Find adorable ice cube molds in all different clever shapes and make your kids a whole set of marbled crayons.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas16. Peg Dolls, Running With Scissors – Painting a set of peg dolls is a super cute way to make a personalized stocking stuffer for the kids.  All you need are raw wood peg people, some painters tape, paint and brushes.  You can make them any way you’re little person would love best!  Recreate your family – you could even get mini pegs for pets!  Disney princesses, characters from a favorite movie or book, and super heroes are just a few ideas.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas17. Hand-Stamped Memory Game, Claire’s Place – Mini memory games are perfect for stocking stuffers and easy to create.  Plus, they’re guaranteed kid pleasers!  This version has an almost vintage feel with the wooden discs and adorable hand-stamped animals.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas18. Cold & Hot Comfort Sacks, Delia Creates – Sew a bunch of rice bags in cute shapes for your kids to use.  They can be warmed up for hand warmers in coat packets or to place in bed for icy toes.  Or you can pop them in the freezer and keep them as ice packs.  Either way, these fun packs will be loved and used over and over.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas19. Mike Wazowski Coin Collector, Onelmon – This hilarious little coin collector will get laughs all around!  It’s made from a tennis ball and you need just a few materials and tools to create it.  Not only is it a super fun way for your kids to carry change, but it’s instantly recognizable as the lovable Mike from Monster’s Inc.

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas20. Rock Dominoes, Childcareland Blog – Paint up a small set of rock dominoes to play with your kids!  This cute version of dominoes is perfect for young kids.  It will help with color identification and teach the basics of Dominoes.  They’re bright and colorful, and your kids will love showing off their skills!

 

Get creative and crafty with gifts this year. All toys don't have to come from a store. Here are 20 Kid-Pleasing DIY Stocking Stuffers - Tipsaholic, #stockingstuffers, #DIY, #kids, #sewing, #gifts, #Christmas

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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