Tuesday, March 23, 2010

15 Minutes : Make It : Bunny Envelopes

Here's a fun Easter craft project to make with your kids. Fill the envelope bunnies with small toys, candy or hand-written notes and deliver to friends and family!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

1 Hour : Make It : Natural Easter Eggs

I've wanted to try out these naturally dyed Easter eggs ever since I saw the Martha Stewart article a couple years ago. The fact of the matter is, I never prepare early enough, so we end up using the traditional dye tablets. Has anyone done this project? Do you have tips for me?


Monday, March 15, 2010

15 Minutes : Read It : Alphabet Books

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I love alphabet books, and there are so many amazing ones out there. Small Magazine did a beautiful layout highlighting a few of their favorites--which include some of my favorites as well as unfamiliar ones. (Be sure to look at both pages of their feature.)

A few more alphabet books I like:


Friday, March 12, 2010

1 Hour : Make It : Shamrock Collage

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My five-year-old and I made a shamrock collage today. He loves cutting with scissors right now, so you can imagine how happy he was to work on this project.

Print out (or draw) a large shamrock shape on cardstock. Cut out and set aside. Cut out green items from old magazines or flower/vegetable catalogs. (My son opted for all vegetables today.) Glue the pictures onto the shamrock, then turn over and trim any hangover.


Monday, March 8, 2010

1 Hour : Make It : Fairy House

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One "boring" day last year, I took my daughter out to a corner of our backyard and showed her how to make a fairy house. We used sticks, bark, and leaves to make a simple abode, but she then spent another hour or so collecting all sorts of natural building materials for expanding and decorating. Now that the weather is turning nice again, she's making a variation: leprechaun houses. In fact, I even found pieces of bark in her backpack--she said she needed supplies for leprechaun houses on the school playground.

Get more ideas to help you start a fairy house at FamilyFun.com.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

15 Minutes : Read It : The Curious Garden

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The Curious Garden, by Peter Brown, is a family favorite all year long, but it seems particularly appropriate for spring. It tells the story of a little boy who lives in a gray, dreary city...dreary, that is, until he nurtures a tiny, forgotten garden until it fills the city not only with greenery, but also with newly-inspired gardeners. My kids especially like to flip back and forth between the sad city in the first illustration and its vibrant twin on the last page. The whole book makes us want to plant something.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

1 Hour : Make It : Early Garden

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My daughter has been asking when we can plant seeds and I know that with the spring-like weather, I'm also eager to grow something. So, this project from Family Fun is exactly the thing we need to get going on our indoor garden. We have a couple packets of flower seeds and I want to try some herbs as well.

Clear 2-liter soda bottle
Small flowerpot
Potting soil
Craft stick marker

1. Cut the top from a clear 2-liter soda bottle.

2. Find a flowerpot that fits inside the dome. Fill the pot with potting soil, then plant the seeds according to the packet directions. Tip: Consider planting herbs, such as parsley and basil, that can be transplanted outside once the weather warms, or grass, which grows fast and is fun to trim with scissors.

3. Place the pot on a saucer and poke in a craft stick marker. Slip the dome over the pot. Be sure to water the soil when it looks dry.