10 Crafts You Can Make With Your Kids

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Craft project is always something we’re looking forward to. Craft project with your kids involved is even more entertaining and enjoyable. Not only craft making is a fun and interesting activity for parents and kids, but it also encourages creative thinking and improves kid’s practical skills.

There are so many craft ideas that are easy to make. Whether if it’s a small project for your house or crafts for some special occasion, feel free to include your kids in the making process. Even if it’s something difficult to make, any help is welcome. It will keep your children entertained and busy, rather than spending time in front of TV or computer.

Here are some easy and exciting crafts you can make with your kids:

 

Flower Crown

Flower crown may sound like a complicated thing to make, but it’s not that hard. Supplies you need include scissors, glue, markers, a paper plate and tissue paper. Cut three slits through the center of the paper plate, and bend the triangles formed by the cuts upwards and paint it. Later, cut some flowers from tissue paper and color them. Finally, glue flowers to the crown.

Mask

We cannot imagine Halloween without masks. So, why buy them when you can make them by yourself with a little help from your kids. Many mask templates that can be found on the Internet. Download the template you want, print it and cut it around the edges. Color the mask the way you want. Finally, use elastic and tie it to each side of the mask.

Bags

We all have old, ripped clothes we don’t wear anymore. It’s probably somewhere in the attic waiting to end in the garbage eventually. Don’t throw it away. You may need it for your next awesome project. Use scissors to cut the fabric. Let your kid write or draw something on the fabric. You can put some stickers or your logo. Finally, sew fabrics using a needle to make it look like a bag.

Jewelry crafts

Jewelry crafts are very popular, and it’s something your girls will wear proudly. There are many ideas for craft jewelry. Let your imagination run wild. You can use thread, string or even dandelion. Another unusual jewelry craft is macaroni necklace which is very simple to make. Color the macaroni and string the macaroni through the yarn. Tie the ends of the string together.

Cards

Christmas, New year or Mother’s Day cards are kids favorite. Your friends and relatives will love handmade cards more than printed ones. Choose the paper, draw the line and cut along the line you just drew. Let your kids do rest of the work. Allow them to color, draw something, write some message or even dedicate it to someone special.

Animal crafts

Animal crafts will look amazing in kid’s room. You can use paper, fabrics or plasticine. Search for old fabrics and materials you don’t need anymore. If your kid is old enough to start stitching, teach him/her how to do it. However, watch closely while they do it.  If you use plasticine, let your kids make all the shapes.

Flower crafts

Flower crafts are usually made from paper or plasticine. However, one of the most interesting is a flower craft made from the eggshell. Let your kid color an eggshell using a marker pen. Then, use a straw and glue it to an eggshell. Let it dry for a few hours. Cut leaf-shaped forms from the paper and color it. Finally, attach paper leaves to straw using glue.

Cardboard castle

Use cardboard you don’t need anymore. Cut out a wide rectangle along the front, sides, and the back to form towers. Use markers, crayons to decorate the castle the way you want. You can then use cardboard castle to put kids toys or clothes.

Twig crafts

Nature crafts will make your kids go outdoors looking for leaves, twigs, grasses or flowers. Twig star ornament or twig spider web are great home decorations during holidays.

Pine cone crafts

Pinecones are fun to play as a kid, and there are hundreds of pine cone craft ideas. Decorate your home with Christmas pine cone crafts. You can use crayons, markers, or glitter spray for pine cones decoration.

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Pediped Shoes Review

Pediped shoes are made with the development of your baby’s feet in mind. The ones we have are the “Grip-N-Go.” They’re made with flexible rubber soles so the shoes will move with your busy toddler’s feet. The shoes are vegan and made with no animal products or by products and select shoes are also ecofriendly. Kids are really rough and tough on shoes, especially in the dirt and on the playground. For this reason, select styles of Pediped shoes are machine washable!

With most shoes, Jackson has a hard time getting used to them when they’re brand new. We had no problems with him adjusting to these shoes, since they basically formed to his feet from the very first time they were put on. We love the velcro closure because it makes putting them on and taking them off super easy- toddlers don’t sit still well enough to tie shoelaces! I love that he can easily run and play without his shoes holding him back. When he wears them, it’s like they were really made for him and his activities! He can run, jump, and climb with ease and minimal tripping over his shoes. (I mean, he is a little clumsy so some tripping is bound to happen!)

 

pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®.

 

*Please note: I received this product for the purpose of this review. My opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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The Trick to Getting a Baby to Sleep Through the Night – The DockATot

The DockATot may have saved me. You see, like so many sleep deprived parents, I was desperate for a full night’s sleep. I wanted to sleep and stay asleep for any amount of time longer than 3 hours. Jackson just did not like to sleep. Nurse? He liked that. He would have nights where he was waking up every two hours, like a newborn, at 15 months old. To say I was tired…. well, that felt like an understatement. I was exhausted.

Enter in the DockATot. If you’re unfamiliar with the DockATot- it’s a breathable, multi-functional pillow for babies and toddlers. It comes in two sizes: The Deluxe is for babies 0-9 months and Grand is for babies and toddlers over 9 months old. It was designed to mimic the womb and offer a snuggly safe place for babies to sleep. While most families use it while traveling or for safe co-sleeping, it can also be used when transitioning a child into their own bed. The air-permeable sides offer security for both parents and child as they can act as a bed rail.

 

I had seen people rave over them. This huge pillow for babies and toddlers…. It was supposed to help him sleep through the night. But the cost?! Over $200 for a pregnancy look-a-like pillow for a toddler. Ugh. I needed sleep. I needed him to sleep. So I bit the bullet. I contacted DockATot and they sent me a coupon code to use to help me purchase the DockATot Grand- the DockATot for infants and toddlers over 9 months old. Guess what happened next…..

Ladies and gentleman…. Jackson sleeps. He sleeps 12 hours every night. Straight through. I won’t pretend that it happened the exact day that we got the DockATot. Unfortunately, I learned just how easy it is to clean the first night we had it thanks to some toddler vomit. But after about a month of use, Jackson started sleeping through the night in his bed. We even traveled with it and the little boy that refuses to sleep away from home, slept pretty darn good!

We have “broken” the rule and allow it in his crib. This is NOT recommended by the company as it is against “safe-sleep” practices. But my husband and I felt comfortable since Jackson has the capability to move his head or get unstuck if necessary. He’s old enough for a pillow in his crib at 17 months old anyways. The DockATot has given him a sense of comfort and security and will stay with him as we transition to a toddler bed, sometime this year.

I can not say enough good things about the DockATot. It is super easy to clean, super comfortable- of course I laid on it! I love how easily it travels and can’t wait to take it camping with us! (If you didn’t know- Jackson was not a fan of the pack n play, therefore we had to take the crib mattress with us when we went camping 4 times last summer! Crib mattresses aren’t so easy to just take with you….)

While the DockATot may not be the exact answer to getting your baby to sleep through the night, it certainly helped us. In all honesty, Jackson may not have been ready to sleep through the night. Maybe he physically did need to nurse and cuddle mama all night- even though he REFUSED to cosleep- little booger. But I’ll continue to praise the DockATot for getting me some sleep. 😉

 

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Buon Bambini Pouch Topper Giveaway!

The Buon Bambini Pouch Topper has been such a lifesaver! You know how kids like to squeeze those food pouches until there’s a giant mess? Yeah- mama doesn’t have time for that! These pouch toppers will fit on the baby food pouches you buy from the store or the reusable pouches you fill at home.

The pouch topper keeps the mess at bay by controling the flow. Your baby or toddler can not squirt the baby food pouch all over the floor anymore! 😉 They literally have to suck it out like a straw.

I have been using this since Jackson started on solid foods last year and it is still a super handy food accessory in our home. It’s really easy to clean out either by hand washing with a nipple brush or rinsing it out and putting in the dishwasher. In my opinion, if you’re going to use food pouches, these are a must-have item!

 

Because this is one of my favorite baby food products and can be used into the toddler years- I want to give one away to a lucky reader! 🙂 Comment below with why you’d like one and subscribe to Fluff Bum Babies for a chance to win! I’ll pick a winner on April 21st! 🙂

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