Over this past year I am making sure our holidays are being celebrated all month long with special treats and surprises. It helps keeps us up when things seem to feel down.
Celebrating St. Paddy’s Day as an adult these days is enjoying corned beef and Irish soda bread but this year why not add some more fun with your kids.
We decided to make a leprechaun trap and see if he leaves anything behind for us!
I found this empty manger at a thrift store and knew I could turn it into a fun leprechaun trap!
With some spray paint, printable signs and accessories from Dollar Tree we were able to turn this
lucky find into a pretty awesome trap.
If your little ones are looking to make their own leprechaun traps I found some great ideas and inspirations below!
I also included this printable so your little ones can choose which sign they want for their trap!
Download Your Free Leprechaun Trap Signs Here!
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Macaroni is one of the basic food groups in our house but when you can play with it, it makes things 10 times better!
I always had thing with sensory bins because I had fear of all the mess it would make but after months of quarantine I let things go.
Macaroni has such fun shapes and when you find unique ones at this
Dollar Tree you gotta act fast because you never know when you will see them again!
I grabbed some food dye as well at Dollar Tree and decided to make a bunch of colored macaroni for a fun activity.
If you can’t find these at your local Dollar Tree you can snag these materials here!
I separated the shapes and put them each in a small container. I added about 4 drops of each color and a tablespoon of alcohol.
I closed the lid and had Franco shake it up until all a macaroni was covered in dye.
We laid them all out on a paper towel and let them dry, about 15 minutes.
I created this rainbow printable just in time for St. Patrick’s day and we used the macaroni to create a colorful rainbow.
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We go through so much slime and Playdough in our house that I am better off making our own.
I enjoy making our own Playdough because they are so many different variations on how to make it. I have recipes for cook and non cook, cloud, scented and more.
Today I am sharing how to make edible Playdough! it’s soft and sweet your little one will be licking their fingers the entire time. The best part is that it only requires two ingredients!
All you need is
1 cup of powdered sugar 1 cup of white vanilla frosting
This is optional, but you can add food coloring and sprinkles as well.
Mix sugar and frosting together preferably with a mixer. Once mixed knead with your hands and add food coloring and sprinkles if you prefer.
You will have pillowy soft Playdough that tastes great! No more worries of what your kid may ingest when eating playdough.
I made this sensory tray with a bunch of treats from
Dollar Tree to go along with the Playdough! What do you think?
Valentine’s Day for your little ones may be a little different this year. They may be able to celebrate in school or they may not, but I am sharing these cute Valentine’s that can be shared with anyone!
These cute Valentine’s are perfect to spread some cheer around your neighborhood. These are guaranteed to put a smile on your neighbors face.
The best part (once again) is that everything here is from Dollar Tree! Fill these treat bags up with hand sanitizer and goodies of your choice. This is what we chose below.
We added pens and sticker assortments in this fun canvas bag.
Pack up your bags and
print these gift tags. Add your little ones name by writing it or using a label embosser. It is my favorite way to label things. I have one from when I was a kid, but you can get one here.
Now that they are signed and sealed, time to get them delivered!
I would love to see what you decide to make so be sure to tag me on
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Holiday break is approaching and for some it doesn’t make much of a difference, but no matter what your circumstances are, I am here to share a fun craft for your little ones!
Busy kits have been a hit in our home and I love how versatile they can be. Colors and themes are interchangeable and can be made based on what your child likes.
This holiday cookie busy kit is perfect since I am sure your little ones want to be included with your holiday baking.
I included my
hot chocolate play dough so the aroma could really make this holiday cookie experience seem real. It adds more to your child’s sensory exploration.
The play dough and rolling pin is always a hit, but the fun part in this kit is the sprinkles!
Check out my girlfriends winter kids crafts by heading to their blog below!
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With Franco being home some days I have to keep him busy while I work.
I am pretty excited to find some festive ways to keep him busy during the holiday season while we are home.
First way- have Christmas movies play on repeat all day. We don’t have to sit and watch them but just having them play in the background to keep to spirit alive.
Second way- have Christmas music blasting in another room. Same reason why you have movies playing as well.
Third way- do a fun and messy holiday themed activity.
Basically, everywhere you turn in your house your going to get hit with Christmas cheer for all to hear. Is this a bad thing in 2020?
Will this drive your spouse a little crazy?
Does it matter?
I am sharing this fun Hot Chocolate Playdough recipe. It’s easy to make with your little one and it smells amazing!
2 cups flour 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup salt 2 tbs cream of tarter 1 cup boiling water 2 tbs oil (olive, vegetable, coconut)
Mix all ingredients in pot on medium heat. Stir until it clumps together and slightly sticky. Remove from heat and let it cool. Knead dough for 3-5 minutes. Use sprinkles or marshmallows for additional texture. Store in an air tight container or ziplock bag for 1 week.
This is a great way to get your little involved with ‘cooking’ and also great sensory play. Not to mention, this smells amazing! I wouldn’t recommend to taste or eat, but definitely enjoy to aroma.
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