Great Gifts For Your Kids

The cold and eventful festive days are coming up quickly, which means lots of fun events for adults but long stuffy days indoors for kids! Being stuck inside during holidays can be boring, making your little ones cranky.

Let me introduce to you some creative solutions to beat the hard-to-cure holiday cabin fever! Cooper and Kid–creatively curated kits designed especially for kids to have fun while learning. Squirrel King–craft kits that transform a child’s reality into an imaginative world of colorful squirrels and the homes they live in. And last but not least, Zoonicorns–the unique combination of unicorns and zebras into adventurous plush toys, with a creative children’s book to bring the characters to life.

STEM learning kits

Cooper and Kid is all about making dad cool again and doing what matters most–bonding with the kids! Cooper & Kid has everything a dad needs in the winter for educational fun (think STEM) with his kids! Each Cooper Kit is fun-in-a-box with endless hours of amusement…no more mindless TV shows! Each kit contains a huge box of fun, with themed projects, toys, books and ideas that dads and kids will truly enjoy. Together they can build rocket ships, take off with sky lanterns or explore the world of butterflies — there is so much to create and discover!

An activity book guides dads through the theme and the contents of the box for hours of fun. Plus, the shipping box turns into a toy too! Sign up for the Cooper & Kid subscription online and every three months a Cooper kit is delivered to dad at home. The subscription price is $65 per quarter.

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Great Books for Snoopy and Disney Princess Fans

This winter, Thunder Bay Press presents three titles perfect for any pop culture fan’s collection: The Snoopy Treasures by Peanuts expert Nat Gertler, Disney Frozen Crochet by Kati Gálusz, and Disney Princess Crochet by Jana Whitley and Jessica Ward

Timed to the release of The Peanuts Movie, The Snoopy Treasures (November 2015; $34.95; ISBN: 978-1-62686-440-5) tells the story of everyone’s favorite beagle from the beloved childhood pet who inspired his creation, to his status as a cultural icon and beyond.

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This comprehensive guide is divided into 12 sections covering Snoopy’s origins, his alter egos from Joe Cool to the Flying Ace, his family at the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm, his friends in the beloved Peanuts gang, and his prevalence in pop culture – in songs, movies, books, plays, parades, museums, and even NASA, who named a lunar landing module after him as they prepared to put man on the moon in 1969.

Each page features original Peanuts panels, side-by-side comparisons showing the evolution of Snoopy into the universally recognizable style we know today, photographs from the Schulz museum, and ten pieces of pullout memorabilia: an original Schulz drawing, a Snoopy baseball pennant (popular dorm décor in the 60s and 70s), a letter from President Ronald Reagan to Schulz, a bookmark, a bumper sticker, a punch out model of the Red Baron’s plane, the last Peanuts strip ever printed, and more.
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Crafty Kids Amazing Totes from Creative Hands

Disclosure: The Craft totes from Creative from Fibre Craft was provided to me to help facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and honest. I am disclosing this in accordance to FTC Guidelines. Please see “Disclose” tab for more information.
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Being a teacher I love spending my weekends and summers doing crafts and projects with my girls. I absolutely love find new fun projects do with the girls. I was so excited to try out these great new Craft totes from Creative Hands which is part of Fibre Craft.

About Fibre Craft:

 Fibre Craft has been a leader in the creative activities category for over 60 years. It was established in 1953, and has maintained its high standards for quality and creativity, while expanding the boundaries of children’s imaginations through creative toys and arts and crafts. The company’s vision is to make a difference in the lives of children and its employees.

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About Creative Hands:

Creative Hands is a brand of family-oriented, hands-on products in the arts and crafts industry. They know the importance of arts education and the value of being resourceful, inventive, and original at a young age. Besides offering endless hours of fun, arts and crafts provide real benefits to a child’s learning. Creative Hands arts and crafts products include activity kits, seasonal crafts, and basic craft supplies.

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About the Kits:

Zoo 2 Do – All the animals in the zoo are jumping up and down for you! This Zoo 2 Do kit with the tote-able handle, features monkey, giraffe, lion, zebra, and others for a total of 25 zoo-themed projects.

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Great Craft to Do With Kids

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I absolutely love to do crafts with my girls. I am constantly on the look out to try and find new fun things for us to be able to do together. I was so excited when a dear friend of mine mentioned UV Paper. I had truthfully never heard of UV paper before so I was incredibly excited to get my hands on some to give it a try. I found this Sunprint Kit on Amazon and was very impressed.

Here’s what you need:

  • Sunprint Paper
  • Acrylic Sheet
  • Cardboard
  • A sink w/ running water or a tub full of water
  • Fun and Interesting objects to print

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How To:

  1. Arrange your objects on a piece of Sunprint paper (blue side up & on top of a piece of cardboard)  out of the reach of the sun.
  2. Place the acrylic pressing sheet on top to flatten and hold your items to the Sunprint paper.
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How To: Quick Birthday Robot Snack for Kids

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Being a teacher, blogger, mom, and grad school student I feel like I am always running from on thing to the other. I love to take time to do fun, and cute crafts, but sometimes I feel like I go way too long without doing them. I was so excited to be able to put together these cute little robot snacks for my daughter and her friends at school.

What You Need:

  • Individually packaged applesauce (I used the strawberry applesauce)
  • Square Juice Box
  • Laffy Taffy (2 for each)
  • Small Boxes of Raisins (2 for each)
  • Plastic Spoon
  • Googly Eyes (2 for each)

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How To:

  1. Tape the raisin boxes to the bottom of the juice box
  2. Tape the Laffy Taffy candy onto the top of the juice box for the arms.
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BIG HERO 6 – Activity Sheets & Coloring Pages

“Big Hero 6” is the 54th feature film from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Disney veteran Don Hall helmed 2011’s “Winnie the Pooh” and has earned screenplay and/or story credits on Disney features, including “Meet the Robinsons,” “Tarzan” and “The Princess and the Frog.” Chris Williams directed the 2008 feature “Bolt,” as well as the short “Glago’s Guest.” Williams was a key member of the “Mulan” story team, and was nominated for an Annie Award for outstanding individual achievement for writing in an animated feature presentation for his work on “The Emperor’s New Groove.”
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DIY Fall Banner

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I have been having a lot of fun working on doing some fall crafts for my house. I thought that I would share this quick, easy craft with you. I have had a lot of fun working on different crafts lately. I have always enjoyed doing crafts, but haven’t really taken the time to do any crafts since I had girls.

Supplies:

  • Roll of Burlap
  • Raffia
  • Black and White Paint
  • Letter Stencils
  • Foam Brushes
  • Roll of Twine
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Patience 😉

**I had the majority of the supplies for this project already on hand, so there wasn’t really an added expense for me.

How To:

  1. Using your stencils, decide how big you want your pieces of Burlap to be.
  2. Cut Burlap squares/rectangles (however many you need based on the word you decide to use)
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DIY Door Decoration

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Here is another craft that I have been wanting to do for quite awhile. I have seen several similar door decorations and have always wanted to have one. Somehow no matter how many times I went to Hobby Lobby and how many different ones I went to, they never had an ‘F’. I could hardly contain myself from doing a little dance when I finally found my ‘F’.

This project is probably one of the easiest crafts that I have ever seen or made myself.

Supplies Needed: 

  • Large Initial Letter
  • Spray Paint in any color of your choice
  • Wide Ribbon (I am a fan of the burlap ribbons)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Twine to use to hang the letter
  • Staple Gun
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