Summer Craft: Popsicle Stick Frame

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Grab your glue gun and some popsicle sticks and come join me for a simple summer craft that everyone can make! Growing up I went to our town’s recreation department summer camp. I have fond memories of crafting with friends. I am pretty sure I made a lot of popsicle stick creations. Picture frames were […]




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Be a Princess: Make Paper Dolls

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[BlogFrog_px tk="79-O-JY"]We have three girls.  A rainy summer day is perfect for creating and pretending.  There are few things that my girls love more than pretend play.  They get a bin of fancy dresses, silly hats, ostentatious scarves, grab a couple pairs of my high heels and it is their dream day of fun!   Recently, […]




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Make a Difference: Bags of Joy

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Hi there, I am Mari Hernandez-Tuten and I’m over at Inspired by Family Magazine. It’s so exciting to be here on the Quirky Momma team! I am also looking forward to getting to know you all, so stop by below and leave a comment. One of the things we have been focusing on this summer […]




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Melted Crayon Art

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Remember that craze from last year?  Of melting crayons?  We made our own melted crayon art.  We are blest to live in Texas where the summers are nice and warm.  Who needs a hairdryer for this art project when you can use the sun! In our playroom I had an empty wall that was begging […]




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Make Your Own Jellyfish Lights

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We’ve been reading about ocean creatures a lot lately, especially jellyfish.  I started pulling together some supplies for my preschooler to make a little jellyfish craft project with a paper plate.  But we decided to take it a step further and make our jellyfish glow like those found deep in the dark depths of the […]




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DIY Pom Pom Soccer Game

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“Let’s play soccer!” It really doesn’t get any simpler than this!  We put this fun game together in just minutes, yet it provided us with an entire afternoon of giggles! We all had SO much fun and believe it or not, blowing through a straw is an important skill for kids to master. The clever use […]




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Coloring Page T-Shirt Tutorial

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I really like it when I am able to spend time on a present for a child instead of money.  Many of the gifts my mom and grandma made me as a child are still treasured in our house today (as opposed to a lot of the store-bought presents which ended up in garage sales […]




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Kids Games: Make Your Own Silly Picture Game

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Nothing entertains a preschooler better than nonsense! Every month when my four-year-old receives an issue of her children’s magazine in the mail, one of the first things she flips to is the silly picture feature.   Hidden in the picture are dozens of nonsense items for her to find and circle.  We decided the other […]




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Musical Instruments for Kids: Homemade Maracas!

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I have mentioned before how much Rory loves music.  She is always asking to play my guitar and loved her Easter basket filled with musical instruments. At a recent dinner with our friends, we couldn’t pull Rory away from the piano and drums!  Although she has many musical instruments in the house, she doesn’t have […]




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Early Literacy Tool: Phonetic Flip Chart

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Our oldest has learned her letters, the sounds that they make, and is starting to blend sounds. We have even begun learning sight words, but have yet to venture into the realm of phonics, till today! This is a really nifty phonics “tool” that we created to help her mix the sounds of letters. . […]




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Finger Paint: Homemade Fun

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Finger painting fun! Rory and I had nothing planned today so we decided to make our own finger paint! I chose to make our own paints because I know Rory is getting her molars now and so everything is in her mouth.  I did just a basic flour, salt and water mixture so that if […]




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Mothers Day Craft: A Handmade Bouquet

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Mothers day is this Sunday, and I wanted to make myself a present! Many of you may know that my husband is a veterinarian and we both have a love for animals.  This means we have a few pets; 3 dogs and 2 cats to be exact.  I love my pets dearly, however, they destroy […]




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Felt Board: How To Create Your Own

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One thing Rory loves to play with at our local library is a felt board.  For weeks, I’ve been eyeing it up and have wanted to make one! For those that are not familiar what a felt board is, it’s just a board wrapped in felt.  But what makes it so special is that other pieces […]




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Kids Art: DIY placemats

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The latest craze in our house is DIY placemats, using the children’s art to create unique place settings for our table. When the children have a friend coming to tea they like to make a special placemat just for the guest, to welcome them to the meal and for them to take home with them […]




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Mother’s Day Gift: Photo Bookmarks

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My mom always said that her favorite Mother’s Day gifts were homemade.  I think that’s a sign she’s a pretty good mom.  Sometimes it’s hard though to find a homemade gift idea that is meaningful and that will last.  I’ve always thought that homemade photo gifts like this photo rubix cube or these photo magnets are a […]




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Things that Glow: Balloons with Glow Sticks

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I recently went to Wal Mart to shop for party supplies.  One of the items I wanted was a bag of balloons.  I found the balloons but also discovered a fun new kind of balloon – LED balloons!  They have a little light in them that is activated when you pull out the tab.  Then […]




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DIY for Kids: Bath Toys

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There is a lot of do-it-yourself, creating at our house.  It’s fun to see how taking a child’s lead can turn into a great play idea. My daughter has been attending swimming lessons and commented that the floats the children use are cool, because they stick to the side of the pool walls. A suggestion […]




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How to Garden with Kids: 18 Tips from It’s Playtime!!!

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I love the sense of awe that gardening with my kids gives them.  They just love watching new life spring from a seed (and let’s be honest, they also LOVE to get muddy).  This is our favorite time of year.  It must be many of yours too as we had a bunch of gardening activities […]




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Pasta Play – Oh how many ways we can enjoy thee!

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Some of the best toys are the free ones.  Pasta became one of those unexpected “play supplies” in our house.  Please tell me I am not the only parent who discovered a box of pasta – far past it’s expiration date – in the back of my pantry!  Time to put that pasta to use!   […]




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Melted Bead Projects to Create with Children

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I just love melty beads!  There are so many nice things about them- the way they feel on your fingers when you put your hands in a bucket of them, their bright colors, and their lack of toxic fumes when you melt them (unlike so many plastics). The classic melted bead project though -with a […]




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Make Your Own Marshmallow Shooter

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We had a blast today at the park playing with our homemade Marshmallow Shooters! They are very easy to make with some basic supplies.  Here is all that you need to make two shooters: Supplies: Plastic cup – I used a Glad disposable food storage cup. The tops had cracked but I couldn’t bear to […]




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Homemade Christmas: A Massive Collection of Ornaments

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Do your kids love decorating the tree?  I know mine do – and I love seeing their little creations each year.  This is a sampling of my collection of homemade ornament ideas.  I had a blast linking to ornaments all week on the QuirkyMomma facebook page.  Thanks for linking up posts and ideas both in […]




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How to Make a Nativity Bracelet

Proclaim the Christmas story on your wrist this holiday season with a sterling silver Nativity Bracelet. It really isn’t that difficult to make a quality Nativity Bracelet.  The colors in the bracelet above symbolize key concepts in the Christmas Story below: The Nativity Story God sent an angel (angel charm) to Mary, a virgin pledged […]




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Playtime Clay Craft

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Today’s featured activity from It’s Playtime is so simple! I love how Liberty, and her girls over at Our Creative Day, used air drying clay and nature items found around their home to create stunning ornaments. . . Many thanks to my co-hosts, for making this weekly link-up a lot of fun! If you are […]




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Activities for 5 Year Olds

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Five year olds are adding head knowledge to the wonder they have of the world around them.  I love watching my kindergarteners play pretend, soak up learning through games, and create through arts and crafts.  Here are some of my kids favorite activities when they were/are five. A play tent is super easy to make!  […]




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Make a T-Shirt Dress

This T-shirt dress does not require any sewing,  I have small kids, really small kids for their ages.  I’m small.  They are doomed.  One of the problems with being unusually petite is when we get a “group shirt” – you know the ones they wear on field trips, or to VBS, or as part of […]




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Activities for 4 Year Olds

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Four year olds love life and enjoy creating, tinkering, and exploring. Here are some of my favorite activities that I have used to help engage and interact with my four year olds. Build your own blocks from a tree.  These Tree Blocks are great for re-creating “natural” scenes. If you have pencils (or pens) toilet […]




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How to makeover a fireplace

Are you like me? Do you just LOVE a good do it yourself project and the before and after results? I do.  And that is why I started looking at our brass fireplace and wondering how we could make it more current.   Like many houses in our neighborhood built in the early 80’s – our […]




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Activities for 3 Year Old

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Three year olds are curious, active – at least mine seem to have an endless supply of energy.   They are beginning to make comparisons and differentiate patterns, colors and love to play pretend.  Here are just a few of our favorite three year old activities.  These activities were gleaned in part from from our weekly […]




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Tree Blocks: Building with Nature

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A good foundation is important for both buildings and for life.  This week’s sponsor, Cerra, is a company with a wide variety of products, ranging from comforting oils, candles,  journal aids and more.  Their products help remind us to be grounded in who we are and to build with what we have around us.  They […]




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