Category: Crafts

Blast shields, broken bottles and bouquets: the dangerous art of glass cutting with children

My wife left the house for a few hours, so I pulled a classic Let’s make something for Mom! on my three daughters. I got down the glass cutting kit I’d received for Christmas, blew off the dust, and set up a kitchen lab worthy of “Breaking Bad”…or should I say “Zootopia”? What followed was a comedy of errors. […]

DIY: How to make a ninja stress ball

This is a wonderful fine motor activity for both children and adults. You will need: 4 Large balloons 1 Plastic bag Superglue Scissors Flour 2 Plastic bottles Start by pouring the flour into the bottle up to the line (about 2″ from the bottom). Tap and squeeze the bottle to help it move. Blow up […]

Kids Makers Market is back again in Leavenworth

Maybe your children are a little bit like mine. For years, my kiddos have been asking for the opportunity to open their own business. Sometimes they create armfuls of friendship bracelets and necklaces or piles of hand-cut snowflakes. Sometimes they build mountains of beads out of fimo dough or build small bowls out of air-dry […]

A strawberry season trick for the birds

It’s strawberry season and my daughter and I are happy about our first real strawberry plants that haven’t died! Yay! There is nothing better than growing your own produce, unless you don’t get to enjoy the fruits of your labor, literally! My 5-year-old daughter Hannah and I have spent a ton of time outside trying to […]

Have pets? Try this!

It’s been a while since I have posted any crafts or projects. ‘Tis the season to be busy on the farm! ‘Tis also the season to keep the grass green and mowed, and of course still find time to play in it, too. Well, around here, we always have to be on the lookout before we […]

Kids and nature: Celebrating spring

The grass is greening up, the orchards are leafing out and the sky is staying light later in the day. I led a group of excited and intrepid kids on a Spring Break Nature Camp in the Foothills last week, and we had so much fun exploring the flowers and the birds. Nothing makes me […]