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9 Simple Craft Projects For Toddlers

My little one loves to make things with her hands. We are always trying to find some new and simple craft projects for toddlers on Pinterest. There are so many of them, but I wanted to share some of our favorite ones. These blogs have so many cool ideas, so don’t forget to check them out – you will get so much inspiration, I guarantee you that.

Here are some really simple and fun craft projects for your toddlers and preschoolers.

9 Simple Craft Projects For Toddlers

9 Simple Craft Projects For Toddlers

1. Paper Bowl Jellyfish

Paper Bowl Jellyfish Craft

This colorful jellyfish craft for toddlers doesn’t require any painting so it’s a perfect mess-free craft for toddlers. One of our favorite simple crafts for toddlers. Source: I Heart Crafty Things

2. Button Snail

Button Snail Craft For Toddlers

This is adorable preschool craft – you can make a wonderful snails using just old cds and colourful buttons. Source: I Heart ArtsNCrafts

3. Painting With Rain

Painting with rain

This is a scented homemade paint recipe made from just two ingredients, and one of them is rain. Such a cool idea – one of my favorite simple crafts for toddlers. Source: Learn Play Imagine

4. Handprint Tree

Handprint tree craft

Beautiful Handprint Tree art idea for kids. Perfect for preschoolers exploring Autumn themes and colours. Source: Arty Crafty Kids

5. Handprint Earth Day Craft

Simple Earth Day Handprint Craft

Simple handprint crafts are the best choice for toddlers! Source: Crafty Morning

6. Paper Chain Snake

How to make paper chain snake

This Paper Chain Snake is a fun craft for any snake fan to make. Source: Raising Little Superheros

7. Surprise Ferocious Beings Paper Project

Surprise Ferocious Beings Paper Project for Toddlers

Simple folded art project for toddlers. Source: Art for kids and robots

8. Egg Carton Dinosaur Hat Craft

Egg Carton Dinosaur Hat Craft for Kids

Make a cool egg carton dinosaur hat craft with your kids! Source: Crafty Morning

9. Homemade Telescope

Homemade DIY telescope

Your little ones will love to watch birds through their new homemade telescope. Source: Highlights

Do you have some simple craft projects for toddlers to share?

Tips&Tricks

5 Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Best Waterproof Backpack




 

5 Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Best Waterproof Backpack

5 Important Things to Consider Before Buying A Best Waterproof Backpack

Thinking of going for that backpacking trip? You must go ahead with your plans, but remember that if you need to buy a backpack, then you must get the right one for this trip. A good backpack evenly distributes the weight on the shoulders, hips, and waist over the back making less stressful on the shoulders itself where the weight is more concentrated otherwise. Here are 5 important things that you must check before buying a best waterproof backpack.

  1. Purpose of use and size

Someone purchasing a backpack should be aware of the purpose of its use.

It will be extremely funny if someone buys a trekking backpack just to carry a laptop to the office! These days you have different types of backpacks are for used for multiple purposes. A short heighted person carrying a large backpack to its full utilized weight will eventually lose the equilibrium of his body and will topple easily. This should be avoided by making the right choice in backpacks.

  1. Make and material of the backpack

Materials play an imperative role while choosing the right backpack. If you are adventurous by nature and intend to go to trekking, rock climbing or hunting in the forest, then consider getting lightweight backpacks. However, you must make sure that these backpacks are sturdy and made of soft material with a thick lining and shoulder padding that will save you from bearing the weight. Again, if you are a backpacker and planning for a cross country ride, then you must mull over getting something that is big enough to retain your supplies. To be honest, your need must define your haversack.

  1. The backpack will make a style statement

A person’s style statement becomes a paramount part of how he or she carries herself in public with the accessories in place. These backpacks come in various shapes and sizes. It really becomes quite difficult to choose the best one for your purpose because of this. You may come across a lot of varieties, but your requirement, trends and opting for easy to maintain colors can be a way out. Remember, bright and thick zipper with attractive zipper heads are a head turner for all!

  1. Know your backpack fully

A person should be accustomed to his or her backpack before taking it on the field. It is primarily important to know the locking and strapping mechanism of the pack and how to release in case of any emergency. You must be familiar with pockets that can hold water bottles, medicines, knife, cutter, camera, mobiles and personal belongings. It is recommended to have a small demo of the product before you actually buy it.

  1. Beware of fake and cheap backpacks in the market

We conclude that backpacks are you must keep the practical aspect in mind to buy a genuine backpack. In fact, this should be one of the most important elements of the 5 important things that you must check before buying a waterproof backpack. There is no death of fake products in the market, made of cheap quality materials. You should develop the eye to differentiate between them.

Tips&Tricks

Child Bike Seat – All you Need to Know

 



From the type of bike you need to have to the law requirements, here’s everything you need to know before you purchase any child bike seat.

Child Bike Seat

Child Bike Seat – All you Need to Know

 

 

 

1. How old does my toddler need to be?

Well, it depends on where you live, but to put it simply: age requirements for EU are 9 months, and 1 year for US.

2. Is child bike seat safe?

There is one important thing that you need to know when it comes to child bike seat safety – a standard that verifies if the child bike seat is good and safe.  In Europe, the English Standard (BE EN 14344) is required for all seats and it is used to certify front and rear-mounted seats for a child 9 months old and up.  In the US, the ASTM standard will only certify rear-mounted seats for a child age one and up.  While the ASTM does not certify front-mounted seats, they are legally allowed to be sold in the US and all front-mounted seats available are certified by English Standards.

3. What type of bike do I need?

With countless different types of bike frames and sizes, as well as numerous bike seat mounting systems, it’s easy to see how challenging obtaining a perfect mount can be. As a general, standard city bikes or commuter bikes (mountain bike style frames without suspension) are the most versatile, while specialty bikes, such as road or full-suspension mountain bikes, are not recommended. But the most important thing is to make see what mounting options your bike has.

4. Front or rear mounting?

For a smaller child, you will prefer front mounting because you can see your toddler at all times. After they are the age of three and/or over 33 lbs you have to switch to rear-mounted seats up to 70 lbs. The problem of front mounting is that just a few bikes are compatible. Most common way to mount is direct on a frame. Here are a couple of our picks for a good Child Bike Seat.

1. Bicycle Kids Child Front Baby Seat bike Carrier USA Standard with Handrail

2. Schwinn Deluxe Child Carrier

3. Bicycle Kids child Rear Baby Seat bike Carrier USA Standard With Rack

4. Docooler Bicycle Kids Rear Seat Bike Carrier with Handrail

5. Bellelli Pepe Clamp Fit Baby Carrier (Blue/Red, 50-Pound)

And one important thing to remember is child helmet. Never drive your child on bike seat without it!

 

 

Reviews

New Interactive Books for Kids 2017




 

New Interactive Books for Kids 2017

Interactive Books for Kids 2017

In our house, we love to read, but sometimes I am not sure which books are suitable for toddlers and babies. There are so many books to choose from for your little ones. Here is our selection of best new interactive books for kids 2017. If you want your kids to get interested in books there is no better way to start than with the interactive books for kids and toddlers.


1. Baby’s Big Busy Book by Karen Katz 

The big colorful book that is my little one favorite. It’s like a seek and find a book with big colorful pictures, touch-and-feels, lift-the-flaps, mirrors. It’s a hardcover so it holds up well.

About the Author

Karen Katz has written and illustrated more than fifty picture books and novelty books including the bestselling Where Is Baby’s Bellybutton? .

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 


2. Clap Your Hands! (Sesame Street) by Random House (Author), Joe Ewers (Illustrator)

Every fan of Sesame Street‘s Elmo will clap their hands in delight as they play with this hardcover board book that has an actual plush puppet of Elmo built right into it. My daughter loves this book because when we are not reading it, it fills the role of a toy with talking Elmo. Girls and boys ages 2 to 5 can act out the words to the song, “If You’re Happy and You Know It, Clap Your Hands” with the Elmo puppet, or follow along as an older child or adult leads the way with this utterly irresistible, interactive book.

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 


3. Baby Bunny: Finger Puppet Book by Yu-Hsuan Huang (Illustrator)

It’s cute and the story is simple… The puppet part is on the right and story is on the left side of the pages. It is a sturdy board book. This book is made for toddlers and it’s perfect for easter time.

 

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


4. VTech Touch and Teach Word Book

This book is a toy and its genus and endless fun for your toddler. You can switch between words and sounds and music. Your toddler will love to turn the pages, and especially like the big selection of different words, sounds, and melodies. I will be getting more of these for the upcoming holidays! This book is super sturdy so it can survive all kind of throwing and everything you can expect from a toddler.

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 


5. Little Owl Says Goodnight: A Slide-and-Seek Book by Emma Parrish 

This super cute book is a perfect choice for reading for a good night book to your toddler. It’s nighttime, and Little Owl wants to say goodnight to all her friends before she goes to sleep. She sees something fluffy peeking out from the bushes: Goodnight, Mommy Bunny! She sees stripy tails hanging from the trees. Goodnight, raccoons! Children will love pushing out the sturdy sliders on each page of this board book until Little Owl has said goodnight to a bunch of different animals, and finally, her family!

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 


6. Busy Bear’s New Home: A Slide-and-Seek Book by Emma Parrish

Emma Parrish makes a really nice slide and seeks books and this one is no exception. Busy bear shows you his new home and is faced with a lot of desitions. Where should he stay? Should he stay in the bushes? No, that’s Fox’s home! Should he stay in the burrow?

 

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


7. Discovery Kids Roar at the Zoo Sound Book

With 10 cool sound buttons, fun facts, full-color pictures, and much more, this Discovery Kids sound-and-reference book is a unique way for kids to learn about life at the zoo! Kids ages 2 and up will love matching the sounds to the animals in this vibrant and interactive book. The buttons for sounds are easy to push for a young child.

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


8. Press Here by Herve Tullet

One of the best-rated amazon interactive books for kids for a good reason.  Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the dots, shake the pages, tilt the book, and who knows what will happen next! Kids will learn a lot through having fun.

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


 9. Wipe Clean: Early Learning Activity Book  by Roger Priddy

Children can practice writing and number skills, spelling, math and many more essential learning activities over and over again with this fantastic wipe-clean work book. Perfect for little ones learning their basic skills.

 

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


10. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book

Love this book! It’s so creatively written and even makes me giggle. Your toddler will love this simple but good book.

About the Author

Rod Campbell makes books for babies and toddlers, the best known being Dear Zoo, which has sold over two million copies worldwide.

Learn more or find the best price: Here

 

 


If you liked our Interactive Books for Kids 2017 you can go check out our list of best books for toddlers 2017 where we go in deep in the good new books for toddler and kids.

Do you have your favorite interactive book for the toddler? We love to hear you in the comments.

My Journey

Link Love – My Favorite Things – Week Seven

I found this cool idea about ‘link love’ on several websites I like to read on daily basis. People are sharing their favorite things they found online that week. I love that! I found so many cool blogs and interesting websites by reading other bloggers’ ‘link love’.

I decided to also do something similar. I will share all the cool things I stumbled upon recently. Hope you will like my picks and find something cool for you.

link love my favorite things

Link Love – My Favorite Things

SmellyCatSoaps by Vicky

 

 

If you like fun and unique soaps, you’re at the right place. This amazing Etsy shop has so many choices that I can’t even pick my favorite one. The owner and SoapMaster-in-Chief of Smelly Cat Soaps is talented Vicky.
She loved smelly soaps but she was allergic to them, even the hypoallergenic stuff – imagine that! Luckily, she decided to try to make her own soaps, and because of that, you can now buy this wonderful handmade soaps!

 

Dylan’s Cosydoze by Elsa Joseph

Dylan Cosydoze by Elsa Joseph

My daughter can’t sleep without her pink blanket. Oh, what a tantrum would we have if she lost her precious blanket somewhere. I guess that is why she loved this charming book about little Dylan so much – she could relate to his problem 🙂 What is it about? Dylan cannot sleep without his Cosydoze, but it goes missing on a visit to Granny’s house. Buy this amazing and heart-warming book and find out where has it gone and can Mum and Dad get Dylan to sleep without it.
We loved it and I truly recommend it to everyone!

Handmade baby slippers

baby slippers on etsy

I was looking for cute baby slippers for my friend’s baby shower and look what I found. This lady on Etsy makes amazing and cutest baby slippers. Every single model is unique and entirely handmade. She even makes custom orders so you can pick any size, color or shape you would like. This can be a great gift for birthdays, baptism, baby showers..

You can also find some cute headbands and jewelry here – something for everyone.

All the items are made in Switzerland, but they do send to other countries. Take a look and I am sure you will find something adorable.

Helge Jewelry

helge jewelry etsy

Do you love jewelry? I do, and my little one is also obsessed about it lately. She is stealing all my jewelry and that is why I have to buy even more jewelry 🙂 I love to browse around Etsy to try to find something unique. And I found Helge Jewelry, a handmade Estonian brand that started out in 2014. The name Helge is actually an adjective in Estonian language that means light, positive or intelligent. It is a brand of unique designs made with gemstones, silver and gold worked into jewelry such as pendants, necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings. I love every single item! Check it out and tell me which one is your favorite!

 

Ideas

Subscription Box For Kids – Ultimate List




I am a big fan of subscription boxes and I have to say I tried lots of them. But my obsession went another level when I found out there are so many subscription boxes for kids out there.

Here is the ultimate list! If you have some subscription box for kids that is not on the list, just leave the link in the comments section or drop me an email. I was mostly focussed on those that will ship worldwide.

Feel free to check some more subscription boxes on CrateJoy.

Subscription Box For Kids – Ships Worldwide

SUBSCRIPTION BOX FOR KIDS – ULTIMATE LIST

 

Totlife

Totlife

This box is filled with the cutest personalized items – with the theme you choose. They will do all of the searching to provide you only the best for your little one. For each business they feature, they give you a small description of who they are and where you can buy more of their amazing apparel.

Ships: worldwide
Price: from $34.95

You can check their Facebook page for more photos and information: Facebook page

 

LitJoy Crate

LitJoy

LitJoy Crate is a monthly book box subscription for readers of all ages! LitJoy Crate has a monthly Young Adult book crate, monthly Picture book crate, they also offer one-time products for readers of all ages in their shop.

Ships: worldwide
Price: from $29.99

 

 

Everything you want to know about them you can check on their FAQ page.

 

Walt Life Addiction Subscription

Walt Life

 

Authentic Disney goodies sent to your doorstep every month. A Walt Life Subscription Box guarantees you’ll receive an assortment of delightful goodies from the most Magical place on Earth. Imagine having Disney Magic brought right to your front door every month!
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $8

 

Everything you want to know about them you can check on their FAQ page.

 

 

Genius Box

For curious young minds, Genius Box delivers a monthly STEM adventure right to your door packed with projects & learning opportunities.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $25

KidPackz

School supplies delivered to your door monthly. Awesome subscription box for kids.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $15.00

Mysteries in Time

An exciting history subscription box for kids aged 7-11. Includes a story book, a history book, puzzles, craft, stickers & more!
Ships: worldwide
Price: from £7.95

Little Bookish Wardrobe

The Little Bookish Wardrobe is a monthly subscription box, created to help inspire imagination in your child! Each month, your child will receive a book to read, along with unique play costume pieces that match the theme and characters of the book.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $32.99

Ready Set Go Box

A monthly subscription box filled with hand-selected toys, games, activities, and snacks for children on the go.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $27.95

bookubox

A monthly box of books specially selected to engage and excite your child!
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $22

Mickey Monthly

Choose between Authentic Disney Parks items or Officially Licensed Disney items delivered to your door every month.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $6.49

Mickey to your Door

A Mickey To Your Door subscription box brings the Magic of Disney to your home.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $8

TuTu-Royal

TuTu Royal is a monthly delivery of royal essentials, including princess dresses, tutu’s, tiaras, wands…
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $20

The Fairy Bag

The Fairy Bag is a monthly box ($35 in value) of 4-5 high-quality, fun girl’s accessories with positive messaging in every box.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $9.99

Dream Delivered

Dream Delivered is a subscription box service that delivers a career exploration box filled with 4-6 activities and a mini-magazine.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $21

Shabbos Party Box

Kids will enjoy a Game, Torah Cards, Treats, Candy, and more fun things. Amazing subscription box for kids.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $19

Gumball District

Modern t-shirts in this subscription box for kids.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $10

The Magic Subscription Box

The Magic Box will teach you the exciting world of magic and how to amaze your friends and family.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $25

MyEduCrate

MyEduCrate is a subscription box service created by certified teachers with exciting, surprising educational themes that will inspire, engage and entertain your children.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $39.95

Stickermom

The box full of highest quality stickers.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $8.95

Lil’ Bear Book Club

Get your kids excited to read with this monthly gift wrapped books sent to their door.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $16.99

Toy Box Monthly

Toy Box Monthly is a monthly surprise box of toys. Each month you’ll receive a curated box of 4-6 toys.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $15

Pipsticks

Box full of stickers.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $9.95

Spangler Science Club

The Spangler Science Club features the coolest hands-on science experiments designed by Steve Spangler.
Ships: worldwide
Price: from $9.99

The Rad Dad Box

Each month, they’ll send dad (and his kid) a package filled with fun and useful products to help him navigate fatherhood.
Ships to: worldwide
Price: from $20

Bumble Brain Box

Includes activity cards, bumble brain book, 5 – 10 learning materials, and an assessment.
Ships to: worldwide
Price: from $19.99

The Preschool Box

The Preschool Box is a monthly subscription for three to six-year-olds that teaches basic math, phonics and writing skills.
Ships to: worldwide
Price: from $29.95

The Hair Bow Box

A monthly subscription box filled with hair accessories and goodies for girls ages 3 months – 18+ years old.
Ships to: worldwide
Price: from $25

Subscription Box For Kids – US and Canada only

School Box Club

Box full of supplies, activities & workbooks that are customized to fit each students needs.
Ships to: US, Canada and UK
Price: from $29

My First Reading Club

My First Reading Club is a monthly subscription box that sends three age appropriate books for your child to your home.
Ships to: US and Canada
Price: from $9.99

Sensory TheraPLAY Box

Boxes are curated with children on the autism spectrum and those with sensory processing needs in mind. You will receive a monthly surprise assortment of sensory toys and tools to engage your child in fun, therapeutic play.
Ships to: US and Canada
Price: from $39.95

Compass Crate

Compass Crate subscription box is a monthly themed box with several activities to help you explore, create, and enjoy the nature all around you.
Ships to: US
Price: from $24.99

Surprise Ride

A monthly box of adventure on a mission to foster curiosity and creativity. Explore a new theme and learn something new.
Ships to: US
Price: from $24

Betty Lou- A Girl’s Boutique

You will receive 1 great boutique outfit and 2 coordinating accessories for your little princess!
Ships to: US
Price: from $24.95

Reading Bug Box

Reading Bug Box brings the best in children’s literature to your doorstep. Personalized deliveries are matched to a child’s age, interests and reading level.
Ships to: US (and Hong Kong)
Price: from $19.99

Subscription Box For Kids – UK only

Baebox

Subscription boxes for teens and tween girls with positive messages to uplift and inspire.
Ships to: United Kingdom
Price: from £16.00/month

Subscription Box For Kids – other countries

Box For Monkeys
Each box contains something to explore, a recipe to cook, a craft activity to make, ideas to create, a music activity to enjoy, a game to play and a book to read.
Ships to: Australia
Price: from $47,95/month