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
1. Paper Bowl Jellyfish
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
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
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
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 handprint crafts are the best choice for toddlers! Source: Crafty Morning
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Price: from $32.99
MyEduCrate is a subscription box service created by certified teachers with exciting, surprising educational themes that will inspire, engage and entertain your children.
Price: from $39.95
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
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 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
Children’s parties are fun and can be some of the best memories a child has. So, how do you make them the best they can be – with these 10 tips of course.
Staying Close to Home
Consider having the party in your own home or garden. This will make it much easier for you to organize activities and you don’t have to haul various supplies and food around. You can even ask a relative or good friend if you can borrow their house for a few hours if your living space can’t accommodate all of your guests.
Make it clear that you will do all the cleaning up and setting up afterwards, as you suggest the idea. Or, whenever the weather permits, you can even use the local park. It will certainly be much less expensive draping some streamers on a picnic table, than it would be using just any other venue you can rent.
Be Cautious About Guests
When planning the party, it’s just natural to have the urge of inviting all your family, friends, and even people who’ve invited you to their parties previously. However, don’t forget that the bigger the gathering, the higher the budgetary requirements, and the more hectic the party will be.
Rather, you should look into limiting the amount of guests to a manageable figure, and be careful not to invite more people at the last minute. If it’s a children party, then only invite people that can enjoy a few hours in house full of children.
Go for Simple foods
Of course, food is the centerpiece of a good party. But this doesn’t mean that you have to serve your guests a full meal. Juice, cake, and a couple of snack should keep the toddlers happy. Check out my list of best finger foods for kids parties.
Classic Games are Ideal
Just as they adore watching an interesting magic show, children will be delighted with playing great games. Classic titles such as musical chairs and Pin the Tail on the Donkey can never go out of style. You can even use a sack race and skittles to create a carnival atmosphere to make the games more interesting.
Consider Hiring Undiscovered Talent
For those who like to keep away from the limelight, but still want to have an entertainer brighten up the kid’s party, then networking can help a great deal. Do you know someone with a steady hand with face painting, or juggles exceptionally well? Many dads and uncles have put on the clown suit several times, and have been the soul or life of the party.
You can also opt to post at the noticeboard of your local college. The drama club students like to make a few bucks on the side doing some magic tricks or putting on a fairy princess’ outfit.
Rather than spending a few hours trying to channel your inner crafter to make some handmade invitations, just let technology do the job for you. Invite people through social media and email; it will be much easier, and your guests to save date.
Creativity with Plates
There’s a huge chance you have more parties in the future, so why not have them in bulk? Rather than getting those themed supplies, why not get paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic cutlery in various colors at your local store? When it comes to kids’ stuff, you don’t need to take any gender or age specific items. Plus, you should be able to use them in many years to come.
Party Bag Fillers
One key money-waster for parties is plastic toys for the party-bags, which are inevitably just thrown away or get lost almost immediately. Why not try something different? Stocking up on huge packages of art supplies like stickers, glitter pens, kids glow sticks and stamps is one great way to do this. You can then break up the sets and give every child a piece of each.
Choose Non-Peak Time
For working parents, it may be quite difficult to find the time to plan the party at your house. However, this doesn’t mean that you give up on holding one, even when on a budget. Look for local venues that can host at good prices. For instance, some of your local restaurants can cater for your party at a much lower cost if you opt to hold the party during their off peak hours, such as during the afternoon.
Share the Party
You can also get together with a few friends who have birthday parties for their children near your child’s, and even form a group party. Such a plan might work best if the children are below 4 years of age, since they probably won’t care if the party isn’t just for them.
You will also be saving a lot of money, since you will be splitting the expenses between a few families. Be sure to sing a birthday song for each of the children, and have several fairy cakes instead of just one big cake.
Christmas is always a challenging time of year. We don’t always have the energy to be cheerful, or we just might not be in the mood for celebrating. However, as parents we can’t always afford to “take Christmas off”. Our children depend on us to provide them a merry Christmas and we need to find the ways to make it work.
The following tips will help get you going in the right direction with minimum effort. Feel free to use all, or some of them – whatever works for you this season.
1 – Play Christmas Tunes
There’s a never-ending playlist of Christmas songs, in a variety of genres. Find a playlist that you’ll enjoy listening to as your first step towards your well-earned cheerful Christmas spirit.
2 – Decorate Your Web for Christmas
Not many people realize this, but these days there are some cool free tools out there that let you change the way your Google or Facebook pages look (or any other site for that matter). A quick search in one of the leading tools – Stylish, revealed some fun Christmas themes such as a snow effect, or different Christmas backgrounds. It’s easy to install and use, and it’s completely free, with no ads.
3 – Watch a Christmas Movie
This is a fun activity that you can do with your kids, since most Christmas movies are child- friendly. Here’s a list of some great Christmas movies that Timeout created.
4 – Challenge Your Kids to Put Up a Christmas Show
This will keep your kids occupied and give you time to focus on your long Christmas ‘to-do’ list, while also getting you into the Christmas spirit with your kids running around the house and rehearsing scenes from their play.
5 – Decorate your House for Christmas
This is probably the most important action to take in order to help you get into the right mood. There’s nothing like being surrounded with Christmas lights, looking at those huge decorated stockings, and of course the tree, which is a must have.
With these few little helpers, you’ll get into the Christmas spirit in no time and you and your kids will enjoy a merry Christmas and a happy new year.
Teenagers are often moody, miserable, and melancholy, but we love them anyway, especially if they’re ours! We know how it feels to have those hormones coursing through our veins, so we know we need to treat them with the utmost respect, even when they drive us crazy. When thinking of your teen, you also have to be ultra compassionate, as their lives are all the more complicated these days. With access to drugs and alcohol, rising interest in the opposite sex, and far too many opportunities to be cyber-bullied, it truly isn’t easy to be a teen in this day and age. So make sure yours knows you love her! A great time to show her that is at Christmas time, so if you’re looking for present ideas, read on. We’ve got some great Christmas gift ideas for your teenager that might even—gasp!—elicit a smile.
Christmas Gift Ideas for Your Teenager
If you’re familiar with the sports teams, musicians, and more that your teen likes, tickets make top-notch gifts. This isn’t simply because you’ve noted what they’ve liked, but even more so that it’s an experiential gift. If you and your teen are open to it, you could even get yourself a ticket to this event and make it a bonding experience. But if your teen is in the inevitable “too cool for school” phase, you might consider getting the tickets for him and a friend.
While your tendency when buying gifts for a teen might be to go over-the-top to impress her, there really is no need to invent the wheel. Perhaps she needs a new pair of running shoes, a laptop for homework or a backpack. Teens are overly concerned with appearances, and even if you know how beautiful she truly is, she may have some insecurities about herself that cause discomfort or anguish. Has she complained about her skin? Consider investing in a high-quality acne treatment for young adults that can help her get her skin back on track. BioClarity creates unique acne treatment products that contain naturally derived ingredients. As teens often have sensitive skin, it’s important to find something that can fight pimples without drying out or overly irritating their skin.
Has she been showing angst over her figure? Help her live her healthiest life with a gym membership. This emphasis on health can help your entire family, so consider a group membership and making it a family affair. Sure, these might not be the coolest gifts around, but she’ll appreciate any of them nonetheless and get long-term benefits from your thoughtful investments.
Go for the Gadgets
Teenagers and their phones—it’s a match made in heaven. Well, if you want them to pay attention to you, this isn’t exactly true, but it is somewhat inevitable. If you’re in the “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” category of parents, a techie gift could be the way to go this Christmas. If you’ve been holding out on a smart phone, perhaps this is the year that you blow her ever-loving mind (we highly recommend enforcing some rules with this, however!).
A Passion Present
That teen eye roll might be a bit more dangerous than annoying. Not to be an alarmist but teens can often go inside themselves and withdraw because they don’t feel like anyone’s listening. They don’t feel like they’re truly being heard. Prove that you’re really listening by buying something for your teen this Christmas that represents his or her passion, even if it’s not your passion (especially if it’s not your passion!). From a deluxe painting kit and a book on astrology to cooking classes and a trip to a college of interest, any gift that shows you understand your teen is going to make a lasting impression. If you have a common passion, that’s even better! Buy your budding protégé a camera and take photography classes together. The family who gets passionate about things together stays together.
Something Whimsical For the Win
Your teen is soon going to be expected to make a lot of grown-up decisions on colleges, careers, and more. Savor their youth while you can, even when you’re giving gifts. Whether it’s a pair of super cute emoji knee high socks, a framed baby pic (or a collage!), or a Snuggie, choose a gift you know you can’t get away with much longer. You could even get extra sappy and have a comforter made out of their baby clothes or tees. Your nest will be empty soon enough. Bask in their innocence for as long as you can!
Looking for Christmas gift ideas for your teenager? Use this list for reference and your holiday will surely be on fleek (yeah, we said it).