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The Kids Went Dumpster Diving… in a Cardboard Box!

We have had a bunch of very large cardboard boxes around from a bathroom remodel. My husband wanted to recycle them right away… but nope, I had to sneak in an activity or two with them first before I could see them go. My mom gave me this truly awesome idea for a big cardboard […]

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Homemade Wind Chimes the Kids Can Make!

These are some fun to make, homemade, upcycled wind chimes that the kids can make! Henry and I rummaged through our recycling bins to find some tin cans in various shapes and sizes, including some lids. Believe me, there’s a lot you can do with stuff from your recycling bin! Upcycle whatever you can for […]

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Make Your Own Telescope Craft for Kids

The boys and I made this super simple telescope craft out of a recycled International Delight creamer bottle. I’ve said it many times, but raiding the recycling bin has so much potential and so much fun that’s free! I have a Upcycling Recyclables board on Pinterest that I keep handy to find new stuff to do with my recycling! We saw […]

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Reuse Lotion for a Smelling Sensory Activity

A sensory activity can be done with almost anything! As the simplify part of the Seventh Generation 7 day Journey to Natural Beauty, I did some spring cleaning and found an entire basket full of lotions that I haven’t touched in years probably.   Simplify My Routine: Reuse Before Throwing Out Since I don’t use […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Bubble Wrap Printed Shamrock

Get creative and paint some shamrocks as a St. Patrick’s Day craft using bubble wrap! Packaging almost always gets reused in this house before it gets recycled or trashed. Before we made our Bubble Pop Roads, Henry made a print with the bubble wrap [or 'pops']. I’m loving that St Patrick”s is coming up because I can […]

Stamped Heart Valentine’s Day Art Project

A Valentine’s Day art project that kids and even toddlers can do on their own! Upcycle a toilet paper towel tube to make an abstract heart art project! Be sure to be inspired by all our Valentine’s Day projects we’ve been doing! [There's also a ton on our Valentine's Day Pinterest board!]   Time to […]

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Toddler Craft: Wrapping Paper Stocking

This is another activity that I did a couple of years ago with Henry after Christmas with wrapping paper scraps. The idea for the activity came from No Time For Flash Cards, once again.   After the holidays, I always have a ton of wrapping paper scraps just lying around. Either from wrapping presents, or from […]

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Christmas Tree & Presents Matching

  I did this activity a couple years ago at Christmas with Henry. I found it on No Time for Flash Cards. I reused some scrap wrapping paper pieces and cut out a Christmas tree shape in four different wrapping paper patterns. I glued these to a large piece of paper in a row. I also […]

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A Sticky Spider Web Halloween Activity for Kids!

This sticky spider web activity Halloween activity can be done in any doorway, hallway or other somewhat narrow place that you have. I have pocket doors that are about six feet wide and it worked perfectly. I used painter’s tape and made a spider web to span the width of the door. I only made it on […]

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Halloween Craft: Spooky Treat Holders (A Candy Bag Alternative)

Please welcome Dusti, my sister-in-law. She’s posted here before [remember the awesome DIY Yarn Wrapped Wreath?], but now she has her own blog too! Check out Antidotes for Mom. She’s a real stay at home mom, with real struggles, and she’s going to change that by counteracting the poison, one day at a time! Dusti’s […]