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Tic Tac Toe. Photography by Michael Alberstat It’s easy for kids to get restless during long (or even short) car rides.

Tic Tac Toe

Luckily, it’s easy to keep them occupied with simple DIYs, such as this travel-friendly version of tic-tac-toe. With just a few inexpensive and easy-to-find materials that you likely already have in your house, a parent or older sibling can put together this cute and colourful magnetic game that little ones will adore. Materials: Altoids tinMini magnetsPatterned paper10 buttons, five each of two colours Instructions: 1. 2. 3. Summer 2011. Sewn Egg Chick Tutorial by Kata Golda Making lots of eggs and some baskets for spring, I came up with the egg chick because something felt missing....an egg with a cute face...looked like Humpty Dumpty.

Summer 2011

A chicken, that was a bigger endeavor....so here is the egg chick. Just the perfect size for little hands to hold, to slip in a bag when needing to bring along a little toy, to give as a gift. Paper City. Miniature Village. Little buildings.

Miniature Village

Big fun! Our grandchildren spent countless hours playing with Brio(TM) and Thomas & Friends(TM) wooden trains. And we, like countless other parents and grandparents, bought several of the railroad accessory structures that these companies make. They are sturdy, long-lasting, and offer good play value but they are also expensive. Their cost keeps most of us from purchasing more than just a few. While researching the history of toymaking, we noticed that paper cutouts have long been a popular and inexpensive way to build toys. So we created the Meddybemps Miniature Village. Put toppings on pizzas at Pepper's Only Pizza. Decorate cakes and arrange display windows at Bobby's Busy Bakery. Arrange flowers at Merry Tulip's flower shop. Help customers pick pets in the Pet Shop. Free Printable Kids' Busy Bags.

The Activity Mom Sharing Activities and Ideas that Make Learning Fun Get Our Activities by Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 20 FREE Printable Busy Bags July 14, 2014 by Nicole 1 Comment Busy Bags (or Activity Bags) are a popular item to make and use with toddlers and preschoolers while traveling, waiting, or during quiet time!

Free Printable Kids' Busy Bags

Busy Bags range from things you have on hand like activities or puzzles to things you prepare ahead of time like crafts or DIY games. Here are 20 awesome, FREE Busy Bag activities that you can print for your toddler or preschooler. Save time…just download, print, and play! Transportation Crafts Round Up. { Printable Playdough Mats: E & F } Playscapes & play mat DIY on Pinterest. Playmats on Pinterest. {Guest Post} Ten Playful Free Printables for Kids. Next in our series of guest posts (as I finish the work on our Fun at Home with Kids book) is the lovely Kate from Picklebums.

{Guest Post} Ten Playful Free Printables for Kids

I first fell in love with Kate's site when I saw her free printable hexicards (below), but two of my other favorite posts of hers are her gorgeous post on chalk and loose parts and her amazingly fun looking sludge! Be sure to visit Kate's site - you will LOVE it! Hi, I'm Kate, and I have an obsession with printables. It all started back when I discovered digital scrapbooking and learned how to create digital scrapbook kits. Rainbow Ice Tower Excavation. It has actually been hot here in Seattle (GASP!)

Rainbow Ice Tower Excavation

The past few days, so we decided it was time for some good old fashioned ice play. In times past, I have always gone the simple route and just frozen a toy or two in ice. It's ALWAYS a hit. This time I decided to go for something more intricate...and thus the Rainbow Ice Tower was born. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. X was sooo enthralled. DIY Portable LEGO Kit with 24 Free Printable Activity Cards. Now that it's not pitch dark around dinner time anymore (thank you, summer!!!)

DIY Portable LEGO Kit with 24 Free Printable Activity Cards

, we've been going out to dinner more often. I usually pack a few things for S to play with while we wait for our food, and with it being LEGO week and all - I was inspired to put this together. S looooves it. Here's what it looks like - a little plastic container with a snap-close lid and it has a handful of LEGO bricks and some activity cards. (Any plastic container that will fit in your purse/bag that snaps closed should work. S picks an activity card and then makes the matching structure. How to Do Plastic Canvas Craft Project. Plastic Canvas Playset Tutorial - TWO - seven thirty three. Car Tote/Playset Combo Tutorial - seven thirty three. I am entering this into the: $5 challenge!

Car Tote/Playset Combo Tutorial - seven thirty three

Toddler Time: Busy Bag Series Part 2 - Second Story Window. I'm sharing some experiences and ideas from the recent busy bag exchange I posted.

Toddler Time: Busy Bag Series Part 2 - Second Story Window

Read part 1 and part 3. 5 Quick and Easy Montessori Activities for Toddlers. This is a guest post by Kylie of How We Montessori. My children love it when I create new activities for them, and I love it when I can create an activity using materials we already have. Here are five Montessori activities using recycled materials or items you may have in your home. If you don’t have any mini craft sticks, pom poms or pipe cleaners, think about buying some. They are fantastic, versatile materials to have in your craft box. Celebrate Every Day With Me: DIY Project for Your Train-Loving, Car-Racing Kid.

My son love trains!

Celebrate Every Day With Me: DIY Project for Your Train-Loving, Car-Racing Kid

He loves his Thomas Trains and Chuggington! But one of my best investments wasn’t something I bought in the store. 40 Awesome Gifts to Make for Boys. What to make for boys this year for Christmas presents is no longer the question! Here are the best gift ideas to make for your son, grandson or nephew! These home made gifts are perfect for boys and include pictured tutorials for a DIY car caddy, a dress up station, a card table fort pattern, a children's tool bench, a lego a car table, a teepee, a snack bandolier, a skateboard sling, a wallet, money cuff, tons of dress up ideas, games, and so much more!

As always, the Tip Junkie Homemade Gifts site has hundreds of pictured tutorials with free patterns for Homemade Gifts for boys so you can always search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink} Cereal Box Parking Garage « Frugal Fun For Boys. We made a fun parking garage for hot wheels cars today! This idea came from the October 2010 issue of Family Fun magazine. For this project, you need two cereal boxes, enough toilet paper or paper towel rolls to cut five 4″ lengths, tacky glue, scissors, and yellow construction paper. First, cut the front panel from a large cereal box. Cut toilet paper rolls to 4″ lengths. DIY baby Toys / Butterfly felt mobile. Superman Tic Tac Toe Game Set ready to ship by twinsandcrafts.

We Tried It! - Discovery Bottles. I’ve been on the lookout lately for a new activity both the kids would enjoy. S is going through an afternoon crankiness phase (at least I hope it’s a phase) and C is always up for something novel to play with. After thinking over my options a bit, my mind turned to the various discovery bottles I’ve seen popping up on pinterest.

These guys are easy to make and open to lots of interpretation. I figured if I came up with multiple version, C and S were each bound to like a few of them. I was right – both kiddos equally enjoy taking their turn shaking the heck out of these things. This isn’t exactly a tutorial because there’s really nothing to it: choose ingredients, fill the bottle, and hot glue shut to avoid major catastrophe. This classic is the mother of all other discovery bottles. Celebrate - Birthday Bottle. Birthday Bottle Purpose: celebrate Materials: plastic bottle clear corn syrup birthday confetti curling ribbon Directions: When a child has a birthday, invite them to help you make this special bottle. Pour 1/3 cup of corn syrup in the bottle. Let the child put in the birthday confetti. Variations: Children may want to decorate the outside of the bottle with stickers.

Similar bottles can be made as party favors for school parties. MontessoriInspired Toddler Color and Shape Mat by MamaDsCloset. EyeSpy Travel Game Hello Kitty Edition by SplendidPlay. I Spy Bag Children's game by Threadbender64. Memory GamePastel Shapes by MamieCo. Ice Eggs. Homemade kaleidoscope. By Kate on October 8, 2010. Twirly toy in Ideas for kids' crafts. Homemade instruments in Ideas for kids' crafts.