Kid Crafts: Rainbow Loom

RainbowLoomBoxWe apologize for the long hiatus since our last post — we’ve been running our dissertation experiment! It’s still ongoing, but so far we’ve learned all kinds of cool stuff about gender, spatial and mechanical learning, and child development. We’ll post an update about preliminary findings when we have something more official to say. In the meantime, today’s post is about one preliminary finding unrelated to the focus of the experiment: young children LOVE Rainbow Loom.

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re-Gift Guide: The Princess Problem (Gifts for 2 & 5 y/o Girls – doll, art supplies, scooter)

We’ve been negligent in getting up Gift Guides this holiday season, owing to an unfortunate surgery and lengthy hospital stay. But, we’re back in action! To provide you with maximum content and inspiration, we’re going to do some “re-Gift Guides,” re-posting/revising some of our favorites from the past, in addition to brand new Gift Guides. As always, if you have a specific question, send it our way! Today we kick off with the re-Gift Guide to purchasing for the princess-loving little girls in your life. How to avoid stereotypes? We have some answers!

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Simple Halloween Kids Craft – Bat Garland!

photo 33One of my favorite pre-Halloween traditions is decorating the house and building the holiday mood. I like crafting simple decorations to slowly add to my collection. This week we’re making a very easy, child-friendly, festive bat garland. It also only cost about $4 for supplies and 20 minutes of my attention.

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Take a break and get outside!

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In the spirit of Labor Day, take a break and get outside! That’s what we’re doing this weekend (various BBQs and picnics mixed in with some meetings and work, actually…). If you need a little inspiration, we’ve linked up to some of our favorite previous posts for whole family activities.

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Gift Guide: The Princess Problem (Gifts for 2 & 5 y/o Girls – doll, art supplies, scooter)

Instead of buying a Barbie, I bought this doll and doctor set for a little girl in the family I adopted for Christmas. It can be hard not to buy Barbies when children ask for them, but there are other options out there that may fulfill their interests and desires without indulging the Barbie or Princess factor.

Today’s Gift Guide is a little bit different. I’m using the Christmas List from the family I adopted for Christmas to illustrate how you might get around the Princess Problem. What is the Princess Problem? The princess problem is this: you might not want to buy the little girl in your life a princess (or Barbie)-related item, but she says she really, really wants it. What to do? Buy her what she wants? Ignore her wishes, and buy her something else? Call me heartless, but I vote the latter. There are some craftier ways to do that, though, so let’s use this list as an example:
Jenny, age 5. Gift Ideas: 1. Barbie and Barbie’s Horse. 2. Art supplies. 3. Princess Costumes. Jenny is very girly, likes art, books, princesses, and dolls.
Molly, age 2. Gift Ideas: 1. Dolls. 2. Balls. 3. Dressing up in costumes. Molly is a girly tomboy, she likes to draw, play dress up, and she is very active.

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Kid Crafts: Finger Puppets

A turtle finger puppet (drying on a popsicle stick) – easy for tiny hands, start to finish!

Today, the second post in our series Kid Crafts, we’re going to learn about making some simple and fun finger puppets. Since I’ve been back home visiting Fair Play Family, the Fair Play Twins assist on this one. I can assure you it is kid-tested by a pair of discerning four-year-olds. There are a number of ways for children to be involved in this project, so it is nearly all ages – Fair Play Twins were able to help out with every step from sewing to gluing to drawing, with some grown-up assistance. This tutorial uses animal puppets as an example, but these puppets can be made into just about whatever you can imagine.

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Kid Crafts: Apple Stamps for a Fall Wreath

Apples make great stamps for little hands – and the prints can be made into all sorts of fall-themed decorations!

This is the start of yet another exciting series on Fair Play, called Kid Crafts. We’ll feature child-friendly, generally seasonally appropriate craft tutorials for the whole family using basic art supplies. Today we’re going to use apples as stamps to create a festive fall wreath. Apple stamps are great for little hands. They also create beautiful prints that will appeal even to your more artistically discerning child. If your child can hold an apple half or slice, they can make a print. For this tutorial, Fair Play Boyfriend tries it out.

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