Friday, December 30, 2011

Top 11 Favorite Posts of 2011

Yesterday, I gave my top 10 most popular posts according to page views. Today, I want to share my favorite posts that did not make it into the top 10. Some are from the early days of my blog and others are more recent.  While putting together this post, I realized I've only been blogging in this space since June - wow! It's been so much fun and I can't wait for the year to come!

I love all the projects we've done and just couldn't narrow it down to 10, So here they are, my top 11 favorite posts of 2011. 

Top 10 Most Popular Posts

Now that 2011 is coming to an end, I thought I'd do a round-up of my top 10 most popular posts according to page views. Looking back, we've had a lot of fun and have been very crafty! Hopefully 2012 brings us even more fun!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Word Games


Do you remember playing Mad Libs as a kid? I do and I loved it! So, when I was thinking about what you get you, my readers, for Christmas, I thought it would be fun to make up a couple of my own. They're simple stories written at a level that preschoolers are easily able to participate. They've been preschooler tested and approved and even my toddler loved them. And, now they're ready to you and your kids to have fun with!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Creative Christmas Countdown: Helping Others

Thank you so much for joining me on Day 17 of the Creative Christmas Countdown. The ideas already shared have been wonderful!


Today, I have a little story that I hope will inspire you.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sparkly Christmas Tree Banner



You may have notice that we've been crafting a lot lately with tissue paper and our latest creation is this sparkly Christmas tree bunting. I'm sure we'll eventually move on to a different medium, but until then we've been having fun and making beautiful artwork with our tissue paper. Now, on to this easy kids craft!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Loving Literature: Favorite Christmas Books

There are so many Christmas books written for children that it gets hard to figure out which ones are good and which ones are not. I thought I'd help you out a bit and share some of the Christmas books we've been enjoying this year.

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We've had On Christmas Morning by Patricia A. Pingry ever since my oldest was about 2 years old. It's a constant favorite that we read every year. This is a simple board book that tells the story of a modern-day Christmas morning along with the story of the first Christmas. This is one that is easy enough for even the youngest child to understand.

Recycled Paper Chains


Do you have a lot of leftover Christmas cards? So do we! I've been thinking about what to do with them and finally decided to just keep things simple and make paper chains from those old Christmas cards.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Follow the Leader

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I happened across the book Follow the Leader by Erica Silverman one day at the library and thought it would be the perfect book to inspire some fun, indoor play time. The book is the story of two brothers playing follow the leader with the older brother leading the way. In the end, the older brother learns that his younger brother would love a turn being the leader, which was something my oldest sometimes (ahem... a lot of times) can use a reminder about.

Disclaimer: Please do not feel you need to have your eyes checked after viewing the next pictures. Yes, they are blurry. The girls were running way too fast to get a clear picture!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Stained Glass Window Ornaments


The girls love making new ornaments for our Christmas tree. In fact, if I ask them if they want to do a craft project, they usually tell me they want to make a new Christmas ornament. One of our recent creations was our stained glass window ornaments. They were so easy to make and are a perfect choice if you're looking for a mess-free kids' Christmas craft.

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Monday, December 5, 2011

A Pretend Snack Bar


I can't think of anything my girls like better than a pretend play setup, unless it's a messy craft project. We've made forts, stores, and even a zoo in our living room. Recently, we decided to create our own snack bar. 

We were following a suggestion from Let's Explore on their Ways to Play in October printout (yes, we are a few months behind). Each month Let's Explore offers a new printout with about 10 fun ways to play. We print it out every month. It's great to have around when we need new ideas for something to do!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Christmas Tree Cards


We were inspired by Dilly-Dali Art's homemade Christmas cards on day 2 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and decided to make some of our own. We did our own twist on the paper scrap ornaments and came up with these Christmas tree collage cards. It was such a fun Christmas craft to make.

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Friday, December 2, 2011

Creative Christmas Countdown

It's Day 2 of the Creative Christmas Countdown and time to head over to Dilly-Dali Art.




Head on over to find a lot of great ideas for Christmas cards. And, if you have any fun Christmas card ideas yourself, be sure to add your link to the link-up. We'll be making Christmas cards today, so stay tuned this weekend to see what we come up with!