Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Snowy Day Book and Craft

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We love to do crafts based on books. 

One of our recent picks was The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. 

If you and your kids haven't read this book yet, go find a copy. They will love hearing all about Peter and the things he did on that snowy day. 

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I was busy yesterday! I've been thinking a lot about how I want my blog to look and operate. 
Yesterday, I took the plunge and started redesigning. I hope the new design will make my blog easier for you to navigate and find what you are looking for.

Another BIG change I'm sure you noticed was the name. 

I'll be transitioning from the name My Creative Family to Creative Family Fun. 

Why? This is actually something I've thought about since my blog was a few months old. I love the name My Creative Family, but it didn't quite fit with what I wanted my blog to ultimately be. 

When I decided to buy my own domain, the decision to change the name became much clearer. My Creative Family wasn't available! 

So, I purchased with the knowledge that I would be changing the name in the future.

So, now is the time! What does that mean for you? If you're following me through subscription, Twitter, or Pinterest, nothing will change. The only thing that will change is my Facebook page. Unfortunately, Facebook will not let me change the name, so I'll have to make a new Facebook page (scary!). 

I would really appreciate it if you would click though and "like" my new page: Creative Family Fun on Facebook. I will be operating both Facebook pages until people have had the opportunity to transition to the new one. I hope you'll join me there!

Thanks for coming along on this fun and exciting journey with me!

Monday, February 27, 2012

In Like a Lion

This cute lion was not the end result I had pictured when we started this craft. 

In fact, my original plan was to make suns by finger painting paper plates. 

Instead, they turned into lions.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Weekends: The Handwritten Note

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This weekend, it's time to slow down a bit and re-discover a lost art, the handwritten note. 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm horrible at writing notes. I'd love to be better at it, so I thought I'd help myself along. 

For inspiration, I found the book The Art of the Handwritten Note: A Guide to Reclaiming Civilized Communication by Margaret Shepherd. The book talks about the many reasons why it's important to write a note and talks about the different types of notes you may find yourself writing. It touches on the thank you note, condolence note, congratulations note, the love note, and many others.   

Thursday, February 23, 2012

10 Ways to Bring a Book to Life

We love books in our house. 

We love to read them, look at the pictures, listen to them, and many times fall asleep with them. 

We also love to do crafts and activities based on some of our favorite books. 

Here are 10 fun ways to have fun with books!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

100 Dresses

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Did you ever read the book The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes? 

It was a favorite of mine growing up and the idea of all of those drawings has always been appealing to me. 

Perhaps that's why, when Lizzie asked me for something to color, I started drawing dresses. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Watercolor Resist Flowers

This isn't our first attempt at watercolor resist. We first tried our hand at it with our watercolor resist circles

We keep coming back to this method, because it's fun and the results always look so pretty. 

This time we decided our subjects were going to be flowers. 

Lizzie has been very interested in drawing lately and I knew she was pretty confident in her ability to draw a flower. I wanted her to enjoy the process and not get frustrated.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Weekends: Declutter & Create a Donation Bin

Happy weekend! Are you ready to do something for yourself? 

Let's do a bit of decluttering and create a donation bin to help keep that clutter from taking over your life. 

Now, I know this doesn't sound super-creative or even all that exciting, but hear me out. 

This is worth all the time and work. You will feel better, refreshed, and much more organized when you're done. Believe me, I felt pretty good about myself when I finished. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Kids Co-Op

I'm so excited to introduce the Kids Co-Op to you. I'm joining forces with some wonderful and fun kid's blogs to bring you a weekly link-up. You get to show off what you've been working on!

So, please join up and share your favorite post. (And, we'd love you forever if you'd link back to us!) Your link will show up on all of the hosts blogs! So, if you're excited as I am, join up, visit some new blogs, and have a lot of fun!

Be sure to check back here every Friday for the Kid's Co-op. Starting next week, I'll be sharing some of my favorite posts that were linked up the previous week! (My 10 Ways posts will now be moved to Thursday to make room for this fun and fabulous link-up.)

10 Ways to Have Fun With Math

When I was a kid, I rarely enjoyed math. All of those worksheets, memorization, and lists of problems to solve just did not interest me. 

There's just no fun in that! 

Luckily, math doesn't have to be boring. And for children just learning the concepts of counting and math, it can be loads of fun. 

Here is my list of 10 ways to have fun with math.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Art & Writing Corner

There are so many wonderful and inspiring play and learning spaces all over the Web. 

Some are large taking up entire rooms and while wonderful, that's just not realistic for my family. 

So, when Lizzie started showing a lot of interest in both writing and drawing, I knew I wanted to set up an area that she could go to and have plenty of materials at her disposal. 

A lot of my inspiration for this area came from Mariah Bruehl and her blog Playful Learning. Her writing caddy was foremost on my mind while creating this space.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Two Last Minute Valentine Crafts

Happy Valentine's Day! 

We've been doing Valentine's crafts for several weeks now, but I know that's not the case for everyone. 

If you're still looking for Valentine's crafts, I've got two quick and easy ideas for you. 

We made these heart necklaces and napkin rings using simple supplies that you probably have around the house.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Pretend Play Jewelry Store

We like to play "store" around our house, so in honor of Valentine's Day, we set up a pretend play jewelry store. 

But, before we could set up the store, we had to make our inventory. 

We got out our bucket of beads, some string, and some pipe cleaners, and set to work making jewelry. We made necklaces, bracelets, and even a few rings.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Weekends Are For... Grownups?!?

If you notice, the name of my blog is My Creative Family and almost everything I blog about is for the kids, activities for kids, crafts for kids, games for kids. We do a lot for our kids, don't we? It's easy to get lost in that. I know I find myself doing that all the time, thinking only of the kids and forgetting about myself in the process. It's easy to do. But, hopefully, I've found a remedy for that. I'm claiming weekends and you should too!

I'm not proposing you ship the kids off for the weekend or ignore them completely. I'd like to show you ways to do something for yourself, something a bit more "grown-up," but still involve the kids. Because, after all, we're part of the same family. 

I'll be steering away from the child-centered posts on Saturdays and give you ideas for you... the grown-ups in the family. Whether you're a parent, a grandparent or a child-care worker, I hope you'll find ways to enrich your life and the whole family's life. I want My Creative Family to include the entire family.

Each weekend idea will have a theme, with ideas surrounding that theme. We'll declutter and make a donation station. We'll explore a new hobby. We'll spend a weekend exercising outdoors. We'll rejuvenate, renew, and reinvent. 

I invite you to join along!

Friday, February 10, 2012

10 Ways to Say "I Love You"

With Valentine's Day coming up soon, it's easy to find ways to say "I love you." 

But, what about all the other days of the year? 

I've got 10 easy ways to show your love that you can do any day. They're perfect for you to do for your kids or your spouse and are even wonderful ways for kids to say "I love you" to their parents, siblings, or friends.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sponge-Printed Valentines

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When thinking about Valentines, I can't forget to include our favorite Valentine's book, Max's Valentine by Rosemary Wells. 

It's a simple book, in very typical Max and Ruby style. But, year in and year out, this is our most requested Valentine book at our house.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Building Blocks and Math Fun

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When I picked up the book Jack the Builder (MathStart 1) by Stuart J. Murphy at the library, I didn't expect to have so much fun with it. 

We learned a new math concept, counting on, while playing with blocks. It doesn't get any better than that! 

Jack the Builder is part of the MathStart 1 series of books. 

This is a series that teaches kids about basic math concepts through stories. The book we chose talked about counting on, an early step to addition. 

If you have three blocks then add two more, start counting from 3 then 4, 5. You have 5 blocks. 

Jack kept adding more and more blocks all the while encouraging the reader to add with him. 

What really got my girls excited was Jack's imagination. 

He didn't just build simple towers with blocks, he built hot dog stands, boats, and rockets. 

We were encouraged to get out our blocks and see what we could build. 

We played and talked about math for an entire afternoon.

We built towers, circus trains, and village by the sea. 

We built wide structures and high structures. 

We had a competition to see who could build the highest tower. 

All the while, we were counting, adding, and subtracting. This was the perfect way to learn a little about math!

Do you have any sneaky ideas for teaching math skills?

Monday, February 6, 2012

Cooking With Kids: Fruit Salad

I don't really write too many cooking posts. 

It's not that I don't like to cook or never cook with the kids, but I just haven't figured out how to do it and take pictures at the same time! 

But, I did want to share the one project that gets the girls screaming with glee if I suggest it: fruit salad. They love to make it and they love to eat it. 

Friday, February 3, 2012

10 Ways to Learn About Weather

It seems that kids have an endless fascination for weather. 

And why not? It's always around them, easy to experiment with, and always fun to learn about. 

Here are 10 ways to learn about weather and have fun at the same time!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Antarctica Fun

We just got back from an exhausting, but very fun trip to Antarctica. 

We even captured some incredible penguin pictures. Don't you like that little guy above? 

Well... we didn't actually go to Antarctica, but we did recreate it in our kitchen!

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