Spring Planting Kit (Egg Carton Printable)

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My kids are getting dirt for Easter! I just finished putting together these egg carton planting kits for little Easter gifts for them and I know they are going to love them. My littlest one has a lovely bean plant growing right now, and they both are itching to do some planting.

I filled the plastic eggs with potting soil and poured some seeds into the seed packets. I’ve included the printable seed packet along with the egg carton label that I made (you can find them below). Planting instructions are included on the seed packet. You can use glue or double-sided tape to adhere the labels.

Super-easy and loads of fun! I can’t wait to get started on our little flower garden!

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Making Boxes

Today I’m sharing a little side-project I’ve been working on. I recently started a new site with one simple focus, free box templates. It’s mostly been a little experiment of mine as I’ve been learning about basic design and how to use Adobe Illustrator. I recently finished up an Illustrator course taught by Alma, from Ollibird, and offered through Nicole’s Classes.  I hope to share more about the course soon, but for now let’s just say that I would recommend to anyone to check out the classes offered there.

So, I’ve been making all kinds of boxes and it’s the weirdest thing how much I’ve been enjoying it!  I love sewing, but the space we’re in right now makes it more difficult for me to sew on a regular basis, so the boxes allow me to engage in some pretty inexpensive creativity. :)   Below you can see the Easter boxes I’ve made and a St. Patrick’s Day kiss box, but there are several more in the works.

I promise I’ll continue to share fun stuff with you here and will be back soon with more fun projects!

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Flower Seed Valentine: Free Printable

Flower Seed Valentine printable:  Sugar-free valentines!

Flowers are a traditional Valentine’s Day Gift, but why not let the kids bring flower seeds to their classroom friends?! This is a simple printable template of an envelope with a decoration on the front and “To” and “From” fields (not visible above) on the back. It’s as simple to put together as printing, cutting, and gluing. Plus, I was able to find a great selection of seed packs from the Dollar Tree! I still have a few more samples to make for my kids before they decide which valentines they’ll choose, but if we use this seed packet valentine, they I think we’ll also include a little slip of paper with simple planting instructions on the inside (ex: plant in a sunny spot).

Here is the printable seed packet template!

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*Be sure to check out my printable Goldfish Valentine and many other Valentine’s Day inspired projects from the archives!

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Goldfish Valentine’s Day Printable

goldfish valentine for kids

 

Pretty much ever since my last sip of eggnog was had, I’ve been scheming up Valentine’s Day ideas for the kids.  While I was poking around online for ideas I found this truly awesome list of clever/cheesy (there’s a fine line isn’t there?) Valentine quotes. I have a handful ideas which I’ll be posting in two series: The first of which is the Sugar-Free Valentines Series.

So, first up we have this happy little goldfish printable to send along with a snack-sized pack of goldfish. The kids can write their own “To”s and “From”s in the space at the bottom.  I haven’t shown it to the kids yet. I think when I’ve finished all of my samples I’ll let them chose which ones they want to give to their friends.

If you like this one, I’ve provided a pdf printable of it here, which is free for your personal use. Please let me know if you have any problems opening or printing the file!

Come back soon for more kids valentine ideas!

Edit: I now have my Seed Packet Valentine available for download!

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Spontaneous Crafting

making foam stick puppets

School breaks are my absolute favorite times of the year.

I’m not good with all of the rushing around and time constraints of school days, so I relish every second of our days off. What do we do? Not much really. Play games, explore, or just spend time working on our own projects.

I also like coming up with projects for us all to work on together, but I’ve found that those never turn out as well as those which emerge from the imaginations of my kids.

The other day, Annabelle noticed our craft sticks in the closet and asked if she could use them. I was hesitant at first – as we often are with the prospect of an unplanned mess – but I obliged.  She then carried the craft sticks to the table and thought for a moment, then asked if we had any foam. Well, it just so happens that we had a stack of sticky foam sheets in another closet.  At this point, I had no idea what she had in mind, but I was completely enthralled because she seemed to know quite clearly what she had in mind.

Her sister joined in as well, and you can see the results of their pursuits in the pictures above. By the time they were done they had about half a dozen craft stick puppets in various forms and colors.

I loved it all. I loved that they had enough stillness in the day to have an idea, develop the idea, and carryout the idea. I loved how intently focused they were while they carried out their work.  And, I loved that their first inclination was to wrap two of their puppets to give to their Grandma for Christmas.

I hope all of you have enjoyed some special moments during your time with family over the past couple of weeks. As sad as it is that our vacation is over, I’m excited about coming back to this space and sharing some of my own ideas, as well as seeing what my friends have been up to.  I can tell from my Reader that many of you actually remained productive over the holiday!

Here’s to a new year full of happiness, love, and pockets of spontaneity within the contrived busy-ness of our lives.  Cheers. :)

 

 

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