Fun Ideas for Kids

fun ideas for kids

We all want to be the cool mom, the fun mom, and the really amazing mom that does all the things we pin on Pinterest!  Here are a 36 amazingly fun ideas for kids that will help solidify ANY mom as COOL! There are so many fun ideas for kids out there - how were we ever classified as cool before … [Read more...]

Simple Recipes for Cooking With Kids

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Simple Recipes for Cooking With Kids This conversation is sponsored by Horizon Organic. The opinions and text are all mine. Once school starts, every mom starts to think about week night meal planning, organization, and routines! It's a natural thing to want to prepare amazing meals for the family … [Read more...]

Princess Wooden Spoon Puppets

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FROZEN is all over our house, 24-7, so why not just embrace it, and make Anna and Elsa EVERYTHING!  If you've got littles in your house or anywhere in your life, you are fully aware of the OBSESSION with FROZEN.  You can make Wooden Spoon Puppets easily with just a few materials! WOODEN SPOON … [Read more...]

DIY Bug Viewing Jars

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When I brought home these containers, I had them planned for something completely different than this project.  However, when your four year old walks in and says, "Oh, mom, this is so cool! I can look at bugs in here!" you scrap all plans, sit down and make a printable for the "bug viewing jars"! … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Game Boards

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There are times that you just want a simple game board, without all of the bells and whistles.      It's easy to make your own game boards with a rubber stamp. {I used my PSA Essentials Peel and Stick Hello Kitty stamps} and some printer paper - or card stock if you're feeling … [Read more...]

DIY Wood Crate Toy Box

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Hi everyone!  I'm Katie and I blog over at Addicted 2 DIY.  I'm so happy to be here today sharing with you this DIY wood crate toy box that I made for my oldest son's bedroom. My oldest son had been needing a new toy box for a while and I always love to take on the challenge of build rather than … [Read more...]

Simple Kid Art Display

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*This post contains affiliate links* My girl is only in preschool and the amount of "art" she's bringing home from school is crazy!  I have to admit, I've been caught putting some of it in the recycle bin.  MOOOMMMYYY... this is my picture, why did you throw it away? I mean, I can only keep … [Read more...]

Practice Spelling Words

I'm putting my teacher hat back on and sharing some of my wisdom with my readers!  There are many of you that are parents of school-aged children and I'm sure you are always looking for ways to help them outside of school. I'd love to hear suggestions from readers for things they'd like support … [Read more...]

Easy Breezy Dress Tutorial

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Hello, RTSTH readers!  I'm Ayelet and I blog over at The Graceful Rose.  I'm so honored that Melanie asked me to share my tutorial for my Easy Breezy Dress Tutorial- it's the perfect sewing project for a beginner and is quick enough to accomplish in an hour or two. I made two dresses - … [Read more...]

DIY Bow and Headband Organizer

MUST PIN! DIY hair bow and headband organizer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body for Reasons to Skip the Housework. #boworganizer

Hello!  I am so happy to be back over at Reasons to Skip the Housework to share a very fun and functional bow and headband organizer for all of you moms of girls out there!   For those of you that don't know me already, I am Tasha from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body where I blog about DIY … [Read more...]

Tac Tac Toe Game

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I probably should have called this one Tic Tac Bow - but making this Tic Tac Toe Game is as easy as 1-2-3!  Use Tagliatelle {Bowtie} Pasta and paint 5 pieces with each pattern. Print out the game board by clicking on the game board image, or just draw one on paper! Three in a row, you … [Read more...]

DIY Pixie Sticks

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From the first moment I saw Sarah from Becoming Martha make her own pixie sticks, I was hooked!  I made them for Sami's 4 year birthday party and now, I've made some for our Patriotic Festivities.  They're great to have on hand as a special treat, or a fun treat to make with the kids!  You don't … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Pops

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If you're in need of some fun bite-sized treats for the little ones this Memorial Day or for a Fourth of July gathering, you can make up some Patriotic Marshmallow Pops in three easy steps! These Marshmallow Pops are perfect for any holiday, but especially for the patriotic season! To make … [Read more...]

Recycled Plastic Container Planters

Use recycled plastic containers to make fun planters with the kids #succulents #spring #planter #kidcraft

Hi there!  It's Liz again, from Liz on Call.  Here to share a fun project that is perfect to do with your kiddos! My son loves to be creative.  I can't believe a lot of the things he comes up with to put together.  He loves learning new things and working with his hands.  I thought it had been a … [Read more...]

Dinosaur Terrarium Jar

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This is one DELICIOUS craft for the kidlets!  A few sweet treats can be put together to make these fun Edible Dinosar Terrarium Jars.  How perfect would they be for a boy birthday party?  Or, you can give them as party favors with the recipe on the jar to do at home with mom and dad!  These jars are … [Read more...]

Pizza in a Jar

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Making Pizza In A Jar is probably the most fun our family has had making dinner together - in forever!  Simple AND yummy... a huge hit! Everyone got their own little pizza and that was just the start of the fun.  The pizzas were yummy too! Find the directions for Pizza In A Jar and so many more … [Read more...]

Monogram Gift Tags

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If you are in need of a simple gift tag for a treat bag, whether it be for Mother's Day, a thank you gift, or any simple neighbor gift, these Monogram Gift Tags jazz up any simple bag and make the perfect addition! I used my PSA ESSENTIALS peel and stick stamps to make these gift tags that I … [Read more...]

Printable Kid Coupons

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With Easter quickly approaching, these printable kid coupons are just the thing to print and add to the kidlet's treat baskets!  They're simple to print and cut, and would be perfect hole punched and added to a special keyring or hook. They're great last minute treats too, in case you wait until … [Read more...]

A naptime Toddler chair makeover

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Any naptime that is longer than an hour is a 'win' in my book. Laundry, dishes & dinner prep can be done - or skip all that and you can just work on fun projects! I usually go for the latter. I've been known to pick up a few curb finds & to scour thrift stores for fun makeover projects - I'm … [Read more...]

Alphabet Bottle Caps

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I'm a sucker for anything colorful at Hobby Lobby.   I'm also a sucker for anything with ABC matching possibilities.  If I can turn it into a learning game, I'll do it!  The teacher in me will always find things to make learning fun.  My poor kid will be doing ABC matching games when she's 20.  We … [Read more...]

Easter Basket Treats

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If you shop at Target a lot and find yourself buying just about everything in their dollar bins - this is the Easter Basket Treat for you!  There's really not much too it.  It's a simple way to wrap up an Easter treat or even make a last minute gift for a teacher or a neighbor.  Doesn't HAVE to be … [Read more...]

Kid-Made Chocolate Chex Mix

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There comes a time in every mom's life, when you have to give up the control, you have to let your type A sit quietly inside as the world slowly unravels around you. My girl (who is almost 4) is a handful in the kitchen. She wants to touch everything and DO everything.  It's very hard for this … [Read more...]

Straw Puppets

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Play time with your toddlers and preschoolers doesn't have to cost a lot of money OR take a lot of time to create. In fact, some of the best activities are done with things you already have around the house! To make these straw puppets, I used: PSA ESSENTIALS animal stamps, paper straws, and … [Read more...]

Dyed Pasta Jewelry

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Hi there!  I'm Liz and I blog over at Liz on Call.  I'm so excited to be one of the new contributors here at Reasons to Skip the Housework.  Skipping the housework is one of my favorite things to do!  At Liz on Call I share all things crafty, creative and delicious.  I would love for you to follow … [Read more...]

Pot of Gold Number Recognition

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This week's freebie Friday printable is a fun one!  If you have kids around anywhere between now and the day.o.the.green, you're going to want to print this one out!   To to make the "gold", I spray painted magnetic plastic numbers GOLD. I filled a bowl with three 1 pound bags … [Read more...]

Frozen Party

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Disclaimer: I was given a gift card to purchase supplies at Oriental Trading.  Have I mentioned how much I love my job? I love parties.  I love to search Pinterest for fun ideas and go all out for parties I host.  This year, however, for my girl's 4th birthday, we've decided to take a trip to … [Read more...]

Conversation Heart Graph

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Happy Valentine's Day...and welcome to Freebie Friday! Stop on over to The Girl Creative and see what printable she's got going this week!  She's the PRINTABLES QUEEN!  Now, for today's printable.....let's use up that candy your kids have all around!  When your little ones bring home 5 … [Read more...]

Dress Up Organization

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When it comes to organizing dress up clothes, I have no clue what we are doing around here.  I've tried so many different tubs and boxes and hanging options, but nothing has really ever worked.  Before buying a $100 cabinet, I wanted to try one...more...thing....an easy way to organize dress up … [Read more...]

ABC Card Wall Display

ABC Card Display

This ABC Card Wall Display is in my daughter's play room and makes me smile every day!  I couldn't resist sharing it with you.  I had a mountain of Scrabble tile holder thingies from my days as a Scrabble pendant necklace designer.  I was saving them but had no idea what to do with them. … [Read more...]

Elf on a Shelf Calendar

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If you're an Elf on a Shelf lover you know how fun AND hard it is to come up with ideas of mischief every night.  Last year I found myself trying to come up with ideas at 10 pm - or laying down in bed and then suddenly remembering that I forgot to move Ellie to a new spot.   Ellie definitely kept … [Read more...]

Ghost Bunting

Ghost Bunting

My 3 1/2 year old has started to enjoy crafting and decorating with me which can be difficult with some projects.  This ghost bunting is the perfect decoration that the little ones in  your life can help you assemble!   … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Love Notes | Free Printable

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Always a pleasure to be over here at Melanie's! Today I'm sharing free printable lunch notes that are perfection for your kiddo's box of yum! Last week, I put out a set of lunch box love notes over on my own blog and they were really popular! So, I thought it would be super fun to put out a … [Read more...]

Mason Jar Activity Organizer

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Got mason jars?  Need ideas for what to do with them?   This mason jar organizer will keep your little one's supplies close at hand and neat! ** I was provided with the materials to make this project from Consumer Crafts, but the opinions are my own. My girl likes to draw, cut, and color - … [Read more...]

Number Recognition Bingo

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Number Recognition Bingo   Trying to educate your toddlers in a fun way can be headache-causing!  I was a teacher for 12 years, and I still have a hard time, so I can't even imagine how moms manage to come up with great ideas for their toddlers.  Making learning fun is an important … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Train Table

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Making your own table is not as hard as you'd think!  Really, you only need a piece of wood large enough to hold the whole train set, some glue and paint!I started out with the basic train track set I'd gotten for $10 at IKEA years ago.  I was tired of putting it together every time my girl wanted … [Read more...]

tshirt bag

Tshirt Bag

Why not repurpose a white tee and turn it into a tshirt bag?My girl has been big into pretend play in the last 6 months.  She LOVES to shop with her real shopping cart, in her "grocery store" that's stocked with canned goods and cut apart fruit!  She's been putting all of her groceries in a small … [Read more...]

Princess Birthday Party

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A Princess Party was on the menu this weekend for our 3 year old Sami!   Her 2nd birthday party was a bit overboard with fun food and crazy decor and her 1st birthday, well, that was an adventure all in itself!   This year, we were on quite a budget so I had to tone it down this year!   Princess … [Read more...]

Children’s ABC Play Table

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I've wanted a children's ABC play table for my girl since she first started to walk, so when I finally made the decision to get my girl a "real" table, and looked at the prices of kids tables, I about choked.  Unless you get a flimsy plastic table and chairs, you're looking at $100+.  This just … [Read more...]

Simple Valentine’s Gift for Girls

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When it comes to making a simple Valentine's Gift for my almost 3 year old girl, it has to be simple and have a direct correlation to dressing up and princesses.  Her Valentine's box needed a "non-sugar" treat, and this Princess Craft Band was the perfect addition!   These new Crafty … [Read more...]

Sophia The First Printables {Disney}

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If you have a little girl in your house, I'm sure you are very aware of Sophia The First.  She's the newest princess on the block over at Disney and she's starting in a new series in a few weeks.    My daughter and I have been playing the Sophia games together on Disney Junior.com lately, {it's her … [Read more...]

How Did I Get So Lucky?

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I mean, really - I was a naughty teenager and kind of a screw up in college. Now, I'm married to the best dude ever and get to play with THIS all day?  I sure am lucking out in life!  YAY ME! This is what a good life is all about - to me! … [Read more...]

Potty Training Challenges {epic FAIL}

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I'm writing this potty training post so that when another mom, just like me, goes searching in google for articles to comfort her in her time of need, she'll stumble upon my potty training challenges, rather than searches that I came across: How I Potty Trained My Daughter in Less Than 1 … [Read more...]

My Life as a Comedy

My insanely lovely {so darn close to 2} daughter has turned my life into an absolute comedy!  She keeps me going non-stop all day, and NOW, she's figured out how to escape from her pjs.  Not a huge problem the first night she discovered this skill.....But the second night......I should … [Read more...]