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MINI MAKERS: PLAY FOOD DIY

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Ever since the play kitchen remodel, Tilly and I have been dreaming of play food we can make together and ice cream cones were at the top of the list. Fitting since they are also at the top of our grocery list this time of year too! She’s been on a – teach me to sew – kick lately but a no-sew projects seemed like a good place to start and a strand of felt balls hanging in the family room were begging me to make them colorful scoops of ice cream.

Here’s how to DIY…

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YOU’LL NEED:

  • felt balls (4cm felt balls pictured, but you could glue 3 smaller ones together or use pom-poms or foam balls)
  • markers or paint to decorate “cones”
  • egg carton
  • scissors
  • small pieces of felt for sprinkles
  • container to hold finished play food (I used a plastic one from the deli)
  • glue (optional)

HERE’S HOW:

  1. Cut the cone shapes from an egg carton (see dashed line in picture above). Decorate with markers or paint.
  2. Cut sprinkles from a piece of felt. If desired glue onto felt balls.
  3. Decorate a label for the ice cream container.
  4. Take orders for ice cream cones and start playing!

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These ice cream cones would make a cute Birthday gift or fun crafternoon activity even if you don’t plan on keeping them around for use in a play kitchen.

Do you have any other play food ideas?

XO, Rae

P.S. – Here is another ice cream inspired post you might enjoy.  So happy it’s ice cream season!

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MINI MAKERS: straw wind pipe

Out of all of my kids, there’s one that lives to do arts and crafts and another that will participate if there is nothing better to do, but ALL of them love to make things. Anythings and all things they can get their hands on, food, indoor forts, outdoor forts, mobiles, race tracks, mini zip lines, obstacle courses, bracelets, etc.

Here’s a simple craft using household supplies that’s for the mini artist and makers alike and with summer vacay just weeks away I’m dying for any new projects that will keep the little ones busy for a hot minute (or ten!).

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You’ll Need:

  • Straws (plastic or paper but the sound isn’t very loud with paper – pictured are from IKEA)
  • Tape (any kind will work)
  • Scissors (kid scissors will do the trick with plastic straws)

Here’s How:

  1. Tear off a large strip of tape and lay flat on a work-surface, sticky side up. Line straws up in the middle of the tape, towards the top of the straws (we used 8). Keeping the straws flat wrap the tape around the straws to secure.
  2. Cut straws at an angle and making music! The different length straws make different sounds.

Unlike most real instruments in the hands of little humans, the sound from the straw wind pipes is very sweet and subtle so you don’t have to worry about irritating the neighbors or waking baby up.

 Have any fun and simple crafts up your sleeve? Please share!

Here is another straw craft from last summer to checkout.

XO . Rae

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crafting with the land of nod (paper christmas trees)

happy, happy friday friends! if your looking for a break from the christmas hustle and bustle or need an easy craft to keep the kids busy while you wrap gifts, head over to the land of nod blog for this fun tree project. the ones pictured below are my handiwork, but my littles made a bunch more later in the day that turned out far more creative and cute and now add a nice christmassy touch to their rooms.

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just got 4 out of 5 kids out the door this morning for their last day of school before christmas break and i can hardly wait for them to walk through the door this afternoon. we don’t have any fancy outings or trips planned but i’m looking forward to finding activities close to home and am realizing more this year than ever that family time doesn’t have to be a big deal to be special. maybe we’ll invite friends over (in jammies) for breakfast or get bundled up for a hike or drive around and look at lights…

as we head into the holidays, i’d love to know what simple but festive activities you have planned?

xo . rae

{images by stacy jacobsen}

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red, white & blue necklace

we’re back with more red, white and blue goodness!

the last month while our house (and kids’ toys) were mostly packed up, i relied heavily on non-messy crafts (and the boob tube if i’m being totally honest) to keep the younger ones entertained. this simple paper straw necklace was one of their faves so we thought we’d craft a 4th of july version and make extras to share with friends on friday.

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to make, you’ll need:

  • string or ribbon, for the necklace
  • paper straws, cut into about 1/2-inch pieces
  • beads – plastic, wood or whatever you have!

thread beads and paper straw pieces onto string, tie off necklace and wear or share! they look pretty cute on!

we can hardly wait for the independence day festivities to begin and plan on heading out to  my parent’s tomorrow to soak up some extra lake time and get the party started early! how about you guys!?

Xx . rae

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 looking for more 4th of july projects, check out these fun flags (free download) i made last year:

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