Holidays

10 Timeless Gifts for Kids

Two big plastic bins of Legos have survived in our home for 30 years, dozens of kids, and random household purges. They were one of the few ‘toys’ I gave the grandparents when they asked for the kids’ Christmas lists, given among the requests for binoculars, tool kits, and tractor inner tubes—now those are real […]

Easy Pressed Tin Gift Ornament

Pressed Tin Gift Ornament Add a lovely touch to your gifts with these easy pressed tin ornaments. What you will need: Disposable aluminum oven liner or pie pan Short knitting needle or pencil with a blunt end Cookie cutters Scissors Pile of newspaper Cut the rims off the liner or pie pan for a flat […]

Edible Art: Gorgeous Holiday Cookies

The trouble with doing kids’ projects on a Mudpie Mama deadline means the family may or may not be in the mood to participate, but I have no choice. I crack the whip, order them to the table where the project supplies are laid out and I command them to have fun and create something. […]

10 Simple Ways to Encourage Gratitude

                      I     It’s the season of thankfulness, and I have 10 SIMPLE ways to encourage gratitude in your family. This isn’t Pinterest people, these are simple ways to encourage gratitude without creative pain! 1. Ask a question around a meal, “What is one thing you […]

Thanksgiving Table Apple Votives

By Nancy Blakey These lovely votives enhance any table. Pulling your kids into help make them adds something extra to the day! What you will need: Apples Small sharp knife Spoon Votive candles Use the knife to cut a votive candle-sized circle. Have your kids use the spoon to scoop out the apple inside the […]

Infusing Autumn with Simmer Pots

By Rebecca LeMar The smells of each of the seasons stick with us and inspire us. Make a gift jar full of autumn scents to gift to your Thanksgiving guests or spread some love to your neighbors. Beyond scent inspiration, children will observe what sinks and floats, they’ll practice pouring, use chopping skills and experience […]

Beastly Eyes

Kids love to participate in decorating the house for Halloween and these fiendish eyes are incredibly simple to make. What you will need: Paper towel tubes Scissors Glow sticks Masking tape Cut the paper towel tubes to the length of the glow sticks. Using the scissors, cut eyes or shapes into the tube. Tape one […]

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

  Butterfly What you will need: 2 pieces of poster board and paints or felt tips black ribbon paper punch black sweat suit black shoes plastic headband pipe cleaners 2 pom-poms To make the wings, have your child paint splashes of color or patterns on the poster board. When the paint is dry, turn the […]

Spooky Easy Ghost Decorations

Kids love to decorate for Halloween and these are simple to make! What you will need: Cheesecloth Liquid starch Quart jar or soda bottle Small balloon or Styrofoam ball Black construction paper Blow up the balloon to make a head, tie, and place it on top of the quart jar, or you can place a […]

Easy Fall Leaf Tiles

  By Paula Solis Krock What will you do with all the beautiful fall leaves coming our way? I wanted to figure out a way to save each and every one of them! Just like my preschoolers who collect rocks and put them in their pockets, I have a thing for fall leaves; they’re stunning–I […]

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