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3 Creative Activities to Rock Snow Days

Being a parent is a full-time job and you’re never off the clock. Unexpected snow day can throw a wrench in your routine making you stressed or frustrated. I get it. Your responsibilities don’t stop because school is closed. Instead of letting snow days aggravate you I want to challenge you to see them another way. Snow days are unexpected gifts that you can fill with fun and creativity. They provide you with moments you can’t replace. Goldfish brand knows this, too, and together we want to help you create Smile Worthy moments with these 3 creative activities to rock snow days.

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DIY Look and Find Book

This is an incredibly simple way to get creative on a snow day.

Materials

  • Small Toys
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Phone
  • Small Photo Album

Step 1

Gather a collection of items: small toys, art supplies, and other small objects.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper.

Step 3

Have your kids fill their paper with small items. Let them have fun with it and get as creative as they want.

Step 4

Sprinkle Goldfish crackers over the scene your child has created.

Step 5

Take a photo of the scene using the edges of the construction paper as a guide.

Step 6

Do this for each child. Feel free to let them dump the scene after you’ve photographed it and make another.

Tip:

  • Let your kids keep creating as many different scenes as they want. The more pictures you have, the better you can fill their Look and Find books.

Step 7

Print out the photos and place them in a small, inexpensive photo album.

Tip:

  • Be sure to print out multiple copies of each photo if you want each child to have his or her own book.

 

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Goldfish Cracker Mosaic

Make macaroni art a thing of the past with Goldfish cracker mosaics. This low-mess activity will make it easy for your child to discover their inner artist.

Materials

  • 1 Cup of Flour
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • Goldfish Crackers
  • Construction Paper
  • Paintbrush

Step 1

Mix your flour and water in a small container to create a non-toxic paste.

Step 2

Give each child a piece of construction paper, a paintbrush, and a small bowl of Goldfish crackers.

Step 3

Show them how to create their mosaics by painting flour paste on the back of a Goldfish cracker and attaching them to the construction paper.

Tip:

  • If your child wants an idea to follow you can draw a shape or outline on the paper before he or she starts adding Goldfish crackers.

Step 4

Allow their artwork to dry then hang it on the wall to display.

 

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Stop Motion Video

This is a fun, creative activity that will have your kids excited for days! They will love coming up with the story, making the background and costumes, and showing off their movie masterpiece. If you’ve never made a stop motion video before, don’t worry. It’s easier than you think. GoldfishTales has an awesome video tutorial to help you out but essentially it is as easy as 1, 2, 3.

Step 1

Think of a story and create your background.

Step 2

Place your Goldfish crackers on your background and take a picture each time you move it.

Step 3

Add all of your photos to your favorite video app and play.

Tip:

  • If you need app suggestions, check out the Goldfish how-to video.

This is an absolute blast! My kids and I had so much fun brainstorming and creating. Right now Goldfish Brand wants to inspire you to create your own stop-motion video as a family with an awesome contest. Get information, tips, and ideas at GoldfishTales.

 

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These 3 creative activities to rock snow days are so much fun you will find yourself looking forward to snow days as much as your kiddos! Enjoy the opportunities to have fun together. Create smile worthy moments that become cherished memories for years to come. Don’t forget to visit the GoldfishTales page to submit your stop motion for a chance to win $5,000!

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From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home #ad

End the Bedtime Wars: 5 Tips to Get Kids to Sleep

From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally end bedtime wars. + win a Baby Bundle from Brentwood Home

It never fails. You are winding down with the kiddos before bedtime. You’re watching their favorite cartoon or reading their favorite story for the umpteenth time. Next, you get them snuggled into bed and it starts. “Can I have a drink?” “I need to use the bathroom.” “We never colored today.” Those sweet little angels turn into stalling masterminds. You have the option of shutting the door and letting them cry it out but there are other steps you can take to make the transition to bedtime easier on everyone. From utilizing music to a comfortable bed, these 5 tips to get kids to sleep will help you finally conquer the bedtime wars.

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Stagger Bedtimes

It’s not always an option for kids to each have their own room. Don’t let this keep you from smooth bedtimes. Stagger bedtimes with your kids to eliminate playing at bedtime. This doesn’t have to be significant amounts. If your kids are close in age, staggering by 15 minutes can still be effective. Staggering bedtimes will mean changing up your bedtime routine (see below) to doing the winding down and prayers in the living room instead of in bed so plan accordingly.

 

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Create a Routine

This is a big one. A consistent bedtime routine not only helps kids mentally prepare for bedtime but also creates physical cues that tell their bodies that it is time to sleep. It doesn’t have to be a big, elaborate routine. Something as simple as setting a specific time to begin baths, read a book, and say prayers has a high impact. My kids cannot get through our bedtime prayers without yawning because it has become a physical cue that it is time for them to go to sleep.

Tip:

  • Consistency is key when starting a new bedtime routine. It may seem hard-nosed but for the first 2 weeks, do not deviate from the routine. That means no staying late at family or friend’s houses, no eating dinner at a later time, and no skipping baths. Once the routine is well-established, the occasional deviation won’t do harm.

Utilize Music

Sometimes kids have trouble turning their brains off at night. They are building memories, creating connections, and learning constantly. Television can be over-stimulating but music, especially instrumental, can be a great way to give them something to focus on without getting wound up. If you are having trouble getting your kids to stay in bed at night, try getting an inexpensive clock-radio, cd player, or even a nightlight that plays music.

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Beware of Electronics

Electronics are not a bad thing. My kids get to watch a television show before bed every night. However, they are not watching an activity-filled cartoon that encourages them to get up and dance or jump around the house. Instead it is a mellow show, often with music. It is also one that they have seen before so that they can enjoy it without wondering what’s going to happen (which can make their brain get more engaged than I want before bed).

Tip:

  • I do caution against any type of video games before bed. Even the most education-filled and mellow of video games can overstimulate them before bed. Their brains begin working on solving problems, adrenaline starts pumping from wins and losses, and it is overall a bad bedtime idea.
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Cozy Bed

You may be tempted to purchase a $50 mattress for your kids, especially if they are still in a crib or toddler bed because they will outgrow it in a few years. I have made that mistake and it resulted in my daughter not sleeping through the night until she was 18 months old. As you can imagine, that was an exhausting nightmare for a mom pregnant with her third child. Instead, invest in a high-quality mattress that is comfortable and grows along with your child, like this Poppy 2-Stage Crib Mattress from Brentwood Home. The mattress has a firmer side for babies and a softer side for toddlers which makes it worth the investment for your kids. Did I mention that it comes with a waterproof cover that is easy to clean and it is free of any chemical fire retardants? Think about how much better you sleep when you have a comfortable bed and imagine how much better your kids will sleep with the same.

Bonus Tip

Allay those bedtime requests by working them into your routine. For example, if your son always asks for a drink as soon as those covers come up, bring a small cup to bed. Fill it beforehand with a sip of water and let him have that sup in bed. If your daughter always wants a second story, build that extra story into the bedtime routine by lying down to read 5-10 minutes earlier. These small changes can make your life so much easier at night.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
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Unique DIY Advent Mailboxes

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

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Advent Mailboxes Materials

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 1

Give each child a red mailbox to decorate.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 2

Fill one container with glue and one with an assortment of buttons.

Tip:

This makes it easier for little hands that do not quite have the dexterity or hand strength to squeeze the glue bottle. My oldest, who is 7, used a bottle to apply the glue.

 

Step 3

Now let your kids go nuts decorating their mailboxes.

 

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Step 4

Set the mailboxes aside to dry when the kids have finished decorating them.

Step 5

Next, let each child pick a wooden ornament that they like from the set.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 6

Give them markers and let them decorate their ornaments.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

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Step 7

After they have finished their ornaments, label each one with the child’s name.

Note:

I, personally, think the 2-year-old’s ornament is awesome. It’s modern and colorful. Kids are so creative.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Step 8

Place the ornaments on the corresponding mailboxes by sliding the cord over the flag.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Advent Gifts

If you want to make the gifts super easy, use this stocking stuffer assortment and a bag of Hershey’s miniatures to fill the mailbox daily. Simply place one of each into your child’s mailbox. There are enough gifts in the assortment to easily supply 3-4 children’s advent mailboxes. If you are supplying more than that, I recommend purchasing 2.

 

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

Do you love building up the excitement before Christmas? Advent calendars are a fantastic way to do this. I have also found that the small gifts that go along with advent calendars are a great way to allay kiddos anxiousness over the pretty packages under the tree. This year try something a little different with these unique DIY advent mailboxes! They are easy enough to make that a 2 year old can do it. Trust me, I have photographic proof.

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You can be done with your advent mailboxes now if you want. Simply add a new surprise each day to the mailboxes. Be sure to put the flag up so your kiddos know that there is a new treat awaiting them. They will love the entire process and will adore the fun gifts and toys in the stocking stuffer assortment.  If you are like our family and love mixing in activities with your advent surprises, come back next week. Find out how to ramp up your advent with gifts and activities that create memories your family will cherish. Get a sneak peek at our list below and be sure to check out Oriental Trading for more amazing Christmas ideas!

  1. Coloring Set
  2. Christmas Themed Family Game Night
  3. Bracelets
  4. Candy
  5. Make Ornaments
  6. Card Games
  7. Punch Balloon
  8. Festival of Lights
  9. Kick Sack
  10. Candy
  11. Mazes
  12. Decorate Gingerbread Houses
  13. Rubber Ducks
  14. Puzzles
  15. Christmas Movie Night
  16. Candy
  17. Kaleidoscopes and Minivan Express
  18. Candy
  19. Yo-Yos
  20. Christmas Campout
  21. Photo Booth Night
  22. Coloring Book
  23. Candy
  24. Read “The Night Before Christmas”

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Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night

One of the joys of being a mom is sharing the things you loved as a child with your own children. The holidays are an especially fun time to share traditions. Make sure to get some quality time with your daughter during the busy season. A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night is the perfect way to do this! This was one of my favorite Christmas movies growing up. I still love this movie today although I hadn’t taken the time to watch it in many years. Now I can promise you that this will be a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition for us and I hope it is for you and your daughter too.

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We have 25 talented bloggers gathered together to share with you all the wonderful crafts and recipes you can make this Christmas season, based off of some of the most beloved holiday classic films. Each blogger will lead you to the next, so be sure to finish the hop all the way through to the end for all the Christmas movie goodies!

 

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Let’s Meet The Hosts!

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Megan ~ C’mon Get Crafty | Alli ~ An Alli Event | Shirley ~ Intelligent Domestications

Marie ~ DIY Adulation | RaNesha ~ Queen Thrifty | Emily ~ The Crafty Carlson

Stephanie ~ The Tip Toe Fairy | Molly ~ Just a Little Creativity | Michelle ~ Our Crafty Mom

Pam ~ P.S. I Love You Crafts | Sue ~ A Purdy Little House | Katie ~ A Mommy Scene

Vanessa ~ DIY 180 | Nicole ~ For the Love of Food | Victoria ~ Dazzle While Frazzled

Stephanie ~ A Little Moore | Sam ~ Raggedy Bits | Paula ~ Paula Tisch

Courtney ~ Running with Love and Coffee | Dana ~ Emerald and Oak

Kim ~ Made in a Day | Kallee ~ Creative Southern Home | Rachel ~ Smart Mom Smart Ideas

Emily ~ Small Stuff Counts | Evelin ~ Sweet Song Bird Evey’s Creations


Now are you ready to get to this A Mom for Christmas DIY Rose Quartz Necklace and Movie Night? Let’s start with a little movie background then get on to the rest of the fun:

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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About the Movie

If you haven’t seen the movie, it is about a little girl whose mom died when she was very young. Her father has never truly healed from the loss and the girl desperately craves the love and attention of a mother figure. While at the store she draws a free gift to find that it is for one free wish. She wishes for a mom for Christmas. To her surprise, she a pendant necklace as well as a literal wish come true when a mannequin comes to life and shows up at her house. This is such a beautiful and heartfelt movie about a family healing and finding its way back together. It is also sprinkled with comedy as the mannequins in the store are absolutely hysterical! You and your daughter will love watching this flick together.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

DIY Rose Quartz Necklace

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Materials

  • Bead Landing Sedona Rose Quartz Pendant (x2)
  • 18 inch Silver Chain Necklace (x2)

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 1

Remove rose quartz pendants from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 2

Remove silver chains from packaging.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Step 3

Slide your pendants onto the chains and you’re done!

That is seriously the easiest DIY ever. This is a quick and fun surprise for your mother-daughter movie Christmas movie night. It will mean so much to the both of you. Now that you have your necklaces done, it’s time to cover the rest of the essentials for your night.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

Snacks

At the beginning of the movie, Olivia Newton John (the mannequin come to life) makes the family soup for breakfast because she doesn’t know any better. It is absolutely adorable. Bring that fun vibe to your movie night by serving traditional snacks in a fresh way.

Popcorn Garland

Instead of snacking on a regular old bowl of popcorn, make a popcorn garland. Thread popcorn and dried fruit into a giant snack necklace that’s fun to munch on.

Hot Chocolate

Warm up with a delicious mug of hot chocolate. Dress up the flavors by adding your favorite flavored coffee creamer.

 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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Dress for the Occasion

In the movie the girls wear matching braids and, of course, they rock early 90’s style. Go retro with your daughter and dress in your comfiest pair of leggings and some warm cable knit socks. If you’re feeling ambitious, braid each other’s hair. Here are a few tutorials if you need help:

Classic Braid

French Braid

Fishtail Braid

Now all that’s left to do is turn the lights down, snuggle under a blanket on the couch, and watch A Mom for Christmas. Your new necklaces will be a beautiful reminder of the memories made and your daughter will love letting friends and family know the story behind. Don’t forget to snap a picture each year to chronical your awesome mother-daughter tradition. Now it’s time to check out the next fun post in the 25 Christmas movies blog hop! Check out this awesome “This Christmas” recipe from RaNesha at Queen Thrifty! 

Start a new mother-daughter Christmas tradition this year with A Mom for Christmas DIY rose quartz necklace and movie night fun!

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Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Free Printable Letters to Santa for Big and Little Kids

The tradition of writing letters to Santa is such a fun way to add to the magic of the holidays. Sometimes kids can get a little carried away with the wish list. These awesome printable letters to Santa are a perfect solution. These are pretty but they also limit your child’s list automatically with a pre-defined area to fill out. Start a fun and easy tradition this year to create memories that will last for years to come!

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Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Santa Letter for Older Children

Don’t just have your child make a list of gifts he or she wants. Instead help your kids learn about writing letters and have them include a fun greeting or let Santa know how their holiday is going. Don’t forget to have them with Santa a “Merry Christmas” and/or a thank you! Grab your free printable here to get started.

 

Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Santa Letter for Non-Writers

The window of time that kids believe in Santa seems to keep getting smaller. That is why I recommend starting traditions early. Don’t wait until your kids can write to start sending letters to Santa. Print out this Santa Letter for non-writers and have your little ones draw pictures of their wish lists. If you want to hold on to the memories be sure to write down what the picture is on the back of the letter.

 

Start a fun and easy tradition this year with these free printable letters to Santa. Don't worry. There are options for big kids and non-writers!

Preserve the Memories

Because this magical time of belief is so short, create a wonderful surprise for your kids when they are older. Hold on to all of these letters. Don’t worry about a complicated system or losing them in a box. Grab a small 3-ring binder for each of your children (1 inch or smaller) and a pack of plastic page protectors. Label each binder so you know which binder belongs to whom and add in 12 page protectors. If you can get your kiddos to believe longer kudos to you! Feel free to add a few extra page protectors to each binder in that case. Lastly, each year add the letters to a sheet protector and label the year. A binder full of these memories will be an awesome gift later in life for your kids.

This is such an easy tradition to start that can gift you and your children memories for years to come. The earlier you start this tradition the better. Our 2 year old will be starting this year even though a lot of his drawings consist of scribbles. They all mean something to him and he can articulate what it’s supposed to be a picture of. There a good chance you will want to make copies of all of your children’s letters to Santa to keep for yourself long after your kids are grown. Do your kids send letters to Santa? What other traditions does your family love taking part in each year? Let me know in the comments. I love reading about what makes your family unique!

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This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

DIY Family Game Night Board

Board games are so much fun. With the variety of styles and age ranges available there is literally something for everyone. If you have ever played with small children, though, you have likely experienced the frustration of little do-it-myself arms knocking all of the pieces over. This easy DIY family game night board solves the problem by making the game board easy to rotate so that little hands can always reach their pieces. The best part is that it’s non-skid so the board stays in place while you play!

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Materials

  • Wooden Lazy Susan (I got mine from IKEA)
  • Puffy Fabric Paint (The colors I used are all in this pack)

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 1

Remove the packaging from your lazy susan and wipe is down with a damp cloth.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 2

Write the word “Family” on the top third of the lazy susan.

Note:

  • Try to center it on the board.
  • I used the Lime paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 3

Next, outline the word “Game” in block letters directly underneath the word “Family”. Do not fill in the letters yet.

Note:

  • I used the Turquoise paint for this word.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 4

Write the word “Night” last in the same style as you wrote “Family” in step 2. This should be directly underneath the word “Game”.

Step 5

Allow your paint to dry completely.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 6

After your paint has dried, fill in the block letters of the word “Game” with a secondary paint color.

Note:

  • I used Yellow paint for this.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 7

Add starts around the edges. Be sure to vary the sizes to add visual interest.

Note:

  • I used 2 different paint colors to create the stars: Yellow and Purple.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 8

Continue embellishing the lazy susan until you have the look you want.

Note:

  • I wanted a fun and colorful look for ours (because family game nights are a celebration) so I added bubbles, party swirls (my own term), and polka dots. This gave it that celebratory vibe I wanted.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

Step 9

Allow all of your paint to dry completely before use. I recommend at least 24 hours.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

I only waited 12 hours and then stacked my package of fabric paint on top of it. The packaging kind of stuck and now we’ll have black letters forever on the paint. That’s okay though because I feel like it gives it an extra fun element. Luckily a baby wipe took off all of the paper from the stuck packaging leaving just the letters. That reminds me; wipe down your DIY family game night board with a damp cloth to clean as needed. Looking for some fun new games to add to your family night? Here are a few of our faves:

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Doctor Who Monopoly

Don’t think you can only play this with older kids. When we play this for family night, the 3 (almost 4) year old is usually on my team. She “manages” the properties for me, rolls the dice, and moves the piece abound the board with help from me. She also loves to hand over money when we have to pay people or the bank.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Pay Day

This game doesn’t get enough love. It is a great way to teach kids beginning money-management skills. My 7-year-old has begun coping what I do and putting the money to pay the bills with those bills as he draws them. This way we know exactly how much we have to spend on deals throughout the month.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Disney Trivial Pursuit

The beauty of the version we own is that there are 2 different card types. One is geared towards young kids and one is geared towards adults. This lets the game be fun for everyone. The kids get to guess at pictures while the adults take on actual trivia prowess.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

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Imaginiff (This one is harder to find)

This is a fun and silly game to play any night of the week. All of the options are family-friendly (at least the ones we’ve gotten to) although younger children may need some of the options explained, like penicillin. The best part about this game is that there is no “right” answer. You simply need to pick the most popular one.

 

This DIY family game night board makes the board easy to rotate so little hands can always reach their pieces and keeps the board in place while you play!

There you have it. Now you can totally rock your next family game night easily. With the DIY family game night board your biggest worry will be what snacks to serve instead of “Where was that piece at again?” You can get even more fun family night ideas with this Moana-themed family night and 10 easy ways to connect with your kids!

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Try out some brand new family night ideas with a fun Moana-themed family night (with free printables). Then find out about our family night disaster. #Moana #ad #RWM

Moana-Themed Family Night

Try out some brand new family night ideas with a fun Moana-themed family night (with free printables). Then find out about our family night disaster. #Moana #ad #RWM

Family nights are an easy and fun way to keep your family growing together. This month is has been a goal for us to make family nights a regular thing. These can be something small like a game night at home or a bigger event like a family dinner and movie. Even the family night failures can be valuable moments that provide years of memories. Try out some brand new ideas with a Moana-themed family night. Then, keep reading to find out about our family night disaster below.

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Try out some brand new family night ideas with a fun Moana-themed family night (with free printables). Then find out about our family night disaster. #Moana #ad #RWM

About Moana

Before we get onto the fun family night ideas here is a little background about the movie:

“From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes “Moana,” a sweeping, CG-animated feature film about an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. “Moana is the 16-year-old daughter of the chief of Motunui,” says director Ron Clements. “She’s brave, determined, compassionate and incredibly smart. She has a never-say-die attitude and a profound connection to the ocean.”

“So it’s troubling to her, to say the least, that her people don’t go beyond the reef surrounding their island,” adds director John Musker. “They stay within the confines of that reef, and Moana doesn’t really understand why, especially since she’s felt drawn to the ocean her whole life.”…

Telling the Tale

Pacific Island storytelling culture is celebrated as the fi lm opens. Gramma Tala, the mother of Chief Tui and Moana’s greatest confidante, shares the tale of Te Fiti, the mother island. “Her heart held the greatest power ever known: it could create life itself,” she says. “And Te Fiti shared it with the world.”

Gramma Tala’s story culminates with details of Maui, demigod of the wind and sea, who steals the heart of Te Fiti, unleashing a terrible darkness that threatens the life and habitat of islanders throughout the region. Maui is confronted by Te Kā, a demon of earth and fire, and ultimately loses the heart of Te Fiti to the sea.

The film introduces a very special presence in Moana’s life: the Ocean—a living embodiment of the sea who’s chosen Moana to find Maui and return the heart of Te Fiti, saving her island and her people from the darkness that has begun to take over. The only problem is that Chief Tui, Moana’s father, forbids voyaging beyond the safety of the reef that lies just beyond their shores. Tui has seen too many voyage past the reef—and never return—and out of love for his people, has forbade it. Moana must go against her father’s wishes to pursue her destiny set forth by the Ocean.

The mighty demigod Maui, a charismatic character in the film, was inspired by the varied tales and legends about him throughout the Pacific. Says Musker, “We were fascinated by the stories we read, the tales told to us by people of the region. In most islands, Maui is larger-than-life, a trickster and a shapeshifter. He could pull up whole islands from the sea with his fishhook; he had the power to slow down the sun. He is an incredible figure.”

Maui, who’s on his own journey of self-discovery, reluctantly guides Moana in her quest to become a wayfinder and save her people. Together, they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and, along the way, Moana discovers the one thing she’s always sought: her own identity.” – Disney Press Kit

Moana-Themed Family Night Activities

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Kakamora Design Contest

Step 1

Before heading to the theater, print out this free printable “Design Your Own Kakamora” worksheet for each family member.

Step 2

Have everyone design a Kakamora, number each one, and tape them to the wall.

Step 3

Next, each family member takes turns voting for his or her favorite by writing the number down on a slip of paper, folding it in half, and tossing it in a bowl.

Step 4

Wait to tally the votes until you get home from the movie. The winner can get an extra piece of leftover movie candy; pick the next family movie theme; or other small reward.

 

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Special Dinner Coloring Sheets

Skip the kids menus at dinner tonight. Instead, print out these awesome free Moana coloring sheets for kids to decorate at dinner. They will feel like they know the characters before you even get to the theater!

Coloring Sheet 1

Coloring Sheet 2

Coloring Sheet 3

Coloring Sheet 4

Coloring Sheet 5

Coloring Sheet 6

 

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Put on a Puppet Show

Let the fun continue after the movie! Print out these free printable bookmarks on cardstock. Next, cut them out and put in a cute envelope. Surprise your kids after the movie with their new “puppets” and they’ll be giggling the entire ride home.

 

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Our Family Night Fail

Now that you have some awesome Moana-themed family night ideas as promised I’ll share our family night disaster with you. As you saw at the beginning of this post, I received 4 free premier tickets in exchange for writing this post. I was stoked and couldn’t wait for us to have our first big family night of the month (prior to this we had only done family nights at home). I set aside money in the budget for a nice dinner out with the 5 of us, childcare for the 2-year-old after dinner, and a fun-tastic Moana movie night at the theater. Ah, the best laid plans. Instead, getting out of the house was a disaster of all three kids insisting on trying to hold my hands while bumping into the door, the wall, the side of the van… pretty much everything. All of this while I’m yelling behind me to make sure the diaper bag was grabbed, there is a sippy cup inside, is the door locked, do we have the keys, and everything else that a large family needs when going anywhere for an extended time period.

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We get to the restaurant and thankfully are seated right away. That’s when chaos took over. Our kids are usually pretty good and, admittedly, they weren’t screaming or anything but they were knocking things over in their haste to get to drinks and crayons. It literally took us 20 minutes to even be ready to order… the appetizer. As dinner winds on, growing ever-more chaotic we still haven’t heard from the sitter. We start trying to get in touch with parents to try to find a back-up. Upon hearing this, the oldest looks at me and says, “I want to see grandma and grandpa. Can I go with them? Wait. What movie are we seeing again?” Talk about a knife in the heart of the momma. I know that grandparents will always trump parents but after all of the stress of the night this was just heartbreaking.

We finally get in touch with the sitter (who had gotten stuck at work) around 6 at which point we are all stressed out and in tears. We realize at this point that it is just not meant to be. We’ll have to take a family night mulligan. On the plus side, we had a dinner that I didn’t have to make and we still have a puppet night to look forward to. Have you ever had a family night goes wrong-side up? I’d love to hear about the tears and laughs in the comments.

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Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

10 Acts of Kindness to Beat Winter Blues

As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

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As the days start getting shorter the winter blues can start to set in. There are many ways to combat this including getting active and soaking up the sunlight when you can. There is another way to get over these seasonal moods that too often gets overlooked. One of the best ways to elevate your mood is to perform acts of kindness. When you give selflessly of your time and resources you can improve your mood ten-fold! To help you get started here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

1. Put money in an expiring parking meter.

This is such an easy act of kindness that anyone can do. When your doctor’s visit is running longer than expected, the last thing you want to do is be worrying about your meter. Make someone’s day by taking care of it for them.

2. Donate your gently used books to a local school.

Have you been in a school library lately? My children’s school is excellent and still, the library is so depressing to me. When I think of a library, I want to see walls and walls of books. This just isn’t the case anymore. What’s worse is that there are schools that don’t half even half of the books my children’s school has. Why not donate your gently used books to schools that need them?

3. Give holiday gifts to your neighbors.

The holidays are a fabulous time to do something nice for your neighbors. Make up some delicious treat bags and hang on their doors. If you’re looking for something more useful why not give everyone an ice scraper? The smallest gesture goes a long way.

4. Make a freezer meal for a friend.

You know how crazy dinner time can be in your home. Take some stress off a friend’s plate and take their family an easy freezer meal that they can pop in the oven. Need some ideas? Check out these freezer-friendly chicken nuggets or freezer chicken pot pie minis!

5. Donate craft supplies to a local library.

Have you ever taken your child to a free event at the library? All of those events are run on donations. Say thank you by donating some craft supplies to help out with these fun events.

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6. Send a thoughtful card or letter.

This one is so easy and all it costs you is a stamp. Everyone is delighted to receive surprise mail that’s not a bill. Make someone’s day with a heartfelt sentiment to show you care and you were thinking about them.

7. Rake a neighbor’s leaves or shovel their driveway.

Shoveling the driveway is one of my least favorite winter chores. A couple of years ago some sweet neighbors stopped by to shovel and salt my driveway for me and I still smile when I think about it. Do the same for someone in your neighborhood as a sweet act of kindness.

8. Offer to babysit so parents can have a date night.

Ah, the baby phase… they are adorable and utterly life changing (in a good way). Babies also can wreak havoc on a marriage. Let the parents you know get a much-needed break and offer to babysit the kiddos for a night.

9. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-thru.

Do you know what makes your Caramel Macchiato even sweeter? Not having to pay for it. This is such an easy and effortless way to brighten someone’s day. The caveat is that you don’t have any control of the cost. If you are on a limited budget, ask to put $10 towards their order instead. That is still a wonderful surprise.

10. Donate toys to the Salvation Army.

This is another one close to my heart. There was a year when my mom had absolutely no money for presents (even things we needed like socks and coats) when we were very little. Imagine having to tell your 4 year old that impossible scenario of that there is no Santa or that Santa forgot them. Neither is palatable. In a true Christmas miracle it turned out that our church had adopted our family that year and arrived not only with presents on Christmas Eve but food as well. When you give to the Salvation Army that is the kind of gift you are giving a family.

Giving selflessly of your time and resources can improve your mood ten-fold! To get you started, here are 10 acts of kindness to beat winter blues.

These are all easy ideas that are low-cost or no cost. The best thing about them is that most of these can absolutely be a family affair. It’s always important to teach your kids early the joy of giving to others. These 10 acts of kindness are also a wonderful exercise in gratefulness. When you and your family see how much you truly have to give you will begin to appreciate all that you have. Usher in the colder months with warmth in your heart this year. Check out this DIY autumn thankful wreath for more wonderful ways to exercise a heart of thankfulness with your family.

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Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

10 Awesome Ideas for Mommy-Son Date Nights

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. My oldest is 7 making him four years oldest than his next closest sibling. Unfortunately, because the younger two are still so small they require a lot of my attention. It can be easy for my oldest to fall between the cracks because he is so well-behaved and so independent. That is why we’ve started making mommy-son date nights a regular thing. It’s the perfect way to make sure he still gets important one-on-one time with mom. Goldfish crackers know how important this is too and that’s why they’ve created the Goldfish Tales campaign. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

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Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Arcade

There is nothing more fun than trolling the arcade together. This date night can be as big or as small as you want. My son and I recently did this while we were out of town for a conference I attended. We simply went down to the hotel game room after dinner and played our hearts out. It’s that easy to have a quick arcade date night. Grab some quarters and head to a movie theater arcade for a small date night. You can also go all out and head to a big arcade for an over-the-top date!

Mobile Game

Unless you’ve been sequestered in recent months you have seen the augmented reality games on the internet. These are an easy and inexpensive date night for you and your son. All you need to make it happen is the app on your phone and your neighborhood. Make sure your phone is charged before heading out because these games suck up your battery life. Then lace up your sneakers and hit the pavement together on the hunt. Your son will love searching out new creatures, portals, and more. You will love all of the laughs you share.

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Fill a Time Capsule

This is another super fun and inexpensive date night idea. Go through the house and find items that represent you both today. Next, write letters to your future selves or fill out this free printable. Place your letters and your trinkets in an empty coffee can. Lastly, dig a hole in the ground and bury it. Dig it up on the same day next year for another fun date night.

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Build a Fort

This one can also be as big or as small as you want. Build a blanket fort inside and play pretend or play a board game. You can also go big and build a permanent fort together in the backyard. Pull out some wood and tools to create a fun fortress he can play in anytime. Another option if you’re less-than-handy is to grab some paint and update a plastic playhouse you already own. No matter which option you choose, you will love the memories you make together.

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Basketball

This one is pretty obvious but sometimes the obvious can be overlooked. My son made a comment the other day that made me decide to add it. He was nervous about trying basketball as his next sport because he didn’t know how to play. I realized I had never just shot hoops with him. Something as simple as a game of horse could help him feel more confident. It doesn’t have to be basketball for you and your son but playing any sport together can have an impact you don’t ever realize.

 

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Dart Gun Fight

What kid wouldn’t love having a dart war with his mom? You likely already have the guns lying around so why not make a date night out of it? Get your protective gear on and head to the family room. Let him know that it is totally okay to duck behind furniture and roll on the floor to avoid attacks. Take a fun picture of the 2 of you wielding your weapons to capture the memory.

 

 

Face Paint

This date night is like a makeover night but for boys. Get some face paint and decorate each other’s faces. You can get ideas from pictures online or take creative license to make your own designs. This is another one that you will want to take pictures of. Don’t forget that you can wash it off and try out multiple looks. Add a little more fun by acting out your paint designs. For example paint zombie faces and pretend you’re eating stuffed animals or paint ninja masks and show off your awesome Kung-Fu moves. Remember to be silly and have fun!

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Code Breakers

Have a date being spies together. Create secret messages for your son ahead of time using the telephone code or print out these pre-made messages. The telephone code is easy to follow, and teach. It works like this:

  1. Draw a pound sign (or hashtag for your kid’s reference).
  2. Number the square 1 through 9.
  3. Add 3 letters to each square.
  4. Decipher each letter by adding the number the letter falls in with an exponent telling which letter in the trio. See the photos for reference.

For the date night, teach your son how to break the code in your secret messages. Then take turns writing notes to each other in your new code!

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Selfie Scavenger Hunt

Go on a photo scavenger hunt with your son. This free printable is full of things you can find in your neighborhood so you don’t have to travel far or spend any money. Take a picture of yourselves with each item on the list and be silly with it. For example, for “leaf” take a selfie of the 2 of you holding leaves in front of your faces. The biggest rule for this one is that you both have to be in the picture. It’s important for you to be a part of the photos and not just behind the camera!

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

Have a Race

There are many ways to do this one. To help you get started, here are 3 ideas to give a try:

  1. Toy CarsFind a slope or build one. Our driveway is sloped so it works for us but you can also use a flattened cardboard box propped at an angle. Next choose your cars and then, race!
  2. Remote Control CarsThis one is fun because you can create a track and/or obstacles to make the race a little more interesting. You and your son each choose a vehicle and go head-to-head. Try racing them on multiple terrains to see who wins on pavement, wood, and grass.
  3. Foot RacePlaying with your son is a great way to stay fit! This is the perfect activity for that. Pick a start and an end point and simple race. Up the ante of the race by stringing crepe paper streamers across the finish line. When the winner breaks through it, it will be as a true race champion!

 

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

Date night with your kids is so important, especially as your family grows. Find out how to create Smile Worthy moments from playing a quick game before bed to epic fort building with these 10 awesome ideas for mommy-son date nights.

 

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make Your Own Coloring Book

Coloring is a fun and cathartic activity. Adult coloring books are all the rage right now but kids have been loving the fun forever. A new coloring book and a fresh box of crayons light up a child’s face like Christmas Day. Instead of rushing out to buy a fresh one, here is a tutorial to make your own coloring book. This is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or your friends).

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

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Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Materials

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 1

Use your book to measure the cover paper by tracing around it with a pencil.

Tip:

  • If your paper has a “right-side” up, make sure your book is aligned accordingly when measuring.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 2

Cut out the traced cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 3

Place a strip of double-sided tape on the left edge of the cut out paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 4

Attach the cover paper to the front of your booklet by aligning the tape with the bound edge and pressing it firmly.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 5

Pull back the paper as pictured above.

Tip:

  • Keep it out of your way by placing a pair of scissors on the edge.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 6

Next, place more double-sided tape on the cover of the book.

Tip:

  • The best way to do this for maximum secureness is to cover the edges with strips of tape and create an “x” with tape in the center.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 7

Carefully smooth the cover paper over the tape.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 8

Next, measure the paper for your back cover on your second sheet of 12×12 paper. Again, do this by placing your book on it and tracing with your pencil.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 9

Cut out your back cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 10

Again, place tape on the side of the cover paper. This time, place it on the right side.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 11

Attach the cover to the back of the book.

Step 12

Pull back the paper as before.

Step 13

Place your tape on the back cover of the book a you did in step 6 above.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 14

Again, carefully smooth paper back over the cover.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 15

On one of your cut pieces of 12×12 paper scraps, measure a pocket for the inside cover of your book. See the picture above for reference.

Step 16

Cut out the paper for the pocket.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 17

Next, place double-sides tape on the sides and bottom of the paper.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 18

Attach the paper pocket to the inside of the front cover of your book.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 19

Stamp the front of each blank page in your book. These can be themed to fit the recipient’s tastes. They can also be as easy or as intricate as you would like. The stamps you choose and the patterns you create with them will determine this.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

 

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Step 20 (Optional)

Add some stickers to the pocket in the front.

 

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

You can play up this coloring book in so many different ways. It’s awesome! You can even create more adult coloring books by creating intricate stampscapes or complex patterns. If you are feeling extra ambitious and creative, you can skip the scrapbook paper altogether. Instead, illustrate a custom cover with your own original design. Check out the other sweet papercrafts to keep the stamping fun going.

Make your own coloring book easily. It is perfect for a birthday gift or as a “just because” surprise for your kids (or yourself).

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.