These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

DIY Pokemon Card Valentines

We’re back again with another awesome Pokemon Valentine idea! Since so many of you love the Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box and because my oldest still loves all things Pokemon, I’ve created another fun DIY for you. These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Your little Pokemon trainer will be ecstatic to help you make these for his or her school Valentine’s party. Make yours today for a fully awesome party day!

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These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

 

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Materials

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 1

Fold your card inside out so that the white is on the outside.

Step 2

Turn your card so that the folded side is at the bottom.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 3

Cut your card in half down the center so that you have 2 smaller folded cards.

Note:

  • Set one card to the side.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 4

Next, cut the top half off of the front flap of your card. When folded, your card should now be half red and half white from the front.

Note:

  • Set aside the piece you cut off for later in the project.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 5

Now cut a 1.5 inch strip from your black cardstock.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 6

Trim the strip of black cardstock to the width of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 7

Attach your black strip to the white flap on the front of your card so that half of it overlaps the red.

Note:

  • Do not add glue to the red portion of your card.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 8

Next, grab the piece of your card that you cut off in step 4 and draw a circle on it with your compass.

Tip:

  • Do this on the red side so that your pencil marks do not show in the finished product.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 9

Cut out your circle and trace around the edges of the white side with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 10

Attach your circle to the center of your black strip.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 11

Next, carefully add glue to the inside edges of your card.

Note:

  • The width of your glue runner will be too big to leave a large enough pocket for your Pokemon card. Place your card on a piece of scrap paper and run your glue runner so that only ¼ of the glue is on the card edges.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 12

Now, write “I Choose You” in the center of your circle with your black marker.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 13

Next, write “From” and draw a line at the bottom of your card for your kid to sign.

Step 14

Repeat steps 1-14 until you have made enough cards for your child’s class.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Step 15

Lastly, open a pack of Pokemon cards and add one to each Valentine.

 

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

These DIY Pokemon card Valentines are easy to make and candy-free! Little Pokemon trainers will be ecstatic to give them at their Valentine’s parties.

Now your child will have an awesome, unique Valentine to hand out at his or her party this year. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that your kid will get to keep any of the extra Pokemon cards (sorry, Mom). It’s also a fantastic alternative to candy Valentines. Pair these DIY Pokemon card Valentines with this recycled Pokeball Valentine Box to complete the whole theme. Your little Pokemon trainer will love you for it!

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DIY Rainbow Notebook Valentines with Pencils

This post is sponsored by Oriental Trading. All projects, ideas, and opinions are my own.

Ever since seeing the Trolls movie I am even more obsessed with rainbows and glitter and so are my kids. It’s no surprise that when deciding on class Valentines this year my oldest immediately started brainstorming Trolls-themed ones. Trolls love glitter, rainbows, and scrapbooking. These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines have it all covered! The only way they could channel any more awesome Troll energy would be if they sang when you opened them. Alas, we haven’t quite mastered that one but maybe your child could sing while handing them out to classmates. Either way, kids will love receiving these Valentines and parents will love one less piece of candy coming home from school that day.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These notebooks are such a great quality! When you’re getting small notebooks you expect them to be a little flimsy and flexible. I was so surprised to find these notebooks had thick, almost canvas-like, covers that were incredibly sturdy. That makes them perfect for crafting with because they will hold up to glue, paint, and more.

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Materials

Step 1

Cut a strip of rainbow Ducktape that is 1 inch longer that the height of your notebook.

 

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Step 2

Place the strip of tape centered on the right side of your front cover.

Tip:

  • Leave a small amount of the cover on the right. See the picture above for reference.

 

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Step 3

Wrap the overhanging edges of tape over the edges of the notebook cover and secure on the back.

Step 4

Select 3 foam conversation hearts, 1 large and 2 small, each in a different color.

 

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Step 5

First, attach the large conversation heart in the center of the white space on the cover.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 6

Next, attach the 2 smaller conversation hearts above and below the larger one.

 

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Step 7

Trace the letters on the large conversation heart with glitter glue.

Step 8

Allow the glitter glue to dry before moving on.

Step 9

Cut a strip of ribbon that is roughly the length of your pencil.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 10

Next, tape the ribbon to the end of your pencil with the rainbow Ducktape.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

Step 11

Secure the loose end of the ribbon to the notebook by tying it loosely around the spirals.

Tip:

  • Make sure that it is loose enough not to pull the wire spirals out of shape.

 

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Step 12

Slide the pencil into the spiral binding.

 

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Step 13

Repeat steps 1 through 12 for your remaining notebooks.

 

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These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines are so easy to make! They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. #ad

These DIY rainbow notebook Valentines turned out so adorable. They are a perfect non-candy treat that will encourage creativity and writing. They also channel that fun-loving Trolls energy for fun and colorful living. Don’t forget to get your kids involved in creating these fun Valentines. It is a great activity to bond with them during. Have a hand in creating them will also instill your children with a sense of pride at giving their friends something that they made! If you want more awesome Valentine ideas then check out these Free Printable Kids Valentines and this Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box! Don’t forget to stock up for Valentine’s Day at Oriental Trading to get everything you need (including the materials to make this awesome project)!

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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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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.
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.

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.

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. Even better, you can get everything you need to make them in one place from Oriental Trading.

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Advent Mailboxes Materials

 

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Step 1

Give each child a red mailbox to decorate.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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 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.

 

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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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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.
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.
Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Princess and the Pony Painted Sweater Craft

Reading with your child is such an important activity. It brings you closer, improves his or her skills, and provides many opportunities for important conversations. That is why I take part in the Monthly Crafting Book Club every month. (You can see previous months on the Kid Crafts page.) The book for this month is The Princess and the Pony. I had never heard of this book before but I must say that it is spectacular! The story is adorable and the illustrations even more so. The best part is that it easily lends itself to this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

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Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

 

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Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Materials

Step 1

Create a workspace for your child to work on. This is a messy craft and you don’t want to ruin your table. Cover it with a tablecloth or newspaper to protect it.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 2

Keep your kids’ clothes safe with an apron, like this kid decorated apron.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 3

Lay the sweatshirt flat on your work surface.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 4

Put a piece of cardboard inside the sweatshirt to protect the back from any paint that might bleed through.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 5

Put a selection of paint colors on the palettes and let your kiddos go nuts.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 6

Allow the sweatshirt to dry for at least 12 hours.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 7

Throw the painted sweatshirt in the dryer on high for a full cycle. This sets the paint.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Step 8

Wash and dry like normal.

 

Reading with your child brings you closer, improves skills, and is fun! Enjoy The Princess and the Pony with this fun and messy painted sweater craft!

Your kids will love making this painted sweater craft after reading The Princess and the Pony. They will love wearing it and showing it off even more. While they are creating it, take the opportunity to ask them if they have ever been disappointed in a gift they received. Ask them how they handled it and if they eventually enjoyed it. Follow up the questions by telling them about a time you were upset by a gift you received and how you dealt with it. Once you’ve finished this craft go check out the other awesome Princess and the Pony crafts from my friends!

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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.

Feel Better Monkey Kids Craft

If you haven’t heard about this awesome Monthly Crafting Book Club then you are missing out. It is such a fun way to get free craft ideas that coincide with your children’s favorite storybooks. This month, I am finally taking part (yay!) and the book is the classic 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed which is a favorite in our house. After reading the book with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor. Don’t miss the other awesome craft ideas from the talented bloggers in the club!

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After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

 

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Materials

Cutting Out Your Monkey Pieces

You may want to do this part for kids who are too young to use scissors. You also may want to make some alongside preschoolers who are just beginning to use scissors. It is great practice for them in tracing and following lines however, they may want the ones you cut out later in the craft.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 1

Draw your monkey onto a piece of paper or print out the free monkey template.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 2

Cut out monkey head and use to trace desired number of monkeys needed onto one of the darker colors of construction paper.

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Tip:

  • Be sure to trace all of the monkey heads you need during this step or print out a second template. You will be cutting the template up in the next steps.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 3

Cut out your traced monkey heads.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 4

Cut the monkey mouth out of the template.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 5

Trace the monkey mouth onto a contrasting color of construction paper.

Note:

  • You will need one for each monkey you intend to make.

Step 6

Cut out your traced mouths.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 7

Cut out the inner ears of your monkey and trace onto the same color construction paper at your monkey mouths.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 8

Cut out the traced inner ear pieces.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 9

Cut out the eye background from the monkey template. Do not cut around the eyes yet. See the picture above for reference.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 10

On the same color construction paper you used for the mouths and inner ear pieces, trace the eye background. Again, be sure to trace enough time to have one for each monkey.

Step 11

Cut out your traced eye backgrounds.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 12

Next, cut out your monkey eyes. Trace these on a white (or similar color) construction paper.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 13

Cut out your traced monkey eyes.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 14

Cut out the colored part (irises) of your monkey eyes from the eye pieces. (See picture above for reference.)

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 15

On the scraps of construction paper left over from cutting out your entire monkey heads in step 3, trace the cut eye pieces. (Again, see picture for reference.)

Step 16

Cut out the trace pieces.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Assembling Your Feel Better Monkey

This part is appropriate for all ages to participate in. You may want to leave the pictures pulled up on your computer for reference.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 1

Using your glue stick, glue the mouth onto the bottom of your monkey head.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 2

Glue the eye background on your monkey head above the mouth. Leave a small space so that you get the definition between the 2 areas.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 3

Glue your inner ear pieces into the center of your monkey ears.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 4

Glue your eye whites onto the eye background.

Step 5

Glue your colored eye pieces to the bottom eye whites.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 6

Draw on a mouth and nose lines with your Sharpie marker. (Parents may want to do this part.)

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

Step 7

Make your monkeys feel better by putting Band-Aids on their boo-boos.

 

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

This is such a fun little craft. Your kids will love playing doctor for their monkeys! It is also a great conversation starter about the importance of listening and more. You can find a free printable list of questions on our VIP page. (Not a member yet? Sign up here!) Take a classic children’s book and turn it into a fun way to reiterate and strengthen good habits and understanding with your kids. Don’t forget to check out the other fun 5 Little Monkeys crafts, too.

After reading the 5 Little Monkeys with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor!

 

 

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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.
This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Recycled Pokeball Valentine Box

The dreaded Valentine box… when I was in grade school these were done a lot differently. If you made one at all, you bought a shoe box to class and covered it with construction paper and stickers. Now you make them at home and apparently covering them with stickers isn’t cool enough. I offered to make my son’s box this year and allowed him to pick the theme he wanted, thinking he’d pick a sports team or something like that. Somehow, I always forget that he is my nerdy little mini-me. He, of course, chose Pokemon. After a quick freak-out panic, I saw a Poptart box and was inspired to make a Pokeball Valentine box.

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This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

 

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Materials

  • Empty Poptart Box
  • White Acrylic
  • White & Red Sheets of Cardstock (8.5×11)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss)
  • 1-3/8” Black Ribbon
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
  • Lid of Plastic Gerber Snack Container
  • Small Piece of Velcro
  •  Box Cutter

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 1

Cover the outside of your box in 2 coats of white acrylic paint. Allow the first coat to dry completely before applying the second coat.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 2

Measure the width your cardstock needs to be by turning your box on its side and measuring to about the middle. (See picture above.) Next cut 2 strips in that size from the 8.5 side of your white cardstock.

 

Step 3

Repeat step 2 with your red cardstock. This gives you four strips of paper (2 red, 2 white).

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 4

Attach your strips of paper with Mod Podge, aligning your paper edges with the flap and edge of your box.

Note: There will be a gap on the unopened side of your box.

Step 5

Measure the top and bottom of your box using the remaining cardstock and trim cardstock to fit. Attach colors correspondingly with your Mod Podge.

Step 6

With the leftover cardstock, cover the gap left on the unopened side of the box.

Step 7

Cover your entire box with your Mod Podge. This gives it the shine like a Pokeball. Allow the whole project to dry (about an hour). Have lunch; take a nap, whatever while you wait.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 8

Once the Mod Podge has dried, attach your ribbon around the center of the box, starting at the flap.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Tips:

  • Leave extra length on both ends of your ribbon so that there is overhang.
  • Prevent waste by attaching the ribbon while still on the spool and only cutting after the end is glued.

 

Step 9

Attach your snack container lid to the middle using hot glue to create the button.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 10

Attach one half of your Velcro to the extra length of ribbon overhanging the flap with hot glue.

Tip:

  • Turn the box so that the white is on top. Place the Velcro on the flap that is on top (or in front) with the box in this position.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 11

Place adjoining piece of Velcro onto the attached piece.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 12

Fold down flap without Velcro. Place hot glue on the top of the second piece of Velcro and press to folded flap. This will make sure the Velcro aligns correctly when box is closed.

Tip:

  • Allow glue to dry before trying to open.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Step 13

Cut out a hole in the top of the box with your box cutter for the Valentines to go through.

 

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

This recycled Pokeball Valentine box is made from items you already have laying around. Whip it up in time for your child's party.

Viola! Now your kid has an awesome Pokeball Valentines box to collect all of his or her cards in. If you want to print out the awesome Valentines in the photos, you can download them free here. What crazy theme has your kid asked for when making a Valentine’s Box? Let me know in the comments!

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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.
Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

Kid Decorated Aprons

Kids love to do art projects and help in the kitchen.  Unfortunately, they can be messy little monsters while they’re at it.  Help encourage their creativity and protect their outfits in future projects with these super-simple kid decorated aprons.  My kids had such a blast making these that they also made some for all of their friends.  With it being so close to the holidays they decided to wrap these up and give them as gifts but this makes a great activity for birthday parties and other kid-friendly events as well.

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Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

 

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Materials

 

 

Step 1

Since you haven’t made the aprons to protect them, make sure your kids wear clothes that can get paint on them because they will get paint on them.

 

Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

Step 2

Place some fabric paint on the paint pallets.  Give the kids some brushes and water and let them go to town on some aprons.

Tip:

  • Once they finished be sure to label which apron is meant for whom so that there aren’t any arguments later.

 

Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

Step 3

Allow to dry 24 hours.

Step 4

Run the aprons through the dryer on a high setting for 30-40 minutes.  This will help set the paint on the aprons.  Once you have run them through the dryer for the initial cycle the aprons can be used, washed, and dried like normal.

 

Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

 

Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

 

Help encourage creativity and protect outfits with these super-simple kid decorated aprons. Great for gifts or as a group activity at birthday parties!

This project couldn’t be any easier and now you won’t have to worry about all of those holiday cookies you plan on making this year.  Let the kids put on their new personalized aprons and help you out.  Or, if you’re really brave, give them some paper and paint and let them go nuts while you get some projects of your own done.  Either way they will enjoy both making the aprons and using them for all of the fun projects you do.  You will love all of the memories you make together.

Looking for more projects to do with your kids?  Check out our DIY Kids page for more great ideas like this.

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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.
These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

DIY Kids Summer Memory Books

These moments right now are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to. Long after the tantrums have subsided and kisses no longer heal boo-boos you will remember. You will long for the little humans your children used to be while simultaneously being proud of the adults they are becoming. That is why I believe in creating and preserving memories (probably a little too much if you ask my family). This summer, I’m trying something totally new with my kids. We’re going to work together to make summer memory books! I want a way to preserve a little piece of who they are, right now in these moments. Remember the activities, events, and crafts they get excited about. These aren’t just for parents to hold on to the memories. This is also for kids to have something they can look back on later in life and smile at who they used to be.

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These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

 

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These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

 

Materials

 

 

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

Step 1

Let the kids decorate the cover of their memory books however they want. Younger children may need more hands-on help from you.

 

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

 

Step 2

Have each child write his or her name and the current year on the back of the front cover.  (You can do this for them if they are unable to write yet.)

 

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

 

Step 3

Throughout the summer tape keepsakes and pictures into the book.  You can also have the child journal periodically about their days and activities. This is the part to let his or her creativity shine!

Tips:

  • For toddlers, you can have them draw pictures, write in memories for them, or both!
  • These are a great place to put things that you get on vacation like ticket stubs or things you find camping.

 

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

These are the moments that you will look back on and wish you could have held on to.These DIY summer memory books are a fun activity and keepsake for kids.

It is that simple to create this summer memory book with your kids. It is also one of the closest ways you can get to hold on to these fleeting moments. This is an awesome activity for summer fun and an incredible keepsake that they can look back on for years to come. My kids are already crazy excited and all we have done thus far is decorate the covers! Keep all the fun coming on our Summer page!

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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.