Category: Crafts

Gingerbread House Lessons

Lessons in Gingerbread House Construction

Saturday, Dec. 12 is National Gingerbread House Day, a national celebration paying homage to the tasty brown sugar-molasses-cinnamon-ginger treat, whose sturdy composition makes for great gingerbread house-building. It is believed the original idea for a gingerbread house came from the tale of Hansel and Gretel, who were lured into a fictional forest by a witch […]

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Grandparents Day – Free Downloadable

Grandparents are important to children in so many ways. If you’re lucky enough to have known your grandparents growing up, then you’re likely to agree they are the best. They ALWAYS have patience and are ready to play or offer treats.  Grandparents also have the best stories to tell, and kids are a great audience. […]

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Five Reasons to Explore Sensory Play

Sensory play is a simple but important concept for teaching children about the world.  We all had our first experience tasting a sour lemon, or holding a cold ice cube.  These are examples of sensory play – using the five senses to investigate your surroundings. Here are five reasons to incorporate sensory play into your […]

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Jewelry Box One

Upcycle a jewelry box

It’s easy being green, so jump on the upcycle bandwagon and create affordable keepsakes in celebration of Earth Day! Here’s an easy kid-friendly tutorial to make your own jewelry box using materials you already have on hand.   Supplies: Empty cardboard box (An old gift box is seen here. Using a leftover shoe box or […]

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KA microphone

Pretend Play: Make a Microphone

Pretending to be a teacher, newscaster or singing star is more than just fun for our kids.  Imaginative or pretend play is an important part of a child’s educational development.  By trying on different roles, children can expand their vocabulary, practice language skills and build their self esteem. Just like handing someone a play phone […]

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Family Craft Halloween Bag

Halloween Bag Tutorial

At Kiddie Academy, our teachers love creating Halloween-themed crafts with children.   At home, collaborating on a project with your children is a great way to share their excitement and create a special keepsake that they can use year after year.  Here’s a fun project designed by Kiddie Academy that you can create together.  Younger children […]

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Thrift Store Bargains for Families

Thrift Store Shopping Tips for Families

I have a confession to make – I am a thrift store addict.  I don’t want help to overcome this addiction.  Actually, I’m recruiting others to this cause. Some of my friends don’t understand my fascination with stopping at every thrift store I see.  And I can’t comprehend their reluctance to buy stuff cheap.  Quite […]

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Eco-Friendly Kids Activities

10 Family-Friendly Earth Day Activities

Looking for ideas for celebrating this year’s Earth Day with your family? Here’s a list of 10 eco-friendly family activities compiled by the Kiddie Academy education team: Involve your children in finding ways to repurpose things you already own before you purchase new items. Ask your children to help you gather gently used items and […]

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Umbrella to Mini Parachute Tutorial by Kiddie Academy

Rainy Day Craft Tutorial: Broken Umbrella to Indoor Parachute

Looking for a fun rainy day activity? Here’s an easy way to re-purpose a broken umbrella into a mini-parachute game. This fun, eco-friendly kids craft project also allows you to sneak in a little education. What better way to illustrate the laws of gravity? Follow these simple instructions, and you’ll have a 5 foot mini-parachute […]

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Pinterest in a box? Genius!

 I won’t speak for every parent out there, but I think many moms (especially of young children) have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. I have hundreds of thousands of ideas for everything from a complete ensemble for a getaway to Fiji to how to tile a bathroom to recipes for a five course meal and extravagant table […]

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