Our annual Valentine’s Party is not too far off. Each year we try to have some fresh new favors for our little guests. This time the top of our list is a few non candy favors. These cute stick arrows look like an easy make together for slightly older kids. The Home Work blog offers instructions for this this craft. Hop on over to learn how. We plan on kicking it up a notch by using these stick pencils from trees4thewood on Etsy.
Valentine You Rock My World….
Kara over at Mine for the Making inspired us with her painted rocks for our Valentines Party 2017. Plus, she also has the printables making the rocks perfect Valentines for your friends.
All you need for this project is small rocks, craft paint, paint brushes, and paint pens and a coat of clear spray paint. Everyone in the family can show off their creativity. Rock on….
Then if you wish to get fancy, how about these artful rocks?
Not a DIY’er? No problem. Have a rock personalized by My Garden Rocks.
Here is an upcycle idea that we “LOVE”! Do not throw out – repurpose your empty Valentine Chocolate boxes for your kiddos teeny rock collection.
With the exception of left over candy canes, our Christmas decorations are all neatly packed away for next year. Like always, there was a little over zealous purchasing in the candy cane department. Look what we are doing with slightly over a dozen of those peppermint-y seasonal sweet sticks.
Sprinkle Some Sunshine has a “sweet” pictorial on how to upcycle candy canes if you too have some left overs. All you need are of course the candy canes, 6″ lollipop sticks
1 cup white candy coating, like CandiQuik and sprinkles. Another Recipe for Fun.
Now you have a jump start on Valentine’s Day. Yay!
April is Autism Awareness Month.
Autism Spectrum Disorders is a group of developmental disabilities that can cause significant social, communication and behavioral challenges. The Center for Disease Control estimates that an average of one in 68 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum. Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism. This is about 3.5 million Americans. It is estimated that one percent of the world’s population lives with this disorder. The characteristic behaviors of autism spectrum disorder may be apparent in infancy at about 18 to 24 months, but they usually become clearer during early childhood around 24 months to 6 years.
There is no known single cause for autism spectrum disorder, but it is generally accepted that it is caused by abnormalities in brain structure or function.
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys has partnered with the The Minnesota Autism Center (MAC) and is collecting new and gently used books including but limited to fiction, non-fiction. encyclopedias, and dictionaries for the new MAC School High School library. Please bring in any books that you can spare and spread the word to your friends and neighbors.
MAC currently services children and adolescents ages 2 to 21 throughout the state of Minnesota through a variety of programs. These programs, whether in-home, center based or school based, are individually tailored and adapted to provide the absolute best program possible for each child and adolescent attending MAC. In this way, MAC upholds its mission to promote the general education and welfare of children and youth challenged by Autism Spectrum Disorder and support the development of healthy families. When you are with MAC you will agree that nothing is impossible.
Totally Kids fun furniture & toys offers toys especially selected for Autism. Take a look here.
Easy to make…easy to love!
If your house is anything like ours you probably have a “Department of Missing Socks” also. Do not mourn the sad loss a mate. Look what you can do with some of your favorite mateless socks.
Step-by-step illustrations and instructions can be found in the Sock and Glove book by Miyako Kanamori. There are thirteen delightful projects that are quick to make-and certain to amuse and delight. You can have new menagerie, including monkeys, elephants, piglets, bunnies, and even an insouciant fish.
These whimsical creatures make perfect gifts and inspiring companions.
Stuffed animals always find a way of taking over, and this is one of the cutest ideas I’ve ever seen to organize them! Veetje, a foreign language blog with no tutorial, featured this, but I’m pretty sure any of you DIY-ers out there could figure out how to make this.
Now, if you are finding little escapees here and there, this time of year there are toy donation drop offs all around the county. Why not re-home some of your extras for other children to enjoy?
Before too many Sugarplums dance in your head, there are other charities that could use help this season of giving.
Our very own Spider-Woman Ana weaves her spooky webs in preparation for the National Costume Swap Day Party 2013.
Hop on your brooms and fly in Saturday, October 12th for our annual National Costume Swap Day Party.
Bring in gently used child size costumes and go home with a new-to-you costume. Exchanging costumes is a creative and eco-friendly way to get kids excited about recycling.
Join us for tricks, treats, fun games, and prizes.
Families are encouraged to bring in multiple costumes. Any left over costumes will be donated to St. Joseph’s Home for Children, a charity that provides basic needs and emergency shelter for children. Totally Kids fun furniture & toys and St. Joseph’s have successfully partnered in the past. Last year Totally Kids was able to donate a carload of Halloween costumes to children. Our goal for this year is to at least double that amount.
That’s a beautiful orange chandelier, but someone is trying to drive us batty. There will be a count the bats contest where all kids will win a FREE prize.
Holiday travel is right around the corner. Just in case you’re traveling with small children, look what we have for you! The foot powered Skootcase looking much like the iconic Italian scooter wouldn’t you say? Available in pink or blue and ride ready for airports or a spin around Grandma’s house. There is plenty of room inside to store your child’s favorite things.
Plus, it features a sturdy tow strap that makes it convenient to throw over your shoulder when your child gets tired. It is approved for carry-on luggage plus boasts a full steering column and can hold up to 110 pounds.
Check out these tips for traveling with kids and beating backseat boredom. The love story video is sure to put a smile on your face.
Yesteryear’s pint size suitcase has been up-cycled to a hanging vanity.