Tag Archives: crafts

FriDIY: Toy Boat

friday diy crafts

Ahoy matey! We have a special DIY craft that will go great with your kid’s splash-tastic adventures this spring and summer. Thanks to Inner Child Fun, we were inspired to make a toy boat out from materials that you can find around the house.  We put this boat together with just five materials! Let’s get started:

toy boat craft supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Three wine corks
  • Toothpicks
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper (card stock or multipurpose)
  • Markers and/or crayons

toy boat instructions

  1. Cut a triangle out of the corner of the paper to make the flag and have your little one color the flag
  2. Wrap a rubber band twice around the three corkscrews on one side. Repeat on other side.
  3. Cut the rubber bands and tie them together to make the rope for the boat (make it as long or as short as you  would like)
  4. Place the rope underneath the two rubber bands that are currently holding the boat base together and tie the “rope” to the rubber bands
  5. Cut the pointed top of the tooth pick so little ones do not poke themselves with the flag pole during play time
  6. Poke two holes into the flag and slide the toothpick through and place the flag on the middle corkscrew. Now your kids can begin sailing their DIY toy boat!


You and your kids will have a blast making this toy boat. Not only does making this craft encourage kids to get creative by designing their own flag, but once the final product is complete, kids can race their toy boats in their water table, bathtub or pool.

We hope you had as much fun making this FriDIY toy boat as we did!

toy boats in kid's water table

FriDIY: Chalk and Dry Erase Board Table

fridiychlktbl

Are you ready for some artistic and creative fun? Well, so are we! That’s why we made a chalk and dry erase board table out of one of our table and chair sets for kids. You and your little artists will have a blast crafting this table. This table is great for your children’s fine motor skills and can enhance their drawing and writing abilities. Let’s get started:

kid's chalk and dry erase board table

  1. Gather your materials:
  2. Put the newspaper underneath the table, chairs and paints. Remove lids from the paints and begin stirring.
  3. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to prepare the paint.
  4. Use painter’s tape to create a divide in the middle of the table.
  5. Tape all four sides of table.
  6. Sand down the entire table with sand paper.
  7. Paint the chalk board paint onto one side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
  8. Paint the dry erase board paint onto the other side of the table (apply two – three coats of paint).
  9. Tape the front of the chairs and paint one chair with chalkboard paint and the other with dry erase paint (this step is optional)*.
  10. We also painted the back of the chairs.
  11. Let paint cure for three days before applying any chalk or markers. After the three days you can remove the tape from where you feel is necessary (we left the tape in the middle of the table to distinguish that each side of the table is different and tape on the fronts of the chairs).
  12. Let the drawing fun begin!

Check out all the awesome ways you can draw on this chalk and dry erase board table and chairs:

IMG_1428IMG_1425 IMG_1423

*Painting the front and back of the chairs with chalk and dry erase board paint is optional. We wanted to show all the different ways your kids could draw on the table and chairs set. However, if you do decide to paint the front of the chairs, we recommend your child wears clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. If they sit all the way back on the chairs, they could get chalk or dry erase marker on their clothes.

Family Fun Snow Activities

Winter can be a beautiful yet cold time of year for those of us that get to experience the white fluffy stuff on the ground.  Even if you do not get a chance to frolic in the snow based on where you live, there are still plenty of activities you can do with your family to embrace this time of year! Check out these fun indoor and outdoor activities that incorporate the fun features of winter.

familyfunsnowactivites

Pine Cone Snowman: For those of you that have never had the chance to build a snowman outside, here is your chance to create one!  All you need is a pine cone (if you cannot find any outside, take a trip to your local craft store), plenty of cotton balls or batting, buttons, glue and scrap fabric. Your family can gather around the table and create their own version of Frosty the Snowman! These adorable snowmen will make for festive winter decorations around the house.

Snow Coloring: This colorific activity will amaze the minds and eyes of little artists as they make beautiful and vibrant creations in the yard! Grab an empty spray bottle (or container), food coloring and some water. Mix the food coloring and water into the spray bottle or container. Take a trip outside and begin spraying the snow! If you have the colored water in a container, use a turkey baster to spread the colorful water all over the snow.  All your neighbors will marvel at the multicolored snow!

Pipe Cleaner Snowflake: Snowflakes are so little and hard to see, so why not make them bigger by creating your own sparkly snowflakes! Gather up some different color pipe cleaners and twist and turn them to create your own unique winter-themed masterpiece. This is also another great craft that can be showcased around your house as a decoration.

Snow Dough: Whether you and your family are looking to create snowmen or snowballs, you can create dough that looks like snow with toilet paper, ivory soap and some water. This is a great sensory activity for toddlers to help inspire creativity and stimulate their minds!

We hope these family fun snow activities get you through this chilly season! Do you have any fun crafts or activities that you and your family enjoy during the winter?

 

Wordless Wednesday: Spooky Rides

Wordless Wednesdays spooky rides

Have your trick-or-treaters ride in style this Halloween. Check out these creative ways the Test Drive Bloggers used their wagons for this spooky time of year:

halloween1

Mommy of Two Little Monkeys

Step2 Versa Seat Wagon with Canopy Review

WAHM Connect Reviews

Step2-Wagon-Halloween-Princess-Carriage

Carrie with Children

cIMG_4830

Blessed by Brennaprincess-merida-and-her-horse-step2-wagon

Thrifty and Chic Mom

halloween-mobile-1024x598

The Link Fairy

painted wagon party favor station

Mommy Testers

6a0105362badb1970b019affde032f970b-800wi

Rave & Review

Halloween-Treat-Wagon

Mom to Bed by 8

Memorial Day DIY Decorations

In the past, we have enjoyed providing our customers with fun DIY activities such as crafts and recipes for holidays. However, for this Memorial Day weekend, we decided to provide you with a festive way to celebrate using your child’s Step2 toys! Decorating your child’s playhouse or climber can be a fun way for you and your child to use your creativity while celebrating this patriotic time of year.

What you will need:

  • Red, white, and blue construction paper (or poster board- that is what we used! We felt it was sturdier)
  • Scissors
  • Garland
  • American flag(s)
  • Stapler
  • Tape

How to create the red, white and blue chain(s) [Adult supervision required for this step]: Cut the construction paper or poster board into strips, then take the strip and attach the two ends of the strip together to create a ring. Staple the two ends together.  Place the second strip of paper through the newly made loop. Again, join the ends of the strip together by stapling. Alternate between red, white, and blue strips to continue this process of creating a long chain.

Once you have completed the long chain, place the chain(s) on the desired playhouse or climber. If it is windy, you can tape parts of the chain onto the playhouse or climber. Place the American flag(s) in the ground around the climber or playhouse. Tape the garland near the doorway of the playhouse or in and throughout part the climber.

Decorating your Step2 playhouse or climber can make your backyard or home more festive as you celebrate this Memorial Day weekend! What are you doing to celebrate Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Tutorial

Earth Day Activities & Resources

Earth Day
 

Happy Earth Day! Earth Day is an annual day where communities gather together worldwide to demonstrate support to protect the environment for plants, animals, and humans. To start off this important day and raise awareness, your family can help a global mosaic on Earthday.org.  All you have to do is upload a picture, preferably one that includes your face and a sign that says “The Face of Climate Change.” Check out what the global mosaic looks like so far at TheAdvocator.com.

In addition showing your support online, there are plenty of fun & creative ideas you can do with your kids to educate them about Earth Day. We were inspired by the ideas CreativeFamily.net , CarrotsAreOrgange.com , and B-InspiredMama.com had about this green celebration.

  • Plant a Tree: If you have some room in your front or back yard, get the family together to help plant a tree! However, if you do not have the room, the National Arbor Day Foundation can plant a tree on your behalf.
  • Earth Day Cookies: Create cookies that look like Earth but still taste like delicious delicacies. The kids will have a blast swirling around blue and write frosting to create the top layer on the cookie(which is meant to be the water and clouds of Earth) and then sprinkling green sprinkles (which is meant to be the land).  What a cool and yummy concept!
  • Sort recyclables: Teach children about plastic, paper, and metal. This is a great sensory activity to teach children what each material feels like. Present examples of the materials such as a plastic soda bottle, a cereal box, and a can of fruit. Create and decorate different boxes for each material and have children sort through to place the correct recyclables in each box.
  • Clean up the park or neighborhood: Take the kids on a nature stroll and bring plastic bags with you. While on your walk to the park or around the neighborhood, pick up any trash you see. With the trash you have collected, you and your children can sort through and put the different trash items in your decorated recyclables boxes.
  • Create earth: Get crafty and let the kids create their own version of Earth. There is paint, small bouncy balls, sand, and glue involved in this activity so that means it is guaranteed fun!
  • Make a family pledge: On behalf of Earth Day, have your family create a list of ways to help keep the Earth clean all year round. From recycling to picking up more trash to donating to nature organizations, there is always a way to help.

Celebrating and teaching your children about Earth Day will help them to pass the knowledge and passion about taking care of our planet to future generations. What activities do you have planned for Earth Day?