Friday, January 30, 2015

Book Review: 150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids

I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are 100% mine. This post contains affiliate links.

When my very active son broke his leg I knew that we would be spending a lot of time at home and I wanted to make sure that we didn't spend too much time looking at screens. It was perfect timing that I was in the process of viewing the book "150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids" by Asia Citro. 

150+ Screen-Free Activities for Kids book covers everything from DIY toys, pretend play ideas, doughs, slimes, paints and mores. My favorite part is that I didn't feel overwhelmed by any of the directions, supplies or ingredients. In fact, most of the activities include ingredients that you most likely already have at home. As we flipped through the book, the rainbow colored pasta caught the eye of my son and we couldn't wait to make our own. 

I was impressed by how beautiful and vibrant the pasta turned out. The recipe could not have been easier to follow and not only did my son enjoy playing with the finished pasta, but he had a great time helping me make it. We made designs with the pasta, used it for necklaces and even glued it to cardboard to make our own pasta cars. 

150+ Screen Free Activities for Kids is a book that you will use over and over again as your child grows from baby to big kid. We can't wait to try more activities.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Peg Doll and Playset Ideas

I adore painting peg dolls and coming up with fun new ways that they can be played with and displayed. If painting dolls just isn't for you, you can find all of these peg people sets in my Etsy store. Peg dolls make wonderful, unique gifts. 

These flower peg girls and flowers are great for teaching colors and color matching. The dolls rest perfectly on top of the flowers. 

This donut baking set started off as a game that I made for my son's montessori preschool class. The kids loved the bright colors and found a lot of different ways to play with the donuts and plates. They stacked them, matched them and also created patterns. To complete the set I added the peg doll baker, sprinkles jar and rolling pin. 

Recently I combined my love of painting story stones with peg dolls to make fun little story sets. 

This is rainbow girl, her best friend rainbow bug and her magic rainbow cloud. 

Rainbow girl even has her own rainbow shelf in my craft room. 

Sunflowers are my favorite so of course I had to paint a little sunflower doll, complete with her own special flower pot. 

Outer space girl is always followed by her shooting stars wherever she goes. 

Lightning Bolt man was a fun doll I created for my son one day after we had a freak thunderstorm. He creates storms with a simple wave of his thunder wand. 

If there's a special peg doll or story set you'd like customized just for you, I'd love to paint it. Just send me a message at my Etsy store.

To see more peg dolls and other creations I make, follow me on Instagram @sam_thrive360living

Monday, July 14, 2014

Painting Nature

My son absolutely adores collecting nature treasures on our walks. Since he often sees me painting rocks for my Etsy shop, he has decided that every treasure we find should be painted. His favorite color right now is "rainbow". If you take a peek at my Instagram feed you'll see why he probably loves everything rainbow just like I do. In keeping with the rainbow theme, the stick is his magic rainbow wand. We now take it with us on walks, turning everything we see into rainbows. 

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Painting nature is an easy activity and great to do with children. I always use acrylic paint and my favorite is Martha Stewart Living acrylic paints

Next time you go on a walk, keep a look out for some nature pieces that would make great canvases...sticks, rocks, pinecones, acorns, leaves and more. 

Happy Painting!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Quick and Easy Easter Crafts

Here are 3 easy Easter crafts you still have time for!

Painted wooden spoons are cute, fun and very easy to make. Pick up some spoons at your local craft store and paint them with acrylic paint. Add felt and rhinestones for finishing touches.

Head out into your backyard and look for some rocks to paint. 

These Hoppy Easter bags couldn't be easier to make. All you need are muslin bags, felt, glue and white pompoms. For a special touch, personalize with hand stamped names. 

Hope this helps get your creative juices flowing. Follow me on Instagram for more easy craft ideas. 

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