From the category archives:

Crafty

Craft ideas and instructions – go make something fun with your hands for your baby or yourself! Our most popular craft projects have been Make easy toddler pants out of an old t-shirt and Alter your board books. Have a look around, make something, and share your pictures!

Activity #131: Decorate baby clothes with fabric paint

How to decorate onesies at a baby shower

This picture might look more glamorous than our lives really are, but these are actual bodysuits made for Holden at Heather’s baby shower, which I hosted. My college friend Meg, an advanced mom and author of The Rug Merchant (link provided for those who are looking to read quality fiction that is not about babies), […]

Makin’ it: Super simple photo magnets

Easy to make photo magnets from Photojojo

When I saw this project on photojojo, I remembered how Whitney and I made these very same things in the 1900s so I know they’re easy. I know they’re adorable and durable because I still have ‘em on my fridge. Note: keep out of reach of toddlers and any people who like to put small […]

Personalized paper doll set

paper-doll-photo-paper

My stepmom, whose creative gifts have been documented here before, made this adorable paper doll set for Scarlett’s birthday. She had Scarlett pose for a photo in her bathing suit against a wall. She printed the results on photo paper and cut mini-Scarlett out to create the “doll”. Then, she hand drew clothes on white […]

Never give your toddler food coloring

Super messy shaving cream activity for toddlers

I’ve been sitting on this “toddler friendly” art print project for YEARS because I wanted to test it before giving it my stamp of approval. Instead — holy cats, people! — I learned the hard way: NEVER GIVE A TODDLER FOOD COLORING. Let me back up a bit. The following activity was suggested to me […]

Activity #120: Try Potching

How to not trip over your toddler? Let him stand next to you while you do things in the kitchen.

My stepmom (aka Grandma Leslie) introduced Julian to the kitchen counter at her house, way before it would have occurred to me. Bring a stool to your empty kitchen sink and let your toddler climb up. Fill the sink with warm soapy water, plastic cups, utensils, etc. Let your toddler pretend to make something or […]

Keep them busy: Thanksgiving craft for kids who can write

Easy activity for school-age kids on Thanksgiving

Thanks to my stepmom Grandma Leslie, who I should probably hire as a contributor for this site, for this project idea. This family tree activity has a handful of useful functions on Thanksgiving: Keeps kids busy with a craft activity that might reduce Thanksgiving Day hours logged full-speed running through a ceramic vase-filled house Produces […]

Build your toddler a play kitchen for less than $50

DIY toddler kitchen built from IKEA components via ohdeedoh

Wanna just buy one outright? I don’t blame you, I got tired just writing about all these awesome projects. Two super cute (gender-neutral) play kitchens on amazon are Melissa & Doug’s corner kitchen (more compact) and Kid Craft red retro (more deluxe). I also encourage you to be on the hunt in your local Craig’s […]

Is it safe to paint a crib?

How to safely paint a crib RED

Really cool furniture rarely comes at really cool prices. As much as I enjoy drooling over candy-colored modern furniture for children, I rarely splurge on such things. (Caravan Crib by Kalon Studios above is $695.) When I shared Baby Guy Jamie Grayson’s advice about IKEA cribs, I did a bit of research and found that […]