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DIY Watercolors from Upcycled Markers

Sweet Pea is 6 years old.

From: I found instructions for this fun and frugal activity from Julie Finn at Crafting a Green World.


Several old dried-out markers in a variety of colors. Pliers. A few small glass or plastic jars with lids. (Julie suggests using old spice jars, but I […]


Acorn Cap Jewels

Sweet Pea is 5 years old.


From: I found these beautiful acorn cap jewels at Homemade Serenity.


Acorn Caps. (Acorn caps by themselves should be fine, but immediately bake whole acorns for 1-2 hours in a 170 degree oven to kill any insects that are hiding inside!) Glue. Colored Markers. […]


Coffee Filter Spray Art Flowers

Sweet Pea is 43 months old.

From: Simple. Messy. Fun!, Sycamore Stirrings and Our Crafts -N- Things all had variations on this activity.


Washable markers. 5 – 10 coffee filters. Spray bottle. Jellyroll pan, a plastic tablecloth or some other way to cover the work area. Towel. Smock or bib (optional).



Golf Tee Marble Balance

Sweet Pea is 42 months old.

From: Here is an easy activity from Pink and Green Mama and A Bit of This and A Bit of That.


Styrofoam block. (We got ours from Micheal’s.) Golf tees. Marbles. (For some reason, I had difficulty finding marbles. I ended up buying them from the […]


Giant Connect-the-Dots

Sweet Pea is 39 months old.

From: I found this fast and fun idea at What Do We Do All Day?


Large sheet of paper. (We used a big roll of butcher paper from Sam’s Club.) Washable markers.


Make sure you are on a hard washable surface. Vinyl is […]


Take 2 – Design-A-Mug: Worst Gift Ever

(Sorry if you saw an unfinished version of this in your rss feed earlier. This is the finished post.)


I found this cute “Design-A-Mug” kit at Micheal’s and thought it would make a great Father’s Day craft for Sweet Pea.


Design-A-Mug kit which contains a mug and several “permanent” markers.




Uppercase Do-A-Dot Letters

Sweet Pea is 35 months old.

From: Erika from Confessions of a Homeschooler often posts an individual Do-A-Dot letter worksheet when her tot is learning a particular letter (P for example), but I had trouble searching her site to find all of the letters. I also searched the web, but was surprised that I […]


Crayola Stampers

Sweet Pea is 34 months old.

From: I saw these Crayola Stampers on sale at Target and thought they would be a lot of fun for Sweet Pea.

Crayola Stampers. Paper.

Observations: These are supposed to be like markers, but with a fun shape on the tip, so you can stamp a […]


Reusable Workbooks / Kumon’s My First Book of Tracing

Sweet Pea is 29 months old.

From: I had a comment from Barkey’s Mommy on my Kumon Let’s Color post recommending something like this. I also saw this entry describing how to create re-usable workbooks at Teaching My Little Bookworm.


Kumon My First Book of Tracing (or any other appropriate workbook). […]



Sweet Pea is 27 months old.

From: This was inspired by my desire for a set of Montessori Insets, which are a bit out our price range right now. (The Montessori Primary Guide has a good description of how to use insets in the Montessori style.)


Any sort of plastic or metal stencils. […]