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  • The rains have arrived here in Northern California, which means re-discovering old toys and finding fun things to do. I'm always looking for new ways to re-use stuff, and the corner of the room where the tots toys are looks like a big blow up of itty-bitty parts of puzzles and games (which no one is putting away).

    We need some organization.

    I pulled out a couple of egg cartons and knew they could be transformed into something useful and entertaining - at least for the day. With the help of some tape, tempera paint, and the creativity of the tot, we turned an egg carton into hours of color organizational excitement.

    This is a perfect project for introducing color recognition to your kiddies - or for the older set, color theory. I offered some assistance helping to mix the primary colors (red, yellow, and blue) so the tot could paint green, orange, and purple cups, but older kids can be on their own to experiment and explore creating their own unique colors for painting th

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  • Winter Crafts for Kids

    Winter Crafts for Kids

    The holidays are over, which means that not only are you exhausted from all of the holiday shopping, entertaining and cooking, but your kids seem to exude more energy with the passing of each winter day. If you're looking for a few ways to calm the wiggles (who isnt?!) then look no further than these engaging arts and crafts projects that will keep your perpetually energetic kiddos indoors and entertained. Happy crafting!

    1. Cork Snake
    Instead of tossing all of those corks from the bottles of wine you enjoyed over the holidays, save them up and spend the afternoon making this simple and oh-so-cute cork snake. This craft only required four items and the result will provide hours of entertainment for your little one.

    2. Homemade Bubbles
    Who doesn't love bubbles? We've got a great homemade recipe for bubbles that will surely delight kids of all ages. If you don't have a bubble wand handy then get creative and use regular household items such as a paper towel tube, plastic ring

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  • Planning on staying indoors this weekend? Here are four different ways to encourage the kiddos to be imaginative and creative.

    Color-Me-In Note Cards

    Color-Me-In Note Cards


    Color-Me-In Note Cards
    Colored pencils, envelopes, and a "color wheel" guide set the tone for an artsy afternoon that's anything but paint by the numbers.
    Available for preorder at chroniclebooks.com, $17 for a set of twenty.


    Ty DIY Shower Curtain

    Ty DIY Shower Curtain


    Ty DIY Shower Curtain
    Use the permanent marker to create a one-of-a-kind illustration.
    Available at blueribbongeneralstore.net, $33.

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    Create Your Own Spin Art Kit

    Create Your Own Spin Art Kit


    Create Your Own Spin Art Kit
    Let the creativity spin. Includes a 4" spin top, 20 paper disks and three paints (yellow, blue and fuchsia).
    Available at fredflare.com, $10


    Seedling Design-Your-Own Superhero Cape

    Seedling Design-Your-Own Superhero Cape


    Seedling Design-Your-Own Superhero Cape
    Your little day-saver will go up, up and away (or at lease into the neighbor's yard) in a one-of-a-kind cape. Embellish it with felt shapes, glitter glue, stars, and other out-of-this-world art supplies.
    Available at buildingblocktoys.com, $40

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  • By DIY Diva Malia Martine Karlinsky, GalTime.com

    Valentine's Day can be such a wonderful holiday for kids -- and a great excuse to make some crafts to give as gifts to classmates or parents.

    With just a little bit of time and a few simple supplies, kids can have a great time creating (with parental supervision of course). To prepare, cover a table with kraft paper (so clean up is a cinch) and gather your supplies.

    The key to doing any craft project with kids is having fun together. Let them take the lead and help them build their confidence.


    'Love' bug

    'Love' bug

    "B Mine" Valentine
    Supplies for the flower: tissue paper, hole punch, 3" inch scallop paper punch and lollipops.

    Related: Valentine's Day: How to Give the Right Message to Your Kids

    Using the 3" scallop punch, punch out 20 layers of the scallops for each lollipop. Punch a hole in the middle of your layers. Pop your lollipop through. You may want to trim the bottom of the wrapper off. Crinkle up the petals.

    Supplies

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  • notebook and pen

    One of the best things about the start of 2012 is getting to put up a new calendar. The old one is filled to the brim with events, meetings, play dates, date nights, travel plans, birthday parties, and reminders of all kinds. It was a full year.

    The new calendar though... the new one is blissfully blank. There's nothing on it yet, and all that empty space gives us room to dream a bit, and even set a few goals for the year.

    The goals we have in mind are family goals-things we'd like to do together. We're not sure we'll get to all of them, but it makes us happy just to think about trying.

    1. Spend time at the beach. This is always on our list, every year. It's just the best.
    2. Go ice-skating, sledding and/or skiing. We have so much fun in the snow with the kids.
    3. Volunteer for a project at school. It always feels like too much, and it's always satisfying nonetheless.
    4. Get to know a new person/make a new friend. This is a hope for both parents and kids (especiall
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