How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Want a little inexpensive summer fun for the kiddos?! For the Summer Issue of All You magazine I contributed an article sharing How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s super easy to whip up and cleans up easily with rain or the hose!

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers Featured in All You Magazine

The recipe is a 1 to 1 ratio, but for simplicity we’ll use 1 cup. You’ll need:

  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring (pastels are achieved with a drop or two, primary colors will need 5 or 6 drops)
  • plastic bowls or cups
  • paint brushes

Mix cornstarch and water together until smooth. Divide and add food coloring until you reach your desired colors.

How To Make Sidewalk Chalk Paint | Kim Byers, TheCelebrationShoppe.com

It’s that simple and it cleans up in a snap! So let your little Picassos go and have a bit of summer fun!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!  

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crafts for kids {summer reading ideas}

10 Summer Reading Ideas

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fifth installment, summer reading crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas
  4. 10 water play ideas

Summer Reading programs can be found at libraries and book stores nationwide. But how can we keep our kids entertained while learning? We’ve listed a few great ideas:

  • Maps for Kids & Summer Reading via KC Adventures suggests tagging the books location or even following a characters travels via the map. Love this!
  • DIY spiny spellers via Filthy Wizard are the perfect way to make spelling practice fun.
  • Kids Book Report Worksheet via b.nute is a FREE printable that helps kids remember more from each story.
  • Sight Word Jenga via First Grade Diaries can be tailored to any age {think spelling bee!}
  • Popsicle Flashcards via Scholastic gives kiddos a darling way to match words from word families for little ones to antonyms/synonyms for the older kids.
  • Flashlight Word Game via Kiwi Crate has  a name that speaks for itself, but I have to give Kiwi Crate serious props for a fantastic idea!
  • Cut Paper Making a Book via Art for Small Hands would make a wonderful summer reading reaction journal. Have your reader stop about halfway through the story and predict what will happen next.
  • Storytelling Stones via Red Bird Crafts is a lovely way to make reading and writing come alive through your child’s imagination.
  • Fishing for Letters via first palette is a fantastic way to learn letter identification, letter sounds or even short spelling words.
  • Sight Word Twister via Mom With A Lesson Plan get kids outside playing while beefing up those reading skills!

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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Martha’s new Crafts For Kids book!

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Martha Stewart Living Editors have collected 175 of their favorite Crafts for Kids and bound them all in one book! And I’m giving away a copy! Enter now for your chance to win, or you can pick up a copy at Amazon!

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DIY marble run craft + book giveaway

Crafts For Kids

Have you seen Martha Stewart’s new book, Crafts For Kids? It’s 175 creative and colorful projects (from easy to a bit more involved like this one) to keep your kiddos excited and entertained. For instance, this peg-board marble run. My boys can’t wait to give this craft a try. They’ve already raided my craft room and their dad’s work bench!

~~Book excerpt ~~

Lots of kids like to tinker with machines, take things apart, and generally figure out how stuff works— just for fun. Embrace that curiosity with this endlessly fascinating project. It involves creating a clacking, whacking gumball machine that runs without electricity, all with parts found in the kitchen and toy box. This gadget starts up with the turn of a paddle, and then— after much rolling and pushing and lifting— drops a gumball into a container. You win! 

Marble Run Craft

Higher Ground

Our peg-board base rests on toy blocks: Ask an adult to drill holes into five blocks (one for each corner and one for the center), then use nuts and bolts to secure board in place. (You may also want to screw the beach hoe to the base in step 4.)

Crafts for Kids

STEPS:

1. START with a gear. The side wheel’s shaft goes through the oatmeal container to a paddle made with building toys (see page 123). When you TURN the paddle, the gear’s spokes rotate the top wheel, which has one long spoke.

2. This causes the car to ROLL down the ramp and into a marble (held in place by 2 tacks) on the ramp’s lower end.

3. The marble KNOCKS through a hole in the top of an upside- down cup and into a paper- towel tube (which is pushed into a hole in the cup’s side). The marble ROLLS through the tube.

4. On the marble’s way out of the tube, it FALLS into an aerosol- can cap. The cap is at one end of a pulley’s string (the other end has a washer tied to it). The pulley hangs from a hook attached to a beach hoe. The weight of the marble PLUNKS the cap onto one end of a lever (made of spoons fastened to a spool).

5. The weight of the marble on one end of the lever causes the other end to BUMP a pencil attached to a shovel handle with a tack and string. This LIFTS the handle, which TIPS a marble resting in the shovel.

6. The marble ROLLS down into another ramp made from plastic tubing. At the end, it DROPS into the back of a truck parked on a lower ramp.

7. The weight causes the truck to ROLL down a piece of train track and STRIKE a bendable straw, which SWINGS into a series of upright dominoes.

8. The dominoes TOPPLE one by one. The last domino weighs down a cork TACKED to a string, which is tied to a flag. The flag is ATTACHED to a clip; PERCHED on the clip is a gumball.

9. When the last domino FALLS, the cork is released, and the flag pops up. The gumball on the clip FALLS and drops through 2 funnels, then into a bowl. The machine finally comes to a stop. 

Crafts For Kids

TIPS: Your machine’s parts are less likely to break down if you follow a few suggestions:

  • Be sure the sections are high in the beginning and gradually get lower— then go up again in the middle— to provide momentum.
  • Use strong tape to anchor objects to the surface (ours is a piece of Peg- Board).
  • Keep joints from wiggling by tightening them with rubber bands, twist ties, or pipe cleaners. If something isn’t working after an adjustment, don’t be afraid to replace the structure with new elements (for instance, use blocks instead of construction toys).

Want to see the other 174 amazing crafts the amazing Martha Stewart Living Editors collected? Well you’re in luck! You can pick up a copy at your local book store, Amazon, or you can enter to win a copy right here!

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Good luck! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

Reprinted from the book Martha Stewart’s Favorite Crafts for Kids by the Editors of Martha Stewart Living. Copyright (c) 2013 by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Photographs copyright (c) 2013 by Stephen Lewis. Published by Potter Craft, a division of Random House, Inc.

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crafts for kids {10 water play ideas}

crafts for kids

Looking for crafts for kids this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?What better way to play and grow with water and ice!

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our fourth installment, water crafts for kids. Make sure you check out our other roundups too:

  1. 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids
  2. 12 science crafts for kids
  3. 12 math practice ideas

 Summer days are filled with sunshine and laughter. Your kids are sure to love these great ideas for fun water play.

We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

As always,  we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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12 Fun Ways to Practice Math

Need fun and creative ways to help your kids with math practice this summer? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained AND learning?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our third installment, math practice for kids. Make sure you check out our first two roundups too: 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids and 12 science crafts for kids.

My middle child, a.k.a my drama queen, has just recently learned her division facts. Not bad for a rising 3rd grader {proud mama grin}. But the accomplishment made me think about what other fun math craft ideas we could find to keep her growing this summer.

There’s no shortage of talented mommies who share some magnificent math practice and craft ideas:

  • Make Your Own Abacus via Homeschooling Hearts and Minds uses household items and helps little ones understand place values.
  • Pumpkin Pie Fractions via Almost Unschoolers is a great visual for early fractions
  • Lemonade Stand via Family Education combines money lessons and good old fashioned fun!
  • Don’t Get Zapped {game} via Teach Beside Me can be tailored for any math facts, even for older kids.
  • Hopscotch via A Girl and a Glue Gun may look like just a felt game, but it can easily be changed to a face-paced math quiz. Have your child(ren) add, subtract, multiply or divide the numbers she jumps on.

I’m sure I’ll be reciting math facts in my sleep this week {smirk}

  • Lego Math Fun via Kids Acitivities Blog uses Legos to stretch those minds.
  • Rock Counting via Thrive 360 Living is fantastic for little ones learning to count or write numbers. (and I love anything that can travel with me and my brood!)
  • Milk Cap Math via love2learn2day keep your kiddo on his math facts toes!
  • Juice Can Lid Play Money via Crafitments teaches all about money and coin values
  • Paper Plate Math and Alphabet Game  via Kiwi Crate is a simple, but effective tool for teaching
  • Sudoku Printables via kid giddy uses shape identification and the popular puzzle to engage school-aged kiddos.
  • Walking Water via play based learning; OK, so technically this is a science experiment, but I love the measurement component as a math concept, too!

And make sure you join us on our Crafts for Kids {the series} Pinterest board for more clever craft, gift and treat ideas.

As always, we hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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12 Summer Science Crafts for Kids

Want crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertained and learning this summer?

The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids. Today is our second installment, science crafts for kids. What mom doesn’t want her child to learn while having fun? {grin} Make sure you check out our first roundup, 10 outdoor summer crafts for kids too.

Since my background is science (I was a pharmacist before staying home with the kids), I’m always looking for fun ways to teach my kids principles of science. These science crafts for kids are a fantastic way to bring art and science together through crafts!

  • Starfire Explosion Tie Dye Shirt via Fave Crafts is a fabulous experiment in colors and shapes. This site offers great tutorials in a multitude of patterns.
  • Bubble Gift Wrap Paper via Martha Stewart crafters makes beautiful papers and a fantastic lesson in surface tension
  • Absorbing Artwork via Spoonful combines a lesson in absorption and what happens when colors mix.
  • DIY Foam Stamps via Mom’s Crafty space allow for creative freedom and teach about negative space, too
  • Exploding Artwork via Housing a Forest is a frame-worthy lesson in air pressure
  • Marshmallow Shooter via Macaroni Kid lets kids learning about trajectories; but let’s face it…it’s just fun to shoot stuff at people {wink}

Can you feel your brain expanding yet?

  • Crystal Rainbows via Sweet and Simple Things can be made into almost anything. And they teach kids heat increasing dissolution as well as evaporation.
  • Spring Bouquet via Spoonful is a gorgeous way to brighten up any space. Kids will love learning about how the flowers draw in the coloring and why it stays.
  • Ice Art via Nurture Store claims to be a winter activity, but I see lots of potential for summer fun.  Colored ice blocks can be shaped and create cool sculptures.
  • Magnetic Silly Putty via Instructables adds a new element to an old favorite. Cool way to learn a bit about magnetic properties!
  • Homemade Gak via Musings of a SAHM is ooey, gooey, gross fun at it’s finest!
  • Mason Jar Terrarium via Scissors and Steam brings a live craft into your child’s world while providing you a chance to teach about why plants are so good for us to have on Earth.

I’m working on more posts including water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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crafts for kids {10 outdoor craft ideas}

Crafts For Kids

Looking for crafts for kids? Ideas to keep your kiddos entertaining and learning this summer? The Celebration Shoppe is hosting a series of crafts for kids and this is our first installment to help kick off the summer! 

Since my kiddos like to spend their summer days outside, I decided to start by gathering 10 outdoor crafts for kids to share this week:

I’m working on posts for science crafts for kids, water crafts for kids, math crafts for kids and more! We’ll be pinning them all to our Crafts for Kids Pinterest board. Join us and don’t miss a thing! Oh, and make sure you follow all of Kim’s Pinterest boards for craft ideas for you, birthday and holiday party ideas, fun food recipes and so much more!

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art activities for kids

Looking for art activities for the kids?! When we photographed my art birthday party supplies collection for the store we came up with these kid crafts ~ have the kids make cupcake art with supplies including:

  • cupcake liners (cut in half),
  • tissue paper,
  • pom poms,
  • felt,
  • ribbon and more!

Included in the art party supplies we designed four whimsy frames for the kids to create on: red/blue, orange/yellow, purple/chartreuse and black/white.

We also created “award badges” that you can give to each guest. They say things like most creative, best in show, most artistic, best design, most colorful and best color palette. A great way for every child to feel special. The awards are rectangle tags and then we created the crepe ribbon backer. (You can see how to create a similar idea with our graduation collection.)

And last but not least, here’s a look at the Art Gallery entry sign that is also part of the printable collection. We printed it at Costco for $5.99 and embellished it with yellow crepe paper. Can you tell I’m loving crepe paper lately?! It’s inexpensive, comes in a variety of colors and so simple to manipulate. LOVE.

You can see more details from my Art birthday party supplies collection in the shoppe: Invitation, Thank you notes, Art birthday party supplies (available as sets or you can buy individual items).

And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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