Category: Activity

Loopdeloom Makes Weaving Fun and Easy

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 by 1 Comment

As a kid, I loved weaving. However, I never managed to make anything very big because I lacked the patience for more complex projects. That’s why I think the Loopdeloom is absolute genius.

This new loom design has pegs that spin to speed up the weaving process. Instead of weaving each thread individually, you can do an entire row in one quick motion! Kids can make purses, cell phone cases, tablet covers, and scarves.

You can even join multiple looms together to make larger seamless items like blankets, pillow cases, placemats, or rugs. Each loom lets you weave an item that is up to seven inches wide; smaller items are made by removing some of the pegs from the loom. (Click here to watch a detailed video tutorial.)

weaveThe Loopdeloom has won several prestigious toy awards, including:

  • ASTRA’S 2014 Best Toys for Kids Award
  • 2014 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio – Platinum Best Toy Award
  • Creative Child – 2014 Creative Play of the year Award
  • Creative Child – 2014 Kids Product of the Year Award
  • Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Product – Winner

I first saw the Loopdeloom at my local Michaels store. The loom includes 120 yards of yarn and is recommended for children ages eight and up.

Regular retail price is $34.99, but as any avid crafter knows, Michaels has sales and coupons available on a weekly basis. If you’re a smart shopper, you should be able to snag the loom and some yarn for about $30.

Do your children have the Loopdeloom? If so, what do you think of this product?

Photo credit: Michaels

Discovery Kids Interchangeable Kinetic Space Lab Helps Kids Explore the Solar System

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 by No Comments

If you’re looking for fun yet educational toys for your child, the Discovery Kids Interchangeable Kinetic Space Lab looks like a winner.

This toy encourages kids to develop problem solving skills as they learn about the solar system. They can mount planets, space shuttles, and black holes on the Velcro night sky board, and then connect them with a variety of tracks.

When they let the game ball loose to navigate the route created, the ball heads towards the launch button and sends a space rocket flying across the room.

The Discovery Kids Interchangeable Kinetic Space Lab is recommended for children ages 8 and up. It includes over 60 interchangeable pieces that add up to endless arrangements.

  • 1 space shuttle
  • 1 black hole
  • 1 Saturn
  • 1 moon
  • 1 satellite
  • 1 shooting star
  • 1 launch pad
  • 1 launching rocket
  • 1 detour track
  • 3 wavy tracks
  • 2 standard tracks
  • 3 medium tracks
  • 4 short tracks
  • 1 slide track
  • 6 stoppers
  • 24 mounting clips
  • 4 game balls

The Discovery Kids Interchangeable Kinetic Space Lab is 2014 Parents’ Choice Award Winner. It requires a bit of trial and error to set up initially, but is easy to use and modify once assembled.

Although I’m not a huge fan of toys with multiple pieces, I think this set is a great value and a fun way to encourage children to develop an interest in science. As long as you find a sturdy box to store the pieces in once playtime is over, it should be a hit with any science-minded little explorer!

Photo credit: Amazon

Your Kids Will Love Making Their Own Erasers

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a fun yet practical craft project to do with your kids, why not try making your own erasers? The Creatibles DIY Eraser Kit makes it easy to create erasers in any shape and color imaginable.

The kit includes 12 squares of different colored clay in a handy divided plastic storage case. This should be enough to make 10 to 20 decent sized erasers.

The clay colors are gorgeous, but the squares are a little hard to knead at first. If you’re making erasers with a younger child, you may have to knead the squares into little balls so they’re easier for him to work with.

My son mostly likes making monsters and robots, but I did make a few erasers of my own to test out different clay techniques. If you want to combine colors, it’s easy to make a swirled pattern by rolling together two or three different clay colors. I made large clay eraser pendants to hang up in my office.

It says on the back of the box that the clay may damage certain finishes or stain your clothing, but my son and I did not have any problems with this. However, if you’re really worried, I’d suggest putting newspaper down on the table to protect your work surface and dressing your child in older clothing.

The clay does not dry out until it’s been baked, so you don’t need to worry if your child doesn’t close the plastic storage case or if you want to take a break while making your erasers. We let our clay sit out overnight and we were still able to make changes to the sculptures the next morning.

When you’re done sculpting, you need to bake your clay on a cookie sheet in the oven at 210 degrees to 250 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool for at least one hour before attempting to erase with your new work of art.

You can purchase the Creatibles DIY Eraser Kit on the Deseret Book website for $11.99.

Photo credit: Deseret Book

Link Round-up: Roku 2, Body Scrub, Online Classes, and More

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a Roku 2 review, body scrub recipe, free online classes, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for healthy mac and cheese.

Frugality Gal shared her thoughts on the Roku 2.

Thrifty Jinxy shared some information about free online crafting classes.

madagascar_vanilla_coconut_body_scrub

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make a Madagascar vanilla coconut body scrub.

A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make washi tape wall art.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons showed us how to make baby New Year pancakes for breakfast.

Restyled Junk showed us how to add to our winter décor—with a snowman hurricane shade.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Confessions of an Overworked Mom

Link Round-up: Holiday Food, DIY Crafts, and More

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has holiday food, a 10-minute bead mosaic, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for Nutella stuffed sugar cookies.

I Love to Create taught us how to make a bead mosaic in about 10 minutes.

Scary Mommy talked about the gifts parents really want.

link_ru_chipotle_turkey_wraps

Kenarry showed us how to make chipotle turkey roll-ups.

Confessions of a Homeschooler taught us how to make a rag quilt.

How Was Your Day? shared some holiday beauty tips.

Ann’s Entitled Life shared a chocolate cheesecake recipe.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry

The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss Short Scale Acoustic Guitar Looks Perfect for the Beginner

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

I’m not sure where it came from, but my daughter suddenly decided she needed to learn how to play the guitar so she could have some music to go along with the song lyrics she’s been coming up with since she was old enough to talk (it’s really nice that she can write the words down now instead of asking me to memorize them!).

Guitar Center was having a sale, so we looked around online and checked out the reviews on other sites, too. The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss Short Scale Acoustic Guitar kept showing up again and again with positive reviews overall.

They also had the color she preferred—bubblegum pink. It also comes in cotton candy blue, which is my personal favorite, and popsicle purple.

It’s a ¾ size, which is just right for my seven-year-old, and will probably be fine for at least a few years. It’s meant for kids between the ages of five and nine, then they can graduate to a full-size guitar.

The “slim and narrow neck” makes it easier for small hands to play, which I think is brilliant. I remember trying to learn to play a full-size guitar at age 16; I was turned off because my hands weren’t big enough.

The sound is better than what you get from most of the toy guitars out there that look like the real thing but don’t sound so great. We paid $79 and, thanks to a special December sale (coupon code: DECSALE), were able to pick up picks, a stand, and a book to get her started for about $15.00 more.

Is it the best guitar on the market? No, of course not. Is it perfect for a beginner? From what I can tell as someone who doesn’t play guitar or have a lot of experience with them, I think it’s probably one of the best in this price range, and definitely worth the $79.00.

Photo credit: Guitar Center

Link Round-up: Gift Tags, Ornaments, Cookies, and More

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features washi tape gift tags, ornaments, cookies, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for peppermint chocolate coconut cookies.

Create Craft Love taught us how to make washi tape gift tags.

A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make paper ball ornaments.

link_ru_pinecone_snowman

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a cute pinecone snowman.

Artsy Fartsy Mama shared a cute craft to make with the kids—winter window clings.

Restyled Junk showed off a cute Christmas garland made from old jeans.

Club Chica Circle showed us how to make a cute snowman headband.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Christmas Crafts, Treats, and More

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features Christmas crafts, treats, and more.

A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for easy chocolate Oreo truffles.

Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons shared a cute snack idea for school.

Create Craft Love shared a DIY chalky finish Christmas frame idea.

link_ru_paper_plate_elf

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make a paper plate elf.

Restyled Junk made cute snowman lights.

Artsy Fartsy Mama showed us how to make a sequin tree.

Club Chica Circle made Santa and elf hat candy jars.

Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Crafts by Amanda

Link Round-up: Scrapbook Inspiration, Gifts, Laundry, and More

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has scrapbook inspiration, gift guides, laundry problem solutions, and more.

Chocolate Covered Katie shared some holiday cookie recipes.

A Beautiful Mess inspired us with scrapbook ideas.

Crafty Journal showed us how to turn a Christmas card box into a gift box.

link_ru_christmas_mug_printable

Kenarry gave us a gift idea for teachers.

One Good Thing by Jillee solved some common laundry problems.

Rad Mom Cool Kid shared a gift guide for teens.

Create Craft Love gave us a recipe for eggnog French toast.

Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Kenarry