Happy almost Thanksgiving!! I'm looking forward to spending this wekend with my family and getting excited about all of the festive holiday parties coming up in the next few weeks. I feel fortunate to be able to spend time with those I love. However, during this time of year our kids seem to have A LOT of free time on their hands so I'm continually looking to find and create new, fun & easy crafts for the kids to do at home during the holidays. Especially the kind that don't require too much help on my part! They take such pride in creating and I find lots of joy in keeping them BUSY, but in a productive way.
While creating some fab seasonal art projects for Imagination Lane NYC clients, I thought I would share one of my favorite's with you. We call it "Gobble Gobble Turkey" Frame. The simplest of instructions - Pick up any wood frame from your local craft store, grab some markers, bag of feathers, glitter glue, stickers and wiggly eyes too, and poof the kids have an instant craft project to complete at home and you will have a holiday frame to put your favorite picture in to remember this year's Thanksgiving. (See the pic for inspiration).
I hope you all enjoy this holiday with loved ones, have safe travels and enjoy eating LOTS OF CARBS! :)
Time to pack away the Summer gear and pull out the warm knit sweaters and scarfs! It feels like Autumn has snuck up in full force. I'm not not a fan of cold weather, especially, having to take New York City public transportation. Although, I must admit, from Fall to Winter this city comes alive.
The leaves start to change and fall away giving us New Yorkers a sense of wonder about the nature that we generally lack in the city around us. Halloween is peeking it's head just around the corner getting us ready for the next coming months of festivities and fun. The Summer was great but when it's gone I think we do well in adjusting to the change.
Another great thing about the change of season is the opportunity to create seasonal crafts. You can go out to the park and make nature your lesson and craft! This is a great time to teach the kids about fresh beginnings, colors, maybe a little biology lesson in there somewhere.
Leaf Rubbings are a great way to work on your childs' motor skills and to help them develop an artistic eye for color and composition. Check out this blog post by Mama.Papa.Bubba to see how lovely her daughter's leaf rubbing project turned out.
Break out jackets, scarves, boots and hoodies. The arrival of all the best Fall festivities are in full motion and I love it!
The Summer heat can slow us down so we've gathered a few (healthy) tips to cool down and enjoy the season
Stay HYDRATED: The most important of all these tips. Stay hydrated! Make drinking water fun. Grab a mason jar fill it with some fruit. Add a crazy straw and it's automatically more fun and tasty for you and the kids. When things get hot make sure to make drinking water and eating watery fruit a priority.
Spa Day: Have a spa day! Soak your feet and moisturize hands. This is super simple and super relaxing you can use household items to create a mini spa or find recipes online for your own face mask. Either way we have plenty of spa day goodies here at Imagination Lane from diy spa slippers to face masks and nail stickers!
Frozen & Healthy: Freeze or chill some fruit on a popsicle or skewer. Grapes, melon, strawberries. You can let the kids help you with prep. For a little sweet extra you can drizzle some yogurt or melted chocolate before freezing them.
Water Play: Who says you need to go to a water park to have fun. From around the house collect: Buckets, sponges, mister bottles & water balloons. Home made fun.
Refreshing Picnic: Whether at the park, beach or your own back yard; everyone can appreciate a picnic! Load up on refreshing and watery fruits and veggies to help keep everyone cool. Mix it up your décor with some of our vibrant disposable utensils (cups, plates, straws)
So the kids are at camp. You've enjoyed your moment of quiet and the slowing of the day-to-day routine but, it's starting to get lonely. Children may be a handful but you miss em when they're gone. It's like just yesterday you were holding this precious little baby in your arms and now they can walk, talk and enjoy time without mom and dad hand holding every step of the way. You don't realize how fast they grow until they have this little bit of independence away from you in the summer. There's nothing like "Visiting Day" to put your arms around them again and see how much fun they are having, yet how excited they are to see you! It's a great feeling to take part in their joy when they share all their new adventures with you. This moment is sweet and worth celebrating! Need a little something extra to bring with you? Want it by Friday? Order by end of the day today and Use code SEEMYKID for 10% off any of these items!