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Link: Big List of Toddler Art Gift Ideas

I’m busting it trying to find low cost, personal gifts this year for my family and close friends. I came across this list at The Crafty Crow, and thought it was worth sharing.

Since my shelves and refrigerator are filling up with tiny masterpieces, what better way to cut some clutter and gift them? Homemade gifts are so much more personalized that store bought in my opinion. I’ve already matted and framed some of her art, but many of these ideas are new to me.

I’ve also purchased a few canvasses from Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale and let her paint them. I could go on for days about how much she loved painting these. I picked out colors that matched her room and let her paint, using one color at a time. We let each color dry for about a day so the colors didn’t get all muddled. After she was finished I sprayed it with a matte acrylic spray and we hung it in her room. She is super proud! I’ve had several family members ask for her to paint a canvas for them in the colors of certain rooms in their homes. More Christmas gifts done!

I love the idea of making a portfolio book, maybe in a few years when she’s amassed a variety of projects, and she can see her progress. Read the full list here from The Crafty Crow.

Photo credit to Lodewijk van den Broek

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Haunted Gingerbread House

Baby K and I decided to take on a project this week for Halloween, building aHaloween Gingerbread House gingerbread haunted house. I wasn’t sure Baby K would be able to enjoy this very much, at 18 months, but we gave it a shot anyway. We’re using a guide from Allrecipes and just finished today. Follow the link above for the template and recipes for the gingerbread and royal icing. Be sure if you plan to eat your haunted house, that you use meringue powder instead of egg whites for the royal icing. Meringue powder is found with the cake and baking supplies at the store. In addition to the tools and supplies listed on the guide, plan on needing extra TIME. As in time for cleaning. And patience. You might as well forget the picture perfect gingerbread house in your

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

Marshmallow Baby Ghost

head, too, unless it is a picture of a gooey, handprinted, smeared up mess. That said, we sure had a lot of fun – an this was a good teaching opportunity for counting, colors, and shapes.

Changes we made: I used a round pizza stone instead of a cookie sheet. Also, I next time I will cut out the shapes AFTER I bake the gingerbread, instead of before as instructed. Cutting them before meant when they baked, the edges changed shapes slightly. Extras we used: oreo cookies, candy corn, Brach’s pumpkins, oats, mini white chocolate morsels, marshmallows, and black licorice.

Baby K loved putting all of the pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, but she also tried toBoo pull off the door, the roof, made the marshmallow ghosts fly, and she even gave the entire house a hug, repeatedly!

We also bought a little battery powered flickering light for carved pumpkins and placed it inside. When it’s on, it makes the house look spooky.

(Yeah, I know the piping is bad. Is there a “piping pen” product?)

Happy Halloween!

 

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Around the Play Yard: January Roundup

Each week or so I’m posting my favorite baby-related finds from around the web:branchorganicmbr

  • I usually don’t include products in the roundup, but I had to share this mint and brown organic onesie from My Baby Rocks.
  • Making your own Vanilla Extract, from Bethany Actually. Obviously you wouldn’t use this in your baby’s food, but nice gift, nonetheless.
  • Ok, another product website, but Sticks and Stones site has really inspired me to look more closely at the environment around me and create one of these photo alphabet projects for Baby K. This family run business specializes in photo gifts, with photos of letters taken in nature and architecture. Check it out, this would be a cool project to start as our babies start to learn their letters. I’ll post mine as it progresses!
  • I’ve collected several newpapers from this year and 2008, mainly election and inauguration news for to show Baby K all of the historical events that took place in the year that she was born and during her first year. How to preserve them? This article from Columbus Dispatch tells how.¬†Whatever you do, don’t laminate!
  • Gardening season is just around the corner. Have you thought about Growing Your Own? As in food and herbs? It’s much easier than you think, visit Seeds of Change¬†to get started. More on organic gardening for baby and your family to follow.
  • The recall on peanut butter products seems to grow every day. Stay up to date using the FDA’s searchable site.

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