With summer vacation fast approaching, I’m starting to build myself a little ‘arsenal’ of ideas for those days when we need something just a bit more. These 75+ Summer Activities for Kids or Families will definitely come in handy those times when the kids want a change, and even Mom and Dad like a little more excitement! Also check out our list of 75+ MORE Summer Activities. (originally shared May 2018 – sharing again as summer is coming and we all could use great ideas!)
I can’t believe it’s almost Mother’s Day – but I guess that happens with every holiday lately! Totally creeps up on me, then it’s gone in a blink. Luckily, this Mother’s Day Flower Photo Gift is adorable, fun and super simple to make! Plus, it’s the type of gift she’ll want to hold on to for a long time to come!
Growing up, I thought that I had to go all-out for Mother’s Day, spending tons of money and loads of time creating something amazing. Guess what? It never meant as much as the simple things; things that held more memories or sentiment to them! Now that I’m a mom, I totally understand this! Now we focus on really special gifts that don’t take a ton of time or money….but that she’ll want to keep for a long while. This Mother’s Day Gift is perfect for that, so let’s get started!
- The free printable templates (found below)
- Cupcake wrappers in color of choice (I use 5-8 per pic for layering/thickness)
- Photo to cut for center
- Tape (double-sided preferably)
- Photo frame, if desired
- Print out one of the Free Printable Templates by clicking these links: Tall Straight Stem in Pink or Blue. Sideways Stem in Pink or Blue. Each of these print 8×10 in size.
- Use your tape (either double-sided, or fold over one-sided) to secure the first cupcake liner to the top of the flower stem.
- Insert the rest of the liners one-by-one, using tape below to stick it to the bottom liners. I like to make sure the ridges don’t fit together perfectly, to add some fun dimension and texture to it.
- Use the center circle of the liners to trace out your photo, then cut it out and tape to the center of the top liner.
That’s it! Now you have a beautiful Mother’s Day Photo Gift for her to display for all to see! A little tip – I found it easier to tape the liners on AFTER putting the print into a frame. If you want, you can put an initial or name in one of the corners to make even more personalized!
My kids had a lot of fun choosing their cupcake liner colors, so even THAT showed a bit of their personality in each framed print!
I know my mom is going to LOVE these special gifts from her grand-babies! Honestly, these would make a fun craft just for Spring, and a gift for anyone, really – gotta love flexibility, right?
Check out these other great posts that would be PERFECT for Mother’s Day!
Whether you’re with the light side or dark side, you’ll love this Ultimate List of Star Wars Ideas for May the Fourth! Printables and crafts, decor and games, even costumes and more. You’re bound to find some fantastic Star Wars project worthy of the Jedi or Sith in your family!
If you don’t know by now, our family is pretty big into Star Wars. And when I say big, I mean HUGE! Of course we do plenty of fun Star Wars crafts throughout the year, such as our Rebels Tshirts or puppets, but also enjoy the films quite often – lately we’ve been rewatching The Force Awakens & Rogue One!
Ultimate List of Star Wars Ideas
Star Wars Paper Crafts by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Printable Star Wars I Spy Game by Live Laugh Rowe
Stormtrooper Snacks by The Scrap Shoppe Blog
No-Sew Star Wars Rebels Pilot Vest by The Nerds Wife
Glowing Mini Lightsabers by Play Trains
Star Wars Father’s Day Card by Carrie Elle
Star Wars Perler Beads Patterns by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Darth Vader Costume by Mom Endeavors
Yoda Apple Snack by Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons
R2-D2 Pencil Holder by Crafts by Amanda
Yoda Lighted Canvas Art by The Causal Craftlete
LEGO Star Wars Printable Bookmarks by Carrie Elle
Lightsaber Smarties by Busy Creating Memories
No-Sew Jedi Tunics by Mom Endeavors
Lego Speeders by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Stormtrooper Marshmallows by Catch My Party
BB-8 Paper Lantern by Desert Chica
Glow in the Dark Lightsaber Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands
Space Shuttle Craft by I Heart Crafty Things
Stitch Craft with Free Printables by Simplistically Living
Tie Fighter Cookies by Simplistically Living
Popsicle Stick Ornaments by Vicky Barone
Yoda Shape Craft by Toddler Approved
Darth Vader Craft Stick Puzzle by Crafts on Sea
R2-D2 Trash Can by Kids Activities Blog
Lightsaber Pool Noodles by Kid’s Activities Blog
Chewbacca Cookies by Simplistically Living
Milk Jug Storm Trooper Helmet by Filth Wizardry
Star Wars Finger Puppets by The Idea Room
Star Wars Rebels Bleached Tee by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Handprint Art by Geek Dad
Last-Minute Star Wars Party by Smart Girls DIY
Ewok Granola Bars by Totally The Bomb
Printable Star Wars Quotes by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Yoda Paper Bag Puppet by Gluesticks and Gumdrops
Lightsaber Bubble Wands by The Contemplative Creative
Chewbacca Bandolier by All For The Boys
Jedi Quiet Book by Julie Gillrie
Star Wars Cupcake Toppers by One Mama’s Daily Drama
BB-8 Quesadilla by Totally The Bomb
Lightsaber Sensory Bottles by Little Bins for Little Hands
Super Simple Stormtrooper Costume by Carrie Elle
R2-D2 Luminaries by DIY Candy
Save Han Solo Activity by Fun-a-Day
Star Wars Party Printables by The Kiwi in the Clouds
Lightsaber Sugar Scrub by Totally The Bomb
LEGO Star Wars Lunchbox Notes by One Mama’s Daily Drama
Star Wars Themed Footprint Art by The Pinterested Parent
Death Star Play Dough by Little Bins for Little Hands
Wampa Granola Bars by Totally The Bomb
Paper Plate Yoda Craft by Coffee Cups and Crayons
Lightsaber Pens by Kid’s Activities Blog
Lightsaber Cereal Bars by The Frugal Mom
Star Wars Mason Jar Gifts by Chica Circle
Star Wars Toilet Paper Roll Characters by Kid’s Activities Blog
Star Wars Crayons by Carrie Elle
Lava Slime by Fun-a-Day
X-Wing Fighter from Office Supplies by Frugal Fun 4 Boys
Recycled Droids by All For The Boys
No-Sew Princess Leia Costume by Carrie Elle
Millennium Falcon Soap by Simplistically Living
Other Star Wars fun…
Who else is ready for Spring break? Ya, me neither! Luckily, I’ve got a bunch of fun busy activities for kids planned, so I won’t be hearing ‘I’m bored’ constantly. This Craft Stick Catapult is super easy to make – and really quick, too! The kids especially loved how they could customize it to be ‘their own’. Check it out!
I loved this month’s craft lighting theme: busy activities for kids! We could all use some of these in our parenting arsenal, especially with the kids out of school soon. My kids are out a whole week – crazy! I’m excited for the play time we’ll get, but for the moments when I need to get some work done, I can rely on these fantastic ideas.
Supplies – per catapult
- 7 Craft Sticks
- Markers or paint (if wanting to color the sticks)
- 5 Rubber bands
- Hot glue/gun
- Bottom half of plastic Easter egg
- Ammo (pom poms, marshallows, etc.)
- Color the craft sticks with paint or markers, if desired. Allow to dry.
- Stack 5 craft sticks together, then use a rubber band on each end to tightly secure them together.
- Slide one craft stick above the bottom stick in the stack and pull through. Use a rubber band to secure the last craft stick on top of this one, at the end. Make sure it’s a bit loose, so it can stretch as you pull back the catapult.
- To keep it steady and secure, use the last 2 rubber bands to create an X around the middle of the catapult, leaving a little loose so you can adjust it.
- Use a dab of hot glue to secure the Easter egg half as a bowl to the launching end of the catapult. Allow to dry, then aim away!
See, a super easy kid’s craft you can make, then enjoy for hours! Let them draw their own ‘target’ and have them practice their aim – show them how you can adjust the length of the stick and it will affect how high/far the ammo goes. Fun AND learning at the same time!
Other fun kid activities you may like…
With our family Disney World vacation happening in a few months, we’re getting our countdown out and ready. I’m excited that many of YOU can enjoy this Printable Disney Banner too!! Even if you’re not planning a Disney trip, it can be used for parties, or just for fun.
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(originally shared March 2016) See, isn’t it fun?! I did Mickey-eared numbers from 1-31, so you can count down the month leading up to your vacation. OR combine numbers for a birthday banner for the special persons age! There are TWENTY pages, with 4 triangle banner pieces per page. Just print them off (I recommend cardstock, but that’s entirely up to you), cut them out, then string or tape where you like.
My hubby had a super idea (when I agreed it was genius, our Thor said ‘wait…what?!’ Guess he needs to come up with great ideas in front of the kids more often, but it sure was funny!) – String up the numbers, then gently tape a character one on top. So each day you take off the character to display the number! Or you can do it in reverse, and life off the number each day to reveal a surprise character. Yup, totally fun!
My kids asked if we would use this the next time we have a Disney vacation – I said definitely, along with my favorite DIY Disney Countdown using a frame and straws! I’m leaving it up in our house just for fun this week 🙂
Download & Print your fun Disney banner HERE
Other Disney fun…
It’s almost Easter! Seriously, HOW is it almost Easter?! Luckily I can throw together a super quick & fun treat/gift for my kiddos and their friends – like these Easter Treat Tubes!
I based these off of the Christmas treat tubes I shared a couple years ago, but instead of Elves and Santa I did Bunnies and Chickies, of course.
Head over to Pretty My Party, where I’m sharing the instructions and FREE PRINTABLE stencils for these fabulous Easter treat tubes! They’d be perfect for baskets, egg hunts or Easter gifts – so head over and make yours today 🙂
originally shared March 2016
Other Easter & Spring crafts you may like…
I’m a HUGE Harry Potter fan, love reading (and re-reading) the books, delight in the movies and have had plenty of dreams where I could cast a nifty spell. Imagine my delight about visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter during Family Forward this month! I can’t wait to tell you all about it – in the meantime, enjoy these 100+ DIY Harry Potter Ideas for crafts, recipes, printables and much more!
Don’t have the budget to swing an expensive vacation this summer? Even though Disneyland, cruises, and road trips are super fun, for the normal person it’s just not practical to splurge on one every single year. It’s still nice to have some type of family vacation, though, right? Well, here’s the list to save your vacation woes…Over 100 Budget-Saving Staycation Ideas!
Yesterday was Wonder Woman’s last day of 2nd grade, so our house is on ‘official’ summer break mode. Seriously, WHY do kids go crazy the DAY it’s summer break? Do they have a switch? Whatever it is, I do find it slightly annoying. Anywho…since we’re trying our hardest to get out of debt, we’re putting the big N-O to any big vacation plans this year. I don’t want to do NOTHING, though, so went on the search for some awesome Staycation Ideas. This list of over 100 ideas will have us spending plenty of staycation time together, and I’m sure there’s something perfect for your family, too!
Here’s 25 Awesome Staycation Ideas over at Living Well Spending Less
The Extreme Coupon Professors have 100 Staycation Ideas for Your Summer Fun
Six Sisters’ Stuff shared these 30 Cheap Staycation Ideas, and they’re fabulous!
Forbes has a list of 16 Things To Do On a Staycation that’ll help get your brainstorming going
My family (and sometimes just Hubby and I) will surely enjoy some of these 123 Amazing Staycation Ideas from the lovely Dating Divas
What better way to relax and enjoy yourself than with these 22 Ways to Turn Your Home Into a Staycation Resort from This Old House?!
Have you done any Staycations in the past that you absolutely loved? Please share in the comments below!
With the weather changing from winter to Spring (and back again, depending on where you are!) it’s a perfect time to cover a weather unit at preschool, Kindergarten or just for some fun learning activities for kids! We put together a list of 20 Weather Activities Kids Will Love, from experiments to printables and more.
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There’s some super fun weather crafts and activities here, from umbrella sorting, to I Spy, to homemade weather vanes and much more.
20 Weather Activities Kids Will Love
Pre-K Pages – ‘What’s the Weather?’ Dramatic Play Dress Up
Artsy Craftsy Mom – Umbrella Counting and Color Sorting Activity
Two Daloo – Felt Weather Board
Life Over C’s – Weather I Spy
Buggy and Buddy – Thunderstorm Art Project
Mom Inspired Life – Explore Clouds Fine Motor Practice
The Home School Scientist – Using Clouds to Predict the Weather
Things to Share and Remember – ‘What’s the Weather?’ Movement Activity
Lemon Lime Adventures – DIY Thermometer Kids Activity
Preschool Powol Packets – Weather Science Experiment – Warm & Cold
Sunny Day Family – One Windy Day: Leaves & Weather Activity
123 Homeschool 4 Me – Homemade Weather Vane
A Little Pinch of Perfect – Printable Weather Chart
Gift of Curiosity – Make a Hurricane Weather Sciene
Housing a Forest – How to Make a Barometer
Life Over C’s – Printable Weather Pre-K Pack
Mom Inspired Life – Rain Cloud Jar Science Experiment
In The Playroom – Seasons Weather Sorting Activity
Pre-K Pages – Weather Theme Movement Game
Buggy and Buddy – Weather Mobile Craft
Which idea is your favorite?
I’m all for encouraging reading in my kiddos, so fun bookmarks can be a huge help. With the upcoming holiday where they’ll exchange tons of Valentine’s with their classes and friends, these Printable Valentine Superhero Bookmarks are just the ticket for the little (or big) hero in your family!
We also have a girl superhero version available HERE
There are 3 designs, and they print on an 8.5×11 sheet. I highly recommend printing it onto cardstock paper so it’s more durable. My kids like to fiddle with their bookmarks while reading, so they sure get worn out fast. I’ve found that laminating them really helps the superhero bookmarks to last longer – and less paper trash from ripped edges 🙂
My boys can’t wait to give these out for Valentine’s Day at their schools! We’re printing a bunch, then tying ribbon in the hole at top (just use a hole punch, super easy) – then they’re all set to go! And can I just say I’m THRILLED that my kids are old enough to sign their own names on their Valentines – I can’t imagine having to ‘help’ with the name on every single superhero bookmark for their whole class!
I love Wednesdays, because they’re my designated ‘Disney Day’ where I share all sorts of Disney-themed tips, ideas, printables, you get the idea. Today I’ve got a really fun Free Printable Mickey Numbers & Letters sheet for you – great to use as a banner, cupcake toppers, a cut-out announcement, and so much more!
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There’s 1 sheet each – one for letters and the other for numbers. It’s designed to print onto an 8.5×11 sheet, but you can adjust it when printing if you want your pieces to be smaller in size. You can try enlarging them so you can have bigger letters or numbers, but I can’t guarantee the resolution quality (how blurry it may be). The numbers sheet has 1-9, and the letters one has the whole alphabet – plus a cute little Mickey Mouse dude on the side.
Download & Print the Numbers HERE
Download & Print the Letters HERE