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Hello to all. I am a single mother to a sweet and smart 4 yr old girl. Need ideas.

My daughter gets very bored easily, and I feel she needs something more challenging and fun to keep her occupied. Anyone has any ideas for arts and craft ideas? Thank you!!

  • Angie
    Jun 03

    I am also a single mother to 3 year old. Beading necklaces can be fun and supports fine motor skills, baking cupcakes with her helping mix ingredients and decorate, dot art, painting, getting Barbies dressed, built blanket forts with her under kitchen table while u cool with her baby dolls tea party, balance bike/scooter outside, wash her ride toys day...soapy fun mess with sprinkler.

  • Jazmine M. Gonzalez
    Jun 03

    Thank you, ladies!!! This will certainly help my daughter to be less bored. She is four years old and I feel she is in need of something that will help her keep occupied and spark creativity and knowledge so that I can get some quiet time and get things done around the house, and these activities would be awesome for us to do together as well. Blessings and have a great week!!! 💜🙏🏼

Sandra posted in DIY May 22

To let them paint or not let them paint

We’re getting ready to move and the new house we will be moving to is allowing us to paint the walls. We picked out paint and they provided :D (low voc).. anyway. The kids really got excited and want to help paint their room. Normally we have my fiancé do it but he’s out of town for work and so we will need to get going with the preparations and painting needs to be happening, just wanting some... More

  • Emily
    May 22

    Perhaps you paint 3 walls and leave 1 ‘kids’ wall? Or while you paint, hang a really big piece of paper or contact paper and let them paint on that. Then rotate the paper onto the other walls as you move around the room (or start new one). Then the walls look good but you could hang the ‘paintings’ the kids did.

  • Anonymous
    May 23

    Painting walls really isn't difficult. My mother let me help as a young child and she was super anal about the edging in being perfect. Everything went fine. Just go for it.

Katie posted in DIY Apr 05

Does anyone have any tips for dealing with thin walls between your kids’ rooms?

My toddler (2) does a pretty great job with naptime from 1-3:30, UNLESS we try to put our 5 month old in her crib in the next room. The 5 month old makes noises and sometimes cries while getting settled, and it wakes my toddler up every time and she will not go back to sleep then. (This is my current situation 😑) I’ve heard ideas like hanging blankets on the walls or putting full bookshelves in... More

  • Angie
    Apr 11

    Sound machine!

  • Natalie
    Apr 12

    White noise machine in one or both rooms, we use a lectrofan. I’ve read it shouldn’t be any higher than 65db you can use an app on your phone to measure how loud it is

Tram posted in DIY Jan 08

Photo printing and photo frames

I would like to start decorating our home with family photos. Anyone have good suggestions for where to print larger photos of different sizes, and also where to buy nice frames that aren’t budget busting? Ty in advance.

  • Carly
    Jan 11

    I use mpix.com for photo printing. It costs a little more but they do have sales. The quality is much better than Shutterfly, Walgreens or Target.

  • Amy
    Jan 21

    Snapfish usually has better deals than shutterfly by the time you're checking out. They have crazy good sales very often, for canvases, books, photo gifts, holiday cards, etc.

Mandy posted in DIY Dec 04, 2018

Looking for ideas for a crafty gift my 3 year old can make for our newborn for Christmas.

  • RaeJean
    Dec 04, 2018

    Some type of colorful mobile to hang above the crib. Maybe butterflies or birds from the craft store? Maybe let your little take a trip with you to pick out supplies. Or maybe one of those knotted fleece blankets. No sewing just basically tying two pieces of fleece together.

Free things to do

What are some free things to do with an 18month old? :) it doesn’t have to be in phoenix

  • Crystal
    Dec 01, 2018

    Put them in a diaper only and let them have a paint party on a big paper

  • Anonymous Mom
    Dec 01, 2018

    If your looking for socially you can look into your local library for toddler time things and your local gymnastics place sometimes has toddler open gym usually free or like $5 for like 2 hours and if you contact your local early intervention or head start and ask them and ask them for their monthly magazine or flyer that offers things to do too that are free. Sometimes low income offices have ... More

Shruti posted in DIY Nov 30, 2018

Gingerbread house kits

My four year old is all excited to build a gingerbread house. But every other brand I look online has horrible reviews. Most of them seem to have problems with the “glue”. Are there any brands that Winnie parents have had luck with? I would hate for my little boy to be disappointed.

  • Jennifer
    Dec 01, 2018

    Bought ours from target and it was already put together. My 5 & 7 year old loved decorating it.

  • AdamAnt
    Dec 01, 2018

    We use the kits, but make our own royal icing to compensate for the small amount of “glue” provided in the kit. It also sticks better as long as you make it thick (Google for recipes - it’s basically confectioners sugar & water).

Jade posted in DIY Nov 30, 2018

Eco-friendly gift wrap ideas?

I recently learned that any gift wrap that is shiny or has decorative foil on it isn’t recyclable! So I’m looking for some creative materials I can use to wrap gifts and reduce waste this year. Newspaper is always a classic, but can be a little dirty. Any ideas? 💡

  • Angel
    Dec 01, 2018

    I like to wrap in fat quarter chunks of fabric. Many of my friends sew, so I wrap their gifts this way... We also use kraft paper, or recycle newspaper and add bags we make.

  • Carla
    Dec 02, 2018

    We have actually used newspaper/ comics to gift wrap. We topped it off with a red bow and it looked pretty cool.

Any SAHM Entrepreneurs here?

Hello all! I’m a SAHM with a 2yo and a 5mo. I’m looking to start a small from home craft business and if you have pointers, tips, and/or tricks, please feel free to share!

  • Kayla
    Nov 29, 2018

    I recently posted a "elf for hire" flyer saying I would wrap presents for busy people that don't have time...just an idea, so far it's going decent, I'm sure it will pick up more closer to Christmas

Memory crafts

I want to do some craft like things for our kids such as a blanket made of old onesies, memory box, tradition like things, etc. but am having a hard time looking things up and finding things. Anyone have cute things they do as their kids grow up? Or know what to search to find stuff? Thank you!

  • Michaela
    Nov 20, 2018

    I’m having a teddy bear made by a friend from one of baby’s newborn onesie

  • Elena
    Nov 20, 2018

    I made a blanket out of all hes new born onesies. A d I have made an email that I send pics videos and Wright important fmtgings as they happen like I wrote a out how I gave birth to him and how hes first birthday was with names of guests and details that are fresh so when he grows up I can read them to him as fun sories

I need help filling my 1 1/2 year olds day.. Any ideas? Everything is welcome. We are crafty

We need things to do to keep his little brain and hands busy

  • Tianna
    Nov 20, 2018

    Bowl of uncooked pasta, beans, rice. Shaving cream with food coloring on the high chair tray, bin/ kid with slit to put coins in, homemade play doh, make thanksgiving turkeys, painting, string Pasta or beads, finger paint, make a water play station, build forts. Visit a state park, hike, go for a bike ride, library story times, parks.

  • Ashlie
    Nov 26, 2018

    Have you tried making going out grathering odd things like rocks wood chips and things like that then you can use that to make art or maybe go to the craft store and get the cardboard alphabet get the letter to spell his name and glue the things he finds on them

Elena posted in DIY Nov 19, 2018

How to keep memories fresh for your little one

So as a first time mom I was obsessed with my new baby and the little clothes and parties for him. Even throughout my pregnancy I was so proud of my baby bump and everything. I know there are books and keepsakes but often there isn't much time when you can write or you forget to put things in them. So I created an email account for my son and I'll email him photos and stories when some... More

  • Ivy
    Nov 19, 2018

    I have made email accounts for my littles too. And send videos, pictures, letters too :)

  • Anne
    Nov 19, 2018

    I use the 1 Second Everyday app. You just take a 1 second video every day of your normal life and then you can compile it into a video over a month or the whole year. It's a bit like a visual diary and really special.

Indoor crafts for 3 year old boy.

I need some ideas! I’m tired of the tablet and YouTube 🙃

  • Valerie
    Nov 13, 2018

    Love these ideas! Thanks y’all.

  • Melissa
    Nov 20, 2018

    Stickers. Cutting paper or play dough. Stamps. Car art- roll toy cars in paint and then on paper. Chalk. White board markers, place paper with shapes or letters to trace in a page protector or laminate it and let him practice tracing or drawing, then erase and start over. If he likes legos, make paper legos that he can glue on paper to build a design. Other ideas that are not crafts: sorting ... More

Crafts

Looking for fun arts and crafts for a 1.5 year old. It’s gettin too cold to be outside much.

  • Sandra
    Nov 12, 2018

    I bought some canvases from target and different color paints I also ordered learning sticker books from Amazon

  • Mom
    Nov 17, 2018

    Sensory box is a personal favorite right now. We are under 2 as well

Anne posted in DIY Nov 05, 2018

Simple hack to rejuvenate dried out markers

Saw this online and had to share! If your kids are like mine and can’t put the caps back on markers to save their lives, get some liquid watercolor and soak the marker tips overnight. You can use cups for this or an ice cube tray. Amazingly, it works! Just make sure to get the washable stuff 😅

  • Cheryl
    Nov 06, 2018

    Such a great idea to slow down the throwing away of MORE PLASTIC. Definitely worth the effort.

  • theishu
    Nov 16, 2018

    Definitely worth a shot if it means less waste and less plastic discarded

Anne posted in DIY Oct 29, 2018

DIY: No-sew last-minute ghost costume! 👻

This one is cheap, easy and super fast to put together and only requires a sheet or sheer fabric (I used this $10 IKEA curtain: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NBUEVKG), 3 safety pins, and sticky-back black felt. Just cut two rectangular equal size pieces of fabric, then gather one long edge of each and pin together at the shoulders. For the third pin, gather some of the side drapes into the cen... More

Anonymous posted in DIY Oct 16, 2018

Small wedding ideas?

Really frugal way to throw a very small intimate wedding. No outdoors I live in Louisiana :p we’ve already had 2 of the 4 seasons just this morning haha. The only reason I’m anon is because it hasn’t been announced yet :p

  • Cynthia
    Oct 16, 2018

    I got married in a very fancy restaurant in a private section. Now we can always go there to eat for our anniversary.

  • Joey
    Oct 16, 2018

    Don't do wedding favors. They're a waste of money and usually get thrown away afterward. Silk flowers are usually much cheaper than real. You could do grocery store bunches for the bouquets and just baby's breath for the centerpieces (really cute in mason jars). DIY doesn't always mean cheaper! A lot of wholesale websites can offer up cheap alternatives.

Cathy posted in DIY Oct 09, 2018

Halloween Costume Helllllpppppp!!!!

Please! Help! My son is almost 2 and so he doesn’t have much of an opinion as to what he goes dressed as. He can’t stand anything on his head or over his face. I’m also extremely creatively challenged! I’m panicked!

  • Jenn
    Oct 13, 2018

    Batman :)

  • Rhiannon O'Callaghan
    Oct 19, 2018

    Pajama bat for my 16mo old! Got it at Target for around twelve bucks. He loves it. :3 Might put a nose on him for a trunk or treat. LOL.

Anonymous posted in DIY Oct 03, 2018

Bunk beds

What’s a good age to put two siblings in bunk beds? I have a 2 year old and a one year old but I wanted to put the crib under the bunk, to save space in our apartment

  • Angie
    Oct 09, 2018

    Two is a little young to be up high like that i feel. Id get a little toddler bed for him or put his old crib mattress on the floor. If you must do a more space saving solution....a trundle bed would be better than a bunk for safety.

  • travelmom
    Jan 11

    Most bunk bed manufacturers say 6 years old. Even the shorter one with the slide. A lot of people may use them younger but it is a safety issue. They can share the bottom bunk at first, or most can be used unstacked. They do have rails, but those are more to prevent roll-outs, not active climbers.

Anonymous posted in DIY Sep 30, 2018

Homemade gifts for children

Does anyone have any suggestions for homemade gifts for children? Thinking ahead for Christmas. The only gift I saved from childhood is a doll my mother made me one year. I played with it all the time and saved it for my own kids. I have three under four and would love to make something that will (hopefully) have a little more meaning one day.

  • Michelle
    Oct 01, 2018

    I am making (hand cutting and tying) fleece blankets for my nanny kiddos this year. Not always the cheapest, but meaningful, customizable per the child’s interest, and useful.

  • Sadie
    Oct 02, 2018

    Quilts, dolls, stockings, Oliver and S has great patterns for clothes, or a small tote

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