MEA Weekend isn’t that far away, so if you like to plan ahead Family Fun Twin Cities has compiled a list for you to use as a starting point for this fabulous, fall four-day weekend. If you plan more spur of the moment like me, these options will be on our October Family Events & Activities Guide for quick access. Read More
A rainy day conjures up an image of a warm drink and a conversation with a friend, a good book in front of the fire. A lazy day inside catching up on all your shows.
Unless you are a parent.
Rainy days are not necessarily romantic, peaceful or perfect. They can be dreadful, fear-inducing and to put it simply–hated. I don’t think I even need to explain why. (But I will)
Uncivilized crazies bounce off the walls, tedious groans of boredom echo through the house. Whiny pleas for “more screen tiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmme!”
It’s unbearable. It’s insufferable.
We can’t take another minute.
Mom. Dad. We gotcha covered.
The Family Fun Twin Cities Rainy Day Guide is the playbook you need to get through a chunk of your day when you are stuck inside. These ideas will spark imagination: whether the imagination is yours or belongs to your kiddos. And sometimes all it takes is a little bit of effort and intention to make the day a success for everyone. Read More
Family Fun Twin Cities was invited into the WCCO studio to suggest some fun crafts to do with the kids during this absolutely horrific cold weather. (I’m not complaining about the cold in Minnesota. I’m just saying there is cold, very cold, and absolutely horrific cold. We are currently experiencing the latter!)
Watch the segments and find the show notes for each idea.
Not because they aren’t cool, but because I don’t like the mess. Which is so funny because I have a very messy house. That aside–and the contradiction it is–I love to take my kids places to be creative. Where I don’t get upset because they made a crazy mess to create something cool. Read More
For months I have been promising my children a trip to Heartfelt.You know it’s been a long time since we’ve been there when even the boys say, “Mom, we need to go to Heartfelt.”
There are still 10 days of January to take advantage of theseJanuary craftsin the warm and inviting atmosphere of this cozy little shop.
MERMAIDS: TWO WAYS
Make a pair of mythical mermaids using wool felt and yarn or wool hair. Two body styles are offered: a traditional clothes peg (suggested for younger children) or a curvy wooden peg (for older kids). Ages 5 and up; younger with grown-up help. $15.
FELTED MARBLE BAG
Learn to wet felt with a resist while making a useful wool bag. Add a drawstring closure and your bag is ready to hold marbles or other small treasures. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown-up help. $22.
Create your own little fairy cabin using watercolor, bark, moss, twigs, pinecones, and more. Allow one to two hours. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown-up help. $28.
Choose from the large selection of yarns, then wind and wind around a cardboard donut. This can take a while so feel free to use two sessions to complete a pompom. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown-up help.$10.
Pick a pinecone from thestash and spread with sunflower butter, then sprinkle with bird seed and hang from a tree or bush with twine. Ages 2 ½ and up. $5.
WOODEN TOP Paint and assemble a trio of tops—watch them spin! Older children may use the wood burning tool for decoration. Ages 5 and up. $10.
Color your gnomes with watercolor crayons, then stitch a hat from a piece of recycled sweater. A scarf around his neck will keep him warm all season long. Ages 4 to adult; younger with grown-up help. One large gnome $10. Add a second smaller friend for an additional $5.
from Heartfelt’s newsletter, images courtesy of Heartfelt, used with permission
It has been too long since we have visited Heartfelt. And it looks to me that November is the time to go. Actually, when is it NOT the time to go? That aside, Heartfelt is offering its usual awesome monthly crafts, and Lisa is teaching preschool classes each week and supplying us with gift-making crafts for the holidays including Thanksgiving and Christmas crafts.
Heartfelt is the place to be this month!
November Crafts, Drop In Crafts & Christmas Crafts.
ADVENT CALENDAR Create your own family heirloom! A premade wooden house comes with 25 little drawers, one for each day of Advent. Use paint, glitter and wood burning to craft a holiday tradition that will last for years. Although this is a drop in craft, plan for two or three sessions. Recommended for adults or older children/ teens with adult help. $54.
SPARKLE ACORNS Glitter real acorn tops, then felt a little oval ball to tuck inside. Add a string of gold to hang your treasure. Ages 4 to adult. Set of three acorns $15.
CLAY MENORAH Make your own unique menorah, using air drying clay. A sprinkle of glitter adds shine. All ages. $15.
THREAD STARS As we wrap thread around a circle, a beautiful star gradually appears. Make a whole stack for friends and family. Ages 7 and up; younger with grown up help. Five stars $10.
SWEATER GNOME Old sweaters, washed and felted make useful and cozy fabric for crafting. We will fold, stitch and stuff this cute gnomie, add a bead head and cap—he is perfect to tuck into a pocket or stocking. Ages 8 to adult. $22.
POINTSETTA FAIRY This girl is so pretty! Layer her petal skirt, sew a matching blouse and add holly leaf wings. Ages 6 to adult. $15.
WINTER VILLAGE HOUSE Our love affair with miniature houses continues. This wintery version has color washed walls, a dusting of glitter and a little light inside. Allow one to two hours. Ages 7 to adult; younger children with grown up help. $28.
Give Thanks Crafts (Perfect for Thanksgiving)
Corn Husk Dolls: These traditional harvest dolls are fun and easy to make. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help. Pair of dolls $20.
HARVEST HOUSE: Make a sweet miniature house in harvest colors to grace your Thanksgiving table. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help.$28
PINECONE TURKEY Now an annual Heartfelt tradition! Learn to make a cute pinecone turkey with feather tail to decorate your Thanksgiving table. All ages. FREE Saturday, November 16, 10:00-2:00 THANKSGIVING FRIDAY : Annual Birch slab Centerpiece decorated with fragrant greens, pretty berries, and pinecones. $10. Ages 4 and up They will offer a free gift while supplies last.
Gift Making Christmas Craft
FELT BROOCHES Stack felt cutouts and buttons; sew a pin back and your gift is ready for giving. Make two brooches. Ages 6 to adult. $10.
FELTED PIN CUSHION Makes a perfect gift for sewers. Our super safe needle felting method makes this project suitable even for younger children. Ages 6 to adult. $10. FELTED CANDY CANE – Christmas crafts Wet felt a wooly candy cane to hang on your tree. Ages 4 to adult. $15
PINECONE TOPIARY – Christmas crafts Decorate a little ceramic pot with paint and seasonal stamps. Add a pinecone “tree”, decorated with glitter and ribbon. Makes a pretty gift for grandparents. Ages 3 and up. $10.
HOLIDAY HEARTS – Christmas crafts Stitch a cozy heart from our selection of felt and felted wool. Add your own embroidery, buttons or beads, then stuff with wool, a pinch of lavender and add a cord for hanging. Ages 5 to adult. $10.
PERCHING DOVE Attached to a clothespin, this pretty sewn felt bird will perch prettily on a tree or branch. Ages 7 to adult. $15.
SWEATER WREATH A return of our most popular holiday craft from last year! String snippets of felted sweater scraps to make a cozy wreath. Ages 4 to adult. $20
Heartfelt Preschool Classes
Call 612-877-8090 to register for a preschool class. These are for those ages 2 1/2 and older with a grown-up participant. $15 for first child and $10 for each child after that.
YARN DOLLIES Making yarn dolls has been an American folk tradition since colonial times. Your child will cherish this dolly. Boys will love this craft too! Wednesday November 13th or Friday November 14th
HANUKKAH FESTIVAL Celebrate the festival of lights! Welcome back storyteller Sara Logan as she leads us in Hanukkah song, story and play. We will craft a pretty Star of David ornament, play dreidel and share a yummy snack of latkes. Whether you celebrate Hanukkah at home or are interested in experiencing new traditions, this gathering is for you. Wednesday November 20th or Friday November 22nd THANKFUL CRAFTS As the days shorten and the harvest ends, it’s time to give thanks. Children will make a little Thanksgiving centerpiece, gluing pinecones, acorn caps and bark to a little wood slab. We will then make a little pinecone turkey to finish our decoration and share a snack of spicy bread. Please note, one session only Wednesday November 27th
(taken from Heartfelt’s Newsletter, used with permission)
I think I have the world’s most crafty kids. I’m not saying they are good at crafts–which they are. I’m not saying they devise many a scheme–which they do.
No, my kids are the world’s most crafty kids because that’s what they want to do. All. The. Time.
And guess what! I hate crafts!
I think part of the reason I hate them so much so because there is no reason for them except to create a huge mess! So I shun them.
However, what if the craft had a greater purpose? What if the craft was a way for you and your child to take a moment and care for someone else? What if–wait for it–you could bless someone with your child’s creativity?
Oh, yes! This really does exist! Sarah from Big Hearted Families sent me the Messages of Care Crafts With Kindness BabbaCo Box to check out and do with my daughters. It’s been so busy at our house, though, I haven’t even been able to take the time to tell them what its called. However, we have LOOKED at it.
For $39.99, you get the tools you need to make piles and piles of messages of care. All different kinds. Let’s start at the top. At the bottom of your box is a book to read with your kids called The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning. It’s about sending a hug in the mail. Along with the book comes a reading guide to have a great discussion with your child.
Then, it’s on to the crafts. There are cards to paint to send to kids around the world who are sick with life threatening illnesses. This specific project is called Send Kids the World. This would be a perfect tag team project for my gifts. One loves to paint and the other loves to encourage (her 2nd grade teacher says that she has a big fat heart!).
There is a small mailbox to decorate and a packet of supplies to write love notes to your family whenever you feel they need it. This packet is called Family Love Notes. (What? You can be kind even to your family?)
The Delicious Delivery supply packet is a little more labor-intensive, but there again, this would be a great tag team craft. One of my girls can bake (which is her favorite thing to do in the world–if she could cook every night for our family, she would. However, the rest of the family would starve or there would be many trips to the ER) the treats and the other one can decorate the box (since she didn’t get to paint the cards. I can just picture my girls taking them to school and delivering them to their teachers.
I’m getting warm fuzzies all over and they haven’t even started any of the projects.
Okay, but here’s the kicker. You only have until Sunday, November 10, 2013 to place your order. I know $39.99 seems a little pricey, but let me break it down for you. The book itself is worth $17. The Art Supplies–stickers, paints, paintbrush, glue, pen, box, cards, fabric squares–would easily run you $25. Already you have your money’s worth. But they also include a metal mailbox and a bakery box. This is well worth the $40. Not only are you giving your child Crafts with a purpose, but you are giving yourself the easiest craft prep known to man. Everything is done for you!
If you are interested make sure you visit BabbaCo to place and order. And remember, it’s only good until Sunday, November 10!
Heartfelt’s October Crafts are good for 4 more days! You really don’t want to miss out if you can help it. These crafts are so cute that they would be fun gifts…who am I kidding. You aren’t going to want to give these adorable crafts away!
WITCHES: TWO WAYS
Choose between the Flower Witch and the Peg Witch. Peg Witch for ages 5 to adult; younger with grown up help. $10. Flower Witch for ages 7 to adult, younger with grown up help. $20. CASHMERE KITTEN
Upcycle a cashmere sweater into a cute little kitty. This sewing project is suitable for ages 8 to adult. Allow 1 ½ hours. $28.
HALLOWEEN HOUSE Decorate a miniature house and yard, adding beeswax pumpkins, witches, and cat. Ages 7 to adult; younger with grown up help. $32.
FELTED ACORN NECKLACE
Wet felt an acorn necklace using colorful fleece. Top with a real acorn cap and hang on a coppery ball chain. Ages 3 and up. $10.
Sew a pirate hate from wool felt. Perfect answer for your Halloween costume. Ages 6 to adult. $22.
LEAF LANTERN Decorate a glass globe lantern with real autumn leaves. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown up help. $15
FELTED PUMPKIN Make a pumpkin out of sheep’s wool by using the wet-felting technique. Ages 5 to adult; younger with grown up help. $15.
PEG DOLL CRAFTING & CARD MAKING
Lisa is always offering these crafts. Both these options are super fun! Peg Doll Crafting: All ages Prices vary.
Card Making: All ages. $2 or 3 for $5.
I have never once been disappointed visiting Heartfelt. I don’t believe you will be either. Enjoy the tree house, the handmade toys, and try out a new craft project! You will LOVE Heartfelt as much as we do.
Starting this Friday, October 25 and running through the next few Fridays, Heartfelt is offering a crafting series for the Tween/Teen Girl in your life–ages 10-14–called SweetheART. The sessions are being taught by Cindy Smedberg (of Minneapolis Community Education) and will introduce your girls to an array of mixed media. This is where I jump for joy that Heartfelt exists. How would I ever have been able to provide this for my girls if it were not for people in the area who are gifted with these talents?
Let me hear an AMEN!
You can attend one session or all three sessions. They do not build on each other. If you miss out on a Friday for any particular reason, you won’t miss a step. Let me point out that you will, however, miss out on that session (brilliant, aren’t I?). And you really don’t want to miss out on these!
Sessions will be held from 4:30-6:00 pm and are $20 per session. If you register for all three sessions, the total is $50. Call Heartfelt to register at 612-877-8090.
image courtesy of cindy smedberg
Book Making Friday October 25th
Mixed Media Collage Friday November 8th
Photo Memory Board Friday November 15th
SweetheART is a bit advanced for my girls, so if anyone tries it out, please let us know what you thought.