Children’s Books (literally!)

My girls and I have started working through Playful Learning , which is a wonderful book full of fun educational activities for children ages 4-8. My daughters are 5 and 3, but my three year old is enjoying the activities just as much, and I am having a blast seeing what those two can do!

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We made books the other day, one of the activities in the young authors’ section. I used this tutorial by Dana from Made, and then I just let them have a go. I was very impressed by the lovely stories they drew/wrote.

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My five-year-old wrote a book called “The Lemonade Stand,” full of creativity and wit! We are reading it at night before going to bed and she could not be more pleased. I loved working on this project together!

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Printable: Placemat Coloring Page

Placemat Coloring Page

I used this coloring page during my daughter’s party this past Saturday. I set places for all the girls and provided crayons for them to decorate their own page, then explained how to set the table and had them practice on their very own placemat. It was a hit!

Another use would be to have your child color and then laminate it. That way you can pull it out at dinner time and have him/her set the table as part of his/her chores.

Yet another use would be to carry copies with you and crayons to pull out when you eat out. Some of the printed activities at restaurants are not toddler friendly, and this would be a fun thing for your toddler/preeschooler to do while you wait for your food.

How would you use it?

Tuesday Tutorial: Line your envelopes

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A special detail that always looks amazing and can make a homemade card look that much more gorgeous is lining the envelope. It is a great chance to play with color, contrast, and print to enhance your creation.

This is how I do it:

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Trace the top of your envelope onto your desired lining paper, making sure you make it long enough that the white of the envelope underneath will not show when it lays flat.

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Now lay your lining on top, cut off the two strips where the self-adhesive glue is supposed to go, insert your lining, and fold. Make sure you get a clean, crisp line.

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Time to glue your lining! A good tip here is to only apply glue to the “triangle” part. The bottom of the piece will lay flat, anyway, and if you try to glue that part in, too, you risk creating air bubbles that will not look good (ask me how I know!)

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Ta-da! A beautifully-lined envelope. I made these as invitations for my daughter’s birthday party. I did not have time to make my own envelopes this time, and the plain white ones from the stores looked so sad… Enter a lovely plaid paper! I chose plaid to complement the look of Barbie’s dress (Princess Charm School’s Blair wears uniforms and dresses with plaid all through the show), and made some yellow, some hot pink to go with the image I used. They turned out great! Do you like to line your envelopes?

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