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BUY + DIY: Quiet Time Games

Quiet Games

This has been an element to Small Fry for years, but I am finally giving it a name! Essentially this series is all about tackling a need we have as parents and offering the best of both worlds: buying and/or DIYing. Because there’s some things you can’t buy or find the way you might like them and there’s some things that aren’t worth DIYing when you can buy them for such a great price. SO! Today is all about QUIET TIME. But like, TRULY quiet time. Church style. If this toy or game fell onto a gym floor it wouldn’t make … Read more

around the house

This post is brought to you by the Quaker Oats Company! All opinions are our own. How is everyone feeling since the back-to-school rush? We’re finally settling into a more easy-going speed and have found that the more prep we do the night before the smoother the day goes in the morning! These  Quaker Chewy Granola Bars have been heavy in the rotation as we pack lunches for our kids for school or when we all need to grab quick snacks on-the-go! These bars mix 100% whole grains (that us moms love) and tasty ingredients like chocolate chips (that the kids love) come in … Read more

bomb valentine

Last Minute Valenitne's

We had a couple different readers write in asking for last minute Valentine’s Ideas! When you don’t have a printer and you don’t have time to swing to the nearest Print Shop, here is something you can make with household items (at least household items for us, you know, a kid’s craft blog, ha!) You’ll need red paper, tape or glue, and pipe cleaners! If you’ve bought pipe cleaners once, you will still have these for 20 years, so go digging through that craft box! They’re never-ending! Then just wrap the paper around the pipe cleaner and your favorite stacked … Read more

santa hat kisses garland

The Christmas waiting game is torture for our kids so we’ve been trying to come up with things for them to do each day to help them help us get ready for the Holidays. This is a super easy project they can do, and fast too! We made a few extra to take to friends, too. Here’s what you’ll need:–HERSHEY’S KISSES Santa Hat Chocolates (exclusively at Target, so head there! Or buy now!) -Mini Marshmallows -Red string or twine –Edible glue Now all you need to do is let your kids dab a dot of glue onto the bottom of the HERSHEY’S … Read more

confetti art

By Emily. My 5 year old Hayes is “project” obsessed. He loves working on things together whether it’s making cookies, folding towels, or art projects. It brings him so much joy I am always brainstorming fun and easy projects he can handle and we can tackle together. Cal usually ends up joining too, and I feel like the best mom in the world for a few minutes. Here’s an easy one we whipped up recently, confetti art! Here’s what you’ll do: First, you can always buy circular tissue confetti online. As usual I didn’t plan ahead so we ended up … Read more

unplugged week: bi plane

Unplugged Week: Bi-Plane

TGIF! Have we ever meant that more than today? We hope that Unplugged Week has been as amazing for you as it was for us. It’s always so refreshing to reframe our environment and see our kids flourish. For the last day of Unplugged here’s one more craft that you can do together witch stuff you have lying around the house: a Bi-Plane! Use our favorite paint pots, a paintbrush, a clothes-pin, two large tongue depressors and regular popsicle stick. To make this use the clothespin as the center of the plane, then glue a popsicle stick onto the back, and … Read more

shamrock potato stamp DIY

Shamrock Potato Stamp

By Nicole. How’s that for an Irish sounding post title? Here’s how you can make everything a little luckier with a simple potato. Ready?Just grab a standard potato, the larger the better so you have plenty of room, and a sharp paring knife. Cut the potato in half and decide your shape size. You will want to cut down around the general area of the stamp so that there’s a raised image for the paint to grab onto. For this one I did a four leaf clover by etching out four heart shapes and then a stem.Using acrylic paint cover … Read more

Pixelated Valentine’s Box

Just in the nick of time for our kids’ classroom Valentine’s Day parties! Valentine’s boxes are tricky for boys, so here’s a colorful and cool option that avoids all that yucky love stuff. Their words, not ours. You’ll need colorful squares in a small color palette: Glue or glue stick and a cardboard box. Cut your envelope hole and then start glueing on the squares.Cover the box overlapping only slightly and trimming squares when you hit corners and slots. (Card via Paper Bandit Press)Best of all, the boys could do it basically from start to finish (except for cutting the … Read more

DIY baby headband

DIY headband

You all know how we love an easy repurposed DIY for our kids, so now that we have a little Small Fry lady on board we’re excited to add DIYs for her, too! This one is a super easy headband you can make from an old t-shirt!   Grab a t-shirt:       Cut a 14″x3″ strip, straight as can be lines, and raw edges are great!   Tie the knot, if you don’t have a baby on hand you can use a ball or bowl as a measurement.   This one is such a great quick project, makes … Read more

nativity puppets

The Nativity is for sure the most loved (and touched) element to our holiday decor each year. We’ve found poor baby Jesus in some pretty precarious places. As much as we love having beautiful set, we always find ourselves needing something more durable that the kids can love on. Here’s this year’s, Popsicle Stick Puppets! Start with tongue-depressor size popsicle sticks. You can get these at the grocery store — no need for an extra craft store trip! Our boys are on the younger side so we had them paint the majority of the stick and then we finished off the … Read more