monster puppets

You parents of school-kids, do you participate in their classrooms? We hear the PTA is no joke! We love being able to observe or join our boys anytime their being creative, so volunteering for their art time at school is right up our alley. This craft is a perfect project to bring for a big classroom. The supplies are super inexpensive and the kids love it! Here’s how you can recreate it at your own schools!

You can purchase these Craft Foam Sheets at any craft store, then grab a bag of tongue depressors (popsicle sticks are a little too thin for this), glue and scissors and you’re ready to go!

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You can cut out a plethora of shapes beforehand to help get them started, or let them go wild with their imagination. It’s great practice for precision cutting, and of course all about creativity!

 

 

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If you’re looking for more kid-centric DIY crafts great for lots of ages, find all our “Workshop” posts right here. Tons of ideas from over the last two years and all made by or with kids! // Quinn’s tee found here.

 

p.s. the response to our Thursday Threads posts have been awesome, we love creating them & so thrilled you love them! To help you out with that Fall Wardrobe be sure to check out this $500 giveaway to Neiman Marcus!

Small Fry Films: Paper Toys

This film has been on our list since our Giant Paper Airplane post last year, so we’re thrilled to share it today! Made with our main guy Jenner of Lumineux Films and for any parent who’s ever needed to impress their kiddo with some skilled folding abilities. Small Fry Films presents – making the perfect paper airplane, boat and hat!

Check out our other workshop posts:

Water Color Cut-outs, Ocean Sounds Stick, Paper Bouquet, Pencil Pouch, Cereal Box Jet Packs and more! You can find all our DIY projects made by kids for kids right here!

Best Dad Award

We have an awesome DIY and printable for Father’s Day from the impeccably cool ladies at Paging Supermom! Welcome, ladies!

Hello! It’s Aimée and Bettijo from PagingSupermom.com, and we are so happy to join you all today on Small Fry. We come bearing a super-fun craft idea for Father’s Day. We decided to make Dad an official-looking award, since you know he’s the Best Dad around.

Best Dad Award | Small Fry

All you need to whip this project together are two mini paper plates, gold paint, scissors, glue and our free printable No. 1 Dad Award Template.

Best Dad Award Supplies

Begin by painting gold the back sides of two small paper plates. While the plates are drying, cut out the four ribbons and circle from our free template.

Father's Day Award How-To

Glue the No. 1 medallion to the center of one paper plate. Take the second paper plate and glue the four ribbons to the bottom edge of the unpainted side. Finish by gluing the rims of the two plates together with the gold sides facing out.

Number One Dad Award

We love how this gives the award such cool dimension. Seriously paper plates never looked so good — we are sure Dad will love it!

Thanks for letting us join in on the fun. We hope you will stop by Paging Supermom for more easy Father’s Day ideas, and we also have a bunch of free printable worksheets that will come in handy this summer. Follow along via social media @PagingSuperMom!

DIY threading cards

Threading cards are such an awesome playtime activity to help sharpen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! We haven’t seen many around that we love – save maybe this MoMA Modern Shapes set or these Eric Carle illustrations. So, per usual, let’s just make our own shall we? Here’s how you’ll do it:

Threading Cards DIYGrab the Small Fry DIY MVP material of the year: craft foam sheets! And also, bright string and a 1/8 Inch Circle Punch.

Threading Cards DIY

Then you simply cut out the shape you want out of the foam and use your hole punch to create the patterns. We suggest marking the dots with pencil beforehand because it’s really hard to punch a straight line, at least for one of us.

Threading Cards DIY

Geometric, personalized, intricate or simple, it’s all up to you! We take these to dinners-out, church and long car rides, and our four and five year old boys love them!

Threading Cards DIYMore Quiet Time activities: Printable Coloring Pages // Interactive Books Round-up // Pretty Awesome Quiet Book Company Review

Heart Dream Catcher

Remember when we hosted a book launch for twins Heather and Heidi’s Fairy Birds? They’re back today with a sweet project for your girls! Little DIY’ers can even add wishes and dreams to paint chip hearts and attach to help make their dreams and wishes come true. It makes for a perfect wall accessory above a bed, hung at the tip of a teepee, or anywhere else visible for little ones to see their inspiring dreams and remember to chase after them.

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Supplies Needed:

Heart Dream Catcher DIY

Brass metal hanger

Colorful yarn

Scissors

Hot glue gun

Feathers

Variety of paint chips

And here’s what you’ll do:

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Step 1) Gather Materials

Step 2) Have an adult form hanger into a heart shape by locating the bottom of the hanger and bending it at the center point, continue to bend until your heart shape is complete.

Step 3) Find the curved point and extend it so the point is now straight

Step 4) Cut a 8 foot length of yarn

Step 5) Tie and glue the yarn at the bottom of the heart

Step 6) Weave the yarn in and out of the center 2 times, then start weaving in and out on one side and then weave back to center, repeat this step on the other side weaving in and out until the heart weave is complete.

Step 7) Wrap gold mylar around the bottom of the heart so the bottom of the heart is no longer exposed.

Step 8) Cut out hearts with your child and write some of their favorite happy thoughts on the hearts, cut another piece of yarn at any length you prefer.

Step 9) Glue hearts onto the yarn.

Step 10) Tie the yarn to the bottom of the heart.

Step 11) Cut another piece of yarn to your desired length, glue feathers and attach and tie to the bottom of the heart.

 

 

 

Heart Dream Catcher DIY

Check out more Fairy Birds on their website & blog!

Photos courtesy of Blackbird Ink Photography

homemade binoculars

Photos by Jylare.

Now that the weather is warming up, we’ve been adventuring outdoors more often which is always wonderful news for the boys. Today we’ve got an easy home-made (which to us always means made from stuff found around the house) binoculars we can take along. These are great for the little boys who can’t quite figure out how to make the real thing work, but still want to be cool like their brothers!

home-made binoculars

Here’s how you’ll do it:

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All you need is duct tape, a couple rolls of empty toilet paper, or one empty paper towel roll cut in half. Then you’ll need some duct tape and string and you’re ready to craft!

home-made binoculars

All you need to do is cover both rolls completely. Once you get to the end, you can duct tape a string to the outsides of each tub in place. This will act as the neck strap. Then hot glue the tubes together down the center and you’re good to go!

home-made binoculars

Quinn’s tee by Good Boy Friday – find it here!

Happy adventuring!! Find all our DIY posts with household items right here.

 

monster clothespin puppets

We’re to the point in the seasonal transition where there has been enough warm days that our kids know what they’re missing outdoors and are none too happy when the weather turns cold again. It seems to alternate cold to warm every other day the last couple weeks, so we’ve had to be ready with exciting and fresh things to do inside. On today’s blustery agenda: Monster Clothespin Puppets!
Monster Clothespin Puppets

Here’s what you’ll need:

Monster Supplies

Take your favorite bright color scrap paper and cut circles (we use this 1-Inch Circle Punch like crazy!)

Monster Clothespin Puppets

Then cut the circles in half, gluing each half to one prong of the clothespin creating the Pac-Man style mouth.

Monster Clothespin Puppets

Then you can add hats, teeth, eyeballs and funky hair to create your monsters. Ours are definitely party monsters, we couldn’t help it! Then let them dry completely and you’ll be ready to play!

Monster Clothespin Puppets

Find all our favorite crafts made with stuff you have around the house under our “household items” tag right here!

Paper Bouquet DIY

By Emily.

Spring Fever is real, and it has arrived at my house. Thank goodness for a couple high 50s/low 60 days that have gotten us out to the park and basking on the lawn. To celebrate Spring’s upcoming arrival, I had the boys make these cardboard tube bouquets! I saw the idea in a doctor’s waiting room magazine, and knew they would all love it. This is a true-blue kids craft, where they are in charge every step of the way, and they LOVED it! Here’s how you’ll do it:
Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Start by saving up any empty paper towel or toilet paper rolls you have lying around. If you’re in a craft-jam like I was I had Callum unroll a half-used paper towel roll, which might as well have been a trip to DisneyLand, he was pumped! Another work around I used was to take craft paper and tape it into a tube, which is nice because then you can control the size!

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

This next step is recommended for four year olds or older, and also using kid-safe scissors (these ones by Crayola are great.) Have your kids make even cuts about two inches into the tubes. Then have them bend the cuts back, creating the petals.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Now they’re ready to paint! These bold kid’s paints are a Small Fry favorite. Why is it always Crayola? They just know what they’re doing, I guess. Paint each petal and let it dry completely.

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

I am loving having these happy and bright flowers on my table! I could kill a cactus so I’m even happier for this no-pressure option. Also, these flowers are reminding me of a painting, help a sister out! Maybe by Klimt?

Cardboard Bouquet Kids Craft

Have extra paper towel rolls? Check out this Ocean Sounds Stick DIY!

And even more kid-led crafts:

GIANT Paper Airplanes // Colorblock Tees and Tanks // Cereal Box Jet-Packs

One more thing before you go! We are excited to launch our exclusive content newsletters this month! This means that Newsletter members will get special access to content, deals from our favorite shops, and Small Fry goodness that no one else can! To celebrate this roll-out we’re doing a special giveaway for Newsletter members, a Clairisonic skin cleanser from our sponsor Spa Trouvé! Valued at $125 this handheld machine cleans like no other. You know when you go to the dentist and your teeth are so clean it makes your toothbrush look like a cottonball? It’s like that, but for your face. Sign up the tip top left side   ☜. Smart Phone users use this link! Then later today subscribers will get the secret access to enter the giveaway!

Thanks Spa Trouvé for helping us out! Locals don’t miss their buy one get one free sale on Latisse, $100 off fillers, and as usual the best spa treatments around!

paper bag puppets

Today’s post was made out of necessity. When your kid starts preschool they come home with all sorts of notions and experiences they want to recreate. This week it was paper bag puppets. Turns out paper bag puppets are a really cost-effective way to create imaginative playtime based on whatever favorite character or animal your kids are into that week. Whether it’s pirates and mermaids, superheroes and princesses, cats and dogs, these puppets don’t take too long and they cost you less than a couple dollars.

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We’d tell you how these were made but that’s the great thing about paper bag puppets, do whatever you like! We had a loose Valentine’s Day theme, so hearts abound, but other than that everything was done without much thought.

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We’ve been trying to think of some good names for these guys, something nice and punny. Princess Lavender, Shelly Sharkbait, Captain L’amour. We know you can do better, help us out!

More imaginary play posts: Cereal Box Jet Packs, Animal Masks & Tails, and a Cardboard Airplane company created by 13 year old Noah called Paper Box Pilots.

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Also, we are excited to be apart of this project with Davina Fear! 25 parents sharing the simple ways they connect and show love to their kids throughout the day. Nothing fancy, just you and your child. Sign up to receive the PDF here.

How Do I Love You? 25 Parents Give Ideas

 

giant airplanes

You’ve heard of the epic group texts amongst the three of us, literally the pages of texts could wrap the globe a few times, it’s astounding. One day in particular, Nicole asked who  of us knew how to fold an airplane, per Dash’s request. Jenna sent the “shrugging” emoticon, and as it turns out only one of us knew how. As mothers to boys, you see how this need could go on no longer.
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So, today, for any of you other mothers who haven’t needed to whip out a paper airplane: a quick tutorial! And might we suggest a little extra magic by making them out of giant poster board? The sheer joy on their faces was worth the extra couple bucks.

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Here’s a quick step by step:planes2

1. Fold your piece of paper, or poster, in half. Any which ways will do.

2. Once it’s creased, open it back up. Take the top left corner and bring it toward the #1 crease creating a triangle. Crease this fold and repeat on the the right corner. This will give your #2 set of creases.

3. After you have two triangular folds, take each side and repeat. This time instead of grabbing the top corners to fold over, picture your paper like a house. Grab the paper right where the “roof” meets the “foundation” and pull that over to the #1 center crease and crease again on both sides.

4. Flip it over and pull the top folds away from #1, #2 creases, creating the wings.The #1, #2 creases are now your handles. You’ll want to tape or staple them together for a more aero-dynamic plane.

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Hayes’ Tee // Dash’s Tee // Quinn’s Tee

Our mates across the pond at Mini Boden sent over the boys tees and they are awesomely soft and bright and fun! They’re offering Small Fry readers 15% off $100 orders and free shipping until September16th, using “BD2B” at check out. (Don’t tell, but we might have a crush on Boden’s founder Johnnie. An Ex-Stockbroker who loves DJing a party, eating, sailing, and spreadsheets? He’s speaking all of our love languages!)