Sensory bins (or play trays) are an easy way to entertain kids of any age. I like to include natural elements in my sensory trays to expose my son to nature even when we are indoors. This spring play tray with rainbow rice is a fun way to give your kids a taste of springtime when it is too cold or rainy to go outdoors.
My baby girl will be 7 months old this Easter. Obviously, she won’t be partaking in Easter egg hunts or chocolate bunnies. I want to fill her Easter basket with safe, natural, homemade gifts that she will be able to enjoy now. I want to avoid using conventional Easter grass. Not only is it made of plastic and full of toxins, but it can be dangerous for small children if they get it in their mouths. So I decided to fill my baby’s Easter basket with a naturally-dyed playsilk.
While there are many great options for non-toxic, natural art supplies for kids (see my post on ten of the best options), the best way to make sure that your children’s art supplies are totally safe is to make them yourself. Most kids’ art supplies can be made out of common household ingredients! Here are five easy recipes:
My son is an artist. He may only be six years old but he thinks he ranks up there with Picasso and Degas. So every visit to the craft store is like stepping into a wonderland for him. Needless to say, we have way too many art supplies. For years I allowed them to pile up everywhere. Until I finally came up with a system that works.
While pregnant, I scoured Google Images and Pinterest for inspiration for the perfect mobile. I was sure of one thing – that I wanted to make it myself so that my little girl would have something to treasure and hand down to her children. Since we co-sleep, I didn’t see the purpose of trying to set up a nursery so the mobile didn’t really have to fit a theme. I just wanted something beautiful that inspired sweet dreams and happy feelings. We live on the outskirts of the Blue Ridge Mountains and often see hot air balloons gliding calmly through the sky. And so the seed had been planted.