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Cute paper cicadas summer bug craft for kids

Make my cute kids’ summer craft featuring cicadas! Yep, cute cicadas. This easy print, cut, and glue activity is a great summer craft idea for elementary-age and preschooler. Kids can make paper cicada friends, learn about their lifecycle, play pretend, make them into art, or hide them for an outdoor hide-and-seek scavenger hunt (our pick!).

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Pretend Campfire and S’mores Craft: Indoor Camping Play Set

Make an interactive pretend campfire and s’mores play set to bring camping fun indoors, rain or shine! This cute paper craft project features a toasty campfire with wood-grain logs surrounded by a stone ‘safety’ ring for kids to toast pretend marshmallows until they’re golden brown. Keep reading to see how to download the free printable …

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Rocket Pops (Bomb Pops) DIY 4th of July Party Decorations

Make these patriotic DIY 4th of July Party Decorations featuring America’s favorite classic popsicle, Rocket Pops! I’m sharing my hand-drawn free printable rocket pops template that you can use with my all-time favorite vibrant color paper, ASTROBRIGHTS® Papers. This free printable bomb pops template will put a little more KA-BOOM into your Fourth of July …

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Printable summer camp activity book for kids

I made this printable summer camp activity book for Elise’s first year at summer sleep-away camp. She’ll be gone for five days and I thought it would be fun for her to have a booklet to journal all about camp. Keep reading for the free printable summer camp activity book (slash-journal-slash-memory-keeper). There’s a welcome page …

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DIY foam custom koozie can and bottle drink cooler for Dad

Make a DIY custom koozie drink holder to cool Dad’s bottles and cans. It’s an easy and useful DIY Father’s Day gift idea from the kids! I mean, look at this cute little drawing of daddy on his custom drink koozie… Elise and I made this DIY beer cozy together using a bit of foam, …

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3 Creative Travel Activities for Kids Ages 4-7

School’s out and it’s time to travel! The kids and I took a three-week road trip with several stops along the way. Packing for road trips can get tricky — especially choosing which toys and travel activities to take along for the kids. As a creative person, I think it’s important to bring some creativity-building, …

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Fourth of July Kids Crafts: Perler Bead DIY Coasters

This project is sponsored by Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. Thanks for supporting the brands who support Merriment Design. This easy Fourth of July kids summer craft activity is so fun that the adults will want to join in too. And you can make these easy DIY Perler Bead coasters for your Fourth of July …

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Insulated Holder for Stick Popsicles and Frozen Yogurt

Cold tiny hands no more! Elise loves stick popsicles and frozen yogurt tubes. Truly, she’s a junkie. But she doesn’t like it when her hands get cold, which means I don’t like it when she sets the sticky treats on the table (or ick, on the floor) to take a temperature break. My short-term fix …

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DIY sparkler bucket holder – safely dispose of used sparklers

Sparklers are super pretty and fun but holy wow, do they ever get hot! Yeeowch. Help prevent accidental burns from used sparklers this 4th of July by making my DIY Sparkler Safety Holder Bucket. Just add water and place burnt sparklers inside the sparkler holder bucket for a safer way to dispose of hot metal …

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Easy DIY felt flower bracelets kids craft

Here’s a super cute DIY spring and summer craft idea for kids that you can knock out in less than an hour: Easy no-sew felt flower bracelets. It’s a super cute and easy kid’s craft activity that’s lots of fun to make. I love how cheery these no-sew felt flower bracelets look. And it’s nice …

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Free baby bonnet pattern: Baby sun hat sewing pattern with ruffles and ties

Here’s a free baby bonnet pattern just in time for summer. It’s a really nice baby sun hat free pattern that you can make with our without the ruffle. My super cute baby hat free sewing pattern is below! Elise looks adorable in hats. I just can’t get enough of them. So I decided to …

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Sparkless sparklers for kids for the Fourth of July using chopsticks, ribbon and party garland

This original Fourth of July craft was created for Daily Candy Kids. Welcome, Daily Candy readers! I mourn sparklers. The City of Chicago banned sparklers in 2007 joining most other ousted fireworks.  Yes, I understand that sparklers can be dangerous especially for small children yet my nostalgia for dancing sparks runs deep. What’s a Fourth …

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