Muumade’s Dragon and Dinosaur

Dragon close up

Here come Muumade’s dragon and dinosaur, just in time for the holiday gift season! The patterns and tutorial for these huggable dragons and dinosaurs are now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com! For more information and some cute photos of these mighty cute dragons and dinosaur, please visit my blog page! Happy Winter Holidays!

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Friendship Bracelets

DIY colorful braided friendship bracelets

  My daughter wanted to have something special to share with her friends when she invited them over for her birthday party.  So, we decided that the girls would make friendship bracelets for one another. The basic idea is that each child makes a simple braid for every other child and then the braids are […]

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Upcycled Gift Bags

Paper gift bags with collages

  Do you save paper bags and yet find that you do not use them? Here is a simple idea for making upcycled gift bags by transforming used paper shopping bags with a bit of imagination! Selecting an appropriate paper bag is the first step to a successful transformation!  Find a bag that: is sturdy, […]

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Free Halloween Paper Chain Templates

Halloween paper chain and garland templates: ghost and Jack O'Lantern

I just posted some free Halloween paper chain templates to help you make creepy ghost and Jack O’Lantern paper chains.  They are ready to print and come with easy instructions for a great Halloween activity. Please visit my new Freebie page Halloween Paper Chains and get started on your Halloween preparations! Happy Halloween! Muu  

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Halloween Witch Finger Puppet

  A new arrival, just in time for Halloween! Luna the Halloween Witch is a finger puppet with wild bright orange hair. The patterns and tutorial for Luna the Halloween Witch are now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com! For more information and some cute photos of Luna and her pet cat Sombra, please visit […]

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Beach Art

  There is something special about going to the beach.  I love the fact that most beach activities are simple and yet fun for all ages.  I have seen fathers carefully finishing beautiful sand castles, which they started to construct with their toddlers!  I wonder who enjoyed playing with the sand more in the end, […]

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Finding Faces in Everyday Places

If you have ever taken care of children, at one point or another you must have run out of ideas for keeping them entertained and wondered what you could do.  Here is a very easy, can-be-done-anywhere kind of activity. While strolling around town, you can look for faces in everyday places!  A stone, a wall, […]

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Woodblock Printmaking

  I have fond memories of working on woodblock printmaking at school.  The usually noisy classroom would become soothingly quiet during art class, while everyone concentrated on their carving.  I think it was in third grade that we first made woodblock prints. So, recently I decided that my daughter was old enough to work with […]

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Princess Crowns

  My daughter’s class celebrated the end of this academic year with a theater production.  It was especially exciting for my daughter because she was chosen for the role of Cinderella.  The play itself was a mix of classic fairy tales with plenty of modern twists, and her character had a snobbish personality.  But that […]

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