FrankEGGstein Craft

As you know, we’re all about recycling and repurposing boxes into new toys. Here’s a cuddly version of the ‘grotesque creature’…meet FrankEGGstein! Easy step-by-step directions below:

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Supplies needed: egg carton, milk carton caps, green paint & brush, googly eyes, old black sock, scissors, black pen, glue and black spray paint.

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Paint egg carton green and milk carton caps black.

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Cut old black sock and glue down to make his hair.

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Attach googly eyes. Then, with glue (a hot glue gun may work better for a permanent stick) adhere neck bolts to the side of the egg carton. Final step, draw in mouth.

Happy Halloween!

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Spooky Spider Craft

Halloween is just around the corner! We can’t wait to carve into our pumpkins and decorate the house, inside and out. Here is an easy, spooktacular craft you can do with the kids to get everyone into the Halloween spirit.

Supplies needed: black rocks, black pipe cleaners, metallic marker and black tape

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Twist 4 pipe cleaners together to make legs.

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Take a black rock (we had some left over from a floral arrangement…gotta love repurposing things) and use black tape to secure the pipe cleaners under the rock. Bend pipe cleaners as needed to create spider legs.Box Play for Kids Spooky Spider CraftDraw in eyes and mouth with metallic pen. Be creative and have fun making silly or scary faces!

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Simple. Spooky. Spiders.

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These little critters are so cute I might keep them all year round as paperweights. Right?!

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

It’s time to celebrate National Piano Month with our very own Piano stickers (which also happen to be one of our most popular styles).

As we were prepping for the photo shoot, our 5-year-old had the best idea…”Why not paint the egg cartons black so they look like real pianos, Mommy?” Brilliant!  So the first thing we did was paint 10 recycled egg cartons black, then we applied our Piano stickers. Wow, what a difference…our pianos really popped!Box Play for Kids Piano PartyWe printed 10 copies of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on aged paper then rolled up each music sheet and tied them with a gold string. We found wooden stars at the craft store and painted them a metallic gold. And added some colorful, festive balloons to match the music notes.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyBox Play for Kids Piano PartyWe then created Mozart face masks. We assumed Mozart was the composer of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But after a little bit of research, discovered he did not actually compose the famous tune. It’s an old French melody titled “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman” (“Shall I tell you, Mother?”) However, at age 25, Mozart did compose a set of 12 improvisations on “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman.” The kids loved the masks so we kept them in the mix anyway.

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As always, it’s not a party without great (classical) music and yummy treats. We continued with the black and white theme and had our local bakery make these star cookies.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyGoodie boxes to entertain, teach and enrich kids’ lives with music. This article from She Knows shares 10 Ways Music Benefits Children. Definitely worth a read.

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyMusical genius in the making! Twinkle twinkle little star…

Box Play for Kids Piano PartyHere’s a recap of our Piano Party for little ones.

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Now Boarding: Aviation Themed Kids Party

National Aviation Day is a week away, so we put together these aviation party ideas to guarantee “frequent flier smiles”.

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The Decór
We simplified our center table decór by limiting our color palette to red, white and blue pulled from our Airplane stickers. Instead of a traditional table, we used our vintage trunk to give the party a cool retro vibe. The globe gives you a dominant blue, while the adorable miniature stacked suitcases give you a bold pop of red.

Party Activities
It’s always a great idea to have a few fun party activities to keep the kids busy and entertained. Why not encourage their sense of adventure and creativity by repurposing toilet paper rolls into DIY airplanes. (Be sure adults are around during the craft to assist the kids with creating two slits for the popsicle stick.) And for more fun, we picked up some blank passport books and customized them for the party – rubber stamps and all!

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Yummy Treats
The red & white straws and our sky blue plates are by Susty Party. They’re colorful and compostable. We added blue star stickers to the straws to tie into our theme. Sip in style!

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After a day of activities, the kids will get a kick out of these crafty airplane treats. (As if kids needed one more reason to love an ice cream sandwich.) These were a huge hit at our home – 5 year old approved! You’ll love it because they’re inexpensive and easy peasy.BPFK Airplane Ice Cream Sandwich

Here’s a recap of all the ideas. Happy birthday adventures!

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2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards Finalist

Hooray! The judges have named Janette Harwell, founder of Box Play for Kids, as a 2014 @AmericanMadeMSL Awards finalist. Support and share our work to get involved! #celebratethemaker

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About American Made:
American Made spotlights the maker, supports the local, and celebrates the handmade. The program is made up of people and communities that have turned their passion for quality craftsmanship and well-designed goods into a way of life.

“We believe we are in the midst of a shift in our culture where creative entrepreneurs are defining a new American economy.”

VOTING BEGINS SEPTEMBER 15, 2014. WINNERS WILL BE NOTIFIED OCTOBER 17, 2014

Summer Poetry for Kids

We just returned from a week long vacation in California. The ocean is so therapeutic, not to mention a whole lot of fun for the entire family!  I came across this great post by Playful Learning on Summer Acrostic Poetry.  It was the perfect creative activity to do with our daughter after a long, hard day at the beach :-) . It captured some very sweet moments we won’t forget.

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We also never travel without our little friend Oscar the Octopus. TP rolls are available in every hotel, vacation home and camp site!

Hope you’re enjoying your summer. xo