Category Archives: Holidays & Seasonal

Bee Mine Kindergarten Craft

Today we’re putting together an adorable classroom craft the kindergarteners are gonna LOVE to do for their Valentine’s Day party.

Supplies you’ll need:
Clean empty milk cartons, black pipe cleaners, red construction paper, and our Bee stickers.

1. Collect empty milk carton containers from the cafeteria. Be sure to rinse out thoroughly and let dry completely.

Bee-Supplies-web2. Have each child trace his/her hand on red construction paper and cut out. This will make each bee custom and personalized.

group-of-bees-web3. Apply all four Bee stickers (front, back and two sides). Just crack and peel.

4-finished-bees-web4. Punch a hole at the top of the milk carton and thread black pipe cleaner through. Twist once at the base and then twist the ends of the antennas.

5. Then tape or glue the cut hand prints to make the wings.

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6. Now it’s time to reward the busy little bees with a LOVE cookie.

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Teachers if you’d like to order a Teacher Pack for your class, please email us at info@boxplayforkids.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

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?!

Bashas’ DIY Egg Carton Spring Garden

Spring into action with the kiddos! Creating a garden is a simple family activity that is sure to please all. And, have yummy results!

Supplies needed: Bashas’ egg carton, a dozen eggshells, seeds, small spoon, pushpin, potting soil and water.

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Step 1: Empty eggshells. Use knife to gently crack along the tops of each egg. Thoroughly wash out each eggshell and dry. (We made delicious scrambled eggs.)

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Step 2: Poke holes on the bottoms of each eggshell for better drainage. (hint: it may be easier doing this step while the egg is still whole – less fragile than empty shells.)

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Step 3: Place seeds in separate containers.

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Step 4: Using a small spoon, fill eggshell halfway with potting soil.

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Step 5: Place seeds in eggshell. Kids love to help!

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Step 6: Cover seeds with more potting soil and place in egg carton.

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Step 7: Repeat 11 times.

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Step 8: Create labels for each variety of seeds. We chose to use bamboo skewers left over from a party.

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Step 9: Add water to each eggshell. We used about 3-4 spoonfuls to moisten the soil.

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Done! Place egg carton on a windowsill or outside so it gets plenty of sunlight. Be sure to water regularly (Keep moist but do not over water). Depending on variety, seedlings should start to sprout in 7-10 days.

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We are thrilled to see our first sprout just after 3 days!

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Basil was the first to sprout but the tomatoes are growing the fastest.

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Carrots are finally sprouting.

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Single Sock Bunnies

Who doesn’t have a few single socks hanging around the laundry room?? Well, if you’re still waiting for the match to turn up, now is the perfect time to give up. At BPFK, we love to find creative ways to repurpose your would-be-trash into unique little treasures. Just in time for Easter, we’ll show you how to transform your miscellaneous socks into the cutest little bunnies – perfect for a centerpiece or just some fun, springtime decoration.

Supplies: 2 loose socks (non-matching), 2 rubber bands, dry rice, fabric glue (or hot glue), scissors, ribbon, cotton balls, 2-3 miscellaneous buttons, needle & thread (optional).sock bunny

Step 1: Start with one sock and fill about half way up the sock tube with rice. Secure the rice in the sock with a rubber band and use a second rubber band to separate the bunny head from the belly. {Hint: small, clear rubber bands work best if you have them.}sock bunny

Step 2: Using a second lost sock (preferably one with a contrasting color to the other sock), cut a small circle for the bunny’s belly. {Hint: Cut a semicircle out of a flat sock for symmetry.}  3.belly.patch

Step 3: Apply the belly patch using fabric glue. {Optional: use needle and thread to sew on the patch and add some contrast and detail to your sock bunny.} 4.belly.patch

Step 4: Detail time! Be creative with your bunny and add some button eyes, a button nose, a cotton ball tail and a neck ribbon. You can also use your sock scraps to make some cute buck teeth.  5.detail

Step 5: What’s a bunny without floppy ears?! Using scissors, cut down the sock tube down to the head. Shape and trim the ears to your liking. 6.ears


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Step 6: Display and enjoy. Happy Easter from BPFK!

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Here are other creative ways to recycle old socks. http://www.wikihow.com/Recycle-Your-Socks

 

 

 

 

Recycling Leprechaun Craft

Of course “green” is our favorite color! Here’s a fun St. Patrick’s Day craft you can do with your wee ones. We are going to repurpose a paper towel roll and a leftover white cup from our Ice Cream Social party into a leprechaun beard and hat.

HOW TO MAKE A LEPRECHAUN BEARD AND HAT

Supplies needed: Empty paper towel roll, green construction paper, orange and green ribbon or string, scissors, hole punch, glue, paint brush and orange paint.

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Step 1:
Cut paper towel in half lengthwise and then again to open it up. Cut several vertical strips to create a beard shape. Next, cut a mouth opening and punch two holes at each corner for the ribbon.

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Step 2: Paint cardboard tube/beard orange and set aside to dry.

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Step 3:
Next, cut green construction paper into one strip and a circle for the top of the leprechaun hat. Glue paper onto white recycled cup.

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Step 4: Punch two holes at the top of the cup for string.

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Tip: After orange paint dries on paper towel roll, we wrapped it around a rolling pin to get the beard to re-curl.

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Praise the young and they will flourish.”
-Irish Proverb

Presidents’ Day Milk Carton Craft

Four score and seven years ago…Abe Lincoln would have never guessed he would become a milk carton bird feeder. That’s right…we’re kicking off Presidents’ Day with a themed craft that your little ones (and the birds) will love. 

Supplies: two recycled milk cartons, scrap construction paper (black, blue, red), one lace doily, cotton balls, scissors and/or a utility knife, hot glue gun, permanent marker, paint brush, neutral paint color (you can mix white with a dab of each of the primary colors to get the skin tone as shown below), clear twine (for hanging the finished product). Yeah, yeah, yeah…sounds like lots of stuff…BUT you probably already have most of it.

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Step 1: Cut a square out of the side of each milk carton using scissors or a utility knife. pres.day.carton_2

Step 2: Lay down some newsprint or scrap paper and let the kids go to town painting each milk carton. Don’t worry too much about the inside triangles at the top of each carton as they will be covered with construction paper.pres.day.carton_3

Step 3: As the paint is drying, cut out some basic shapes from the construction paper. Abe needs a hat and a beard. George Washington needs a hat, some rosy cheeks, a bow tie, and a lace doily collar. And both presidents need some eyebrows. Once the paint is dry, apply the construction paper cutouts with glue. pres.day.carton_4

Step 4: Use a glue gun to give George some white, cotton ball hair. Adding finishing touches like eyes and a nose with a permanent marker. pres.day.carton_5

Step 5: Using scissors or a utility knife, cut a slit at the top of the carton, opposite the cap. Thread a piece of clear twine through the slit and the spout and secure with a knot to form a loop for hanging. Dangle from your favorite tree, fill with birdseeds, and enjoy your Presidents’ Day.

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DIY Valentine’s Day Craft: Nature Love

Nothing gets easier than this sweet and simple Valentine’s Day project.

1. Find a heart shaped rock on your morning walk or weekend hike.

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2. Use pen to draw a heart shape.

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3. Add short note and you’re done! These lovely heart rocks can be used as a paper weight or displayed somewhere prominently for a daily reminder.

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Zoppé: An Italian Family Circus since 1842

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The much awaited Zoppé Family Circus at the Chandler Center for the Arts is here! This is our third year in a row. What made this year super special is our 5-year old daughter was really, really into it (baton, popcorn, cotton candy and all). In fact, after the show, she said the only thing that could’ve made it better for her is if she was on stage too. I wouldn’t be surprised a bit if one day she ran off and joined the circus!

Our very dear friends Orlene, her husband Carlo and their three little kids Gianluca (7), Giulia (5) and Gioia (2 1/2) are part of this authentic, intimate and fun-filled performance. I grew up with Orlene and I’m so proud to see her talent (and family) grow. She is an antipodist (foot-juggler) who appeared on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and is most definitely a Supermom! When we visited their trailer last week she had a homemade veggie quiche waiting for me (she even made the crust from scratch). Ridiculous.zoppe gentile family

My favorite circus family - the Gentiles!

My favorite circus family – the Gentiles!

Photo: Frank Ferrante

Photo: Frank Ferrante

Zoppe Family Circus

The Zoppé Family Circus welcomes guests into the 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus that honors the best history of the old-world Italian tradition. Starring Nino the clown, the circus features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, cainine capers, clowning, foot-juggling and plenty of audience participation. Nino is not like any other clown (the opposite of scary). He is an immediate crowd favorite with his funny and heart-warming delivery. You will laugh and adore him as much as we did.

Giovanni Zoppè, the sixth-generation circus performer who plays Nino, says the show aims higher than what passes for circuses these days. “We try to touch every emotion during the show,” he says. “They’ll laugh, they’ll cry, and they’ll feel for the characters. It’s more of an event than a show.”

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Nino dolls

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Check out their website for tour dates.