We partnered up with Bashas’ Supermarkets, our hometown grocer, for the 4th Annual Easter Festival at The Wigwam Resort hosted by Hickman’s Family Farms. We created custom bunny ear stickers that repurposed hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls. The ears were a huge hit!
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.
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.)
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.)
Step 3: Place seeds in separate containers.
Step 4: Using a small spoon, fill eggshell halfway with potting soil.
Step 5: Place seeds in eggshell. Kids love to help!
Step 6: Cover seeds with more potting soil and place in egg carton.
Step 7: Repeat 11 times.
Step 8: Create labels for each variety of seeds. We chose to use bamboo skewers left over from a party.
Step 9: Add water to each eggshell. We used about 3-4 spoonfuls to moisten the soil.
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.
We are thrilled to see our first sprout just after 3 days!
Carrots are finally sprouting.
What is sustainability? “It means different things to different people. But it affects us all – how we treat one another, our planet and our future. Sustainability is the greatest opportunity we have today to ensure we have our best possible future.”
We are so honored to be a part of the first-ever ASU Sustainability Solutions Festival held February 17-22, 2014. This fun, full-day event focused on educating, entertaining and inspiring kids and parents about sustainability was held at Arizona Science Center. How can we all reduce, reuse, recycle and innovate for a better tomorrow?
We created a custom eco-friendly binocular sticker for the event and had hundreds and hundreds of recycled toilet paper rolls on hand to upcycle and re-purpose into interactive, simple toys with hundreds of kids. I brought along my enthusiastic little helper so it made the day even more special.
A big thank you goes to ASU Sustainaibilty Solutions Festival for putting on this very impressive week-long festival and also to Arizona Science Center for hosting the event that launched this celebration!
Our kiddo is learning to read and it’s pretty exciting. I still have to read these books to her but she is definitely picking up words fast!
Bunny Eats Lunch
I specifically purchased this book because we are having “eating lunch issues”. Our 4-year old would rather spend the 20-30 minutes for lunch talking rather than eating. The adorable bunny eats a yummy array of veggies – carrots, celery sticks and potatoes. The large animated typography is fun to read.
A couple of weeks ago our Chloe went to her BFF’s 5th birthday party. She went to the store with her dad to buy Maggie a gift and instantly recognized her name and insisted on buying it. One for Maggie. One for Chloe. It’s a sweet story of Chloe and her ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters. It’s all about the importance of quality family fun time.
I Want My Hat Back
A bear has lost his hat. What if he never sees it again? This book has beautiful illustrations I DROOL over. I recommend reading each of the animal voices differently out loud and as silly as possible. The kids will love it.
Llama Llama Time To Share
Great rhyming book with obviously a good lesson.
Howdy! Our little friend Dominic is turning 4 and we’ve put together ideas for his cowboy themed birthday party.
We always like to create a focal point for our table design and build out. Our overall color palette for the party is blue and red. We used three of our Red Barn stickers that repurpose cereal boxes. We made horse cupcake toppers and placed them in the foreground to create a corral. I’m madly in love with this Mexican blanket on the diagonally – so vibrant and festive!
Each guest receives this customized party favor – cowboy hat, our Cow sticker wrapped in a blue bandana and a sheriff star. Yeehaw!
We always like to have at least one simple DIY craft activity for the kids and parents. This time, we made cowboy mustaches using popsicle sticks and black construction paper.
We made cowboy beans and corn on the cob for some yummy grub.
The kids went wild for these cupcakes.
So MOO-ch fun recycling a milk carton into a cow plaything.
We recycled an Amazon box into horseshoes by cutting out the shapes and covering them with shiny silver duct tape – kid-friendly, light-weight and 100% fun!
Thriller by Michael Jackson
This is a favorite all year round.
Carnival of the Animals – Zoological Fantasy: VII. Aquarium
Oldie but Goodie (1962)
Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett
TV Theme Song
The Addams Family: Main Theme
This is our little one’s favorite especially the “tadadada (snap, snap)”
The Headless Horseman song – Thurl Ravenscroft
(Fun fact: was the voice of Tony the Tiger)
Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Jump in the Line by Harry Belafonte
This catchy song was used in Tim Burton’s Beetlejuice. Shake, shake, shake!!!
Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon
Be sure to check out our Ghoulish Girly-Girl Halloween Party.
Pink and black is the new orange and black! This year, we put together a unique take on your typical Halloween party theme – we combined scary and pretty. And
boy girl, is it ever memorable.
We started by creating a centerpiece for our table from a row of pretty Pink Haunted Houses made with our eco-friendly, recycling craft stickers. All you need are three empty milk cartons and our Pink House stickers to begin building your party table. We repurposed shimmery fabric to give the illusion of a foggy night. We purchased wooden black trees to create a creepy, yet idyllic tree-lined street. From our central theme, we pulled together other elements to make this an unforgettable Halloween.Each guest is greeted with a personalized place setting. We made pumpkin-shaped PBJ sandwiches with celery tops. I bet even my little one would be open to trying celery now.
It wouldn’t be a celebration without a yummy cake. We picked up this beauty at Tammie Coe Cakes – a bakery up the street from our house.
As always, at Box Play for Kids, we like to repurpose recyclables whenever possible. These adorable mummy napkin rings can be made with empty toilet paper rolls, wiggly eyes, some gauze and a dab of glue.
We found pink and white polka dot paper straws and embellished them with miniature spiders. We also found a pretty pink and silver ribbon to trim the tops of the black paper cups. It’s all in the details!
Boo! It’s scary how fast you and the kids can recycle milk cartons into fun Halloween
decorations. These milk ghosts are dimensional and seem to float in the air. I like to
hang them in groups of 3 or 5.
What You Need (and probably already have)
6 Simple Steps – Done in less than 60 minutes
4. Paint. What a great way to use up any extra white paint you have. I used old primer.
Spray paint works too. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I like drips and blotchy spots.
Tip: Putting the string through the existing spout allows the cartoon to hang at an angle,
giving the appearance of flying. Also, the cartoon catches more wind this way – like a
And BOO…you’re done!
Last week I attended NY NOW which is one of my favorite trade shows all year. Not only do you get to showcase your product line to great buyers from around the world, you also get the chance to spend four fun-filled days making new friends with the other exhibitors. It’s always inspiring and every bit entertaining. And, another great perk is being able to scope out all the cool new products in the Baby & Child section. Below are a few of my favorite finds:
“Electrik Kids, the brand that makes you want to make babies!” I love that description.
They won the Best New Product in the Apparel category for this darling Japanese-inspired mermaid gown. Congrats Christian and Ariane!
3 Sprouts was created by 3 friends who share a love of babies and an appreciation for unique and modern products. I was obsessed with this whimsical, over-sized Raccoon storage bin and had to have it along with the Camel. Thanks, Amit, for saving them for me!
Home Grown Books combine simple language and interesting subjects to honor kids’ intelligence and create a successful reading experience. Engaging for parents and children alike, the book sets encourage creativity and confidence in the earliest reader. We are proud owners of The Play Set by Cecile Dyer and The Adventuring Set by Case Jernigan. I really enjoyed talking with Kyla Ryman, Founder, who is a reading specialist and advocate of organic learning for young children.
Lollacups are innovative infant/toddler straw sippy cups that are BPA-free and made in the USA. Yay! The product line is adorable. The packaging is perfect. And the masterminds behind this great brand are super, super sweet and I’m honored to call them my friends. Mark and Hanna are a Shark Tank success story!
Lille Huset is a collection of doll houses and play things to inspire the next generation of makers. The portable, cardboard doll house makes the perfect travel toy. I can’t wait to take them on our next road trip. I featured some of our other favorite travel toys earlier and I would definitely add this one to the list!
As you can probably tell from some recent posts, we’re gearing up for the new school year in STYLE. Check out these crafty old-school crews we made on this Sunday Funday. All you need are two empty toilet paper rolls, a blue Sharpie, and a pair of scissors. Just cut the toilet paper rolls vertically so they can slip on comfortably over your little one’s calves. Then draw horizontal stripes for a pair of classic crew socks. In about 10 minutes your little trendsetter will be rockin’ some new socks that are sure to be all the rage…in pre-k.