For the Kids

No-Tip Fairy Chairs

by Daisy DIY

If you have fairies, (and who doesn’t?) you must know a major problem with fairy furniture is that it tips over. What with the uneven terrain, wind and rain, crawling creatures and clumsy fairies, most fairy abodes look like they have barely survived an earthquake. When I decided to make a few chairs for the […]

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Homemade Child’s Watercolors Tutorial

by Ivory Soap DIY

I worked for ages trying to find out WHY all of the recipes online for water colors use a mixture of acid and base.  It didn’t seem to make sense.  But, when I tried the recipes with and without the fizzy reaction, the fizzies were far superior paints.  Less powdery and boogery.  More even distribution […]

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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

by Ivory Soap DIY

You will need: mold plaster of paris water food coloring or tempera paint (we tried both…you choose) 1.  Choose a mold.  I think toilet paper tubes are too big.  We use the skinny tube from the aluminum foil.  Perfect size. 2.  Better than the tubes themselves is an aluminum-wrapped version.  I find that the pure tubes […]

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Homeschool Round Up

by Ivory Soap DIY

Having babies when your kids are older generates a lot of questions.  So, I made a few printables for homeschool to satisfy the curiosity.  Both the DEVELOPMENT cards above and the PARTS OF THE BABY BELLY cards are available HERE.  Also, in our science text we are doing the anatomy of the senses.  I found […]

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DIY Homeschool: 5 Gadgets I Can’t Live Without

by Ivory Soap DIY

#1 Duplexing Laser Printer The first product I ever bought for my homeschool was recommended by the lady who pioneered Hillbilly Housewife.  For her homeschool, Old Fashioned Education, she printed free books and bound them herself.  If the queen of frugality said I needed this product, then I was inclined to believe her.  Laser printing […]

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Deanna’s Homeschool Round-Up

by Ivory Soap DIY

School’s starting here and I’ve been busy getting organized and making neato enrichment activities for my curious kids.  Here’s a quick round up of what I’ve been doing. Teach you kids to recognize seeds with your leftover seeds and a cute printable HERE. (pictured above) For a peek into how I’ve organized the children and myself […]

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DIY School Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

  Workboxes are a popular way to organize homeschool these days, however, we don’t have the space for that system.  I just stack up Dollar store cookie trays with the work.  See more about it here. In our house, I don’t have a dedicated school room, so for the first fifteen minutes of each school […]

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DIY Local Species Education

by Ivory Soap DIY

  I’m really proud of my local species vertebrate cards.  I decided that, while it was cool to teach the kids about the world, I should first teach them about what is HERE.  I love hearing them argue about whether or not that’s an English Sparrow or a Carolina Chickadee. So, I made a BUNCH […]

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More Ways to Keep the Kids Busy

by Ivory Soap DIY

Pill (mint) cutting:  Dollar Store trays, pill containers, and pill cutters make breath mints REALLY fun. Sockets:  Raiding Dad’s socket set keeps kids busy stacking, grading, and lacing. Magnets:  Is it magnetic or not?  Who knew your junk drawer was full of such excitement.  Just grab another handful of junk and the activity remakes itself. […]

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More DIY Practical Life Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

The Practical Life Centers are a favorite in my house, and take so little to set them up.  So, here’s some more! 1.  Beating Bubbles:  Pictured above is a little 2 1/2 year old that came to visit and LOVED this activity.  Funny, since it’s a favorite of my nine-year-old as well. 2.  Hammering Nails: […]

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DIY Montessori-ish Material

by Ivory Soap DIY

Montessori Schools are famous for using hands-on centers to help the children learn.  Many of the centers I set up for my kids are thieved from Montessori, but since these materials can get really pricey, I sometimes make my own. 1.  DIY Baric Jars:  (Above)  In Montessori schools, these are usually tablets.  The children weigh […]

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DIY Practical Life Kids’ Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

For those of you who have to keep your kids busy this week and are looking for activities that will also be somewhat educational, here’s a few “Practical Life” centers from my new baby blog  Little Schoolhouse in the Suburbs. 1.  Carrot Cutting and Egg Cracking:  (Shown above) Just make sure you’re having a frittata […]

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DIY Kids’ Activity Centers

by Ivory Soap DIY

While TL has been here being awesome, I’ve been pouring my energy into homeschool.  And while it’s never really fit our niche over here, I have been DIY-ing my lil’ buns off.  So, I started a sub-blog for all that creativity. Here’s some of my favorite projects from the past few weeks:  MAJOR Activity Center:  (Pictured above) […]

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Math Facts and Spelling and Phonics, Oh My!

by Ivory Soap DIY

I don’t do well with a big list of assignments.  And for school, my children have phonics, states/captials, poems, catechism, and history dates to memorize.  Do your Latin words.  Go over the Ten Commandments.  Mayflower landed when? Multiply it times three kids….and well, my “To Make Them Do” list is overwhelming!  So now I’ve reduced it to one thing: […]

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Practically Green: Transition to cloth diapers fraught with hang-ups

by Ivory Soap DIY

My 4-month-old is watching me as I write this week’s column. On her adorable behind is my first foray into cloth diapers. I confess that I didn’t join the cloth diaper brigade for green aspirations alone. Or even primarily. After three other children, I am simple tired of buying disposable diapers. I’m also tired of […]

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How to Swaddle a Baby

by Ivory Soap DIY

The key to a good swaddle is the blanket.  I prefer the flannel 3×3’s I was given at the hospital.   I don’t find that I can get stretchy materials tight enough. 1.  Lay blanket square turned so it looks like a diamond.  Fold down the top corner as shown below. 2.  Place baby a little […]

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How to Wrangle One-Size Cloth Diapers

by Ivory Soap DIY

When I first looked at my new one-size pocket diapers, I saw nothing but a sea of snaps.  I have NO IDEA how to use it! Pocket diapers come in two parts.  A soaker and a cover.  The cover has a slot in the back in which you can slide the soaker. On the front […]

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Cloth Diapering Confidential

by Daisy DIY

I’ve been doing cloth diapers for two years and have made a few observations along the way.  Anyone wanting to hear my reflections on the subject of infantile excrement management is so in luck. 1.  I am humbled by the incredible transformative miracle of the modern washing machine.  It actually cleans the dipe I’ve been […]

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Cat/Kid-Proof “Ornaments”

by Daisy Crafts

Five years ago, our kids were either unborn or largely immobile. We had a beautiful tree…..in an I-Grew-Up-Really-Close-To-Gatlinburg kinda way. Four years ago, we had no tree at all. Child 1 & 2 were too young to remember if we had a tree or not and we were already over the whole ‘pictures of baby […]

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