Tutorial: How to make easy letter magnets with kids

How to make easy letter magnets with kids

How to make easy letter magnets with kids

My kids, like pretty much every other kid I know, just love drawing and coloring.

We just got back the other day from a fantastic visit with family and friends in the United States. Before we left, a friend of mine requested some of my children’s artwork to hang on her refrigerator as a gift. She has a little girl herself and so, knowing how much kids love magnets, I thought that a useful and fun way to give fridge artwork would be to make colored letter magnets that are fridge artwork in and of themselves!

How to make easy letter magnets with kids

This was a great project to do together as a family and my kids loved making these, as well as playing with them afterwards. (And they were a big hit with my friend’s daughter, too!) Want some for yourself? Well then read on to find out how to make them!

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Jar of Hearts for special Daddies: DIY Father’s Day gift

Quick DIY Father's day gift: a jar of hearts (or hugs, kisses, love) for special Daddies

This year we nearly missed Father’s Day (March 19th in Italy) completely. It had sort of slipped my mind to make something with the kids for my husband until that very morning, so I quickly racked my brain for a DIY gift idea that we …

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Tutorial: How to make your own Play Doh picture mats

Tutorial: How to make your own Play Doh picture mats

Remember how my kids had the chicken pox last October, one right after another? Having them home for such a long time without being able to go out got old pretty quickly. Thank goodness for homemade Play Doh! To pizzazz up the usual Play Doh …

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Happy Holidays from Cucicucicoo (and the Minions!!)

Happy holidays Minions

My kids and their cousin are totally obsessed with Minions. We let our kids (and guests) draw on the walls. The natural result? Lots of pictures of Minions on our walls. (Some of which resemble my little guy when he’s angry, according to the writing, …

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Pine Cone Christmas Trees: a tutorial for kids

This adorable holiday craft is easy and fun for kids, and a great gift for them to give to loved ones! www.cucicucicoo.com

A couple of weeks ago I published a tutorial for a children’s activity, making woven Hopi Eye Christmas ornaments, for the advent calendar countdown at the blog Creare per r’ESISTERE (in Italian, while the English version can be found here on cucicucicoo.com). Elisabetta asked me …

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Woven Hopi Eye Yarn Christmas Ornaments – for kids!

Use up yarn scraps with this fantastic holiday craft for kids! These Hopi Eye yarn Christmas ornaments are easy, colorful and fun to make. They also make great gifts! www.cucicucicoo.com

Did you see the project I did with my daughter’s 2nd grade class the other day? They just loved weaving these Hopi Eye yarn Christmas ornaments, even when they didn’t come out exactly as planned. But who cares? They were all beautiful in their own …

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Coming soon on Cucicucicoo…

school hopi eyes

Just look at these. Seriously, just look at them. A class of 7-year-olds made those Hopi Eye Christmas ornaments. And pretty much by themselves. Sure, I needed to help the kids making knots and showing them how to wind the yarn around the popsicle sticks. …

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Make DIY Minions from Upcycled Materials: Tutorial

Minions from upcycled materials

Today the movie Despicable Me 2 is coming out in the theaters in Italy. (Yes, considerably later than in the States.) My daughter and her cousin are besides themselves with joy. They’ve been waiting and waiting to see the Minions on the big screen. From …

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homemade upcycled peppa pig magnets

peppa pig magnets

my kids just love peppa pig. so they were pretty lucky to have gotten the joy of 3 peppa pig mega easter eggs this year. it seemed a shame to throw out the outer papers with their favorite characters (as well as the crayon container …

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reposting my bottle-houses

pony house

i had a nasty little surprise when i found out that one of my photos (which you can see here, among other places), taken from this post of mine, is getting passed around the internet without any reference whatsoever to the original source. that means …

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happy daddy’s day!

cardboard frame

considerably late, let me show you what my kids made for their daddy for father’s day this year (march 19). (this year i didn’t make him anything myself. last year i made him a sort of family portrait t-shirt and in 2010 a t-shirt with …

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plastic and chocolate eggs

Easter eggs 2013

last year i showed you our traditional easter egg hunt. this year we did a similar one, but with the main difference that WE prepared the eggs, not me on my own, as has always happened until now, because my daughter wanted to participate in …

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Last minute befana solution

in campania, the region of italy where we live, a witch called la befana comes the night before epiphany and leaves candy and gifts for kids. these days everyone just buys those prepackaged stockings in the supermarket. within our own family we use the christmas …

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advent calendar countdown: dec 11, 13, 14 (be artists!)

my daughter loves being an artist, so we frequently do projects to stimulate her artistic creativity. her advent calendar activity on december 11th was to make little books out of a single sheet of white paper. it’s really easy to fold and cut paper to …

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advent calendar countdown: dec. 9 – 10 (decorate it!)

presepe con due gesù

i’m not crazy about christmas decorations, but in our home there are four types of them, two of which you’ve already seen (the advent calendar and the christmas tree). my daughter loves putting these decorations up, so all four became advent calendar activities this year. …

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advent countdown: december 4-5 (lamination!)

…??? this is what my daughter found in her advent calendar yesterday morning. do you have any idea what it means? you’ll have to keep on reading to find out. but first, i have something to tell you: my sister sometimes seems to think that …

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advent countdown: december 1-3

and here we are with the countdown! if you follow me on facebook, you might have already seen the first days of my advent calendar countdown with activities to do with kids. unfortunately i just can’t manage to post here on the blog every day, …

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advent calendar countdown!

and here we are again, nearly the beginning of december, otherwise known as 24 days of trying to think of something nifty to put inside the advent calendar every day! a lot of bloggers talk about this and wonder what to put inside it. this …

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“new” crayons from old ones

i’d seen the idea of recuperating all those little broken pieces of crayons, melting them in molds, making new crayons with all different colors in them. what fun! then i found another version of this project, but putting the molds inside a hot car. genius! …

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shoebox housing

doll house from shoeboxes

i just love cardboard, and even more cardboard boxes. (here are some ideas to use them) but shoeboxes aren’t so bad, either! (and can you by any chance tell that we like superga shoes?) how did i use them this time? ok, try to imagine …

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