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The Make & Play Vault

I have never attempted to let my daughter stay up until the New Year before. I am actually contemplating it […]

Looking for a fun craft to do with your kids, that won’t add any more stress to the holiday season? These […]

Here’s a quick and messy little art project for you to tackle with the family this weekend. I first did […]

The holiday season seems to be the time for DIY decor. I don’t know if it’s an attempt to avoid […]

It’s that time of year again…   Time for ghosts, witches, and goblins to make their spooky appearances. Mwah ha […]

Isn’t the sun streaming through these fall leaf sun catchers lovely? This was a really easy, no-mess project the kids […]

With the crisper (and around here, decidedly wetter) fall weather comes more time spent indoors. That means, it’s time to […]

A couple of weeks ago my daughter and I decided to make wax paper lanterns. She loves decorating our house for […]

Summer has hit full stride and all the free time off school has lost its allure.  We’ve been swimming, hiking, […]

Coloring is at the very top of my super-simple, go-to activities for keeping the kids happy and occupied. It’s a […]

We’ve got yet another resource for you to use with our free B.O.R.E.D. printable today. Our children’s librarian, Janssen, has rounded up […]

The kids and I take the summer sun as a direct challenge to come up with new and innovative ways […]

I recently mentioned my newly rekindled desire to set up a tinkering/creation station in our new house for the kids. So […]

We’ve talked about the amazing benefits of play dough. We’ve shared the best play dough recipe ever. We’ve even made play […]

S is turning 4 next month and I’m SO EXCITED to finally have a backyard big enough to host a […]