Kid Craft: Sea Glass Necklaces

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Rock and Sea Glass Necklaces

Are you going on vacation soon? Do you have a collection sea glass, or special rocks,  from your past visits to beaches? I’ve been sea glass all summer. Trying to extend the great memories I’m making, I wanted to wear my treasures. Making a sea glass necklace is a great way to do it!

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Kids Craft: Printable Paper Fortune Tellers

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

fortune tellers

Paper fortune tellers, what we referred to as “cootie catchers,” when I was a kid, are fun little origami tools for predicting someone’s future.

Here are two printable fortune tellers that our crafty contributor Jen Lange designed in cute animal designs (a pig an a penguin) to personalize with your own fortunes and play with your friends. 

Print them out, fold them like so:

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Ice Block Treasure Hunt: An Easy and Cool Way to Entertain Kids on a Hot Summer Day

BY  |  Monday, Jul 21, 2014 12:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Ice Block Treasure Hunt

Any kid age two and over will enjoy poking around in a block of ice that is filled with tiny toys and going on an Ice Block Treasure Hunt! It’s a great activity on a hot summer day.

For my son, I just froze some of the toys he already owned (sequins, beads, little plastic guys), but you could make this project really exciting and freeze some not-yet-seen items.

All you need to do is take a plastic container fill it about 3/4 full with water and throw in the toys. If your child is doing this with you, my cousin Patsy pointed-out you could play “sink or float” while you do it.

Then pop the whole container of water and toys into the freezer and enjoy listening to your toddler ask “is it ready yet?” for the next several hours.

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Kid Craft: Safety Pin Bracelets

BY  |  Friday, Jul 11, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Safety Pin Bracelets

You don’t need any jewelry making experience or other beading tools to make this super cool safety pin bracelet.  It is so easy!

Safety Pin Bracelets

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Finger Knitting Fun

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 08, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Finger Knitting

Finger knitting is a great way to learn how to knit. It’s easy to do and you will quickly have something that you can wear or play with. When you’re finished, you’ll have a beautiful rope of yarn that you can use for lots of different things, such as a cool headband, a belt, bracelet, necklace, or even a scarf. Since there’s no need to worry about pointy needles, it’s a great craft to do on long summer car trips.

Finger Knitting

  • Yarn (9 feet is a good amount for a bracelet)
  • Scissors

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Fourth of July Round Up

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 03, 2014 8:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Fourth of July

A Fourth of July round up of parades, firework shows, crafts, food and fun! Rain, rain, stay away….



Fireworks Bracelets for the Fourth of July

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (2)

Fireworks Bracelets

When you attend a Fourth of July parade, picnic, or firework show, you must dress the part. These red, white and blue fireworks bracelets are just the thing to show your patriotic spirit. Your kids will love making them too.

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Kid Craft: Duct Tape Canoe

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 25, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (0)

Duct Tape Canoe

My sister and I are always looking for fun ways to cool off during the hot summer days.  I had an idea that involved the outdoors, water and crafting, my three favorite things — a duct tape canoe!

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Coffee with…Robbie Furman…Balloon Twisticologist

BY  |  Tuesday, Jun 24, 2014 9:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


Robbie Furman

He has traveled the world, taught in five different languages and entertained countless people – adult and children alike. Sounds like an exciting, jetsetter kind of life, right?  It gets better. Robbie Furman has amassed all of his success… with balloons.

Unlike the balloon artists most of us think of – who twist up a sword or sometimes an ambitious looking flower – Robbie sees himself as a “Twisticologist,” but we’ll talk more about that later. In addition to his overflowing passion for his work, easy laugh and oh-so-rare ability to sculpt the mundane into magic, Robbie is also the type of person that says, “I’m just looking to make the world a better place, one day at a time,” (which he did actually say during our interview)  — and you believe him.

Here are the highlights from Barista Kids’ conversation with Robbie Furman, owner of Remember Our Balloons Building Incredible Events (ROBBIE).

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The Annual Barista Kids Summer Guide To Fun

BY  |  Wednesday, Jun 18, 2014 10:30am  |  COMMENTS (0)


parenting photo of the week

It’s officially summer on Saturday and by Monday, June 23, all local kids will be out of school! We have some great guides to get your through the season, which you can find on our sidebar, but we thought we would  make your life easier by putting them all together in one place. And that place is here.

You’ll find camp information, where to cool off, day trips, recipes, craft and more in our annual Barista Kids Summer Guide to Fun:

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