Just in time for Earth Day, Disneynature’s new True Life Adventure “Bears” showcases a year in the life of two mother bears as they impart life lessons to their impressionable young cubs. Set against a majestic Alaskan backdrop teeming with life, their journey begins as winter comes to an end and the bears emerge from hibernation to face the bitter cold. The world outside is exciting—but risky—as the cubs’ playful descent down the mountain carries with it a looming threat of avalanches. As the season changes from spring to summer, the brown bear families must work together to find food—ultimately feasting at a plentiful salmon run—while staying safe from predators, including an ever-present wolf pack. “Bears” captures the fast-moving action and suspense of life in one of the planet’s last great wildernesses—where mothers definitely know best and their cubs’ survival hinges on family togetherness. Directed by Alastair Fothergill (“Earth,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee”) and Keith Scholey (“African Cats”), “Bears” is in theaters April 18, 2014, to celebrate Earth Day. For more information about Disneynature, like us on Facebook: facebook.com/Disneynature and follow us on Twitter: twitter.com/Disneynature.
Do you have a box filled used or broken crayons? I know that even with our Crayon maker, which makes old crayons new again it still seems like there are so many more of them around.
Crayons just seem to multiply around my house like rabbits. If you too have boxes and boxes of unused crayons or can’t resist the dollar bin deals, there are some really cute and easy crafts that make colorful gifts for kids or teachers. From practical to fanciful, crayons can create art without ever crossing a piece of paper. With some basic craft supplies and a box of crayons, you make these projects in minutes.
The rainbow desk caddy is really a pot of gold.
The crayon wreath is really a circle of teacher love.
Say, “you’re special” with a crayon initial gift.
Continue reading 3 Cute Crayon Crafts for instructions and supplies . . .
Are you getting ready to host an Easter Egg Hunt, party or dinner with friends and family? Or maybe you just want your Easter Basket to be a little more earth-friendly this year? This is a simple Easter craft to make for or with kids. There is also a grown up version to fill with fresh herbs.
Green ribbon, yarn or chenille stems
Green tissue paper or shredded paper
Toilet tissue tubes or half paper towel tubes
Stapler or tape
Orange paint, tissue paper or orange markers
Hole punch or scissors
Newspaper to cover surfaces is painting
There are three ways to turn the tube orange. Continue reading Carrot Candy Holder Crafts for Easter
DisneyNature brought us “Earth,” “Oceans,” “African Cats” and “Chimpanzee” and just in time for Earth Day they bring to us the opportunity to see “Wings of Life.” This movie is a a spectacular, closer-than-close, high-definition look at the intricate world of butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats, and their life-sustaining collaboration with flowers. Directed by Louie Schwartzberg (“America’s Heart & Soul”) and narrated by Academy Award® winner Meryl Streep, “Wings of Life” will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Digital and On Demand on April 16, 2013.
Enjoy this first look at the trailer and preorder your copy today! Continue Reading …
Most of us drink milk and simply go and throw them into the recycle bin or the trash can. But a blogger buddy over at Coupons and Freebies in TX came up with some really fun, unique and interesting ways to bring our boys and girls to the yard with milk jugs.
These fun and simple ideas to help you reuse your milk jugs can all be done with our without the kids. It’s just more likely they will water the plants if they make their own watering can. Before you do any of these make sure you clean the milk jug out very good and let it dry out.
- Watering cans (kid friendly)
To make a watering can all you need to do is get a hammer, a nail and a piece of wood. You will place the lid upside down cap down and simple hammer with the nail 4-8 holes into the lid. Also you can use a knife like I did if you want a slower drip. Afterwards you place water in the milk jug and seal the top on and you are done and can go use.
- Self-Watering Jug (kid friendly)
You can either cut the bottom off of the jug just take the lid off or make this. Also you may or may not want to make a small hose size hole on the bottom (fat) part of the jug for you can fill easier it is up to you. Then what you do make hole in the ground near a plant that takes and needs water all the time and place the jug in the ground and then cover up the spot and add water to either the whole you made on the bottom or add water before you place in the ground.
- Bird Feeder House (kid friendly) Continue Reading …
Create your own greeting cards. Everyone has the greeting cards from last year.
Pull out your scissors and the new Crayola Tools that enable you to cut out shapes.
You or an older child can also use an exacta knife. Cut out all those things you love about the previous few year’s cards; the stars, the snowman, the Santa’s, the houses, whatever you like.
You can even cut out the statements on the inside or use these holiday quotes or Bible verses of your own choosing. On solid colored or white paper, you can use cards stock or scrap booking, I find the cardstock works best . Pull out your craft glue, lay out the fronts of the cards and start glue.
Want to add more dash and flair? Use paint markers or glitter glue sticks.
If you’re looking for a fun Halloween craft that you can make together as a family (and for pennies no less) then consider the Milk Carton Haunted House. Got milk? If you have a half gallon milk carton then your Haunted House craft has a frame. Got a newspaper? Well then you’re own your way to Creepyville. Get complete directions here for the Haunted House Milk Carton.
A craft a day keeps the boredom away. Whether you’re making pudding or any kind of JELL-O, kids can really think outside of the box with these fun Pudding Box Crafts like a treasure box necklace and more.
I was recently asked by several teachers, “just what can we make with all those doilies left over from the Mother’s Day tea?” I have a few fun crafts ideas that I shared here in Preschoolers Recycle: Paper Doily Crafts. Enjoy!
Will you and the children be creating your own special brand of gift tags this year? Creating gift tags are an excellent way to:
- include children in the giving of the season
- encourage creativity and imagination
- provide children with the opportunity to reinforce basic skills like printing, organizing and sorting.
Gift tags are one of the most inexpensive, yet creative ways to personalize your gift giving, but how? Even those who are not “crafty” can find these 10 homemade gift tag ideas and instructions to be easy and inexpensive to use. Continue reading Homemade Christmas Gift Tags – Tag, You’re It!