What’s Cool Right Now? PBS Parents Crafts for Kids!

Recently, my friend Caroline (who has been a contributor here at The Southern Institute for quite some time) began working for PBS Parents website, creating an awesome video series called Crafts for Kids.  Have you seen them?

Caroline has a lovely way of showing how to encourage creativity in your children.  These videos are fun, quick, and totally doable!  Watch out Martha Stewart, because most of us moms don’t have the energy to round up a gazillion items or make trips to the hobby store to stock up on supplies.  We need fun projects that can be made with things that we already have around the house.  That’s what the Crafts for Kids videos give us.  One week there was a DIY Rocket…


Another week, she shared a DIY Water Bottle Boat.  The kids and I made some of our own and took them to the local creek. The water was a bit low that day, but we still had fun with them.


You can subscribe to the Youtube channel or Salsa Pie Blog to keep see when the weekly Crafts for Kids videos come out.  You’ll love them!

Babbabox Kitchen Science.

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I take on very few affiliates on my blog, and the few that I do take are companies that I really get behind because I have tried their products, or I currently use them and love them.  One of the products that you can find on my side bar is Babbabox, a favorite of my children, for sure!  Babbabox is a subscription activity box for kids ages 3-6 years old.  Each box is themed and always includes great activities that are specifically designed with young children in mind.  In May we got their Kitchen Science box delivered to our door.  It wasn’t the first Babbabox that we’ve gotten, so I knew what to expect.  The boys were really excited about it!  They had a ton of fun making their first Oozing Volcano!  This is a classic kid’s activity.  One that every child should do, that sadly I had NEVER DONE!  Can you believe that?

Here Luke is squirting the red food coloring into the vinegar and soap to make the lava red.

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Now the fun begins!  The volcano starts to ooze and the boys are amazed!

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Abby got into some kitchen science too, making magic mud with corn starch and water.  This is just the coolest thing the way it acts!  Have your kids ever tried it?

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Babbaboxes are so much fun to do.  They encourage learning and creativity.  Plus, the kids get so enthusiastic when they see that something has come in the mail just for them!  Who wouldn’t?  You can see another post about our Sun, Moon, and Stars Babbabox here.  We had a really great time making our own constellation with light sensitive paper.

If you’d like to try Babbabox for yourself, you can use this link to get 20% off of your 1st month of a monthly membership.  Babbaco offers a digital membership, Babbabox, and Babbabox premium.  Just use the code 1st20off when you order!

Turn Your Child’s Artwork Into Something Wearable!

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 Kids love to create, don’t they?  Drawing is the thing around our home right now.  We have artwork for days and I don’t quite know what to do with all of it!  Do you have that problem at your house?

Lately my boys have been going through our printer paper like it’s water!  If only I could get them to put the caps back on their markers.  Luke is the king of the ninjas, pay no attention to the pirate patch… that’s covering a corneal abrasion.  The poor guy has had a tough month.  He draws tiny ninjas every day, cuts them out, and creates little ninja battles with his paper creations.  I love that he’s using his imagination!  However, I keep finding scraps of paper All. Over. The. House.  I confess it drives me crazy!  I needed to find a way to immortalize his awesome creativity, and I thought making wearable art out of it might be a fun idea.  He thought so too!

I had Luke draw one of his famous ninjas on a piece of freezer paper for me, which he was more than happy to do.  I cut it out with my trusty exacto knife to create a freezer paper stencil and proceeded to create the shirt that you see him wearing in the photo.  HE LOVES IT!  

What do you think?  Would your kids like something like this?  Would they be into wearing their own artwork?

If you’re not familiar with how to create and use freezer paper stencils, I have a step by step tutorial here that will walk you through it.  Follow steps 1-5 for the stencil and step 6 to attach it if you’re putting it on a patch like I did.  It’s perfectly acceptable to put it straight on a t-shirt!  It’s so simple and fun… you’re going to love it!


Don’t forget to use the hashtag #makeyousomethin when you post a photo or blog about something that you’ve made!  Let’s share our creativity!