Happy Hooligans http://happyhooligans.ca crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers Sat, 23 May 2015 23:44:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 One-Pot Pasta with Sausage, Mushrooms and Basil http://happyhooligans.ca/one-pot-pasta-sausage-mushrooms-basil/ http://happyhooligans.ca/one-pot-pasta-sausage-mushrooms-basil/#respond Sat, 23 May 2015 12:21:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20671 I love pasta.  I could seriously eat it every day. I also love easy recipes and a quick clean-up. So, when one-pot pasta recipes took the internet by storm this past winter, my interest was piqued.  I knew it would only be a matter of time before I tried one. If you’ve never heard of one-pot...

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Mirror Play: 5 Fun Ways to Play and Learn with Mirrors http://happyhooligans.ca/mirror-play-ways-to-play-learn-with-mirrors/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mirror-play-ways-to-play-learn-with-mirrors/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 12:00:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20652 Today I’m sharing 5 of my favourite mirror play activities for preschoolers and toddlers. They all provide lots of fun and learning and they add an exciting new dimension and perspective to every day activities. The hooligans always get excited when they see me remove our dress-up mirror from the wall because they know I have...

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Water Bottle Wind Spirals http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-wind-spirals/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-wind-spirals/#respond Thu, 21 May 2015 13:15:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20608 These water bottle wind spirals look just gorgeous bouncing and dancing in the breeze! They're really fun and easy to make, and they add such a fun splash of colour to a backyard or patio. Grab your Sharpies, and a few water bottles, and let's get crafting!

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Create the Look of Stained Glass with Sharpie Markers and a Jar http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-with-sharpie-markers-and-a-jar/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-with-sharpie-markers-and-a-jar/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 18:24:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20616 Did you know you can create the look of stained glass with a jar and some Sharpie markers? I had no idea until I tried it the other day! The results were GORGEOUS! Check out how easy it was to do, and how pretty it looks! It kinda makes me want to take the Sharpies to all the windows in my house. Ha!

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Luscious Lemon Delight – An Easy-to-Make, Layered Dessert http://happyhooligans.ca/luscious-lemon-delight-an-easy-to-make-layered-dessert/ http://happyhooligans.ca/luscious-lemon-delight-an-easy-to-make-layered-dessert/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 20:26:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20581 Mmmmm.... look at this, and tell me your mouth isn't watering!

Lemon Delight is one of those classic desserts that everyone loves.

It's been a favourite in my family for years. It often makes an appearance at family get-togethers and holiday gatherings, and it always goes fast.

The nice thing about Lemon Delight is that it's a light and refreshing dessert which is always nice after a big meal. And look at it...

Isn't it pretty?

(Don't let all those layers fool you. It's super-easy to make!)

C'mob! I'll show you how!

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How to Make the Best Baby Bibs from Old Jeans and Tee Shirts http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-denim-bibs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-denim-bibs/#comments Wed, 06 May 2015 18:12:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2120 BEST. BIBS. EVER. And they won't cost you a penny.

Seriously!

I don't use anything else in my daycare.

I made these out of our old jeans and tee shirts almost 10 years ago, and look at them. ..

They're gorgeous! Not a mark on them, and as durable and perfect as the day I made them.

Actually.... they're even better because you know how it is with jeans and tee-shirts.... they get better and better with age.

Best of all, this sewing project is SO easy, you'll be able to make these bibs as long as you can sew a straight line!

Check 'em out! Hope you love them as much as we do!

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50+ Fantastic Ways to Re-Use Baby Food Jars http://happyhooligans.ca/re-use-baby-food-jars/ http://happyhooligans.ca/re-use-baby-food-jars/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 17:43:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20511 Got a growing collection of clean, empty baby food jars that you don't know what to do with?

Join the club! I am right there with you!

What is it about small, glass bottles and containers?

They're just so chubby and cute...

... and because they come in handy for so many different things, I can't part with them. I do so love re-purposing every-day items, don't you?

One of my facebook followers recently asked for ways to re-use baby food jars, and I asked the rest of my followers to share their favourite ideas.

Ok. I was totally blown away by their creativity! Check it out!

From baby food jar crafts and organization systems to gifts, and party favours... we have more than 50 ways for you to put those little jars to good use!

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Vibrant Coffee Filter Flowers – So Easy and Pretty! http://happyhooligans.ca/vibrant-coffee-filter-flowers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/vibrant-coffee-filter-flowers/#respond Sat, 02 May 2015 03:16:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20494 Making coffee filter flowers is one of those activities that never gets old.

Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids love the process of dyeing the coffee filters, and of course, once they've dried, you can decorate a wreath with your coffee filters or you can do like we're doing today, and attach a few stems to make a vibrant bouquet.

Colouring coffee filters is a wonderful way to explore water absorption and colour blending, and of course the process is terrific for fine motor development and co-ordination.

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Maple Cookies http://happyhooligans.ca/soft-chewy-peanut-butter-maple-cookies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/soft-chewy-peanut-butter-maple-cookies/#comments Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:30:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20464 Pssst... Wanna know a secret?

Whenever I feel like I'm slacking in the mom department, I bake homemade cookies. I'm not sure what it is about a homemade cookie, but when my kids come home to find that I've made a batch, suddenly I'm "mom-of-the-year".

These particular peanut butter maple cookies are a favourite here. An old school friend of mine gave me the recipe years ago, and I've been making them ever since. My family LOVES these cookies. The pale, golden colour... the soft, chewy oatmeal... rich peanut-butter and a hint of maple.... Mmm-mmm!

They. Are. Amazing.

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Making Paper Flowers for Homemade Greeting Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/making-paper-flowers-for-homemade-greeting-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/making-paper-flowers-for-homemade-greeting-cards/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:26:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20450 These are just the most adorable little paper flowers. They're so simple to make, but the process is great for helping preschoolers develop fine motor and scissor skills. Don't they look sweet on the front of this homemade Mother's Day card?

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When Your Child Hates Bath Time – 10 Simple Solutions http://happyhooligans.ca/child-hates-bath-time-solutions/ http://happyhooligans.ca/child-hates-bath-time-solutions/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:00:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20283 Does your child hate bath time? Don't worry, you're not alone. It's parenting challenge that I'm asked about often. Recently, I took the question to my Facebook page, and asked "what can you do if your child hates the bath" and my readers offered up lots of advice.

Here are 10 fun and simple solutions that may help end the bath time battles at your house.

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Careful – This Coffee Filter Jellyfish Might Just Steal Your Heart http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-jellyfish-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-jellyfish-craft/#respond Sat, 25 Apr 2015 14:28:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20391 Ok, tell me this isn't the prettiest little jelly fish craft you've ever seen! Making this vibrant and oh-so-adorable coffee filter jelly fish is a great way for kids to explore colour and water absorption while developing fine motor skills and co-ordination. Our jelly fish is perfect for a "letter J" craft or for an ocean animal unit in preschool.

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Crazy-Good Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Icing http://happyhooligans.ca/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-icing/ http://happyhooligans.ca/carrot-cake-with-cream-cheese-icing/#comments Sun, 19 Apr 2015 12:53:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20351 If you're looking for a crazy-good carrot cake recipe with cream cheese icing, look no further!

This is the one! I mean it! It might even be just as good as my crazy banana cake, and believe me, THAT cake is out of this world. I say "might" because it all comes down to personal taste, so I'll let you be the official judge!

My banana cake is crazy because of the way you bake and cool it, but this carrot cake is just plain crazy-GOOD. No wacky baking techniques - it's just a traditional carrot cake that everyone goes nuts for.

I've made dozens of carrot cakes over the years, but after snagging this recipe from a friend about 10 years ago, I've abandoned all other recipes, and you might too. There's no turning back after you've tasted this one!

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Kid-Made Spring Centerpiece with Twigs and Tissue Paper http://happyhooligans.ca/kids-spring-centerpiece-twigs-tissue-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/kids-spring-centerpiece-twigs-tissue-paper/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 18:21:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20319 Kid-Made Spring Centerpiece with Twigs and Tissue Paper.  Phew!  That’s a mouthful, but I couldn’t think of a better name. In a nutshell, this is a simple spring craft that preschoolers and toddlers can make using twigs, tissue paper and a few other materials you likely already have at home. We made this this centrepiece for...

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Mother’s Day Gifts You’d Love Your Kids to Make for You http://happyhooligans.ca/5-handmade-mothers-day-gifts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/5-handmade-mothers-day-gifts/#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:30:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14434 Gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts for kids to make and give.

Spring has sprung, and Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you can bet that your kids (be it your own children or your students) are going to want to make something fabulous to give to Mom on her special day.

Well, you're in luck!

I just happen to have several totally gorgeous (and totally easy) homemade Mother's Day gifts for kids of all ages to make.

In my daycare, the crafts you'll see here were were made by preschoolers, but older kids, and even tweens would enjoy making these too.

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30+ Fun and Easy Lunch Ideas For Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/lunch-ideas-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/lunch-ideas-for-kids/#comments Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:00:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20064 Are you tired of sending your kids off to school with the same boring lunch every day?

Well don't fret. I have 30+ more fun lunch ideas for kids to share with you today, and there isn't a traditional sandwich in the bunch.

Between this and the list of 50 lunch box ideas I shared a few weeks ago, you'll be able to keep
your kids lunch boxes inviting, and exciting for the rest of the school year!

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Happy Hooligans’ Kid-Friendly Trail Mix Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-trail-mix/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-trail-mix/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 22:33:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1398 A fun and yummy, sweet and salty, crunchy, chewy snack that your kids are gonna love!

Mmmm! Homemade trail mix is one of the hooligans' favourite snacks. Ok, I'm not gonna lie.... It's one of my favourite treats too.

Honestly, when we make a batch of this stuff, I have a difficult time keeping my hand out of the bowl, and I end up eating just as much as the kids do.

It's. So. Good.

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Paper Plate Quilt Craft: Exploring Colours, Patterns and Textures http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-quilt-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-quilt-craft/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:47:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20204 Toddlers and preschoolers can explore colours, patterns, textures and textiles with this simple paper plate quilt craft. We are on a mission, here in my daycare, to work our way through the alphabet with paper plate crafts.  We’re getting there!  Just a few more letters to go, and I’ll be able to put a nice,...

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How to Make Amazing Homemade Butter In a Jar http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-butter/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-butter/#comments Sat, 04 Apr 2015 12:01:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1358 Mmmm... when was the last time you tasted homemade butter? Grab a jar, and call the kids. We're making rich, creamy homemade butter in minutes, using nothing more than a glass jar and some elbow grease. The kids are going to love this fun and fascinating process.

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An Adorable CD Bunny Craft for Preschoolers and Toddlers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-bunny-craft-preschoolers-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-bunny-craft-preschoolers-toddlers/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 21:46:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20150 Oh my gosh. Just when I thought our crafts couldn't get any cuter... check out these insanely cute CD bunnies we made yesterday! Honestly. I don't know if I can handle any more cuteness this week!

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Cuteness Alert: This CD Chick is Almost Too Cute To Handle http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-chick-craft-for-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-chick-craft-for-preschoolers/#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2015 03:31:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20133 CUTENESS ALERT! Brace yourself. This is quite possibly the cutest little chick craft ever. And it's ridiculously easy to make too! Grab an old CD and some tissue paper, and let's do this!

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Packing in the Pacifier – How To Get Your Child To Give Up The Soother http://happyhooligans.ca/pacifier-weaning-how-to-give-up-soother/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pacifier-weaning-how-to-give-up-soother/#comments Wed, 01 Apr 2015 23:56:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20072 Weaning your child off a pacifier can be stressful, so let's make it as pain-free as we can for you and your child! Check out these tips and tricks from parents who have succesfully helped their child give up the soother.

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The Easiest Easter Chicks Ever (They’re So Darn Cute!) http://happyhooligans.ca/the-easiest-easter-chicks-ever-theyre-so-darn-cute/ http://happyhooligans.ca/the-easiest-easter-chicks-ever-theyre-so-darn-cute/#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2015 19:46:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=20085 Make the sweetest spring chicks and nests using things you already have around the house: tissue paper and paper bags! A last minute Easter craft doesn't get any easier than this!

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Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-microwave-experiment/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-microwave-experiment/#comments Sat, 28 Mar 2015 06:49:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14477 Watch a bar of soap expand to 6x its original size in under a minute! Amaze kids and adults alike with this easy, inexpensive science experiment!

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How to Save Money on Groceries – Tips and Advice from Savvy Moms http://happyhooligans.ca/how-to-save-money-on-groceries/ http://happyhooligans.ca/how-to-save-money-on-groceries/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:00:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19960 Looking to reduce your grocery costs? Check out these tips and tricks to help you spend less at the grocery store every week.

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8 Gorgeous Homemade Wind Chimes for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wind-chimes-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wind-chimes-for-kids/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:00:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19940 These homemade wind chimes are so gorgeous you're going to want to make them all! They're easy to make, and they won't cost you a dime. Which one will you and your kids start with?

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Adorable Cotton Pad Chick Craft for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-pad-chick-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-pad-chick-craft/#comments Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:24:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19924 This adorable cotton pad chick craft provides little hands with lots of fine-motor development, and it’s a lesson in water absorption too! As you likely know, we love using items that we already have around the house for our crafts and learning activities.  I always have a sleeve of cotton make up pads in my...

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Bottle Battles: What to Do When Your Baby Won’t Take a Bottle http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-wont-take-a-bottle/ http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-wont-take-a-bottle/#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:00:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19856 “What can you do when your baby won’t take a bottle?” This is a common parenting challenge, and one that I’m often asked about on my Facebook page. What do you do when breast-feeding is going so well that your baby has trouble weaning, or worse yet, your baby refuses the bottle completely? There may...

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Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing http://happyhooligans.ca/best-ever-banana-cake-with-cream-cheese-icing/ http://happyhooligans.ca/best-ever-banana-cake-with-cream-cheese-icing/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:40:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=923 Wanna know why this crazy banana cake is so CRAZY? Well, it's crazy-good, but that's not the reason for the name. It's the kooky temperature that you bake it at, and the crazy way you cool it. Bizarre for sure, but those two things are the secret to why this cake is the moistest, most incredible banana cake you'll ever make!

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Adorable Bird and Nest Craft with Cupcake Liners and Paper Plates http://happyhooligans.ca/bird-and-nest-craft-cupcake-liners-paper-plates/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bird-and-nest-craft-cupcake-liners-paper-plates/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 16:55:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19769 Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the birdies is! Here they are! Nestled together in this fluffy paper plate nest. Have a peek. Aren't they just adorable?

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Paper Plate Earth Day Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-earth-day-craft-toddlers-and-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-earth-day-craft-toddlers-and-preschoolers/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 19:28:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19838 Do your preschoolers know what Earth Day is all about? Make this simple, pretty paper plate Earth Day craft while discussing ways to keep our planet clean, happy and healthy. Check it out!

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12 Adorable Easter Chick Crafts for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-chick-crafts-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-chick-crafts-for-kids/#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2015 04:41:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19802 Be prepared for some serious cuteness here, folks. I've rounded up 12 easy and adorable Easter chick crafts for your kids to make this year. Your Easter table is going to look so cheerful with these little guys decorating it! Ok, and even if you're not going to make them, you have to at least have a look. They're sooooo cute! Pass these ideas along to someone who can use them!

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25+ More Great Books for Boys http://happyhooligans.ca/more-great-books-for-boys/ http://happyhooligans.ca/more-great-books-for-boys/#respond Sun, 15 Mar 2015 13:00:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19728 25+ More great books for boys! These novels are filled with action, suspense, adventure and drama, and have captivated even the most reluctant readers. A few short months ago, I wrote a post titled 40+ Best Books for Boys, which was a list of the very best books that my boys and I have read together...

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Rainbow Water – a St. Patrick’s Day Drink for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-water-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-water-2/#comments Sat, 14 Mar 2015 18:36:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2837 Whip up a silly, colourful drink for the kids to drink on St. Patrick's Day! Hey, doesn't everyone deserve to drink a rainbow at least once in their life time?

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Stamped Flower Craft with Corks and Buttons http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-flower-craft-corks-and-buttons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-flower-craft-corks-and-buttons/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:20:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13526 Here’s a really easy spring craft for kids to make this season!  These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a table-top or window-sill or any little corner of your home! Good-bye, winter!  Who’s ready for some cheery spring craft ideas?  I sure am, and I’m so excited to share this one with you!  The hooligans are...

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50+ Kid Lunch Ideas That Are Not Sandwiches http://happyhooligans.ca/kid-lunch-ideas-not-sandwiches/ http://happyhooligans.ca/kid-lunch-ideas-not-sandwiches/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 00:28:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19692 Packing lunches just got a whole lot easier! 50+ Creative, fun, yummy and healthy lunch ideas that aren't sandwiches! You might just look FORWARD to packing lunches for a while! Imagine that!!

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When Your Child Won’t Poop on the Potty http://happyhooligans.ca/child-wont-poop-potty/ http://happyhooligans.ca/child-wont-poop-potty/#comments Sun, 08 Mar 2015 11:00:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19585 There is a very common problem that you may encounter when your toddler is potty training: you may get to the point where your child won’t poop on the potty. Just when we’ve made it through the worst of the diaper dilemmas (hey, we figured out a way to keep a diaper on them at nap...

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French Vanilla Snow Cones Made With Real Snow http://happyhooligans.ca/french-vanilla-snow-cones-real-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/french-vanilla-snow-cones-real-snow/#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2015 16:32:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19589 Make French Vanilla Snow Cones with real snow! Winter won't be around much longer, so you've gotta make these now, while you still can! I know they sound a little crazy, but trust me, they're so much yummier than any store-bought, frozen treat!

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Painting with Snow – A Winter Art Activity for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-snow-coffee-filters-markers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-snow-coffee-filters-markers/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 05:01:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19293 Recently I took part in Creative Paint Challenge hosted by Messy Little Monster.  We (a bunch of crafty kid bloggers) were challenged to come up with unusual ways for kids to create with paint.  The activities were to focus on the process rather than an end product, meaning there would not be a preconceived notion of...

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Adorable Easter Chick Napkin Ring Craft for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-easter-chick-napkin-ring-craft-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-easter-chick-napkin-ring-craft-preschoolers/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 20:37:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19540 Wanna see something that's just too stinkin' cute? Check out these adorable Easter chick napkin rings! This easy easter craft will add a cheery pop of colour to your Easter table this year.

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Machine Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/banana-chocolate-chip-bread-machine-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/banana-chocolate-chip-bread-machine-recipe/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 05:48:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19474 Mmmm-mmmm! Check it out. I made banana chocolate chip bread in my bread machine today. It was GOOD and it was SO easy! I dumped in the ingredients, hit the button and walked away. Gotta love it when cooking from scratch is THAT easy!

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20-Minute, No-Rise Pizza Crust http://happyhooligans.ca/20-minute-no-rise-pizza-crust/ http://happyhooligans.ca/20-minute-no-rise-pizza-crust/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:35:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19292 Want to get the kids involved in the kitchen? Let them make their own pizzas! This no-fail, no-rise recipe is always a winner! There's no kneading and no waiting for the dough to rise with this dough, and it's perfect every time! Hot, homemade pizza on the table in under 30 minutes!

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10 Fun and Creative Snow Play Ideas for Indoors and Out http://happyhooligans.ca/creative-snow-play-ideas/ http://happyhooligans.ca/creative-snow-play-ideas/#respond Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:37:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19318 Sick of winter yet? Hee hee! If you are up to your elbows in snow like we are, I have 10 fab snow play ideas to get you and the kids through these last few weeks of winter! They're great for the backyard or the schoolyard, and many can be brought INDOORS on days when it's just too cold to get outside to play. Check 'em out!

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How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy – 3 Simple Steps http://happyhooligans.ca/make-maple-syrup-snow-candy-3-simple-steps/ http://happyhooligans.ca/make-maple-syrup-snow-candy-3-simple-steps/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 23:09:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19232 Mmmm! Make real maple syrup snow candy in your own backyard! 3-easy steps and just 2 ingredients: maple syrup and snow! This simple, traditional, Canadian treat is so much fun to make. You and your kids will love the process! And I'll bet you'll love the taste too!

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3-Ingredient, Delicious Vanilla SNOW Ice Cream http://happyhooligans.ca/3-ingredient-delicious-vanilla-snow-ice-cream/ http://happyhooligans.ca/3-ingredient-delicious-vanilla-snow-ice-cream/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 01:13:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19204 Snow ice cream! Have you tried it? I know, I know... first time I heard of it, I thought it sounded weird too, but we made it this weekend, and guess what! It's freaking amazing!! Snow, vanilla and condensed milk. Seriously delicious, and such a fun activity to do with your kids or students on a cold, winter day!

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Fabric Scrap Valentine’s Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/fabric-scrap-valentines-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fabric-scrap-valentines-cards/#respond Thu, 12 Feb 2015 19:02:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19058 Dig out your fabric stash! It's going to come in very handy today! We're making easy and gorgeous fabric scrap Valentine's cards, we're using up those colourful bits of cotton that we've been hanging on to!

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A Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for a Preschool Ocean Theme http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-jellyfish-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-jellyfish-craft/#respond Tue, 10 Feb 2015 05:58:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19158 Ok, have a look and tell me this is not the cutest, little jellyfish you ever did see. Honestly. How is it that a paper plate and a couple of googly eyes can be so stinkin' adorable?

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-chip-cookies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-chip-cookies/#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 17:45:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=910 Quick! What's your favourite flavour combination when it comes to cookies? Bet you didn't think pumpkin and chocolate, did you? Don't knock it if you haven't tried it! These soft, fluffy, pillows of cinnamon, chocolate and pumpkin are simply divine! And they're super-easy to make too!

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Paper Bag Tiara – an Enchanting Spring Craft for Little Girls http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-tiara/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-tiara/#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 06:52:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8793 Got a little girl who loves to craft and adores fairies and princesses? She’ll love making this sweet and simple paper bag tiara. I got the idea for a paper bag tiara after making our paper bag nests the other day.  The hooligans were clowning around, wearing their nests as hats, and that got me thinking that a...

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Good Luck Stones for Kids Who Are Afraid or Anxious http://happyhooligans.ca/good-luck-stones-kids-afraid-anxious/ http://happyhooligans.ca/good-luck-stones-kids-afraid-anxious/#comments Sat, 07 Feb 2015 21:21:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19076 Homemade good luck stones! Tuck them into a pocket or keep them on a desk or bedside table. Ward off monsters, bring good fortune or make them just for fun! Whatever the reason, kids will love having shimmery good luck charms of their own.

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5 More Easy Valentine Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/5-easy-valentine-crafts-for-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/5-easy-valentine-crafts-for-toddlers/#respond Sat, 07 Feb 2015 17:42:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19096 5 more fun and easy Valentine crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers to make, using common, household supplies. The toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare LOVE crafting for Valentine’s Day.  We’ve made oodles of Valentine crafts over the years, and we’ve been busy these past couple of weeks making cards and gifts that the hooligans...

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Paper Plate Valentine’s Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-valentines-wreath-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-valentines-wreath-preschoolers/#respond Tue, 03 Feb 2015 15:41:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19042 Your preschooler will love making this simple paper plate Valentine's wreath. Painting, gluing and crumpling tissue paper are wonderful ways for little ones to explore colour and texture, and strengthen their fine motor skills. And they'll be so proud to hang their creation on a door or window for Valentine's Day!

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Homemade Bird Feeder with Fruit Scraps and Popcorn http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeder-fruit-scraps-and-popcorn/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeder-fruit-scraps-and-popcorn/#comments Tue, 03 Feb 2015 03:55:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19029 Make a red and white, heart-shaped bird feeder with fruit scraps and popcorn to help your backyard birds when food sources are scarce. The term “polar vortex” is being tossed around again, it finally feels like winter has truly arrived. With temperatures well below zero, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground,...

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Paper Plate Clock Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-clock-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-clock-craft/#respond Sun, 01 Feb 2015 04:16:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=19009 Paper plate crafts are the bomb. Check out this cheery paper plate clock we made as a way to work on number recognition, number sorting and telling time.

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Printable Kindness Calendar for February http://happyhooligans.ca/printable-kindness-calendar-february/ http://happyhooligans.ca/printable-kindness-calendar-february/#comments Sat, 31 Jan 2015 21:28:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18984 Our downloadable, printable Kindness Calendar will have you and your children extending random acts of kindness, and spreading warmth and happiness kindness throughout your community all month long. February is a great month to focus on love and kindness with your children.  Not only do these qualities tie in nicely with any Valentine’s theme you...

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French Vanilla Brownie Cupcakes – Using 2 Boxed Mixes http://happyhooligans.ca/french-vanilla-brownie-cupcakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/french-vanilla-brownie-cupcakes/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:38:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18948 Is it a brownie? Is it a cupcake? Is it a whoopee pie? It's like a cross between all three! See how I turned a baking disaster into an amazing dessert using a cake mix, a brownie mix and a tub of frosting!

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Paper Bag Puffy Hearts – A Valentines Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-puffy-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-puffy-hearts/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:01:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2518 Cutting, stamping, sewing and stuffing. So many fun skills for toddlers and preschoolers to practice when they're making these paper bag puffy hearts! Good news! This one can be done entirely using scraps and recyclables that you already have around the house! Gotta love that!

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Ribbon Heart Valentine’s Cards For Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/ribbon-heart-valentines-cards-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ribbon-heart-valentines-cards-toddlers/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:07:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18923 If you're like me, your ribbon bin is overflowing with rolls of ribbon and various lengths of scraps. These ribbon heart Valentine's cards are a great way to put leftover strips of ribbon to good use! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they look SO pretty!

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Bubble Blowing Activity – Building Bubble Towers http://happyhooligans.ca/bubble-blowing-activity-building-bubble-towers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bubble-blowing-activity-building-bubble-towers/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 02:31:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18906 Building Bubble Towers - a bubble blowing activity. This is the perfect activity when you need a few minutes to tend to the baby, prep dinner or fold a load of laundry. Quick and easy set-up and clean-up, and they kids will just love it!

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Beef and Barley Soup – Easy, Hearty and Delicious! http://happyhooligans.ca/beef-barley-soup-easy-hearty-delicious/ http://happyhooligans.ca/beef-barley-soup-easy-hearty-delicious/#comments Fri, 23 Jan 2015 05:05:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18855 Homemade Beef and Barley soup: thick, hearty, easy and delicious! Cook it on the stove-top or toss it all in the crock pot. Served with a crusty loaf or homemade rolls, it's the perfect meal for a cold winter's night.

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21 {Gorgeous} Outdoor Ornaments to Make with Your Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/21-gorgeous-outdoor-ornaments-make-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/21-gorgeous-outdoor-ornaments-make-kids/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 15:00:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18848 21 Gorgeous outdoor ornaments that you can make with your kids. Whirligigs, wind chimes, wind-spinners and sun catchers all made from basic materials that you can find around your home, yard or garden.

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Magic Milk Experiment – an Explosion of Colour http://happyhooligans.ca/magic-milk-experiment-explosion-colour/ http://happyhooligans.ca/magic-milk-experiment-explosion-colour/#respond Thu, 22 Jan 2015 01:33:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18833 Set off a spinning, churning, whirling, explosion of colours when you combine 3 common kitchen ingredients! This classic science experiment - The Magic Milk Explosion - is guaranteed to "wow" kids and grown-ups alike.

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6 Easy Valentine’s Crafts Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love http://happyhooligans.ca/6-easy-valentines-crafts-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/6-easy-valentines-crafts-toddlers/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 02:05:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18792 Crafting for Valentine’s Day with my daycare hooligans is always so much fun. Our craft room is always a sea of pink and red at this time of year. There are hearts and sparkles and gems and jewels every where. The kids have been working for days to make the gifts and cards that they’ll...

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35+ Creative Ways to Use Leftover Candy Canes http://happyhooligans.ca/35-creative-ways-use-leftover-candy-canes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/35-creative-ways-use-leftover-candy-canes/#comments Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:52:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18758 35+ Creative ways to use leftover candy canes for crafts, activities, recipes and science experiments! Christmas is well and truly behind us now, and if your house is like my house, you still have quite a few candy canes kicking around.  I don’t know about you, but I always end up with loads of leftover...

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Homemade Story Stones http://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/ http://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 13:00:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=574 Homemade story stones are a great addition to any playroom or classroom. They’re so fun and easy to make, and your kids will get years of enjoyment out of them. When I first learned about story stones, I knew right away that I needed to make some because A) the crafter in me loves  making...

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Simple Orange Feeders for the Backyard http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-orange-feeders-backyard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-orange-feeders-backyard/#respond Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:14:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18725 Well, it looks like winter has truly arrived.  We’re experiencing frigid temperatures, high winds, frigid temperatures, and our ground is covered with snow.  At this time of year, here in my daycare, the hooligans and I get thinking about our  neighbourhood birds and squirrels.  We talk about where they keep warm during the cold, winter...

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Puffy Paint Valentines Cards for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/puffy-paint-valentines/ http://happyhooligans.ca/puffy-paint-valentines/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:25:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13004 Make Puffy Paint Valentines Cards using our 3-ingredient puffy paint recipe!  Such a fun Valentines craft for kids. Homemade puffy paint is very easy to make with 3 common kitchen ingredients and a bit of water.  We’re crafting up a storm for Valentines Day here in my home daycare right now.  Have you seen all the...

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Snowflake Activity – Building Snowflakes on a Mirror http://happyhooligans.ca/snowflake-activity-mirror-dry-erase-markers-gems/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snowflake-activity-mirror-dry-erase-markers-gems/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 20:09:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18656 Mirror play is so much fun! Today, the hooligans are building snowflakes on a mirror using dry erase markers an decorative gems! Super sensory activity, and great for strengthening those fine-motor skills too! Check it out....

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Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Soup http://happyhooligans.ca/slow-cooker-chicken-salsa-soup/ http://happyhooligans.ca/slow-cooker-chicken-salsa-soup/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2015 05:52:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17892 Mmmm-mmm! There's nothing like a steaming bowl of hearty, homemade soup to chase the chill away. This slow cooker Chicken and Salsa soup is easy to make and so good, served with a crusty loaf of bread, at the end of a cold winter's day.

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{Gorgeous} Coloured Coffee Filter Snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-coffee-filter-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-coffee-filter-snowflakes/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 22:52:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12602 Want to brighten up a dull and dreary winter day? Make some of these gorgeous, vibrant coffee filter snowflakes. The process is fun and easy, and a great lesson in water absorption and colour-mixing. Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun making these. I find them a little addictive myself!

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2014 http://happyhooligans.ca/most-popular-posts-of-2014/ http://happyhooligans.ca/most-popular-posts-of-2014/#respond Mon, 05 Jan 2015 22:52:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18561 HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am so excited to be venturing into a fresh new year with you! 2014 was a year of incredible growth for Happy Hooligans, and YOU played a huge part in that. So just for fun, I've rounded up the 10 posts that saw the most love and attention in 2014 as a way to look back over our year together! Enjoy...

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32 Homemade Bird Feeders To Make With Kids This Winter http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/ http://happyhooligans.ca/32-homemade-bird-feeders/#comments Sat, 03 Jan 2015 16:11:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18484 Wowza! 32 easy homemade bird feeders that you can make for the backyard! A terrific collection of bird feeders made with common, every day materials that will please kids of all ages, from toddlers to teens. No hammers or nails necessary!

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Cheerio Bird Feeders – An Easy Bird Feeder Craft For Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/cheerio-bird-feeders/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cheerio-bird-feeders/#comments Tue, 30 Dec 2014 14:30:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2273 Don't toss that stale cereal! Have your kids make Cheerio bird feeders with it! A great way for kids to connect with nature, and a super fine-motor activity for little hands!

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Paper Candy Canes http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-candy-canes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-candy-canes/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 17:08:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1653 Quick, easy, gorgeous and totally addictive! Make vibrant paper candy canes to use as tree ornaments and gift-toppers! Display them in a vase or at each place setting at your Christmas dinner table! Kids of all ages will LOVE this process, and you can make a whole bunch in minutes!

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32 Classic Christmas Movies Your Family Will Love http://happyhooligans.ca/32-classic-christmas-movies-your-family-will-love/ http://happyhooligans.ca/32-classic-christmas-movies-your-family-will-love/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 07:39:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18420 It just doesn't feel like Christmas until you've watched your favourite holiday movies with the family, does it? I recently asked my readers to share their favourite holiday classics with me, and they came up with 32 terrific titles! Some old, some new, some I'd forgotten, and a few I'd never heard of. Have a look, and tell me - did we miss any of your family's favourites?

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4-Ingredient Christmas Bark Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/4-ingredient-christmas-bark-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/4-ingredient-christmas-bark-recipe/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:31:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18405 4-Ingredient Christmas Bark is easy to make and tastes amazing! White bark filled with crispy-crunchy goodness - it's a terrific treat to make for the family, and perfect for packaging up for friends, teachers and neighbours.

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25 {delicious} Christmas Breakfast Ideas http://happyhooligans.ca/25-christmas-breakfast-ideas/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-christmas-breakfast-ideas/#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:08:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18375 25 easy and creative Christmas breakfast ideas to make your family’s Christmas morning special, memorable and delicious! One of my very favourite things about Christmas is our family breakfast which takes place here at our house on Christmas morning. My parents are always with us, and often my aunt and my brother and sister-in-law are...

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Sheet Music Christmas Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/sheet-music-christmas-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sheet-music-christmas-tree-ornaments/#respond Tue, 16 Dec 2014 20:44:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18353 Sheet music Christmas tree ornaments are so charming, and easy to make! Deck out your whole tree or use them as gift-toppers for the music-lovers on your Christmas list!

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How to Wrap a Small Gift in a Pull-Tab Can http://happyhooligans.ca/cool-gift-wrapping-idea/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cool-gift-wrapping-idea/#comments Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:07:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1772 What a super-fun way to disguise a small gift like cash, concert tickets or gift cards? Wrap it in a clean, used pull-tab can from your pantry cupboard! It's so fun to open, and they'll never be able to guess what's inside!

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Paper Bead Candy Cane Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bead-candy-cane-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bead-candy-cane-ornaments/#respond Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:00:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18309 Remember making paper beads when you were a kid? We used the same process to make these adorable candy cane ornaments the other day! Check 'em out and have your kids make a bunch for your Christmas tree!

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Simple Trick to Organize Gift Cards and Rewards Cards in Your Wallet http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-trick-organize-gift-cards-wallet/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-trick-organize-gift-cards-wallet/#comments Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:51:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18296 Tired of digging through your wallet to find the right gift card or reward card at the checkout? Save time and keep all your cards organized and easily accessible with this one simple trick!

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Pipe Cleaner Napkin Rings – an Easy, Last Minute Holiday Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/pipe-cleaner-napkin-rings-kids-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pipe-cleaner-napkin-rings-kids-craft/#respond Sat, 13 Dec 2014 02:16:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18277 Looking for a last-minute Christmas craft for the kids? These bead and pipe cleaner napkin rings are so quick and easy to make! They look great, and toddlers and preschoolers will get a fine-motor work-out as well!

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I Spy Ornament – An Activity and an Ornament All in One http://happyhooligans.ca/spy-ornament-activity-ornament-one/ http://happyhooligans.ca/spy-ornament-activity-ornament-one/#respond Thu, 11 Dec 2014 01:17:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18212 We love making homemade ornaments for the Christmas tree, and this I Spy Ornament is especially fun.  Not only is it a decoration that your child will be proud to have made, it serves as a fun, little game for your kids to play as well! This ornament is great to make for your own...

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26 More Easy Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/26-more-easy-christmas-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/26-more-easy-christmas-ornaments/#respond Wed, 10 Dec 2014 01:41:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18250 26 MORE easy ornaments for kids to make. Super-simple but adorable ornaments that are perfect for last minute Christmas crafting sessions. They make sweet little gifts and gift-toppers too...

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Crystallized Icicle Ornaments – Making Ice Crystals with Borax and Pipe Cleaners http://happyhooligans.ca/crystallized-icicle-ornaments-borax-pipe-cleaners/ http://happyhooligans.ca/crystallized-icicle-ornaments-borax-pipe-cleaners/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 19:18:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18238 Wow! Make gorgeous, shimmering, crystallized icicle ornaments using pipe cleaners, Borax and water! It's a fascinating science experiment and a beautiful Christmas craft for kids of all ages to enjoy...

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Wax Resist Christmas Cards for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/wax-resist-christmas-cards-kids-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wax-resist-christmas-cards-kids-craft/#comments Sun, 07 Dec 2014 13:18:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18218 Kids can make their own holiday greeting cards and gift tags with a "magical" process called Wax Resist. The supply list is short and sweet, and the process is super easy! Check out the collection of cards we made...

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26 Gorgeous Star Ornaments for Kids and Moms to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/26-gorgeous-star-ornaments-to-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/26-gorgeous-star-ornaments-to-make/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:52:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18181 Oh my STARS! Check out this gorgeous collection of star ornaments that you and your kids can make! Stars made from paper, twigs, fabric, styrofoam and even from CANDY. I am in love with this stunning collection...

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Ninja Craft Stick Ornaments For The Christmas Tree http://happyhooligans.ca/ninja-craft-stick-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ninja-craft-stick-ornaments/#respond Thu, 04 Dec 2014 14:30:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18154 Ninja fans are going to LOVE this craft! These ninja craft stick ornaments are just adorable and they're SO easy to make!

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Footprint Rudolph Christmas Cards for Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/footprint-rudolph-christmas-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/footprint-rudolph-christmas-cards/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 18:21:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18135 Check out these adorable footprint Rudolph Christmas cards! Have your little one make a bunch, and give them out to all your friends, family and neighbours this year!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ornaments – With Toilet Paper Rolls! http://happyhooligans.ca/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtle-ornaments-toilet-paper-rolls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtle-ornaments-toilet-paper-rolls/#comments Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:30:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18100 Woohoo! Adorable, easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle ornaments, and you don't need those green Christmas balls to make them! Check out how we made an adorable set of TMNT tree ornaments using cardboard rolls and scraps found around the house!

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Bead and Pipe Cleaner Ornaments – Easy Christmas Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/bead-and-pipe-cleaner-ornaments-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bead-and-pipe-cleaner-ornaments-for-kids/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 17:39:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18071 These bead and pipe cleaner ornaments really sparkle and shine! They're so easy to make and so pretty! They're great for helping little ones strengthen their fine-motor skills too!

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{Adorable} Craft Stick Santa, Elf and Reindeer Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-santa-elf-and-reindeer-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-santa-elf-and-reindeer-ornaments/#respond Sun, 30 Nov 2014 01:10:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=18033 ADORABLE OVERLOAD! Be warned: these craft stick Santa, elf and reindeer ornaments are almost too cute to handle! And they're so easy that even the toddlers will have fun crafting some of these up...

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Best Books for Boys – 40+ Fantastic Reads for Boys ages 8-16 http://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/ http://happyhooligans.ca/best-books-for-boys-ages-8-16/#comments Sat, 29 Nov 2014 02:50:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17935 40+ of our ABSOLUTE, ALL-TIME BEST books for boys (ages 8-16). Adventure, drama, suspense and humour that will captivate even the most...

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Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-jar-tea-light-luminaries/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-jar-tea-light-luminaries/#respond Thu, 27 Nov 2014 17:26:55 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17928 Check out the adorable Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries that we made recently!  Aren’t they just adorable?  They were really fun and easy to make, and I think they’re going to look super lighting up our mantle this holiday season! I might line them up on our dining room table when we have the gang over...

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12 Fine Motor Christmas Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/12-fine-motor-christmas-ornaments-toddlers-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/12-fine-motor-christmas-ornaments-toddlers-preschoolers/#respond Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:26:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17957 Check out this collection of Christmas crafts for kids! 12 of my gorgeous Christmas ornaments that will encourage fine motor development in toddlers and preschoolers...

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Mason Jar Lid Ornaments – Cool for Kids of All Ages to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/mason-jar-lid-ornaments-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mason-jar-lid-ornaments-for-kids/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 00:50:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17903 I have the easiest little Christmas decoration to share with you today. We made Mason Jar Lid Ornaments that have a bit of a stained glass look to them. If you’ve been hanging us hooligans for a while, you know I’m crazy about simple Christmas crafts that can be done on a shoe-string budget. Well, this is...

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Styrofoam Initial Ornaments for Toddlers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-initial-ornaments-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-initial-ornaments-toddlers/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 01:15:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17859 Here’s a quick and easy Christmas craft for your toddlers to make today. We actually made these simple Styrofoam Initial ornaments last year just before Christmas, but the season was over before I got around to sharing them with you. Flash forward a year, and the Christmas crafting season is upon us again.  Man-oh-man, how did we...

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25 Easy Snowflake Crafts, Activities and Treats That You Will Love http://happyhooligans.ca/25-snowflake-crafts-activities-treats/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-snowflake-crafts-activities-treats/#respond Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:19:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17823 The temps are falling, and we had our first real snowfall of the season today, so you know what that means! It’s time to start thinking about all the winter and Christmas crafts you’re going to make this year! I’m definitely in winter crafting mode! The other day I shared 15 easy and beautiful ornaments...

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Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/cinnamon-sugar-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cinnamon-sugar-snowflakes/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 01:24:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2023 Oh, the snowflakes are flying!  We’ve had flurries off and on for three days in a row now, and that means it’s time to start making some of our favourite wintery treats! Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes are one of our favourite winter-time snacks. All butter, sugar and cinnamon, toasted crispy brown…  Mmmmm, I can’t think of a...

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Pin-Up Christmas Tree Decorating Activity for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/pin-up-christmas-tree-decorating-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pin-up-christmas-tree-decorating-activity/#comments Sun, 16 Nov 2014 06:12:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17775 One of the most exciting things about Christmas time is decorating for the holidays – hanging up garlands, stringing the lights, and decorating the Christmas Tree.  Unfortunately, my daycare hooligans never get to participate in putting up our Christmas tree because it’s a family tradition that my boys and I save for a weekend. Last...

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How to Get Teens to Hang Up Their Towels: 10 Fail-Proof Solutions http://happyhooligans.ca/get-teens-hang-up-their-towels-10-solutions/ http://happyhooligans.ca/get-teens-hang-up-their-towels-10-solutions/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 17:24:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17742 10 easy, effective, sure-fire ways to get teens to hang up their towels after every single shower! “Hang up your towel!”  “Where’d you leave your towel?”  “Why is this towel on the floor?” “Is that where your towel belongs?”  On and on it goes…. Sound familiar?  If you have teenagers you might be able to...

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“WOW” Your Kids With This Easy, Vibrant Art Experiment http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-vibrant-art-experiment/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-vibrant-art-experiment/#respond Thu, 13 Nov 2014 01:07:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17733 Art and science come together in this colourful absorption experiment.  Salt, glue and watercolours are all that’s needed for  this fun and fascinating activity.  Pop on over to CBC Parents to see how it’s done!   Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured...

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15 {Easy, Gorgeous} Christmas Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/15-easy-christmas-ornaments-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/15-easy-christmas-ornaments-kids/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:31:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17710 15 of my all-time favourite absolutely gorgeous, totally easy Christmas ornaments for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Those of you who have been following me for a year or two know how much we hooligans LOVE our Christmas Crafts.  If you’ve just joined us recently, well, let’s just say Christmas crafts are kind of our...

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25 {Irresistibly Adorable} Snowman Crafts, Activities and Treats http://happyhooligans.ca/25-snowman-crafts-activities-treats/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-snowman-crafts-activities-treats/#comments Sun, 09 Nov 2014 00:48:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17679 Snowman season is almost here, and to ring it in, I’ve rounded up a bunch of unbelievably cute snowman crafts, activities and recipes for you and your kids to try this winter! In this collection, you’ll find 25 easy and adorable snowman crafts, oh-so-cute holiday treats, and unique snowman activities to keep the kids busy when...

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Vibrant Paper Towel Art for Toddlers Thru Tweens http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-art/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:00:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11358 Paper Towel Art – an easy art project and a lesson in water absorption!   This is actually a great way to test your markers to find out which ones are good, and which ones have dried up. With the good markers, you can create a rockin’ piece of art like the ones we made...

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Hand Painted Fridge Magnets for Toddlers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/fridge-magnets-toddlers-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fridge-magnets-toddlers-make/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 01:21:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17608 If you’re looking for a one-of-a kind gift that a child can make, these toddler-made, hand-painted fridge magnets are beautiful. I love coming up with cool gift ideas for kids to make for their parents. And the hooligans LOVE making presents for their moms and dads. Kid-made gifts are just the best, especially when you can...

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Zuppa Toscana – An Olive Garden Knock-Off http://happyhooligans.ca/zuppa-toscana-olive-garden-knock-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/zuppa-toscana-olive-garden-knock-recipe/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 23:41:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17584 Zuppa Toscana – an incredibly flavourful soup chock full of potatoes, sausage, kale and bacon that tastes every bit as good as the Olive Garden’s recipe. I confess.  I’ve never tried Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana simply because we don’t have an Olive Garden restaurant around here.  A couple of my friends are CRAZY for this...

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7 Cute Alternatives to the Elf on the Shelf http://happyhooligans.ca/7-alternatives-elf-shelf/ http://happyhooligans.ca/7-alternatives-elf-shelf/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 03:47:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17507 We don’t do Elf on the Shelf here, because my boys were teenagers before I ever learned about him. I don’t have a real problem with the whole elf thing, but I know some folks aren’t crazy about him. In case you’re not familiar with the elf on the shelf, I’ll brief you: From what...

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Halloween Fairy Bread http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-fairy-bread/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-fairy-bread/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:50:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17511 Put a spooky spin on a traditional Aussie treat!  Make Halloween fairy bread for your little ghosts and goblins. Here in Canada and the United States, we do Halloween in a big way.  I have a lot of Australian followers though, and they don’t really embrace Halloween.  It’s simply not a holiday that they’ve ever...

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Magformers Review – The Magnetic Building Toy that Kids Just Love http://happyhooligans.ca/magnetic-building-toy-kids-love/ http://happyhooligans.ca/magnetic-building-toy-kids-love/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:35:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17461 Magformers: fun, educational, magnetic building shapes that are perfect for home, daycare, preschool or the classroom. For your convenience this post contains affiliate links. Several months ago, we had the great pleasure of receiving this 62-piece Building Construction Set from the lovely folks at Magformers. Have you heard of Magformers?  Oh my goodness.  I cannot say enough about...

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Fizz, Pop, Bang! Playful Science and Math Activities for ages 3-8 http://happyhooligans.ca/fizz-pop-bang-science-math-e-book/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fizz-pop-bang-science-math-e-book/#respond Sun, 26 Oct 2014 10:00:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17407 FIZZ, POP, BANG! Playful Science and Math Activities brings hands-on fun and enjoyment to math and science! An e-book filled with inviting and engaging, hands-on learning activities to make math and science fun for kids! What’s Fizz, Pop, Bang! all about? 20 creative bloggers, 40 hands-on learning activities, and BONUS links to dozens of inspiring ideas...

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Making Homemade Wrapping Paper with Coloured Ice Pops http://happyhooligans.ca/making-homemade-wrapping-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/making-homemade-wrapping-paper/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 04:36:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17373 I love making homemade wrapping paper for so many reasons.  It’s far less expensive than buying gift-wrap (that stuff is expensive, and it ends up in the trash), you can choose your own colour theme and design, and most of all, I love the rustic charm that homemade gift-wrap lends to a gift, especially when...

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40+ Gifts Kids can Make {that Grown Ups will Really Use} http://happyhooligans.ca/40-useful-gifts-kids-can-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/40-useful-gifts-kids-can-make/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 00:04:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17309 Do your children love to make and give homemade presents?  If so, you’re going to love this! I’ve rounded up a collection of 40+ fabulous gifts kids can make that grown ups will really use, love and appreciate. I LOVE giving and receiving handmade gifts.  You might have guessed as much if you saw the post...

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Cupcake Liner Owls http://happyhooligans.ca/cupcake-liner-owls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cupcake-liner-owls/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 01:32:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17304 Ok, I know you love an adorable owl craft just as much as I do, so I couldn’t resist giving you a peek at these cupcake liner owls.  Are they not the cutest darn things you’ve ever seen?  Pop on over to Kids Activities Blog to see how we made them. You’ll find a link...

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70+ {Awesome} Homemade Toys You Can Make for Your Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/70-awesome-toys-make-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/70-awesome-toys-make-kids/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:59:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17242 Over 70 awesome homemade toys that you can make for the kids in your life! With Christmas approaching I’ve been busy, rounding up homemade gift ideas. Recently, I rounded up dozens of homemade gifts that kids can make for grown ups,  and it was so popular, I thought I’d share sharing a collection of  homemade gifts grown-ups...

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Pretend Tea Party with Natural Items http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-tea-party-natural-items/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-tea-party-natural-items/#comments Tue, 07 Oct 2014 20:32:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17145 Set up a pretend tea party play in the backyard where the kids can make a mess, use their imaginations, and get creative exploring items found in nature. Remember how much fun it was to play “tea party” was when you were little?  Pouring and measuring and serving cups of “tea” to your friends and...

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30 Time Saving Tips and Hacks for Home http://happyhooligans.ca/30-time-saving-tips-hacks-home/ http://happyhooligans.ca/30-time-saving-tips-hacks-home/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 22:37:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17104 Get organized and save time, space, effort and energy with these 30 time saving tips and hacks for the home. Household tips, life-hacks, time-savers, short-cuts, game-changers… call them what you will; they’re all words used to describe those handy, little tricks that make life a bit easier. And who doesn’t love the sound of that? Hey!...

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{3 More} Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-paper-plate-crafts-halloween/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-paper-plate-crafts-halloween/#comments Sat, 04 Oct 2014 22:10:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17085 Ok, I’m not gonna lie. The Hooligans and I get a little excited about our holiday crafts. Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year when it comes to crafting! Check out 21 of my favourite (easy) Halloween craft projects right here. You may have also noticed that we’ve been making a ton...

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Paper Plate Spider Craft for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-spider-craft-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-spider-craft-preschoolers/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 18:46:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=17051 Toddlers and preschoolers will love this paper plate spider craft. It’ll have them painting, cutting, stamping and gluing… all the crafty stuff that little kids love best. With Halloween just around the corner, you and your kids will be looking for lots of “spooky crafts” to make this month.  Lucky you!  I have 21 easy...

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How to Make a Gorgeous Fall Wreath out of a Paper Bag http://happyhooligans.ca/make-fall-wreath-paper-bag/ http://happyhooligans.ca/make-fall-wreath-paper-bag/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 08:15:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16502 Make a gorgeous Fall Wreath out of a paper bag (That’s right!  A paper bag!) and a few artificial fall flowers and leaves! Making a fall wreath every year is a lovely tradition to start with your kids. We made ours for almost no cost using a paper bag and some thrift shop flowers and...

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Toddler Biting: Why it Happens and How You Can Stop It http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-biting-why-happens-how-stop-it/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-biting-why-happens-how-stop-it/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 04:26:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16811 Toddler biting solutions from real parents and teachers:  Why kids bite, how to handle it, and ways to put an end to biting behaviour at home and daycare. You’ve know the scene – the kids are playing nicely while the parents chat nearby, when all of a sudden, HORRORS!  Your child bites someone. Or maybe...

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22 Things to Make with Cardboard Tubes http://happyhooligans.ca/22-things-make-cardboard-tubes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/22-things-make-cardboard-tubes/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:33:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16755 I admit it.  I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to cardboard tubes. I just can’t bring myself to part with them.  I have a huge stash in storage room. Toilet rolls, paper towel rolls, wrapping paper tubes, food-wrap rolls, poster tubes, mailing tubes… My family thinks I’m nuts, but when you think of...

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Homemade Monster Spray For Kids Who Are Afraid of Monsters http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-spray-help-child-afraid-monsters/ http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-spray-help-child-afraid-monsters/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 04:05:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16436 Got a child who’s afraid of monsters at bedtime?  Mix up a bottle of monster spray!  It’s an easy and effective way to help young children conquer their night-time fears and insecurities. A while back, my Facebook followers and I were discussing parenting challenges. Not surprisingly, bedtime issues came up time and time again.  One...

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21 Easy Halloween Crafts Your Toddler Will Love http://happyhooligans.ca/21-easy-halloween-crafts-toddler-will-love/ http://happyhooligans.ca/21-easy-halloween-crafts-toddler-will-love/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:09:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16644 The spookiest night of the year is almost here!, folks! The days are getting cooler, and the evenings are getting darker. Halloween is just around the corner! If you’re looking for inexpensive and easy Halloween crafts to make with your toddlers or preschoolers this year, you’re in for a treat! The hooligans and I LOVE...

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Best Homemade Tomato Soup from Garden-Fresh Tomatoes http://happyhooligans.ca/best-homemade-tomato-soup-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/best-homemade-tomato-soup-recipe/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:21:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16622 Wondering what to make with all those tomatoes that are ripening up in your garden?  Make a batch of homemade tomato soup!  It’s one of my go-to, easy soup recipes because it cooks up so quickly, and the flavour…  Oh my!  The fresh and tangy taste of this tomato soup is out of this world!...

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Paper Plate Dream Catcher Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-dream-catcher-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-dream-catcher-craft/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16471 It’s quite common for children, at some stage, to develop a fear of the dark or of monsters or bad dreams when they’re young. If your child experiences anxiety at bedtime, a homemade dream catcher may provide some extra comfort and a sense of control over his or her nighttime insecurities. Traditionally, it’s said that when a dream catcher...

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10 Fun Fall Activities for Kids to Do in the Backyard http://happyhooligans.ca/10-fun-fall-activities-kids-backyard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/10-fun-fall-activities-kids-backyard/#respond Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:03:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16538 Ah, Fall!  It’s almost here!  Those crisp, clear sunny days.  The vibrant colours.  The crunch of leaves underfoot.  We love playing outdoors in the fall!  We’ve done some exceptionally fun fall activities right at home in our own backyard.  There’s so much to see and learn and explore at this time of year.  New colours...

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Monster Swatters – a Tool to Help Kids Conquer Their Fear of Monsters http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-swatters-kids-afraid-monsters/ http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-swatters-kids-afraid-monsters/#respond Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:20:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16395 Are your kids afraid of monsters? Make a Monster Swatter, and ban those bedtime-monster fears for good! When I recently polled my Facebook followers, about their children’s fears, a common response was “my child is afraid of monsters at bedtime“.  If you have a little one with a fear of monsters, you know that bedtime can...

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25 Creative Ways to Re-Use Your Keurig’s K-Cups http://happyhooligans.ca/25-ways-reuse-keurig-k-cups/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-ways-reuse-keurig-k-cups/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:58:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16351 A Keurig coffee machine is a wonderful thing.  It’s convenient, fast and easy, and it brews the perfect cup of coffee every time, right?  But the downside to the Keurig is all of those little, plastic k-cups piling up in the landfill. If you’ve wondered how to re-use your k-cups but weren’t quite sure what...

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17 Paper Plate Crafts to Make at Home or School http://happyhooligans.ca/17-paper-plate-crafts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/17-paper-plate-crafts/#comments Sun, 07 Sep 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16291 Who loves paper plate crafts as much as I do?  A paper plate is one of my favourite craft supplies.  Aside from being easy to find and inexpensive, they’re SO versatile.  If  we’re ever stuck for a craft idea here in my daycare, with just a little imagination, we can almost always think of something...

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Adorable CD Owl Ornament http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-cd-owl-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-cd-owl-ornaments/#comments Sat, 06 Sep 2014 10:40:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16273 What can you do with an old or scratched CD or DVD?  Turn it into an adorable CD owl ornament! If you’re like us, you likely have a few cds or dvds kicking around that are either scratched or that no-one watches or listens to anymore.  Instead of throwing them into the garbage, I keep...

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14 Fall Crafts for Kids to Make at Home or Preschool http://happyhooligans.ca/14-fall-crafts-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/14-fall-crafts-kids/#comments Wed, 03 Sep 2014 01:18:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16210 Fall is almost here, and I know you’ll soon be looking for lots of Autumn craft ideas for kids! I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite fall crafts for kids to make in the preschool classroom or at home, and I’ve put them all here in one handy, little place for you!  You’ll find lots...

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25 Water Play Activities for Kids in the Backyard http://happyhooligans.ca/25-water-play-ideas-backyard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-water-play-ideas-backyard/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 15:27:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16074 I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love water play.  Even the smallest bin or bucket of water will keep my preschoolers and toddlers happy for hours.  They splash, they paddle, the stir, and pour.  In the warm weather, we have some form of water play set up in our backyard almost every day.  It’s...

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6 Fall Tree Crafts for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-tree-crafts-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-tree-crafts-preschoolers/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 14:46:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=16041 6 fall tree crafts for preschoolers and toddlers to make!  A fun collection of easy, inexpensive fall craft ideas for kids! Ahhhh, fall!  Crisp, sunny days, tart, juicy apples, and vibrant, colourful leaves decorating the trees!  I love crafting with my daycare hooligans in the fall.  There are so many colours and textures and natural...

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40+ Ways to Help Kids Overcome Night Time Anxiety http://happyhooligans.ca/stop-kids-afraid-bedtime-monsters/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stop-kids-afraid-bedtime-monsters/#comments Wed, 13 Aug 2014 21:11:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15929 Banish bedtime monsters for good!  45 tried and true, parent-tested solutions for helping kids conquer their night time anxiety and fears at betime! Bedtime should be a special and memorable part of a little one’s day, but if your child is afraid of monsters or boogeymen or has bad dreams or nightmares, it can be...

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18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Play Space http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-play-space-ideas/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-play-space-ideas/#comments Wed, 06 Aug 2014 15:58:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15892 Can you create a magical, exciting and engaging outdoor play space for your child for a few dollars?  You bet you can!  You don’t need oodles of space or fancy toys and equipment to have the best backyard on the block. My daycare hooligans will attest to the fact that it’s the simple things that...

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade in 3 Easy Steps http://happyhooligans.ca/fresh-squeezed-lemonade-3-easy-steps/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fresh-squeezed-lemonade-3-easy-steps/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 22:36:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15860 When it comes to refreshing summer-time drinks, you can’t beat a glass of old-fashioned, fresh-squeezed lemonade! It’s tart, cool and delicious, and it’s super-easy to make!  Just 3 easy steps and 3 ingredients: fresh lemons, sugar and water! My boys love lemonade!  Yellow lemonade, pink lemonade, from the can, from the carton… they’ll honestly drink...

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25 Easy Art Techniques for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/25-easy-art-techniques-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/25-easy-art-techniques-preschoolers/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:13:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15814 It’s no secret – my daycare hooligans love creating art!  For me, the funnest thing about art for kids, is finding unique and interesting ways for my toddlers and preschoolers to get creative. The kids and I have tried a lot of creative processes over the years, and today, I’m sharing with you, 25 easy...

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Simple, 3-Ingredient Concoctions for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-3-ingredient-concoctions-kids-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-3-ingredient-concoctions-kids-make/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:29:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15802 Do your kids love mixing concoctions? Oh boy! Do I ever have a whopper of a concoction collection for you! 35 of the best slime, goop, goo and play dough recipes that I could find! Science and sensory exploration never looked, felt or smelled so good!  And best of all? All of these mixtures require 3...

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20+ FROZEN Activities & Recipes {for Anna and Elsa Fans} http://happyhooligans.ca/20-frozen-activities-recipes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/20-frozen-activities-recipes/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:17:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15727 20-plus Frozen activities, recipes, science experiments and printables that Elsa and Anna fans will love! What do you do when you have 4 Frozen-obsessed little girls in your daycare?  You think up as many frosty, frozen, icy-themed activities as you can to keep them happy, busy and learning. I had a lot fun coming up...

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The Fastest, Easiest, Cheapest way to Add Running Water to your Backyard Play Space http://happyhooligans.ca/running-water-backyard-play-space/ http://happyhooligans.ca/running-water-backyard-play-space/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 03:39:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15686 Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had access to a water supply at the sandbox or in the mud kitchen?  Well guess what!  They can!  I’m going to show you how you can add a source of running water to your backyard play space in minutes.  It’s a simple solution that’s fast, easy and...

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Sidewalk Chalk and Water Painting Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-chalk-water-painting-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-chalk-water-painting-activity/#comments Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:21:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15668 Kids can create unique “watercolour images” with sidewalk chalk and water! We’re huge fans of sidewalk chalk here.  We always have a bucket of chalk stashed just outside our front door. It’s our go-to activity when we’re waiting for daycare drop-off and pickups, when we want to get creative, or when we only have a few...

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10 Christmas in July Crafts for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-july-crafts-kids-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-july-crafts-kids-make/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:20:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15631 If you celebrate Christmas in July, you’ll love these simple “Christmas in July crafts”.  All of these ornaments are made with common, every day materials found in and around the home all year long.  No need to go digging through boxes of Christmas supplies to make these decorations! Christmas is actually the furthest thing from...

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30+ Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/30-fairy-crafts-activities-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/30-fairy-crafts-activities-kids/#comments Sun, 06 Jul 2014 15:58:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15571 If you have a child at your house who loves fairies, I think you’ll love these activities!  I’ve rounded up 30+ Fairy crafts and activities from my own blog and from those of some of my favourite fellow-bloggers.  Fairy crafts, fairy recipes, fairy art ideas and fairy sensory bins and party ideas, even a fairy...

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Window Art with Foam Shapes and Water http://happyhooligans.ca/window-art-foam-shapes-water/ http://happyhooligans.ca/window-art-foam-shapes-water/#respond Fri, 04 Jul 2014 03:51:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15552 Toddlers who like simple water play activities are going to LOVE this easy art assignment!  Today, we’re making window art with foam shapes and water. Water and windows and foam, oh my! Creating window art with foam shapes is always popular among my toddlers and preschoolers.  It combines two favourite kids’ activities: art and water play!...

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Zen Garden Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/zen-garden-sensory-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/zen-garden-sensory-play/#respond Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:30:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15504 If you’ve ever trailed your fingers through a miniature Zen Garden, you know just how soothing and relaxing it can be. Our tiny zen garden sensory bin provides kids with a calming and relaxing way to explore natural materials through play. Take the following link over to CBC Parents to see the hooligans assembling and...

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Frozen Fractals Soup Activity – Ice Play for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-fractals-activity-ice-play-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-fractals-activity-ice-play-kids/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:43:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15531 When temperatures are on the rise, we’ve been turning to some of our favourite ice and water science activities to keep cool.  If your toddlers or preschoolers are fans of the Disney movie “Frozen”, this ice play set up will be a huge hit.  Frozen Fractals Soup: a cool and refreshing play idea for a hot...

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Backyard Tightrope http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-tightrope/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-tightrope/#respond Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:52:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15498 If you’re looking for an amazing (and free!) addition for your backyard play space, a backyard tightrope is da bomb!  Our tightrope is, hands down, one of the most popular stations in our yard.  Kids of all ages – from 1 right through to 7 absolutely love this thing! The kids use it all year...

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Ice Pop Painting http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-pop-painting/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-pop-painting/#respond Fri, 27 Jun 2014 01:44:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15492 Want a super, cool art activity to entertain the kids on a hot summer day?  Click this link to check out our Ice Pop Paintings over at Kids Activities Blog.  The process is really fun, and we produced some pretty spectacular works of art all with our intense homemade coloured Ice Pops! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful...

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2-Ingredient GOOP Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/2-ingredient-goop-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/2-ingredient-goop-recipe/#comments Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:23:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15474 2-Ingredient Goop Recipe:  Is it a solid?  Is it a liquid?  Yes!  It’s BOTH?  What is this mysterious substance? It’s GOOP – one of the funnest, most amazing science activities ever!  It’s a fabulous sensory experience too, and all you need are two basic ingredients to make it! We’re no strangers to simple scientific concoctions here...

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4th of July Twig Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/4th-july-twig-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/4th-july-twig-ornaments/#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 04:07:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15436 Looking for a fun and easy Independence Day Craft for your kids to make?  These 4th of July twig ornaments incorporate painting, glittering, using a glue gun and tying knots.  And you’ll end up with a cute, patriotic ornament that you can hand on your patio or deck! Being in Canada, I don’t celebrate the 4th...

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Teaching Spreading Skills with Blocks and Shaving Cream http://happyhooligans.ca/teaching-spreading-skills-shaving-cream/ http://happyhooligans.ca/teaching-spreading-skills-shaving-cream/#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:02:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15392 Want a super activity for teaching spreading skills to your preschooler or toddler?  Break out the building blocks and shaving cream!  And prepare yourself for a little bit of mess and a whole lot of fun. Recently, while preparing some crackers and peanut butter for snack, I got thinking about helping the children develop their spreading...

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Water-Bottle Whirligigs http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-whirligigs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-whirligigs/#respond Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:46:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15385 If you love using recyclables for crafting, and you’re a fan of homemade wind chimes for kids, you’ll love love our water-bottle whirligigs!  We hung ours in a tree in the backyard a couple of weeks ago, and they’ve been spinning in the breeze and sparkling in the sunshine ever since! Pop over to Kids...

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20 Science Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/20-science-activities-toddlers-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/20-science-activities-toddlers-preschoolers/#comments Thu, 19 Jun 2014 05:30:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15353 20 Terrific science-based activities for home, preschool or the classroom.  Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers, but fascinating enough for kids of all ages! I’ve been sharing a lot of simple science experiments for kids on my facebook page lately, and the response from you guys has been terrific!  Wow!  You really love your science,...

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Homemade Bubble Blower http://happyhooligans.ca/easiest-ever-homemade-bubble-blower/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easiest-ever-homemade-bubble-blower/#respond Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:12:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15324 How to make bubbles and a bubble wand at home… Bubbles, bubbles, who loves bubbles? And who loves it when you can’t find the bubble wands? Or when the kids knock over the bubble mix within minutes of playing with it? Yeah, well, those are the downsides to bubble blowing, but fear not, Mama! I’ve...

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Frozen Clean Mud http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-clean-mud/ http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-clean-mud/#comments Mon, 16 Jun 2014 04:59:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15296 Here’s another cool activity that Elsa and Anna fans will love!  We’ve made an ooey-gooey, beautifully scented batch of Frozen Clean Mud!  The kid will love this Disney inspired activity, and you’ll hard time keeping your hands out of it too! The hooligans are just crazy about the latest Disney Movie.  They sing the Frozen...

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Tin Can Stilts – Classic Childhood Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-can-stilts-classic-childhood/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-can-stilts-classic-childhood/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 04:59:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15268 Who remembers clomping around on a pair of tin can stilts when they were a kid? Remember how fun that was? And how about the balance and co-ordination it took?  Getting your hands and feet and ropes and tins to all work together…  What a blast. I do love a good, old-fashioned childhood classic, and...

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More Homemade Bookmarks for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bookmarks-kids-make/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bookmarks-kids-make/#respond Wed, 11 Jun 2014 15:05:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15193   Here’s a great, last-minute Father’s Day gift for kids to make!  2 kind of bookmarks:  Duck Tape and Tie Dye.  Both are easy and fun for kids of all ages to make, and they look great too! Pop over to CBC Parents to check ’em all out, and to get the step-by-step instructions! Follow...

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Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-fractals-ice-sculptures-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-fractals-ice-sculptures-activity/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 06:14:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15239 If you have any “Frozen” fans at your house, this Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures activity will be a hit!  It’s so easy to prepare, and your Anna and Elsa fans are going to love it. We’ve done a number of  “Frozen” activities here in my daycare recently, and they’ve gone over very well!  If your kids are...

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Toddler-Safe Cloud Dough Recipe (No Baby Oil) http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-friendly-cloud-dough-baby-oil/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-friendly-cloud-dough-baby-oil/#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 01:43:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15213 There’s no doubt about it, our regular 2 ingredient cloud dough is amazing for sensory play. Recently however, we figured out how to colour our Cloud Dough, and even more recently, we tweaked that coloured cloud dough recipe to make it toddler-safe.  This is great news because I often hear from parents who are concerned...

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Simple Homemade Bubble Pipe http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-homemade-bubble-pipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-homemade-bubble-pipe/#respond Sun, 08 Jun 2014 06:19:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15158 A Homemade Bubble Pipe made from a straw and a coffee filter! Pair it up with some dish detergent straight out of the bottle, and blowing bubbles just got a whole lot cheaper and easier! Blowing bubbles is one of those classic childhood activities that never gets old!  Normally, every spring I whip up a...

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Painted Cardboard Name Puzzle http://happyhooligans.ca/name-puzzle-cardboard-cut-outs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/name-puzzle-cardboard-cut-outs/#comments Sat, 07 Jun 2014 14:49:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15138 Here’s a fun way to help your child  learn to spell his name?  It’s an easy, colourful homemade name puzzle made with painted cardboard cut-outs! I’ve made a variety of homemade name puzzles over the years for the children in my home daycare.  A name puzzle is a great way to help your child with letter recognition...

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Coffee Can CD Wind Chime http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-can-cd-wind-chime/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-can-cd-wind-chime/#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 04:58:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15107 If you’re looking for homemade wind chimes for kids to make for Father’s Day this Coffee Can CD Wind Chime is perfect!  Actually, this could be a great gift for kids to make for Mother’s Day too, or for anyone who loves their coffee and their music.  This project is simple, and the only tool...

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Turning Grapes into Raisins – Science for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/grapes-into-raisins-science-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/grapes-into-raisins-science-for-kids/#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 04:35:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15037 My daycare kids love grapes.  They also love raisins.  Now, we all know that a raisin is simply a dried up grape, but that probably seems a little puzzling to a toddler.  After all, a raisin doesn’t look anything like a grape!  To help the hooligans really understand, we conducted one of the easiest science...

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Framed Photo Paper Art for Kids to Make and Give http://happyhooligans.ca/framed-photo-paper-art-kids-make-give/ http://happyhooligans.ca/framed-photo-paper-art-kids-make-give/#comments Sun, 01 Jun 2014 13:29:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15061 Here’s another easy gift for kids to make and give to someone special: Framed Photo Paper Art! We recently discovered the joy of drawing on glossy photo paper with Sharpie markers. It’s a fun and vibrant process, and today we’re pairing it up with some dollar store frames for a quick and easy Father’s Day...

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Ocean in a Bottle with 3 Simple Ingredients http://happyhooligans.ca/ocean-in-bottle/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ocean-in-bottle/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 05:54:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15023 Make an ocean in a bottle with 3 easy ingredients.  One of the fastest and easiest-ever science activities for preschoolers. I love to make homemade toys for the hooligans.  Discovery bottles are always a favourite here.  They look so beautiful, and no matter what we fill them with. This particular ocean in a bottle has to be the...

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Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-elsas-frozen-hands-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-elsas-frozen-hands-activity/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 19:20:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14973 Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands activity:  It’s a blast whether you’re a “Frozen fan” or not!  It’s a great science experiment for kids, and you likely have most or all of the supplies around your home! We are ALL about Frozen-themed activities these days! I have some huge Elsa and Anna fans here in my daycare....

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Painted Rock Paper-Weight Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-rock-paper-weight-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-rock-paper-weight-craft/#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 02:53:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14947 A gorgeous painted rock paper-weight craft that kids can make for themselves or to give as a gift! If you’ve been with us a while, you likely know how much we love playing with rocks and stones here in my home daycare. Most recently, we used some of our larger beach rocks to make painted paper-weights...

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Pringles Can Windsock Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/pringles-can-windsock-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pringles-can-windsock-craft/#respond Mon, 26 May 2014 04:24:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14913 A Pringles Can Windsock is a super spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  It’s quick and easy, and requires just a few basic supplies that you may already have on hand! The hooligans and I love making outdoor ornaments & homemade wind chimes for our backyard play space. The tree beside our playhouse is home to 2...

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Frozen Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/frozen-sensory-bin/#comments Sat, 24 May 2014 04:36:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14874 If you have Elsa and Anna fans at your house, I have some great Frozen activities for your kids to do at home,!  You’re  going to love this Frozen sensory bin!  It’s so easy to pull together using simple items you already have around your home! Disney’s Frozen!  Oh my goodness. Are your kids as...

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Felt Flower Buttoning Toy http://happyhooligans.ca/felt-flower-buttoning-toy/ http://happyhooligans.ca/felt-flower-buttoning-toy/#comments Thu, 22 May 2014 16:15:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14858 I’m so excited to share our latest buttoning toy with you! Pop over to Kids Activities Blog to see how to make our Felt Flower Buttoning Toy!  This easy, no-sew version of our Button Snake, is a great toy for fine motor development and teaching buttoning skills! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool...

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10+ Stone Activities for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/10-stone-activities-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/10-stone-activities-for-kids/#comments Tue, 20 May 2014 03:57:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14809 10+ stone activities for kids: ways to add stones and rocks to your backyard play space for fun and learning. Kids just love playing with stones, don’t they?  One of our favourite annual treks is a hike on the beach where we collect a bunch of new stones and rocks to replenish our collection at...

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Three to Five Playful Preschool e-Book http://happyhooligans.ca/3-5-playful-preschool-e-book/ http://happyhooligans.ca/3-5-playful-preschool-e-book/#comments Sun, 18 May 2014 06:00:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14691 Three to Five Playful Preschool!  An e-Book filled with gorgeous photos, printables and step-by-step instructions for creative, hands-on, play-based activities for kids aged 3-5!  I am SO excited to finally be able to share Three to Five Playful Preschool, a terrific e-Book I’ve been working on with 24 other fabulously talented kid-bloggers from all over the...

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Homemade Twirling Ribbon Sticks http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-twirling-ribbon-sticks/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-twirling-ribbon-sticks/#comments Thu, 15 May 2014 02:41:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14693 On a whim yesterday, I made a couple of homemade twirling ribbon sticks for the girls, and they had a wonderful time running and spinning around the yard, watching their ribbons dance in the wind! Twirling ribbon?  Ribbon stick?  Twirling ribbon stick?  I’m not exactly sure what they’re called, but they were so easy to make! They’re...

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Coloured Cloud Dough – How to Colour Cloud Dough for Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-cloud-dough-colour-cloud-dough-sensory-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-cloud-dough-colour-cloud-dough-sensory-play/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 05:55:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14655 How to make coloured cloud dough with 3 easy ingredients. We’ve done it!  We’ve successfully made a batch of vibrantly coloured cloud dough!  Now, if you’ve never heard of it before, you can find out how amazing cloud dough is, over here, in an article I wrote a couple of years ago. If you are...

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Sharpie Art with Photo Paper http://happyhooligans.ca/sharpie-art-photo-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sharpie-art-photo-paper/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 18:27:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14614 Sharpie Art with Photo Paper: create glossy stained glass artwork with sharpie markers and photo paper! If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, you’ll love this one. We just LOVE Sharpie projects here, and today, we’re creating glossy, vibrant stained glass art with Sharpies and photo paper!  This simple art project is great...

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Playing with Coloured Water: Backyard Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-laboratory/ http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-laboratory/#comments Sun, 11 May 2014 05:00:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11204 Is there a child who doesn’t love water play?  This backyard water and science activity is a super way for kids to learn about colour-mixing, to strengthen fine and gross motor skills, and it’s a terrific way for children to keep cool on a hot, summer day! This water activity is one of our favourites...

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Wet Sidewalk Chalk Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/wet-sidewalk-chalk-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wet-sidewalk-chalk-activity/#comments Fri, 09 May 2014 04:37:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14589 Add a “dipping cup” to your sidewalk chalk activities and instantly create creamy-smooth, vibrant works of art in the driveway! Drawing with wet sidewalk chalk is one of my favourite outdoor art techniques for kids. Creating art with wet chalk so much more fun drawing with dry chalk.  It’s a whole different experience!  Dry chalk...

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Homemade Bookmarks – Tie Dye technique with Sharpies http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bookmarks-sharpies-rubbing-alcohol/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bookmarks-sharpies-rubbing-alcohol/#comments Wed, 07 May 2014 05:31:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14561 Grab your Sharpies and rubbing alcohol!  We’re making homemade bookmarks for Mother’s Day, and we’re using one of my favourite art techniques for kids.  It’s a cool Sharpie marker tie-dye technique that’s simple, beautiful and quite fascinating. If you love easy science activities, you’re going to want to try this one! Don’t you just love...

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Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes – a Recycled Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-wind-chimes-recycled-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-wind-chimes-recycled-craft/#comments Mon, 05 May 2014 02:24:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14529 These Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes will add a burst of colour to any outdoor play space or patio! I’m really excited to share our latest DIY wind chimes with you!  We worked on these as a collaborative project and hung the chimes in our back yard play space, right beside our playhouse.  Be sure to check...

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Cutting Practice – 5 More Scissor Activities for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/cutting-practice-5-scissor-activities-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cutting-practice-5-scissor-activities-kids/#comments Fri, 02 May 2014 03:38:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14505 Cutting practice – 5 more fun and easy materials to help kids develop their scissor skills! I’m not sure what it is about scissors that toddlers find so fascinating.  Is it the cutting action? That unmistakeable “snip-snip-snip?  The paper clippings fluttering to the floor?  Whatever it is, kids just love cutting.  But cutting can be...

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Painting Activities for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-activities-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-activities-toddlers/#comments Tue, 29 Apr 2014 05:38:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14407 Painting Activities for Toddlers: big art, painting without brushes, and some unplanned body-painting. There are all kinds of creative art techniques for kids under the age of two to experiment with. Little kids LOVE to paint.  They love getting messy. They love a BIG, clean canvas, and kids love to express their creativity on. These were...

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How to Dye Pasta the Easy Way! http://happyhooligans.ca/dye-pasta-easy-way/ http://happyhooligans.ca/dye-pasta-easy-way/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 06:00:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14387 How to dye pasta the easy way for kids crafts and sensory play! No mess, no waste and no rubbing alcohol! We always have a big batch of brightly coloured pasta on hand here.  It’s great for threading activities, for sorting and learning about shapes and colours, and it’s especially wonderful to use as a...

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White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies http://happyhooligans.ca/white-chocolate-chip-cranberry-cookies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/white-chocolate-chip-cranberry-cookies/#respond Wed, 23 Apr 2014 03:16:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14357 White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Cookies:  sweet but tart, crisp but chewy.  A cookie-lover’s dream! Is there a more decadent combination than white chocolate and dried cranberries? I’m a sucker for anything that contains white chocolate.  Pair it with tart, tangy, dried cranberries, and ohhhh, baby, I’m in heaven! Remember my  Oatmeal,  Chocolate Chip and...

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15 Easy Homemade Paint Recipes Your Kids are Going to Love! http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-paint-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-paint-kids/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:56:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14308 If your kids are like my hooligans, they LOVE to paint!  Painting is such a fun way for kids to express their creative side, but lets face it, paint can be expensive to buy; especially if your kids go through it quickly. Making your own paint is a fun and inexpensive alternative to buying the...

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Easy Paper Plate Flowers (for Toddlers and Preschoolers) http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-paper-plate-flowers-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-paper-plate-flowers-kids/#comments Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:05:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14286 Quick and Easy Paper Plate Flowers: What signals spring more than a colourful flower? You’re going to love how quick and easy our paper plate flowers are to make! They’re a perfect little spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   Hooray for Spring!  I think it might finally be here!  Tiny green shoots are sprouting...

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Quick and Easy Pizza Dough – Ready in 20 Minutes! http://happyhooligans.ca/quick-easy-pizza-dough-ready-20-minutes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/quick-easy-pizza-dough-ready-20-minutes/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:11:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14261 This quick and easy pizza dough is perfect when you’re making pizza with kids! From start to finish, it’s ready for the oven in 20 minutes! And it tastes GREAT too! Recently the hooligans and I made homemade pizza for lunch, and the results were absolutely delicious! Most kids love helping in the kitchen, and most...

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Adorable Cork-Stamped Flower Wreath for Spring http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-flower-wreath-kids-stamping-corks/ http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-flower-wreath-kids-stamping-corks/#respond Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:04:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14194 Looking for an adorable spring craft to do with your kids?  Grab some corks and buttons and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made this cork-stamped flower wreath! [jetpack_subscription_form] Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!

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Easter Egg Table Toppers – Painting with Q-tips http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-table-toppers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-table-toppers/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 04:48:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14193 Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun painting with Q-tips while making these easy, Easter Egg table toppers!   If you’re looking for last-minute Easter crafts for kids to do before the weekend arrives, these table toppers were super-simple to make. But to add some interest to the activity, we used Q-tips dipped in paint to...

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Erasable Drawing Activity for Kids – with Homemade Reusable Drawing Sheets http://happyhooligans.ca/erasable-drawing-activity-for-kids-homemade-reusable-drawing-sheets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/erasable-drawing-activity-for-kids-homemade-reusable-drawing-sheets/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 23:22:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14089 Fun, erasable drawing activity for kids of all ages! Homemade, erasable, reusable drawing sheets are fun to decorate, and they save on paper too! If your house is like ours, your children probably go through a ton of paper doodling, drawing and tracing. I’d never discourage them from drawing. Even if the paper ends up in...

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Cotton Pad Art for Toddlers (with Liquid Watercolours) http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-pad-art-for-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-pad-art-for-toddlers/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 18:43:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13944 Cotton Pad Art with liquid watercolours – a creative, fine-motor art project for toddlers, and a water absorption experiment too! A couple of months ago, we turned our dried up markers into homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were fabulous! They’re perfect for lots of the kids’ art projects we do around here! The hooligans really...

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Paper Plate Ladybug Craft for Toddlers (with Corks and Buttons) http://happyhooligans.ca/ladybug-craft-for-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ladybug-craft-for-toddlers/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:41:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13902 Toddlers and preschoolers use buttons and corks to decorate a cute and easy paper plate ladybug craft!  We LOVE paper plate crafts!  You can make so many things out of a simple paper plate.  One of the cutest that we’ve made lately are these paper plate ladybugs! Painting, stamping, buttons and googly eyes!  All the things that...

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Easter Playdough Activities for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-playdough-activities-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-playdough-activities-toddlers/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 01:04:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13748 Here’s a fun Easter activity to keep the kids busy before the holiday arrives. Homemade Easter playdough for toddlers and preschoolers, in the softest shades of spring! If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed playdough ideas! Today, I’m sharing the Easter playdough activity we had going...

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How To Dye Rice for Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/how-to-dye-rice-sensory-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/how-to-dye-rice-sensory-play/#comments Sat, 22 Mar 2014 02:06:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13731 How to dye rice for sensory play in 3 easy steps!  No rubbing alcohol, no messy baggies, no waste! Have you ever seen the Rainbow Rice that we use in our sensory bins?  It’s vibrant and gorgeous!  You can use it for all kinds of sensory activities, and it’s SO easy to make! There are lots of tutorials on the...

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10 Spring Crafts for Kids! http://happyhooligans.ca/10-spring-crafts-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/10-spring-crafts-for-kids/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:38:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13684 A collection of my favourite Spring crafts for kids: 10 spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers.  They’re sweet, they’re simple, and they’re absolutely charming! We’ve done many great spring crafts over the years, so I thought it would be nice to put our most popular projects all in one place for you!  Here are 10 of...

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Coffee Filter Easter Wreath http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-easter-wreath-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-easter-wreath-for-kids/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 18:33:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13657 If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for kids, you’ll love this Coffee Filter Easter Wreath! It’s simple to make, the supply list is very simple, and toddlers and preschoolers will LOVE the creative process! Hooray for spring!  Winter is slowly coming to an end, and we’ve been busy making lots of spring crafts!  Today we made...

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Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with Tissue Paper http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-tissue-paper-rainbows/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-tissue-paper-rainbows/#respond Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:36:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13508 Ready for a cute and easy St. Patrick’s Day craft?  Toddlers will love making these colourful Paper Plate Rainbow Craft with tissue paper!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the fun we had making our rainbows, and to learn a fun and easy technique for drawing rainbows too!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and...

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10 Easy Easter Crafts for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-crafts-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-crafts-for-kids/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:55:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13551 Spring is just around the corner, my Lovelies!  Is ayone else as happy as I am about that? After the long, cold winter we’ve had, I’m so excited to see all of the colourful easter crafts that are popping up all over the place.    Today I’ve rounded up 10 of my favourite easy Easter...

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Mosaic Project for Preschoolers – with Styrofoam Meat Trays http://happyhooligans.ca/mosaic-project-kids-styrofoam-produce-trays/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mosaic-project-kids-styrofoam-produce-trays/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 05:03:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13576 Kids can make vibrant mosaic art using painted styrofoam produce trays! I want to share another mosaic project for preschoolers with you.  Did you see our 3-D Mosaic Structures last week?  Well, today, the hooligans used our styrofoam meat trays for this basic mosaic project.   *Before we get started, I want to mention that when you’re...

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Paper Towel Dip – a Water Absorption Experiment http://happyhooligans.ca/water-absorption-experiment-for-preschoolers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-absorption-experiment-for-preschoolers/#respond Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:43:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13455 “Paper Towel Dip“: a water absorption experiment for preschoolers and toddlers. Over the years, we’ve done many water absorption experiments here in my daycare.  Paper towels and coloured water are great for teaching kids about water absorption.  Coloured water really lets kids see the absorption process, and depending on the nature of the project, they can produce...

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Pasta and Playdough for Fine Motor Development http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-development-playdough-pasta/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-development-playdough-pasta/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 04:59:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13420 Just a quick, little post to share this fun and easy toddler activity!  The other day, the two-year olds were strengthening their fine motor skills with pasta, pony beads and play dough. Because my daycare caters to preschoolers, you’ll find lots of fine motor activities here among the pages of my blog.  There are quite a few...

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Toddler Art with Paper Towels and Liquid Watercolours http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-art-paper-towels-liquid-watercolours/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toddler-art-paper-towels-liquid-watercolours/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 15:37:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13395 If you’re looking for easy art techniques for kids, paper towels and liquid watercolours are two supplies that you can grab quickly to keep your little ones entertained for ages. In case you missed the big news, we recently turned our dried out markers into these amazing homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were FANTASTIC, and...

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“Diamond Dig” – A Snowy Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/diamond-dig-snowy-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/diamond-dig-snowy-sensory-bin/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 21:18:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13336 When snow days or freezing temperatures make it impossible to get out to play in the snow, a snowy sensory bin is a fun indoor winter activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Goodness knows this has been a long, cold winter!  Temperatures in the -20s and even -30s have made it difficult to get out and play in the snow...

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A Beginner Glue Gun Project for Kids: Mosaic Meat Tray Structures http://happyhooligans.ca/glue-gun-project-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/glue-gun-project-for-kids/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 18:40:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13298 When you’re thinking about science activities that you can do with your children don’t overlook a simple building project!  Structures are definitely a scientific topic, and you can make the most basic structures with even the youngest kids. Now, you might be thinking “WHAT?   A toddler and a glue gun??”  You bet!  Have a...

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Homemade Liquid Watercolour Paint – how to make paint with dried out markers http://happyhooligans.ca/vibrant-homemade-liquid-watercolor-paint/ http://happyhooligans.ca/vibrant-homemade-liquid-watercolor-paint/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 07:35:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13257 We’ve recently discovered the joys of Liquid Watercolour Paint here in my daycare, and while I love them for their vibrant colour and versatility, they can be expensive to buy.  Well, recently we decided to do one of those classic science activities and turn our old, dried up markers into our very own liquid watercolour paints. ...

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Play Dough – Potato Head Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-play-dough-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-play-dough-activity/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 04:20:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13191 A Homemade Play Dough Activity that combines Play dough with Mr. Potato Head! Homemade Play dough is one of those classic activities for kids.  We almost always have several batches on hand here in my daycare; the hooligans never tire of it. I love is how versatile play dough is when you make your own.  You can colour...

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Backyard Ice Sculptures http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-ice-sculptures/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-ice-sculptures/#respond Thu, 20 Feb 2014 14:45:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12677 Kids of all ages (and grown ups too!) will want to get in on building these awesome ice sculptures in the backyard this winter!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made ours!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and click SUBSCRIBE in my sidebar to receive our posts by...

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Colour Wheel for Kids – a Paper Plate Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-wheel/ http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-wheel/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:06:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13152 At this time of year, after weeks of dreary, grey skies, I start to yearn for colourful crafts like our rainbow wind chimes and rainbow collages.  Yesterday we made this vibrant Colour Wheel craft! It was a beautiful way to teach the hooligans about colour, colour order and colour-mixing.  And after numerous winter crafts and activities, and months...

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Heart Shaped French Toast http://happyhooligans.ca/heart-shaped-french-toast/ http://happyhooligans.ca/heart-shaped-french-toast/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:20:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13087 Heart Shaped French Toast – a cute Valentine’s food idea for kids. I love making cute holiday-themed treats for my daycare hooligans!  Here’s a really cute food idea for Valentine’s Day.  Heart shaped French Toast with cinnamon sugar.  I’ve added a few cute heart-shaped sides to this lunch as well. For Valentine’s Day, I like...

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Valentines Play Dough Activity – “The Candy Shop” http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-play-dough-activity-candy-shop/ http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-play-dough-activity-candy-shop/#respond Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:05:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13066 Here’s a super Valentines activity for toddlers and preschoolers!  Your kids will have a blast making and creating with this playdough “Candy Shop”. The hooligans have been playing with our homemade play dough every day lately.  We’ve had all kinds of neat play dough activities going on, and I’ll write about those in the days...

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Valentines Lunch Ideas for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-valentines-lunch-ideas-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-valentines-lunch-ideas-kids/#respond Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:54:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13054 Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love! Wondering what to serve the kids for lunch on Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few heart-y lunch ideas (excuse the pun) that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love! Please forgive the quality of a couple of the photos.  Some were taken a few...

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Tissue Paper Torch – an Olympic Craft with a Cardboard Tube http://happyhooligans.ca/olympic-torch-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/olympic-torch-craft/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 04:40:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13039 Tissue Paper Torch – an easy cardboard tube craft for kids to make for the Olympics. Are you following the Olympics closely at your house?  I know the hooligans are watching with their parents, so we’ve been doing some Olympic crafts here.  Last week, we took a thrift shop painting, and upcycled it into this...

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Ice Painting Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-painting-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-painting-activity/#comments Mon, 10 Feb 2014 01:54:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13021     Ice Painting Activity and small world ice play with Polly Pockets! Remember when I filled those heart-shaped pans with water, and let them freeze overnight on the deck a few weeks back?  We used one of the hearts for a salt, ice and liquid watercolour experiment which was really fun and colourful.  Another one...

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Tissue Paper and Contact Paper “Stained Glass” Window Decorating http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-stained-glass-window/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-stained-glass-window/#comments Sat, 08 Feb 2014 03:50:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12988 If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know I love crafting with tissue paper.  One creative idea I’ve always admired is decorating a window with tissue paper cut-outs.  Today, as one of our Valentine’s activities, we covered our living room window in colourful, tissue paper hearts!  The process was so...

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Fine Motor Activities for Babies and Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-activities/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-activities/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 14:19:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12950   The following 10  fine motor activities for babies and toddlers encourage creative thinking and problem-solving.  They help develop a young child’s fine motor skills, hand dexterity and co-ordination. I often set these activities up to keep the toddlers and babies busy while the preschoolers craft.   The activities require only common house-hold items, but they’ll keep...

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Wax Resist Valentines Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/wax-resist-valentines-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wax-resist-valentines-cards/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 19:32:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12887 With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare have been busy making Valentines’ cards for their parents. Recently, we made these awesome wax resist cards!  We love wax-resist art.  Some folks call it crayon-resist or paint-resist, but whatever you call it, it’s just plain fascinating! Kids love watching...

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Tin-Foil Tissue Hearts – Valentines Decorations for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-foil-tissue-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-foil-tissue-hearts/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 15:20:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2316 Tin-foil tissue hearts – a beautiful craft for kids to make for Valentine’s Day! I love having a holiday to craft about, and I love using common house-hold items when we’re crafting.  These adorable tin-foil tissue hearts make me so happy because they’re a great combination of both of my “loves”. We’ve used this process...

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Homemade Bird Feeders with Cheerios and Blueberries http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeders-cheerios-blueberries/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeders-cheerios-blueberries/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:45:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12924 Homemade Bird Feeders with  Cheerios and Blueberries – a fine motor activity for kids. Every winter here in my daycare we make homemade bird feeders using materials that we have around the house.  In the past we’ve made Cheerio bird feeders, orange cup bird feeders, feeders with grains and fruit, and a milk jug bird...

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Homemade Laundry Detergent http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-laundry-detergent-recipe/#comments Mon, 03 Feb 2014 06:41:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12886 The best homemade laundry detergent recipe with Borax, Washing Soda and Ivory Soap. How much money do you spend on laundry detergent at the grocery store? Where I live, it’s anywhere from 5-15 dollars per jug.  Tide and Sunlight and other well known name brands are quite pricey, but even the less expensive brands really...

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Olympic Ring Art Project for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/olympic-ring-art-project-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/olympic-ring-art-project-kids/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 14:08:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12844 Make a unique piece of art for a bedroom or toy room using a second hand canvas and some cardboard rolls! We LOVE using our recyclables for crafting!  Cardboard rolls are one of my favourite materials to use for arts and crafts here in my daycare.  We’ve made dozens of crafts and homemade toys using...

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Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath for Toddlers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-valentine-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-valentine-wreath/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 06:51:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12822 Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath: a fine-motor Valentine’s craft for kids! Our tissue paper Valentines Wreath is the perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  It’s bright and colourful, it’s a great fine-motor and sensory activity, and it’s a craft that’s easy enough for very young children to do. Why I love crafting with...

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Toddler Art with with Mirrors and Dry Erase Markers http://happyhooligans.ca/mirrors-and-dry-erase-markers-glass-beads/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mirrors-and-dry-erase-markers-glass-beads/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 06:55:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12791 Mirrors and dry erase markers with glass beads: a drawing activity and fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Sometimes we do an activity and I get so excited about it I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve felt that way all day today! You may know how much I love doing mirror...

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Sand Play Idea – DIY Sand Table For Kids Without a Sandbox http://happyhooligans.ca/sand-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sand-play/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 18:14:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11381 No doubt about it, kids love to play in a sandbox,  but what do you do if you don’t have one in your yard?  You create a DIY sand table!  Check out this small sand play idea!  It’s perfect for kids who don’t have a sand box! Sometimes it’s fun to take an activity that...

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Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/ http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-watercolours/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 06:45:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12762 Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours – a colourful science experiment for kids. One of the hooligans favourite science activities is melting a block of ice salt and water. Today we’re doing this experiment as a Valentine’s activity so we’ve used a heart-shaped ice block.  We’ve done plenty of melting ice experiments before, but this...

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Homemade Bird Feeder with Fruits and Grains http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeder-fruits-grains/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-bird-feeder-fruits-grains/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 19:15:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12716   Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made these fruit and grain bird feeders to help our feathered friends get through the winter!

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Colour the snow with watercolours http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-the-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-the-snow/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:40:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12735 A fun, indoor winter activity for kids: colour the snow with watercolours and medicine droppers. We set out to colour the snow with watercolours today, and my-oh-my, this is definitely a new favourite winter activity here at our house! This idea came to me after making our paint resist thank you cards.  We had some...

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Salt and Ice Activity – melting frozen hands http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-and-ice-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-and-ice-activity/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 05:47:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12683 Melting frozen hands!  When it comes to easy, awesome icy science activities, this one is a winner! This simple salt and ice activity is perfect any time of the year.  We happened to do it in winter, but we’ve done similar experiments in summer-time, and they’re always a blast. I was inspired to make our...

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Salt, Glue and Watercolour Art – name recognition activity http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-glue-watercolour-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-glue-watercolour-art/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 23:10:55 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12657   A name recognition activity with salt, glue and watercolour art! This was our first time doing salt, glue and watercolour art, and the hooligans and I had so much fun with the process!  This is a terrific art technique for kids to learn letter and name recognition while getting creative, but it can be used...

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Homemade Puzzles for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-puzzles/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-puzzles/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:37:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12638 Homemade puzzles made from cereal boxes… At noon today, I was looking for a simple activity to keep the toddlers busy while I made lunch.  When we came into the kitchen, I spotted a couple of empty cereal boxes on the counter.  My wheels started turning, and in less than 5 minutes, I’d turned those...

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Handmade Thank You Cards with Wax Resist Paint Technique http://happyhooligans.ca/crayon-resist-art-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/crayon-resist-art-for-kids/#comments Tue, 07 Jan 2014 05:17:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12624 Kids can create beautiful handmade Thank You cards using a wax resist art technique. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need! Crayon resist (or wax resist) is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and it’s one of those fun science activities that kids of all ages love. Toddlers and preschoolers can...

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Most Popular Posts of 2013 http://happyhooligans.ca/most-popular-posts-of-2013/ http://happyhooligans.ca/most-popular-posts-of-2013/#comments Mon, 30 Dec 2013 18:59:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12583 Our 13 Most Popular Posts of 2013: With the New Year just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to look back through my blog and highlight our 13 most popular posts of 2013. Most of these  activities are for kids, but there are a couple crafty-mom posts sprinkled in there, so grab...

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Cardboard Gingerbread House http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-gingerbread-house/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-gingerbread-house/#comments Fri, 20 Dec 2013 05:19:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12535 Decorate a Cardboard Gingerbread House with craft and fabric scraps… Oh, don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?  Gingerbread activities, gingerbread men and gingerbread cookies. Above all, Gingerbread houses go hand in hand with the holiday season, right? Traditional cookie and candy gingerbread houses are fun to make and decorate, but if...

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Homemade Wrapping Paper with Paint and a Hair Dryer http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wrapping-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wrapping-paper/#respond Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:17:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12518 Have the kids make some homemade wrapping paper with a little paint and a hair dryer!  Yep. I said hairdryer!  This colourful gift-is perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any old time there’s a gift to be wrapped! Believe it or not, the super-cool process we’ve used to make our homemade wrapping paper was a...

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White Clay Dough Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/white-clay-dough-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/white-clay-dough-ornaments/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 05:03:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12496 Easy, bright, white clay dough ornaments for kids to make with baking soda, cornstarch and water. The hooligans LOVE playing with dough!  And now that the Christmas season is drawing near, we’re doing Christmas dough activities!  Last week it was our Christmas Playdough Cookie shop, and this week we’re making White clay dough ornaments for the...

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No Sew Sock Puppets http://happyhooligans.ca/no-sew-sock-puppets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/no-sew-sock-puppets/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 03:19:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12485 Quick and easy No Sew Sock Puppets: a snowman puppet and a reindeer puppet made in less than 10 minutes. One morning last week, I got it in my head that I wanted to make a set of no sew sock puppets for the hooligans.  I thought a set of Christmas hand puppets would be...

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Painted Christmas Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/pour-painted-christmas-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pour-painted-christmas-ornaments/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 19:56:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12469 Pour painted Christmas ornaments: an easy way to paint clear glass or plastic balls. A dozen years ago or so, I made a set of beautiful painted Christmas Ornaments using clear glass balls and acrylic paint.  They were lovely, but at the time, I used really dark and muted colours.  The other day I was...

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Styrofoam Button Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-button-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-button-ornaments/#comments Sat, 14 Dec 2013 01:52:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12451 Styrofoam Button Ornaments – an easy, last minute Christmas craft for kids to make… Oh my goodness!   Don’t you just love a button craft?  We sure do!  Especially at Christmas time.  Buttons are perfect for decorating all kinds of Christmas crafts and ornaments!  TheseStyrofoam Button Ornaments are very simple to make.  Perfect for a...

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Snowman Art – exploring texture with kids http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-art/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2013 06:18:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12431 Kids explore textures with this easy snowman art project: We very rarely use construction paper here.  There are so many more interesting materials to use when you’re crafting with your kids.  get creative with  Take a look through my site, and you’ll see us creating with aluminum foil, sand paper, wall paper samples, quilt batting,...

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Bird Seashell Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/bird-seashell-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bird-seashell-ornaments/#comments Fri, 06 Dec 2013 02:52:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12397 Bird seashell ornaments.  An easy Christmas nature craft for kids… The hooligans and I have made some pretty cute Christmas Crafts over the years; there are our toilet roll snowmen, our toilet roll reindeer, our CD snowman ornaments, and our adorable owls.  I think we can safely say we have a new one to add...

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Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-mosaic-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-mosaic-ornaments/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:40:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12290 Tissue Paper Mosaic Christmas Ornaments – a fine motor Christmas craft for kids to make… We recently made these gorgeous Tissue Paper Mosaic Ornaments here in my daycare.  They were easy to make, used a a couple of very basic supplies, and proved to be an excellent fine motor activity for the hooligans.  Pop over...

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Tissue Paper Wreath Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/wreath-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wreath-ornaments/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 07:26:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12372 Tissue paper wreath ornaments: a fine-motor Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers… These colourful tissue paper wreath ornaments are great to make with toddlers and preschoolers.  Kids love the colours and texture that tissue paper offers, and I love how versatile it is.  We’ve used it to decorate fall wreaths, Easter crafts, and Valentine’s art....

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Christmas Play Dough Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-play-dough-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-play-dough-activity/#comments Tue, 03 Dec 2013 06:26:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12356 Christmas Play Dough Activity Tray: decorate play dough Christmas cookies with beads, buttons and fabric scraps… Last week’s “Build a Snowman” activity tray was such a big hit here with the hooligans.  I filled a sectioned tray with loose items that the kids could use to build and re-build fabric “snowmen” with.  That activity went...

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Snowflake Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Buttons http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-snowflake-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-snowflake-ornaments/#comments Mon, 02 Dec 2013 05:27:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12187 Snowflake Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Buttons: an easy, fine-motor Christmas craft for kids By now you’ve  probably noticed we get a little excited about Christmas crafting here in my daycare. As much as we do a lot of crafting throughout the month of December (generally one craft per day), I like to stick to projects...

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CD Snowman Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-snowman-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-snowman-ornaments/#comments Sat, 30 Nov 2013 04:43:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12266 CD Snowman ornaments: another one to add to our collection of easy and adorable snowman crafts for kids.  Don’t throw out your old cds and dvds!  Turn them into CD Snowman Christmas ornaments with your kids.   This is actually the second time this week that we’ve used a CD to make a Christmas decoration!...

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Rascally Reindeer Decorations – An Alternative to Elf on the Shelf http://happyhooligans.ca/rascally-reindeer-decorations/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rascally-reindeer-decorations/#comments Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:34:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12231 Meet The Rascally Reindeer – our alternative to Elf on the Shelf! These reindeer decorations were originally going to be tree ornaments. They wound up being a bit big for my liking though, so I popped them into a potted plant and until I could figure out what to do with them. The next morning,...

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Build a Snowman Activity Tray http://happyhooligans.ca/build-snowman-activity-tray/ http://happyhooligans.ca/build-snowman-activity-tray/#comments Tue, 26 Nov 2013 03:25:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12199 If you’re looking for snowman activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I have a bunch, but I think my favourite is this simple snowman activity tray. Kids can build their own snowmen from scratch over and over again, switching up the parts and accessories each time.  It’s a great fine motor activity, and a wonderful way to put...

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CD Christmas Ornaments with Paint and Glitter http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-christmas-ornaments-paint-glitter/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cd-christmas-ornaments-paint-glitter/#comments Sun, 24 Nov 2013 03:12:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12133 CD Christmas Ornaments with paint and glitter: an easy Christmas craft for kids! Hang on to your hats, my lovelies!  We used GLITTER!  Lots and lots of glitter!  Yep!  You heard me right. Those of you who’ve been following us for a while, know I’m a total glitterphobe. Truly, the thought of crafting with loose-glitter...

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Button Christmas Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/button-christmas-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/button-christmas-tree-ornaments/#comments Fri, 22 Nov 2013 04:25:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12101 Button Christmas Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for kids, and a fun preschool painting technique too! When it comes to art techniques for kids, I love to think outside of the box, and get the hooligans creating in fun and unusual ways. Today we’re painting with pony beads – a simple but very fun...

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Milk Jug Bird Feeder http://happyhooligans.ca/milk-jug-bird-feeder/ http://happyhooligans.ca/milk-jug-bird-feeder/#comments Mon, 18 Nov 2013 06:03:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12068 The hooligans love to make homemade bird feeders.  Every winter here in my daycare we make simple feeders to hang in our trees.  Winter is so long and cold here, and it can be very difficult for birds to find sources when the ground is frozen and snow-covered.  Our simple feeders are one way we...

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Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-snowman-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-snowman-ornaments/#comments Sat, 16 Nov 2013 07:12:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12028 Who loves a snowman craft?!  Today we’re making Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments!  These snowmen are easy for young children to make too, using basic craft supplies.  And just look at them! Won’t they look adorable on your Christmas tree? If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you likely know that I like...

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Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornament http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-christmas-tree-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-christmas-tree-ornament/#comments Wed, 13 Nov 2013 18:56:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12000 We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare day by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Not only will they enjoy the creative process, there’s an opportunity to learn about water absorption and colour blending, and of course...

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Fall Sensory Table http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-sensory-table/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-sensory-table/#comments Mon, 11 Nov 2013 06:55:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11964 Fall Sensory Table Ideas – set up an autumn tablescape for toddlers and preschoolers to explore the textures, colours and wonders of fall. With October on the horizon, I’ll be sharing all the Fall activities we’ve been doing. To start, we combined mirror play with our Fall Sensory Table this week.  The hooligans have really enjoyed exploring...

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Homemade Paper Dolls http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-paper-dolls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-paper-dolls/#comments Fri, 08 Nov 2013 11:38:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11926 Homemade Paper Dolls with fabric scraps, buttons and ribbons… The hooligans and I have been working on an ongoing project for the past week or so.  We’ve been making a set of homemade paper dolls, using scraps and ribbons from my fabric bin. Making paper dolls is a great way to explore textiles with your...

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Coffee Filter Poppies http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-poppies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-filter-poppies/#comments Wed, 06 Nov 2013 19:30:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11939 Coffee Filter Poppies – an easy Remembrance Day craft for kids. For those of you who observe Remembrance Day or Veterans’ Day, pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made these Coffee Filter Poppies.  Not only is this a beautiful craft to do with your children, and an opportunity to gratitude and your...

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I Spy Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/i-spy-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/i-spy-sensory-bin/#comments Mon, 04 Nov 2013 16:10:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11332 I Spy Sensory Bin:  Coloured Rice, and an assortment of odds and ends from the craft room and toy room provides hours of entertainment and learning for toddlers and preschoolers! Kids love to play I SPY, and they love a good sensory bin, don’t they?  Today, we’ve combined these two favourite kids’ activities into one...

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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds http://happyhooligans.ca/roasted-pumpkin-seeds/ http://happyhooligans.ca/roasted-pumpkin-seeds/#comments Sat, 02 Nov 2013 02:35:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11802 Best, easy recipe for perfectly roasted pumpkin seeds… Oh I do love a good halloween treat! Not just the stuff the trick-or-treaters bring home.  I’m talking about homemade Halloween treats: Mummy Pops, Pumpkin Chip Cookies, and of course I LOVE making a batch of salty, crunchy, golden brown, perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds. Roasting pumpkin seeds is...

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Scrape Painting Technique for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-painting-technique-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-painting-technique-for-kids/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 04:02:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11505 “Scrape Painting” with a credit card – kids can use this simple painting technique to create autumn art or a backdrop for a beautiful fall collage. Looking for a new and interesting art project for kids?  Have you ever tried painting with a credit card?    This simple painting technique for kids is a creative way for...

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-art-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-art-toddlers/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2013 15:34:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11735 Pumpkin Art for Kids – a simple Halloween project for toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development… I have one last, little Halloween craft to share before the big night arrives, and I believe, if my memory serves me correctly, this may be the only pumpkin craft we’ve done this Halloween season. There...

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Skeleton Footprint Craft for Halloween http://happyhooligans.ca/skeleton-foot-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/skeleton-foot-craft/#comments Wed, 30 Oct 2013 03:25:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11724 Skeleton footprint craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  A fun and easy halloween craft to make with footprints and styrofoam! Who’s up for another Halloween craft?  If you made our  halloween handprints yesterday, you may have plenty of styrofoam “bones” left over.  These halloween “skeleton” footprints are a great way to use them up! As I mentioned...

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Skeleton Handprint Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-skeleton-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-skeleton-craft/#comments Tue, 29 Oct 2013 00:11:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11702 Skeleton handprint craft – a fun way to explore skeletons with preschoolers, and an easy halloween craft for toddlers too! We kicked off our morning today, with a little lesson about skeletons.  I wasn’t sure how much the hooligans knew already – they’re only 2, 3 and 4, so I talked about how your skeleton...

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Why is it called Candy Corn? http://happyhooligans.ca/why-is-it-called-candy-corn/ http://happyhooligans.ca/why-is-it-called-candy-corn/#comments Mon, 28 Oct 2013 02:51:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11683 I finally figured out why they call it Candy Corn, and it only took me 46 years… Ok, tell me I’m not alone.  Tell me I’m not the only one who never quite understood how Candy Corn ever got its name. For as long as I can remember, I’ve quite liked candy corn, but the...

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Cork Owls http://happyhooligans.ca/cork-owls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cork-owls/#comments Sun, 27 Oct 2013 05:20:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11672 These adorable cork owls are easy to make with a few buttons and fabric scraps. Here’s another cute fall craft idea for you!  In case you hadn’t noticed we kinda like owls around here.  Actually, we kinda love them.  One little hooligan in particular is crazy about owls at the moment, so we’re doing lots of...

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Painted Ghost Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-ghost-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-ghost-craft/#respond Thu, 24 Oct 2013 18:50:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11654 This painted ghost craft is a sweet and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans in my home daycare are just loving all of the Halloween crafts that we’ve been making lately!  We’ve been testing out lots of fun and easy art techniques, making halloween ghosts, monsters and pumpkins!  I had my two...

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Salt and Ice Experiment – Melting Halloween Hands http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-and-ice-experiment/ http://happyhooligans.ca/salt-and-ice-experiment/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 04:33:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11625 Spooky treasures, water, salt and ice come together in this awesome Halloween activity for kids!  We’re melting haunted halloween hands today, and the hooligans are having a blast! A salt and ice experiment is always one of our favourite science activities here in my home daycare. You can see how we’ve done it before with...

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Kid’s Birthday Party Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/birthday-party-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/birthday-party-activity/#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 03:23:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11597 It’s a party game, it’s a craft, it’s a group project…  It’s a great Kids’ Birthday Party Activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We had a birthday here in the daycare today, and to celebrate, we decorated a 3 foot “birthday cake” for the birthday girl to take home at the end of the day.  The...

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Paper Plate Owls http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-owls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-owls/#comments Fri, 18 Oct 2013 04:06:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11574 Turn a paper plate and some craft scraps into an adorable Paper Plate Owl.. Here’s a cute, little fall craft for you!  We made these paper plate owls on a total whim today!  This morning, one of the hooligans said she’d like to make another owl craft. We’ve made adorable toilet roll owls, and more...

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Paper Bag Alien Hat http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-alien-hat/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-alien-hat/#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9208 Looking for a fun and easy Halloween craft for your kids to make?  How about a paper bag monster or alien hat with some paint and a few craft supplies.  Head on over to CBC Parents to check out the details! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables,...

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Tissue Paper Fall Wreath http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-fall-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-fall-wreath/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 14:20:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4071 This simple but beautiful Tissue Paper Fall Wreath remains to be one of my all-time favourite Fall crafts for  toddlers and preschoolers. It poured rain for the better part of the day, and because we’re focusing on fall crafts this month, we had an excuse to pull out the craft supplies and make this easy...

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Halloween Necklaces http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-necklaces/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-necklaces/#comments Wed, 16 Oct 2013 04:07:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11549 Halloween Necklaces – great, little halloween craft toddlers and preschoolers to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. We’re making lots of Halloween crafts here in my home daycare these days!  We made these Hallowe’en necklaces today! The hooligans loved the process for the festive colours, and because they created something they could wear....

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Toilet Roll Mummies http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-mummies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-mummies/#comments Sun, 13 Oct 2013 04:01:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11420 Toilet roll mummies – a cute and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make! We’ve made countless Halloween crafts over the years, but oh my!  These toilet roll mummies might just be the cutest one yet!  And they were so easy to make!  A little tissue paper, a little toilet roll tube, and...

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Button Bracelet http://happyhooligans.ca/button-bracelet/ http://happyhooligans.ca/button-bracelet/#comments Sat, 12 Oct 2013 03:54:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11523 What do you make when the kids have jewellery making on their minds, but you’re thinking “halloween crafts“?  A Halloween button bracelet of course!  The perfect compromise! Our button bracelets didn’t require much prep, they made for a great fine-motor and sorting activity, and even our youngest toddler made one for herself with very little...

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Spider Handprint Craft – and a Cool Way to Paint a Spider’s Web http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-spiders-cobwebs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-spiders-cobwebs/#comments Thu, 10 Oct 2013 04:01:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11467 This spider handprint craft combines two of my favourite painting techniques for kids.  Hand prints and painting with golf balls!  My hooligans loved it, and I’ll bet yours will too! You can make these handprint spiders as a Halloween craft or if you’re working on a preschool spider unit, or just for fun any old...

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Bark and Paint Swatch Trees http://happyhooligans.ca/bark-paint-swatch-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bark-paint-swatch-trees/#comments Sun, 06 Oct 2013 10:00:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11431 Bark and Paint Swatch Trees: kids can explore nature’s colours and textures while creating beautiful Fall art. At this time of year, the hooligans and I are still spending most of our hours outdoors, playing in the yard and neighbourhood and observing the changes of the season. We’re also doing lots of Autumn crafting. Yesterday,...

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Turkey Craft with Toilet Rolls and Paint Chip Samples http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-toilet-roll-turkeys/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-toilet-roll-turkeys/#comments Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11402 Thanksgiving turkey craft for kids with a toilet roll and paint chip samples… If you’re  looking for an adorable Thanksgiving craft this one should fit the bill. It might seem a bit early to be sharing turkey crafts, but we celebrate Thanksgiving more than a month before they do in the U.S.  American friends and followers,...

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Spooktacular Halloween Owls http://happyhooligans.ca/spooktacular-halloween-owls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/spooktacular-halloween-owls/#comments Tue, 01 Oct 2013 04:01:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11309 Spectacular Halloween Owls: toilet rolls, buttons and feathers, oh my… I am such a sucker for a cute craft!  I’m also a huge fan of using recyclables for crafting here in my home daycare.  So, our most recent fall craft, these adorable toilet roll “spooktacular Halloween Owls”  totally won me over!  They’re just too cute...

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Paint Chip Apple Tree http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-apple-tree/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-apple-tree/#comments Sat, 28 Sep 2013 04:01:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11301 A few twigs and a handful of paint swatch cards are perfect for putting together a Paint Chip Apple Tree. We’ve made lots of fall tree crafts here in my home daycare over the years.  This apple tree is our latest!  It was a fun way to combine a traditional fall painting activity, colourful paint...

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Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror: Painting Clouds http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-clouds-mirror/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-clouds-mirror/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 13:30:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11277 Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror – painting clouds beneath a blue sky.  Such a beautiful way for kids to enjoy some sensory art and mirror play! Okay!  I have another really cool shaving cream art activity for you, and it involves one of my new favourite items for play!  A mirror!    I’ve been...

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I Spy Bottles http://happyhooligans.ca/i-spy-bottles/ http://happyhooligans.ca/i-spy-bottles/#comments Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:19:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11250 I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours… What child doesn’t love to play “I Spy“?  Every year, here in my daycare, we make a set of I spy bottles or discovery bottles.   You should check out the Ocean in a Bottle that we made recently!  It’s SO cool!  The...

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How to Wash Hockey Equipment at Home http://happyhooligans.ca/wash-hockey-equipment/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wash-hockey-equipment/#comments Sun, 22 Sep 2013 15:36:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11228 Getting the stink out of your hockey gear at home:  How to wash your hockey equipment in a washing machine! I know there are a lot of hockey-moms out there, and what with hockey season starting up, I thought you might like to know that you don’t have to put up with the stink that...

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Fall Colour Apple Stamping http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-colour-apple-stamping/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-colour-apple-stamping/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:39:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11180 Fall Colour Apple Stamping – exploring the colours of the season. Oh, I do love all the fall crafting we’re doing right now in my daycare.  The gorgeous colours of Autumn are right around the corner, and the apple season is upon us, so yesterday we did some fall colour apple stamping.  It was a beautiful...

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Sensory Play on a Mirror http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-play-mirror/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-play-mirror/#comments Fri, 13 Sep 2013 04:19:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11152 Take your sensory activities to a new level with mirror play. Earlier this week, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  We enjoyed some sensory play on a mirror, and it was very, VERY cool.  If you’ve never used a mirror as a play surface, you need to do something...

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Duct Tape Bracelets – Fun and funky Cardboard Bracelet Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/duct-tape-cuff-bracelets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/duct-tape-cuff-bracelets/#comments Wed, 11 Sep 2013 17:15:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11126 Got a little girl who loves to make her own play jewellery?  She’ll love these easy and funky duct tape bracelets made from cardboard rolls! Did you see the toilet roll cuff bracelets that we made last year?  Well, they were the inspiration behind today’s bracelet craft.  If your kids like making their own homemade play jewellery,...

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Fall Tree Craft – with twigs and tissue paper http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-twig-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-twig-trees/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 04:31:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11106 Kids can explore Autumn’s colours and textures while making a fall tree craft with tissue paper and twigs! If you’re looking for fall tree crafts to make with toddlers and preschoolers, you’ll find lots of them among the pages of my blog. We do live in Canada after all, where we’re known for our vibrant fall colours. There’s no...

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We’re back! http://happyhooligans.ca/were-back/ http://happyhooligans.ca/were-back/#comments Wed, 04 Sep 2013 16:43:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11053 A few heartfelt words as we begin a new daycare season… We’re back!!  Yesterday, after being on holiday for two long, glorious months, my boys headed back to school, and the Hooligans returned! As much as it was absolutely wonderful to have those lazy, hazy summer days with my boys, I was ready to get...

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Cloud Dough Bake Shop http://happyhooligans.ca/cloud-dough-bake-shop-cbc/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cloud-dough-bake-shop-cbc/#comments Sat, 17 Aug 2013 14:14:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=10214 Set up a cloud dough bake shop with 2 basic ingredients and a handful of house-hold items. Today, I’m sharing one of our favourite sensory materials.  Cloud Dough: a silky, moldable dough that crumbles into a fine, soft powder when you run your hands through it. Get the details for our cloud dough bake shop...

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Water Displacement Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/water-displacement-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-displacement-activity/#comments Sun, 04 Aug 2013 03:23:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=10415 This simple water displacement experiment is one of the best science activities we’ve ever done here in my daycare!  It was simple, it didn’t cost a thing, and the kids saw with their own eyes what water displacement is all about. Now, when it comes to science experiments for preschoolers, I like to keep things simple...

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Homemade Musical Instruments for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-musical-instruments-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-musical-instruments-for-kids/#respond Fri, 02 Aug 2013 03:00:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=10190 Looking for some easy, homemade musical instruments for kids to make?  We have 5 ideas you’ll love!  All of our instruments are made from simple materials you likely have around the house or in your recycle bin! Head on over to CBC PARENTS to see how we made all five!   [jetpack_subscription_form]   Follow the...

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10 Backyard Balancing Activities http://happyhooligans.ca/10-backyard-balancing-activities/ http://happyhooligans.ca/10-backyard-balancing-activities/#comments Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:15:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9999 Here are 10 of our favourite balancing activities in our backyard play space. Most of these can be provided with little or no cost, and often make use of items that you may already have in your home or outdoor playspace.  And they all provide the hooligans with plenty of opportunities to develop their muscles,...

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Bottle Babies – Loose Parts for Play http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-link-up-bottle-babies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-link-up-bottle-babies/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:16:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3977 Bottle Babies: inexpensive, open-ended loose parts make a great addition to an indoor or outdoor play space. I first learned about Bottle Babies over at  Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School.  Inexpensive, easy and fun to make, bottle babies are similar to discovery bottles or I Spy Jars.  They make a wonderful, open-ended addition to any...

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Cheater Cheesecake: 3-Ingredient Healthy Alternative to Cheesecake http://happyhooligans.ca/cheater-cheesecake-quick-and-easy-alternative-to-cheesecake/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cheater-cheesecake-quick-and-easy-alternative-to-cheesecake/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 06:24:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=10033 Cheater Cheesecake: you’re just 2 minutes and 3 ingredients away from a delicious alternative to a piece of calorie-laden, high-fat cheesecake! If you love cheesecake, but hate all the fat and calories that go along with it, you’re going to love this quick and easy Cheater Cheesecake recipe!  It takes all of 2 minutes to...

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Sensory Art with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-art/#comments Sat, 06 Jul 2013 13:24:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=10004 Sensory Art: exploring shaving cream and food colouring with our hands. We enjoyed another wonderful art technique the other day, creating sensory art with shaving cream and food colouring. You may have seen our Giant Shaving Cream Magna-Doodle a couple of weeks ago when we covered our 6 dollar, thrift-shop table in shaving cream and doodled the morning away....

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child’s sewing basket http://happyhooligans.ca/childs-sewing-basket/ http://happyhooligans.ca/childs-sewing-basket/#comments Tue, 02 Jul 2013 19:26:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7529 Fine motor development, sewing skills and a whole lot of fun!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we put together this child’s sewing basket using simple materials that you may already have at home. I think this would make the perfect gift for any toddler or preschooler! If you enjoyed this post, and...

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Fairy Soup: Sensory Fun in the Backyard! http://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-soup/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-soup/#comments Fri, 28 Jun 2013 05:40:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9946 Fairy Soup: fine motor and sensory play in the garden! Honestly!  Science activities were never this pretty when I was a kid! You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  So Thursdays have become the day that we do our Fairy activities!  Last week, we made Fairy...

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Shaving Cream “Magna Doodle” Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/finger-painting-in-shaving-cream-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/finger-painting-in-shaving-cream-activity/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 05:00:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9913 Create a giant “Magna Doodle” with 2 simple items: a table-top and a can of shaving cream. We love playing with shaving cream!  It’s such a great sensory material, and kids just love rolling up their sleeves, getting right into it with their hands and creating art on a table covered in shaving cream! This morning,...

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Fairy Mud with Toilet Paper and Ivory Soap http://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-mud/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fairy-mud/#comments Mon, 24 Jun 2013 05:36:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9887 Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and some seashells, flower petals and glitter.  It’s a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We’ve done lots of fairy activities lately, and today, we’re busting out the glitter!  Yes.  I actually said the G-word.  You’re probably...

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rope and hula hoop activity http://happyhooligans.ca/rope-and-hula-hoop-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rope-and-hula-hoop-activity/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 02:13:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9855 Add a simple rope and hula hoop activity to your oudoor play space for imaginative play and gross-motor development. I’ve you’ve seen our Pool Noodle Abacus and our Rope and a Bucket, you may have gathered that we like playing with ropes around here. Ropes can be classified as “loose parts” in your play space....

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Outdoor Sensory Play – Exploring Fresh Herbs http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-soup-exploring-fresh-herbs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-soup-exploring-fresh-herbs/#comments Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:57:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9830 Outdoor sensory play idea:  Toddlers and preschoolers will love exploring fresh herbs and plants with this fun backyard sensory activity! This is such a fun way for kids to work on their cutting skills.  It’s also one of our favourite water play activities for engaging all the senses.  The smell of fresh cut herbs, the beautiful...

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Bucket and Rope Contraption for Backyard Play http://happyhooligans.ca/a-bucket-and-a-rope/ http://happyhooligans.ca/a-bucket-and-a-rope/#comments Mon, 17 Jun 2013 04:57:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9799 Rig up a simple bucket and rope contraption in your backyard!  It’s a homemade toy that will provide hours of open-ended play for toddlers and preschoolers! When it comes to outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I’m all about keeping it simple, especially when it comes to our backyard play space. Open-ended play equipment encourages...

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mud kitchen activity http://happyhooligans.ca/mud-kitchen-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mud-kitchen-activity/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 05:26:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9773 Simple to set up, our mud kitchen activity requires only a bucket of mud, a few kitchen items and a handful of “past their best” pantry items. If you’ve been following along with us for a while, you know how much I love coming up with unique mud play activities!  The inspiration behind today’s mud...

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homemade natural wind chimes http://happyhooligans.ca/wind-chimes-for-cbc/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wind-chimes-for-cbc/#comments Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:19:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9275 We recently made vibrant rainbow wind chimes here in my daycare, using sticks we’d gathered on a nature walk.  They were so beautiful and easy to make, we were inspired to make a couple of natural versions for the hooligans to give to their parents.These natural wind chimes make a perfect homemade Father’s Day gift,...

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Coffee Shop {Pretend Play} Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-shop-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-shop-activity/#comments Sun, 09 Jun 2013 13:30:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9736 This coffee shop pretend play activity with sand, soap and water provides hours of open-ended, imaginative play for kids of all ages.  It’s become one of my favourite backyard water play activities here in my home daycare. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know that I love setting up easy...

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Pool Noodle Abacus for your Backyard Play Space http://happyhooligans.ca/pool-noodle-abacus/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pool-noodle-abacus/#comments Fri, 07 Jun 2013 03:50:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9703 Pool noodle abacus:  use pool noodles as loose parts in your backyard play space. Ok, so technically ours is not a true abacus, but it could be with the addition of just a few more ropes. Whatever you choose to call this activity, the fact is: we’ve been playing with pool noodles here in our backyard play...

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Rain Sticks – Kids Can Create the Sound of Falling Rain! http://happyhooligans.ca/rain-sticks/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rain-sticks/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 02:32:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9684 How to make a rainstick with a cardboard roll and some basic materials.  Pretty, easy and inexpensive!  Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. You’ll find lots of super spring crafts for kids here, and today’s rain sticks are no exception!  They’re easy to make, the kids loved decorating them, and they sound great!  Before we get...

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Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-water/ http://happyhooligans.ca/melting-ice-with-salt-and-water/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 02:29:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9614 Dino Dig: Melting ice with salt and water.  Science, water play, and fine motor development all wrapped up in a fun, icy activity! When it comes to simple science activities, ice and salt and water are always a huge hit! Simple water play activities always captivates my daycare hooligans for hours, and this one is a...

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Coloured Water Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-water-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-water-activity/#comments Thu, 30 May 2013 02:37:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9565 Experimenting with coloured water for fine and gross motor development and a lesson in colour mixing: I love setting up fun and educational water play activities when the warm spring weather arrives!  Colour mixing in the backyard with water and food colouring is one of the hooligans favourite ways to play and experiment with water. We...

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Magna Doodle Activities http://happyhooligans.ca/magna-doodle-activities/ http://happyhooligans.ca/magna-doodle-activities/#comments Mon, 27 May 2013 02:30:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9533 5 ways to use your Magna Doodle as a learning tool! Our original Magna-Doodle has been kicking around for about 13 years.  It’s dented and dinged, and the screen is permanently marked in some places, but it’s still one of my favourites among our toy collection, not only because of the  fun my boys had...

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Portable Craft Kit for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/portable-craft-kit-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/portable-craft-kit-for-kids/#respond Wed, 22 May 2013 17:50:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7888 Crafting with little ones can be somewhat daunting if you don’t have a designated place to keep all of your supplies, but we have an easy solution! Tame the craft clutter with this portable craft kit for crafty kids and teenage babysitters.  Kids can easily tote all of their craft supplies from cupboard to work...

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Homemade Sidewalk Paint – 3 Simple Ingredients http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-paint/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-paint/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 15:55:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9500 Here’s an easy homemade paint that will provide your kids with hours of outdoor fun this summer.  3 basic kitchen ingredients is all you need to make it! It’s that time of year!  The kids are itching to get outside, and you’re looking for creative ways to keep ’em busy out there.  This is one...

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Which Months Have 31 Days – A Simple Way To Remember http://happyhooligans.ca/trick-to-remember-which-months-have-31-days/ http://happyhooligans.ca/trick-to-remember-which-months-have-31-days/#comments Mon, 20 May 2013 02:30:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9478 Use your knuckles to figure out which months have 31 days! I don’t know about you, but as a kid I could never remember the rhyme that taught how many days there are in a month.  You know the one: “30 days has September”…  I was good with that part, but I couldn’t remember what came...

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Summer Twig Star Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/summer-twig-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/summer-twig-ornaments/#comments Sat, 18 May 2013 06:13:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9441 Summer twig star ornaments to add a little glam to your patio or deck… The hooligans and I love our nature crafts, and we love making creative gifts that parents will really love.   This one is perfect for Mother’s Day or a birthday or even Christmas. Crafting with items from nature is an inexpensive...

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Sandbox Ideas – Toy Suggestions, Play Ideas and Storage Solutions http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-sandbox/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-sandbox/#comments Thu, 16 May 2013 02:25:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9365 Sandbox Ideas.  Easy and awesome tips, tricks and DIY accessories for your backyard sandbox!  We spend a ton of time playing in our backyard playspace, and without a doubt, the most popular spot for the kids to play is in and around our sandbox and playhouse. I’ve slowly added to this corner of the yard over...

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Easy Puffy Paint Recipe for Home http://happyhooligans.ca/3-ingredient-puffy-paint/ http://happyhooligans.ca/3-ingredient-puffy-paint/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 02:30:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9380 Quick Puffy Paint Recipe made with 3 simple kitchen ingredients.  Paint your picture, and turn it into a 3-D piece of art with your microwave! Of all the homemade paint that we’ve tried over the years, this is one of my all time favourites. I’ve written about our 3 ingredient puffy paint before, but I wanted...

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Homemade Magic Kit http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-magic-kit/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-magic-kit/#comments Mon, 13 May 2013 02:09:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9335 A simple homemade magic kit made from basic household items provide kids with hours of endless creative play!: Remember a few weeks back when I shared the 5 minute magic wand that I made from a drinking straw and some tape?  And remember I told you there would be more “magic” to follow?  Well, this...

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hand dyed pasta necklaces http://happyhooligans.ca/dyeing-pasta-for-necklaces/ http://happyhooligans.ca/dyeing-pasta-for-necklaces/#comments Thu, 09 May 2013 18:30:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7621 Quick and easy recipe for hand dyed pasta necklaces: This method of making hand dyed pasta is quick and easy, and pretty much mess-free.  The pasta is vibrant and won’t stain hands, and it’s great for sensory bins and crafting with.  Pop over to CBC Parents for our recipe and step-by-step directions! If this is your...

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Laundry Day Pretend Play http://happyhooligans.ca/clothesline-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/clothesline-activity/#comments Wed, 08 May 2013 04:19:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9232 Laundry Day Pretend Play: Fine-motor activities and water play come together in this fun clothes-line activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that we’re enjoying warmer temperatures, we’re getting back into some of our favourite water play activities!  Yay!!  This morning, I set up a small clothesline for the kids to enjoy some laundry day pretend play...

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Homemade Wind Chimes – with Sticks Painted in Rainbow Colours http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wind-chimes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wind-chimes/#comments Mon, 06 May 2013 02:30:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9159 Homemade wind chimes made with sticks painted in a rainbow of colours add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio!  A fun nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special! My list of Spring Craft Ideas is as long as my arm!  Making...

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Chalk Chook, we LOVE your chalk! http://happyhooligans.ca/chalk-chook/ http://happyhooligans.ca/chalk-chook/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 12:59:55 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9125 Chalk Chook:  hands-down the most whimsical and vibrant sidewalk chalk we’ve ever played with! Remember a few weeks back, we received a surprise package of handmade chalk from Mel at Chalk Chook? You can click here to read all about that excitement.  Well, temps are finally on the rise here, and we recently took our...

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Pretend Play with Artifical Flowers http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-play-with-artificial-flowersn/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-play-with-artificial-flowersn/#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 02:50:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9098 Pretend play with artificial flowers – a fun, Springtime water play activity for your backyard play space. Recently, the hooligans enjoyed a morning of pretend play with artificial flowers, and the activity was completely child-led. On Friday, the older hooligans ran out into the backyard, while I remained inside getting the little ones organized and ready...

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Play Logs for a Backyard Play Space http://happyhooligans.ca/play-logs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/play-logs/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 01:30:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9022 A few well positioned play logs or stumps add endless physical and imaginative play possibilities to your back yard: Recently, I showed you our backyard play house and shared some sandbox ideas with you.  Well today, I’m just busting to share the newest addition to our backyard play space: Play Logs!    Late last fall,...

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bug headbands http://happyhooligans.ca/bug-headbands/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bug-headbands/#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 09:27:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9001 All you need for this adorable bug headband is a  paper bag and pipe cleaners: The other day we were playing outside, doing garden-type activities, and on a whim, I whipped up these simple bug headbands for the girls. If you’ve been following along lately, you’ll know we’re all about paper bags and hats here...

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks http://happyhooligans.ca/banana-graham-butterfly-snacks/ http://happyhooligans.ca/banana-graham-butterfly-snacks/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 21:27:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8935 Make snack-time fun with our Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks! It feels like winter might well and truly be over, so we’ve been focusing on Spring crafts here.  We’ve made tissue paper butterflies, paper towel butterflies, butterfly magnets.  Last week, in keeping with our theme, I made these simple and sweet Banana-Graham Butterfly snacks for the hooligans....

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styrofoam mosaic art http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-mosaic-art-for-kid/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-mosaic-art-for-kid/#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 13:00:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7951 Styrofoam mosaic art: a vibrant and easy art activity for kids! Making styrofoam mosaic art is easy, inexpensive and a whole lot of fun!  It’s an open ended, colourful art process that uses one of my favourite thrifty craft materials: a styrofoam produce tray. The hooligans and I made some gorgeous art recently with painted styrofoam...

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mermaid crown http://happyhooligans.ca/mermaid-crown/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mermaid-crown/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:16:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8880 Make a mermaid crown with a painted paper bag and an assortment of seashells. If you saw our enchanting Woodland Fairy Tiara , you may recall that I’m embarking on a little adventure in Paper Hats.  The inspiration behind this series came from the Paper Bag Nests that we made at Easter.  I loved how easy...

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homemade magic wand http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-magic-wand/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-magic-wand/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 02:42:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8866 Make a homemade magic wand, for a costume or pretend play, in 5 minutes, using materials you have around the house. Oh, how the small things in life excite me!  This homemade magic wand is proof of that.  I’m working on a little activity for the hooligans, which I will share with you in the...

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Tissue Paper Earth Day Craft for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/earth-day-crafts-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/earth-day-crafts-for-kids/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 03:13:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8843 Easy Earth Day craft with cardboard and tissue paper: I suppose both of my Earth Day crafts for kids should have been published early in the day, but here it is after 10 pm, and I’m just getting down to writing this post now.  Earlier today, I shared last year’s  “Earth Day smoosh painting project....

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Smoosh-Painting: an Earth Day Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/earth-day-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/earth-day-craft/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 13:50:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3179 Fun and Easy Earth Day craft for kids!  Kids of all ages love this no-mess painting technique.  Quick and easy smoosh-painting is perfect for making a last minute Earth Day craft. When I was thinking up Earth Day crafts to make with the hooligans, smoosh painting came to mind.  Kids just love smoosh-painting!  It’s a...

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Easy, Homemade Paper Doll Family http://happyhooligans.ca/flat-people/ http://happyhooligans.ca/flat-people/#comments Sun, 21 Apr 2013 11:00:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8679 Flat people: make a quick and easy homemade paper doll family from a cereal box and cardboard roll.   Remember the simple joy of playing with paper dolls when you were a child?  Well, you can provide your hooligans with a set of their own, by making a set of flat people with a few...

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Faucet Extender for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/faucet-extender-for-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/faucet-extender-for-toddlers/#comments Thu, 18 Apr 2013 04:55:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8770 A simple Faucet Extender for toddlers makes it possible for kids to wash their hands independently at the bathroom taps. It can be really frustrating for little ones when they’re not quite tall enough to reach the water to wash their hands at the bathroom sink.  It can also be backbreaking when you have to...

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fish fridge magnets http://happyhooligans.ca/fish-fridge-magnets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fish-fridge-magnets/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:00:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8738 Make these adorable fish fridge magnets out of a styrofoam tray and a drinking straw: After a very delayed start to Spring, the ice is finally off our pond, and we can see our fish again!  The hooligans love to gather around the pond and watch the fish.  I keep an assortment of sticks and...

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Tracing Paper Drawing Activities for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/tracing-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tracing-paper/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 01:48:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8672 Experimenting with tracing paper: a fun and artful way to develop fine motor and printing skills: Tracing paper is something I’ve never thought to use here in the daycare until recently.  The hooligans love drawing and colouring, and I always have materials available for them to help themselves to.  Generally, when it comes to drawing,...

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5 Cutting Activities for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/scissor-exercises-for-children/ http://happyhooligans.ca/scissor-exercises-for-children/#comments Mon, 15 Apr 2013 04:00:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8688 5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills. A couple of questions that I often hear from parents with young children are: “how can I help my child improve her scissor skills“, and “when should my child start using scissors“.  Read on to see how I introduce the hooligans, at a...

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paper plate rocking birds http://happyhooligans.ca/rocking-paper-plate-birds-cbc/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rocking-paper-plate-birds-cbc/#respond Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:00:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8159 These little guys will add a burst of colour to your day!  Pop on over to CBC Parents to see how fun and easy it is to make our paper plate rocking birds!   Happy Spring!  

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Tissue Paper Clothespin Butterflies http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-clothespin-butterflies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-clothespin-butterflies/#comments Wed, 10 Apr 2013 17:35:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8549 These tissue paper clothespin butterflies are easy to make, but they’ll provide your toddler with lots of fine motor development, sensory fun and an all-time favourite activity – stamping! The temps are finally warming up here!  Spring is on the horizon and winter may well and truly be behind us.  We’re so happy to be...

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Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids- 3 Ways to Make Paper Towel Butterflies http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-butterflies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-butterflies/#comments Tue, 09 Apr 2013 01:15:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8512 3 easy butterfly crafts for kids to make, and a lesson in water absorption! I love that the internet is finally starting to fill up with spring crafts for kids.  Flowers and rainbows and butterfly crafts are filling my newsfeed, and I am loving all the COLOUR! Today I’m sharing 3 butterfly craft ideas with you!  We’ve...

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Playing with Sticks and Stones http://happyhooligans.ca/natural-elements/ http://happyhooligans.ca/natural-elements/#comments Sun, 07 Apr 2013 03:25:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=397 Playing with Sticks and Stones – . Natural Elements are so easy to incorporate into daily play. They’re all around us; shells, sticks, chestnuts, pinecones, and our wonderful collection of stones and rocks… They’re a staple in our backyard, and I love how they provide the children with open-ended and unlimited play possibilities. Here are...

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Pringles Can and Paint Swatch Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fine-motor-activity/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 04:43:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8405 A pringles can and some paint swatches makes a great fine motor drop box activity for babies and toddlers! I have a hard time parting with my recyclables.  Before I toss anything into the blue bin, I think seriously about its potential to be upcycled into a craft or an activity for the hooligans.  As...

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Stained Glass Painting with Bottle Lids and Wax Paper http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-painting-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-painting-2/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:08:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8365 I just LOVE the look of stained glass, so when I find a cool stained glass art project for kids, I’m all over it!  Recently the hooligans and I made these gorgeous “stained glass” paintings using bottle lids, paints and wax paper!  When it comes to easy art techniques for kids, this one is the bomb!...

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Our gift from Chalk Chook! http://happyhooligans.ca/a-gift-from-chalk-chook/ http://happyhooligans.ca/a-gift-from-chalk-chook/#comments Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:51:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8331 A gift from Chalk Chook: gorgeous homemade sidewalk chalk! It’s not every day that the hooligans receive mail here in our home daycare, so you can imagine their surprise and excitement when they learned that while they were napping, a gift sent from half-way around the world, had arrived for them. If you’ve never heard...

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Homemade Giant Bubbles Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-giant-bubbles/#comments Sun, 31 Mar 2013 17:55:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3637 Make the biggest bubbles ever with this homemade giant bubble recipe. Homemade giant bubbles have been on our to-do list for a while, but we were waiting for optimum weather conditions:  humid and overcast, with very little wind. Well, yesterday was perfect, so I whipped up this Giant Bubble Mix in the morning and we tried it this...

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Homemade Puzzles for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/building-block-challenge/ http://happyhooligans.ca/building-block-challenge/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 16:05:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8092 I love a making  homemade puzzles for kids.  We’ve had quite a few over the years: name puzzles,  toy puzzles and puzzles made from cereal boxes.  Today I came up with this building block puzzle when I was loading up a tray of blocks to take upstairs. Making homemade puzzles for kids with wooden building blocks:...

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Easter Egg Napkin Rings Inspired by Eric Carle http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-napkin-rings-inspired-by-eric-carle/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-napkin-rings-inspired-by-eric-carle/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 04:55:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8203 These DIY Easter Egg napkin rings are a terrific Easter craft for kids to make.  Not only are they colourful and pretty, the paint technique that we’re using  is so cool!  Inspired by the great Eric Carle, we’ve scraped and blended our colours together to using a fun painting process that kids of all ages will...

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Animal Hospital Pretend Play Idea for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-play-animal-hospital/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-play-animal-hospital/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 15:52:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7395 Set up a a pretend play Animal Hospital to keep toddlers and preschoolers entertained and learning! We hooligans are all about learning and having fun on a budget, and this activity fills the bill on all accounts! Pop on over to CBC Parents to see the Animal Hospital that we set up recently.  It kept...

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Button Snake – a Homemade Toy to Develop Fine Motor Skills http://happyhooligans.ca/button-snake/ http://happyhooligans.ca/button-snake/#comments Wed, 27 Mar 2013 04:01:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8045 Make a simple button snake to help your child strengthen his buttoning and fine motor skills. Learning to pass a button through a button hole is no easy task for a toddler!  That’s where a button snake can help!  A simple homemade button snake will help your child learn to “do” buttons, and it’s a...

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Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-easter-bunnies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-easter-bunnies/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 05:34:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8076 If you’re looking for easy Easter crafts for kids, you’ve come to the right place!  I have quite a collection of Easter crafts for toddlers and preschoolers.  These past few weeks we’ve been making Easter finger puppets, adorable Easter chicks, simple Easter wreaths and easy Easter decorations.  Today we made these easy Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies with a...

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Stained Glass Easter Eggs – An Easter Window Art Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-easter-eggs-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-easter-eggs-2/#comments Mon, 25 Mar 2013 04:10:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8058  We are all about easy Easter crafts for kids these days!  Today we’re pairing up contact paper with tissue paper and yarn to make some simple stained glass Easter eggs! We’ve only recently discovered the joys of crafting with contact paper here in my daycare. Contact paper comes on a roll, and can be found...

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Toilet Roll Peeps – An Easter Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-peeps/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-peeps/#comments Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:30:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7998 Toilet Roll Peeps and paper bag nests: an easy, upcycled Easter craft for kids!  Hooray for spring! It’s right around the corner, and so is Easter! We hooligans LOVE our holiday crafts, so you’ll find lots of Easter crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.   Remember the simple paper bag nests that I shared with you yesterday?...

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Paper Bag Nests – how to make a bird nest with a paper grocery bag http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-nests/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-nests/#comments Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:36:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7993 Paper Bag Nests:  An easy Easter craft for kids, or perfect for a bird unit at daycare, school or home.  Have you seen all the cute and easy Easter Crafts we’ve been making?  Today, I’m going to show you how to make a bird nest to go along with our Easter Chicks and Easter Peeps.  This...

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6 Ways to Make Homemade Stamps for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-stampers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-stampers/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 16:36:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7973 6 ways to make a set of custom homemade stamps for your kids, using common house-hold items! Does your child love stamping?  Most kids do!  There’s something so fun about dipping a stamp in a puddle of paint, or pounding a stamp back and forth between stamp pad and paper, making marks all over a...

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4 Easter Finger Puppets to make with your kids (or for your kids)! http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-finger-puppets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-finger-puppets/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:18:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7930 Easy easter finger puppets to make for kids or with kids. I’ve come up with a lot of Easter crafts for kids over the years, and rarely do we ever make the same craft twice.  It would certainly make things easy to repeat the same crafts year after year, but I’m not big on that....

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St. Patrick’s Day crafts http://happyhooligans.ca/st-patricks-day-crafts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/st-patricks-day-crafts/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 15:00:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7303 Paper Plate Rainbows and Lucky Green Wreaths!   Here’s a sneak peek at a couple of really cute and super-simple St. Patrick’s Day crafts that the hooligans made this year!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see the finished projects and to get all the details! Your kids will love these bright and easy St. Patrick’s...

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Playing with Sticks and Stones in the Snow http://happyhooligans.ca/sticks-and-stones-in-the-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sticks-and-stones-in-the-snow/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2013 01:24:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7812  I love putting a new spin on an old idea, and this idea for playing with sticks and stones in the snow does just that! Spring is fast approaching, and our snow-play days are numbered so I’m trying to get in all of the outdoor winter ideas that I can before the snow is gone...

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Potato Head Snowmen http://happyhooligans.ca/potato-heads-in-the-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/potato-heads-in-the-snow/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 21:53:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7771 Building a snowman is always a favourite winter activity among kids, and we usually do it the same old way: roll three balls, plunk a hat on top, pop on some eyes and a mouth, and done.  Well,  if you’re looking for a fun, new way to build a snowman this year, here’s a cute...

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Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-birds/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-plate-birds/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2013 22:05:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7755 This Paper Plate Bird Craft is so cute and easy.  It’s a great spring or Easter craft for kids to make! Spring is in the air, and so my toddlers and preschoolers have been creating lots of Spring crafts to hurry it along!  Today I’m sharing a super-cute paper plate bird craft you see the...

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Drawing Activity for Preschoolers – Magazine Makeover http://happyhooligans.ca/magazine-make-over/ http://happyhooligans.ca/magazine-make-over/#comments Wed, 06 Mar 2013 01:12:03 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7681 I hadn’t thought of this drawing activity in years, but it was one of my favourites when I was a kid.  My friends and I spent hours, sprawled out on the rec. room floor with a stack of magazines and a box of crayons, performing something we called magazine make-overs. We were quite a bit...

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Snow Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-sensory-bin/#comments Sun, 03 Mar 2013 14:21:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7594 What do to with the kids when it’s too cold outside: set up a snow sensory bin INSIDE! We do this at least once every winter at our house.  When it’s too cold to get outside I bring a big plastic container of snow inside, and I turn it into a snow sensory bin for...

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Easy Fine Motor Drop with a Wrapping Paper Tube http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-drop-zone/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-drop-zone/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 23:48:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7564 Turn a wrapping paper tube into a cardboard drop zone fine motor activity for toddlers! For your convenience, I’ve included Amazon Affiliate links in this post. What do you get when you combine a sturdy cardboard tube and a roll of funk-a-delic Duck Tape?  A Cardboard Drop Zone! Ok before we get started, I have...

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Easy Homemade Light Box http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-homemade-light-box/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-homemade-light-box/#comments Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:45:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7558 Want to know how to make an inexpensive, easy homemade light box? These homemade light boxes are super for individual or group play, and they’re small enough to take on the go! You can whip up one of your own in a under a minute, using two simple items! Pop on over to CBC Parents to...

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How to Paint a Mason Jar and Give it a Frosted Finish http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-mason-jars/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-mason-jars/#comments Mon, 25 Feb 2013 04:35:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7508 How to give a glass jar a frosted finish with white glue and food colouring.  Turn a plain old mason jar into a pretty container for holding craft supplies or a small bouquet of flowers! Today I’m excited to show you how to how to paint a mason jar with white glue and food colouring!  A couple...

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Indoor Hopscotch – a Rainy Day Activity for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/indoor-cardboard-hopscotch/ http://happyhooligans.ca/indoor-cardboard-hopscotch/#comments Fri, 22 Feb 2013 21:57:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7418 An easy indoor hopscotch – an indoor, rainy day gross motor activity!  When the weather is great, and kids are playing outside, those important gross motor activities just kind of naturally happen through though regular play and exercise.   What about winter time though?  Or rainy days?  It’s not so easy for kids to expend their energy and use...

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Homemade Cardboard Construction Set http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cardboard-construction-set/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cardboard-construction-set/#comments Sat, 16 Feb 2013 13:55:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7258 Raid your recycle bin, and make a homemade cardboard construction set: Building and constructing with recycled materials is a lot of fun.  It gets kids using their fine motor and critical thinking skills and its a super way to  repurpose materials that are headed for the trash.  We love repurposing house hold materials for arts,...

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Coloured Ice Sculptures in the Snow http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-sculptures/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-sculptures/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 03:37:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7210 Looking for something fun to do outside with the kids this winter?  Try building coloured ice sculptures in the snow. Now, we’ve played with coloured ice in the snow before, but THIS…  actually building a large structure with a variety of colourful ice cubes and blocks… this was new for us. The hooligans loved it!  Just...

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Melted Crayon Art Hearts http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-art-with-melted-crayons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-art-with-melted-crayons/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 14:20:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6786 Have you ever created art with melted crayons? It’s a pretty cool technique!  The colours all blend and swirl together so magically!  It’s almost hypnotizing watching it happen. Want to give it a try?  Grab a handful of crayons, and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made these Melted Crayon Hearts for Valentines...

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playing with sponges http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-sponges/ http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-sponges/#comments Thu, 14 Feb 2013 05:27:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7191 open-ended play with household items This is just a short, little post with an important message:  Never underestimate the potential for play in the simplest of items.   My husband came home from grocery shopping the other day, and tossed me a sleeve of brightly coloured kitchen sponges, and said “I picked these up for...

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Valentines Collage Pops http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-collage-pops/ http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-collage-pops/#comments Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:53:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7155 An easy Valentine’s craft that toddlers and preschoolers can make using odds and ends from around the house. These Valentine’s collage pops are really cute. They’re totally random – just a hodgepodge of materials.  Basically, you can use whatever you have around the house to decorate your collage pops with.  These are kinds of like a Valentines...

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Snow Painting http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-painting-cbc-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-painting-cbc-kids/#respond Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:57:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6994 Snow painting – a creative and fun way to create art outdoors in winter-time. If winter has truly arrived where you are, you’ll definitely want to add SNOW PAINTING to your list of fun, outdoor activities to try with your children! This activity is super-easy to set up, and fun for kids of all ages!...

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Toilet Roll Structures – a Glue Gun Project for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-structures-kids-and-low-temp-glue-guns/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-structures-kids-and-low-temp-glue-guns/#comments Sat, 09 Feb 2013 02:51:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7085 Toilet Roll Structures: Another Glue Gun project for kids! If you’re thinking I’m out of my mind to suggest a glue gun project for toddlers and preschoolers, you’re not alone.  I felt the same way until one of my blogging heroes Teacher Tom wrote a post about kids and glue guns.  Being that I admire...

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Best Fresh Guacamole Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-guacamole/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-guacamole/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 20:25:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12555 Pssst! Want to be the most popular person at the next get-together or BBQ? Bring a bag of nachos and a big ol' bowl of this fresh guacamole. I promise... your friends and family will adore you!

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Simple Bird Feeder Mold with Snow, Corn and Chestnuts http://happyhooligans.ca/feeding-the-birds/ http://happyhooligans.ca/feeding-the-birds/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 05:40:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7069 We love making homemade bird feeders here in my daycare.  Every winter we make simple feeders with basic ingredients and supplies so we can help the local birds make it through the winter. This week we made a simple corn and chestnut feeder for your backyard birds and squirrels to enjoy this winter! You may...

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Homemade Votive Candle Holders for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-votive-candle-holders/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-votive-candle-holders/#comments Fri, 08 Feb 2013 04:29:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7043 Homemade votive candle holders for Valentines Day – an easy homemade gift for toddlers and preschoolers to make and give. We love crafting for Valentine’s Day here in my home daycare.   The hooligans love making something special to give their moms and dads for Valentine’s day, and we just love being surrounded by all...

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Homemade Chocolate and Strawberry Play Dough http://happyhooligans.ca/play-dough-chocolate-shop/ http://happyhooligans.ca/play-dough-chocolate-shop/#comments Wed, 06 Feb 2013 04:10:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6944 Chocolate shop play dough activity for Valentines Day! We are huge fans of homemade play dough activities here.  I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to play with playdough.  It’s so therapeutic and it’s terrific for building fine motor skills and hand, finger and upper-arm muscles.  Some say that offering play dough every day,...

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Shaving Cream and Food Colouring Marbleized Valentines http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-food-colouring-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-food-colouring-2/#comments Tue, 05 Feb 2013 03:04:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6911 Make gorgeous marbleized prints with shaving cream and food colouring! One thing we hooligans really love is experimenting with easy painting techniques. We’ve discovered so many creative ways to make art using basic household ingredients and supplies. You can see 25 of my favourite art techniques for kids here. Today, we were doing some Valentine’s...

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homemade shape puzzle http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-shape-puzzle-for-cbc-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-shape-puzzle-for-cbc-kids/#comments Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:30:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6523 Use items from around your home to make a homemade shape puzzle! If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to keep your hooligans entertained, our homemade shape puzzle is sure to be a hit!  It’s simple to put together, and you can make one of these just about anywhere! Pop over to CBC...

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Orange Cup Bird Feeders – an easy bird feeder craft for kids http://happyhooligans.ca/orange-cup-bird-feeders-filled-with-nuts-berri/ http://happyhooligans.ca/orange-cup-bird-feeders-filled-with-nuts-berri/#comments Fri, 01 Feb 2013 03:56:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6836 Easy Orange Cup Bird Feeders to make with toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans and I love making homemade bird feeders to help our neighbourhood birds and squirrels make it through the long winter season.  To keep things fun and interesting, we never make the same bird feeder twice.  We may use a similar technique or similar...

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White Crayon Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/art-with-a-white-crayon/ http://happyhooligans.ca/art-with-a-white-crayon/#comments Mon, 28 Jan 2013 03:58:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6761 Here’s an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers.  Creating this white crayon art is a simple as offering your child a piece of black paper and a white crayon.  Add a small selection of paint colours, and you’ll end up with some beautiful creations worthy of matting and framing. We’ve been focusing on easy...

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Toddler Art Project – Smoosh Painting on an Old Canvas http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-art-painting-over-an-old-painting/ http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-art-painting-over-an-old-painting/#comments Sat, 26 Jan 2013 01:45:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6695 What can you do with an old canvas or out-dated picture that you no longer want hanging in your home?  Try smoosh painting – one of my favourite art techniques for kids to transform it into a new, one-of-a-kind piece of art! We love upcycling and repurposing things around here.  Before I throw almost anything out, I...

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recycled painting http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-painting/ http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-painting/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 04:25:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6651 Ok, so you may have heard that we’re on a mission to add some colours to the wall in our playroom.  Earlier this week, the hooligans made box lid art , and last week we melted crayon shavings to make our stunning rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and today, I’m sharing a very cool recycled...

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Box Lid Art http://happyhooligans.ca/box-lid-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/box-lid-art/#comments Wed, 23 Jan 2013 04:26:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6564 Box Lid Art:  Create a custom piece of art in a ready-made picture frame – a box lid! We’re sprucing up the playroom here, so over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on individual and group works of art to hang on our walls.  As most of you know, I like to keep our crafts and...

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Simple Tissue Paper Snowflake Ornament http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-tissue-paper-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-tissue-paper-snowflakes/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:23:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6509 Make a simple tissue paper snowflake ornament with a cereal box and tissue paper: I might just be in love with today’s totally impromptu craft!  We made these simple tissue paper snowflakes today after one of the hooligans’ parents surprised us with a very large bag full of of tissue paper earlier this morning..  It...

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Starry Night Art Project for Kids – Melting Crayon Art http://happyhooligans.ca/art-with-melted-crayons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/art-with-melted-crayons/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 05:20:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6475 Starry Night Art Project for Kids – recreate Van Gogh’s masterpiece by melting grated crayons on aluminum foil!   I’m really excited to share this project  with you! It’s one of the coolest art techniques for kids. We’re melting crayons to create a beautiful piece of art.  Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” to be exact! Our easy,...

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Homemade Watercolours For Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-water-colours/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-water-colours/#comments Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:10:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6469 If this is your first peek at our homemade water colours, please pop on over to CBC Parents to check out all the details, and to get our easy recipe!  You likely have the ingredients already in your kitchen cupboards!  Super-easy and very inexpensive to make, these paints simply “rock”!

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Painting the Snow – an awesome outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages! http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-the-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-the-snow/#comments Sat, 12 Jan 2013 12:09:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6393 Painting the snow with tempera paints! An amazing outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages. It’s hard to say who will have more fun with this – the kids or the grow ups! I’m sure you’ve heard of others painting the snow with spray bottles and food colouring.  Maybe you’ve even seen our indoor...

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Winter Lacing Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/winter-lacing-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/winter-lacing-cards/#comments Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:36:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6317 Winter Lacing Cards to make for kids: a fun, homemade fine motor activity for toddlers and preschoolers Happy New Year!   The hooligans have returned, and we’re getting back into our groove here.  We’ve spent the majority of the past two days playing, re-connecting and enjoying the SNOW that we finally got over the holidays!  We...

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Icy Activity Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/winter-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/winter-sensory-bin/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2012 14:22:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6221 Looking for a great activity to keep your hooligans entertained during the deep-freeze we’re having?  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how I pulled this winter sensory bin together for my hooligans.  You and your children will have a great time building your bin, and it will provide them with hours of open-ended, sensory play....

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Ice Moulds and Icy Sun Catchers http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-moulds-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-moulds-2/#comments Fri, 28 Dec 2012 11:52:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6215 Easy Christmas Ice Moulds and sun catchers: Make a beautiful ice mould or sun catcher to add a holiday touch to your front porch or walk-way.    Pop over to CBC Parents, and you’ll see how we made ours using items from nature and a few Christmas craft odds and ends. You can see all...

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Black Forest Trifle to Feed a Crowd http://happyhooligans.ca/black-forest-trifle/ http://happyhooligans.ca/black-forest-trifle/#comments Thu, 27 Dec 2012 19:41:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6200 Looking for a delicious dessert to feed a crowd?  This Black Forest Trifle is my go-to dessert for BBQs, potlucks and large family get-togethers.  It’s big enough to feed a large group of people, and the chocolate mousse, brownie chunks and Skor bar crumble are always a hit with everyone! Above all that, it’s super-easy...

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Glass Ball Ornaments – a Christmas Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/glass-ball-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/glass-ball-ornaments/#comments Sat, 22 Dec 2012 00:12:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6145 Easy glass ball ornaments for kids to make at Christmas time. You know how much we love making easy, inexpensive Christmas ornaments that look GREAT.  Well, these certainly fit the bill. This glass ball ornament craft was inspired by THESE easy glass ornaments over at B-InspiredMama, which were (don’t laugh at the irony here), inspired by MY...

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Homemade Picture Frames http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-picture-frames/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cardboard-picture-frames/#comments Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:59:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6125 Homemade Picture Frames: a gift for kids to make and give at Christmas. A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to give.  Our homemade frames are easy to make from recycled cardboard, a little paint and some “bling”.  Tuck a photo of the child inside, and it’s a perfect homemade gift...

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Craft Stick Star Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-star-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/craft-stick-star-ornaments/#comments Wed, 19 Dec 2012 03:50:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6098 Craft stick star ornaments: an easy christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. We are well and truly in countdown mode now; the hooligans and I have only 2 days left together before we shut things down for the holidays.   Today we made craft stick star ornaments.  This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers...

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Paper Cone Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-cone-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-cone-tree-ornaments/#comments Mon, 17 Dec 2012 22:48:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6085 These Paper Cone Tree ornaments are really easy to make, so they’re a great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.   We’ve made these paper cone ornaments to be Christmas tree ornaments, but they can be used as table toppers for a holiday table as well. Older children will be able to make these by...

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Milk Jug Sun Catchers for Christmas http://happyhooligans.ca/milk-jug-sun-catchers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/milk-jug-sun-catchers/#comments Sat, 15 Dec 2012 00:57:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6022 Milk jug sun catcher ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for kids using a plastic container and permanent markers… Looking for an easy, last minute Christmas craft to do with your kids?  Our milk jug sun-catchers are simple, inexpensive ornaments for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but older kids will have fun decorating a bunch for your...

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Icicle Ornaments with Beads and Pipecleaners http://happyhooligans.ca/icicle-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/icicle-ornaments/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 23:33:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6006 Icicle ornaments: a very easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers! With Christmas drawing nearer, and the days getting busier,  you’ll love the simplicity of the beautiful but simple icicle ornaments that we made today. These icicle ornaments are quick and easy to make, so they’re a great last minute holiday craft.  Making these icicles...

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Cardboard Tube Snowman Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-ornament/#comments Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:58:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5980 Cardboard Roll Snowman Ornaments – an easy and adorable Christmas craft for kids… What is it about homemade snowman ornaments?  They’re so darn cute!  It doesn’t matter how you make ’em, they always end up looking just adorable.  Check out our CD Snowman Ornaments, Snowman Activity Tray and our toilet roll Snow People for a big...

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Foil Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/foil-wrapped-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/foil-wrapped-ornaments/#comments Mon, 10 Dec 2012 20:32:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5956   Foil Ornaments: an easy, inexpensive Christmas craft for kids to make… These foil ornaments are really easy Christmas decorations for kids to make.  This craft provides lots of fine-motor development, so it’s a great one for toddlers and preschoolers. Making a bunch of these foil ornaments is an inexpensive way to add some shimmer...

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Styrofoam Ornaments for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-ornaments/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2012 05:00:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5631 Don’t you just love a simple Christmas craft that looks gorgeous?  We made these beautiful styrofoam ornaments using basic supplies we had around the house.  They were so easy to make, and I think they turned out beautifully! You can do this craft with children of any age, from toddler right up through teenager.  I...

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DIY Lighted Christmas Balls – a Unique Outdoor Christmas Light Idea http://happyhooligans.ca/lighted-christmas-balls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/lighted-christmas-balls/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 23:13:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5900 Looking for unique outdoor Christmas light ideas?  Make your own homemade lighted Christmas balls!  They’re stunning, you’ll have unique, one-of-a-kind decorations in the yard this year, and your neighbours will be in awe! So, my hubby’s balls are the talk of the neighbourhood right now.  I’m not kidding.  The ladies are swooning.  The men have...

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Beaded Wreath Ornament for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/beaded-wreath-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/beaded-wreath-ornament/#comments Sat, 08 Dec 2012 01:06:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5883 Create a pretty beaded wreath ornament with a pipe cleaner and pony beads. It doesn’t get much easier than this one!  A pipe cleaner, a few beads and a ribbon are all it takes to make this beaded wreath ornament.  I love it when a simple craft like this looks so good! We’re just churning...

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Handprint Mitten Ornament http://happyhooligans.ca/handprint-mitten-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/handprint-mitten-ornament/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:55:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5870 Another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft for toddlers! This felt handprint mitten ornament will always remind you of how little your child’s hands once were. There are plenty of handprint Christmas crafts floating around Pinterest these days, and I wanted to put a bit of a different spin on ours, so each of the hooligans...

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Toilet Roll Nativity Set http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-nativity-set/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-nativity-set/#comments Fri, 07 Dec 2012 01:28:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5830 A toilet roll nativity set provides hours of imaginative play in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. I have a couple of dollar store nativity sets that the Hooligans have been playing with for over a decade, and they’re sweet, but they’re showing their age. Some pieces are chipped, and the donkeys and...

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Paint Chip Candy Canes http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-candy-canes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-candy-canes/#comments Wed, 05 Dec 2012 03:08:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5793 Paint Chip Candy Canes – easy Christmas craft and cutting exercise for toddlers and preschoolers… These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one of our preschoolers wanted to work on his scissor skills yesterday.   He grabbed the scissors, and I sifted through our supply of paint chip sample cards,...

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Simple Solution to Keep a Diaper On at Bed Time http://happyhooligans.ca/keep-diaper-on-at-nap-time/ http://happyhooligans.ca/keep-diaper-on-at-nap-time/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 17:34:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5771 A no-fail solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and bedtime.  No duct tape, no onesies – just a fast and easy way to prevent your child from removing his diaper when left alone in his crib at nap time. If you’ve ever had a toddler who who’s removed a poopy diaper at...

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Candy Cane Wreath Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/candy-cane-wreath-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/candy-cane-wreath-ornaments/#comments Sat, 01 Dec 2012 00:33:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5746 An easy homemade Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers to make… These candy cane wreath ornaments are very easy to make, so they’re perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  You can chose your own colours for these ornaments, but I really like how the red and white tissue paper give the little wreaths a candy cane...

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Lacing Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/lacing-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/lacing-tree-ornaments/#comments Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:22:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5730 Lacing Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas ornament craft for toddlers, and a fine-motor activity too! I know today’s Christmas craft is quite similar to Tuesday’s Wool wrapped ornaments, but what the heck; I’m sharing it with you anyway!   Toddlers love lacing activities.  They’re so good for developing fine motor skills and they’re great for teaching early...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up – November 28, 2012 http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-november-28/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-november-28/#comments Wed, 28 Nov 2012 19:07:55 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5703 Wow, the weeks are just whizzing by!  I can’t believe it’s already time for Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up! If you’ve been following along with us on our blog, or our facebook page, or on Pinterest, you know we’re in full holiday mode here, and we’ve been busy crafting up simple but stunning Christmas crafts and Christmas...

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Wool Wrapped Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/wool-wrapped-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wool-wrapped-tree-ornaments/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:18:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5681 Wool Wrapped Tree Ornaments:  a fine-motor Christmas craft for toddlers and peschoolers to make and hang on the tree! Wrapping a length of yarn around an object can be a tricky skill for kids to learn.  Think about it:  One hand has to hold the object still while the other hand does the winding.  On...

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Simple Snowflake Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-snowflake-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-snowflake-ornaments/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 01:05:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5673 These simple snowflake ornaments were so quick and easy to make.  They’re perfect as a last minute Christmas craft for your toddler either at home or at daycare. Little fingers will love the soft and fluffy feeling of these homemade ornaments, and they’ll be so proud to hang them on the Christmas tree.    ...

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styrofoam ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-styrofoam-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-styrofoam-ornaments/#comments Sun, 25 Nov 2012 04:22:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5634 Coming soon!

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Easy Initial Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-initial-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-initial-ornaments/#comments Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:47:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5584 You know how we love crafting for Christmas here in my daycare! Well, here’s another simple but really pretty craft to add to the collection!  The toddlers and preschoolers decorated these easy initial ornaments to take home and hang on their Christmas trees!  The were fun to make, and a great way to work on...

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Leaf Slide http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-slide/ http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-slide/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 05:40:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5565 Looking for a fun outdoor Fall Activity?  Make a leaf slide… If you’re looking for a unique and fun way to enjoy your fall leaves this year, have a look at the leaf slide we made the other day! This is such a fun thing to do on a fall day when you have a...

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Simple Button Wreaths to Hang on the Christmas Tree http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-button-wreaths/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-button-wreaths/#comments Fri, 23 Nov 2012 03:55:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5552 Dip into your button collection and make these adorable Simple Button Wreaths to hang on your Christmas Tree. We’ve made button wreaths here before, and we’ve done them a couple of different ways. Last year we made these absolutely gorgeous ones, but the simple button wreaths that I’m sharing today are a little easier to make...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up – (Nov 21, 2012) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-nov-21-2012/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-nov-21-2012/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 16:05:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5533 It’s time for Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up! I didn’t do a wrap-up last week, as it was our first full week with our newest little Hooligans (she’s 12 months old) and we did fewer structured crafts and activities while we were getting her all settled in. We’re back into the swing of things though, and due...

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Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/scented-sandpaper-gingerbread-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/scented-sandpaper-gingerbread-ornaments/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 04:43:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5507 Our scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments will delight the senses as your child makes a sweet homemade gingerbread man to hang on the Christmas tree. Rough Sandpaper, the scent of cinnamon and cloves, smooth, shiny buttons and soft yarn.  What a lovely sensory craft this was to make.  It was a wonderful activity for fine-motor development...

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Cardboard Roll Bracelets http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-bracelet/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-bracelet/#comments Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:11:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5500 These cardboard roll bracelets were a just a quick little craft that we did yesterday before the Hooligans went home. I was playing around with some cardboard tubes, thinking about craft possibilities, and I wondered: if we painted them red and white, chopped them up, and cut slits into them, could we make a holiday...

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Twig Tree Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/twig-tree-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/twig-tree-ornaments/#comments Tue, 20 Nov 2012 03:41:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5480 Twig tree Christmas Ornaments are so easy to make, even the youngest crafters will love them. Similar to our Twig Star Ornaments from last year, twigs, yarn and wrapping and winding skills come together in this cute little nature craft for Christmas. You probably already know how much we love crafting with sticks and other...

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Doll Diaper Station – Pretend Play for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/doll-diaper-station/ http://happyhooligans.ca/doll-diaper-station/#comments Wed, 14 Nov 2012 06:07:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5391 A few days ago, I set up this doll diaper station for the hooligans, complete with a doll bath, diapers, and play “wipes” made from white fabric (more on that in a minute).  I suspected it would be a hit because of how popular our Babydoll Bath Station always is with all of the kids....

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Polly Pocket Ice Skating Party http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pocket-ice-skating-party/ http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pocket-ice-skating-party/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 04:10:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5111 A basin of frozen water is perfect for a Polly Pocket Ice Skating Party! Temperatures are falling here, and we awoke today to find a layer of ice over the pond and our bird-bath frozen solid! Score!!  I carefully lifted ice out of the bird-bath and moved it to the deck so the Hooligans could examine...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (Nov 7, 2012) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-nov-7-2012/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-nov-7-2012/#respond Wed, 07 Nov 2012 18:00:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5101 I’m having some serious blog issues right now, and I apologize if you’re having loading troubles too. I assure you, I’m looking into things at this end, and hope to have it resolved soon!  I don’t know why this is happening, and I’m feeling really frustrated.  Hang in there with me please!! Today’s wrap-up is...

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Fall Tree Hand Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-tree-hand-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-tree-hand-craft/#comments Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:41:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5087 An easy Fall Tree Hand Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make at home or daycare. I’ve made a number of really easy fall tree crafts with my daycare hooligans over the years. I love crafting with kids in the fall because there are so many colours and textures to learn about and explore.  Of...

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How to Peel a Pomegranate – Quick, Easy and Mess-Free http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-way-to-peel-a-pomegranate/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-way-to-peel-a-pomegranate/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 02:47:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5067 A quick and easy, mess-free way to get the seeds out of a pomegranate. If you’ve ever deprived yourself of the pleasure of eating a pomegranate simply because you didn’t know how to peel one,  or couldn’t be bothered with the effort, I have great news!  There’s a really easy way to peel a pomegranate....

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Roadways in the leaves! http://happyhooligans.ca/roadways-in-the-leaves/ http://happyhooligans.ca/roadways-in-the-leaves/#comments Mon, 05 Nov 2012 19:08:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5053 Remember being a kid, and all the hours you could spend playing in the fall leaves? Jumping into them, raking them into houses and trails and mazes… Here’s another fun idea that kept the hooligans busy for a few days. We made roadways in the leaves, and they spent hours pushing their cars and trucks...

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Make a Leaf Maze or Leaf Labyrinth in Your Yard http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-maze/ http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-maze/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 21:54:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5029 Looking for a fun way for your kids to play in the leaves?  Rake up a Leaf Maze… This is one of our favourite Fall traditions around here.  A leaf maze is so much for the hooligans to play in, and I really enjoy making one.  It’s not often that you get the chance to...

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Paint Chip Mosaics – Abstract Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-mosaics/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-chip-mosaics/#comments Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:52:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4905 Paint Chip Mosaics – an abstract art project for toddlers and preschoolers! These paint chip mosaics were the perfect project for a day as grey and rainy as today . This morning, I set out some cardboard, a few glue sticks and a tray of paint chips that I’d cut up into squares, rectangles and...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up – Oct 31/12 http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-3112/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-3112/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2012 15:24:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4780 HAPPY HALLOWE’EN!  And welcome to Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up: your chance to catch any of our crafts and activities that you may have missed the first time around! We did a some super activities last week.  As always, our activities are easy and inexpensive, and will provide your Hooligans with plenty of opportunities for learning and exploring,...

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The Pumpkin Carving Tip that Will Change the Way You Carve Pumpkins Forever http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-carving-tip/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-carving-tip/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:44:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4774 This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever!  You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of it before now. When you carve your pumpkin, do you cut out the top of the pumpkin to get to the guts?   I think most people do,...

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Smoosh and Stamp Pumpkin Art for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/smoosh-and-stamp-pumpkins/ http://happyhooligans.ca/smoosh-and-stamp-pumpkins/#comments Wed, 31 Oct 2012 03:06:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4749 Smoosh and Stamp Pumpkin art for kids: a fun and easy Halloween art project for toddlers and preschoolers: Well, here we are, the day before Halloween!  We’ve been doing all sorts of halloween crafts these past few weeks!  Have you seen them?  Ghosts, mummies, monsters, jack-o-lanterns…  Today, on our last day of Halloween crafting, we...

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Halloween Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-sensory-bin/#comments Tue, 30 Oct 2012 03:03:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4734 Put together a spooky Halloween Sensory Bin for hours of exploratory play! We’ve been exploring all kinds of ghostly goodies in our Halloween Sensory Bin.  This spooky-fun activity was very easy to put together, using items that I had tucked away from last year’s Halloween bin, as well as a few new odds and ends from...

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Simple Halloween Wreaths for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-wreaths/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-wreaths/#comments Sat, 27 Oct 2012 18:06:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4724 The hooligans have been busy making halloween crafts for days!  We made these simple Halloween Wreaths yesterday.  They’re easy enough for the youngest toddlers to make, using items you have around the house.   To make your halloween wreaths, you’ll need: cardboard (cereal box weight) tissue paper in Halloween colours, cut into 2×2 inch squares...

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Ghost Mud Sensory Dough with Toilet Paper, Soap and Water http://happyhooligans.ca/ghost-mud-ice-cream/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ghost-mud-ice-cream/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:52:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4706 Ghost Mud or Clean Mud is so easy to make and it’s a wonderful sensory activity for your children.  It smells fantastic, and it’s delightfully ooey and gooey when you squeeze it through your fingers.  It’s similar to playdough, but softer and silkier. Yesterday I showed you how to do one of the coolest science activities...

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Corn Run with Funnels and Hoses http://happyhooligans.ca/corn-run-with-hoses-and-funnels/ http://happyhooligans.ca/corn-run-with-hoses-and-funnels/#comments Fri, 26 Oct 2012 12:27:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4680 I have tons of science activities on my blog, and a corn run is always a favourite here with the hooligans. I set our corn run with funnels and hoses set up in the backyard play space about a week ago, and it’s provided hours of entertainment. The kids are co-operating and collaborating, exercising those...

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Ivory Soap Explosion – a microwave experiment that’ll knock your socks off! http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-explosion/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-explosion/#comments Thu, 25 Oct 2012 19:15:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4672 Ivory Soap Explosion: A bar of Ivory soap and a microwave are all you’ll need to do this amazing science experiment at home! If you’ve never executed an Ivory soap experiment before, you HAVE to try it.  I guarantee it’ll knock the socks off your kids, and impress the heck out of any adults in...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up – Oct 24/12 http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-2412/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-2412/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:58:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4652 It’s time for your Wednesday Weekly Wrap-Up!WThe weather here has been incredible this past week, so we’re still spending lots of time outdoors, hiking through the neighbourhood trails, and playing in the yard, but we’ve had a chance to work on a couple of super-cute and easy Hallowe’en projects. If you missed them the first...

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Halloween Sun Catcher for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-suncatcher/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-suncatcher/#comments Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:08:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4631 Recycle a plastic jug into an adorable Halloween sun catcher. Today’s Halloween craft is short and sweet, and was inspired by In Lieu of Preschool’s awesome Suncatcher Bats.  Pop over there to have a look, and to get the details, and then come on back to see how our Halloween suncatcher turned out.   What you’ll need...

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Monster Mobile from Toilet Rolls http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-mobile/ http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-mobile/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:05:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4504 Looking for an easy monster craft for the kids to make before Halloween?  Make a monster mobile using cardboard rolls! Of all the Halloween crafts we’ve made here over the years, this monster mobile is one of my favourites!  Sure, some monsters are scary, but these guys are fun and friendly, and super-goofy!  The hooligans...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up – Oct 17/12 http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-1712/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-oct-1712/#respond Wed, 17 Oct 2012 15:49:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4494 It’s time for our Wednesday Weekly Wrap-up: a chance for you to catch up on anything you may have missed in the previous week!  I’ve been kind of busy behinds the scene, dealing with technical stuff, so there are a couple of projects from last week that I haven’t blogged about yet.  I’ll share those...

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Haunted Hodge-Podge Halloween Art Collage http://happyhooligans.ca/haunted-hodge-podge/ http://happyhooligans.ca/haunted-hodge-podge/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2012 02:03:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4474 Create a spooky collage with our Haunted Hodge-Podge Halloween Art Collage. Ooooo!  I have a fun and easy Halloween project for you today!   The hooligans each created a Haunted Hodge-Podge collage with fabric scraps and odds and ends from our craft cupboards. Not only was this a fun exercise in creating open-ended art, it...

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Fall Napkin Rings Painted with Credit Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-napkin-rings-painted-with-credit-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-napkin-rings-painted-with-credit-cards/#comments Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:49:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4431 Fall napkin rings for Thanksgiving. When we set out to do some fall crafting the other day, I did not have fall napkin rings in mind at all.   I originally planned for the hooligans to simply make some Fall Art, using fall colours and an art process that we call Scrape Painting. And they did....

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Sensory Play with Corn Cobs and Sunflowers http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-fun-with-corn-cobs-and-sunflowers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-fun-with-corn-cobs-and-sunflowers/#comments Sat, 13 Oct 2012 11:27:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4390 I am blessed to have a couple of good friends who always think of us as they’re harvesting their crops and gardens in the fall and they drop by with a load of fall goodies for the hooligans to explore and play with. The hooligans love discovering all that nature has to offer in the...

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Woohoo! http://happyhooligans.ca/woohoo/ http://happyhooligans.ca/woohoo/#comments Sat, 13 Oct 2012 10:01:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4391 Oh yeah, uh-huh, that’s right, that’s us!!    happyhooligans.ca   How cool is that?  Bookmark it!  Pin it!  Tell your friends.  happyhooligans.ca!  Aren’t we all authentic now?! 😉  

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (October 10/12) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-october-1012/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-october-1012/#comments Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:04:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4382   It’s time for Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up, where you get a chance to catch up on any of our crafts and activities that you may have missed in the previous week. This past week we’ve been busy playing outdoors and exploring some of nature’s finest fall treasures (I’ll post about that later this week), so...

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Boneyard Wreath for Halloween http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-wreath/#comments Thu, 04 Oct 2012 22:35:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4336 With just a few simple craft supplies kids can make a spooky boneyard wreath for halloween.  Perfect for hanging on the front door on Halloween night! Second, only to Christmas, Halloween is my favourite time of year for crafting with my daycare hooligans.  I swear, I could come up with a different halloween craft, every single...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (October 3/12) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-october-312/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-october-312/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2012 13:44:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4282 It’s time for Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up! Here are the crafts and activities that kept us busy last week!  Click on the text OR the photo to see the full post for each. Leaf Lacing Pretend Paint Pallets Easy Name Puzzle Outdoor Play Party – Collecting Chestnuts   And because I’m sharing our 2011 Hallowe’en posts...

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Collecting Chestnuts http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-party-collecting-chestnuts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-party-collecting-chestnuts/#comments Sat, 29 Sep 2012 23:38:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4243 It’s time again for another Outdoor Play Party! One of our favourite Fall activities is to spend a morning collecting chestnuts.  They’re fun to search for and gather, and they provide us with hours of fun, and countless activities for days and weeks after our big hunt.  Early Tuesday morning, just after 9 a.m., we...

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Homemade Name Puzzle – Teach Your Child to Spell His Name http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-name-puzzle-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-name-puzzle-2/#comments Fri, 28 Sep 2012 01:03:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4223 Make an easy, textured homemade name puzzle!  It’s a fun way to help your child with letter and name recognition! Every September, I make these easy homemade name puzzles for kids in my daycare.  Playing with their name puzzles is a great way for the preschoolers to focus on letter and name recognition without it feeling...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (Sept 4 – 21) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up/#respond Wed, 26 Sep 2012 13:25:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4173 Last June, just before I closed up shop for the summer, I started doing something that I called “Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-up”.  I’m off on Wednesdays so it’s a good day to share photos and links to the crafts and activities that we’ve done in the previous week, so that anyone who missed ’em the first...

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Pretend Paint Pallet – Terrific Activity for an Art Party http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-paint-pallet/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pretend-paint-pallet/#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 03:50:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4175 Got a little Van Gogh at your house?  A simple pretend paint pallet is great pretend play idea for toddlers and preschoolers.  Super-fun for indoors or out, and a bunch of these would make for a terrific activity at a child’s art-themed birthday party! Kids LOVE to paint, don’t they?  What I always find funny is that...

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leaf lacing activity http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-lacing-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/leaf-lacing-activity/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:49:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4162 Fall Leaf Lacing: turn a few textured wall paper samples into a fun, fine-motor, fall activity for kids!I’m sharing a simple idea with you today.  This is easy to make, but the kids will love it.  A Leaf lacing Activity! Many of you already know how much I love my wallpaper samples.  For those of you...

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Constructing with Styrofoam Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/constructing-with-styrofoam/ http://happyhooligans.ca/constructing-with-styrofoam/#comments Sat, 22 Sep 2012 13:01:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4132 If you’re working through some hands on science activities with your kids, building structures is a great way for kids to experiment with planning and constructing.  It’s a super opportunity to explore new materials and tools too. Now, I know that some people get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about touching styrovoam, but the kids here...

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Fall Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-sensory-bin/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 20:50:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4108 We love fall and we love sensory bins!  This fall sensory bin is easy to put together using items you may already have around your home and yard. I love all of the interesting and colourful fall crafts and activities we get into at this time of year! There are so many wonderful colours and textures...

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Join us on facebook! http://happyhooligans.ca/join-us-on-facebook/ http://happyhooligans.ca/join-us-on-facebook/#respond Thu, 20 Sep 2012 02:35:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4099   Did you know we’re on Facebook too?   I just assumed everyone knew that my blog and Facebook page went hand-in-hand, but it turns out there were a few followers out there who knew about the blog but not the page or the page but not the blog.  And I’m so glad I discovered...

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Play Dough Ice Cream Shop – Pretend Play Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/play-dough-ice-cream-shop/ http://happyhooligans.ca/play-dough-ice-cream-shop/#comments Tue, 18 Sep 2012 02:28:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4051 Kids love ice cream, and kids love play dough, so we’ve combined the two, and come up with this Play Dough Ice Cream Shop!  It’s a terrific pretend play great for keeping toddlers and preschoolers entertained, learning and developing their fine motor skills! The hooligans LOVE homemade playdough, and we’ve done a ton of creative...

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Painting with Shaving Cream: Outdoor Art for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-shaving-cream/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-shaving-cream/#comments Sat, 15 Sep 2012 05:18:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4031 Painting with shaving cream is an amazing sensory play idea for indoors or out!  Use it in the bath or take it outside to paint on the sliding glass doors like we did! We love playing with shaving cream!  I always have a couple of cheap cans of Barbasol shaving foam set aside for play...

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See you in September… http://happyhooligans.ca/see-you-in-september/ http://happyhooligans.ca/see-you-in-september/#comments Wed, 04 Jul 2012 18:17:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3720 Just wanted you all to know that things will be a little quieter around here for the next couple of months.  My boys and I are on summer vacation!!  I’ll be making some tweaks to my blog, re-organizing categories, re-sizing photos so the blog will load more quickly for you, and publishing a few posts...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (Jun 27, 2012) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-jun-27-2012/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-jun-27-2012/#respond Wed, 27 Jun 2012 14:20:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3702 We’re covering two weeks worth of activities today, because I didn’t post a wrap-up last week.  My boys and I were busy whooping it up at Canada’s Wonderland all last Wednesday, and by the time we got home at 9 p.m., I was beyond beat! The weather has been fabulous these past two weeks: hot,...

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Ice Age Bin – A Captivating Activity for Preschoolers! http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-age-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-age-bin/#comments Tue, 26 Jun 2012 03:26:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3675 When it comes to water play activities, this Ice Age Bin is one of our favourites!  It’s also one of the funnest, simple science activities out there.  We have done this salt and ice and water activity so many times over the years, and each time we change things up a little so it’s new and...

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Water Bin with Tubes and Funnels http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bin-with-pvc-pipes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bin-with-pvc-pipes/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:44:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3655 If your kids love science activities and waterplay, they’re going to love this. It’s the perfect combination of both!  They’ll be cool and entertained for hours in the back yard with this simple water bin with tubes and funnels. We have lots of great water play ideas here among the pages of my blog. Water...

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Polly Pool Party Water Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pool-party/ http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pool-party/#respond Mon, 18 Jun 2012 03:40:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3625 Gather up the Polly Pockets and a few simple toys, and put together a Polly Pool Party water bin for your kids!  This one kept the hooligans entertained for ages! If your kids are like my daycare kids, they LOVE playing with water. We’ve done a ton of water play activities over the years, and latest Polly...

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Construction Activity Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/construction-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/construction-bin/#comments Sat, 16 Jun 2012 01:56:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3618 A small world construction activity bin provides hours of play for little ones. We’ve been having a field day with our bins lately, which you can check out here, here and here.  Yesterday I set up this construction bin in a foil roasting pan that has held many sensory bins and small worlds in its...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (June 13) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-june-13/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-june-13/#comments Wed, 13 Jun 2012 15:06:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3588 Ahhhh…. I do love my Wednesdays.  I don’t have the Hooligans on Wednesdays – they’re all either at home with one of their parents, with a grandparent, or enrolled in a different program on this day so it’s the one day a week that I’m in my house all by myself!  Not that it ever...

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How to Make a Homemade Water-Slide for Your Backyard Play Space http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-water-slide/ http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-water-slide/#comments Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:26:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3569 How to make a homemade water slide for your backyard play space, using nothing more than a camping tarp a garden hose and a bottle of shampoo! The hooligans and I love it when the temperatures turn warm in the spring because that’s when we start in with our simple water play activities.  A backyard water...

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Deep Blue Sea Activity Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/water-play-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-play-bin/#comments Sat, 09 Jun 2012 03:01:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3555 We’re on a roll with our water play activities this week!  The weather has been so warm here, and I’ve been having a blast, thinking of ways for the kids to stay cool in the backyard, while learning and having fun. Today was the third time that I switched up the contents of this water...

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Dinosaur Activity Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/dinosaur-activity-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/dinosaur-activity-bin/#comments Fri, 08 Jun 2012 03:37:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3544 The Hooligans are just loving the small world play these days, so today I set up this dinosaur activity bin.   It’s a combination of a small world, sensory bin and water play all wrapped up into one fun activity for kids.  What’s not to love? With the temps as warm as they’ve been, we’ve...

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Wednesday’s Weekly Wrap-Up (June 6, 2012) http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-june-6-2012/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wednesdays-weekly-wrap-up-june-6-2012/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 17:49:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3511 All of these activities were really easy to prepare, cost nothing (or next to nothing) to set up, and kept the Hooligans entertained, engaged and exploring for hours. Hope you give some of them a try!  I’d love to hear from you if you do, and even more, I’d love to see photos of your...

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Toddler Art with Items Found in Nature: Nature Faces http://happyhooligans.ca/nature-faces/ http://happyhooligans.ca/nature-faces/#comments Wed, 06 Jun 2012 03:00:12 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3512 Nature faces: Creating toddler art with items found in nature. Set out, with your kids, on a nature hunt in your yard or neighbourhood, and make art with the garden treasures that you collect along the way!  Leaves, flowers, seed pods and twigs can all be used to create these adorably goofy nature faces. There’s...

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Ocean Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/ocean-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ocean-sensory-bin/#comments Sat, 02 Jun 2012 13:28:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3470 An Ocean Sensory Bin was the perfect thing for the kids to play with today. It’s been super-hot here this week, so I’ve been setting up lots of creative water play activities for the hooligans. I’ve had  an Ocean sensory bin in mind for a long time.  In fact, it was last July when I went...

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Easy Homemade Matching Game for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-matching-game/ http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-matching-game/#comments Fri, 01 Jun 2012 18:20:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3485 Making homemade puzzles and games for toddlers is fun, and can usually be done with items you have around your home.   I don’t recall exactly how I came up with this idea, but I’ve made many versions of this DIY matching game over the years.  I love that this game can be made anywhere as long as...

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Mud Play – More Fun In Our Back Yard {Portable} Mud Pit http://happyhooligans.ca/muddy-play-more-fun-in-our-mobile-mud-pit/ http://happyhooligans.ca/muddy-play-more-fun-in-our-mobile-mud-pit/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 10:45:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3455 You may recall that last year,  after seeing all of the awesome mud play ideas and mud kitchens out there in the blogosphere, I used our wheel-barrow to create a mobile mud-pit last year for the Hooligans. Well, re-creating that mud-pit has been on my mind for days, and yesterday when my feet hit the...

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Sprinkler Fun for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/sprinkler-fun/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sprinkler-fun/#comments Wed, 30 May 2012 02:39:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3437 Sprinkler fun – keeping cool on a hot day! Oh, how we’ve waited for this day!  We’ve been talking for weeks about how one of these days the weather will warm up enough that we’ll be pulling out the sprinkler again, and today, my friends, was that day! I’ll let the photos speak for themselves:My-oh-my,...

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Garden Soup – Fine Motor Water Play Activity http://happyhooligans.ca/garden-soup/ http://happyhooligans.ca/garden-soup/#comments Mon, 28 May 2012 18:17:21 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3416 Garden soup! This is one of the easiest water play activities ever to set up. It always keeps my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for the better part of a morning. Nature and science go hand in hand.  Making Garden Soup is one of my favourite natural science activities to do with the hooligans.  This pretend...

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Muddy Car Wash Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/muddy-car-wash/ http://happyhooligans.ca/muddy-car-wash/#comments Sat, 26 May 2012 04:00:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3394 Who’s ready for an awesome mud play idea?  A muddy car wash is a terrific mud activity for preschoolers! Drive those cars through the mud, down the ramp, and “splash” into a bucket of soapy water! Oh, we’re loving our water play activities and all of our mud play now that the summer weather has arrived.  Our latest favourite...

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Baby Bath Station: Pretend Play Water Activity for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-bath-station/ http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-bath-station/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 12:31:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3367 A pretend play “baby bath station” will keep your little ones entertained and cool for hours this summer! Water play activities are always a hit here in my home daycare.  In particular, the toddlers and hooligans love it when I set up a baby care station for them to play with.   Setting up your baby bath...

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Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough – Ready in 5 minutes! http://happyhooligans.ca/cloud-dough/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cloud-dough/#comments Tue, 22 May 2012 18:42:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3347 2 Ingredient Cloud-Dough: the ultimate sensory dough!  Cloud dough requires only 2 common household ingredients, and it’s ready in minutes. It smells heavenly, and it’s a delight to run your fingers through! I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something I’ve been waiting...

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Paper Mache Bowls – One of a Kind Gift for Kids to Make and Give http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-mache-bowls-for-mothers-day/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-mache-bowls-for-mothers-day/#comments Fri, 11 May 2012 18:34:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3318 A paper mache bowl a really creative and inexpensive gift for kids to make and give.  The process does require a bit of time, because of the drying time, but the results are gorgeous! When I was pondering some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts that we could make here in my home daycare, Paper Mache...

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spring fever http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-fever/ http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-fever/#comments Fri, 11 May 2012 03:12:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3279 Hello!  I just wanted to pop in and let you know that I haven’t forgotten about my little blog!   The temperatures have finally warmed up a bit around here, so we’ve been outside appreciating nature and Spring-time! We are working on a mother’s day craft this week in steps and stages, and it will...

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meat tray mosaics http://happyhooligans.ca/meat-tray-mosaics/ http://happyhooligans.ca/meat-tray-mosaics/#comments Wed, 02 May 2012 10:58:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3266   Children create beautiful Mosaics with painted styrofoam produce trays: You may remember that we were painting this styrofoam produce trays the other day: I always have a stack of these on hand in our craft room.  I just run them through the dishwasher to make sure they’ve been sterilized before we use them for...

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Extra Large, Reversible Receiving Blankets Tutorial http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-jumbo-reversible-receiving-blankets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-jumbo-reversible-receiving-blankets/#comments Mon, 30 Apr 2012 03:11:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3241 Extra large, reversible receiving blankets tutorial.  Step-by-step instructions for making a flannel receiving blanket for a baby. These extra large, reversible receiving blankets are one of my favourite gifts to make for a new baby. When my babies were small, I had dozens of receiving blankets;  some, I bought for myself, I received many as...

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Butterfly Magnet Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/butterfly-magnets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/butterfly-magnets/#comments Fri, 27 Apr 2012 18:26:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3230 Another cold and gloomy day here!   It seems odd to be doing Spring crafts, and thinking about butterflies, and then bundling up with hats and mitts and winter coats for play, but we are, and here are the sweet, little butterfly magnet craft that we made today. This is a great, spring craft for fodders...

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Rockin’ Robin http://happyhooligans.ca/rockin-robin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rockin-robin/#comments Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:08:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3222 If you follow us on facebook, you’ve likely heard our exciting news!  Mama robin has nested on our deck, and her babies hatched yesterday!  Two of them hatched in the morning, and I was absolutely blessed with perfect timing last evening when I went out to check on them.  I climbed up on the bench,...

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How to Dye Pasta for Kids’ Crafts and Activities http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-pasta/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-pasta/#comments Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:27:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3205 How to dye pasta for kids crafts and activities!  3 easy steps to vibrant, coloured pasta.  No rubbing alcohol, no baggies, no mess! I think everyone with young children should always have a stash of coloured pasta on hand.  You can use it for dyed pasta necklaces (great for fine motor skills), and in  sensory bins,...

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Homemade Puffy Paint http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-puffy-paint/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-puffy-paint/#comments Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:12:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3161 3-Ingredient, homemade Puffy Paint an easy art technique for kids using microwave and a few basic kitchen ingredients. If you know me, you know we LOVE homemade paint recipes and easy science activities. This homemade puffy paint fits the bill perfectly! This paint is super-easy and inexpensive to make. It’s fun to create with, but the best part...

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Spring Art Project for Toddlers – Styrofoam Meat Trays & Foam Shapes http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-art-project-for-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/spring-art-project-for-toddlers/#comments Wed, 11 Apr 2012 14:05:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3138 An easy Spring Art project for toddlers using craft foam pieces and a styrofoam meat tray canvas! We’re so glad to get back to making spring art and spring crafting!  I want to show you this fun and easy styrofoam art that the hooligans made recently!  It’s a great spring art project for toddlers and...

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Marbleized Easter Egg Garland – a Fun and Easy Easter Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-garland-painted-with-golf-balls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-egg-garland-painted-with-golf-balls/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2012 00:53:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3112 This Marbleized Egg Garland is a great Easter craft for kids of all ages. The painting process is a lot of fun, and the garland will look so pretty decorating a window or a mantel.  I actually have quite a few Easter craft ideas for kids here on my blog, but I know your kids...

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Homemade Glue http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-glue/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-glue/#comments Fri, 06 Apr 2012 12:22:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3100 Homemade Glue made with common kitchen ingredients! I love making my own craft supplies here in my home daycare.  This week I decided to try making homemade glue for the hooligans.   We use a lot of glue here – you can imagine how much the toddlers and preschoolers go through with all the crafting...

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Tin Foil and Tissue Paper Easter Egg Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-foil-easter-eggs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tin-foil-easter-eggs/#comments Thu, 29 Mar 2012 18:14:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=3037 Tin foil and tissue paper Easter Egg Craft – a fun and pretty Easter craft for kids to make! These eggs are one of my favourite Easter crafts for kids to make.  I love how delicate and pretty they look. Hand them in a window, string a garland, or scatter them on your Easter dinner table....

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Tissue Paper Easter Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easter-wreath/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 17:41:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2962 Today, we’re kicking off our Spring Craft Collection with this pretty Tissue Paper Easter Wreath!  Mom, you’re going to love how easy this is, and your little ones will love the colour, the texture and the process! Tissue paper is such a great material to have on hand when you’re thinking of Easter Crafts for...

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A Vibrant Rainbow Rice Activity Bin for Sensational Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-the-rainbow-rice/ http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-the-rainbow-rice/#comments Tue, 27 Mar 2012 03:05:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2946 “WOW” the kids with this colourful Rainbow Rice Activity Bin!  They’ll enjoy hours of  sensory play, and you can store the rice indefinitely for future crafts and activities!  Grab the recipe for my rainbow rice, and let’s get to work putting together a coloured rice sensory bin for your kids!  To make our rainbow rice...

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Oatmeal Orange Raisin Muffins http://happyhooligans.ca/orange-oatmeal-raisin-muffins/ http://happyhooligans.ca/orange-oatmeal-raisin-muffins/#comments Mon, 26 Mar 2012 18:32:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2942 Moist and delicious Orange Oatmeal Raisin Muffins:  An easy, no-fail recipe that both the kids and the grownups will love. Mmmm!  Oranges, oatmeal and raisins!  What a great combo!  I make these muffins a LOT here because my family loves them, and my daycare hooligans do too!  They’re heavenly when they’re warm and steamy out...

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Rainbow Rice – How to Colour Rice For Play without Rubbing Alcohol http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-rice/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-rice/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2012 18:03:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2922 Rainbow Rice!  An easy, mess-freet way to dye rice for sensory bins, arts and craft without using rubbing alcohol. The weather is dull and dreary here today, so I thought I’d make some rainbow rice to brighten things up a bit.  You’lve probably seen coloured riced used as a base for sensory bins when you’re...

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Toilet Roll Easter Chicks – an Easy Easter Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-easter-chicks/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-easter-chicks/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 18:41:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2897 If you’re looking to make some easy Easter Crafts for Kids, you’ve come to the right place!  We have Easter Finger Puppets, Easter Napkin Rings, and everything in between! Today, we’re making these adorable Toilet Roll Easter Chicks in nests made of shredded paper. The supply list is short and sweet, and you’ll be using materials that...

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Shaving Cream Car Wash For Car-lovin’ Kids! http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-car-wash/ http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-car-wash/#comments Fri, 23 Mar 2012 17:58:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2886 It’s been absolutely gorgeous here this week!  Hot and summer-like and it’s only March!  We’ve been spending our days outside, and these temps have been perfect for getting messy and playing with water, so we set up a shaving cream car wash yesterday. I covered the lid of a storage container with shaving cream.  This...

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Homemade Playdough in a Rainbow of Colours http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-playdough/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-playdough/#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:50:08 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2870 Raise your hand if you love homemade playdough!  I do!  I do!  It’s so easy to make!  I made a big batch of rainbow playdough the other night, by dividing it and colouring into 6 different portions. I’ve made a LOT of playdough in my day, and this is my very favourite recipe.  It’s fast...

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homemade sidewalk paint http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-driveway-paint/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-driveway-paint/#comments Mon, 19 Mar 2012 18:35:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/2012/03/19/sidewalk-paint/ Spring has sprung, so I broke out a new bucket of sidewalk chalk this morning, knowing full-well we’d be outside all day today.  I looked at all the bits and pieces of our old chalk and was trying to figure out if I could do anything with them.  I wondered if we could grind them...

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free art http://happyhooligans.ca/free-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/free-art/#comments Tue, 13 Mar 2012 02:33:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2808 Do you ever set your kids up to do some “free art”  where you just set out a hodge-podge of materials, and let your little ones create to their heart’s desire? What is free art? It’s a super activity for those times when you don’t have an organized craft or activity to work on.  I...

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Homemade Doodle Art http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-doodle-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-doodle-art/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 19:35:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2775 Homemade doodle art: a fun and easy art project for kids of all ages.  Who doesn’t love a doodle art?  Remember those huge black velvety doodle arts we had when we were kids?  Oh man, I loved those things.  My friends and I could spend hours, sprawled out on the floor, markers scattered all around,...

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How to Make Homemade Watercolour Paints for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-watercolour-paints/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-watercolour-paints/#comments Thu, 08 Mar 2012 00:48:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2761 Learn how to make homemade watercolour paints with 5 common, kitchen ingredients! If your kids love simple science activities and art, then they’ll love making these paints. I love making homemade paint with stuff I already have around the house!  These homemade watercolour pucks were my first attempt at making my own paints a few years...

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A Very Cool Way to Make a Rainbow http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-rainbows/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-rainbows/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:47:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2725 A fun and easy way for kids to paint a perfect rainbow! Do your kids love making rainbows?  A rainbow is almost one of the first things that kids learn to draw.  I remember drawing hundreds of them when I was in kindergarten.  Every picture that I painted included a big yellow sun in the...

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Tape Resist Art for a Stained Glass Look – Easy Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-painting/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stained-glass-painting/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 15:50:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2704 Tape resist art for a “stained glass” look: an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers! This process is one of my favourite art techniques for kids to create the look of stained glass.  It’s easy to prep for this project, and kids of all ages love it.  Even our twos enjoyed it, and produced some really beautiful...

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Toddler-Made Rainbow Collage with Craft Scraps http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-collage/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-collage/#comments Mon, 27 Feb 2012 19:00:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2680 As the dull and dreary winter months come to an end, I start to crave colour, and so I shift our focus to colourful toddler crafts here in my home daycare.  As you can imagine, rainbow projects are perfect for this!  Big bands of vibrant colours!  There’s nothing like a rainbow to brighten up your...

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fun in the blizzard! http://happyhooligans.ca/fun-in-the-blizzard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fun-in-the-blizzard/#comments Sat, 25 Feb 2012 02:22:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2657 We had a full-on blizzard here this morning!   I didn’t know if the Hooligans would even want to go out and play in it because it was snowing and blowing so hard.  I mean, every kid likes to play in the snow, but in a snow-storm?  I wasn’t so sure they’d be up to...

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cake and ice-cream in the snow http://happyhooligans.ca/cake-and-ice-cream-in-the-snow/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cake-and-ice-cream-in-the-snow/#comments Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:58:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2618 We haven’t been crafting much since Valentine’s Day, but we’ve had snow, so we’ve been spending a lot of time outside, enjoying the snow while it lasts. When we headed out this morning, we discovered that our snow was nice and sticky, so we brought out some scoops and containers, and set up a cake and...

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Craft Room Makeover http://happyhooligans.ca/playroom-makeover-part-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/playroom-makeover-part-2/#comments Fri, 17 Feb 2012 04:40:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2572 Craft Room Makeover:  how I transformed a pathetic unused storage space into an amazing, little craft area for my home daycare. Ok, if you saw my post about our new playroom, you may remember that I said there was an area of the playroom that I re-organized as a work and storage space for myself....

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Handprint Valentines Cards http://happyhooligans.ca/hand-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/hand-hearts/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:44:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2563 Handprint Valentines cards – a cute and easy Valentine’s craft: We have made so many easy and adorable Valentines crafts this year here in my home daycare, and today, we made our final heart-craft of the season. We made these cute, little Hand Hearts today for the hooligans to take home to their parents tonight. We’ve made...

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Button Hearts Valentines Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/framed-button-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/framed-button-hearts/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 01:01:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2551 Dig into your button stash and make button hearts valentines art with your preschoolers and toddlers today! We made a cute little craft today.  Ours aren’t quite as gorgeous as the ones that were the inspiration behind them.  Check out THESE pretty little numbers !  Did you heart skip a beat like mine did?  Aren’t they...

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Marbleizing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring http://happyhooligans.ca/marbleized-hearts-with-shaving-cream-and-food-colouring/ http://happyhooligans.ca/marbleized-hearts-with-shaving-cream-and-food-colouring/#comments Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:28:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2530 When I first spotted this technique for marbleizing with shaving cream and food colouring last summer, I thought it would be a neat art process for my toddlers and preschoolers to use for a Valentine’s craft.  There was something about the delicate swirls of colour that just made me think “Valentine’s”. This process is SO...

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A “new” magnet board!! http://happyhooligans.ca/a-new-magnet-board/ http://happyhooligans.ca/a-new-magnet-board/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:40:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2514 Use the lid from a stackable washing machine for a DIY magnet board! I’m doing my happy dance again!!  A large magnet board has been on my “wish-list” for a long time, and just this morning, I asked my hubby if he could look into getting me one of those large oil pans that Automotive...

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Scrape-Painted Valentines for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-credit-cards-a-valentines-craf/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-credit-cards-a-valentines-craf/#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2012 00:26:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2495 Toddlers and Preschoolers are going to love this Valentines Craft!  Scrape-painted Valentines are so fun to make with a few shades of red and pink paint and an old, expired credit card! We’re having so much fun with all of the Valentines crafts we’re making here in my home daycare.  Our craft room is a...

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Our Playroom (part 1) http://happyhooligans.ca/our-playroom/ http://happyhooligans.ca/our-playroom/#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2012 05:44:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2475 This is part 1 of a 3 part post.  There are plenty of pics and lots to talk about, so I thought it might be easier to follow if I layed it out in three parts: our play-room, MY space in the play-room, and storage. Here’s the story:  I’ve been running a home-daycare for almost 14 years.  ...

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Playing with Coloured Ice Cubes in the Snow http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-cubes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-cubes/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 02:17:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2450 Want to add colour and interest to your every day winter play?  Playing with coloured ice cubes in the snow provides lots of pretend play opportunity for toddlers and preschoolers.  Just freeze a few trays of coloured ice cubes, and the next day your kids can enjoy a morning of colourful outdoor ice play in...

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Mesh Hearts “Sewing” Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/mesh-hearts-valentines-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mesh-hearts-valentines-craft/#respond Fri, 03 Feb 2012 01:01:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2438 Grab some fabric scraps and odds and ends from the craft cupboard!  The kids are practicing their sewing skills with this simple mesh hearts sewing activity.  Great fine-motor activity, and another cute Valentine’s craft for toddlers and preschoolers too! Here in my home daycare, we love crafting with stuff we already have around the house....

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the heart project – a collaborative fundraiser for the American Heart Association http://happyhooligans.ca/the-heart-project-a-collaborative-fundraiser-for-the-american-heart-association-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/the-heart-project-a-collaborative-fundraiser-for-the-american-heart-association-2/#respond Wed, 01 Feb 2012 14:12:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2436 As many of you know, a number of us have been working behind the scenes to bring you this very special project.  I’m so excited to announce that IT’S HERE!  IT’S FINALLY HERE!! The Heart Project –  In an effort to raise funds for a great cause, I have had the privilege of collaborating with...

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our Valentine’s candy shoppe http://happyhooligans.ca/our-valentines-candy-shoppe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/our-valentines-candy-shoppe/#comments Sun, 29 Jan 2012 21:04:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2347 Ok, I am so excited about this post!  Remember the Valentine’s Activity Bin that I put together earlier this week?  Well, I’d tucked it away for a few days, and on Friday, I brought it out and surprised the Hooligans with it.  I wish this photo did a better job of showing how their faces...

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strawberry-applesauce http://happyhooligans.ca/strawberry-applesauce/ http://happyhooligans.ca/strawberry-applesauce/#comments Fri, 27 Jan 2012 04:16:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2325 Do your kiddos like applesauce?  Do you ever make your own?  I never even buy applesauce anymore, because we always have apples kicking around here, and it’s so quick and easy to make.  Not to mention, it’s so much tastier than anything you buy in a store. Kinda like making banana bread when the bananas...

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Valentines Activity Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-activity-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/valentines-activity-bin/#comments Tue, 24 Jan 2012 19:44:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2302 I just love Valentines crafts and activities, don’t you?  It’s so fun to get creative with a holiday theme, and Valentine’s day is one of our favourites here in my home daycare. Last night I set out to make a Valentines Activity Bin, chock-full of pink and red Valentines-type items for the hooligans to explore, experiment...

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Tissue Paper Snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-snowflakes/#comments Mon, 23 Jan 2012 19:11:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2291 Mother Nature hasn’t provided us with much snow this year, so today we set out to make some snowflakes of our own.  Tissue paper snowflakes!  These simple snowflakes are very pretty, fun to make, and take only a couple of materials. some white cardboard (about the weight of a cereal box) blue and white tissue...

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Collaborative Heart Project Fundraiser http://happyhooligans.ca/collaborative-heart-project-fundraiser/ http://happyhooligans.ca/collaborative-heart-project-fundraiser/#respond Wed, 18 Jan 2012 14:09:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2267 I am currently working on a project, created by Jamie at Hands on as We Grow, who is pulling together a “Heart Project eBook”. This collaborative project, involving more than 50 bloggers, will be a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.  The Heart Project eBook will be available by making a $5...

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Playing in the Snow Indoors – a snow sensory bin http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-sensory-bi/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-sensory-bi/#comments Wed, 18 Jan 2012 05:00:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2247 We finally got a decent decent snow-fall Friday, but but by today the temps were mild again, and it was raining.  The snow was disappearing before our eyes, so I decided to make a snow sensory bin, to play with inside, so we could enjoy  the white stuff before it was gone again. This is...

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Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens http://happyhooligans.ca/french-toast-mittens/ http://happyhooligans.ca/french-toast-mittens/#comments Sat, 14 Jan 2012 18:09:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2042 If your kids love french toast, you can make breakfast or lunch even more fun and tasty for them by whipping up a batch of cinnamon sugar french toast shapes!  They’re super-easy to make, and using cookie cutters, you can shape them to match whatever season or theme you please! If you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll...

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Mitten Matching Game with Clothespins – Fine Motor Fun for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/matching-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/matching-activity/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:26:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2029 This mitten matching game has toddlers and preschoolers pairing up coloured, patterned paper mitts and playing with clothespins.  Great for recognition skills and for developing fine motor dexterity! I love making homemade games and toys for the hooligans in my daycare.  This matching game was super-easy to make and it’s kept the kids busy and...

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Stamped Snowflakes with a Bike Helmet Insert http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-snowflakes/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:51:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1997 Use the insert from an old bike helmet to stamp up some winter snowflakes! I have some stamped snowflakes to share with you today. If you’ve been poking around my blog, you might have guessed that I’m a pretty happy gal when we have a holiday to base our crafts around.  Sadly, our Christmas crafting...

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watercolour thank you cards http://happyhooligans.ca/watercolour-thank-you-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/watercolour-thank-you-cards/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 04:06:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1991 I’m baaaack!  Happy New Year to all!  I hope everyone had a wonderfully relaxing holiday!  We thoroughly enjoyed our 2 week break here.  I was down-right lazy, sleeping in and staying in my jammies much of the time.  It was wonderful hunker down and hang out with my boys.  We spent much of our time...

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2011 in review http://happyhooligans.ca/2011-in-review/ http://happyhooligans.ca/2011-in-review/#comments Mon, 02 Jan 2012 16:43:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1987 The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many...

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Homemade Cards from Wallpaper Samples and Fabric Scraps http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cards/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:46:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1978 Make your own homemade cards from paper and fabric scraps and a few gems and jewels from the craft room! You’ll never have to buy a greeting card again if you make your own with simple supplies you have around the house.  A homemade greeting card is so nice to give and to receive.  You...

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Festive Winter Bark http://happyhooligans.ca/festive-winter-bark-a-k-a-coral-reef/ http://happyhooligans.ca/festive-winter-bark-a-k-a-coral-reef/#comments Sat, 24 Dec 2011 03:58:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1967 Festive Winter Bark is a holiday favourite at hour house.  It just wouldn’t be Christmas here with out a batch or two of this simple but crazy-delicious treat.  My oldest son named it ‘Coral Reef’ when he was younger, because of the way it looks.  A little silly maybe, but it stuck, and that’s what...

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry cookies http://happyhooligans.ca/chocolate-chip-cranberry-cookies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/chocolate-chip-cranberry-cookies/#comments Fri, 23 Dec 2011 06:07:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1953 A traditional oatmeal chocolate chip cookie dotted with tart and tangy dried cranberries.  Perfect for holiday entertaining, or for giving to neighbours, teachers and friends at Christmas. Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies are one of my go-t0 cookies to make for the holidays.  When I make these cookies at other times of the year, I...

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Candy Cane Ornaments Painted with Golf Balls http://happyhooligans.ca/candy-cane-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/candy-cane-ornament/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 19:04:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1942 Toddlers will love using this favourite paint technique to make a batch of candy cane ornaments to hang on the Christmas tree this year. The hooligans LOVE painting with golf balls.  If you’ve never tried it before you must!  Little ones just love all the bouncing and shaking that goes on while they’re creating their...

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Kid’s Denim Craft Apron Made from an Old Pair Of Jeans http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-demin-aprons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-demin-aprons/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 04:21:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1924 Turn the leg of an old pair of jeans into an adorable, durable, stain-resistant denim craft apron for kids. If you search the net, you’ll probably find 101 uses for old jeans floating around out there.  I have a two favourite denim sewing projects of my own.  I make homemade denim bibs for my daycare, and I LOVE turning...

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Toilet Roll Santa Ornament http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-santa/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-santa/#comments Sat, 17 Dec 2011 18:43:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1915 Toilet Roll Santa Ornament: an adorable Santa ornament made from a cardboard roll and some fabric scraps. I’ve had this idea for a toilet roll Santa ornament knocking around in my head for a couple of weeks now.  I don’t think I’ll have time before Christmas to make  bunch of these with the hooligans, so...

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Tissue Paper Candy Canes Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-candy-canes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-candy-canes/#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:44:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1905 Round up some tissue paper and a piece of cardboard, and let your toddlers create some lovely tissue paper candy canes to string along the mantle or to hang from the Christmas tree.  Just another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft idea from the Hooligans! If you’re looking to squeeze a quick and simple, last-minute craft...

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Christmas Village Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-village-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-village-sensory-bin/#comments Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:36:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1853 This is the first year that I’ve made a Christmas village sensory bin for the Hooligans.  It all started when we set up my formal village the other day.Our village is usually one of the first things that I set up as the Christmas season approaches.  I was really late pulling the village out this...

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/popsicle-stick-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/popsicle-stick-snowflakes/#comments Tue, 13 Dec 2011 04:48:32 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1840 Simple Popsicle Stick Snowflakes for toddlers and preschoolers to make for the Christmas tree. Oh, I do love making simple Christmas ornaments with the toddlers and pre-schoolers in my home daycare at this time of year!  We usually aim for one easy Christmas craft per day here, so be sure to take a moment to...

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Plastic Icicle Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/plastic-icicle-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/plastic-icicle-ornaments/#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2011 22:08:02 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1826 Plastic Icicle Ornaments – recycle a container into homemade Christmas Ornaments! In hindsight, I could have left these plastic icicle ornaments until after Christmas, when we’ll still be making “winter crafts” without the “holiday” focus.  I fell in love with these icicle ornaments when I saw them over at Adventures at Home.  I actually thought they...

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Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/tinfoil-trees-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tinfoil-trees-ornaments/#comments Fri, 09 Dec 2011 21:44:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1804 Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments with  foil, tissue paper and craft jewels.  An easy and beautiful Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We have made a LOT of easy Christmas crafts here in my daycare over the years, and these these Tin foil Christmas Tree Ornaments  are one of my very favourites.  The inspiration for...

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Clear Glass Ornaments for Kids to Fill and Decorate http://happyhooligans.ca/clear-glass-christmas-balls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/clear-glass-christmas-balls/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 22:13:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1797 These beautiful clear glass ornaments look gorgeous when kids fill them with a handful of seasonal goodies.  So easy to make for your own Christmas tree, or a lovely homemade ornament to give as a gift. I usually keep it to one craft on any given day because, as much as I could sit on...

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Twig Star Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/twig-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/twig-ornaments/#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2011 18:36:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1790 Easy, homemade twig star ornaments for your Christmas tree! I have dozens of easy Christmas crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.  These star-shaped twig ornaments are really easy to make, so they’re a perfect last minute Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. I enjoy making nature crafts with the hooligans for so...

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Gingerbread House Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/gingerbread-house-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/gingerbread-house-ornaments/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 19:07:34 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1780 Gingerbread House Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We’re churning out the homemade Christmas ornaments here, and today we whipped up some gingerbread house ornaments for the Christmas tree. This is just one of a number of gingerbread crafts that we’ve made here for the holidays.  We have scented gingerbread...

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Book Page Wreath http://happyhooligans.ca/book-page-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/book-page-wreath/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 02:53:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1769 A book page wreath makes a great gift for someone who loves to read. This post will be short and sweet.  I have only one photo, and I don’t have my own tutorial, because I made this beautiful book page wreath a couple of years ago, long before I started blogging. I do however, have the...

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Rag Star Ornaments with Pipe Cleaners and Fabric Scraps http://happyhooligans.ca/rag-star-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rag-star-ornaments/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2011 21:30:55 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1758 Homemade Rag Star Christmas Ornaments – an easy Christmas craft with pipe cleaners and fabric scraps. I’ve been making these  Rag Star Christmas Ornaments to attach as homemade gift toppers to the Christmas gifts that I’m giving this year.  Everyone is getting a set of 5 of these little rag star ornaments in place of...

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Bread Machine Dinner Rolls http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-dinner-rolls-bread-machine/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-dinner-rolls-bread-machine/#comments Sun, 04 Dec 2011 03:56:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1747 Bread Machine Dinner Rolls so easy and delicious, you’ll never buy store-bought buns again! I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of homemade bread.  I’ve owned my bread machine for over a decade, but for years, all I ever made were loaves of bread, start to finish, in the bread maker.  Then,...

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Environmentally Friendly Green Christmas Gift Ideas http://happyhooligans.ca/give-a-green-christmas-gift-this-year/ http://happyhooligans.ca/give-a-green-christmas-gift-this-year/#respond Sat, 03 Dec 2011 18:48:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1739 Green, environmentally friendly Christmas gift ideas that won’t break the bank. Want to give a green Christmas gift this year?  Give a stash of homemade cleaning products to someone who will appreciate the effort to help preserve the health of our planet.  This is a little something that I did for friends and family last...

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Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-christmas-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-christmas-trees/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:49:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1721 Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornaments – perfect as Christmas ornaments or as table toppers. Making Paper Cone Christmas Trees is a lot of fun, and a great way for your child to learn about shapes, and to practice tracing and cutting skills.  Using coloured, patterned wallpaper samples or scrapbook paper, you can create paper cone...

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Toilet Roll Reindeer http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-reindeer/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-reindeer/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 19:51:33 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1705 Toilet Roll Reindeer:  an adorable homemade Christmas ornament for kids to make. If you’re looking for an absolutely adorable Christmas craft for your kids to make this year, you have to try these toilet roll reindeer!  They’re quick and easy to make, and I think they’re one of the cutest homemade Christmas ornaments the kids...

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Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas Tree http://happyhooligans.ca/button-wreath/ http://happyhooligans.ca/button-wreath/#comments Wed, 30 Nov 2011 01:34:48 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1687 Simple but beautiful Christmas Tree ornaments for toddlers and preschoolers. This button wreath is really easy to make.  This is a great exercise in fine motor development and it’s a super sensory activity too; the colours and textures of the buttons are so interesting and the rattling of buttons as you sift through them always...

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Nativity Sensory Bin for Kids to Play with at Christmas-time http://happyhooligans.ca/nativity-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/nativity-sensory-bin/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 19:37:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1674 Nativity Sensory Bin – a fine motor Christmas Activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love coming up with fun activities for the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare at Christmas-time. The hooligans digging their hands into a sensory bin, so I recently put this Nativity bin together for them to play with as Christmas draws nearer....

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Big Soft Ginger Cookies http://happyhooligans.ca/big-soft-ginger-cookies-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/big-soft-ginger-cookies-2/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 18:54:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1666 When it comes to homemade cookies, these big, soft ginger cookies are a favourite at our house.  They’re chewy and soft, and full of ginger, clove and cinnamon flavour.  These cookies are perfect for fall and winter, but if you love the taste of gingerbread, you’ll enjoy making and eating these all year round. To make...

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Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/wintersensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wintersensory-bin/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 03:50:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1641 Toddlers and preschoolers will love this Winter Wonderland Sensory Bin.  It’s filled with all kinds of Christmas treasures to explore and discover.  A white rice base that looks like snow provides a terrific sensory experience for little fingers and hands, and your child can enjoy hours of entertainment and exploration with a sensory bin like...

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Toilet Roll Snowman Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-snowman-ornament/ http://happyhooligans.ca/toilet-roll-snowman-ornament/#comments Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:43:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1623 An adorable snowman craft made with toilet roll tubes and fabric scraps. We just love crafting around a winter theme, and these sweet little cardboard roll snowmen are one of the cutest winter crafts we’ve made yet.  They’re perfect for a December craft or a snow theme, and they’d make cute Christmas table toppers as...

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Making the most of the gorgeous fall weather! http://happyhooligans.ca/gorgeous-fall-weather/ http://happyhooligans.ca/gorgeous-fall-weather/#comments Thu, 17 Nov 2011 04:28:52 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1601 Hey all!  I’m so sorry; I haven’t forgotten about my blog!  The weather has just been so unbelievably warm for this time of year so we’ve been hiking, and spending our days at the parks, and trekking around the neighbourhood. Here are just a few pics of what we’ve been up to in the great...

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Playing with Corn Cobs in the Fall http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-corn/ http://happyhooligans.ca/playing-with-corn/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2011 23:27:47 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1562 Playing with corn cobs – a fun fall activity that can entertain toddlers and and preschoolers all month long. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare just love playing with cobs of corn.  I have a friend who has a huge cornfield and every autumn, she brings us a big bucketful of corn cobs still...

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Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids – 12 easy Christmas ornaments for kids http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-christmas-crafts-for-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-christmas-crafts-for-kids/#comments Tue, 08 Nov 2011 01:27:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1545 You probably know how much we LOVE making Christmas crafts here in my home daycare. We LOVE making homemade Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations.  We also like making stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money.  We try to use basic craft supplies, and items you already have around the house whenever we’re crafting.  Especially...

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November Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/november-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/november-sensory-bin/#comments Sun, 06 Nov 2011 16:23:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1528 I absolutely love the months with holidays in them, so we can base our crafts and activities around a special theme.  November has me kind of stumped.  Hallowe’en is over, and Christmas is still off in the distance, so we don’t have any real celebration to focus on. I decided to go with another fall...

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Homemade Croutons Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-croutons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-croutons/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2011 03:39:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1506 How to make golden-brown, crispy on the inside, chewy on the outside croutons with any old leftover bread that you have on hand. Around here, Caesar Salad makes a fairly regular appearance at the dinner table.  I generally make it once every week or two.  It used to drive me nuts though, when I’d be...

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ghost mud http://happyhooligans.ca/ghost-mud/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ghost-mud/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 02:58:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1489 Ghost mud was the perfect thing to make today, on this last day of October, to celebrate Hallowe’en.  I first read about ghost mud over at Teacher Tom’s. Grate a bar of Ivory soap and add it to about 1 cup of hot water.  Stir it around a few times until it’s melty and mushy....

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Halloween Matching Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-match-up/ http://happyhooligans.ca/halloween-match-up/#comments Sun, 30 Oct 2011 00:39:13 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1475 Halloween matching game: a fun homemade matching activity for home or the classroom. Here’s a fun homemade game to help toddlers develop shape recognition and matching skills!  Kids can match up textured, patterned bats, cats, pumpkins and leaves with this festive, homemade Halloween activity. As I’ve mentioned before, I have this awesome stash of Wallpaper sample...

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Smoosh-Painted Pumpkin Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/smooshing-pumpkins/ http://happyhooligans.ca/smooshing-pumpkins/#comments Fri, 28 Oct 2011 18:26:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1461 Smoosh-painted pumpkin art for toddlers:  experimenting with colour, texture and colour-mixing and a fun paint technique too! I can’t believe October is coming to an end already!   I still have so many halloween craft ideas that we haven’t gotten around to doing!  Today, we were smooshing pumpkins today, using the same paint smooshing technique that...

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Cotton Ball Ghost Craft for Toddlers to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-ball-ghosties/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cotton-ball-ghosties/#comments Tue, 25 Oct 2011 18:04:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1446 Toddlers can make an adorable cotton ball ghost craft for Halloween! This halloween craft is really easy for toddlers to make, and they’ll love the process of stretching the cotton balls and gluing them onto black construction paper. Today’s craft was cute and rather quick. The  Hooligans used chalk to draw “ghosts” on black construction paper....

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Paint Print Ghosts http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-print-ghosts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paint-print-ghosts/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 18:23:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1414 Painting and print making come together in this simple halloween craft for toddlers!  Cute little paint print ghosts with button eyes! We started out doing some ghost-writing this morning.   I got the idea over at Teach Preschool recently (go have a look!), and the Hooligans really enjoyed it. That soon turned into painting on black...

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tissue paper mummies http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-mummies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-paper-mummies/#comments Mon, 24 Oct 2011 17:43:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1402 I’ve seen so many adorable mummy craft ideas floating around out there, so this morning we decided to whip up some of our own.   First, to strengthen the toilet paper tube, I inserted one tube into another.  It just makes the tube a little less flimsy. I cut a sheet of white tissue paper...

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Monster Hands http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-hands/ http://happyhooligans.ca/monster-hands/#comments Thu, 20 Oct 2011 17:49:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1385 Monster hands: a hand-tracing craft that incorporates some sensory play!  A fun and easy halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, or perfect as an activity at a monster-themed party for kids. I was looking at the pictures the fall trees that we made from arm and hand tracings, and it gave me the...

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Jack-o-lanterns http://happyhooligans.ca/jack-o-lanters/ http://happyhooligans.ca/jack-o-lanters/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:43:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1367 Easy painted Jack-o-lanterns: a simple but fun hallowe’en craft for kids.  I love easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted pumpkins are about as easy as it can get.  A perfect little halloween craft that gets kids paint, cutting, gluing and creating! We crafted up some jack-o-lanterns the other day.  They were...

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golf ball webs and finger spiders http://happyhooligans.ca/golf-ball-webs-and-finger-spiders/ http://happyhooligans.ca/golf-ball-webs-and-finger-spiders/#comments Thu, 13 Oct 2011 18:22:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1342 I’ve had these golf ball webs and finger spiders in mind ever since we did our fall colour golf-ball paintings. Today, we did some more painting with golf-balls, using Hallowe’en colours (green, orange & purple) for our “webs”. You can see the process for painting with golf balls here. We followed that up with some hand-tracing...

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Halloween Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/a-spooky-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/a-spooky-sensory-bin/#comments Wed, 12 Oct 2011 02:32:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1326    The spookiest night of the year is only a few weeks away, so we’re kicking the holiday off with a little Halloween sensory play. The hooligans really enjoyed our Fall Sensory Bin, but I dismantled it this past weekend and used many of the pieces to decorate my Thanksgiving table. Then I dug out...

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Footprint Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving http://happyhooligans.ca/foot-print-turkeys-and-painting-with-bubbles/ http://happyhooligans.ca/foot-print-turkeys-and-painting-with-bubbles/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 18:42:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1302 This week-end, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, so we made this cute footprint turkey craft today.  Everyone loves a footprint craft, right?  Sure they do!  As a parent, you love having your little one’s footprint immortalized in a quirky little craft made by your wee one.  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love to trace his...

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{Adorable} Owl Craft for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-owls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/adorable-owls/#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 18:48:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1286 Make an adorable owl craft with toilet roll tubes and fabric scraps… This adorable owl craft is simple to make.  Because owls are typically thought of as being a fall craft, we’ve made them for halloween, but, I think these little guys are cute enough to make at any time of the year. Supplies for...

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Rainbow Water Play Activity – colour mixing in the back yard http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-water/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainbow-water/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 03:15:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1264 Water Play Activity: a lesson in colour mixing with “rainbow” water… Looking for another water play activity before the Fall weather hits?  Toddlers and  preschoolers will have a great time wiht this rainbow water station! This was such a simple activity to pull together, and it was so fun.   Water play is always a...

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Potato Heads and Playdough http://happyhooligans.ca/potato-head-play-dough/ http://happyhooligans.ca/potato-head-play-dough/#comments Tue, 04 Oct 2011 18:35:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1253 Potato-head play-dough – two classic activities in one! It was rather chilly here this morning, and we needed something to do inside for an hour or so while the temps warmed up, so I decided to combine two classic kid’s activities into one, and we came up with Potato-Head play-dough!   I always get my...

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Hair Gel Sun Catchers for fall and Halloween http://happyhooligans.ca/hair-gel-sun-catchers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/hair-gel-sun-catchers/#comments Mon, 03 Oct 2011 23:12:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1236  Hair gel sun catchers: a fun and easy sensory craft for fall or a simple but engaging halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of ideas floating around these days that call for filling a ziplock bag with paint, or hair-gel, or slime, and I thought they looked like fun.  We made some today, and put...

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fall leaf labyrinth http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-leaf-labyrinth/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fall-leaf-labyrinth/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 01:50:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1232 A fall leaf labyrinth is a wonderful way for kids to enjoy outdoor play in Autumn: A fall leaf labyrinth is simple to make, and your kids will have fun and get lots of exercise navigating their way around it.  Not to mention, it looks pretty darn cool! You’ll  some exercise in while you get...

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Painted Halloween Rocks http://happyhooligans.ca/rocky-horror/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rocky-horror/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 01:44:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1228 Painted Halloween Rocks: an easy outdoor halloween decoration If you have older hooligans, they may really enjoy making turning some garden rocks into these awesome, Homemade Halloween Decorations.   My boys and I made ours years ago.  They were fun and easy to make, and they’ve held up really well considering they’ve lived in my garden...

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Pom-Pom Spiders and Wooly Webs http://happyhooligans.ca/pompom-spiders-and-wooly-webs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pompom-spiders-and-wooly-webs/#comments Sat, 01 Oct 2011 09:56:07 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1211 Pom-pom spiders and wooly webs: a Halloween craft and a weaving activity all rolled into one. The Hooligans and I have had a spectacular September, doing all kinds of fall crafts.  The weather has been incredibly warm for Autumn, and I’m sad to see our last summer-like days come to an end.  I have to...

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styrofoam structures http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-structures/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-structures/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2011 22:56:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1192 Building structures with styrofoam, craft sticks and drinking straws: The Hooligans got down to the business of building styrofoam structures today.  Miss Mess preferred to call hers a robot.   Call it what you will, they were constructing, and it was serious work. I cut some “blocks” from a scrap piece of Styrofoam, and set...

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Fabulous Fall Collage! http://happyhooligans.ca/fabulous-fall-collage/ http://happyhooligans.ca/fabulous-fall-collage/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 03:35:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1171 Kids Art:  Make a fabulous fall collage using items from nature: Lately I’ve been gathering lots of fall crafts ideas while pouring over all my favourite blogs and facebook pages, and I’ve combined a couple of great activities to come up with this idea for a fabulous fall collage. For the Hooligans’ craft today, I...

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Fall Popcorn Tree Craft {for Preschoolers} http://happyhooligans.ca/popcorn-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/popcorn-trees/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2011 03:33:22 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1156 As much as I’m sad to see summer come to an end, I really do love the crafting for fall with the hooligans.  Fall leaves, red, juicy apples and all of the vibrant colours that autumn brings provide us with lots of things to explore and learn about.  Today, we’re exploring the colours of fall,...

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coloured ice cubes http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-cubes-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-ice-cubes-2/#comments Mon, 26 Sep 2011 23:48:23 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1135 Playing with coloured ice cubes on a hot fall day: We are in the midst of a Fall Heat-Wave here.  It’s incredible!  It’s hot!  It’s sticky!  And I’m loving it!  It was 27 degrees here this afternoon!!!  TWENTY-SEVEN DEGREES on the 26th of September!  Unreal!  What’s also kinda strange is that our leaves are just starting turn....

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Hand Print Apple Tree Craft with Tissue Paper and Buttons http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-pape-button-apple-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/tissue-pape-button-apple-trees/#comments Thu, 22 Sep 2011 18:04:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1122 It’s almost apple season, and you know what that means…  apple crafts, stamping with apples and lots of apple treats!  Today we’re making one of my favourite fall tree crafts!  It’s an adorable apple tree craft with tissue paper and buttons.  If your little one loves handprint crafts, this will be a hit for sure!...

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Homemade Name Puzzle – Learning to Spell our Names http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-homemade-name-puzzle/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easy-homemade-name-puzzle/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 21:20:28 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1116 Learning to spell with a homemade name puzzle: A homemade name puzzle is easy to make and fun to play with.  Not only will this activity help to teach your child to spell his or her name, fine motor and cognitive skills will be challenged as well.  You can even add sensory interest by cutting...

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Fall Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/dig-in-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/dig-in-kids/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2011 03:20:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1101 I made our Autumn Sensory bin this weekend, and set it out today for the Hooligans to dig into.  To say it was a hit would be an understatement. They LOVED it!

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Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-fall-colours-with-golf-balls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-fall-colours-with-golf-balls/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2011 18:07:27 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1087 Toddlers and preschoolers explore fall colours with this jumpy, bouncy, energetic art technique! We’re getting right into the fall crafts these days..Today we were painting fall colours with golf balls!   I’ve seen so many posts that have kids painting with marbles in a cardboard box, and I’ve wanted to try it here for a while....

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Homemade Bibs and Blankets – Great Gifts to Make for a New Baby http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-baby-gifts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-baby-gifts/#comments Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:32:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1081 If you love giving homemade and handmade gifts, when a new baby arrives,  you’re going to love these Homemade Bibs and Blankets.  Repurpose a pair of old jeans into two durable and adorable denim bibs, and turn a couple of meters of flannel into the cushiest, coziest, jumbo-sized receiving blanket. One of the Hooligans became...

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Autumn Sensory Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/autumn-sensory-bin/ http://happyhooligans.ca/autumn-sensory-bin/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 20:19:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1070 An Autumn Sensory Bin provides hours of exploratory Fall play! Yup, I guess it’s time to accept it: summer is on its way out.  I’ve started getting really pumped about Fall Activities here in my daycare though!  I love all Autumn crafts, and there are so many fall colours and textures for kids to explore at...

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Sensory Play in a Cardboard Box http://happyhooligans.ca/small-world-in-a-cardboard-box/ http://happyhooligans.ca/small-world-in-a-cardboard-box/#comments Sat, 17 Sep 2011 15:27:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1064 Create a small world of sensory play in a cardboard box! This week, I set up a small world in a cardboard box, and to say it was a hit is a huge understatement.  One little guy spent hours playing with the set up, and he went back to it over and over throughout the...

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Apple Tree Craft with Foil, Corks and Sandpaper http://happyhooligans.ca/sandpaper-apple-trees/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sandpaper-apple-trees/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 17:50:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1052 Sandpaper, corks and aluminum foil makes this Apple Tree Craft a terrific sensory activity as well! We’ve been having lots of fun making fall tree crafts here in my home daycare this month  Today, the toddlers are making a very cool apple tree craft.  We’re using lots of textured materials to add to the fun....

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Water Beads http://happyhooligans.ca/water-beads/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-beads/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:47:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1039 Water beads!  Nifty, little polymer beads for sensory play! Water Beads!  You’ve likely heard of them.  They’re all the buzz in the preschool circles and among the kid-blogs at the moment.  They’re cool, little polymer beads that start off not much bigger than a grain of sand.  You soak them in water, and as they...

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Shaving Cream Sensory Play with Glitter http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-glitter/ http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-glitter/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 03:46:05 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1031 Shaving cream sensory play with glitter and small toys – a wonderful messy play experience! We were playing with shaving cream and food colouring last week, and it was a big hit (even though it was dollar store shaving cream, and absolutely horrible, drippy,sloppy stuff). Well, this week we were playing with shaving cream and glitter,...

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Apple Stamping with Real Apples and Leaves http://happyhooligans.ca/apple-stamping/ http://happyhooligans.ca/apple-stamping/#comments Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:04:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1020 Apple stamping – a fun fall activity, making apple prints using apples and real leaves. ‘Tis the season for picking juicy, ripe apples off the tree, and I’m seeing lots of apple crafts happening out there these days, so we decided to do some apple stamping this morning.  It’s a good, old fashioned activity that’s...

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Painting with Coloured Ice – A Vibrant Outdoor Art Activity for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-coloured-ice/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-with-coloured-ice/#comments Tue, 13 Sep 2011 03:49:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1009 Painting with coloured ice – a great summer art activity for kids experience! Check it out!!  We were painting with coloured ice today!  Every year, here in my daycare, I colour a batch of ice for the kids to make art with.  It’s always a hit with the kids no matter how old or young...

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DIY Light Box Play Ideas with Common Household Items http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-and-light/ http://happyhooligans.ca/colour-and-light/#comments Sat, 10 Sep 2011 11:17:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=993 Colourful and inexpensive DIY Light Box Play Ideas using every-day, household items. Now that I’ve shown you a super-easy and inexpensive way to make a DIY light box, you’re probably looking for some DIY light box play ideas! Of course, you can buy all kinds of amazing, educational light box toys like  Magnatiles,  Transparent Textured Paddles and Rainbow Crystal...

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Playing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-food-colouring/ http://happyhooligans.ca/shaving-cream-and-food-colouring/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 03:30:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=973 Playing with shaving cream and food colouring:  an easy and affordable way to have some awesome messy fun! We’re all about shaving cream activities this week!  It’s such an amazing sensory substance, and you can do so much with it!  So far we’ve had a shaving cream car-and-truck-wash, and mixed glitter into a shaving cream...

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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/squash-and-potato-soup/ http://happyhooligans.ca/squash-and-potato-soup/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 02:07:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=967 Butternut Squash Soup is a favourite winter-time meal around here. It’s one of my favourite easy soup recipes because of it’s simplicity. My husband and I can’t get enough of this soup, and it’s popular with the hooligans and my own boys (who can be annoyingly picky at times).  Part of what it makes this...

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Penne with butter and parm http://happyhooligans.ca/penne-with-butter-and-parm/ http://happyhooligans.ca/penne-with-butter-and-parm/#comments Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:03:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=961 Ok, just so you know, I’m only posting recipes that the Hooligans LOVE, so you’re looking at tried and true, kid-tested stuff stuff here.  I could post a ton of child-unfriendly recipes, but I figure you’re mostly moms, teachers or carers who will appreciate good and easy child friendly food ideas. I would have to...

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Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Preschoolers http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-chalk-activities/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sidewalk-chalk-activities/#comments Thu, 08 Sep 2011 20:07:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=954 More sidewalk chalk activities: three of our favourite ways to have fun with sidewalk chalk! Playing with sidewalk chalk is one of our favourite ways to have fun outdoors.  Here are three of the hooligans’ very favourite sidewalk chalk activities.  These are old photos, and the chalk in these photos is your average run of...

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my favourite little corner of our big back yard http://happyhooligans.ca/my-favourite-little-corner-of-our-big-back-yard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/my-favourite-little-corner-of-our-big-back-yard/#respond Sun, 04 Sep 2011 04:04:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=876 As I write this, it’s 26 degrees celsius at 10:30 p.m.  It’s hard to imagine it’s already September, and that summer’s coming to an end.   The crickets are chirping, the pond is bubbling, the air is heavy.  I love this season.  I can’t get enough of “outside” in summertime. I’m curled up in my...

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Cardboard Drop Box: Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/drop-box/ http://happyhooligans.ca/drop-box/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 20:47:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=856 Turn an ordinary box into a cardboard Drop Box – a colour matching, shape, sorting, number and letter-learning homemade fine motor activity for toddlers! Of all the homemade toys and activities I’ve made over the years using common household items, this cardboard drop box is my all-time favourite! One of the reasons I love this...

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Homemade Light Box http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-light-box/ http://happyhooligans.ca/diy-light-box/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 03:25:30 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=842 Make a homemade light box for play with 2 common household items.  Great for home, in the car, playdates and sleep-overs! I’ve done it!  I’ve come up with an easy, inexpensive homemade Light Box and I’m so excited to share it with you! For months  now, I’ve been drooling over all of the fabulous light tables and light...

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Quick and Easy Coffee Cake Recipe for Last Minute Entertaining http://happyhooligans.ca/quick-easy-coffee-cake/ http://happyhooligans.ca/quick-easy-coffee-cake/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 22:25:38 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=828 Quick and easy Coffee Cake!  Your friends will beg you for this recipe. It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch and coffee group.  It’s my go-to recipe if someone’s stopping for a morning visit, and if my boys go to someone’s house for a weekend, I send one along with them.  People go nuts for this quick and...

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls – Easy, to-die-for recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/bread-machine-cinnamon-rolls/ http://happyhooligans.ca/bread-machine-cinnamon-rolls/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:27:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=812 These Homemade Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing are simply to die for!  Using the dough setting on your bread machine makes this recipe a keeper! Using your bread machine to make the dough for your cinnamon rolls is so much easier than making it by hand. You’ll need to set aside a couple of...

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Cake Pops! http://happyhooligans.ca/cake-pops/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cake-pops/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 04:47:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=804 Cake pops: Cute dessert, party snack, classroom treat, birthday cake alternative, or all of the above? If you answered “all of the above”,  you’re correct! What are cake pops? I’m sure you’ve seen them before.  There are a milion posts out there featuring these little cuties, and I’m pretty sure they’re all similar, if not...

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/giant-chocolate-chip-pizza-cookie/ http://happyhooligans.ca/giant-chocolate-chip-pizza-cookie/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2011 02:44:58 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=792 A Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza - an easy and delicious alternative to birthday cake.

Part of the fun of being the birthday kid is choosing the kind of cake you're having at your birthday party right? And what will it be? An ice cream cake? Cupcakes? A cake from a mix or from the bakery? Well, how about a cookie? A giant chocolate chip cookie?

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Oreo Mummy Pops http://happyhooligans.ca/oreo-mummy-pops/ http://happyhooligans.ca/oreo-mummy-pops/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 12:30:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=784 If you’re looking for an adorable homemade Halloween treat, make a batch of Oreo Mummy Pops!  They’re perfect Halloween treats for the classroom or a Halloween party, or you can hand them out to your favourite trick-or-treaters on Halloween night! Oreo mummy pops are really and truly very easy to make, so don’t think, for...

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More Outdoor Play Ideas http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-ideas/ http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-play-ideas/#comments Mon, 29 Aug 2011 02:56:20 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=756 A collection of outdoor play ideas for kids: It’s so important for kids to spend lots of time outdoors in the fresh air, moving their bodies, strengthening their muscles, developing gross motor skills and connecting with nature. Here’s a short list of some of our favourite outdoor play ideas to get those bodies moving!  Make...

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Mud Play Ideas for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/mobile-mud-patch/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mobile-mud-patch/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2011 15:12:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=728 Use a wheebarrow to create a mobile mud patch in your backyard play space!  It’s a portable mud kitchen to provide your kids with hours of good ol’mud play! Today, I bring to you our mobile mud patch!  Now, we’ve made a lot of mud pies in our day, and it’s always great fun. Making...

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Salon Pretend Play http://happyhooligans.ca/salon-pretend-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/salon-pretend-play/#comments Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:47:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=730 Create a spa or salon for pretend play, using items from around the house. affiliate links have been added to this post for your convenience Here’s an activity that’s inexpensive and easy to pull together, and kids LOVE it.  We call it “the spa“. Find your case or container: Grab a cute basket or container....

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Baby robins http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-robins/ http://happyhooligans.ca/baby-robins/#comments Thu, 25 Aug 2011 12:59:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=683 Daily documentation of the Mama and baby robins who took up residence on our back deck. Last summer, we returned home after 10 days of camping to discover that in our absence, someone had set up residence in the rafters of our covered deck, so I set up a ladder close by, and spent the next...

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Busy Baskets – Simple, Quiet Play Ideas for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/busy-baskets/ http://happyhooligans.ca/busy-baskets/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:34:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=606 Busy baskets: using common, every day items to create fun, educational and fine motor activities. There are still two weeks left of summer break here, but I’m starting to get things ready for the Hooligans’ return.  I made our story stones the other day, a really fun and easy project, and I know they’ll be popular....

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LONG LIVE HAPPY HOOLIGANS!! http://happyhooligans.ca/long-live-happy-hooligans/ http://happyhooligans.ca/long-live-happy-hooligans/#comments Sat, 20 Aug 2011 17:05:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=568 Wow!! A big heart-felt thanks to all of you for taking the time to respond with such sound and genuine advice. The common messages echoing throughout YOUR comments are: “be true to yourself”, and “have faith in who you are and what you do”. Thank you! Sometimes, even when you do believe in yourself, it’s...

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Should You Change the Name of Your Blog? http://happyhooligans.ca/should-i-change-our-name/ http://happyhooligans.ca/should-i-change-our-name/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:36:26 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=551 Something’s bugging me.  It’s been bugging me for days – not keeping me up at night or anything – but enough for me to know that I have to stop ignoring it. It’s the name of my blog.  Normally I am not a wishy-washy, on-the-fence kind of person, but I have to say that for...

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wish list http://happyhooligans.ca/wish-list/ http://happyhooligans.ca/wish-list/#comments Wed, 17 Aug 2011 16:00:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=332 I’m always on the look-out for interesting and inexpensive things to add to the daycare. There’s everyday stuff such as craft materials and art supplies, and then there’s The Good Stuff – the harder to find, unique items that hide out in attics, storage rooms and grandma’s cupboards.  When I run across The Good Stuff, I feel...

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rainy day activities http://happyhooligans.ca/rainy-day-activities/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rainy-day-activities/#comments Tue, 16 Aug 2011 13:16:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=477 A collection of rainy day homemade activities to do with your children: Here are a few rainy day activities for those days when the weather has you cooped up indoors: FLAT PEOPLE Draw people and animals on cardstock.  Snip small slits into the bottom and slide onto a piece of a toilet roll tube to...

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recycled crafts http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-crafts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/recycled-crafts/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 20:44:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=462 A few ideas to keep little crafters busy… I SPY BOTTLES Set out an assortment of small, colourful objects and have children pick a colour theme i.e. red/pink, green/purple etc.  Have them select objects to match their chosen colours, and drop them in an energy drink bottle.  The Hooligans love dropping things into things, so this...

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Homemade Laundry Detergent http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-laundry-detergent/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-laundry-detergent/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 05:19:01 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=417 Homemade Laundry Detergent for top and front loading machines. Want to slash your laundry costs big-time?  Make your own homemade laundry detergent!  If you’re envisioning yourself in a scene from “Little House on the Prairie”, relax!   It’s really quick and easy to make.   I’ve been using this homemade laundry detergent recipe for several years now, and...

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8 Simple Outdoor Activities for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-activites/ http://happyhooligans.ca/outdoor-activites/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 04:28:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=335 8 simple outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers to play in your own backyard! If you’re looking for simple outdoor activities for young children, you are going to love it here!  I have so many ideas for simple outdoor play on my site! Much of our time is spent outdoors and quite often we make...

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10 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make for the Tree this Year http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-crafts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/christmas-crafts/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:01:18 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=249 Christmas Crafts for Kids: 10 easy homemade Christmas tree ornaments for kids to make! We tend to get a little carried away with the homemade Christmas crafts at this time of year!  Last year, we set out to make a different tree ornament every day in the month leading up to Christmas. By the time the...

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Backyard Play Ideas http://happyhooligans.ca/in-our-big-back-yard/ http://happyhooligans.ca/in-our-big-back-yard/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 16:41:56 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=250 When the weather is nice, the Hooligans and I spend most of our time outdoors, in our backyard play space.  Quite often we’ll be out from the time they are dropped off in the morning until afternoon nap-time. We have our snacks on the deck, and our lunch on a big blanket under the trees....

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How to Make a Homemade Water Wall for Kids http://happyhooligans.ca/water-wall/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-wall/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 05:26:06 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=232 A homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play space!  With a few scraps and some recyclables, you can provide hours of learning, entertainment and water play for your toddler or preschooler! A couple of years ago, I was so inspired by all of the water walls featured at  Let the Children Play that...

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Sewing Crafts for Moms to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/crafts-for-moms/ http://happyhooligans.ca/crafts-for-moms/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 21:39:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=197 A collection of easy sewing projects for thrifty moms. Here’s a small collection of thrifty sewing crafts for moms who like to get crafty by recycling and upcycling their scrappy odds and ends: bibs, rag dolls, toilet roll play set, homemade cards. Easy, homemade bibs: Bib Shortage + Pile of Old Shirts = Upcycled Bib...

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Small Worlds and Fairy Gardens http://happyhooligans.ca/small-worlds-and-fairy-gardens/ http://happyhooligans.ca/small-worlds-and-fairy-gardens/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 20:33:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=178 Small worlds and Fairy Gardens are charming and enchanting play scenes that foster imaginative play.  They’re simple to set up, and if you’re like me, you’ll have as much fun creating them as your child will have playing with them.   A small world is easy to make using items that you already have around your home....

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sensory bins http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-bins/ http://happyhooligans.ca/sensory-bins/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 17:29:14 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=157 How to make a sensory bin for stimulating sensory, imaginative and fine motor play… Sensory bins are easy to make, and can usually be put together with very little cost, using items that you have around the house. How to make a sensory bin: Start with a container: a storage bin, cardboard box, foil pan...

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Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – Playhouse Makeover: from Boring to WOW! http://happyhooligans.ca/playhouse-makeover-2/ http://happyhooligans.ca/playhouse-makeover-2/#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 05:50:00 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=113 Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – simple ways to transform your playhouse from so-so to the coolest hang out in your back yard! One weekend this spring, after drooling over some gorgeous outdoor play-spaces over at Let the Children Play, and Teacher Tom, I decided to perform an extreme playhouse makeover!  I gathered some basic Kids’ playhouse...

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Meet the Hooligans! http://happyhooligans.ca/happy-hooligans/ http://happyhooligans.ca/happy-hooligans/#comments Sat, 06 Aug 2011 03:45:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1 Welcome to Happy Hooligans, where we’re all about easy and affordable crafts and activities for kids! I’m Jackie, and the Hooligans are the awesomely silly, creative, fun-loving bunch of little people in my home day-care.  We like to keep things simple here.  I’m a big fan of play-based learning! Free, unstructured play fosters creativity, imagination...

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