Happy Hooligans http://happyhooligans.ca Art for Kids, Kids Crafts, Kids Activities and Play Ideas Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:53:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 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

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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

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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/#comments 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!

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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 For your convenience, this post contains affiliate links

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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 a paper plate craft as much as I do? Aren’t they just the best? I always keep a

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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!

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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

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25 Water Play Ideas for 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 Kids love playing with water, don’t they? A water bin or even a small basin of water will keep the

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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

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40+ Ways to Stop Kids from Being Afraid of Bedtime Monsters 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 fear of monsters at

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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

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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

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25 Easy Art Techniques for Preschoolers 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 kids’ art, is finding

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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!

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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!

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 03:51:44 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15552 Toddlers who like to create and play with water are going to LOVE this easy art activity! We’re making window

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Zen Garden Sensory Play http://happyhooligans.ca/zen-garden-sensory-play/ http://happyhooligans.ca/zen-garden-sensory-play/#comments 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

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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, playing with water and ice is a great way for kids to keep cool.

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Backyard Tightrope http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-tightrope/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-tightrope/#comments 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!

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Ice Pop Painting http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-pop-painting/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ice-pop-painting/#comments 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

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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

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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

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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

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Water-Bottle Whirligigs http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-whirligigs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/water-bottle-whirligigs/#comments 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 outdoor ornaments, you’re going to love our

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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 I’ve been sharing a lot of simple science experiments for kids on my facebook page lately, and the response from

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(Easiest-Ever) Homemade Bubble Blower http://happyhooligans.ca/easiest-ever-homemade-bubble-blower/ http://happyhooligans.ca/easiest-ever-homemade-bubble-blower/#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:12:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=15324 Bubbles, bubbles, who loves bubbles? And who loves it when you can’t find the bubble wands? Or when the kids

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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 I have lots of cool Frozen activities for your Elsa and Anna fans! Today’s is an ooey-gooey, beautifully scented batch

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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

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Cloud Dough (No Baby Oil Recipe) 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, Cloud Dough is amazing for sensory play.

Recently, we figured out how

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Simple Homemade Bubble Pipe http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-homemade-bubble-pipe/ http://happyhooligans.ca/simple-homemade-bubble-pipe/#comments 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

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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

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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 Need a homemade gift idea for a music-lover or coffee lover? Our easy Coffee Can CD Wind Chime is perfect!

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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

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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

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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. It’s a fast, easy and fascinating science experiment for toddlers

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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

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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

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Pringles Can Windsock Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/pringles-can-windsock-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pringles-can-windsock-craft/#comments 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

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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

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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!

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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 child’s play space for fun and learning.

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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,

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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

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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.

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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!

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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 playing with coloured water? This backyard water activity is a super way for

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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!

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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 an awesome Sharpie marker

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DIY 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 DIY Wind Chimes, made from a plastic bottle and some beads and buttons, will add a burst of colour

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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!

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Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-microwave-experiment/ http://happyhooligans.ca/ivory-soap-microwave-experiment/#comments Wed, 30 Apr 2014 06:49:24 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14477 Ivory Soap Microwave Experiment: “Wow” kids and grown-ups alike with a quick and easy science experiment that you can do

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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.

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5 Handmade Mother’s Day Gifts for Kids to Make http://happyhooligans.ca/5-handmade-mothers-day-gifts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/5-handmade-mothers-day-gifts/#comments Sat, 26 Apr 2014 05:37:37 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=14434 5 Easy and beautiful handmade gifts to give for Mother’s Day!

What mom doesn’t love to receive

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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

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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/#comments 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!

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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 15 Easy homemade paint recipes to make at home for toddlers and preschoolers!

Making your

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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

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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!

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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

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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!

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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 ladybug craft!

‘Tis the season

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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 Easter playdough activities for toddlers and preschoolers, and homemade playdough in the softest shades of spring!

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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!

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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,

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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 an easy Easter craft for kids, you’ll love this Coffee Filter Easter Wreath! It’s easy to

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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/#comments 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

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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 Who loves an easy Easter craft? I do, I do! Actually, I love any kind of holiday craft! Holiday crafts

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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 Making making mosaic art with painted styrofoam trays!

I want to share another mosaic project for preschoolers with you. Did

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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 Tue, 11 Mar 2014 01:46:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13526 Here’s a really easy flower craft for kids to make for spring! These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a

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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/#comments 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

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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

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Toddler Art: Paper Towels and (homemade) 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 In case you missed the big news, we recently turned our dried out markers into these amazing homemade liquid watercolours.

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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

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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 You might be thinking “WHAT? A toddler and a glue gun??” You bet! Have a look at this glue gun

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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 absolutely love ours for

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Creative Homemade Play Dough Activity with Mr. Potato Head 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

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Backyard Ice Sculptures http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-ice-sculptures/ http://happyhooligans.ca/backyard-ice-sculptures/#comments 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

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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

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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.

This is a cute food idea for

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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/#comments Fri, 14 Feb 2014 05:05:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13066 Here’s a super Valentines play dough activity! Your kids will have a blast playing in this pretend “Candy Shop”.

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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/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 19:54:09 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13054  

Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love!

Just a quick little post here because I

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Olympic Craft for Toddlers – Tissue Paper Torch 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 Olympic Craft for Toddlers

Are you following the Olympics closely at your house?

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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!

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Puffy Paint Valentines http://happyhooligans.ca/puffy-paint-valentines/ http://happyhooligans.ca/puffy-paint-valentines/#comments Sun, 09 Feb 2014 21:12:45 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=13004 Puffy Paint Valentines Cards – a valentines craft for kids and a recipe for homemade puffy paint.

Homemade puffy

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Tissue Paper Stained Glass Window 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 I’ve always wanted to make a Tissue Paper Stained Glass Window with contact paper and tissue paper. Today with just

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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

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Wax Resist Valentine’s 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  

Wax resist painting will fascinate kids of all ages! Pop over to CBC Parents to learn how it’s

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Tin-Foil Tissue Hearts Valentines Decorations 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: an easy Valentine’s craft for kids!

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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

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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. Cut your laundry costs to less than

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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 Olympic Ring Art stamped with cardboard tubes!

In the Spirit of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, we used cardboard

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Tissue Paper Valentine Wreath 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 Valentine Wreath: a fine-motor Valentine’s craft for kids!

Our tissue paper Valentine Wreath is the perfect Valentine’s

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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 Winter activity for kids: colour the snow with watercolours and medicine droppers.

We set out to colour the snow

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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 A salt and ice activity – winter science for kids!

Here’s a simple salt and ice activity to do with

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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

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Coloured Coffee Filter Snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-coffee-filter-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/coloured-coffee-filter-snowflakes/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:00:31 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12602 We’re in the midst of an extreme cold spell here, so we’re hunkering down indoors and crafting up some cheerful,

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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

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Crayon Resist Art – Homemade Cards 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 cool greeting cards using a crayon resist art process. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are

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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

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Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-guacamole/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-guacamole/#comments Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:57:16 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12555 Best ever homemade guacamole recipe! You’ll be the hit of the party when you show up with this homemade guacamole!

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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…

 

I actually had this Cardboard Gingerbread House activity

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Homemade Wrapping Paper http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wrapping-paper/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-wrapping-paper/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 03:17:25 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=12518 Homemade wrapping paper: colourful gift wrap for kids to make…

Looking to make some unique homemade wrapping paper with

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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  

White Clay Dough Ornaments made with baking soda, cornstarch and water…

We’ve made white clay dough ornaments before

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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  

No Sew Sock Puppets: simple homemade Christmas hand puppets in under 10 minutes!

One morning last week, I

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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…

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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!

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Snowman Art – exploring texture with kids http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snowman-art/#comments 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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

 

So, by now you’ve

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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 – a cute and easy Christmas craft for kids…

This is the second time in a

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Rascally Reindeer decorations – our 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 Hide these Rascally Reindeer around the house for kids to look for in the mornings leading up to Christmas!

Meet

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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 Do you want to build a snowman? Then this activity tray is perfect! Toddlers and preschoolers can build their own

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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!

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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 paint technique too!

These Button Christmas Tree

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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 An easy milk jug bird feeder to make with kids:

We didn’t set out to make this milk jug

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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  

Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments (and tips for crafting on a budget).

If you popped in earlier this week, you’ll

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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 Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornaments – easy Christmas crafts for kids…

We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds http://happyhooligans.ca/roasted-pumpkin-seeds/ http://happyhooligans.ca/roasted-pumpkin-seeds/#comments Fri, 01 Nov 2013 23:27:17 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11802 Best, easy recipe for perfectly roasted pumpkin seeds…

Aside from the chocolate, one of my favourite things about Halloween 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

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-art-toddlers/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-art-toddlers/#comments 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…

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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

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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

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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…

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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.

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Painted Ghost Craft http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-ghost-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painted-ghost-craft/#comments 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

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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

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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 creative

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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..

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Paper Bag Alien Hat http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-alien-hat/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-alien-hat/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 10:30:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=9208 Make a paper bag monster or alien hat with some paint and a few craft supplies. Head on over to

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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

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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.

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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!

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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

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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!

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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.

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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…

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Paper Towel Art with Markers and Water (and a lesson in water absorption) http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-art/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-towel-art/#comments Thu, 03 Oct 2013 11:00:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=11358 Paper Towel Art – an easy art project and a lesson in water absorption!

Originally, I’d planned to do

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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…

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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.

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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 Amazing Shaving Cream Art on a mirror – painting clouds beneath a blue sky. Such a beautiful way for kids

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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“?

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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!

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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.

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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

Sensory play on a mirror takes your activities to a whole new level…

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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

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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!

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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

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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:

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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 A simple but fun activity and a water displacement experiment for kids!

When it comes to science experiments for preschoolers,

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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/#comments 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

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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 10 balancing activities for your backyard play space.

Here are a few of our favourite backyard play activities. Most

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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

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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

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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 had another wonderfully messy experience the

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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

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Fairy Soup 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!

You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare

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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

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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, a handful of

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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.

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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!

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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 will provide hours of open-ended play for toddlers

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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

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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

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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

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pool noodle abacus 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 outdoor play space.

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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

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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

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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:

We love playing with

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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!

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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/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 17:50:35 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=7888 Portable craft kit for crafty kids and teenage babysitters…

Crafting with little ones can be somewhat daunting if you

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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 This simple Homemade Sidewalk Paint will provide kids with hours of outdoor fun this summer. 3 basic kitchen ingredients is

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Which months have 31 days 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!

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summer twig 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 ornaments to add a little glam to your patio or deck…

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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!

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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

I’ve written about our 3 ingredient puffy paint before, but I wanted to share yesterday’s results

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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!:

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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

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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.

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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

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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!

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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 activity for the backyard:

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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:

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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 Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:52:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=8793 Little girls will love to make a paper bag tiara craft made from a grocery bag and a handful of

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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.

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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:

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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

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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

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paper plate rocking birds http://happyhooligans.ca/rocking-paper-plate-birds-cbc/ http://happyhooligans.ca/rocking-paper-plate-birds-cbc/#comments 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

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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,

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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!

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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

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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!

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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,

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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

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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.

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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

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DIY Napkin Rings: an Easter Craft for Kids 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 Napkin rings are going to look great on your Easter table! All you need to make these pretty

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Animal Hospital 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 Stuffed Animals and a medical kit keep the kiddies entertained and learning…

We hooligans are all about learning and having

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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

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Easter Crafts for Kids: Toilet Roll Easter Bunnies 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

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Stained Glass Easter Eggs – an easter sun catcher for kids to make 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

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Easter Craft for Kids: Toilet Roll “Peeps” 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 Nests: an easy, upcycled Easter craft for kids!

Hooray for Easter crafts! We hooligans LOVE

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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 Easy Easter craft for Kids: - how to make a bird nest out of a paper grocery bag!

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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

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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 We’ve made a LOT of different Easter crafts over the years because I kind of have a thing about

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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

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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

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Potato Heads in the Snow 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 Looking for new snowman ideas? How about a family of Mr. Potato Head snowmen…

The sun was really strong

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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

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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

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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!

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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,

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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

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How to Paint a Mason Jar – An Easy Mason Jar Craft 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 A frosted glass jar is easy to paint, and looks so pretty holding a handful of colourful pencils or a

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Indoor Hopscotch – an easy homemade indoor activity 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

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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:

The hooligans just love building with random

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coloured ice sculptures 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 building with coloured ice cubes in the snow

I’m really excited to share today’s activity with you! We were building

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melted crayon art 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 melting crayons for valentine’s art

If you’ve never seen our technique for creating art with melted crayons, I’d

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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

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Valentine’s 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 A Valentine’s craft using odds and ends:

These Valentine’s collage pops are cute when used as decorations, or can be

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snow painting http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-painting-cbc-kids/ http://happyhooligans.ca/snow-painting-cbc-kids/#comments Sun, 10 Feb 2013 12:57:39 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=6994 create art in the snow!

If winter has truly arrived where you are, you’ll definitely want to add SNOW PAINTING

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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!

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feeding the birds 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 simple corn and chestnut feeders for birds and squirrels

You may have seen my post last week about

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Valentine’s Votives 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 Valentine’s Votives: candle-holders made from jars and tissue paper

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play dough chocolate shop 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 for Valentine’s day. It smells delicious!

Of all the things we

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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 Marbleizing with shaving cream and food colouring!

Oh yeah, we did it again! 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

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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

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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

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Toddler Art Project – Smoosh Painting over Old Paintings 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 If you were impressed with yesterday’s recycled toddler art project, hold on to your hat because what we

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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

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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

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simple tissue paper snowflakes 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 simple snowflakes with a cereal box and tissue paper:

I might just be in love with today’s totally impromptu

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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 master piece by melting grated crayons on aluminum foil!

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homemade water colours 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

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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

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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: a fine motor activity for kids…

Happy New Year! The hooligans have

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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

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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

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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 Need a delicious dessert to feed a crowd? This Black Forest Trifle is my go-to dessert for BBQs, potlucks and

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Glass Ball Ornament Craft 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

Glass Ball Ornament Craft for kids…

This glass ball ornament craft was inspired by THESE easy glass

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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 for Christmas…

A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to

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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 kids…

We are well and truly

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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

Paper Cone Tree Ornaments – an easy Christmas craft for kids.

These Paper Cone Tree

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milk jug sun-catchers 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-catchers: an easy Christmas craft for kids using a plastic container and permanent markers…

Looking for an easy,

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icicle ornaments: beads and pipe cleaners 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,

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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

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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

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styrofoam ornaments http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-ornaments/ http://happyhooligans.ca/styrofoam-ornaments/#comments Sun, 09 Dec 2012 05:00:36 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=5631 I am so thrilled to be a contributor in this year’s Creative Christmas Countdown!! 24 festive holiday crafts

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Outdoor Christmas Light Ideas – Lighted Christmas balls 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? These homemade lighted Christmas balls are stunning…

So, my hubby’s balls are the

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beaded wreath ornament 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

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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 This felt handprint mitten ornament will always remind you of how little your child’s hands once were.

There are plenty

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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  

I have a couple of dollar store nativity sets that the Hooligans have been playing with

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Paing 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

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How to Keep a Diaper on your Toddler at Nap Time (or 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 Fail-proof solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and over-night.

If you’re a parent who has little one

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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

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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 craft for kids, and a fine-motor activity…

I know today’s

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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

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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 craft for toddlers and peschoolers…

Wrapping a length of yarn around an object

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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 We got our first dusting of snow this past weekend, so these simple snowflake ornaments seemed like the perfect craft

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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 Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’ve had a great week at your house! You may have heard that we’ve begun

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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

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Simple button wreaths 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 We’ve made button wreaths here before, and we’ve done them a couple of different ways. Last year we made these

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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

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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 Making these scented sandpaper gingerbread ornaments was a wonderful sensory experience, a fine motor activity, and a creative craft session

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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 Make our simple cardboard roll bracelet using a cardboard tube and a few craft jewels…

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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

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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

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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

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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/#comments 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.

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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 handprint craft for kids to make for Fall! Texture, tracing,

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easy way to peel a pomegranate 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 If you’ve ever deprived yourself of the pleasure of eating a pomegranate simply because you didn’t know how

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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

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Leaf Maze 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…

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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!

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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/#comments 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

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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

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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 hallowed art project for toddlers and preschoolers:

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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

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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

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Ghost Mud Ice Cream Shop 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

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corn run with hoses and funnels 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

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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.

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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!

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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/#comments 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

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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.

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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

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sensory fun 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 Fall exploration and discovery: sensory fun with corn cobs and sunflowers:

We’ve been having some sensory fun with

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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!!

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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

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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

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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!

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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/#comments 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

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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

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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

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constructing with styrofoam 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

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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

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Join us on facebook! http://happyhooligans.ca/join-us-on-facebook/ http://happyhooligans.ca/join-us-on-facebook/#comments Thu, 20 Sep 2012 02:35:53 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=4099

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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

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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

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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

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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/#comments 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

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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 This Ice Age Bin is an awesome water form of water play, as well as a simple science

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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 Keep the kids cool and entertained for hours in the back yard with this simple water bin with tubes and

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Polly Pool Party Water Bin http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pool-party/ http://happyhooligans.ca/polly-pool-party/#comments 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

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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.

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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

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Homemade Water-Slide 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 with nothing more than a camping tarp a

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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 awesome water play activity always keeps my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for the better part of a

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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

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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

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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 I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something

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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

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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

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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

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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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 you make in your microwave!

If you know me, you know we LOVE

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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!

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Easter Craft for Kids: Marbleized Egg Garland 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. I actually have quite

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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 If you go through a lot of glue at your house, try making your own homemade glue.

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Easter Egg Craft for Kids – a pretty foil and tissue egg ornament 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 A pretty Easter egg craft for kids with tin foil and tissue paper!

Of all the Easter crafts we’ve made

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Tissue Paper Easter Wreath for Kids 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

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Rainbow Rice Sensory Bin – playing with coloured rice 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 Sensory Bin! They’ll enjoy hours of sensory play, and you

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orange-oatmeal-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 I think these are our very favourite muffins around here. They’re moist and delicious, and this recipe has never failed

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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

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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

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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

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rainbow playdough 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 up

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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

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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 Sun, 18 Mar 2012 03:36:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2837 The other night, I thought it would be fun to prepare some rainbow water for my boys. Not

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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

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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.

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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 Homemade Water Colour Paints: Use a few basic kitchen ingredients to make these amazing homemade watercolour paints for your kids!

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Painting Rainbows – a cool painting technique http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-rainbows/ http://happyhooligans.ca/painting-rainbows/#comments Fri, 02 Mar 2012 05:47:57 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2725

Painting rainbows doesn’t get any easier than this. You could paint your rainbows on paper plates or coffee filters,

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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!

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Rainbow Collage – a colourful craft for toddlers 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

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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

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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

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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

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Hand Hearts http://happyhooligans.ca/hand-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/hand-hearts/#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2012 19:44:41 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2563 Hand hearts – a cute and easy Valentine’s craft:

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framed button hearts 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 Framed Button Hearts: A Valentine’s craft for kids!

We made a cute little craft today. Ours aren’t quite as gorgeous

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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 Making marbled hearts with shaving cream and food colouring:

I first started seeing posts about marbleizing

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paper bag puffy hearts http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-puffy-hearts/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-bag-puffy-hearts/#comments Thu, 09 Feb 2012 19:22:43 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2518 This is a total copy-cat craft. Melissa from The Chocolate Muffin Tree made these the other day, and I thought

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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!

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Valentines – Scrape Painting with a Credit Card 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 We’re all about Valentine’s crafts these days! Hearts and cherubs and all things red and pink! Something else we love

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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

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coloured ice 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? Freeze a few trays of coloured

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mesh hearts http://happyhooligans.ca/mesh-hearts-valentines-craft/ http://happyhooligans.ca/mesh-hearts-valentines-craft/#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2012 01:01:54 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2438 Mesh hearts:

We made these mesh hearts the other day, and they turned out to be a fun,

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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/#comments 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

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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?

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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

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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 Last night I set out to make our Valentine’s Sensory Bin, after seeing this one that Growing a Jeweled Rose

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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

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Cheerio Bird Feeders – easy bird feeder craft for kids http://happyhooligans.ca/cheerio-bird-feeders/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cheerio-bird-feeders/#comments Fri, 20 Jan 2012 04:52:51 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2273 Easy Bird Feeder Craft for Kids to make with cheerios and pipe cleaners! A fun bird feeder craft and fine

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Collaborative Heart Project Fundraiser http://happyhooligans.ca/collaborative-heart-project-fundraiser/ http://happyhooligans.ca/collaborative-heart-project-fundraiser/#comments 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

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bringing 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

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repurposed denim bibs – from old jeans and tee shirts http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-denim-bibs/ http://happyhooligans.ca/repurposed-denim-bibs/#comments Sun, 15 Jan 2012 05:12:19 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2120

Turn your old jeans into repurposed denim bibs for your toddler!

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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 you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll know that we got SNOW yesterday!!! To celebrate that excitement, I made

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mitten match-up http://happyhooligans.ca/matching-activity/ http://happyhooligans.ca/matching-activity/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 19:26:59 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2029 To celebrate our first truly wintery day of the season, I made this mitten match-up: a fun, little

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cinnamon sugar snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/cinnamon-sugar-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cinnamon-sugar-snowflakes/#comments Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:07:15 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=2023 Ok, super simple snack today. Scott from Brick by Brick shared a recipe for Cinnamon Sugar Snowflakes yesterday that he’d

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stamped snowflakes http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-snowflakes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/stamped-snowflakes/#comments Tue, 10 Jan 2012 19:51:46 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1997 I have some stamped snowflakes to share with you today.

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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

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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

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homemade cards http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cards/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-cards/#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:46:50 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1978 In the evenings leading up to Christmas, I was busy making sets of homemade cards to add to the gifts

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festive winter bark (a.k.a. coral reef) 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

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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 These are one of my favourite cookies to make for the holidays. When I make them at other times of

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golf ball painting – candy canes 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 We made laced candy cane ornaments this morning and the process that we used to paint them is always a

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Make a Child’s Apron from your old Jeans – a step by step tutorial 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 Re-purposing denim: Use the leg of an old pair of jeans to make a durable craft apron for your child!

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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: cute cardboard roll Christmas craft idea…

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tissue paper candy canes 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 If you’re looking to squeeze a quick and simple, last-minute craft in before the big day arrives, these tissue paper

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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

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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 I was inspired to make these simple popsicle stick snowflakes when I saw Aleacia’s, over at Dilly-Dali

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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!

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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 – foil, tissue paper and craft jewels…

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easy glass ornaments 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 Here’s another simple one for you! Easy glass ornaments! So easy in fact that we actually crafted twice today! I

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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!

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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 kids…

We’re churning out the homemade Christmas ornaments here,

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How to Wrap a Gift Card or Concert Tickets http://happyhooligans.ca/cool-gift-wrapping-idea/ http://happyhooligans.ca/cool-gift-wrapping-idea/#comments Tue, 06 Dec 2011 03:52:49 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1772 Looking for a great way to wrap a gift card or concert tickets, cash or any other small

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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 an avid reader…

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Rag Star Christmas Ornaments 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…

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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!

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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/#comments Sat, 03 Dec 2011 18:48:10 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1739 Green Christmas gift ideas that won’t break the bank: Want to give a green Christmas gift this year? Here’s a

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Paper Cone Christmas Tree Ornament 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 Christmas Trees - perfect as Christmas ornaments or as table toppers…

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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: a cute homemade Christmas ornament for kids to make…

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button wreath 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 button wreath Christmas Tree ornaments:

This button wreath is really easy to make. This is

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Nativity sensory bin 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…

I love coming up with new ideas for

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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 So soft, chewy and gingery, these sugar-dusted cookies are the perfect home-baked treat as we head in to

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paper candy canes http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-candy-canes/ http://happyhooligans.ca/paper-candy-canes/#comments Tue, 29 Nov 2011 04:47:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1653 These paper candy canes are easy to make, so they’re great if you’re looking for a simple, last

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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 Putting our Christmas tree up this weekend totally put me in the Christmas Spirit, so on Sunday, I

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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

Toilet roll snowman craft: an adorable ornament or winter craft for kids…

I’m so excited to show

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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

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Playing with Corn 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 is one of our favourite fall activities here in my daycare. The corn cobs from

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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

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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

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homemade croutons http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-croutons/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-croutons/#comments Sat, 05 Nov 2011 03:39:11 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1506

Around here, Caesar Salad makes a fairly regular appearance at the dinner table. I generally make it

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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

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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

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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

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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 make an adorable cotton ball ghost craft for Halloween!

This halloween craft is really easy for toddlers

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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 halloween craft for toddlers! Cute little paint print ghosts with

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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

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homemade trail-mix http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-trail-mix/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-trail-mix/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2011 02:50:04 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1398 We’ve made homemade trail-mix so many times over the years, for snacks in the daycare, to take camping,

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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 great halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers

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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 hallowe’en craft for kids. I love easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted

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How to Make Homemade Butter http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-butter/ http://happyhooligans.ca/homemade-butter/#comments Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:01:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=1358 Grab a jar and some whipping cream. We’re making homemade butter with the kids today, and it’s SO easy and

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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

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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

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Turkey Footprint Craft 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 Turkey footprint craft: a Thanksgiving craft for kids… Turkey footprint craft: a Thanksgiving craft for kids…

This week-end is Thanksgiving

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Adorable Owl Craft 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

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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

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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

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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!

There are lots of ideas

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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

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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

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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 Hallowe’en craft and a weaving activity all rolled into one.

The Hooligans and I

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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homemade baby gifts 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 Repurposed denim bibs and large, reversible receiving blankets – my favourite homemade baby gifts…

 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 experience!

Check it out!! We painted with coloured ice today! I

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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

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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

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Squash and Potato Soup 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 Here’s another Hooligan favourite. This is even popular with my own boys (who can be annoyingly picky at times). Part

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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,

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Sidewalk Chalk Activities 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

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Best Ever 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 Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:52:40 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=923 Ohhhh, this one is to-die-for. Don’t be thinking banana bread, or banana loaf; this is a full on banana cake.

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Pumpkin Chip Cookies http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-chip-cookies/ http://happyhooligans.ca/pumpkin-chip-cookies/#comments Sun, 04 Sep 2011 18:04:29 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=910 I don’t think I’ve ever met a homemade cookie that I didn’t like. I’ll admit though, the first time I

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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/#comments 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

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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 Cardboard Drop Box – a colour matching, shape, sorting, number and letter=learning homemade fine motor activity for toddlers!

Of all

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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

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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 the recipe.

It’s perfect for breakfast, brunch and coffee

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Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Bread Machine 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

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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?

cake pops

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Giant Chocolate Chip Pizza Cookie 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 – the big kid alternative to birthday cake….

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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

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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:

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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 yard! It’s a portable mud kitchen to provide your

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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

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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

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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

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Story Stones http://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/ http://happyhooligans.ca/story-stones/#comments Sun, 21 Aug 2011 19:53:42 +0000 http://happyhooligans.ca/?p=574 How to make homemade story stones for story-telling & imaginative play:

When I first learned about story stones,

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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10 Christmas Crafts for Kids – cute and easy homemade ornaments 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

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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. Quite often we’ll be out

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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 Add a homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play area! With a few scraps

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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

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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,

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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,

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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

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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

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