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Inspire Your Heart with Art Day

Posted by on Jan 29, 2018 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. January 31st is Inspire Your Heart with Art Day! In celebration, we’ll encourage our young artists to create a piece of artwork with a celebratory feel to it. What you’ll need: A variety of cupcake/muffin liners (tin, colors, decorations, sizes, etc.) Craft glue Child-safe scissors Black construction paper (will act as the sky) Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy shopping for a few different cartons of liners. If old enough, they...

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Share the Warmth of Jesus

Posted by on Dec 6, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. With gift giving in full swing this month, let’s take the opportunity to share the most important gift of all—Jesus! What you’ll need: Hot Cocoa mix Miniature marshmallows Mini chocolate chips Small glass jars (I used Ball half-pint jars) Twine or Christmas ribbon “Jesus Warms the Heart & Soul” tags (downloadable) Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy scooping the hot cocoa mix into the jars, along with the chocolate chips and...

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Displaying Thankfulness with a Pumpkin

Posted by on Nov 17, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. This month, our focus shifts to people and things we’re thankful for as we celebrate Thanksgiving on November 23rd.  Today, we’ll create a simple but meaningful centerpiece for our holiday table that’s sure to be a hit with friends and family who are gathered around our table. What you’ll need: One or more pumpkins (try to find ones with a smooth skin) Two Sharpies, medium point Bible Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands...

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Taste and See for Yourself that God is Good!

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. October is the month filled with hayrides, freshly fried apple pies, pumpkin carvings, and of course, candy corn. The mention of two desserts is no coincidence because October 14th was National Dessert Day! Even the Bible has something to say about the joy of tasting.  Today’s {yummy} autumn activity offers a choice—you can either buy or bake, depending on your time constraints. Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy either picking out...

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Celebrating the Rock!

Posted by on Sep 13, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 0 comments

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. Did you know that September 16th is Collect Rocks Day? (We’re posting this a couple of days early to give you time to gather supplies.) Whether you’re an avid rock collector or you simply like the feel of a smooth round rock in your hand, this is a fun day to celebrate a long-standing hobby in our country. And today, we’ll learn something special about a particular Rock found in the Bible. What you’ll need: A...

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Be a “Good Book” Worm!

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, Smarts-n-Crafts | 1 comment

Welcome to Smarts-n-crafts, where you’ll find smart activities to do with your children—no matter what age—and fun craft projects for rainy days or just for giggles. You’ll be provided with step-by-step instructions, a variety of use ideas, approximate time of activity, and an age-tested skill level. Let’s get started! We’ve got just 18 summers to create lots of memories with our loved ones. With children returning to school this month we’re reminded of the importance of having a good education, and much of this happens through books. Today, we’re going to learn about a very special Book. In fact, it’s the only Book that is actually alive! That’s right! So grab your supplies and let’s all become “Good Book” Worms. What you’ll need: Construction or card stock paper (preferred due to its weight) – two different colors or patterns...

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