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God’s Word Stands Forever

Posted by on Mar 1, 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 children before they leave for college. This month we’ll celebrate the first day of spring. Flowers are beginning to pop up, breezes are a tad warmer, and it’s lighter outside a little longer. So today we’ll celebrate by creating a project that reminds us of one important truth: No matter how sweet the smell of the newly blooming flower, they all fade in comparison to the beauty of God’s Word. What you’ll need: White cardstock or construction paper...

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God-Loves-Me Garland

Posted by on Feb 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. February is the month of love and because there’s no greater love than God’s we’re going to celebrate it! What you’ll need: Card stock or construction paper. Valentine colors might include red, pink, or white, but any color is fine. You’ll want enough for seven heart-shaped cutouts. Black sharpie. Child-friendly scissors. Hole-puncher. Twine (approximately 6’). Pen and paper. Skill level: Little Helping Hands, ages 2-5: Smaller hands will enjoy cutting out heart shapes and answering questions....

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Why Fresh Starts Matter at Any Age

Posted by on Jan 18, 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. January offers fresh starts to those wanting a healthier lifestyle or new priorities for their new year. Jesus represents fresh starts to all who believe and ask him, by faith, to be forgiven. This month’s craft will offer a fun way to remind our children and grandchildren of both the beauty and importance of embracing God’s forgiveness. What you’ll need: Card stock or construction paper (card stock colors are usually brighter): 1 sheet each of light...

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Creating Memories with a Christmas Box

Posted by on Dec 2, 2016 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 we celebrate Christmas—a celebration filled with an everlasting hope through the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Today’s craft offers practical ways to share this hope with others while also providing fun opportunities for children and parents to enjoy their time together during this busy season. What you’ll need: A container (I used a container from the powdered chocolate milk mix and removed the labels – and have fun decorating it if...

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A Thanksgiving Centerpiece with a Grateful Twist

Posted by on Nov 3, 2016 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 we celebrate one of our country’s most beloved holidays, Thanksgiving. It’s a time when we come together with friends and family to show our gratitude for our many blessings. Today’s craft will give children an opportunity to gather the materials and prepare family and friends for a special time around the Thanksgiving table. What you’ll need: Warm clothes A basket or bag for each child A decorative basket for the table Paper and pen...

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Blessing Others Through the Gift of Work

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 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. Every first Monday in September we honor those who work hard to make our country great, but that’s something we can do all year long. Working hard honors God. Today let’s consider some ways we can help and bless those around us through working. A few involve crafting a card or a note but the other ideas involve a little hard work, which will soon be followed by a warm heart, because that’s what often happens...

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