Back to School with Tea Collection

Back to School looks from Tea Collection. From the classroom to the playground these looks are ready to wear anywhere!

I can’t believe we are lacing up our shoes and getting ready to go back to school next week. Seriously, I need a few more days, weeks, months to soak up these tiny people before they sprout on me all over again. Over the summer, they have surely grown half a foot. We had to buy all new everything — even socks and underwear!

When choosing clothes for my kids, I have always been of the mindset to

let them wear what they like.
Dress in a way that makes them feel confident.
BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. BE YOU.

The best part about getting dressed is expressing yourself, letting a bit of your personality shine through in what you’re wearing and for the most part I have been extremely lucky they have a pretty good head on their shoulders and eye for what suits them best.

Back to school looks for boys from Tea Collection

Kindergarten looks for boys from Tea Collection

They each have such a strong aesthetic and couldn’t be more different, but we managed to find pieces at
Tea Collection that catered to them all.

My wild child who can’t get enough of bold prints or pops of color, my animal lover with a heart of gold, and my cool kid who just wants to be comfortable while he’s jumping over and under everything on the playground.

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I love the concept of teaching children about the world around them through design, you’ll see us start to focus more heavily on design for kids in the months to come and Tea Collection is a perfect way to fuse fashion with function with education. I hope this is a partnership that will continue through the seasons.

This fall, they released a new German inspired collection and it has been the perfect way to open up conversations about this wonderful land two of my children were born in. They may not remember the rolling hills and green valleys, the industrial cities or lightning fast train rides we took while they were very young, but they do feel a deeper connection now thanks to the way Tea presents its materials each season — the adorable graphics, inspiring blog posts and videos and really awesome activity booklet that comes in every box.

It’s nice to know we aren’t just buying clothes, we’re also gaining a personal connection with a place we may never experience on our own. I’m head over heels for Tea Collection.

Favorite pics from Tea's German Inspired collection - Fall 2014

You may have seen us sneak a peek at a few of our favorites on Instagram,, but you’ll get a chance to see how we will carry these styles from summer to fall and even into winter in a few more fun posts coming soon.

Curious to know which pieces the kids picked out? You can see a few of the styles they chose here:
use the slider and click to find each piece.

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Disclosure: This post is a collaboration with Tea Collection. They sent us items from their new collection to shoot and share with you here. Everything you see/read here is 100% my thoughts, all the time.

101 Kids Activities to Keep Your Children Entertained

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Kids that constantly need to be making or building something or taking something apart to see how it works. I have three of those kids, plus a handful of neighborhood kids who are always looking for something fun to do.

Kids Catapault made using craft sticks

We go through TONS of books in my house, but there is one that has not left our kitchen table all summer long. 101 Kids Activities, that are the bestest, funnest ever! is like an encyclopedia of craft projects and incredible things for kids to make and do.

101 Kids Activities -- My Go To Encyclopedia of Boredom Busters.

I keep our copy front and center and the kids flip through it on their own to find cool projects they want to try out. So far we’ve made a craft stick catapult (above), raced cork boats in our driveway, made awesome jewelry out of empty water bottles, created our own spy gear, and made our own watercolors.

And that’s just the projects I’ve done with my kiddos from the book this summer, they’ve been busy crafting and creating on their own too!

Next on my son’s to do list, this awesome glider made out of a recycled egg carton. See, the book is just too cool for school — and speaking of school. When it starts again in a few weeks, I will have even more children in my house in the afternoons than I do now and I will be so thankful to have this book by my side!

What I love most is how easily the kids can take a project they find in the book and turn it into a brand new project inspired by something they saw. The kids are having fun, using their imaginations and learning how to problem solve too, and that’s awesome.

This is awesome! Make a glider out of egg carton

Click here for full instructions:  Egg Carton Glider Target Throw

Disclosure: This book was written by two very special friends of mine, Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of the oh-so-popular Kids Activities Blog. They sent me a copy of the book to preview once it was published and I will treasure it just as much as our friendship.

Want to win your own copy of this book?

I love the book so much, I want you to have one to! Please leave a comment on this post telling me the bestest, funnest thing you did this summer with your kids to be entered to win. I’ll choose a winner, at midnight a week from today.

Design for Kids Series: Design Your Own Font!

Today is a big day. Stacy and I have been dreaming up a Design for Kids Series for some time now and we are finally ready to unveil it! One of the things I love about Kids Stuff World is the wonderful curation of projects and ideas that appeal to design-minded parents everywhere. I blog over at Babble Dabble Do and am a designer by trade; I am very passionate about the idea of introducing design to kids, maybe it’s because I live and breathe design but it may also have to do with the fact that I think design is one of the greatest skills you can give a child. For a primer on design and why I think it’s so important for kids pop over to my site where I wax poetic about it!

Design for Kids | Learn about fonts and design your own font to stamp with!

To wet your creative appetite here is a preview of the fields of design we will be introducing you and your children to in this series:

Graphic Design
Transportation Design
Toy Design
Landscape Design
Architecture
Illustration
Jewelry
Product Design
Textile Design
Photography
Fashion Design
Furniture Design

… 

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Osmo – Toys of the future, today.

Have you ever been amazed by how easy it is for a toddler or young child to pick up a smart device and start using it? It just comes naturally to them.

Imagine what would happen if we could tap into the intuitiveness of a touch screen and apply it in a hands-on learning situation.

Osmo - a new way for kids to connect with technology

What if you could bring the ease of apps and video games into the classroom without spending a ton of money. Turn a puzzle into an interactive learning experience. Or, get kids not just excited about playing video games, but having fun while processing that energy into cognitive ability.

An unconventional iPad game platform that takes kids beyond the screen, using mirror technology

That’s exactly what the folks at Osmo have done and the results are game-changing.

Osmo - Play Beyond The Screen

It’s as if they found a bridge between the virtual world that let’s children become a part of the equation. Fortifying actions through touch and reinforcing the skills by truly connecting and making them a part of the process.

I found out about Osmo about 10 minutes ago.

I watched this video and had tears in my eyes before it was over.

I was so compelled I didn’t just need to write about it here, I had to purchase not one, but two of them.
Sight unseen.

I’m that excited about it.

Why two you ask?

One for me and one for you! How could I keep a discovery like this all for myself? Osmo should ship just in time to make this THE present you’ll want under your tree this year. I know it’s crazy to even consider Christmas gifts in July … but this is one you won’t want to miss.

I can’t wait to share our journey with Osmo with you.

Osmo is available for pre-order right now for just $49. That’s half of what the price will be when the product comes out later this year.

Here’s what you get:

- Osmo Reflector Component
- Base Station
- Osmo Games – Tangram, Newton, and Words
*** iPad NOT included

Osmos reflector for iPad. Changing the way your kids interact with technology, for the better.
Osmos Game System - a revolutionary new way for kids to experience and learn from technology

Stay tuned for the KSW LOVES OSMO giveaway happening this fall.

In the meantime, find out more about Osmo here.

Inspired by the Wonderful World of Eric Carle Books

Celebrating the wonderful world of Eric Carle, beloved author and illustrator by highlighting some amazing art work inspired by his books. Best known for The Hungry Caterpillar and his Brown Bear series, his tissue collage technique is easily recognizable and adored by young fans all over the world.

We didn’t have to search far to find these incredible art projects inspired by Eric Carle books, for more information about each project see the links below.

Beautiful art projects inspired by Eric Carle books

The dialogue that accompanies this mixed media piece based off of Eric Carle’s, The Tiny Seed, is in French but I have seen several school projects done in a similar manner using black and white photos of the child’s hand.

Bead & Button Seahorse

Kindergarten Draw Me a Star project

Merri Cherry’s mixed up chameleon

Individual Lonely Firefly Craft

And a collaborative lonely firefly bulletin board

Personalized art to go with Papa, please get the moon for me

Tin foil stars to go with Draw me a Star

Colorful Collection of Eric Carle Books

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this website with your purchase through these links His books not only provide a great source of inspiration to teachers and parents to connect with their children on the subjects of animals and nature, but are also a fantastic way to introduce colors, numbers, and sounds to children everywhere. Here are just a few of his titles to get you started exploring the wonderful world of Eric Carle

Collection of colorful Eric Carle books for kids

The Tiny Seed
The Mixed-Up Chameleon
The Artist Who Painted A Blue Horse
A House for Hermit Crab
Animals, Animals
Papa, please get the moon for me

WHICH ERIC CARLE BOOK IS YOUR FAVORITE?

More great books from beloved illustrator Eric Carle

Friends
10 Little Rubber Ducks
The Foolish Tortise
Draw Me A Star
Mister Seahorse
Little Cloud

Want more inspiration?

Check out these links for more Eric Carle inspired activities:

- This mixed up chameleon scavenger hunt might just be my favorite follow-up book activity ever
- Cute activities for the Hungry Caterpillar story time
- Sea horse tissue paper art project
- What makes you grouchy? Grouchy Ladybugs
- Giant Sunflower craft

26 Ways to Make Pudding More Fun

Did you know National Chocolate Pudding Day is this month? 26 June to be exact … and that sounds like a delicious holiday worth celebrating to me! In honor of Chocolate Pudding Day, we put together this list of 26 ways to make pudding more fun.

Candy and sprinkles!

Pudding tastes delicious all on it’s own, but you can turn an everyday snack into a truly, special treat just by adding fruit, candy, sprinkles or other toppings you probably already have at home.

Make simple pudding more fun with these add-ins:

Cookies & Cream
Sprinkle crushed oreos over chocolate or vanilla pudding

Stacy’s Favorite
Chocolate pudding, with slivered almonds and whip cream. Sprinkle some cinnamon on top for an added delight.

Blueberry Walnut
Spoon some wet walnuts (from the ice cream aisle) over vanilla pudding, top with blueberries

Rainbow Sprinkles
Everything is better with sprinkles, pudding included

Oatmeal Raisin
Crumble some fresh-baked oatmeal cookies over vanilla pudding

Banana Split Pudding
Place a banana spear in a small dish, layer with Kozy Shack® Vanilla & Chocolate Pudding, top with a dollop of fresh whipped cream, and a maraschino cherry.

Rice Crispy Treats
If you can keep them around long enough break them up and add them to your pudding

Dirt Cake Pudding
Crushed Oreos and Gummy Worms — have you seen these? Perfect for playdates, parties, or a fun afternoon treat

Banana Pudding
Place layers of vanilla wafers, sliced bananas, vanilla pudding and whip cream for treat that’s almost as good as the banana pudding grandma used to make

M&M Pudding
M&M mini’s are my favorite for snacks like this. Like round little chocoatle sprinkles with a candy coated shell

Tropical Pudding
Dried tropical fruits like pineapple, mango or apricot chopped into bite size pieces and mixed with dried coconut.

25 different ways to top your pudding -- something here for everyone!
Shown here: Vanilla Pudding w/ sprinkles, Chocolate Pudding w/ crushed thin mints, Vanilla Pudding w/ mini Reese’s Pieces, and Chocolate Pudding w/ bite size chunks of kit kat

Reese’s Pieces
Did you know Reese’s Pieces come in mini!! That’s them in the photo above and they are scrumptious with vanilla pudding, trust us

Trix Surprise
Those round little balls look great on top of pudding

Island Nut
This is my favorite combo for pudding and frozen yogurt — toasted coconut and peanut m&m’s

S’mores Pudding
Chocolate pudding with crushed graham crackers, chocolate chips and mini marshmallows

Mint Chocolate Pudding
Tiny bits of Thin Mints sprinkled over chocolate pudding

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup
You could put peanut butter cups on top of anything and call it dessert. Enjoy this with chocolate or vanilla

Rocky Road Pudding
Add peanuts and mini marshmallows to chocolate pudding

Sliced Strawberries
Try adding a bit of sugar and a dash of OJ to the strawberries before adding them to the pudding

Chocolate Covered Raspberries
Chocolate Chips and Raspberries – works for any pudding flavor

Twix
Twix taste good with everything

Granola to Go
Add a little granola to a snack pack and call it good

Sliced Bananas

Fruity Pebbles
Like colorful, fruity sprinkles for your pudding

Kit Kat
Chunks of kit kat mixed with pudding — yes please!

Polka Dot Pudding
Vanilla Pudding w/ Chocolate Chips

I usually make all of our cookies and treats myself, but Kozy Shack® Pudding is pudding made right—with just six simple ingredients. I feel good about purchasing this brand and feeding it to my family.
Bonus: Kozy Shack® Puddings are also gluten-free!

How can you celebrate National Chocolate Pudding Day?

Obviously, you’re going to need to eat some pudding!!

After that:

- Share this post so others can join in the pudding love fest; I made a snazzy pinnable image just for you.

- Enter the Kozy Shack giveaway below, you’ll be on your way to pudding heaven in no time.

- Get creative with these ideas or create your own pudding concoction. Let me know how you family is mixing it up by tagging me in an image on instagram and adding the hashtag #puddinglove. You can find me as StacyofKSW on Instagram, let’s be friends even if you aren’t sharing pudding love stories!! but I’ll be watching for your tasty creations just the same.

Yum! I want to try all of these - 26 delicious pudding topping ideas

Big thanks to Kozy Shack for sponsoring today’s post and offering KSW this sweet pudding prize pack
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Affordable Summer Clothes for Kids

Affordable summer clothes for kids!

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I know I am not the only mom whose kids have grown a foot since last summer. To remedy our “no-pants” situation, the folks at The Children’s Place were kind enough to send a gift card in exchange for shopping their stores and trying some of their clothes.

I let my kids dress themselves, as long as we agree on the items together when we purchase them. Everything you see here was hand-picked by my 8-year son and 7-year old daughter. Mom Approved.

She loves those barefoot shoes! And I love that none of the items pictured here cost more than $15. In fact, some of the shirts sell for less than $5! The sunglasses were just $3, normally I wouldn’t splurge but with an extra 15% off, why not!

Cool summer clothes for boys

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We didn’t purchase everything you see in these photos on our trip, but I noticed a big sale happening at The Children’s Place this weekend, so I will probably pick up the rest on my own. 

Do you shop at The Children’s Place?
Where do you find affordable clothes for your kids

Disclosure: We received a gift card to shop at The Children’s Place. These links are NOT affiliate links, just handy pointers to the items we loved.

Fresh Picks: Amazing Easter Projects

The best Easter projects

There’s just something ultra charming about all the spring colors and cute cuddly animals that go hand in hand with Easter. Sure, there’s much more to this day than fluffy bunnies and colored eggs and we hold tight to the real reason for the celebration too, but I can’t help wanting to be a bit more creative and colorful when Easter comes around.

Here’s a list of amazing easter crafts and projects:

Paper Mache roosters and bunnies you’ll want to keep all year round

A simple bunny graphic tee you can whip up in an afternoon

The cutest little Easter egg garland you ever did see

Brightly colored golden eggs

Sweet chocolate bunnies … need I say more?

Candy Bowls, the perfect thing for all sorts of treats

Easter Egg Bath Bombs, now those I’d love to find in my Easter basket!

A modern wooden egg that’s built to last

Egg Geodes – are you kidding? So in love with these!

His & Her Rabbits

More Mason Jar Cuteness

P.S. – I’m sorry I couldn’t find the actual post for those wooden eggs, the pin says they are created with paint and masking tape. You can see how my friend Amy made hers, they turned out just as cool.

P.S.S. – Did you catch our recent post about what to put in your child’s Easter basket? Lots of great ideas there!

What to put in your child’s Easter basket

So many cute ideas for filling Easter baskets!

Is it just me or does the stuff for Easter just get cuter every year! I’ve always been a fan of the fun spring colors and cuddly bunnies, but this year … I seriously want all of this stuff — for me!

I’m featuring a few tried & true items here, but there is lots more to see in the Easter shop.
Make sure you stop and take a peek, I’m constantly adding new things.

- Fluffy Bunny Ears (we got ours in Target Dollar aisle)
- Easter Birdhouse (like a gingerbread house for Easter!)
- Bunny Necklace
- Fluffy Brown & White Bunny
- Triangular Colored Pencils (these are the best!)
- Butterfly Bubbles (or any bubbles for that matter)
- Sweet bunny hair clips
- A slinky!
- Cuddly Little Lamb
- the cutest chocolate bunny (Mmmm, chocolate)
- Grab N Go Crayons
- Cute Crochet Critters
- Bunny Art Supplies
- Calico Critters Anything
- Bunny Feet
- A guinea pig that looks so real!
- Hypercolor Bunny (I know my daughter would love this one!)

Many more ideas waiting for you here.

This post contains affiliate links. Thank you for supporting this website with your purchase through these linksI’ve linked to these specific items, but you can find similar ones just about anywhere. To make things even easier, I’m highlighting a few creative and/or free diy easter fillers. These can be real sanity savers.

These dyed wooden eggs would be loved for many Easters to come.

These silly putty carrots would look so sweet

Speaking of sweet, I like to mix up a big batch of Easter trail mix to help keep the number of candy eggs at a reasonable level.

I’m actually whipping up a batch of these water bead eggs right now!

These sponge bombs make for great fun all year-long

How about some homemade bouncy balls? These look so lovely

Got a rainbow loom lover in your home? They’ll flip for these loom Easter Eggs and mini Easter baskets.

Love the idea behind these texture eggs for little ones

Confetti eggs like these are HUGE here in Texas, they could be huge at your house too.

And if your family likes to get dressed up for Easter, how about one of these Bunny Boutonnieres. Just adorable

Beautiful handmade fillers for simple Easter baskets

Decorating Kids Rooms With Art

Decorating Kids Rooms With Art

There’s no denying it, my daughter LOVES art. She is happiest when she is creating and because she shares a bedroom with her two brothers (for the moment), it was very important to make her corner of the room all her own. Using her own art to decorate was an obvious and practical way to bring a lot of personality into her space on a small budget.

Inexpensive gallery wall to display kids artwork

Decorating Kids Rooms With Art

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A Rotating Art Space

We go through LOTS of art pieces and while we certainly have our favorites, what goes on the wall is ultimately her decision. There are many pieces that stay on the wall all the time, but we keep things fresh with magnetic boards in bright colors. We strung them together to mimic the fiesta style buntings you often see here in Texas.

Note: I linked to similar ones from Amazon, but I think we found ours at Jo-Ann’s and used a 40% off coupon.

Art Gallery Wall

Gallery walls are all the rage and a creative young girl certainly needs a colorful one of her own. We made her gallery wall by painting cheap wooden laser cut frames from Michael’s in bright colors and simply thumbtacking them to the wall. We attach a piece of art in the center and can move them out easily whenever we want. I have noticed artwork that makes it into these fun frames generally stays there for awhile. I love that she saves this wall for her favorite pieces.

We found our frames at Michael’s and used 40% off coupons to keep each of these under $5. We painted them with regular craft paint.

Collaborative Art Projects

Some of my very favorite pieces of art are the projects that took the longest to make and got us all involved in the process. You’ll see one of a kind found things collages on my kids walls, we’ll be sharing more about how we make those next week. Stop back for more details.

Graphic Art

Our style motto is pretty much anything goes as long as she loves. We found some color your own graphic folders with these stylish girls on them at Target and she had such a great time working on them. I love how well they fit in here adding a strong punch of color and grounding the wall a bit.

Craft Projects

We do so many craft projects around here. When we make something that looks like it belongs on the wall, we go ahead and tack it right up there. You’ll see several of the butterfly pieces from our Small Hands Creating Hope banner hanging around the room. I love that this project has lived on long after it was done in our home.

Paintings

My daughter isn’t the only artist in our family. Her favorite aunt loves to create as well and painted us several pieces throughout the years that hold a special place in our hearts. The name print was a gift for my daughter when she was just a baby. I imagine we will be adding some canvases of our own to this space over the summer months.

Bunting

Buntings are a great way to incorporate art into your kids room. Not only can you make them using past art projects, but they can also serve as a wall display with the addition of some decorated clothespins. Here we have some simple glitter circles, but the possibilities for buntings are endless. My friend Jean is always coming up with beautiful bunting projects for every season.

Art Pillows

We made our first art project pillow last spring and we have enjoyed it every day since. It is by far my favorite project we have worked on together and every night as I tuck her into bed and kiss her goodnight that beautiful pillow reminds me of how amazing she is.

We just added two more art pillow projects to her room and they are just as cool but super simple to make. We used Shutterfly’s personalized pillows to upload her artwork and had them shipped and printed within a week. I can’t believe how bright and fun they turned out and how closely the colors match up. I love that I can see each of her individual pen strokes, they are really well done and I am already plotting how I can use them with other projects throughout the house.

Aren’t they fun?
Love these personalized pillows from Shutterfly, look how cool they look using original artwork

Bonus Tip: Bright colorful bedding works in a busy space like this, not only does it allow us to use any color of the rainbow but it also ties the whole room together. I got ours on clearance at Target, but they have a lot of great options there now as well. … I love Target.

Hope you liked all the projects we’ve used to create a unique space for her on a super, thrifty budget. The most expensive thing in here were the Shutterfly pillows but with a good discount code they are every bit worth the price.

A Great Series of Simple Photography Tips for Everyday Parents Our friends at Melissa & Doug sponsored this post as part of a partnership with Shutterfly to showcase fun ways families can capture meaningful photos and turn them into works of art.

If you have any questions or want to see anything in great detail, just let me know. I made this collage in case you want to pin the post for later, thank you!

Decorate your kids room on the cheap with these fun art projects