Make A Personalized Thanksgiving Keepsake: DIY Salt Dough Place Cards

Add a little something special to your fall tablescape or Thanksgiving table settings with this handmade salt dough place card DIY.
I can’t believe Turkey Day is right around the corner!  There are so many things to love about Thanksgiving: the food, the gratitude, the family time, the pie.  Yes, I think Thanksgiving might be my favorite holiday because it is unabashedly centered around food.  I’m always on the hunt for new recipes and Imperial Sugar has an amazing Thanksgiving page full of great ones.  Not just recipes for pies (my favorite part of the feast) but appetizers, breakfast for company, and everything in between.

And if that wasn’t cool enough, they’ve totally got the kids covered with crafts, free printables, and much more!  The only thing I love as much as food is crafting with my little ones. So when I discovered these cool Salt Dough Leaf Napkin Holders, I knew exactly how we’d be spending our afternoon. We put our own creative twist on the project and I encourage you to do the same.  This is such a simple, fun, creative project.  And the recipe for salt dough from Imperial Sugar is the best I’ve tried.  I see many more salt dough crafts in our future.

Personalized Salt Dough Place Cards - A simple thanksgiving keepsake craft to brighten up your table. Easy enough to do with the kids and a great way to spend time together during this special holiday

To Make Salt Dough Leaves You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red and yellow food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter
  • Ribbon, twine and/or tulle
  • Optional: fallen leaves
  • Optional: metallic paint/ paint pen

Here's a great DIY fall craft project to do with the kids, perfect place setting for the Thanksgiving table too!
How to Make Salt Dough Leaves:

  1. Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until hot.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.
  5. Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture.
  6. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.
  7. Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.
  8. Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch. ( We chose to make one red, one orange, and leave one white)
  9. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.
  10. Optional: Press leaves into the dough to create beautiful impressions.
  11. Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.
  12. Optional: For extra fun combine the leftover pieces of each color to create a marbled effect, cut more leaf shapes.
  13. Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.
  14. Let cool, decorate your leaves with metallic paint if you’d like.  If you would like them to be name plates, use a paint pen to write your guest’s names.
  15. Simply set them at each place setting or attach them to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.

The Easiest (WyldStyle) Wildstyle Lego Movie Costume Ever!

20 Minute WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume, plus links to 88 more awesome Halloween costumes!

This costume really couldn’t get any easier!

All you need to make your own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume is a pen and some paper, a black sweat suit, some bright pink and blue duck tape, scissors, and some hair chalk.
Easiest Halloween costume you could ever make. Lego Movie WildStyle (WyldStyle) costume

To Make Your Own WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie Costume

Start, by sketching out the graffiti pattern onto a sheet of paper so you have a solid visual reference to refer to as you go.


Now, cut corresponding strips of blue and pink duck tape and attach them to the black sweatshirt as closely to the pattern on the lego character as you can.

The result looks spectacular, but only took as long as it takes you to cut the duct/duck tape!

Such a great and simple costume! Wildstyle (WyldStyle) Lego Movie Costume

We colored her hair using a hair chalk set very similar to this one. I scribbled on a few freckles and a cat eye using an eye pencil, then added some bright lipstick for the full effect.
Easiest Halloween Costume EVER! WildStyle (WyldStyle) from the LEGO Movie

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Are you ready for some amazing DIY Halloween costume inspiration?

In the spirit of a fun and festive, kid-friendly Halloween I collaborated with a few blogging buddies to bring you more than 80 of the best DIY Halloween costumes, including the adorable WildStyle (WyldStyle) LEGO Movie costume we whipped up in a short afternoon!

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A Short Story: Unbloxing Creativity and Making Friends

Don’t Miss the GoldieBlox Giveaway at the bottom of this post!

Do you have a girl who likes to think outside the box? You'll probably like this story. but as clever as she was with gadgets and gears, she had trouble being herself around other girls.
Quote for the not so girly girl.
When friends came over to play, they would usually raid her untouched dress-up bin or redecorate her doll house while she sat close by building cities out of legos or geared up to save endangered stuffed animal species while they practiced being princesses.

but for one incredible Sunday afternoon, with the help of our friends from GoldieBlox she got to be herself … and one of the girls too!

As soon as she unbloxed her box of Goldieblox, she got a grand idea. She got busy reading all about them and thinking of fun things we could do with them.

She called it a Girl Party, but of course there were boys there too! She wasn’t going to leave anyone out. We chatted about it for weeks, though neither one of us is the actual pre-planned, over-the-top party type, so we daydreamed a bit, then called a few friends over at the last minute, for a fun day of play.

Just our kind of party.

“But what’s a party without cake!”, she said.
GoldieBlox Tinker Cake So she built the coolest tiered yellow toy cake you’ve ever seen. Then we waited for our friends to arrive.
GoldieBlox Parade Float Building and Racing Party -- best party we've done for my girl ever! The party went better than either of us could have imagined! The girls jumped right in, excited for story time, and ready to create. Each girl built her own parade float using pieces from this set, a female version of a wooden box car derby. We decorated them with pom poms and tiny pennant banners and then raced them down a cardboard ramp.
goldieblox-parade-floats The floats were incredible! And each one so different from the next. The kids favorite part was adding the cute little animals, many of them tinkered up ways to get the animals to spin as the floats raced down the ramp. (I have videos! I’ll share on Facebook)

The girls cheered in delight and us moms had a blast too.
Adorable! GoldieBlox Parade Float Racing party (like a box car derby for girls) We talked about the toys available for our future builders today and how we were happy to see the upcoming versions of GoldieBlox feature more diverse characters and more complex scenarios. It’s not enough for any of us to just buy pink blocks for our daughter’s, and GoldieBlox seems to be heading in the right direction for creating toys that aren’t just cute, but stimulating too.

We had such a great time together, we’ve already started planning our next party! The girls are going to make dunk tanks and even considering making this our future builders guild group. I’m loving just the thought of a group like that!

If any or all of this sounds relatable to a special little someone in your life, or if you’d like to try a GoldieBlox party of your own, I’d love to give your child the opportunity to unblox their creativity and make a few new friends of their own in the process.

Enter to win two sets of your own and get some friends together for a guaranteed successful day of play.

GoldieBlox Tinker Party - the perfect solution for kids who like to think outside the box
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Disclosure: GoldieBlox and MomDotMedia helped facilitate this get together. All opinions, smiles and memories are our own.

P.S. If you think the girls pictured here are half as cute as I do, you should see their blogs! Find lots more awesome at Family Love in My City, My Tots Travel and At The Fire Hydrant.

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.

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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Buy 3 items, get 15% off, buy 4 items, get 20% off, buy 5 or more items, get 25% off!
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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
Product Design
Textile Design
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


More great books from beloved illustrator Eric Carle

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 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
Sweet Kozy Shack Prize Pack Giveaway on Kids Stuff World

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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.