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Aphids in the Garden? Try Mountain Sky Castile Liquid Soap!

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It is gardening season and I have lots of greens including thousands of green aphid creatures sucking up the plant juices. Did you know that aphids can wreak havoc on growing plants by weakening plants and spreading diseases.  Here in Canada, the vampire aphids sucking up the plant juices weaken the plants so they can't [...]

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How beauty giant Dove went from empowering to patronising


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The £3bn toiletries brand was one of the first brands to embrace ‘femvertising’, but its body-shaped bottles have been roundly ridiculed. Can it repair the damage?

6 Easy Valentine’s Crafts Your Toddlers and Preschoolers Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Crafting for Valentine’s Day with the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare is always so much fun. Our craft room is always a sea of pink and red at this time of year. There are hearts and sparkles and gems and jewels every where. The hooligans have been working for days to make the gifts...

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“Diamond Dig” – A Snowy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When snow days or freezing temperatures make it impossible to get out to play in the snow, a snowy sensory bin is a fun indoor winter activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Goodness knows this has been a long, cold winter!  Temperatures in the -20s and even -30s have made it difficult to get out and play in the snow...

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Dream Catchers Kids Can Make for a Better Night’s Sleep

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! We're getting back into our routine after a long, glorious summer vacation, and that means we're crafting and baking and enjoying all kinds of good, old-fashioned activities again here in my daycare.

Just like I do every year, I'll be sharing all of our best stuff with you here on my blog and Facebook page!

We're kicking things off today with a colourful dream catcher craft that we whipped up for CBC parents!

If your child struggles with bed-time fears, anxieties and bad dreams, you'll want to check it out through the link below.

So glad to be back! I look forward to keeping you inspired with lots of fun and creativity again this year! x

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Toilet Roll Easter Chicks – an Easy Easter Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking to make some easy Easter Crafts for Kids, you’ve come to the right place!  We have Easter Finger Puppets, Easter Napkin Rings, and everything in between! Today, we’re making these adorable Toilet Roll Easter Chicks in nests made of shredded paper. The supply list is short and sweet, and you’ll be using materials that...

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Pool Noodle Abacus for your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pool noodle abacus:  use pool noodles as loose parts in your backyard play space. Ok, so technically ours is not a true abacus, but it could be with the addition of just a few more ropes. Whatever you choose to call this activity, the fact is: we’ve been playing with pool noodles here in our backyard play...

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A Paper Plate Jellyfish Craft for a Preschool Ocean Theme

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, have a look and tell me this is not the cutest, little jellyfish you ever did see. Honestly. How is it that a paper plate and a couple of googly eyes can be so stinkin' adorable?

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5 Cutting Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 fun cutting activities to help toddlers and preschoolers develop their scissor skills. A couple of questions that I often hear from parents with young children are: “how can I help my child improve her scissor skills“, and “when should my child start using scissors“.  Read on to see how I introduce the hooligans, at a...

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Easy Tie-Dyed Heart Sun Catchers for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies! I think you're going to LOVE what we have for you today!

If you're tired of looking out at a bleak, grey landscape, you have to make these vibrant tie-dyed sun catchers.

Ok, we didn't REALLY tie-dye them. We just used one of our favourite easy art techniques to make it look like they're tie-dyed.

It's a super-simple process, and kids of all ages will love it. I had kids ages 4-10 making these with me, and they were all crazy for the project.

What a way to brighten up a window at this time of year!

Check them out at the link below! Aren't they absolutely beautiful?

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12 Adorable Easter Chick Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Be prepared for some serious cuteness here, folks. I've rounded up 12 easy and adorable Easter chick crafts for your kids to make this year. Your Easter table is going to look so cheerful with these little guys decorating it! Ok, and even if you're not going to make them, you have to at least have a look. They're sooooo cute! Pass these ideas along to someone who can use them!

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Monarch Butterfly Craft with Painted Coffee Filters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo!

Every so often, we make a craft that's just so beautiful I can't contain my excitement.

The other day we set out to make monarch butterflies, and oh-my-goodness, I can't wait until you see them!

They're so vibrant, and they look SO real scattered about our garden! Imagine these beauties on display in your home, or bordering a bulletin board in the classroom!

Click the link below to check them out! Go! Go!

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How to Make the Best Sensory Bins: Everything You Need to Know

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's talk sensory bins!

You've probably heard of them, but have you made one yet?

If you haven't, oh MY, you are missing out!

They're SO easy to make. You can literally create an amazing bin that will provide your child with hours of learning and entertainment, using items you already have around the house.

I've put together a bit of a SENSORY BIN 101 for you to help you get started.

Today, I'm talking about what a sensory bin is, and the benefits of sensory play (it's so GOOD for your child), and I'm providing you with all kinds of suggestions for containers to use, base materials, tools and instruments, and items to include in your sensory bins.

I'm also suggesting themes, and I've included loads of photos of our most popular sensory bins here in my daycare.

So, if you've never made a sensory bin before, you're in for a treat! You'll be making bins for all occasions in no time. Seriously. They're that easy and addictive to make.

And your child is going to be thrilled! We're talking hours and hours of engaged and focused play and learning here. You have to LOVE that!

Click the link below to find out how easy it is to make the BEST sensory bins your kids. I'm hoping you'll be so inspired that you'll get right to making one today!

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Sandbox Ideas – Toy Suggestions, Play Ideas and Storage Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Transform your sandbox from ordinary to extra-ordinary with these easy, awesome sandbox ideas.  Lots of simple tips and tricks to create backyard sandbox that inspires creative, imaginative play.  We spend a ton of time playing in our backyard play space, and without a doubt, the most popular spot for the kids to play in is our our sandbox...

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Easy Painted Jack-o-lanterns for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy painted Jack-o-lanterns: if you’re looking for easy Halloween crafts for kids, this one is a keeper! I love easy art projects for toddlers and preschoolers and these painted pumpkins are about as easy as it can get.  A perfect little halloween craft that gets kids paint, cutting, gluing and creating! We crafted up some...

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Adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot Cakes for Birthdays and Garden Parties

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a spring or summer birthday party coming up, and you're looking for a creative (and super-easy) alternative to birthday cake, you have to check out these adorable Oreo-Brownie Flowerpot cakes!

Kids will LOVE digging into the layers of chocolate, and finding candy rocks and gummy worms! And they look so realistic, you'll totally fool your guests! Check them out, and let me know if they'd fool you!

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Gorgeous Fall Leaf Sun Catcher for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Good morning, Lovelies!

I am SO excited to share our latest craft with you!

We made these simple fall leaf sun catcher recently, and were blown away by how gorgeous it turned out.

You won't believe how we made it. Ready for it? A plastic container and some markers. Seriously! Can you believe how pretty it is?

This one is perfect for kids of all ages because there's something here that everyone can do.

Confession: I may have taken way too many pictures. I just couldn't resist! Every photo I took was prettier than the one before!

Click the link below to check it out! GO! GO!

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2011 in review

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 46,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 17 sold-out performances for that many...

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Who’s using sustainable palm oil?

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Sustainable palm oil is regarded by some environmentalists as an oxymoron. How can a vegetable oil linked to deforestation, toxic haze pollution and worker exploitation be in ... Read More

Teaching Spreading Skills with Blocks and Shaving Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a super activity for teaching spreading skills to your preschooler or toddler?  Break out the building blocks and shaving cream!  And prepare yourself for a little bit of mess and a whole lot of fun. Recently, while preparing some crackers and peanut butter for snack, I got thinking about helping the children develop their spreading...

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Adorable Ballerina Ornaments with Craft Sticks and Coffee Filters

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am IN LOVE with this latest craft! Ok, I know I can get a little over-excited about some of the stuff we make here in my daycare, but I am just beyond smitten with the ballerina ornaments we made yesterday. Oh. My. Goodness. They are SO adorable! AND, they were so easy! A craft stick and a coffee filter - who knew you could turn them into something so darn cute. If you have little dancers in your house (or in your classroom or daycare), they're going to be over the moon with this one! I hope you are too! Check them out!!

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Easiest White-Chocolate-Dipped Gingerbread Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're a lazy (ahem... BUSY) baker like I am, you'll LOVE this super-easy recipe because all you need are two things to make these fancy Valentines cookies!

Yep! Just two things, and you'll have fresh baked gingerbread cookies dipped in rich white chocolate!

They're so good, your friends and family will never guess you made them in minutes! (They'd be perfect for a classroom party too!)

Check 'em out!

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Coffee Shop {Pretend Play} Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This coffee shop pretend play activity with sand, soap and water provides hours of open-ended, imaginative play for kids of all ages.  It’s become one of my favourite backyard water play activities here in my home daycare. If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you know that I love setting up easy...

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Pretend Play Perfume Factory Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ooooo! I just LOVED this activity, and I think you will too!

The kids played for hours with this pretend play perfume factory! They chopped and snipped ingredients from the garden, and used tools and instruments to mix up beautiful potions in gorgeous little bottles.

This activity is so fun, and provides many ways for little ones to develop fine-motor skills, co-ordination and creative and critical thinking.

And it's so easy and inexpensive, you can set this up time after time, all summer long!

They'll never be bored again! Check it out!

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Finger-Painted Paper Weights for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovelies! Just a super-quick and easy craft to share with you today.

With Mother's Day just around the corner, you may be looking for easy gifts that toddlers and preschoolers can make and give.

Well, this one fits the bill for sure! It's really easy, and it won't cost you a dime! All you need is a rock and some paint! And some little fingers of course. That's what makes it so special. :)

Check it out!

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Christmas Cookie Play Dough Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Want to keep your kids busy for a couple of hours while you're baking and wrapping and prepping for the holidays?

Set them up with this gorgeous play dough Christmas cookie activity.

My girls pretended they were baking Christmas cookies for two hours this morning, and all that was required was this beautiful homemade play dough, some cookie cutters, and some scraps from the sewing basket!

Check it out!!!

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Tissue Paper Christmas Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, I love it when we can make something SO pretty out of the simplest of materials. These tissue paper Christmas wreaths were so easy to make, but the kids really enjoyed the process: painting, crumpling, gluing, stapling. And look at them. Aren't they beautiful? Easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but pretty enough that you will want to hang it on a door or in a window in your home! Have a look!

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Backyard Tightrope

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an amazing (and free!) addition for your backyard play space, a backyard tightrope is da bomb! Our homemade tightrope is, hands down, one of the most popular stations in our yard. Kids of all ages,  from the toddlers right through to 7 and 8 year olds absolutely love balancing on it,...

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5 Adorable Owl Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an adorable round-up of owl crafts that kids can make out of common household materials and craft supplies. Aren’t owls just the cutest?  What makes them so darn adorable?  I guess it’s their big eyes and fluffy feathers, and the way they look so wise and knowing.  Whatever it is, we sure do love...

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Tissue Paper Candy Canes Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Round up some tissue paper and a piece of cardboard, and let your toddlers create some lovely tissue paper candy canes to string along the mantle or to hang from the Christmas tree.  Just another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft idea from the Hooligans! If you’re looking to squeeze a quick and simple, last-minute craft...

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Nativity Sensory Bin for Kids to Play with at Christmas-time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Nativity Sensory Bin – a fine motor Christmas Activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love coming up with fun activities for the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare at Christmas-time. The hooligans digging their hands into a sensory bin, so I recently put this Nativity bin together for them to play with as Christmas draws nearer....

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Cute and Easy Coffee Filter Jellyfish Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, tell me this isn't the prettiest little jelly fish craft you've ever seen! Making this vibrant and oh-so-adorable coffee filter jelly fish is a great way for kids to explore colour and water absorption while developing fine motor skills and co-ordination. Our jelly fish is perfect for a "letter J" craft or for an ocean animal unit in preschool.

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21 Easy Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're a teacher, homeschooler or daycare provider planning your Halloween craft line-up, you will LOVE these easy, super-cute ideas!

I've rounded up 21 of my favourite easy Halloween crafts for toddlers and preschoolers. They're all simple and inexpensive to make, using stuff you already have around the house.

And BONUS: they're all absolutely adorable! Click the link below to see them all now!

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Pipe Cleaner Napkin Rings – an Easy, Last Minute Holiday Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a last-minute Christmas craft for the kids? These bead and pipe cleaner napkin rings are so quick and easy to make! They look great, and toddlers and preschoolers will get a fine-motor work-out as well!

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LONG LIVE HAPPY HOOLIGANS!!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wow!! A big heart-felt thanks to all of you for taking the time to respond with such sound and genuine advice. The common messages echoing throughout YOUR comments are: “be true to yourself”, and “have faith in who you are and what you do”. Thank you! Sometimes, even when you do believe in yourself, it’s...

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Klean Kanteen Review

by Trevor @ SLS Free

The Klean Kanteen company has a few different water bottles for sale. In this article we will be reviewing their best product, the single-wall bottle with the bamboo cap. It’s a product that I believe everyone should own. Keep reading to learn why. Features Ordering The Final Verdict   Features This bottle has some features […]

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How to Make a Homemade Water Wall for Kids – an Easy DIY for your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A homemade water wall is a fantastic addition to a backyard play space! With a few scraps and some recyclables, you can provide hours of learning, entertainment and water play for your toddler or preschooler! What is a water wall? A water wall is a structure that holds containers, tubes and funnels, and when the children...

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A Vibrant Rainbow Rice Activity Bin for Sensational Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids will enjoy hours of  sensory play with a rainbow rice bin!  Grab the recipe for my rainbow rice, and let’s put together a coloured rice sensory bin for your kids!  To make our rainbow rice activity bin: After dyeing our rice, and letting it dry, I spread the rice out in rainbow fashion in a plastic bin , and...

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Painted Coffee Filter Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am in LOVE with our latest poppy craft! These poppies are so easy to make, and they look so real! The petals are delicate and crinkly just like real poppy petals. All you need are a few coffee filters, red paint and a couple of buttons. It's a great Remembrance Day craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, but kids of all ages will enjoy the process. Hope you and your kids love these poppies as much as I do. I'm totally smitten!

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Skin Renewal During Winter – from our Naturopath Sasha Thompson

by admin admin @ Certified Organic skincare

Winter is a great time to recover from hot sun and damaging UV rays. With a cooler atmosphere containing less moisture, your skin can become rough, dry and dehydrated.   This is a great time to include more nourishing skin care to your regime.  Night skin care has been used since Roman times, when ladies would […]

Hot Cheese Dip (with Velveeta, White Cheddar and Jalapeno Pepper)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovelies! I hope you've had a wonderful Christmas! We're still in holiday mode here, but I'm popping in to share one of my FAVOURITE holiday recipes of all time. I wanted to get it to you in time for your New Year's celebrations! It's an amazing (and ridiculously easy) hot cheese dip. I've been making this dip for 20 years, and the holidays just wouldn't be complete without a batch or two. It takes less than 10 minutes to prepare! You just toss all of the ingredients into a roasting pan, and let it simmer for an hour. Serve it warm with tortilla chips or with crackers and vegetables. So quick, so easy, and SO delicious! I hope you'll add it to your New Years menu, and I hope you love it as much as we do! Enjoy!

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White Clay Dough Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make the brightest, whitest ornaments with this simple 2-ingredient recipe! Baking soda and cornstarch are all you need. Add a bit of water, heat stir, done! Cheap, easy, and it makes the most gorgeous ornaments! Check ours out!

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No-Mess Glittered Tea Light Luminaries

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness me! Ok, you know how I am NOT a fan of glitter, right? Well, you should see what we made, my lovelies! We made the most GORGEOUS glittered tea light luminaries for Valentines day, and guess what... we used glitter but the process was mess-free! EEK! I'm so excited to share it with you because I know some of you feel the same way about glitter as I do! You're going to LOVE this process! Aren't they gorgeous?

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Wool-Wrapped Pen Holder (From a Take-Out Coffee Cup)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a quick and easy Valentines craft that looks great and serves a purpose! And it only requires 2 things: a ball of yarn and a take-out coffee cup! The hooligans and I made these wool-wrapped coffee cups the other day, and they're just darling! They're perfect for home or the classroom, on a desk or the counter, and they make a great little Valentines gift for kids to give their parents. And like I said - they're really easy and quick to make! Doesn't mine look so pretty holding my Sharpies? Check it out!

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Featured Retailer – House of Organic

by admin admin @ Certified Organic skincare

At Pure & Green organics we are all about relationships.  Whether we are engaging with our customers (directly through our service centre or via social media) or supporting our stockists through in store promotions or one on one training sessions the effort is worth it because we are building what we hope to be lifelong […]

Best Fresh Guacamole Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst! Want to be the most popular person at the next get-together or BBQ? Bring a bag of nachos and a big ol' bowl of this fresh guacamole. I promise... your friends and family will adore you!

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Vibrant Fall Leaf Mobile with Tin Foil and Sharpies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Guess what! We've made another awesome Fall craft!

I know, I know. Yesterday, I said our gorgeous leaf sun catcher would be our last Fall craft for the season, and that we were ready to shift into Christmas craft mode.

Well, sadly, my crafty brain doesn't switch gears quite as quickly as I'd like it to, and I still have Fall on my mind.

Check out this shimmering, vibrant Fall leaf mobile! It was super-easy to make, using things we already had in and around the house.

Kids of all ages will love it because the process is really creative and fun!

Click the link below to see it!

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How to Make Amazing Homemade Butter In a Jar

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this has got to be one of the coolest experiments we do here. It's one of those classic experiments that they'll remember for the rest of their lives. I have parents and grandparents today who tell me they remember doing this as a kid. That's saying something about how memorable and fabulous it is.

The kids love the process, and I've also done this with adult friends and guests, and it blows everyone's mind mind every time.

If you haven't tried this fascinating experiment with your kids yet, you must put it on your to-do list.

Bonus: you get to eat the results, and they are out. of. this. world.

Click the link below for the photos and the easy step-by-step tutorial!

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Stained Glass Easter Eggs – An Easter Window Art Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 We are all about easy Easter crafts for kids these days!  Today the toddlers and preschoolers are pairing up contact paper with tissue paper and yarn to make some simple stained glass Easter eggs. We’ve only recently discovered the joys of crafting with contact paper here in my daycare. Contact paper comes on a roll,...

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Paper Plate Sunflower Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness. Ok. This little sunflower craft is so easy it's crazy, but look at how CUTE it is!

The items we used for the centre of the flower added texture and interest and were really fun for little hands to explore. The aroma was lovely too, which made this easy fall craft a bit of a sensory experience as well.

And of course, the painting and cutting was all great for fine motor and co-ordination, and look! We have a beautiful little sunflower to display in our home this fall!

You could set your kids up with this in minutes today! ENJOY!

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8 Simple Outdoor Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

8 simple outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers to play in your own backyard! If you’re looking for simple outdoor activities for young children, you are going to love it here!  I have so many ideas for simple outdoor play on my site! Much of our time is spent outdoors and quite often we make...

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Easy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries and a Trick to Make Them Perfect Every Time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! It's berry season, and one of my favourite things to make with fresh berries is chocolate-dipped strawberries!

Today, I'm showing you how to do it so you WON'T get that annoying flat puddle of chocolate under one side of the berry.

It's so easy, even a kid can do it!

Check it out, and then add these babies to your must-serve list when you're entertaining this summer!

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Easy Patriotic Wind Twirlers {from Paper Towel Rolls}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot woot! Look what we made!

Beautiful patriotic wind twirlers for Canada Day and the 4th of July!

They were super simple to make, using paper towel rolls and paint, and they look terrific spinning and twirling in the wind!

It doesn't matter where you live, or what country you're in, just paint these up in your country's national colours, and you'll have some lively and charming ornaments to hang from your porch or a tree in your yard to celebrate your national holiday!

Check 'em out, and let me know what you think!

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Paper Bag Puffy Hearts – A Valentines Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cutting, stamping, sewing and stuffing. So many fun skills for toddlers and preschoolers to practice when they're making these paper bag puffy hearts! Good news! This one can be done entirely using scraps and recyclables that you already have around the house! Gotta love that!

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How to Paint a Mason Jar and Give it a Frosted Finish

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I have always loved glass jars.  There’s just something old-fashioned and romantic about them.  From those teeny-tiny baby food jars to large mason jars, I’ve just always enjoyed finding ways to re-use old jars for storage and/or decoration. Today I’m excited to show you how to how to paint a mason jar and give it a...

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16 Awesome Outdoor Party Games Kids

by Becky Mansfield @ Happy Hooligans

If you're holding a backyard party for your kids this summer, we've gathered the best outdoor party games and activities to please kids of all ages!

Some are classics and some are new and really creative ideas that will make your party a ton of fun for your family and all of your guests.

Check them out!!

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Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Elsa’s Frozen Hands activity:  It’s a blast whether you’re a “Frozen fan” or not!  It’s a great science experiment for kids, and you likely have most or all of the supplies around your home! We are ALL about Frozen-themed activities these days! I have some huge Elsa and Anna fans here in my daycare....

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FREE Dove Go Fresh Soap Bar! - Free Samples Australia

FREE Dove Go Fresh Soap Bar! - Free Samples Australia


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Cinnamon Sugar French Toast Mittens

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids love french toast, you can make breakfast or lunch even more fun and tasty for them by whipping up a batch of cinnamon sugar french toast shapes!  They’re super-easy to make, and using cookie cutters, you can shape them to match whatever season or theme you please! If you saw yesterday’s post, you’ll...

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Vibrant CD Wind Spinners Made from Old CDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, guys! You HAVE to see these gorgeous wind spinners that we made out of a bunch of old, scratched CDs the other day! I'm so excited about them because they're SO beautiful! And you should see the way they spin!

They're totally easy to make, and kids of all ages will get into making them. Not gonna lie. I totally loved making mine!

Check them out...

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Construction Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A small world construction activity bin provides hours of play for little ones. We’ve been having a field day with our bins lately, which you can check out here, here and here.  Yesterday I set up this construction bin in a foil roasting pan that has held many sensory bins and small worlds in its...

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Shaving Cream Car Wash For Car-lovin’ Kids!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a shaving cream car wash for kids who love messy play and playing with cars. It’s a great sensory activity for preschoolers, and it will keep them entertained for ages! It’s been absolutely gorgeous here this week! Hot and summer-like and it’s only March! We’ve been spending our days outside, and the temps...

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Beef and Barley Soup – Easy, Hearty and Delicious!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade Beef and Barley soup: thick, hearty, easy and delicious! Cook it on the stove-top or toss it all in the crock pot. Served with a crusty loaf or homemade rolls, it's the perfect meal for a cold winter's night.

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Homemade Playdough in a Rainbow of Colours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Raise your hand if you love homemade playdough!  I do!  I do!  It’s so easy to make!  I made a big batch of rainbow playdough the other night, by dividing it and colouring into 6 different portions. I’ve made a LOT of playdough in my day, and this is my very favourite recipe.  It’s fast...

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Frozen Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have Elsa and Anna fans at your house, I have some great Frozen activities for your kids to do at home,!  You’re  going to love this Frozen sensory bin!  It’s so easy to pull together using simple items you already have around your home! Disney’s Frozen!  Oh my goodness. Are your kids as...

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Which Natural Soap to Use in a Dorm Bathroom – Hard Bar or Liquid?

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Is your son or daughter going to University for the first-time? Are they going to be living in a dorm? Chances are they will have to use those group bathrooms where there is a line of toilets and showers. When my second daughter, Rahel Sky, went to SFU, her dorm bathroom was co-ed which was [...]

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3 global giants drop Malaysian palm oil supplier over deforestation

3 global giants drop Malaysian palm oil supplier over deforestation


The Straits Times

Three of the world's top food and consumer goods companies that make Dove soap, M&M's and Kellogg's Corn Flakes have dropped a leading Malaysian palm oil producer because of deforestation in its plantations in Indonesia.. Read more at straitstimes.com.

How to Make Homemade Watercolour Paints for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make homemade watercolour disks for your kids, using 5 common kitchen ingredients! They last so much longer than those little store-bought trays, and they're fun and easy to make. Making them is a little science experiment in itself! They keep well too - just store them uncovered, in a dry place. There's a printable recipe for them in this post. Check 'em out!

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Magna Doodle Activities

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

5 ways to use your Magna Doodle as a learning tool! Our original Magna-Doodle has been kicking around for about 13 years.  It’s dented and dinged, and the screen is permanently marked in some places, but it’s still one of my favourites among our toy collection, not only because of the  fun my boys had...

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Wet Sidewalk Chalk Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add a “dipping cup” to your sidewalk chalk activities and instantly create creamy-smooth, vibrant works of art in the driveway! Drawing with wet sidewalk chalk is one of my favourite outdoor art techniques for kids. Creating art with wet chalk so much more fun drawing with dry chalk.  It’s a whole different experience!  Dry chalk...

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Ribbon Heart Valentines Cards For Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're like me, your ribbon bin is overflowing with rolls of ribbon and various lengths of scraps. These ribbon heart Valentine's cards are a great way to put leftover strips of ribbon to good use! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they look SO pretty!

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Sharpie and Alcohol “Tie Dyed” Christmas Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We've done it again! We've used that fabulous Sharpie and Alcohol technique to create a beautiful tie-dye effect on our Christmas ornaments! If you've never tried it, you really must! It's so simple! Just colour your ornament with Sharpies, drip some rubbing alcohol on the ink, and watch the colours blend and swirl to create a fireworks of colour! Check them out!

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Powerful Words of Wisdom for High School Seniors – 20 Things Your College Kid Needs to Hear

by Hillary Cole @ Happy Hooligans

Leaving home for college can be both exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. As parents, you want to give your kid the best advice possible to help them have a safe, satisfying and successful first year away from home. Here are some powerful words of wisdom for high school seniors, and 18 things that all college kids needs to...

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Adding Artificial Flowers to Your Outdoor Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

See how a couple of dollars can add countless hours of creative and imaginative fun to your outdoor play space. Who knew such a small investment would be worth so much! Look at all the fun the hooligans have with these artificial flowers. All year ROUND, I should add...

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5 Crazy Cupcake Recipes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, Lovelies. I've been just busting to share these recipes with you! My friend Kerrie, makes these cupcakes in the most amazing flavour combos ever! Cherry Coke, Orange Crush, Chocolate-Bacon and more! I've finally gotten my act together, and rounded up 5 of my favourites, and put them together in a post for you. Some would be terrific for kids' parties, and some are so sinful, they're adult-only. I hope they get you drooling as much as they do me! Feast your eyes on these...

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Tissue Paper Butterfly Craft for Kids of All Ages – a Fun Lesson in Design Too!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to your childhood. Remember making tissue paper art when you were a kid?

Toddlers, preschoolers AND big kids will love this classic art process.

They'll learn a new skill too, if you have them pre-plan and colour-code their designs like we did!

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Homemade Paper Dolls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make Homemade Paper Dolls with fabric scraps, buttons and ribbons. The hooligans and I have been working on an ongoing project for the past week or so. We’ve been making a set of homemade paper dolls, using scraps and ribbons from my fabric bin. We’ve done several homemade doll crafts here in my daycare.  Our...

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Homemade Pesto Recipe with Fresh Basil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey lovelies! The weather isn't getting any warmer out there, and we'll likely get frost soon, so if you have basil in your garden, get out there and harvest it!

Honestly! All it takes is just one cold night, and it will wilt and die. That would be tragic. You so don't want that to happen!

What you want to do is make this AMAZING homemade pesto with your crop!

It's so easy! You can make it in minutes with just 5 ingredients: basil, parmesan, oil, garlic and nuts.

Seriously! It is THAT EASY! nuts - blend it together, and you're done.

It's OUT OF THIS WORLD on pasta but you can also serve it with fish, chicken, pork... You can stir into stir it into soup, spread it on a burger, slather it on bread, add it to eggs, dips, pizza...

Best of all, you can make a ton and freeze it, so you can enjoy it all winter long!

Trust me. You'll never want store-bought again!

Click the link below for my recipe!

Enjoy! Oh, and take a minute, and let me know what you think when you try it!

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Homemade Picture Frames

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade Picture Frames: a gift for kids to make and give at Christmas. A homemade picture frame is a meaningful gift for a child to give.  Our homemade frames are easy to make from recycled cardboard, a little paint and some “bling”.  Tuck a photo of the child inside, and it’s a perfect homemade gift...

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10 Fun Fall Activities for Kids to Do in the Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ah, Fall!  It’s almost here!  Those crisp, clear sunny days.  The vibrant colours.  The crunch of leaves underfoot.  We love playing outdoors in the fall!  We’ve done some exceptionally fun fall activities right at home in our own backyard.  There’s so much to see and learn and explore at this time of year.  New colours...

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DIY Light Box Play Ideas with Common Household Items

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Colourful and inexpensive DIY Light Box Play Ideas using every-day, household items. Now that I’ve shown you a super-easy and inexpensive way to make a DIY light box, you’re probably looking for some DIY light box play ideas! Of course, you can buy all kinds of amazing, educational light box toys like  Magnatiles,  Transparent Textured Paddles and Rainbow Crystal...

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Glittered Leaf Ornaments with 2-Ingredient Clay Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have another absolutely GORGEOUS craft to share with you today!

The 10 year old and I made these stunning, glittered leaf ornaments the other day, but you should know that they're easy enough to make with toddlers and preschoolers.

The dough recipe is one that we've used for many projects before, and it's made with just 2 kitchen ingredients and water.

I hope you love the way they turned out, and that you'll try with your kids or students.

They'd be perfect to display as place holders on your Thanksgiving table. You could even pass around a Sharpie marker, and let everyone put the date and year on them.

I think they'd double as excellent Christmas tree ornaments too, don't you?

Quick! Go, go! Check them out through the link below, and tell me if you think they're as beautiful as I do!

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Woven Craft Stick Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We're making snowflakes today!

But not your ordinary snowflakes.

Nooo, these are gorgeous woven snowflakes decked out in shimmering gems and sequins.

They're just so pretty!

Make a bunch for the Christmas tree or hang them in a window.

Your kids will love the process. Wouldn't these look beautiful hanging in your home or classroom?

Check the out with the link below!

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Paper Plate Kite Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Spring, Lovelies! Even though it's still wintery cold here, we're getting ready to welcome the warm, gentle breezes of spring.

And what better way to do that than with a homemade kite?

This paper plate kite is so easy to make. It's the perfect quick, little craft to make with your toddler or preschooler on a spring afternoon.

Fun to play with in the wind, or to hang on the wall of a bedroom or playroom!

If you like crafting with your little one, and you like to keep the process quick and simple, you'll love this kite!

Have a look!

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Painted Halloween Rocks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painted Halloween Rocks: an easy outdoor halloween decoration If you have older hooligans, they may really enjoy making turning some garden rocks into some awesome, Homemade Halloween Decorations.   My boys and I made these painted Halloween Rocks years ago.  They were fun and easy to make, and they’ve held up really well considering they’ve lived...

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Mosaic DVD Ornaments – Another Great Way to Use Old DVDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ta-daaa... Remember a couple of months ago, when I showed you how to turn your old, scratched dvds into tiny mosaic tiles? Well, I've done and made something really cool with them! Check out these gorgeous Mosaic DVD ornaments! Don't they look like little disco balls? Check them out! You're going to love theis process!

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The Easy Way to Add Running Water to your Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wouldn’t it be great if your kids had access to a water supply at the sandbox or in the mud kitchen?  Well guess what!  They can!  I’m going to show you how you can add a source of running water to your backyard play space in minutes.  It’s a simple solution that’s fast, easy and...

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Pumpkin Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pumpkin Art for Kids – a cute and easy Halloween Craft toddlers and preschoolers, which combines art and fine motor development… Pumpkins, pumpkins and more pumpkins! At this time of year, there’s no shortage of pumpkin crafts here in my daycare. We’ve been busy making something pumpkin related almost every day here for the past couple...

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Milk Jug Bird Feeder

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The hooligans love to make homemade bird feeders.  Every winter here in my daycare we make simple feeders to hang in our trees.  Winter is so long and cold here, and it can be very difficult for birds to find sources when the ground is frozen and snow-covered.  Our simple feeders are one way we...

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Awesome Homemade Fridge Magnets using a Crayon Resist Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I'm so excited about our latest project! We made these gorgeous homemade fridge magnets using a wax-resist technique. They're super-easy and so much fun to make! Don't they look like they've been tie-dyed? I think these would be super gifts for kids to make and give to parents, grandparents and friends! Have a look, and then give them a try at your house or in your classroom!

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Painting with Frozen Paint Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is a really cool art activity for toddlers and preschoolers. I love so many things about it:

For starters, it doesn't cost a dime. It's quick and easy to prepare and set-up. It's a lot of fun for kids of all ages, and it's a terrific way to get creative outside in the sunshine.

The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love it, but we've done this with school age kids, and it's always a hit with them too.

Check it out! It's a great way to kick off your line up of spring and summer activities at home with your kids or in your daycare or preschool! Your kids will LOVE it!

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Scratch Art Christmas Cards for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We are in LOVE with scratch art at the moment! The process is so fun and easy, and let's face it - it's rather magical too. Young kids find it fascinating, and older kids (me included) find it downright addictive! We've made these scratch art Christmas cards for our friends at CBC Parents. Check them out! Your kids will enjoy making them for friends and families, and I'll bet they could even make scratch art gift cards while they're at it!

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Cupcake Liner Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I know you love an adorable owl craft just as much as I do, so I couldn’t resist giving you a peek at these cupcake liner owls.  Are they not the cutest darn things you’ve ever seen?  Pop on over to Kids Activities Blog to see how we made them. You’ll find a link...

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Homemade Father’s Day Gifts that Kids can Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey, my lovely, lovely followers!

Father's Day is just around the corner, and I know your crafty kids and students are going to want to make something special and spectacular for Dad on his special day!

I've rounded up all of the best Father's Day gifts we've made over the years, and I've put the all right here in one post for you.

If you're looking for a stellar homemade gift for a child to make for a Dad, grandpa, uncle or even a male teacher or mentor, you'll want to check out these ideas!

They're easy, inexpensive, and totally rad!

Just click the link below to see them all! And can I just say a big THANK YOU to YOU for following along with me? It means so much to me that you want to receive my crafts and activities in your inbox. I really appreciate that you take the time, and click through to see what we're up to. You are the BEST! x

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The Ultimate Guide to SLS Free Products | The Best Sulfate Free Brands

The Ultimate Guide to SLS Free Products | The Best Sulfate Free Brands


SLS Free

Everything you ever wanted to know about SLS Free Products. Detailed information on Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and some great Sulfate Free product reviews.

Quick and Easy Coffee Cake Recipe – Delicious Box Cake Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for a coffee cake that’s moist and delicious and simple to make, this quick and easy coffee cake is your cake. It’s so delicious people ask me for the recipe every time I serve it. I almost feel like a cheater because it’s so easy to make. You use a boxed cake...

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The Dangers of Phthalates

by Trevor @ SLS Free

Many natural and organic products boldly and proudly declare themselves to be phthalate-free. They clearly intend for consumers to see this as a positive and an important reason for their product to be the top choice. But what is a ‘phthalate’ and should we really care whether a product has them or not? What are […]

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Wine Cork Crows – a Quirky Little Cork Craft for Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok! We have another ADORABLE addition to our growing collection of wine cork craft! We made these little crows in a matter of minutes, and they're so darn cute! Great little Halloween decoration or perfect little table table toppers at a harvest dinner.

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Playing with Sticks and Stones in the Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 I love putting a new spin on an old idea, and this idea for playing with sticks and stones in the snow does just that! Spring is fast approaching, and our snow-play days are numbered so I’m trying to get in all of the outdoor winter ideas that I can before the snow is gone...

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These are the Best Bread Machine Dinner Rolls Ever

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If the thought of making homemade dinner rolls sounds like too much work, I have some fantastic news for you. These Bread Machine Dinner Rolls, are so easy to make! They’re soft and fluffy and so delicious.  You’ll never buy store-bought buns again!  I am a huge bread-lover.  Seriously, if I had to live on one thing alone for...

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“Christmas Tree” Christmas Tree Ornaments for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo! Here's a whole bunch of absolutely adorable Christmas tree ornaments that LOOK like actual Christmas trees! They're easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to make, and they're made from things you likely already have around the house. Best of all, they're down-right gorgeous. Perfect for hanging on your tree at home, or for your child to give to a parent or grandparent. Check 'em out!

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Best Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Soft, chewy, and packed with peanut-y flavour, these are the best peanut butter cookies you’ll ever make! Oh, how I LOVE a good-old, classic peanut butter cookie.  A touch of crispiness when you bite into it but soft and chewy on the inside…  Oh man, a peanut butter cookie doesn’t get any better than that. Don’t get me wrong...

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Toddler-Made Rainbow Collage with Craft Scraps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

As the dull and dreary winter months come to an end, I start to crave colour, and so I shift our focus to colourful toddler crafts here in my home daycare.  As you can imagine, rainbow projects are perfect for this!  Big bands of vibrant colours!  There’s nothing like a rainbow to brighten up your...

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fun in the blizzard!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We had a full-on blizzard here this morning!   I didn’t know if the Hooligans would even want to go out and play in it because it was snowing and blowing so hard.  I mean, every kid likes to play in the snow, but in a snow-storm?  I wasn’t so sure they’d be up to...

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Homemade Paper Bag Kite with Winder Handle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Let’s go fly a kite, up to the highest height. Let’s go fly a kite, and send it soaring…”   Looking for a fun and easy craft AND activity for your preschooler to do on a windy day? Make a kite! This homemade paper bag kite takes just 3 basic supplies, and it makes for...

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Stovetop Pizza Dip

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is pizza a staple at your house? My family is crazy about pizza and we don’t need a special occasion to splurge! That’s why I decided to create a speedy version of our favourite dish!  Introducing: stovetop pizza dip! Life is busy, and kids are always hungry, so a handy recipe like this will please both...

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Fish Fridge Magnets for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make these adorable fish fridge magnets out of a styrofoam tray and a drinking straw: After a very delayed start to Spring, the ice is finally off our pond, and we can see our fish again!  The hooligans love to gather around the pond and watch the fish.  I keep an assortment of sticks and...

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Making Homemade Gift Wrap Paper with Coloured Ice Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I love making homemade gift wrap for so many reasons.  It’s far less expensive than buying wrapping paper (that stuff is expensive, and it ends up in the trash), you can choose your own colour theme and design, and most of all, I love the rustic charm that homemade gift-wrap lends to a gift, especially when...

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3-Ingredient, Delicious Vanilla SNOW Ice Cream

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It's snowing! It's snowing! We finally have SNOW!

We can finally make Snow ice cream!

Have you tried it?

I know, I know... first time I heard of it, I thought it sounded weird too, but we made it this last year, and guess what!

It's freaking amazing!!

It's honestly the best ice cream you'll ever taste.

And all you need to make it is fresh, clean snow, vanilla extract and condensed milk!

It's seriously delicious, and such a fun activity to do with your kids or students on a cold, winter day!

Get out there, and gather a bowlful of snow, and make it with your family today!

Click the link below for the printable recipe!

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Valentines Hearts with Sharpies and Photo Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Egads! Tomorrow is Valentines Day.

Let me guess. You’re up to your elbows in *Monday*, trying to catch your breath after a whirl-wind weekend, and the kids are asking to make Valentines crafts.

The last thing you feel like doing is hauling out all the craft supplies, and dealing with the craft-tastrophe clean- up afterwards, right? If they’re crafting today, it’s gotta be low-maintenance, no-mess and something that doesn’t require a ton of effort and prep.

Relax. We’ve got you covered.

Today we’re going to show you the easiest Valentines craft ever. We’re making super-simple (but charming) Valentines hearts with Sharpies and photo paper.

Your kids can tuck these colourful and adorable hearts into a card or letter for parent or grandparent or even a teacher or friend.

This one is fun, it's vibrant, and it's a little bit addictive, which means....

It could just keep the kids busy for a good, long while today.

Click the link below to check it out now!

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They put a bar of soap in the microwave. Now... Watch what happens!

They put a bar of soap in the microwave. Now... Watch what happens!


Happy Hooligans

This is probably the most amazing thing you'll ever do with a bar of soap! Amaze adults and kids alike with this crazy experiment!

A brand for social change? The myth of Dove's 'real beauty'

A brand for social change? The myth of Dove's 'real beauty'


The Conversation

Why do women hate to have their picture taken? That’s the question Dove, the global beauty brand, asks in its latest advertisement. The video – see below – is part of Dove’s campaign for “real beauty…

Ocean Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Ocean Sensory Bin was the perfect thing for the kids to play with today. It’s been super-hot here this week, so I’ve been setting up lots of creative water play activities for the hooligans. I’ve had  an Ocean sensory bin in mind for a long time.  In fact, it was last July when I went...

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Lacing Tree Ornaments for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Lacing Tree Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers, and a fine-motor activity too! I know today’s Christmas craft is quite similar to Tuesday’s wool-wrapped ornaments, but hey, we love a tree ornament that looks like a Christmas tree, so we’re adding this to our collection. The toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love lacing...

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Homemade Chocolate and Strawberry Play Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Chocolate shop play dough activity for Valentines Day! We are huge fans of homemade play dough activities here.  I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t love to play with playdough.  It’s so therapeutic and it’s terrific for building fine motor skills and hand, finger and upper-arm muscles.  Some say that offering play dough every day,...

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Big Soft Ginger Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to homemade cookies, these big, soft ginger cookies are a favourite at our house.  They’re chewy and soft, and full of ginger, clove and cinnamon flavour.  These cookies are perfect for fall and winter, but if you love the taste of gingerbread, you’ll enjoy making and eating these all year round. To make...

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Pringles Can Windsock Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Pringles can windsock is a super spring craft for toddlers and preschoolers!  It’s quick and easy, and requires just a few basic supplies that you may already have on hand! The hooligans and I love making outdoor ornaments & homemade wind chimes for our backyard play space. The tree beside our playhouse is home to...

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my favourite little corner of our big back yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

As I write this, it’s 26 degrees celsius at 10:30 p.m.  It’s hard to imagine it’s already September, and that summer’s coming to an end.   The crickets are chirping, the pond is bubbling, the air is heavy.  I love this season.  I can’t get enough of “outside” in summertime. I’m curled up in my...

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19 Easy and Adorable Handprint Crafts for Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies! If you're wondering why it's been so quiet around here, it's because we're still on Summer break here in Ontario Canada.

Summer has been hot, humid and absolutely perfect, and we're going to squeeze every last drop out of it!

Having said that, here's a great fall post if you're putting together your classroom or daycare craft plans for autumn: 19 ADORABLE HANDPRINT CRAFTS FOR FALL!

I hope you love 'em all! Click the link below to view the full post!

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Paper Plate Dream Catcher Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a paper plate dream catcher to help little ones with anxiety at bedtime. It’s quite common for children, at some stage, to develop a fear of the dark or of monsters or bad dreams when they’re young. If your child experiences anxiety at bedtime, a homemade dream catcher may provide some extra comfort and a sense of control...

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Paper Plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a Ninja Turtle fan in the house? These paper plate Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are pretty darn adorable. Plus, they're super easy to make. This is a great craft for kids who love Ninja Turtles OR for kids who love them but don't exactly love crafting. Sometimes, all it takes to spark a child's love for arts and crafts is to make the subject something that they're really crazy about! And I hope you and your kids are as crazy about these little guys as we are! Check them out!

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Styrofoam Initial Ornaments for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy Christmas craft for your toddlers to make today. We actually made these simple Styrofoam Initial ornaments last year just before Christmas, but the season was over before I got around to sharing them with you. Flash forward a year, and the Christmas crafting season is upon us again.  Man-oh-man, how did we...

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How to Make Gorgeous Tie-Dye Easter Eggs with Sharpies and Rubbing Alcohol

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot! You're going to love this one!!

I know how much your kids love dyeing Easter eggs. Well, at least I think I do because what kid doesn't love doing that at Easter time?

I also know how much of a pain in the patootie the process can be with all the bowls of food colouring and hot water and whatnot.

It's not a quick and easy process, and it's not mess-free.

Well, you are going to LOVE the process we've come up with to dye the coolest looking tie-dye Easter eggs this year because it's SUPER easy, SUPER quick and it's virtually mess-free.

Grab the Sharpies and the rubbing alcohol, because you're about to make the most awesome Easter eggs ever, and the process is going to WOW your kids!

Click the link below to check out how gorgeous they are, and to get the easy instructions!

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10 Terrific Things to Make with Old CDs and DVDs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you ever wondered what you can do with old, scratched CDs and DVDs that you can’t play anymore? Don’t throw them out!  You can make all kinds of great things with them! We love crafting with recyclables or with things that we’d normally throw in the trash, so when I come across a cd...

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Paper Plate Butterfly Silhouette Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft we made the other day?

And remember I told you we'd be making something great out of the painted paper plate leftovers?

Well, this is it!

Check out these gorgeous butterfly silhouettes!

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25 Flower Crafts and Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spring is right around the corner, my Lovelies, and I have 25 terrific flower crafts and activities to get you and your preschoolers in the mood for it!

All of these crafts and playful learning activities are really easy and inexpensive, and they are just fabulous!

Take a peek! You'll definitely want to put some of these on your "must make and do" list for spring!

Check 'em out!

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Halloween Science Experiment – Haunted Halloween Hand Melt

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands down, one of the best Halloween Science experience you've ever seen. Hands Down. Get it? Sorry, I couldn't resist! Ahaha

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Fall Napkin Rings Painted with Credit Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall napkin rings for Thanksgiving. When we set out to do some fall crafting the other day, I did not have fall napkin rings in mind at all.  But our project turned out so beautifully, that I couldn’t resist turning it into something that could be displayed on our Thanksgiving dinner table.   I originally planned...

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How to Make Extra-Large, Reversible, Flannel Receiving Blankets for Baby

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy New Year, Lovelies!

If you have a new baby to buy for this year, you have to check out my step-by-step tutorial for these AWESOME giant, reversible receiving blankets!

They're huge, and they're double-sided so they're super-cushy and warm.

Great for the crib, stroller or playpen, and wonderful for wrapping a baby in after the bath.

They're so large, I used mine until my youngest was 2 or 3 years old.

Best baby-shower gift ever.

And they're so easy to make. If you can sew a straight line, you can totally handle this project!

Click the link below for photos and instructions!

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Name Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil – A Cool Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am so excited to share this totally cool art process with you! We've created

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One-Ingredient Banana Ice Cream {in 5 Minutes}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It sounds crazy, but it's true!

5 minutes and one ingredient are all it takes to make a thick and creamy banana ice cream that tastes just like soft-serve.

This stuff really has the consistency of the soft-ice cream that you get from the ice-cream shop, but what a bonus: it's completely, 100% nutritious because the only ingredient is a frozen banana!

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Scrabble Tiles for Learning – Letter Activities for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey! Got an old Scrabble game kickin' around?

Dig it out!

Today I'm going to show you how we use ours to explore and learn about letters!

The toddlers and preschoolers just love playing with those smooth, slick tiles, and just wait until you see the beautiful and inviting set-up.

It's so simple to set this up for your kids or students!

Check it out!

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Hair Gel Sun Catchers for fall and Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

 Hair gel sun catchers: a fun and easy sensory craft for fall or a simple but engaging halloween activity for toddlers and preschoolers. There are lots of ideas floating around these days that call for filling a ziplock bag with paint, or hair-gel, or slime, and I thought they looked like fun.  We made some today, and put...

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Best Natural Bubble Bath

by Cassandra Bondie @ SLS Free

By   When you come home after a long, hard day, nothing sounds better than a relaxing bubble bath. The benefits of taking a bubble bath are improved skin health, toxin removal, and reduced back pain. But choosing the right bubbles for your bath is essential, since synthetic scents and toxins can actually increase the […]

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Toilet Roll Reindeer Ornament for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Reindeer crafts are adorable but these Toilet Roll Reindeer ornaments might be the cutest ones ever.  Gather up some empty cardboard rolls, and have the kids make a bunch to hang on the Christmas tree. If you’re looking for an absolutely adorable Christmas craft for your kids to make this year, you have to try...

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Sand Play Idea – DIY Sand Table For Kids Without a Sandbox

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

No doubt about it, kids love to play in a sandbox,  but what do you do if you don’t have one in your yard?  You create a DIY sand table!  Check out this small sand play idea!  It’s perfect for kids who don’t have a sand box! Sometimes it’s fun to take an activity that...

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Beaded Wreath Ornament for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a pretty beaded wreath ornament with a pipe cleaner and pony beads. It doesn’t get much easier than this one!  A pipe cleaner, a few beads and a ribbon are all it takes to make this beaded wreath ornament.  I love it when a simple craft like this looks so good! We’re just churning...

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Easy Homemade Croutons Recipe (You’ll Never Buy Store-bought Again)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There's nothing worse than making salad and realizing you're out of croutons. Especially if it's caesar salad.

Well, don't worry. It will never happen again with this easy but amazing homemade crouton recipe!

You can make them in minutes with almost any kind of bread, and they're so good, you'll never buy store-bought again!

Just look at them, all golden-brown and delicious. Click the link below to get the recipe, and you can take your family's salad to a whole new level tonight!

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Painting with Water – a Fun and Artful, Outdoor Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you remember doing this as a kid?

If you've never tried this activity with your little ones, you MUST!

It's so easy to set-up, it's mess-free, and it will keep your kids busy for hours. I'm betting they'll love it so much that you'll make this one of your easy go-to activities all summer long.

The best thing (aside from it being SO simple to set-up and clean-up) is that it's one of those classic activities that help to make magical childhood memories. It's stuff like this that your kids will love and remember always.

Check it out, and then put it on your must-do list for summer!

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{3 More} Easy Paper Plate Crafts for Halloween

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

3 fun, easy and adorable paper plate crafts for Halloween.  Your preschoolers are going to love these! As you know, the Hooligans and I get a little excited about our holiday crafts, and Halloween is one of our favourite times of the year when it comes to crafting!  There are so many fun and adorable...

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25 {Irresistibly Adorable} Snowman Crafts, Activities and Treats

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Snowman season is almost here, and to ring it in, I’ve rounded up a bunch of unbelievably cute snowman crafts, activities and recipes for you and your kids to try this winter! In this collection, you’ll find 25 easy and adorable snowman crafts, oh-so-cute holiday treats, and unique snowman activities to keep the kids busy when...

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16 Ridiculously Cute Craft Stick Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, guys.

Just wait til you see this one.

I've rounded up 16 of our cutest-ever craft stick ornaments, and put them all in one post.

These ornaments are perfect for the Christmas tree, and great for all age groups so you'll want to check them out.

Be warned though. They're ridiculously cute! From the ballerina to the Santa and helpers to the ninjas and the nutcrackers, they're all just adorable.

Oh, and if you have boys who tend to be a little reluctant to come to the craft table, there are 3 in here that will appeal to them!

Check them out through the link below. Enjoy!

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Amazing Fall Art with Melted Crayon Shavings

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am so excited with how our latest art project turned out!

It's SO pretty, and the process was really cool.

If you've seen our "Starry Night" with melted crayons, you'll know the process I'm talking about.

We made these melty Fall Trees for our friends over at CBC Parents. I hope you'll check them out, and make some at home with your hooligans!

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Constructing with Styrofoam Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re working through some hands on science activities with your kids, building structures is a great way for kids to experiment with planning and constructing.  It’s a super opportunity to explore new materials and tools too. Now, I know that some people get the heebie-jeebies just thinking about touching styrovoam, but the kids here...

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How to Peel a Pomegranate – Quick, Easy and Mess-Free

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you love pomegranate, but you don’t love peeling one and removing the seeds?  Well, you will love this post then! Today I’m going to show you how to peel a pomegranate in just a few minutes, without any mess! Pomegranates are absolutely delicious, and they’re also really good for you.  Unfortunately, some people are...

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Twig Tree Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Christmas Twig Tree Ornaments are so easy to make, even the youngest crafters will love them. I love a Christmas tree ornament that looks like a miniature Christmas tree.  Similar to our Twig Star Ornaments from last year, the toddlers and preschoolers are combining twigs and yarn, and using their wrapping and winding skills to...

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Mason Jar Lid Ornaments – Cool for Kids of All Ages to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I have the easiest little Christmas decoration to share with you today. We made Mason Jar Lid Ornaments that have a bit of a stained glass look to them. If you’ve been hanging us hooligans for a while, you know I’m crazy about simple Christmas crafts that can be done on a shoe-string budget. Well, this is...

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30 Time Saving Tips and Hacks for Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Get organized and save time, space, effort and energy with these 30 time saving tips and hacks for the home. Household tips, life-hacks, time-savers, short-cuts, game-changers… call them what you will; they’re all words used to describe those handy, little tricks that make life a bit easier. And who doesn’t love the sound of that? Hey!...

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Adorable Toilet Paper Roll Owl Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An adorable owl craft for kids of all ages to make using toilet roll tubes and fabric scraps!  Owl crafts are just adorable, aren’t they? Because owls are typically thought of as being a fall craft, we often make them around Halloween, but in all honesty, these toilet paper rollouts are so cute, you’ll want...

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17 Candy Apple Recipes That Will Rock Your World This Fall

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

17 Creative candy apple recipes so good you won’t want to share them with the kids! Candy Apples, caramel apples, toffee apples, candied apples…  call them what you like, they’re all DELICIOUS!  What with fall being right around the corner, and apples at their best right now, I thought it would be fun to round...

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Is your soap stripping your skin?

Is your soap stripping your skin?


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Are you using a soap that’s actually doing more harm than good to your skin? Your proof is in the paper – the litmus paper that is! We decided to do some sci...

Adorable Paper Plate Purses & Easter Baskets Your Kids can Design and Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know how it is when you have a craft all planned out, but the kids come up with completely different plans of their own?

That's how it was with these paper plate purses and Easter baskets. Aren't they adorable? Sometimes kids have the best ideas of all.

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Pringles Can and Paint Swatch Fine Motor Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A pringles can and some paint swatches makes a great fine motor drop box activity for babies and toddlers! I have a hard time parting with my recyclables.  Before I toss anything into the blue bin, I think seriously about its potential to be upcycled into a craft or an activity for the hooligans.  As...

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Pom Pom Spiders and Wooly Webs – a Weaving Activity and Halloween Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pom pom spiders and wooly webs: an Easy Halloween craft and a weaving activity all rolled into one. The Hooligans and I have had a spectacular month, doing all sorts of fall crafts and activities. The weather has been incredibly warm this Autumn, but as Halloween approaches, I’m getting excited about the cooler weather and...

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When Your Child Hates Bath Time – 10 Simple Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Does your child hate bath time? Don't worry, you're not alone. It's parenting challenge that I'm asked about often. Recently, I took the question to my Facebook page, and asked "what can you do if your child hates the bath" and my readers offered up lots of advice.

Here are 10 fun and simple solutions that may help end the bath time battles at your house.

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Ninja Craft Stick Ornaments For The Christmas Tree

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ninja fans are going to LOVE this craft! These ninja craft stick ornaments are just adorable and they're SO easy to make!

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Halloween Matching Game for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween matching game: a fun homemade matching activity for home or the classroom. Here’s a fun homemade game to help toddlers develop shape recognition and matching skills!  Kids can match up textured, patterned bats, cats, pumpkins and leaves with this festive, homemade Halloween activity. As I’ve mentioned before, I have this awesome stash of Wallpaper sample...

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Painting with Shaving Cream: Outdoor Art for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting with shaving cream is an amazing sensory play idea for indoors or out!  Use it in the bath or take it outside to paint on the patio door like we did! We love playing with shaving cream!  I always have a couple of cheap cans of Barbasol shaving foam set aside for play activities. We...

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Portable Craft Kit for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Crafting with little ones can be somewhat daunting if you don’t have a designated place to keep all of your supplies, but we have an easy solution! Tame the craft clutter with this portable craft kit for crafty kids and teenage babysitters.  Kids can easily tote all of their craft supplies from cupboard to work...

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Smoosh-Painted Pumpkin Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Smoosh-painted pumpkin art for toddlers:  experimenting with colour, texture and colour-mixing and a fun paint technique too! I can’t believe October is coming to an end already!   I still have so many halloween craft ideas that we haven’t gotten around to doing!  Today, we were smooshing pumpkins today, using the same paint smooshing technique that...

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Paint Chip Candy Canes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Candy Canes – easy Christmas craft and cutting exercise for toddlers and preschoolers… These paint chip candy canes were completely unplanned, and came about when one of our preschoolers wanted to work on his scissor skills yesterday.   He grabbed the scissors, and I sifted through our supply of paint chip sample cards,...

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Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – Playhouse Makeover: from Boring to WOW!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids’ Playhouse Ideas – simple ways to give your backyard playhouse a makeover and take it from “so-so” to the coolest hang-out on the block.  When I was a kid, my backyard playhouse was the favourite hide-out for me and all the kids on my street.  My dad built it.  It was quite small.  But...

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Tissue Paper and Contact Paper “Stained Glass” Window Decorating

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’ve been following along with us for a while now, you know I love crafting with tissue paper.  One creative idea I’ve always admired is decorating a window with tissue paper cut-outs.  Today, as one of our Valentine’s activities, we covered our living room window in colourful, tissue paper hearts!  The process was so...

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Shaving Cream Sensory Play with Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving cream sensory play with glitter and small toys – a wonderful messy play experience! We were playing with shaving cream and food colouring last week, and it was a big hit (even though it was dollar store shaving cream, and absolutely horrible, drippy,sloppy stuff). Well, this week we were playing with shaving cream and glitter,...

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Collaborative Heart Project Fundraiser

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am currently working on a project, created by Jamie at Hands on as We Grow, who is pulling together a “Heart Project eBook”. This collaborative project, involving more than 50 bloggers, will be a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association.  The Heart Project eBook will be available by making a $5...

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Handprint Valentines Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Handprint Valentines cards – a cute and easy Valentine’s craft: We have made so many easy and adorable Valentines crafts this year here in my home daycare, and today, we made our final heart-craft of the season. We made these cute, little Hand Hearts today for the hooligans to take home to their parents tonight. We’ve made...

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Palm oil companies join NGOs to save 10,000 Borneo orangutans

by @ Palm Oil Action Australia

eco-business.com Palm oil companies join NGOs to save 10,000 Borneo orangutans | News | Eco-Business Eco-Business 4-5 minutes

Some of the world’s largest palm oil companies have joined forces with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to launch an initiative to help prevent ... Read More

Mermaid Crown Craft from a Paper Bag

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a mermaid crown with a painted paper bag and an assortment of seashells. If you saw our enchanting Woodland Fairy Tiara , you may recall that I’m embarking on a little adventure in Paper Bag Hats.  The inspiration behind this series came from the Paper Bag Nests that we made at Easter.  I loved how...

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Muddy Car Wash Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who’s ready for an awesome mud play idea?  A muddy car wash is a terrific mud activity for preschoolers! Drive those cars through the mud, down the ramp, and “splash” into a bucket of soapy water! Oh, we’re loving our water play activities and all of our mud play now that the summer weather has arrived.  Our latest favourite...

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2-Ingredient GOOP Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

2-Ingredient Goop Recipe:  Is it a solid?  Is it a liquid?  Yes!  It’s BOTH?  What is this mysterious substance? It’s GOOP – one of the funnest, most amazing science activities ever!  It’s a fabulous sensory experience too, and all you need are two basic ingredients to make it! We’re no strangers to simple scientific concoctions here...

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Easy Bacon-wrapped Green Beans

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovelies!  My friend Alison, from Pint-Sized Treasures, is here with us today, to share one of her fab favourite family recipes with us! Looking for a perfect side dish or appetizer? These easy bacon-wrapped green beans are crowd-pleasers — and even kid pleasers! I still remember when I first met this wonderful dish. I...

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Colourful Rain Stick Craft for Spring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Saturday, my Lovelies!

If you're looking for a quick and easy craft for your kids to do today, you have to check out our rain sticks!

They adored the decorating process. Seriously. They would've decorated cardboard tubes ALL afternoon if I'd let them. The dollar store tape you see here is the secret to what made that prcoess such a hit!

Filling the tubes was fun too, and then of course, playing with them! They sound so lovely!

And don't they look gorgeous? They're so colourful and vibrant. I'm just in love with them!

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Painting Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting Activities for Toddlers: big art, painting without brushes, and some unplanned body-painting. There are all kinds of creative art techniques for kids under the age of two to experiment with. Little kids LOVE to paint.  They love getting messy. They love a BIG, clean canvas, and kids love to express their creativity on. These were...

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Paper Plate Tambourines for Kids to Make and Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The hooligans had a terrific time making these simple paper plate tambourines. We’re working on our A-Z paper plate crafts collection, and these were perfect for the letter “T”. The decorating process was a lot of fun, and these tambourines really sound great when you jingle and shake them! They’re a great to add to...

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Homemade Twirling Ribbon Sticks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

On a whim yesterday, I made a couple of homemade twirling ribbon sticks for the girls, and they had a wonderful time running and spinning around the yard, watching their ribbons dance in the wind! Twirling ribbon?  Ribbon stick?  Twirling ribbon stick?  I’m not exactly sure what they’re called, but they were so easy to make! They’re...

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Adorable {Reversible} “In Like a Lion, Out Like a Lamb” Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek! I love, love, LOVE the way this one turned out!

Have your kids heard the expression "in like a lion, out like a lamb"? Ask them!

I was surprised that the hooligans had never heard it, so I told them all about it, and then we made this ADORABLE lion and lamb craft.

It's reversible, so your kids can hang it up, and flip it from one side to the other depending on what the what their prediction is, and what the weather is actually like.

Like all of our crafts, this one is really easy to make, using supplies and materials that you probably already have around the house.

And just look at it!

Isn't it the cutest thing ever?

Click the link below for photos and instructions.

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Tin Foil Tissue Paper Ornaments – So Easy, So Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I love, love, love these simple homemade ornaments. Sparkly, colourful and gorgeous, and they're totally easy and inexpensive to make using tin foil and a few gems and jewels. Little kids will love the colourful process, and big kids can get really creative with the designs they make. Hey, I'm not going to lie. I thoroughly enjoyed making a few of my own. Check them out!

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25+ Easy Bird Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, lovelies. Prepare yourself for the cutest bird round-up ever! I've gathered up all of my preschool bird crafts, and put them all into one post for you. We've got birds for all reasons and seasons here. Use these ideas for a preschool bird unit, or make a few as Christmas ornaments, table toppers, gift toppers and greeting cards. These birds are so darn cute, and BONUS: they're all made with stuff you already have around your home. Yay! Check 'em out...

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Rag Heart Ornaments with Pipe Cleaners and Fabric Strips

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a super-easy Valentines craft for your kids to make, and a great way to use up colourful fabric scraps leftover from past sewing projects! All you need to make one of these adorable, rustic little ornaments is a pipe cleaner and a strip of fabric. We've made ours in pairs, and tied them together to hang in a bedroom, but singles can be used as gift toppers or given along with a Valentines card. So quick. So easy, and so pretty!

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How to Make Healthy Vietnamese Spring Rolls at Home

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Psssst!

Wanna know how to make Vietnamese Spring Rolls at home? You know what they are, right? Cold spring rolls in rice paper wrappers? Some people call them summer rolls or salad rolls.

Well, guess what. They're TOTALLY easy to make at home, and today, I'm showing you how!

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10 Easy Easter Crafts for Kids of all ages to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woohoo! Easter is just around the corner, my Lovelies, and to kick off the spring and Easter crafting season, I'm sharing 10 of my favourite Easter crafts for kids with you today. These projects are all easy and inexpensive, using basic supplies. Some are simple enough for toddlers, and others can be enjoyed by older kids. They all have one thing in common though.... They're absolutely adorable! Wouldn't you agree?

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How to Wrap a Small Gift in a Pull-Tab Can

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

What a super-fun way to disguise a small gift like cash, concert tickets or gift cards? Wrap it in a clean, used pull-tab can from your pantry cupboard! It's so fun to open, and they'll never be able to guess what's inside!

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Halloween Necklaces

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween Necklaces – great, little halloween craft toddlers and preschoolers to help develop hand-eye co-ordination and fine motor skills. We’re making lots of Halloween crafts here in my home daycare these days!  We made these Hallowe’en necklaces today! The hooligans loved the process for the festive colours, and because they created something they could wear....

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Scratch Art Family Portrait for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This one will take you right back to grade-school art class!

I LOVE this process!

We're doing "scratch art" today, and we're making ADORABLE family portraits to give to parents or grandparents.

If you're still looking for an awesome craft that your kids or students can make for family members, this one's for you!!

The kids are going to LOVE this fun and funky art activity!

Check it out! Isn't it fab?

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Adorable Cotton Pad Chick Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This adorable cotton pad chick craft provides little hands with lots of fine-motor development, and it’s a lesson in water absorption too! As you likely know, we love using items that we already have around the house for our crafts and learning activities.  I always have a sleeve of cotton make up pads in my...

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Pasta with Butter and Parm – Favourite Daycare Lunch for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hands-down, this is our favourite lunch ever here in my daycare.

Every kid loves it, from the toddlers right through to the 10 year olds.

It's super-easy to make, and even the pickiest kids (and believe me, I've had some picky ones!) ask for this over and over again.

Everyone has seconds, and sometimes thirds. It's that good.

You know why? It's simple, delicious comfort food.

You can tweak it any way you want to, but this version right here - it's guaranteed to make everyone happy.

Check it out, and give it a try. I'll bet it will become a favourite with your hooligans too!

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Turning Grapes into Raisins – Science for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My daycare kids love grapes.  They also love raisins.  Now, we all know that a raisin is simply a dried up grape, but that probably seems a little puzzling to a toddler.  After all, a raisin doesn’t look anything like a grape!  To help the hooligans really understand, we conducted one of the easiest science...

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Play Dough Ice Cream Shop – Pretend Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids love ice cream, and kids love play dough, so we’ve combined the two, and come up with this Play Dough Ice Cream Shop!  It’s a terrific pretend play great for keeping toddlers and preschoolers entertained, learning and developing their fine motor skills! The hooligans LOVE homemade playdough, and we’ve done a ton of creative...

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Snowflake Activity – Building Snowflakes on a Mirror

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mirror play is so much fun! Today, the hooligans are building snowflakes on a mirror using dry erase markers an decorative gems! Super sensory activity, and great for strengthening those fine-motor skills too! Check it out....

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Homemade Story Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have a WONDERFUL little project to share with you today, and if you're a creative teacher or caregiver or parent, you will love it.

I made these story stones for my daycare, using stones collected from the beach, and cut-outs from magazines and fabric swatches.

They were really fun and easy to make, and I can't tell you how much the hooligans LOVE them.

These stones help them to construct a story-line, aid in narrating a story, prompt them to think creatively, help them gain confidence when speaking in a group.

So, not only are they a valuable teaching/learning tool in our daycare, they're also really fun to play with.

When you're at the beach this summer, collect a bucketful of smooth stones so you can make a set of these for your classroom or daycare!

Check 'em out!

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I Spy Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An "I SPY" Sensory bin is one of my favourite back-to-school activities here in my daycare. After a long summer off, and with some new hooligans on board, this activity always gets the kids chatting together and working together as they explore and discover all the goodies in the bin. Bonus: I just use small odds and ends that I have on hand to put the bin together with. Great for fine-motor development, this activity will keep your kids entertained all week long as they settle back into their surroundings. Check it out!

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Dry Erase and Water “Floating Ink” Experiment (Giveaway)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness! I have the COOLEST thing to share with you today (and a give-away too!)

We're making dry erase drawings float on water!

I even made a video so you can see this awesome science activity in action!

Click the link below to hop over to blog where you can watch the video and enter for your chance to win a set of EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicators!

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Outdoor Sensory Play – Exploring Fresh Herbs

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Outdoor sensory play idea:  Toddlers and preschoolers will love exploring fresh herbs and plants with this fun backyard sensory activity! This is such a fun way for kids to work on their cutting skills.  It’s also one of our favourite water play activities for engaging all the senses.  The smell of fresh cut herbs, the beautiful...

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No, Dove, we don't need your 'body positive' soap bottles

No, Dove, we don't need your 'body positive' soap bottles


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CD Mandala Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got some old, scratched CDs and DVDs that you don't know what to do with? Have your kids turn them into gorgeous CD Mandala ornaments for the Christmas tree! This is such a calming and relaxing activity, and the results are just beautiful! Don't you just love turning trash into treasures like this? Check them out!

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Cardboard Gingerbread House

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Decorate a Cardboard Gingerbread House with craft and fabric scraps… Oh, don’t you love a good gingerbread craft at Christmas time?  Gingerbread activities, gingerbread men and gingerbread cookies. Above all, Gingerbread houses go hand in hand with the holiday season, right? Traditional cookie and candy gingerbread houses are fun to make and decorate, but if...

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50+ Creative Ways to Re-Use Baby Food Jars

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a growing collection of clean, empty baby food jars that you don't know what to do with?

Join the club! I am right there with you!

What is it about small, glass bottles and containers?

They're just so chubby and cute...

... and because they come in handy for so many different things, I can't part with them. I do so love re-purposing every-day items, don't you?

One of my facebook followers recently asked for ways to re-use baby food jars, and I asked the rest of my followers to share their favourite ideas.

Ok. I was totally blown away by their creativity! Check it out!

From baby food jar crafts and organization systems to gifts, and party favours... we have more than 50 ways for you to put those little jars to good use!

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Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make snack-time fun with our Banana-Graham Butterfly Snacks! We all know that kids love snacks that are fun. Even the pickiest eaters are more likely to try a new food, or a food that they don’t like if it’s shaped into something fun. If you have a child who isn’t big on wholesome snacks, take...

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What is the difference between commercial soap noodle production vs castile handmade soap?

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Mountain Sky Makes Handmade Castile Soap. There are two main processes for making hard bar opaque soap, the hot process and the cold process. Commercial soap (Irish Spring, Dove, Body Shop soap, Dr. Bronner’s hard bar soap, Kirk's) is manufactured by using a hot process method. In the hot process, oils and alkali are boiled [...]

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Beautiful Pinecone Mobiles for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Monday, Lovelies!

Fall is in full swing here, and we're making the most of these glorious summer-like tempertures, crafting in the yard under the shade of our big maple tree.

Our latest creation - these awesome pinecone mobiles.

They're colourful and beautiful, and they're made with just a few items found in our own backyard.

They're easy too, and they make up quickly. You don't need even need glue!

Check them out at the link below, and then head outdoors with your own hooligans to gather the supplies to make them!

Kids of all ages will love this simple but beautiful project! Make a few today with your gang!

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Adorable Yogurt Bottle Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, totally easy craft here, but so darn adorable!

Raid your recycle bin, and gather up some empty yogurt drink bottles.

We're making Yogurt Bottle Snowmen today!

Your kids can play with them, or hang them on the Christmas tree!

Check out the details through the link below!

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Oreo Mummy Pops

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for an adorable homemade Halloween treat, make a batch of Oreo Mummy Pops!  They’re perfect Halloween treats for the classroom or a Halloween party, or you can hand them out to your favourite trick-or-treaters on Halloween night! Oreo mummy pops are really and truly very easy to make, so don’t think, for...

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Valentines Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I just love Valentines crafts and activities, don’t you?  It’s so fun to get creative with a holiday theme, and Valentine’s day is one of our favourites here in my home daycare. Last night I set out to make a Valentines Activity Bin, chock-full of pink and red Valentines-type items for the hooligans to explore, experiment...

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Easter Egg Table Toppers – Painting with Q-tips

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will have fun painting with Q-tips while making these easy, Easter Egg table toppers!   If you’re looking for last-minute Easter crafts for kids to do before the weekend arrives, these table toppers were super-simple to make. But to add some interest to the activity, we used Q-tips dipped in paint to...

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Handmade Thank You Cards with Wax Resist Paint Technique

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can create beautiful handmade Thank You cards using a wax resist art technique. A white crayon and some watercolour paints are all you’ll need! Crayon resist (or wax resist) is a really cool art project for kids of all ages and it’s one of those fun science activities that kids of all ages love. Toddlers and preschoolers can...

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Recipe: Baby Risotto

by admin admin @ Certified Organic skincare

Episode #4 in our Good Enough 2 Eat Video series features the best skincare regime for babies, Janella makes a delicous yet nutritious risotto for children 6 months and over plus a special guest star – baby Crosby! The skin and health benefits of olive oil are discussed. Baby Risotto Makes about two cups 1 […]

Palm Oil Industry Facing Up to Sustainability Issues

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Palm Oil Industry Facing Up to Sustainability Issues

14 Jun 2017 — Some of the largest global players in palm oil have teamed up with NGOs to save orangutans endangered because of habitat loss, forming a new alliance to help ... Read More

Crazy-Good Carrot Cake Recipe With Cream Cheese Frosting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a crazy-good carrot cake recipe with cream cheese frosting, look no further!

This is your cake! I mean it! It might even be just as good as my crazy banana cake, and believe me, THAT cake is out of this world. I say "might" because it all comes down to personal taste, so I'll let you be the official judge!

My banana cake is crazy because of the way you bake and cool it, but this carrot cake is just plain crazy-GOOD. No wacky baking techniques - it's just a traditional carrot cake that everyone goes nuts for.

I've made dozens of carrot cakes over the years, but after snagging this recipe from a friend about 10 years ago, I've abandoned all other recipes, and you might too. There's no turning back after you've tasted this one!

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Build a Snowman Activity Tray

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for snowman crafts and activities for toddlers and preschoolers, I have a bunch, but I think my favourite is this simple snowman activity tray. Kids can build their own snowmen from scratch over and over again, switching up the parts and accessories each time.  It’s a great fine motor activity, and a wonderful way...

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{Gorgeous} Coloured Coffee Filter Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want to brighten up a dull and dreary winter day? Make some of these gorgeous, vibrant coffee filter snowflakes. The process is fun and easy, and a great lesson in water absorption and colour-mixing. Kids of all ages will want to get in on the fun making these. I find them a little addictive myself!

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Zuppa Toscana: Sausage Soup – An Olive Garden Knock-Off

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You know the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana?

Yeah. This soup is that soup, only better. And you can make it right at home, any time you want with this Olive Garden copycat recipe!

It's super-easy to make and it will feed a crowd. Or...it will feed a lot of soup to your little family.

And that's never a bad thing.

Give this soup a try this weekend. You'll be happy you did. And look at that photo. Is that not the most gorgeous soup you ever did see?

Click through on the link below to get the recipe!

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Fall Colour Apple Stamping

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Colour Apple Stamping – exploring the colours of the season. Oh, I do love all the fall crafting we’re doing right now in my daycare.  The gorgeous colours of Autumn are right around the corner, and the apple season is upon us, so yesterday we did some fall colour apple stamping.  It was a beautiful...

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Paper Plate Clock Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper plate crafts are the bomb. Check out this cheery paper plate clock we made as a way to work on number recognition, number sorting and telling time.

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Delicious Taco Hotdogs and a Chance to Win an Inflatable Air Couch

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everyone loves tacos AND everyone loves hotdogs, so why not combine the two? For a family BBQ they’ll never forget, set up a backyard Taco Hotdog bar. Soft, fluffy buns cradling grilled franks, all heaped with your favourite taco toppings… Mmmm! Now that’s a hotdog. A taco hotdog.  Summertime is the best time for creating memories to last...

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How to Get Teens to Hang Up Their Towels: 10 Fail-Proof Solutions

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

10 easy, effective, sure-fire ways to get teens to hang up their towels after every single shower! “Hang up your towel!”  “Where’d you leave your towel?”  “Why is this towel on the floor?” “Is that where your towel belongs?”  On and on it goes…. Sound familiar?  If you have teenagers you might be able to...

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Hand Print Apple Tree Craft with Tissue Paper and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It’s almost apple season, and you know what that means…  apple crafts, stamping with apples and lots of apple treats!  Today we’re making one of my favourite fall tree crafts!  It’s an adorable apple tree craft with tissue paper and buttons.  If your little one loves handprint crafts, this will be a hit for sure!...

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Framed Photo Paper Art with Sharpies – Fun for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eek.  Have you ever had this problem?  Your child wants (or needs) needs to make a homemade gift for a parent or grandparent, but there’s not enough time to pull out all the paint and various supplies to craft something up. What to do?  What to do? Not to worry!  We’ve got you covered!  Here’s...

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Scrape-Painted Valentines for Toddlers and Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and Preschoolers are going to love this Valentines Craft!  Scrape-painted Valentines are so fun to make with a few shades of red and pink paint and an old, expired credit card! We’re having so much fun with all of the Valentines crafts we’re making here in my home daycare.  Our craft room is a...

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6 Ways to Make Homemade Stamps for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

6 ways to make a set of custom homemade stamps for your kids, using common house-hold items! Does your child love stamping?  Most kids do!  There’s something so fun about dipping a stamp in a puddle of paint, or pounding a stamp back and forth between stamp pad and paper, making marks all over a...

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Adorable Paper Plate Gingerbread Man Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this is quite possibly THEE cutest gingerbread craft EVER. And guess what - it's SO super-easy. Oh, and it's also a paper plate craft because we're going gangbusters trying to finish our A-Z paper plate collection at the moment. This is probably the most adorable Letter "G" craft you could ever want, and it's also quite timely for Christmas crafting what with gingerbreads being very festive and all. Have a peek, and tell me it's not the most Anyway... have a peek, and tell me what you think. Is this over-the-top cuteness or what?

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Strawberry-Applesauce Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your kids like strawberries and applesauce, there’s a very good chance they’ll love this strawberry applesauce recipe! It’s so quick and easy to make, I never buy store-bought applesauce anymore.  Making strawberry applesauce is just as easy as making regular applesauce.  It’s delicious and much healthier than factory-made, and it’s a great way to...

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Paper Plate Watermelon Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ohhh! I just love it when a simple idea turns out so well! Making these paper plate watermelons was so fun and easy, and they turned out so well! Don't you just love what we used for the "seeds"? The preschoolers and toddlers loved the process, and oh my! They look good enough to eat! What a great craft for summer, or for a Letter "W" unit in preschool! Check them out!

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Fairy Mud with Toilet Paper and Ivory Soap

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Whip up a batch of “fairy mud” with a roll of toilet paper, a bar of soap, and some seashells, flower petals and glitter.  It’s a fantastic sensory activity for toddlers and preschoolers! We’ve done lots of fairy activities lately, and today, we’re busting out the glitter!  Yes.  I actually said the G-word.  You’re probably...

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Halloween Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Put together a spooky Halloween Sensory Bin for hours of exploratory play! We’ve been exploring all kinds of ghostly goodies in our Halloween Sensory Bin.  This spooky-fun activity was very easy to put together, using items that I had tucked away from last year’s Halloween bin, as well as a few new odds and ends from...

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Foaming Body Washes made with Concentrated Castile Soap

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Foaming Body Washes Are Not All Natural There are a lot of foaming body washes out there on the planet. And, there are a lot of refills for those foaming pump bottles, but did you know that not all of these liquid refills are the same. Many body washes are actually detergents made with decyl [...]

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Paper Bag Alien Hat

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun and easy Halloween craft for your kids to make?  How about a paper bag monster or alien hat with some paint and a few craft supplies.  Head on over to CBC Parents to check out the details! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables,...

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Craft Stick Snowman Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Adorable craft stick snowman ornaments for the Christmas tree: a simple snowman craft that’s easy enough for preschoolers, but so cute that kids of all ages will fall for it! The hooligans have made a LOT of craft stick ornaments in my daycare over the years, and these simple snowmen ornaments are always a favourite.  They’re easy...

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Homemade Magic Kit

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A simple homemade magic kit made from basic household items provide kids with hours of endless creative play!: Remember a few weeks back when I shared the 5 minute magic wand that I made from a drinking straw and some tape?  And remember I told you there would be more “magic” to follow?  Well, this...

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Patriotic Canada Day Windsock Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy Canada Day craft for the kids to make this Canada Day, check out these awesome windsocks!

What a great activity for the kids in between the parade, the BBQ's and the fireworks!

Don't they look Great?! Check 'em out!!

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Wax Resist Valentines Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the toddlers and preschoolers in my home daycare have been busy making Valentines’ cards for their parents. Recently, we made these awesome wax resist cards!  We love wax-resist art.  Some folks call it crayon-resist or paint-resist, but whatever you call it, it’s just plain fascinating! Kids love watching...

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Twig Star Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is one of our simplest crafts ever, and it's so beautiful. You can use these twig stars on a Christmas tree or a mantel or even hang them out on a patio or deck. Lots of fine motor development going on here too! Check them out! I think you'll love them. :)

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Gingerbread House Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gingerbread House Ornaments: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make. We’re churning out the homemade Christmas ornaments here, and today we whipped up some gingerbread house ornaments for the Christmas tree. This is just one of a number of gingerbread crafts that we’ve made here for the holidays.  We have scented gingerbread...

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Sparkling Valentines Ornaments with 2-Ingredient Clay Dough

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeee! Ok, this might be my favourite Valentines craft so far this year!!!

We've used our infamous 2-ingredient white clay dough to make these dazzling Valentines ornaments! I just LOVE how they sparkle and shine! And the colours... oh my WORD! They're gorgeous!

I love this clay dough so much. It's SO easy to make! It's just baking soda and corn flour, so it dries to this brilliant, bright white which looks stunning with the sparkly colours we've topped them with! Have a look! Aren't they just beautiful?

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35+ Very Cool Things to Make with a Paper Bag

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who knew there were so many COOL things you could make with a brown paper bag? Check out this fab collection! More than 35+ awesome paper bag crafts for all seasons and all age groups. You'll even want to make some of these yourself, Mom!

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Food Colouring or Liquid Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Let's dye some Easter Eggs! There's no need to go to the store to buy a kit. Eggs are so easy to dye at home using food colouring or liquid watercolours!

I'm going to show you how to blow out an egg, and how to dye a bunch of eggs quickly and easily at home. It's fast, it's fun, and the results are so pretty!

And best of all, we're using supplies that you already have at home.

Scatter them along your Easter dinner table, or display them in a bowl. Either way, you and your kids can take pride, knowing you coloured your eggs the good, old-fashioned way!

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Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas Tree

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bust out your button collection!  We’re making a simple Button Wreath Ornament for the Christmas tree today! This button wreath ornament is very easy to make, so it’s a great Christmas craft for preschoolers.  If you older kids who love sifting  through your button collection though, then a pretty, little button wreath will be a hit...

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Rainbow Water Play Activity – colour mixing in the back yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Water Play Activity: a lesson in colour mixing with “rainbow” water… Looking for another water play activity before the Fall weather hits?  Toddlers and  preschoolers will have a great time wiht this rainbow water station! This was such a simple activity to pull together, and it was so fun.   Water play is always a...

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Garden Soup – Fine Motor Water Play Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Garden soup! This is one of the easiest water play activities ever to set up. It always keeps my toddlers and preschoolers entertained for the better part of a morning. Nature and science go hand in hand.  Making Garden Soup is one of my favourite natural science activities to do with the hooligans.  This pretend...

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Deep Blue Sea Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Deep Blue Sea Bin is an awesome small world activity to set up for your kids if you’re studying an ocean theme or an underwater theme, or if you’re observing Shark Week! We’re on a roll with our water play activities this week!  The weather has been so warm here, and I’ve been having...

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Easy, Adorable Paint Stick Ballerina Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ack!! I can't even handle the cuteness!

These paint stick ballerinas are adorable and so easy to make! They'd be perfect to make with a dance class or at a dance party!

Click the link below to see how cute and easy they are!

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Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, the snowflakes are flying!  We’ve had flurries off and on for three days in a row now, and that means it’s time to start making some of our favourite wintery treats! Cinnamon-Sugar Snowflakes are one of our favourite winter-time snacks. Butter, sugar and cinnamon toasted crispy brown…  Mmmmm, I can’t think of a yummier...

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Ocean in a Bottle with 3 Simple Ingredients

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make an ocean in a bottle with 3 easy ingredients.  One of the fastest and easiest-ever science activities for preschoolers. I love to make homemade toys for the hooligans.  Discovery bottles are always a favourite here.  They look so beautiful, and no matter what we fill them with. This particular ocean in a bottle has to be the...

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Paint Stick Dolls with Fabric Scraps and Yarn

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Warning: Cuteness overload!

Eeek! I am SO excited to show you these dolls!

They were so much fun to make, and the process was incredibly creative (and addictive!)

What a terrific activity for strengthening fine-motor control and co-ordination, and just look at them! Each and every one is so unique!

Grab some paint sticks, and bust out the fabric and yarn scraps! You're in for some fun!

Check them out!!

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Melted Crayon Art Hearts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you ever created art with melted crayons? It’s a pretty cool technique!  The colours all blend and swirl together so magically!  It’s almost hypnotizing watching it happen. Want to give it a try?  Grab a handful of crayons, and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made these Melted Crayon Hearts for Valentines...

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Marbleized Easter Egg Garland – a Fun and Easy Easter Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Marbleized Egg Garland is a great Easter craft for kids of all ages. The painting process is a lot of fun, and the garland will look so pretty decorating a window or a mantel.  I actually have quite a few Easter craft ideas for kids here on my blog, but I know your kids...

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Tissue Paper Clothespin Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These tissue paper clothespin butterflies are easy to make, but they’ll provide your toddler with lots of fine motor development, sensory fun and an all-time favourite activity – stamping! The temps are finally warming up here!  Spring is on the horizon and winter may well and truly be behind us.  We’re so happy to be...

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Coloured Cloud Dough – How to Colour Cloud Dough for Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to make coloured cloud dough with 3 easy ingredients. We’ve done it!  We’ve successfully made a batch of vibrantly coloured cloud dough!  Now, if you’ve never heard of it before, you can find out how amazing cloud dough is, over here, in an article I wrote a couple of years ago. If you are...

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Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting Ice with Salt and Watercolours – a colourful science experiment for kids. One of the hooligans favourite science activities is melting a block of ice salt and water. Today we’re doing this experiment as a Valentine’s activity so we’ve used a heart-shaped ice block.  We’ve done plenty of melting ice experiments before, but this...

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Easy Chocolate Chip Candy Cane Bark

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, my Lovelies! I came up with the easiest recipe the other day! I made this amazing chocolate chip and candy cane bark using just 3 ingredients! It took about 10 minutes from start to finish, and YUM... my family is going nuts for it! If you're looking for an awesome treat to make for holiday entertaining or to give to teachers, friends and neighbours, you will LOVE how easy this one is to make! Check it out!

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Homemade Soft Pretzels Recipe – Easy and Delicious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Soft homemade pretzels are one of those things that everybody loves but no-one ever makes, right?

Well, I have a little secret to share with you.

They're SUPER-easy to make at home!

Seriously!

They're really fun too - especially if you have little kids in the house because, hey, the kneading and rolling and shaping is kind of like playing with play dough!

Use your dough to make traditional pretzel shapes or pretzel numbers or letters.

Top with your favourite pretzel toppings, and boom, you've got yourself a delicious, soft, chewy homemade snack for after school or whenever.

And... they're so easy, your kids can pretty much make them themselves.

Check out the link below to how see "Miss Mess" (9 years old) whipped up this batch for us last week.

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Monster Hands: a Fun and Freaky Halloween Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Monster hands: a hand-tracing craft that incorporates some sensory play!  An easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make, or the perfect activity for a monster-themed party for kids. I was looking at the pictures of our handprint fall tree craft the other day, and those trees gave me the idea for this Monster Hands...

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10 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids to Make for the Tree this Year

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Super-easy, simple materials, and they look just awesome! Don't you love a craft like that? Here are 10 of my favourite super-duper easy Christmas crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make. Ok, the poinsettias are a wee bit complex, but the other nine are really basic, and my-oh-my, they are SO adorable! I'm tellin' you, you are going to have thee cutest Christmas tree in town if you stick with us this season! And just think - your heart will absolutely melt, year after year, when you pull these precious keepsakes out to decorate at Christmas time. Memories, my lovelies. You're making memories with your kids when you make these holiday crafts together. xx Check 'em out!

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How to Make Easy Last-Minute Fruity Pebbles Easter Egg Treats

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a last-minute Easter treat for a classroom party or family get-together?

These Fruity Pebbles Easter Egg Treats are perfect!

They're shaped like real eggs, and super-easy to make. Because the cereal is so colourful, there's no need for food colouring or sprinkles or icing.

And look at how GORGEOUS they are!!!

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Drawing Activity for Preschoolers – Magazine Makeover

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I hadn’t thought of this drawing activity in years, but it was one of my favourites when I was a kid.  My friends and I spent hours, sprawled out on the rec. room floor with a stack of magazines and a box of crayons, performing something we called magazine make-overs. We were quite a bit...

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Cardboard Tube Snowman Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cardboard Roll Snowman Ornaments – an easy and adorable Christmas craft for kids… What is it about homemade snowman ornaments?  They’re so darn cute!  It doesn’t matter how you make ’em, they always end up looking just adorable.  Check out our CD Snowman Ornaments, Snowman Activity Tray and our toilet roll Snow People for a big...

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Cotton Pad Art for Toddlers (with Liquid Watercolours)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cotton Pad Art with liquid watercolours – a creative, fine-motor art project for toddlers, and a water absorption experiment too! A couple of months ago, we turned our dried up markers into homemade liquid watercolours.  The results were fabulous! They’re perfect for lots of the kids’ art projects we do around here! The hooligans really...

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Scratch Art Henna Handprint Craft – a Gorgeous Handprint Art Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeal! I am SO excited about our latest art project!!

If you have crafty, creative kids (and I know you do!), they are going to LOVE this one! It's fun, it's relaxing, and the results are GORGEOUS!

Click the link below to check it out! Go! Go!

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Christmas Village Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is the first year that I’ve made a Christmas village sensory bin for the Hooligans.  It all started when we set up my formal village the other day. Our village is usually one of the first things that I set up as the Christmas season approaches.  I was really late pulling the village out...

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Paper Cone Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Paper Cone Tree ornaments are really easy to make, so they’re a great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers.   We’ve made these paper cone tree ornaments to go on our Christmas tree, but they can be used as table toppers for a holiday table as well. Older children will be able to make...

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Sharpie and Alcohol Valentines Art Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, my lovelies! Feast your eyes on THIS! Check out the gorgeous heart ornaments we made the other day with sharpies and rubbing alcohol. It doesn't matter how many times we do this experiement, it blows me away every time! Have you ever seen anything so beautiful? And it's SO easy! Go, go! Check it out!

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50+ Paper Plate Crafts for Kids – Epic A to Z Collection

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

WooHOO! I am SO excited about today's post!

You know how we've been working on an A-Z paper plate craft collection for the past year and a half?

Well, we're finished! It's done! And it's AWESOME if I do say so myself!

The hooligans and I had a blast brainstorming and creating, and we came up with one or more easy, inexpensive and adorable paper plate crafts for every letter of the alphabet. Yep, even the challenging letters!

I really hope you'll pin this post or bookmark it to keep it handy for whenever you need a craft to go along with any of your letter learning units. And please feel free to share it with other parents and preschool teachers.

I'd love for this to be your go-to post whenever you need a craft to go along with the letter you're working on with your kids or students.

And now, would you please do me (and the hooligans) the honour of popping in, and checking it out! We're all so very proud!

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by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, so you may have heard that we’re on a mission to add some colours to the wall in our playroom.  Earlier this week, the hooligans made box lid art , and last week we melted crayon shavings to make our stunning rendition of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”, and today, I’m sharing a very cool recycled...

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Box Lid Art – an Easy Art Project for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Box Lid Art:  Kids can create a custom piece of art in a ready-made picture frame – the lid of a box! We’re sprucing up the playroom here, so over the next few weeks we’ll be focusing on easy art projects for preschoolers, and we’ll be hanging our finished projects on the walls of the play...

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Insanely Good Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake {In One Bowl!}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Friends, I have another banana cake that might just change your life.

This Banana Chocolate-Chip Bundt Cake is insanely good and SO easy to make! It's a super-moist snacking cake that's really rich and chocolatey, and you only need one bowl to make it!

Click the link below for the easy recipe!

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Vibrant Paper Towel Art for Toddlers Thru Tweens

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paper Towel Art – an easy art project and a lesson in water absorption!   This is actually a great way to test your markers to find out which ones are good, and which ones have dried up. With the good markers, you can create a rockin’ piece of art like the ones we made...

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I Spy Bottles

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I Spy Bottles – beautiful discovery bottles in a rainbow of colours. What child doesn’t love to play “I Spy“? Every year, here in my daycare, we make a set of I spy bottles or discovery bottles. You should check out the Ocean in a Bottle that we made recently!  It’s SO cool! The hooligans...

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Best Books for Boys – 40+ Fantastic Reads for Boys ages 8-16

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

40+ of our ABSOLUTE, ALL-TIME BEST books for boys (ages 8-16). Adventure, drama, suspense and humour that will captivate even the most...

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10 Fun and Creative Snow Activities for Kids (for Outside and Inside)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Yahoooo!! We have SNOW!

It feels like it's taken forever to get here this year.

If your kids are crazy about snow, and you're looking for something "different" to do with them out in the yard today, CHECK OUT these AWESOME ideas!

They're very cool, very easy, and your kids will go nuts for them!

Check out the link below, and then bundle up, and get out there!

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Pringles Can Binoculars Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a really fun and easy craft for your preschoolers to make this week.

We took a couple of Pringles cans, and turned them into binoculars!

These are so much better than your regular toilet paper roll binoculars.

For starters, they're very sturdy, so they're easy for little hands to hold, and they'll stand up to lots and lots of play.

Secondly, they're nice and big, so you get a nice, big view of everything.

And thirdly, because we left the lids on, when you look through these binoculars, you get the sense that you're looking through actual lenses.

Oh, and they were a whole lot of fun to decorate too!

Great for scavenger hunts, pretend play, I Spy etc...

Click the link below to see all the fun we had with ours!

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Book Page Wreath

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A book page wreath makes a great gift for someone who loves to read. This post will be short and sweet.  I have only one photo, and I don’t have my own tutorial, because I made this beautiful book page wreath a couple of years ago, long before I started blogging. I do however, have the...

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Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

Pour-Painted Paper Weights with Beach Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeee!! I wish you could hear that squeal in my voice!

I am SO stoked to show you this super-cool, super STUNNING project we made for Father's Day!

We made paper weights, but not just ANY paper weights...

We used a "pour painting" technique that is out. of. this. world.

It's totally easy and totally fascinating. I'm not kidding. Your results will "wow" you right into next week.

Check it out! Check it out!

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Glittery Kid-Safe Unicorn Slime

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh, guys! I am so excited!

We finally made SLIME! And not just any slime! UNICORN slime!

It's gorgeous, stretchy, slippery, slimey fun, and because it doesn't contain Borax, it's totally kid-safe!

Excuse all the photos. I couldn't help myself! This stuff is just too beautiful for words!

Click the link below to check it out!

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Homemade Wind Chimes – with Sticks Painted in Rainbow Colours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade wind chimes made with sticks painted in a rainbow of colours add a splash of colour to any backyard or patio!  A fun nature craft for kids to make for their own yard or to give as a gift to someone special! My list of Spring Craft Ideas is as long as my arm!  Making...

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Orange Cup Bird Feeders – an easy bird feeder craft for kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy Orange Cup Bird Feeders to make with toddlers and preschoolers! The hooligans and I love making homemade bird feeders to help our neighbourhood birds and squirrels make it through the long winter season.  To keep things fun and interesting, we never make the same bird feeder twice.  We may use a similar technique or...

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Patriotic Ribbon Twirlers for Kids to Make for Canada Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Dance and twirl! Run and spin! Make fluttering, graceful designs in the air with these gorgeous but simple patriotic ribbon twirlers!

They're easy to make, inexpensive, they'll get your kids moving and grooving, and getting exercise, and they're so fun and gorgeous to play with!

Wave them at a parade or dance with them at a backyard, holiday barbecue!

And of course, the colours can be tweaked so these ribbon twirlers will suit any country's national holiday!

Click the link below to see how easy they are to make, and how fun they are to play with!

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Simple Homemade Bubble Pipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A Homemade Bubble Pipe made from a straw and a coffee filter! Pair it up with some dish detergent straight out of the bottle, and blowing bubbles just got a whole lot cheaper and easier! Blowing bubbles is one of those classic childhood activities that never gets old!  Normally, every spring I whip up a...

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Fine Motor Activities for Babies and Toddlers – Easy Set-Ups for Home or Daycare

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The following 10  fine motor activities for babies and toddlers encourage creative thinking and problem-solving. They help to develop a young child’s fine motor skills, hand dexterity and co-ordination through play. I often set up with these simple activities up to keep the toddlers and babies busy while the preschoolers are crafting  here in my daycare. The...

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How to Treat & Prevent Nappy Rash – by Naturopath Sasha Thompson

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Nappy rash is a type of dermatitis or inflammatory skin eruption in the nappy area (1). It can occur as early as one week of age, but is most common between 9 and 12 months (2).  It  develops when skin is exposed to prolonged wetness (due to frequent stools and urine, diarrhoea or infrequent changing), […]

When Your Child Won’t Poop on the Potty – Real Solutions that Work

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There’s a very common problem that you may encounter when your toddler is potty training: you may get to the point where your child won’t poop on the potty. I know, I know, you thought the worst of the diaper dilemmas were over, but often, potty training brings about new and challenging issues. First of all, you...

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10 Spring Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

10 spring crafts for toddlers and preschoolers to make!  They’re sweet, they’re simple, and they’re absolutely charming! Spring, glorious spring!  Is there a more wonderful season?  Everything’s coming up fresh and new in the garden.  The yard is a live with vibrant colour after a long, cold winter, and the spring-time temperatures are rising daily....

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Crepe Paper Poppy Craft for Kids to Make for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Another beautiful (and easy) poppy craft for kids to make for Remembrance Day or Anzac Day. If you loved the gorgeous painted coffee filter poppies we made the other day, you'll adore these crepe paper poppies. They're so simple to make, using only crepe paper and a paper plate. Check them out. I think you're going to love them!

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70+ {Awesome} Homemade Toys You Can Make for Your Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you like to give handmade gifts to the kids in your life at Christmas, you are going to LOVE these ideas!
I've rounded up over 70 AWESOME homemade toys, games and activities that you can make and give to your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews and students. They're a ton of fun to make, you'll save loads of money, you'll give a gift that's really meaningful, and chances are, these homemade gifts will outlast many of the plastic gadgety stuff you'd find in a store. Ready to get your craft on? Check out all of these amazing ideas!

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Shaving Cream “Magna Doodle” Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Create a giant “Magna Doodle” with 2 simple items: a table-top and a can of shaving cream. We love playing with shaving cream!  It’s such a great sensory material, and kids just love rolling up their sleeves, getting right into it with their hands and creating art on a table covered in shaving cream! This morning,...

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18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

18 Free {or almost free} Cool Features to Add to Your Backyard Playground

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, guys! It's that time of year when we start sprucing our outdoor play-spaces, getting everything ready for the kids for summer!

I want to show you some fabulous things that I've added to our backyard which transformed our outdoor play space from ordinary to extraordinary!

These ideas are great for your own back yard or for an outdoor play space at a daycare or preschool.

They're easy to set up, and they will keep your kids busy, learning and entertained for HOURS!

Best of all, they don't have to cost you a thing! Most of these activity centres I've put together using things I already had around the house.

And I'm not kidding when I say that they've made ours the best backyard on the block!

Check 'em out! I'm pretty sure you'll want to set up a few of these in your yard for the summer!

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More Easy, Awesome Mother’s Day Crafts for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, hey, hey! Mother's Day is just around the corner, and guess what! I've rounded up a bunch of gorgeous, easy and inexpensive crafts for kids of all ages.

Not only have I rounded up some stellar crafts that any Mom would love to receive, I've popped in a couple of homemade card ideas, and some homemade gift wrap projects too!

I hope you love them! Check 'em out!

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Paper Mache Bowls – One of a Kind Gift for Kids to Make and Give

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A paper mache bowl a really creative and inexpensive gift for kids to make and give.  The process does require a bit of time, because of the drying time, but the results are gorgeous! When I was pondering some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gifts that we could make here in my home daycare, Paper Mache...

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How To Get Your Child To Give Up a Pacifier

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Weaning your child off a pacifier can be stressful for both parents and child, so let's make it as pain-free as we can for everyone.

I've asked my Facebook followers for their best tips, tricks and advice when it comes to helping kids break the soother habit.

In this post you'll find load of creative and helpful tricks that have worked for many parents.

Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the post for the one no-fail trick that was suggested time and time again. It's a good one!

Click the link below to read the post!

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Crystallized Beach Rocks with Borax and Watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Okaaay... This is FABULOUS, guys! And I am SO excited to share it with you.

You know how you can make crystals with borax and hot water? People usually do it with pipe cleaners to make snowflakes and icicles, right?

Well, we used beach rocks. Oh My Goodness. And then, guess what we did! We coloured them, and turned them into these dazzling and vibrant crystallized stones that you can display on a table or use as a paperweight or give as a gift.

You have to see them! They are GORGEOUS! And the process was SUPER-easy, and so fun!

Check them out!

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Sensory Play with Corn Cobs and Sunflowers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am blessed to have a couple of good friends who always think of us as they’re harvesting their crops and gardens in the fall and they drop by with a load of fall goodies for the hooligans to explore and play with. The hooligans love discovering all that nature has to offer in the...

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Simple, 3-Ingredient Concoctions for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your kids love mixing concoctions? Oh boy! Do I ever have a whopper of a concoction collection for you! 35 of the best slime, goop, goo and play dough recipes that I could find! Science and sensory exploration never looked, felt or smelled so good!  And best of all? All of these mixtures require 3...

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Crazy Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Icing

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wanna know why this crazy banana cake is so CRAZY?

Well, it's crazy-good, but that's not the reason for the name. It's the way you bake and cool it. It's not difficult. It's just kind of... crazy.

But that's the secret to its success.

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free art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do you ever set your kids up to do some “free art”  where you just set out a hodge-podge of materials, and let your little ones create to their heart’s desire? What is free art? It’s a super activity for those times when you don’t have an organized craft or activity to work on.  I...

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5 Homemade Puzzles for to Make for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

For National Puzzle Day today, I’m going to show you some fun and easy homemade puzzles for toddlers and preschoolers, and we’ll talk a bit about why puzzles are so good for a child’s mental and physical development. Most young children love doing puzzles. As toddlers they usually start out with wooden shape puzzles. Then...

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Painting Fall Colours with Golf Balls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers explore fall colours with this jumpy, bouncy, energetic art technique! We’re getting right into the fall crafts these days..Today we were painting fall colours with golf balls!   I’ve seen so many posts that have kids painting with marbles in a cardboard box, and I’ve wanted to try it here for a while....

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The Pumpkin Carving Tip that Will Change the Way You Carve Pumpkins Forever

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This pumpkin carving tip is so simple, but it will seriously change the way you carve your jack-o-lantern forever!  You’re going to ask yourself why you didn’t think of this awesome, little Halloween hack before now. I’m all for taking short cuts with my jack-o-lanterns.  Have you seen my 2-minute pumpkin decorating trick?  Hee hee....

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17 Paper Plate Crafts to Make at Home or School

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Who loves paper plate crafts as much as I do?  A paper plate is one of my favourite craft supplies.  Aside from being easy to find and inexpensive, they’re SO versatile.  If  we’re ever stuck for a craft idea here in my daycare, with just a little imagination, we can almost always think of something...

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Spooktacular Halloween Crows Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Spectacular Halloween Crows: toilet rolls, buttons and feathers, oh my… If you’re making some fun and easy Halloween crafts with your kids this month, put these little crows on your must-make list! I am such a sucker for a cute bird craft!  I’m also a huge fan of using toilet rolls for crafting here in...

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Frozen Fractals Soup Activity – Ice Play for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When temperatures are on the rise, we’ve been turning to some of our favourite ice and water science activities to keep cool.  If your toddlers or preschoolers are fans of the Disney movie “Frozen”, this ice play set up will be a huge hit.  Frozen Fractals Soup: a cool and refreshing play idea for a hot...

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Our Playroom (part 1)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is part 1 of a 3 part post.  There are plenty of pics and lots to talk about, so I thought it might be easier to follow if I layed it out in three parts: our play-room, MY space in the play-room, and storage. Here’s the story:  I’ve been running a home-daycare for almost 14 years.  ...

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Dove Men+Care launches global 'Real Strength' campaign in Australia via The Marketing Arm

Dove Men+Care launches global 'Real Strength' campaign in Australia via The Marketing Arm


Campaign Brief Australia

This May, Dove Men+Care follows in the footsteps of its female counterpart, launching its 'Real Strength' campaign, developed by The Marketing Arm USA, that aims to drive a discussion around the evolving idea of masculinity among modern Australian men.VIEW THE SPOTLISTEN TO THE PODCAST #1

Easy, Delicious Butternut Squash and Potato Soup that Even your Kids will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This rich and creamy butternut squash and potato soup is so hearty and delicious, the whole family will love it.  Even the pickiest kids!  Serve it with a crusty loaf, and you’ll have a hearty, healthy lunch or dinner for a fall or winter day. This Butternut Squash and Potato Soup is one of my...

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Fine Motor Fruit Loops Ornaments for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Just popping in with a super-quick little ornament for your toddlers to make. This actually didn't even start out as an ornament. We were just doing this as a fine motor activity. It occurred to me, when we were finished, that we could bend them and shape them, and hang them on the Christmas tree! FYI: be prepared for some snacking while you're making these. They can never resist. Hee hee

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Fabulous Fall Collage for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wows! Take the kids for a nature walk today to collect some goodies from nature. Make this gorgeous fall collage with your findings when you get home! The way you make the backdrop for this is such a fun process! What a wonderful way to spend a fall morning! Check it out...

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Easy Tissue Paper Ornaments for Kids of all Ages to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gah! My little hooligans have done it again! They've taken the most ordinary material (used tissue paper), and turned it into something stunning! Oh my goodness! I get so excited about a craft like this. And what's great its that ALL ages will love this one! The toddlers and preschoolers will able to handle the process, and tweens and teens will enjoy it too! Heck, even I totally loved making mine! Hope you love this one as much as I do! Check it out!

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32 Classic Christmas Movies Your Family Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It just doesn't feel like Christmas until you've watched your favourite holiday movies with the family, does it? I recently asked my readers to share their favourite holiday classics with me, and they came up with 32 terrific titles! Some old, some new, some I'd forgotten, and a few I'd never heard of. Have a look, and tell me - did we miss any of your family's favourites?

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Paper Plate Poppy Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's a very simple poppy craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make in honour of Remembrance Day or Veterans Day. The process is easy, but provides kids with an opportunity to explore colour mixing, and to practice their scissor skills. The results are so pretty, and these poppies would be lovely to display in your home or in your classroom. Be sure to check them out here:

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Expanding Ivory Soap Experiment – a Classic Kid’s Science Activity

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this is one of the coolest science experiments ever, and all you need is a bar of soap and a microwave!

This experiment NEVER fails to fascinate kids and adults alike. I'm serious! It's WILD!

The best part is there's no prep and no extra supplies needed. And it takes less than 2 minutes start to finish!

Ready to have your mind blown? Grab a bar of soap, and check out the how-to here:

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“WOW” Your Kids With This Easy, Vibrant Art Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Art and science come together in this colourful absorption experiment.  Salt, glue and watercolours are all that’s needed for  this fun and fascinating activity.  Pop on over to CBC Parents to see how it’s done!   Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities by 25 bloggers, 10 printables, 50 links to activities not featured...

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DIY Lighted Christmas Balls – a Unique Outdoor Christmas Light Idea

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for unique outdoor Christmas light ideas?  Make your own homemade lighted Christmas balls!  They’re stunning, you’ll have unique, one-of-a-kind decorations in the yard this year, and your neighbours will be in awe! So, my hubby’s balls are the talk of the neighbourhood right now.  I’m not kidding.  The ladies are swooning.  The men have...

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Happy Hooligans’ Kid-Friendly Trail Mix Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun and yummy, sweet and salty, crunchy, chewy snack that your kids are gonna love!

Mmmm! Homemade trail mix is one of the hooligans' favourite snacks. Ok, I'm not gonna lie.... It's one of my favourite treats too.

Honestly, when we make a batch of this stuff, I have a difficult time keeping my hand out of the bowl, and I end up eating just as much as the kids do.

It's. So. Good.

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Apple Tree Craft with Foil, Corks and Sandpaper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sandpaper, corks and aluminum foil makes this Apple Tree Craft a terrific sensory activity as well! We’ve been having lots of fun making fall tree crafts here in my home daycare this month  Today, the toddlers are making a very cool apple tree craft.  We’re using lots of textured materials to add to the fun....

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One-Pot Pasta with Sausage, Mushrooms and Basil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A one-pot pasta dish with sausage mushrooms and basil.  Quick and easy to prep, cook and clean up.  The perfect dinner for feeding your family when you want to serve something healthy and nutritious but you’re short on time. I love pasta.  I could seriously eat it every day. Spaghetti, linguine, penne, tortellini, fettucini…  There...

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Easy Rhubarb Scratch Cake – a Delicious Summertime Dessert

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a patch of rhubarb that's just busting to be harvested? This is one of the easiest, best, from-scratch recipes you'll ever find for fresh rhubarb! Serve it with coffee or after a meal with a scoop of ice cream or fresh whipped cream. Tangy-tart with a sugar-cinnamon topping, this Rhubarb scratch cake is guaranteed to be a hit at home or at a summer-time gathering with friends and family. It tastes amazing, it looks great and it's SO easy to make!

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homemade natural wind chimes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We recently made vibrant rainbow wind chimes here in my daycare, using sticks we’d gathered on a nature walk.  They were so beautiful and easy to make, we were inspired to make a couple of natural versions for the hooligans to give to their parents.These natural wind chimes make a perfect homemade Father’s Day gift,...

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Sensory Play on a Mirror

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Take your sensory activities to a new level with mirror play. Earlier this week, I did something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.  We enjoyed some sensory play on a mirror, and it was very, VERY cool.  If you’ve never used a mirror as a play surface, you need to do something...

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6 Easy, Adorable Turkey Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Yippee! It's the Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada, and that means TURKEY! We've been crafting up a storm here, and we've made some really adorable (and easy!) turkey crafts that you can make with your kids and students this year. Check them out! There's something here for everyone to enjoy! Did I mention how adorable and easy they are? Have a look!

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Paper Plate Bird Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Paper Plate Bird Craft is so cute and easy.  It’s a great spring or Easter craft for kids to make! Spring is in the air, and so my toddlers and preschoolers have been creating lots of Spring crafts to hurry it along!  Today I’m sharing the super-cute paper plate bird craft that we made today....

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Insanely Addictive Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies that Will Make You Mom of The Year

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Love Pumpkin? Love Chocolate? You HAVE to try these cookies! They are seriously amazing.

And if you've ever lost someone special to you, the bit at the beginning, about my Nana's wooden spoon, might touch your heart. I hope it will, anyway. x Happy Tuesday, Lovelies.

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40+ Gifts Kids can Make {that Grown Ups will Really Use}

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Do your children love to make and give homemade presents?  If so, you’re going to love this! I’ve rounded up a collection of 40+ fabulous gifts kids can make that grown ups will really use, love and appreciate. I LOVE giving and receiving handmade gifts.  You might have guessed as much if you saw the post...

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Toilet Roll Nativity Set that Kids Can Play With

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A toilet roll nativity set provides hours of imaginative play in the days and weeks leading up to Christmas. I have a couple of dollar store nativity sets that the Hooligans have been playing with for over a decade, and they’re sweet, but they’re showing their age. Some pieces are chipped, and the donkeys and...

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Clear Glass Ornaments for Kids to Fill and Decorate

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These beautiful clear glass ornaments look gorgeous when kids fill them with a handful of seasonal goodies.  So easy to make for your own Christmas tree, or a lovely homemade ornament to give as a gift. I usually keep it to one craft on any given day because, as much as I could sit on...

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Indoor Hopscotch – a Rainy Day Activity for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy indoor hopscotch – an indoor, rainy day gross motor activity!  When the weather is great, and kids are playing outside, those important gross motor activities just kind of naturally happen through though regular play and exercise.   What about winter time though?  Or rainy days?  It’s not so easy for kids to expend their energy and use...

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How To Host a Tween Art Party

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Check it out! I was recently asked to participate in an "Amazing Race" birthday party for one of my hooligans. After much thinking about what activity I would provide for the party girls, I decided on a tween Art Party! It was so much fun, and the girls got wonderfully creative! You have to see the beautiful works of art that they created! This is an easy activity to set up for a birthday, for day camp or for a family gathering! Have a look...

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Our Most Popular Posts of 2014

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I am so excited to be venturing into a fresh new year with you! 2014 was a year of incredible growth for Happy Hooligans, and YOU played a huge part in that. So just for fun, I've rounded up the 10 posts that saw the most love and attention in 2014 as a way to look back over our year together! Enjoy...

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Mud Play – More Fun In Our Back Yard Mobile Mud Pit

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You may recall that last year,  after seeing all of the awesome mud play ideas and mud kitchens out there in the blogosphere, I used our wheel-barrow to create a mobile mud pit last year for the Hooligans. Well, re-creating that mud pit has been on my mind for days, and yesterday when my feet...

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Simple Button Wreaths to Hang on the Christmas Tree

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Dip into your button collection and make these adorable Simple Button Wreaths to hang on your Christmas Tree. We’ve made button wreaths here before, and we’ve done them a couple of different ways. Last year we made these absolutely gorgeous ones, but the simple button wreaths that I’m sharing today are a little easier to make...

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Easy Butterfly Crafts for Kids- 3 Ways to Make Paper Towel Butterflies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

3 easy butterfly crafts for kids to make, and a lesson in water absorption! I love that the internet is finally starting to fill up with spring crafts for kids.  Flowers and rainbows and butterfly crafts are filling my newsfeed, and I am loving all the COLOUR! Today I’m sharing 3 butterfly craft ideas with you!  We’ve...

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Best Natural Conditioner

by Trevor @ SLS Free

Sleek, smooth hair that slides through your fingers and looks elegant and frizz–free— that’s the goal! However, so many different processes and products, from our regular shampoo and coloring, to blow drying and styling, can leave hair damaged and dry. This is why conditioning is such a vital step. It hydrates and heals hair so […]

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Zen Garden Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’ve ever trailed your fingers through a miniature Zen Garden, you know just how soothing and relaxing it can be. Our tiny zen garden sensory bin provides kids with a calming and relaxing way to explore natural materials through play. Take the following link over to CBC Parents to see the hooligans assembling and...

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5+ Easy Poppy Crafts for Kids to Make for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here are 5 simple and beautiful poppy crafts for kids of all ages. Each process is fun and creative enough for older kids to enjoy, but easy enough for toddlers and preschoolers to do with little assistance. As always, we've kept our crafting supplies simple, so you can make these poppies with common materials that you already have around your house. They're quick and easy, and perfect for last-minute Remembrance Day crafting. Check 'em out!

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Cork Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These adorable cork owls are easy to make with a few buttons and fabric scraps. Here’s another cute fall craft idea for you!  In case you hadn’t noticed we kinda like owls around here.  Actually, we kinda love them.  One little hooligan in particular is crazy about owls at the moment, so we’re doing lots of...

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Ice Pop Painting

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Want a super, cool art activity to entertain the kids on a hot summer day?  Click this link to check out our Ice Pop Paintings over at Kids Activities Blog.  The process is really fun, and we produced some pretty spectacular works of art all with our intense homemade coloured Ice Pops! [jetpack_subscription_form] Get the 3-5 Playful...

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Skeleton Handprint Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Skeleton handprint craft – a fun way to explore skeletons with preschoolers, and an easy halloween craft for toddlers too! We kicked off our morning today, with a little lesson about skeletons.  I wasn’t sure how much the hooligans knew already – they’re only 2, 3 and 4, so I talked about how your skeleton...

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Easy Fall Crafts for Kids to Make at Home or Preschool

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is almost here, and I know you’ll soon be looking for lots of fun fall activities to do with your kids! I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite easy fall crafts for kids to make in the preschool classroom or at home, and I’ve put them all here in one handy, little place for...

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100 Fun Things for Kids to Do at Home This Summer (with Printable Checklist)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovely! I have a little somethin' special for you today! A summer activity checklist with fabulous things for your kids to do at home this summer!

I know you love having your kids home with you for summer, but I also know how challenging it can be to keep them entertained for such a long stretch of time. The last thing we want to hear day in and day out is "I'M BORED!", right?

Well I've rounded up ONE HUNDRED of our favourite warm-weather crafts and activities so your kids will be entertained (and learning!) all summer long.

They're all easy and inexpensive and guaranteed to be a hit with kids ages 2-10.

And I've made a printable checklist so you can put it up on your fridge, and work your way through it with your kids or daycare kids during the summer holidays!

Pick a couple of activities to do every day, and I promise, your kids won't have a chance to be bored this summer!

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15 Gorgeous, Easy Christmas Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

15 of my all-time favourite, absolutely gorgeous, totally easy Christmas ornaments for kids to make. Those of you who have been following me for a year or two know how much the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare LOVE making Christmas crafts.  If you’ve just joined us recently, well, let’s just say cheap and easy...

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Paper Plate Bird Feeder for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, Lovelies, I am just smitten with this latest bird feeder project. It's one of our easiest bird feeders yet, made with stuff you already have in your kitchen and craft room. It looks SO pretty, and the process included a few easy steps that little hands will really enjoy: threading, spreading and sprinkling. I hope you'll make one of these feeders for your yard! It's inexpensive (free) and a really quick and easy project! And I hope you love ours as much as we love ours! Check it out...

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Bird Seashell Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bird seashell ornaments.  An easy Christmas nature craft for kids… The hooligans and I have made some pretty cute Christmas Crafts over the years, and this adorable, little bird craft is a new favourite here. Crafting with natural items: Crafting with items like seashells, sticks and stones is a great way for your children to connect...

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Bubble Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, everybody!  Bubble blowing season is right around the corner, and your kids are probably dying to bust out the bubble solution and the wands, and get down to making bubbles in the backyard. Bubble Activities are just the best, aren’t they?  They’re simple, inexpensive, and they never fail to fascinate and entertain. The hooligans LOVE...

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Paper Plate Apple Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to the first post in our A-Z Paper Plate Craft collection! “A” is for Apple: an easy paper plate apple craft for toddlers and preschoolers!   These paper plate apples are so fun and easy to make, and perfect for a Letter “A” craft or for a fall unit in preschool. Our apples are very...

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Toddler Biting: Why it Happens and How You Can Stop It

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddler biting solutions from real parents and teachers: Why kids bite, how to handle it, and ways to put an end to biting behaviour at home and daycare. You’ve know the scene – the kids are playing nicely while the parents chat nearby, when all of a sudden, HORRORS!  Your child bites someone. Or maybe it’s...

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25+ Easy Snowflake Crafts, Activities and Treats That You Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The temps are falling, and we had our first real snowfall of the season today, so you know what that means! It’s time to start thinking about all the winter and Christmas crafts you’re going to make this year! I’m definitely in winter crafting mode! The other day I shared 15 easy and beautiful ornaments...

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Fall Sensory Table

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall Sensory Table Ideas – set up an autumn tablescape for toddlers and preschoolers to explore the textures, colours and wonders of fall. With October on the horizon, I’ll be sharing all the Fall activities we’ve been doing. To start, we combined mirror play with our Fall Sensory Table this week.  The hooligans have really enjoyed exploring...

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Fine Motor ABC – Alphabet Themed Activities to Help Strengthen Fine Motor Control

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies!

Recently, I had the pleasure of "virtually" meeting Stacie Erfle, a paediatric occupational therapist and author who really knows her stuff when it comes to helping children develop their fine-motor abilities with playful, educational activities.

Stacie offered me a copy of her e-book, Fine Motor ABC (which is also available in print), and I loved it! Not only are the activities in her book fun and easy, they incorporate the alphabet, sign language, rhyming, art, spelling, and gross motor activities as well.

I was so impressed by Fine Motor ABC that I invited Stacie over to my blog to tell us more about it, and to give us a deeper understanding of how and why her targeted activities will benefit your child.

She's here with us today!

Click through on the link below to help me welcome Stacie, and to see for yourself what she has to say!

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styrofoam mosaic art

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Styrofoam mosaic art: a vibrant and easy art activity for kids! Making styrofoam mosaic art is easy, inexpensive and a whole lot of fun!  It’s an open ended, colourful art process that uses one of my favourite thrifty craft materials: a styrofoam produce tray. The hooligans and I made some gorgeous art recently with painted styrofoam...

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Is your liquid soap made with corn?

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Lavender Heaven Body Wash Many people believe that when they purchase a bottle of natural liquid soap from the health food store, they are purchasing a product that has been created from simple natural products using a sustainable manufacturing process. Liquid soaps are not all the same, many body washes and 'natural' [...]

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Tape Resist Art Ideas for Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a SUPER-easy art project for the kids that they'll absolutely love, you have to try tape resist art!

It's fantastic for all ages, it can be a structured art activity or completely open-ended.

The process is so much fun, and the results are always awesome!

Click the link below to see 4 different tape resist projects we made recently!

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Stained Glass Painting with Bottle Lids and Wax Paper

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I just LOVE the look of stained glass, so when I find a cool stained glass art project for kids, I’m all over it!  Recently the hooligans and I made these gorgeous “stained glass” paintings using bottle lids, paints and wax paper!  When it comes to easy art techniques for kids, this one is the bomb!...

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Dinosaur Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

The Hooligans are just loving the small world play these days, so today I set up this dinosaur activity bin.   It’s a combination of a small world, sensory bin and water play all wrapped up into one fun activity for kids.  What’s not to love? With the temps as warm as they’ve been, we’ve...

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Vibrant Coffee Filter Flowers – So Easy and Pretty!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Making coffee filter flowers is one of those activities that never gets old.

Toddlers, preschoolers and even older kids love the process of dyeing the coffee filters, and of course, once they've dried, you can decorate a wreath with your coffee filters or you can do like we're doing today, and attach a few stems to make a vibrant bouquet.

Colouring coffee filters is a wonderful way to explore water absorption and colour blending, and of course the process is terrific for fine motor development and co-ordination.

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Santa and Rudolph No-Sew Sock Puppets for Christmas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick and easy No-Sew Sock Puppets: make an adorable snowman puppet and a reindeer puppet for your kids to play with in under 10 minutes. I love to make puppets for the kids especially around the holidays. Last spring I made this set of adorable Easter finger puppets, and they were a huge hit. One morning...

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Create the Look of Stained Glass with Sharpie Markers and a Jar

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Did you know you can create the look of stained glass with a jar and some Sharpie markers? I had no idea until I tried it the other day! The results were GORGEOUS! Check out how easy it was to do, and how pretty it looks! It kinda makes me want to take the Sharpies to all the windows in my house. Ha!

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Paper Plate Umbrella Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this one is so simple you may laugh. Bear with us though - we're working our way through the alphabet with our paper plate crafts, and this was all we could come up with for the letter "U". Hey, that's ok; they were fun to make, and any time spent cutting, gluing, painting and creating is time well spend. Plus, it will as insignificant as this craft might seem, it plays an important role in our completing our A-Z collection! Check it out...

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Minions Cookie Candy-Bar Pie

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This Minions Cookie Candy-bar Pie is the perfect alternative to a birthday cake.  Feeds a crowd, and a great way to use up leftover Halloween Candy! Oh, YUM!  Do I ever have a treat for you today!  If your kids love Minions and cookies AND candy bars, they’ll flip for this crazy-awesome dessert that one...

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Rockin’ Robin Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you follow us on facebook, you’ve likely heard our exciting news!  Mama robin has nested on our deck, and her babies hatched yesterday!  Two of them hatched in the morning, and I was absolutely blessed with perfect timing last evening when I went out to check on them.  I climbed up on the bench,...

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Cloud Dough Bake Shop

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Set up a cloud dough bake shop with 2 basic ingredients and a handful of house-hold items. Today, I’m sharing one of our favourite sensory materials.  Cloud Dough: a silky, moldable dough that crumbles into a fine, soft powder when you run your hands through it. Get the details for our cloud dough bake shop...

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Christmas & Winter Flextangles – a Whimsical Paper Toy to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have you heard of Flextangles? They're beautiful and mesmerizing! A Flextangle is a paper craft but it's a toy as well. You have to watch the short video in this post to see what I mean, but these they're downright fascinating. You can grab the free printable from my post so you can make your own! Just print, colour, fold, and glue. Then you'll be all set to play with these crazy little things! Have a look!

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Easy Flowered Tiara Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my gosh, guys, if you have little ones who love pretending they're fairies or princesses, or just love dress-up play in general, you HAVE to check out the tiara we made yesterday!

Eek! I'm so excited about it. I mean, look at how completely enchanting this little hooligan looks wearing it.

She wore it all day long. I'm not kidding. She adored it.

And guess what...

It was SUPER-easy, and took less than 10 minutes from start to finish!

All you need is some elastic, some fake flowers, and a glue gun! Check it out! Don't you just love it?

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Toilet Roll Mummies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet roll mummies – a cute and easy Halloween craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make! We’ve made countless Halloween crafts over the years, but oh my!  These toilet roll mummies might just be the cutest yet!  And they were so easy to make!  A little tissue paper, a toilet roll tube, and lots of...

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The Easiest Easter Chicks Ever (They’re So Darn Cute!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make the sweetest spring chicks and nests using things you already have around the house: tissue paper and paper bags! A last minute Easter craft doesn't get any easier than this!

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Nature Faces – Self-Portrait Art for Preschoolers using Items Found in Nature

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Nature faces: This is a fantastic self-portrait art activity for young children, using flowers and leaves and natural items collected on a nature walk.  My daycare hooligans love creating self-portraits, and they also love crafting with flowers and leaves and various other items that we collect from around the yard or when we’re walking in...

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Easy Blueberry Pineapple Shortcake

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm!  Here’s a yummy and easy dessert that you can make in minutes!  This Blueberry Pineapple Shortcake is so simple to make because you can use a store-bought pound cake for the cake part.  A can of pineapple and some fresh berries, and a couple more convenient ingredients, and you’re ready to entertain! A pineapple...

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Homemade Votive Candle Holders for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade votive candle holders for Valentines Day – an easy homemade gift for toddlers and preschoolers to make and give. We love crafting for Valentine’s Day here in my home daycare.   The hooligans love making something special to give their moms and dads for Valentine’s day, and we just love being surrounded by all...

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Paper Plate Ladybug Craft for Toddlers (with Corks and Buttons)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers use buttons and corks to decorate a cute and easy paper plate ladybug craft!  We LOVE paper plate crafts!  You can make so many things out of a simple paper plate.  One of the cutest that we’ve made lately are these paper plate ladybugs! Painting, stamping, buttons and googly eyes!  All the things that...

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Olympic Ring Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a unique piece of art for a bedroom or toy room using a second hand canvas and some cardboard rolls! We LOVE using our recyclables for crafting!  Cardboard rolls are one of my favourite materials to use for arts and crafts here in my daycare.  We’ve made dozens of crafts and homemade toys using...

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Families suffer as eczema cases soar


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Dermatologists warn eczema is on the rise, with one in four Australian babies now developing the disease.

Clothesline Activity for Kids – Laundry Day Pretend Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Laundry Day Pretend Play: Fine-motor activities and water play come together in this fun clothes-line activity for toddlers and preschoolers. Now that we’re enjoying warmer temperatures, we’re getting back into some of our favourite water play activities!  Yay!! This morning, I set up a small clothesline for the kids to enjoy some laundry day pretend play...

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Teach Kids to Spell Their Name with a Fascinating Salt Glue and Watercolour Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fascinating and easy science experiment to do with your kids? This one is an art activity too! All you need is salt, watercolours (or food colouring) and glue! This activity is so mesmerizing and beautiful. The toddlers and preschoolers loved it, and I'm not going to lie - my teenagers and I did it too and found it quite addictive! Give it a try! It's so easy to set up, and the results are gorgeous! Check it out...

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Snow Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

What do to with the kids when it’s too cold outside: set up a snow sensory bin INSIDE! We do this at least once every winter at our house.  When it’s too cold to get outside I bring a big plastic container of snow inside, and I turn it into a snow sensory bin for...

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Toddler-Safe Cloud Dough Recipe (No Baby Oil)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

There’s no doubt about it, our regular 2 ingredient cloud dough is amazing for sensory play. Recently however, we figured out how to colour our Cloud Dough, and even more recently, we tweaked that coloured cloud dough recipe to make it toddler-safe.  This is great news because I often hear from parents who are concerned...

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Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Pizza Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is it a cookie? Is it a pizza? Yep! It's both! It's a giant chocolate chip cookie pizza, and it's freaking AMAZING!

Seriously, if you've never made a cookie pizza before, you HAVE to try this recipe. It's so easy, and your family will LOVE you for it.

It takes 10 minutes, and you make it all in one bowl. Serve it plain or top it with ice cream (or any creative toppings you can think of - whipped cream, chocolate syrup, nuts....)

This baby will serve a crowd too. You can cut it into 16 slices, so it's perfect for get-togethers, potlucks, class parties or any celebration.

You have to take a peek at it. Click the link below to check it out. You know you waaaant it!

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Construction Site Sensory Bin in a Cardboard Box

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn a cardboard box into construction site sensory bin for hours of small world fun! It’s an easy, inexpensive way to set up an engaging play activity that will keep your little ones busy for hours.  I have a new little toddler in my daycare, and he is obsessed with cars, trucks and diggers. Backhoes,...

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Sheet Music Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sheet music Christmas tree ornaments are so charming, and easy to make! Deck out your whole tree or use them as gift-toppers for the music-lovers on your Christmas list!

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17+ Awesome Advent Calendars Your Kids Will LOVE!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Get 'em while they're hot!

Today, I'm sharing lots and lots of my favourite advent calendars for kids.

Remember the excitement of an advent calendar when you were a child? Well, advent calendars have changed, and there are some spectacular ones out there now!

Barbie, Thomas, Star Wars, Little People, LEGO, all that come with 24 toys and treasures to make the long wait for Christmas a little more bearable for kids.

Of course, there are some adorable, traditional advents calendars too.

I've rounded up a big collection for you to have a peek at. Check them out! I have a feeling you'll find something here that's just perfect for your child!

Click on the link below to see them all!

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Meet the Hooligans!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Welcome to Happy Hooligans, where we’re all about easy and affordable crafts and activities for kids! I’m Jackie, and the Hooligans are the awesomely silly, creative, fun-loving bunch of little people in my home day-care.  We like to keep things simple here.  I’m a big fan of play-based learning! Free, unstructured play fosters creativity, imagination...

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Mother’s Day Gifts You’d Love Your Kids to Make for You

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Gorgeous handmade Mother's Day gifts for kids to make and give.

Spring has sprung, and Mother's Day is right around the corner, and you can bet that your kids (be it your own children or your students) are going to want to make something fabulous to give to Mom on her special day.

Well, you're in luck!

I just happen to have several totally gorgeous (and totally easy) homemade Mother's Day gifts for kids of all ages to make.

In my daycare, the crafts you'll see here were were made by preschoolers, but older kids, and even tweens would enjoy making these too.

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Beautiful Painted Coffee Filter Snowflakes For Kids To Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Is there anything that takes you back to your childhood more than making paper snowflakes?

Remember how magical it was, folding and cutting so carefully, and then slowly opening your snowflake to reveal the intricate pattern you'd created?

Have a look at the gorgeous colourful snowflakes the hooligans have made.

They shimmer and shine and they're absolutely beautiful.

Wouldn't a bunch of these look lovely displayed on a window in your home or classroom?

Click the link below to see all the fun we had making them!

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DIY Erasable Writing Activity for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got a child who's learning to print? Tired of all the wasted paper? Make this erasable writing activity for name practice, learning letters and numbers and even for fun, re-usable colouring activities. All you need are some plastic page protectors! Hours of entertainment and learning, with writing and drawing sheets that can be used again and again! Check 'em out!

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Icy Activity Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a great activity to keep your hooligans entertained during the deep-freeze we’re having?  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how I pulled this winter sensory bin together for my hooligans.  You and your children will have a great time building your bin, and it will provide them with hours of open-ended, sensory play....

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Sherkston Shores Beach Resort and Campground – An Amazing Family Getaway

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Recently, my family and I spent 4 days at Sherkston Shores Beach Resort and Campground in Port Colborne, Ontario, on the shores of Lake Erie.

We had a BLAST!

The resort is huge with over 1700 cabins, cottages, RV sites and campsites, and it's centred around an amazing recreation area with pools, splash pad, water slides, mini-putt, skate park, bungee trampoline... I could go on and on.

There's so much to do for all ages at this resort! Whether you're the type who likes to lounge around the pool or day, or to stay busy with activities and adventure, Sherkston Shores makes a fabulous getaway for families of all ages.

Click the link below to read all about our mini-holiday!

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Fairy Soup: Sensory Fun in the Backyard!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fairy Soup: fine motor and sensory play in the garden! Honestly!  Science activities were never this pretty when I was a kid! You may remember that on Thursdays in my home daycare this year, I have only girls here.  This particular group of girls is crazy about fairies, so Thursdays have become the day that we...

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Playing with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with shaving cream and food colouring:  an easy and affordable way to have some awesome messy fun! We’re all about shaving cream activities this week!  It’s such an amazing sensory substance, and you can do so much with it!  So far we’ve had a shaving cream car-and-truck-wash, and mixed glitter into a shaving cream...

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Homemade Bird Feeder with Fruit Scraps and Popcorn

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a red and white, heart-shaped bird feeder with fruit scraps and popcorn to help your backyard birds when food sources are scarce. The term “polar vortex” is being tossed around again, it finally feels like winter has truly arrived. With temperatures well below zero, and a couple of feet of snow on the ground,...

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Faucet Extender for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A simple Faucet Extender for toddlers makes it possible for kids to wash their hands independently at the bathroom taps. It can be really frustrating for little ones when they’re not quite tall enough to reach the water to wash their hands at the bathroom sink.  It can also be backbreaking when you have to...

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Making the most of the gorgeous fall weather!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey all!  I’m so sorry; I haven’t forgotten about my blog!  The weather has just been so unbelievably warm for this time of year so we’ve been hiking, and spending our days at the parks, and trekking around the neighbourhood. Here are just a few pics of what we’ve been up to in the great...

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Gorgeous Symmetrical Butterfly Craft for Kids – with Free Printable

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to show you this gorgeous symmetrical butterfly craft!  It’s super easy to do, using a classic preschool art technique – ink blot painting.  Toddlers and preschoolers will totally love the process, but the results are so beautiful, your big kids will want to make these butterflies too! Another one for the...

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How to make Homemade Liquid Watercolours with Dried Out Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

DON'T throw out your old, dried out markers!

Dear Teachers: When you're cleaning out your classrooms for summer this year, do not toss your dried up markers in the trash!

I'm going to show you how you can turn them into a batch of vibrant liquid watercolours for your students to paint with next fall!

Of course, if you're a parent or a caregiver who has children all year round, your kids will be able to use them even sooner.

The process is really easy, and actually quite fun and exciting.

You just need to gather up all your markers, and sort out the dried up ones to make your paint.

You're going to LOVE this project, and your kids will love the results!

Click the link below to see how it's done!

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Milk Carton Gingerbread Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wheee!

We've made the cutest-ever gingerbread houses without a lick of sugar!

They're colourful, they're festive, and they're going to look terrific lining our Christmas dinner table. Your kids can make these to be the centerpiece on the kids' Christmas table as well.

I love that they look so yummy but they aren't going to harm any teeth or spoil any appetites. AND, you can make them with any old odds and ends that you have in your craft room!

Make one or two, or make a whole village to line a mantel, a windowsill or your holiday table!

Aren't they beyond adorable? Check 'em out through the link below!

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Halloween Fairy Bread

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Put a spooky spin on a traditional Aussie treat!  Make Halloween fairy bread for your little ghosts and goblins. Here in Canada and the United States, we do Halloween in a big way.  I have a lot of Australian followers though, and they don’t really embrace Halloween.  It’s simply not a holiday that they’ve ever...

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Easy Easter Finger Puppets for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, are you ready for the cutest thing you'll see today?

Honestly, these guys are RIDICULOUSLY cute Just wait to you see them looking up at you. They'll totally melt your heart.

How crazy is it that a pipe cleaner and a pompom can look so stinkin' cute?!

It's the eyes. It's totally the eyes.

And isn't it awesome how easy they are to make? You can whip up a bunch of these in minutes, and your kids will play and play.

I make them every year because the hooligans love them so much.

You know what just occurred to me though? We've never made a lamb! Wouldn't a lamb be the perfect addition to this little gang?

I think I know what I'll be crafting up later this morning.

Ok, go, go! Grab your pipe cleaners and cotton balls, and click the link below for a big ol' dose of ADORABLE!

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8 Gorgeous Homemade Wind Chimes for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These homemade wind chimes are so gorgeous you're going to want to make them all! They're easy to make, and they won't cost you a dime. Which one will you and your kids start with?

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Toilet Roll Santa Ornament

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet Roll Santa Ornament: an adorable Santa ornament made from a cardboard roll and some fabric scraps. I’ve had this idea for a toilet roll Santa ornament knocking around in my head for a couple of weeks now.  I don’t think I’ll have time before Christmas to make  bunch of these with the hooligans, so...

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What to Do When Your Baby Won’t Take a Bottle – Real Solutions from Real Parents

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If your breastfed baby won't take a bottle, going back to work, getting out for a few hours, or just getting some feeding help can seem like an impossibility.

You are not alone. It's a really common parenting challenge, and thankfully, when I asked the HH community for advice about it recently, they had TONS of suggestions, sharing what worked for them when they were in the same boat.

Here are 29 solutions from real parents and parenting experts to help you transition your baby successfully from breast to bottle.

And be sure to click through because I've shared what went down the first time I left my own breastfed baby at home with my husband and a bottle. Eek!

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Halloween Sun Catcher for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Recycle a plastic jug into an adorable Halloween sun catcher. All you need is a plastic container and some Sharpie Markers. Today’s easy Halloween craft is quick and easy, which is great for really young children who don’t have the attention span to craft for too long. You can do this craft at any time of...

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Craft Stick Yarn Dolls for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hi all! I'm back from a family vacation, and I'm SO excited to get back into things here, and share this ADORABLE and seriously addictive little craft with you!

These yarn dolls are SO cute, and great for developing fine motor skills and wrapping and winding skills.

I made a bunch with the 3's one morning, and then after school, I showed them to Miss 8. She LOVED them, and made one after another after another. And what did she ask to do the next time she was here? She wanted to make more craft stick dolls!

They're just too cute and fun!! Check them out!

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My Kid Wants to Quit an Extracurricular Activity. What Should I do?

by Hillary Cole @ Happy Hooligans

There's a situation that almost every parent dreads, but is certain to go through at one time or another. It's when your child wants to quit an extracurricular activity that they asked to sign up for.

If you haven't been through it yet, be thankful, but be prepared... because it's likely going to happen at some point.

Here are some important things to consider when your child says "I QUIT!"

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Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa Soup

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm-mmm! There's nothing like a steaming bowl of hearty, homemade soup to chase the chill away. This slow cooker Chicken and Salsa soup is easy to make and so good, served with a crusty loaf of bread, at the end of a cold winter's day.

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ghost mud

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ghost mud was the perfect thing to make today, on this last day of October, to celebrate Hallowe’en.  I first read about ghost mud over at Teacher Tom’s. Grate a bar of Ivory soap and add it to about 1 cup of hot water.  Stir it around a few times until it’s melty and mushy....

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Easy 2 Ingredient Cloud Dough – Ready in 5 minutes!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

2 Ingredient Cloud-Dough: the ultimate sensory dough!  Cloud dough requires only 2 common household ingredients, and it’s ready in minutes. It smells heavenly, and it’s a delight to run your fingers through! I’m a sucker for a good, homemade sensory play recipe, and this flour and baby oil Cloud dough is something I’ve been waiting...

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The Truth about LYE by Mountain Sky Soaps

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 Lye is a mixture of sodium hydroxide and water. For real soap to have cleaning and lathering qualities, it has to have some sort of alkali. When an alkali is added to oils, saponification occurs and produces soap. Kali Spice Karma Cleansing Bar Soap Detergents use petroleum products or vegetable oils, all [...]

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Homemade Cards from Wallpaper Samples and Fabric Scraps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make your own homemade cards from paper and fabric scraps and a few gems and jewels from the craft room! You’ll never have to buy a greeting card again if you make your own with simple supplies you have around the house.  A homemade greeting card is so nice to give and to receive.  You...

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30+ Fairy Crafts and Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have a child at your house who loves fairies, I think you’ll love these activities!  I’ve rounded up 30+ Fairy crafts and activities from my own blog and from those of some of my favourite fellow-bloggers.  Fairy crafts, fairy recipes, fairy art ideas and fairy sensory bins and party ideas, even a fairy...

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Milk Carton Valentines Houses for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeee! Another beautiful and oh-so-easy Valentines craft for your little ones to make this year! Check out these gorgeous Valentines houses we made last week using milk cartons and a handful of crafty odds and ends! They're similar to gingerbread houses, but oh, the colours! And the sparkly gems! And the glitter... I could look at these little houses all day long! I hope you love them as much as we do!

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Paper Plate Owls

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Turn some paper plates and fabric scraps into a bunch of adorable paper plate owls. Here’s a cute, little fall craft for you!  We made these paper plate owls on a total whim today. This morning, one of the hooligans said she’d like to make some owl crafts.  Since we’re working on our A-Z paper...

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Wine Cork Turkey Decoration for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This simple wine cork turkey decoration is a super-easy craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving.  Use your turkeys to decorate a tabletop or a window sill, or just use them for some silly turkey play. This terrific stretch of hot, sunny weather we’re having makes it hard to believe that fall has actually arrived.  It’s...

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Cardboard Roll Bracelets

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These cardboard roll bracelets were a just a quick little craft that we did yesterday before the Hooligans went home. I was playing around with some cardboard tubes, thinking about craft possibilities, and I wondered: if we painted them red and white, chopped them up, and cut slits into them, could we make a holiday...

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Styrofoam Ornaments for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Don’t you just love a simple Christmas craft that looks gorgeous?  We made these beautiful styrofoam ornaments using basic supplies we had around the house.  They were so easy to make, and I think they turned out beautifully! You can do this craft with children of any age, from toddler right up through teenager.  I...

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Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a quick and easy last-minute Halloween treat for class parties or Halloween get-togethers with friends and neighbours. Halloween Sprinkle Sandwiches!  These fun and yummy treats were inspired by the Halloween Fairy Bread that I made last year. And that Halloween Fairy Bread was inspired by Australian Fairy Bread which is a very popular birthday treat at...

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French Vanilla Snow Cones Made With Real Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make French Vanilla Snow Cones with real snow! Winter won't be around much longer, so you've gotta make these now, while you still can! I know they sound a little crazy, but trust me, they're so much yummier than any store-bought, frozen treat!

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15 Leftover Turkey Recipes Your Family Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for something new to make with your holiday turkey leftovers this year?

Oh my goodness, check out this collection of recipes.

Turkey shepherd's pie, turkey pizza, turkey tacos and casseroles and more!

There are so many awesome recipes here, you'll want to cook a turkey today just so you can try them.

Click the link below to see them all!

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Toy Wash! How to Fight Cold and Flu Germs and Clean the Daycare Toys!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How are you doing with cold and flu season?

Whether you run a home daycare or you're at home with your own children, cold and flu germs can get pretty icky at this time of year.

Let your kids kill those germs and sanitize their toys while they play!

This activity is so simple to set up. It costs nothing, and the kids will play for ages in the the colourful suds!

Bonus! Your toys get squeaky clean, and bye-bye cold and flu germs! Check it out!

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Apple Stamping with Real Apples and Leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Apple stamping – making prints with apples and real leaves from the garden is a fun fall activity for toddlers and preschoolers. ‘Tis the season for picking juicy, ripe apples off the tree, and I’m seeing lots of apple crafts happening out there these days, so we decided to do some apple stamping this morning.  The...

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Snowman Art – exploring texture with kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids explore textures with this easy snowman art project: We very rarely use construction paper here.  There are so many more interesting materials to use when you’re crafting with your kids.  get creative with  Take a look through my site, and you’ll see us creating with aluminum foil, sand paper, wall paper samples, quilt batting,...

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Bark and Paint Swatch Trees

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Bark and Paint Swatch Trees: kids can explore nature’s colours and textures while creating beautiful Fall art. At this time of year, the hooligans and I are still spending most of our hours outdoors, playing in the yard and neighbourhood and observing the changes of the season. We’re also doing lots of Autumn crafting. Yesterday,...

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Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Check out the adorable Snowman Jar Tea Light Luminaries that we made recently!  Aren’t they just adorable?  They were really fun and easy to make, and I think they’re going to look super lighting up our mantle this holiday season! I might line them up on our dining room table when we have the gang over...

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Play Logs for a Backyard Play Space

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few well positioned play logs or stumps add endless physical and imaginative play possibilities to your back yard: Recently, I showed you our backyard play house and shared some sandbox ideas with you.  Well today, I’m just busting to share the newest addition to our backyard play space: Play Logs!    Late last fall,...

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Fall Tree Handprint Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Fall Tree Handprint Craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make at home or daycare. I’ve made a number of really easy fall tree crafts with my daycare hooligans over the years. I love crafting with kids in the fall because there are so many colours and textures to learn about and explore. Of...

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recycled crafts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A few ideas to keep little crafters busy… I SPY BOTTLES Set out an assortment of small, colourful objects and have children pick a colour theme i.e. red/pink, green/purple etc.  Have them select objects to match their chosen colours, and drop them in an energy drink bottle.  The Hooligans love dropping things into things, so this...

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Adorable Cork-Stamped Flower Wreath for Spring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for an adorable spring flower craft to do with your kids?  Grab some corks and buttons and head on over to CBC Parents to see how we made this cork-stamped flower wreath!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter!

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Easy Pumpkin Sun Catchers – a Vibrant Halloween Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, how I love this one!

We made vibrant pumpkin suncatchers out of coffee filters, using a fun colouring process.

You won't believe how intense the colours of our pumpkins are.

They look like they're actually glowing when the afternoon sun shines through them.

The process is really quick and simple, so this is a great craft for your little ones to do this week before Halloween!

I hope you love them as much as we do!

Check the out with the link below!

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How Do Lip Balms Help with Chapped Lips?

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The beeswax in Mountain Sky lip balms essentially creates a protective barrier that prevents your lip moisture from escaping. Normally moisture evaporates through the surface of your lips, especially on dry, cold, windy days, or sunny summer days. To prevent chapped lips: 1. Do not excessively lick your lips. Added sweeteners to lip balms cause people [...]

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{3-Ingredient} Puffy Paint Earth Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Earth Day is Saturday, April 22nd this year!

Check out this awesome Earth Day craft we made with our 3-ingredient puffy paint recipe! You put it in the microwave and it puffs right up!

How fun is that?!

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Footprint Turkey Craft for Thanksgiving

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This week-end, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving, so we made this cute footprint turkey craft today.  Everyone loves a footprint craft, right?  Sure they do!  As a parent, you love having your little one’s footprint immortalized in a quirky little craft made by your wee one.  I’ve never met a kid who didn’t love to trace his...

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Painted Rock Turkeys for Kids to Make for Thanksgiving

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is just a quick and simple thanksgiving craft that I made on a whim the other day when the girls were painting some rocks. I turned a smooth, round beach stone into a turkey. He can be used as a paperweight, or you can make a bunch, and use them as place settings at your Thanksgiving table this year. He's pretty darn cute, isn't he? (and he couldn't be any easier to make!)

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Best Natural Nipple Cream

by Trevor @ SLS Free

Cracked, sore, and chaffed are never words you want to use to describe a feeling on your body. And when those feelings are on delicate and sensitive nipples? The agony is much worse. Unfortunately, those sensations are common while breastfeeding, especially right after giving birth, as moisture sits on the surface of skin and babies […]

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Valentines Lunch Ideas for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love! Wondering what to serve the kids for lunch on Valentine’s Day?  Here are a few heart-y lunch ideas (excuse the pun) that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love! Please forgive the quality of a couple of the photos.  Some were taken a few...

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Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Our Scented Sandpaper Gingerbread Ornaments will delight the senses as your child makes a sweet homemade gingerbread man to hang on the Christmas tree. Rough sandpaper, aromatic cinnamon and cloves, smooth, shiny buttons, and soft yarn.  What a lovely sensory craft this was for the toddlers and preschoolers to make.  And not only did this...

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Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you have any “Frozen” fans at your house, this Frozen Fractals Ice Sculptures activity will be a hit!  It’s so easy to prepare, and your Anna and Elsa fans are going to love it. We’ve done a number of  “Frozen” activities here in my daycare recently, and they’ve gone over very well!  If your kids are...

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DIY Marbled Paper with Shaving Cream and Food Colour

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeek! I'm so excited to show you our latest art project! Guys! This one is SO easy, and the results are out of this world!

We're making marbled paper, and all you need is shaving cream and food colour! That's it!

Check out the stunning results! They're wild!

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Should I Change the Name of My Blog?

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Something’s bugging me.  It’s been bugging me for days – not keeping me up at night or anything – but enough for me to know that I have to stop ignoring it.  I keep wondering if I should change the name of my blog. Normally, I am not a wishy-washy, on-the-fence kind of person, but...

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Easter Playdough Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Easter is right around the corner, and here’s a fun Easter activity to keep the kids busy before the holiday arrives. Whip up a batch of Homemade Easter playdough for toddlers and preschoolers, in the softest shades of spring! If you’ve been following along with us, you know how much I love coming up with themed playdough...

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Potato, Leek and Ham Soup Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Woot , woot! It's soup season! And today, I'm sharing one of my easiest homemade soup recipes at all. Not kidding. From start to finish, you can have this potato, leek and ham soup on your table in no time at all. Thick and heart and so delicious! Serve it with a loaf of bread, and you have the perfect soup for a cool, fall day. Look it it! Iust take a look at it. How can you resist?

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Soft and Chewy Peanut Butter Maple Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Pssst... Wanna know a secret?

Whenever I feel like I'm slacking in the mom department, I bake homemade cookies. I'm not sure what it is about a homemade cookie, but when my kids come home to find that I've made a batch, suddenly I'm "mom-of-the-year".

These particular peanut butter maple cookies are a favourite here. An old school friend of mine gave me the recipe years ago, and I've been making them ever since. My family LOVES these cookies. The pale, golden colour... the soft, chewy oatmeal... rich peanut-butter and a hint of maple.... Mmm-mmm!

They. Are. Amazing.

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Perfectly Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Best, easy recipe for perfectly roasted pumpkin seeds… Oh I do love a good halloween treat! Not just the stuff the trick-or-treaters bring home.  I’m talking about homemade Halloween treats; namely the ones  that involve the pumpkin!  Mmmm… I love everything about pumpkin season:  pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin dip, and of course, pumpkin seeds....

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Salt and Ice Activity – melting frozen hands

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Melting frozen hands!  When it comes to easy, awesome icy science activities, this one is a winner! This simple salt and ice activity is perfect any time of the year.  We happened to do it in winter, but we’ve done similar experiments in summer-time, and they’re always a blast. I was inspired to make our...

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Paint Chip Mosaics – Abstract Art for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Paint Chip Mosaics – an abstract art project for toddlers and preschoolers! These paint chip mosaics were the perfect project for a day as grey and rainy as today . This morning, I set out some cardboard, a few glue sticks and a tray of paint chips that I’d cut up into squares, rectangles and...

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Simple Solution to Keep a Diaper On at Bed Time

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A no-fail solution to keep your toddler’s diaper on at nap-time and bedtime.  No duct tape, no onesies – just a fast and easy way to prevent your child from removing his diaper when left alone in his crib at nap time. If you’ve ever had a toddler who who’s removed a poopy diaper at...

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Ice Age Bin – A Captivating Activity for Preschoolers!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When it comes to water play activities, this Ice Age Bin is one of our favourites!  It’s also one of the funnest, simple science activities out there.  We have done this salt and ice and water activity so many times over the years, and each time we change things up a little so it’s new and...

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Toilet Roll Peeps – An Easter Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toilet Roll Peeps and paper bag nests: an easy, upcycled Easter craft for kids!  Hooray for spring! It’s right around the corner, and so is Easter! We hooligans LOVE our holiday crafts, so you’ll find lots of Easter crafts for kids among the pages of my blog.   Remember the simple paper bag nests that I shared with you yesterday?...

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Coffee Filter Christmas Tree Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We officially kicked off our 2013 Christmas crafting season in my daycare today by making these coffee filter Christmas tree ornaments! Another one to add to our collection of tree ornaments that look like Christmas trees! This is an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  Not only will they enjoy the creative process,...

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White Crayon Art for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s an easy art project for toddlers and preschoolers.  Creating this white crayon art is a simple as offering your child a piece of black paper and a white crayon.  Add a small selection of paint colours, and you’ll end up with some beautiful creations worthy of matting and framing. We’ve been focusing on easy...

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Painted Paper Plate Turkey Craft for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, this might be our cutest turkey craft yet! It's so simple to make, but it's vibrant and colourful and downright adorable! This paper plate turkey is a great craft for kids to make for Thanksgiving or a super "letter T" craft if you're focusing on the alphabet with your preschooler! Gobble Gobble!

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Fall Leaf Labyrinth – a fun way for kids to play in the leaves

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fall leaf labyrinth is a wonderful way for your kids to explore and play in the leaves in Autumn. Not only is a  fall leaf labyrinth a lot of fun to make, your kids will have a great time playing in it!  It’s a great excuse to get outside for some fresh air and exercise...

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Coolest Homemade Father’s Day Card – Tie-Dyed Paper Towel “T-Shirts”

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

GAH!! I am so excited to show you the totally unique and adorable Father's Day cards we made the other day!

The hooligans turned paper towels into miniature "tie dyed" tee-shirts, to deliver a "TEE-rific" message to their Dads on Father's Day.

The process is super-easy and a lot of fun, and the results were fabulous!

Click the link below to see for yourself!!

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40+ Ways to Help Kids Overcome Night Time Anxiety

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Banish bedtime monsters for good!  45 tried and true, parent-tested solutions for helping kids conquer their night time anxiety and fears at bedtime! Bedtime should be a special and memorable part of a little one’s day, but if your child is afraid of monsters or boogeymen or has bad dreams or nightmares, it can be...

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Bead and Pipe Cleaner Ornaments – Easy Christmas Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These bead and pipe cleaner ornaments really sparkle and shine! They're so easy to make and so pretty! They're great for helping little ones strengthen their fine-motor skills too!

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Three to Five Playful Preschool e-Book

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Three to Five Playful Preschool!  An e-Book filled with gorgeous photos, printables and step-by-step instructions for creative, hands-on, play-based activities for kids aged 3-5!  I am SO excited to finally be able to share Three to Five Playful Preschool, a terrific e-Book I’ve been working on with 24 other fabulously talented kid-bloggers from all over the...

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Paper Plate Valentine’s Wreath for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Your preschooler will love making this simple paper plate Valentine's wreath. Painting, gluing and crumpling tissue paper are wonderful ways for little ones to explore colour and texture, and strengthen their fine motor skills. And they'll be so proud to hang their creation on a door or window for Valentine's Day!

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City Skyline Silhouette Art Project for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Squeee! I'm so excited to share our latest art project with you!

If you're looking for a cool art project to do with your kids at home, or with your students in art class you'll love this one.

When you see it, it may even take you back to your own childhood. may take you back to your own childhood, but we've put a modern day spin on it.

Using just three supplies: coloured water, paper towel and black paper, the hooligans, ages 4 through 10 made this city skyline silhouette art recently, and the results were beautiful!

It's particularly fun because of the drip-art technique we used to make the backdrops.

And not only are the results beautiful, there's lots of fine-motor development going on with this art activity too!

Check it out through the link below!
This one's great for all ages too.

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25+ Awesome Art Projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tired of doing the same old preschool art activities with your kids and students?  Be prepared for some excitement then because I have over 25 AWESOME art projects for Toddlers and Preschoolers to do at home, daycare or preschool. It’s no secret that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love creating art!  Naturally, they enjoy regular,...

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Footprint Reindeer Christmas Cards for Preschoolers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everybody loves a footprint craft, right? Kids love making them, and parents and grandparents LOVE seeing a tiny footprint preserved in a craft. Well, these footprint reindeer cards are downright adorable! I love how the goofy googly eyes add a quirky expression to the reindeer's face! Tell the kids to kick off their socks, and make a bunch of these for friends and relatives this holiday season! You could totally use this technique to make homemade wrapping paper too! Have fun!!

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Halloween Sensory Play

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

   The spookiest night of the year is only a few weeks away, so we’re kicking the holiday off with a little Halloween sensory play. The hooligans really enjoyed our Fall Sensory Bin, but I dismantled it this past weekend and used many of the pieces to decorate my Thanksgiving table. 🙂 Then I dug...

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Framed Heart Art on a Painted Paper Bag Canvas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I know how much you all loved our cardboard roll stamped hearts the other day... well... we've done it again, but this time, we've used a paper bag as our canvas, and we've framed our finished piece in a great looking (Dollar Store) frame. We've also switched up our colours for a more sophisticated look! Isn't it lovely? What a great gift for kids to make for a parent or grandparent for Valentines Day!

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Ghost Mud Sensory Dough with Toilet Paper, Soap and Water

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ghost Mud (also known as Clean Mud) is the most fun you can have with a bar of soap and a roll of toilet paper.  This incredible homemade sensory dough is so easy to make and it’s a provides kids with a wonderful sensory activity.  Ghost mud smells fantastic, and it’s delightfully ooey and gooey when...

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Best Witch Hazel Toners

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Toners have a bit of a confusing reputation. Some people swear by them, others think they’re useless. A big part of the confusion when it comes to toners is that a wide variety of products with very different ingredients and purposes can all be called by that name, and a good portion of the commercial […]

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Coloured Ice Sculptures in the Snow

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for something fun to do outside with the kids this winter?  Try building coloured ice sculptures in the snow. Now, we’ve played with coloured ice in the snow before, but THIS…  actually building a large structure with a variety of colourful ice cubes and blocks… this was new for us. The hooligans loved it!  Just...

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Painting Like Eric Carle – Homemade Easter Egg Napkin Rings Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I have a really cool painting process to share with you!

Have you ever wondered how Eric Carle creates the artwork for the pictures in his books?

It's gorgeous, right? Wouldn't you love to create art like that?

Well, guess what!

He's made a short slide-show, demonstrating exactly how he paints, and it's actually a really simple process!

I gave it a try, and oh man! It's super-fun and totally addictive. I ended up making all kinds of coloured papers because once I got started, I couldn't stop!

Then I used some of the coloured papers to make Easter Egg napkin rings.

They're really pretty. And oh-so-Eric-Carle.

I think your kids are going to LOVE painting this way.

I've included a link to the Eric Carle slide-show in this post, so check it out.

And try it for yourself.

This would be an AWESOME activity for a school art class or an art party!

Click the link below to watch Mr. Carle's video, and to see our napkin rings!

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November Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I absolutely love the months with holidays in them, so we can base our crafts and activities around a special theme.  November has me kind of stumped.  Hallowe’en is over, and Christmas is still off in the distance, so we don’t have any real celebration to focus on. I decided to go with another fall...

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How to Make the Best Baby Bibs from Old Jeans and Tee Shirts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

BEST. BIBS. EVER. And they won't cost you a penny.

Seriously!

I don't use anything else in my daycare.

I made these out of our old jeans and tee shirts almost 10 years ago, and look at them. ..

They're gorgeous! Not a mark on them, and as durable and perfect as the day I made them.

Actually.... they're even better because you know how it is with jeans and tee-shirts.... they get better and better with age.

Best of all, this sewing project is SO easy, you'll be able to make these bibs as long as you can sew a straight line!

Check 'em out! Hope you love them as much as we do!

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Cardboard Roll Mummies and Crows

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Halloween is just around the corner, and we've whipped up some adorable cardboard roll mummies and crows for our friends over at CBC Parents! Not only are they super-duper-cute, and fun to make, the winding and wrapping process is great for strengthening fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination! Make some today with your kids or your students. Check 'em out here...

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Baby robins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Daily documentation of the Mama and baby robins who took up residence on our back deck. Last summer, we returned home after 10 days of camping to discover that in our absence, someone had set up residence in the rafters of our covered deck, so I set up a ladder close by, and spent the next...

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Backyard Ice Sculptures

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids of all ages (and grown ups too!) will want to get in on building these awesome ice sculptures in the backyard this winter!  Pop over to CBC Parents to see how we made ours!   Follow the Hooligans on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter, and click SUBSCRIBE in my sidebar to receive our posts by...

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Adorable Paper Plate Self-Portrait Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

You won't want to miss this one! We're making self-portraits today!

They're fun and easy, and absolutely adorable!!

Check them out by clicking the link below! And let me know what you think! I love hearing from you!

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3-Ingredient Homemade Puffy Paint – an Easy Microwaveable Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a quick and easy art activity to do with your kids, this one is fabulous. Not only is it an art activity, it's a bit of a science activity as well!

All you need are 3 ingredients to make this awesome homemade puffy paint! It's fun to paint and create with, and the best part? ...you just put it in the microwave, and it puffs right up!

SO cool! Have a look!

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Simple Bird Feeder Mold with Snow, Corn and Chestnuts

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We love making homemade bird feeders here in my daycare.  Every winter we make simple feeders with basic ingredients and supplies so we can help the local birds make it through the winter. This week we made a simple corn and chestnut feeder for your backyard birds and squirrels to enjoy this winter! You may...

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Valentines Art with Sharpies and Tin Foil

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey Lovely,

I know the feeling. Your kids want to craft but you don't want to get all the craft stuff out, and be left with a big mess.

It's probably one of the reasons for saying "no" when they ask to craft, right?

I get it. We moms are busy, and there are enough messes to clean up in a day, never mind the chaos that can come along with craft time.

Well, how would you feel if I told you your kids could have a ton of fun crafting today with about a minute of prep and virtually no clean up.

Got tin foil? Got Sharpies? Great. You're all set for your kids to make some cool Valentines art.

It's slick and shimmery, and the process is really fun.

It's also kind of addictive, so it may just keep the troops entertained for a while.

A win for the kids and a win for you!

Click on the link below, and you'll be on your way to a mess-free, super-cool craft session today!

Check out this colourful Valentines art

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Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath for Toddlers to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tissue Paper Valentines Wreath: a fine-motor Valentine’s craft for kids! Our tissue paper Valentines Wreath is the perfect Valentines craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make.  It’s bright and colourful, it’s a great fine-motor and sensory activity, and it’s a craft that’s easy enough for very young children to do. Why I love crafting with...

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Banana Chocolate Chip Bread Machine Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm-mmmm! Check it out. I made banana chocolate chip bread in my bread machine today. It was GOOD and it was SO easy! I dumped in the ingredients, hit the button and walked away. Gotta love it when cooking from scratch is THAT easy!

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How to Make Maple Syrup Snow Candy – 3 Simple Steps

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mmmm! Make real maple syrup snow candy in your own backyard! 3-easy steps and just 2 ingredients: maple syrup and snow! This simple, traditional, Canadian treat is so much fun to make. You and your kids will love the process! And I'll bet you'll love the taste too!

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Banana Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How does this sound? A cupcake stuffed with banana filling, and topped with dark chocolate, whipped cream and banana chips! Mmmm! My friend Alison is here today, sharing her recipe for Banana Boston Cream Pie Cupcakes! Sounds like a winning combination to me! Enjoy!

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Water Beads

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Water beads!  Nifty, little polymer beads for sensory bins, sensory bags and all kinds of sensory play! They wiggle, they jiggle, they’re soft and squishy, and oh-so-wonderful for sensory play!  They’re Water Beads!  Have you heard of them?  They’re all the buzz in the preschool circles and among the kid-bloggers at the moment.  They’re cool, little...

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Is Palm Oil Bad?

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Canadian Glacial Clay   Almost every day we get an inquiry about the palm oil (elaeis guineensis) that we add in our soaps. There is considerable concern with rainforest deforestation that is occurring due to the present palm oil plantations and future plantings. At Mountain Sky, we are also concerned with this environmental quandary. We use [...]

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Backyard Play Ideas for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When the weather is nice, the Hooligans and I spend most of our time outdoors, in our backyard play space.  Quite often we’ll be out from the time they are dropped off in the morning until afternoon nap-time. I’d like to share some of our favourite backyard play ideas with you today. Fun and Easy...

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The Funnest, Easiest Way to Clean your Art Table

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This method for cleaning your art table will have your kids begging to help clean up! Every few months, here in my home daycare, our art table gets to the point where it’s so messy and caked with paint, glue and glitter that it needs a good cleaning. For years, I always tackled the job...

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Tracing Paper Drawing Activities for Toddlers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Experimenting with tracing paper: a fun and artful way to develop fine motor and printing skills: Tracing paper is something I’ve never thought to use here in the daycare until recently.  The hooligans love drawing and colouring, and I always have materials available for them to help themselves to.  Generally, when it comes to drawing,...

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Felt Flower Buttoning Toy

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I’m so excited to share our latest buttoning toy with you! Pop over to Kids Activities Blog to see how to make our Felt Flower Buttoning Toy!  This easy, no-sew version of our Button Snake, is a great toy for fine motor development and teaching buttoning skills! Get the 3-5 Playful Preschool e-Book! 25+preschool activities...

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hand dyed pasta necklaces

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Quick and easy recipe for hand dyed pasta necklaces: This method of making hand dyed pasta is quick and easy, and pretty much mess-free.  The pasta is vibrant and won’t stain hands, and it’s great for sensory bins and crafting with.  Pop over to CBC Parents for our recipe and step-by-step directions! If this is your...

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6 Go-To Dessert Recipes Your Family Will Love

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Everyone needs a go-to dessert recipe - a dessert that's easy to make, but one that knocks it out of the park when it comes to taste. I have 5 here that you're going to love! These are the recipes I turn to any time I'm entertaining or going to a family function or get-together. They're a cinch to make, and everyone always devours them! Check 'em out, and add them to YOUR list of awesome go-to desserts!

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Crayon Resist Valentines Messages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oooo! I love this colourful and "magical" art process! We're using the classic "crayon resist" process to write secret Valentines messages, and then we're bringing them alive with colour! We're doing it a little differently than we have in the past too! No watercolour paints required! Bet you have everything you need on hand to do this at home or in your classroom! P.S. All ages enjoy this process! Even my teenager got right into making some! Aren't they pretty?

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Candy Cane Wreath Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy homemade Christmas ornament for toddlers and preschoolers to make… These candy cane wreath ornaments are very easy to make, so they’re perfect for toddlers and preschoolers.  You can chose your own colours for these ornaments, but I really like how the red and white tissue paper give the little wreaths a candy cane...

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{Adorable} Craft Stick Santa, Elf and Reindeer Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

ADORABLE OVERLOAD! Be warned: these craft stick Santa, elf and reindeer ornaments are almost too cute to handle! And they're so easy that even the toddlers will have fun crafting some of these up...

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Homemade Musical Instruments for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for some easy, homemade musical instruments for kids to make?  We have 5 ideas you’ll love!  All of our instruments are made from simple materials you likely have around the house or in your recycle bin! Head on over to CBC PARENTS to see how we made all five!   [jetpack_subscription_form]   Follow the...

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Homemade Cereal Box Puzzles to Make for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade cereal box puzzles are easy to make, and great for keeping the kids entertained and learning quietly. Doing a puzzle is so beneficial for a child.  Puzzles get kids thinking, planning and problem solving, they’re great for fine motor skills, and a child feels a real sense of accomplishment when they complete a puzzle...

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17 Cruelty-Free Vegan Bar Soap Brands You'll Love

17 Cruelty-Free Vegan Bar Soap Brands You'll Love


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Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip Cranberry Cookies

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Need a little Christmas treat for the school bus driver, the crossing guard, the postman or your neighbours?

You need to make these cookies.

They are the best cookies EVER.

Seriously.

Sweet and creamy white chocolate, tart and tangy dried cranberries. They're rich and buttery and crispy and chewy...

Oh man, this cookie's got it ALL goin' on.

And the recipe makes a huge batch, so even if you're giving lots away, you'll still have some left for home.

I like to stack them, and wrap them in some cellophane, and tie with a ribbon.

Not only do they taste out. of. this. world., they look gorgeous too!

Click the link below to see them, and to get the printable recipe:

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Fall Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We love fall and we love sensory bins!  This fall sensory bin is easy to put together using items you may already have around your home and yard. I love all of the interesting and colourful fall crafts and activities we get into at this time of year! There are so many wonderful colours and textures...

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Autumn Sensory Bin

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An Autumn Sensory Bin provides hours of exploratory Fall play! Yup, I guess it’s time to accept it: summer is on its way out.  I’ve started getting really pumped about Fall Activities here in my daycare though!  I love all Autumn crafts, and there are so many fall colours and textures for kids to explore at...

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Painted Cupcake Liner Poppy Craft for Remembrance Day

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here's another sweet poppy craft that's perfect for preschoolers to make for Remembrance Day. You need just 4 common household to make this one: cupcake liners, paint, pipe cleaners and buttons. This one has a great fine-motor aspect to it, and the finished product looks so pretty! Check them out1

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Featured Retailer – Lovage

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Painting the Snow – an awesome outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Painting the snow with tempera paints! An amazing outdoor winter activity for kids of all ages. It’s hard to say who will have more fun with this – little kids, big kids or the grown-ups! I’m sure you’ve heard of others painting the snow with spray bottles and food colouring.  Maybe you’ve even seen our...

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Icicle Ornaments with Beads and Pipecleaners

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Icicle ornaments with pipe cleaners and beads: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers. With Christmas drawing nearer, and the days getting busier,  you’ll love the simplicity of the beautiful but simple icicle ornaments that we made today. These icicle ornaments are quick and easy to make, so they’re a great last minute holiday craft....

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Easy Homemade Braiding Board – Learn How To Braid the Fun Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Teach kids how to braid with a homemade braiding board!

The 7 year old learned how to braid in minutes with hers, and the older kids loved practicing their braiding skills!

They're so easy to make! Click the link below to check them out!

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Coffee Filter Jewelled Trees for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

We're in the final stretch now, folks! Less than 2 weeks until Christmas! How is that possible? It's hard to get my head around it because here in Canada, we're having down-right balmy weather. I know. It's crazy. We're usually up to our knees in snow by now, but today is like a cool summer day. It's so bizarre!
Regardless of the temperatures outside, we're getting into the spirit inside, and today we've crafted up some coffee filter, jewelled tree ornaments. The process is SO fun. The preschoolers love it, the big kids love it... heck, even I love playing around with this gorgeous art technique!
Hopefully you can make some time to try this one at home or in the classroom before the holidays arrive! Check it out...

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Cutting Practice – 5 More Scissor Activities for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Cutting practice – 5 more fun and easy materials to help kids develop their scissor skills! I’m not sure what it is about scissors that toddlers find so fascinating.  Is it the cutting action? That unmistakeable “snip-snip-snip?  The paper clippings fluttering to the floor?  Whatever it is, kids just love cutting.  But cutting can be...

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Make a Leaf Maze or Leaf Labyrinth in Your Yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for a fun way for your kids to play in the leaves?  Rake up a Leaf Maze… This is one of our favourite Fall traditions around here.  A leaf maze is so much for the hooligans to play in, and I really enjoy making one.  It’s not often that you get the chance to...

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10 Preschool Apple Crafts for Kids Ages 2-5

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovely.

You're probably switching gears from summer crafting to fall crafting with your little ones right now, so I thought I'd put all of our easy apple crafts in one place, so you'd be able to grab an idea whenever you need one.

Whether you're focusing on a month-long apple theme next month, or just need the odd apple craft to do here and there throughout the month, you'll love these ideas.

They're all super-cute, super-easy and perfect for 2-5 year olds.

Click the link below to see them all. Enjoy!!

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Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes – a Recycled Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These Recycled Bottle Wind Chimes will add a burst of colour to any outdoor play space or patio! I’m really excited to share our latest DIY wind chimes with you!  We LOVE making homemade wind chimes here in my home daycare.  We’ve made so many different sets of homemade chimes for the hooligans to give to their...

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Toddler Art with with Mirrors and Dry Erase Markers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Mirrors and dry erase markers with glass beads: a drawing activity and fine motor fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Sometimes we do an activity and I get so excited about it I can’t wait to share it with you. I’ve felt that way all day today! You may know how much I love doing mirror...

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Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls – Easy, To-Die-For Recipe

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

So, I have this amazing cinnamon roll recipe.

You make the dough in your bread machine which makes the process so easy.

The part you do by hand is actually really fun and cool, AND...

They are the BEST cinnamon buns ever.

Here's the funny part though - when I made these the last time, I didn't use a big enough baking dish, and my cinnamon rolls rose UP as well as OUT.

They tasted delicious, as usual, but the results were quite comical.

I shared a photo on my facebook page, and people went nuts for it, saying they looked like Dr. Seuss cinnamon rolls, and suggesting that I make them this way for Christmas, dusting them with icing sugar, so they look like Christmas trees, OR colouring the frosting orange to make them look like candy-corn for Halloween.

Anyway, I thought you'd like to know that I wrote a post about them, and included the wacky pictures.

Check them out, and MAKE THEM! They are SO crazy-good. You'll never buy store-bought cinnamon rolls again.

Just use the right size of baking dish if you don't want the Suessical version. HA!

Click on the link below to see them, and to get the printable recipe!

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Sensory Art with Shaving Cream and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Sensory Art: exploring shaving cream and food colouring with our hands. We enjoyed another wonderful art technique the other day, creating sensory art with shaving cream and food colouring. You may have seen our Giant Shaving Cream Magna-Doodle a couple of weeks ago when we covered our 6 dollar, thrift-shop table in shaving cream and doodled the morning away....

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14 Fall Leaf Crafts and Activities for Kids 2-10

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fall is just around the corner, and soon enough, the yard will be filled with leaves!

I've rounded up 14 of our favourite ways to play in the leaves and to craft with them too.

I've broken the list into 3 sections - toddler/preschooler leaf crafts, fun ways to play in the leaves, and crafts for 5-10 year olds.

I hope you'll find a few ideas here to try with your kids and students this fall!

Click the link below to see them all.

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How to make a God’s Eye Craft – Weaving for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hello, Lovelies!

Man, we are just hitting it out of the park with beautiful and easy crafts these days!

Today I'm sharing another one of our March Break Craft Camp crafts with you! Last week, over the break, I held a craft day for my hooligan grads. Some of them hadn't been together in years, so it was lovely to spend a day making classic, good-old fashioned crafts together.

Today, I'm sharing the colourful God's Eyes that we made. This one will take you right back to your childhood!

We had so much fun wrapping and weaving our colours. The children loved this activity so we made tons of them! The process is fun and easy, and so good for strengthening fine motor skills, concentration and co-ordination.

And the results are GORGEOUS! Have a look!

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Tape Resist Name Art For Kids of All Ages

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Looking for an amazing art activity to do with the kids today? Make tape resist name art! Tape resist is one of my favourite art techniques to do with children.  It’s so simple but it packs a huge “wow” factor. Because it’s so easy, tape resist is a great art project to do with toddlers...

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How to Make a Homemade Light Box

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Make a homemade light box for play with 2 common household items.  Great for home, in the car, playdates and sleep-overs! I’ve done it!  I’ve come up with an easy, inexpensive homemade Light Box for the play room, and I’m so excited to share it with you! For months  now, I’ve been drooling over all of the fabulous light...

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Paper Towel Dip – a Water Absorption Experiment

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

“Paper Towel Dip“: a water absorption experiment for preschoolers and toddlers. Over the years, we’ve done many water absorption experiments here in my daycare.  Paper towels and coloured water are great for teaching kids about water absorption.  Coloured water really lets kids see the absorption process, and depending on the nature of the project, they can produce...

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Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror: Painting Clouds

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Shaving Cream Art on a Mirror – painting clouds beneath a blue sky.  Such a beautiful way for kids to enjoy some sensory art and mirror play! Okay!  I have another really cool shaving cream art activity for you, and it involves one of my new favourite items for play!  A mirror!    I’ve been...

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Best Homemade Tomato Soup from Garden-Fresh Tomatoes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Got lots of fresh tomatoes in your garden? This soup will change your life.

Bold statement. I know, but it is seriously the best tomato soup you'll ever taste.

When my friend gave me the recipe, I was like "hmmm.... I'm not sure if I like homemade tomato soup", but I made it, and OH MY GOODNESS... I'm not kidding. I couldn't get it into me fast enough.

It's divine. And dozens of followers have written me to say they tried it, and it's the best tomato soup they've ever had too!

You have to give it a try, and let me know what YOU think!

There's a printable copy of the recipe at the bottom of the post. Just click the link below to get there!

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Colour the snow with watercolours

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A fun, indoor winter activity for kids: colour the snow with watercolours and medicine droppers. We set out to colour the snow with watercolours today, and my-oh-my, this is definitely a new favourite winter activity here at our house! This idea came to me after making our paint resist thank you cards.  We had some...

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75+ Best Chapter Books for Girls Ages 5-13

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This is the MOTHER of all posts, and I am beyond THRILLED to be sharing it with you today!

Since publishing my "Best Books for Boys" posts a few years ago, I'm constantly asked if I have a list of great books for girls.

Well, I can finally say, "DO I EVER!!"

One of my long-time daycare dads, a brilliant writer and an exceptional father of two wonderful girls (both hooligan grads), has compiled an absolutely AMAZING list of over 75 of the very best books for girls- ages 5-13.

These books span all genres, and they'll captivate, fascinate, inspire and empower girls from an early age, straight through to their tween, preteen and early teenage years.

These books have all been read, re-read, adored and treasured by Tom and his daughters over the years, and I am delighted to share his recommendations with you!

Click the link below, and be swept away by Tom's beautiful literary depiction of classics, series, fiction and non-fiction chapter books that you and your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, and students will love.

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Simple Halloween Wreaths for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Toddlers and preschoolers will have loads of fun making these simple spooky Halloween Wreaths to hang on the front door this October. We LOVE crafting for Halloween here in my daycare. .  We’ve made so many fun and spooky spiders, monsters, mummies and ghosts in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Our latest Halloween craft is...

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Simple Snowflake Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These simple snowflake ornaments were so quick and easy to make.  They’re perfect as a last minute Christmas craft for your toddler either at home or at daycare. Little fingers will love the soft and fluffy feeling of these homemade ornaments, and they’ll be so proud to hang them on the Christmas tree.    ...

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Cuteness Alert: This CD Chick is Almost Too Cute To Handle

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

CUTENESS ALERT! Brace yourself. This is quite possibly the cutest little chick craft ever. And it's ridiculously easy to make too! Grab an old CD and some tissue paper, and let's do this!

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Good Luck Stones for Kids Who Are Afraid or Anxious

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Homemade good luck stones! Tuck them into a pocket or keep them on a desk or bedside table. Ward off monsters, bring good fortune or make them just for fun! Whatever the reason, kids will love having shimmery good luck charms of their own.

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Painting on a Mirror – an Outdoor Art Idea for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for something really different for the kids to do outside this week, try our painting on a mirror activity!

It's such a cool experience and it will keep your toddlers and preschoolers entertained for ages!

Check it out through the link below!

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Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Simple Popsicle Stick Snowflakes: an easy Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers to make for the Christmas tree. Oh, I do love making simple Christmas ornaments with the toddlers and pre-schoolers in my home daycare at this time of year!  The hooligans love making snowflakes, so we’ve made a bunch of snowflake ornaments so far this...

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Stick-Star Garden Mobile – Fun & Easy Nature Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you're looking for a fun and easy craft to do with the kids today, try this colourful star-stick mobile!

Start out with a stick hunt in your yard or neighbourhood, and have the kids this colourful garden ornament to hang in your yard or on your porch or patio.

Ours looks so pretty hanging in our outdoor play area!

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Dragonfly Craft from Starbucks Stir Sticks

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

It might not be dragonfly season, but you won't be able to resist making these adorable stir stick dragonflies with your kids sometime soon.

Just grab a handful of stir sticks when you're in Starbucks (ask first!), and your kids can transform them into glittery, shimmery dragonflies.

They're fun for play but I think they'd look wonderful suspended in a window, or strung into a mobile similar to the pinecone mobile we made last month.

Check them out, and tell me what you think! They're SO EASY!

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Paper Plate Mask Craft – “M” is for Mask

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Remember the simple pleasure of making a paper plate mask when you were a kid? We're making some today, and giving them a little razzle-dazzle with a handful of basic craft supplies. Have a look! I'll bet your kids would love to spend some time today making their own personalized, decorative masks that they can really wear!

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Spring Art Project for Toddlers – Styrofoam Meat Trays & Foam Shapes

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

An easy Spring Art project for toddlers using craft foam pieces and a styrofoam meat tray canvas! We’re so glad to get back to making spring art and spring crafting!  I want to show you this fun and easy styrofoam art that the hooligans made recently!  It’s a great spring art project for toddlers and...

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Milk Jug Sun Catchers for Christmas

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Kids can make these easy milk jug sun catchers to hang on the Christmas tree or to string into a garland.  All you need is a plastic milk jug and some Sharpie markers!  Great Christmas craft for toddlers and preschoolers but older kids will love it too! Looking for an easy, last minute Christmas craft to...

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25 Water Play Activities for Kids in the Backyard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

When the weather is this hot, it can be tough to keep kids cool AND entertained for long stretches of time.

This is when simple water bins and water activities come in VERY handy!

Whether you have one child at home, or several in a daycare setting, these activities will save the day every single time!

These 25 water activities will keep your kids entertained for hours at a time, and they're so popular and easy to set up that you'll turn to them time and time again over the summer!

I hope you love them as much as we do! Click the link below to see them all!

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The Best, Funnest Guilt-Free “Chocolate” Easter Bunny Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Inspired by the chocolate Easter bunny that my son won at work, we created a whole bunch of adorable chocolate bunnies out of cardboard tubes! Grab your stash of tp tubes, and click the link below to check them out!

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How to Dye Pasta the Easy Way!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to dye pasta the easy way for kids crafts and sensory play! No mess, no waste and no rubbing alcohol! We always have a big batch of brightly coloured pasta on hand here.  It’s great for threading activities, for sorting and learning about shapes and colours, and it’s especially wonderful to use as a...

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Homemade Wrapping Paper with Paint and a Hair Dryer

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Have the kids make some homemade wrapping paper with a little paint and a hair dryer!  Yep, a hairdryer!  This colourful gift-is perfect for Christmas or Birthdays or any old time there’s a gift to be wrapped! Finding a cool, DIY way to wrap a gift is always fun, and believe it or not, the...

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Leaf Slide – an Awesome Fall Activity for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

If you’re looking for a unique and fun fall activity for the backyard, have a look at the leaf slide we made the other day! This is such a fun way to use your fall leaves for play before you rake them all up.  This activity got the hooligans moving around and keeping warm on...

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Paper Plate Ice Cream Craft – “I” is for Ice Cream!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

I am SO excited to share this AH-MAZ-ING paper plate craft with you. Excited for a couple of reasons: firstly, we've been trying to think of a "Letter I" paper plate craft here for over a year, and we just couldn't come up with anything good. Finally, the 6 and 7 year old thought of THIS ONE. The second reason I'm so excited about it is because it looks SO freaking awesome, and was so totally fun to make! We all took part in the process, and we were practically giddy as it all came together. It resembled ice cream so closely that we wanted to eat it! The colours and flavours, the chocolate chips, the syrup and the sprinkles... ALL made out of basic craft supplies! If you're looking for a Letter "I" craft to do with your kids, THIS is the one! Check it out!

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Handprint Mitten Ornament

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Another easy and inexpensive Christmas craft for toddlers! This felt handprint mitten ornament will always remind you of how little your child’s hands once were. There are plenty of handprint Christmas crafts floating around Pinterest these days, and I wanted to put a bit of a different spin on ours, so each of the hooligans...

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Nature Shakers – An Easy, Musical Canada Day Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

My apologies for this post showing up so late in your inbox! I should have published it a few days ago so you would've had it BEFORE Canada Day rather than ON Canada Day.

Ah well, if you don't have time to squeeze it in to your plans for the day, save it for next year.

If you're in the US, however, please do keep this cute, homemade noisemaker in mind for the 4th of July! It's super-easy to make. You just need to add a little blue to the project, and you'll have the perfect, festive craft for your little ones to make!

Check it out through the link below!

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Men & Skincare Health – by Naturopath Sasha Thompson

by admin admin @ Certified Organic skincare

Ask the average guy what they think about skincare and they will likely not have much to say, a little like “real men don’t eat quiche or talk about skincare!”.  The truth is men’s skin often takes a battering due to sun exposure from outdoor occupations or the rigors of sport and is in just […]

Rainbow Rice – How to Dye Rice For Sensory Play (without Rubbing Alcohol)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Rainbow Rice! How to dye rice for sensory play in three easy steps. This easy process for dying rice is mess-free and doesn’t require rubbing alcohol.   The weather is dull and dreary here today, so I thought I’d make some coloured rice for the sensory table to brighten things up a bit. You’ve probably seen...

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Rain Sticks – Kids Can Create the Sound of Falling Rain!

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

How to make a rainstick with a cardboard roll and some basic materials.  Pretty, easy and inexpensive!  Ideal for toddlers and preschoolers. You’ll find lots of super spring crafts for kids here, and today’s rain sticks are no exception!  They’re easy to make, the kids loved decorating them, and they sound great!  Before we get...

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Painted Rock Paper-Weight Craft

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

A gorgeous painted rock paper-weight craft that kids can make for themselves or to give as a gift! If you’ve been with us a while, you likely know how much we love playing with rocks and stones here in my home daycare. Most recently, we used some of our larger beach rocks to make painted paper-weights...

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Adorable Easter Chick Napkin Ring Craft for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Wanna see something that's just too stinkin' cute? Check out these adorable Easter chick napkin rings! This easy easter craft will add a cheery pop of colour to your Easter table this year.

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Tin-Foil Tissue Hearts – Valentines Decorations for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Tin-foil tissue hearts – a beautiful Valentine’s Day craft for kids to make. I love having a holiday to craft about, and Valentine’s Day is one of my favourite!  Hearts, hearts and more hearts, and the colours that we associate with Valentine’s Day make my own heart happy. These adorable tissue paper hearts make me happy...

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18 Awesome Boat Crafts for Kids (They Really Float!)

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Fun and easy boat crafts for kids of all ages to enjoy! Remember how fun it was, when you were a kid, to try and make a boat that would actually float in a puddle or pool or pond? Oh, those were the days – the days when our parents would shoo us outside, and we’d...

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Make Dazzling 3-D Art with a Glue Gun and Glitter

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh my goodness, I am SO excited about our latest art project! It's gorgeous! And it's SO easy to do! All you need is a glue gun and glitter to write these sparkly, 3-D embossed messages! We've used the process to make Valentines cards, but you can make any greeting card this way, or even a cool, custom piece of art to hang in on a wall in your home or classroom! I LOVE it! Have a look! I think you're going to looove it too!

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Fizzing Colours! A Baking Soda and Vinegar Experiment for Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Oh, lovelies! I have the most beautiful science activity to share with you today! This one calls for just 3 common kitchen ingredients, and little ones find it just fascinating! There's lots of bubbling and fizzing and colourful eruptions for your little ones to oooh and ahhh over, and it will keep them entertained for a good long time too! There's fine motor development, and an opportunity to talk about colour mixing and chemical reactions, and best of all it's super-quick and easy to set up! I am in love with the photos of this activity. Have a look! Aren't they gorgeous?

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Potato Head Snowmen

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Building a snowman is always a favourite winter activity among kids, and we usually do it the same old way: roll three balls, plunk a hat on top, pop on some eyes and a mouth, and done.  Well,  if you’re looking for a fun, new way to build a snowman this year, here’s a cute...

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Coloured Water Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Experimenting with coloured water for fine and gross motor development and a lesson in colour mixing: I love setting up fun and educational water play activities when the warm spring weather arrives!  Colour mixing in the backyard with water and food colouring is one of the hooligans favourite ways to play and experiment with water. We...

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Playing with Sticks and Stones

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Playing with Sticks and Stones – . Natural Elements are so easy to incorporate into daily play. They’re all around us; shells, sticks, chestnuts, pinecones, and our wonderful collection of stones and rocks… They’re a staple in our backyard, and I love how they provide the children with open-ended and unlimited play possibilities. Here are...

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Christmas Tree Lacing Activity with Paper Plates

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends and followers!

While you're enjoying your feast this weekend, we're kicking off our Christmas crafting season!

Don't worry, it won't be ALL Christmas crafts between now and the big day. I'll be sprinkling in non-holiday recipes, crafts and activities too so be sure to open your emails when you get them, to see what we've got going on!

For our first Christmas craft of 2016, we've started with this lovely Christmas tree lacing craft/activity.

It's great for strengthening fine-motor skills and for teaching your child the basics of sewing.

The beads really add a beautiful touch, don't you think?

Check it out through the link below!

Click the link below to see them!

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Stamping Hearts with Cardboard Rolls – a Valentine’s Craft for Kids

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, I am in looove with this Valentines craft! What a terrific art art process! And so easy!! We've created the prettiest piece of art with acrylic paint and cardboard rolls. Yes! As in, paper towel rolls or toilet rolls! Isn't that wild? You have to check it out! It makes a terrific piece of art for kids to hang on a wall in their bedroom, or they can give it to a friend or family member for Valentine's Day. I hope you love it as much as I do!

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Marbleized Easter Eggs with Oil, Vinegar and Food Colouring

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeeek! I am SO EXCITED to show you this fabulous process for dyeing Easter eggs today! We're using a 2-step process that gives real eggs a beautiful, glossy, "marbleized' effect! All you need is food colouring, water, vinegar and olive oil! The process is really easy, and guys, the results ARE GORGEOUS! Look, look!!

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Cork-Stamped Flower Craft with Corks and Buttons

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Here’s a really easy spring craft for kids to make this season! These adorable cork-stamped flowers will brighten up a table-top or window-sill or any little corner of your home! We are so ready to say goodbye to winter, and dive into some spring crafting.  The hooligans are off  for spring break this week, and I’ve been...

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10+ Stone Activities for Kids – Loose Parts in the Back Yard

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

One of the best things about summer is all of the stones and rocks that the kids bring home from the beach.

You can make SO MANY things with them, and you can also use them as learning tools in your backyard, classroom or daycare.

I love using stones for play and learning because they don't cost a thing, they can be decorated or left in their natural state, and they are so versatile!

Check out all of these experiments, activities, crafts and gifts that we've made using the stones we've collected at the beach over the years!

If you don't have any stones on hand, this is a great excuse to get outside with your kids this week to do some collecting!

Click the link below to see the fabulous ways you can use them!

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Mom’s Orange Oatmeal Raisin Muffins

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Ok, my lovelies, I am sharing one of my all-time favourite recipes EVER. These muffins are seriously THE best, and they're really easy to make. Want to do some baking today, and have your family absolutely adore you? Make these! Look at them! Aren't you drooling already?

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How to Make Gorgeous Flower Drop Garden Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Eeeek! I am SO excited about our latest garden craft! We made these absolutely stunning Flower Drop garden ornaments out of inexpensive, clear, plastic Christmas ornaments and some colourful beads and flowers from the craft room. Check out how GORGEOUS they are, guys! I mean, these things are seriously BEAUTIFUL, and they're SO easy to make! They'll look great decorating a deck or patio or suspended from the branches of a tree.

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Common Skincare Problems During Pregnancy and How to Treat Them – by our naturopath Sasha Thompson

by admin admin @ Certified Organic skincare

To be told that you’re “positively glowing” is a compliment that most pregnant women would love to hear.   However, due to hormonal changes, many put up with dark patches on the skin, rashes, acne and stretch marks.    Knowing what personal skin care products to use to maintain healthy skin and protect the wellbeing of your […]

Bead and Bauble Sun Catcher Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Add some bling to a window or a patio with these chandelier crystals and pony beads!  These bead and bauble sun catcher ornaments make a beautiful homemade gift for kids to give for Mother’s Day.  They’d be great for kids to make for a teacher, neighbour or grandparent too. I am just thrilled with our...

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styrofoam ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Coming soon!

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Pringles Can People – Treasure Jars for Kids to Make

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

Hey, Lovlies!

The hooligans and I got together the other day for a summer crafty day, and we made the cutest craft!

With fabric scraps, ribbon scraps and buttons, we turned some empty Pringles cans into these adorable Pringles Can People!

Bonus: they can be used as treasure jars to hold small accessories, toys and collectibles!

Click the link below to check them out!

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Foil Ornaments

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

  Foil Ornaments: an easy, inexpensive Christmas craft for kids to make… These foil ornaments are really easy Christmas decorations for kids to make.  This craft provides lots of fine-motor development, so it’s a great one for toddlers and preschoolers. Making a bunch of these foil ornaments is an inexpensive way to add some shimmer...

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The Yummiest, Easiest Way to Eat a Plain Avocado

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

This, in my opinion, is absolutely the BEST, easiest and yummiest way to eat a plain avocado! So fresh, so simple and SO tasty! It's my new favourite "light" lunch or afternoon snack! I think I'm addicted...

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Making Paper Flowers for Homemade Greeting Cards

by happyhooligans @ Happy Hooligans

These are just the most adorable little paper flowers. They're so simple to make, but the process is great for helping preschoolers develop fine motor and scissor skills. Don't they look sweet on the front of this homemade Mother's Day card?

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Dove go fresh Revive Antiperspirant/Deodorant, Pack of 4, 2.6 Oz each
$15.93
Dove Advanced Care Invisible Solid Antiperspirant deodorant 4ct(2.6oz x 4)
$11.74
Dove Men+Care Elements Antiperspirant Stick, Minerals + Sage 2.7 oz, 4 Count
$17.88
Dove Original Anti-Perspirant Deodorant 48h Spray 150 ml / 5 fl oz (6-Pack)
$15.99
Dove Go Fresh Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray 150ml Grapefruit & lemongrass Scent (1 Can)
$5.76
Dove Daily Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner 12oz Combo SET **Package May Vary**
$13.48
Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Fresh Touch Body Wash Cucumber and Green Tea 16.9 Oz / 500 Ml (Pack of 3)
$14.28
Dove Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, Sensitive Skin 2.60 oz
$7.99
Dove Men Plus Care Body Wash, Deep Clean, 13.5 Ounce (Pack of 3)
$22.33
Dove Beauty Cream Bar Soap, Go Fresh Revive, 100 G / 3.5 Oz Bars (Pack of 12)
$14.65
Dove Men+Care Deodorant Stick Clean Comfort 3 oz(Pack of 3)
$23.22
Dove Go Fresh Pomegranate & Lemon Verbena Deodorant Spray 150 ml / 5 oz (6-Pack)
$18.06
Dove Go Fresh Body Wash, Revitalize, Mandarin & Tiare Flower Scent, 16.9 Ounce / 500 Ml (Pack of 3)
$15.98
Dove Weightless Moisturizers Smooth and Soft Anti-Frizz Cream, 4 Ounce (113g)
$3.99
Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant, Original Clean, 1.7 Oz (Pack of 3)
$21.98
Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant, Cool Essentials 1.7 Ounce, (Pack of 2)
$14.49
6 Pack Dove Cotton Dry Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray 48 Hour Protection 150 Ml
$17.06
Dove Go Fresh Restore Beauty Bars, Blue Fig and Orange Blossom Scent, 4.75 Oz (Pack of 12)
$18.40
Dove Invs Sold Pwd Size 2.6z Dove Powder Invisible Solid Antiperspirant Deodorant
$10.46
Dove Men + Care Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Cool Silver 2.70 oz (Pack of 4)
$14.99
Dove Advanced Care Antiperspirant, Clear Finish 2.6 oz, 4 Count
$19.52
Dove Ultimate go fresh Cool Essentials Anti-perspirant/Deodorant, 2.6 Ounce (Pack of 4)
$19.99
Dove Advanced Care Anti-Perspirant Deodorant, Revive 2.6 Oz (Pack of 3)
$16.48
DVO2979401 - Moisturizing Gentle Hand Cleaner
$122.28
Dove Original Spray Deodorant Anti Perspirant 150 Ml 5.07oz (Pack of 3)
$11.00
Dove Men+Care Antiperspirant Deodorant, Sensitive Shield, 2.7 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Dove Hair Therapy Daily Moisture Conditioner, 40 Fl Oz
$14.99
Dove Go Fresh Beauty Bar Soap, Cool Moisture, 6 Count
$10.59
Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Deodorant 48h Spray 150 ml / 5 fl oz (6-Pack)
$16.49
Dove go fresh Beauty Bar, Cucumber and Green Tea 4 oz, 6 Bar
Dove Deodorant 2.6 Ounce Adv Care Anti-Perspirant Sensitive (76ml) (3 Pack)
$12.46
DOVE Winter Care Nourishing Body Wash 24-Ounce - 3-Pack
$23.99
Dove Invisible Dry Anti White Marks Antiperspirant Deodorant, 150 Ml / 5 Oz (Pack of 6)
$17.50
Dove Winter Care Beauty Bars - 14/4oz
$28.95
Dove Men + Care Dry Spray Antiperspirant, Clean Comfort (Pack of 4)
$15.83
Dove® Beauty Bath Shower Gel Indulging Cream 16.9 Oz / 500 Ml
$7.77
Dove Men + Care Body + Face Bars Aqua Impact - 6 ct
$12.82
Dove Go Fresh Cool Moisture Body Wash, Cucumber and Green Tea Pump 34 Ounce (Pack of 2)
3 Dove Nourishing and Restore Body Wash 500ml/19.9oz (3X 500ml/16.9oz, Purely pampering-Almond cream with hibiscus)
$17.99
Dove Advanced Care Deodorants, Cool Essentials (2.6 oz., 3 pk.)
$16.87
Dove Nutritive Solutions Daily Moisture, Shampoo and Conditioner Duo Set, 40 Ounce Pump Bottles
$24.90
Dove Men + Care Body & Face Wash, Sensitive Shield 13.50 oz (Pack of 3)
$20.70
Dove Go Fresh Revive Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Stick for Unisex, 2.6 Ounce
$6.69
Dove Men + Care Extra Fresh Non-irritant Antiperspiration 5 Pack
$24.99
Dove Invisible Dry Anti White Marks Anti-Perspirant Deoderant
$5.12
(Duo Set) Dove Damage Therapy Intensive Repair, Shampoo & Conditioner, 12 Oz. bottles
$13.19
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Wash, Clean Comfort 18 oz
Dove Damage Therapy Daily Moisture Shampoo, 2.8 Pound
$14.99
Dove Men Care Non-Irritant Antiperspirant Deodorant, Extra Fresh - 2.7 Ounce (5 in Pack)
$22.47
Dove Nutritive Therapy, Nourishing Oil Care, DUO Set Shampoo + Conditioner, 12 Ounce, 1 Each
$12.98
Dove Men+Care Post Shave Balm, Hydrate+ 3.4 oz (Pack of 2)
$12.65
Dove Beauty Bar, Pink 4 oz, 14 Bar
$17.99
Dove Original Beauty Cream Bar White Soap 100 G / 3.5 Oz Bars (Pack of 12) by Dove
$16.99
Dove Shave Gel Sensitive 7 oz. (Pack of 3)
$17.26
Dove Cotton Soft Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Spray Dry 48 Hour Protection (Pack of 6) 150 Ml by Dove
$20.98
Dove Clinical Protection Anti-Perspirant Deodorant Solid, Revive 1.70 oz(Pack of 2)
$13.48
Dove Shampoo, Dryness & Itch Relief 12 oz
$5.59
Dove Body Wash Deep Moisture 24 oz, Pack of 3
$15.16
Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash, Coconut Milk (24 fl. oz., 3 pk.)
$24.09
Dove go sleeveless Antiperspirant, Beauty Finish 2.6 oz, 2 Pack
$4.99
Dove Beauty Bar, White 4 oz, 2 Bar
Dove Men + Care Revitalize Face Cream Lotion 1.69oz (Quantity 1)
$4.97
Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner Set 12 Ounce
$13.85
Sensitive Skin Unscented Moisturizing Cream Beauty Bar By Dove, 12 Count 4 Oz Each
$19.99
Dove Beauty Bar, Sensitive Skin 4 oz, 6 bar
$12.99
Dove Regenerative Nourishment Shampoo and Conditioner Set, 8.45 FL OZ each
$15.99
Dove Purely Pampering Shea Butter Beauty Bar with Vanilla Scent Soap 3.5 Oz / 100 Gr (Pack of 12 Bars)
$17.48
Dove Antiperspirant Deodorant, Powder 2.6 Ounce, (Pack of 6)
$21.36
Dove Body Wash Deep Moisture 24 oz, Pack of 3
$15.16
6 Cans of Dove Men+Care Invisible Dry 150ml Anti-Perspirant Anti-Transpirant Spray
$18.72
Dove Clinical Protection Antiperspirant Deodorant, Cool Essentials 1.7 oz
$7.72
Dove Sensitive Skin Nourishing Body Wash, 12 Ounce (2 Pack)
$19.33
Dove Men+Care Body Wash, Extra Fresh 23.5 Ounce (Pack of 2)
$20.45
Dove Men + Care Face Wash, Hydrate, 5 Oz (Pack of 3)
$18.40
Dove Men+Care Body Wash, Extra Fresh 13.5 oz, Twin Pack
$16.99
Dove Hs Srength/Shine Xho Size 7z Dove Hs Srength/Shine Xhold 7z
$8.77
Dove Dry Shampoo Refresh and Care Volume and Fullness, 5 Ounces, 3 Pack
$16.80
Dove Men+Care 2 in 1 Shampoo and Conditioner, Fresh and Clean 25.4 oz
Dove Sensitive Skin Unscented Hypo-Allergenic Beauty Bar 4 oz, 2 ea (Pack of 2)
$11.14
Dove Men + Care Body & Face Wash, Clean Comfort 13.50 oz ( Pack of 3)
$16.10
Dove Men + Care Fortfying Shampoo+conditioner 2 in 1 32fl Oz
$16.05
Dove Go Fresh Cucumber & Green Tea Scent, Antiperspirant & Deodorant Stick, 1.4 Oz / 40 Ml (Pack of 4)
$9.98
Dove Body Wash, Sensitive Skin Pump, 34 Ounce (Pack of 2)
$27.33
Dove Body Lotion, Cream Oil Intensive, 13.5 Ounce (Pack of 3)
$23.49
Dove Damage Therapy Cool Moisture Shampoo (12 oz) and Conditioner (12 oz)
$11.99
Dove Go Fresh Antiperspirant & Deodorant, Cool Essentials - 2.6 oz - 2 pk
$12.99
Dove Go Fresh Antiperspirant Deodorant, Restore, 2.6 Ounce (Pack of 2)
$9.11
Dove Men+Care Body and Face Bar, Deep Clean 4 oz, 6 Bar
$9.39
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