How To Make an Earth Model Showing Layers EASY NO STYROFOAM

The core, mantle and crust make up the layers of the earth. Learn about the earth’s layers and plate tectonics by making your own scale model using a tennis ball and clay. NEW – Get the FREE printable for this project! To the eBookstore and Digital Library to see other fun references Materials Needed: Tennis Read More

How-To Make a Hypertufa Planter, Trough and Sculpture!

It is easy to create your own hypertufa pots, troughs and sculptures using these simple recipes and instructions. WHAT IS HYPERTUFA? Hypertufa is a lightweight stone material created to mimic the look of porous limestone or volcanic rock. Once cured, it is much lighter than cement or even terracotta. Over time, the natural materials in Read More

Themed Fruit Salads – A Simple Way to Celebrate any Special Day

Some of the best birthday and father’s days end up being the most simple. Instead of buying him  gadgets and trinkets to store on the shelf we executed an idea from one of the kids: “Let’s each make a fruit salad for Dad!” The littlest made a king’s crown. The oldest made a peacock in front of Read More

Homemade Garden Markers Using Clay, Wood and Found Objects

Popsicle sticks work just fine in the garden to mark plants but when that creative streak strikes, use what you have around the house and found objects to bring new life to your labels. Tree Slices and Galvanized Steel Wire WOOD: Recycle your Christmas tree or other solid wood trimmings into garden markers. Simply slice the trunk Read More

Sand Castings Made Simple

Simple crafts provide us precious moments of tranquility and excitement – there’s nothing else to do but MAKE and ENJOY. Our best experiences with sand castings happen when we don’t get too fussy. All you need is wet, compact ground or a spot on a sandy beach moist enough to make a mold that will hold. Feeling fancy? You Read More

Homemade Fossils – MADE EASY!

It’s easy to “mix up some mesozoic” at home or at school!  Making homemade fossils is fun and addictive. We’ve got a simple recipe for creating rock-like relics sure to bring out the Paleontologist in everyone! Below you’ll find our cute video with basic instructions plus a list of materials and extra tips for success. Also lower down the page Read More

HOW TO Make Your Own Homemade Cleaners and Cures

Homemade Dishwasher Detergent UPDATE:  This needs a booster to remove a film on white and clear dishes. This works but not as well as the commercial stuff. Any ideas out there? Mix two cups borax and two cups baking soda inside a glass container and placed it near the sink. Add 3 tablespoons to the wash cycle, two to the main compartment and one Read More

Birthday Tree – Simple and Inexpensive Celebration

Our 8 year old loves anything NATURE.  Patterns, colors, flowers, animals, experiences… It was a rainy weekday and the fun we had planned after school (horse back riding lessons on Camp Pendleton) was canceled. So we got creative! With the help of little sister, we stuck a trimmed branch from a eucalyptus tree in a Read More

Holiday Aprons and Creative Christmas Card Ideas

Just one idea that was a huge hit in our family. I took some left-over white fabric used for blackout curtains and cut it into an apron shape – no sewing necessary. An old sheet would do too. Then I found extra fabric (could be old clothes) and cut out the design. Using a glue Read More