Apple Butterflies


A great Fall craft to tie-in with apples. Make these beautiful butterflies you can enjoy all year!

What You’ll Need:
*3 or 4 different varieties of apples, 1 additional apple for every two children painting
*Paper plates
*Paint
*Paintbrushes
*White paper
*Black marker

Preparation:
*Wash and dry all the apples. Set aside the apples to be used for painting. Cut up the various apple varieties, placing one variety on each plate.

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Pumpkin Carving Templates

Looking for some cute animal pumpkin carving templates? Here are some printable templates that you can use to create your very own animal carvings for your pumpkins. Included with this post: pig, bear, cat.

What You’ll Need:
*Animal template, see attachment below
*Scissors
*Hollowed out pumpkin
*Pushpins
*Paper towel
*Washable Marker
*Small, sharp knife such as a paring knife or pumpkin carving knife kit

Preparation:

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Baby Burp Cloths


These fashionable burp cloths are easy to make and are a perfect homemade baby gift!

What You’ll Need:
*Cloth diapers
*Decorative ribbon – 15 inches per burp cloth
*Lace or wide ruffled ribbon – 15 inches per burp cloth
*Needle & thread, or sewing machine
*Pins
*Scissors

Preparation:
*Wash & dry the cloth diapers according to the package instructions.

Activity:

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Color Game

Stuck waiting at the doctor’s office? Standing in line for the flu shot? Here’s a fun easy game that you can play with your kids while waiting for just about anything! Great for when you are stuck in traffic, too.

What You’ll Need:
*Just yourselves!

Preparation:
*For younger kids, go over primary and secondary colors.

Activity:

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No Slip Socks


Now that Fall is here and winter is just around the corner, the mornings can be chilly on those bare feet! And if you have children, it can be impossible to keep track of whose socks are whose. Create custom, no-slip socks so you’ll always know which socks go on which feet. Also makes a great stocking stuffer!

What You’ll Need:
*Socks
*Dimensional fabric paint, also called “puffy paint” in a variety of colors
*Paper towel

Preparation:

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Flag Stamp Craft and Story

A great way to begin the dialog with your children about the events of 9/11 and a nice way to commemorate those who lost their lives and the military who continue to protect and serve our country. Read a book about flags and do this great flag stamp craft. Makes beautiful artwork to frame!

What You’ll Need:

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Chores Chart Made Simple


Now that the kids are back to school, it’s also time to for them to get back to responsibilities at home! Make chores around the house easier to keep track of with this simple chores chart.

What You’ll Need:
*Chores List document (MS Word or PDF version below) – 1 per child
*Pen/Marker
*Laminating Sheets
*Stick-on Magnets
*Dry erase marker

Preparation:
*Print out one copy of the Chores List document below (either MS Word or PDF version) per child.

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Family Beach Scavenger Hunt

A great family activity to do at the beach. Fun for all ages, but you will need at least one person 18+ in the group. Email your scavenger hunt pictures to us at info@mycalendarmaker.com and we might post them on this site! If you like this activity, try our Tic Tac Toe Beach Towel - perfect to take to the beach!

What You'll Need:
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Crazy Races

Are your kids tired of the same old activities with just one week left of summer? Do these great Crazy Races and not only will everyone get some exercise, but they’ll have a blast!

What You’ll Need:
*driveway
*sidewalk chalk

Preparation:

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License Plate Game

A great, educational way to keep kids busy while on a long road trip.

What You’ll Need:
*US Map
*Highlighter

Preparation:
*Print two copies of the map per child (one for the way there and one for the way back) at http://nationalatlas.gov/printable/images/pdf/outline/states.pdf

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