For the whole family

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Megan Murray Elsener

One family checked out a Chicago Wolves hockey game and came away fans. more

Dec 18, 2017 1:35 PM PLAY

Embrace the wintery conditions outdoors with a craft inspired by the super fluffy snowy owl. more

Jan 18, 2013 12:12 PM Crafts

These holiday-themed coffee cup sleeves will make a welcome addition to anyone's winter morning routine. more

Nov 20, 2012 11:03 AM Crafts

These sailboats are easy to make and will keep the kids entertained in the tub. more

Nov 7, 2012 11:15 AM Crafts

Next time you are at the grocery store, stock up on a few extra packages of sponges and create your own "bath toys." more

Nov 7, 2012 11:07 AM Crafts

Planning a block party? Heading out for the local Fourth of July parade? Make some pinwheels to bring along as entertainment for the kiddos. more

Jul 5, 2011 4:58 PM Crafts

Kids have been folding paper into boat shapes forever. But I bet you can still impress yours by helping them create a waterproof version that really floats. Ahoy, captain! more

Apr 26, 2011 11:06 AM Crafts

This year, experiment with a material called bleeding tissue paper to dye your eggs. The color transfers to other surfaces (like egg shells), leaving an interesting “tie-dyed” impression. more

Apr 11, 2011 9:43 AM Crafts

Next time you come across some nearly empty boxes of pasta in your cabinet, give this “noodle train” project a try. more

Feb 25, 2011 3:23 PM Crafts

Incorporate leaves into your family’s Thanksgiving celebration (or any other meal) by creating homemade placemats for your guests. more

Feb 24, 2011 12:34 PM Crafts

Turn the leaves in your yard into an eye-catching work of art. more

Feb 24, 2011 12:21 PM Crafts

Stray baby socks make the perfect winter hats for homemade characters. Throw in an empty paper towel roll and some decorations for a project that your child will love to incorporate into her creative play. more

Feb 24, 2011 11:02 AM Crafts

Forget the rush to buy Zhu Zhu Pets. You can make your own little critters at home using a fun, patterned, adult-sized sock from your collection of strays. more

Feb 24, 2011 10:58 AM Crafts

Sometimes children’s crafts can feel redundant. Materials like poster paints, construction paper and glue sticks tend to lead to predictable results. For a kid-friendly project beyond the usual, try wet felting, which combines wool, water, soap and friction into a fun new material. more

Feb 23, 2011 11:56 AM Crafts

This Easter, skip the store-bought egg-dyeing kit and experiment with natural dyes found in your own kitchen. Natural dyes provide a depth and variety of color and tone that the packaged, tablet dyes can’t deliver. Plus, everyone will have an opportunity to see how everyday foods can be used to create beautiful treasures for the Easter morning egg hunt. more

Feb 23, 2011 11:49 AM Crafts

Painting with brushes is fun. But painting with marbles is really fun. Everyone will love the abstract, Jackson Pollock-like finished product created by rolling marbles dipped in paint around a plain sheet of paper. more

Dec 13, 2010 6:12 PM Crafts

Start with a basic melt-and-pour soap base and add in your choice of natural ingredients to customize your concoction. Good add-in options include essential oils, exfoliators or dried flowers. If you want to make this project a bit more playful, hide a small toy (such as a rubber ball or plastic animal) inside your homemade soap as a "reward" for kids who really wash up. more

Nov 24, 2010 11:52 AM Crafts

There aren't a lot of sure things when it comes to planning your child's birthday party, but a pinata is one of them: competitive whacking and candy. Make your own with this fun, only slightly messy craft that kids will love. more

Oct 31, 2010 10:45 PM Crafts

The long Thanksgiving weekend is a great opportunity to create something for the house as a family. Candice Blansett-Cummins at the Wishcraft creative studio in Chicago shared this idea. more

Oct 29, 2010 12:50 PM Crafts

With all the little ghosts and ghouls wandering about town, October is definitely the spookiest month of the year. What better time to teach your kids a little bit about bats—and have some fun with bat-themed craft projects. more

Sep 22, 2010 10:24 AM Crafts