Arts and Crafts


Origami Star Boxes

A friend of mine gave me a gift recently. I wanted to share the idea with you. She loves Origami and makes these beautiful open paper boxes with them. Then she fills the boxes with various things. At Christmas, she gave us Hersey’s kisses and more recently, they were lantern houses. As usual, my daughters are “ga-ga” over them. They often go to bed with the little lights. I loved the way that she decorated them.

Just can't keep her hands off!

Any other cool Origami tips, facts or ideas to share?

Here’s a site that has created very easy instruction and wonderful pictures (if you can ignore the ads).

Love the Origami, or maybe the tea light.
Art, Creative Play

Moon Sand

Photo courtesy of Cali2Oke -

My daughter just got Moonsand for her birthday.  It was fun to play with and molded well.  In doing some research before she played with it, I found a recipe for homemade moonsand which seems like it would be really easy to make.  The ingredients are sand, cornstarch, and water.  I’ve played with cornstarch and water before and it’s a blast! (With cornstarch and water, you have to constantly work the cornstarch in your hands, once you stop, it will blob down into a liquid again).  So I imagine that the three together, with a little food coloring would be great.

I also read about some Mom’s using moonsand to make sand castles or using hot-wheels cars to do a motorcross track.  Sounds like a great snow/rainy-day activity or something fun if you don’t have a beach around.  It would be fun to put into a kid’s plastic swimming pool for a new adventure. 

I also read that some parents were having problems getting it out of carpets – so be forewarned, do it in a non-carpeted area. 

Any other ideas about sculpting, art, and creative play?