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25 Ways to Show Kids Love

25 Ways to Show Kids Love

Try some new ways to say "I Love You"

Bundling Up Babies in Need

Bundling Up Babies in Need

keeping babies warm....

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Leprechaun Binoculars

Leprechaun Binoculars

Spotting Leprechauns

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Tall Tales

Tall Tales

Meet Fenley & Chifu

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento…

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Fresh Stories & Good Stuff

Dreaming Up Bedtime Stories
26 Feb 2015 19:29

  Meet… Jason D. Batt of Rancho Cordova KIDS: Tristan (13), Keaghan (10), Aisleyn (3) This month we’d like to introduce you to a local Sacramento dad who has taken his children’s bed­time stories and craf [ ... ]

Summer Camp for all Ages
26 Feb 2015 19:09

    Summer camp offers all kinds of fun and character-building experiences for kids of any age. Whether you’re looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, [ ... ]

Earaches are a Pain
26 Feb 2015 18:51

    By Jamie Lober Clinically speaking   If your child complains of ear pain, has a headache, acts more irritable than normal and has trouble sleeping, he is not alone. “Ear infections are probably  [ ... ]

Babies & Bumps Boutique
26 Feb 2015 18:38


There’s nothing more personal and thoughtful than a unique hand-crafted gift for a new or expecting mom. While many parents have a list of big box items needed to prepare for their little bundle of joy’s arrival—t [ ... ]

2015 Cover Kid Search
26 Feb 2015 17:52

  Brought to you by Sutter Health Tips for a successful session By Michelle McDaid | Memories by Michelle Photography
www.MbyMPhotos.com   1. YOUR BABY NEEDS TO BE SITTING UP UNASSISTED. Newborns and infan [ ... ]

Bundling Up Babies in Need
24 Feb 2015 21:01

  By Michelle McDaid Photography by Memories By Michelle | www.MByMPhotos.com As a Social Worker for the newborn unit at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, Dawn Olson meets families who are in need on a daily b [ ... ]

Tall Tales
24 Feb 2015 20:46

  Giraffe Encounters at the Sacramento Zoo By Leisa Mayer Photograph by Jill Carmel | www.JillCarmel.com   Fenley loves giraffes and has visited them at the Sacramento Zoo since he was a baby. He dreamed o [ ... ]

Loose Parts
24 Feb 2015 20:26


Turning Bits and Pieces into Learning Tools
By Shannon Smith “To all who value play To all who tinkered as children To all who cherish creativity To all who advocate for preserving childhood” This month we wer [ ... ]

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Leaf It to Me

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Create a Leaf Printed Banner of Your Own

By Heidi Kundin

Leaf printing is a lovely way to capture the changing colors of the season. Spend an afternoon creating this leaf printed banner with your family, and this beautiful autumn display will last in your home until long after the last leaves have fallen.

 

What You'll Need:

  • Cardstock
  • Various shapes and sizes of leaves
  • Assorted colors of acrylic or tempera paint
  • Foam paintbrush
  • Rolling pin
  • Hole punch
  • Twine
  • Paper towels or wipes for messy fingers

Directions:

  • Start by gathering your leaves - softer leaves work best for printing, so leave the crunchy ones on the ground and seek out the more flexible and green ones.
  • Pour several different colors of paint onto a paper plate or baking sheet into a thin layer, overlapping to create a marbled effect.
  • Older children can use a foam paint brush to dab the marbled paint on to their leaf. Younger children can dip their leaf directly into the paint tray, but be sure that there isn't too much paint on the leaf or it will result in a gloppy and distorted print. Avoid this by using only a very thin layer of paint in the paint tray if you intend to dip your leaves into it.
  • Sandwich your painted leaf between two sheets of cardstock and lightly roll over the stack with a rolling pin. Use firm but gentle pressure for the best printing results.
  • Remove the top piece of cardstock and carefully peel up the leaf to reveal the print.
  • To create a banner from your leaf prints, cut your prints to your desired shape and size, punch a hole in the top corners and string them along a piece of twine.

Heidi Kundin lives in Lincoln with her husband and three sons, Sawyer (6), Sutton (5) and Simon (1). You can find her blogging about all things crafty over at MomsCraftySpace.com