Homeschool Crafting

Knick Homeschool Events for December

For those who are interested in joining  Knick homeschool events for December, details are below and sign up is on their website: 2014 Final Events! http://knickevents.weebly.com/2014-final-events.html Time: 10:30am – 12:00pm Date: December 3rd. Wednesday sign up now open! (Closes Nov. 28th, or when full.) Location: Salem-South Lyon District Library 9800 Pontiac Trail, South Lyon  Chemistry of Cookies […]

Free Thanksgiving Printables and Unit Studies

Wow! Can you believe Thanksgiving is already next week?  So much to plan and do and so little time. This time of year I love trying to do as many Thanksgiving crafts, unit studies, etc., with my homeschool, but time slips by and we end up not doing what was planned previously.  Who can relate with me […]

Big Fall Sale at Craftsy: All Classes up to 50% Off

I am so excited about this  as two out of my three girls love baking and sewing.  Craftsy is such a fun learning tool for our homeschool and I love that they are inexpensive. What kinds of classes are offered at Craftsy? Sewing Cake Decorating Food & Cooking Painting Photography Jewelry Knitting Crocheting Embroidery Quilting […]

Enter to Win a Decorating Set PLUS the Perfect Cupcake Ends 8/26

Craftsy is having a fun giveaway where you can win a decorating set and the perfect cupcake.  When it comes to kids and baking, this is the perfect combo! It’s very easy to enter.  I just entered for my 8 year old who absolutely adores baking.  All you have to do is enter your email […]

STEM Science Kit

Have you heard of Green Kid Crafts?  They are having an awesome back to school sale that you don’t want to miss out on. If you are looking to spice up your science curriculum, they have STEM Science Kits allowing children to learn through hands-on approaches, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experiments. The science kit […]

Free and Low-Cost Crafting Events at Michaels This August

Michaels, North America’s largest arts and crafts retailer, will offer free and low-cost in-store crafting events for adults and children throughout the month of August, including Free Family Craft Time where kids can make a Duck Tape® picture frame for free. The complete list of events is below and will be offered at all Michaels […]

Eco Friendly Craft Kits

I was recently introduced to crafts that are eco-friendly.  Gotta love that, right?  Green Kid Crafts offers earth friendly creativity through a variety of options such as: Month-to-Month Subscription Gift Subscriptions Discovery Boxes Creativity Kits STEM Science Kits and more! These kits also make great gifts!  I am looking into ordering some kits for our homeschool this fall. […]

Summer Farm Camp Ages 8-12-New Boston

Are you looking for a unique yet educational summer camp for your 8-12 year old? This week-long day camp will give kids a first-hand experience living, working, playing, and producing on a small family farm.  Sounds exciting so far, doesn’t it? The children will experience how to care for a horse, cow, pigs, and poultry, and then will learn […]

Free and Low Cost Craft Events at Michaels

Michaels, North America’s number one arts and crafts retailer, will offer in-store crafting events for adults and children throughout the month of June, including free family craft time for Father’s Day where kids can make a card for dad for free.  Awesome, right? Here is the list and dates for the upcoming craft events at […]

Creative Ideas for Recycling

Have you ever been to the Scrap Box in Ann Arbor?  It is an amazing facility filled with hundreds of objects such as: buttons, paper, beads, etc. What makes this so special?  They are all recycled items hence their slogan: “Creative Ideas for Recycling.” They offer a variety of workshops and even birthday party options […]

10 Fun Turkey and Thanksgiving Themed Desserts

We love these ideas from Crafty Mama of 4 and think you will too! Looking to add a fun cupcake or dessert to your Thanksgiving table? Try one of these festive turkey and Thanksgiving themed dessert ideas! Nutter Butter Turkey Cupcake Recipe at Spoonful Oreo Turkey Pops Recipe at Hoosier Homemade Thanksgiving Apple Tarts Recipe […]

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Recycled Crafts To Keep Kids Warm

Learn to make scarves, mittens, and slippers from discarded or thrifted jeans and sweaters! These easy crafts keep kids warm through the winter! Leslie Science & Nature Center’s (Ann Arbor) young visitors sometimes arrive not-quite prepared for the weather, so they’ll waive the registration fee if you make and donate one item for their use – or […]

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Crochet Storage Basket Pattern: Free and Easy

If you’re teaching crochet in your homeschool, be sure to save this cute pattern.  This would make a nice hand-made gift for someone.  This pattern was originally found at MiscFinds4U.com–please be sure to click the link and say “thank you.” This round Fold-over Crochet Storage Basket or cache pot is great for storing items in […]

Paint with Spiders

Check out this fun homeschool art idea from Fantastic Fun & Learning! If you follow this blog, you know we love to explore painting with many different kinds of materials. Paintbrushes are great, but sometimes we just like to try something new. Some of our favorites have been painting with rocks, pine needles, pom poms, tea bags, vegetables, and corn kernels, […]

Halloween Cupcake ideas
20 Halloween Cupcakes Kids Will Love

We think these cupcakes, originally spotted at CraftyMamaof4.com are just adorable.  Have fun! Halloween is almost here and if your life is anything like mine, you will be looking for a fun, easy Halloween cupcake idea for your kid’s classroom party.  I searched the web here are 20 awesome ideas to help inspire you. Jack […]

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Homemade & Hands-On Lessons!

Homemade & Hands-On Lessons! By Lisa Barthuly What preschooler doesn’t love to get “hands-on”? Enjoy these fun and frugal recipes together for some old-fashioned learning! Homemade Play Doh 1/2 cup flour 1/4 cup salt 1/2 cup water 1/2 tablespoon oil 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar A few drops of food coloring to get the colors/shades […]

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25 Halloween Party Crafts For Kids

We love these fun ideas from Crafty Mamma of 4 and think you will too! There are a little over 2 weeks to go until those classroom parties and everyone knows kids love to do Halloween crafts at their party.  Here are 25 easy party crafts for kids to get your creative juices flowing! There […]

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Frankenstein Gingerbread Men Sugar Cookies

These Frankenstein Gingerbread Men are just adorable. These were created by Brie of Brie Brie Blooms. Please be sure to visit the original post and leave her a comment! With Halloween on its way, we are starting to have some fun with festive baking in the kitchen.  This week we made green Frankenstein cookies using […]

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Easy DIY Halloween Crafts for Kids

We love these ideas from Connie at MiscFinds4u and think you will too! I love Halloween! Every year I get so excited to pull out my decorations, and now that my son is old enough to understand what’s going on things have gotten even more exciting. This week we put out my collection of pumpkins, skeletons […]

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20 DIY Halloween Project Ideas

My kids love crafts and they love Halloween. They are always begging me to buy more supplies and do more things every year. Here are a couple of ideas of fun things that you can with kids of all ages: 1. Hanging Fall Wreath Chandelier from Practically Functional 2. Fall Owl Wreath from Glued to […]

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October Online Classes with Craftsy

Craftsy just recently launched some new online classes for the month of October.  They look pretty interesting and fun.  Here are the latest classes available: •Simply Stunning: Hand-Stamped Cakes with Erin Gardner  •Underneath It All with Linda Lee •Water Views: Acrylic Landscapes with Bennett Vadnais •Blocking Handknits with Kate Atherly All the classes range from […]

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600+ Halloween Pumpkin Stencils You Don’t Want to Miss

Every year we love carving pumpkins. Everyone in the family spends time picking out the perfect pumpkin and then we get to decide what we are going to do with it. We have this insane kit from Japan that can do virtually anything to a pumpkin and my husband is really good at carving. Check […]

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Homeschool Pottery Classes Start Oct 8-Register Now

Register now for homeschool pottery classes! Would your child enjoy learning how to use a pottery wheel? Make their own hot cocoa mug, a plate or bowl? Design, build and sculpt a new project each week? Even paint their OWN art? Then finally, decorate their home with their own one of a kind art?Small, personal classes in private […]

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Fall Sign-Up Open for Knickerbocker Events

The whole schedule for Knickerbocker is posted through December!  Feel free to join for any of their events   Spots are still available for; Soap Box Derby, Money Makers, Bone Bash, Deconstruction Day, Ghoulish Decorating 101, Home Arts, Catapults and Trebuchets, AND Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day! Visit the website for more details for Fall Knick Events! Contact Details […]

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Exploring Creativity with Model Rocket Kits

Does your child love anything related to science including aerospace, specifically rockets?  There is a pretty cool site that you and your child may enjoy exploring, especially if you like building and creating together. JonRocket.com sells model rocket kits, parts, and accessories to get your creative juices flowing.  They are currently having a model rocket sale […]

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1..2..Free! Save on a New Monthly Subscription to Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate’s award-winning, monthly subscription service makes a wonderful gift for kids ages 3-7.  For less than $20 per month, your little one will receive multiple arts, crafts, and science activities-delivered right to your door.  Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?  Especially for summer homeschooling or enrichment activities. Hurry! From now until July 1st, Kiwi Crate […]

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Disney’s PLANES/Father’s Day Activity

Looking for some Father’s Day activities for the kids?  Here are some fun PLANES activities to help you celebrate this special day.  It’s coming up fast so take advantage of this fun and free resource. Disney’s PLANES releases in theatres everywhere on August 9th! Just click banner below to get your free activity!     […]

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Free Online Cooking & Craft Classes

Have you heard of Craftsy.com yet?  I just discovered this really neat site that offers online classes in quilting, sewing, knitting, cake decorating, cooking and more.  There are so many great classes you can take yourself or incorporate into your homeschool curriculum. Classes vary in cost from $20 – $50, but there is a really […]

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Free Lesson Plans: The Missing Mitten Mystery

Title: The Missing Mitten Mystery Author: Steven Kellogg Illustrator: Steven Kellogg Ages: 3 & up Description (from Amazon): Annie and her dog, Oscar, have had a busy day playing in the snow. Somehow Annie’s red mitten has disappeared in all the fun. They look high and low. . . . It’s not on the sledding […]

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Easy Valentine’s Love Garland

This easy Valentine’s Love Garland is project is quick and easy; perfect for the beginning sewer!  

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Free Lesson Plans: Snowmen at Night

Title:Snowmen at Night Author: Caralyn Beuhner Illustrator: Mark Buehner Ages: 5 & up Description (from Amazon): Have you ever built a snowman and discovered the next day that his grin has gotten a little crooked, or his tree-branch arms have moved? And you’ve wondered . . . what do snowmen do at night? This delightful […]

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Free Lesson Plans: The Attic Christmas

Title: The Attic Christmas Author: B.G. Hennessy Illustrator: Dan Andreasen Ages: 4 – 8 Description (from Amazon): When Angel, Mr. Macaroni, Silver Bell, Skier, Special Delivery, Santa, and Camel find themselves stuck in the attic one year, they realize something is wrong. Lily always hangs them on the tree for her grandchildren, but now her […]

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Free Lesson Plans: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah

Title: Mrs. Greenberg’s Messy Hanukkah Author: Linda Glaser Illustrator: Nancy Cole Ages: 4 – 8 Description (from Amazon): Although it’s the first night of Hanukkah, Rachel’s parents tell her there won’t be any latkes until the relatives come to visit next week. Undeterred, the child goes over to the exceedingly tidy house of her neighbor, […]

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Free Thanksgiving Lesson Plans: I Know an Old Lady that Swallowed a Pie

Title: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed A Pie Author: Allison Jackson Illustrator: Judith Byron Schachner Ages: 4 – 8 Description (from Amazon): In the awfully silly I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie, children’s librarian and author Alison Jackson bypasses pilgrims completely and cuts straight to the stomach of Thanksgiving in […]

FISH Homeschooling Support Group in Belleville

FISH, Families in Support of Homeschooling, is a support group that meets weekly for an hour of gym time with an instructor and an hour of classroom time which can include snack, creative projects, crafts and games. When: Tuesdays from 10 am to Noon. Where: Belleville For more information, please visit the FISH website.

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DIY Personal Rubber Stamps for LetterBoxing

  Summer Scouts, Week Three: LetterBoxing and rubber stamping go hand in hand, and I had never done a DIY of either until now.  Letterboxing was a concept that I had heard small whisperings of for a while but for some reason had never explored further.  I think perhaps I was intimidated by geocaching, and so […]

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Homeschool Crafts: How To Create a Binder for Scouts

If you remember from our first week of Scouting, I had the kids making seed bombs for a naturalist/restoration badge.  I brought them to Belle Isle Park, in Detroit, where there is an entire island in need of attention.  If you locals have never visited, I hope you do soon as there is a Conservatory, Nature […]

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Crandom Rafting – Summer Crafts for Kids

As you read this we are heading home from sight-seeing and visiting friends and family throughout Tennessee, South Carolina and Virgina!  Because of that I was not able to put together the next post in the Scout Series, but I thought I would give you a few Crandom Rafts to try.  Yes, I’m tired from […]

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How To Make Your Own Screen Print T-Shirts

Making Summer Scouts T-Shirts In my previous post I mentioned that if you follow along with me, I’ll give you instructions for each of the projects my scouts and I are doing this summer. Week One:  Making Group T-Shirts I wanted the scouts to make their own shirts to wear on our field trips, instead […]

DIY Summer Scouts

For some time now, I’ve been looking into having my girls join something such as Girl, Fireside, Spiral Scouts, etc, but for one reason or another none of those seemed to quite fit our needs.  The concept in general attract me but certain things were not as appealing (selling cookies, for instance).  Okay I suppose if […]

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Homeschool Art: Summer Rhythm Rainbow

Homeschool Art: Summer Rhythm Rainbow Okay fellow homeschoolers, now is about the time of year when the world around us is teeming with the anticipation of doing all the amazing things we tend to take for granted all year.   What makes me say this, you wonder?  Before I answer that I first need to officially […]

Homeschool Pottery Class in Northville

Reese Pottery announces the last session for this school year — space is limited to 6 students per class. Would your child love to learn how to use a pottery wheel? Make their own mug, plate or bowl they can actually use & Mom can put in a dishwasher? Design, build and sculpt a new […]

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Kids Create: How to Make a Bedroom Labrynith

My oldest is going to be eleven this year, and for as long as I can remember she’s learned best through movement.  She’s not a hyper-active kid with intense bursts of energy (like her sister, for instance) but she’s been one to bounce around happily for hours on end, just thinking.  For this reason and […]

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Kids in the Kitchen: Dog Biscuits

These doggies biscuits were the perfect craft for AV and her daddy.  Cooking/Crafting in the name of our furry friends often is the best way to connect with a younger child.  She enjoyed rolling the dough and cutting it into bone shapes, and was also excited to use Photoshop to design her label. Daddy was […]

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Easy Valentine’s Cards

I don’t know about you, but we always encounter the same problem regarding cards for the Red Holiday.  While you would think a homeschooled child would have fewer cards to hand out, as they are not in a class of 25ish other kids, they in fact have many more people to possibly make cards for!  […]

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How to Make a Game Spinner

We just came home from a wonderful vacation.  Thank goodness for a long weekend directly following it, though!  We attended the Unschooler’s Waterpark Gathering at the Kalahari Resort in Ohio, and I must say that attending a conference for vacation is actually a bit of work.  The work is beyond worth it though.  I also […]

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Homeschool Crafting: Rhythm Rainbow

Glossing over an awkward introduction, my name is Sara Evans and I will be bringing you a semi-weekly article about Crafting in the Homeschool.  This is a new addition to Homeschooling inDetroitand I am thrilled to be here!  It’s my hope that I can offer crafting ideas specifically tailored to homeschoolers, and ones that are […]

 

Sara Evans (along with husband Brian) is raising two girls, born ’01 & ’06. They’ve been eclecticly-homeschooled their entire lives, pursuing passions rather than grades. Sara’s passions – in addition to homeschooling her girls! – include hoopdancing, natural living, and of course creating meaningful, functional crafts. She is founder of a secular Macomb County homeschool meetup group and owner of Etsy shop SunRaye Designs. Sara is currently teaching a class called Hogwarts America to tween homeschoolers at a local cooperative. When time allows she also volunteers for the Macomb chapter of the non-profit organization BirthNetwork National.

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