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MP spotted these sweet, applesauce and cinnamon ornaments on Katy Elliott’s wonderful blog last year (proof how long it takes MP to get to things). The beauty of this project is its welcome ease. All you need is applesauce, $1 store ground cinnamon, and some baker’s twine or string.

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MP often gets inspired when she visits local craft fairs. Case in point: while visiting the SEA Holiday Art Sale in Portland, she discovered these Martha Stewart-inspired Mason Jar snow globes.

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CP#2 recently began Kindergarten. He’s a young five, so MP had some concerns about sending him to school all day. While CP#2 is tired when he arrives home, he has adjusted remarkably well the past two weeks. MP is so proud!

When he came home with this sweet puzzle on the first day of school, MP loved the idea.

All you need is a 5.5″ x 8″ plain puzzle, which you can find here, washable paint, and a paintbrush. To make this craft:

• Spread some paint on a paper plate using a paintbrush. Try to use just enough paint to cover your child’s hand

• Place your child’s hand in the paint, palm facing down and fingers spread wide

• Carefully place her painted palm on the puzzle

• Gently press your child’s palm down and lift it up slowly

• Go directly to the sink to wash off the paint

CP#2 let his handprint dry, and then added a little heart at the center using a paintbrush. The inspiration for the heart—and the handprint—comes from the book, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. In the book, a little raccoon named Chester is going to school for the first time. He doesn’t want to leave his mom, so she kisses Chester’s palm, and tells him:

“Now, whenever you feel lonely, and you need a little loving from home, just press your hand against your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you, Mommy loves you,’ and that very kiss will jump to your face and fill you with toasty warm thoughts.”

Illustration from The Kissing Hand. Art by Ruth E. Harper and Nancy M. Leak

MP plans to frame CP#2’s creation. The puzzle is a wonderful reminder that we’re always connected, no matter where our days take us.

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At garden camp this week, the Cute Potato kids made homemade cards using sliced carrots, beets, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers as stamps. The counselors set up a simple working station with plates of tempera paint and colorful cards. MP enjoyed watching the kids create their own special patterns and designs.

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It’s raining… again. And tomorrow’s forecast calls for more. What’s a parent to do? MP went through some of Cute Potato’s favorite rainy day activities to help:

1. Visit an Indoor Play Space
Try Portland’s Greenlight Studio or The Rumpus Room in Brunswick. Also, don’t forget to check out your nearby libraries for fun children’s programs and free play.

CP#2 takes a building break at a favorite play space.

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The kids have a stockpile of Highlights High Five magazines on their bookshelf. On rainy days, they’ll often revisit those magazines in search of an easy craft project. CP#1 and #2 wanted to try the Patchwork Flowerpot in the July 2011 issue, so we gave the project a go. All you need is a small terracotta pot, fabric glue, paintbrushes, and fabric scraps.

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Egg cartons and valentines? We know, the two just don’t seem to jive. But if you’re looking to make homemade cards with your family, you’ll love this simple project.

All you need is a styrofoam egg carton, scissors, washable paint, brushes, and blank cards. Cut the lid of your egg carton into small squares or a rectangle. Next have your little one punch holes in the styrofoam to create a design. CP#2 used the end of his paintbrush, but wooden sticks (used for scratch art) work well, too.

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