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We love sharing our annual summer fun chart!  It’s such a fun tradition as a family.

Each May we gather as a family and brainstorm fun things we want to do together.  Most of the ideas are simple and inexpensive.  It’s so fun to see what my kids come up with.

You can download my free printable Summer Fun chart and print it 8×10 or 16×20.   We love the big 16×20.  You can choose pink, blue or green.   sm summer fun chart blue Download Black

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Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft

Today I’m over at Oriental Trading Co. Blog, sharing this fun Springtime Blooming Tree Kids Craft. A fun project to do with kids on a rainy day or any day. This project is a great way to keep the kids busy without making the house a mess.


This project was so fun and easy. Especially if you use the free printable tree that is available over on the Oriental Trading blog.

Each child will shine through with this project. They are able to use their personal creativity to make a Springtime Blooming Tree that is just for them.


So if you are looking for a great way to keep your kids busy on a rainy day, or any day.





Mother's Day Handprint Flower 2016

I’m a sucker for anything handprint from my girls. I love seeing the growth from year to year through their hands. You probably know this because I like to post project and gift ideas using handprints. Of course I had to make another Mother’s Day Handprint Flower Printable for 2016.

These always make a fun gift for grandmas too because it’s one of a kinda artwork from their favorite children.

They are quick but can be messy so I suggest having some wet wipes nearby. Also, clothes that are okay to have paint on them, and a surface that could get paint on it. 😉


Other then the suggestions above, you’re going to need the free printable, which you can download below, some paint, a paper plate to put the paint on, and a paint brush.


Paint your child’s hand so that you can control the amount. Then they can place the hand on a stem.


You can also let them use their creativity to make flowers with their fingers or thumbs.


This can get on the messy side so beware and have your wipes handy.


I loved watching how she made each flower.



A fun little action shot of her showing me her painted thumb.


And there you have it. You can have each child complete one page each, or have each child do only one flower. This project is so fun and each one is unique.

To download the 3 stem option click below

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And to download the 4 stem option click below

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Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Teacher Appreciation week is coming up and I’ve been trying to think of a thoughtful gift to give when I saw these Method Pink Grapefuit Cleaners caught. These are my all time favorite cleaner (they’re even on my Amazon subscribe and save). Nothing freshens up a room like a citrus scent! And well, kids are messy and smelly so I figured teachers will appreciate it as much as mom’s do. When giving teacher gifts I aim for a consumable, something they can enjoy and use up so it doesn’t create clutter. And I try to not give treats or food, unless I know what their favorites are.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Pick up a couple bottles of this, get one for you and one for the teacher! Download the printable of choice, I have a Thank You and a Best Teacher one to choose from, have your student write a sweet message, tape it on and your Periodic Element Teacher Appreciation Gift is ready to go!

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

The made up Periodic Elements go right along with the fun science pattern on the back and sides of the wrapper.

Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

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Science Teacher Gift Idea - Periodic Element Thank You

Download the Thank You Element (as seen on Skip to My Lou below:

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Periodic Element Teacher Gift Idea - Scientific Thank You Printable

Find more teacher appreciation ideas below:

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13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Are you planning a Cinco de Mayo class party or family party?  We’ve rounded up 13 of our favorite Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help you out.  You’re going to love them!

Cinco de Mayo Table Setting Printables from The Crafting Chicks

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Cereal Box Pinata from Messes to Memories

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Tostadas from Culinary Mamas

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings from Tiny Side Kick

DIY Cinco de Mayo Napkin Rings

Papel Picados from Create Craft Love

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Mexican Street Corn Dip from Cooking and Beer

Mexican Street Corn Dip

Sombrero Cookies from Random Thoughts of a Supermom!

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Fiesta Party Kit Printable from The 36th Avenue

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DIY Sombreros from Craft Klatch

13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

DIY Felt Sugar Skull Sachets from Adventures in Making

DIY Felt Sugar Skulls

Paper Fan Garland from The House That Lars Built

DIY Cinco de Mayo Paper Fans

Let the Fiesta Begin! Printable from Whipperberry

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Fresh and Easy Guacamole Recipe from My Sister’s Suitcase

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13 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas - these are perfect for a class party!  Decor, printables, recipes, pinatas, crafts, kids activities, and so much more!

Pirate Party Table

I recently put together a quick and easy Nautical Party Tablescape using the Recollections™ Craft It™ party décor items from Michaels. All the decorations came together in less than a half an hour, thanks to the convenience of the line. Now that’s a really big deal, cause you know the “party moms” out there? The ones who start planning birthday parties 6 months in advance and spend hours and hours creating and decorating for that party? Whelp, I’m not that mom. So the fact that this went together so quickly with so little effort is a really big deal! I’m all about the shortcuts!

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The cake topper was made with 2 skewers, a piece of bakers twine with flags from the line attached with glue dots.

Pirate Party

The same flags were attached to skewers to create these donut kabobs. I think the crumb donut holes look like they’re covered in sand

Quick Ideas for Nautical Party

The blue banner was create from a pack of patterned triangles that I attached to baker’s twine with mini clothespins

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Play Like a Pirate bottle wrappers add another fun and quick touch to this simple party.

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Easter Egg Dye Kit Free Printables

This Easter Egg Dye Kit printable is too cute not to share with your friends and neighbors! Emily from Sissyprint designed this cute little gift.

Help others build holiday memories by packaging one up and gifting it away! Help cut some of the work by preparing the boiled eggs ahead of time, and wrapping it up in this vintage egg carton sleeve. Here’s a great way to prepare a lot of boiled eggs at once, without smelling up your house. As a mom I’m fully aware at the chaos that comes with dyeing eggs, so aware that I’ve gotten really good at putting it off. But if I received this with everything we needed, including the eggs already to go, it would be so helpful! Cut out the colored egg printable and place on top of each egg, giving your friends a happy surprise when they open the box. If you want to gift them a bottle of vinegar, there’s even a coordinating vinegar bottle wrapper included in the kit, making it look perfectly festive for an upcoming egg decorating bash!

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You could use the paper eggs to write little notes, or jokes, or even the instructions for dyeing eggs found here. It’s a little gift that will cost around $3, but so thoughtful and sugar free!

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Springtime Printable Pack

Who doesn’t love Springtime?!? We love it around here. New blooming flowers, colorful eggs, and adorable baby animals. So much fun to be had. We wanted to get in on the celebration of all things spring so we designed this Springtime Printable Pack.

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This pack includes 11 printable games and activities that are sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy springtime as a  family!

You could use this pack for a Springtime themed party at your home, a joy school or home school group, or just for fun around the house. Or turn it into an Easter party and the kids will loving using it after all the eggs have been dyed.  Kids at all three of ours homes have been busy using this kit to its fullest.

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Each Springtime Printable Pack contains:

  • Don’t Catch the Bunny–This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” using a Bunny.
  • Bunny Headbands– Kids will love to make these cute Bunny headbands.
  • Springtime Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over. It’s a crowd favorite at our house.
  • Roll A Bunny Tail– This game is a hoot to watch and see who can fill up their bunny tail the quickest.
  • Color by Number Eggs–Kids will love to color their eggs and using the coloring guide on each page.
  • Do A Dot Springtime activities–Do A Dot Markers are used to add color to these sheets. Kids will have so much fun using these.
  • Easter Egg Coupons–Instead of candy use these coupons to give your children the best treat they could ask for–time together as a family.
  • Springtime I-Spy–This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Bunny Hop: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from Bunny to Bunny and do the action of the Bunny they land on.
  • Springtime Coloring Pages–Let the kids color up some eggs and springtime themes on paper while you are hiding eggs, or just as a fun activity after school. They’ll love these fun coloring pages.
  • Egg-cellent Activity Eggs–These coupons can also be used in Easter eggs instead of candy. Or a fun springtime way to reward kids for a job well done.

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You can purchase this pack for only $5.99 right now.

Springtime and Easter Printable Pack

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Rainbow Seeds Free Printable I love springtime and can’t wait for it to get here.  March is such a fun month.  We’ve pulled out one of our favorite picture books by Lois Ehlert.  Planting a Rainbow. We love it for springtime with all the vibrant colors.  This book teaches how bulbs and seeds grow into beautiful flowers and plants.  I love the art by Lois Ehlert.   planting a rainbow We made a rainbow windsock and “rainbow seed” packs to go along with the story.  These rainbow seeds are also a fun treat for St. Patrick’s Day.  Just use skittles.  You can add M&M’s too.  Just any brightly colored candy.
rainbow seeds I made a fun little printable to go with the “rainbow seeds.”  Just fill your plastic sacks with the bright colored candy and attach the rainbow tag on top with a staplers.  Makes the cutest treat topper. rainbow seeds printable printable rainbow seeds tag Download below.  PERSONAL USE ONLY PLEASE.  All downloads and printables belong to The Crafting Chicks, LLP.
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Rainbow Treasure Hunt

This rainbow hunt is so much fun!  Follow the adorable rhyming clues to the treasure.  You could even hide the “rainbow seeds” for part of the treasure. sm st patricks day lucky hunt

Rainbow Kid Snack

This adorable Rainbow Kid’s Snack is so much fun.  Let the Kids make one this St. Patrick’s Day…or any day!  Just a few simple ingredients to make the cutest treat ever! rainbow kids snack

Rainbow Layer Cake

This yummy and pretty rainbow cake is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day or just for fun!  Perfect for a Rainbow themed birthday party too. Love the vibrant colors and the cream cheese frosting. 6 Layer Rainbow Cake

And don’t forget our St. Patrick’s Day Printable Pack.

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Hello! My name is Crystal Wilkerson & I’m so excited to have this opportunity to guest post for the Crafting Chicks!  I’m a stay-at-home mom, graphic designer, scrapbooker & organizational enthusiast. I’m also just trying to make it through the daily maze of home, work, & family responsibilities like the rest of you. In my constant effort to try to stay on top of the chaos (always a work in progress), I’ve discovered a binding system that I absolutely love. Today I’m excited to share that system with you!

This system is often referred to as the “rollabind” system, however it can actually be found under several different names/brands. You may have heard of a few of them: Martha Stewart’s Discbound SystemStaple’s ArcLevenger’s Circa, & Rollabind. While I am not affiliated with any of these brands, I’ve experimented with all of them & definitely have my favorites that I’ll be sharing with you.

My Favorite Binding System


This is made possible through the combination of their unique punch & circular discs. You can easily add, remove, or rearrange your papers at any time!

One of my favorite punches is the Arc Desktop Punch (pictured above) from Staples. You can easily punch up to 8 pages at a time.

If you’re looking for something that can punch through laminated material or plastic, then you’ll want to go with Levenger’s Circa Leverage Punch (15-page capacity). I recently purchased this & have loved using it to create laminated covers like the ones seen below.

Levenger also has a slim Portable Punch that is great for traveling (1-3 page capacity).

My Favorite Binding System


The reason for this is because you add the discs individually. This gives you the ability to make it as big or small as you’d like depending on how many discs you use. I have made binders of all sizes for all kinds of purposes!

You can find ready-made covers in a variety of colors & materials. One of the most popular covers seen all over Pinterest (and one of my personal favorites) is the Martha Stewart Discbound Notebook in Faux Leather (pictured below on the top right). It comes in a beautiful light turquoise color. It was unavailable for a while but is finally back in stock again! Staples & Levenger also have a variety of quality covers to choose from called Arc Notebooks & Circa Notebooks.

You can also make your own covers by laminating your own design or you can use a cute piece of scrapbook paper! Below are some notebooks I made to keep on my desk while I’m working. I’m including the download for you to make your own! Just print out on a piece of white cardstock, laminate, bind, & enjoy!


My Favorite Binding System


The smallest discs can hold up to 50 papers, while the largest discs can hold up to 450 papers! There is also a variety of styles & colors to choose from. My favorite discs are from the ones pictured below from Levenger. They are made out of 100% lightweight aluminum & look beautiful!! You can find them HERE. They are a little pricey, but keep in mind that you will never need to throw these away. You can literally keep reusing them for years to come.

Martha Stewart & Arc have more affordable discs that come in a variety of colors. The quality isn’t as good as Levenger as they are made out of plastic, but they still work great & look good too! Hobby Lobby has also recently come out with a fun line of discs & planner accessories called Create 365 by “Me & My Big Ideas”.

You can also find lots of accessories that work with your binders like tabs, page protectors, rulers, notebook paper, etc! The possibilities really are endless!


Last year I created my life planner utilizing this binding system. I’ve been working on a new version for 2016, but have yet to finish it due to the craziness of my life lately.  However, If you’d like to try out my planner from last year, I’m doing something I’ve never done before & it’s just for Crafting Chicks readers! From now until my new planner becomes available (which should be very soon), you can grab last year’s version for 90% off! And the best part is, 90% of the pages are not dated, so you can use them forever! I’ll post a picture of the cover of my planner below, but you can see it in it’s entirety by clicking HERE & HERE. And you can purchase it HERE. Be sure to enter the coupon code: CRAFTINGCHICKS to get it for only $3.99!

My Favorite Binding System

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