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Kids playing on a Tree Swing

Those bottom-flattening playground swings just don't have the right Huck Finn feel to them, to fly through the last days of summer -- not compared to a good old-fashioned tree swing! And it's easier than you might think to make a tree swing for your own kids ... [read more]

Asleep Awake Baby Door Know Signs, Pink and White Bunny Rabbits

Is the baby awake or asleep? Should we tiptoe around or is it okay to crank up the tunes? Ask the nursery doorhanger! There's nothing like a simple sign for the nursery door to solve the communication problem, and make sure the baby will get his nap time. Felt wool pillows embroidered with a sweet bunny face hang from stretchable… [read more]

Romantic (Origami) Paper Fortune Teller

Do you remember those folded paper fortune-tellers from back in the old school yard? This romantic version of the origami toy is discontinued at Colloco Homeware & Gifts but consider the DIY craft fun to be had here! The origami fortune teller is both a toy and an art object -- and maybe, with the right messages inside, an imaginative 3-d greeting… [read more]

Craft supplies to make a handkerchief bunny

Remember when hankies were made of fabric -- for every day use, not just "for show" or for special occasions like weddings? When I discovered the handkerchief craft tutorials at Bumblebee Linens, it was an instant trip down Memory Lane... As a small child, I learned to iron (a skill I seldom practice these days!) on Dad's big cotton handkerchiefs… [read more]

SpongeBob SquarePants Digital Camera

Not exactly hi-tech, although the bright yellow digital camera for kids is by Memorex, but you do get the fun of slipping off SpongeBob's pants when you want to reveal the USB thingie, to plug in the camera and download your photographs... [read more]

Hannah singing, poster image derived from Hannahperforms by Mike Schmid from Hollywood, CA, USA (Revving Up The Crowd) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

The not-so-coveted Hannah Montana holiday singing doll only knows one tune - she'll belt out Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree until every adult in the house wants to smash the toy with a case of Tylenol bottles... [read more]

So, you want your kid to have a bedroom that's decorated to match his dreams -- but you don't want to spend much money? Well, here's one incredibly frugal solution to that decorating dilemma: Block Posters lets you send any image from your computer (up to 1 MB size file), slice it up, print it out, and turn it into a giant wall poster -- free!