Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids
I am writing this post after many hours of debating whether or not a white blogger can write about black lives and determined that I need to do this. I need to speak up in the way that I know how because I can, I want to and I am willing to take any feedback to grow. Sharing Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids is a way that I can provide a tiny bit of support for something that matter a whole whole bunch. Let’s start with this profound but simple quote from Ruby Bridges, “Racism is a grown-up disease and we must stop using our children to spread it.” Let that sink in.
I am NOT an expert. I did find this article extremely informational, relevant and useful. How to Talk to Kids about George Floyd. I am pretty good at taking information and creating kid friendly resources so that is my goal here.
Okay, so let’s get started. We are living in a time with great awareness, tension and strain between all races but especially people of color in our country. Kids are speaking up and asking questions. Adults need to be prepared to handle these conversations with truth, grace and facts. The facts are painful. The facts are disgusting. The facts are staggering. And yet the facts are the facts. There are lots of places to go and gather the facts. I would recommend reading, researching and learning as much as you can about the events, far beyond slavery, that led us into this place in history so when you talk to your kids, you are talking from knowledge and not just feelings.
Black Lives Matter Printables for Kids
I created this collection with hopes that it will spark conversation and in its own little way make a difference. There are some suggestions of ways to use it on page 1.
Kids learn through crafting too. Do some crafts on purpose. I really love clothespin dolls! They can be made to replicate people in real life, fiction or make believe.
Clay Story Starters are a great tool. Because you and your kids MAKE them, you have the ability to create the things that could be in the story, starting with black children. There is a free story printable HERE if you would like more information about this project.
Painting rocks is a great way to express yourself, your feelings and thoughts. The gift is in leaving them places and letting others find them. You can learn to paint rocks HERE in a post that gives lots of details.
If you would like more crafty ideas, comment and let me know!
Study Famous Black Leaders Throughout History
There are SO many! My all time favorite since I was in elementary school is Harriet Tubman. WOW, what a woman. I have a free activity pack about her here on the blog.
I hope you find this somewhat helpful. Black lives matter. They have always mattered and it is time we are actively ensuring that it is taught to kids (of all ages) and a part of everyday conversations.
With Love and Hope,
PS: I feel so vulnerable sharing this post as a white woman. But this quote from Marianne Williamson keeps reminding me to play big.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.’ We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –
I want to let my light shine! I am open to all and any feedback.
10 Best Pantry Organizing Tips and Ideas
I am excited to share two things here with you — my 10 Best Pantry Organizing Tips and Ideas AND the greatest way to label baskets. This room doubles for me as a laundry room/pantry so getting it organized really made a ginormous difference. I actually love it so much that now I leave the door open to it most of the time. This post is sponsored by Xyron as they provided me with the Creative Station used to make the labels for the baskets.
First things first, the Tips and Ideas!
The pantry is one of the busiest places in most homes and often the messiest. Here are some ideas to help get it in ship-shape condition and be able to keep it that way. It might require that you take EVERYTHING out and clean it first–then put things back in an organized fashion.
- Use good shelves. If necessary, install new ones.
- Make use of all of your wall space. The tall wire shelves are great for canned goods.
- Organized in baskets by like items.
- Put things seldom used on the top shelves, or in the garage!
- Place kid friendly things within reach such as snacks and drinks.
- LABEL all the things! It helps everyone know where things go.
- Use containers for items like flour, sugar, cereal, etc. instead of the boxes and packaging.
- Buy only what you plan to use so as to not overstock unnecessary items.
- Put cleaning supplies and things that are not edible in another location.
- Once a week, tidy it up and keep it organized.
Best Pantry Organizing Tips # 6 Let’s Make Labels
To make the hanging tag labels, you will need the following supplies and materials:
- Xyron Creative Station
- Card Stock with Printed Words
- Permanent Adhesive Cartridge for Creative Station
- Double Laminate Cartridge for Creative Station
- Scissors or Paper Cutter
- Hole Punch
Start by Cutting out the words and running them through the Creative Station with the Permanent Adhesive Cartridge. This will get the backs covered with stick.
Mount the words to a decorative card stock that matches your decor!
Cut them apart again. Change your cartridge in the Creative Station to the Double Laminate. It is so easy to change out. Just open and pull one out and put the other one in.
Run the card stock through again.
Cut them apart and punch holes in the top middles.
Tie them to the baskets! Bam! Organized and it feels so good! This is what it looked like before labels. I just couldn’t tell what I put in the baskets without pulling them all down. This was in my story on Instagram.
The Creative Station does so many things! It makes stickers. It makes magnets. It laminates. I LOVE it. There are lots of fun projects on the blog using it but this one is a favorite – How to Make Paper Flowers at Home!
Cheers to Making Things, Being Organized and Of Course, ALL the Baking Supplies Being Handy.
Easy Mixed Media Bird
This totally adorable mixed media bird is a great little project for crafters of all levels to make and use for decorating OR sending happy mail (or both). I made this one especially for my friend Kelly in Colorado and am mailing it to her tomorrow. We are hiking buddies and this time apart is hard because we can’t get out on the trails and experience nature together. Funny fact, she just sent me a photo of a hummingbird in her garden WHILE I was making this. I consider this to be a kindness craft because it has a place for a special message and spreads love. This post is sponsored by Therm O Web but the ideas and opinions are my own.
Material Needed for Easy Mixed Media
- Therm O Web – Memory Tape Runner XL
- Therm O Web Easy-Tear Tape
- Therm O Web Super Tape
- Scrap papers, fabrics and ribbons (maybe even a button)
- Twine (10 inches)
- Free Downloadable Pattern
- Washi Tape
Directions to Make Bird
Download the pattern and use it to cut out two bodies and two wings. The beak is optional. It can either be chipboard or simply card stock/
Use the Therm O Web Memory Tape Runner to adhere lines of adhesive across one of the body pieces. Stick paper all over it (either cut, torn or both). It is okay if you have some empty spaces.
Use Therm O Web Super Tape to adhere fabric pieces to cover the open spaces and over the paper if desired. The Super Tape works great for ribbon and buttons too.
Cover the wings with washi tape. It is great because it is so easy to push into the grooves along the bottoms.
Place a strip of Therm O Web Easy-Tear Tape around the entire edge of the other piece of the body. Place a piece of the Super Tape in the center bottom.
Peel the top layer off of the tapes and stick your pieces to the body (wings on the sides, beak and ribbon for hanger if desired). Place the twine for the legs over BOTH adhesive strips at the bottom.
Place the top body piece over the bottom and all you have left to do is create an eye.
Flip it over and write a message on the back.
Stick it in the mail and send it off! Here is a photo of Kelly and I on a hike last spring/summer.
If you decide to make one to send off as a happy mail message, add a fun coloring sheet in your package. Here is one you can download free.
Tweet Tweet Tweet (bird talk for Create Kindness through Crafting)!
Ultimate Outer Space Activities for Kids
I am by all means not a space expert but so many of you have requests space activities and printables so I did some research and put together this Ultimate Outer Space Activities for Kids. The printable collection has things for all ages, from pre-school to career planning with of course the following–coloring, word search, recipe and craft ideas.
Crafty Space Activities for Kids
I LOVE this space activity from MindWare Toys. You can order these to use for party favors, goody bag treats, potty prizes or just for fun. Every one of them has a little space toy in the middle after taking time to excavate it from the “asteroid”.
Start with a work space for each kiddo.
Put the asteroids in water. They bubble which is super fun.
Excavate to find the treasures.
DIY Two-Ingredient Moon Sand
Moon Sand is a great sensory activity. There is a recipe card in the printable that you could use with little kids to follow along and make it. It only requires two ingredients–flour and baby oil. The little toys from the MindWare asteroids are perfect for creating space fun.
If you don’t want to make it, you can always buy Galaxy Mad MattR!
Paper Plate UFO
Paper plate UFO aliens are crafty fun for littles. They are fun to make and then to play with once completed.
- 2 Paper Plates
- Paint or Markers
- Clear Cup
- Card Stock for Alien
- Google Eyes
- Pipe Cleaner
- Paint or color paper plates then glue them together around the edge.
- Cut an alien out of card stock and embellish with google eyes, marker and pipe cleaners.
- Fold alien bottom to create a place to glue to top paper plate.
- Glue around rim of cup and place over alien.
- 5 oz CLEAR School Glue
- 1 TBSP Baking Soda
- 2 TSP Saline Solution (Make sure it has boric acid in it!)
- Food Coloring If Desired
- Super Fine Glitter (and Sequins if Desired)
- Mix the glue and baking soda completely.
- Add food coloring and knead it in.
- Add glitter and sequins. Fine glitter alone will create a smoother slime.
Printable Outer Space Activity Pack
This free downloadable Outer Space Activity Pack is full of fun things for kids of all ages. Go ahead, print it out and get started.
There are TONS of FREE printables in the Printable Library!
If you love science, you might love some of these ideas too. Go grab nine science activities HERE.
It is GIVEAWAY time to celebrate Bob and Doug in space!
YAY for Outer Space, Crafting and Learning!
Be Healthy and Drink Tea
I should start this article by saying that this is pretty much Grandma Helen’s (my amazing mother-in-law) mantra… Be healthy and drink tea! She makes me a cup of tea every evening with ginger and lemon. I love this tradition so much because it makes me feel special in my heart and similarly healthy in my body. Teatulia sent me a package of their new Wellness Pack and I am SO excited to share it with all of you.
Tea Makes a Great Gift
I am sharing some happy mail gift tags and Be Healthy and Drink Tea on the blog too. This is the tag in that free printable download that you can grab on that blog post! Go HERE to get the tag.
Here is Some Great Information About Teatulia’s Wellness Pack
This information is straight from the Teatulia website!
- 18 Classic Tea Samples – Enjoy three tea bag each of Black, Green, Lemongrass, Chamomile, Mint, and Vanilla Rooibos.
- Wellness Support – Each pack contains a guide on how to use teas to support your health. Learn which teas to reach for to support your immune system, calm your mind, and alleviate anxiety.
- Single-Serve Square Tea Bags – Each individually wrapped square tea bag is filled with a single serving of full-flavored, fine cut tea leaves
- 100% Organic – All of our teas are showered with love, not pesticides
- Earth Friendly – Environmentally responsible packaging, made from compostable materials. We removed all strings, tags, and staples to eliminate all unnecessary waste
- Ships Free – To make caring for your body and mind more accessible, we’re offering free shipping on our Wellness Packs. Please note that since this product is already highly discounted they are not eligible for discounts
More about Teatulia’s Tea Garden
Did you know that is matters a lot where your tea is grown, much like wine and coffee. Teatulia has a fascinating story about their tea garden and the difference they are making in Northern Bangladesh and ultimately the world! I can say with my whole heart that I am honored to be partnering with them on this blog post to share all of this with you!
What did you think? Cow loaning!!! Did you know that this is a thing for women to become productive and powerful. I LOVE it.
Be Healthy and Drink Tea Fun
Additionally, here is a word search puzzle because I know so many of you love the printables. Here you go! Print it and pair it with a gift tag and some Teatulia products to totally make a friend’s day!
Finally, I am also giving away some Wellness Packs from Teatulia! Enter Here.
Above all…Cheers to Healthy, Powerful and Amazing Women (and Men)!
Today my friend Riley Grace is graduating from college and guys, this is not what it was supposed to look like. I doodled her in cap and gown then water color painted it to share on social media just how special she is. I thought maybe you all needed a way to celebrate your special people (and Riley Grace of course) this year so made the doodle into a printable. If you have a special hair style that you need me to do, ask and I will add it to the collection.
Riley is saved as a colorable printable. Download and print–color and share!
I cannot wait to add more. Send me your special requests.
25 BEST Mother’s Day Ideas for Kids
Before I share my 25 best Mother’s Day Ideas for kids to make, I am thrilled to share this super fun new printable! Download it and have your kids fill it in and color it then display it for mom to find. There are also blank versions for older kids in the activity pack.
Here are my 25 BEST Mother’s Day Ideas for Kids to make and create as a way to celebrate moms. I have gathered up lots of ideas from around my blog and sprinkled in a few free printables too. Have fun making and celebrating the amazing moms in your life.
Ideas for Mother’s Day
- Sculpey Clay Magnets for Mom and a Printable Book
- Paper Flower Note Cards
- Mini Garden Flags
- Mixed Media Flower Pot
- Upcycled Jar Fairy Lantern
- Pom Pom Garland
- Painted Rocks
- Clay Flowers
- Doodle Scarves
- Hand Painted Bird House
- Kunin Group Felt Stationery Organizer
- Cherry Man Cherry Banana Muffins for Moms with a Printable Card
- Plaid Crafts Garden in a Recycled Jar with Printable Tags
- Plaid Crafts Magnest for Mom
- Udderly Smooth Gifts with Printable Tags
- Expressions Vinyl Organization for the Gardening Mom
- Fairfield World Garden Flags with Oli-Fun
- Mother’s Day Travel Bag
- Mother’s Day Card Printable
Mother’s Day Book FREE Printables
This resource make it super easy to create something special for mom and additionally offers guided prompts. You can decorate the cover with a drawing or by creating a clay face that also makes a magnet. The best news is there a book for dad in here too! Download the book and have a ball.
I would love to know how you celebrate Mother’s Day! Comment and let me know!
Cheers and Love,
DIY Rainbow Erasers
Happy mail, goody bags and care packages are all best with DIY rainbow erasers included. This adorable projects is perfect for kids of all ages to make as a darling addition to a gifty. Of course the erasers are perfect for keeping too because, gosh — they are so fun. This post is sponsored by Sculpey but the ideas and opinions are my own.
Material Needed for Rainbow Erasers
- Sculpey Bake Shop Eraser Clay
- Pencils (If Desired)
- Clay Mat
- Baking Sheet
- Oven for Baking
Steps for Making Rainbow Erasers
Start by opening the six colors of clay that come in the pack.
For each rainbow eraser, use about 1/12 of a piece of the clay in each color. I think it helps to separate it before rolling.
Roll the pieces in to “snakes” about 3 1/2 inches long the push them together in the order of the colors of the rainbow.
Use the plastic knife that comes in the set to cut the ends to make them even.
Roll the rainbow around the top of a pencil.
Place all pieces on the mat and on a baking sheet then bake following the directions that come in the set. Basically, bake at 250 degrees for 20 minutes for each 1/4 inch of thickness. I baked these for 28 minutes.
Let the clay totally cool before touching.
Pair the pencils with the darling DIY clay erasers with mini journals and stickers to create cheerful gifts.
Clay is super fun and relaxing to work with. Here is another one of my favorite clay projects, a rainbow garden made with clay.
Best Guide to Painting Rocks
Spreading kindness can be done in so many wonderful ways, one of which is painting rocks and scattering them around for others to find. This is the best guide to painting rocks that also gives you some tips and tricks of how easy it can be done to create magnificent results.
Check out the story as it is shared on FOX News Denver HERE.
Supplies and Materials:
- Paint! DecoArt makes two acrylic paints that I love. The Patio Paints are great as well as the Multi-Surface Paints.
- Paint Brushes
- CLEAN Rocks with Smooth Surfaces – THESE are my favorites!
- Paper Towels
- Water for Rinsing Brushes
Steps for Painting Rocks
Start with clean rocks. If you need to clean them, make sure they are completely dry before painting.
If the desired look is a solid painted rock with a design on top, paint the base coat first. Let it dry for several hours before taking the next creative step.
For different shades of the colors, mix white.
Add letter to make words with white. It pops off the bases better than other colors.
Add designs and details with other colors. By mixing a little white in with the colors as you go, a different level of coverage happens. These are the designs on the other side of the letters.
Scatter the rocks around your neighborhood or community to create some connection, kindness and joy.
These are super awesome too! Painting rocks is such a great way to express yourself!
If you want to create ideas first or want to simply design and color, here are a couple of pages of free rock printables. You can download them and create away.
There are TONS of free printables in my Printable Library.
Other Rock Painting Ideas
This article shares some really fun ways to create inspiration.
Share your painted rocks! Be sure to tag me on social media @laurakellydesigns so I can check them all out.
Cheers and Love,