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8 Fun And Easy DIY Crafts To Try With Your Kids

8 Fun And Easy DIY Crafts To Try With Your Kids

Rain or shine, these fun DIY crafts can keep your kids engaged for hours. These hands-on activities are easy to follow and they are a great way for parents to spend time with their children.

1. Rock Monster Magnets

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    Colorful magnets made from pebbles can really brighten up your kitchen appliances. Use moderate-sized river rocks or beach stones — 3 to 5 cm in diameter should be a good size. Any bigger and you’ll need stronger magnets. Select the smoothest stones with light colors as they will be easier to paint on.

    2. Cupcake Paper Flowers

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      Cupcake liners are used for making these pretty and colorful flowers. Preschoolers have lots of fun sprinkling glitter in the midst of flower layers. Do the project on a paper plate and hang the finished project proudly on your fridge door.

      3. Flower Fairy Wooden Peg Dolls

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        These make very cute gifts for kids. Its quite an easy DIY doll project as it does not require any sewing. The beautiful flower fairy dolls are made with wooden pegs covered in felt and embellished with buttons, sequins, etc.

        4. Paper Giraffes

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          Easy to make, but still really pretty, these paper giraffes require very few items to create. All you need are yellow paper, brown paper, scissors, a black pen, and some glue.

          5. Paper Plate Tropical Fish

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            Plain, stripes, polka dots — the possibilities are endless. These cute fish plates are a great way to let your child’s creativity loose. You can hang them on the walls of your child’s bedroom. If you want to hang them from the ceiling, remember to decorate both sides of the plate.

            6. Mini Animals Canvas Project

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              Plastic animals are cut in half and covered in acylic paint for this impressive and playful DIY craft project.

              7. DIY Play Castle

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                Make your own gorgeous play castle with toilet paper rolls and shoe boxes of different sizes.

                8. Spring Flowers Window Art

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                  Window art is a great way to brighten up your child’s day and your house. If you don’t have a large window, try them out on a blank wall or even the refrigerator surface.

                  Featured photo credit: http://www.funathomewithkids.com/ via funathomewithkids.com

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                  Last Updated on December 2, 2018

                  How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                  How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                  Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                  The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                  The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                  Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                  Review Your Past Flow

                  Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                  Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                  Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                  Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                  Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                  Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                  Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                  We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                  Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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