15 Recycled Crafts and Activities

recycled crafts and activities for kids

I’m thrilled to be teaming up with All Thing Kids this month for our series on using recycled materials for play.  We’re sharing a round-up of our most creative recycled crafts and activities for kids.  For even more fun activities, check out All Things Kids Pinterest Board.

15+ recycled crafts and activities for kids

Recycling materials for crafts and activities is a great way to conserve and reuse for play projects.  It was a hard choice, but our #1 go-to recycled material is Baby O’s containers. They’re perfect for caves, tunnels, bridges, slides, ramps, vases, and more. We’ve cut, glued, painted, connected, and even paper mached them for projects.  Toilet paper and egg cartons are strong contenders too. Continue reading

One Small Miracle Followed by One Big Question Mark

April 3, 2014

Today we celebrate one small miracle in Savannah Hope’s Journey. Today is our two-week benchmark for no resuscitation.  Moving forward, if she’s born while the balloon is still in-place, they will make every heroic effort to save her life.  Today is the most important day to date since her tracheal occlusion surgery. Continue reading

Colored Hay Sensory Bin

colored hay sensory bin

I’m super excited to be participating in the 40 Days of Sensory Bin Fillers series from Sarah of Little Bins for Little Hands.  There’s been so many fun fillers shared already.  We’re contributing hay, otherwise known as natural wood excelsior.  Our colored hay sensory bin is full of bright, fun sensory play materials. Continue reading

How to Dye Hay

how to dye hay for sensory play


Today we’re demonstrating how to dye hay for sensory play and crafts.  It’s eco-friendly, inexpensive, and reusable.  Hay or natural wood excelsior is a filler generally used for decorating baskets or flower arrangements.  But, it’s also a wonderful non-food sensory material that sculpts, glues, and absorbs colors quickly and beautifully. Continue reading

Tracheal Occlusion Surgery: Inserting The Balloon

tracheal occlusion surgeryMarch 25, 2014

We arrived at UCSF Fetal Treatment Center at 8:30 am on Thursday, March 20, 2014. Today was the day.  Today we undergo balloon tracheal occlusion surgery.  According to UCSF doctors, this is a last measure for extreme CDH cases and for us, a chance at life. Continue reading

UCSF Fetal Treatment Diagnosis: Are We A Candidate for Tracheal Occlusion?

Savannah Hope's Journey

March 17, 2013

We arrived at UCSF Fetal Treatment Center on March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am.  Today was such an important day for us.  After receiving the life-threatening diagnosis from our ultrasound, we didn’t really have a lot of answers—mostly questions.  We knew the LHR, lung-to-head ratio was the most important factor in determining her current condition.  Ideally, we didn’t want to be a candidate, but we wanted a second opinion. Continue reading

Raspberry Foam Dough Bunnies

Raspberry Foam Dough Bunny Invitation to Create and Play

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Today we’re creating raspberry foam dough bunnies using loose parts. Our invitation to create and play explores sensory, imaginative play, and build-a-bunny fun.  We’ve made snowman foam dough and shamrock foam dough in the past, but never scented. Can you tell we love foam dough play?! Continue reading

Rainbow Sensory Collage

Rainbow sensory collage activity for St. Patty's Day

Today’s rainbow sensory collage explores tactile sensations, loose materials, cutting, and fine motor.  Our colorful sensory activity for preschoolers is easy to set-up and encourages self-exploration.  Last week we kicked off our St. Patrick’s Day crafts for kids with green shamrock foam dough. Continue reading

Easy Memory Matching Game for Kids

Easy Memory Matching Game For Kids by Crayon Box Chronicles

Memory matching flash games help kids improve their short-term memory and speed recognition skills.  After making our shamrock foam dough sensory tray, I wanted to reuse our play materials. What to do with those left over St. Patrick’s Day play coins, hmm? Let’s create a fun and easy memory matching game for kids. Continue reading