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Easter Traditions for Families

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Hop into Easter with fun family traditions you can start with your kids.

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Paper Plate Bunny Craft

Wednesday April 16, 2014
My preschooler wanted to make a bunny for Easter. I raided our art supplies cabinet and came up with this paper plate bunny craft on the fly.

A picture of the finished paper plate bunny craft
Create this lovable guy from cotton balls and a paper plate.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
If your child can put a cotton ball on a paper plate, she can enjoy this paper plate bunny craft too. You'll still have to help, but she'll be able to take ownership in the project.

This new friend of ours is hanging in my son's bedroom. We loved gluing the cotton balls, bending the whiskers and brushing some blush onto the ears to give them a pinkish look.

Now my son's giving me daily requests to make this bunny. I have a feeling we'll have a family of bunnies on the wall before April is over.

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Easter Chick Craft

Tuesday April 15, 2014
Turn your children's footprints into an Easter chick craft. You only need a few items you probably already have around the house.

A picture of the finished Easter chick craft
Make some Easter chicks out of your kids' feet.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
It's no secret that I love arts and crafts that make use of my children's handprints or footprints. Last Easter I wanted to capture my preschooler's footprints, so we came up with this Easter chick craft.

It doesn't take long to create, but it's a lot of fun to do. If you have construction paper, orange paint, white paint, a black pen and a pair of willing feet, you've already got everything you need to complete the project.

Now that I have three sets of tiny feet roaming around my house, we're going to try the Easter chick craft again this year. This time, though, the left chick will be my 7 year old's footprint and the right chick will be my 3 year old's footprint. For our baby's first Easter, we'll squeeze a baby chick footprint right in the middle. It's going to be a wonderful keepsake that shows off all of my children's little feet.

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Handmade Easter Cards

Monday April 14, 2014
My sons and I have had so much fun with Easter art projects this year. Today, we finished our handmade Easter cards for our families. I have to admit, they turned out so well we had to create extra ones to keep for ourselves!

A picture of a baby chick handmade Easter cards
Create handmade Easter cards from your children's fingerprints.
Photo © Apryl Duncan
My five year old is sending an Easter bunny card made from his thumbprint. We laughed the entire time as this little white fingerprint eventually turned into a lovable white bunny.

My 16 month old also played along. For him, we made a baby chick Easter card out of his thumbprint.

Both Easter card projects are very easy to make. You only need some construction paper, paint, crayons and willing fingers.

Do give these projects a try for great laughs together and perfect keepsakes. They're both so cute, you'll want to make sure you get all of your children's fingerprints.

And to those in our family who just found out they're getting handmade Easter cards from us ... sorry to spoil the surprise. These projects are too good not to share!

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Top Backyard Swing Sets on a Budget

Monday April 7, 2014
We are practically living outside these days. With two little boys whose energy tanks are always full, we welcome the sight of the great outdoors after being confined within our four walls all winter.

A picture of kids playing on a wooden swing set
Invite all of your children's pals over to your backyard playground.
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That's where a swing set becomes one of my favorite toy purchases for the kids. We still hit our favorite playgrounds but there's nothing like having your own personal playground right in your backyard.

If you've shopped around for swing sets, though, you know they can come with quite a price tag. I ran into some that cost more than $10,000.

Now I love my kids but 10-grand seems a bit too extravagant for some wood in my backyard. When you break your family budget down to fit in a swing set, you can actually find some affordable solutions that rival those fancier, pricier wooden swing sets.

Once you start looking art the more budget-friendly swing sets, it's easy to become overwhelmed by all the choices. I've broken down the best wooden swing sets under $1,000 to help you narrow the selection. And if $1,000 is too high, there are some great selections on the list that are well under $500. Read More...

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