Author: Michele Aucello

Make It: Ghost Necklace

Photo: Michele Aucello Here's an easy craft you can do with your child. Make an extra one for a for a spooky bestie necklace. Materials White glue Wax paper Permanent marker String Scissors Small beads (optional) Photo: Michele Aucello Directions…

Unearthing Dinosaur Eggs in Hawai‘i

My kids are still filling and hiding plastic eggs for each other, even though Easter is clearly over. I've seen a few make-your-own egg ideas on Pinterest that look fun, so I enlisted the kids to help make our own…

Make It: Washi Tape Eggs

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino Try something new this spring. Use colorful Washi tape to cover your Easter eggs. Most of our chicken lay brown eggs so we are always looking for fun ways to color them. This one worked well,…

Make It: Sock Bunnies

We've got the perfect Easter décor solution using orphaned socks; so don't throw those mate-less toe warmers away! Have the kids dig through their sock drawer, so you can whip up a batch of Easter bunnies. Materials Socks Yarn, ribbon,…

Make It: Treat-Filled Easter Eggs

Older kids, elementary-aged and up, can get wrapped up in this craft. The next question, how do you get the treats out? Materials 1 cup liquid starch 1/2 cup flour Embroidery floss. (you’ll need 1-2 skeins for each egg) Balloons…

Classroom Treat: Minion Easter Eggs

The Aucellos have not had enough of these adorable guys. We saw some Minion Easter eggs on Pinterest and had to give them a try. We also found some cute treats fillers that would work great for a party. Materials…

Recipe: Spider Chocolate Chip Cookies

Images of “spider” cookies have been floating around Pinterest so we decided to give them a try. They were tricker than we thought and might be frustrating for kids to finish, but they sure will enjoy gobbling them up! They…

Make It: Backyard Bat Mobile

Photo: Odeelo Dayondon Looking for a different kind of Halloween decoration? We spied this idea on marthastewart.com and found it was very easy and had many steps the kids could do themselves. Materials Long branch Black spray paint (optional) Needle…

Make It: Shrunken Heads

Photo: Michele Aucello With Halloween just around the corner, the kids might be clamoring to carve pumpkins. Dig out your pumpkin carving tools and let them have a go with an apple. The bonus? Some shrunken heads that can be…

Make It: Countdown to Halloween Tree

Photo: Michele Aucello Materials A branch from a tree Black paint Rocks A shallow basket Ornament hooks or paper clips Pumpkin foam shapes. Sharpie marker Glue gun Clay Directions Paint the tree branch black using poster paints. Once it is…

Classroom Treat: Easter Bunny Pops

Ingredients Small powdered donuts Pink jellybeans Marshmallows Red food coloring Toothpicks White melting chocolate Lollipop sticks Q-tips Directions Bunny Ears Set a marshmallow on its side. Flatten it with the heel of your hand until forms a diamond shape. Cut…

Keiki Snack: Veggies and Dip in Turkey Cups

Photo: David Croxford Place these healthy treats out on the table an hour or so before dinner. Little kids can help themselves to crunchy vegetables and tasty dip. Directions Cut a turkey head out of construction paper. Then let kids…

Make It: Foaming Soap Dispenser

Photo: Karen DB Photography We love foaming soap. The suds stay on little ones hands instead of slipping into the sink and our kids like playing with bubbles every time they wash up. Hereʻs a simple way to have some…

Make It: Christmas Photo Wreath

Photo: Karen DB Photography Make this wreath for the grandparents, who will hang it up with pride. This homemade gift is a beautiful way to capture the memories of the past year and is sure to be treasured for years…