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sparkle crafts: let's make fairy houses! (so the fairies will come!)

Fairy house-building is almost a given with children. If you have a few sticks and maybe a rock or two, suddenly there are fairy houses being built everywhere. Building a fairy house goes beyond just making a tiny house — it gives the child a sense of responsiblity, much like how Sylvia feels about her fairy houses in the Martin & Sylvia: More Adventures! story, "Discover and Delight". We have several ways for making fairy houses — they can be kept inside for the house elves or brownies, or...

sparkle craft: four crafts that are way more fun than screens!

Screen-free days are easy with a few Sparkle crafts. I've rounded up some crafts that take awhile to make and lead to lots of fun afterwards. Each craft has been chosen for different unique interests. Whether you have an artist, a crafter, a scientist, or a tinker, we have something for every kid. If you try one of these crafts, please share with us on the Sparkle Instagram page or on Facebook — after screen-free time is over, of course!...

sparkle crafts: crafts for the sensitive child

Crafts for a sensitive child can be tricky. Something might be too squishy or rough or smelly or goopy or loud. I know my oldest loves the idea of slime but she can't stand to touch it. It makes her feels really emotional....

sparkle crafts: games and crafts for littles with BIG energy

Big energy — whether it's happy or sad, angry or excited — can be overwhelming for both the child and their grown-up. The key is to focus big energy and allow it to run its course in a productive way. Some of the best ways we've found to funnel that energy are to get outside and get active. Below are some of our best suggestions from the Sparkle blog to help your family....

sparkle crafts: four crafts that inspire wonder

Inspiring wonder is easy to do with natural materials. Nature has away of being mysterious and inspiring us to explore whole new worlds. Try four of our favorite nature crafts that will get you outside and wondering about the world around you in new ways....