PRINTABLE TOY BOX LABELS

Printable toy box labels | And We Play

Before we get all excited about welcoming all of the new toys from the holidays into our lives, let's think about where we are going to put them. Every year, I go through Elliott's toys and sort through what he loves and uses, what I love - because let's be honest, it's not always the same thing - and what we are going to donate. We have to make way for all the new comers! Plus it helps us keep things nice and organized, getting a head-start on our new year's resolutions! To help keep things in order, I made some labels to help Elliott know where everything goes. It has done wonders for clean up time!

Printable toy box labels | And We Play

To make our own, first we needed some designs. I had my dear, sweet artistically gifted husband draw some of Elliott's favorite and most recognizable toys. After we had the drawings, I just scanned them in and used Avery's site to make them fit perfectly onto the labels we had. It was so easy! You could draw your own, find some images you like online, or have your little one draw their own pictures. The labels have proven to make clean up so much easier and if/when the labels wear out, we can just print off some new ones! You can download our designs too!

Panda, Train, Wood block, Bristle block, Hippo, Whiffle ball, Lego, Puppet, Crown 

Printable toy box labels | And We Play
Printable toy box labels | And We Play
Printable toy box labels | And We Play

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AIRHEAD WREATH PARTY DRINKS

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play
Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Guys, I can't even tell you how much Elliott loves Airheads. Like a lot. I used to eat them all the time when I was a kid so I give in every now and then and let him indulge himself in a little Airhead goodness. So I made a fun holiday wreath drink for him to enjoy! It was so easy to make and would be a great touch for any holiday party you might be throwing. Especially if it's a party for little ones! They'll love these!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Here's what you'll need. Airheads - duh, straws of two different sizes if possible, rolling pin, exacto knife.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

First, roll out the green airhead till it's flat and wider.

Next, use the bigger straw (if you have one) and the exacto knife to cut out the shapes. For the center, I pushed the straw down and turned it to make the hole.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Next! Roll out the red airhead. The flatter the better!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Using the smaller straw, make cut outs like you did with the center of the wreath.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Place the red dots onto the green and push them down.

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

Then place the wreath on the side of your drink for embellishment, or place it on the straw to top off your drink. Either way is great!

Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play
Airhead wreath party drinks | And We Play

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STOCKING STUFFERS FOR BOYS

Stocking stuffer ideas for boys! | And We Play

I have a very bad habit of forgetting about stocking stuffers. Then come Christmas eve and I am frantically shoving candy and oranges into the stocking. I'm determined to make this year the year of stocking stuffers! Lots of fun little trinkets to make him smile. That's the goal right? Right. If he's happy, then I'm happy and I am pretty sure these stocking stuffers would make any little man thrilled. Happy stuffing! 

1. Cube Robot. 2. Music box. 3. Mini blocks. 4. Glow space stickers. 5. Sheriff's badge. 6. Gorilla eraser.

STOCKING STUFFERS FOR GIRLS

Stocking stuffer ideas for girls! | And We Play

Let's stuff those stockings with some good stuff this year. When I was a kid, my stocking was always stuffed with lots of little gems that were just as fun as the bigger gifts. I loved it! I don't have a stocking to fill for a little lady, but if I did I am pretty sure all of this would be in it. That sweet purse kills me! 

1. Building bridge. 2. Purse. 3. Spinning top. 4. Tights. 5. Bubble wands. 6. Chalk.

LETTERS TO SANTA

Printable letters to Santa
Printable letters to Santa

We're getting into the holiday spirit around here! Elliott filled out his letter to the big man and we sent it on it's way. He opted for the letter with spaces to draw pictures of your wish list, and I am willing to bet that most younger kids would make that choice. It's so fun and adorable! But just in case your kiddo prefers to write it all out, there's a letter for them too! Make your letters to Santa a little special this year. Download them here and here, then fill them out and send them off! Don't forget to stay on the nice list!

Printable santa letters

GIFTS FOR YOUR LITTLES!

Gift ideas for littles on And We Play!

Oh, it's that special time of year. I am getting downright giddy about gift giving this year. There are so many amazing and beautiful gifts out there, it's hard to choose! These gifts would be perfect for any little ones on your list this year. I have been done shopping for a while now, but I keep finding gems like that little guitar, then magically my wallet is out and before I know it, they show up at my door. It's amazing. Happy shopping!

1. Colorful guitar. 2. Bike. 3. Teepee. 4. Cork sailboat. 5. Rainbow playground ball. 6. Playon crayons. 7. Happy sweatshirt. 8. Lion pillow. 9. Osmo - the most amazing thing to happen to the iPad. Ever.

PLAY CHALKBOARD + PEG PEOPLE

DIY play chalkboard and peg people

Need a fun and easy gift idea for a certain little one this holiday season? I love this because it will spark their little minds with creativity and let them create a new scene and story over and over. It's the gift that keeps on giving! I can't wait to give this to Elliott and see what he comes up with. This design is perfect for taking on the go too. The hinges let you stand it up when in use and allow you to fold it up to put it away when it's not. I love it! If you are in need of a gift and want to give something awesome and handmade, try this out! They're sure to love it.

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DIY play chalkboard and peg people
DIY play chalkboard and peg people

Before we get started, please oh please don't be intimidated by this. The wood was bought at the craft store and the hinge was too! Just line it up and screw it together. It's easier than you think!

DIY play chalkboard and peg people

Now let's make it a chalkboard! Follow the directions on your chalkboard paint and you should be good to go! The peg people were - if you can believe it - also bought at the craft store. I just painted them a little and sealed them with non-toxic sealant. And you're done. Your littles will love this, I promise! 

DIY play chalkboard and peg people
DIY play chalkboard and peg people

CHRISTMAS TREE PARTY HATS

DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play

I am SO excited to start in on our Christmas posts! Don't get me wrong, I love all other holidays, but there is nothing like a good Christmas craft. This idea popped into my head a while back and I just had to see it through. I am trying to come up with an excuse (and some time) to throw a Christmas party for some of our favorite little ones but I just don't think it will be in the cards this year. These will still be fun to wear on Christmas eve just because we can! In the mean time, Elliott keeps trying to convince me that he should wear them to school. Every day. Maybe I'll just have to make 20 more and throw a school party! Don't tempt me.

DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play
DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play

So let's make some party hats, shall we?

DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play

Grab some crepe paper folds in the traditional christmas tree green and cut it into strips about one inch wide, then cut said strips into fringe. Isn't it pretty?

DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play

With some double sided tape to attach the fringe to some party hats. I used two different greens to make things a little more interesting, but you go ahead and do whatever floats your Christmas tree party hat boat.

DIY Christmas tree party hats | And We Play

TURKEY SURPRISE BALL

DIY Turkey Surprise Ball | And We Play

It's almost time for Thanksgiving! I don't think I will ever tire of surprise balls. They are just so much fun! This little guy would be perfect for Thanksgiving. Make one for each kiddo and have it sitting at their seat for them to unravel and squeal with delight at finding each little gift. It's a great way to keep them occupied during dinner! Sounds pretty great, right? So let's make some, shall we? To start, you will need folded crepe paper, glue and scissors. Oh yeah, and lots of fun tiny treats to wrap up inside! Start with the roundest object you have (like a bouncy ball) and layer the toys into a ball by wrapping them up with thin strips of crepe paper. It's seriously so easy and a great Netflix watching craft. To make the face I just cut up some paper and glued it on. And if you don't feel like decorating them, leave the faces and feathers for the kids to do themselves! They'll love it. 

DIY Turkey Surprise Balls | And We Play
Easy turkey surprise ball for thanksgiving | And We Play
DIY Turkey Surprise Balls | And We Play

THE DREAM CAR

Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play
Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play

Have you guys heard of Dream Car? It's... a dream. Seriously. This is one beautifully made toy! Each set comes with two tops as you can see and they attach to the gorgeous wood base with embedded magnets. It's so easy to snap in and get playing! Perfect for little hands. The tops are obviously chalkboard, but I have to say this and I don't know if anyone out there feels the same. But not all chalkboards are created equally! Some chalkboard surfaces are rough, uneven and don't write on smoothly. These chalkboard cars are amazing. So easy to draw on and wipe off to recreate something new. I love it! And! The Dream Car comes with a set of colorful chalk and an eraser. Pretty amazing, right? The cars are bigger than I first expected them to be, which to me is fantastic. I debated whether to give this to Elliott and have him model the awesomeness of the cars, but in the end decided to hold off and give these to him for Christmas. If you have a little one who you love dearly and want them to have a gorgeous, one of a kind gift this holiday season, this is a great option. They will love it! And so will you.

Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play
Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play
Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play
Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play
Adorable chalkboard car - The dream car! | And We Play