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Cinco de Mayo Crafts and Recipes

By Melissa Choate

It's no surprise that Cinco de Mayo is a highly anticipated event in Arizona, the home of a growing Latino and Hispanic community. Use these crafts and recipes to help celebrate Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo. Don't forget to mark your calendars for the Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival on May 3 &... Read More

Fathers Day Picture Frame Craft

By April Johnston

Father's Day is around the corner and kids are scrambling everywhere to buy or make something for their dad or the father figures in their life.  This is probably the easiest craft that even special needs children can do with limited assistance.  All of the supplies I bought at my local craft st... Read More

Mothers Day Craft DIY Flower Power

By April Johnston

My son absolutely loves doing crafts with me.  I think part of him loves the tactile part of it and then creating something really neat to show everyone.  This craft for Mother's Day requires a little deconstruction and prep on your part.  I found all of the materials at Michael's for under $5 (... Read More

Quick and Easy Easter Card

By April Johnston

This Easter our family has been a little busier than normal.  We were looking to do something that was easy, but still required our son to use his fine motor skills.  Thankfully the 99 Cent Store had almost all of my materials there.   My son can't write anything other than his name, so I actu... Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrocks for Young Kids and Special Needs Children

By April Johnston

This year I decided to do something fun and somewhat easy for St. Patrick's Day.  Being Irish I felt the need to participate somehow with a craft.  My son loves doing crafts with me and this was a perfect way to explain to him a little about the holiday. This craft can be duplicated exactly or twe... Read More

Arizona Events in October 2012 Part 1

By April Johnston

October is the beginning of great events for us as a family because the weather is slowly descending into what should be fall weather.  Because the weather is becoming more tolerable, more events are going on and many end up conflicting.  I have chosen some of the coming attractions based on my ex... Read More

Arizona Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Festival

By April Johnston

If you are a DIY person and love the artistic types of things, then this is the festival for you.  September 27, 28, and 29, 2012 in Tucson is a great artsy festival.  I've been to it when they had it in Phoenix and had a blast.  My son was still very young when I took him, but I am not sure if... Read More

Safe Kids Websites for Younger Kids and Special Needs Children

By April Johnston

If your kid is like most kids, he will want to get on the computer and play games.  However, not all websites are created equal and as parents we want to protect our kids from child predators.  We've all seen the news and know that the internet is sometimes hard to filter for kids.  I have collec... Read More

15 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids

By Melissa Choate

Parks and pools are great but if you're like me then Phoenix's triple digits have you running inside for the air-conditioning. For those days when slides are like branding irons and pools are like bathwater, beat the heat with these 15 fun indoor activities for kids. An idioglossia is a language... Read More

St. Patrick’s Day Crafts For Special Needs Kids

By April Johnston

St. Patrick's Day is fun for kids to dress all in green and try not to get pinched!  There are a lot of great crafts and things you can do to engage your child in the holiday without involving the traditional ale.  My son has absolutely loved doing crafts not just for this column but even in other... Read More