The Tiny Treasures are Growing Up

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It’s a sad time as we’re saying goodbye to Crystal’s Tiny Treasures in name.  My Tiny Treasures are growing up, with my eldest turning 7 this month! Please don’t fret, we’ve only changed our name to Castle View Academy, and all of the content you’ve enjoyed in the past is still there, along with much […]

13 Toilet Paper Roll Crafts (and other cardboard tubes)

13 Cardboard Tube Crafts For Kids by Crystal's Tiny Treasures

Cardboard tubes, we all use them, but they’re also perfect for re-using for kid’s crafts!  Toilet paper rolls, paper towel rolls, yard cones, and other cardboard tubes can make just about anything the imagination will allow!  Over the past 2 years we’ve made several toilet paper roll crafts and I thought it was time to […]

DIY Bodhran Drum For Kids

DIY Irish Bodhran Drum for kids

My children love music of every kind.  They love to listen to it, and they love to make instruments to play.  We’ve made several instruments in the past, but this time I thought they should learn a little about the island on which they live.  Today we’re sharing how the children made a bodhran drum. […]

Christmas in Russia on Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #22

Christmas in Russia on Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop 22 on Castle View Academy

Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, and Joyeux Noél! Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop! The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can’t wait to see what you share this time! Created by Frances of Discovering the World […]

Grow a Crystal Tree

Growing a Borax Crystal Tree

Winter science can be so much fun!  Children will love growing a crystal tree this year. Crystal Tree Supplies: glass jar boiling water pipe cleaner string pencil borax How to grow your crystal tree: To create our tree we twisted a pipe cleaner into a cone/spiral shape like this: Then we tied a string to […]

Angel Wrap Christmas Party Food

Angel Wrap Lunch is a heavenly in your bento box, Christmas party food

Christmas is filled with temptations of the unhealthy kind.  It’s hard to keep children (and even us adults) interested in making healthy choices during this season of indulgence.  Fora light lunch, give our Angel Wrap Lunch a try! For our angel, we used half a tortilla wrap folded into a cone shape.  Celery turned into […]

Frozen Activities on Mom’s Library

Activities inspired by the movie, Frozen

This year’s theme of choice seems to be everything to do with the Disney movie, Frozen.  It’s even made an appearance in our daughter’s letter to Santa.  This week I’ve rounded up a few Frozen-inspired activities from last week’s resources. Some of them are Christmas-specific, but others will last through the winter. This is the last […]

Christmas Counting Activities on Mom’s Library

Christmas Counting Activities on Mom's Library with Castle View Academy

How are you doing this evening (or middle-of-the-night for those of us across the Pond)?  We’ve been told to expect a ‘weather bomb’ overnight and into Wednesday so we may well be cancelling plans and staying home where it’s warm, dry, and not in the 80mph gales!  If you’re spending more time indoors, why not […]

Whistlefritz Spanish Lessons For Kids

Whistlefritz Fun Spanish Lessons For Kids, A Review

Last month we received the opportunity to review Whistlefritz Spanish Lessons For Kids.  When I mentioned it to my husband, he nearly flew off the sofa in his enthusiasm!  I think that was the quickest email reply I’ve ever done.  We decided to keep it a surprise for the children until it arrived. We received the […]

Frugal Foraged Wreath

DIY Foraged Christmas Wreath, Save money on Christmas decorating!

We’re being frugal and environmental this year by making our own wreath for free.  Click on the photo below to take you to our guest post at Frugal Homeschool Family. The 25 Frugal Days of Christmas are here! Join us as 25 top bloggers bring you ideas, tips, and resources to help you make this […]