Make Your Own Greenhouse - Craft

Erin came home from school yesterday with a homework assignment- find an object around the house that you can reuse as something else, decorate it and bring it into class tomorrow.  Erin chose an empty one-gallon plastic carton that was sitting in our recycling bin.  Master Gardener grandma got excited and suggested making a greenhouse with it.  It was a pretty cool project and Erin loved it.  We might save ALL our cartons from now on! Here is how we made a greenhouse with a plastic carton:

1) Gather your supplies- you will need 1 one-gallon plastic carton washed out and cleaned. A pair of scissors strong enough to cut the plastic and markers to decorate if you choose.  (we found only permanent markers worked on the carton.  I'm sure paint would too) One to two small pots to plant- optional, potting soil if you will be planting in pots and seeds of your choice. We used biodegradable peat pots or starter pots- the carton can fit 2 of these in it. We also used a knife to help start the cutting point.


2) Take your scissors and help your child cut along the bottom of the carton about 2 inches up.  Ours had a line at the spot around so we just cut on the line.

Cutting carton   Cut Carton

3) Have your child (or you if you like) decorate the carton as much as they wish.  Erin decided to go slim on her decorations.

decorate carton

4) Take your pot(s) and fill almost to the top with soil.  Have your child place the seeds (Erin chose the rest of her Bachelor's Buttons) according to packet directions in the soil and sprinkle a little more on top, gentle pat the soil down.

planting in pot   plant seeds in pot

5) You can either leave the pots outside in a flower/garden bed or on your porch or bring them inside.  If you're bringing them inside, place the pots inside the bottom cut piece of your carton, and simply place the top portion of the carton over it. You can tape one side to keep it on better while creating a hinge to open and close.  If you're leaving the plant outside, find a place you'd like to leave them and simply place the top part of the carton over. 

Greenhouse    homemade greenhouse

Wahla!  You've made a little greenhouse!  The carton will keep the plant warm when it's cold outside.  If it's too warm, you can simply remove the cap of the carton to help the heat escape from the carton.  You can also water the plant this way if they are outside.  Inside, you can remove the top and water. Don't forget to water your seeds in too!  Left over water in that watering can?  Have your child water the rest of your plants!

Watering plants

Cute right!?!  You might catch us making a few more of these for our plants to start early in the later winter early spring!  And neighbors, if you see them in our yard, we are not littering!  We are simply growing our little beauties under a plastic carton of warmth.  

Happy Earth Day!


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Custom Orders

Here at KidEssence, we love it when customers see our work somewhere, are admired by it so much that they approach us for a custom order.  Many of our creations that we end up listing for sale are derived from customer orders.  This past week, we were approached by an amazing Mom whose son absolutely loves dinosaurs and sharks.  She's been following us since the beginning on Facebook and Instagram, cheering us on from across the country.  As as a gift to her youngest boy, we were honored to create these two adorable items for her and her son- a green and orange dinosaur and a shark.

Check them out! And if you'd like a custom order made, let us know by contacting us here.  We'd love to work with you!

    Stuffed Dinosaur

Stuffed Shark

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The Week's Schedule

It's a busy week for us here at KidEssence.  Amongst the increasing orders for Easter, we have 2 events that we will be attending this week.  

Our annual visit to the Nyack Winter Market will take place this Thursday from 8am - 2pm.  Held at the Nyack Center at 58 Depew Ave, this little market is a gem for locals.  A Nyack-farmer's-markethost of year-round produce and a plethora of gourmet foods and treats, you can be sure to find everything on your list in this one spot. 

Our favorite booth:

Sean Carmody of Taiim Shack Mobile.  A connoisseur if you will of Hummus, Sean knows what he's doing in the kitchen.  He makes truffle oil and chickpeas bathe together to create a mouth-watering condiment that not only is great for dipping his homemade pita chips, but we love to slather it on top of a nice sunny-side up egg in the morning!  Get yours early because he ALWAYS sells out!  I hear he's a huge fan of Game of Thrones as well!


sunshine-sam-montclairSaturday from 11am-2pm, we will be parking a spot at Sunshine Sam for their Meet the Maker event.  The perfect toy store to bring your kiddo and still get your shopping done in peace!  Marlene Lewis offers a table with chairs for the little one to enjoy coloring and testing toys.  Their eyes won't stray from their work so don't worry about those surprise gifts being spoiled.  A poster hangs in the craft area in the back of the store for them to do their share of coloring it in.  If they love it, Marlene has some for sale too! This Saturday, you kids can take their time decorating wooden Easter eggs while we and you mingle, shop and drool over the awesome place that Sunshine Sam is!

Read more about this event on their blog.


We hope to see you this week!


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Road Trip Tips from the Kid

kids on the go lap desk

As spring break across the country is fast approaching, we are experiencing the signs of parents preparing to arm their kids with tools to keep them happy and entertained while in the car.

As we prepare for our own spring break trip to Hershey Park and Baltimore, MD in a few weeks, Erin has been hard at work planning what she wants to do in the car.  In light of all of this, we'd like to give you Erin's top 5 favorite things to do on a road trip to help you survive yours:

1. PLAY "I SPY"- the favorite game in this season of life for Erin has been a fun game of I Spy.  We usually start with the classic version- colors.  Parents, take note that the line in the middle of the road can be both yellow AND orange. Version 2 is the I Spy game of shapes.  Oh yes, there are so many shapes in that car and out the window.  Heck, even the window is a shape!  Parent tip: don't forget to look behind you as you may have just passed that shape.

2. COLOR- Erin always has a bag full of goodies and entertainment ready to grab and
head out the door.  While her lap desk pretty much stays in the car at all times, her crayons, books, and other small items like to be brought inside.  If it's one thing Erin could do all day long, it's color.  Color a picture for EVERYONE she knows.  If your road trip is an especially long one, a nice notepad or even a ream of printer paper (I'm joking) would be enough to last.  Just DON'T FORGET THE CRAYONS!

kid's bag for road trips




3. TELL STORIES- We don't know what it is about our kid, but she comes up with the silliest stories.  Stories of fairies, ghosts, zombies and mermaids all rolled into one.  Yes, it can be pretty eclectic.  Parent tip: practice your story telling, because you'll never know when you willl be put on the spot by your 5-year-old.

4. SEE NEW PLACES- We think this is a favorite of everyone in our family.  Yes, some places can be boring for the little ones (like the Basketball Hall of Fame according to Erin), but who doesn't like discovering something new?!?  Making memories with the people you love in these new places will be cherished in your child's mind for a long time.  Parent tip: don't forget to take at least one photo.  And if you have a smaller child, a potty break upon arrival usually helps us feel like we can focus on the experience of the new place rather than wonder where that darn bathroom is, and when you and your 3 yr old will have to sprint to make it in time.

5. SPENDING TIME WITH MOMMY & DADDY- Okay, we have to admit, it made us tear up when Erin said this was her most favorite thing to do on a road trip.  Even during stressful events, quality family time is so special.  Erin guarantees that if you let your kid pack their own small bag of entertainment (with some parameters of course- no the pet fish can't go with us), your child will be 90% (yes that's what Erin said) happier in the car. Parent tip: Go to your local craft store or buy online and pick up a blank canvas bag.  Let your child decorate it with their markers at home so they feel they are helping to pack their own toys for the upcoming trip!  Our bag is about 14 x 16 inches in size.

Canvas Tote Bag


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Meet the Maker Easter Event

On April 1st, KidEssence will team up with Sunshine Sam to bring you a "Meet the Maker" event for Easter. 

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Embrace the Blankets & Stuffed Animals


    Learn why baby blankets

    and other security

    objects are beneficial

    to a child's development.


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