Growing crystals is always fascinating! Franny Kate's Creative State makes it easy using chenille stems. All the details here. If you need a refresher on just exactly what crystals are and how they're formed this is a good place to start :)
As things are warming up here (I'm in Idaho), we are starting to plan our river outings and easy picnic food to take with us. I think Salt and Chocolate's dried apple slices sound perfect so we'll be giving them a try soon!
I love clear contact paper for kids projects - so many possibilities! One to start with are collages and What Knot has her method here. I like how she cuts the contact paper in the size she wants before the kids begin so they will fit perfectly into a waiting frame.
A very nice tutorial to make flowers from paper scraps by Gabriela Delworth. Great idea for preteens and teens to use to decorate gifts, scrapbook pages, bulletin boards or just about anything else for that matter!