Saturday Playcraft

Playcraft at Bull City Craft

September 23: Playcraft is CLOSED.

September 16: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

September 9: Playcraft is open 10am-1pm and 4-5pm. 

August 12: Playcraft is CLOSED. We will also be closed on Monday, August 14.

August 5: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 8: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

July 1: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm. We will be CLOSED on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4.

June 10: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 27: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm. (Note: we will be closed on Monday for Memorial Day.)

May 20: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

May 13: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

May 6: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 29: Playcraft is open 11:30am-3:30pm.

April 22: Playcraft is open 10am-5pm.

April 15: We will be CLOSED.

April 8: Playcraft is open 10am-1:30pm and 3:30-5pm.

March 25: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

March 18: Playcraft is open 10am-11:30am and 3:30pm-5pm.

March 11: Playcraft is open 12-5pm.

February 11: Playcraft is closed. Six birthday parties this weekend!

February 4: Playcraft is open 3:30-5pm (store is open all day).

January 28: Playcraft is closed all day (store is open).

January 14: Playcraft will be open 12-3pm.

January 7: Playcraft will be open 10am-5pm, weather permitting. Check our Facebook or Instagram for snow updates!

Week of December 26-31: Playcraft is open 10am-6pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Open 10am-3pm on Wednesday and Saturday.

December 24: CLOSED. We will be CLOSED December 24-26. Regular hours resume on Tuesday, December 27.

December 17: Playcraft is open 12-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 10: Playcraft is open 1:30-3:30pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

December 3: Playcraft is open 2-5pm. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 26: Playcraft is open all day, 10am-5pm! (No parties.)

November 19: Playcraft is open 12-1:30. Store is open 10am-5pm.

November 13: Closed all day for parties. (Store open.)

November 5:  Open 12-3pm

 

Free Paper Craft Download: Truck!

We designed this truck for the Junior League’s Touch a Truck event. Just color and cut out! We made them with moveable wheels by cutting out card stock wheels with a 2″ circle punch and attaching with brads. You could also simply trace circles to make wheels.

BullCityCraftTruck

Bull City Craft Paper Craft Truck

Frances’ Favorite Crafts

Kinderstil, an online retailer of children’s apparel and gifts based in Raleigh, recently invited me to write a guest post for their blog. I wrote about some of Frances’ favorite craft materials and activities during her first three years. Here’s a quick rundown of the list. You can read the full post here.

1. Rainbow Rice

Bull City Craft Rainbow Rice2. Paint with Water

Bull City Craft DIY Paint with Water3. Felt Shapes

Bull CIty Craft Felt Shapes

4. Paint Glue

Bull City Craft glue paint

5. Tape

Bull City Craft washi tape

Before You Make All Those Pinterest Craft Recipes, Read This!

I’ve put together a Pinterest board of all the homemade art supplies and kids’ creativity toys that I’ve come across. Frances and I have slowly been trying them with varying levels of success. Here are the recipes you should make, the ones you should tweak, and the ones to avoid!

1. Sidewalk Paint— Make it!

Bull City Craft Chalk Paint

Bull City Craft Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint at Camp

Painting with Chalk

So easy to make, and so fun to use. As you are painting it doesn’t look like much, but when it dries (and it dries quickly), it looks great. It’s also fun to combine with regular sidewalk chalk. Super simple ingredients (just cornstarch, water, and color). I used liquid watercolors to color it instead of food coloring, and I was a little worried it might stain the sidewalk, but it washed away completely when it rained.

2. Slime–Make it, but make it right.

Clear glue slime at Bull City Craft

Slime at Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Slime at Color Camp at Bull City Craft

Definitely worth making for the fun factor, but tricky and messy. I’ve tried a couple of recipes for this, and sometimes it has worked better than others. I’ve tried it with regular white school glue and with Elmer’s clear glue; I thought the latter worked much better. I haven’t yet tried the recipe that requires liquid starch because I haven’t been able to find it.

 

3. Bath Crayons–Don’t Make it!

Yikes! What a mess. Hard to mix, even more difficult to form into anything resembling a crayon, and nearly impossible to use. Maybe it was an operator issue? I say just buy yourself some nice Crayola bath crayons and call it a day.

Good o'l Crayola bath crayons-not homemade!

4. Lightbox-Make it!

Even I like playing with this one. I don’t remember where I originally saw it, but it was easy to put together in a moment of desperation and a trip to the garage for a plastic tub and Christmas lights. I added some transparent plastic colored lids and later some awesome small transparent colored discs we found at a teacher supply store (they’re meant for counting activities). We’ve had lots of fun sorting colors, counting, and just rearranging objects on the light table.

Light Box with Colors- Learn and Play!

5. Colored rice–Make it!

It sounds too simple, but kids really love this! I have a big bowl of it with seashells in it, and everyone wants to play with it. It just feels good. The only drawback is sweeping up frequent spills.

colored rice at Color Camp at Bull CIty Craft

I’ll post more reviews as I make them!