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Hi! Welcome to Non-Toy Gifts. I’m Stef, the creator and author of this craft blog. I’m a Romanian mom living in Minnesota with my husband and two boys. After nine years as an archivist, I decided to become a stay-at-home mom and this is when a whole new world opened up to me!

I grew up with a dad who would spend his free time painting and creating tapestry. His creativity had me in awe and though I’ve also considered myself a creative person and dabbled in painting, sewing and knitting, I found my true passion only after becoming a mom. Crafting with my kids is something that I enjoy doing any moment of the day.

This blog is a piece of my life with kids, a place to share easy and fun crafts, recycled toy ideas and activities to inspire families and educators.

We love creating with paper plates and yarn and here is our entire collection of  easy crafts for kids.

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Judith Mader

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

I work at a small public library and wanted to download the templates for the paper bag owl. I haven't been successful. Is it possible for you to send them to me as an attachment via email, or send me a link that will enable me to download the templates? Thank you, Judith Twain Harte Library