2016 Year in Review Free Printable

2016 Year in Review Free Printable

In 2011, I created a Year in Review Printable that was downloaded thousands of times. It’s 2016, let’s update this free Year in Review printable and give it an update with a FAVES twist. 

2016 Year in Review Printable

This New Year’s printable was created with your kid in mind. Download, print this out and let your kids fill out (or fill out for your kids.) This is a fun year-end keepsake. 

When I originally created this in 2011, I filled one out (see below.) 5 years later, I chuckle and a bit of sad reading my answers. My fave pet, Bobo passed away the following year. He was our first baby – a fur baby, but one of our’s. I had just had our fourth child – he is now *cry* FIVE YEARS OLD. Instagram was fairly new – but still love me some Insta! Green is my fave color. Poke the Box (my fave book of the year), I just had the pleasure of seeing Seth Godin speak – he’s a long time favorite author of mine – so not surprised by that answer. Chips and salsa will forever be my fave food. 

Here are the questions to answer about 2016:

  • Name (at the top)
  • Age
  • Favorite song
  • Favorite pet
  • Favorite food
  • Favorite book
  • Favorite color
  • Favorite hobby
  • Favorite memory from 2016
  • Goals for 2017

2016 printable year in review

Don’t forget to fill out one of these 2016 FAVES in Review! You, yes YOU! You won’t regret it! And have your kid fill out one too!

And here is the 2011 year in review that I was chuckling about: 

2011 year in review free printable

2011 Year in Review and New Years Resolution for Kids free printable.  Hey and sometimes when you get a creative inspiration at like 4 in the morning and do a blog post about it, you make mistakes like see the above photo? Chip and dip? REALLY?!

Happy New Year! 2017 will be amazing, it has to be.

COMMENT: What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Learn How to Make a Solar Oven From a Pizza Box!

Learn How to Make a Solar Oven From a Pizza Box!

How to make a solar oven! That’s right – Goodbye Easy Bake Oven – Hello solar cooking. With summer right around the corner and kids home, we will be introducing a series of summer projects for kids!

If you are looking for a sun kid science project – this is the perfect acticity for those hot summer days. Here in Texas – we KNOW hot. It gets disgustingly hot here. So what better geeky project to do then to use that heat for good.

How to Make a Solar Oven

Easy Bake Oven, forget about it. Let me show you how to make a solar oven with a pizza box! With a solar oven, you can bake cookies or a kid favorite: smores! Your kids will love this science project!

Make a Solar Oven

Let’s get to it. Here is what you’ll need to make a solar oven.

Solar Oven Supplies: 

  • A large pizza box
  • A ruler
  • A black marker
  • Box cutter
  • Heavy duty aluminum foil
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Black construction paper


Let’s Get Started!

Using the ruler and black marker, draw a square on your pizza box lid  leaving a 1 inch border on each side of the pizza box.

Using the box cutter cut out, cut 3 sides of the square you just drew, leaving the line at the rear of the box attached.

Fold the flap back so it stands up when the pizza box lid is attached.

Using the glue as an adhesive, cover the underside of the flap with heavy duty aluminum foil. Smooth out wrinkles and cut off any excess.

With the scissors cut 2 squares of plastic wrap, both bigger than the size of the pizza box flap opening.

Tape one of the square over the whole, fastening the plastic wrap to the underside of the pizza box.

Close the lid and take the second plastic sheet and cover the pizza box hold on the other side of the pizza box top. Creating a window to help keep the suns heat in the box.

Pull both sheets taught as you tape them.

TIP: Make sure the plastic is tight to the edges to maintain an airtight seal.

Glue or tape a layer of aluminum foil to the inside of the pizza box for insulation.

Cover the foil layer in the box with sheets of black construction paper and glue them into place.

Close your lid and you are ready to start cooking!

Adjust the foil flap to find the best ray reflecting angle. Use the ruler, a straw or stick to keep the flap strapped into place.

Tip: You can use the laser pointer to test the angles of the sun for your oven before taking it outside.

Get Baking in the Sun!

Preheat your oven by leaving outside for 30 minutes.

Get ready to bake cookies, smores or reheat a slice of pizza. Remember to make sure that all food is thoroughly cooked before eating.

More Science Projects for Kids

Interested in MORE summer activities like this? Check out our list of summer kids activities and our 50+ list of Kids Science Projects!

We hope you enjoyed this summer project for kids, How to Make a Solar Oven. Tell us in the comments what you end up making in your solar oven!

make a solar oven from a pizza box


How to Make a Paper Pilgrim Hat for Kids

How to Make a Paper Pilgrim Hat for Kids

Looking to make paper pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving day? This is a fun activity for the kids to do while the grown-ups are making the Thanksgiving meal. Growing up, we used brown paper bags for Indian costumes and made paper pilgrim hats for Thanksgiving. Yes, some will say it’s un-PC – blah, I know I know. Regardless, it’s what my childhood memories were made of. At our Thanksgiving meal, we have kids who are Indians and Pilgrims. 

If you are looking to make a paper pilgrim hat, I found an awesome tutorial. 

Make a Paper Pilgrim Hat for Kids

Leave it to Martha to show us how to make these adorable paper pilgrim hats for kids. This is an easy Thanksgiving DIY that you can do with your kids. 

DIY Paper Pilgrim Hat

The paper Martha uses is 19×25 drawing paper, though construction paper should work just fine. She also uses glue dots, because MARTHA. You could use hot glue, or tape just as well. 

Download Template

Here is the template to download


After you have download the paper pilgrim hat template, simply trace it onto your paper.

Cut and Glue

Next step for the DIY paper pilgrim hat is to cup and glue. First, cut out the buckle and cut out the silhouette of the hat. You will want to fold up the brim. 

Next, cut a headband and put the inside the fold of the brim – here is where the glue dote, tape, or what-have-you will come in. You want to glue the buckle onto the hat – above the brim and wrap your headband around the head. Secure it with the glue dot or tape. Or staples, just not while the kid is wearing it please. 

Click here for the complete tutorial. 

Looking for some Thanksgiving things to do with kids?

Check out All Things Thanksgiving