Mar 12

Lightsabers for Renn

by Hannah Holt »


A special boy named Renn is back in the hospital for another round of epilepsy tests. This post is part of a blog party to encourage/entertain him during his hospital stay

Hi Renn,

When my daughter was younger, we went to a hospital in Denver, and scientists studied the electrical pulses in her brain.

Char sleep study 1

It didn’t hurt her. In fact, her job was to take a nap. She was good at her job.

I’ll bet you know a lot of different ways that doctors can study the brain. Some of the machines have fancy names. I think it’s fun to learn about all the tools doctors have to help us. Do you?


But I also know it can be boring hanging out in the hospital all day. Another time while my daughter was staying in the hospital, she was bored and kept pulling off her oxygen sensor. Every time she pulled it off, little lights would blink and machines would beep. She may have been small, but she really knew how to keep those nurses running!


You must be very brave and strong and patient to handle all the different tests. But then again, I hear you are training to be a Jedi.

Well, even Jedi Warriors need a little fun now and then. So I made a lightsaber paper craft for you. In the end, you’ll have a finger-sized lightsaber, like this:

free lightsaber printable

I made a few options for you because I’m not sure which might be the most powerful in a hospital (Instructions are included on each sheet.):

1. Luke Skywalker Lightsaber

2. Yoda Lightsaber

3. Obi-Wan Kenobi Lightsaber

4. Darth Vader Lightsaber

My daughter is now a bubbly two-year-old, and thankfully she’s as healthy as can be. Sometimes I wish she and her sister moved a little slower…

babies in flour

I could use a good Jedi around here to convince them they “don’t need to play in the pantry.” Ah, well. Keep practicing and maybe you could do your tricks long distance for me some day.

May the Force be with you, Renn!

-Hannah Holt

Feb 26

Boy Paper Dolls

by Hannah Holt »


A while ago a fan suggested I make some boy paper dolls. I thought, What a great idea!

I have other paper dolls and all the dolls have interchangeable accessories. So if you want more career choices for any character, click over to this list of paper dolls.

If you want to know why I started making paper dolls in the first place, you can read the background post.

But for now, here are the guys!

We have Steve and Matt the preschool teachers:

Preschool Teacher Paper Doll  Preschool Teacher Paper Doll bw

Adam is loving life as a stay-at-home-dad:

Stay at home Dad paper doll  Stay at Home Dad paper doll bw

Finally, we have Sean the pediatric nurse:

Nurse Paper Doll  Nurse Paper Doll Coloring bw

I made pdfs for these, but uploading all the files was making me cross-eyed. You should be able to click on the pictures and access a letter sized image (300 dpi printing quality). If you have any trouble let me know, and maybe I’ll put the pdfs up later.

In the mean time, I’ll keep more dolls coming. I hope you enjoy!


Dec 18

Feelings Coloring Pages

by Hannah Holt »


Feelings have been on my mind this weekend. My heart goes out to those in the Newton, Connecticut community. The events from this weekend make me feel heartsick.

When my seven-year-old got off the school bus today, the shooting was the first thing he wanted to talk about. He’s taking it well, but I’m making an extra effort to keep the lines of communication open.

If your child is worried or if he or she just wants to talk about feelings, I put together a few coloring pages:

You can click here for the pdf version of the coloring book or below for the individual jpgs.


I patterned the pages in this coloring book after the different stages of grief.

I also created several “fill in your own feelings” pages:

Here are a few additional resources for helping children through difficult times:

Wherever you are and whatever you are facing, I hope these pages help your children explore their feelings in a safe and nurturing way.

Nov 30

More Career Paper Dolls

by Hannah Holt »


I’ve had these dolls mostly finished for about a week, but sometimes the homestretch takes the longest.

Without further delay, here are all the paper dolls I’ve made so far (click the links for the pdf version):







If you don’t see a doll you suggested, I’m still working more. Someone suggested I add a few boys in the mix, and I agree that I should. Maybe I’ll get on that for the next round. Here are the other suggestions I still have in queue:

  • Politician (president or senator)
  • Marine biologist
  • Truck driver/heavy machine operator
  • Astronaut
  • Electrician
  • CEO
  • Army general
  • Navy seal
  • Chef
  • Architect
  • Artist
  • Concert musician
  • Clergy member
  • Farmer

If I somehow missed your suggestion or if you have a new suggestion, please leave it in the comments. You can also leave comments about this project and other projects on my Facebook Page.

I hope you enjoy!

Nov 14

Turkey Craft

by Hannah Holt »


My kids and I experimented yesterday to see if we could turn a few common items into a turkey craft. These were our favorites.

The tissue roll turkey:

The roadside gravel painted rock turkey:

The fallen leaf turkeys:

What else can you turn into a turkey?

It’s almost Thanksgiving in the United States. Here are a few other activities to keep your little ones busy this holiday season.

The Thanksgiving Activity Book I put together last year was quite popular. Here it is for anyone who missed it or would like it again:

Also here are nine easy Thanksgiving crafts.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!