Links We Love: Pop-Up Play Scenes, Pocket Hearts and Kid Inspiration Boards

What's on your weekend must-do/must-see/must-make list this September? Get inspired by our picks from a few of our favorite blogs and websites:

If your fridge is already full of back-to-school art, turn kids’ drawings into 3D fairylands. Inspiration Surrounds, Creativity Abounds dreamed up these pop-up play scenes that turn into a little village where kids can make believe with dolls or figurines. Have kids color farms, pirate ships or houses on thick cardboard, then cut out the shapes so they stand upright. They’ll be glued to their one-of-a-kind worlds.

Got a nervous preschooler on your hands? Help put her at ease during the first few weeks of school with this adorable idea of simple pocket hearts, courtesy of Curly Birds. Cut out a little heart from pretty felt fabric, stuff it with fiberfill (try cotton balls or newspaper in a pinch) and lots of love, then sew it closed -- give her the calming token to keep in her pocket to ease anxiety throughout the day (caution: you may end up making hearts for the entire class!).

As you scour magazines, blogs and Pinterest for crafts and projects, let your little ones play along. Paint Cut Paste suggests starting a kid inspiration board where they can post favorite pictures, words and ideas that inspire them to draw, imagine and create. A simple magnetic white board is the perfect backdrop -- mount it on a wall above a desk where they can easily add images, magnets and clippings.

Kids can’t help but love French fries, but Weelicious came up with a healthier spin: okra fries. When covered with breadcrumbs and baked, the delicious green veggie (packed with Vitamins A, C and K) is crunchy on the outside, and tender and sweet on the inside. Serve the “fries” with marinara dipping sauce, and you’ve got a new favorite snack.

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