Links We Love: Spin Art, Custom Sneakers and Taking a Time Out

What's on your weekend must-do/must-see/must-make list? Check out our picks:

Kids love to do spin art at parties and fairs, but you’ll get the same results with this at-home version. Putti Prapancha walks you through how to do it with paper plates and finger paints. Twist and turn the plate on paper for instant art – try combining primary colors to see how many shades of orange and violet you can create.

Give new life to your kid’s favorite sneakers that are simply beyond repair – or jazz up an inexpensive pair of white canvas kicks. Wise Craft shows how to make custom sneakers with fabric markers. Little artists can draw a design in pencil and then fill it in with craft paint, so simply color freehand – their feet are the perfect place to show off artistic flair.

Try inspiring kids who won’t quit bickering to get along. Hot Diggity Blog! suggests gathering a few favorite snapshots of the siblings sharing, hugging, playing and laughing in an inexpensive photo album (the dollar store should have plenty!). When your little ones just can’t get along, give them a time out to flip through the book. Seeing themselves in happier times just might cause them to forget the silly toy they were arguing about.

Finally, don’t forget: The Lion King 3D opens in select theaters today, for two weeks only. Make it a family movie night, and you'll all be singing Hakuna Matata along with Simba, Mufasa, Nala, Timon and Pumbaa.

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