Links We Love: Yarn Letters, Being Elmo and Sweet Potato Treats

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Little ones just learning to spell their names will love this easy alphabet project from Bloesem Kids and Giddy Giddy. Use pipe cleaners and scraps of yarn to create cool-looking letters (older kids can try it with words) -- simply connect and twist the pipe cleaners, then wrap yarn around the shape. Show it off on a bookshelf or hang it in your kid’s room. For more fun crafts, check out our picks for easy DIY fall activities to do with your kids.

We’re excited about the upcoming documentary Being Elmo, a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street, Jim Henson and this beloved furry friend’s creator Kevin Clash (bonus: the film is narrated is Whoopi Goldberg). See what all the rave reviews and awards are about, and watch the trailer online. For more inspiration, check out NPR’s The Baby Project, where photojournalist Toni Greaves shares the images she documented about birth in rural Nepal -- the pictures are truly stunning.

If you’re trying to temper your kids’ sweet tooth, fill them up with a healthy alternative. Super Healthy Kids shares a recipe for mashed sweet potatoes -- high in vitamin A, C and beta-carotene, they’re delish when whipped with a little butter, ginger and maple syrup. Who needs dessert when you’ve got this gorgeous orange bowl.

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