One of my favourite things to do in the summer is make coloured ice in the evening, and in the morning its ready to go. Its one of the first things we do in the morning, get up, kids eat breakfast and then outside to play with ice cubes. Why do we do this? Because it ensures I get to drink a hot coffee while the kids are distracted and having fun.
You can make simple coloured ice cubes with just water and food colouring.
You can fill up a container with water, food colouring (optional) and place little toys into it before freezing (also optional) (also make sure the toys are safe to put in water and freeze!). This adds another level of discovery to play time.
And now, lets talk Ice Chalk.
Its super easy and fun.
– Half Cornstarch
– Half Water (or maybe a little bit more water depending on the consistency you want)
– Food Colouring
Optional: Glitter, small toys.
You can use normal ice cube trays, or fun shapes. We use both.
And have fun!
Summer is almost here, which means the kids are off school, which means parents will hear them say “I’m bored” about a 2847292843092849328202 times a day.
I decided to make a bored jar, that way when they complain I can send them to the jar and they can pick an activity. However they use it with caution, because I didn’t just put fun things in there to do. To keep it interesting I also added chores. If they want to tell me they are bored they run the risk of having to clean the toilet.
So here is what you need to make your own jar:
– A Jar. (This can be a washed out pasta jar, pickle jar, whatever you have on hand.)
– Popsicle sticks
– Pens or markers
– Optional, tape to decorate the popsicle sticks.
Next write out ideas on the sticks, and put them in the jar. For added fun, you can cover up the jar with paper or tape so they can’t see what is inside.
Here is what I wrote down:
1. Write a story
2. Do the laundry
3. Make a treasure map
4. Play a card game
5. Build a card house
6. Nature walk
7. Play I SPY
8. Plant a flower
9. Play a board game
10. Play with Lego
11. Find and make a Pet Rock
12. Look at old family pictures
13. Play wii
14. 15 push ups and 15 sit ups
15. Research a topic that mom or dad picks
16. Bake cookies
17. One Chore – mom or dad picks
18. Explore on Google Earth
19. Play with Play Dough
20. Write a letter to a family member
21. Build a fort
22. Play Simon Says
23. Wash the dishes
24. Play marbles
26. Organize your clothes by colour
27. Bubble bath
28. Watch a movie
29. Clean your room
30. Write 5 things you love about yourself
31. Do a puzzle
32. Go to the library
33. Dance party
34. Make a craft
35. Photo scavenger hunt
36. Clean your bathroom
37. Read for 30 minutes
38. Write 5 things you love
40. Alphabetize your books
42. Go for a walk
43. Create a city
44. Play on your iPod
45. Make a family tree
46. Make and fly paper airplanes
47. Play catch
49. Write 5 things you love about our family
51. Read for 1 hour
52. Do Yoga for 30 minutes
53. Clean all the toilets
54. Mediate for 20 minutes
55. Do school work (Printed sheets from online)
Let the fun begin and put a stop to “I’m bored”.
I love playing with my kids, I love watching them play. Seeing their imaginations grow is amazing.
I drink a lot of tea and coffee, like a lot. So my 3 year old started to show an interest in making my tea, and making tea in her play time. Thats when I thought of these, and made these for her: Fabric Tea Bags! They are perfect for play time, she loves them, and she uses the different fabrics for different ‘flavours’. It is the sweetest thing to see her play.
You can find the Fabric Tea Bags here.
I love crafts that I can do with the kids, and that the kids actually get excited about doing.We decided that we need to decorate for Easter. Last year we made this and the kids loved it, so of course this year we had to do it again!
Its an Easter Egg Garland!
What you will need for this:
– Paint chip samples
– Pencil for tracing
– String or ribbon
– Tape, glue, or a hole punch for ribbion
The kids traced out egg shapes and cut out their own shapes.
I love that the kids are old enough to do most crafts completely on their own. Well my daughter isn’t, yet. But she enjoys crafts just as much as her big brothers.
Either glue string on, tape it on, or use a whole punch on the paper eggs and put the string through.
Hang it up and enjoy!
My kids love crafts. My boys have always loved crafts and now they have so much fun because of their little sister.
So apparently we had to make some carrots, because they go with Easter, because of the Easter Bunny I guess.
So here is how we made some pretty awesome paper carrots!
You will need some paper, stapler, and paper cutter.
We cut strips 1 inch wide and 1.5 inches wide.
And fold to get the carrot shape you want. Staple on green, and you can cut the ends if you like.
Blurry photo in thanks to some very excited kids trying to practice their photography skills!
Every year we make Reindeer Food. Every year on Christmas Eve before the kids go to bed they go outside to spread out the food. They leave it all over the yard, just to make sure the Reindeer find it! They love this tradition. It is so much fun.
Here is our recipe for (super special, super magical) Reindeer Food.
What you will need:
Coloured Sugar (A whole mix of colours, or just red and green)
Little Plastic Bags
We get a bag of bird seed and coloured sugar from Bulk Barn. That way you can decide how much of each item you need.
Next pour your sugar into the bag with the bird seed and mix together.
Make sure you have your bags ready, we make one bag for each child. Pour in the amount you want in each bag.
Wait for Christmas Eve and go out side and sprinkle the special treat on your lawn.
A few weeks ago I was on Facebook and I saw that Todays Parent Magazine shared this story about a moms amazing backyard for her kids. I fell completely in love with her yard! It is amazing! I want to play in it. It also got me thinking. I don’t have a forest in my backyard, but I do have a backyard for my kids, and I have been thinking of what to do about painting with my toddler. My toddler LOVES to paint. But paper outside just doesn’t seem to do it, and we would paint right on the fence, but she didn’t like to finger paint on that. So this is where this article gave me the solution.
Hang up a clear shower curtain in the backyard! Its perfect! The rain can wash it clean, or you can. And the possibilities for my little artist are endless!
We didn’t have two trees close enough to tie it to like the mom in the article. So this is what we did, and you can to! All you need is a shower curtain, string, and a fence!
First stop, the dollar store!
Next go outside, get some string, and string it through the loops. Next tie up the ends to the fence! Poke holes in the bottom so you can tie down the bottom corners as well!
Next step, get paint and have fun!
Even the big kids got into it! Everyone LOVED IT!
This has quickly become the favourite spot in the backyard!
We put this up yesterday and already this morning my toddler was asking for this as soon as she finished breakfast!
I have a feeling we will be going through a lot more paint now!