Jun 18, 2014

Alphabet Ice Paint & Play

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During the Summer months we love to play and explore with ice.  It is such a simple way to cool things down on a hot day, and there are endless play invitations you can set up.  Today, I pulled out our alphabet ice trays and made Kool-aid ice for the girls to play and learn with; they had so much fun!

Alphabet Ice Play
Kool-aid alphabet ice- a super fun way for kids to play & learn this Summer!
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Jun 10, 2014

Glow in the Dark Bowling

Glow in the dark bowling is an activity I have been anxiously waiting to do with my girls.   Now that it is warm enough and Rosie and Jewel are old enough we finally got our chance!  The girls were so excited to head outside with a glow in the dark bowling ball and go night bowling..... and they even got to make the glowing pins and ball themselves.

Night Bowling
Night bowling- a super fun activity for Summer.  The glowing ball and pins are easy to make, too!
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Jun 8, 2014

Magic Water Painting

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Painting with water is a fun and frugal Summer activity that kids love.  Today, I put a fun little twist on this activity and made magic water for Rosie and Jewel to paint with.  They had a blast, and the total cost of this play time was less than $1.

Magic Water Painting
Painting with MAGIC water- a fun and frugal activity for Summer that costs less than $1 and will keep kids playing for hours!

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Spray Chalk Recipe

Liquid chalk makes a great spray paint for kids and is sure to keep them busy for a good, long time.  It took hours for Rosie and Jewel to run out of the spray chalk, allowing them to create art on and off all day. The recipe is super easy, easily washes off of surfaces, and the spray bottles are also great for fine motor development.

Spray Chalk Paint
Spray Chalk- what a fun way for kids to make art this Summer!  Making the chalk takes seconds, and it easily washes off of the sidewalk and other outdoor surfaces.
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Jun 7, 2014

Amazing Ways to Play With Sand

Rosie and Jewel love sand, and we have found so many fun and unique ways to play with it.  Here is a collection of amazingly fun ways to play with sand this Summer including recipes for making your own sand right at home.

Amazing Sand Play
Amazingly fun ways to play with sand including recipes for aqua sand, magic sand, sand slime, sand paint, homemade colored sand, and how to make a sand volcano

Jun 5, 2014

Calming Lavender Water Beads

Not long ago we shared a simple recipe for calming lavender cloud dough.  Lavender is known for it's therapeutic properties, and the cloud dough really helped to sooth and lull Rosie and Jewel during difficult times.  Along that same thinking I made a batch of lavender water beads.  These have been great for play just before bed time, for use during time-out, and for anytime my girls simply need to calm down and refocus. 


Calming Lavender Water Beads
Lavender water beads helps soothe, calm, and relax little ones. It is AMAZING the effect these have on chilling out kids and refocusing their energies in positive ways. Great for time out, just before bed time, and anytime you need to calm kids down
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Jun 4, 2014

Frozen Mind Jars

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I can not tell you how much joy this simple craft has brought to my little Frozen movie fanatics.  These work great as mind jars, calm down jars, and as snow globes.... and they only take minutes to put together!

Frozen Mind Jars
Frozen Mind Jars- easy to make and great for soothing kids and calming them down.  Great for time out time, too!
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Jun 2, 2014

Build Olaf DIY Toy

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Rosie and Jewel loved the build a snowman toy I made for them over the Winter.  With how much they love Disney's Frozen right now I wanted to create a new build a snowman kit that looked just like Olaf.  The girls have had so much fun with this simple toy, and you won't believe how easy & inexpensive it was to make!

Build Olaf 
DIY Toy

Do you want to build a snowman?  This easy to make toy allows kids to build Olaf over & over again.
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Jun 1, 2014

Rain Painting

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This past Winter we made paint using snow as one of the ingredients, and Rosie and Jewel loved it!  They loved painting with snow so much that I had been waiting for a warm Spring day so that we could revisit this activity, only this time making our paint from rain.

Rain Painting 
Make paint using rain as one of the ingredients and then use it to paint in the rain; a super fun activity for a rainy day!
& Homemade Rain Paint
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Treasure Chalk Recipe

The other day we discovered another use for one of our favorite play recipes.  We have used this recipe to make clean mud, dirt dough, treasure rocks, and so much more.  I was so excited when I realized that this two ingredient recipe also made a fantastic homemade sidewalk chalk.  You can use this recipe to make regular chalk or take it a step further and make treasure chalk like we did.

Treasure Chalk
Easy to make sidewalk chalk with treasures hidden inside; how fun!
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