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The Great Tooth Fairy Experiment~ Two of the kiddos lost teeth last week. That means that the Tooth Fairy was forced to visit our house twice. Yep. Twice in ONE WEEK. I'm thinking that the Tooth Fairy was getting a little bored with the old "leave the tooth under your pillow" bit - even though we had very cute tooth pillows to keep those teeth in. Let me tell you why. One of my kiddos had heard a rumor that if you put your lost tooth in a glass of water and left it by your bed, the Tooth Fairy would magically change the water. This idea was intriguing. Let's just call it THE GREAT TOOTH FAIRY EXPERIMENT... and here's what we discovered... At our house the Tooth Fairy didn't change the color of the water...she actually made the water glitter. But since this mama was much too tired late at night to take photos of the actual Tooth-Fairy-Glittered-Water, I recreated it for you above. I'm thinking if the Tooth Fairy left coins...she could have put those right in the water...but at our house she left crisp dollar bills.

Ending TV Addicted Kids – One Dozen Ideas. Camping with Kids. 4 Weeks of Frugal Family Fun: Marshmallow & Toothpick Structures (Day 5. I was inspired by Angie from Creating Our Home for today’s project! And I’m so glad we tried this because it was a huge hit — especially with Kathrynne. All you need is a bag of mini marshmallows and some toothpicks. You might have both on hand, or you could pick them up at the Dollar Store or Walmart very inexpensively. Show your children how to connect the toothpicks and marshmallows together to make structures and then let them be creative and see what they come up with! I gave each of the children their own bowls of marshmallows to make it easier (and to prevent any possible arguments over who gets the marshmallow bag!).

And don’t forget to have a snack of marshmallows at the end! I think Silas enjoyed the snacking on marshmallows at the end best of all! Did you do something fun and frugal as a family today? 10 Creative Label Crafts for Kids. Do you have color-coding labels?? Here are some crafts for the kids to enjoy! Added bonus — no mess! Gumball Machine Birds on a Wire Modern Wall Art Ladybug Cuteness Summer Party Invites Birthday Card Pretty Peacock Pictures Sweets for Your Sweetie Christmas Tree Craft Spooky Spider Suncatchers I love the colorful look of these labels! Not sure where to find color-coding labels? Have fun!!

Celebrate Your Child’s Character Traits {Free Prinatble} Nothing found for 2012 06 03 Make-a-pretend-play-sash-with-badges ?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+skiptomyloublog+%28Skip+To+My+Lou%29&utm_content=Google+Reader. I am excited to be offering 30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit! Hi everyone, I’m Jessica from the blog Zakka Life where I share about crafts, recipes and life.I’m happy to be back for another year participating in Craft Camp.I hope you will find inspiration from the craft I created for this year’s series. These pretend-play craft badges and sashes will have your child crafting and playing for hours.

Supplies: Badge Template Brown Paper Bag Markers or crayons Scissors Yardstick 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Sash and Badge ideas: Brownie/Girl Scouts and Boy Scout pretend playStart a clubTurn your stuffed animals into a troopHave children make badges for things they want to learn/do this summer.For teachers – have each child in class make a badge for the birthday girl or boy that represents something they like about them.

Summer craft ideas (part two) Today's craft: hot rocks what you need: * smooth, flat rocks * crayons (with papers peeled off) * pot holders first step: heat rocks on a foil lined baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. second step: using pot holders... lay rocks on newspaper or towels. then decorate with crayons. rocks will be HOT, so be careful. the crayons melt as they touch the hot rocks making the colors bright and fun. trust us. the kids will love this craft! Toddler games: Finger Touch Tracing – Toddler Activities, Games, Crafts.

12 Activities and Games for Toddlers: Cars Theme! – Toddler Activities, Games, Crafts. DIY compliment bunting. I've created a downloadable file for making compliment bunting. When you need to tell someone they're super, this might be just the thing. Use it for birthdays, promotions or when your friend is sad. Everybody likes compliments. By the way, your hair looks very nice today. If you happen to have a Silhouette digital cutter and Adobe Illustrator, it's fun to cut out the letters. (You'll need the Cutting Master 2 Craft ROBO plug-in, available here for Mac and PC. Install it, then open the bunting PDF in Illustrator. Or just print your favorite PDF pages on cardstock and cut them out. The PDF contains six pages—three designs in two colors each. Cool Ways to Welcome Summer. 101 MORE Ways to Embrace Summer | Family Your Way. Disney Travel Activity Kit. Okay, so I told you I was a horrible traveler Here when I made the Airplane Bingo for something to do on the plane with the kids.

I know myself and knew we were going to need more to do to keep me from fitcheting. And something to keep everything in. I had this planner that I bought in January to keep myself organized. See how well that worked out? It's still brand new. I had Jordyn stick ribbon to one side of double sided carpet tape. When you're ready to use the ribbon, you just peel the backing off the back and it sticks great.

For something to put the Airplane Bingo cards in, I took cardstock and folded it in half. Of course, more Disney stickers! There's paper already in the planner, but wanted to add a white board to draw on. And Greg came up and cut it for me. Have I ever told you the story behind that saw? I stuck more ribbon tape around the edges. I took the pencil bag that came with the planner and mod-podged paper to it. Happy Friday! Here are the parties I join each week. Toddler Games: Connect the Dots Map Fun! – Toddler Activities, Games, Crafts. Connect the Map Dots! Connecting the dots is the beginning exercise for working on writing letters.

Here’s a fun way to introduce the concept to your toddler. Get a map that you don’t mind writing on. Sometimes you can get on at the local chamber office, or some restaurants. Put the map on the table and talk about it to your toddler. Supplies Needed-- map - crayons Tips/Suggestions-- When drawing the circles, change the colors of each city. Related posts: Activity Jars Full of Summer Fun | Family Your Way. Create Your Summer Bucket List! 10 Simple Ideas for Summer Fun with Your Kids. Summer is quickly approaching, and you may be looking for ideas on what to do with the kids once they are off from school. Here are some of our favorite kid crafts, activities, and ideas for Summer fun with the kids: 1. DIY Sponge Bombs – perfect for an impromptu sponge bomb bucket toss game! 2. Make Your Own Solar Powered Oven – Heat up some pizza, s’mores for dessert, and some homemade sun tea for a solar powered lunch. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Have fun!! Mermaid Paper Doll in Black and White- Marisole Monday | Paper Thin Personas.

Meet Ethan… | Paper Thin Personas. {PDF Download of all four pages for Ethan and his Wardrobe} Confession time: I think men’s clothing is boring. I know I shouldn’t, but I do. Historically speaking, there’s some neat stuff for men, but right now it’s all trousers and shirts and jeans and shirts and suits and maybe some swim trunks and really… that gets old. Still, my poll in January (and I, like apparently the caidates for president, take polling seriously) said that what people wanted to see was male paper dolls. Originally, Ethan here had a girlfriend or just a friend… I shouldn’t make assumptions about my paper doll’s sexual orientation.

A "Mommy & Me Playdate" for Mother's Day. Tonya Coleman of Soireé Event Design here… and this time we’re talking about Mother’s Day… you know – the day when all of us moms are celebrated for all that we do all year long! As a busy working mom myself, I actually think Mother’s Day should equal a “day off”!

However, when you have small kids, they make you cards at school in anticipation of Mother’s Day and get all excited about spending a special day with you, so my daydreams of quietly soaking in a hot tub and sipping on tea at the spa are probably not going to happen! On the flip side, when you’re busy with work all the time, then a day that you set aside to just focus on and spend time with your kids one-on-one sounds pretty great too! So, this is where the concept of “Mommy & Me Playdate” came from. Imagine you inviting your daughter to “hang out” with you for the day doing girly things.

I can just see the huge smile that will be on her face! Once lunch is done, it’s time to head off to the “Girly Bars”! Creative Organizing. This is the fourth post in our series on getting organized for the summer. Click here to read the first, second, and third posts. Now that you have a vision for your summer and you’ve planned out the scheduled events, it’s time to add some fun into the mix. (Woohoo!) Perhaps you’ve seen “summer bucket lists” around the web or Pinterest. I love this idea—creating a list of fun things to do over the summer. One weekend last month, I went to a young author’s conference with Kailea, and coincidentally, the parent breakout session shared summer ideas for kids.

Summer Fun Idea List A: art projects, art binders, Annie's, art journal, art museum, Arch, art classes B: botanical gardens, baseball games, blog, bike rides, barbecues, bowling, basketball, berry picking, berry pies, board games, biography (read one), backwards day D: duct tape crafts, day in the life, drive in movie, dance, draw pictures, ducks (feed them) E: eggplant parmesan. H: hammock, homemade ice cream J: jam, journaling, juggling. Handpainted Wooden Clothespin Dolls. I made this motley crew. Not to be confused with the Crüe, though that would be rad. Eleanor is old enough now to be interested in arts and crafts (YAY!) , so we’ve been doing a lot of little projects lately.

Beaded bracelets, pom pom critters, painted birdhouses, braided pipe cleaner things, and now, clothespin people. Most of the time, I let her do her thing with a little supervision and a little guidance, but I couldn’t resist making a bunch of these myself. I’ve missed making pretty little things for the fun of it. Eleanor plays with them all, the ones I’ve made mixed with the ones she did and the ones from daddy, too. Reunited, and it feels so good. Brandon made his first, and he used a sharpie (markers bleed and feather on the wood). I put together a roundup of all my favorite clothespin and peg dolls, but I did it after I made mine. Screen free week kids activities | NurtureStore. By Cathy James on April 29th, 2013 New here?

Get fun kids play ideas from us all year round! NurtureStore’s Play Planner is already sent to over 10,000 families every week. If you’d like to have a copy of the weekly play planner delivered straight to your e-mail in box, just pop your e-mail address in the box below. The planner will arrive on a Sunday, ready and waiting with a week’s worth of play ideas for the week ahead.

Screen Free Week ideas Just as a healthy diet can certainly include cake, so a balanced childhood can include screen time. This week is Screen-Free Week. Click each idea to see the full details. And you can print off the list at the bottom so you really can log off and go play. 1.With shadow puppets 2. 21. 41. 61. 81. Print the list, log off, go play! Printable screen-free week kids activities For more outdoor garden-themed play ideas, click through to see The Garden Classroom. Go on - share this! Leave Behind a Trail of Painted Ponies. Today’s kids are busy. They have to juggle softball practice, violin, family time, and homework with being a kid. They don’t have time to play with chalk AND ride their bikes, pssht! The Chalktrail will take care of that, while introducing multi-tasking to playtime (something to add to their resumes). All kidding aside, this Kickstarter project is a really cute idea. Described as “ARTIVITY,” the concept is beautiful in its simplicity and refreshing, as it uses no bright lights, flashing screens, blaring noises, cords, batteries or internet connections.

Via: Chalkboard Playtime Door Hanger. Childhood Simplicity “Little House Style” DIY Toddler Game Table. Young Eavesdropper’s Kit. 10 Ideas to Foster Creative Play with Your Kids. Handprint Lilies. Coloring Sheet Pillowcase. 5 Spring Crafts to Make You Smile. Spring Break Fun On A Budget | Frugally Thrifty:: Where Money Grows On Trees. On the Go Crayon Box | Simply Frugal Mom.

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