Painting with Water

It has been so hot so in an effort to stay cool and to keep my kids entertained. I offered up a simple and fun activity. Painting with water. Some of the fringe benefits with this activity is there is little mess or clean up and you might actually get part of your yard cleaned.
Painting the bricks in our yard with water gives the illusion that there is actually a change in the color of the bricks that they really are being painted. Which they are but just with water so when the water evaporates which it does relatively quickly especially on hot days the bricks go back to their same color. Only slightly cleaner.
While painting my kids remain engaged, happy, and enthusiastic, and they work really hard.
Detail oriented kiddos get every brick. Just look at him go and now my bricks are nice and clean and my kids just spent an our cleaning whether they know it or not.
While painting it is hot so the water keeps evaporating off the bricks so the kids have to constantly go back to retrace their steps. This is awesome because it gets them that much more excited.
If you are  not in the mood for backyard water painting then you can do this simple activity. All you need is a :


bowl of water

piece of paper

paint brush, or sponge
Let the kids paint away with the water. It will change the color of their paper.
We used the pool noodle for stamping the water onto the paper
Afterwards we did some water color painting on we paper which is fun too. The color bleeds when it is one wet paper which creates a fun effect.
you can also add salt afterward just sprinkle some on top for more cool effects
squeezing water out of a sponge onto paper is another way to do this project and it also strengthens fine motor muscles
More water color painting on top of wet paper

Turn your fridge into a Roadway with PlayTape

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IMG_20160316_151616806For less than $10 you can turn your fridge, your floor, and just  about anything else into an awesome roadway. PlayTape is fantastic, it sticks to just about everything, peels off super easy with no residue left, and creates hours of imagination and creativity. IMG_20160316_151731347

My kids built the speedway on our fridge in around 30 minutes. They are always going back to it and playingIMG_20160316_151751267

The cars were just little cars we had laying around some of them were broken and missing wheels which is perfect for this. I used magnets I bought at the teacher store or perhaps the hardware store. They aren’t anything special. I just hot glued the magnets to the bottom of the cars and viola race way cars.


We had some magnets I had saved from those memo pads that attach to the fridge. We just added some blank sticky labels and the kids drew a moveable Finishline, Stop Sign, and road work sign.

IMG_20160316_151956108We used the thinner PlayTape  on some wooden blocks to make roads that could be setup rearranged and and reused many times over. We used blocks that the kids had already drawn on with markers so this was a nice way to cover it up and get the kids using the blocks again. This would of course be perfect for any blocks since this tape does not leave any residue.

IMG_20160316_153047670Buy It: You can purchase PlayTape on the PlayTape Website.




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Making Structures with Marshmallows and Toothpicks

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Holiday Gift Craft

Picture 769Here are some awesome homemade crafts we make!

Picture 770The first is an ornament. You take a cookie cutter cut some craft paper to that size use hot glue (I let the kids) to put the craft paper inside. Tie a ribbon through the back.

Picture 771Use a bottle cap for the center (hot glued on to the craft paper). Then you cut a piece of paper to the size of a small glass stone (we get ours at the dollar store in a big bag). You can have the children write a small word like love below (which was typed) or have the kids write Mom or Dad. Hot glue these together. Add elmers glue and glitter for sparkle!

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Picture 773Paper Bird Ornament. Use Newspaper or a magazine. Have the kids trace and cut out a bird two or three times. Then have them glue them together but slightly askew to create the layered look. Cut a small paper circle and use twine to create a loop to hang! We added a little glitter glue in the end for sparkle.

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Picture 775Super cute!

Picture 776Send home some yummy comfort food!

Picture 777We had bowls set up where the kids measured each item as they put it in the bag.

Picture 778They then twist tied with a pipe cleaner the recipe card to the bag of goodness! A yummy side dish one less thing for mom to have to think about.

Picture 779Peppermint Bark

Picture 780Each child gets a Piece of wax paper with a circle drawn on it (the circle is actually drawn on the bottom of the paper but shows through).  They then take milk chocolate and cover the circle thinly in the chocolate. Once that is done you take a spoonful of white chocolate and drop it in the center they then spread this around through the circle. They take a small candy cane and crush it with a small mallet. and then sprinkle this on top. Once it has hardened you break it up into chunks put it in a baggy and it is good to go. Yum!
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