Spring Break Kids Activities Round-Up

We are right in the middle of Spring Break for many people and sometimes that can mean we need to find ways to entertain the kids so they are not sitting in front of an electronic screen.

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Here is a fun little round-up of things you can do with your kids that I think they will enjoy. 

Happy Spring!!

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How to Make a Bouncy Ball from 36th Avenue

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Home Made Play Dough Recipe from The Idea Room

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Egg Carton Tulips from Carefree Crafts

 

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Pencil/Crayon Necklaces from Minie-Co

Glove Monsters from Craftaholics Anonymous

 

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Wood Bead Necklace Tutorial from The Idea Room

Printable Memory Game from Lauren McKinsey

 

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DIY Kaleidoscope from That’s What Che Said

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Water Color Bubble Art from My Cakies

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint from The Idea Room

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Paper Bead Necklaces from The Idea Room

Learn how to melt beads and make accessories with them. Pin it now and make them later! the36thavenue.com

Melted Beads Accessories from The 36th Avenue

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Braided Friendship Bracelets from The Purl Bee

 

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Glow-in-the-Dark Slime Recipe from The Idea Room

 

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Paracord Bracelets from The Crafting Chicks

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Home made Bath Tub Paints from The Idea Room

 

Family Game

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What a wonderful time of year! Now that the presents have all been opened, What is next? Playing with our family and friends of course. Here is a great game for you and all of your holiday guests.  This would be perfect for your New Year’s Celebrations. 

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You Will Need…

Vaseline
Bowls for each player
Cotton Balls
A way to keep time

Setting Up…

Have everyone sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Place a dab of vaseline on the tip of each player’s nose. Put a bowl in front of each player and a pile of cotton balls next to the bowl or scattered loosely in front of them on the table.

How to Play…

The object of the game is to place the cotton balls into the bowl using only your nose. Hands should be down or behind your back when you play. After 1 minute, the player with the most cotton balls in their bowl wins the prize. So, you are essentially “shoveling snow”, or cotton balls with your nose. 

We like to play by taking turns one at a time so that we can watch each other. We use one bowl, each player takes a turn and then counts how many cotton balls they got. We dump the cotton balls out and the next person takes their turn. 

You could easily play in teams also. Depending on how many people were involved. 

Don’t forget to TAKE PICTURES. These are memories you don’t want to miss. 

Happy Holidays to you and your family. Enjoy spending time with one another!

Have a question or just want to say hello.

Summer Fun Jar–Printable Blog Hop

Hey! It is time once again for our Monthly Printable Blog Hop.  12 creative bloggers including me are sharing our free printables with you.  To get them all you simply need to head on over to everyone’s site to see what fun item they are sharing with you this time!  There are some really great ideas out there!

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Here is what I am sharing as part of my contribution this month!

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For the Summer version of our Printable Blog Hop Club, I decided to come up with some fun and simple ideas for the kids to do this summer when you need to entertain them.

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I thought it would be fun to have a Summer Advent Calendar or something similar so that the kids can see what they will be able to look forward to doing once they get their morning chores all finished up.

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You can display them on an Advent Calendar and set them up for each day…or you can put them in a jar and have the kids pick one out for the day.

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Or you can use them as special rewards for kids that are making good choices towards their siblings and following the rules at home.  Whatever way you decide to use them, they are a fun and colorful way to be sure you get the most out of those summer days with kids.

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To download a copy of the Summer Jar Printables click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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*If you are not a fan of The Idea Room on Facebook, you will need to click like first and become a fan. After you become a fan you will need to click on “Get your free gift” in the upper right hand corner of the Idea Room FB page and then click on “Previous Downloads”.

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#1) {The Dating Divas} – A vintage pop-up card letting your sweetie know they are the ONLY one you want this 4th of July!

#2) {Somewhat Simple} – Two super simple and adorably patriotic milk carton-style treat boxes!

#3) {Whipperberry} – A festive “Let Freedom Ring” printable banner for the Fourth of July!

#4) {Crafting Chicks} – A patriotic quote to inspire you as you celebrate Independence Day!

#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Patriotic Medallion Party Printables for parties or decor.

#6) {L’il Luna} -Fourth of July Sparklers Prints that are perfect for gifts or favors at your next Independence Day celebration!

#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – A fun and simple game that Toddlers and Kids LOVE to play – just like “Don’t Eat Pete!”

#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – Patriotic Party Circles to give your 4th of July that All American feel!

#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Celebrate this 4th of July with this festive red, white and blue printable.Showing our true colors!

#10) {Paging Supermom} – Printable Statue of Liberty Crowns are the perfect thing to wear to your neighborhood fireworks show!

#11) {The TomKat Studio} – Printable Patriotic Cupcake Toppers & Flags for Your 4th of July Celebration!

#12) {The Idea Room} – Celebrate with these festive drink labels for your 4th of July BBQ.

Potato race cars

I just recently spent several hours with some of my very favorite people at a family reunion.  I feel like I must mention how lucky I am to belong to such an amazing family.  We grew up going on trips to Lake Powell and St. George together every summer.  And we just generally have a great time hanging out together.

And even now, as we have all gotten older and had families of our own, we still really enjoy getting together at our annual family reunion. My husband and kids also really enjoy these reunions. I ran my half marathon the morning of the reunion this year and my kids made me promise that we wouldn’t miss the reunion.

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We always have a BBQ or some yummy lunch.  We also always have a big water fight with the younger kids, while the older folks compete in friendly basketball, horse shoe, and sometimes a volleyball tournament.  Most of the time we are able to have the reunion at a great location by a lake which we later get to play in together.

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And we always have some other fun activities for the kids to participate in. This year my cousin Angie showed us all how to make a race car out of a potato and arranged for the kids to make some fun Potato Race Cars. Then they raced them down a Pinewood Derby race track.

They are really easy to make.

You will need the following for each Potato Race Car:

  • Potato
  • 4 Pinewood Derby Car Wheels (can be purchased online or at a local Scouting store)
  • 4 large nails
  • 4 small washers that fit onto your nails
  • potato/cheese grater
  • decorations for your cars

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You may need to shave your potato so that the wheels fit on nicely and roll without rubbing on the potato.  You can also shave some from the bottom of the potato so that it will roll down the track easily.

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Stick the nails though the washers and wheels and then stick them into the sides of the potato.  Be sure to place them so that the car rides evenly.

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Then bling out your car with your favorite accessories.  This can be difficult to get it just right…haha!  I love how serious she is about getting her car just right.  Isn’t she adorable?!

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Then when you have all the cars made…line them up and let them go!

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We had some great cars.  But wouldn’t you know it…one of the youngest competitors won the whole race.  And this was his winning Potato Racer!

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And this is the grand prize!

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Such a fun activity that got all the kids old and young involved.  It is similar to a Pinewood Derby activity I shared with you in an older post…Banana Pinewood Derby Cars.

Do you have any fun ideas that your family does to make your family reunions special?  I would love to hear your ideas!

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A few weeks ago I shared with you this PVC Sprinkler that I made as part of the #LowesCreator challenge.  I am FINALLY getting around to sharing with you exactly how to make a PVC sprinkler for kids.

This is really a pretty easy and inexpensive project and the kids were all super anxious about helping us build it.

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I originally saw the idea in the Family Fun Magazine and decided to design my own version.  I wanted one that the kids could run under or ride their bikes and scooters under.

This is the original version that I sketched out.  We used the design and then made a few modifications when we actually were building it.

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You can make your own version or build ours.  You will need the following:

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Materials:

1o feet of schedule 40 1/2 inch PVC Sprinkler Pipes

Pipe Cutter

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Four 1/2 inch three-way corner joints

Seven 1/2 inch T joints

Three 1/2 inch 90 degree elbows

One 1/2 inch threaded T joint

1/2 inch riser

Full Sprinkler Head

drill and a 1/16 inch drill bit

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1/2 inch coupling (one side threaded)

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We cut the PVC into 4 foot (top cross pieces) and 5 foot lengths.  We drilled holes (with the water running to make sure we didn’t lose too much pressure) along some of the sides and top pipes for a fountain effect.  You can always fill the holes with silicone if you get too many or one is out of place.  We did a total of about 30 holes.

For the middle cross piece, we cut the four foot section in half and installed the threaded T joint for the sprinkler.  For the house attachment, we put it on the bottom, front end.

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We did not glue any of the pieces so we could store it easily.  Sometimes a connection would come apart from rough usage but it was easily fixed.

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The kids have loved the different ways to use this.  They have ridden their bikes through it, run under it, and even used a giant sheet of plastic for a slip and slide.

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Please let us know what other fun uses you come up with.

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Sidewalk Chalk Paint

We made some SUPER easy Sidewalk Chalk Paint the other day when the summer “boredom” hit.

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I have seen this all over the net and we finally got around to making it.  We simply took 1/4 cup of cold water and mixed in a 1/4 cup of cornstarch. Then we added a **small** amount of food coloring to give it a little bit of color.

*(Do not add a lot of food coloring…after washing the green paint off the sidewalk, I noticed it left a very light stain behind…so use food coloring at your own risk)!

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But other than that…it really entertained the kids for quite a while. We even ended up making another round of paint after they exhausted the first ones.

The paints looked really great when they dried. The cornstarch shows up and the paint has a chalky look to it. We will definitely be doing this again. I also would not recommend using the foam brushes like we did. Next time we will use the cheap paint brushes. The foam brushes were getting pretty ripped up from the rough surface of the cement.

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Home-Made Play Dough

What kid does not like play dough? Now you can make your very own Homemade Playdough! As a mom though…sometimes I am not a big fan. It always seems to get EVERYWHERE. But it is not without its bonuses. It entertains at our home for a long time. And I usually end up joining in the fun. It is hard to resist squishing the warm, soft dough.

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We have used this recipe for several years.  This homemade playdough smells delicious and has a great texture and consistency. Another good thing about this play dough is that if it dries out all you have to do is add a little water to it and it is as good as new. So go ahead and whip some up today. You will be glad you did. I promise. But I can’t promise that it won’t end up all over the kitchen floor and maybe even your carpet if your kids are as messy as mine.

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Home-Made Play Dough

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 1 package unsweetened Kool-Aid or other powdered fruit drink
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water

Instructions

  1. 1. Mix flour, salt, cream of tartar and Kool-Aid in a medium pot.
  2. 2. Add water and oil.
  3. 3. Stir over medium heat 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. 4. When mixture forms a ball in pot, remove.
  5. 5. Knead until smooth.
  6. 6. Play and explore with this fragrant, brightly colored dough as you would any play dough.
  7. 7. Put in a plastic bag and refrigerate to store.
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