Friday, September 12, 2014

Baloon yo-yo

Yes, the weather is awful these days and we mostly spend our free time in the house, but what can we do? Apart from grumbling how everything is ugly and gray, we can have fun. And that's exactly what we do.

For a last few days we are having fun with this yo-yo made out of a plain balloon:

It was super easy to make them.  We poured some water in the balloon, as much as it was possible, then we inflated them and tied a knot. We've added several rubber bands and the fun started immediately. Girls were so delighted with the new toy that I barely managed to take any photos.

I found a tutorial in which a balloon can be filled with rice or beans, but somehow I do not want to teach kids to play with food, so that's why we decided to fill it with water.

How do you have fun in this rainy weather? Do you make some toys with your kids? Or are you more fond of cartoons, apps and video games?

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome to Propwash Junction

Both of my girls really aren't into princesses and all that other girly stuff. Especially the Older, she will always choose a toy car rather than a doll. Since lately she is obsessed with flying, and was pretty much impressed by the both Disney Planes movies, it was really easy to choose a theme for her 5th birthday:

She was thrilled to be included in the preparations: 

The girls were happy and really engaged, they insisted for these muffin baskets to become crowns (ok, we do have to have some girlish stuff after all, but in their special way):

We used popsicle sticks to make these little toy planes:

Because of bad weather we had to change the venue and the celebration was held at our place, so these signs may not be effective as planned:

The gifts for our little guests were coloring pages with the Planes motives and some crayons:

The food also had aeroplane motives: 

The cake was made by my sister. Pretty impressing, ha? She made blue fondant representing sky and white clouds on it and we've put two Dusty figurines on the top of  the cake:

And the party lasted until late in the evening......

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 summer fun ideas

Finally we have beautiful weather which comes with a whole range of ideas for great outdoor entertainment and summer fun:

1. A Sea Mermaid

One plastic bottle, a piece of a potato sack (similar to our Merida greeting card ), a few sea shells, some green paper and markers for drawing faces. Quickly and easily we got a mermaid:

2. Beach in a bottle

If after making a mermaid, you stil have some sea shells left, add some sand and make this nice shelf decoration:

3. Pool noodles

We used them for everything but the swimming:

4. Homemade bubbles

The kids really love to blow soap bubbles, however, they quickly spill the liquid, so it is good to know that you can prepare it yourself, from the ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

5. Homemade children paint

This is something my kids particularly like and we've come up with several ways of homemade paint:

After you've prepared some of these homemade colors, let the kids paint on a canvas (actually an old sheet in our case):

7. Boats in various ways

It does not matter if you are far away from the sea, you can still make sea toys. Bucket of water is just enough large for these sweet boats to sail:

8. DIY kite

Great for windy days ... and  in almost no time. See here for a tutorial.

9. Homemade play dough

This always turns out to be a very messy play, so I insist on for this to be an outdoor activity. However, the homemade play dough is much easier to clean up than the store bought one. See here for our recipe.

10. Moon dough

Very similar, but yet so different from play dough. Only two ingredients (again from your kitchen) and a lot of "messy" fun:

I wish all of you to have a great summer, fulfilled with kids fun!

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Serenity you

Fluster Buster

Monday, June 9, 2014

Children paint - part 3

Somehow it always happens that we run out of watercolors on Sunday afternoon, and the girls like to draw in all the possible techniques and even in the snow, so I have become a real master in finding ways to make our own, homemade paint. You've probably already read how we used various materials - from yogurt through salt and flour, to the ice frozen colours , with a great help from the inevitable food coloring.

On one hand these colors are great as they are made ​​from edible ingredients, but there is also the aspect of throwing food away, which is hard to ignore. So the idea to make watercolors out of old, dried markers sounds very good considering these aspects.

Just soak them in water and let it settle. The result is quickly visible - hold them in the water for as long as you want, depending on the desired color intensity .

We left ours at the sun, but I can not guarantee that was the thing which gave us more intense color, it is more likely because we left them for the entire morning to soak.

When you paint with these colors, the trace which remains on the paper is as intense as the trace of painting with store-bought colors, but of course I was so much into this activity that I forgot to take pictures. It happens to me way too often.

Don't throw away markers after that. They can be used as sticks for making paper dolls, candles on a play dough cake, and their lids also have numerous possible usages.

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