Thursday, July 17, 2014

10 summer fun ideas

Finally we have beautiful weather which comes with it 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.

Fluster Buster
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

A pool noodle toy horse

Ever since we've tried to ride real horses, The Younger does not stop talking about it, so I've decided to make her a horse on a stick, until she grows enough for horseback riding practices.

Limited by my free time and available materials, I wanted to simplify it maximally and that's why I was thrilled when I saw this amazing idea as another great way to use pool noodles.

We folded the noodle, tied it with a wrapping strip (it should represent the reins). The eyes were drawn with a ballpoint pen, while the mane and the tail were made ​​from the wrapping paper scraps.

It was really a quick craft, and I don't need to tell you how thrilled she was, she even went to bed at night, hugging her "horse" saying "this is my friend."

Fluster Buster

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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Pipe cleaner crafts

This is a story of how smoking accessories came into our non-smoking home and became a very popular toy. Of course, I'm talking about pipe cleaners and this is how we played with them:

First we made some nice jewelry  - a bunch of colorful bracelets:

We also made a crown, but unfortunately didn't take photos of it. However, it will be a part of our homemade carnival costume, so we'll take some shots very soon.

We also made some Valentine's crafts: 

The Older remembered the paper chains we made as an activity from our advent calender, and wanted to do something similar with pipe cleaners:

And in the end she made "a pipe cleaners hill": 

We Made That

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