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Wednesday
Feb272013

CLEAN DOUGH

I've been seeing a "clean mud" tutorial making it's rounds again but it involves shaving 3 bars of soap. I prefer less work and prep for a fun activity where the longevity is unknown ;)

"Clean" dough is SO simple - baking soda and water. Pour some baking soda onto a tray or in a bowl.

Then pour in water little by little

Mix until you get a consistency you like

That's it!

Minifigs optional

If they start to lose interest add in a squirt bottle of vinegar for fizzy fun! The best part is that clean up is super easy! Have fun!

Monday
Feb252013

Spider Web Game from Making Boys Men

I love this simple game from Making Boys Men. A game that could be fun for many ages!

A fun game for those that may be stuck inside! For the simple instructions visit Making Boys Men!

Thursday
Feb212013

BALLOON RACES

I wish I invented balloons. So much fun in such a small little package.

I think balloons are one of those things you should always keep on hand just in case. This is a fun quick project that can be as time consuming as you make it! Basically you tape a balloon to a straw on a string and watch it fly! It's best to attach the string to a door nob but tape will work too - just be prepared to keep re-taping.

We picked a nylon string to use hoping it would make the balloon go fast

Add the straw to the string before attaching the other side to the wall. Place the tape on the top of the straw. We used washi tape so the balloon could come off and on easily. (Washi tape is basically thin, decorative masking tape so that or painters tape would work too)

Blow up your balloon and either hold the end or secure with a clip

Pull back to the start line

And let er rip!

They go fast! Make your string long enough for the balloon to travel pretty far. To make this a longer project, have balloon races with several balloons/people. Experiment with different string, lengths, angle of the string etc! Have fun!

Let the races begin!

 

Monday
Feb182013

Surviving Sick Days - DIY Dry Erase Book

I'm happy to be back with Part 2 of our "Surviving Sick Days" series with Children's Mucinex! In our first post we talked about staying healthy (we all try SO hard) but when the cold or flu does hit I definitely go into full blown Mom mode. I love being a mom and I love being able to take care of my kiddos.

A great way to put a smile on your kids' faces is with a Sick Days bucket. Fill a bucket/basket with activities, crafts, games, etc. so that in addition to the tv, your kids have a lot of options at hand.

One thing I made for them that they couldn't put down is our "My Crazy Family" album. It's a dry erase album with photos of family members that you can decorate however you want, erase, and do it all over again.

I used a smaller 3 ring binder with 5.5"x8.5" page protectors but any size will work. You could even just clip the page protectors onto a clipboard. For the photos I lightened them up before printing so that the drawings would show up better.

To keep the markers with the album I glued elastic onto the inside of the binder that the markers could slip into.

You could add plain paper, words to practice writing, coloring pages with their favorite characters - whatever you think they'd like best and get the most use out of. I put 1 photo in each protector so the other side would be blank.

That's it! They can draw and erase as much as they want. This album puts a HUGE smile on my boys' faces.

So fun! We always have a nice cup with a straw in our sick bucket as well. And lately the Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom cold has never been far from my reach. Luckily it does help clear their congestion and feel a bit better while they are fighting the bug.

Don't forget that Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is offering you a $2.00 off coupon to use on your next purchase!

 

Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold

When your child has a bad cold, you both can feel miserable. Children's Mucinex is the #1 children's brand for relieving congestion* and provides fast acting relief from your child's worst cold symptoms. Try Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold if your child needs relief from stuffy nose and chest congestion. Always use Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold as directed. (*Based on IRI unit share data for the 52 weeks ending November 2012)

 

GIVEAWAY! 

"What activity makes your child smile when under the weather" Share your answer as a comment below for the chance to win a $100 CVS gift card!

 

No duplicate comments.

You may receive 1 total entry by leaving a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/6/2013 – 3/31/2013


Be sure to visit the Children’s Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Wednesday
Feb062013

Surviving Sick Days - Part 1

I am so excited to announce a fun 3 part series with Children's Mucinex! I am going to share some fun crafts, activities, and ideas to do with your little ones on a sick day. We usually try to post very active and involved projects but sick days are a bit different because the kids need to rest which poses some difficulty! This series will hopefully give you lots of inspiration to keep your kiddos smiling and entertained even when they are sick.

Not only that, we'll also have a giveaway for each part of the series as well! Inspiration AND a chance at a gift card for my readers is icing on the cake!

We try VERY hard to stay our healthiest around here especially during cold and flu season! Hand washing, hand sanitizer for school (the petri dish of germs), green smoothies (smoothies with lots of fresh fruit and veggies), eating un-processed healthy food, staying active, and trying to get plenty of rest during those busy times of the year!

Unfortunately even with the best of intentions they still get sick from time to time. In fact I had one home last week and one home sick as I write this! How's that for timely.

As a parent the only thing you want when your children are sick is for them to feel better and show signs that they are back to their normal, busy selves. I don't use medicine often but my kids have a history of intense ear infections in one boy and pneumonia in the other. So if they do seem to be going down the road of severe congestion or the flu I do find a medication that works best for all of us. I actually had this bottle of Children's Mucinex before we started this partnership. It's a brand I personally use for my kids. It's what works for us to relieve some of the symptoms of the cold or flu. Plus the mucus guy on the label always gets a smile. Especially when we make him talk to get them to take the medicine (you are SO not getting a video of that)

The temprorary relief from the symptoms they get from taking Children's Mucinex allows them some time to put a smile back on their face and do some of our sick day activities.

 

Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold is offering you a $2.00 off coupon to use on your next purchase!

 

Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold

When your child has a bad cold, you both can feel miserable. Children's Mucinex is the #1 children's brand for relieving congestion* and provides fast acting relief from your child's worst cold symptoms. Try Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold if your child needs relief from stuffy nose and chest congestion. Always use Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold as directed. (*Based on IRI unit share data for the 52 weeks ending November 2012)

 

GIVEAWAY! 

"What activity makes your child smile when under the weather?" Share your answer as a comment below for the chance to win a $100 CVS gift card!

 

No duplicate comments.

You may receive 1 total entry by leaving a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post.

This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 2/6/2013 - 3/31/2013

 

Be sure to visit the Children's Mucinex Multi-Symptom Cold page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ reviews and find more chances to win!

Thursday
Jan312013

Recently Pinned

I pinned a few thing recently that I wanted to share here!

This oragami heart page holder might be fun to make for the class or teachers! from How About Orange

And these printable Valentine Tic Tac Toe would be fun for class Valentines but also for printing out and keeping in the car for longer than usual car rides! from Sally J Shim

And these Lil Love Monsters from eighteen25 are too cute not to share! Maybe to go with your Love Bug?

and I love these shoe boxes houses for cute storage and/or play from The Gold Jellybean

Monday
Jan282013

The Color Run!

Yesterday morning we (my 10 year old and I) got up at 6am and it was cold and pouring rain. We dressed up in white

and headed out to The Color Run in Tempe, AZ. When we got there it was still cold and pouring rain. We walked a mile to the start line found our blogger team the #AZColorBloggers and were off! We jogged/walked because it was so wet and I was worried about slipping and because our feet were so wet they were getting achy in our shoes. I got a FACE full of blue (they aren't supposed to throw it in our face but the blue section was pretty wild and crazy!)

We had lots of time to talk about how to get through things that weren't what we expected, how to have a good attitude when we are cold and wet, and how we are SO thankful for the things we have (like a car to walk back to) when others have so little. I took it as an opportunity to teach him to view the glass as half full and how to have a good attitude no matter what. How to not whine when we might want to and how to find and have fun when others might not be able to or want to.

In the end we decided that we had a blast! Many people chose not to come out because of the rain but we made the commitment to ourselves that we'd do it so we did and had SO much fun! The color sticks much more when it's raining and it was funny to see the colored rivers when you were coming up to each color station!

If you get a chance to do a run with your kids (especially The Color Run) I encourage you to do it! Not only is it great physically but it gives you chance to talk and teach some lessons along the way!

Here's our group before

and after

the #AZColorBloggers were:

We have a fun non wet and rainy but creepy and crawly craft for you tomorrow!

Disclosure: We were given race bibs but were not required to give anything in return. All opinions are my own!

Tuesday
Jan222013

Fine Motor Fun

I know lots of you have kids in the pre-school age group so I thought I'd share this GREAT resource for fine motor skill activities.

PreKinders.com has a great list of activities you could do easily at home!

I love the birds (clothespins) eating worms (pipecleaners)

Insect wrapping

and nuts and bolts - my boys loved practicing with real tools

You can visit the PreKinders site for more inspiration!

No Time for Flashcards has a fun little roundup as well

What are your favorite fine motor skills activities?