What do you get when you combine a typically whacky, zany Dr, Suess book with a super cool experiment with the kids? Fun…that’s all there is to it! Upon reading Dr. Suess’ Bartholomew and the Oobleck for the first time with the kids I was inspired to do a project with the kids that I had had on my to do list for a long time. Essentially the DIY version of GAK is the perfect Oobleck type substance! Pairing the awesome GAK making project with the book was a hit with the kids and they were able to act out and play through the story with their very own Oobleck as I read it (over and over I might add)! It was so fun to bring the story to life in a way that gets the kids excited about reading!
Remember last summer when I shared with you a tutorial on how to turn a t-shirt into a cute tank top? Well, ever since I learned how to make them, I have done a number of projects using the same technique. Here is this summers version of a sports t-shirt turned tank top that ups the anti a little bit! Instead of using one t-shirt I used 2 different colored shirts and transformed them into an even cuter version of a sports tank top from last version. This has been one of my favorite summer outfits and one of the few What I Wore Wednesday outfits I’ve shared with you this summer! It’s quick easy, and a great way to create a shirt that you will love and wear over and over again!
We are in full blown summer mode as of this week, so be prepared to be bombarded on A Spotted Pony with kid crafts, projects, and activities! When the kids are home for the summer they are my number one priority, so other projects get put on hold while we make memories during the summer! I figure, why not share it all with you in case you need some inspiration with summer time activities. Here is a super simple craft project that you can do with the kids to create a fantastic patriotic windsock to help decorate outside for the fourth f July holiday! It is super inexpensive to make, helps kids work on patterns, colors, and cutting, and is super cute swaying in the wind outdoors to boot. Grab some plastic disposable table cloths in red white and blue and get ready to do a craft with the kids to celebrate independence.
Spending hours in the garden with the kids can be a treat when the kids have a space that lets them explore. Making gardening fun for the kids helps gardening stay fun for me at the same time! With the addition of a kid friendly space in the garden we created a fantastic teepee for the kids to play in and for some plants to climb on. I in-vision it covered in bean and pea plants and the kids sitting inside snacking on fresh vegetables come the end of summer. Our teepee was constructed with large branches, twine, and string to give the kid’s play area a fort that still looks natural out in the garden. Then the kids decorated around the teepee however they wanted to make their space their own. Now we wait, and see how well our teepee works as an aid for our plants!
Since I have been on the subject of gardening this week I wanted to share a couple more projects with you in case you are out working in the garden over the next few weeks too! My kids are always in the garden with me and keeping them busy is always important. This year I have decided to give them their very own little space in the garden to play throughout the summer! The best part is we made this play area out of nothing but stumps, branches, twine, and some mulch. It didn’t cost us a thing, and the kids are free to run, play, and hangout in their own space without stomping out the things we have planted. We created a very simple tea table from a few stumps that we had laying around, and it has been more fun for them that any toy you can buy!
We have been spending all kinds of time in the garden the last couple of weeks. This will be our 4th growing season, and things are getting serious, so I decided it was time to have a decent place to store our garden tools near the garden. In past years we hauled everything out from the barn each and every time we were going to do some gardening, and things often got left out, or misplaced. After noticing our old non-working grill was hanging out in the barn for two – too many year I decided to make it into a useful way to store, move, and organize our garden tools right out in the garden. It is the perfect moveable potting and planting cart – with lots of great places to hang and store tools. The old grill is now a new garden storage solution that works just right!
Need a great practical gift for Dad this father’s day? Something you know he will love, use, and appreciate? Take a trip to the local grocery store and stroll up and down each isle with nothing but good old Dad in mind! Grab a few of those things that you know he loves as a delightful treat and package them up for a thoughtful, yet useful gift this fathers day. With father’s day right around the corner, I wanted to share a past gift with you that was a huge hit. What man doesn’t love his favorite snacks and treats in the cupboard for a late night movie or after a long days work. Stock him up with his favorite treats and make it into a gift to show Dad just how special he is. This gift is not just for Father’s day – try it for any man on your list during the holidays, to celebrate a birthday, or any occasion!
Birthdays and holidays always leave my baffled when it comes to what to give the men in my life as a gift. Unless I have a list with a specific tool or electronic devises I am lost, and most likely I don’t have enough money to buy it anyway! These days I am trying hard to think practical, but still put the time and effort into giving gifts to the men that mean the most to me deserve. With father’s day right around the corner and today being my handsome hubby’s birthday I wanted to share a past gift with you that was a huge hit. What man doesn’t love a nice cold beer after a hard day, or while grilling out on a nice summer night. Stock him up with his favorite brew and make it into a cake fit for any man on their special day. If that man isn’t a beer drinker substitute any beverage that they like!
Yesterday I shared with you an idea for an infinity scarf teachers appreciation gift that included a simple sewing project. Here is another quick and easy idea for those of you who don’t sew, or don’t have time to make a scarf before the end of the school year! Stop and grab a nice bottle of nail polish in a shade that you think your child’s teacher will like. Maybe a bright fun color for summer. Then add a little tag that says: “Thanks for helping me polish up my reading, writing, and much more!” This would make a great little thank you for any female influence in your child’s life, and can be easily personalized by changing up the phrase or by adding your favorite teacher’s name to it!
Teachers are such an important part of our children’s lives and saying thank you to them is so important! As the end of the school year approaches I have been thinking hard about a way to show them how much my kids have enjoyed having them as a teacher, and for me how much I appreciate them loving, teaching, and sharing in my children’s lives. There are so many teachers appreciation gift ideas out there, but here is my take on a simple and inexpensive gift that my kids will be giving to their teachers this year to say Thank You to infinity for all that they do! A simple DIY infinity scarf can cost just a couple dollars and take just minutes to make, but it is sure to show your child’s teacher that they are appreciated for years to come.