Kids Craft – July Fourth Windsock

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.

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Summer Fun Activity – Kid Decorated Play Shirts

Finally, summer is here in all of it’s glory, and for this stay at home mom it is the absolute best time of the year!  It means time with both my kids, the freedom to play all day, late nights, snuggles and sleeping in.  I am relishing the opportunity to have my little lovlies with me all day again.  Along with having them home all day comes the responsibility of keeping them busy, entertained, and creatively teaching them throughout the summer months.  We use our summer fun list as a guideline for things we wan to do, explore, and learn more about each summer.  Here is one of our summer fun activities that lets the kids get crafty and then wear their artwork proudly!  A few supplies and a plain white shirt are all you to allow your kids to make their own play shirts for the summer!

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Garden Teepee – Fun For Kids Great For Plants

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!

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Gardening With Kids – A Garden Tea Table

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!

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Repurpose An Old Grill Into A Garden Storage Cart

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!

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End Of The Year Teacher’s Thank You Gift

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!

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Inexpensive Teachers Infinity Scarf Gift

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.

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Oreo Fluff Recipe – Easy Memorial Day Picnic Dessert

With memorial day weekend all but here I know that a vast majority of you will be spending some time at a get together, cookout, or picnic of some kind.  And from that weekend through the summer months there are lots of opportunities to bring a dish to pass to lots of different types of summer functions.  Here is a simple dessert recipe that is sure to be a hit!  This Oreo Fluff recipe is quick and easy to make, but is packed full of creamy cookie goodness.  Guests of every age will enjoy this light fluffy dessert and I know you won’t leave with leftovers!  Take it to your next function to please a crowd.

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Repurposed Serving Tray To A Chalkboard Welcome Sign

Summertime is just around the corner and now that the weather is getting nice we are spending a ton of time outdoors.  Along with preparing the garden, doing some spring cleaning, and breaking out the summer decor we added a new welcome sign by the front door.  I received this serving tray almost 9 years ago as a wedding gift, and I bet I used it twice over those 9 years.  It was really  neat and nice, so I didn’t really want to get rid of it, so I decided I would just re purpose it into something that I would use and love.  A can of chalkboard paint and some painters tape took this unused serving tray and transformed it into the perfect welcome sign for the front porch.

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DIY Customized Water Bottles Using Decorative Tape

Looking for a fun way to make serving bottled water extra special at an event or party?  Turn those store bought bottled waters into customized bottles that for fit your event’s decor for just a couple dollars.  A roll of decorative packaging tape is all you need to transform those boring water bottles  to an extraordinary addition to your event!  Not only are these great for events, parties, cookouts, birthdays, and graduations but they are great to keep in the fridge for the kids to grab and go.  We use them in lunches, for sporting events and more.  It’s quick and easy for the kids to keep track of their water bottle at sporting events because they are specially marked and easily identifiable.  This takes only moments and takes bottled water to a new, fun level.

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