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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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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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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Now that spring is officially here the kids are all about admiring the sweet little birds hopping around outside. They seem thrilled to be chasing and “trying to catch” them as they move around the yard. I’m not certain what they want to do with them once the catch them, but I am assuming they want to play with them as if they were little pets. Luckily the kids have gotten no were near one, so I haven’t had to worry about it yet. So, I decided that we needed a fun craft project so the kids could make their own bird nests and birds to play with. Here is a fun rainy day project to with the kids that allows them to create there very own little bird family to play with complete with a nest just right for playing.
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As the snow finally turns to rain we welcome the chance to see and hear the sights and sounds of spring again! One of the most best signs that spring has arrived is the beautiful sound of busy little birds chirping outside your windows. Here is an easy projects for the kids and well… it’s for the birds too! Get the kids in on the fun, and let them help the birds celebrate spring. A few quick supplies and some old jar lids is all you will need to create some sweet little bird treats with your kids. Not only is this a fun activity and easy project to make – The thrill of watching, waiting, and seeing the birds that enjoy the treat they created will evoke some awesome smiles from your kiddos!
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After two years of blogging, I am about to share with you the absolute best project I have ever done with my children. It is not a craft, or a recipe, but an initiative. Over the last year my kids and I have gone out into the world and done 30 random acts of kindness together. Our acts of kindness were based on what is important to our family, and the experience was, by far, one of the most life changing projects we ever done together. Not only was it about teaching my kids the importance of being kind to others, but I hope they walked away with a life lesson that they will never forget! I hope this inspires you to do something nice for someone else, and especially to get your kids involved!
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Summer is just around the corner and a family road trip is a great way to spend time together and make some memories! Road trips with small kids can be exciting, stress free, and fun no matter where you are headed if you plan ahead. Make the car trip part of the fun and adventure! Last year we took a 16 hour car ride to visit close friends and their new baby and I was seriously nervous about having my 3 and 5 year old kids in the car for two separate 16 hour rides! This was our first family road trip and first vacation, really, so I wanted to make it extra fun. Here is a whole slew of ideas on how I turned the car ride itself into a vacation they would remember!
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Here is a fun little craft to get your kid’s excited for Easter! Little plastic Easter eggs make the perfect base to create a bird that is fun, cute, and that can even store a little surprise! My kids spent two hours decorating their own little birds and another hour playing with them! They can be used as decorations, toys, candy holders, or even table decorations for the kid’s Easter table. They are as fun to play with as they are to make, and are the perfect project to do at home with the kid’s while they are on spring break from school! Gather some plastic eggs and get busy making them into the cutest little birds of a feather that will always stick together.
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So, I’m sure you have seen these adorable ice cream cone cupcakes out there before. They are pictured on cake mix boxes, and make cupcakes extra special. Some years ago I tried making these on a few occasions, and was terribly disappointed at their final appearance. Of course, they never looked as pretty as the ones on the cake mix packaging. When my little girl told me that she wanted to take these to school as her birthday treat, I was determined to make them a success. Not only did they turn out yummy, but I made two different versions that were as sweet and adorable as my newly turned 4 year old princess! This post will give you lots of great tips on how I made these from preparing, baking, decorating, storing, and even transporting 2 dozen ice cream cone cupcakes!
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Last week was so exciting for us! Both kids celebrated their birthdays, as well as valentines day! Let’s just say I baked non stop treats last week and was busily running around trying to make lots of special memories with the kids. This was the very first year that my son was at school all day long and I wanted to do a little something special for him as a birthday surprise. I love doing things that don’t cost any money, but make my children feel special and loved. Here is a simple way to make a packed school lunch extra special on their birthday! That way, even though they are not at home, they will know that you are thinking about them as they eat their lunch at school on their birthday!
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