Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to celebrate and be thankful! Here is a roundup of all of my favorite Thanksgiving activities to do, make, and talk about with the kids. It is the perfect time of year to slow down and spend some quality time talking with your kids about being thankful each and every day. From a tree that helps kids talk about what they are thankful for each day, to a creative turkey day centerpiece that lets the kids get crafty at the dinning room table – there is a project here that is bound to thrill and delight you and your kiddos!
Summer is quickly coming to an end I realize that this summer has been packed full of nonstop fun with the kids! Thanks to our summer fun list and all of the fun summertime activities we were never really at a loss for something to keep us busy. One of my favorite summertime activities to do with the kids is make tie-dye shirts. This is a little project that we have done every summer since they were very little, and it has become a super fun tradition! They love to create the shirts, and then they have a fun play ans sleep shirt to wear all summer long too! We also find it is a great way to spruce up faded white shirts, dingy onesies, and even socks that cold use some TLC. Turn drab white kids clothes into stuff that is fun to wear.
Here is a super fun summertime project to do with the kids that they will request over and over. You need only a few simple ingredients, and you already have everything you need in your cupboards to make this DIY sidewalk chalk paint at home! Did you know by mixing water, cornstarch, and food coloring you create a super inexpensive chalk paint that is fun for all ages? This was a summer fun activity that my kids loved! It kept them busy for hours, and we had a great time painting and creating together. The perfect way to spend a day together. Pretty fun! What a cool way to make an activity out of things that you already have at home! This is definitely a fun and inexpensive summer time project that I highly recommend!
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.
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!
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.
Mother’s day is just around the corner, and here is a super simple gift that your kids can make and give themselves! A personalized photo gift can get pricey fast, but here is a simple DIY photo bookmark project that is cute but frugal! The supplies couldn’t be simpler and you most likely have most of these things in your home! Any mother or Grandmother that loves to read would love a pretty little bookmark adorned with their favorite kiddos faces. Every time they open their book, or mark their spot, they have your smiling faces looking back at them! A fun gift that is easy to make and costs very little, but that keeps the smiles coming for that special Mom or Grandma in your life!
I have been enjoying every second of my time with he kids while they are on spring break from school. It is so making me look forward to summer vacation, projects, and playing all day! I am also reminded that busy kids are happy kids. For that reason we have been doing all sorts of projects together to keep their little hands and minds busy so they don’t have time to cause trouble. This was a fun Easter activity that the kids had a great time with. We made candy bird houses for our Peeps, and now have some beautiful little bird houses to display through Easter! Graham crackers turned bird houses are a sweet way to make a peep house that the kids can decorate any old way they want. Of course, covering it with candy is an obvious choice. Not only would this be a great activity to do before Easter, but a great way to use up uneaten candy after the Easter holiday.
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.
Valentines Day is just around the corner and we just finished up a special something for the kid’s to take to school for their friends. With lots of new allergy related rules in schools I have decided that in lou of candy treats for Valentine’s Day that the kids and I could come up with some other inexpensive ideas that don’t involve food at all. We put together three great valentines for under .35 cents each, and another for the teachers under .75 cents each. Because my daughter has a slight straw obsession we choose crazy straws for her preschool friends, and my son choose bouncy balls for his kindergarten class. We also made some crayon and marker valentines for teachers and a few their friends.