As the first week of school approaches, I find myself trying to soak in every last moment of summer vacation with the kids. I fill the last few days of our summer together with fun activities and things that focus on being together as a family. One of the activities on our summer fun list was for each child to pick a movie to watch and then I would plan a little themed dinner date to go with it. This was a great way for us to have a quiet little family day and make it extra fun for the kids. My daughter decided on a Little Mermaid themed movie date and it couldn’t have been more exciting for her. Complete with the cutest little starfish rice krispie dessert, it was the perfect way to celebrate the last days of summer together.
While most of my recent blog posts have, obviously, centered around entertaining the kids over their summer break, I haven’t completely strayed away from my crafty ways, there has just been little time to share it with you all. Since we spend most of our time in the summer outdoors, I do find that I try to make the spaces that we hang out in a little more inviting. Today I wanted to share with you three of my favorite DIY outdoor signs that I have made to decorate our outdoor spaces and add a little bit a charm. I love making signs, because I get to create them exactly the way I want them, instead of looking for pieces that fit the bill. They always turn out to be exactly what I need.
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.
In searching for ways to keep the kids busy during the summer months, whether it be a beautiful sunny day, or a rainy day indoors, I have found that a simple can of shaving cream can evoke all the smiles and laughter you can imagine for kids. Not sure what it is about the fresh smelling fluffy stuff, but my kids love it and the activities that we do with it on any occasion. We use it for crafts, painting, and sensory play on rainy days, but on bright sunny days it is a cheap way for the kids to have a really good time! A can of shaving cream costs a dollar or less, but the smiles it evokes from the kids is totally priceless. For this summer fun activity all you will need is a slide of any shape or size, and a few cans of shaving cream. This IS my kid’s favorite summer activity to date.
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.
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!
A lot of kids are back to school this week or will be getting on that bus in the next couple of weeks. This year we are celebrating one of our last full days together before school starts with a fun twist to the day. Today the kids were appointed Mommy for the day and will choose how we spend the day, all of our activities, and even our meals. What a fun way to end the summer together.
A simple patriotic Popsicle treat is all my kids need to enjoy a beautiful 4th of July picnic with family and friends. A sunny day filled with fun activities, good company, good food, and the smell of sunscreen just isn’t complete without Popsicles. Add a simple red or blue holder and your kids are sure to love them.
Summer is almost here and the thought of ice cream treats and sweet summer nights are so close I can taste it. Here is an incredibly tasty “homemade” ice cream cake that is perfect for any occasion. You won’t believe how simple it is, and neither will anyone you share it with because it is that good.
Growing your own food has not only nutritional benefits for your family, but a pleathera of life lessons, and amazement for young children. Planting our own seeds and growing a garden is a family affair. It provides us with wonderful healthy produce all summer long, as well as enough to can for the winter. The kids benefit in so many ways from being a part of the gardening process from start to finish.