5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

Many little girls dream of being a princess. Here are 5 Disney princess party ideas that will inspire your next birthday party for your little princess via tipsaholic.com #princess #party #birthday #disney #disneyprincess #girls

 

5 Disney Princess Party Ideas

Many little girls dream of being a princess in a Disney movie. Grant them their dream for a day by throwing them a Disney princess party based on their favorite Disney movie! Here are 5 Disney princess party ideas that hopefully will inspire your next birthday party for your little princess.

Brave Birthday Party Ideas

The story of Brave’s heroine, Merida, is inspirational for any little girl who values her independence. It’s also a sweet story about the relationship of a mother and a daughter. Monica’s Brave-inspired 5th birthday party for her daughter Kira is largely based on the Highland Games scene in the movie, where the suitors compete for Merida’s hand only to be beaten by Merida herself. The party is so full of great ideas for a Brave-themed party, including:

  • A celtic-themed invite (there’s a blank template for you to use).
  • Lawn signs for every event made with computer paper, foam core, and metal yard stakes.
  • An outdoor canopy decorated with banners and a family crest.
  • Games based on the Highland Games, such as Log Carry, Colorful Archery, crown decorating, and more.
  • Chicken legs for guests to nosh on.
  • Yellow-green “Cauldron Punch” to resemble Merida’s potion.
  • Bear paw cookies, with almond silvers as claws.
  • A birthday cake decorated like a bulls eye.
  • Cotton candy wisps as favors.

Check out the Brave-themed birthday party for more Disney princess party ideas and lots of great photos!

The Little Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

It’s often been said that the ocean is another world, which is probably why so many kids love the movie The Little Mermaid! Filled with amazing sea creatures, especially the mermaid Ariel herself, the beloved Disney movie is a favorite of many. Throw your daughter an exciting Little Mermaid-themed birthday party, just like Jenn did for her 3-year-old daughter. This party is so sweet and filled with many adorable Disney princess party ideas, such as:

  • Sandwiches cut out in the shape of starfish.
  • A birthday cake decorated like the waves of the sea. With Ariel on top, of course.
  • A fun jello fish bowl!
  • A mermaid tail craft where guests decorated their own mermaid tail!
  • Pin the Tail on the Mermaid game.
  • A sweet birthday girl headband complete with a star fish.
  • The birthday girl all dressed up as Ariel.

Go over here to see all the photos and ideas from this Little Mermaid-themed birthday party! Also, you can find even more ideas for a mermaid birthday party here.

Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

Tangled, the Disney movie adaption of the story of Rapunzel, is a breathtaking (and funny!) fairy tale that has captured the imagination of little girls everywhere. And best of all, it has so many details that can be easily translated into an amazing birthday party. Check out Attalie’s crazy great Tangled-themed birthday party to get lots and lots of fun Disney princess party ideas! Here are some:

  • Birthday party invitations complete with Rapunzel’s famous blond braided hair.
  • A giant braid hanging on the front door to welcome guests.
  • Hazelnut soup for guests to eat. Yes, there’s a mention of hazelnut soup in the movie!
  • Cupcakes decorated with beautiful flowers on top.
  • Jello cups with orange slices and purple triangles on a stick to resemble a boat on water, based on the scene where Rapunzel and Flynn are on a boat.
  • A Cupcake Tower made with pecan rolls, muffins, and waffle cones. And lots of icing.
  • Pascal Party Blowers, a party craft made with party blowers!
  • Pin the Frying Pan on Flynn Rider game.
  • Sun-shaped sugar cookies, decorated by guests.
  • Chalk art on the sidewalk.
  • And the amazing finale: a real paper lantern send-off!

See all the photos and more Disney princess party ideas here and here!

Princess and the Frog Birthday Party Ideas

The delightful Disney movie Princess and the Frog puts a fun spin on the traditional fairy tale of the princess kissing a frog and getting the prince — in the movie, the princess turns into a frog herself! The beautiful setting of New Orleans can be translated into a beautiful party, like Elizabeth’s 5th birthday party. Some ideas from this Princess and the Frog-themed birthday party include:

  • Lots of flowers everywhere to resemble the Bayou!
  • A beautiful birthday cake complete with soft greens and purples and fleur-de-lis symbols.
  • A spread of delicious food that could be cooked by Tiana herself.
  • Pin the Kiss on the Frog game.
  • A frog pinata, complete with a cute little prince crown!
  • Cooking aprons for all the guests with their initials.
  • Frog cookie cutters for the guests.
  • Hot Frog game.

There are so many beautiful photos of the party here and you’ll find more Disney princess party ideas there, complete with tutorials!

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas

Any list of Disney princess birthday party ideas couldn’t be complete without Disney’s latest hit, Frozen! Fortunately for you, there are so many ideas out there to create a wonderful Frozen-themed birthday party. Check out these 26 Frozen party ideas and create your own party!

The magical world of Disney is just so inspiring and I look forward to more movies in the future that will spawn many more amazing birthday party ideas! Share your favorite Disney princess party ideas in the comments!

For more party ideas, check out 28 Creative Party Backdrops.

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How To Exercise With Kids

Want to encourage fitness with your kids? Here are several exercises you can do with your little ones that will keep them engaged and wanting more! How to Exercise With Kids - Tipsaholic, #health, #kidshealth, #exercise, #kidsfitness, #kidsexercise

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Looking for some ways to help your kids get more fit?  It doesn’t have to be difficult!  There are many different workouts you can try with your kids – and if you do them right they’ll feel more like playing than exercising!  Ready to get moving with your little ones?  Read below for our recommendations on different types of cardio/aerobic exercise and how to engage your kids!

 

Interactive Video Games – While video games certainly aren’t a substitute for the real deal, they can be extremely helpful in cold winter months, or long rainy days.  They can also be appealing to all sorts of people, and a great gentle introduction to more vigorous and active “real-world” workouts.

Nickelodeon Fit (for wii) – Kids can engage in over 30 different activities – such as jump roping, river rafting, running and biking – with their favorite Nick Jr. characters.  Dora, Diego, Kai-lan and the Backyardigans and others make appearances.  Parents can program full routines and track progress.

We Cheer (for wii) – Your child can create and customize their own cheerleading character, then engage in competitive cheer routines with friends or learn and practice moves on their own.  It’s addictive and engaging gameplay that kids will love as they dance and move to teen pop sensations.

Outdoor Challenge (for wii) – You can really get your heart pumping with over a dozen fast-paced games that can be played alone or with up to four players.  You can log-jump, kayak, dance, ride mine carts, and much more!  There are multiple levels of play from beginner to advanced so all ages can play appropriately and it’s fun for the whole family!

Brain and Body Connection (for Kinect) – Exercise your body and brain at the same time with this fun game for up to four players.  20 different games challenge players to think fast and act faster as they focus on reflex, math, logic, memory and physical activities.  You can train on your own or compete against your family!

Your Shape Fitness Evolved (for Kinect) – It’s geared more toward teens and older kids, but you can construct a workout tailored to your fitness level and there are over 90 hours worth of different fitness options, making it family-friendly in practice.  There’s boot camp, cardio boxing, jump rope, yoga, running, floor exercises, sports-centered prep, muscle-toning and lots of different types of dancing among many, many other exercising options.  You can track progress, set preferences and record goals.

 

Dancing – Dancing in any version is highly appealing to kids.  They love to move their bodies to music and anything with kinesthetics is a great way to grab their attention.  Dancing with your kids can get their bodies working in a super healthy way.  Their are interactive video games to help, or DVD’s and free YouTube videos.  But the best thing about dancing is that there doesn’t necessarily need to be any routine, rules or choreography to be fun AND healthy!  Just put on some exciting music and get moving!

Just Dance Kids (Wii version) – There are over 30 songs and dances led by real kids for a fun and entertaining dance workout!  The lyrics appear on the screen so kids can sing along as they dance.  They learn specific moves to the songs and can create their own playlists for continuous activity.  Kids can dance alone or with up to 3 friends with cooperative play.  There are also a number of different versions of this game that include Disney songs, and different years and genres of music.   This is also available for the Kinect.

Dance On Broadway (Wii version) – This is an awesome family-friendly game that incorporates singing and dancing.  You learn choreography and sing along to your favorite broadway tunes.  With up to 4 players, you can challenge each other to see who’s the top performer!  There are tons of musicals included, with a ton of different songs that will appeal to all ages.  It’s a workout in disguise! This is also available for Playstation 3.

Dance X (DVD) – This fun and easy dance video will give little ones a workout without them even realizing it!  They are guided through 25 minutes of fun cardio centered moves while watching a trainer and five kids of different ages and skill levels energetically perform.  Kids will automatically fall into a skill level represented by one of the 5 performers.  They use music kids will love, including Hand Jive, Disco Rolls and the Monkey.

Fit Kids Club (DVD) – You get two different move and groove type workouts on this DVD – Groove It Out and Cool Moves.  They’re designed specifically for kids and the movements are simple and easily duplicated while remaining full of fun.  Kids will love learning how to dance, plus they’ll get the added bonus of healthy, kid-friendly snack ideas and a wall poster where they can track their workouts.

“Forget You” – CeeLo (YouTube, Kids Dance Workout Video with Benjamin Allen) – This is a fun choreographed workout to the popular song “Forget You.” It’s a simple choreography geared to kids that they can pick up easily.  Plus, it’s a free YouTube video!

I’m A Gummy Bear Song – (YouTube Vid of Just Dance 2) – Several favorite Just Dance 2 segments are free on YouTube videos, which is just the case with this Gummy Bear Song.  Kids love the catchy tune and the fun and simple dance moves that will help them get up off the couch.  Enjoy Just Dance flavor for free, without keeping score.

Circle Jump Dance Game (YouTube) – This video tutorial teaches you how to play the Circle Jump Dance Game with your kids and their friends.  The game has very few rules and allows every child the chance to be the leader – making up fun moves and routines for everyone else to follow.  While kids think they’re just playing a fun game with friends, they’ll be getting some much needed cardio!

 

Zumba – Zumba is an action-packed, high-energy, dance-focused cardio workout that kids will absolutely love.  Kids love to move and groove to music and because zumba is dance-based, they’ll love adding tons of great moves to their repertoire.  Additionally, they can learn the basics to several types of international dance styles.  So not only will they learn, grow, have fun, and be silly, they’ll also get their heart racing.

Zumba Kids (wii game) – This game features easy to follow choreography for over 30 routines that your kids will love.  They use music by popular artists like Will Smith and Justin Bieber along with some classic, high-energy tunes like “Wipeout”.  The routines offer a number of different international dance styles – Cumbia, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Reggaeton, Merengue, Swing, Surf, Disco, Ballet, Tahitian and many more.  You can do it alone or up to 3 friends.  Also available for Kinect – for one or two players.

Move N’ Groove Kids – Two easy to understand and motivating ladies lead kids on a fun adventure to learn dance moves, exercise and have fun all at the same time.  Kids will love the energy in the video and won’t be able to resist following along to the simple but engaging exercises.  The DVD mimics a classroom setting, helping your children feel like part of the onscreen action while teaching them about small group dynamics as well.

Zumba Kids and Kids Jr. (CD) – If you’d prefer to teach your children your own zumba moves and routines, use this CD with 9 awesome songs to help you get your groove on!

Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba for Kids (YouTube) – You can join the Reed and Mock Elementary Zumba Team as they bust out some fun and simple moves.  Kids will like being guided by those of similar ages and will be engaged by the upbeat music.

Zumba Monkey Song (YouTube) – Kids of all ages will be able to groove along to this group of kids doing The Monkey Song.  It’s silly and fun, and your little ones will laugh while learning the funny moves and listening to the funky beats.

 

Yoga –  While not strictly exercising in a cardio-type way, yoga helps develop muscle tone, flexibility, balance and coordination.  There’s also a strong mental component that can encourage thoughtfulness, focus, and groundedness – all important elements for adults and kids alike!

Storyland Yoga (DVD) – This is a fun-filled yoga adventure that teaches kids yoga poses while telling a story.  Kids get to imitate animals while posing and engaging in the storyline.

Yoga for Children book by Lisa Flynn – This book will introduce you to over 200 yoga poses, breathing exercises and meditations for kids.  It’s an encouraging, positive book that will get kids excited about their health and mindfulness.

Cosmickids Yoga (YouTube) – Cosmickids is an all-free yoga program that makes yoga fun and exciting for kids.  Their website includes links to their YouTube channel where you can find many episodes of yoga routines suitable for different age levels of kids.  There’s also ideas and advice for parents, a list of free resources and a guide to teaching your kids yoga.

Yoga for Kids (YouTube) – This one episode from Yoga Today is geared specifically to kids.  They’ll love the gentle, fun approach to learning yoga poses.

15 Yoga Poses for Kids – On this website, you can learn 15 basic poses that you can incorporate into a daily routine with your kids.

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

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10 Science Books 9-11 Year Olds Will Love

Keep the kids interested in science. 10 Science Books 9-11 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #kids, #education, #homeschool, #books, #reading

 

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If you want to foster a love of science in your elementary aged kids, you’ve got to make it readily accessible at home.  Science class is great for teaching basics and fundamentals, but supplementing what they learn at school is key to a more well-rounded education and deeper understanding.  One great way to reinforce science concepts is by reading books with your children.  Here are 10 great Science books 9-11 year olds will want to read over and over!

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1. Big Book of Why: 1001 Facts Kids Want to Know, by the editors of TIME for Kids Magazine – It’s no secret, kids are curious critters.  Sometimes the questions pile up high and parents have a hard time answering!  That’s when this book comes in handy.  Why do we have eyebrows?  What’s the fastest a human can run?  What’s the deepest point on Earth?  The highest?  Kids can find all of this and more.  The book is divided into subjects and covers lots of different scientific areas – humans, animals, environment/nature, technology and space – and it’s full of photos and illustrations to represent the science and history behind each question/answer.  Once they start reading, they won’t be able to stop!  They’ll want to wow their teachers and parents with all the fun facts they learn.

 

2. Extreme Weatherby H. Michael Mogil –  This book is full to the brim with amazing images and quality diagrams on everything from types of storms to how to observe weather to places known for their specific extreme weather conditions.  The images – taken at unique and unexpected angles from up-close in the action will take readers right inside the book.  The text answers likely questions about weather and will guide your kids to a better understanding.  It’s an engaging follow-up to meteorology basics and a fun read.

 

3. The Elephant Scientistby Caitlin O’Connell and Donna M. Jackson –  This book chronicles the research and findings of Caitlin O’Connell, an American scientist who traveled to Namibia to research Elephants in their natural habitat.  Set in the African scrub desert, this book includes breathtaking photographs that will truly engage young readers.  O’Connell’s observations of elephant behavior led to a groundbreaking discovery in her field.  For those interested in Biology and Animal Sciences, this is a great representation of the field.

 

4. Naked Eggs and Flying Potatoes: Unforgettable Experiments That Make Science Fun, by Steve Spangler - This book is written and endorsed by the original creator of the mentos geyser!  Inside your kids will find extraordinary science experiments they can do with household items.  This isn’t your average science – these tricks are sure to entertain and amaze, all while your kids learn more about the why’s and how’s!

 

5. Stronger Than Steel: Spider Silk DNA and the Quest for Better Bulletproof Vests, Sutures, and Parachute Rope, by Bridget Heos – In this captivating book, kids enter the Science lab of Randy Lewis whose research centers on spider silk and its benefits and uses in human life applications.  Through photographs and exciting factual presentation, kids learn about golden orb weaver spiders, and transgenic alfalfa, silkworm silk, and goats, whose milk contains the proteins to spin spider silk–and to weave a nearly indestructible fiber!  They’ll be fascinated to discover the applications: from improving body armor and strengthening parachute tethers, to repairing human bones and ligaments!  This is an exciting look into the world of genetic medicine, with some focus given to the ethical concerns of genetic research.

 

6. Great Scientists, by Jacqueline Fortey –  Great Scientists takes a look at the world’s pioneering scientist, their most popular discoveries and relevance to us today.  The book begins with Aristotle, highlights Archimedes, William Harvey, Louis Pasteur, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Edwin Hubble (among many others), and ends with Stephen Hawking.  It’s an overview of leading discoveries and life’s work in the vast field of science and shows a bit about many subcategories.  Each scientist is afforded a summary of work and contribution to the science community and historical effect, some personal information, a timeline, and a photograph.  This is a very in depth look at very important leading scientists that have shaped our knowledge and view of the world and a wonderful introduction to the history of science concepts.  It is interesting and engaging, and will give kids a desire for more.

 

7. Something Stinks! by Gail Hedick, When dead fish continue to wash ashore of the Higdon River, a determined young lady decides to find out why.  At first mocked by her seventh grade classmates, she eventually persuades them to help in her investigation.  They’re led to factories, farms, golf courses and all over town, and their discoveries eventually land them in trouble with law enforcement.  Can a group of kids really solve the puzzle and fix the source of the problem?  While fictional in content, this book sheds light on serious, real-life issues and has been awarded for its outstanding Science content by the NSTA-CBC Outstanding Science Committee.

 

8. Eruption! Volcanoes and the Science of Saving Lives, by Elizabeth Rusch – This exciting and action packed book begins by detailing the 1985 eruption of Colombia’s Nevado del Ruiz, one of the most devastating volcanic events known.  With amazing real-time photography and engaging sidebar notes and facts, this book chronicles the perils of living in volcano danger zones – as more than one billion people do today.  It also recounts the life-saving missions of the International Volcano Crisis Team.  This is one book about science they won’t be able to put down!

 

9. The Periodic Table: Elements With Style, by Simon Dasher and Adrian Dingle – This super witty book introduces kids to Chemistry and the elements in a new and engaging way.  The pages are designed to resemble popular networking sites online, and each element is given their own homepage.  Kids will love reading through the funny and informative “profiles” – each personally written by the elements themselves – and watching for profile pics that represent their “personalities”!

(Bonus: Look for other Simon Basher books, too!  Each has the same entertaining illustrations and design, along with the witty writing and style typical of Basher.  There’s Astronomy: Out of This World, Physics: Why Matter Matters, Biology: Life as We Know It, Human Body: A Book With Guts, and more about Science, Technology, History and Math!)

 

10. The Elements: a Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, by Theodore Gray – Do not be put off by the intimidating title or the length of this book.  The Elements is the perfect aid in teaching your kids about atoms and elements.  Each page is broken into sections for easy visualization – so there is detailed information without overwhelming the eye.  Bright, bold photographs of the elements in their true form accompany the text, along with sidebar images that show various real-world applications of each element.  Explained in a way that makes elements fun and personal, the text and graphics are easily accessible, even to children.  The gorgeous photographs alone will excite readers and ignite an interest in Chemistry.

(Bonus: See also Theodore Grays’ sequel to Elements, Molecules: The Elements and the Architecture of Everything and Marcus Chown’s Solar System: A Visual Exploration of the Planets, Moons and Other Heavenly Bodies that Orbit Our Sun.  Both of these are done in the same eye-catching, invigorating and exciting style.)

 Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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10 Fun Valentine Activities for Kids

There are lots of great projects and crafts you can do with your kids around Valentine's Day. 10 Fun Valentine Activities for Kids - tipsaholic, #valentine, #valentine's #valentinesday #kids, #education, #crafts

 

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Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to pull out the paints and doilies, glue and glitter, pipe cleaners and paper and let your kids have a blast!  There are many fun Valentine activities for kids that can encourage creativity and inspire learning. Doing some projects together can make this an even more special time of year. Here are a few ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

 

1. Amp up your learning with Valentine Activity Trays

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There are several ideas for Valentine-themed trays at this link that will help with counting and numbers, color recognition, letters and spelling, matching, small motor skills, hand-eye coordination and more!  Plus, they look totally fun.

 

2. Make Valentine Sensory Bottles. 

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Use the free printable to add a tag to let your kids know they’ve got you “all shook up!”

 

3. Paint with homemade heart sponges.

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Whip out your red, purple and pink paints and let your kids make a painted heart collage.  Throw in some glitter for even more fun!

 

4. Feed the birds

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All you need are pipe cleaners and cereal to make these cute and colorful bird feeders to hang outside!  Your little ones will love threading Fruit Loops onto pipe cleaners and shaping them into hearts.

 

5. Glam up with some DIY heart glasses. 

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When all the cereal is gone, use the boxes and leftover pipe cleaners to upcycle some fun heart shaped glasses to wear all day!  You can even use red cellophane paper for the “lenses”!

 

6. Create these little “love bugs” from clothespins, craft sticks and pom poms!

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Add a magnet to the back to turn them into magnetic clips.  You and your kids will have a great time making fuzzy bugs and they can give them away as gifts to their loved ones!

 

7. Punch a Bunch.

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Of cups, that is.  There’s a game kids can’t resist called “punch a bunch” where you basically fill some paper cups with prizes, cover them with tissue paper and let the kids punch through to the prize.  This Valentine themed punch a bunch game, called “My Heart is Bursting” would be awesome at a party with a ton of kids, or used with 14 cups as an advent countdown to Valentine’s Day!

 

8. Scatter love all over. 

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Make some love rocks by collecting stones from outside and painting them.  Once they’ve dried, deliver them anonymously to places and people who need to feel a little love!  Think hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, bus stops.  Place them around park benches and by doors.  Line a neighbors walkway.  But be sneaky!

 

9. Shoot some arrows – dessert style!

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Create cupid arrows with skewers, sparkly paper and donut holes.  Your kids will like making them almost as much as eating them!

 

10. Weave some baskets

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These Danish Heart baskets are inexpensive and fairly simple to create.  When you’re done weaving them into a heart shape, you can fill them with little treats and drop them off at your loved ones houses!  Or hide them under family members’ pillows!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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30 Clever Food-Free Valentine’s For Kids

Sometimes there can be too much candy on Valentine's Day. Avoid too much sugar by gifting one of these 30 Clever Food-Free Valentines for Kids - tipsaholic, #valentines, #valentinesday, #valentine

 

 

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If your child wants to exchange Valentines with friends, but you’d rather avoid sharing sugary treats, never fear!  There are a lot of creative, clever and cute ideas that you can easily DIY with your kiddos.  Their friends will flip for one of these great 30 ideas for food-free Valentines!  And your kids will have a blast making them with you, too.

 

1. Valentine Stick Bookmarks, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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These bookmarks are adorable, easy and take just a few materials to create.  You can whip up a bunch in no time!

 

2. Balloon Valentines, Eighteen 25

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Kids love balloons, and with the free download for the cute “love is in the air” printable tags, you’ll be all set for Valentine’s Day!  You can find heart balloons here but don’t underestimate the power of a simple red, white or pink balloon as well!

 

3. Wind-Up Robots, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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These adorable wind-up robots are a little bit nostalgia, a little bit mod and a whole lot of fun!  You can use the free printable and some clear bags to create the perfect valentine for your robot-lover to hang out.

 

4. Paratrooper Valentines, A Pretty Cool Life

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For a cool twist on the classic valentine, try these fun paratroopers, which you can find in the party section at Target.  They’re a cinch to make and will take no time at all.

 

5. Homemade Crayons, Cherished Bliss

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Use a heart-shaped mold to make up some DIY crayons.  Attach a clever tag (which you can find at the link) and friends will love these colorful gifts.

 

6. Pencil Arrows, The Cottage Market

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Turn fun and colorful pencils into Valentine arrows with these Valentine’s Day cards!  Kids will love the gift and the pun on the tag!

 

7. Dino Valentines, Sweet C Designs

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These mini dinosaurs are the perfect tiny gift, especially for boys!  Just print out the provided tag and tie them on for some truly dino-mite valentines!

 

8. Wild Animal Valentines, Sarah M Style

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If you have an animal-lover at home, they’ll think these Valentines are awesome!  Make a cute “wild about you” tag on your computer and attach a mini animal for cute and clever gift.  Have your child pick which animals their friends get for a more personal touch!

 

9. A-MAZE-ing Valentines, U Create

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Get some tiny mazes in the party favor section of your local store, or order heart-shaped mazes here.  Then all you have to do is stick them on the free printable tag.  Kids will love playing with these tiny games for weeks to come.

 

10. Glow Sticks, Delia Creates

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These are such a super cinch to whip up, and what kid doesn’t love a glow stick bracelet??  There are printable tags provided – you just use a hole punch and stick the glow sticks right through.  Cute, clever and everyone will love them!

 

11. Mini Whoopee Cushions, Paging Supermom

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Is there a boy alive who does NOT love whoopee cushions?  This Valentine will have everyone laughing up a storm!  And if you’ve got a boy yourself, you’ll be his hero for providing these mini whoopee cushions to all his friends.

 

12. Little Alligator Clothespin, Inspired by Familia

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You likely won’t have to buy anything special to make these Valentine Clothespin “puppets” with your kids!  Hide a secret message in the alligator’s mouth and wish the class a happy Valentine’s Day with a clever handmade toy!

 

13. Mouth Whistles, Li’l Luna

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These take a bit more work since you need a cute close-up photo of your child to stick the mouth whistle on, but it’ll be worth the effort!  The whistles are favorites among kids of all ages, and the clever pun will make them smile.  Plus, you can always print a tag instead of a photo.

 

14. Nose Pencil Sharpener, JacOLyn Murphy

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There is no child alive who wouldn’t think this is hilarious!  Not only will it have them laughing, but it’s functional, too!  Now they can sharpen all the Valentine pencils they receive!

 

15. Play Doh, g*rated

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Little ones will love this cute Valentine!  A tiny play doh wrapped up in a clever little saying makes this a fun gift for toddlers or young kids to hand out.

 

16. Covered Button Earrings, 30 Handmade Days

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Here’s a great idea if your kids are a little older and want to make something cute for their friends!  Just help them make some earrings (instructions are here) and print out the adorable tag!

 

17. Lego Accessories, Chez Beeper Bebe

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These super cool lego rings and necklaces are fun to make and with the included small pieces for kids to design their own, they’ll be a smashing success!  If you want to make it more unisex, you can attach the base bricks to key rings instead!

 

18. Love Bugs, Dandee

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These creepy critters turn particularly cute when popped on a mason jar card and labeled love bugs!  There super easy to make to, and little kids will love to compare and swap bugs!

 

19. Mini Puzzles, Craftiness Is Not Optional

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Whip up some mini puzzle valentines in a snap with printable labels and clear bags!  Get some Valentine themed puzzles at your nearest Walmart or Target in the party favor section.

 

20. Bubbles, Armelle

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You can pick up a pack of tiny bubbles at your nearest dollar store and make these Valentines in no time.  Stick a label around them and attach them to a card and you’ve got an adorable valentine that kiddos will love to use!  The stickers and tags are free to download.

 

21. Fake Mustaches, bliss, bloom, blog –

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If you want some seriously funny valentine’s this year, have your child hand out some fake mustaches!  You can find fake mustaches here.  Their classmates will have a blast trying on their new facial hair!

 

22. Toad-ally Awesome Frogs, Crap I’ve Made

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Buy some toy frogs at the dollar store and stick them to the free printable tag.  You’ve got a fun froggy Valentine the boys will love to hand out!

 

23. Temporary Tattoos, C.R.A.F.T.

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Here’s a fun idea for an easy to do Valentine.  All you need are temporary tattoos.  Create a card with the cute tagline “I’m stuck on you!” and include the tattoo for an inexpensive but unique gift.

 

24. Bouncy Balls, Paging Supermom

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Have a ball this Valentine’s Day!  Slip a cute bouncy ball in a bag and print off the clever tags.  Staple it all up and in no time you’ve got a Valentine the kiddos will love to play with.  You can cut down on cost by buying the balls in bulk.

 

25. Toys With Wheels, 30 Handmade Days

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Here are some seriously cute cards you can print for your boys to hand out.  Just attach anything that rolls – a car, truck, bulldozer, skateboard – whatever!  They can all be the same or your kid can personalize each one for his friends!

 

26. Crazy Straws, Gingersnap Crafts

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Let your kids hand out a fun and functional valentine their friends will use over and over again!  These straws are such a blast for kids to drink from.  Attach a little tag to let them know just how crazy for them you are!

 

27. Paper Yo-Yo’s, Full House

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Create your own paper yo-yo’s with blank receipt tape and skinny wooden dowels!  They’re easy to make, and even more fun for your kiddos to personalize!  Use stamps, paint, markers, stickers, glitter and anything else you can think of to be as creative as you can.  Then just roll them up, secure them with twine and deliver them to classmates – watch as they yo-yo their hearts out!

 

28. Friendship Bracelets, Dandee

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How cute are these friendship bracelet valentines?!  They’re perfect for slightly older kids, who will love making them as much as handing them out!  With a cute printable tag and a hole punch you can turn friendship bracelets into an awesome valentine friends will wear for a long time!

 

29. Slinky, bugaboo, mini, mr & me

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The tag for this cute valentine reads “You put a spring in my step, Valentine!”  Print it out, tie it on a slinky, and you’ve got one cute, fun toy to give to friends!

 

30. Burt’s Bees Lip Balm, Just Another Day In Paradise

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Here’s a cute idea that’s bound to be a hit during the cold winter.  These “Bee friends” valentines are practical but oh, so adorable!

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Never know what to do with the family on Valentine's Day? Looking for something new to try? Here are 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities via @tipsaholic #valentine #family #kids #valentinesday 8 Easy and Meaningful Family Valentine’s Day Activities

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that is mostly celebrated between couples and in classrooms all over the country, but it’s not generally viewed as a family celebration. Change that with these 8 sweet but simple family Valentine’s Day activities you can do with your whole family. They don’t require much work, but they definitely will make for a really nice day with your loved ones and will become cherished memories for years to come.

1. Have a chocolate fondue party.

After dinner, get the family together and whip up a simple chocolate fondue for everyone to share! Cut up various fruits and add a few treats, like cheesecake pieces and marshmallows, and let everyone dig in the chocolate and enjoy the dessert with each other. Try this easy recipe. You don’t have to have an electric fondue maker for this; a stove pot will do the trick just fine. Invite another family over for even more fun and family love.

2. Go out for a special dessert.

Is there a local cupcake bakery in your town that you save for special days? Or a favorite ice cream spot? Pack up the whole family and go out for a Valentine’s Day treat. Often, dessert places serve special Valentine-themed desserts, so this could be a fun way to try a new dessert. Take a lot of pictures, chat with each other, and end the night with full tummies and big smiles.

3. Enjoy looking at family pictures together with a slideshow or photo books.

Use a projector or Apple TV to let the whole family enjoy a slideshow of family pictures you’ve put together. It doesn’t have to require a whole lot of prep; you could just go through all the photos month by month and let everyone take turns pressing the “next” button. If you have lots of photo books already printed out, you could look through that instead — spread out in the living room and bring out all your photo books for everyone to look through together.

4. Make each other homemade Valentine’s Day gifts.

If your family likes to give and receive gifts, you could agree to make each other something homemade for Valentine’s Day. Here are some ideas: a decorated picture frame, Valentine’s Day DIY decor, a painting, homemade earrings, and freshly baked cookies.

5. Create Valentine’s Day cards for your neighbors.

Everybody loves to receive a sweet card on Valentine’s Day and that includes your neighbors. Have your family get together and make fun homemade cards for your favorite neighbors and put them in their mailboxes or at their front doors.

6. Assign a dish to every person to cook for a big family dinner.

If you have older kids, you could assign every person in your family a dish to cook for a fun Valentine’s Day dinner. One person could make the appetizer, another the salad, one could do a vegetable side and one could grill the meat, and so on.

7. Play Minute to Win It, Valentine’s Day style.

Have a large family that loves to play games? Play these fun Minute to Win It Valentine’s Day party games for a night full of laughter and hilarity. Be sure to take lots of pictures to capture all the fun you have.

8. Paint a map of your heart.

This is a sweet activity for the family that likes to do art together. Give every person a piece of paper with dots of dried watercolor paint and have them draw and paint what they love. When everyone is finished, you could share your maps to your hearts with each other. This is a simple activity that could be done first thing in the morning or after dinner.

Now I’m really looking forward to February 14! What other family activities would be perfect for Valentine’s Day?

For more Valentine’s Day ideas, check out 7 Valentine’s Day Books to Read With Your Family and 12 Love Notes for Your Valentine.

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

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12 Fun and Functional Playroom Ideas

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Do you have a playroom dedicated to play and games for your kids? Here are 12 playroom ideas that will give you a functional, organized, and FUN playroom.

Dress Up Corner

Designate a corner of your playroom to act as a dress up area. Put a full-length mirror that’s tall enough for your kids and hang up their dresses and costumes near it. Your kids will love having everything at reach and a mirror for them to admire themselves. Add even more storage with an ottoman that can hold shoes, hats, scarves, and tiaras. If your kids have a lot of dress up clothes, you could DIY this nifty dress rack!

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Window Bench with Shelving

If you have an awkward wall in your playroom with a window and not much wall space, you can turn that spot into a window seat with side by side shelves. You don’t need to pay lots of money for a custom install — pay a visit to IKEA and grab three of their Kallax shelf units. Put one below the window and the other two standing on both sides of the window. Add storage boxes that fit into the shelves and a cushion on the “bench” and ta-da, you’ve got a great storage solution that looks great AND extra seating for your kiddos.

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Art from Kids’ Books

Don’t forget to decorate the walls with lots of art to stimulate your kids’ imagination and creativity. Not sure what art to use? Consider art from much-loved kids’ books, such as Eric Carle. Don’t go ripping up your kids’ books just yet — look for decorative prints of these books. Like this one! Or you could scour thrift stores for used copies of your kids’ favorite books and cut out pages from those.

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Interactive Art

Another great art idea for the playroom is interactive art: something that you can take down and let the kids play with, and then hang back up when they’re done. This truly great felt board is fun for kids to play with by rearranging all the people, vehicles, and animals in the park, but it also looks really nice in the playroom.

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Hanging Clips

Kids create a lot of art and they love to see us display them. Make it easy by adding hanging clips in your playroom. Whenever your kids complete a masterpiece, you can just clip it up without fussing with tape or pins. And it’s easy to swap out older art pieces for newer ones. Depending on how many kids you have, you might want to have two or three or four of these hanging clips, or curtain wire with clips, which is what they’re called at IKEA.

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Hopscotch

Yes, hopscotch is traditionally an outdoor game, but there’s no reason why it can’t be moved indoors. The game is confined in the lines and there’s no real throwing, so go ahead and put it in your playroom! You could paint the lines right on the floor, but an easier solution would be to use tape to make the lines. Paint tape would work great on wood floors, while duct tape would be just fine for carpets. There’s a lot of colorful duct tape on the market now; choose one that matches your playroom’s decor.

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Physical Toys

Kids are physical creatures and they often need space to run, swing, and experiment with what their bodies can do. That’s usually done outside in a playground, but sometimes it’s too cold or too hot to go outside. If your playroom is big enough, consider putting in some playground features, like gymnastics rings, a climbing wall, a swing, a ball pit, or even a slide.

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Magnetic Chalkboard Wall

Chalkboard walls are popular in playrooms, but why not take an extra step and make your chalkboard wall magnetic? That way, your kids can draw with chalk AND play with magnets – double the fun. Use a combination of magnetic primer and chalkboard paint to make your magnetic chalkboard wall. Make sure to stir the magnetic primer thoroughly and do two coats so the magnets will stick to your wall. To make your chalkboard wall prettier, consider framing it with molding or window casing.

If you have texture on your walls, you still can have a magnetic chalkboard wall. Try this great tutorial!

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Reading Corner or Nook

Dedicate a spot in your playroom to the exciting activity of reading! There’s a lot you can do to make a reading corner a perfect place for your kids to sit back and escape into another world. Install rain gutter shelves or ledge shelves to hold your kids’ books, put down a couple of bean bags, and a lamp or sconce. You could also put in a tepee to make it even more cozy. If you have an unused closet in your playroom, you could turn it into a reading nook like this one.

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Glass Jars

Crayons, pencils, pens, markers, and chalk can get disorganized fast… but when they’re organized, they’re often hidden away and kids forget about them. Solve both problems by using glass jars, such as cookie jars or candy jars, to hold art supplies. These glass jars could be used to hold small toys, like marbles, and craft supplies, like stickers and pom-poms.

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Lego Table

Do you have kids who are addicted to Legos? Organize all these tiny pieces with the help of a Lego table and a few plastic bins. There are many different versions of a Lego table, but a great one is this one hacked from an IKEA LACK coffee table. Put Lego road plates or any other Lego base plate on top and organize all the pieces by color or type into the plastic bins. Put the bins on the shelf and under the table and rest easy knowing you’ll never step on a tiny Lego piece again.

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Wall Mounted Baskets

Not sure how to organize the plethora of stuffed animals that’s overtaking your playroom? Put them in wall mounted garden baskets! Take out the lining, spray paint the baskets in any color you like or leave them as is, and mount them on the wall. Put up all of your kids’ stuffed animals in these baskets. It’ll still be easy for your kids to see and if you hang them low, they can grab whatever stuffed animal they want. This is also a cute way to decorate a wall or a corner of your playroom.

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How did you like these playroom ideas? I’m sure you’ll find a few ideas from this list that would be useful for your playroom. What other playroom ideas have caught your eye lately?

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

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5 Hands-On Science Activities for 6-9 Year Olds

Keep the kids busy at home with science activities. Supplement their education and have fun. 5 Hands-On Science Activities for 6-9 Year Olds - Tipsaholic, #science, #scienceexperiment, #experiments, #kids

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As important as it is to teach your children the basics of science and reinforce the concepts they learn in school, it’s even more important to DO science with your kids!  Kids learn best by doing – whether they fail or succeed at a specific task, acquiring information in a meaningful way is always easier when they are fully engaged.  Luckily, science is full of fun experiments that help illustrate scientific behaviors and concepts.  Here are 8 science activities for 6-9 year olds that will be sure to grab their attention!

 

1. Fantastic Foamy Fountain – Science Bob

This fun demonstration creates an exothermic reaction, and is a great way to teach your kids about chemicals and the way they interact.  You can also teach them about catalysts, as it uses yeast as a trigger for the foaming reaction.  Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the growing foam – it seems like magic!  Until you talk about the science behind it.

 

2. Swimming Spaghetti (and other weird experiments) – Boys’ Life

This easy peasy science demonstration uses things you’ve got in your pantry, so you can do it today!  Break spaghetti into small pieces and watch them sink to the bottom of a glass of water.  Add vinegar to the water and see what happens to the spaghetti then!  Baking soda and vinegar react chemically, creating carbon dioxide – you can explain the science behind it as you cook the rest of the spaghetti for dinner!

 

3. Rock Candy – About Education

Not only is this a fun science activity, but you can eat the result – something your kids are going to love!  All you need is rough string (or wood skewers), water, sugar and food coloring!  Set the experiment up in a glass jar so you can watch what happens while it’s going on.  Be sure to talk about the key science concepts of saturation, precipitation and evaporation.  If you want a scientific explanation for what’s happening, see here.  Once you’re done watching your crystals grow and talking about the science, share the rock candy with friends and family!

 

4. Homemade Gak – Li’l Luna

What kid wouldn’t love making their own slime?  Gak is a fun, slimy, play dough type material with interesting qualities and behaviors.  The science behind this one involves state of being – solids, liquids, gas, etc.  Gak is a non-Newtonian fluid, which is basically a liquid that’s not “normal”.  For younger kids, discussion of state of being is likely enough, but if you’d like to delve deeper, you can also talk about polymers, and how molecules form to create them.  Read the science behind it here.

 

5. Rainbow in a Glass – My Kids’ Adventures

This is demonstration creates an awesome visual your kids will love.  It’s a colorful, fun way to show them how density works.  Basically, you stack liquids of different types which have been treated with food coloring onto each other in a glass jar.  The different densities won’t mix, but will separate and show as stripes.  Not only is this visually interesting, but it will give you an opportunity to talk about density, and thus volume and mass.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 6-9)

You can reinforce your child's education at home with little effort! Here are 8 tips for supplementing your child's science education to get you started. 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child's Science Education - Tipsaholic, #science, #education, #kids, #school

 

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There are so many different aspects and directions a science education can take.  There’s chemistry and molecules, health sciences, natural sciences, earth science and geology, meteorology, physics, biology, plant and animal science, machines, electromagnetics, and that’s just to name a few!  With all of these different elements, plus the basic knowledge of scientific theory and processes, it’s hard to know where to start with your kids’ science education!  Reinforcing what they learn at school is crucial, and you can bolster their education and aid in their success with a little bit of effort.  Here are 8 Tips for Supplementing Your Child’s Science Education (Ages 6-9).

 

1. Focus on fun!  At the elementary level, it’s most important to engage kids in a meaningful way – which really means you need to make science fun!  Kids are more likely to retain what they learn if they are interested in the lesson.  For that reason, keep your talks, activities and experiments short and simple so you won’t lose their attention.

 

2. Be involved.  The best way to engage kids at this age?  Lots of visually stimulating demonstrations and hands-on activities that focus on basic concepts in a broad range of science disciplines.  That means you’ll have to get engaged, too.  Participating in the learning process with your children will show them it’s important and encourage their natural curiosity.  So dust off some easy experiments you can do in the kitchen or backyard, read up on the scientific method and make some science lab books with your kids to record data!

 

3. A family af”fair”.  Get everyone involved in scientific discoveries!  Host a family science fair!  One great way to help kids grow more independent and responsible for their education is to have them tackle projects on their own.  So pick a night far enough in advance to give plenty of time for work, research and planning.  Advertise the science fair in a fun way and make it a big celebratory deal!  Everyone in the family can pick their own project and work on it independently and with others when they need help.  For younger kids, you might want to partner up with mom or dad.  Invite other family members, friends or neighbors to participate as well.  Have everyone give a presentation of their project and make sure that there are appropriate rewards for hard work.  Take everyone out for ice cream afterward!

 

4. Don’t ignore your surroundings.  You may do a lot of your educational activities indoors – and why wouldn’t you?  But a large part of science involves nature, so make sure to take things outside once in a while!  Plan plenty of field trips to the park, the forest, the nature preserve, the hiking trails and even the backyard!  There are tons of things you can turn into scientific lessons with very little extra planning or effort.  Bugs!  Worms!  Trees!  Plants!  Cells!  Photosynthesis!  Life cycles, recycling, composting, weather, animals, physical forces such as movement, velocity, speed, inertia, geology… and so much more!  If your kids come up with questions you can’t answer, that’s great!  Write them down together and look up the answer online!

 

5. Utilize local resources.  Chances are there are many resources in your area that perhaps you haven’t even thought about.  Look online or with your cities travel bureau for ideas.  Great places to take your kids that will lead to scientific discussions and discovery include (but are not limited to): working farms, dairies, recycling plants, paper mills, observatories, planetariums, museums, aquariums, nature parks, or even farmer’s markets.  Just check online or call ahead to plan a visit, or ask for a schedule of events.  Libraries, nature trails, museums and even local universities often have special events for kids that focus on different elements of science.

 

6. Communicate.  If you’re supplementing the education your child receives at school, it’s a great idea to receive some guidance from the teacher.  Don’t be afraid to ask what aspects of science they’re working on in class and what they plan to cover throughout the school year.  Teachers can be an amazing resource as well, and can refer you to local classes, activities and places they’ve been made aware of.  They can also recommend applicable books, websites and videos they’ve come across.

 

7. Don’t underestimate yourself.  You may not be a professional teacher, but you’ve got the skills, awareness and resources to be a teacher to your children.  Use everything at your disposal to help you.  Don’t overthink it.  Keep it simple and relevant to their lives.  A great resource for interactive science games, activities, video clips and more is Topmarks.  Individual items are classified by type of science and age range.  Also, check Great Websites for Kids which lists fabulous educational websites by topic.

 

8.  Play off your child.  Know your child’s interests and hobbies.  Relate their science studies to the things they are naturally drawn to.  Understand their strengths and weaknesses.  Encourage them to work on their weaknesses by playing on their strengths.  Don’t push too hard, but don’t underestimate them either.

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

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Tiny Tinsel Trees

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together. - tipsaholic.com #trees #tinsel #diy #crafts #kids #ornaments Tiny Tinsel Tree Ornaments

Small tannenbaums with bold colors and lots of sparkle have a big impact on a tree. Love a good tinsel tree? Create some tiny tinsel trees using metallic pipe cleaners. Keep the kids busy and enjoy some quality time together.

Supplies:

  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • glass beads
  • tacky glue
  • utility knife
  • a cork
  • washi tape
  • pushpin
  • string

Directions:

Form a small loop at one end of a 4-inch length of metallic pipe cleaner. This will be the top of the tree.

Make branches by wrapping six to eight 2-inch lengths of pipe cleaner around the trunk, then trim them so that the branches at the top are narrower.

Adhere a glass bead to the end of each branch with a dab of tacky glue.

Use a utility knife to cut a cork to the width of washi tape (an adult’s job) and wrap the tape around the cork.

Make a hole in the cork with a pushpin, then glue the tree trunk in the hole and allow it to dry.

Add a length of string for hanging the trees.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Mini Snow Globes

Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments via @tipsaholic #ornaments #snowglobes #diy Mini Snow Globe Ornaments

A drift of Epsom salts helps set the scene in this winter wonderland. Love the whimsy of snow globes? Now bring the fun home and create your own mini snow globes that can be used as ornaments. Just a few supplies will have you on your way to creating these fun Christmasy ornaments.

Supplies:

  • clear plastic shot glass
  • card stock paper
  • pinking shears
  • glue dots
  • small plastic figures (trees, penguins, etc.)
  • epsom salts
  • tacky glue
  • metallic pipe cleaners
  • string
  • button

Directions:

Trace the opening of a clear plastic shot glass(we got ours at a dollar store) on card stock.

Use pinking shears to cut a circle slightly larger than the traced line, then use a glue dot to adhere a small plastic figure to the center.

Add 1 tablespoon Epsom salts to the plastic cup, then line the rim of the cup with tacky glue and adhere the card stock base.

When the seam is dry, glue a piece of metallic pipe cleaner around the bottom of the globe.

Thread string through a button for a hanger, then glue the button in place.

Featured image and tutorial via Family Fun.

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Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

 Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite. - tipsaholic.com #gum #gumball #ornaments #DIY #christmas

Petite Gumball Machine Ornaments

Crafting is a great way to spend some time at home during the holidays. Ornaments are always fun to create. Kids always love gum and gumballs. Have a little more fun with their love for gum by creating petite gumball machine ornaments. They are adorable and would add a fun flair to your Christmas tree. Add a bit of sweetness to your holiday with this tiny version of a childhood favorite.

Supplies:

  • red card stock paper
  • tack glue
  • clothespin
  • silver glitter card stock
  • clear glass ball ornament
  • small round beads
  • large button

Directions:

Roll a 3/4- by 5-inch strip of card stock into a 11/4-inch-diameter tube and secure it with tacky glue (clamp it with a clothespin until the glue dries).

Glue one end of a small rectangle of silver glitter card stock to the tube.

Fill a 11/2-inch diameter clear glass ball ornament with small beads.

For the base, glue the tube to a large button (ours has a 11/2-inch diameter), then glue the ornament in place.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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Stay Frosty Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long. - tipsaholic.com #frosty #wreath #crafts #kids #christmas #snow

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Christmas is just around the corner and this is the perfect time to get out the craft supplies and have some fun with the kids. Have them help you create this adorable Stay Frosty Wreath. It is easy, simple and can even be used after Christmas and all year long.

Stay Frosty Snowman Wreath

Supplies:

  • circle punches or scissors
  • white card stock paper
  • black card stock paper
  • tacky glue
  • 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form
  • orange card stock paper

Directions:

This snowman won’t melt even on warm afternoons. Using circle punches or scissors, cut about five dozen 2-inch circles from white card stock.

For the eyes and mouth, cut two 2-inch and seven 1½-inch circles from black card stock.

With tacky glue, cover an 18-inch-diameter wood wreath form with the white circles (start at the outer edge, gluing the circles so they overhang a bit).

Roll an 8-inch square of orange card stock into a narrow cone.

Glue on the eyes, nose, and mouth. Add a paper hat as shown.

Featured image and craft via Family Fun.

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6 Ways to Banish Your Family’s Winter Blues

Don't let winter blues keep you cooped up. Find lots of great ideas to banish your family's winter blues with this list of ideas from tipsaholic.com #winter #family #activities #winterfun #kids 6 WAys to Banish Your Family's Winter Blues

If your climate is less than balmy during the winter, you may find yourself dreading the doldrums that can so often occur during the coldest months of the year. So if you’d like to see your family doing more than just willing away the hours in front of the TV or staring at a smart phone, give these ideas for staying happy a try! Banish those winter blues!

1. Get out of the house. While it may not seem ideal when you have to bundle yourself in a dozen layers, it can truly be the best medicine for a bout of boredom. Some suggestions for time spent outdoors:

  • Snow forts
  • Sledding
  • Snow painting
  • Build a snowman
  • Nature walks
  • Winter photography
  • Ice skating
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling or four-wheeling
  • Ice fishing

2. Participate in holiday activities. There are not too many things more disheartening than watching the holidays pass the same as any other time of the year. Get out with extended family or friends and enjoy some of these activities:

  • Visit holiday displays
  • Light tours
  • Caroling
  • Parties
  • Community events
  • Food and toy drives
  • Shopping
  • Finding a Christmas tree
  • Sleigh rides
  • Holiday themed shows, plays, ballets, and more
  • Decorate with friends or extended family

3. Do something creative with your time indoors. Ending every day with three hours of TV and web time is less than enthralling. Keeping every mind busy and full of pleasurable time as a family during the winter can become the glue that holds you together during busier times of the year. Try a few of these ideas:

  • Board games
  • Minute-to-win-it games
  • Baking and cooking
  • Teach someone a new skill
  • Read together
  • Make and watch family videos
  • Learn something new
  • Visit the library
  • Go to a museum
  • For little ones – indoor fast food play areas, other indoor play places (Chuck E. Cheese, trampoline gyms, other indoor activity places)
  • Do a few crafts
  • Try indoor gardening

4. Plan and prepare for the months and year ahead. No time of the year will be more productive if you follow through with a few of these suggestions:

  • Organize closets, drawers, cupboards, etc.
  • Redecorate a room
  • Work on family preparedness – emergency and disaster kits, winter car kits, food storage, fire escape plans, etc.
  • Re-evaluate family goals and rules
  • Talk about family traditions you’d like to have
  • Plan a family vacation

5.  Perform acts of service. Putting smiles on the faces of others is bound to put smiles on the whole family. Even the simplest acts can turn a lack-luster day into a great one.

  • Shovel a neighbor’s driveway
  • Write a letter to someone
  • Send a package to a soldier
  • Visit a nursing home
  • Invite someone to dinner
  • Take goodies to someone
  • Make and distribute care packages for the homeless 

6. A few more ideas that will go a long way:

  • Eat well
  • Exercise
  • Spend time in the sun
  • Have dinner together
  • Talk
  • Snuggle
  • Spend time with friends

Kayla Lilly is a photographer, writer, wife, and mama making a house a home in eastern Idaho. She met her mister while working at an amusement park and married him a year later after deciding there was no way to live without him. The amusement has continued as they’ve added three kids and a passel of pets to their lives while finishing college and starting a photography business. Drawing inspiration from the whirlwinds of marriage, parenthood, and the media, Kayla blogs at Utterly Inexperienced, and spends the rest of her time chasing chickens, organizing junk drawers, diapering toddlers, and photographing everyone willing to step in front of her lens.

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