5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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Whether you’re driving three hours or 12 hours on your next family road trip, you want to make sure and have plenty of activities to keep your kids entertained. Audiobooks are a great option to keep kids occupied and actively learning while traveling.

Your local library is a great resource for audiobooks in a variety of forms. Typically, you can checkout them out on CD and mp3 players called Playaways with pre-loaded titles. If your library system subscribes to a digital content provider like hoopla, you can use your library card to checkout and download audiobooks directly to your smartphone or tablet. Amazon.com also has a ton of audiobooks for sale as well as an audiobook service called Audible.

 

Not sure where to start when it comes to finding an audiobook your whole family will enjoy? Here are six recommendations for family-friendly audiobooks that will put a stop to “Are we there yet?”.

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo is an orphan who lives in the walls of a bustling train station and operates the station’s clock tower. His undercover life is put into jeopardy when he crosses paths with a puzzling young girl and a jaded old man who runs the station’s toy store. This debut novel by Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick was the inspiration behind Martin Scorsese’s 2011 award-winning film, Hugo.

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Because of Winn-Dixie

Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo is both a New York Times bestseller and a Newbery Honor winner. It is the story of 10-year-old Opal who moves to Florida with her introverted, preacher father and adopts a big, scruffy dog she finds at a local Winn-Dixie grocery store. Together, Opal and Winn-Dixie learn about friendship, loneliness, and acceptance.

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The Tale of Despereaux

Another gem from children’s author Kate DiCamillo, The Tale of Despereaux explores themes of love, hope, and forgiveness. It is the story of a mouse, a princess, a peasant girl, and a rat–four stories brought together by some soup and spool of thread. A charming tale full of heart and character, this book has been a family-favorite for many years.

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Brown Girl Dreaming 

A memoir told in poem form, Brown Girl Dreaming is read aloud by its award-winning author, Jacqueline Woodson. The book serves as a reflection on Woodson’s experience growing up as an African-American in the 1960s and 1970s. A woman of many talents and achievements, Woodson was recently named the Young People’s Poet Laureate. This book is recommended for children ages 10 and up.

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The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

Four stories by beloved author Neil Gaiman make up this must-have children’s audiobook collection. Stories included in this collection are The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish, The Wolves in the Walls, Cinnamon, and Crazy Hair. Performed by the author himself, your whole family will laugh out loud listening to these peculiar, hilarious tales.

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Looking for more family-friendly audiobook recommendations? Visit the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) website.

 

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Classic Backyard Water Games for Kids

Keep kids entertained and beat the heat even without a pool by playing some of these classic backyard water games. Classic Backyard Water Games for Kids ~ Tipsaholic.com #summer #kids #games #summerfamilyactivities

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Nothing beats the heat and the doldrums quite like playing in the water, and you don’t need a pool to have fun! Water balloons, squirt guns, buckets, and a garden hose are perfect substitutes if you’ve got a few tricks up your sleeve. Use these simple tools to keep the kids cool and entertained at home this summer with a few of these classic backyard water games!

 

1. Water relay

Use ladles and buckets to set up a relay game for a group. Place buckets or bowls for two (or more) teams at both ends of the back yard. When the game begins, players must use a ladle to transfer all of the water from one bucket across the yard to the other bucket. First one to move all of their water wins! This game can also be played with sponges or cups.

 

2. Water balloon towel toss

This is a game that requires at least two teams of two players and is loads of fun! Give each team of two a beach towel to hold between them. Once everyone is ready, toss one team a full water balloon. Their job is to pass the balloon to another team using only their towel, who will then catch it in their towel and toss it back (or to another team). Whoever gets soaked by a broken balloon loses the round!

 

3. Duck, Duck, Splash!

This game is like similar to Duck, Duck, Goose! but uses a balloon or cup full of water to tag the “goose.” Learn to play the game at The Kid’s Fun Review, or come up with your own fun version.

 

4. Water balloon target toss

Use sidewalk chalk to draw a large target or set of targets in the driveway. Players will toss water balloons (or soaked sponges) at the target, trying to hit the bullseye. For more of a challenge, suggest different ways to throw the balloons – facing backwards, with your “wrong” hand, with your eyes closed, etc. Get creative!

 

5. Garden hose limbo

Turn on the garden hose and use the water as a limbo “bar!” Kids can take turns holding the hose and limbo-ing under. Once all of the kids have passed under the water, lower it a little more and have everyone try again, repeating the process until all but one child has been splashed!

 

6. Roll 6 and Splash!

This is a game smaller children can really get into. Fill a shallow dish with water and provide a single die for the group. Each player will take turns rolling the die. When someone rolls a six, they get to splash the water in the dish, showering their friends! You can find more details for this game and a couple more at Toddler Approved.

 

7. Water gun tag

Play this game the way any game of tag is played, but with one difference – the person who’s “it” has a water gun! The It chases the other children and tries to squirt one of the them. Whoever gets wet is tagged and becomes the next It!

 

8. Balloon-on-a-spoon relay

This takes the egg-on-a-spoon relay to the next level! Organize two teams into two lines in a clear area of the backyard. Set up traffic cones or a sturdy object of some kind to mark the “turn around,” then place full water balloons on large wooden spoons for each team. The first person in each line will take the spoon to the turn-around and back, then hand the spoon off to the next person on their team until every person has had a turn. If a balloon is dropped, the player at fault must run to the sidelines and get another. Whichever team gets through all of its players first is the winner! Check out the cute spoons Two Shades of Pink created to play the game for a birthday party.

 

 

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 four 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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25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids

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25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids
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Children love to play with dirt and watch plants grow, so it makes sense that they would love gardening. Involve your kids in your gardening this year, no matter how old they are. Here are 25 excellent ideas for gardening with kids. Whether you have a toddler or a teenager, you’ll find something on this list that is perfect for your kids.

 

1. Plan a garden together.

Before you plant your first seed, plan out your garden with your kids. Younger kids will enjoy cutting out pictures of fruits, vegetables, and flowers from gardening catalogs and pasting them on paper to visualize the garden. Give them a section or a plant that they’ll be responsible for. Read more about this gardening idea here and check out the many other ideas in the article.

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2. Create a spot in the backyard for your kids’ own garden.

Empower your kids to be responsible for their own little spot in your backyard. This sweet garden includes a fun blue picket fence and is perfect for a few flowers. Here’s another kids’ garden, a bit bigger this time, with step-by-step instructions and photos.

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3. Build a bug-proof raised bed garden with pallets.

Any kid would love to walk through this cute veggie garden that was built with wood from pallets to check on the plants’ growth. You’ll enjoy building the garden with your kids and decorating it together. Check out dollar stores for fun lawn ornaments — the tackier, the better.

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4. Plant flowers in an old toy, like a toy truck.

Put old toys to good use by repurposing them as creative planters! Toy trucks work well for this gardening idea and would look great sprinkled around your garden, as well as doll beds, wagons, large plastic animals (cut out a hole on top), and rain boots.

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5. Make cute garden markers together.

Break out the art supplies and ask your kids to help you craft garden markers for the garden. This cute tutorial shows you how to paint rocks to turn them into garden markers.

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6. Decorate the garden with rocks.

If you live in an area where it’s easy to find free rocks, consider beautifying your garden with them! This link is full of garden inspiration with lots of rocks – some painted, some not. Let your kids line them up in paths and swirls around your garden.

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7. Grow vegetables that are kid-friendly.

Check out this great list of the best vegetables to grow with kids. Depending on your kids’ personalities, you’ll be able to choose a vegetable that they’ll truly enjoy growing. Impatient kids will appreciate fast-growing vegetables, while kids who love to chomp on raw vegetables will delight in crops like cherry tomatoes.

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8. Give them a gardening journal to keep track of the garden’s progress.

A gardening journal is a great way for kids to make notes of plants’ growth, what gardening strategies worked and what didn’t, and the bugs and worms that they see in the garden. They can draw pictures, scribble down notes and list, and glue down photos they take of the garden. Here’s a sweet free printable.

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Need more ideas on what to include in a gardening journal? Check out this link for great examples and ideas. Maybe you’ll be inspired to keep your own gardening journal!

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9. Construct a green bean tepee frame.

The process of building a tepee frame for green beans is pretty simple, but once the plants grow your kids will delight in a green tepee that they can hide away in while you garden. Just watching the plants crawl up the tepee will be enough to get your kids interested in gardening and learning how plants grow. Here’s a tutorial for a tepee that includes pots, and here’s an awesome video tutorial that drives the poles into the ground.

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10. Ask your kids to create a garden sign.

Hand your kids a piece of wood and ask them to unleash their creativity to make an adorable sign for your garden. I love this garden sign that was created by a creative little boy!

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11. Show your kids how to attract butterflies to their garden.

Kids love butterflies; make gardening more alluring by inviting these beautiful flying creatures into your garden with the help of a butterfly nectar. Get the recipe here.

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12. Start seeds in an egg carton.

If you live in an area where it’s slow to warm up for the spring and summer, you can get a head start on your garden with the help of your kids by starting seeds in an egg carton. As long as you use a biodegradable carton, you can simply plant the whole thing in soil when the seeds are ready to go!

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13. Start seeds in a rotisserie chicken container.

A rotisserie chicken container can create a greenhouse environment, which can be a fun science experiment for your kids! Some seeds need to start in a greenhouse environment, so this gardening idea would be a great solution. Also, rotisserie chicken containers are easy to find and practically free, if you eat the chicken, so you can give each kid their own mini-greenhouse.

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14. Design a play garden.

Get a young toddler or baby interested in gardening from a young age by creating a play garden for them! A well-designed play garden encourages imaginative play and experimentation. They’ll fall in love with the feel of soil and plants in their hands and keep themselves busy while you tend to your garden.

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15. Plant a tiny garden in an aquarium tank.

Planting herbs in an aquarium tank or glass container is a great way to allow your kids to see the roots grow, which can be a lot of fun and educational. Here’s a great example of an aquarium garden!

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16. Set up themed gardens in wooden crates.

If you’re short on backyard space, these themed wooden crates can be a great way to give your kids their own gardening spaces. Give each wooden crate a theme, such as a salsa garden (cilantro and tomatoes) and a salad garden (carrots, lettuce, basil) and let your kids choose which theme they want to watch over. When the veggies are grown, they’ll have a blast putting together all their plants into one dish!

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17. Create a dinosaur garden.

Do your kids love to play with dinosaurs? They’ll love this dinosaur garden, which will keep them busy and happy while you grow your vegetables. They can help with planting “dino-friendly” plants, such as sedum.

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18. Craft a kid-friendly watering can.

You (or your kids) can make a watering can out of a plastic milk jug. A half-gallon plastic jug would be great for younger kids and a gallon jug would work fine for older kids. This way, they won’t accidentally pour too much water in one spot!

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19. Make a womery with your kids.

Some kids love worms, especially earthworms. If you have a kid like that, work with them to build a womery for your garden to compost your organic waste. Your kids will have lots of fun playing with the worms and you’ll get lots of plant food!

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20. Plant flowers that are easy for kids to take care of.

Make your kids’ gardening experience a successful one by choosing one or two of these easy flowers to grow. For example, sunflowers are pretty simple to grow and they grow to tall heights, which will impress and delight your kids!

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21. Grow flowers that your kids can actually eat.

What’s better than a pretty flower? A flower that you can eat! Check out this fascinating list of edible flowers and introduce your kids to the art of foraging!

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22. Grow cucumbers in fun shapes.

This gardening idea for kids is just plain fun! Use shaped molds to grow cucumbers in the shape of hearts and stars. You can find the heart mold here and the star mold here. These are a bit pricey, though, so if you can DIY your molds somehow, that would work just as great!

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23. Make DIY seed bombs for your neighborhood.

This DIY project would be great if you don’t have a garden of your own or if you have a neighborhood that could use some more flowers here and there. Make seed bombs with your kids and include wildflower seeds at home and then drive around town throwing these bombs. After a rainy days, drive back to these locations to check on how they’re growing. Make sure to throw them the day before a rainstorm and limit to 10 seeds per ball for best results.

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24. Create grass caterpillars with your kids.

These grass caterpillars are so fun to look at and to make! Use pantyhose, of all things, to make these wiggly creatures to put around your garden. My caterpillar-loving daughter would go crazy over these!

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25. Build vertical gardens with soda bottles.

Have a small yard? Show your kids how to build vertical gardens using this tutorial. A great way to upcycle empty soda bottles and a fun science experiment for your kids!

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These 25 gardening ideas for kids are sure to get both you and your kids outside and digging your hands into the soil. What other gardening activities do you like to do with kids?

 

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8 Great Resources for Outdoor Learning-Based Play Ideas

Turn learning into play this summer with these great ideas you can even do outdoors! 8 Great Resources for Learning-Based Play - tipsaholic.com #school, #kids, #playtolearn, #play

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As a parent, summer can be a little daunting.  There are a lot of hours in the day, and it’s sometimes difficult to fill them with worthwhile activities.  Sports, swimming, bike riding, outings, and park play are staples of summer fun, but if you find yourself looking for ways to incorporate more school-based learning into your play, it’s hard to know where to turn.  Need fabulous ideas that will get your kids off the couch and out learning – without them even knowing it?  Here are some great resources for outdoor learning-based play.  For kids, play is the best way to learn, and summer is a great opportunity for putting this into practice.

1. Delia Creates hosted a week-long series called “Play it Smart!” where she shared tons of fun ideas for learning with summer-inspired games.  She used chalk, spray bottles, balls and diving toys.  Her blog is full of cool ideas for kids, like fitness jenga, math card games, roll a recipe and the mommy and me journals.

2. Try this fun Dry Ice Experiment.  There’s a printable booklet, too, so kids can keep track of their observations.

3. Sew a Straight Line holds a learning and fun-filled camp for her kids every summer.  She has tons of ideas for science-related activities.  She’s also got some creative writing ideas here.

4.  A fun way to work on your child’s reading skills would be to read a book and then create something from the book – either with your kids or FOR them.  Check out No Big Dill for some great ideas related to this – she had a whole series of book inspired sewing creations and a ton of people contributed ideas.

5.  Check out Happy Hooligans for a whole host of sensory activities, sensory bin ideas, and other fun ideas for kids.  Try making a backyard abacus out of pool noodles.  Or try the fun water activity ideas – it’s perfect for summer!

6. And Next Comes L has a lot of great hands-on ideas for kids play.  Here are some fun alphabet and literacy themed ideas and math.  She’s also got some great ideas for busy bag activities which can travel with you anywhere you go this summer!

7. Check out these 50 fun summer science activities from Science Sparks!  And then look around that site for more great science ideas, like making an easy solar oven or a balloon powered lego car!

8.  Growing Book by Book has some great ideas for transferring literacy-learning to outdoor play!  She also has some great alphabet activities and activities that go along with specific books, like this one from The Very Busy Spider.

 

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids

One of the best things about the hot weather is outdoor summer fun with kids. 16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids via tipsaholic.com #summerfamilyactivities #summer #kids #summerfun #family #familyfun


16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids
 

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One of the best things about summer is getting the kids outside and having fun. From old school games in the backyard, to crafts in the driveway, to science experiments that leave the kids both learning and laughing, there are so many activities to do. Here are 16 tips for outdoor summer fun with kids.

 

The backyard is a perfect place to set up some games for the kids to play. The family can enjoy spending time together close to home. Plus, many of these ideas could be used to get the whole neighborhood together. Most are simple to put together, but can lead to a lot of fun.

 

1. Backyard twister is perfect way to introduce a game from your childhood. After all it is new to the kids! Just a little paint and your ready.

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2. Put kids in their ok-to-get-messy-in clothes and let them run through a mud run obstacle course. The one time you won’t say to them, “Stay out of the dirt!”

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Mud Run Obstacle Course

3. While this one takes a little more work, a DIY bean bag toss (or cornhole game to some) could be easily decorated for any event. Plus, it is on the skill level of little kids, but is still lots of fun for those who are older.

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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss Game

4. Boats made from soap can float down a gutter. This can be a race to the finish or make it a cooperative game by have the kids team up to make the most creative looking boat. A great way to clean up without letting the fun end.

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Soap Boat Race

 

5. And for when the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end. Break out the glow sticks for a ring toss.

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Glow Stick Ring Toss

6. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe is a great way to play a classic game and throw some frisbees.

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

 

After the kids have fun running around the backyard, move on to crafts and art projects. Since these can get a little messy, they are perfect for outdoor summer fun.

 

7. This is a simple way to have your kids create art while stilling getting them moving. Dip balls or other objects into paint and let them toss it at a box lined with paper. Instant masterpiece!

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Throw Ball Painting

8. Incorporate the outdoors into the art. Have kids gather leaves, and make a leaf rubbing using whatever color they choose.

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Leaf Rubbings

9. Use the driveway as a canvas and let the kids color with frozen chalk. Perfect for those hot summer days.

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Ice Chalk

10. This masterpiece can be created by having the kids blow bubbles and letting them pop on the paper. The secret is adding a little food coloring to the soap.

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Popped Bubble Art

11. Use what is in nature all around to make art. The kids can grab sticks, leaves, seeds…anything they find, and arrange them into silly faces, or something else. Take a picture to preserve the kid’s creations.

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 Nature Faces

For more summer outdoor fun with kids, add in a few science experiments. With so many things to try there is definitely an idea here that your kids will want to do. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning!

12. A balloon race will put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Balloon Rocket Experiment

13. Set up a science lab in the backyard. Discuss what happens when different chemicals are mixed together such as vinegar and baking soda to mentos and diet coke. Always a hit!

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Backyard Science Lab

14. Talk about the effect the sun has on things. Try out these fun solar science experiments including building the kid’s very own solar powered oven. The nachos will make a great treat.

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Solar Science Experiments

15. This volcano will extend the fun to the beach or the playground sandbox.

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Sand Volcano Fun

 

16. Grow a garden with your kids. It is a great way to teach them about how plants grow.

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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

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13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers

Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but it can be a dangerous one. Here are 13 water safety tips that will ensure a fun and safe swimming experience. 13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers via @tipsaholic #kids #water #swimming #watersafety #summer


13 Water Safety Tips for Young Children and Their Caregivers
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Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but it can be a dangerous one. Drowning is the second cause of death for children  and so many of them happen under adult supervision. Here are 13 water safety tips that you and your children should always follow to ensure a fun and safe swimming experience.

 

1. Caregivers should learn basic CPR.

Learn how to give CPR to children by taking a local class and ask everyone who watches your child to do the same. For now, go ahead and look through this handy reference to familiarize yourself with what you should do should a emergency occur. Every second matters when there is a drowning accident and child CPR is something that you can do while waiting for help to come.

 

2. Establish swimming rules and enforce them always.

Before going swimming, talk with your children and establish a few rules that should always be followed. Some suggestions include:

  • They must always ask permission before going into the water. You could decide on a verbal cue or a signal that lets them know that it’s okay to jump into the water. They cannot begin swimming until you give the cue.
  • Young children should always enter the water feet first, on their tummies. This helps them be more cautious of the water and be more aware of how deep the water is as they’re going in, as opposed to going into the water on the stairs.
  • Absolutely no running. This can be hard to enforce, but oh so important. Kids can slip in wet environments, hit their heads, and fall to the bottom of the pool. Lots of reminders and training will be necessary to help your kids follow this rule.
  • No dunking. Sometimes kids don’t know their limits and an accident can occur as a result of playful dunking that has gone too far.

Remind your children of your family’s swimming rules and discuss them often, during family meetings, breakfast time before swimming, and other times when you’re not at the pool or beach. This helps them remember the rules more then when at the pool, when they might be too excited to listen to you talking about rules.

 

3. Create barriers between the child and the body of water.

Whether you have a pool at home, a beach a few blocks away, or a stream behind your house, ensure that there is something to prevent your kids from falling into the water. Pools should be equipped with a pool gate that is lockable and self-closing. A pool cover is another way to protect your children. An alarm system is a good idea; it can alert you if a child goes out a door or a window without permission. Add locking mechanisms to sliding doors and any other entry points between your child and the water.

Test out these barriers to make sure they work as intended. Go down to your kids’ level and check whether they would be able to climb over a gate with a chair, undo a safety latch, or slip through an unsecured window.

 

4. Remove all toys and floaties from the water when you’re done swimming.

A colorful toy or a lone floatie in the middle of a pool can be alluring to a small child, who might fall in while trying to grab it. Make sure the pool is empty of all toys and floaties and remember to close the pool gate behind you.

 

5. Check the pool or any body of water FIRST when you can’t find a child.

Again, seconds matter when someone is struggling to breathe while in water. Check the pool (or any other body of water) immediately when you notice you can’t find a kid.

 

6. Designate an adult to watch the kids with no distractions.

Sometimes when there are a lot of kids and parents, there is a false security that someone must be watching. There’s a lot of distractions and good conversation to be had, and you look away for a few minutes. An accident can happen during these few minutes, so take the time to designate an adult (not an older child) to watch the children. You could take turns every 30 minutes or so. Ideally, there should be a supervising adult per three kids. Other people should know not to distract these supervising adults at any time until their shift is over.

 

7. Children under the age of 5 should always be at an arm’s reach.

A drowning accident can happen fast, so if you have a child that is younger than five years old, make sure you’re right there next to them at all times while swimming. You’ll be able to grab them and pull them up when they fall into the water, even in shallow water. They might get disoriented and become unable to get their heads above water.

 

8. Put life jackets on your children when on a boat or in open water.

The life jackets should fit well and be comfortable. But the most important thing is that your kids actually wear them! If your kids aren’t used to wearing life vests, they’ll resist and become cranky, and you might give up and let them not wear them. Give them a chance to get used to wearing them at the home or at a pool before going on your watery adventure.

 

9. Establish a getting-ready-to-swim routine. 

Decide on a routine that you’ll do with your kids every time they go swimming. The routine can be as simple as putting on a swimming diaper and then sunscreen. The key is to do the routine consistently. Your kids will automatically try to do the routine before jumping into water, helping prevent them from doing so impulsively.

 

10. Encourage your kids to open their eyes in water. 

Kids should get used to opening their eyes while underwater, without googles, so they’re able to look around and find a way out if they accidentally fall in water.

 

11. Have your kids practice putting their heads in water in the bathtub.

Show them how to put their face into the water while bathing. Have them blow bubbles underwater. This will help them become more comfortable with water and panic less if they find themselves underwater.

 

12. Learn the signs of drowning.

Drowning is quiet and quick, nothing like what it looks like on TV or in the movies. Here is a good article to read to understand what drowning really looks like and what to look for when you’re supervising at the pool.

 

13. Have a cell phone on hand.

If there’s an emergency, you don’t want to be running around looking for a phone. Have a cell phone or smartphone on you or near you at all times when kids are swimming.

 

With these water safety tips in mind, go and have a great summer filled with lots of water play and pool outings!

Resources:
http://ourbestbites.com/2014/05/empowering-kids-through-water-safety/
http://www.simplyrealmoms.com/posts/water-saftey-what-every-parent-should-know/#more-11376
http://southerngirlramblings.com/pool-safety-for-kids/
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikespohr/water-safety-tips-every-parent-should-know?utm_term=4ldqpia&crlt.pid=camp.cRdvWfCaSmXf#.iygyNLwwn

 

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Summer Family Activities Week

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Summer Family Activities Week
Hello Summer! My friends it is finally here and it is time to have some fun. With kids out of school it is time to get out and enjoy some summer family fun. If you are stumped for ideas on what to do, you will love this week at Tipsaholic. We will be sharing a bunch of ideas on how to stay busy with summer family activities week.

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Here is what is coming up later today!

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We will start out with a bunch of great grilling recipes for the perfect family meal that is a little more unique than hot dogs and hamburgers!

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Then later on learn about water safety tips for kids and adults. Perfect for all those swimmers!

Then come back each day this week for more great ideas, inspirations and tips for family summer activities.

 

25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids

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If your kids share a room, you know the headache it can be to make the most of your space.  What’s the best layout?  How do you fit all the furniture?  How can you create separate but cohesive areas for each child?  How do you bring each personality into the space while making it flow?  And what do you do with all the clothes and clutter??  There are a lot of challenges that can arise with shared bedroom spaces, but there are great benefits as well – not the least of which is a stronger sibling bond.  Whether your kids share a room out of necessity or because you prefer it, the questions of furniture, layout, storage and design are still relevant.  Boys, girls, both, twins, triplets, old and young, there’s a way to make one space work for everyone.  Here are 25 stellar shared bedrooms that will provide all the inspiration you need!

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSmall Simple Space for 4  – You’ll never believe how this family fit 3 boys and a baby comfortably in one small bedroom!  It’s amazing!  You’ll have to click over for the details, but the simple, comfortable decor tie the room together beautifully for boys ages 7-newborn.

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsDIY Inexpensive Vintage Room for 2  –  This entire room is done DIY style on the cheap.  The beds themselves are an amazing touch – completely designed and made by hand and the top lifts for some much needed storage under the mattresses, while there’s still enough space underneath for some DIY “drawer crates” that organize toys.  You have to see what they did with the closet!  This tiny room now has enough space for sleeping AND playing for two active little girls!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExplore! Bedroom/Playroom  – There was no space left untouched during the transformation of this room – which was intended as a bedroom and playroom for a little boy and girl.  The solution for bulky bunk beds that would take up too much space?  Turn the closet into a “bed nook” with separate sleeping spots decorated for each kid.  Other awesome details: a reading loft, a completely wall mounted craft nook, tons of toy drawers that double as benches and a wall of customized wardrobe-style closet space.  It’s a room any kid would love.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTrio of Hanging Beds  –  Get the largest, bulkiest items up off of the floor to create more space underneath – by hanging bunk style beds from the ceiling/walls!  This tiny room is home to three young boys.  Getting the beds up and out of the way created eye catching style and gave them plenty of room to sleep and play.

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsMaking Room for Baby  –  Here’s a super quick room makeover that involves changes to the furniture layout and a few extra decor items to define separate areas for the siblings.   If you’ve got a toddler and a newborn, this is a good idea that features two cribs in one space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsSocial Studies Room  –  The decor in this room adorably mirrors the interests of the pre-teen boys who share it – history and geography.  The beds were created with frugality, using old pallets.  The key to success for this shared space is plenty of shelving and dresser storage.  The boys appreciate defined sleeping and storage areas, while the decor and bedding keeps the room cohesive.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsGender Neutral Room To Grow  – This room is long and narrow, and the family made the most of the space by placing the short crib against the shorter wall and the vintage bed at a 90 degree angle.  The decor and colors are kept light and neutral, perfect for kids of different genders.  In the future, this room will turn into a room for three with a trundle bed on wheels pulled from beneath the current twin bed.  With some creative thinking, a good layout and plenty of storage you can make even a small, narrow room work for multiples!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsTucked Away Bunks  – A seemingly awkward nook or alcove can be the perfect solution for maximizing space in a shared bedroom.  This bunk bed was designed and handmade to fit into an out of the way corner, making sure that bulky furniture didn’t take up valuable floor space.  The rest of the room features lots of open shelving and a lot of dresser storage to keep treasures safely in their spots.

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsCrib Nook  – Two boys shared this room originally, and it was cozy then.  When a baby girl came along, they converted the closet to a nook for her crib, complete with shelving and decor to feminize her space and make it uniquely her own.  Clothes were put in a dresser between the twin beds.  While it’s a small room, it definitely works for three kids and there’s no lack of space.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsColor Blocked Space  – Define separate areas in a shared bedroom by decorating in two different but complimentary colors.  Place a bookshelf or dresser for storage and division.  Start with base colors for each side (in this case, yellow and turquoise) and add pops of the other colors throughout the whole space to make the look cohesive.  It’s simple and unique with lots of individual personality.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsExtra Long Bed  – This room features an extra long platform that spans the length of the room.  It’s long enough to fit two twin mattresses on it with some room between.  This is a great solution for sleeping arrangements in a shared space, especially if it’s a narrow room and could benefit by having all the furniture against one wall.  Notice the storage drawers below the bed and the storage shelves above – in coordinated colors that bring a cohesive, put-together feeling to the space.  Though the bed butts up to the closet along the perpendicular wall, the doors slide apart, making it completely usable still.

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsAbove Bed Shelving  –  At first glance, this room seems as if it’s not big enough for one child and their accompanying “stuff,” let alone two.  When one of them is a girl and one a boy, making this tiny space work for both seems an insurmountable challenge.  By placing the beds next to each other, but separated by a chest of drawers, there’s a clear division of space.  But what makes this room really work well is the above bed storage – a wall of shelves above each bed for storing special treasures and toys.  Making use of the architecture already present in the space, the beds and shelves look like expensive built-ins.

 

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No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsPrivacy Partition  –  Perhaps your kids would appreciate a bit more privacy to their separate areas.  You can accomplish this in nearly any sized bedroom by utilizing some kind of room divider.  The best room divider for a kids’ bedroom will incorporate plenty of storage, as does this large shelf with cubbies.  Putting pegboard on one side of the shelf allows for hanging storage and even more separation.

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kids5 Kids, 1 Room  – You’ll never believe it, but there are 5 boys in this room.  5 of them!  And it works.  The furniture is kept to a minimum – two small bookshelves, two sets of bunk beds and one toddler bed.  No dressers.  No desks.  With the bunk beds pushed into the corner in an “L”, it gives the look (and space-saving) of built-in bunks.  There are shelves and bins in the closets and under beds for clothing, so no dressers are needed.  A clever solution to keep from feeling too stuffed, even with a herd of boys!

 

No matter the age or gender, having kids share a bedroom can be challenging. Here are 25 awesome ideas to create the perfect shared bedroom! 25 Stellar Shared Bedrooms for Kids - Tipsaholic, #DIY, #bedroom, #design, #sharedroom, #kidsBuilt-In Bunks  –  This is an amazing space for 5 girls.  One wall was changed into built-in bunk beds – with a set of stairs in between.  Each bed is outfitted with a curtain to pull for privacy, a shelf for books and a lamp.  It’s basically like sleeping in a fort, every night.  Below the bunks are oversized drawers for toy storage.  There’s a nook for a dresser built-in across from the beds (which is actually three Ikea dressers put together, but you’d never know it) and on one short wall, they created a closet by hanging curtains along a track in the ceiling.  It’s comfy, it’s bright and cheery and, surprisingly, not at all cramped.

 

Also, check out this sunny, gender neutral shared room with lots of details and tips.

 

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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5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Kids

It is important to be careful of the words we use with children. Recognize these 5 things you shouldn't say to kids and learn what to say (or do) instead. 5 Things You Shouldn't Say to Kids (And What to Do Instead) ~ Tipsaholic.com #parenting #kids

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An angry outburst directed at a child can be more damaging than you might think. Kids need positive encouragement and help in identifying and dealing with their emotions as they grow and develop. Take a closer look at what you say to the children in your life. If you find any of these five common phrases, consider working to change them and to use more positive ways to get the results you desire. The better we do as parents and caregivers, the greater these children’s futures will be as they learn to treat others with respect and kindness.

 

5 Things You Should Never Say to a Child

 

1. “If you eat this, you get dessert”

As parents struggle to teach children a healthy way of living, this is one of the phrases that can cause some setbacks. Making kids eat their vegetables before they get the sweet stuff makes vegetables seem like the “bad guy” in the equation, and that’s probably the opposite of what you want. Don’t use healthy foods as a bribe. Consider serving dessert with dinner. Doing so could take some of the emphasis off the dessert itself and put the focus back on the meal as a whole.

 

2. “Because I said so”

You may remember this one from your own parents’ repertoire, and maybe you also remember how frustrating it could be? Your kids are much more likely to drop an issue, or at least be more accepting, if you really do your best to give a real explanation. And making a commitment to do so may also make you more thoughtful when it comes to responding to your kids’ questions. If your son wants to know why he has to wear his seatbelt or your daughter asks why you want her to eat her green beans, think about it. Be honest. Do some research together if necessary. They may still have questions, but you’ve got science and the law on your side!

 

3. “Don’t cry” or “You’re okay”

Kids have emotions. They feel them and are honest about them, and it’s healthy for them to express those emotions in different ways as they go through different phases of development. When we say these things, it tends to be because we are uncomfortable with the way their emotions are displaying or because we don’t want others to be uncomfortable. But saying “You’re okay” does not make their hurt go away. Try to look at things from their perspective – if you fall and get hurt, do you want someone to tell you you’re okay, or do you want someone to help you up and talk through the pain with you? The healthy emotional development of our children is based on our reactions to these small situations.

 

4. “We don’t talk about ____ in this house”

This phrase can turn the most normal of things (like bodily functions, race, or sex) into taboo subjects. If you want your kids to come to you when they have problems in these areas, you’re going to have to answer their questions and address the issues without passing judgment or making them feel ashamed. Instead, you can just answer them by speaking on their level. You don’t have to go into great detail, but don’t tell stories, as you’ll likely wind up retracting them later in your child’s life. If it’s a matter of manners, simply teaching kids that it’s more polite to say “excuse me” or to keep bathroom matters private can be much more effective.

 

5. “What were you thinking?” or “Why did you do that?”

It can be easy to blurt out these questions when a child acts out or makes a mess. But the shame we place on them when they make an honest mistake can affect their willingness to approach us with greater concerns later on. Depending on the child’s age, the skills to deal with their emotions and mistakes may not be there. It is important in any situation to identify the feelings, the behaviors that occurred, and reinforce positive ideas. If an older sister hits a little brother, it may be appropriate to say, “I can see that you’re angry because your brother took your toy, but it’s not okay to hit. Hitting hurts.” Afterward, you can help sister ask brother to give the toy back and help him to do so. It may also be a good idea when an accident occurs to identify it as such – like when a child tips their cup over at dinner. “It’s okay, sometimes I spill too,” is a simple way to let your child know that these things happen and the best thing they can do is to help with the cleanup.

 

Remember that children are people too, and the things we say matter. We can be their greatest role models and guide them each day by learning what to say and what to do when it comes to emotions, mistakes, and daily choices.

 

 

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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6 Fun Family Campfire Traditions

If you love a crackling summer campfire, you'll love these ideas for creating campfire traditions and lasting memories with your family! 6 Fun Family Campfire Traditions - @Tipsaholic #traditions, #familyfun, #kids, #summer

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It’s the perfect time of year to enjoy a crackling outdoor fire.  Whether you’re planning a camping trip or just like to cozy up around a backyard fire-pit, campfires can be great fun for everyone!  Chances are you’ve got some of your own campfire traditions you like to do as a family, but there are always more ways to get the kids involved.  Up the entertainment value of your campfires with these fun family traditions!

 

 

1. Ghost Stories.  We’ve all heard about this creepy campfire activity, but have you passed it down to your own kids?  Perhaps you don’t remember the ghost stories from your youth, or you could use a little help with some new ghost stories your kids haven’t heard a thousand times!  Check out American Folklore – which has a section designated to ghost stories, one for spooky campfire stories and one for supernatural romance.  Or try these books: 50 Real American Ghost Stories and Creepy, Book 1.

 

 

2. Campfire Songs. Of course you’ve probably sung a campfire song or two in your day.  This tradition is still a great one for kids to take part in.  If you’ve gotten rusty over the years, there are a lot of sources that can help you out.  The site Songs for Teaching has a section devoted to campfire songs both silly and traditional.  Bonus: along with the written lyrics, you can also play either the vocal or piano musical tune!  If you play the guitar, you might like a book of lyrics and chords, like this one, so you can learn to play along!

 

 

3. The Great Cookout.  If you’re spending time at home during your summer vacation, you could designate a day for “The Great Cookout.”  Come up with a menu for the whole day comprised entirely of meals that can be cooked over the campfire!  If you’re sick of the age-old hot dogs and s’mores, here are some ideas for campfire breakfasts, here are more hardy meals, and here’s some sweet treats you’ll definitely want to try!  Let everyone participate in the planning process, from picking the meals, to shopping for ingredients.  Then cook together and eat outside.

 

 

4. Campfire techniques.    Use your campfire as a teaching tool for the family.  Each time you make a fire in your pit or while you’re camping, try out different techniques.  For instance, try different methods of stacking the wood to build the fire.  Did you know there are actually 9 different ways to light a fire without matches?  Try each one!  Make a few different “fire starter kits” and test them out to see which work best.  Your kids are guaranteed to remember all they’ve learned with you around the fire!

 

 

5. Roast new things. Sure, you’ve roasted hot dogs on a stick and probably marshmallows as well, but have you ever roasted a Starburst and eaten them when they’re bubbly and warm? Or fruit kebabs – with strawberries and pineapple?  How about roasting campfire cones or banana boats?  There are a ton of things your kids can have fun roasting, so why not switch it up and try roasting new things each time?  Here are a few savory ideas of what to roast.

 

 

6. Family Meeting.  When everyone’s gathered together around the campfire, feeling safe and cozy, it can be the perfect time to have a “family meeting.”  Your family meeting can be personalized to your family’s needs – there are so many ways to incorporate this idea.  You could have each person take a turn talking about the positive things that happened that week.  Or let each person talk about something that’s bothering them and come up with solutions together.  Or you could incorporate a religious devotional into your campfire night.  Let someone else plan a message or scripture each time you gather by the campfire.  Another possibility is to take turns having each person talk about their faith and what they believe in.  You may even want to incorporate a “talking stick” to pass around – when someone holds the stick, it’s their turn to share!

 

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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36 End of School Year Party Ideas

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

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The school year is winding down, and summer is almost upon us once again!  Kids are excited for longer days spent in the sun, playing and taking long vacations.  Perhaps you’re looking forward to more family time and day trips you can’t take during the school year.  In any case, a celebration is in order!  If you want to welcome summer in style, here are 36 end of school year party ideas to give you some inspiration.

 

DECOR:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSchool Bus Theme – From a table and backdrop made to look like a life-sized school bus, to bus decorated cookies, this school bus theme is a cute reminder of schooldays.  Pair it with a banner that says “Schools out for summer!” and you’re end of school party will be ready to roll!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Theme – This ice cream party features adorable decor – from paper ice cream cones hanging on the backdrop of the table, to washi tape covered trays!  There are cute signs for each station and lots of coordinating paper products that fit the whole Ice Cream Social theme.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPool Theme – A pool themed party is perfect for welcoming the coming summer!  What makes these decorations awesome is that they are totally functional AFTER the party is over!  You won’t pay a dime for extra things you’ll just throw away – just buy summer items (like beach towels, pails and a wading pool) that you would normally buy and use them in unique ways for decor!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Theme – This carnival themed party is over the top amazing.  From a large, big top style tent fabric backdrop, to hand designed carnival graphics printed on paper products, this party has it all going on.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBright Future” Theme – If you’re planning a graduation party at the end of the school year, you’ll love this decor!  Taking inspiration from the “bright futures” ahead of the grads, there’re pops of neon colors, a sunglasses motif and fresh flowers.  Learn how to make mortarboards from scrapbook paper with neon tassels!  Whether you’re celebrating preschool, 5th grade graduation or high school graduation, this decor would work wonders for you!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolDIY Honeycomb Apples

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school

and an Apple Theme – What says “school days” more than an apple for teacher?  Learn how to make your own honeycomb apples to hang around the room.  And this adorable apple themed party features a black paper background with white writing – reminiscent of blackboards – and a tree adorned with apple cookies.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Theme – Everyone’s looking forward to long days at the beach, so why not bring the beach to your party?  Dollar store beach balls make a cheap decoration and you can serve food from sand pails with shovels.  Toss in some rope, pilings and driftwood and you’ve got some inexpensive, cute summer-themed decor!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSurfing Theme – The decor for this “Surf Into Summer” party is luau-inspired – with grass table skirts and blow up surf boards everywhere.  Bright colors in sand pails and signs nod to exotic locations.  Throw in some sunglasses and the kids will love it!

 

FOOD:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeach Cupcakes – These adorable cupcakes feature a sunbathing bear, such a cute nod to sunshine and warm days on the beach!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSchoolbook Sandwiches – For a school-themed party, you’ll need some textbooks!  All you need are flour tortillas, cheese and deli meat cut into rectangles – then simply assemble and write on them with food coloring markers.  Too cute!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunshine Cupcakes – Cupcakes are a party must, and these are a cute and delicious symbol of summer.  This smiling sunshine will be a perfect addition to your “welcome summer” party!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolBeachball Fruit Pizza – You can learn how to turn a fruit pizza into a beachball!  If you’ve got a beach or summer themed party, it’s a great treat that’s also healthy.  Plus, it’s just as pretty as it is delicious!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #school“Build Your Own Picnic” – This is an easy and super cute way to host a picnic lunch.  With lots of individually packaged options, everyone can pick and choose the elements of their own picnic lunch.  Bright labels are a fun pop of color.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolIce Cream Social – The food for this party is all ice cream – tons of toppings, syrups, waffle bowls and cones, and lots of ice cream.  Then let everyone build their own perfect sundaes.

 

ACTIVITIES:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome Summer Banner Burst – Make a large-scale banner welcoming summer and let the party-goers race through it – bursting into their vacation!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFrisbee Tic Tac Toe –  This tic tac toe board is made out of a shower curtain!  Players toss frisbees, trying for three in a row.  It’s an inexpensive and summery outdoor version of the classic!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolOutdoor Water Party Games – You’ll find all sorts of inspiration for water-filled games here – like sponge relays, trike and bike wash and water gun filling stations.  If your end of school party is outdoors, you may want to include lots of water fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWelcome to Summer Outdoor Games – This party included all the outdoor summer classics – like kickball, frisbee, water balloons and blowing bubbles!  When in doubt, you can never go wrong with the old standby’s!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolChalk Drawing – Host a chalk drawing party!  The whole point of this “festival” is to brighten up the neighborhood with art while celebrating the longer days of summer.  It’s a super easy, inexpensive and low-key activity all ages will love doing!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolLast Day of School Basket – While this activity was created for family’s to do on the last day of school, it’s certainly something you could alter a bit for a party.  Simply leave a basket out with lots of fun summery activities – water guns, water balloons, chalk, bubbles, balls, treats, towels, etc – and have the kids dig in!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolWalk of Fame – This activity would be perfect for someone who’s graduating – whether from preschool or high school (or anything between).  Just place milestone events on cards attached to dowels or stakes and line the walkway to the party.  Guests coming to the party can appreciate the special moments and the guest of honor will enjoy reliving it all.

 

FAVORS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk – What a cute, practical and fun way to wish your party-goers a happy summer!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolPopsicles – Nothing says summer like a nice, cold popsicle!  These are a great treat for any age.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSunglasses – You can’t beat a nod to the 80’s!  These are cute and super functional.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolKool-Aid and Crazy Straws – Kids love kool-aid!  And they’ll love it even more with a crazy straw.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSwedish Fish – You could use the same phrase and card with fish crackers, gummy fish, or other fish candy as well.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSummer Science Kit – If you want to stay away from sugary sweets and are trying to encourage continued learning, this fun science kit will be a big hit with kids.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolJump Rope – Another staple for long summer days – a jump rope!  Inexpensive, active, and fun!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolMonogram Chalk Slate – A little chalk spray paint, colored chalk and some chipboard letters creates a unique, one of a kind favor that’s schooldays themed.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolDr. Seuss Bookmarks –  These Dr. Seuss bookmarks are a cinch to make and require few materials.  They’re colorful and fun; the quote is perfect for little learners.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolFla-mingle Info Tag Pencil Toppers – What a fabulous way to leave your information with friends from school so you can set up play dates!

 

INVITATIONS:

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSmart Cookies – These cookie-themed invitations are so cute!  Host a cookie bar to toast your smart cookies – and don’t forget the milk!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolThat’s A Wrap! – The invitations for this party state a clear theme – candy!  Wrapped up in colorful papers and plastic, candy makes for a tasty and decorative (not to mention easy) party.

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolCarnival Ticket – This adorable ticket shaped invitation to a carnival themed party is just perfect!

Host an awesome end of school year party and welcome summer in style! Here is a ton of inspiration that will make your summer kick-off great! 36 End of School Year Party Ideas - Tipsaholic.com, #party, #DIY, #summer, #schoolSidewalk Chalk Festival – Here’s a cute and easy invitation to a “chalk festival”.  Simply made on the computer and printed out, they’re easy and inexpensive and can be completely customized.

 

 

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 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning

Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning. 10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning via @tipsaholic #kids #school #tips


10 Smart Tips to Get Kids Ready Faster in the Morning
Are your mornings rushed and hectic? Do you constantly tell your kids to do this or that while you’re trying to get everyone out the front door every morning? Do your kids miss the morning bus or arrive at school late from time to time? Try these 10 tips to make your mornings go a little more smoothly and get kids ready faster in the morning.

1. A good morning begins the night before.

Prep for the next day before it begins. Every night, try to do as much as possible so you have less to worry about during the morning.

  • Make your breakfasts in advance. These portable breakfasts would do the trick.
  • Have your kids choose their outfits for the next day before they go to sleep. You could have them do that every night or choose all of their outfits all at once on Sunday nights. Try not to let your kids change their outfits on the mornings; have them wear the clothes they chose the night before to reduce any wasted time in the mornings on unnecessary outfit changes.
  • One lost shoe can derail a whole morning. Lay out their shoes either in their rooms or next to the front door.
  • Pack lunches and put them in lunch boxes. Leave the lunch boxes in the refrigerator until it’s time to go.
  • Load the car as much as possible before the morning routine begins. For example, you could put your kids’ backpacks, the stroller, and your lunch bag in the car before waking up your kids.

2. Decide on a morning routine as a family.

Call a family meeting and discuss ways to streamline your mornings. Have your kids pitch in with their ideas to give them a sense of control and ownership over their mornings. They might even come up with a great idea that you would have never thought of! Then decide on a routine together and follow it every morning.

3. Help your kids be more aware of the clock.

It can get exhausting telling your kids to hurry up, hurry up, hurry up! And it’s not at all effective. Instead of taking on the responsibility of informing them of time’s passing, give them the opportunity to set their own pace by helping them understand how fast time can pass. Depending on your kids’ age, try one of these methods:

  • Set up a time timer where your kids can see it to help them understand how much time is left to get ready. You can set the time timer to tick down from 15, 30, or 60 minutes and the red part will slowly shrink down until there is no time left. Then it’s time to go!
  • If your kids have phones, you could set a daily timer on their phones to go off 5 or 10 minutes before it’s time to leave, giving them a final warning.
  • Create a playlist to help your kids stay on track, with a song for every task that they need to do. One song is for getting dressed, another is for eating breakfast, and so on.

4. Give your kids a motivator to get ready faster.

If your kids know that they’ll get some type of entertainment when they’re all ready, they might be more motivated to finish their morning routine more quickly. This could be a good a way to occupy your kids if they’re ready before it’s time to go and you need to do a few last-minute tasks.

  • Put a book basket near the front door for them to sit and read while everyone else finishes getting ready.
  • Withhold your kids’ phones and other gadgets until they’re completely ready.
  • Don’t turn on the TV until every kid is ready with their coats and shoes on. Allow them to watch TV until it’s time to go. However, if your kids get upset when you turn the TV off in the middle of a program, this might not work for your family.

5. Get yourself ready before waking up the kids.

Getting your kids ready in the morning might require all of your focus, which doesn’t leave you much time to get yourself ready. Wake up a bit earlier to get yourself dressed and ready before the kids are up. Just ten minutes of focusing 100% on yourself can help your morning go much more smoothly.

6. Create a morning checklist.

If you find yourself telling your kids what to do every single morning, take the time to create a list of tasks that they need to do. Brush their teeth, put on their shoes, go to the bathroom, etc. The morning checklist can be as extensive or simple as you want it to be, depending on your kids’ ages and personality. For younger kids, a checklist with pictures and magnets would work great.

7. Delegate.

You can’t do it all by yourself. If you have a partner, have him/her take on some tasks to divide up the morning routine between you two. For example, you could focus on getting the kids dressed while your partner gets breakfast ready. If your kids are old enough, involve them in the prep the night before by packing their own lunches and their backpacks. Have your kids dress themselves if they’re able to. Give them the independence to do things by themselves by making your home accessible, such as putting a step near the light switch in the bathroom and having all of their toothbrushes and toothpaste ready and within reach.

8. Make sure your kids get enough sleep.

A tired kid in the morning will take double (or triple) the time it takes to normally do something. On school nights, try to stick to a early bedtime and don’t forget to get enough sleep yourself, too.

9. Give personal alarm clocks to your kids.

Kids love to feel like big kids and doing things themselves. You can use that tendency to your favor by giving them a personal alarm clock that will go off when they need to wake up. Allow them to choose their own alarm clock and choose their own song. This pooh alarm clock is really cute for younger kids, while older kids might enjoy this batman alarm clock.

If you happen to sleep through your own alarm clock, you have a backup! Your kids will probably wake you up thanks to their alarm clocks.

10. Practice your morning routine as a family.

Practice makes perfect. Over the summer or a long break, practice your morning routine together as a family to get everyone familiar with what they need to do. Take this opportunity to tweak your routine to find one that works for your family.

What other tips and tricks do you recommend to get kids ready faster in the morning?

For more parenting tips, check out How To Exercise With Kids and 7 Ways to Teach Kids in the Kitchen.

“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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10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids’ Art and Schoolwork

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10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids' Art and Schoolwork
It can be fun to open your kids’ backpacks to find all the artwork and school projects that they have completed, but sometimes there’s just so, so, so much of it! Here are 10 ideas for what to do with your kids’ art and schoolwork so they don’t completely take over your home.

1. Store your kids’ art and schoolwork in binders.

Use sheet protectors to hold the art and schoolwork and organize them with tabbed sheet protectors. This tutorial uses one binder for each child and divides the papers by grade/year, but you could organize your binders in any way you prefer. The important thing is that you edit the papers to choose the most important and/or memorable ones to save.

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2. Organize your kids’ schoolwork and art in a file box.

If you feel that a binder couldn’t possibly hold all the art and schoolwork that you want to keep, an alternative is to use a file box. Create an organized file box with labels and a coversheet complete with your kids’ school picture for each year. Check out the great tutorial for free downloads.

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3. Take photos of the artwork and schoolwork to make a photo book.

Save your kids’ artwork and schoolwork in a box and take photos of them or scan them when you have time, then discard them. Compile all of your photos and scans into a photo book and print one for every school year.

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4. Have your kids give their artwork to their loved ones who live far away.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other loved ones always want to hear updates about your kids. Why not make their day and reduce your paper clutter at the same time by having your kids pick from their artwork collection and mailing it for birthdays and other special days? Your kids’ art and schoolwork could also be turned into homemade cards with a bit of creativity.

 

5. Put the best of your kids’ art and schoolwork in a sleek portfolio.

This idea for how to organize kids’ art and schoolwork is very similar to the binder method, but a thin, black portfolio for every school year looks very nice and feels professional. Choose a portfolio that’s archival safe and you can be sure that your kids’ priceless paper treasures will last for a long time.

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6. Use an app to save photos of your kids’ work and share with others.

With a smartphone, you can take a photo of your kids’ schoolwork and artwork as soon as you see them and save them with an app. You can easily share your kids’ creations with family and friends. And then when you’re ready, you can quickly turn all of the photos into a book. Try these two apps: Artkive and Keepy.

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7. Make a photo collage of your kids’ creations.

You can turn a large collection of art and schoolwork into one beautiful artwork that you and your kids will be proud to display in your home. This grid collage is neat and modern and looks great in the kids’ bedroom, while this large collage adds color to a dining room.

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8. Save seasonal art for the next year as seasonal decor.

Do your kids bring home beautiful seasonal art… just when that holiday season is about to end? Instead of displaying your kids’ artwork and schoolwork for only a few days, store them in boxes labeled with the season or holiday (e.g. Thanksgiving) and put them up as decor for the next year. You and your kids will enjoy the memories and they’ll stay up on display for a longer period of time. Then afterwards, you can decide whether to trash them or to keep them for another year.

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9. Take a photo of your child with all of their favorite artwork and schoolwork at the end of the school year.

Keep everything that your kids bring home in a box and have your kids choose their favorites when the school year ends. Put up the artwork and schoolwork on a wall and have your kid stand proudly with their creations. Take a photo and you’ve just reduced a whole pile of paper to one photo. This is also a great way to capture how your kid looked when they made their masterpieces.

 

10. Create an art wall for your kids.

Instead of displaying your kids’ artwork on the fridge, designate a wall in your home to act as a mini art gallery. Hang up their creations throughout the year and make it an important part of your home’s decor.

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How do you organize and store your kids’ art and schoolwork?

For more organizing ideas, don’t miss 10 Simple Home Organization Tips and Homework Station Inspiration: 32 Ideas for Organization and Order.

 

“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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25 DIY Clock Ideas For Kids’ Rooms

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25 DIY Clock Ideas For Kids’ Rooms
A cute clock can act as a decor item as well as a functional one, especially in a kids’ room. Here are 25 DIY clock ideas for kids’ rooms that range from adorable to ultra cool! Whether you have a girly tween, a playful toddler, or a serious teenager boy, you’ll find a clock on this list that’s perfect for your kid’s room! Many of these DIY clock ideas require a clock kit, like this one.

1. Silhouette Animal Clock

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Follow the instructions to create your own silhouette animal clock. You could carve out a clock in the shape of your child’s favorite animal!

2. Moon Clock

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Does your kid dream of becoming an astronaut? He or she will love this moon clock!

3. Literary Clock

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Do you have a beloved children’s book that has some pages torn out or damaged? Re-purpose it as a charming book clock for your kid’s room.

4. Personalized Photo Clock

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Your kids will get a kick out of seeing themselves on their personalized photo clocks!

5. Cuckoo Clock

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A wooden birdhouse, with a little paint and cute accessories, can be turned into a seriously fun cuckoo clock for your kid’s room.

6. Chrysanthemum Clock

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Can you believe that this DIY clock is made out of plastic spoons? This flower clock would be perfect for a little girl’s room.

7. When To Wake Up Clock

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This DIY clock for a kid’s room is more for you than for your kids. Color markings on a simple clock help your kids know when to go back to sleep, when to stay in their room and when to wake you up.

8. Lego Clock

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Lego-lovers of all ages will absolutely love this Lego clock. Have your kid choose his/her favorite Lego people and help you create this fun DIY clock.

9. Crayon Clock

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Budding little artists will love this crayon clock. You could create a similar DIY clock with paintbrushes, markers, or whatever is your child’s favorite art tool.

10. Curiosities Wall Clock

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This captivating insect clock was made with spray-painted plastic insects, but you could use any plastic toys for the same effect. Little plastic dinosaurs would be very cool, for example!

11. House Clock

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Make an adorable clock in the shape of a house and decorate it with a picket fence and a couple of tiny animals!

12. Death Star Clock

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If you have a kid who loves Star Wars, he/she will LOVE this Death Star clock that’s made out of a frisbee!

13. Lego Star Wars Clock

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You don’t have to choose between Lego and Star Wars for your DIY clock for your kids’ room. Combine both interests with this great clock!

14. Hexagon Clock

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This beautiful hexagon clock would work very well for any age or gender. Your choice of fabric will set the tone for this clock; you could set your kid loose in a fabric store and let him/her choose to make a clock he/she will love.

15. Clay Car Clock

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Make a clock out of clay and add detachable play cars for an awesome creation that’s one part art, one part toy, and one part clock!

16. Printable Cuckoo Clock

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Want something easy to make? Try this printable cuckoo clock that you can glue on a piece of chipboard and add a clock kit. Bam, you’re done and you have a cute clock for your kid’s room!

17. Letter Art Clock

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You don’t actually do anything to a clock for this DIY project. You just turn the clock into the letter O to act as a part of a word! If your kid’s name includes an O, this idea would be perfect for you.

18. Scrapbook Clock

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Every kid loves to see pictures of himself/herself. Create a fun scrapbook clock for your child’s room with pictures and keepsakes that’s full of happy memories.

19. Minecraft TNT Clock

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Finally, a digital clock that you can DIY! Perfect for the youngster who loves Minecraft.

20. 3-D Butterfly Clock

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This beautiful 3-D butterfly clock turns a functional item (a boring clock) into an artistic, sculptural one!

21. Photo Circles Clock

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Cut circles out of your kids’ favorite photos and display them with this DIY wall clock.

22. Chalkboard Clock

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If your kid is too young to tell time, you could write down daily routines on this cool chalkboard clock. Fun little drawings would work well, too!

23. Bicycle Wheel Clock

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This awesome bicycle wheel clock would work well in a sports-themed kids’ room.

24. Ministry of Silly Walks Clock

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This silly clock would amuse any Monty Python fan… or any kid, really! You could use a different character to do the silly walk as the time ticks by. How about Mickey Mouse, Frozen’s Elsa, or even Superman?

25. Owl Clock

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If you have scrap wood in the garage waiting for a project, you can make this cute owl clock with the help of a jig saw and some paint.

26. Globe Clock

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For a kid who loves geography or visiting new places, this globe clock would be the greatest clock ever. And it’s fairy simple to make!

Want to see even more DIY clock ideas? Here are 25 more cool DIY clocks!

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“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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