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

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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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Backyard Twister

 

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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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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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!

 

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, #kidsLumberjack Room  – This is a cute room shared by two young boys.  The design and decor is kept simple and comfortable which will allow it to grow with the 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, #kidsIndustrial Baseball Room  – This is a great idea for making the most of an awkward space!  By hanging the curtains centered on the wall and therefore off-center from the window a bit, you trick the eye in seeing the window as centered between the two beds.  Genius!

 

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, #kidsSmall Apartment Bedroom for 3  – It’s amazing what you find works even when you’re sure it won’t.  This young family lives in NYC, and has sacrificed space for the experience.  It’s a situation that works well for them, and if you want to see how they make this small bedroom work, just click over.  There’s ideas for keeping things tidy and the sleeping arrangements.

 

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, #kidsModern with Vintage Touches  –  This is an adorable space for two young girls. There’s a ton of personality crammed into a small area here – but the white background with the walls, sheer curtains and beds endure that the colors and styles don’t overwhelm the space.  Each girl has their own spots with favorite books within reach and monograms to designate who is where.  The gallery walls add a personal touch to the space so they can really call it their own.  See their solution for closet doors that took up too much 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, #kidsBedroom Playroom Mixed  – Not only does this room sleep two kids comfortably, it also houses all their toys and books as well!  It’s a shared space between a little girl and baby boy AND a bedroom and playroom – it’s pulling double duty in more ways than one!  It works well because decor and furniture is kept simple, light and bright.

 

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.

 

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, #kidsSimple and Trendy Small Space for Sibs  –  This family needed a double duty room (for play and sleep) that would be comfortable and inviting for a brother/sister combo.  To make it even more challenging, there’s quite a gap in their ages, so it had to appeal to young and old.  They accomplished this by keeping the design very simple and monochromatic, and adding hidden storage where possible.  The result is a peaceful area both kids could appreciate.

 

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.

 

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, #kidsCorner Beds  –  The long, rectangular shape of this room along with the placement of french doors and large windows made furniture layout a little less straightforward when planning for two kids.  By placing identical beds in an “L” in one corner, wall space is fully utilized while the middle of the floor is kept free of clutter and bulk.  The functionality of one under-bed drawer is lost, but there are other storage solutions added to the room to make up for it.

 

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.

 

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, #kidsIndustrial Space for 3  –   The space beneath the loft bed in this room was just large enough for a king sized mattress, placed perpendicular to the twin above so it juts into the room.  With three young boys in this space, it’s the perfect solution as it eliminates headboards, footboards, and bed frames that take up valuable real estate.  The steel frame of the loft was the perfect inspiration for the industrial decor and storage – a chest with bins for toys and two metal racks, one with metal toolboxes for small treasures and collections and one with galvanized buckets for stuffed animals.  The kids have enough storage and space to sleep and play – even with three in one room!

 

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.

 

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-Ins On Both Ends  –  A narrow room like this is best utilized by placing the furniture together against one long wall.  This can be challenging when trying to add everything necessary – like dressers and shelves along with two beds.  This room does it with built-ins – on both sides of the room.  One side is built-in bunk beds with closed storage/cabinets on both ends, and open shelving filling in the remaining space along the wall.  The other wall is a combination of open and closed shelving, so there’s no need for dressers or bookshelves.  Everything has a spot.

 

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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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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7 DIY Outdoor Play Equipment Ideas for Your Backyard

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7 DIY Outdoor Play Equipment Ideas for Your Backyard
Wondering what to do with your empty backyard? Consider making these 8 DIY outdoor play equipment ideas that your kids will love! Some of them require some serious DIY skills, while others are simpler to make but just as much fun. Read on to find out how your backyard can be turned into a playground for your kids!

1. Playhouse

Many kids love to play house in a tiny playhouse designed just for them. You could build an amazing playhouse yourself, complete with a slide, if you’re confident with your DIY prowess. Here’s a great tutorial with a complete building plan and a breakdown of all the costs involved.

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Or you could buy a wooden playhouse (like this or this one) made of the same materials that are used to build real houses, such as cedar and vinyl, and paint it to match your home. This tutorial tells you what paint to use and how to DIY a floor for a playhouse that comes without one.

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On a budget? Check out Craigslist for plastic playhouses that are often given away for free or sold for low prices. Rejuvenate the playhouse for your kids by giving it a paint makeover.

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2. Tetherball

Tetherball is such a fun game and it’s pretty easy to DIY one for your backyard! You’ll need an old tire for this DIY project, which you often can find on Craigslist or at your local tire shop. Buy a tetherball, attach it to the pole, and start playing!

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3. Outdoor Movie Theater

If your kids love to watch movies (what kid doesn’t?), they’ll love an outdoor movie theater. This DIY outdoor movie screen was made with a little more than $30 in supplies and includes a drop cloth, some wood, and buckets full of sand. Set up a projector and relax with your family during cool summer nights.

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4. Covered Sandbox

Set up a sandbox in your backyard and your kids will play with it for hours. Check out this great woodworking plan for a covered sandbox with built-in seats! This DIY sandbox will take you only a couple of hours to build.

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Want a DIY covered sandbox with a little less woodworking? Try this awesome DIY covered sandbox that is made from a bookcase!

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5. In-Ground Trampoline

A trampoline is so much fun to have in your backyard, but many of them are high off the ground and that can lead to some ugly falls. Consider lowering your trampoline in-ground to make it just a bit safer. It can be expensive hiring this job out, so here’s an useful tutorial on how to DIY your own in-ground trampoline!

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They did such a good job with their backyard, which includes a lot of DIY outdoor play equipment. Check out the finished backyard.

6. Seesaw

You might have noticed that the mighty seesaw of yesterday’s playgrounds have all but disappeared. If you have good memories of playing on seesaws and want your kids to experience the same, you can build your own for your backyard. Here’s a tutorial for a fun DIY kids seesaw that will cost you less than $30.

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Another idea is to build a small seesaw (or a tire totter) with a tire and a piece of cedar. Add brightly colored paint for even more fun!

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7. Balance Beam

Some kids love to walk along stone ledges, causing their parents’ hair to go gray. If your kids are like that, they’ll definitely enjoy a balance beam in their backyard. You can DIY a balance beam with only a few purchases from a hardware store and very little time. Here’s a good tutorial, and here’s another one.

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Put several of these DIY outdoor play equipment in your backyard, along with an inflatable pool, and your backyard will definitely become an oasis for your kids during the warm months. You’ll be able to sit back, sip on a fruity drink, and relax while watching them play. That’s the idea, at least!

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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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9 Ideas for Bath Time Fun

Here are 9 fun ideas for bath time to turn a daily routine into an adventure for kids! These bath tub activities are also great for rainy and cold days! 9 ideas for bath time fun via tipsaholic.com #bath #bathtime #kids #bathfun


9 Ideas for Bath Time Fun
Taking a bath in a bathtub is a luxury for adults, but it’s routine for children. Here are 9 fun ideas for bath time to turn a daily routine into an adventure for kids! These bath tub activities are also great for killing time during rainy and cold days.

 

1. Paint in the bath!

Show your kids how to make homemade bath paint with cornstarch, baby shampoo, and food coloring in a muffin tin. When the paint is ready, have them paint all over the tub (and their bodies) with their artistic creations. For even more painting fun, don’t fill the tub with water until after your kids are done painting!

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If your kids prefer a thicker paint, try this homemade bath tub paint that’s made of shaving cream, dish soap, and paint or food coloring!

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2. Create a glowing bath.

How does taking a bath in the dark sound to you? Well, what if the water in the bath tub glowed? So much fun! There are several ways to make your bath water glow; go to the tutorial to find out how. There’s also glow-in-the-dark paint involved!

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3. Play with spray bottles.

Fill up spray bottles with colored and scented water and set up suction toys around the tub for your kids to aim at. Hand them the spray bottles and let them spray away! They’ll practice their hand muscles while having fun and you could discuss colors and smells with them while they play.

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4. Watch dinosaurs hatch from eggs!

Bath bombs are cool little experiments that you can make with baking soda, oil, citric acid, and food coloring and fill with whatever you like. When you drop them into water, they’ll fizzle and dissolve. Make a couple of bath bombs, shape them into eggs, and stuff them with tiny dinosaurs (or other tiny animals, such as birds, lizards, etc). Give them to your kids to play with in the bath and they’ll delight at how amazing chemistry can be!

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5. Create a water maze for the bath tub with PVC pipes.

Grab some PVC pipes from the nearest hardware store and a pile of suction cups. Attach the suction cups to the pipes with a little bit of drilling and let your kids arrange the pipes on the bath tub walls to create elaborate water falls and water mazes!

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6. Freeze bath toys for your kids to melt in the bath.

This bath time activity is pretty simple but younger kids will find it fun and it will keep their attention for a while! Freeze a bunch of bath toys together in a container and then pop it out in the bath water. Your kids will have to move it around and hack away at the ice to get the toys out! Make several frozen toy bunches for more fun time in the bath tub.

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7. Indulge in colored (and scented) baths.

A scented bath is something you would love, but your kids will love them as much, too, as long as you make it even more fun with the addition of brightly colored water! Try to match the scents with the colors, like blue bath water with a peppermint scent! You can even include flavor, such as with strawberry flavoring!

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8. Make and play with toy soaps.

Depending on the ages of your kids, you could allow them to make their own colorful soaps with bath toys in them or let them help you with a few steps. Then when it’s bath time, they’ll enjoy cleaning themselves with these fun soaps.

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9. Explore with water balloons.

A small balloon filled with water is a lot of fun for kids to play with — it’s slimy, soft, twistable, and feels nice to squeeze and pull. Fill up a pile of balloons with water and throw them in the bath tub with your kids and allow them to just explore! If a water balloons breaks, no big deal, everybody’s already wet.

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Looking for more ideas to make bath time a whole lot of more fun for you and your kids? Check out this website for dozens of awesome bath time ideas!

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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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25 Indoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

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25 Indoor Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers
During the cold days of winter, it can be hard to keep your toddler and preschooler busy, happy, and learning! Here are 25 fun indoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers that your kids will love. Best of all, these activities don’t require a lot of time to set up or clean up afterwards and can be done with common household materials.

Craft Foam Bath Art

Cut up craft foam in various shapes and let your kids create elaborate bath murals with them in the tub! You don’t have to fill up the tub with water; they can use warm water in a bowl and brush the foam and stick them to the wall. Cut out monster shapes, face parts, animals, and whatever your imagination can think up.

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Cardboard Train Tunnel

If your toddler or preschooler loves to play with trains and cars, make this great cardboard train tunnel! Cut out tunnel holes along the bottom and add roads along the top and break out the trains and cars.

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Cardboard Houses

Build a couple of cardboard houses with colored duct tape and allow your kids to decorate them with crayons, markers, and paint. Set them up and watch them think of things to do with the little houses. Fun!

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DIY Sticker Magnets

You probably have a pile of stickers on hand if you have a preschooler or toddler in the house. Try turning them into magnets by sticking them on a free promotional fridge magnets or magnet sheets and cutting them out! Let your kid stick the magnets on a baking tray or a magnet board — you could practice counting or matching together, for example!

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Dirt Dough

Toddlers and preschoolers love to play with dirt, but there’s no dirt indoors! What to do on cold days? Make your own dirt dough, of course! All you need is baking soda, brown or black liquid watercolor, and a little water. You can also make fizzy mud with it, too!

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Indoor Snowmen

Keep your kids warm indoors and have them build snowmen with this great activity. Combine cornstarch and foaming shaving cream to create “snow” and show them how to create snowmen with buttons, fabric, and other random materials. It’s easy to create and clean up, perfect for an indoor activity!

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Indoor Bubble Blowing

What kid doesn’t like bubbles? With warm water, dish detergent, and washable colored paint, you can create a fun bubblefest for your preschooler to play with!

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Shape Hopscotch

Teach your kids about shapes and color while moving their bodies with a fun game of shape hopscotch! You just need colored paper for this indoor activity.

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Slide and Ball Pit

Sometimes toddlers and preschoolers can get antsy when staying home all day. Blow up an inflatable pool and fill it with balls. Set up a slide that goes into it and your kids will play with your DIY ball pit all day!

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Edible Indoor Sandbox

No sand required for this indoor activity! Just dump uncooked oatmeal into a plastic bin and fill it with measuring cups, scoopers, and the like. Let your kids explore their indoor sandbox!

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Sand and Rock Box

This one is an actual sand box, but with the addition of rocks, little construction trucks, and pvc connectors all in a large rubbermaid box. When playtime is over, just put the lid on and put it away for another cold and rainy day! NOTE: If your toddler still puts things in his/her mouth, you might want to forgo the rocks.

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Edible Paint

Make edible paint with milk and food coloring and have fun painting marshmallows and popcorn with your toddler and/or preschooler! Then, of course, eat your beautiful creations.

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Stained Glass Window

Tape up press n seal wrap on a window and give colored tissue paper to your kids to create their “stained glass” art!

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Indoor Ice and Water Play

You don’t need any special supplies or materials for this indoor activity for toddlers and preschoolers! Pull out a couple of bowls and containers, fill them with ice and water, and let your kids play with scoopers, plastic animals, and other toys.

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DIY Light Tunnel

Tunnels are so fun to toddlers and preschoolers, but a lighted one? They’ll love it and play with it for hours! Create a light tunnel with a big cardboard box (or several) and Christmas lights!

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Bring the Snow Indoors

If you have a lot of snow outside, bring it inside and fill up a plastic bin with it! Let your kids spray colored water on it, scoop it up and make mini-snowmen, paint it, and more while staying warm.

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Homemade Soft Pretzels

Cooking is always a fun and educational indoor activity that you can do with toddlers and preschoolers. Here is a great idea: make soft pretzels together! They’ll enjoy kneading the bread, rolling them into long snakes, and making shapes with them.

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Indoor Bowling With Plastic Cups

Stacking plastic cups is a simple activity that toddlers and preschoolers enjoy, but you can up the fun by playing indoor bowling with them! Have them stack plastic cups in various configurations and use a small ball to knock it down. Then build again. Then knock down.

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Play With Playdough and Drinking Straws

Playing with dough is always a good indoor activity, but you could add drinking straws for even more fun. Show your kids how to include cut-up drinking straws in their clay creations: as feathers, hair, legs, arms, and more. Practice prewriting with them — trace out letters on flattened clay and have them stick the straws along the lines.

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Paint Bag Writing

Put paint in a plastic bag and tape it on a table. Have your kids “write” and “draw” on it with their fingers or a cotton swab for lots of paint fun without the mess!

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Building Shapes with Craft Sticks

Save popsicle sticks or buy craft sticks, paint them different colors, and cut out various shapes in different colors. Have your kids build the different shapes or focus on categorizing the sticks into different colors or any other activity you can think of. You could also add velcro at the ends for them to attach the sticks to each other.

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Arctic Animals Yoga

If you love yoga and you’re familiar with it, this fun activity could be a great one for you and your toddler and/or preschooler. Read books about arctic animals and then try yoga poses together to act out the animals.

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Finger Painting Canvas Art

Create a piece of art with your kids to make the best out of staying at home! Tape off a letter or a word on a canvas, hand your kids finger paint, and let them go wild on the canvas. Peel off the tape and you’re left with a finished canvas to display!

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Edible Water Beads

Water beads are great to play with, but they are very small and you might be concerned about allowing your toddler to play with them, especially if he/she still puts things in his/her mouth. Use tapioca pearls and food coloring to make your own edible water beads for a fun sensory play idea!

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Giant Dry Eraser Mat

Grab a clear vinyl shower curtain liner, tape it on the floor, and hand your toddler and/or preschooler a couple of dry eraser markers. They’ll have a blast just doodling away! You could even guide them to create roads and buildings and have them drive their little cars on it. Then just wipe it clean when you’re done!

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I think I’ll work my way through this list with my kids until it gets warm enough to play outside again! What other indoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers do you love? For more kid activity ideas, check out Indoor Winter Crafts Your Kids Will Love and 6 Ice Activities For Kids At Home.

 

“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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32 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Want to reduce the amount of sweets that your kids get on Easter but still want to give them a fun basket? Check out these 32 non-candy Easter basket ideas! Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas via tipsaholic.com #easter #eggs #basket #easterbasket


32 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas
Everybody knows that Easter is all about the chocolate bunny and his marshmallow chick friends, right? Well, if you would like to reduce the amount of sweets that your kids get on Easter but you still want to gift them a fun basket filled with goodies, here are 32 non-candy Easter basket ideas that you can feel good about giving your kids.

 

Easter Basket Ideas for Outdoor Play

Easter is a holiday that is strongly associated with spring and the spring season means warmer weather… and lots of outdoor fun! Build anticipation for what the warmer season will bring with Easter basket gifts that they will use outdoors.

  • Sidewalk chalk. These egg-shaped sidewalk chalk is perfect for Easter.
  • Rain boots. They are fun to wear, especially on warm and rainy days.
  • Kite. A big one is always fun, but a smaller, cheaper kite is still fun for a full day outside if you plan to be outside on Easter.
  • Water Bottle. Give each kid their own water bottle in their favorite color.
  • Frisbee. Or any other outdoor toy that your kids can use to play with each other.
  • Badminton Set. This is an outdoor activity that the whole family can enjoy!
  • Jump rope. This rainbow jump rope screams Easter!

 

Easter Basket Ideas for Swimming Fun

If you live in an area where it’s warm enough to go swimming as early as March or April, get your kids excited about family trips to the pool or beach with a couple of swimming-themed Easter basket gifts!

  • New swimwear. You’ll probably need to buy new ones for your growing kids every year anyway, so why not include them in their Easter basket to make them a little more special?
  • Pool and beach toys. You could even use a sand bucket as the Easter basket!
  • Sunglasses. Novelty Easter-themed sunglasses are fun, but a great pair that your kid can wear all spring and summer is even better.
  • Hat. A cute beach hat or a fun baseball cap would fit well in an Easter basket!
  • Sunscreen. Try this delicious smelling sunscreen!
  • Towels. There are so many colorful towels out there that your kids will love, such as this shark towel and this pink octopus towel.
  • Water gun. Tiny water guns or a bigger, powerful water gun are both fun Easter basket ideas.
  • Water shoes. Great for your kids if you love going to natural water swimming holes.
  • Flip flops. Everyone needs at least a pair!

 

Arts and Crafts Easter Basket Ideas

Flex your kids’ artistic muscles by including arts and crafts in their Easter basket! Use this as an opportunity to restock any art tools that you might be running out of, such as crayons, markers, and paintbrushes. Here are some more art-related ideas for your kids’ baskets.

  • Stickers. Easter-themed stickers are always good, but animal and floral stickers would be a great way to teach about animals and plants that are born or planted during the Spring and aren’t too themed so they can use the stickers year-round.
  • Play clay. These play-doh eggs are a lot of fun.
  • Stamps. Add to your stamp collection with these Easter-themed stamps.
  • Temporary Tattoos. Art is art, whether they exist on paper or on your kid’s arm.
  • Crayons. If you’re up for some DIY, make these cute Easter crayons! You’ll need a silicone mold and lots of broken crayons.

 

Easter Basket Ideas for the Garden

Teach your kids about gardening and growing their own food with some great gardening gifts in their Easter basket.

  • Seeds. Give your kids some fruit or vegetable seeds to plant in your garden or in their own pot at home. Or you could give them some flower seeds to plant in your yard to improve your curb appeal.
  • Gardening tools: shears, gloves, spade, fork, etc. Young kids will love these tools and play happily in the dirt, while older kids can use them to plant and take care of the seeds that you give them.
  • Pots. You could give them a couple of small pots and some paint (to decorate the pots) along with some dirt and seeds for a complete gardening gift that they’ll love finding in their Easter basket.
  • Chia pet. These things are so fun and would be a great introduction to the wonders of growing a plant to a younger child.

 

Other Ideas for the Easter Basket

Here are some extra non-candy ideas for the Easter basket!

  • Crazy straws. Colorful crazy straws are affordable and fun.
  • Kids cookbook and an apron. For the budding cook!
  • Cookies in a jar. Include all the dry ingredients for your child’s favorite cookie recipe along with some cookie cutters. Hey, cookies aren’t candy.
  • Board game or card game. Find a good game that will fit in a basket. Spot It! is great for all ages and it’s perfectly sized for an Easter basket!
  • Mad Libs. Try this one for Easter, or this one for younger kids.
  • Flashlight. Kids love them. Include batteries in their new flashlights so they can start using them right away.
  • Money. The gift that always fits. Fold your dollars into bunnies for even more fun.

 

What other non-candy gifts do you like to include in your kids’ Easter baskets that aren’t listed here?

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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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6 Hands-On Art Activities for 3-6 Year Olds

Art education is crucial to emotional, mental, and physical development. Supplement your preschooler's art education with these fun hands-on art activities! 6 Hands-On Art Activities for 3-6 Year Olds - Tipsaholic, #art, #kids, #preschool, #homeschool, #preschoolactivities, #painting

 

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Art education is perhaps one of the most undervalued curricula in modern public school systems.  Visual arts has been the focus of many academic studies, the results of which suggest that art is crucially linked to the development of core human emotions such as passion, empathy, love, sincerity and happiness.  Art also helps kids develop communication and self-expression skills.  It leads to higher performance across a range of educational disciplines, and encourages self-discipline, time-mangement, imagination, innovation and spacial reasoning.  For very young kids, the practice of hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, language skills, and connectivity is invaluable.  If the thought of tackling art with your kids scares you, don’t be intimidated!  How do we best supplement the art education they receive at school?  With hands-on application of course!  Here are 8 genius ideas for easy art activities they’ll love!

 

1. Life Size Self Portraits.  You’ll need an extra large sheet of paper for this project!  Kids will have a ball creating an artistic version of themselves!  Lay the paper on the floor and trace around your pre-schooler.  Have them paint or draw themselves.  You could make this as interactive and detailed as you want – use construction paper, fabric, yarn, ribbons and glue along with crayons and paper.  You can find instructions here.  Depending on your child’s age, you can include a short description and explanation of the self-portrait and a bit about the history to round out their art lesson.

 

2. Tasty Color Mixing.  Introduce kids to the primary and secondary colors with this delicious activity!  All you need is vanilla frosting, food coloring, plastic knives and sugar cookies.  Help the kids make frosting in different colors, mixing the food coloring to create new shades.  Explain how mixing two specific colors will always yield the same result.  In the end, you get to eat your creations for snack, so this is a surefire favorite!  Get fell details here.

 

3. Marble Art.  Creating marble art is a great introduction to Jackson Pollock and his contemporaries!  You can show kids examples (Like this one) of this famous artist, then create your own look-alikes!  Simply place a piece of paper in a tray or bin (that is easily washed).  Place small dabs of different colored paint here and there – use tempera or other washable/non-toxic paint – and throw in some marbles.  The kids can tip the tray this way and that, making the marbles run through the paint and creating trails of color, splatters, and fun mixtures.  This is one kids of many ages will love, as the groove, sway and flip those balls around on the tray!

 

4. Wax Resist Watercolor.  A wax resist watercolor painting is easy to create, and fun for kids of all ages.  Here’s a full tutorial for making a monet-inspired wax resist painting.  Simply have them color a picture using a white crayon on a white piece of paper.  Nothing shows up!  Then have them use watercolors to paint over the paper – all of the white lines will appear!  Preschoolers and kindergartners will think it’s like magic!  If you’d like to include some information about impressionism, here’s a good resource for a slimmed down summary.)

 

5. Construction Paper Collage.  A collage is a simple and fun form of artistic expression.  Little hands love the freedom involved in cutting and pasting to their hearts content.  All you need is construction paper, child-safe scissors and glue or glue sticks.  Have your children cut shapes from different colors of paper.  Then layer them however they’d like on a blank piece of black or white paper, gluing the pieces down one at a time.  This doubles as great cutting practice as well as a study of Matisse.  If your little one becomes frustrated with scissors, it’s a good idea to have some shapes already cut as backup.  You can find instructions for this Matisse-centered art project and information about the artist here.

 

6. Fruit and Veggie Stamps.  Printmaking is tons of fun for kids of all ages.  It’s also a well-known art form with famous printmakers including Andy Warhol, Hans Baldung, Ernst Haeckel, and Hokusai.  (Here’s a link to images of famous prints, so you have an idea).  To introduce kids to printmaking, all you really need is stamps and paints!  For preschoolers and kindergartners, printing with produce is an incredible experience.  They’ll be intrigued and amazed that the food they eat can make such fun shapes!  Gather together a few different vegetables, a large piece of paper and some tempera or other washable paint.  Some good ideas for vegetables are: apples, bell peppers, smaller peppers like poblanos, potatoes, and okra.  Cut the vegetables in half to create an interesting edge.  Have your child dip the end in paint of their color choice, then stamp it on their paper.  Here’s an awesome example of okra printing with a tutorial!

 

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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