5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of "Turkey Day". 5 Thanksgiving picture books to celebrate Turkey Day - Tipsaholic.com #thanksgiving #thanksgivingbooks #fall #picturebooks #childrenbooks

5 Thanksgiving Picture Books to Celebrate Turkey Day

Fall leaves crunch underfoot and pumpkin spice is more than just in the air—it’s everywhere you turn. Yes, there’s no escaping fall (my favorite season), especially now that November is upon us. Thanksgiving is only a few weeks away and I confess that lately, visions of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie have been dancing in my head. I love this time of year, not only for the food, but more because of the traditions and family time that accompany the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving in mind, here are five delightful Thanksgiving picture books that celebrate the history and traditions of Turkey Day. Adults and children alike will be captivated by these fun, insightful stories.

Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade

Watching Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is a tradition shared by many families, mine included. I love cozying up with a blanket and hot chocolate to watch the amazing balloons, floats, and Broadway musical numbers parade down 5th Avenue. This delightful tale is the true story of Tony Sarg, a German American puppeteer and illustrator who came to be known as “America’s Puppet Master”. In 1928, Sarg and his protege built large helium-filled balloons, some up to 125 feet long, resembling various animals. These became the first, now iconic, balloons millions love to see in the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Both you and your kids will enjoy this interesting behind-the-scenes look at a long-standing American tradition.

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Thank You, Sarah : The Woman Who Saved Thanksgiving

Without Sarah Josepha Hale, the national Thanksgiving holiday we celebrate today may not be in existence. Hale is widely known for authoring the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, but many consider her work to establish Thanksgiving as a national holiday to be her true legacy. Hale’s advocacy began in 1846 and lasted 17 years until President Abraham Lincoln established a national holiday of Thanksgiving in 1863. This book tells Hales captivating story and explains to children how Thanksgiving as we know it do came to be.

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The Thanksgiving Story

This Caldecott Honor–winning picture book brings the story of the first Thanksgiving to life in vivid detail. Giles, Constance, and Damaris Hopkins travel to the New World as pilgrims on the Mayflower. Their little brother Oceanus is born on the ship during their passage. When they arrive in the New World, their colony endures sickness, hunger, and harsh elements, but thanks to the Native Americans they might just make it through their first year in the new land. This historical account is sure to be a family favorite that will be cherished for years to come.

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Duck for Turkey Day

Tuyet is excited for Thanksgiving and a break from school but there’s just one problem. Her Vietnamese American family is having duck instead of turkey. What will her friends and classmates think? When she returns to school after the holiday, Tuyet discovers her classmates’ main dishes ranged from lambs to enchiladas. This story exposes kids to different cultures and reinforces the most important element of holidays and traditions—spending time with family.

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Over the River and Through the Wood: The New England Boy’s Song About Thanksgiving

Bundle up and jump in the sleigh, a Thanksgiving adventure awaits! This charming book sets Lydia Marie Child’s original verse against Matt Tavares’s detailed illustrations. Experience “The New-England Boy’s Song about Thanksgiving Day” like you never have before while you bask in the holiday spirit it inevitably invokes. A classic picture book for all ages, your family is sure to enjoy this book year after year.

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

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8 Thanksgiving Traditions to Try

Traditions are the stuff of memories. As we grow into adulthood, it’s the family traditions that we remember and look back on with fondness. Create your own traditions for your family, whether you have kids or not, and you’ll also create lots of precious memories that you’ll always remember. Here are 8 fun Thanksgiving traditions you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving celebrations!

Turkey Tickets

Give every family member a 6-foot long piece of paper (try cash register paper rolls) at the beginning of the month and ask them to fill up the entire paper with things that they’re grateful for. It’s a good exercise for everyone to really think and be grateful for the good that they have in their lives. Then everyone could share their favorite ones at the big dinner!
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Thankful Pumpkins

Paint a couple of faux pumpkins white and write on it with a black sharpie the things that you’re thankful for. Ask everyone to add theirs and then decorate your dinner table with these pumpkins. Be sure to take pictures so you’ll always remember what was written. For your guests, give them small pumpkins of their own and ask them to do the same thing.

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Thankful Boxes

This is a cute traditions for kids to do year after year. The first year, have your kids decorate a box, such as a baby wipes box. Then give them pieces of paper in one color and ask them to write down a thing they’re grateful for. Store the boxes when Thanksgiving’s over and bring them back out for the next year’s Thanksgiving. This time, give them paper in a different color. After a few years, their boxes will be filled with slips of thankfulness in various colors. Everyone can look through their boxes and reminisce!

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Warm Fuzzies

This thanksgiving tradition is centered around being thankful for each other. Give every guest pieces of paper with other guests’ names on each of them. Have them write down what they’re thankful for that person. Then everyone takes a turn and says out loud what they wrote on the paper and gives the paper to the person as a keepsake. This activity will make everyone feel great about themselves!

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Thanksgiving Day Walk or Run

Many cities host a Turkey Trot or a similar running or walking event on the day of Thanksgiving. It could be a fun tradition for you and your family to get together and walk or run before getting together for a big, filling dinner. If your area doesn’t have anything like this, you could find a nice hike in your area and enjoy the fall foliage together before sitting down to eat at home.

For even more fun, you could all dress up for the special day and show off your outfits at the walk or run. For example, this threesome went all out and dressed up as pilgrims and a turkey. Or you could do something simpler and make t-shirts for everyone to wear. Whatever you decide to do, have fun with it.

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Thanksgiving Table Runner

Grab a plain table runner or cut one from fabric. Ask your kids to paint their hand and put it on the runner. Add their names and the year and have fun turning the hand prints into little turkeys. Pull it out the following Thanksgiving and have your kids do the same thing. It’ll be fun to see their little hands grow throughout the years until the table runner is all filled up!

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Fall Scavenger Hunt

Doing a fall scavenger hunt as a family could be a fun Thanksgiving tradition before dinner or a way to burn off full stomachs after eating. Go to a nearby park with a fall scavenger hunt list and either do it together or compete in teams. Here’s a free printable, but you can always create your own list based on the things that you have in your area or park.

Book of Thanks

Get a book with blank pages and call it the “Book of Thanks” or whatever name you want to give to it. Every year just before dinner, take a group picture of everyone and save a spot for it in the book. On the pages, have every guest write what they’re thankful for that year. Print out the picture and put it in the middle of the pages. The next year, do the same thing and so on, so you can look back on it and see who got together which year and what everyone was thankful for. Such a nice memento!

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Thanksgiving is all about family and friends, so it’s always nice to celebrate together with a few of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions. What other Thanksgiving traditions have you done with your family and friends?

For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out 10 Unique Stuffing Recipes for Thanksgiving and 14 Easy Designs for Thanksgiving Tablescapes.

Title and featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

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35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations

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35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic

Pumpkins are an essential part of fall decorating, especially for Halloween!  But let’s face it, they can be a pain to carve – from the mess, to the time investment, to the difficulty level.  If you’ve got young kids, carving pumpkins can be a daunting task!  And sadly, hollowed out pumpkins often become a pile of mush far before we’d like them to.  If you’re ready to give no-carve pumpkin decorating a try, here’s loads of awesome inspiration for you!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins1. Tissue Paper Damask Pumpkins – All you need is some mod podge and tissue paper to make some fancy damask-patterned pumpkins.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins2. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins – These super fun pumpkins look great during the day and glow different colors at night!  They’ll be a hit with kids.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins3. Tissue Paper Spotted Pumpkins – Here’s another idea with mod podge and tissue paper – just punch out circles and paste them on.  Overlap for a fun polka dotted look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins4. Candy Corn Chevron Pumpkin – tape off a few lines of chevron and use puffy paint for a fun distressed effect.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins5. Golden Paper Doily Pumpkins – Use cut up gold paper doilies for some gilded pumpkins with no effort.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins6. Potato Head Pumpkins – Use actual potato head pieces to dress pumpkins up as characters!  Just pre-drill small holes in the general facial feature spots.  Young kids will love this!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins7. Yarn Wrapped Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkins up for a fun, comfy cozy look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins8. Felt Pumpkin Costumes – These felt pieces are glued on, or attached to toothpicks and then stuck into the pumpkin.  It’s a fun way to get the kids involved and create lots of different characters.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins9. Fancy Masked Pumpkin – Here’s another fun way to create different characters with your kids – use magazines, glue and masks (along with any other craft supplies you have like pom poms, feathers and sequins) to make funny masked pumpkins.  The cool thing about these is that the decorations are removable, if you decide you want to paint them differently later or use them for Thanksgiving next month!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins10. Gold-Flecked Pumpkins – Here’s a grown-up, subtle, gilded pumpkin – just paint white and add flecks of glitter with glue.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins11. Washi Tape Pumpkins – You can add washi tape to just about anything – including pumpkins!  These too are impermanent, making them a great cross-over decoration going into November since you can decorate them differently later.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins12. Doily Stencil Pumpkins – Use paper doilies as a stencil and sharpie around your pumpkin top for a fancy, detailed look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins13. Finger-paint Toddler Friendly Pumpkins – Let your little one go to town with finger-paints!  He’ll love looking at his masterpiece all month long!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins14. Crayon Melt Pumpkin – Take the crayon melt artwork off the canvas and put it on your pumpkin this year!  This is a messy, fun and creative way to decorate a pumpkin.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins15. Ombre Spider Web Pumpkins – These spiderwebs were created with skinny tape, then painted over with a sponge brush in two different orange colors.  It’ll only take minutes to do.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins16. Toddler Friendly Chalk Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a secret.  It’s CLEAR chalk paint!  Keep the orange of the pumpkin for Halloween, but allow your kids to chalk them up as much as they want!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins17. Lashes and Staches Pumpkins – These pumpkins have a lot of personality – and all it takes is cardstock, scissors and double-sided tape!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins18. Lace Stocking Pumpkins – Save your black lace stockings or stock up when they’re on clearance!  Stuff your pumpkin inside and close the top around the pumpkin stem with a black rubber band or ribbon!  They look classy and gothic.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins19. Black and White Striped Pumpkin – Here’s a fun black and white pumpkin you can paint with normal craft paint.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins20. Ribbon Pumpkins – The ribbons on this pumpkin are hot glued directly to it – from stem to bottom – along the veins.  It’s cute and easy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins21. Neon Paint Dipped Pumpkins – For something totally different than the normal orange and black, try these neon dipped pumpkins in all sorts of fun colors!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins22. Button Pumpkins – These pumpkins are – dare I say it?  Cute as a button!  All you need is glue and some buttons you don’t mind giving up.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins23. Duct Tape Face Pumpkins – Cut sheets of duct tape into facial features and stick it on for an easy, personalized pumpkin face.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins24. Masked Owl Pumpkin – Make your pumpkin a cute felt owl mask to wear; and make sure to glue on some googly eyes!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins25. Thumbtack and Sharpie Pumpkins – Make a sharpie spiderweb by following the pumpkin veins, or create a ghost out of white thumbtacks!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins26. Chalkboard Word Find Pumpkins – Using chalkboard paint and letter stickers you can create a word find pumpkin that all bibliophiles will love!  Use spooky, Halloween-y words.  Then, switch out the letters and use Thanksgiving words for November decor!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins27. Rhinestone Pumpkins – Using jewels and tiny rhinestones, you can glue on a fancy, sparkly design.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins28. Pumpkin Totem – Stack your pumpkins up, paint on some eyes and glue ricrac mouths on for a super cute Halloween totem.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins29. Confetti Dot Pumpkin – These confetti dots make a plain white pumpkin cute and festive!  Pop by your office supply store, because they’re an unexpected decoration – colored brads!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins30. Sunflower Pumpkin – Decorate your pumpkin with fake sunflowers for a look that will carry all through fall, not just Halloween.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins31. Tangled Web Pumpkins – Wrap your pumpkin in a bit of twine and glue on a spider for some easy, creepy decor.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins32. Donut Pumpkins – These little pumpkins are painted like sprinkled donuts for an unexpected and unique twist.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins33. Mummy Pumpkin – You can use gauze or paper streamers to make your pumpkin into a mummy!

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins34. Marbled Pumpkins – Instead of painting your pumpkin, use nail polish instead.  Get instructions for how to create a marbleized look.

 

35 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Inspirations - Tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweenDIY, #pumpkin, #nocarvepumpkins35. Googly Eye Pumpkins – For a subtle yet fun pumpkin the kids are sure to love, hot glue different sized googly eyes all over!

 

Here are some more no-carve pumpkin ideas you’ll love!

 

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

Title picture courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.  Get more ideas at the link.

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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids

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10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - Tipsaholic

 

Halloween is a favorite among kids – all the costumes, candy and fun crafts and treats give them lots to love!  If you’re hosting a Halloween kids’ party this year, are in charge of games for your child’s classroom or just want to play some fun games at home, there are tons of Halloween themed games you can find around the internet.  Here are our top 10 fun Halloween games for kids to get you started.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games1. Pumpkin Toss Game – All you need is a cardboard box and some poster board to create this fun target toss game.  Use orange ping pong balls or tennis balls for ammunition – or if you’re playing outside you could even use tiny pumpkins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games2. Ghost Cup Stack – Turn inexpensive plastic cups into ghosts with a black sharpie!  It takes literally seconds.  Then you can play the game one of two ways.  Divide into teams and race to see which team can stack their cups into a pyramid the fastest, OR use a beanbag to try and knock the stack down!  (The link above has tons more ghost party ideas for you as well.)

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games3. Skeleton Scavenger Hunt – The scavenger hunt described at the link used plastic skeletons broken into pieces and hidden around the neighborhood, then snapped back together as they were found.  But you could do the exact same thing using cardstock skeletons you’ve created yourself and hiding them anywhere you’d like.  Then use tape to put the bones together.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games4. Unwrap the Mummy – This is pretty popular as a birthday party game (minus the mummy theme) and kids love it!  Wrap up Halloween toys and candy in a roll of toilet paper, glue on googly eyes and let the kids at it!  Each child takes a turn unwrapping until they discover a prize, then pass it to the next child who continues.  Everyone wins!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games5. Web Walk – Don’t tell the kids, but they’re actually learning as they play this game!  Tape off a web on your floor with painter’s tape.  Scatter spiders all throughout the web.  The kids have to walk the lines of the web and pick up all the spiders to win, but if they step off the web or fall they have to start over at the beginning!  Make it more difficult by adding “ghost” obstacles!  Encourage problem solving, critical thinking and gross motor skills!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games6. Witch Hat Ring Toss – Repurpose your diving rings for this toss – which is made with paper cones and foam board.  It’s inexpensive to create and you’re kids will have a blast matching the rings to the buckles on the hat and trying to get them all!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games7. Lair of the Spider Queen – Make an obstacle course in your hallway with white streamers – the spider’s web!  Decorate the hallway and streamers with small spiders (and a big spider queen if you have one!).  Then the kids can have a fun time trying to make it through the web without knocking down any webs.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games8. Tin Can Bowling – Paint and decorate empty tin cans headed for recycling to look like Halloween monsters.  The kids can help you for even more fun crafting time!  Then set them up as bowling pins and take turns using a tennis ball to knock them all down.

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games9. Pin the Bowtie on Mr. Bones – Use the free template to cut out Mr. Bones the skeleton.  Create bows out of ribbons and add glue dots or double sided tape to the back.  Blindfold the kids and have them pin on the bow tie!

 

10 Fun Halloween Games for Kids - tipsaholic, #Halloween, #halloweengames, #kidgames, #games10. Snake Eyes – Decorate water bottles with snake eye lids, then hide matching pairs of Halloween themed prizes in them.  Place them in the mailing tube structure and let the kids take turns pulling two randomly.  If the prizes match, they get to keep them!

 

Title picture is courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens.

 

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 Personalized Wall Art DIYs

Create a home that really represents you, your family, and your style by trying a few of these personalized wall art DIY projects. 10 Personalized Wall Art DIYs ~ Tipsaholic.com #art #diy #project


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There are all kinds of tutorials, projects and printables available for DIY decorating at home, but very few of them offer the kind of personalization that really represent you and your family. Choose one of these personalized wall art projects to create something that will show all of your guests who you are and what you love.

 

1. Monogram letter

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If you don’t have a lot of time, this fabric-covered monogram letter is a great project to do in a single session. Use the first letter of your first or last name, or step outside the box and use one that represents your favorite sports team or alma mater.

 

 

2. Scrabble tile names

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Fill an empty wall in your home with this fun idea. Make “Scrabble” tiles using simple boards cut into squares, then mod-podge letters and numbers onto the faces. Names of family members are great but you can also use the names of places you love or words that inspire you. Make it your own!

 

 

3. Embroidered family handprints

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Make a sweet set of family handprints that will really last by tracing each family member’s hand and then embroidering it for a keepsake. Choose colors that work together but can be distinguished when layered so that each handprint stands out.

 

 

4. Paint handprint word art

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This project turns simple paint handprints into a great piece for your living room or kitchen. You can use the word “family,” your last name, or another word that describes or inspires you. Be sure to allow one layer of paint dry before adding more so that the colors don’t mix.

 

 

5. Geometric magazine art

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A teen’s room or a modern home would be the perfect place to hang this DIY art. Use images cut from your favorite magazines to piece together a geometric design and paint it with whatever colors you like!

 

 

6. Skyline string art

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You’ve seen string art, but you may not have seen it like this. The tutorial here is for your typical heart and state string art, but the same techniques can be applied to the skyline of the city you live in or a city you love. Just trace it onto a large board and place nails on the traced line and around the outer edge of the board, then go crazy with the string.

 

 

7. Travel photo map

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Show your love of wanderlust with a fun project like this one. Keep a record of where you’ve been by using photos to fill in a map, whether it is the United States or a larger map of the world. Remember to take a photo for each place you visit!

 

 

8. Song lyrics art

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Most of us can think of a song that really means something to us or uses words that we relate to. Turn that song into cool décor by stenciling it onto a painted canvas or large board. You can highlight particular words by painting them a contrasting color or make a diptych or triptych style piece by using more than one board.

 

 

9. Photo clock

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Basic clock kits can be found at craft stores or online and are the perfect way to turn a favorite photo of a pet or family member into a personalized clock. Mount your photo onto foam board to give it the thickness it needs to support the clock piece. A Beautiful Mess even got creative and colored the clock pieces with nail polish for added fun!

 

 

10. Carved initials painting

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This is a great idea for a customized painting. It looks difficult but is actually incredibly easy! Use masking tape to mark off and paint around the trees, then follow the rest of the tutorial to get the birch tree look. The icing on the cake with this project is the copper leafing that spells out the initials of you and your love.

 

 

Featured image via A Beautiful Mess.

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

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14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family

 Don't just say "call if you need anything." Use these ideas to help sick friends and family and make a real difference during their time of need. 14 Ways to Help Sick Friends and Family ~ Tipsaholic.com #help #sick #illness

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 When friends cancel plans due to the flu, a neighbor falls and breaks a bone, or a family member is undergoing medical treatment, it can be hard to know what to do. Rather than using the well-meaning but generally unhelpful words, “Let me know if you need anything,” take action! Step up and serve those you love in the ways they need most using these ideas for what you can do to help sick friends and family.

 

1. Care packages and gifts

Whether your loved one is near or far, a care package or thoughtful gift like a book or music is a great way to show you care. Drop them at the house or send them in the mail whenever you want to let your friend know you’re thinking of him or her. Moorea Seal has some great ideas for a cancer treatment care package.

 

2. Make a commitment

If an illness or injury is long-term, offering to walk the dog, make sure the trash cans are curbside, water the flowers, mow the lawn, or complete other daily or weekly tasks can be a real help. Mark them down on a calendar so that your loved one knows they can rely on you.

 

3. Babysit

Babysitting a child (or a pet!) might be one of the most valuable services you can offer. Babysitters may be needed during doctor’s appointments or when illness takes a toll. A friend might even appreciate having someone around to sit with their little one while he/she showers or naps. Children with a sick parent will benefit from regular interactions with familiar people, and a parent gains peace of mind when a babysitter can be found in a hurry.

 

4. Run errands

The burden of an illness or injury can make the normal parts of life difficult. Offer to run errands for your loved one or call while doing your own grocery shopping and ask what they need. You may be able to pick up their medications, take their dog to the groomer’s, or return the neighbor’s tupperware.

 

5. Be a chauffeur

A sick friend may need someone to help them to and from doctor visits or may just need someone to take their kids to school or activities. Rather than saying “call if you need me,” be specific about which days you can drive and perhaps offer to do so regularly.

 

6. Make meals happen

Meals are always needed when a person cannot care for themselves or their family. You may want to make a meal yourself or set up a meal service with friends or family using a site or app like Meal Train that makes it easy to see what and when meals will be taken care of.

 

7. Offer distractions and entertainment

Living with an illness or injury can be isolating and depressing. Call your loved one for a random movie night, to take a walk, to go out for pedicures, read a book to them, or just spend a night sharing snacks and conversation.

 

8. Clean the house

Cleaning can be one of the best gifts, particularly for someone who needs a sanitary environment during illness. Friends can sometimes be self-conscious about this, and it may be more thoughtful to hire a cleaning service for them if you think this may be the case.

 

9. Be a listening ear

Sometimes a sick friend may just need someone to talk to. Be the person you’ve always been. Listen to their fears and hopes or just talk about something besides the illness, if that’s what they need!

 

10. Learn what to say — and what not to say

There are a lot of ways to stick your foot in your mouth when someone close to you is suffering. Educate yourself about their illness and how to talk to them about it. Read up on what things are helpful and encouraging to say and which cliché sayings you should avoid.

 

11. Put together activity kits for their kids

A parent who has to spend a lot of time at rest may struggle with keeping their children entertained and content. Put together simple activity kits like these from B-Inspired Mama and give them to your loved one’s kids.

 

12. Help them keep a schedule and remember events

Illnesses and injuries can be distressing enough to make a person forgetful. Offer to call and remind them of special events or help them make a calendar that lays things out clearly. You may also want to help them remember doctor appointments and when to take medications.

 

13. Make videos and take photos

If a person is homebound, they may be missing out on neighborhood events or even their children’s activities at school and want to be included in some way. Offer to make videos or bring photos to their home and talk about the things that are going on outside of the house.

 

14. Help decorate and make arrangements for holidays

Don’t let a sick friend miss out on all of the joys of the holidays simply because they don’t have the energy to decorate or plan parties. Bring a few friends over and spend an evening decorating a Christmas tree or coloring Easter eggs. Help them bake, shop for gifts, and participate in community events they might otherwise miss.

 

 

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

 

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How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful

Don't settle for basic snapshots of your most important memories, use these tips to improve your photography skills and make your photos more meaningful. How to Make Your Photos More Meaningful ~ Tipsaholic.com #photography #photos

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When we are in a moment and hope that the memory of it will last, we sometimes take a photo to remind us. But too often, the photos we take focus more on saying “cheese” than on the real elements of the moment. Use these five tools to make your photos more meaningful today.

 

1. Get on the same level as your subject

Whether it is a child, a pet, your grandmother in a wheelchair, or Uncle Albert who used to play college basketball, get on your subject’s level. Try to see things from their point of view and look at things the way they might. Get a close-up of those ants your child notices marching across the sidewalk or snap a photo of Uncle Albert as he ducks under the chandelier in the dining room. Changing your own view point can make a huge difference in your photos.

 

2. Take un-posed shots

Going with the photo-taking favorite of “Say cheese!” will definitely get everyone’s attention, but it will also get you a lot of posed, inauthentic faces. Try going for more candid shots. Capture faces made during conversations, games, cooking dinner, and other moments. Grandma’s head-tilted-back laugh while she talks with her daughter or the intense focus on the faces of young cousins as they make mud pies, are the ones you’ll really treasure.

 

3. Capture raw emotion

You may not always think of pulling out the camera when emotions are running high, particularly in moments of sadness or frustration, but these may turn out to be some of your most moving, poignant photos and may help you process your own thoughts and feelings. When looking for opportunities to take such photos, consider taking your camera along (with permission, if needed) to major events like weddings, births, and homecomings. Look beyond the happy, posed photos and get closer to more intimate scenes. You’ll soon learn when and where you’re likely to find the most memorable images.

 

4. Capture personalities and passions

A truly wonderful photograph will embody the spirit of a person. Some of your most meaningful photo opportunities may come while a person is focused on something they love or showing their true self as they struggle, play, learn, or simply sit and think. Your job is to have your camera ready for those moments. You may also try projects that capture the many faces of a person as you ask them to run the gamut of their emotions. These can preserve the more simple memories you have of someone’s personality, like your child’s funny way of crinkling their nose when you talk about a food they dislike or your mother’s warm smile when you remind her of times you spent reading together.

 

5. Get closer or step back

If many of your photos feel more like they’re just a picture of a random scene than a real moment, change your proximity. In most cases, getting closer to your subjects makes the biggest difference. In other cases, you may want to try a new vantage point. Get up high and look down on a scene or down low and look up. Zoom in on details like hands, mouths, and eyes to cover all of the bits and pieces that describe your feelings in that moment.

 

Once you’ve added these methods to your photography arsenal, remember to print and cherish your photos rather than leaving the memories to fade on your computer’s hard drive. A photo meant to capture a memory is only as meaningful as the conversations it sparks when it is viewed.

 

 

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

 

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3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. Here are 3 tips to get the party started. 3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night via @tipsaholic #movienight #outdoor #backyard #movie #summer #summerfamilyactivities

3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

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A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. With just a little planning, you and your friends could have great fun under the stars. Here are 3 tips for you to get the party started.

 

  1. The equipment needed is fairly simple. First, you need a movie screen. If you already have a light colored garage door or wall of your house, you have a surface to display the movie. But if you need to make a movie screen, a simple white bed sheet tacked to a wall or fence will work great. Next, you will need a projector and some kind of speakers. If you don’t have these maybe you can borrow from a friend, or they can easily be rented. Also, you need a video source like a laptop computer or a dvd player. Simply set it all up on a table, aim it at your make shift movie screen and you are all set.
  2. What would a backyard movie night be like without snacks? Set up a concession stand on a table. Keep everything in individual portions, so everyone can easily grab what they want to eat before heading over to watch the movie. Pop a lot of popcorn before guests arrives and put it in decorative popcorn bags you can get at most party supply stores. Prop them up in a box or tray, so guest can select a bag of popcorn. Also, include candy you would normally find at a movie theater or bake up a sweet treat like brownies or cupcakes. Don’t forget the drinks either. Put those in a tub full of ice, to keep them nice and cool.
  3. Comfy seating is a must. Provide a variety of options. Set out a few folding chairs, lay out blankets on the ground, and spread out a few seat cushions from the patio set.

 

Once you have everything set up, it is time to start the movie and enjoy a backyard movie night with your friends.

 

Featured and title image via: Better Homes and Gardens

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

 

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10 Awesome Tips For Perfect Backyard Camping

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Camping is an awesome summertime adventure!  Kids love the novelty – sleeping in bags, watching the stars, hearing the nighttime sounds up close, using flashlights and eating s’mores!  You may not have the time or money to spend on an official campground, or maybe your summer schedule is just too jam-packed to squeeze in another trip.  Guess what?  You can still have all the fun of camping right in your own backyard.  Maybe you’re a backyard camping pro, or maybe you’ve always wanted to try it – whatever the case here are some tips for backyard camping that will really take your event to the next level!

 

1. Don’t forget the comforts of home.  True, you’re only a few steps away from the house, but this tip’s important, particularly if you’r camping with younger kids or if this is their first time in a tent.  The outdoors can get a bit intimidating, with unrecognizable sounds, unfamiliar surroundings and DARK, so make sure the kids get to bring a few favorite stuffed animals and blankets to sleep with.  Take a battery operated nightlight or lantern if the kids are used to keeping a light on at night.  Try to remember anything that will make your kids less anxious ahead of time, so you won’t be making tons of trips back inside.

 

2. Only take essentials.  There are lots of camping packing checklists you can find online, but for backyard camping, you really only need the essentials.  Don’t get bogged down in minutia.  BUT, on the flip side, don’t forget necessities like sunblock or bug spray, even if you’re only in the backyard. You’ll need a tent, some sort of light, sleeping bags, bug spray and sunscreen and really that’s it.  You’ll also want a tarp if you live in a wet area and an extra warm blanket if it tends to get cold at night.  Kids will need some comforting items, as well, and if you want to eat while on your campout, you’ll want to plan ahead for meals.  What you don’t need?  Extra clothes for everyone, toiletries and personal items, air mattresses (unless you really need them), specialized camping gear/accessories (like gps or a compass).  If you discover you DO need one of these items you can always run back inside for them.  But you probably won’t.

 

3. Plan lots of fun activities.  Make sure you’ve got ideas for before dinner and after, including some fun games you can play in the dark.  You’ll keep the kids entertained, have a ton of fun and encourage them to try this camping thing again!  Take a nature hike around the neighborhood with a list for scavenger hunt items, play outdoor games like tag and Ghost in the Graveyard, pick leaves and make leaf rubbings with paper and crayon.  You can even go bird watching with binoculars or stargazing (with or without a telescope).  Hide all the makings for s’mores in the yard and make a treasure hunt to find them!  With toddlers and young kids, play “Grab the Flashlight” – shine the flashlight around the yard and have them chase and try to catch the light.

 

4. Set up together.  Part of the fun of camping is setting everything up.  Have the kids help pick a spot for every station – tents, fire, eating, crafts, games.  Then let them put up the tent with guidance, gather wood for the fire and put all the fire necessities by the campfire spot, set out the cooler and picnic blanket, etc.  They can also fill the tent with their sleeping bags and other items and set up their beds.

 

5. Invest in an Easy Up tent.  This goes hand in hand with number four.  If you’re going on short camping trips, doing overnight camps in the backyard or have kids that love to help, you’ll probably want to invest in a simple tent – one that’s easy to set up and takes minimal time.  This Sundome Tent is a great example.

 

6. Try a neighborhood hike.  To set the tone for the evening and encourage a love of nature, try starting with a neighborhood hike.  You can try identifying different types of trees you come across, try checking things out through binoculars, catch a frog or two, or look for gross bugs under rocks!  Consider keeping a list or taking photos of all the nature treasures you find!

 

7. Make a fire for authenticity.  Every campsite needs a fire, it’s an unspoken rule!  If you live in the country or rural area, this shouldn’t be an issue as long as you follow fire safety rules.  Maybe you have a fire pit already in your backyard, or are considering making one.  This is an awesome way to cook all of your food during your campout!  Plan lots of different campfire dinners, lunches and sweet treats to keep everyone happy!  If a full campfire isn’t an option for you, consider creating a “mini fire pit.”  And if you’re still concerned about fire around your little ones, you could DIY an awesome no-fire campfire out of felt or paper!

 

8. Break out the glow sticks.  Kids love glow in the dark toys!  Not only will they have a blast playing with sticks and making bracelets and crowns, but it’ll help them forget to be afraid of the dark!  They can use them outside for glow-in-the-dark tag and take them into the tent with them later.  This glow stick party pack looks perfect – you can make headbands and glasses!  Or take it up a notch with these cool batons!

 

9. Don’t be a stickler for curfew.  If you and your kids thrive on a schedule, this might not work for you, but consider forgoing bedtime just for a night.  Kids will likely not easily fall asleep while lying in close quarters with the excitement of camping outside anyway.  Instead of getting irritated and enforcing a “quiet/no talking” rule, let the kids giggle and wear themselves out.  They’ll get tired eventually, and no doubt they’ll remember the fun of staying up late for a long time to come!  Who knows, you might be happy when you overhear some of the secrets they share with each other!

 

10. Join the Great American Campout by the National Wildlife Federation.  Once a summer, the NWF hosts a national campout that you can pledge to join.  For everyone who participates, supporters will donate $1 to the NWF charity which raises money to protect American wildlife.  Go to the site to read more, and you can sign up for group camps in your local area or pledge to camp by yourself!

 

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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

 

8 Classic Outdoor Games to Teach Your Kids

Encourage your kids to get outside and enjoy summer by teaching them the games you played as a youth! Here's a reminder of 8 classic outdoor games. 8 Classic Outdoor Games to Teach to Your Kids - tipsaholic.com , #summer, #kids, #outdoorgames, #games

8 Classic Outdoor Games to Teach Your Kids

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Every parent could use help encouraging more outdoor play with their kids, especially in the summertime when the days are long and the “I’m bored’s” pop up too frequently!  Why not take a page from your own childhood – or even from your grandparents’?  Classic outdoor games are a great way to get your own kids moving. They usually require very little equipment or preparation, can be played with a wide range of ages and numbers of kids, and might even tempt you to join in the fun!  Here are 8 awesome classic outdoor games you may have forgotten about.

 

1. Capture the Flag
Best for tweens, teens and adults.
Equipment: Two pieces of fabric, about the size of a handkerchief.
Special Requirements: 6 people to play (one “guard” and two runners for each team), though more players makes it more interesting.
Play: Divide the players into (mostly) even teams.  Agree on the boundaries of the play area and the two “camps”.  Each team must decide upon a “jail” area (which could be a rock or tree that the prisoners must touch).  Once these areas are set out, each team secretly hides their own flag, then decided upon which players will guard their flag and which will attack the enemy camp to capture the opposing team’s flag.  If an opposing team member is tagged within enemy camp, they must go to “jail” until they are “rescued” (or tagged) by someone on their own team.  Play continues until a player captures the enemy flag and returns to their own camp with it.

 

2. Kick the Can
Best for school-aged kids on up through adults.
Equipment: An empty can, any size.
Special Requirements: A large space for running and hiding.  At least 3 people.
Play:  The players decide on a “home base” and “jail” area and choose someone to be “it.”  Place the can in the center of home base.  “It” closes his eyes and counts to a designated number while the other players hide.  He then goes to look for them.  When he finds another player, he yells their name, and he and the player race to home base.  If it gets there first, the other player must stay in jail.  If the other player arrives first, they kick the can.  While “it” retrieves the can, the other player (and any players in jail) find a different hiding spot.  “It” returns the can to home base and closes his eyes to count again.  Play continues until only one player is left in hiding – this player then becomes “it.”

 

3. Ghost in the Graveyard
Depending on the version, this is best for tweens, teens and adults.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: At least 3 people and a large space with hiding places.  It’s best when played at night in the dark!
Play:  The group decides on boundaries and a home base.  One person is chosen to be “it.”  “It” closes his eyes and counts while everyone else hides.  He chants out the hours starting at one o’clock – “one o’clock, two o’clock, three o’clock – ROCK!  four o’clock, five o’clock, six o’clock – ROCK!  seven o’clock, eight o’clock, nine o’clock – ROCK!  ten o’clock, eleven o’clock, twelve o’clock, MIDNIGHT!  Midnight, hope to see a ghost tonight!”  Then “it” sneaks around, trying to find one of the hiding “ghosts”.  When he spots a ghost, he yells out “ghost in the graveyard!”  Everyone jumps out of their spots and races to the home base while the ghost that was spotted chases them and tries to tag someone.  Whoever is tagged is the next “it.”
Note: There seems to be a lot of variation in this game and some debate!  Here’s a version with only 1 ghost (and some other ideas), and here’s 3 completely different takes on the game.

 

4. Swing the Statue
Appropriate for any age.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.
Play: One person is designated as “it.”  One at a time, “it” takes another player by the hand and spins them, then lets go.  The players must hold their position however they stop spinning and moving.  While the players are “frozen,” “it” watches to see who loses their balance or moves around first.  That person is then “it” and play continues.  This can also be called “statue maker” and here’s a different version that’s a bit more creative.

 

5. Olly-Olly-Oxen-Free!
This game is good for any age, though young kids will need some help.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.  All you need are at least two people and space to hide in.
Play:  The players agree to boundaries and a home base.  One player is designated as “it” and closes his eyes to count to a designated number while everyone else hides.  It calls out “ready or not, here I come!” and begins to look for the other players.  While “it” is looking for the other players, the other players are stealthily trying to make it back to home base without being seen.  They constantly find new hiding spots.  When “it” spots any of the players, he calls out the name and they race back to home base.  If “it” tags the player before they reach home base, he is out.  The game is restarted with him as the new “it.”  If the player reaches home base without being tagged, they yell “Olly Olly Oxen Free!” and are safe, so “it” begins looking for other players.  While this is happening, the other players are still trying to get back to home base without being spotted.  Play continues until all players are either safe or someone is tagged by it.
Note: Unbelievably, I was unable to find any rules to this game on the internet.  Apparently people are more concerned about the origin of the name!

 

6. Sardines  
This is appropriate for any age – though young toddlers will need some help.  
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: None.  All you need is at least 3 people and places to hide!
Play: One person is designated at “it.”  Everyone else closes their eyes and starts to count, while “it” finds a hiding spot.  When those counting get to a designated number, they yell “ready or not, here we come!” and each try to find “it” on their own.  Whenever someone finds it, they quietly squeeze into the hiding place with him.  Play continues until the last person has found the hiding spot.  The first person to find “it” is then “it.”

 

7. Shadowing 
Ideal for older kids, tweens or teens (old enough to be without adult supervision for a bit).
Equipment: Small stones, corn kernels, or other easily discernible markers.
Special Requirements: At least 6 participants, plus a large playing area like a park.
Play:  One player is designated at “it”.  “It” is given a brief head start, along with two shadowers.  After a few minutes, one shadower heads back to the rest of the group to start them in the right direction.  The other shadower begins leaving markers for the group as he goes – such as small stones, marbles or kernels – as clues about the direction.  The group tries to catch up to “it,” who wins the game if he is not found within a designated amount of time.  There are several variations on this game as well.

 

8. Red Rover
Appropriate for school-aged children.
Equipment: None.
Special Requirements: A large group of kids makes this more fun, but at least 8 is needed.  You’ll also need an open space in which to run.
Play: Divide the group into two teams.  Each team lines up across from each other, facing each other and holding hands.  The teams should be about 30-50 feet apart.  The first team begins by calling for a player to run over – “Red Rover, Red Rover, send (so and so) on over!”  The person who has been called then runs for the opposite line of players, aiming for a set of hands.  If he is able to break through the hands, they choose a person from the opposing team to take back to their team with him, but if not, they must join the opposing team.  The game is over when everyone has been moved into one team.

 

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5 Easy Recipes for Camping Dinners

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 5 Easy Recipes for Camping Dinners

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When you’re enjoying the great outdoors on a camping trip, you lack the resources of a full kitchen. It can seem daunting to try and feed your family. Don’t stress! Making simple, delicious meals while camping is easier than you think. Here are five easy recipes for inexpensive camping dinners that you and your family are sure to enjoy.

 

1. Walking Tacos

Walking tacos are perfect for camping because you can prep everything ahead of time. You’ll need shredded lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, canned chili, and chips. I like to buy the personal-size Fritos or Doritos so there’s no need for extra plates or bowls. Combine all the ingredients into your chip bag and grab a fork.

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2. Campfire Crescent Dogs

Hot dogs are a quintessential, kid-friendly camping meal. For a fun twist, ditch traditional buns in favor of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Your kids will love helping you make these yummy crescent dogs. Add some ketchup and mustard and dinner is served.

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3. Italian Sausage and Potato Tin Foil Dinner

Like hot dogs, tin foil dinners are another easy, camping staple. To make this recipe, you only need a few ingredients: Italian sausage, potatoes, fresh green beans, olive oil, and fennel salt. Don’t forget to pack the tin foil!

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4. Cheesy Dutch Oven Potatoes

If dutch oven cooking is more your style, try your hand at making these easy and delicious cheesy potatoes. The only ingredients you need are potatoes, onions, bacon, cheese, and the seasoning of your choice. This hearty meal is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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5. Campfire French Toast

In my family, dinner for breakfast is always well received. This camping-friendly french toast recipe is easy to make and will definitely put smiles on your little ones faces. If you’re so inclined, add some seasonal fruit like strawberries or cherries on top.

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Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

 

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5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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5 Family-Friendly Audiobooks for Summer Road Trips

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

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

 

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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

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Because of Winn-Dixie

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

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The Tale of Despereaux

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

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Brown Girl Dreaming 

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

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The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection

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

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

 

Clarissa Fidler is a 20-something discovering her place in this world. By day she is a communication specialist bringing communities news about their local libraries and the resources they provide. When she’s not tweeting or writing a press release, you’ll find her reading the New York Times, cuddling with her cat Harper, catching up on her favorite blogs, enjoying the outdoors, or checking out a new restaurant.  If you’d like to read more by Clarissa, check out her blog West Hawthorne Place.

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25 Ideas for Gardening With Kids

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

 

1. Plan a garden together.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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5. Make cute garden markers together.

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

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6. Decorate the garden with rocks.

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

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7. Grow vegetables that are kid-friendly.

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

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

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

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

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9. Construct a green bean tepee frame.

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

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10. Ask your kids to create a garden sign.

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

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

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

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12. Start seeds in an egg carton.

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

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13. Start seeds in a rotisserie chicken container.

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

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14. Design a play garden.

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

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15. Plant a tiny garden in an aquarium tank.

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

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16. Set up themed gardens in wooden crates.

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

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17. Create a dinosaur garden.

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

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18. Craft a kid-friendly watering can.

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

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19. Make a womery with your kids.

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

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

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

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21. Grow flowers that your kids can actually eat.

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

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22. Grow cucumbers in fun shapes.

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

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23. Make DIY seed bombs for your neighborhood.

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

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24. Create grass caterpillars with your kids.

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

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25. Build vertical gardens with soda bottles.

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

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

 

For more gardening ideas and tips, check out 27 Beautiful Garden Edging Ideas and 25 Fantastic Indoor Herb Garden Ideas.

 

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8 Great Resources for Outdoor Learning-Based Play Ideas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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