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:

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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.

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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!

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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!

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FOOD:

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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!

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FAVORS:

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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.

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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.

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INVITATIONS:

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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

Do you love your kids' art creations, but hate paper clutter? Here are 10 ideas for what to do with your kids’ art and schoolwork! 10 Creative Ways to Organize Kids' Art and Schoolwork via @tipsaholic #artwork #kids #kid #art #schoolwork


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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28 Awesome DIY Magnet Projects

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28 Awesome DIY Magnet Projects
Looking for an easy and fun DIY project to tackle on a slow weekend day? How about trying out one of these 28 DIY magnet projects? Add your fun magnets that you made to your refrigerator, your office, or a magnet board. These DIY magnets would also make great gifts. Some of them would be great toys for your kids!

1. Magnetic Storage Tins

This DIY magnet project gives you a stylish storage solution for all the tiny office supplies you’ve got laying around: push-pins, paper clips, etc. You could customize this magnet DIY in many ways to jazz up your workplace!

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2. Painted Birch Magnets

Here’s an easy DIY magnet project made with pre-cut birch pieces that you can find at hobby stores such as Michaels. Paint them your favorite colors and stick magnets on the back. Simple, colorful, and rustic!

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3. Comic Book Magnets

Looking for a gift for a comic-book lover? Try making these great comic book magnets with acrylic shapes and some Mod Podge!

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4. Wall Terrarium Magnets

These DIY terrarium magnets are absolutely gorgeous and is a great way to add a little plant life to your space.

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5. Tiny Polaroid Magnets

Turn your favorite pictures into tiny polaroids and then turn those into the cutest magnets that will remind you of your favorite things and people! This tutorial also includes a template you can open in photoshop to turn your pictures into polaroids.

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6. Pantone Chip Magnets

If you love color and own the Pantone chip book, you could make these colorful magnets to display your favorite colors! You could do a similar magnet DIY with paint chips from a home improvement store.

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7. Painted Rock Magnets

Painting rocks is a relaxing and fun activity, but you could make it a productive activity by turning your painted rocks into these vibrant magnets.

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8. Mini Frame Fridge Magnets

Paint a couple of tiny wooden frames in bright colors to create these fun magnets that you will be proud to display on your fridge.

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9. Stamped Clay Magnets

Use air-drying clay and stamps to create these surprisingly beautiful DIY magnets.

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10. Baby Jar Lid Magnets

Make picture magnets out of baby jar lids! If you’re going through jars and jars of baby food, this could be a great way to upcycle your used baby jar lids!

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11. Washi Tape Clothespin Magnets

Washi tape, or decorative tape, are gaining in popularity and can be found at any art suppy or hobby store and even department stores. Choose your favorite tape designs and put them on clothespins on one side and attach magnets on the other side for some truly cute DIY magnets!

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12. Pom Pom Magnets

Use wool yarn to make these fun pom pom magnets! For even less work, you could buy ready-made pom poms and attach magnets to them with hot glue.

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13. Decoupaged Paint Stick Magnets

If you need a couple of large magnets to hold up documents or calendars, try making these decoupaged paint stick magnets with scrapbook paper, maps, or wrapping paper.

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14. Lego People Magnets

Make these Lego people magnets for the Lego-lover in your family! This is an amazing way to store and display Lego people. Only the white bases are magnets; the Lego people can be changed up easily.

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15. Family Magnets

Take full-length photos of family members and turn them into awesome magnets. This could be a great way for a young child to learn loved ones’ names! They could also create fun stories and play pretend with these DIY magnets.

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16. Map Magnet Puzzle

An old, incomplete map puzzle can easily be turned into magnets. Don’t have a map puzzle on hand? Try printing out this map printable and gluing it on cardboard to get a similar result.

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17. Salt Dough Heart Magnets

Use a mini heart cookie cutter to make these sweet salt dough heart magnets! Use stamps with ink for even more personalization. For even more fun, experiment with various mini cookie cutters – how about making animal magnets or ABC magnets?

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18. Alphabet Rock Magnets

Turn rocks into alphabet magnets simply by painting a letter on each rock! Great for both kids and adults.

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19. Tile Magnets

Grab a few sheets of 2”x2” square tiles at a home improvement store and Mod Podge on pretty decorative paper for a quick magnet DIY project!

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20. Animal Magnets

Cut up a few plastic animal toys, spray paint them a pretty color, and turn them into fun magnets with the help of this tutorial.

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21. Magnetic Pen Cup

Use an old tin container as a magnetic pen cup with the addition of decorative paper and magnets on the back!

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22. Puzzle Magnets

Do you have a couple of kid wooden puzzles that are missing a few pieces? Grab the puzzle pieces and turn them into magnets that kids will love!

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23. Colorful Magnetic Blocks

Dye a bunch of tiny blocks in different colors, stick magnet paper on the back, and use them with young kids. You could do all kinds of activities with these blocks, from math to art.

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24. Inspirational Upcycled Magnets

These awesome DIY magnets are made with Altoid tins and jar lids, inspirational words printed on paper, and interesting papers such as pages from children’s books and old calendars. You could have a lot of fun creating your own inspirational magnets with things you have around the house!

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25. Image Transfer Magnets

Turn any drawing into magnets with this amazing tutorial. You could do this with your kids’ drawings or your own drawings.

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26. Washi Tape Magnets

Here’s another DIY magnet project done with pretty washi tape. It doesn’t get any easier than this! Put washi tape right on top of magnet sheets and cut out and put on your magnet board. So great and simple.

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27. Popsicle Stick Frame Magnets

And here’s yet another washi tape magnet DIY! Make these cute magnetic frames with popsicle sticks, washi tape, and your favorite pictures.

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28. Agate Stone Magnets

This gorgeous DIY magnet project really couldn’t be any easier. All you need are agate stones, a gold leaf pen, magnets, and glue.

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Now you’re all set to bedazzle your fridge or your family command center with all these magnet DIY ideas! For more DIY project inspiration, don’t miss 7 Stunning Marbled DIY Projects and 20 DIY Geometric Projects for Your Home!

 

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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!

For more DIY outdoor ideas, check out 6 DIY Outdoor Furniture Ideas You Can Build Yourself and Build Your Own Fire: 7 DIY Fire Pit Tutorials.

“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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5 Disney Party Ideas: For the Boys

Your son (or daughter) is sure to love one of these Disney party ideas based on the following movies: Lion King, Planes, Wall-E, Cars, and Toy Story. 5 Disney Party Ideas: For the Boys via tipsaholic.com #disney #boys #birthday #party #disneyparty #parties


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Do you have a son whose birthday is coming up? He’s sure to love one of these Disney party ideas based on the following movies: Lion King, Planes, Wall-E, Cars, and Toy Story. Actually, these Disney party ideas would work just as well for girls who aren’t into princesses!

 

Planes

There’s just something about these flying machines that capture kids’ attention, so it’s no wonder Disney made Planes, a story of a cropduster plane that has to overcome its fear of heights to compete in plane races. Braden’s 4th birthday party turned out so great thanks to his mom’s party planning, which included fun cupcake wrappers in the shape of the plane characters, marshmallow pops, and lots of decor and food details in the colors of blue and orange, based on the movie. My favorite things from this party is how 2-liter soda bottles were turned into planes with the help of glue, paint, and cardboard!

Need more ideas? Just go crazy with the plane theme in your decor and cookies – how about providing a paper plane craft for the kids to make, using cloud placemats, and serving plane-shaped cookies? Get all these ideas and more from this cool birthday party!

 

Wall-E

Set in the future, Wall-E is an adventure and a romance movie in one, but it also holds several important lessons for kids. And of course, don’t forget, there are robots in the movie! This awesome Wall-E birthday party for Jack’s 6th birthday pulls out all the stops, from an aqua and lime color theme, intricately decorated desserts, plant samples of sunflowers for the guests to take home, a photo booth with Wall-E, and a robot trash pick up game complete with robot arms!

 

Cars

For kids who love cars and all fast things, Cars is a wonderful, wonderful movie. If you have a child like that, you might want to give him or her a Cars-themed birthday party like the one that Nikka hosted for her son Max! The party is more based on the city of Radiator Springs than the race, so there are a lot of vintage details throughout the decor and the food, from the Tow Mater backdrop to the antiqued letters spelling out the birthday boy’s name. The cake pops in the images of the car characters are crazy good, but don’t overlook all the other ideas: the use of tires as party decor, the cookies with the images of the characters, the use of burlap throughout the decor to add a vintage feel, brown sugar (to resemble sand) to hold the cake pops upright, and donuts on straws to resemble tires. So, so fun.

 

Toy Story

All three movies of the Toy Story franchise have captured the hearts of millions of kids, and so any kid would love a birthday party based on Toy Story. Alison hosted this really great Toy Story-themed birthday party for her son that included a cardboard birthday banner in the colors and patterns found in the movie, green army men parachuting from the ceiling, personalized candy bars for guests, and a wide variety of games. Every guest came dressed as their favorite Toy Story character and played games, from guessing how many green army men there were in a big jar, a Toy Story bingo game, pin the star on Woody, pass the “hot” space rock, a Mr. Potato Head relay, and more! That’s not all – every guest wore a party hat that looked like aliens and ate cupcakes served in dump trucks.

If you’re still looking for more Disney party ideas for a Toy Story party, check out these great game ideas that includes toy bowling, ice cube toys, and more.

 

Lion King

What’s cooler than lions? A party based on the Lion King movie, of course. Check out this simple but sweet Lion King party for a three-year-old boy, complete with invitations (free download!), a cake with Simba on it, and a fun lion pinata.

If you’re having a hard time finding decor items for your party, try finding safari ideas – they would work just as well! This safari party is full of cute decor and food ideas.

 

What other Disney party ideas have you seen that would make any little boy or girl very happy on their birthday? Or have you hosted a Disney birthday party yourself? Share all of your Disney party ideas in the comments!

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Top 15 Family-Friendly Games You’ll Love to Play

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Family game night is the perfect way to brighten up a dreary week and get kids of all ages excited about spending time together.  If you find yourself breaking out the same games over and over, chances are good that you’re all getting a little bored.  Break up your plain old game routine by introducing some fun and clever games into your rotation!  It can be hard to figure out which games will engage a variety of ages, but it’s not impossible to find some new favorites.  Here are our top 15 family-friendly games you’ll love to play – along with the old favorites you’re already using!

 

1. Hedbanz – In this fun take on a classic guessing game, players must take turns asking yes or no questions as they race to be the first to figure out what they are as represented by the card on their heads.  They’re using their heads in more ways than one and are bound to get a little goofy as they call out questions and answers.

 

2. Qwirkle – It’s not fast-paced or loud, but it IS perfect for teaching patterns, color and shape recognition.  Kids will also learn reasoning skills, strategy and tactical play.  All you have to do is lay down tiles matching in color or shape and build off of the pieces already placed.  It’s a winner with all ages as it is simple enough in rules for young players, but can be more advanced based on strategical thinking.

 

3. Spot It or Spot It Jr. – Between any two cards in the deck, there is a matching picture (seems impossible but it’s true!).  Just spot it quick to win the pair!  The deck of cards comes with a rule book for different games you can play with the same cards, so it’s 5 games in 1!  It enhances visual perception skills, powers of observation and attention to detail, but it’s not a complicated game which makes it perfect for players young and old!

 

4. I Can Do That! Card Game – Join that lovable character, The Cat in the Hat in an activity-filled card game that will be sure to have kids laughing!  Just flip over three cards to reveal a new challenge. Can you crab walk to the bedroom with the fish under your chin? Can you dance around a chair with the fish between your knees? There are hundreds of hilarious possibilities in store.  It encourages self-confidence and self-esteem, promotes early reading skills and gets kids up and on their feet.

 

5. Suspend – Here’s a game that’s great for a group or a solitary player!  This balancing act is an exciting and intriguing way to work on hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, cognitive thinking and cooperation.  Roll the colored die to determine what game rod you’ll add to the fray.  Decide where to place it on the frame rods attached to the wooden base to ensure you make it to the next round.  Suspend as many as you can before the whole thing become unbalanced!

 

6. Set – Set is a visual perception game that’s easy to learn and challenging to win!  The rules and concept are simple enough for kids, but the practical application is challenging enough even for adults.  Each card shows various shapes in various numbers, colors, and shades.  Turn the cards over in a grid and match three cards within the specific characteristics based on “sameness” or “differentness” – but do it quick because it’s a race to make sets of three!  It’s a classic game that will keep players thinking, reasoning and observing while they excitedly grab for cards!

 

7. Sequence – It’s challenging and exciting but basic enough to grasp the rules of play.  Match cards from your hand to the pictures on the game board and place a chip.  Place 5 in a row to get a sequence and create 2 sequences to win!  You can block opponents with the right cards, use Jacks for wilds and play certain cards to remove opponents chips from the board entirely!  Seems hard to win, but you don’t have to do it alone since with more than 2 players you can choose to play in teams!

 

8. Telestrations – You’ve played the telephone game, where a phrase is passed in whisper from person to person until it barely resembles the original remark?  This game is telephone, but with drawings!  It’s a fun, light-hearted game where you draw what you see, then guess what was seen to hilarious miscommunication and funny outcomes.  Kids will love drawing with the individual dry erase boards, and there’s no artistic ability required – just some stick figures, laughter and a great sense of humor!

 

9. Doodle Dice – The deck is full of cards that show simple line drawings in varying degrees of difficulty (or number of dice needed to complete the picture).  Roll the dice and try to match the lines on the dice with the lines on the cards to form the whole picture.  You’ve got three tries to complete the picture and win the card shown.  To make it more challenging, you can block opponents turns and steal their cards!

 

10. Beat the Parents – What kid doesn’t want to trounce their parents in a good old fashioned trivia game?!  In this fun version, parents answer questions about kid stuff and kids answer questions their parents should know!  See who’s the boss by sending the two mover pieces across the board first.

 

11. Story Cubes – This truly is a game for any age and any number of players – especially since there are no wrong answers and no right way to play!  There are infinite ways to play – from each person telling a portion of one story by using a picture rolled on the dice, to one person telling an entire story using all of the dice.  Literally anyone can play as they increase their creative inspiration, imagination, problem solving skills and literacy development.

 

12. 5 Second Rule – Flip a card to reveal a category, then start the timer because you have only 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the category!  Seems easy, until you’re under the gun.  Pretty soon everyone will be calling out hilarious ideas and getting tongue-tied as they make up their own words!  It’s fast-paced, easy to learn, fun to play and keeps people laughing!

 

13. Don’t Say It – Help your team guess the hidden word, without using any of the clue words listed on the card.  Be quick so you aren’t buzzed out by the timer!  Rack up the points for your team by giving them handy clues and you could win!  Easy to learn and play, kids will love this fun guessing game and learn strategy, quick thinking, and literacy skills.

 

14. Tsuro – Choose tile pieces three at a time from the stack and place them on the board in turns to create a path for your game piece to follow.  Be careful, if your path leads off the game board you lose!  Be wary of other players – each tile has multiple path options and your opponents tiles could make an easy path for them and a cleverly treacherous path for you if they connect to your own tile.  This game is easy to learn and a fairly quick play.  There’s strategy and problem-solving involved, which makes it a great fit for a wide age-range.

 

15. Spontuneous – It’s the only “Name That Tune” style game that crosses age gaps and genres, so literally anyone can play it!  Use prompts and be the first to shout out a song with the given word in the lyrics.  Sing it out, in tune or not, to get the points!  Take turns delivering word “triggers” and singing out songs.  Try to stump your opponents!  Be the first to move your game piece to the finish in order to win.  It’s fun, it’s spontaneous, it’s easy and will have everyone engaged!  Plus, build your memory and word association skills.

 

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

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10 Science Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love

If you want to reinforce science concepts at home, reading picture books with your kids is a great idea! 10 Science Books 6-9 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #books, #read, #kids, #education, #sciencebooks

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As children start school and begin acquiring reading skills, designated reading time at home becomes even more important.  While your child is learning to be a more competent reader, they are also absorbing more information about a variety of subjects.  If you want to foster a love of science in your early elementary aged child, one of the best ways to do this is through books!  Picture books are engaging and entertaining, even when they’re full of scientific facts!  Not sure where to start?  Here are 10 science books 6-9 year olds will love!

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1. Science Verse by Jon Scieszka –

Written by the creator of the famed “Math Curse”, this book all about different science concepts is sure to tickle kids’ funny bones!  Covering such topics as the food-chain, black holes, combustion, amoebas, metamorphosis, the universe – and more! – in quirky, silly, rhyming verse, this book is pure fun.  It combines clever illustration and witty writing to create a scientifically accurate celebration!

 

2. The Moon Seems to Change by Franklyn M. Branley –

Have your children ever wondered why the moon looks different from night to night?  This book covers some basic astronomical concepts – like how the moon revolves around the earth.  With step-by-step instructions, your kids can conduct an experiment using only an orange, a pencil and a flashlight that will help them visually understand what is happening to the moon.  Teach your kids about the phenomena of the moon’s phases!

 

3. Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart by Natalie Rosinsky –

Magnets affect our lives in many unseen ways!  Have you ever watched a child play with magnets?  They love the magic behind them!  Watch them get even more excited as they read this book and learn all about how magnets work – from compasses and magnetite to the magnetic poles to motors!

 

4. Bite-Sized Science by John H. Falk –

The only thing better than reading about science is DOING it!  This book is an introduction to many elements of science – including the scientific process!  Teach children to observe and evaluate the natural world through short, “bite-sized” activities and demonstrations you can do together.  Each one is 15 minutes or less, including set up and clean up, which makes them perfect for kids.  Kids get to make predictions, test them and observe results.  What’s more, a lot of them involve food, so your kids can eat their experiments!

 

5. What is the Earth Made Of? by Katherine Weidner Zoehfeld –

Young readers will be engaged with the cute and colorful illustrations in this book, while the text is perfect for read aloud fun.  It’s an introduction to a very important scientific building block: solids, liquids and gases; and how they can change states of matter!  Kids will love learning about ice cubes, water and gas – evaporation and what it all means for the world around them.

 

6. Wiggling Worms at Work by Wendy Pfeffer –

Those creepy crawlies you love finding in the lawn?  They’re part of science!  You’re child will love learning all about worms and how they help soil, compost and plants!  The realistic pictures might make them squirm, but they’ll be intrigued by these wiggly wonders!

 

7. Science in Seconds for Kids by Jean Potter –

This awesome book contains 100 science experiments you can do with your kids in ten minutes or less!  Most of them seem like magic – like seeing colors that aren’t really there, or staying dry underwater! – but the book also explains the why behind what you’re doing, so your kids will have tons of fun while learning.

 

8. National Geographic Kids First Big Book of Space by Catherine D. Hughes –

This book is chock full of wonderful pictures and interesting facts about the universe in which we live.  The book is divided into short chapters that explain basic concepts of space, beginning with what is most familiar to children and moving outward into the universe.  The simple text and vivid graphics will grab their attention.

(check out the other National Geographic Kids books, as well!)

 

9. Gravity is a Mystery by Franklyn M. Branley –

Everyone knows that when you drop or throw something, it will fall to the ground.  But WHY does that happen?  There’s a mysterious force pulling us all toward the center of the earth, and no one really knows what it is.  In this book, you can follow along with an adventurous scientist and his funny dog as they learn all about gravity.

 

10. Forces and Motion: A Question and Answer Book by Catherine A. Welch –

This book uses real life settings with photographs to explain the basic elements of physical science.  Through question and response, kids learn all about air resistance, mass and gravity and the connection between force and motion.

 

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

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10 Science Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love

Reading picture books together is the perfect way to supplement your child's education. Here are 10 science books your pre-reader will love! 10 Science Books 3-6 Year Olds Will Love - Tipsaholic, #science, #kids, #education, #preschool, #sciencebooks

 

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Reading books out loud to young children is a great way to introduce new concepts and reinforce learning.  Picture books for pre-readers are specifically designed to be read aloud while engaging young kids.  Science doesn’t have to be complicated or boring, and reading about scientific ideas together can help kids feel more confident about what they learn.  If you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 science books 3-6 year olds will love.

 

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1. What is Science? by Rebecca Kai Dotlich –

From soil to rocks, hurricanes to airplanes and planets and stars, science is all around us!  This book is a charming introduction to science told through rhyming verse and colorful, cute illustrations.  Kids will be delighted to learn that science is a part of the world they already know.

 

2. Clouds by Anne Rockwell –

Your children will love applying what they learn in this book all about watching the clouds for weather clues!  A basic introduction to meteorology, the simple text is perfect for young children.

 

3. Dinosaurs Big and Small by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld –

This is sure to be a favorite with kids.  As the book introduces very basic paleontology through pictures and easy to read text, it also compares specific dinosaurs to familiar objects from today.  Kids will retain the information they learn as it is applied to the world around them now.

 

4. A Germ’s Journey by Thom Rooke, MD –

It’s natural for little kids to wonder how they get sick, and hard for them to relate to something so tiny they can’t even see it!  This funny adventure follows a cold germ on it’s journey, and your child can follow it from sniffle to snuffle to sneeze!

 

5. My 5 Senses by Aliki –

There is simply no better way to introduce preschoolers to science than by talking about their senses!  After all, what is science but discovery, observation, and hypothesizing through our senses.  Kids will love learning all about what they can discover on their own through delightful pictures and simple text.  They’ll be ready to see, hear, small, taste and touch their way through the scientific process!

 

6. My Amazing Body by Pat Thomas –

Just think about everything your body can do!  This simple introduction to physical fitness and health science is perfect for pre-readers.  Kids learn about diet, exercise and health in an easily understandable way.  The book also encourages independence by exploring the importance of making good decisions about taking care of their bodies.

 

7. Motion by Darlene R. Stille –

Think physics is too difficult for preschoolers to grasp?  Think again!  This fun book has bright, graphic images and simple text that explains motion in relatable ways.  Kids learn about movement, speed, force and inertia by thinking about their own motion.

 

8. Sleep is for everyone by Paul Showers –

Did you know that sleep is part of science?  It’s true!  Kids will particularly enjoy learning about an everyday occurrence that applies to science concepts.  Read lots of eye-opening facts about the science of snoozing.  Help your kids understand the why behind sleep, and bedtime might be even easier!

 

9. Light by Natalie M. Rosinsky –

Young kids are naturally intrigued by light and its properties, so read this book with them and learn all about the science behind it!  Kids can learn how to make shadows, reflections and even rainbows.  They’re sure to be engaged by the cute illustrations.

 

10. From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman –

Follow the life cycle of a butterfly with this easy to understand storyline.  A caterpillar come to school in a jar and the class watches as it changes – growing larger and creating a chrysalis – but one day the caterpillar is gone!  Where did it go?  The colorful drawings in this book are eye-catching, and kids will love this basic introduction to metamorphosis.

 

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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