Cool Off This Summer With Frozen Paint

It’s hot. It’s summer. And unlike Olaf… I’m not a fan. Weird that I live in South Florida right?

While it is hot, I will say most of the evenings have been beautiful and I do love spending time in the backyard with the boys. One of our major projects this year has been to redo the backyard and little by little it is becoming one of my favorite parts of the house.

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Frozen paint is such a fun and QUICK activity that can really bring a lot of smiles. I’m sure you already have extra paint in your house somewhere that maybe you just don’t know what to do with it. It’s not enough to actually paint a picture, but there is enough that you feel a little guilty throwing it away.

Just freeze it.

Make sure you are using water based paint. This is going to be any of the “kid” paint you find at the craft store. I’m sure that acrylic paint would work fine too but it will stain your clothes. Keep that in mind.

We put a little of each color in an ice cube tray. You can grab these at the dollar store if you don’t have any at home. For the handles use popsicle sticks or straws cut in half. Use whatever you have around the house.

We let ours freeze overnight. If you have a spare moment after work one night, make them and then when the moment is right you will already have them made. They can stay in the freezer for weeks.

I also grabbed a few muffin tins at the dollar store a while back and use them just for crafts. This is a perfect project to use them.

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The boys loved painting with these on white paper and watching how fast they melt.

The consistency and color of the paint changed as the heat hit it.

You can also use a regular bowl if you don’t have a muffin tin. It doesn’t make a difference and my youngest son loved having the colors together.

I had to show them what to do at first because they’ve never worked with frozen paint before and looked at me like I was a little crazy. I’m used to it… so are they. 🙂

I love this too because it is such and easy clean up. I just rolled the paper up after and took it right to the garbage can. Yes. I throw things away. If I kept everything I would be on an episode of Hoarders.

Think about some of the things your kids love doing and how you might be able to change just a little part of it to make a huge difference.

This is what summer memories are made of!

 

5 Things To Know Before Heading to The Pittsburgh Zoo

No matter what city we travel to, I always want to see what activities there are for the family. We happened to be in Pittsburgh last month and the weather was beautiful for a few days we were there. When I say beautiful I mean not crazy hot like South Florida. I was able to wear SLEEVES!!! Do you know how excited that makes me?

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Eggplant Street Tacos – Meatless Monday

Meatless Monday isn’t really a thing around here. Every day is meatless for me. 🙂 But even with that sometimes I get into a rut with my meatless selections. I do love eggplant though. So when our awesome across the street neighbor brought over these eggplants I knew I wanted to use them in tacos. Continue reading “Eggplant Street Tacos – Meatless Monday”

What Your Kids Will Want – 10 books and games perfect for Spring…

As an educator and parenting blogger –  I get asked all the time from other parents, “How can I help my kids at home?”

Parents… I promise, it’s not as hard as it sounds. Play. Read. Enjoy your evenings together. Don’t stress about it, and find ways to simply have fun. Find what your kids are interested in and use it to your advantage.

Here are my favorites this month that can help celebrate small moments as well as help support what is happening in the classroom.

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Last Minute Easter Craft – Fast and Easy

So if you were to ask me last month about any Easter crafts I was working on, I could have shown you a list of things I had planned. Honestly there were a few more things on that list that I just didn’t get to do.

Earlier this week we received the call we had been dreading for Billiam’s mom… and just like that we were on our way to Pittsburgh.

All of the crafts I have sitting in my office and plans for spring will be there when we get back. I’m actually sitting in a hotel room somewhere in South Carolina right now, trying to get back to my to do list before I fall too far behind.

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