Watermelon Volcano – Summer of Science

I couldn’t go into any grocery store without seeing how cheap watermelons are right now. Or should I say how affordable watermelons are right now. This size watermelon was only a few dollars. The larger watermelons would work too, but you would just need a whole bunch more material.

What you will need:  Baking Soda, Vinegar, Dish Soap and food coloring (that is optional).

Continue reading “Watermelon Volcano – Summer of Science”

Dollar Tree 4th of July Flip Flop Wreaths

I headed to  The Dollar Tree to see what summer goodies they had, knowing that I wanted to make some sort of 4th of July wreaths. When I saw the display of flip flops, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

I wasn’t sure hoe many pair exactly I would need but purchased 8 pair for each wreath. Looking back 6 pair per wreath would have worked.

I just kept throwing flip flops in the cart and Harbor thought I was crazy. I mean 16 pairs of flip flops… is a lot of flip flops. 🙂

All of the supplies I picked up were from The Dollar Tree… all except this garland that was on sale at Hobby Lobby and the tubing that was in the dollar craft section at JoAnn Craft Store. I actually didn’t use all of the things purchased for the wreaths so I have plenty of supplies for another project.

I laid out the flip flops around the wreath to see how I wanted the patterns and “feet” to look. I knew I didn’t want matching pairs beside each other and I also didn’t want the feet in pairs how they would be sold at the store.

Covering the wire wreath structure in garland was the easiest way I could figure out how to cover it. Then I hot glued the flip flops on.

I next needed to alternate the flip flops so I could glue them together. This gave them more support, so they would not flip only attached to the garland and wire.

After that was the fun part. Using beads and ribbon just to decorate the rest of the wreath. I also took other decorations from The Dollar Tree apart to use in the wreath. Like the stars. Those were a part of a larger decoration there.

As you are looking at the decorations they have, ask yourself if there is anything that you could take apart and use in a different way. You might surprise yourself.

I’m going to look at a few other locations to see if I could find enough of the cactus/succulent  style to make a few wreaths for after the 4th of July.

img_3850-2.jpg

Curious to see the other goodies I found on this trip? Here is my Dollar Tree Haul.

5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer

Can you believe summer is here? The first day has come and gone and now I’m sure your kids are bored. I mean it has been a whole day. Don’t give in to screen time just yet! I promise that will come later on before school starts and you’re just tired.

With a little bit of planning and a few fun products your summer can be great and you can help prevent summer slide. Plus keep your sanity for a little longer.

Scrunchies are back! And honestly they are a bit expensive. Some of my favorite summer memories as a child are learning how to sew with my grandmother. Each summer I would visit her and sit at her sewing machine and make blankets and doll clothes. I had scrunchies to match every outfit because of her.

Don’t spend a bunch of money on fabric. Head to the thrift store and find fabric to repurpose as your kids are learning, or grab the fabric remnants at the store.

Look up one yard projects online to find project inspiration for your kiddos. You’ll be amazed what they will make by the end of the summer.

Continue reading “5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Busy This Summer”

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.

img_1738-1

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.

img_2862-1.jpg

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!

 

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.

Continue reading “What Your Kids Will Want – 10 books and games perfect for Spring…”

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.

Continue reading “Last Minute Easter Craft – Fast and Easy”