Thursday, July 16, 2015

Playing with Puffy Paint

If you're in the market for some messy fun, puffy paint may be just the thing for you!

The recipe is simple- just mix equal parts flour, water and salt plus a few drops of food coloring. I used a cup of each for five bags of paint. Then I put the paint into pastry bags I had in the cabinet, but plastic baggies with the ends cut would work just fine. 

We did ours outside because... um... toddlers. 
With kids a bit older the kitchen table would be okay :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Animal Scavenger Hunt at the Cape May Zoo (with a free printable checklist)

Ya know, a lot more has been going on here than I've been letting on. There's been beach trips, roller coasters, fruit picking library story times, tons of pool days, and the list could go on. Since Andrew only had two days of summer vacation before summer-school began (boo!!!), I've been going it alone for most of our days. Sometimes with the three kids its hard to manage all of them plus a camera!

I've found that taking an extra five minutes to think out my plan of attack for outings is really helpful. For example: grabbing big thermos of water before leaving the house, packing a lunch so we don't have to stop or come home while we're out, or- in the case of the zoo yesterday- planning a little scavenger hunt. I printed off a few copies (the printable version is at the bottom of the post) and brought some crayons so Isaiah and Zion could check off the animals as we saw them. Being three and four year olds, they were completely excited to be on the hunt for the animals on our checklist and their behavior was about 20 times better than it has been on our previous trips to the zoo. A couple of the parents who saw my kids doing their checklists asked me where I got them and if I had anymore, so I figured I would write a post about it! We'll definitely be bringing our scavenger hunt each time we go to the zoo.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Why We Love Our Dad (by Isaiah, Zion and Evie)

Why we love our Dad
typed by Mommy; thought up by Isaiah (4) & Zion (3), with smiley nods from Evie (1).

Because he's always nice to me.

Because he snuggles me.

Because him got's hair all over him.

Because he comes to get me when I cry at the night time.

Because he's strong and has big muscles.

Because he loves my Mommy so much.

Because he loves me so much.

Because he's always there when I wake up.

Because he does special stuff with me.

Because he wrestles with me.

Me like my Daddy so much...

I'd say that's a pretty exhaustive list. So without further adieu- we love you Daddy!
Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

When Breakfast Becomes Art Class

Don't you love when things like that happen? A beautiful breakfast of berries became a work of art as we all made our own designs out of our food. I'm always a fan of playing with your food- as long as you intend to eat it when you're done. I even got a few minutes to drink my coffee and didn't hear any arguing!

Some questions to ask as you create:
How many blueberries did you use to make that smile?
Which fruit is yellow?
How many petals does the flower have?
Which are bigger: raspberries or cherries?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Forest Fairy Wings

We wake up in the morning and think... What will we do today?!
I took a poll. Should we make something? Bake something? Clean something? (HA!)
Zion proudly exclaimed "I want to make fairy wings!"
So, of course, that's just what we did.
The kids like when I give them instructions but withhold the next part of my *exciting* project until after they complete the previous step. Here are the instructions they got:

1. Go in the woods out back and and hunt for some BIG leaves.

2. Great! Now lets find a cardboard box and cut it in the shape of wings.

3. Lookin' good! We need some glue and then starting at the bottom place the leaves on the cardboard. It should kind of look like feathers.

4. Go ahead and play forest fairy princess for the rest of the day. 
(and she did, too, until her wings began looking a little worse for the wear!)

Check out the inspiration behind our wings, and more ideas here!

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