Simple Science: Homemade Gak Recipe

Gak Recipe Last week I got the call from the school that my oldest son wasn’t feeling well.  The nurse said he was complaining about a stomach ache so baby and I headed out to the school to pick him up.  After he came home and rested for a while he realized that life at home can be pretty boring during the day when all of your playmates, aka brothers, are at school.  We had found a fun Science book for kids at the library so he started perusing the pages and came upon a homemade Gak recipe. […]

Summer Day Camp: Stained Glass Painting

Today is the last day of our Summer Day Camp series.  I can’t believe that it is already time for the kids to head back to school.  I know a lot of you have already sent the kids out the door but for those who are still looking for some last minute boredom busters, here is a fun idea for Stained Glass Painting from Emily at The Benson Street. […]

Build Your Own Tank Craft Giveaway!

I cannot tell you how excited my boys were to open a box from the mail and find this fun Build Your Own Tank craft from CraftProjectIdeas.com!  They were starting to get a major case of end-of-summer boredom and they went right to work building their tank. I have been really busy the past month preparing for some major exams and my boys were starting to get sick of me being unavailable for the types of projects we normally do so this couldn’t have come at a better time. CraftProjectIdeas.com has come out with a fun new line of boy crafts (THANK YOU!) that replace the glitter and girlie you find in most project kits with rockets and camouflage.  If you have followed me for any amount of time you will know that one of the reasons I started this blog was to share more craft ideas for boys. […]

Foil River: Fun on a Dime

Need a quick and inexpensive way to entertain your kids this week?  Try making a foil river!  It’s so simple and yet your kids will spend hours racing things down the river. It has been a very hot summer here and I’m starting to run out of ideas for fun ways to entertain my boys and use up some of their extra energy, especially since they are cooped up inside all day.  Anything that involves water and being outside is a luxury, so we took advantage of a cooler morning (you know upper 90’s) and played in the water. How to Make a Foil River […]

DIY Pool Noodle Goal Post

Last month we threw the Ultimate Sports Party for my now 7-year-old and we had lots of fun using some of the pool noodle activities I shared on the blog last summer as well as this new pool noodle goal post.  I turned to my handy, dandy husband and asked him to come up with some sort of goal post to be used in a field goal kicking competition and this is what he came up with.  (We’re so lucky to have him around. 🙂 ) I’ll try my best to give a good description of how this was made but if I leave something out or don’t explain something very well, leave me a comment and I’ll have my husband answer.  Sound good? How to Make a Pool Noodle Goal Post […]

Summer Day Camp: 4th of July Printable Banner

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Spring Break Scavenger Hunt

We are on day 3 of Spring Break and although our first day was a breeze as the kids entertained themselves outside pretty much all day, now they are starting to get bored.   Yesterday when they came in SO bored I jotted down a scavenger hunt on a piece of scrap paper and sent them out on an adventure. They were gone for about 30 minutes looking around our cul-de-sac for everything on the list.  Then they were back wanting more.  I made a new list and sent them out and we repeated this all afternoon.  By the end of the day they were making their own lists and pretty much entertaining themselves. […]

St Patricks Day Games

These fun and easy St Patrick’s Day Games can be played at home or even in a classroom.  They are free to print and your kids will love them! Quick and Easy St Patricks Day Games As I mentioned in past posts, this week I’ve been entertaining a sick 4-year-old. We’ve made some fun food ideas like our Rainbow snack and Shamrock cookies, but I wanted to do something fun to entertain him so he wasn’t totally absorbed in the television or Ipad. I had him help me try out these two  St Patricks Day games. […]

Why You Will Never Buy Finger Paint Again

Why you will never buy finger paint again Some people consider me crazy when it comes to the types of activities I let my kids do.  For example, Play-doh is a must-have at our house although I know lots of moms that don’t allow it (hello, it entertains for hours!!  And all I have to do is sweep up the floor when they’re done) and all of my boys have gone through a stage where they could have lived in a dirt pile.  So painting with our hands using finger paint is really no big deal around here as long as it is contained to the kitchen. I always loved finger paint as a kid.  There is just something about that squishy goo between your fingers and being able to create something with your hands.  Loved it! Anytime I can make something for less than I can buy it I get excited and plus living in a small town makes it hard to find certain things.  So, when I came across an easy recipe for finger paint in a family cookbook I knew we had to give it a try,  This recipe is so easy that you will never buy finger paint again! […]

Paper-Mache “Moon” Nightlight From BabbaBox

I’ve always wanted to try making paper-mache crafts with my kids but I’ve never known how, and just didn’t take the time to figure it out.  This week I received an amazing box from Babbabox.  What is a Babbabox?  It’s basically the greatest thing for moms with small kids, who love to do crafts and learning activities at home, but don’t always have the time to plan and run around town looking for supplies.  The Babbabox comes with ALL of the supplies necessary for three activities as well as a story book and access to learning apps all based around a monthly theme. The theme we received was Sun, Moon and Stars.  And so this week we made the coolest moon nightlight.  In fact, the boys have actually been sleeping with their door closed so they can see the moon better and that is a first for them.  It fits right in with their glow-in-the dark stars they have on the ceiling. The moon was actually pretty easy to make but did take a couple of days so the paper-mache could dry. […]

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