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    July 14, 2015
    Free Summer Activities For Kids

    A lot of summer activities for kids are really fun, but require lots of money. Theme parks, carnivals, zoos, etc. can cost hundreds of dollars for the whole family to enjoy. But, your kids can have a blast this summer without you taking out a second mortgage on your home. Check out these ideas by Lisa Aberle at the Get Rich Slowly blog for free things to do with your kids, all without leaving your home:

    -Make your own paint from cornstarch, water, and food coloring

    -Try out some home science experiments! Do the classic baking soda and vinegar volcano to explain chemical reactions, go on a nature hike, or let kids measure out cooking ingredients for you

    -Play with chalk

    -Have a puppet show! Decorate socks, paper plates, or tongue depressors

    Photo Credit: Eden, Janine, and Jim 


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    June 30, 2015
    Fourth Of July Ideas For Kids

    If you’re an American, you probably already have plans for this Fourth of July. Fireworks, barbecues, and park picnics are all awesome ideas that you and your kids will love. But, while its fun to get the whole family involved in the festivities, there are lots of extra ways to make the Fourth of July special for kids. Having special activities can also help them realize the significance of the day, or are just a nice alternative in case the fireworks get rained out. Check out this post by Dani Ryan at Cloudy With A Chance Of Wine for some super fun Fourth activities for kids!

    -Make your own fireworks! Don’t know how? Here are 10 different ways to make fireworks with your kids!

    -Organize a flag hunt around your yard (or in your house if it’s raining!).

    -Set up a fort in your living room and read some of these excellent 4th of July books together!

    Photo Credit: Josh Meek 


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    June 18, 2015
    Father’s Day Ideas

    This Sunday is Father’s Day! It kind of snuck up on me this year, even though it’s usually on the same day as my dad’s birthday. Since I’m an adult, I try to do something nice for him- take him out to lunch, or maybe a movie. Get him a card, or a gift card. I wish I could make him something like I used to do when I was little, but I don’t think he’d appreciate a crochet purse or homemade soaps. Oh well. I think he just enjoys spending time together as a family and a good meal. Anyway, if you’re looking for some last minute, yet still heartfelt gift ideas, look no further than this post by My Frugal Adventures. Bonus- not all of them are too kiddie, so teenagers could make them as well:

    -Father’s Day Gift Basket Idea with Free Printable

    - DIY Beer Coasters

    - DIY Hamburger Seasoning

    -Dad Rocks Paperweight Craft

    -Photo Idea Card

    Photo Credit: Easa Shamih 


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    May 29, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: Easy Doughnut Recipe
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    Next Friday is National Doughnut Day! Celebrate it with your kids with this super easy recipe.

     


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    May 25, 2015
    Happy Memorial Day

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    May 5, 2015
    DIY Gifts For Mom

    Alright dads (and aunts, and grandparents, and everyone else), get Mom out of the room! Mother’s Day is this Sunday. Have your kids gotten/made anything yet? You still have time! Moms will love anything that their kids put thought into, so homemade gifts are a fantastic idea. If you’re running low on inspiration, all you need to do is check out this post by Jackie Cravener at I Heart Arts and Crafts for ideas:

    -Hand-Shaped Ring Dish – From Mama Papa Bubba

    -Mother’s Day Handprint Charm – From Plucking Daisies 

    -Kid-Made Picture Frame Vase – From I Heart Arts n Crafts

    Photo Credit: Erika G. 


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    April 24, 2015
    Friday Fun Video: DIY Card Ideas
    http://www.dailymotion.com/videox2ogcnw

    These are some great ideas! Especially with Mother’s Day coming up!


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    March 31, 2015
    April Fools Day- The Best Pranks To Play On Your Kids

    My personal disclaimer: before you go around pranking anyone, make sure you know them well enough! Some kids (and adults) honestly do not handle it well, usually because their sense of humor is different than yours. It’s also important to know where to draw the line between what is funny and what is mean. Once you have that down, April Fool’s Day becomes an excuse to have some silly fun with your kids. Get started preparing tonight, and you’ll have an awesome prank ready for them tomorrow morning. Check out these ideas from Rachel Miller at the Kids Activities blog:

    -Shrink Wrap.- Two year olds are mesmerized when you shrink wrap their toys.  Half the fun is unwrapping them.  It’s Christmas all over again!

    -Give your child a small silly gift.- only put it in a small box, wrap it.  Put that in a medium box.  Wrap it.  Put that in a larger box, etc.  They will have fun finding their gift.

    Freeze their Breakfast.- Fill your child’s bowl with cereal and milk – then stick it into the fridge!  The kids will be frustrated as they try to eat their breakfast (be sure to have a regular bowl of food nearby).

    Photo Credit: Pascal 


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    March 19, 2015
    Spring Solstice Fun

    Tomorrow, March 20th, is the Spring Solstice! It marks the first day of Spring (in the Northern hemisphere) and is a great excuse to get outside with your kids and learn about nature and even astronomy. Because, this year we will be having a solar eclipse AND a super new moon tomorrow. Pretty exciting stuff! The Spring solstice celebrates the vernal equinox (when the length of the day and the length of the night are equal), which also occurs tomorrow. Talk about a lot! Check out this post by Nell at Rhythms of Play for ideas for solstice activities:

    -Get outside and connect- take a hike, observe new life beginning around you- find flowers, birds, and other critters .

    -Plant new life- put a tree in your yard, or plant some flowers!

    -Decorate eggs- get them ready for Easter, or paint a wooden egg for a craft

    -Prepare a feast for family and friends.

    Photo Credit: martinak15 


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    February 16, 2015
    Happy President’s Day!

    Stay warm!

    Photo from Parents.com 


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