I know that Halloween is all about Candy CANDY CANDY, but I like for the kids to get something else too, something that will enhance their minds rather than just rot their teeth. Something educationally healthy! I know, I’m a nerd. Either way, I gave Squeaks a bib and two Halloween outfits, and JI got a decorated box full of Halloween books.
I don’t know how to read a calendar, so I thought last Sunday was Father’s Day. Lucky for you guys, this means you get two ideas for gifts this year! Yay!
First I made a mug for Poke using a kit that I picked up at Michael’s for under $2. I painted Squeak’s foot and JI’s hand, and I pressed them onto the mug, then added “#1 Dad” and “2015” (on the bottom). Super quick, fairly painless, very cute! All you have to do to set the paint is put the mug in the oven, set it to 360F, and let the mug heat up with the oven. Set the timer for 30 minutes, and when it goes off, turn off the oven and let the mug and oven cool down together.
Second I made a picture frame for my dad, who we call Poppy. I bought a frame at Michael’s for $1, had JI paint it as he desired, and when it dried I added the decorations – “We ❤ Poppy” spelled out in nuts and bolts and little pieces of hardware. Again, super easy, very quick, but unfortunately, not painless. JI grabbed the glue gun off the counter and squeezed hot glue all over his arm, resulting in a 2nd degree burn. Poor little dude!
I had eight or ten tomato cages that had been wandering around my yard for the past four years. Finally, I decided that enough was enough, and I put them all on the curb – except three. Those three I made into super cute, funky little light up trees!
Maybe some wire or twisties
Turn the tomato cage upside down.
Bend the stakes inward so they make a point.
Wrap the lights around the tomato cage.
Secure lights with wire/twisties if necessary.
You could even make these and put them in your yard just for the holidays. I think I might leave mine up all year! They’ll make the deck so festive!
Kids are always looking for things to do, and we do not always have the desire, time, or patience to entertain them. This summer, I will be utilizing a popular trend, The Bored Jar. I am going to fill our Bored Jar with the following 50 activities that JI can complete with little to no assistance from Poke or me. As I stated in a previous post, this summer is going to be the summer of growing, and I plan on helping JI mature by giving him more responsibility and more trust. I want him to learn to be his own “man”, so to speak! Also, when it gets hot, I get suuuuuuuuuuper lazy. Not gonna lie.
- Clean the bathroom floor
- Pull weeds
- Work in workbook (or other skills activity, such as tracing letters)
- Play on slip’n’slide
- Wipe down all inside doors with magic eraser
- Play in the sprinkler
- Draw with chalk outside
- Draw with chalk inside (if you have a chalkboard!)
- Do 20 jumping jacks
- Draw a picture for a friend
- Put away laundry
- Clean the toilet
- Wipe down counters/tables
- Read for at least 10 minutes
- Go on a treasure hunt (make up lists in advance!)
- Tell me a story
- Play with bubbles
- Go swimming
- Run from A to B 10 times (ours would be deck to fence)
- Build a fort
- Make an alphabet list (candies A-Z, characters, boys/girls names, etc.)
- Vacuum living room
- Vacuum bedrooms
- Play with sibling(s)
- Ride your bike
- Swiffer the kitchen
- Jump on the trampoline for 10 minutes
- 10 minute dance party
- Do a puzzle
- Play a board game
- Play in the basement (or another room they rarely utilize)
- Clean all the mirrors in the house
- Dust house
- Have a picnic
- Wash dishes
- Pick up all the trash/toys/miscellaneous stuff around the house
- Wash the car
- Feed the pets
- Clean the bathtub
- Draw a picture of your family
- Watch a movie
- Pick a new recipe for dinner from a kids’ cookbook
- Play hide and seek
- Learn a new kid-friendly recipe (no bake pie, PBJ, etc.)
- Play dress up
- Do a “photoshoot” – give your kid a disposable camera or clear out your digital cam and let them go crazy!
- Spin in a circle until you fall over
- Play basketball/soccer/baseball
- Set up croquet or mini golf (or badminton or volleyball – use what you have!)
Oooooh lookit me bein’ all crafty! Hahaha! Actually this recipe is super easy – all it takes is patience, rubbing alcohol, and liquid food coloring.
JI loves playing with his rice bin. It’s just a big Gladware container, I think a gallon (?), with rice and scoops. Totally simple, totally free!!!
Here we go:
- 1# rice, divided into 7 bowls
- Red, Yellow, and Blue liquid food coloring (note: if you don’t let your kid have artificial dye, you might want to use all natural dyes, but I cannot attest to the colorfastness or if it will even work the same)
- Rubbing alcohol
After you divide your rice, add 2T rubbing alcohol to each bowl, and then use the following chart to make each color of the rainbow.
- Red: 5 drops red
- Orange: 2 drops red, 3 drops yellow
- Yellow: 3 drops yellow
- Green: 2 drops blue, 3-4 drops yellow
- Blue: 3 drops blue
- Purple: 3 drops red, 2 drops blue
- (I left one bowl of plain white for the heck of it!)
After you’ve mixed the rice/alcohol/dye very well and all grains are completely coated, carefully (read: don’t touch!) pour each color onto a cookie sheet and let dry 24 hours. I put mine in the oven overnight, because I knew I wasn’t going to be cooking and it kept the rice away from the cats! Seriously though, DO NOT TURN THE OVEN ON WITH THE RICE INSIDE because rubbing alcohol is flammable, and could potentially start a fire.
Okay so the next day, when the rice has dried completely, dump it all together into a lidded container and shake it up. Let junior go at it, and get ready to sweep when it is all over. *wink*
Note: This rice is NOT edible! Watch your kids!