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It's time for the Mess For Less Idea of the Week over at Real Life Deals. Today I will give you a quick and easy idea for making sidewalk paint with stuff you already have at home.
Here is a quick tip for busy moms when you need a few minutes to get stuff done. Don't just give the kids the play doh with all the new accessories. Kids generally have a short attention span. They will get bored soon and want to do something else. I always start with a basic activity, in this case I just gave each girl some play doh with nothing else. Sure enough, after 5-7 minutes, they were done. That is when I brought out my cool new items. I made it sound super exciting and told them they could make aliens or monsters. They played with the play doh for an additional 20 minutes which is a win for mommy!
Another quick play doh tip is to store it in the refrigerator. The girls love poking their fingers in the cool play doh and they get a different sensory experience than they would with room temperature play doh.
So hold on to your hats and try not to get too frightened as I share some scary monsters and aliens. I swear they are friendly.
B thinks the eyes have it! :-)
A's monster sports a feathered cap. There is no way a monster in a feathered cap can be scary!
The inspiration for this painting with trucks idea came from an activity that B's Early Start teachers did in their class. You are going to need some paint, paper and toy cars, trucks or even trains. If you have a tray, it makes a great place to spread the paint. Be creative when painting with trucks! Those aluminum baking pans they sell at the dollar store would work great for this and most of us have some lying around. I spread some red and blue paint on the tray and after looking at it it seemed kinda 4th of July-ish.
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I then gave the girls some cars and trucks that had different types of wheels on them. I have to be honest here, as the mom of 3 girls, we don't have a ton of cars. I have bought the girls cars, but they just seem to prefer other toys. So I had to do quite a bit of scrounging to find enough cars. These are the ones we ended up using.
I showed the girls how to push the car back and forth through the paint to get the wheels fully covered. We then ran our cars on some paper and got some cool track prints. "A" loved to just push her car back and forth on the same spot on the paper and she got this effect:
Some of B's handiwork:
Then we tried the prints on some black paper since I thought that might look like a road. You could use white or yellow paint. We started out with white, but then A mixed it with her other colors so we have this fun color.
I have very girly girls (hence the absence of many toy cars) and they enjoyed this activity immensely. So I challenge you, moms of girly girls, try this and see if your kids agree. If you have a boy who loves cars (or a girl for that matter) then this painting with trucks activity is a no brainer. Keep on truckin'! You didn't think I would miss an opportunity to use that, did you?
My girls love the Little Mermaid and all things fishy (except for eating actual fish, that would be too easy). But they did love this fish I made out of sliced cheese. I added some blueberries for the bubbles, made a starfish by using a cookie cutter and adding cinnamon, and chopped up some chicken for the sand/shells. For the fish, I used a straw to make the scales and added some shredded mozzarella for the stripe. Then just cut out a little mouth and add an eye. I used some cookie sprinkles for the eye but you can use anything or even just use a straw to punch out an eye. If you don't mind punching a fish.
B cleaned her plate. A, my less adventurous eater, ate everything except the chicken. That's a win in my book! Any ideas for other sea items I can add?
If you have kids, I am sure you have these blocks around:
Did you know your kids can use these for more than building and throwing? They are great for play-doh also, as the kids can make imprints in the dough of backwards letters. As long as you don't mind backwards letters. You can also grab some yarn and wrap it around the block to create some unique stampers.
I wrapped some yarn around the blocks in different patterns, some plain and some as a criss cross (Kris Kross will make you Jump, Jump! Sorry...random 90's reference). Then just dip them in some a stamp pad or paint and make some fabulous prints. You know how I like to test out these projects first? Well this one was really fun and I think it would be a good time for an adult and even a surly tween/teen. So here is my sample:
We had some ink pads for rubber stamps but they seemed kind of dry, so I had to improvise. I made my own budget stamp pad by folding some paper towels on a tray and spreading some paint on them.
I showed the girls how to dip their block in the paint and then make prints on the paper. At first they didn't press very hard, so the prints didn't come out so well, but once they put a little more force into it, they were printing like old pros.
A had a great time mixing the colors on her block to make a pretty rainbow effect.
When the girls indicted they were done (by yelling "I don't want to do this anymore!" I am really good at reading them), I felt like there was too much paint on the tray to go to waste so I grabbed some copy paper and we pressed it on the tray and made some cool looking prints. I love how the texture of the paper towel made a neat pattern on the paper.
I linked up this project to The Sunday Showcase with lots of other great kids ideas.
Sharon, over at Real Life Deals, was nice enough to ask me to share some budget friendly kids ideas with her readers. The ideas that I will be sharing are new so if you like what you have seen here, go check out her blog. It's a great place to pick up some tips for saving money. And who doesn't want to do that?
My first post appears here Mess For Less Idea of the Week
Sugar and Spice that involved play-doh, pasta and cheerios. Doesn't that sound yummy? Okay, so you don't eat the pasta or the play-doh, but you can eat the cereal when you are done.
I gave each girl a ball of play-doh and stuck a piece of uncooked linguine in it. I then filled some cups with fruit loops (we were out of cheerios and you'll see why fruit loops may be more fun). My girls think fruit loops are the biggest treats since they rarely have them, so I decided to make their day.
Have your child try and put each loop onto the piece of pasta. This requires a great deal of concentration and careful fine motor work. I was so excited that even B, who is a little weaker on the fine motor side, did this with no trouble.
When they were done they were so excited to see the tower of rainbow colors they had made. See, if you deprive your kid of fruit loops you just get a beige tower. The other plus to using fruit loops is this turned into a color identification activity as B went down her tower and named each color. A (middle name should be Not to be Outdone) did the same thing. They were so proud of themselves. I did this activity around snack time so when they were done I just had them eat the fruit loops for snack. Lazy parenting at it's best!
For this activity you will need some empty plastic bottles, tempera paint, and paper. I wanted some variety so I used a one liter, two liter and pint bottle.
I squirted 4 colors of paint on a tray (you could use less or more, but my girls sometimes get overwhelmed with too many choices).
I showed the kids how they could hold a bottle and dip it in the paint so that the bottom of the bottle would get thoroughly coated. Then we pressed the bottles onto the paper to make our flower imprints. I liked that I used the different bottles because each one had a different bottom which resulted in a nice variety of flowers.
We are big Disney theme park fans in our house and A already sees hidden Mickeys everywhere. Maybe the brainwashing is working! I had to laugh when she made some prints and said "look, it's a Mickey head!" That's my girl!
They did many, many prints and I almost ran out of places to put all the drying pictures. Here are a few examples:
This ended up being a 2 day project since I got the idea that it would be cute to add some stems and grass to our paintings when they had dried. So the next day, I taped another piece of paper to their finished paintings and drew some stems on the flowers. If you have an older child you could have them draw the stems. I think pipe cleaners glued on the paper would make adorable stems too. For the grass I gave the girls some green construction paper to tear.
I then provided the girls with some recycled applesauce cups filled with Elmer's glue and a water color paint brush. They carefully glued the torn "grass" on the bottom of the paper.
See how careful they are being? Well that lasted about 3 minutes and then they started being un-careful and just putting the grass wherever they darn well pleased. Luckily they ran out of green paper before they could cover up the all the prints. Maybe the grass had just been mowed and a strong wind came along and blew it everywhere. Yes! Now that I think about it that must be what they were trying to convey. My daughters are geniuses!
One of my favorite things to come out of this multi-day art fest was the fact that the kids were so engrossed in it. When B finished her grass she said she wanted to do more. So I gave her some orange and purple construction paper and we tore it together (mostly me) and she made a collage. A had no interest in this, but B later declared it was her favorite part of the activity. I might have to revisit torn paper collage at some point soon.
Not all activities need to be elaborate or even require much preparation. Which is good because I am lazy. We did a math activity where the girls practiced counting and one-to-one correspondence and the setup took about 3 minutes. Did I mention I was lazy?
I used some leftover applesauce cups (I heart these things! Save them! They are great for sorting, filling, scooping, water play, sand play etc...) and some number stickers I had around. You could easily use any kind of cups/containers and even masking tape with numbers written on it. The key here is use what you have. For instance, I make hair clips for the girls, so I have a variety of embellishments lying around. I found these purple, pink and white flowers that I use on their clips, and put some in a small vase. I got the vases at the dollar store and they are so festive that the girls always feel like something fun will happen when I bring them out. But you can use cotton balls, pom poms, coins and any kind of container to hold them. Again, use what you have.
I then demonstrated how they could take a flower from the vase and place one in the cup that had a number 1 on it, place two in the cup with the 2 and so forth. A had no trouble doing this. She carefully counted and placed the correct number flowers in all the cups. One thing that bothered her, that I should have realized beforehand, was that when she finished, she had an extra flower leftover. OK, remember the lazy thing? That comes into play here. Rather than making sure the girls had just enough flowers to fill their cups, I just dumped a bunch in the vase. So poor A, who likes every loose end tied up, was not pleased with this extra flower. My bad. So when you do this, you might want to make sure to give them just enough flowers (items of your choice) to complete the task.
B is more of a free spirit. She was just putting however many flowers she wanted in whatever cup. This is fine too, but I wanted to see if she could perform the activity. When I sat with her and directed her attention back she was able to do it, but then quickly returned to doing her own thing. Why do I have a feeling this will be a continual theme in her life?
When the girls were done, I encouraged them to sort their flowers by color and they did that. OK, A did that and B continued with her exploration of the flowers. I think I could even do cups up to 10 next time though that would require us to eat more applesauce. Ah, the sacrifices I make for my kids.
This idea was inspired by Growing Up Our Style and their multitude of flower activities.
Made this dinner for A and B the other night. It was very easy and the girls loved it. The hair is obviously strawberries, but you could do cut grapes too. The eyes are wheat bread that I cut with a cookie cutter. I then have salami circles and a sprinkle on top. A eats the sprinkles first and B doesn't like them, so she puts them aside and A has them when she has finished her dinner. The nose is a baby carrot and the ears are Colby Jack cheese that I used a heart cookie cutter on. Heart cookie cutters are great because in addition to hearts you can make lots out of half a heart. The mouth is a silicone muffin cup with peach yogurt. I don't always have time to do dinners that look this fun, but when I do the girls always clean their plates!
I'd like to thank Kat at Making the most of it for awarding me with the Versatile Blogger Award! I am so happy that you like the blog!
The rules after accepting the Versatile Blogger Award are:
1. Thank the person who gave the award and link back to them in your post.
2. Share 7 things about yourself.
3. Pass this award along to 15 recently discovered blogs.
So here are 7 things about me:
1- I really dislike peas. Even the sight of them
2- I love reality TV
3- I am a huge fan of Disney World and Disneyland
4- If I did not have kids I would get an old school Charger or a new school Jaguar - if I could afford it.
5- Honeymooned in Bora Bora and New Zealand
6- Loathe bugs
7- Bothered by the sound feet make rubbing against sheets
8- Adore brussel sprouts
9- Eat popcorn at least 3x a week
So I know I am supposed to pass this on to 15 other blogs, but I am going to limit it to 7 since I want to post this in the time I have. So here are 7 fun blogs I have discovered that I am awarding the Versatile Blogger award:
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