Jamie and Lindsi are joining us today from Toys in the Dryer. I recently discovered their blog and have not only been inspired there, but gotten a few laughs as well. And I can always a use some laughs especially when the kids are crazy. I am excited to have them posting here and I think you will love their blog, if you are not already a follower. Today they are showing us a fun treat to give to your kid's classmates that doesn't involve candy. Is it possible? Yes, read on...
We had so much fun playing with our golf tees and golf balls that I decided to use the balls again, this time for painting. We have done marble painting in the past and I wanted to try something similar with golf balls. I was curious about the results we would get since the golf balls were bigger and had some texture to them.
Supplies you will need:
- Paint colors of your choice
- Golf balls
- Shirt box
- Paper (I used plain copy paper)
I had a Valentine's Day craft in mind for the finished product, so I used red and white paint. I squirted some in the center of the box but used a little too much and B's golf ball got kind of stuck.
I used a little less paint for C and the ball traveled more smoothly.
After a while, B wanted another golf ball to add to the mix.
I love how the red and white would combine to make pink.
The tracks made by the golf balls were so unique because of their texture. Here is show off A, painting with 3 golf balls.
This was a messy activity but the kids painted page after page. Stay tuned to see what we end up doing with our golf ball paintings.
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Today is a first for Mess For Less. We have our first guest poster from Turkey. That's right, Turkey! Mess For Less is international! Please welcome Becky who blogs at Creatively Content. There you can find lots of her projects and ideas. She also shares ideas on her faith. Becky is a mom of three and has plenty of ways to keep your little ones busy. Just take a look...
Hi! Winter is here and Christmas has past soooo ... I am passing along a fun indoor idea to break up the mundane and create some extra squeals of delight in your home. I hope you can find some benefit from this simple activity that we are sending to you from our little west corner of Turkey.
I know you are going to love this craft from mk inspired. I just adore it and will be adding it to my birthday traditions. Krista shares all her fabulous ideas and creations over at mk inspired. She is mama of two and I just love all the sweet activities she does with her kids. Please visit her and say hi!
Hi! I am THRILLED to be guest posting here at Mess for Less today. I am so thankful and honored that Vicky invited me to share a project with you! My name is Krista and you can find me (and my two little ones) speckled in paint or stuck in glue over at mk inspired.
I have to admit that I am overly sentimental at times. Having two pre-schoolers doesn’t make things easy, as I am holding on to their early years for dear life. I enjoy finding creative ways to capture and document their growth. So I would like to share a little birthday project that has become a family tradition each year.
I've mentioned in the past how I have this out of control craft/activity closet. Every time I pick up a new item for a fun kids activity, I just throw it in there and I usually end up forgetting about it. Once in a while, I get a bee in my bonnet and clean the whole thing out. Then it's like Christmas morning as I discover all these cool supplies. Recently, during one such cleaning fit, I discovered these golf tees and balls that I bought at Walmart. I don't recall the exact price, but if I bought them, they were plenty cheap. My plan was to use them with some Styrofoam I already had, for some fine motor practice.
With Valentine's Day less than a month away, we thought we would bake some special cupcakes. Hey, it's never too early to get ready for the big day. I thought we would try and make some color swirl cupcakes using squirt bottles so it would be easier for the kids to help. These were simple to make, and the mess was somewhat contained because of the bottles.
As a mom of three girls, I go through lots of hair accessories. I was buying tons of hair clips at first but when I saw how inexpensive and easy they were to make, I started making them myself. There are lots of great tutorials out there on making hair clips. This is not one of them. But this is how I make hair clips. If you look closely, you might notice that some are crooked and not perfect, but my life is not perfect and my clips reflect that.
We have been on a painting kick here at Mess For Less. Today, I am honored to have Lauren from Tutus and Tea Parties here to share a way to paint that you probably haven't tried yet. Lauren is a crafty mom who shares all her great ideas on her blog Tutus and Tea Parties. She does lots of fun mommy and kid crafts, so be sure to check her out and get inspired.
Are you ready for a tasty treat? Good, me too! Chrissy is here today to share a recipe for S'more Cups. It's an easy recipe that the kids can help make. Best of all you can now have S'mores anytime! Like I need an excuse to eat S'mores. Anyway, Chrissy blogs over at The Taylor House. She is a mom who does it all from cooking and crafts to decorating. Be sure to visit her and tell here how you liked the S'mores.
Are you on Pinterest yet? I won't go through a lengthy explanation of what it is or how it works, since most people have at least heard of it. Basically it's like a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" cool ideas you find around the web. These ideas can then be shared with followers and users of the site. It's a great place to go for any kind of inspiration you are looking for. Warning: It is addictive and a bit voyeuristic and you get to know a lot more about what all your friends are into. "Wow, Jane loves Star Trek, I never knew."
If you love saving money like I do, then I know you will love Simply Frugal Mom. Erin blogs about crafts, recipes, organization, and party planning with us frugal moms in mind. She also has great coupon tips and tricks. I am so happy she is here today sharing a wonderful children's craft project. You will love making these pretty flowers with items you already have at home. Take it away Erin!
I don’t know about you, but this time of year starts to get me down. On those rainy days when I’m stuck inside with my son, I start dreaming of sunshine and spring flowers. Today, I’m thrilled to bring you an easy project that will bring a little bit of spring time into your home anytime of the year.
If your kids are anything like mine, they love bubbles. Bubbles outdoors, bubbles in a bath, Bubble Guppies... You get the point. I knew my twins would enjoy this simple science experiment where they could combine vinegar and baking soda to make foam and BUBBLES! We have done Baking Soda Experiments before and they have always been a hit. Bonus: I already had all the items needed and I bet you do too. Let's have some fun with Chemical Reactions for Preschoolers.
Posted by Vicky @ Mess For Less at 1/06/2012 10:40:00 AM
I am so happy to introduce you all to Lauren from Summit Street Joy. She is a mom after my own heart. She has three kids and loves doing things on a budget. I think she might be my long lost twin. Lauren has some great decorating and organizing ideas that we all can use. Today she is sharing some of her tips for saving money on children's birthday parties. Little C is turning two in a few weeks so I will be taking notes.
One of my favorite things about blogging is getting to discover new blogs and learning from all the creative mamas out there. One such mama is Mama Mia from Mama Mia's Heart 2 Heart. Her experiences as a teacher and a mom help her to create fun learning experiences for kids. Today she will be sharing how to make ice cream cone prints for counting. I love this idea because it us frugal, fun and reinforces math concepts! Visit her at her blog for more fun activities.
We did a lot of holiday baking this season. A LOT. I noticed that we had a lot of marshmallows leftover, and remember having seen marshmallow sculptures in various places in blog land. The idea is simple enough - give kids some mini marshmallows and toothpicks and watch as they attach them to make sculptures. So let's get this straight...I will be cleaning out my pantry, the kids will be occupied (while practicing fine motor skills) and there is no mess to clean up afterward? This sounds like a win all the way around.
If you read last week's Snow Scene post, then you remember I got a big bag of winter related foam shapes at a yard sale for $1. We have made many fun kids crafts for my small investment. Today I will share how we made these layered foam snowflakes.