Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer Boredom Buster #17

Check out your public library this summer!
We just got a big flier sent home with our kids. It has all the great details for the summer programs in the library.  Anything from free plays and music concerts, to summer reading programs with prizes for the kids. 

Start marking your calendar!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Museum Trip (and playing catch-up)

Summer Boredom Buster #9,10,11,12,13,14,15,&16!
(and be sure to check out the giftcard giveaway in my last post)

So, posting everyday has not been happening around here! Sorry 'bout 'at (said with a Hagrid voice!) 
My goodness, I can't believe my kids only have one more week of school.  It's pretty funny that I saw the snow plows out yesterday, because we got a huge hail storm.  Summer already???
Not to mention the tornado alert! No thanks!

Well, for #9 I'd like to mention the Natural History Museum. Or any museum will do! Usually museums will have a FREE day.  But you might like it so much that you buy an annual membership!

(Unfortunately we don't have many pictures. But there was SO much to see!)

#10  Take a nature walk with a paper bag.  Collect fun treasures (leaves, twigs, cool rocks, shells, etc.) and make a poster.  Let your child hang their poster in their room.

#11 Invest in a children's digital camera.  Let your kids have fun taking their own pictures of your summer adventures!

#12 On one of those hot days, give your kids foam paint brushes and a bowl of water.  Let them "paint" on the cement patio or sidewalk with water. 

#13 Have a puppy grooming day! Invite your friends to bring their dogs over for some wet and wild fun! Fill a couple small, plastic swimming pools with water, and let the fun begin! Don't forget the doggy shampoo and brushes!

#14 Play hopscotch with your kids. play with them! Then have Popsicles afterwards.

#15 Have your kids been "eyeing" a certain toy at the store? Let them do extra chores around the house and yard to earn some extra income.  They could even decorate a savings jar to keep in their room.

#16 Create a family flag! What does your family center around? Let each child draw a picture that represents them, and what the family means to them.  Post your family flag in a prominent place in your home throughout the summer. 


Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Smiley Face Store, plus Target gift card Giveaway!

Summer Boredom Buster #7

One way to help your kids from getting at each other's throats this summer is to encourage service, and good behaviour!  I've posted about the Smiley Face Store before, but I'll do it again.   You could make up your own play money or tickets.  Get the kids involved with the ticket making if you like. 

Leave a Smiley Face on their bed if they make it without being asked. 
Or how about when they share their toys happily.
Or pick up trash off of the sidewalk.

The possibilities are endless!

If you have really little kids, it would be best to have your store each week, or every other week.  This way they can mentally look forward to it.  If it's too far away, it may be too difficult to be motivated.

But for older kids (5-8 year olds) it's good for them to see what's in the store and SAVE their tickets if they don't have enough.  This will help them to learn patience and know that they can earn things on their own.

It's nice to have things that don't cost too many tickets too.  This way they don't get discouraged if they're trying to save for a bigger item.

Ideas for your Smiley Face Store:

For older kids:

Movie tickets
gift cards
fun stationary
hair accessories
beach towel

For little kids:

hot wheels
coloring books/crayons
dolls/stuffed animal
My Little Ponies
bouncy balls

The possibilities are endless...

The dollar store is a great place for prizes. 
And another awesome place to look for prizes it at Target.  You know those dollar bins? Yes...LOVE them!

So in order to help you start your store, I'm giving away a $25 gift card to Target!
The winner will be announced at the end of the month, along with the other giveaway winners.
(More giveaways coming soon!)

You have 3 ways to enter.

1. Leave a comment about what your kids might like in their Smiley Face Store.

2. Blog or Facebook about the $25 gift card giveaway, with a link back to this post. Be sure to tell me that you did in a separate comment.

3. Become a follower, or tell me that you are a follower. (I don't have sponsors or anything.  Followers just keep me motivated to blog about fun things!)


New Girly Hairstyles

***Be sure to check out my last post HERE for the Target giftcard giveaway!

(Plus....I apologize to the very first commenter on the Target giveaway. For some reason your comments were deleted by blogger. So PLEASE leave some more comments so you can be entered in the giveaway!)

Summer Boredom Buster #8

Don't you just love all the cute hairdos out there for little girls?  I feel a bit intimidated at trying these techniques.  But there are some fun websites out there with so many cute ideas and tutorials!

My girls love to brush their own hair.  Sometimes they put on a blue polk-a-dot bow. in the back of their hair, with their red and black outfit.  I then smile and send them off to school.
But every once in a while they'll want me to do their hair a certain way.  I think I'll be experimenting with some of these cute ideas!

Give it a try!

Here are a few sites that I've had so much fun browsing through...


Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Sprinkler Park!

Summer Boredom Buster #6

Kids these days have so many options! I would have just been in summer heaven if I had a sprinkler park to go to as a child!  Sprinkler parks are popping up all over the place now.  Check out your area...You may find one not too far from you.  They are often free too!
Mommy's should wear their swimsuits too, because your little ones will want you to stand under that tall watering flower or sit behind the water fall with them!

Be sure to bring your sunscreen, water, snacks, towels, and swim diapers if needed.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Fort Bucket

Summer Boredom Buster #5

There's just something "all kid" about building forts.  I remember my brothers and I turning our entire basement into one gigantic fort, complete with tunnels and passage ways.  Then we would put our swimming goggles on and have a rubber band war!
Good times....good times.

Do you ever find this situation after a fort adventure?

Or how about this?

Try creating a Fort Basket! This way the kids know what sheets they can use, and hopefully will keep the other towels and blankets nicely folded.

I found this handy basket at the dollar store.  They had several to choose from.  I liked this one because it had a handle on it and could fit at least 3 sheets.

"I never make messes, Mommy!"

 My silly girls!

Back where it belongs with no mess!


Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the mother's out there....
I hope you enjoy this video.  It reminded me that I have a partnership with not only my husband, but God also, in raising my children.  I pray that I can be given a portion of his love so that I can be a better mother each day.


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Letters for Grandma and Grandpa

Summer Boredom Buster #4

Missing Grandma and Grandpa? Or how about a favorite aunt or uncle?
Create a little stationary holder for them to write plenty of letters this summer!

I found this plastic pot at the dollar store, and then spray painted it white.
Any container will do! I wanted one that would hold 8x10 papers.

All of this was found at the dollar store too! Woop! Woop!

If you want to include the leaf with your flower, tape it first.  It will be easier when wrapping the floral tape around the pen.

I'm sure the kids will love making their own flower pens too!
Ideas to include:
glue sticks
child scissors
scrap paper

I know...the container needs a little somethin'.  I'll have to find my jute twine. Maybe that will help!


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Take a Hike!

Summer Boredom Buster #3:

Take a Hike!

Pack water and snacks.  Jogging strollers are nice for hikes, and you can put your water and snacks under the stroller so you don't have to carry them.  If you bring a picnic, leave it in a cooler in your car, and then eat it at a picnic table when you get back. 
I've found that the more food I bring ON the hike, the more my kids just want to eat.  By leaving the food to the end, then they enjoy the hike much more!
So just stick with water and maybe a light snack DURING the hike.

Don't forget the sunscreen and hats!


Playing Around with Bread

Summer Boredom Buster #2

I grew up with the HOT Arizona summers.  I still remember the summer it hit 122 degrees!  My summer mornings were spent at the pool for swim team, and the mid afternoon was spent inside simply because it was just too hot to be outside. 

Playing with bread dough is fun for my kids, and it allows me time to take a shower or get some laundry done! It's a great indoor activity after the swimming pool or sports activity. Plus, the oven only needs to be on for about 15 minutes (or, you could cook the bread on the sidewalk if you live in the Valley of the Sun!)

Here's my sister-in-law's super easy breadstick recipe.
** Instead of rolling out the dough, you can just let your kids make their own creations!

 1 T. yeast
1 1/2 C. warm water
2 T. sugar
3 1/2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Melted butter

Dissolve yeast in water. Add sugar, salt, and flour. Knead for 3 minutes. Let rest 20 minutes. Roll dough into rectangles about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into 1 inch wide strips and place onto a greased cookie sheet. Brush tops with melted butter. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, or cinnamon sugar.  Cover and let rise until double.  Bake at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes.


Monday, May 2, 2011

Let the Countdown Begin!

Everyone sing along with me! ...."SCHOOLS... OUT... FOR SUMMER!"
Well, not yet. But SOON!  So for the next 25 days I'll be posting a Kids Boredom Buster EACH DAY!
Video games and cartoon watching will be a thing of the past! lol!

And tune in every day so you don't miss out on the giveaways!

Summer Boredom Buster #1:

Sign up your kids for some summer fun with your local Parks and Recreation department.
You'd be surprised what they have to offer! Our city offers so many fun activities. Here are some, just to name a few:

Rock climbing (my kids LOVE this!)
Kids Night Out (the kids get to take over the recreation center on Friday nights!)
Swim lessons
Art classes
Talent shows
Sports camps

Don't wait until it's too late! Sign ups happen around this time...before the kids get out of school!
Plan for something that won't stress you out too much.  For example, I signed up my 4 oldest kids for Track. They will all be practicing at the same time, and have their track meets at the same time. It will give them the exercise they need and give them an opportunity to meet new friends. Also, it was the most bang for my buck, with practices 3 times a week, plus a track meet each Saturday. It's a win-win situation for me! And no driving back and forth to several different activities either!

So grab your cities activity schedule, and find some fun activities for your kids!