Do you ever just turn your kids loose to create their own worlds? I loved listening to her play with them.
Step 1: Fill a large bucket (or cooler) full of water and sponges. If you’re fancy make these from Inner Child Fun (what I originally bought the sponges for).
I LOVE the Muppets. Back when Jeff and I were first married I got the Muppet Show on DVD. Every year at Christmas we watch the Muppet Christmas Carol. I love ALMOST all of their movies (some of their more recent ones have not been kid appropriate, cough cough Muppet Wizard of Oz or that stupid Christmas movie a few years ago, cage dancing?).
Supplies (we used): bread, crackers, coconut, peanut butter, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, cream cheese, sprinkles
Then I let them have at it. There was much giggling and laughter to be had.
Either way, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Finally they found the viscous, viscous monster (I think that is spelled wrong, I think I’m spelling a different word than I intend……).
It lay there with its prey and dared them to come attack him. They ran in and……
With some easy games and set up.
Step 1: Order some bags and many chocolate and plastic coins from Oriental Trading Company, or similar place.
Step 2. Collect an insane number of cans and paint them for the game.
Step 3: Set up knock the cans game down with coins, bean bags, and stack of cans.
Step 5: Set up catapult game with bowl of coins and rolled up sock ammunition. If you don’t have a catapult, Family Fun has instructions for one.
Step 6: Set up “gimme game” of hopscotch, a guarantee of getting a coin.
I remember as a kid every fall my Dad would trim back the trees drastically and I’d build a fort out of all those branches. It was quite a feat.
We were trimming the trees in our front yard the other day before the spring growth hits, and we had already completely filled one with branches, when I said, “New plan! We’re making a FORT!”
The kids were now much more enthusiastic to help haul branches.
We filled the wagon and hauled branches back to the back corner of our yard. It’s quite nicely tucked under our big huge trees, “The Mommy and Daddy trees,” as my kids say.
Then began the real work.
I don’t quite think they thought it was work.
And of course you need a photo shoot afterwards. With lots of dramatic posing.
Don’t ever forget the dramatic posing.
Everyone needs a tree fort sometime. Maybe I’ll even dig through my Mom’s photo albums and find a picture of MY tree fort.
To start off the younger kids decoded a simple symbol substitution, which was incredibly easy, but very much enjoyed. For the older kids we did this worksheet, which was quite a bit harder.
While they were busy doing that I set out the secret messages.
Afterwards they got to have a try at writing in invisible ink (AKA lemon juice). Later we’re going to try revealing what they wrote. I’m hoping to be more successful than the last time we tried this.
It’s hopefully going to work well.
All you need: paper mache dollhouse found at Hobby Lobby or most craft stores (I’m fairly sure I’ve also seen it at Michael’s), various scraps of scrapbook paper, popsicle sticks for added touches, peg dolls (I get mine at Casey’s Wood products), and a bottle of glue.
Here’s the price break down, more or less
house- between $2-5 depending on size you buy, that’s full price. I time the sales and get it 50% off
peg dolls- if bought at Casey’s Wood Products $0.15-$0.30 per figure plus shipping, if bought at craft store, about $3-4 for 10 or so
scrapbook paper- 5 for a $1 on sale, otherwise 4 for a $1, or on hand
popsicle sticks- can be bought for a huge box for about $5 or small pack of 50 or so for a dollar at the dollar store, as could the paper
glue bottle- bought at back to school sales for $0.03, otherwise about a $1
Now you have an instant craft kit that is loads of fun, can provide hours of entertainment, first deocrating the house, then the dolls, and finally playing with your dolls.
For those without a Hobby Lobby, I just checked and it is available on Amazon: Paper Mache Box with Windows Small.
edited to add: link for houses and pricing
Though now that I think about it, I’m not sure that a pumpkin is a fruit………
I got this unit from Currclick, and was going to do all of the projects, but just ran out of time between going out of town and Superman being sick this past week, we only got to the pumpkin one…….
It has 5 experiments for the price of 35 cents, that’s right less than a dollar. This is where I start having a hard time paying a lot for things, between the freebies on blogs and deals like this………. By the by click on the picture to go to the product.
Well, the pumpkin one, was the traditional “does the pumpkin float” experiment, and measuring it with a nice little printable. We did that a few years ago, and I was curious to see if they remembered the results. They did, so the wow factor was kinda gone……
But, there’s a twist:
Based off what you learned from the pumpkin, will the other fruits (and vegetables if you’ve got them easily findable) float?
They had a suggested list, but I forgot to get all of the things they suggested, so instead we tried: apple, orange, and tomato as well.
We did an initial guess and they decided the orange and pumpkin would float.
Once we got to actually recording our predictions they changed their hypothesis about what would float.
They ended up predicting that all of them would float. This was also a great opportunity for me to review the terms hypothesis, theory, and prediction with them.
No pictures of the actual floating Afterwards we drew a picture to show what actually happened. SURPRISE they all floated!
Have you ever repeated an experiment with your kids? Did they remember the first time you did it?
I was very intrigued when I was asked to review “The Rhythm of Family.” (sigh there are just some times that Amazon widgets are more trouble than they’re worth, and tonight is one of those) I like the idea of slowing down and enjoying our families and nature.
And then I got the book, and I saw it was broken down month by month and there were snow pictures. Immediately I thought (before reading it), “Oh no, here’s another book that I can’t use for 6 months of the year because I’ve never heard of snow.”
And then I actually read the book.
And yes, there are pictures of snow, but instead it’s suggestions of things you can do inside when you’re trapped by bad weather. Immediately I thought, “oh I can do this in July when it’s hotter than heck and nobody in their right mind goes outside.”
I really enjoyed the author’s layout and look forward to rereading the chapters as I come up to each month. First there’s a segment from Mom’s point of view, then the Dad’s, and then a few nature-inspired craft projects that are seasonal (but not necessarily snow related) but not limited to that season, and then a recipe to try for that month
For us the rhythm of our family as it nears October is to become insanely obsessed with Halloween and costumes. Okay, maybe that’s just my boys and somewhat the girl. They’ve been talking about it coming for MONTHS!
So, we started setting up for it this week.
Some of you may remember this from last year, we slowly added projects to our Halloween mural as we made them. We’ve gotten started already and made our first one yesterday.
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These are the Halloween books we plan to make projects for (with links to previous projects).
Spookley the Square Pumpkin– super cute book about how we all are helpful no matter how different we are.
Skeleton Meets Mummy- how two Halloween monsters get scared when they meet
Ten Timid Ghosts– a countdown book where the witch scares the ghosts out
Clifford’s Halloween– Clifford needs to decide on a costume.
Going on a Ghost Hunt– Kids go through the “spooky” woods to find a ghost.
NEW THIS YEAR
Skeleton Hiccups- we read this last year, but no project. Skeleton is trying to get rid of his hiccups and tries all of the usual cures.
The Little Old Lady who was not Afraid of Anything- I lost our copy last year, and hope to find it again this year………
Whoooo’s Haunting Tiny Ghost- Tiny Ghost learns how to be brave at school and then has to remember what he learns when he goes home to a scary house
Halloween Hats- library book about Halloween costumes, I haven’t read it yet…….
Old Devil Wind- I loved this one for choral reading as a teacher great repetition, rather like “The House that Jack built.”
So, that’s the rhythm of our family this month. We’re going to be planning lots of fun Halloween activities.
DISCLOSURE: I received a copy of Rhythm of Family for review, I was not paid for my review and other legal mumbo jumbo for me to write which I’m not remembering at this time of night.