Childhood to do list: WATER FIGHT!

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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).

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Step 2:  Grab as many water filled sponges as you can.
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Step 3: Start throwing sponges as fast as you can.
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You’re guaranteed to be told, “Did you know that you’re my best Mommy ever?”

Of course if you’re participating and trying to get pictures at the same time, that means you get lots of pictures like this:
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And after all is said and done, take some time to build with the sponges and swing on your swing.
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Fun in the Summer Fun: Summer Activities

Welcome to our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

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Go see a play in the park, or a concert.  Several cities we’ve visited have events like this, so I’m betting if you explore a little you’ll find something like this.
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This has been a family tradition for many years and each year we get better and better at planning.  So, from my 15 years of going to the musical, three of them with young kids, here’s my suggestions:

1.  Bring lots of snacks and your dinner if it’s the right time of day.  We figured out to bring only finger foods: cheese cubes, sausages, grapes, apple slices.  Nothing that generates large amounts of trash.

0162.  As a corollary to that bring lots of drinks.  I planned about 4 or 5 drinks per person.  Next time I’ll make sure to have water bottles as well, because it was really hot.

3.  Make sure you have a large enough blanket for everyone and bring pillows to lean on.

4.  We had each kid bring their backpack full of 2 toys, their leapster, and a book.  That, combined with the nearby park kept them entertained from when we got there to reserve our spot at 6:30 to when the show started at 8:30.

0135.Scout out where the bathrooms are (it’s also helpful to stick your head under the faucet in the sink and get thoroughly soaked, also make sure you are not wearing a white shirt if you’re planning on soaking yourself, just saying).

Fun in the Summer Fun: Cooling off

Welcome to our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

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This may be one everyone else knows, but I just learned this last week.  One of my great frustrations with water balloons is if you get too many of them piled up in a bucket they burst on each other due to the weight of the balloons being too much pressure (does this seem like a science lesson to anyone else?)

And then we were at clubs a week or so ago and they had filled a baby pool with water and put the balloons in there.  Apparently that’s the key to them not squishing all over each other because the water supports the weight.

GENIUS!

Fun in the Summer Fun: Kid Friendly Summer Activities

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

I have a couple of obvious ones for you, and then one that has been a recent hit with my kids:
Obvious Choice 1: Vacation Bible School
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This is the first year my kids have been really into it, but they LOVED it and were begging to go every night, “Is it time yet?  Can we go to clubs yet?”

Obvious Choice 2: Summer Camp
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This is my kid’s first year to go to one, and they couldn’t wait to go every day (sorry for the picture quality, it’s my cell phone).  They went to a sports sampler camp at the gym, and I spent those two hours happily ensconced at a nearby Chik Fil A drawing and coloring like crazy.

BIG PLUS to these activities, it results in this:
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Not So Obvious Choice 3: Visit an RV showground
“What?” you say, wander around in the heat and look at RVs.  “Yes,” I say.  Your kids will think it’s so much fun to see these “houses on wheels.”
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Who can argue with faces like that?  Besides it’s fun for Jeff and I to talk about where we would travel in one, what would we do, etc…….
What fun activities have you done? Any great recommendations?

Fun in the Summer Fun: Stayin’ Cool!

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

I’m sure this will totally shock you, but it’s hot here.  No really, it was over 100 at the beginning of this week.
I was all set to show you my favorite game from VBS that we do every year for water day, and then this was what happened to the games:
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Yes, that is wild pandemonium as 200 kids all throw as much water as they can at each other.  Time ran short to play the games, so instead they just opted for the always popular throw water at each other…….
I was hoping I had pictures from earlier years, but I don’t……
So, here’s the two games, hopefully I explain it well enough you understand.

Drip, Drip, Drop

This is essentially duck, duck, goose with water.  The “ducker” walks around with a cup of water.  As they get to each kid they say, “drip,” and drip a little bit of water on the kid.  The person who is chosen to be it, you say, “drop” and dump the entire cup of water on them.  If you get tagged you sit in the “mush pot,” which is usually a baby pool full of water.

I’m sure you can see people don’t really run all that fast, and are eager to get tagged.
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Relay race
Supplies: 2 clear two litter bottles, cups, buckets of water
Divide the kids into two teams.  Have them line up a good ways from the end point with a bucket of water, and each team has a cup.

At the other end one of the teens leading the club would be laying down with a two liter bottle on their head.  The kids run up and try to fill the bottle before the other team.  Ideally, they don’t pour too much on the teen.  Yeah, the “poor” teen gets soaked.  I mean completely and 100 percent soaked.

The horrors.

Hopefully these explanations make sense.  Maybe I’ll have my kids reenact the games………

And because I know you were dying to see how water day was at my club in video form, and a quick shot of me serving food (stay tuned tomorrow for an actual write up of clubs).

I can’t wait to see how ya’ll stay cool.  I have some fun ideas coming up, one that I’ll have to warn Jeff about……..

Summer Bucket List: new park, check!

 

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Just a week ago a BRAND NEW park opened up a couple of miles from our house.  We headed there last week along with a large portion of the town.  Okay, only about 200 other kids.

 

Now, my kids wanted to eat first, so we sat and ate our lunch at oh……. 10:45.  Which would explain why I was so hungry later that day.

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Finally they were willing to play, and instead of heading straight over to the water like I thought they played in the sand.  For what seemed like an eternity to me.  But, the sand was nicely shaded, so I was happy to sit and watch.

 

Finally we headed to the water……….  And they found their perfect spot, the slide.

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Where they got slowly more adventurous.

 

I must say, this is better than some of the other splash parks because  the water elements are more spread out, but the park does have an entry fee ($1 a person, not much, but not free).  I found this great review of the park if you want to see more pictures.

 

Now head on over to Little Wonder Days to see some other fun summer bucket activities people have done!

Fun in the Summer Fun: Kid Friendly Summer Recipes!

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

I’ll let you in on a secret:

Shhhhh!  I’m not that much of a cook.  I can and do enjoy it, but I don’t tend to do cutesy or anything really memorable for food aside from Santa cookies………  So, I was racking my brain trying to think of what I’d write about.  I mean if you want great cute recipes you go to Almost Unschoolers of Superheroes and Princesses and sit back and say, “Wow! I would never have thought to do that.”

But, you know what I’m good at.  Picnics.  I love to have picnics.  So, here’s my tips for quick grab and go picnics:

1.  Have the staples on hand.  In our house that is: bread, peanut butter, jelly, chips, fruit snack, and juice boxes.  For me, as soon as I get those individually wrapped items home I take them out of their boxes and dump them into a central box, it cuts down on boxes in my pantry.
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2.  Buy a large bag of the chips your kids like.  Then reapportion them into snack size bags.  It’s cheaper than buying the pre-made snack bags, and since my kids are little, it’s closer to how much they eat.  This also helps keep me and my husband from eating half the bag in one sitting.  What is it about Cheetos?


3.  Get the divided containers like you see at right, or something similar.  Easy Lunch Boxes sells this same basic idea.  This is the perfect amount of lunch for most pre-schoolers.

Sigh, silly Amazon putting huge amounts of space around their picture.

4.  Buy a cooler like this and it will pack all of your containers, several drinks for everyone and a snack.

That’s my tips.  Anyone have any others?  Any favorite picnic recipes?  I have a pasta salad one I’m going to share next time.  It’s my go to for large groups on a picnic.

Summer in the fun: Summer crafts

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”

My kids were gone this week, so I don’t have a new craft, but I found one in my archives that is great to make before all of the upcoming summer trips:

I’m a big fan of Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Joanns and the like.  I try my best to hit their stuff on the sales, because the prices are so good then.

So, we stopped by Michael’s and each child picked out a box to decorate and some little wooden charms.  The charms are nice because you can get pre-colored or not as you like.

When we got home they quite happily set to work painting with acrylic paint (why the boy has no shirt on, that stuff doesn’t come out).

They didn’t end up gluing on their charms, but stored them in their treasure boxes.
Now you have a wonderful box to store all of their wonderful finds in, that has the added advantage of keeping the amount of “treasures” they bring home to what fits in the box.

By the way, what treasures did Superman bring home from Nana and Granddad’s this week?

A sandwich bag full of snail shells.  Yes, little itty bitty snail shells.  Nana was not willing to keep the shells for us………  He worked very hard finding every single one he could in her yard.

Sigh……

What is your Kid Friendly Summer Craft (s)?
We would love for you to share them!

Fun in the Summer Fun!

Welcome to the 1st of our Fun in the Summer Fun event! Each Monday until September 7th Mama to 4 Blessings along with Adventures of Mommydom, Sweet Diva, Harvest Moon By Hand, and Sweet Phenomena will be hosting Fun in the Summer Fun link up events.
Here’s the line up:
The 1st Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer activities”
The 2nd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer crafts”
The 3rd Monday of each month: link up your “Kid friendly summer receipes”
The 4th Monday of each month: link up your “How to stay cool in the summer heat”
Here’s our “Kid friendly summer activity”
 
I have to admit that here in Texas when I think summer I think swimming and playing in water, so I may have more water and such posts, but let’s face it who doesn’t want to play in the water?  So my activity recommendation for this week: find a park with water, and don’t care how wet they get, extra credit points if they’re in their clothes still.  More bonus points if you get wet (sadly no pictures of me in the water, should have asked Jeff to get that shot).
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towels optional.
No really, with as hot as it is if you hang around for another 30 minutes you’re dry.
 
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Of course.  Princess and her Daddy opted to stay dry.  No accounting for taste (though I will say his shorts probably would have taken longer to dry than my nice light cotton).
 
For those who are curious, I have my whole list of goals for the summer up on my Summer Bucket List post.  Which I need to go back and revise, I’ve thought of more ideas, and I’m planning on scheduling some fun with people in my area each week!  YEAH!