I'm afraid I "cheated" a bit on this one, as far as a craft for kids go. Kay was perfectly happy to play with them afterwards, but not so much interested in making them. She put in a half-hearted effort, letting me do most of the work.
Since I missed last week's linky (got lazy, cough, cough...) I'm glad to be back sharing some fun ideas. Hopefully we can inspire each other and fun some new blogs to love together!
Math was never a favorite subject for me while I was in school, but maybe I was going about it the wrong way. With fun activities like these, even I could have learned to love all things numbers!
Paper plate ping pong paddles? Phew, that's a lot of P's! (Good thing I love alliteration!)
Having a supply of ping pong balls on hand (thank you dollar store!) but no paddles - and having a sudden inspiration to play the game with Kay - we improvised and made our own (which is almost always more fun anyway!)
This month's Poppins Book Nook theme is "When I Grow Up" and I had the activity ready before the book was chosen! This is something we've had around for about a year and it's still not gotten old, and it meshed perfectly with our choice of a book, "When I Grow Up" by Mercer Meyer. (Love Mercer Meyer books! Just saying. )
When I first put this together, Kay was 4 1/2. She seemed too old for the plastic doctor's kit from the stores, so I put together our own kit, with "real" things she could use. Since then different things have been thrown in (we've added face masks from the dollar store that have been a real hit!)
Keeping with our reusing magazines theme for Project: Recycle & Create, we made some collages (which is the first thing I think of when it comes to reusing magazines!).
Our instincts as parents is to protect from harm. But sometimes, in doing so, we can be actually be doing more harm than good. This guest post from Whitney Hollingshead offers a lot to think about!
Parenting any child is incredibly challenging. While every child is different, there are some parenting challenges that seem to be universal. The dictionary defines the word enable “to make possible, practical, or easy”. Enabling is often connected to helping. Every good parent genuinely wants to help their child. The key is to learn when enabling hurts and when enabling actually helps.
Rainy Day Mum hosted a series recently called Story Book Summer and I was honored to take part. With 6 weeks worth of books and activities for kids, you'll definitely want to check it out!
My contribution was a dinosaur feet craft made from tissue boxes. Kay loved these! She was stomping around the house as a "scary dinosaur" for 2 days. The dogs, however, were less thrilled! Check out how we did it (and more from this awesome series) at Rainy Day Mum!
Magazine beads are suggested as a creative activity for kids and adults alike. Well, confession: I can't make them. Well, that's not true. I make them - just not well!
So I came up with a slightly different version of the classic magazine beads...using straws!
No, really...is it back-to-school time already?
Kay starts kindergarten in a couple weeks (pinch me!) and last week saw some great back-to-school ideas linked up, so of course I had to share!