There are few things that kids like more than cardboard boxes. Often they'll open a gift and seem to enjoy the box more than the toy inside. A box is a blank canvas; it inspires the imagination. The possibilities are endless.
Tootsie Roll Pops are among the cheaper bags of candy out there, so this is simple and cheap. If you have a hundred of these to do, you might want to skip the little masks to avoid killing your hands---just a heads-up! Free printable below...
Currently, only my older child can talk. And he says some of the funniest things---many of which I post on Facebook because (a) I think others might also thing they're funny; and (b) I don't want to forget! Today in the car, he was listing everything he wanted to do when he grows up...one of which sounded like "Flying boats under the ground."
Ever wonder if you could download all of your Facebook statuses, for all time? Wonder no more...it's possible!
Here's a quick-and-easy delicious snack mix for you: Golden Grahams cereal, mini marshmallows, and chocolate chips. Mix in a shallow dish (because the chocolate chips tend to sink to the bottom). QUICK TIP: make this after your kids go to bed, and eat it yourself. They don't need to know that this exists. HA!
My oldest child can put away his own toys---in theory, anyway. I thought I'd start labeling bins to get him in the habit of putting things in the right place, instead of just "away." A pipe dream with a 4-year-old, perhaps? Anyway, you can download the printable labels below.
Whenever Little Brother's diaper boxes are in the house, Big Brother finds something fun to do with the box. He's turned boxes into a ramp for his cars by leaning it against the sofa; he's used them as a bed for his teddy bear, he's carried things around in them, but by far the most fun part is getting INSIDE! There are so many fun things for kids to do with boxes...
I'm not the type of person who keeps on top of household cleaning tasks, like vacuuming. Far from it. So when I was trying to come up with a fun activity for my 4-year-old during the baby's morning nap, I remembered how much he loves to cut paper...
Even though we already had his birthday party, birthdays are a big deal in my family---the actual day. The birthday kid gets to decide what we do that day, what we eat for dinner, and so on. Today, on top of all of that, I found a fabulous deal at Toys R Us and my 4-year-old got a completely unexpected extra gift: a gigantic wood train set. Isn't it great when things work out? Especially on your birthday?
One thing I love doing in the summer is taking a picnic lunch to the park, the pool, the benches outside the library, a museum...you get the idea. My son absolutely loves doing this. Sometimes I'll go ahead and pack our lunch, then surprise him right before we leave for our picnic. Other times, I'll ask him where he'd like to eat our lunch, and he sometimes surprises me with a fun, different idea (i.e., the park where he had his birthday party a year ago). However, packing lunch for 3 would be a chore if I didn't have a few key items in place beforehand.
I am a multi-tasking, work-mostly-at-home, urban-dwelling wife, mom, graphic designer, writer and musician. I try to be balanced in my approach to parenting. I love good design, good coffee, chocolate, international travel (not that I'm doing much of that these days), and being creative in all areas of life.