Heart Sorting Valentine’s Day Activity

Conversation hearts

Valentine’s Day is next week, so I wanted to share a few activities, games, and crafts to get you in the spirit.  I’d love to inspire you to create a fun-filled week as the holiday approaches with your kiddos. Anything holiday-related that we can turn into an activity to keep them busy and learning at the same time is a winner in my book! The game is a simple activity, and the kids can help you along the way, depending on their ages. If you have kids that are on the smaller side, you will need to help with the coloring and guide them with the sorting.

 

Conversation Hearts

Supplies:

Cardstock white paper

Crayons

Bag of conversation hearts

 

Printable

Directions:

  1. Draw out hearts on the card stock with a sharpie or black markers.
  2. Color in the cardstock hearts with crayons or markers. Making sure to match the colors to the bag of candy. There are so many variations of the hearts now!
  3. Make a pile of hearts for them to sort out after the cardstock is colored and ready to go!
  4. After they complete the sorting process – let them eat the candy of course!

 

Conversation Hearts Activity

 

This excellent sorting activity is so much fun for little ones, just starting to learn sorting and numbers. If you have a group of kids working on this project together, you can have them share with the group which heart has the most/least amount of candy, so they start to get the concept of values. Feel free to use the candy for the older ones for addition and subtraction as well! Games like these can help kids engage with each other, answer questions, and learn as they go. I would love to hear from you all about this activity and other learning games you do around this time of year. Be on the lookout for even more awesome Valentine’s Day ideas coming up this week!

 

 

Butterfly Coffee Filter Craft For Kids

 

Children absolutely love learning about butterflies and their life cycle from a caterpillar to a beautiful butterfly. This summer we took the time to buy one of the kits on amazon to have this experience ourselves and it was simply amazing! Not only did we watch videos, do crafts, but we took the time to watch them grow, change and mature before we let them go together. These are one of the crafts we did together during this time and I will be posting a few others here soon so you can turn your weekly theme into butterfly week too!

 

Watching the live caterpillar/butterfly kit is worth every penny to watch them go through the life cycle right before your very eyes. Here is the link to the kit we purchased on Amazon – Butterfly Kit with Live Caterpillars. I hope here soon to experience the tadpole kit that is very similar in style but with frogs. I literally can’t wait for fall break to come already and see this one come to life with the kids. Now that we got sidetracked chatting about live butterfly kits – let’s get back to our butterfly crafts that went along with the theme for the week. Keep a look out for the butterfly splat craft and caterpillar paper plate craft posted here soon! Lets get to it.

Butterfly craft

Craft Supplies:

Directions:

  1. Layout two coffee filters on top of each other on paper plate and color with washable markers on the top one only.
  2. Spray the coffee filter with the spray bottle filled with water until both filters get damp and colors start to smear. You want the top one to look like the bottom one with the coloring.
  3. Let the coffee filters completely dry – while waiting for it to dry color the clothespin which will represent the butterfly body. Make sure to dry on eyes.
  4. When the filters are dry take apart and fold each one accordion style.
  5. Pinch the middle of the filter and add clothespin over where it is pinched. You will need to adjust wings after this step so they look like butterflies.

 

Butterfly Craft

Butterfly Craft

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Some other blog crafts you will love:

Glow In The Dark Slime Recipe

Popsicle Craft For Kids Of All Ages!

Lets Make Some Floam – Crunchy Slime Recipe!

Butterfly Pinterest Image

 

Top 10 Backpacks For Back To School This Year!

Back To School Guide For Backpacks

Its that time of year again – BACK TO SCHOOL. We parents are sitting there patiently waiting for the schools to release the supply list so we can hurry off to the store so you are not that last-minute parent. Am I right? We all know who I am talking about here and trying to avoid being   “that mom”. The back to school shopping season is such a highlight to children, but in all honesty, I dread it. There is just so much to take care of it can be quite overwhelming at times. So, this back to school guide will help you find a perfect backpack for your children without even leaving the house. Now, that is a MOM SCORE in my book.

These top 10 backpacks are high quality, durable, and functional for both boys and girls of all ages. Whether you are looking for younger children that may be attending preschool or a middle schooler one of these bags should fit your needs. Each backpack has plenty of space along with comfort that children expect as they are growing throughout the year. No more wasting money on a cheap bag and getting a quality bag at a great price!

Top 10 Back Packs For The Upcoming School Year

1 – Sweetheart Pattern Backpack
This is an adorable backpack for girls ages 6-12 years old. It has adjustable contoured shoulder straps and a great back system for ultra comfort. It also sports mesh pockets, front pockets and one large main compartment.

2 – Mayzero’s  Waterproof Backpacks
Great backpack for boys or girls (other colors available) in elementary school. Waterproof material, high grade metal zipper and large capacity makes this backpack durable and practical.

3 – JanSport Cool Student Backpack
Backed by their lifetime warranty, JanSport is an icon in the backpack arena. This classic silhouette features two large main compartments, pleated front stash pocket, a front utility pocket with organizer, and side water bottle pocket. Can also house a 15’’ laptop. Wide range of color and design from which to choose.

4 – Sundance Rolling Backpack
Wear it or roll it with this water resistant backpack that’s great for students who have lots of books or devices to tote around every day. It has a padded laptop sleeve that can hold a 15” laptop. Padded shoulder straps allow this to be worn comfortably or to use the 3-stage aluminum locking handle and roll it. Multiple compartments keep all your small and large items organized for ease of use.

5 – Leaper Floral Backpack
If your teen girl likes a vintage floral look, consider this medium-sized backpack made from canvas. Lightweight and comfortable, it can accommodate a 14″ computer. Also has two inner open pockets, two side pockets for a water bottle or umbrella and one front zipper pocket. Cute and stylish!

6 – Vancropak Student Backpack
This backpack comes with convenient USB charger ports. It’s made of water resistant canvas, has multiple organizational pockets and can hold a 15” laptop. Its solid canvas design comes in many colors making this an understated and practical choice.

7 – Dinosaur Backpack with Safety Harness

This bag, perfect for toddlers, is available in several sizes to best fit your child. Great for pre-school, this backpack is roomy with a main compartment to put toys, diapers, books, and snacks. Comes in other animal-themed designs, as well.

8 – Reversible Sequins Backpack
For the girl who needs her bling, consider this reversible sequins backpack. Brush your hand against the sequins to change the color and create designs. It includes a front zipper pocket, two side pockets, and a large main compartment. Also features a  zipper cover with waterproof and anti-theft function. Fun, functional and sparkly!

9 – Marvel Comics Classic Comic Book Backpack
This colorful Marvel comics backpack is a fun way to take the Avengers to school. Large backpack sports a front medium sized zip pocket, adjustable padded backpack straps and a locker loop.

10  – Camo Backpack
The guys will like this camo-inspired backpack that’s roomy enough to hold all the books and devices that are needed to get through the school day and beyond. Comfy straps make it easy to wear and slip on and off.

Patriotic Star Slime For Kids

 

Patriotic Star Slime For Kids

We are ready for the 4th of July to be here and this slime recipe is the perfect idea to kick off the long weekend with the kids! Who doesn’t love to play with slime and make a mess in the kitchen? Lucky for you this slime recipe is fairly easy and takes a small amount of time to make. If you are a slime guru like me you already have these supplies on hand. I definitely love grabbing confetti on clearance every time I see it so I can throw it into every single type of slime we make. It sure makes holidays more fun around here!

 

 

This patriotic slime recipe just takes a bottle of clear glue, Sta Flo solution, and water! We found these awesome stars at the craft store and sprinkled them into the slime to give it that American 4th of July feel for this week. You can use any type of confetti or whatever in your slime but the stars are super cute. I love to do these types of projects with my daycare kids because they absolutely love it including the bigger kids. I feel like just about everyone loves to play with slime.

 

Directions:

Add entire bottle of clear glue to your bowl.

Measure 1/4 cup of water and add to the clear glue – stir until it is mixed completely.

Put in the confetti stars and stir again – make sure everything is stirred together before the next step.

Add 1/4 cup of Sta – Flo to the mix and stir quickly. The slime will now form so keep stirring to get the slime consistency.

Take out the slime out of the bowl and play with it for about a minute to get it completely mixed together.

Looking for some more crafts to do for the upcoming holiday? Make sure to check out the menu tab on the blog with all things 4th of July related. The blog should be full of cool ideas to do with the kids for the holiday – so keep your eyes peeled! If you haven’t already check this round-up of crafts out for the 4th of July: DIY Craft Projects. If you need help with the supplies to this specific recipe, check the links below. You can order them on Amazon and it only takes a small amount of each to make slime so it lasts a long time. We absolutely love that part!

 

Decoration Ideas For The 4th of July – Stars & Stripes!

American Flag Picture

10 Star Spangled 4th of July Decor Essentials

Metal Star Wall Decor Set
These metal stars will add a rustic touch to your Independence Day celebrations. Pre-drilled holes let you hang them on a wall, ribbon or even a yard stake hanger.

Patriotic Paper Fan Set
This set of 12 paper fans in varying sizes can really help set the tone for your event. There are so many ways to use these festive fans for your holiday decor. They can be hung from the ceiling by a string or stuck to walls with tape. You can also use them as hand fans, which could come in handy (!) in hot weather.

Tea Stained American Flag Bunting
Show your patriotism with this American Flag banner bunting. If you don’t have a flag pole to display a flag, this bunting is a great alternative, and even more versatile for decor. Purchase more than one so you can create a full banner effect! Gorgeous tea-staining gives it an antique look.

Stars Throw
This 100 % cotton blanket is covered in stars to help lend a celebratory tone to your home decor. If it gets chilly while you’re watching the fireworks, grab this star-studded blanket to keep warm.

Star-Shaped Red, White Blue String Decor Lights
These small star-shaped string lights will lend a festive touch to your table decorations. Try stringing or draping them along a wall or ceiling for a patriotic effect. Battery operated.

Stars And Stripes Table Runner
This beautiful and understated flag-inspired table runner will add just the right touch to your 4th of July decorations. It would look stunning over a white tablecloth, or try using it on a mantle, sideboard or coffee table.

Twinkle Stars Metallic Confetti
Keep the star spangled theme going with this shiny metallic table scatter confetti. Or use it as filler for decorative glass jars. However you use it, it will surely make a glittery statement!

4th of July Paper Straws
These adorable paper straws keep the party going with their star-inspired motif. They can also be cut in half and used as cupcake picks; just attach the shaped cut out for a patriotic topper effect.

Striped Star Decorative Pillow
Choose from several patriotic design with these beautiful patriotic throw pillows. Perfect for sofa or bed, they’ll lend a festive touch to your indoor decor.

Patriotic Balloon Set
These star-studded balloons will add a colorful red, white and blue touch to your 4th of July party. Group them as a backdrop or line tables with them. Trying grouping them together for a stunning centerpiece. Comes with solid colors, too, for more design options.

15 Patriotic DIY Decor and Craft Projects For Your Home

4th of Julyl Decor & Crafts

15 Patriotic DIY Decor And Craft Projects For Your Home

Looking for some awesome craft projects to do yourself over the summer break to decorate your house for the 4th of July holiday? This is the perfect round up for you to have all those fun activities in one place! There are tons of options below, that one of them will suit your needs. I would love for you to leave a comment below if you try one out or if you have more links to share with the readers! I can’t wait to try these out myself! Be on the lookout for new crafts for the kiddos here soon too!

DIY Patriotic Wreath by Blooming Homestead
Patriotic Pallet Wood Sign with Rolled Paper Flowers by The Craft Patch
Tissue Paper Firecracker Treat Boxes by Lia Griffith
Pledge Of Allegiance Patriotic Sign by Infarrantly Creative
Denim And Burlap Lighted Garland by Create Craft Love
Patriotic Mason Jar Luminaries by Keep Calm And Decorate
DIY Patriotic Denim Banner by A Pumpkin And A Princess
DIY Wooden Firecrackers by Hoosier Homemade
How To Make A Bandana Quilt by Scattered Thoughts Of A Crafty Mom
4th Of July Mason Jar Candles by This Grandma Is Fun
Happy Flag Day Patriotic Wreath by The Project Corner
No Sew Burlap Flag Pillow by Old Salt Farm
Paper Star Lights Garland by Lia Griffith
American Flag Mason Jars by Maison de Pax
Patriotic DIY Drink Umbrellas by Landee See Landee Do

Tips For Organizing A 4th Of July Party!

Tips For Organizing A 4th Of July Party

 

If you’re hosting a 4th of July party or helping to plan one, here are some tips for making the party come off without a hitch.

 

  • If July 4th falls on a weekday rather than the weekend, consider holding the party on another day that’s more convenient for your guests; maybe the weekend before the 4th. Also, determine where the party will be held and at what time.

4th Of July Picture

 

  • Plan your budget and how many guests will be at your party. Budget and number of people to feed will go hand in hand so try to get as accurate a number as possible for your guest list. In addition to food-related costs, don’t forget to factor in decorations, table wear and serving ware if those items will need to be purchased.

 

  • Invite your guests. Use whatever method of invitation that you know your guests will readily see and respond to, be it email, text, phone or in person. If you need them to RSVP, let them know that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Create your menu. Decide if you are providing all the food or are asking guests to bring a dish or two. Make a list of who is bringing what so that you will have a nice range of food in all the major categories: appetizers, sides, mains, dessert, and beverages.

 

4th of July Picture

 

  • Make sure you have plenty of ice on hand for beverages as well as to keep cold foods cold. Likewise, make sure you have plenty of propane gas or charcoal on hand if you’re using a grill.

 

  • Make a list of items other than food that you will need for your party. This might include tables, chairs, decorations, and paper or plastic products for eating. You may also want to set up outdoor games for kids and adults. Since it’s the 4th of July, and fireworks, firecrackers or sparklers or other celebratory efforts will need to be purchased and set up according to your state, county and city codes for firework material.

 

 

  • Clean and decorate your party area the day before the event. Set out everything that is practical to leave out overnight and finish the rest the day of the party. Prepare as much food as possible in the days ahead and keep them in the fridge or freezer, as appropriate.

 

  • Keeping track of your organizational efforts is key, so make sure you have your list handy to mark and notate things accordingly. The day of the party, relax and enjoy yourself. Let your guests help, too. They will feel more a part of the party if they get to contribute, as well. Have fun and enjoy the celebration!

4th of July Picture

 

Awesome Gifts For Father’s Day!

 

Father's Day Gift Guide

1 – BLUE BLOCK EYEWEAR

Does your dad spend a lot of time in front of the computer? If so, these glasses will help your dad’s eyesight as he sits in front of the screen. They are designed to block blue light and alleviate the eye strain. Show him that you care with this health-conscious gift.

 

2 – RING WI-FI ENABLED DOORBELL

Bring your dad into the 21st century with this digital doorbell. Think this is just another fun gadget? Think again! Dad will love being able to see who approaches the door as well as be able to speak with them. Great surveillance device. Pairs with his smartphone or an Echo device.

 

3 – SOLAR POWER BANK

If your father is an outdoor enthusiast, he’ll appreciate this solar power bank. He’ll never experience a dead phone battery again with this must-have gadget. Its waterproof design also sports a dual flashlight feature, just in case dad is out after dark.

 

4 – FITBIT VERSA SMART WATCH

Help dad stay fit and reach his goals with this Fitbit smart watch. He can track all types of physical activity plus access his favorite apps for sports, weather and more. A truly thoughtful gift!

 

5 – ZENPOD FIDGET SPINNER

Combines two cool products into one – just for dads. If your dad has airpods, he’ll love this new case that also doubles as a fidget spinner. It’s designed to give dad a subtle fidgeting outlet. Perfect for when he’s in long, boring meetings at work, or when he’s sitting in front of the computer working on that latest document or spreadsheet. Or maybe he just wants to zen out. Perfect for that, too!

 

6 – LASER MEASURER

If your dad loves his DIY projects around the house, then he’ll appreciate this laser measurer. He will be able to get high-precision measurement readings with just a point of the device. Let this gadget do the math! No more floppy old-school tape measures for dad.

 

7 – VICTROLA VINTAGE TURNTABLE WITH SPEAKERS

Does your dad have a vinyl records collection? If so, he’ll enjoy this vintage turntable, upgraded with modern technology to wirelessly stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device. Let him share his classic collection with you in retro style.

 

8 – SHIATSU NECK MASSAGER

This portable neck massager will help your dad unwind after a long day or workout. It’s kneading action mimics a deep-tissue massage. It even has a heating function for additional comfort and relief. Perfect for travel, too.

 

9 – NESPRESSO COFFEE AND ESPRESSO MAKER

Help dad get his morning java jolt and get on with his busy schedule with this appliance. This coffee maker brews the best coffee or espresso that he’ll ever taste, all with the touch of a button. He won’t buy this fancy appliance for himself, so you’ll need to show him how quick, easy and delicious his morning cuppa can be with this thoughtful Father’s Day gift.

 

10 – UGG’S MEN’S SCUFFS

Let dad in on the secret of slipping your feet into a soft cloud of fluffiness that defines Uggs footwear. Think he won’t wear these scuffs? Think again. He can retain his dad status while wearing clouds on his feet. He’s got this.

 

Things To Do With Kids During The Summer With A Budget!

Things to do with the kids over summer

Incredible Ideas for Kids to Have Fun in Summers

Hey! Summer is here, and it’s a vacation time of your children; probably you might be wondering on ways how to convert this free time into precious memories right! Don’t stress too much. I am here with budget-friendly ideas that will add fun into their summers and will let them explore new life experiences. Some of these activities cost a small fee while others are things you can look into at a low cost. This should help you get the ideas flowing and have a magical summer ahead with the kids! If you have your suggestions to add to the list, make sure to leave them down in the comments. We mamas need to stick together!

 

Chalk and Art Projects

Fun Things You Can Do at Home

  • Make Chalk Paint: Making chalk paint with your children is fun and simple to do! There is a variety of recipes on Pinterest that seem simple enough, and children love this. You can use all types of rollers, paint brushes, and get creative as you like!
  • Slime Projects: You would be surprised at how many slime recipes there are on the web. We have tried a handful of them and my kids love it! Here are some of our favorites to check out – glow in the dark slime, floam, and butter slime.
  •  Art & Crafting: Kids love to do crafting, and if they are at home, you can join them to construct the activity will not only keeps them busy but boosts creativity in them. Visit any dollar store and grab a collection of supplies to put out for the children. They can build, create, paint, glue, as they, please! There are tons of ideas on my blog of crafts that you can do together. One of the most recent ones for the summer is the Popsicle Craft For Kids. We also love painting rocks together – Spreading Kindness!
  • Watch Motivational animated Movie: There are thousands of movies available that you can make a pick to watch the one that your kid is showing interest. Any fun, an exciting film can be a bonding time for the kids, and you can make a PJ day out of it too! Your local theater may offer cheap summer movies at a low cost, and Redbox is a great option to try also! Redbox offers codes consistently for cheap to free videos. Join their text message list or email list.

Explore Outside For Summer

Places You Can Explore with Them

  • Stopover Local Parks: A picnic with sandwiches and a game of Frisbee may not sound exciting for you but your kids, it’s a huge deal. If you are finding the idea of summer camp super expensive leave it, take advantage of nearby local parks and spend quality time with your kids by playing games Sidewalk Picasso, Scavenger Hunts, Digging for Dinosaurs and can kick a soccer ball too.
  •  A Visit to a Public Beach: Entry in the beach area is not too expensive it wallows with a little fee. Pack your lunch, water and enough of snacks so that you can have full day fun in the water for low spending. I think it is the most viable option to enjoy hot summers. If you don’t have beaches nearby look into splash pads and community pool options!
  • Explore the Night Sky: Stargazing party! Yes, who says summer is perfect to have fun only when the sun is right up there; if you prefer to be in the air conditioner during the day time its ok! You can take advantages of cooler nights. A blanket, a telescope, and a star chart are enough to see a loveable smile on your child’s face. Take some snacks and start the party. You have to spend a little amount to buy a telescope which would not be an issue for sure.
  • Go Though the Websites for Specials: Children’s museums, local aquariums, and Zoos offer specials for summers. These places around you might be offering admission discounts and special offers on more than one visit and even during the week when crowds are slower.  If you frequently choose to visit a location, check it out for memberships. These might be worth the cost.
  • POGO Passes are a great way to do things during the summer at a fantastic cost. They are offered all over the US. www.pogopass.com – $49.98 per person gets you the ability to visit 24 different places around the Phoenix area. Our pogo passes offer Urban Jungle, Sunsplash, KTR, Fat Cats, and more! I would look into this option. I love the variety of places they provide for the kids to get out of the house during the summer time.

Summer time Fun

There are tons of other activities you can do to keep the kids busy during the summer. Here in the Phoenix area, we struggle with the heat and not wanting to go out in 120-degree weather unless we are getting into the pool. There are other options like summer camps, boys & girls club summer programs, sports, dance classes, etc. if that is something your child may be interested in trying out. Take some time to look around and explore your options along with your budget for summer fun. Just remember you don’t have to spend a ton of money to make things fun with the kids!

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Summer Ideas

 

Popsicle Craft For Kids Of All Ages!

Popsicle Craft

Its summer time here in Arizona, which means we will be stuck inside here shortly. The temperature has hit around 95 so far, but I know the 110 is coming here soon! Summer is a time to stock up on art supplies to keep the kids busy during the summer months. We usually have a popsicle themed type of day, so we can make a popsicle craft along with eating or making popsicles ourself. They love this, and it works for all ages. You can use whatever supplies you have at home to decorate the popsicle, but I will show you below what we used for you all to get some ideas!

Popsicle Children's Craft

Supplies:

Popsicle Craft Sticks 

Construction Paper

Hot Glue Gun

Elmer’s Glue

Decoration ideas: buttons, beads, pom pom balls, glitter glue, markers, and stickers

Popsicle Kids Craft

Directions:

1. Take construction paper and cut into the shape of the popsicle top – older kids can do this part on their own with kid scissors.

2. Hot glue the popsicle stick to the back to create a beautiful blank canvas for the kids to decorate.

3. Use Elmer’s glue & child’s imagination to decorate the popsicle top

This craft project is perfect for all ages as the children get to use their imagination to create a masterpiece of their very own. As listed below, there are many other ideas you can do along with the craft, such as making delicious popsicles, playing with water & ice in the sensory table and even handmade ice paint. The options are endless, and your children will have a blast while learning. Pinterest is full of all sorts of recipes, ideas, and sensory bins. That’s what summer is all about – having fun and making memories!

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