Seeing as how it’s warming up quickly now (Yesterday hit 38 C !!), I decided to look around online for some fun ideas to share with you all. What I found was so great! I seriously can’t wait to try these myself!
Homemade Bubble Wand and Bubble Soap
This is a great idea and so easy to make!
For the bubble wands:
All you need are a few extra long colored pipe cleaners and a handful of brightly colored beads. Your little artist can bend the pipe cleaner into which ever shape they prefer, and threading the beads will even help with fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
To make the soap:
1 liter warm water
1 cup dish-washing liquid
4 tablespoons glycerin
Gently mix all the ingredients together, trying not to make too much foam as you do this, and leave the mixture overnight. I know this may be difficult for the kids, but it will make the mixture work much better. Perhaps try making it while the kids are at school or sleeping and then surprising them with a lovely treat!
Clearing out Kayla school bag a couple of weeks ago, I was a little surprised to pull out 3 pretty large rocks (I say rocks cause they sure seemed like more than pebbles) The funny thing is, this was after she was complaining about the weight of her school bag for 2 whole days! Well, this is a great way to use up all those stones that kids are always picking up and bringing home…
My advice for this activity would be to get the kids to paint 10 largish pebbles to be the tic tac toe counters, I love this idea to do ladybirds and bees, five each. Also, a large garden tile and chalk work great for creating the playing board, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry! Scratching the grid into the dirt or drawing it onto the sidewalk with some sidewalk chalk would work just as well!
I found this great ‘how to’ on Youtube and absolutely love the idea! While this one make require quite a bit of work by Mom and Dad, I think the hours of entertainment it will provide the kids with will be well worth the effort!
This is one I saw today that took me straight back to my childhood… I remember doing this one with my sisters when I was about 7. It looks really impressive, but is actually pretty simple. All you need is a few white roses, some food coloring and four glasses to hold the colored water.
First, use a sharp paring knife and split the stem into four, cutting up about 10 or 12 cms. This one is definitely another job for Mom or Dad. Fill the glasses about 3/4 of the way with water and add a few drops of food coloring to each glass (red, blue, yellow and green work well). Balance your rose(s) in the glass and leave overnight. The rose will suck up the colored water and the result is truly magical!
Dinosaur breakout game
This is a great activity and can be adapted to suit your little one’s interest. Instead of dinosaurs you could use any smallish plastic toys. First of all, decide which toys you are going to use
First of all, decide which toys you are going to use…my advice would be plastic to avoid any unfortunate breakages.. and find a plastic container large enough for each toy to comfortably fit in. Cover the toy with water and freeze. Once the toys are totally frozen in the ice, remove from the containers and take outside. The kids need something to crack and smack the ice with, and for this I would suggest using a wooden cooking mallet or something similar. Another suggestion that I can make is adding some food coloring to the water before freezing, and turning the game into a treasure hunt too. Your little ones won’t be able to see what dino is inside, upping the fun factor!
Well I hope you’ve found these ideas inspiring, I know that I’ll be trying some of these as soon as I can!