Welcome to Paint and Play, a series I am participating in with some of the best kid bloggers around - Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose, Suja from Blog Me Mom, and Tammy from Housing a Forest. We have been exploring fun ways to use paint. This week, we will be sharing Thanksgiving and Turkey paint ideas. We made a Pumpkin Turkey Craft by painting feathers Read the rest of this entry »
About our blogger: Vicky
A stay at home mom raising 3 girls - twin 3 year olds and a little one under 2. We love to have fun with activities and projects. A former teacher, I believe kids learn through the process and mess. I also believe in saving money where I can and spending less while still having fun.
Visit Vicky @ http://www.messforless.net/
Posts by Vicky:
I was challenged by Bing to create a seasonal craft based on an idea I found using their Smart Search on Windows 8.1. I love a challenge, and I have been thinking about upgrading to Windows 8.1 so the ability to create a fun kids’ craft and play around with a new computer really appealed to me. With Thanksgiving approaching, I have been in the mood to make a Turkey Craft with the kids. Read the rest of this entry »
I had a chance to make a delicious Cheesy Tortellini Bake as part of a sponsored post for Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This is great to add to your collection of family friendly recipes. #FreshFinds #Cbias #SocialFabric
Sometimes I feel like my family lives off of pasta. They would eat pasta every day if I let them. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s time for another installment of Paint and Play, a series I am doing with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose and Tammy from Housing a Forest. In Paint and Play, we share ideas for having fun with paint. The challenge this week was to use glue and paint to create some art. We made Black Glue and Watercolor Pumpkins. In the past we have made Fall Leaves Using Black Glue and a Black Glue and Salt Watercolor Rainbow. Black glue is fun medium to work with that is created by mixing black paint with white glue. Read the rest of this entry »
My twins turned 5 this week and we are having a carnival themed birthday party for them this weekend. After all our work making rainbow cupcakes for their fourth birthday, I was in the mood for something a little more simple this year. I have seen “popcorn cupcakes” all over pinterest and they looked easy enough, so I enlisted one of the birthday girls to help me in the kitchen. These cupcakes are not only adorable, but they are simple enough to make that a child can help. Read the rest of this entry »
We have a few simple science experiments to share with you today and they all involve the No Cook Lotion Dough we made last week. You may recall that we made the dough using baking soda. Looking to get more use from the play dough, I thought we could roll it into balls and do some experiments with vinegar. The result was this fun and bubbly erupting play dough.
You will need:
- Lotion dough (recipe here)
- Small and large see through plastic cups
I received a package last week that contained an extraordinary amount of packing peanuts. I knew I couldn’t just throw them out, so I tried to think of some creative ways to use them in play. I am all about creating simple play experiences for kids and since I am frugal, I love using things that are free or cheap. Kids can learn, play and be entertained by items you already have around the house. So don’t throw out those packing peanuts, instead use them to add a new spin to play time. Read the rest of this entry »
I am so excited to be starting a new series, Fall into Sensory PLAY, with Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose! Over the next two weeks on Mondays and Thursdays we will sharing fun ideas for Fall themed sensory play. Today we both came up with a hands-on pumpkin themed activity. My kids made pumpkin pie, but not like any you’ve had before. You see, our Scented Shaving Cream Pumpkin Pie isn’t edible but it smells yummy and little ones will love creating it. When you are done here head over to Growing a Jeweled Rose and get your hands dirty with their Pumpkin Slime Play Recipe. Read the rest of this entry »
I was searching for an easy bread recipe to make with the kids. Baking bread is such a fun activity to do with kids. Measuring, scooping and kneading provides so many wonderful sensory and fine motor opportunities. Besides, who can resist a house that smells like baking bread. Yum! I found an easy bread recipe with a twist - the addition of honey! I was surprised how simple it was to make this delicious honey bread. But here’s the thing, no one will think it was simple. People are really impressed when you tell them you baked your own bread. I don’t know why, but try it and see for yourself.
You will need:
- 1 package of active dry yeast
- 1 1/4 cup of warm milk (110 to 115 degrees)
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 1/8 cup of melted butter
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 4 cups of all purpose flour