Posts Tagged ‘outside play’

Water Balloon Activities

Monday, August 13th, 2012 by by

I love playing with water balloons, and I love watching my kids play with them. There’s something so innocent and joyful about an afternoon playing with something so easy! I decided to share 10 of my most favorite activities we do with water balloons in the hopes that you enjoy these with your kids as well.

Baseball Water Balloon: You knew this was coming, right? I love this one, because it’s so easy and fun! Just fill up some water balloons, have a plastic bat for the kids, and there you go.

Water Balloon Bowling: Just like it sounds. Fill up empty 2-liter bottles about 1/4 to 1/3 of the way and arrange into the desired patters. Give each child a balloon and let them roll or throw the balloon at the bottles to try and knock them down.

Musical Hot Potato Water Balloon: Play music (or sing!), and when the music stops, the person left holding the balloon has to break it over their head.

Musical Water Balloon Stomp: Just like musical chairs! Make one balloon less than you have people playing the game and designate one person who will stand away from the group to play music (or sing!). Start the music and have the children go around the circle until the music stops. Each child must stomp on a balloon, and the one who doesn’t have a balloon is then ‘out’ for the next round. (more…)


Long Weekend Fun

Monday, May 28th, 2012 by by

This holiday weekend is hot, hot, hot! And for the first time in my life, I am living with no AC of any kind. I have lived with central air, I have lived with window units in just a couple of rooms, and I have lived with a unit in just one room, but I have never lived without having the reassurance that there is somewhere to go to escape the heat.

To cool off in our yard, we decided to break out the very popular water table. I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to also try out sidewalk painting! It is very simple and took all of our minds off the beating heat.

What you need:
Food Coloring
Paint Cups or other containers (yogurt containers or old empty play dough containers would be great!)
Small bowl to mix the water with the color
Paint brushes
A good piece of sidewalk or driveway

In a small bowl, mix about 3-4 tablespoons of water with 6-10 drops of the desired color of food coloring. I like to mix the color into the water first, because that makes the color very even and easier to mix in. In the paint container, put about 2-3 tablespoons of cornstarch. You want there to be more water than cornstarch, however, the consistency is up to your preferences. If you don’t add enough water, the paint will be hard to spread on the sidewalk and will just kind of blob up. If you’ve ever made oobleck with your kids, then you are already familiar with the reasons why! But you also don’t want it to be too watery, because the paint will run all over and won’t be much fun. At any rate, place the cornstarch into the container. Slowly add the colored water until you get a consistency that you like, stirring as you add. Repeat with as many colors as you wish to have. The kids had a lot of fun helping to make it.

Take it outside, and find your inner Picasso! Or, in my kids’ case, Jackson Pollock!


Sidewalk Painting

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 by by

The weather was beautiful, and I knew I needed to catch some vitamin D with all the sickness moving through this house! So I whipped up a batch of sidewalk paint, and off we went.

Equal parts corn starch and cold water (I use 1/3 cup) and a few drops of food coloring. Easy!

I remember when I could stretch like that! (more…)

Neighborhood Collage

Friday, September 23rd, 2011 by by

The weather has been beautiful, so I’ve been trying to keep the kiddos outside as much as possible. The other day, The Younger and I decided to walk around the neighborhood and pick up “neat things” that we found along the way. She has a Cars lunch bag that she loves, so we decided to take that with us to collect our goodies.

We spent a good deal of time picking up leaves and deciding which ones were the best of the lot. We also looked at clouds, shadows, and the airplanes. She picked up rocks, some flowers, and some grass, but none of them actually made the grade to “get in the bag.”

After we toured the area, we returned home to make a collage of our trip.

She was pretty excited about this project. (more…)


Life Goes On

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 by by

Well, unless the aftermath of the rapture includes piles of laundry, dirty floors, and whining children, it appears I am still alive.  Or in Hell.  It’s actually hard to tell.

It is GORGEOUS outside today; a lovely breeze, bright sunshine – perfection.  Rob and Eliza went fishing at some ungodly hour of the morning, so I got donuts for the remaining four children and ushered them onto the patio for breakfast al fresco.  I sat down with my coffee and stack of magazines and prepared to enjoy a leisurely morning outdoors with the kids.  Within the space of 10 minutes, all but one of the children had fled for the safety and comfort of the indoors.  Those three children were my boys.

Larissa shed her diaper and happily spent the next hour playing naked at the sand table as I attempted to herd the boys back outside, which was akin to leading pigs to slaughter.

“Something is wrong with our backyard,” Hayden declared.  “When I go outside, I get allergic.”
“My head gets sweaty,” proclaimed Kellan.
“UGGGGG,” Weston groaned, “outside is too boring.”

Within seconds of being ushered outside, they finagled their way back to the sofas, where they lay like exhausted farm workers who had been up milking cows since 4:00 a.m. instead of what they really are, which is a trio of super-lame boys who had to be shoved out of bed at 8:30.

It’s going to be a long summer.


Rob and I went out on a date Friday night.  Unfortunately, by the time we left the house, it was too late for us to do dinner AND a movie, so we settled for (more…)