Here’s something really simple you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success: make sure he spends plenty of time playing outside.
There are many ways in which this generation’s childhood is different from that of the last generation, but one of the most abrupt contrasts is the degree to which it is being spent indoors. There are lots of reasons, including the marked increase in time spent interacting with electronic devices, the emphasis on scheduled activities and achievements, concerns about sun exposure — and, for many families, the lack of safe outdoor places to play. It’s not just children; adults are spending less time outdoors as well.
Here are six crucial ways playing outside helps children:
Do you ever see amazing Pinterest crafts that moms do with their kids and wish it was easy and actually doable? I kept pinning these beautiful seed filled ornament ideas on Pinterest but just could not figure out the best way to do them. First of all, I have the worlds smallest kitchen at the moment (or so it feels). Since downsizing to a camper while we are building our home, I am more interested in less mess, than anything else when it comes to crafts that I can do with my littles.
I bought all 4 picture blocks which were meant to make up a flower when they were hung together in the right order. Instead, I spread mod podge over the old flower print and printed the photos I wanted on them directly off my printer. I enlarged the images so that they'd print at least 8.5 wide and then i trimmed off any extra so that they fit perfectly onto the blocks. I then spread mod podge over the top (you can see the lines of it before it dries in the picture).
The blocks are hollow so they have pre-drilled holes for hanging. The mod podge dries clear, I used a matte finish but it also comes in glossy. For now, they are sitting on on my palette shelves in the living room. This is a super easy way to get your favorite photos on the wall. I am also thinking that you could use high quality plywood, have it cut to the size you want at your hardware store, have your images printed at your local drug store with printing services in poster size and do your own larger images.
Have fun with this. Remember too that if you print them yourself, it's easy to undo or redo after a mistake.
Regular at home printer
White Card Stock
Oh, and an old palette for the display.
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I just finished this chair for the kids. It was an old rocking chair, I couldn't even guess the age. It could be from the 70's or it could be older. It was hideous but it had a great rocker underneath that allowed the chair to be stationary but rock on springs underneath. I wanted it to match our bonus room which I'm in the process of redoing for our new classroom. How awesome is this chair going to be to encourage my little ones to "read", with a red basket of books next to it, it will at least be tempting. Here's the scary before picture and read how I made the changes.
See, I told you it was scary...Can you imagine your kids sitting in the lap of this creepy bear chair. It's eyes are too far apart, it's missing a nose and mouth, the poor bow tie is frazzled, it's missing buttons and guess what that yellow is made of...
I took the arms off, tore the fabric away and then carefully pried all the staples, all 1001 of them, out with a flat head screw driver. Here's the sad part...
I cut off that poor bears head. Yes, my 4 year old was very concerned about the bear having its head cut off. I'm sure I'll get to hear about it FOREVER!
I painted the exposed wood red, which was a very dirty beige before and simple covered the seat first, then the back and unfortunately, I did have to use my hot glue gun in places. However, I now have the beauty you see above.
After many years of being this beautiful bright red, I decided to redo the chair again for our little girl. The read was painted a soft robins egg blue and a cream linen was used along with some of my grandmothers lace.
Here's my tip:
When shopping thrift stores, look at the "bones" of the pieces you are buying. If they are frail or weak, don't buy. It'll probably be a waste of time and money. If the structure is good and sound and just needs a little TLC...BUY! You can fix it! YES YOU CAN and maybe even give it a new life over and over again.
A few weeks ago I was struck by my friend Dawn's little glass container full of faux robins eggs. I complimented her on it... and her newly painted buffet... and her really awesome mantle and her new paint color in her dining room and...
well, you get the picture. She's awesome! She has my taste!
A few days later my friend Jenny calls me and says of course, "What are you doing?" and I say, "Painting Easter eggs." and she says..."OOOKAAAAY." And moved on...I think my friends may be afraid to tell me I'm crazy.
I used my acrylic paints called Basics...I love these paints! I started with white and added green, a tad and then a tad of Sienna and mixed. I'd paint a few eggs and then mix either green or sienna and change the color up a bit. I also did cream eggs by using just the white and sienna. I laid them open. This was a very boring process and I had to hand paint them instead of using spray paint because I wanted a variety of colors.
Then, I speckled them. I actually found on my second run, that I could leave the eggs laid open instead of closing them and still speckle them. To speckle the eggs I lightly dipped a tooth brush in brown paint and using my finger, flicked the bristles like below to cause the paint to splatter.
Next time I think I'm going to sand the edges so their isn't a visible rim and try painting them while they are closed instead of open. I'm not sure which is best.
I violently flecked the bristles of this old toothbrush. I even found that using two hands and pulling the brush back a bit and letting the bristles go was also affective for larger splatters.
I love to find created places to put them. High on my mantle in a large vase, fill and old bird cage, put one under glass in in a faux nest...so many fun things to do with them and the color palate is so soothing to the eye.
One of my favorite activities with my children this time of year is slowing down for a minute and making something together. I have a list of things on our Advent calendar that make us sit down and do something special that requires team work and patience.
This little project is so fun for creative little ones who have a love for decorating. With a little help and some simple supplies...
I've been trying to add more light to my house with lots more white and I was highly curious how shiplap would make me feel. I love the idea of it but is it something I would want lots of? I decided that my laundry room was the place to go for it. I did my best to document the process.
For years I would buy whatever detergent was on sale not thinking a thing about the safety of the product or that it was still costly. I totally trusted manufactures to keep my family safe. Then I learned...
All this sneezing and watery eye allergy and sinus stuff has me stocked up on tissues now. These little holders are much more...
I love to craft, cook and create, and find ways to be frugal and make things myself. Today, I am going to show you how to make your own bubbles, wands and blowers at home, for a fraction of the price you pay at the store! And it's fun, I promise. My kids had a blast helping me make the bubbles and wands, and had even more of a blast playing with them! Okay, let's get started!
Broken wicker baskets leave me so sad. I use them for so many things. I story stuffed animals in them, use them for toting toys back upstairs, and they serve a mighty purpose with laundry around our house. Sometimes they get tired and worn out like this one...
Advent Calendars are one of our families favorite past times. My children love when I bring out our little nutcracker because they know behind every door is a little adventure for the evening. I wrote out 25 little cards that they have loved opening each year. They're free for you to download as well. I hope you enjoy...
This little game is appropriate for babies ages 14-24 months. It will help develop fine motor skills and perceptual motor abilities as she uses her eyes and fingers to accomplish the task. Allowing her to explore the can and figure out how to insert the sticks is good for developing problem solving skills.
Recently, I shared a tutorial on how to make a fabric eye spy bag, but I wanted too how you how to make an eye spy container from something you may already have available and talk about what these have to offer little ones and especially little ones who have had trauma in their lives
As a foster mom with little ones and an educator at heart, I'm always reading into ways to help my babies deal with the trauma they go through. I used these in my classroom years ago and they help children extend their focus, give them a sense of calm, and they enjoy finding these treasures among their toys.
Years ago my boys and I would spend a lot of time playing with play dough. It's recommended for ages 2 and over and really good for their fine motor skills. They are growing up and almost out of elementary school now but they still love it.
Christmas is nearing and I have way to much to do in the way of making gifts and I spent some mullah today buying trinkets and plastic charms and all kinds of tiny goodies and found a new store that I LOOOOOVEE! It's called...Tiny Things Are Cute. I'm seriously in love and I feel an addiction coming on. So, I'm getting prepared to make about 20 of these little suckers.
This little baby shoe is so comfy and easy to slip on. The Pattern comes in 3 infant sizes. It is free but purchasing any of my patterns that are available helps my family. So, I thank you for sharing.
My boys have plastic crates to store their toys. They are just the right size and I can stack them, I love that. Recently I finished making covers for these crates and it was super easy. Here's how...
These little beauties are made from a simple ballerina slip baby shoe pattern. What a fun way to make matching baby shoes with homemade outfits as well. It only takes a bit of fabric and there are several different ways to style your creation. The link to the free pattern is below.
Oh how I love some vinyl wall lettering. I remember when I first discovered a beautiful company a couple of years ago that held parties at home. I scheduled a party and my consultant canceled and never rescheduled. BOOO! Since I only wanted some basic signs in my home I thought I would use an old skill I've used since high school.
A friend of mine and I started a ministry to help foster families and we were recently asked to represent at an event with a booth and a game for kids as the come around. We have our prizes for trying and hand major prize for winning but winning...well...we made it a little difficult. This game was attractive and fun and the kids loved it.
It was simple to make and I'll walk you through it.
My sweet baby girl was staying entertained by drawing pictures in the back of my planner until I realized she was drawing on my beautiful pink cover. I tried several methods of getting the ink off but had no luck. So, I decided to see what fabrics I had in my stash that I would enjoy seeing everyday.
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