Valentines Games for Kids: Musical Hearts

Valentines Games for Kids

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Valentines Day is coming up and I am always looking for fun ideas to to do with the kids. I came across this awesome idea over on No Time For Flash Cards. You can write anything on your hearts from numbers they need to identify, to physical tasks like we did to something trickier for older kids. Customize it to your child and have fun.

 

What You Need:

1. Foam Hearts (Or Make Paper Ones)

2. Markers

3. Music

 

How To Prepare:

Write out different tasks for your child to do on each heart, some ideas include

Jump on one foot, crab walk, 5 push ups, break dance, Sing the ABCs and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

 

How to Play:

Lay the hearts out face down in a circle.

Start the music and play. It’s just like musical chairs only when the music stops you do the task on the heart that you were standing on when you stopped.

Fall Craft Ideas: 5 Fun Ideas for Fall!

Here is a round up of some of my favorite Fall Craft Ideas. Fall is one of my favorite times of year! Check out all of the clever ideas below and have fun doing them with your kids!

Fall Craft Ideas

1. Owl Hand Print Art

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Here is a fun project to do with your kids and takes less than 1 hour!

Tea stain some cardstock cut to whatever size you need. Just wet a tea bag and rub it all over the paper then let it dry. Or blow dry it if you’re impatient.

Paint your kiddo’s hand with acrylic paints.

Print the hand

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Paint in your details.

Then Frame and Hang :)

Thanks Rips in My Jeans!

2. Simple Fall Centerpiece

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Bath Paint for Kids!

Here is a fun idea for the kids! make your own Bath Paint. Its simple, super cheap, and very entertaining…easy to clean up  too!

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Bath paint

1/4 cup shampoo/ or hand soap/ or body wash (use whatever soapy thing you have lying around, great use for shampoo you didn’t like, or the end of the body wash)
1/4 cup corn starch
1-2 TBS water
3-4 drops food coloring

How to Make Your Bathtub Paint

Combine cornstarch, shampoo, and food coloring. Add water 1/2 a tablespoon at a time until the mixture is thick enough to stick to the paint brush without much dripping, but thin enough to paint a line. If it gets too runny, add more cornstarch, too thick, add more water.

Store in an airtight container in a cool place. This recipe makes one baby-food size jar of paint.

Let kids paint the walls, the bath and themselves for hours!

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Make Your Own Colored Sand

Summer time activity- Make Your Own Colored Sand My kids love colored sand but at the store, it cost so much for so little! here is how you and your kids can make it at home:

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Dry Time: Overnight

INGREDIENTS

White sand or salt
Jars with lids
McCormick® Assorted Food Colors and Egg Dye or McCormick® Assorted NEON! Food Colors and Egg Dye
Clear jars or containers

DIRECTIONS
1. Pour sand or salt into jars with lids.
2. Add a few drops of food color to each jar and replace lid.
3. Shake like crazy!
4. Open the jar and let sand or salt dry overnight.
5. Pour layers of different colored sand or salt into a decorative jar or vase.

Make Your Own Bathtub Paint

Make Your Own Bathtub Paint – Here is something fun your kids may enjoy in the bath tub! I love this idea to Make Your Own Bathtub Paint!

The Palette: A muffin tin with shaving cream squirted into each cup and mixed with a different color or colors food coloring.

The Brush: An old basting brush from my kitchen.


This ideas was brought to you by Having Fun at Home!

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How to Make Play Dough | Easy and Fun!

How to Make Play Dough

How to Make Play Dough – Wanting a fun and easy recipe on how to make Play Dough? I often use this recipe to make play dough with my kids. I really love the texture, the color, and the smell when I finish and it lasts a very long time! You can make a lot of it at one time. I usually put the play dough into separate plastic containers for storage.

How to Make Play Dough

Basic ingredient ratios for 

2 cups flour
2 cups warm water
1 cup salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon cream of tartar (optional for improved elasticity)

food coloring (liquid, powder, or unsweetened drink mix)
scented oils

What to do for
 “How to Make Play Dough”

Mix all of the ingredients together, and stir over low heat. The dough will begin to thicken until it resembles mashed potatoes.

When the dough pulls away from the sides and clumps in the center, as shown below, remove the pan from heat and allow the dough to cool enough to handle.

IMPORTANT NOTE: if your playdough is still sticky, you simply need to cook it longer!
Keep stirring and cooking until the dough is dry and feels like playdough.

Turn the dough out onto a clean counter or silicone mat, and knead vigorously until it becomes silky-smooth. Divide the dough into balls for coloring.

Make a divot in the center of the ball, and drop some food coloring1 in. Fold the dough over, working the food color through the body of the playdough, trying to keep the raw dye away from your hands and the counter. You could use gloves or plastic wrap at this stage to keep your hands clean- only the concentrated dye will color your skin, so as soon as it’s worked in bare hands are fine.

Work the dye through, adding more as necessary to achieve your chosen color.

If you use unsweetened drink mix for color, test on a small ball first- it won’t go as far as the “real” food coloring.

Play with your playdough- I really don’t need to help you there. It’s entirely edible, if a bit salty, so it’s kid-safe.

When you’re done, store your playdough in an air-tight container.
– If it begins to dry out, you can knead a bit of water in again to soften the dough back to useability. Once it’s dried past a certain point, however, you’ll just have to start over; thankfully it’s not terribly difficult.
– If it gets soggy, you can re-heat it to drive off the extra water the dough absorbed overnight.  This is usually the result of high humidity, but is fixable!

You can also bake it in the oven to make hard dough figures and ornaments, then paint or otherwise decorate the surface.