Sponge Seed Pods

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This is a really fun easy activity to do with your little ones for spring. All you need is a packet or two of seeds (herbs preferably), a few new sponges, scissors and a marker. I traced different shapes the kids chose and cut them out. We discussed different shapes and counted the sides. Once you have them cut out put them on a tray or plate that will hold a bit of water. Sprinkle each sponge with seeds, and spray with water until its damp but not soaked. I also pour a little water on the tray to help keep them moist.

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Make sure sponges stay damp and place in direct sunlight during the day. At night turn a plastic container over them at night to keep moist. Happy growing!

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Homemade Chex Mix

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This is a really yummy, healthy snack that is super easy to make at home! And for half the price!

Chex Mix
Ingredients:
3 cups corn Chex
3 cups rice Chex
2 cups wheat Chex
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 teaspoons seasoned salt
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:
1.) Combine cereals in bowl set aside
2.) Melt butter in bowl, stir in seasoning. Pour over cereal mixture, stir until coated.
3.) Bake for 1 hour at 250F, stir every 20 minutes.
4.) Cool and store in air tight container or zip loc baggies.

Enjoy!

Snow Ice Cream

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The other day we got about two inches of snow so making snow ice cream was a must! It’s super easy! All you need is a large bowl of clean snow, one can of sweetened condensed milk, 1 tsp of vanilla, and a few drops of food coloring (optional).

Mix snow, sweet milk, vanilla and food coloring. Once mixed I put it into the freeze for 30 minutes to make sure it’s good and cold! Serve!

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We added green food coloring for St. Patricks coming up!

Drink Holder Gift Basket {Baby Shower}

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I have another drink holder gift basket idea for you, this time for that special baby that’s on it’s way. This was for our little cousin that should be here in a few more months, hurray 😉

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Obviously there isn’t a noticeable theme to this basket because we based what we bought on Mr. B’s (6m) favorite things or things we had to go out and buy bc we didn’t get them at our baby showers.

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I’m absolutely addicted to these gift baskets!!!

“You Color My World” Valentines {Part One}

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We have been hard at work for over a week making part of the kids’ valentines gifts for their family and friends. We were given a large bucket of old and broken crayons that had been separated by color which sparked the idea of gifting, made with love, heart shaped crayons.

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How to:
-Gather and collect as many old or broken crayons as possible. Don’t be afraid to ask your family and friends if they have some laying around they would like to get rid of.
-Sort by color
-Remove all paper from crayons
-Break crayons into smaller pieces
We used the baby food jar and boiling water method to melt our crayons, like Fun on a Dime did.
When we FINALLY finished we grouped them together and made a tower of love tied together with yarn.

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Our “you color my world” valentines aren’t finished just yet, stay tuned tuned!

Giant Canvas {DIY}

Last week I pulled out an activity that has been on our to-do for so long now, I even intended to do it at Miss Grace’s Art Birthday, but didn’t. The day before “induction day” for Mr. B seemed like a good time… Yup, Mr. B is here; 3 days old and happy & healthy. I’ll have a “Meet Mr. B” post up as soon as we settle back in.

All you need for this GIANT activity is a fitted sheet, we used a twin size. I then attached the fitted ends to two chairs (as you can see in the picture). You now have a GIANT canvas for your little artists- that easy!

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I provided my girls with food coloring/water filled spray bottles (liquid watercolors would be best), paints and paintbrushes.

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The girls insisted that bathing suits and leotards were the best painting outfits then we headed out to the yard and I enjoyed the show!

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The colors were so vibrant on the white sheet, it was beautiful and I really hated having to wash it so we could use it for next time. Speaking of next time, I’m thinking glitter, glue, “natural” paintbrushes… Do you have any ideas to make this activity all new again?

DIY Light Table

What mom of toddlers and preschoolers hasn’t drooled over the amazing tight tables for sale online?
I know I have many of times, but the hefty price tag just isn’t appealing to me. I’ve waited many, many months to catch one on sale, but the price is never right. Recently I decided to search Pinterest for some DIY alternatives and I found one I liked really well by Here Comes The Sun.

I even had everything necessary to make it! I didn’t go to the extent of drilling holes, finding a lid and such, but I did grab a clear tub and strand of Christmas lights!

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I plugged in my lights and flipped my tub upside down on top of them -THAT SIMPLE!!!!

I surprised my kiddos with their new favorite toy by setting up this play invitation in their tent…

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At their disposal was:
-a clear container of salt with silly straws to write with
-shiny sequences
-foam shapes
-ABC/123 letters
-tanagrams

They went to playing like crazy as soon as they entered through the doors! I had a blast just watching them.

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Little Miss didn’t hesitate spewing out her ideas for future light table play. I’m very excited about several of them, stay tuned!