Ice Cube Painting

I’m apart of a local children’s art group and today we met to do some ice cube painting.

This activity is brilliant and beautiful!

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Jessie, my friend, our children’s art group leader and also kids blog author from Play Create Explore used tempera paints, poster paint and kool-aid to make our beautiful ice cubes.

To view many more pictures, details and prior art group meet-ups visit The Children’s Art Group blog.

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Ice Boats

We spent our early afternoon on the porch enjoying some ice boat play inspired by Mama Mia’s Heart2Heart.

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I provided the girls will a mixing spoon, measuring spoon, sea shells, buckets & four of their mini lalaloopsy dolls along with their ice boats.

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While waiting for the ice to begin to melt and the color of the water to change the girls spun their boats around by creating waves, they decorated the ocean bottom and let their dollies take rides on the boats while the boats floated around.

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It wasn’t long before the ice boats quickly began to melt, the water changed color and the girls moved everything into one bin. Even after the ice boats were gone the water play continued with the “play props” I provided.

Any kind of water play is a favorite in our home 🙂

Tuesday Tots

Little Miss Turns 4 {Mermaid Party}

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Tomorrow, the 12th, Little Miss will officially be FOUR! We celebrated a little early with our friends and family by throwing Little Miss a MERMAID birthday party at a local lake just minutes from our home.

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I used all sorts of ideas and goodies from One Charming Party’s Mermaid Guide and even more from Pinterest. My collection of mermaid party ideas can be found HERE.

I had such fun decorating and preparing for the party. Here is a little peek at our decor & menu.

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Menu consisted of: PB&Jellyfish, Goldfish, Sea Cucumbers, Crab Legs (carrots), Sushi Sandwiches (pinwheels), Deep Sea Oyster Pearls (grapes), Snickerdoodles, Marshmallow Pops, Blueberry Muffins & Donuts

Little Miss loves activities so that is something I certainly wanted to incorporate into her party…

SEA SHELL PAINTING

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TREASURE MAP DRAWING

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SAND DOLLAR WANDS

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PIRATE SHIP PLAY, WALK THE PLANK & SEA SHELL DIG

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A party wouldn’t be complete without CUPCAKES! Sam’s club did an amazing job baking and icing our cupcakes and cakes, BUT I’m pretty proud of my mermaid pearl decorating!

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Little Miss preparing to blow out her candles!

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A June party just wouldn’t be complete without SNOW CONES for every one!

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We had an amazing celebration of our Little Mermaid with many of our family and friends! Watching Little Miss play with those she holds dear to her heart at her party made me realize how grown up she is getting. This party is such a wonderful memory!

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Little Miss’ BIG birthday present was her surprise playhouse, but I’ve really been wanting to get her a CD player for her room. There she is opening it at her party!!!! It is definitely a huge hit, she is constantly listening to music and books in her room.

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Now that this celebration is over its time to get my ducks in a row for Miss Grace’s 2nd birthday in July!

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Swimming Success

Little Miss is a big chicken in large bodies of water and Miss Grace usually is the same way. Previous summers they were like leaches on Daddio and I, not making swimming time fun for us at all.

Tonight we got a call from their aunt and uncle inviting us for a swim! We loaded up not expecting them to even get in, BUT they did!!!!

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Little Miss learned to swim in her floaties and zoomed all over the pool while Miss Grace kicked around in her float all by herself.

I’m such a proud Mom! Right about now I could go buy us a pool, but I’m resisting the urge 😉

Summer Reading Tub

Our local library’s summer reading club began last Saturday meaning mandatory summer reading times and weekly trips to the library. With Little Miss’ love for reading I wanted her to have a special place for her library books & papers besides our usual library bag.

So I created a little summer reading tub for her…

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Complete with our local library’s summer reading programs calendar and Little Miss’s reading log for easy viewing without opening the tub.

On the inside you’ll find her weekly book selection, a cup with a pen, bookmarks & our library receipt and card (since Little Miss likes to cart the card around on library days).

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AND on a side note… take a look at Little Miss’ (4yo) book selection- CHAPTER BOOK? EARLY READERS BOOKS? What happened to the short stories, picture books and Dr.Seuss? She loves reading her chapter book with NO pictures every night. I miss my little girl, but so proud of her!

The Summer Reading Tub was featured on Kid’s Activity Blog by Quirky Mama as a great summer survival tip!