Paint in ziplock bags, taped to table. Great distraction, no mess.
Fun idea for new parents: whiteboard with white frame. For milestones, date the corner. You can always remember exactly what they looked liked when all those things happened. fun idea.
Put your son's toy cars in a shadowbox after he has outgrown them. Must remember this!
Sidewalk chalk paint is so much cooler than regular old sidewalk chalk! And it’s crazy easy to make! It’s simply 1 part cornstarch to 1 part water + food coloring
Do everything without whining, complaining or arguing. Every one has their own jar. Start off the week with a set amount of quarters in each jar. If they are caught whining or complaining, they lose a quarter. At the end of the week, they get the money that's left or you could put it towards an activity.
This women is genius! A list of daily morning activities/tasks for the kids during summer break to keep their bodies and brains active and their house clean. Amazing... and just in time for Summer!!!
stop yelling and start making them responsible
Graduation gift idea: every time your child gets an A, put a dollar in their jar. When they graduate high school, give them the jar with all their "A Money"
how to make your own PORTABLE water-colour pages for kids (the trick is to let the dots of paint dry overnight, then just with a water and a paintbrush they make the page come to life!)
A lot of these help kids manage new responsibilities at school!
Positive reinforcement - Put a cotton ball, marble, pom-pom, etc. in every time you catch your child being good. Do something special when it's full.
Soap Mud! Soap mud is a soft, foamy, glorious goop, which is wonderful for squeezing and squishing with hands and feet! It is often referred to as "clean mud" as it really does have the feeling of warm, wet mud, but is made from soap and therefore leaves your children smelling delicious!
Makeshift Cars for Drive in Movie Night *no instructions too sweet!!
Great website that lets you read children's books online. 227 different books to choose from.