Paint in ziplock bags, taped to table. Great distraction, no mess!

I kinda like the mess, but some days this might be a quick and easy way.Mess-free finger painting-Paint in ziplock bags, taped to table. Great distraction, no mess!

Marble Races with a cheap pool noodle (boys would be occupied for hours.)

Marble Races with a cheap pool noodle (keep kids occupied for hours. Jack loves to play with marbles.I will have to get into the pool stuff and cut a noodle in half

Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals and whatnot...SO much fun!

How to keep a child busy for hours in the summer: DIY: Giant Ice Cube Awesomeness - filled with plastic animals, dinos, and such. And I'm sure you could put in food dye before its frozen to color it like the ice block in the photo.

B-day question list

{Birthday Interview} A great idea for kids birthdays to ask the same 20 questions every year and then give it to them when they're older.

better than kids getting paid for regular chores. And not forcing them to do it, whichever kid wants the money will do it.

Chore System for the Kids, Customizable Chore Chart, and my favorite idea - Work for Hire. Great way for kids to earn a little extra money doing the chores that I don't like doing myself.

Spider web game. Use painter's tape to make the web and have the kids throw wads of paper at it to see if they can get it to stick.

A Sticky Spider Web Activity for Kids - hands on : as we grow

Spider web game for rainy days. Use painter's tape to make the web and have the kids throw wads of paper at it to see if they can get it to stick.

I am pinning this so that I remember to have the tooth fairy leave tiny notes for my kids...  :)

A little note from the tooth fairy. so cute. my mom didn't have the envelope, but she wrote (in extremely small letters) a note from the tooth fairy. it was so cool to find as a kid.

Decide how many more bites of dinner your child has to eat before being excused. Let your child roll so he’s the one in control.  -  Do you have any tips on getting kids to finish their meal?

New Uses for Old Things: Kids Edition

Dice as Vegetable Counter Decide how many more bites of dinner your child has to eat before being excused. Let your child roll so he’s the one controlling his fate. You'll end up with a more peas-ful family meal. {totally a great idea for a picky eater!

for future reference- Dye the toilet water with red or blue food coloring -- when he/she goes potty it will change color to orange or green, turning potty training into a game.

Potty-Training Incentives that Work!

for future reference- Dye the toilet water with red or blue food coloring -- when he/she goes potty it will change color to orange or green, turning potty training into a game. PLUS, 12 other potty training incentives!

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