Genius!  Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them.  kids will stay busy for hours.

Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to Cut up pipe-cleaners and place them in a bottle. Use a magnet to manipulate them. kids will stay busy for hours.if not at least 10 minutes!

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!

Sidewalk paint - 1 cup cornstarch, 1 cup water, and food coloring.

DIY Liquid Sidewalk Chalk Paint Ingredients: A muffin tin Paint brushes 1 cup of cornstarch 1 cup of water food coloring Recipe: Mix the cornstarch and water in a small cup or bowl. Pour into muffin tins. Add drops of food coloring to each well

Balloon Ping Pong - great for rainy days

DIY: Balloon Ping Pong - great for rainy days or a party activity! Just glue a paper plate to a craft stick- or even a paint stirrer. And start blowing up balloons!

Summer Activities

For our Summer Activities Jar. 100 free things to do with your kids this summer. Most are too young for my kids, but good ideas.

Activities for ages 1-3

creative activities to do with kids ages To try: Cracking Egg Shells Clean Mud for much older Toddler Body Painting on a Sheet--once Warmer outside Lots of good ideas for older toddlers.

water blob tutorial

How to make a water blob

Swim in OODLES of noodles with a Pool Noodle Bath Pit!  Simple & frugal fun that lends itself to tons of learning activities.  Build, sort, stack, order, graph, pattern, PLAY!

Swim in OODLES of noodles with a Pool Noodle Bath Pit! Simple & frugal fun that lends itself to tons of learning activities. In a tub or kiddie pool

"Each year our kids must choose ten old toys to put in their Santa bags. These must be toys in decent shape that other kids would actually want. We leave the bags under our tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the old toys back to the North Pole to fix them up he leaves new toys in the bag.  Great way to declutter, recycle old toys, and teach the kids about giving.

Each year kids must choose ten old toys to put in their Santa bags. These must be toys in decent shape that other kids would actually want. We leave the bags under our tree on Christmas Eve. Santa takes the old toys back to the North Pole to fix them up.

Crab

Preschool Crafts for Kids This cute little Summer hand print crab craft is perfect for summer camps or a trip to the beach. You just need red pain, hands, paper and a few touches. Kids and parents love hand print crafts and it’s true, you can make anythi

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