No Carve Pumpkin Contest

My son started Pre-K in August and his school is having a no-carve pumpkin contest tomorrow. Here are some ideas we are considering. I’m not very creative so we have been looking on Pinterest for ideas.

Oscar the grouch pumpkin. Pumpkin decorating contest. Ping pong ball eyes and painted flower pot trash can.

citrouilles gentilles qui ne font pas peur Halloween

For the ones who love movies and popcorn!

These are very cute and do not look like they require too much creativity. We will be making one tonight hope it comes out cute!

Happy Fathers Day!

Our Fathers Day gifts came out perfect! The boys enjoyed making his gifts, anything that has to do with paint they are all over it. It took a few tries but we finally got it. I feel like they intentionally smeared their handprints just to do it again haha! We always have lots of fun playing with paint.

The boys look up to their daddy and love hanging out with him. Every morning my oldest son asks me “Does daddy have to work today mom?” it breaks my heart when I have to tell him yes. I always explain to Charlie that daddy goes to work so we can buy toys and go to waterparks. I know he is young, but I feel it is important for him to know that we have to work to be able to do all these fun things

Home Made Paint

My boys love to paint and do anything that involves getting messy. So I thought it was so awesome when I came across this recipe to make homemade paint. How awesome it that? I’ll never have to buy kids pain again! I can also make whatever color I want when I want. This paint dries so fast I don’t have to worry about the kids coming back to touch it later and getting dirty again.

Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Ziplock bags
  • Scissors

What to do:

  • Blend 1/2 cup of flour with 1/2 cup of salt. Add 1/2 cup of water…
  • and mix until smooth
  • Divide it up into three sandwich bags and add a few drops of liquid watercolor or food coloring to each bag.

 

Squish them up until it is all mixed pretty good. We had to add a little more water because ours came out a little too thick. We put the paint into Ziplock bags, it made it a lot easier for the kids. I cut the corners off the ziplock bags and let the kids squeeze the paint mixture into your squeeze bottle.

The boys had so much fun making their own paint!

 

 

Home Made Bubbles

I’ve been looking around for more non-candy ideas to put in my boy’s Easter basket! Here is another awesome idea that they would love and use every day, homemade bubbles. Not only will I use this for Easter but probably once a week, my boys love playing with bubbles. Charlie likes to see how many bubbles he can make come out at once, and he likes to catch two bubbles and make the connect.

Simple Homemade Bubble Solution:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of dish soap

Simply mix the ingredients together until the sugar is totally dissolved.  Then, after done playing, store in an air-tight container.

The next recipe requires an ingredient that is a bit more “rare”, but the bubbles from this solution are a bit better, but, like I said, they weren’t terrible with the first recipe.

Little Less Simple Homemade Bubble Solution

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 Tablespoons dish soap or laundry soap
  • 1 Tablespoon Glycerin
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

Once again, simply mix the ingredients together until all of the sugar is completely dissolved.  Then, once you are done using it, store it in an air-tight container.

make your own bubble solution

 

Rock Painting

One day I saw a few posts on a friends facebook page about rocks being painted and hidden, or they can hide that same rock in a different location. This was an ongoing thing around the city parks and any business that would like to take part. I thought it was an awesome idea, and a great project for the kids to do. I thought to myself, I would love to do this with the kids but, the only problem was they were doing this in a bigger city about 2 hours away from us.  I talked about this awesome rock painting for weeks and wished we could do something like that in our city. I even considered making a day trip to visit and go rock hunting.

  

One weekend we decided to visit my in-laws at their condo in Rockport, and the kids wanted to go to the play at the park. My in-laws suggested Memorial Park, they’ve tons of great things about this park and that they have a really nice play area. Once we arrived at the park the kids jumped out of the car and started running with excitement, they had a jungle gym, rocks to climb, and cool two-person swings. The kids were running around wanting to try everything, so we just followed behind. As we strolled around waiting till they were ready to go to the next area, my husband called me over to a tree he was standing next to. As I’m getting closer he tells me to look at the tree, and to my surprise, I see a painted rock!!! I was so excited, I called the kids over to look at it! Charlie thought it was the coolest thing to find a painted rock in the park.

Now that we have found a painted rock, we decided to keep it and paint a new rock then hide it at a later date. As we walk along the trails we found a few more rocks, these were a little harder to find, but the challenge was fun! This has started our never-ending hunt for painted rocks! Everywhere we go Charlie says “mom you think they have painted rocks here?” surprisingly, we found a few rocks in our home city, thanks to Charlie always being on the hunt!

 

Pottery Wheel

I purchased this pottery wheel on sale at Walmart and my boys love it. It is probably a little too old for them but whatever keeps them entertained and happy. I like to help do everything so I cut the packages open and let them take it out and set it up like the picture on the box. I like to read the instructions before we start, and this makes them antsy but they played with all the tools while they waited. The box said we need 4D batteries so once we found those we were good to go.

Once 4D batteries were found we were able to set up everything. Thankfully we found exactly what we needed if not there would have been two very upset boys in the house. I made the clay a uniform texture by wedging the clay, pushed it down and out with the heels of my hands several times. When the clay was ready and free of air pockets I let the boys take over and just told them what to do.

  1. make the clay into a ball
  2. wet your hands and your ball of clay
  3. place the ball of clay in the middle of the plate
  4. make a hole in the center of the ball to make a bowl (I helped a little here)
  5. place the red tool (pottery guide) around the bowl of clay                                                            (Tip: First coat the pottery guide with water/clay mixture (we forgot to do this part)
  6. turn pottery wheel on and put hands in clay form a deeper hole

I think everything was pretty good considering this was our first time trying the pottery wheel out, we forgot to coat pottery guide to help remove the bowl but it was still fun! They liked to watch the wheel spin even when we weren’t using it and they enjoyed playing with the clay because it made their hands dirty. Overall this was a great buy and best of all there was enough clay to do it about 10 more times. The boys loved everything about the pottery wheel!

Arts and crafts day!

I have two boys, one who is 4 years old and the other who is about to be 2 years old next month. My boys are very active and are always looking for something to get into. Well, today it is 27 degrees outside (which is foreign to us Texas folks!) and the boys are itching to get into something. To top it off it has now begun to sleet and my car doors are frozen shut. This pretty much eliminated any road trips to our local Chuck E Cheese or any backyard games. So, without any other options, today is an arts and crafts day.  We have participated in a few crafts today already but the boys seemed to enjoy Fluffy Paint the most. I thought this would be a good opportunity to share this with other mothers out there that may be dealing with an icy cold day!

 

 

 

To begin, we started our day by making fluffy paint to color our coloring sheets. The kids loved to help get everything ready, which was a fun challenge in itself with their attention span! We started by getting all the necessary supplies which are listed below.

Supplies:

3 cups

glue

shaving cream

food coloring

craft sticks

I began by having Charlie about poor about 3 blobs of glue into each cup. When that was completed he put shaving cream on top of the glue and let Ivan pour a few drops of food coloring in each cup. I gave them each a cup to mix all the ingredients with by utilizing a craft stick. I assisted by mixing the other cup because the boys would fight if one got to do two and the other only did one. Once mixed, we had to add a few more drops of food coloring in each cup because it looked a little too light in color. Once we found the right mixture it turned out perfect! This was our first time making Fluffy Paint, and they both enjoyed gathering the supplies and painting with it. The fun continued for about 30 min to an hour or so and neither moved from the table. It is almost impossible to keep these two still for this long so I have to give a lot of credit to Fluffy Paint.