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Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

February 23, 2017 at 3:00 PM • Posted in Creative FunNo comments yet

Howdy, Kansas City! Spring is almost in the air and while you’re prepping for some more of the weather we had earlier in the week, maybe try out this fun craft from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy. Her kiddos and her made these awesome DIY Bird Feeders. Great for a fun activity or adorable gift on Mother’s Day. Take a look…

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

When that groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter, he must not have meant Kansas City. The weather lately has been gorgeous! We all keep talking about it, and I will keep talking about it because although it is February, it feels downright spring-like and I am giddy for spring!

February is National Bird Feeding month. I’ll be honest, I am not generally thinking about birds in February. This year though, my family has been spending a ton of time outdoors. It has been great because it has us really thinking about what we’d like to accomplish in our yard this spring. One thing we all would enjoy is some lovely bird watching. I knew I wanted to add some bird feeders to the yard, and I really wanted it to be a fun craft the whole family could get in on. When I looked up DIY birdhouses and feeders though, there was a lot to be desired. Many were way too tough for my kids, or only involved painting a premade house. I ended up working together a couple examples I found, and I think our bird feeders turned out fantastic!

To make these birdfeeders you will need:

  • Rope (pay attention to thickness; you want it to fill the holes in the pots)
  • Drill with masonry drill bit
  • Terra Cotta pots (1 per feeder)
  • Terra Cotta saucers (2 per feeder)
  • Acrylic paint
  • Clear spray sealant
  • Birdseed

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

I picked up some pots and saucers from my nearby home improvement store. You can pick whatever size pot you want, but the saucers need to fit the pot well. One for the lid, and one for the dish, large enough for birds to perch on. My large pot was actually an orchid pot and already had three holes around the base, as well as one on the bottom, so I did not need to drill it at all. The other two pots needed holes drilled around the base for the birdseed to come out. Each saucer needs a hole in the center, to string all the parts together.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

After the holes were drilled. I washed and dried all of the pottery to remove any dust. Once dry, it’s time to paint. When looking up bird feeders, I found a lot of examples where people made fountains out of clay pots and they painted and sealed all areas of their pottery. I was worried though about the materials breaking down over time and what that may do to the birds, so we did not paint, nor spray sealer, anywhere the seeds would be. So, we only painted the outside of the pot, the top of the lid and the bottom of the dish. I put a bit of tape on the areas we did not want paint to help the kids to remember. After the paint dries completely, spray with sealant outside. I did a couple light coats, and the pieces were ready to handle in just 30 minutes.

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

The kids and I worked together to string all of the pieces onto a rope. At the bottom I tied a knot using the same technique I use on the girls’ bead necklaces. I made a loop and wrapped the end three times through the loop before pulling it tight. Allow enough rope on top to tie to the tree. If your rope isn’t thick enough and the pieces are too wobbly, or the seed falls out, fill with some hot glue (not the lid).

 

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

 

DO NOT FILL WITH BIRDSEED UNTIL YOU HAVE HUNG IT UP. These are not super sturdy and took two people to fill. I held the pot level while my daughter lifted the lip and poured in the birdseed. I’m hoping the fact that they’re a little precarious will keep squirrels and my cats off of them. I don’t think the little birds we usually have around will weigh enough to disturb the pot. I will keep you posted though!

Crafting for Spring: Check Out This DIY Bird Feeder

These were very fun to make and are so cute in the tree. I love that they were easy to make (it only took one afternoon) and they are easy to refill. If you don’t have time to make these for National Bird Feeding Month, they would still make a fun Earth Day activity or a very cute Mother’s Day or Grandparent’s Day gift. I am planning how to paint my next one already!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

February 1, 2017 at 6:31 PM • Posted in Creative Fun, HolidayComments Off on 28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

It’s officially February and love is in the air. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, you may be scrambling for ideas of what to do for your honey. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Leah, has some great ideas of how to make your significant other feel special this time of year. Check it out…

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28 Ways to Show Your Valentine You Care

#1 Have a stay-in date night

You could Netflix a romantic comedy, grab the air mattress and put it in the living room, make a huge fort, light candles, have a pillow fight, look at photo albums together , pull out items you may have collected of places you have went together over the years,etc.

 

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#2 Recreate your favorite restaurant in your own home… have the kids be your “servers/ waiters”, have them hand write the menus, use their art work for place mates, light candles, have the whole family dress up, play romantic music or make a play list of “your songs”, slow dance, and exchange homemade cards.

#3 Make your partner breakfast or dinner in bed- Who wouldn’t like that?

#4 Drop off your partner and or kids their favorite meal at their work / school- make sure you include a heartfelt note <3.

#5 Make a scrapbook filled with photos and memorabilia

#6 Print out screenshots of your cutest text messages they probably forgot about- You could either make a book out of them, or hang them up around the house for them to find.

#7 Surprise them with an indoor picnic

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#8 Leave surprise notes in their car along with some of their favorite snacks

#9 Fill up their gas tank – You could clean out their car for them too!

#10 Make or order a heart-shaped pizza

#11 Send them a flirtatious text or email

#12 Wear their favorite outfit and send them a picture of you wearing it- say something like, “I am so lucky to have you. I can’t wait to see you tonight.” Or “You make our lives better. Thank you for everything you do for us.”

#13 Take a bath or shower together – or join them while they are in the shower… 😉

#14 Re-create your first date- I personally would melt if someone did this for me!

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#15 Make them a list of all the reasons why you love them- make it very detailed and include things you may not say to them all of them. Don’t just say I love your humor…. Tell them why or how they make you laugh… Include specific examples

#16 Take a whole day without being on your phone! Just be in the moment….

#17 Make them their favorite dessert

#18 Mail your in laws a card and tell them what you love about their son / daughter… thank them for raising such a great man/ woman.

#19 Have the whole family make each other cards and include what you love about each other

#20 Complete another “chore” your partner usually tackles

#21 Book a couple’s massage

#22 Have their favorite take-out delivered to the office, and pre-pay, of course.

#23 Hire a maid to come and clean the house.

#24 Surprise them with tickets to their favorite band, sports team, or movie they have been wanting to go to.

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#25 Take their car to have it serviced – get the oil changed, have it detailed, get new tires, etc.

#26 Book them a visit to the spa or their favorite hair dresser.

#27 Plan an outing with them and their closest friends while you stay at home and watch the kids.

#28 Grab them for no reason at all and kiss them passionately.

 

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From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game

January 20, 2017 at 9:50 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Mom FunComments Off on Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique Baby Shower Game

It’s Friday, Kansas City! Do any of you have a pregnant friend or family member in your life? Maybe you’re planning a shower for them in the upcoming months. Well, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has a great baby shower game that puts a little spin on the traditional shower game. Take a look!

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Mix Up Tradition with This Fun & Unique
Baby Shower Game

 

 

As much as we all groan at the thought of baby shower games, they do serve a good purpose. In a room full of people who don’t always know each other, a game is a good icebreaker and adds something to the agenda besides just opening gifts.

 

When my husband’s cousins and I threw a baby shower last weekend for our cousin-in-law (is that an official family tree title?), I was nominated to come up with a game. Challenge accepted.

 

Most of our friends have had kids by now so I’ve been to my fair share of showers (including my own), so I’m very familiar with some of the more popular baby shower games that are on heavy rotation in the baby shower world, so I really wanted to bring something new to the party and (spoiler alert..) mix things up.

 

I was inspired by the fact that the parents-to-be did not know the sex of their baby yet. So I decided we would play a game where we not only revealed the baby’s sex, also but got to sneak a peek of what this baby would look like.

 

Here’s what you’ll need

 

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Pink and blue construction paper

Tape and scissors

Headshot of mom-to-be

Headshot of dad-to-be

Headshot of the “milkman” who looks nothing like the dad-to-be (optional)

Rent a Prize Wheel

 

How to prepare ahead of time

 

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  • Cut the headshots horizontally nearly all the way so facial features (hair, forehead, eyes, nose, lips and chin) can all be easily separated.

 

  • Alternate the mom-to-be and dad-to-be names on the prize wheel. For extra fun, make one section “Milkman.”


How to play

 

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Starting with hair and working down to chin, have a host announce a facial feature and have the mom-to-be spin the wheel to see whose feature the baby will have, mom’s, dad’s or the milkman’s.

 

Once the baby’s face has been built, spin one last time to see what sex the baby will be and use the construction paper to create a blanket around the “baby’s” head.

 

This game provided lots of laughs and lots of fun as we all got a sneak peek at the baby.

 

Pro Tips:

 

The Prize Wheel makes a great conversation topic at the party and gives the game a very fun Price Is Right feel, but if you don’t want to rent one, you can still play this game by rolling dice (pre-selecting numbers for mom and dad) or simply drawing names from a hat.

 

Get the dad-to-be to hook you up with headshots of them both before the party. This couple had amazing shots of their wedding but it would work just as well for them to send you shots taken on their phones.

 

Send mom home with the picture of her “baby” as a fun memory for her baby book.

 

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com/blog.

 

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend

January 14, 2017 at 1:44 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on 10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend

As most of us are gearing up for the Chiefs game and staying in to wait out the ice storm, you may be planning your next outing with your significant other. Our Mom Squad Ambassador has a great list of easy and fun date night ideas to blow that cabin fever away. Check it out…

 

10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend

 

10 Simple & Fun Date Night Ideas For This Weekend

 

Date nights can be kind of stressful. You may have kids to plan around, work schedules that may have you running around for more than 12 hours a day and just a lot of things that seem to happen at the worst time. So when you plan your next date night, try these simple ideas to avoid the added stress of planning!

#1 Date at Home

I know this probably doesn’t seem like a “go to” idea, but when the kids are out of the house, it is perfect! You can still dress up, get amazing takeout and enjoy each other’s time. Plus you can stay up late and not have to worry about commuting back home.

#2 Museums

Museums are a great place for a date. You can explore new and old treasures, get to know each other while walking around plus they are FREE!

#3 Sip &Paint

Sip and paints are the latest craze in outings. These are classes allow you drink and paint in light friendly atmosphere. Plus, it gives you a gift to give each other at the end of the night!

#4 Dance Class

Taking a dance class is something most adults don’t do on a daily basis. So taking a class that lets you take down your hair and loosen up for the night will help you relieve stress from your week and pretty much guarantee a night of laughs.

#5 Walks in the park

This may sound like a typical scene from a RomCom, but there is so much to see in a park. Plus if you are walking you are probably not being distracted with your phone or social media ( unless it’s iFamilyKC then you are ok lol).

#6 PubCrawl

This may sound out there but a good pub crawl is so easy you really only need one plan. When and what time are we meeting? Once you get to where you are, you can check out other places, get some food and hear some music. You don’t have to worry about reservations, dress codes or having to wait for an open table.

#7 Events

Local events are great! You can enjoy music, poets or your favorite sports teams. Plus it will give you plenty to talk about after words too.

#8 Traditional dinner

If you like having something set in stone and not too stressful, make a quick reservation at your favorite place!

#9 Playing Games

Playing games is also a great idea for having date night at home or with a group! There are so many games out there, all you have to do is pick one up or pull out a deck of cards. Have a competitive team game? Try girls vs guys for some friendly competition!

#10 Wine Tasting

Take a tour of a winery and try some out! If you are too busy or tiered to plan something then a wine tasting is perfect! Let the guides do all the talking and planning. You just show up, look around and have a few drinks and snacks! Simple as that.

I hope you find these ideas helpful when planning your next date night!

From iFamily to Yours,

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

January 12, 2017 at 9:33 AM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on 10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

Hello, Kansas City! As we all prepare for the impending ice storm, many of us will be inside surrounded by our families. To keep you and yours from going completely stir crazy, why not settle in for a good ol’ fashioned family game night? Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette, gives her family’s 10 top favorite games to play on those nights where you want (or have) to stay in. Check it out!

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

I love a good family game night! Snacks, laughs and memories are always present and a guaranteed fun time! Family game night is a great way to connect and challenge those in your family, especially the younger ones!
I wanted to share with you my top 10 favorite games that I grew up with or that I play with my family! So here they are! (in no particular order lol)

 

1. Heads Up

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This game is super fun! You can use the app or buy the box game at most retailers. We use the app (free) and let me tell you this, it gets pretty serious! After you pick a category, the other players on your team will give you clues and you must answer as many as you can before time is up!

 

2. Spoons

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This game is another game that gets serious lol. Placing 1 less spoon than there are players in the circle, the dealer passes out 4 cards. Everyone passes one card to the left simultaneously, the dealer draws one card and the person right of the dealer discards one into a separate pile. The goal is to get 4 of a kind (4 aces, 4 queens etc.). Once you have your 4 pick up a spoon or if someone else grabs a spoon quickly grab one! You don’t want to be the last one to grab a spoon!

 

3. Life

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

My kids love playing Life. Giving them the option to choose their own paths lead to pretty interesting outcomes!

 

4. Uno

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

Another game that gets serious in my family! Now that I think about we may take games a little too serious lol. Uno is a classic game that just about anyone can play! Just remember this, trust no one in UNO! No alliance is bigger than a draw four!

 

5. Family Feud

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

You can buy this game at most retailers. We love the show and while this may not be as fun as the show or Steve Harvey, we still have a good time.

 

6. Mad Gab

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is guaranteed to get you thinking. Players read cards with random words on them and when they read them out loud, you try to guess what they are saying. Example, “Wander Her Womb Hen” that would sound like Wonder Woman. This game is such a fun one!

 

7. Catchphrase

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is very similar to Heads Up. The only thing that is different is going fast so you don’t end up with the device! The team that doesn’t have the device when the timer goes off gets the point!

 

8. Minute To Win It

 

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

This is where you can get really creative! Think of small tasks like trying to get a cookie from your forehead to your mouth with no hands, and try to complete it in less than a minute! This game really has no rules so you can do whatever you want! Just make sure it’s less than a minute.

 

9. Phase 10

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

This game is perfect for older kids or for those that like a challenge. This deck comes with a phase list. Each phase has a different requirement. The first one to get all the Phases wins! You can also find this at most retailers.

 

10.Go Fish

10 Fun Games for a Great Family Game Night

 

If you have younger kids, this will be one of their favorites! I know my kids love it! Instead of using number cards, opt for the themed ones. Most stores have them for $1!
I hope these games will give you some ideas for your next Family Game Night! What are some of your favorites? Share with us in the comments!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

Check Out This Easy Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

January 10, 2017 at 2:55 PM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on Check Out This Easy Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

Hello, Kansas City! We’re on our way through January, and some of us are still recovering the craziness of the holiday season. January offers a lot of motivation to start the year off on a good foot, but also gives us all an opportunity to wind down from the previous season. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, shares her low-key, free, and easy remedy to renew yourself and spend some time with the family. Check it out!

Check Out This Easy (and FREE) Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

Check Out This Easy Way to Wind Down from the Holidays

 

After a month of marathon shopping, cleaning, cooking and hosting duties, I said farewell to my final group of holiday visitors Sunday morning and spent the rest of the day sick in bed. At first, I was so frustrated. Feeling ill was not how wanted to finish off my weekend. Around noon, my eldest daughter came in to check on me and asked if I’d like to watch a movie. I agreed and we spent the rest of the day in bed burning through Netflix and munching on crackers. She told me it was the best day and I had to agree.

The funny thing about the holidays, is that I ran myself ragged for my family and spent a lot of time with extended family, but my kids and I did not get much one-on-one time. It’s ironic really, that we spend so much time making the holidays magical for our kids, but we may just be missing the mark.

After weeks of parties and gifts and playdates, my daughter’s favorite thing was hanging out and watching movies with me. Now I’m sure a part of that was in its uniqueness. A nagging part of my mom brain worried about screen time several times, but I let it go and I’m glad I did. It was a really fun day and one that didn’t cost a thing.

It reminded me of another thought I had the other day. My mom was commenting on how quickly time goes by, and it does- for adults anyway. Commenting on the speed of time is one of my mother’s favorite things to note and in agreeing with her now, I remembered that I didn’t always. I remember when I was a kid and the days seemed long and a school year felt like forever. In the hustle and bustle of getting through our weeks and months- we may be once again missing something.

Perhaps kid years are a bit like dog years in that there’s less to mark time and so they’re just on a different scale. Maybe when I think to myself ‘twice a month I have this moment with my child and that is a lot,’ really isn’t true. It’s certainly something to consider. And I hope to find more time in my schedule for lazy hang outs and focusing completely on my time with my kids. Apparently, those are our best days.

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25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break

December 8, 2016 at 8:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, HolidayComments Off on 25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this Winter Break

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25 Activities to Keep Your Kids Engaged this
Winter Break

 

Winter break to parents mean one thing NO SCHOOL! And if you don’t have a plans, cabin fever can kick in pretty early. So, this winter break, keep the kiddos entertained, save some money and have a great break.

 

Here are a few things you can do anywhere!

 

#1 Build a snowman

Most of the time there is snow on the ground so why not play in it!? Get all bundled up and head out side to build your own Olaf or snowman. No snow? No problem! Make your own indoor snow with baking soda and white hair conditioner!

 

#2 Have a family talent show

If it’s TOO cold to go outside, have a family talent show. My kids love, love, love America’s Got Talent so they are always up to show what they can do! Let the kids practice during the day and after dinner let the show begin!

 

#3 Have a movie marathon

If I could, I would watch Netflix all day! There are so many different movies and shows available it would probably take years to watch everything! So make a list of the ones you want to see, grab some snacks and enjoy!

 

#4 Have a scavenger hunt inside

What kid doesn’t like a game where you seek hidden treasures?! Make a list of little toys, random items or shapes and let the kids explore around the house!

 

#5 Go ice skating

NEED I SAY MORE?

 

#6 Game night

Pull out the classics, make your own or play some of your kids! There are so many games out now, you can have game night often!

 

#7 DIY night

Hooray for Pinterest lol! You could lose yourself in so many different crafts it’s unreal! Pick a theme and once everyone is done, you can even put on an art show!

 

#8 Have a slumber party

Turn your front room into a fort and let your kiddos imaginations run wild! Or if you don’t want to risk losing a night of sleep, wear your pajamas during the day and make little beds in the front room.

 

#9 Redecorate rooms/home

When the kids are older, this one is definitely a go to! They can help with heavy lifting, deep cleaning and even give you a break by decorating their own space.

 

#10 Make a special brunch

Brunch is my favorite so why not make a special one during their winter break! They can invite their friends and you can invite yours! Really feeling hum drum during the break? Make it special with unique invites and dress up!

 

#11 Snowball fight

This one in my opinion is more for the kids themselves lol. Let them burn off some energy with a friendly snowball fight in the yard.

 

#12 Visit a museum

This is probably one of my favorite things to do! Most museums are free and have tons of cool stuff that will keep everyone happy. Check your closest museum for special kid activities, they are sure to have plenty during the winter time!

 

#13 Go sledding

Like having a snow ball fight, this is one activity that is sure to use up that extra energy! I mean they are basically running up hills! HAHAHA

 

#14 Bake cookies

Baking can make your day go by so fast! Plan to make a few different items, play some music and fill your home with sweet smells! Plus the littles love using cookie cutters!

 

#15 Visit distant family members

One sure way to avoid cabin fever is taking trips! Long or short, a change of scenery will keep the entire family pleased!

 

#16 Karaoke party

We love music in my family so we are always singing! So why not take it up a notch and invite some family or close friends over!

 

#17 Read your favorite childhood books

This one is more for me than the kids lol. I love reading classic books I grew up with to my kids. Plus the looks on their face when they hear a new book is always a great feeling.

 

#18 Go to a sport event

Just about every major city has some form of sports team. NFL, NBA, MLB, Arena or Semi- Pro. If you aren’t sure, just look your city up, google knows everything!

 

#19 See a musical or play

There are always special plays or musicals that come to town around this time of year so the pickins aren’t slim!

TIP: want to cut costs on those expensive play tickets, call your local box office and ask for group rates! Get the whole family or group of friends involved so you won’t have to pay as much.

 

#20 Have a dance party

Sometimes you just gotta dance! Forget the dishes, stop folding laundry or whatever chore you have and spend 10 minutes just dancing! You will feel more relaxed and the kiddos while get a break from “boredom.”

 

#21 Invite family friends over that have kids

Play dates are a win win. You can still do an activity with your kids but also have adult to talk to! Everyone is happy!

 

#22 Visit the library

Another favorite thing to do is visit the library! They always have family activities that are educational as well! Plus it’s FREE!

 

#23 Update family photos

Winter break is the perfect time to update those family photos. There are no after school activities, no homework to do and you have more time throughout the day to get the whole family picture ready. Plus, they are usually ready in time for when they go back to school!

 

#24 Go shopping

Taking the kiddos shopping is always eye opening even if it’s only window shopping. You find out what they like, dislike and can even get some ideas for birthday presents!

 

#25 Learn about other countries and what they do in winter

The world is a big place, and whatever you are doing, someone may be doing the complete opposite. Research and discover what other countries are like during winter!

 

As your kids get ready for winter break, I hope these tips give you some ideas on what you and your kiddos can do for a fantastic break!

 

From iFamily to Yours,

brigettev8

 

 

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Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

December 2, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative Fun, Holiday1 Comment

Happy Friday, Kansas City! Winter and December are some of the best times for crafting. And although Pinterest makes crafting seem insanely intricate, our Mom Squad Ambassador, Darcy, has an easy (and inexpensive!) winter art activity that absolutely anyone can do. Check it out!

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Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

 

I don’t know about you, but one of the big challenges I face every holiday is keeping the kids busy and entertained while the adults cook and clean. A few years ago I picked up some placemats for the kids to color as we did the cooking. Within minutes, all the kids (and several adults) were happily coloring for close to an hour. It was a great help and now I try to come up with a fun art activity for the family. It can be difficult because there is a huge age range and skill variant. Also, since we often travel, I don’t want to have to bring too many supplies. This Thanksgiving we gathered around for a winter themed painting and it totally fit the bill. It was cheap, easy and kept everyone entertained.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Canvas
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • White paint
  • Blue paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Paper plates
  • Permanent markers (optional) 

 

Steps:

  1. Cut tape and apply it to the canvas creating snowflake designs (some of us looked up ideas online, some just winged it).
  2. Once you’re happy with your placement, run a finger over the edges trying to give the tape as good of a seal as possible.
  3. Squirt some white and blue paint onto a paper plate. Mix the colors as much as you want while painting over your entire canvas.
  4. After the paint dries, peel off the tape.
  5. If you’d like, you can outline your snowflakes with marker.

 

 

I picked up some canvases that were on clearance, they were about $1 a piece. I then dug out some painter’s tape. Unfortunately, we only had the very wide tape, so I spent some time cutting it into thinner strips. I went ahead and made a simple snowflake design for my 2 year old niece, but everyone else made their own. We had an age range of 4-59. It was interesting to see what everyone came up with when making their designs. This was a fun and easy craft. People could put as much time and effort into it as they wanted.

The toughest part was waiting for the paint to dry before peeling the tape. It was kind of nice though because it gave us some down time to do other things and pick up our mess. The kids all peeled off the tape easily. There was some bleeding, which some of us minded and some of us didn’t. If you want crisper lines, you can outline with marker. We used a black sharpie, but I think a silver marker would have looked nice too. If you are looking for a fun art project, I hope you’ll give this one a try and I hope you and your family have as much fun as we did!

 

Check Out This Easy & Inexpensive Winter Art Activity

 

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A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

November 15, 2016 at 2:00 PM • Posted in Creative Fun, HolidayComments Off on A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

Hellooooo, Kansas City! Thanksgiving is a little over a week away, and it’s a great time to sit down with our kiddos and invest some creative time with them. Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Becky, has an adorable (and EASY) Thanksgiving craft that’s perfect for all ages. Check it out!

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

 

I really love fall but I really do not like the end of daylight savings time. Getting home from work and school when it’s already dark is depressing and really limits our evening activities since we’re stuck indoors. This week we played a board game, brought up a box of band instruments (I’ve had smarter ideas) and did a cute little family craft to add to our Thanksgiving decorations. These handprint turkeys are a quick and easy and reminder that “family” is high on the thankful list.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

A Hands-on Thanksgiving Craft for the Entire Family

 

Construction paper in fall colors (one sheet for each member of your family)

Glue

Scissors

Pencil

Googly eyes (optional)

 

Here’s what you do:

10 Simple Things to do on Thanksgiving Day!

 

 

  1. Have everyone in your family select their favorite color paper
  2. Help everyone trace one hand.
  3. Help everyone cut out their traced hand.
  4. Have the kids order the hands largest to smallest.
  5. Glue each hand on top of each other, the largest hand should be on the bottom and the smallest hand should be on the top
  6. Add a gobble chin thing (what are those called) on your turkey and an eye.
  7. Just so there’s no guessing down the road, be sure to write the year on the back.

 

 

Becky Ervin is a creative director, mother of three and blogs at PartyBoxKC.com.

 

From iFamily to Yours,iFamMomSqdBeckyV2

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How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

November 7, 2016 at 10:00 AM • Posted in Creative FunComments Off on How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids!

 

 

The big presidential election is coming up in less than a week on November 8th, 2016. I wanted to find a way to get my daughter involved in the election and voting process so I decided to hold a mock election! She was very interested in learning about voting and about our country’s democracy! Check out what we did on our Mock Election Night!

 

First, we checked out some books at the library about voting and presidents. We picked a few pages out of each book to read. The books we chose were Political Elections, The People Pick A President, and Rightfully Ours: How Women Won the Vote. Other recommended pictures books for kids include: Grace for President, Monster Needs Your Vote, and If I Ran for President.

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Next, we created a simple ballot box out of a tissue box, construction paper, glitter, and stencils! My daughter was very excited about this part!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Then, we set up a makeshift voting booth and station. Our puppet show worked perfectly for a voting booth!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

We found these super cute ballots, registration cards, and “I Voted” stickers to add to our fun! You can download and print these for FREE.

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

Lastly, we cast our vote for President of the United States!

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

 

She was so proud to have voted and was excited to find out the results! By a landslide victory, we declared our winner and had a little celebratory dance around the living room!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

One of the books we read discussed how as a high school student you can run for class president. And I am so proud to say, without missing a beat, my 7 year old daughter replied, “Or I could just run for president!”

 

There are tons of activities and resources online to get your kids involved in the voting and election process. On election night we plan on turning on the tv to see if our winner is declared the President of the United States! As an extra fun thing to do, I plan on making some fun red, white and blue fruit skewers with marshmallows, blueberries, and raspberries!

 

This is one simple way to teach your kids about the process of voting and elections in America. How have you involved your kids in the election? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

 

How to Host a Mock Election for Kids

 

From iFamily to Yours,

iFamMomSqdErinV2

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