Duct Tape Water Bottle Holder

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This DIY patriotic duct tape water bottle holder is perfect for 4th of July parades, hikes or any activity that requires you to stay hydrated. Crafts kids can make are great to keep them busy, especially in the summer.

If you are looking for a last minute 4th of July craft I have one for you today. Easy crafts are always fun for holidays! This duct tape water bottle holder is patriotic and perfect for parades, hikes, parks or water parks. Whatever you love to do on the 4th this craft will be perfect to help keep you hydrated. Around the 4th of July we take a trip to my Aunt and Uncle's Ranch. The kids love being outside riding the horses, investigating and playing with the dogs. We pretty much spend the entire weekend outside. It is hot, which means we are always needing water. It is easier to carry along some water then make the trek to find it. I love freezing my bottles of water at night. During … [Read more...]

4th of July Crafts – Firecracker Crackers

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Firecracker Crackers make fun 4th of July crafts. This is an easy DIY activity while waiting for the food, or use as table decorations or party favors.

Little Chef A LOVES the 4th of July! She learned so much about US history this year that she LOVES anything patriotic. I love it when table decorations serve two purposes. This 4th of July Crafts - Firecracker table decoration can be looked at as well as eaten! It is an easy craft that is fast! I saw the individual ritz cracker packages a few months ago and thought it would be fun to create a firecracker out of them. After a quick trip to the dollar store to add a spray I was off crafting. Supplies Needed: Individual Ritz cracker package Patriotic scrapbook paper Spray from dollar store 5” circle punch Glue/tape Scissors Hole punch Instructions: Look at … [Read more...]

Minion Thank You

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Thank you notes from kids or adults are always welcome. This DIY craft uses a movie theater box of candy which is disguisted as fun minions using paper.

Sometimes I like to thank someone for a kind deed. A quick note or small gift makes the thank you extra special. This Minion Thank You Note is just that - an easy craft that takes just a few minutes to create. Thank you notes with candy are extra special. I love printables, but sometimes I want a craft that isn't a printable. This fun minion thank you note is easy to create and easy to replicate. Minion Thank You Supplies Needed: Yellow card stock Blue card stock Black card stock Wiggly eyes Black sharpie Scissors Movie theater box candy Directions: Measure your movie theater box candy. Add 1" to the length. I like to add 1/4" to the width just to be sure it … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Card – Super Dad Envelope with Candy

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Celebrate Father's Day with this envelope card. Grab the printable, envelope, and any colored paper & favorite candy bar to create this DIY easy kids craft.

Do you remember our Super Dad Father's Day Card? I decided to make another version of it, this time with a candy bar. Sometime kids (mine) like to give a gift not just a card. To them a candy bar counts as a gift. This Father's Day Card Super Dad version is simpler and quicker which makes it an even easier easy craft! Even though we consist of mostly girls in our family we still love comic book characters. Little Chef Dad has made sure to expose my girls as much as he can to super heroes. Because of that I thought it would be fun to tell Dad why he is a Super Hero to them and to let him know what super power he possesses. Materials: Regular size envelope Super Dad envelope … [Read more...]

Father’s Day Card – Super Dad

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Super Dad DIY Father's Day card is easy to put together with a printable and minimal supplies. Kids crafts don't need to be hard.

Father's Day is right around the corner. It's the time of year where we want to find a special way to tell our Dad's why we appreciate them. A personalized father's day card is my favorite because it is an easy craft and easily customized. This year why not tell Dad why he is a Super Dad. The younger kids can draw a picture while the older ones can write a personal message. Super Dad Father's Day Card Materials Needed: Printable card with logo and tie 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 patterned piece of paper Instructions: Fold the patterned piece of paper in half.  Cut starting at the folded edge toward the open edge stopping 1/2" from the edge. Fold the patterned piece of paper in half … [Read more...]

Travel Tips – Snacks and Water

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Traveling with kids is made easier when they are fed and hydrated. Check out these traveling tips (list and how to) for your summer travel road trip.

Spring is when we gear up for car travel. We plan our road trips, wish, dream and hope we can go everywhere we want. I am always searching for more car travel tips to make it easier, like how I pack clothes. Today I want to share my travel tips for snacks and water. Traveling with kids in a car can be hard for many reasons. My first child screamed in the car everywhere we went. Now, 11 years later that same child may scream in the car for other reasons. One thing I have found helpful is to have many snacks ready to throw at them. (Yes, sometimes I do throw them to the back of the car.) If they are well fed and hydrated then most of the time they can be rational. The hard thing … [Read more...]

Travel Tips: Clothes Packing Tips

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My favorite travel tips for packing and organizing come from one item costing $1. It can be used for summer or winter travel.

Do you love to go on family vacations? We do, I do, but the thought of packing makes me want to cry sometimes because it is exhausting. Maybe I plan too much, but that is me. I have found a way to make packing clothes easy when we travel. Packing tips are something I am always searching for. I am have found a way to make finding the right clothes for each kid easy. I can't really categorize it with my easy crafts, but maybe I can, there is a very small creative element. Do you organize your clothes like this? I layout each outfit in a pile with socks and underwear for each day. Each child gets a row. All the columns line up for one day we are gone. I also add another column for a … [Read more...]

Jump Rope Songs Part 2

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Jump rope songs are fun sing in the summer or at school. A great way to incorporate music and fitness. Package with a new jump rope for unique gift ideas.

After printing and putting together a photo book with jump rope songs my girls had some words for me. They did not like some of the versions of the songs and they informed me of other jump rope games they play. I decided to take their suggestions and create part 2 of the jump rope songs. My girls like this version of Ice Cream Soda better. They say it is an updated version. Wow, now I really feel old. School  - this game is played one at a time until a mistake is made. Not only does it require a lot of jumping but it requires even more running. Helicopter is a song I remember, but these are the (updated) words my kids sing at school. Mouse trap is a back and forth … [Read more...]

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DIY Pineapple Keychain

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DIY Pineapple kids crafts keychains for keys or backpacks.

My kids have an event at school where they practice buying things in a different language. We have been involved in this the past 2 years. They are always looking for donations of keychains or similar small items that the kids would enjoy. One year a friend of my daughter made keychains. I thought it was a great easy craft because keychains are something kids can make and mine like putting them on their backpacks. We are going to create some different types of keychains for this school activity. To start out we are creating a pineapple keychain. If you don't have an event like this at your school my kids are always on the lookout for gifts they can make for friends or siblings for birthdays. … [Read more...]

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10 Kiddie Pool Ideas

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10 kiddie pool ideas for summer.

I love buying a toy that can be used for many different things. One such item is a Kiddie Pool. There are so many fun activities you can do with it to keep the kids busy for hours at a time in the summer. Swim! This is the intended use of the pool so add some water and jump in! Splash as much as you want because it's ok if the water gets out of the pool. Buckets and Cups! Add buckets and cups to pour water from one to the other. Of course they will eventually use the bucket to pour the water over their head or a friend's. Make sure you have your camera ready for that fun shot! Boats! Make your own or add boats to race from one side to the other. Bubbles! Add … [Read more...]

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