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Monday, August 3, 2015

Toddler Activities: Fine Motor and Sensory Skills Part 1

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Can you believe it's already August?? Seriously, is Summer really almost over? I'm not going to lie, though, we had a cloudy day a couple weeks ago (usually we have more in the PNW in the summer time) and I suddenly got excited for the chilly weather of fall. Ya, I really love the rain and totally miss it. 
toddler busy activities perfect for traveling
Anyway, a couple weeks we drove 12 hours to California for our big summer trip. Ok, that really not that far, but with kids...ya know how it is. 

Our kids are really good in the car. They're used to driving 2 hours to visit grandparents, but 12 hours is a lot further than 2 hours. We did a 12 hour trip for last Thanksgiving, so I knew they would be fine, but it was still rough. 

This time round I decided to come up with as many activities as possible that didn't take up much space. Yes, we drove 12 hours with 3 littles in a hondo civic. Are we crazy? probably. Did we survive? somehow and with flying colors. And here's the best part: We didn't break out the DVD player once. I know totally crazy right? I still can't believe it. 

Ok, so we did break up the trip by doing A TON of stopping, but we really wanted to see how long the kids (and us) could make it in the car without any digital assistance before everyone went crazy. Call us crazy, but our parents did it with us as kids so we figured we give it a shot. 

I'll go over details of our trip later, for now, I'm going to share this week some of the activities I scrounged up to keep the little ones busy. 
toddler activities perfect for traveling or quiet time

Multi Cubes
These are actually on loan from my mom. She bought them for me and my siblings when she home schooled us. So, they're probably about 20 years old. I can't find these specific brand for sell, but you can get a set of Math Link Cubes on Amazon for a really great price. These cubes are really awesome. Like so awesome you'll probably find your husband playing with them by himself because he didn't notice the kids had wandered off. 
Activities for toddlers and preschoolers for road trip or quiet time.
You can build 3D objects, string them like beads, match them up by color, etc. I love them because they were  a great hands on activity for both my 2 year old and 4 year old. 
toddler busy activities multi cubes
Yogurt Container and Puff balls 
(no that's not what their called, but that's what we call them)
I saw this some where online and thought it was genius. Sweet Cheeks loves to put things in and out of containers and these little balls were fun to squeeze through the cut out holes. 
activities for traveling or quiet time: yogurt container and fluff balls
Activities for toddlers for traveling: yogurt container and fluff balls
Plus for the car ride I had a dollar store pan for him to pour them out into (which was a great way to keep the puffs contained. 
toddler sensory activities, yogurt container and fluff balls
Stay tuned this week for the rest of the fun activities. 
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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Awesome Harry Potter Giveaway


Have you been following along over at Rae Gun Ramblings Harry Potter Series these past two weeks? You better go check out all the awesome projects, there were at least 50 of them. As the series comes to an end, I'm joining in on an awesome Harry Potter giveaway.

 The fun part is that a lot of the prizes are some of the projects we have seen shared during the series and others are provided by the bloggers! The winner will receive:
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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Picnic Table to Bench

I love a good magic trick; especially the kind that eats away at me because I just can't figure out how on earth they did it. And these picnic tables are totally magic. First it's a table, and than bam (well 5 minutes later because it's not really a magic trick and requires grunt labor) it's a bench. 
picnic table that turns into a bench

Monday, July 20, 2015

Library Bag: Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards & 10+ Vinyl Projects

Have I mentioned that I love reading? Seriously, I start getting itchy if I go to long between a book. Since having kids I don't get much time to read, but I've adapted and get a lot of "reading" done through audio book. Yes, it totally counts. I always try to have one audio book to listen to and one actually book to read. 
library book bag: books turn muggles into wizards

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Water Bottle Bubbles

I can't believe that we are well into July and summer is half way over!! Ahh, time to go into full play mode : ). Today I'm over at Seven Thirty Three Blog sharing these awesome Water Bottle Bubbles. Go on over there and check them out. 

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Monday, July 13, 2015

5 Ingredient Restaurant Style Salsa

To be honest, I'm one of those lazy people who [almost] stops cooking during summer. We usually graze on whatever veggies and fruits we can get our hands on.
5 ingredient restaurant style salsa

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Shark Week: Shark DIY Crafts

In case you didn't know, it's shark week. In this house shark week is every week, in the car, during dinner, and especially during bath time. Captain Awesome is always telling me "mom, drive fast like a mako shark" and when Small One (2 years old) sees a shark he says "duh.....duh...duh....duh". I think he thinks that is what they are actually called. He even does the two note changes. Anyway, in celebration of mans favorite scary water animal, I have rounded up some really scary shark DIY. 
Shark Week: Shark DIY Crafts
Shark Week: Shark DIY Crafts

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