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replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #trampoline, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

Here is a quick and easy safety tip that can be done on a budget…. Replace A Worn Out Trampoline Safety Pad With Pool Noodles .  Plus it looks really cool, I love how the bright colors POP and make the trampoli look bright and cheerful.

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We have had a trampoline for a few years now and I think we take pretty good care of it.  We take it down for the winter, and try to avoid the kids “abusing” it.  Unfortunately, I can’t say the same thing for the weather!  All it took was a few bad wind storms last year and the poor net and safety pad were trash!  I am sure I am not the only one who got pinched by a trampoline spring or two as a kid. It doesn’t feel good!  I was hoping to avoid that with my kids. Since I am thrifty, I didn’t want to spend a lot on a replacement.  These pool noodles were from the dollar store.  I bought 10 but only ended up needing 9.  Can’t beat $9!  Not to mention, I think it looks fun and brightens up the back yard!

You will need:

Pool noodles

box cutter

A tool to remove the springs (we got one with our trampoline that we saved. but I found a replacement here for super inexpensive if you need one!)

Begin by measuring your spring and deciding what length you would like your sections to be.  Then measure and cut your pool noodles into as many sections as it will provide.  You will probably end up with little pieces off the ends, save them, they will work for summertime crafts for the kids!

Once you have them all cut, it is time to put them over the springs. Using your nifty tool, remove one spring at a time, sliding the pool noodle onto the spring before replacing it.

replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #diy, #poolnoodles,#trampoline, #homeimprovement

This isn’t hard, just monotonous.  Thankfully I had my husband do it for me and it took him just a few minutes.

There you have it!  A bright, cheerful trampoline makeover that will be fun all summer long!

replace a worn out trampoline safety pad with pool noodles ~ Easy DIY, #trampoline,#diy, #poolnoodles, #homeimprovement

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My 11 year old loves to read science books (lol she did NOT get that from me) she begs me to do science experiments almost everyday. In an effort to support her love of learning  I give her access to the supplies she needs (unless it to blow something up…lol).  It is amazing how excited she is about these simple experiments.

For example how much salt does it take to get an egg to float in water. Salt makes the water denser, so things that are  less dense than the salt water will float.  Start with a glass of water, and egg and table salt.  Add one tablespoon of salt in at a time and see how much it takes to make the egg float.

Since she is almost done with her current experiment book I was looking for another one to keep her busy once school is out this summer. I thought I would share them with you as well… or see if you have any to recommend.

Science in Seconds for Kids: Over 100 Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

The Everything Kids’ Easy Science Experiments Book: Explore the world of science through quick and fun experiments!

101 Great Science Experiments

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I posted this 4 years ago…. BUT my girls asked me to make dirt and worms the other day.  I thought I would share the idea again since it is such a fun EASY idea.  Hope you enjoy it too. dirts and worms.jpg

We have been enjoying the  warmer weather and working in the garden.  So last week I decided to make an outdoor themed treat for the kids.  I made Dirt and Worms in a cup and then hid them in the yard for the kids to find.  They LOVED it!

These could not be easier to make, just  whip up some chocolate pudding.  I just used the Jello Instant Pudding mix, pour it into the glass. Stick in your worms or other “gummy bugs” then top with some crushed Oreo’s.

You could do a treasure hunt and have the kids find them in the refrigerator,  but I just set them in the back yard then let my kids run around to find them.   Kids on the loose looking for sugar is always entertaining…lol.

It did not take them long to hunt them down, then gobble them up… it is a simple but fun activity perfect for a summer!

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids.

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Corn Starch Gak Science Project to do with kids
Color Collage with ads from the paper
DIY Chime Set ~ Music Fun For Kids
Recipe for Homemade Slime
 Under the Sea Art Project for kids
Balloon Barrettes DIY Kids Fashion
Lady Bugs made out of an egg carton
Exploding Soap ~ Microwave Science For Kids
Horse made out of a pop bottle
Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
Easy Kid Games ~ Turn Easter Eggs Into Reading Games for Kids
 Math Games For Kids
Learn to tell time ~ Time Games for kids
SNOW-DAY ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS ~ SNOWMAN COOKIES
NEW YEARS EVE ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS~ “GOODY BAGS”
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GROUNDHOG DAY PUDDING CUP SNACKS
FROZEN DRINKS
 Frozen Popcorn
Frozen Snowball Pops  
FROZEN Rice Krispy Treats
 Blue Jello Cake Recipe
HOW TO MAKE MEMORY PLATE
EDIBLE PAINTED BREAD 
Magical Moving Milk Science Experiment 
How to make Flubber
Lava Lamp Bottle
MAGNET IRON FILINGS ~ QUICK AND EASY SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR KIDS
Cupcakes In A Cone
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Easy paintings on canvas, easy art projects for kids join our FREE class and you can paint with us,  Spring Butterfly Mommy and Me paint night, popular paint projects for kids and parents

Mommy & Me Paint Night ~Watch Live And Paint From Home

Summer Butterfly Painting

 

Thanks for everyone who has been joining us for our Mommy and Me Paint Nights, Live on Facebook!  We have really enjoyed teaching you and your kids how to paint and helping you learn as we go.  We hope you will grab your friends, grab your kids and plan to join us again  Friday  at 6pm mst for another live Paint Night!  Next class will be 5/20 live on our facebook page at 6pm mst. 

What you will need for this weeks painting 5/20 :

Paint Brushes  this week you will only need three brushes for this project, a  large wide flat brush to do your background.  You will also need a nicer brush to do the fine lines on butterfly, so  a  small/ medium flat brush  will work great  like in this  nicer brush set. You will also need the liner brush in this set.

Acrylic Paint   For this weeks class you will need  Yellow, Ripe Tomatoe, Cobalt Blue, Fucshia, Lilac Mist, Bimini Blue and Black

Canvas  a 8X10 canvas is the the best and easiest surface to paint on.  You can buy a 12 pack  and get them for about a dollar each, super cheap and fun project for your kids. BUT if you do not have money for a canvas no worries we show you how to paint on the back of a cereal box too.  Yes we just cut up a cardboard cereal box and used that as our canvas.  This is a great option if you are doing a youth group, girls scout troop or school project and do not have funds to buy a canvas for everyone.

Apron or large shirt, is a good idea to keep your kids clean. Acrylic paint is hard to get out of clothing once it drys.  So have your kids put on an apron to help keep their clothes protected.

Paint Palette is also a nice option, but if you don’t have one you can just use a styrofoam  plate.

Artist Brush Tub ~ or something to hold your water and to clean your brushes that will not tip over easy.

If you missed our last Mommy and Me Paint night you can still watch it!

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Easy paintings on canvas, Flowers and Swirls easy art projects for kids join our FREE class and you can paint with us, Mommy and Me paint night, popular paint projects for kids

Flowers and Swirls video can be seen via this facebook video 

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  Abstract Bubbles  Mommy and me paint night

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Watch Video  from our Sunset Landscape  Mommy and Me paint night 

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