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This has got to be the coolest gadget since sliced bread! With summer coming and water balloon fights sure to come. Now you can tie all of those hundreds of balloons without wearing out your fingers trying to tie and tie and tie more balloons!

Simply slide the balloon onto the nozzle, press the plunger to fill. Next wrap the balloon around the bottom once and slide the end of the balloon through the crack and pull the off and ta-da the balloon is tied!

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Finger Print Flower and Poem ~ DIY Mother’s Day Card

 

I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day

 

Free PDF Printable Here:  Mothers Day Finger print poem card

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

 

 

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Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

How To Make A Stress Ball ~ Kid Crafts perfect for boy scouts, summer camp or family reunions!

This is a low cost project that kids of all ages will love.  My daughter made these in her 5th grade class and thinks they are the coolest thing ever. I remember making a version of a balloon stress ball when I was a kid too, but this version is much improved from what I made 20 years ago lol.

Kids crafts, How to make a stress ball, perfect for tweens or teens summer camp arts and crafts ideas, boy or girl scout craft ideas, low cost craft projects for a family reunion

To make this project you will need:

  • 3 balloons
  • 1/3- 1/2 cup of flour
  • empty water bottle (with thin sides that you can squish)
  • funnel and pencil or chop stick
  • scissors
  • wet wash cloth

We bought our supplies at the local dollar store, but you can find balloons at almost any store!

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  1.  Start with putting about 1/3 off a cup into a water bottle with a funnel. Use a pencil or a chop stick  to poke the flour into to bottle.  How much flour you need will vary on how big your balloons are. You want to fill the balloon all the way up, but too much flour will make it hard and not enough will make it to squishy.
  2. Take one balloon and blow it up as big as you can, then let all the air out.  Then blow it up again about half way, and twist it closed (NOT TIED IN A KNOT) just twisted.
  3. Hold the twisted part of your balloon and put the opening of the balloon over the water bottle.  Hold it tight and allow the neck of the balloon to un-twist.  You can now start to squish the flour from the bottle into the balloon.
  4. Once all the flour is in the balloon, hold the neck of the balloon and slowly let out the air. SLOWLY if you do it to fast the flour will fly out as well, making a huge mess.
  5. Take a wet rag and wipe off any flour that make have gotten on the outside of the balloon. You need the balloons to make a seal, and if there is flour on the outside they will not seal together.
  6. Set the balloon on the table and cut the neck of the balloon off.
  7. Take a 2nd balloon and also cut the neck of that balloon off. Put your fingers inside the opening to make the hole larger and wrap it around the balloon you have with flour on it. Careful not  to spill the flour out.
  8. Once again wipe off any flour that may have gotten on the outside,  and do step 7 again with another balloon. For a total of 3 balloon on the outside.

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Aprils FOOLS DAY pranks and ideas for kids.

April 1st is right around the corner, here is a fun and easy idea you might want to remember for later.

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April FOOLS!
What a fun and easy idea to make for your family on April 1st.
This could be sent in their lunches, on the breakfast table, or brought to coworkers.
A fun treat!
IngredientsIngredients:
Yellow M&M’s
Mini stick Pretzels
White melting chocolate
Cut tip offThis is super easy and fun to make.
Instructions:
Lay wax paper on a baking sheet.  The wax paper is used so the chocolate will not stick.

1. Break the pretzels in half, so they are the correct size to fit on the white of the eggs. Set them aside for later.
2.  Pull out the yellow M&M’s and put them aside.
I used green too.  Thought it would be fun to have some Green eggs and ham too.
3.  Put a handful of white chocolate circles in a bowl.  Put the bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds.  Stir.  Microwave for 30 seconds at a time until the chocolate is melted.
4.  Pour the chocolate in a ziplock bag and cut off the tip.
5.  Make mini circles the shape of an egg.  A handful of chocolates made 8 eggs.
Take the back of a spoon and smooth the chocolate out more.
Chocolate on the board6.  Place the M&M’s and the pretzels in the soft white chocolate.
7.  Let the chocolate harden.

Have a Fun April Fools Day!

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