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Matchbox Car Races, Thrifty Summer Fun

Looking for something fun and unusual to do with the kids today? We’ve got you covered with just the thing!  All you need is a squirt bottle and matchbox cars.  So easy and fun!

Line up your cars at the start line and have the kids race to see who can get their cars ahead by squirting them with water.  Doesn’t work very well unless you have the water bottle on the straight shot as it needs the force to get the car moving.

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It’s fun, entertaining and keeps the kids cool with the water involved.  What could be better than that on a hot, summer day?! This is also a fun idea for a family party or reunion, low cost and easy for big group to do.

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Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasWith the new Jurassic World Movie, there are going to be lots of kids wanting to have dinosaur themed parties.  This is a fun low cost craft idea, your kids can make their very own Amber Stone. You can add a magnet to the back too for a fun magnet to use in their locker at school.

All you need is:

white card stock

colored pencils

scissors

Mod Podge or school glue

glass stones

Jurassic World Party ideas, Jurassic Park mosquito in amber craft, fun dinosaur project for kids, popular party ideasTo make these start out by drawing an image on your cardstock. Make sure it is small enough to fit in the middle of the stone. If you are not an artist feel free to look up easy drawing instruction online to help get the basic shape of things like bugs or flowers . Use the colored pencils to add color to your picture. Use a light brown and golden yellow to color the empty space around the stone, this is what gives it the amber look.  Trace around your stone, cut out your image. Add a think layer of glue or mod podge to the top of the image and place the stone on top. Allow to try, try not to shift the image or it might smear. Easy as that you have you very own Jurassic inspired amber stone.If you are not able to see the video you can watch it here.

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Summer picnics and family reunions are FUN, but planning activities for large groups can be overwhelming. We have made cereal necklaces since I was little (so for over 30 years) and kids still seem to think they are amazing.  Froot Loop Necklaces are low cost, kids friendly, fun activity that can easily be made in a large group.

All you need is:

Thicker or stiffer yarn or twine is easier for the kids to get into the hole so keep that in mind. This project can be done with Cheerios too. but you will need to have thinner yarn.  Give each child a piece of string, make sure it is long enough for them to put over their head once it is tied.  Give each child a bowl or cup full of cereal and let them start threading the cereal on to the string. Once done tie the two ends together  and wear as a necklace.

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Diggin Active Dodge Tag 

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How to make your own homemade SNOW CONES, DIY Shaved Ice just like the snow cone shack at home, great for parties

Last year I rented a snow cone machine for a big party I was doing.  I rented it for 2 days and after the rental cost and the supplies to go with it, it cost me over $100.  The kids loved it, but it was really expensive and did not really work that well. It ended up giving us crushed or chunky ice NOT SHAVED ice. This year I decided to look at how much it would be to just purchase my own machine instead of renting one year after year. There are LOTS of snow cone or shaved ice machines for sale, you can find a huge list here.  But not all of them work the same so it is hard to know which ones are worth the money.

My friend Rachelle just bought this  Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine  for her kids, and I asked her if I could see how well it worked. You just load it with ice cubes and a rotating blade shaves it and you get nice fluffy ice on the tray down below. I think if you froze ice in a cup and put a solid ice chunk in the machine it would make more consistent shaved ice. Since the ice would stay in contact with the blade. You can see how it worked in the video below.  Still not 100% like the shaved ice shack, but WAY better than the machine I rented last year. I also really like that it will not turn on till the handle is DOWN, so less chance of you getting hurt with a sharp spinning blade.


Zeny® Ice Shaver Machine Ice Crusher Electric Snow Cone Maker 304 Stainless Steel Shaving Ice 145lbs Per Hour it is on sale for $65 (was $199) plus free shipping options.

  • Waterproof
  • Unit shuts off when handle is up to prevent any wounds
  • Stable and heavy base
  • Sleek eye-catching shape is perfect to keep on a tabletop
  • Low maintenance very simple and convenient to operate

You can buy snow cone syrups and cups for them online, or you can use Torani syrup. You can find it at most stores but only in a few flavors, our local Cash and Carry  restaurant supply store has a HUGE selection at good prices.  So you might check local restaurant supply stores for the best deal.
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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids ~ Paper Turkeys
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Dinosaur Crayons DIY Jurassic World Party Ideas

Are your kids in love with dinosaurs?  If you are looking for dinosaur themed party ideas that won’t break the bank this is fun idea. Save those broken crayons and make something new out of them. Or stock up on new crayons when they go on sale.

Supplies needed:
Green and blue crayons in various shades
Muffin or donut tin
Non stick cooking spray
The amount of crayons you need will depend on the number of crayons you are creating. For the donut shaped crayons you see here, we used about 2 standard sized crayons per donut.

Jurassic World party ideas, dinosaur egg crayons, easy crafts for kids, popular party ideasDirections:

1. Begin by breaking each crayon in half. This will make peeling the paper off easier.
2. Remove the paper wrapping from the crayons. Make sure they are completely cleaned off and free from all wrapping and wrapping residue.
3. Preheat the oven to 300 degrees. Spray the inside of your donut or muffin pan with non stick cooking spray.
4. While the oven preheats, begin breaking your crayons up into smaller segments. You should be able to get about 4-5 segments per crayon stick.
5. Drop the segments into the donut or muffin tin. You want to create one layer with the crayon bits. For thicker crayons, add an additional layer.
6. Heat in the oven at 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until liquefied. Carefully remove and allow to cool.
7. Place the pan in the freezer for 10-15 minutes to help loosen them from the tin. Gently turn the tin over to release the crayons.

Wipe away any non stick oil residue with a damp cloth. Your crayons are now ready to be enjoyed!

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How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsWe made these Minion Candy wrappers for a movie night party. They turned out so cute, they would also be great as a gift matched with a gift card or a pair of movie tickets. Or just as a party favor. Either way this quick and easy craft project is sure to make your kids smile…. after all MINIONS make everyone happy right?

How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsWe made them out of all different sized movie theatre candy.  So I don’t have exact measurements as each one you make will be slightly different. To make these you will need:

Yellow card stock
Blue card stock
Black cardstock
Black sharpie marker
Glue
Wiggly eyes
Scissors
How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCraftsCut two strips of yellow paper, both the width of the box of candy.  One of them wrap around the full side, bottom and half the front of the box.  The other strip cut about an inch longer than the height of the box, round the edges to form a “minion” shaped head. Glue both these onto the box.How to make a Minion out of theatre candy, Minions, Minion Craft Idea.  Makes a great gift idea add a gift card or a few movie tickets, #Minions, #Minion, #KidCrafts

Cut a blue piece of  card stock the width of the box, and about 1/3 of the height of the box.  Use the black paper to put a strip on for the eyes, and hair. Glue the wiggly eyes on, and draw a mouth on with the sharpie.  Quick as that you have an adorable little minion that is ready for the party.

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