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DIY Paint Splattered Denim Shorts, Great Kids Craft!

Looking for a fun summertime craft for the kids?  Do you have  an old pair of jeans that have seen better days but that still fit? Let your kids personalize them with some fabric paint splatters in their favorite colors!  Now you have something they can wear to display their handi-work!

You will need:

Jeans or shorts

Fabric paint

Old tooth brush and/or paint brush

Scissors (for cutting your jeans into shorts)

Newspaper to lay the denim on during splattering

Paper plate for the paint

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Begin by cutting off your jeans if you are wanting to make shorts.  We left ours a little long so that they can be rolled up.

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Now lay on a section of newspaper and take it outside.  Make sure your child is wearing old clothing  just in case they get some on themselves!

Dip your brush into the paint.  If you are using the toothbrush, you can rub your finger along the bristles for small splatters.  If using a paint brush, simply flick your wrist holding the brush several inches above the denim.

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My daughter used pink, white, light blue and some yellow.  She just dried the brush off on the denim we cut off of the legs so that she wasn’t mixing colors in between.  That just went in the garbage so it was perfect!

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Be sure to give these plenty of time to dry without being played with!  Lay on a flat surface somewhere cool.  We used the kitchen table over night and it was perfect!  She  chose not to do the backside of hers, but if you want to do both sides, you will want to make sure they are completely dry before you do the second side.

Chances are you have some worn out pants that have been thrown aside for the hot summer months.  Why not cut them off and let your child add some personality to them?

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Recently we post on one of the best prices on tents we have seen. A good deal on large 10 person tents are hard to come by. But this Coleman 10 person tent is a great deal! After we post on that a couple readers mentioned that tents with poles are too hard to figure out and take too much time to even make camping fun! So we went on a search. We found some of these tents that are called Pop-Up tents. So you just unzip them from the carry bag and throw it into the air – and POP they are set up in an instant!

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Creative Drawing Idea ~ Summer Boredom Buster Idea

I love having my kids home for the summer.  I really do.  We are getting to a point now though where they are bored and it is taking more to entertain them.  They are wanting more and more to sit in front of the television and I am wanting more and more to pull my hair out before the day is over!

It is time to get creative!  Out comes the old magazines, pens, crayons or whatever you can find to draw with and some paper for an easy craft/art project that will get them using their imaginations and be creative!

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Grab an old magazine or newspaper and cut out photos that would be easy to draw around and glue them to a plain sheet of paper.  That is all the prep you need!  The rest is up to the kids to use their imagination and draw to their hearts content!  I say it was a successful project! Even my son who turns his nose up at anything that resembles homework had a ball!

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

Play Time With Dad ~ Dad Race Car Track
Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
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”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
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
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 
PATRIOTIC DIY VASE ~ QUICK AND EASY PAINT CRAFT FOR KIDS
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea
 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games
BAT CAVE SHIRT ~ PLAY TIME WITH DAD SHIRT #BATMAN 
FROZEN SNOWFLAKE HEADBANDS, QUICK AND EASY DIY CRAFT #FROZEN

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Smores, Lighter Way to Satisfy a SweetTooth

Who doesn’t love a smore?  My kids ask for them constantly but we don’t make them very often.  We usually do them over the fire pit maybe a couple times each summer, but they could eat them every day if I would let them! Not to mention, they aren’t exactly the healthiest snack in  the world.  Sometimes you just need a treat though, right?  These satisfy the craving, but the serving sizes are much smaller, and they are lighter than the original.  If you are craving the classic smore taste of summer, give these a try!

You will need:

graham crackers

large marshmallows

chocolate chips or chocolate candy coating

wax paper

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Begin by crushing up a couple of graham crackers.  You don’t need very many, I used 3 and had a lot of crumbs left over.  Once they are crushed, place the crumbs in a small, shallow bowl that will be easy to dip in.

Melt some chocolate.  I started with 2 squares and got about 15 marshmallows out of it.  Holding the end of your marshmallow, dip the other end into the chocolate.  Let it drip off into your bowl.

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Then quickly dip it into your graham cracker crumbs.  Place it chocolate side up on wax paper to cool.  The chocolate will harden.

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There you have it!  These would make great finger foods for a party or picnic, or use them as a party favor in a cute vellum bag!  For now, my kids are just eating them.  Store them in an airtight container and have them on hand when you have a craving or want to indulge a sweet tooth without the guilt!

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This is a great post Alison wrote a few years back, since we just had our 5th baby I thought it was great advice and worth sharing again. 5 ways to help younger siblings deal with a new baby
My sister just had her second child.  Like most parents, they’re trying to figure out how to help their daughter adjust to this new little critter.  Whether there are one or seven siblings who greet the newcomer, here are 6 ways to help older children have a great experience sharing the throne.
1. Prepare
One way to start preparing your child is to begin reading new baby literature.  One classic is Peter’s Chair by Ezra Jack Keats.  Amazon has (only!?!) about 1,600 more.  Your local librarian could also help you find a whole stack of books on the new baby theme.  Keep reading these books through the transition stage.  They’ll help your child know what to expect, and give a voice to complicated emotions they may be feeling. 
Another helpful preparation tip is to start shifting some of your parenting duties to others.  If you are always the one to read bedtime stories or give baths, encourage your spouse take over a few of those duties before the baby comes.  If your child will be sleeping overnight at Grandma’s while you are at the hospital, let them have a sleepover a few weeks before.  The fewer new things that occur with the baby’s arrival, the better.
Let your child help you prepare by picking out the outfit you bring the baby home in, helping decorate the nursery, or buying baby supplies.  Get them involved and excited from the beginning.    
 
2. Baby Talk
      One of the most important things a baby needs in the first months is lots of face-to face conversation.  This helps them recognize your face, read expressions, and learn the patterns of speech.  But, no one said what you have to talk about!  Babies at this age respond to expressions and voice tone; the words don’t mean anything yet.  Instead of putting your older child through hours of listening to how beautiful, precious, and sweet the new baby is, occasionally tell the new baby how wonderful their sibling is and all the exciting things the baby will learn from them.  You’ll give your older child a great boost of self-esteem, and give your baby the verbal communication they need.   
 
3. Take Time for One-on-One
     Even though your days and nights will be filled to the brim, take at least a few moments a day to snuggle your other child, play, read a story, or sing a song.  Don’t assume they know how much you still love them.  Tell them often.  In the early days, when your time becomes more divided, they need to know without a doubt how much they are still loved.
 
4. Expect Regression
     After giving my second a child sponge bath in the sink, I found my two-year-old sitting in there, fully clothed and cooing like a baby.  Can you say regression?!?  Other kids wanted to suck a pacifier again, drink from a bottle, or wear diapers.  One crawled back into the old crib, and another started talking baby talk.  Don’t be surprised if potty training takes a step backwards, they suddenly don’t like their big boy bed, or if they snitch the baby food.  Kids are pretty creative in their coping methods, but with each strange behavior, they’re just processing things their own way.  Relax about the regression and just take pictures (the one of my son in the sink is a classic!).  It will soon pass.
 
5. Keep up the Discipline
     Just because your little one has been dethroned, doesn’t mean he doesn’t still need some royal discipline.  Even when you are tired, stick to your rules and consequences.  It will help your other child feel secure and know that life is still predictable. 
     If you have resorted to harsh discipline in the past, consider learning some more tools.  Speaking in anger and hitting your older child at this stage is particularly damaging.  Think of how they see it…Mom snuggles and kisses this new kid, but when I make too much noise she yells at me. This is a tender stage, and your anger will only encourage resentful feelings.  Control your temper, teach clearly, and give consequences when necessary in a firm, neutral voice.  Give your child a chance to practice the appropriate skill, and end the interaction with love.
6. Make a Nursing Basket
     One of the most helpful things is to have a small basket of new little toys or activities to take with you whenever you need to nurse or do something for the baby.  Only pull it out when you are busy, so the novelty will last through a feeding or task.  It will help entertain your older child for a moment when your arms are full.
Bringing home a new baby can be an incredibly sweet time for a family.  It can also be a stressful survival experience.  Hopefully these tips will help the transition and set the stage for great sibling relationships!

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Batman Cave Shirt, Fun way for kids to play with Dad... kids play Dad gets to rest #Batman, #DIY, #Kids,My 4 year old LOVES Batman and he also loves to spend time with his Daddy.  We made a Play Time With Dad Shirt for his cars last month he had so much fun with that, we decided to make another one.  But this time we decided to make a BAT CAVE shirt.  He can now play with all his Batman toys while spending time with Dad.

Batman Cave Shirt, Fun way for kids to play with Dad... kids play Dad gets to rest #Batman, #DIY, #Kids,All you need to make this project is an old shirt, sharpie markers and a little boy (or girl) who is ready to play.  It is a lot easier to  draw on the shirt if you put a large pan or piece of  cardboard in the shirt to keep in tight when the kids draw on it.

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

Dirt and Worms ~ Fun summer recipe for kids
 Make your own Crayons ~ Activities to do with kids
Be a Back Yard Detective ~ Activities to do with kids
Wiggle Worm Game ~ Games to do with kids
Make your own Bean Bag Toss ~ Games to do with Kids
Watch a Local Race ~ Frugal Family Activities to do
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”
DIY~ MEMORY MAKING CHRISTMAS DECORATION
LEAF BUILDING FORT ~ HOURS OF FUN FOR KIDS!
SHARPIE TIE DIE SHIRTS ~ EASY SUMMER ACTIVES FOR KIDS
FIREWORKS ~ JULY 4TH CRAFTS FOR KIDS, QUICK AND EASY
VALENTINE CRAFT FOR KIDS ~ HIDDEN MESSAGE HEARTS, QUICK AND EASY
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
Cloud Clay -2 ingredients to make the softest clay EVER 
PATRIOTIC DIY VASE ~ QUICK AND EASY PAINT CRAFT FOR KIDS
Firework Tie Dye Shirt 
Summer Boredom Buster Idea
 DON’T EAT STEVE! FREE PRINTABLE MINECRAFT PARTY GAME 
HOW TO MAKE ICE CREAM IN A BAG 
DRAWING ON THE TRAMPOLINE WITH SIDEWALK CHALK
PAINTED FIREWORKS ~ QUICK AND EASY 4TH OF JULY CRAFT IDEAS
DIY Bleach Art Pillowcase
Matchbox Car Water Races
Water Pinaqua ~ Beat the heat water games

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