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Lego Party Decor, Make Your Child’s Age Out Of Legos!

Recently I had a son ask for a Lego Movie party.  We are all about legos in our house!

As much as I love my kids having birthday parties and celebrating their big day with their friends, financially over the top parties are not an option.  I have to get creative and I spend very little on their parties.  For me personally, I would rather use that money on their birthday gifts rather than decorations for a party.  Anywho, I will climb off my soapbox now! ;)

When he said he wanted a Lego Movie party I was relieved!  That is pretty easy to pull off without a lot of extra money being spent.

If you have many legos, this should be simple!

You will need:

A lego baseplate (if you don’t have one already, Amazon has an awesome price here!)

legos

time to put it together

I really can’t say a whole lot about how to assemble this one.  Since my son had just turned 9, I used the legos we had to put a number 9 on our baseplate.  It wasn’t really popping though, so I added the frame around it.  So simple, yet cute and better yet, free!  Who doesn’t love free?!

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

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Lego Door Thrifty Lego Party Decorations

My kids are obsessed with legos.  Really obsessed.  I know I am not the only parent with kids that love legos, because seriously the brand is huge!

So it wasn’t a huge surprise to me when my 9 year old picked Lego Movie for his birthday party theme.   I was kind of excited about it, because there is so many thrifty, fun things you can do to decorate for a lego themed party!

Here is one of the party decoration ideas we came up with.

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You will need:

plastic party tablecloth (color of your choice)

small paper plates in the same color as tablecloth

packing tape or something that is strong enough to hold the plates on for the length of your party

Even better, you should be able to get everything at the dollar store, or in the party section of your favorite store for cheap!

Begin by trimming your table cloth down to the size of your door, if it is a door that will be being used.  If you aren’t using the door, it is even easier.  We did our coat closet and so I was able to just tape it onto the inside of the door.  I wasn’t worried about that part being pretty!  However, if you are doing a door that the inside will be seen, be sure to trim it down and tape it along the top, bottom, and sides where the tape will be hidden.  Also poke a hole for the door knob.

Once you are done taping up your tablecloth, put a piece of packing tape on the back of your paper plates so that they will stick to the front of your tablecloth.  For our normal sized door I used 8 plates.

Easy enough, right?  As the boys came in for the party they thought it was awesome that there was a giant lego!  This would also make a great backdrop for a photo booth!  Include some fun props and watch the party guests ham it up for the camera!

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Apple Cars, Have Fun With Food

We all want our families to eat healthy, right?  But lets be honest, sometimes it gets boring, doesn’t it?

I thought this was a great way to get kids to eat their healthy snack.  It even worked on my 11 year old who thought they were cute enough to eat!

You will need:

An apple cut into slices

Grapes cut in half

toothpicks

Push the toothpicks through the bottom of the slice and place a half grape on the end.

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Easy as can be right?!  Who wouldn’t love eating this cute snack?  Get the kids involved and let them help make them.  What a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.

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We are in McCall Idaho for a Family Reunion with my husbands side of the family.  The “old people” went to go golfing, but the kids and I went to go on a nature walk with Granny and Papa.  The kids had a blast exploring the forest. Some of the fun things the kids found were sticks, rocks, pine cones, wild flowers and moss on the trees.  We made “Moss Mustaches” which the girls thought were  super silly.   Nature walks are a great way for kids to learn about there surroundings and the things that grow and live  in the forest.

 

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Back to school nightly checklist, help kids stay on task and get ready for school #FreePrintable, #School,I can’t believe the summer is almost over and that school will be starting in just a few weeks for my kids.  It is time to start organizing their school clothes and supplies and working on getting back into a routine again.  As my kids get older I need them to learn to learn to get ready themselves.  Here is a fun FREE PRINTABLE to help them stay on task and organized as the new school year starts.

You can print you own Back To School NightlyChecklist. If you put it in a frame and use a dry erase marker then your kids can use it over and over.  The one below is gender neutral I will post a “boy and girl” one later this week.
Nightly Checklist

 You can print yours here –> Back To School NightlyChecklist

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Kid craft, Book Worm quick and easy craft for children #School, #Bookworm, #KidCraft, #ChildrenBack to School Bookworm Pencil Topper

My kids go back to school in 3 weeks, where has the summer gone.  Here is a fun craft to get them ready for school or just for fun.  It is quick, easy and does not cost much to make.  Perfect for a large group or just for one person.

Supplies needed:

  • Pipe cleaner
  • Craft Pom Pom
  • Pair of googly eyes
  • Scissors
  • Craft glue

Directions:
1. Begin by cutting the pipe cleaner in half. You can either discard the second half or turn it into another bookworm pencil topper.
2. Add a generous dab of glue to one end of the pipe cleaner.
3. Press a crafting pom pom to the glue and hold it in place until secure. This will be the head of your bookworm.
4. Place some glue on the back of your googly eyes and press them to the pom pom. Your bookworm should now take shape.
5. Wrap the bookworm around the pencil pulling tightly as you go. The end result should look like a bookworm crawling up the pencil.

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