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If you want to have your own pirate party ( or just have cute lunch bags for field trips) I thought I'd share with you my printed pirate bag file.
I got pranked this weekend and the boys thought it was the best thing ever. It's an easy one too - perfect for April Fool's Day.
You just need a water bottle and a pin. Fill the bottle pretty full with water. Over the sink poke holes all around the center of the bottle.
Wait until the water stops dripping, very gently wipe off and place on the counter somewhere you know it will get seen and picked up.
When someone finally picks it up (I did in frustration of the boys leaving things out everywhere)...
Yep, you get sprayed. It was pretty funny. This works best with the thinner plastic water bottles. Have fun!
(Obviously young kids should be supervised when using needles)
We have a quick easy activity for you today that's fun anytime especially because it makes noise. All you'll need is a hex nut (a smaller one) and a balloon.
Put the nut into the balloon and blow it up.
Tie off the balloon. Hold in one spot while spinning the hex nut inside around the balloon. You'll get a screechy noise!
We made a quick video so you can hear what it sounds like since photos can't show you that.
If you shake the balloon too crazy and against things it will pop and the hex nut will go flying - so play with caution (this is said from experience).
I saw a similar idea last summer using plastic sheeting. My problem with that is you'd die in there in 10 minutes in the desert in the summer (oven anyone?!) so I've been wanting to try it with something a little more breathable.
We don't have a small box fan just a tall skinny one. Instead of waiting for the perfect materials I decided to make it work with what we have. After all you all are going to be working with whatever you have at your house which isn't all the same!
I used a duvet cover since it's already secured on 3 sides but if you don't have one just secure 2 flat sheets together (you can duct tape or sew the ends together) I used duct tape to secure the open end around a fan and left an opening for the boys. You'll need to have a way to secure the opening once they're in. Binder clips, clamps, or clothespins are great for this - especially if they can do it from the inside!
That's it! A cool, breathable fan fort! The boys loved it right away.
Then this happened. And they loved it even more.
There is a dog and a kid in there somewhere.
Next week is Spring Break - wish me luck! ;)
It's a collection of boy handmade inspiration - you can find all their past projects and the info HERE.
Dana also has a great post about pulling together a Star Wars costume
They are celebrating until March 15 with great boy projects!
I know all of you love the idea of a utility belt because I got lots of emails about the toddler belt/car holder we posted about a while ago.
You can get instructions from Behind the Hedgerow
I'm happy to be back with Part 3 of our "Surviving Sick Days" series with Children's Mucinex! In our first post we talked about staying healthy (we all try SO hard) but when the cold or flu does hit I definitely go into full blown Mom mode. In Part 2 we shared a super fun DIY dry erase album that many of you loved! Today I have a game that my sick kiddos really love and I think yours will too! It's a DIY catapult game!
You'll just need craft sticks (slotted or not - these were the ones we had on hand), rubberbands (I had the small clear hair elastics), a plastic spoon, and whatever you want to catapult!
The design is pretty straight forward - stack up 6 or 7 sticks and rubberband them together. Make a "V" around the stack with 2 more sticks and secure with rubberbands making an x over the 2 sticks (as shown in the images)
When laying down I used a clipboard for a sturdy base and placed a bucket at the end of the couch to try and launch the balls into.
My boys like it best when I participate by holding the bucket and moving it around to catch the balls. It's fun to experiment with different angles of the catapult (more sticks on the bottom) and different sized/weight balls to launch into the bucket.
It's such a fun game to make and play! Luckily Children's Mucinex helps them feel a bit more up to playing games since it does help clear their congestion and perk them up a bit when they are fighting the bug. This allows us to experiment a bit more.
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