Author Archives: Lacy

Shadow Drawing: Outdoor Activities

Are you looking for more activities for your little ones at home? This fun activity is something they can do with very little help. Shadow drawing. Now you can show your kids how the light from the sun changes our shadows throughout the day. Thank you Rookie Parenting for this super-cool idea. Check out the full tutorial here.

Light travels in a straight line, when it is obstructed by an object it will create a shadow of the object. In order to show this unique result simply gather some fun objects to obstruct the light. You can use toys to create this fun experiment. Grab some tall, short, large, and small toys to give varying heights, depths, and shapes.

Use a piece of paper or place them on the concrete and create shadows on the cement. You can then use a crayon, or chalk if you are drawing on the cement. Trace the outline of the objects and mark what time of day you captured the shadow.

In a few hours come back to the objects and see what changed. Trace the shadow once more. How has it changed? As the suns position in the sky changes so will the way it casts a shadow on the toys.

You can follow the suns movements throughout the day and you will see how the length of the shadow changes as the day goes on.

Learn more about shadows here.

DIY: Fidget Spinners

Fidget Spinners are all the rage right now. But what about creating your own Fidget Spinner at home? All you need is a little bit of help from one of our favorite Mommy bloggers, Sarah at Frugal Fun 4 Boys.

Sarah is always finding awesome ideas for her boys. We have highlighted her so much we think of her as one of our friends. She knows what boys like, and she knows how to keep them busy. Legos are such great fun for young boys, but they are also incredibly educational. So it is no surprise that she has found a way to combine them with the latest craze of Fidget Spinners.

Fidget Spinners are incredibly cool and fun gadgets that boys and girls are going crazy over. Originally created to help children with ADD, ADHD, And Autism, they help busy kids stay on task while still being able to fidget, move, and act.

This fun adaptation in Lego form is so neat and so creative we just had to share it. Fidget Spinners are great for any age and any child, so feel free to share with all of your friends.

Head on over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys to get the full tutorial, and make sure you have a good supply of Legos for the materials needed. Then enjoy your little spinner all day long!

Summer Head-Wear

Summer means lots of time outdoors, and if your kids are as sun-sensitive as mine you will want to be sure they are covered, literally! I spend a majority of the year slathering my kids in sunblock, covering their skin with UPF clothing, and making sure their little heads are covered too. We have a LOT of hats. My son is a hat-hater! He will pull it off the instant it is on his head, and take it off every single time you put it back on. So I have spent a lot of time looking for hats that are not too heavy, uncomfortable, or cumbersome to deal with all day long.

Flap Happy is a great brand because they are UPF 50+ protective clothing certified, they are lightweight, they are comfortable, and many come with straps to help keep them on young kids! The Boy’s Store carries several different styles of the Flap Happy hats, and many are so cute you will wish they made adult sizes.

Boys’ Cotton Flap Hat by Flap Happy: This sweet sea animal print will wow all animal and sea lovers.

Boys Shark Party Crusher Hat by Flap Happy: Sharks are always swimming, and with this hat your little man will always be protected from the harsh sun.

Jolly Roger Crusher Hat by Flap Happy: Older boys love this pirate worthy skull crusher style. It is to DIE for.

Boys’ Cotton Flap Hat by Flap Happy: Surf is up all summer long, and this hat will keep them in the sun and catching the rays all day, without the harsh result.

Boys’ Cotton Flap Hat by Flap Happy: tropical themed, it is perfect for a summer of fun in the sun.