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DIY Chess Set: Legos to the Rescue!!

My kids have just decided to start learning the game of chess. I blame Harry Potter — but no matter the motivation they want to play. I don’t really want to run out and by some large expensive chess set that my almost 7 year old will surely break, so instead I have chosen to go the DIY route. Cue the Legos. Not only is this the perfect project for my 7 year old to do alone, it also ensures that when it breaks (and we all know my 7 year old will break it) said 7 year old can also rebuild it — score one for Mom Y’all!

DIY chess set

My kids have become very obsessed with Legos recently. I know that most kids do become obsessed, but I feel as if it is all we do or think about anymore. So why not combine their recent love of Chess with their perpetual love of Legos.

There is an excellent tutorial at Teach Beside Me. There you can see detailed images and instructions on how to create the perfect chess board out of Legos. This tutorial is ingenious. They even have an awesome link to learn how to play chess. SCORE! It has become my one-stop shop in Lego Chess information. I hope that your kiddos find it as inspiring as mine have!

Batting Practice: Water Balloons Revisited!

The weather is heating up here in the hot desert. We have had to get creative in the ways we are staying cool this summer. We decided to revisit the idea of a water balloon fight, but we needed a new twist. Thank you to icandy Handmade for the great idea — Water Balloon Baseball!

icandy Handmade created the coolest baseball birthday for her son, and we took the game idea — water balloon baseball — and turned it in to the best summer activity EVER! With just a bag full of water balloons (or several) and a couple of baseball bats you can be outside soaking up sun and busting balloons (and laughs) all afternoon.

My husband thought he would have a laugh or two and replaced a handful of the water balloons with regular balloons. The kids became frustrated when the balloon didn’t bust on the first whack. Instead they had a great time hitting the balloon over and over.

Water balloons are such a simple and fun summer activity. I can remember playing with my own siblings all summer long as a child tossing water balloons and dodging their attempts at hitting me with a balloon. As long as there is summer, there will be water balloons.

Do not forget to head on over to icandy Handmade to check out her incredible Baseball Birthday ideas and see how much fun it was creating water balloon baseball!

 

Summer Bucket List: Free printable

This summer is going to be a long one for us. We have all the kids going back to school on the same schedule this year instead of staggered like most years (everyone will now be on the same school schedule though so that is a lot better). This means that we have more time off than usual. So we decided we wanted to try and do as many fun things together as we can. We decided to create a summer bucket list. We found a great printable for free at Savvy Southern Belle.

We loved all of the ideas on her list so much we decided to try them all out. Now you can probably make one of your own, but since that required me to be productive this summer I gave in and went with the free printable. You can head over to  Savvy Southern Belle and print hers as well.

We have already begun checking items off of our list. Last night we enjoyed a night time swim and we made s’mores in the fire-pit together as a family. These memories might seem simple now, but in a few years those memories will be the brightest. I really loved that most of these items were inexpensive, fun, and simple to do. Family fun time doesn’t have to be expensive, or complicated. It can be as simple as sitting outside under the stars together looking for constellations, counting the stars, or searching for shooting stars. As long as we are together, laughing, talking, and sharing we are guaranteed a good time.

What else would you add to your summer bucket list?

Thank you to  Savvy Southern Belle for the incredible ideas!