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Tetris Magnets: Travel Games

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your kids busy on long car rides or plane travel this spring break? We try to keep activities and games in the car or in our game bag during travel. We know that the kids are in better spirits when they are busy and entertained, and so are we. We keep the usual, books, board games, coloring materials, toy cars, etc. But we always love to keep something that is unexpected that will keep the kids attention a little longer.

I stumbled upon the blog Moms and Crafters and was impressed by their Tetris Magnets. My kids love to build, and they puzzles, so I figured this might be something they would be interested in.

For those of you not born in the 80’s, Tetris was a video game that allowed you to create a wall with different sized and shaped bricks. You had to make them fit by changing the way they fell and formed together.

Moms and Crafters has created a fun real-life multidimensional version with wooden beads and magnets. This appealed to me on two levels, they were going to be able to build and learn while playing, and it had magnets so it was easy to keep together and not lose. Check out the full tutorial on Moms and Crafters now. You can add this little set of toys to your at home games or  bring it on the road with you like we do. The magnets can be dangerous for younger children, so watch younger kids or do not allow them to play with them. My six year old loves this, but I wouldn’t trust my two year old with them. Enjoy!

St. Patrick’s Day Fun: Edible Crafts

St. Patrick’s Day is a fun day for all kids, you do not even need to be Irish. You can enjoy the fun of the holiday with a little it of crafts and a little bit of snacks. All you need is some cereal, some marshmallows, and a little leprechaun to help you out.

Thank you to Jonesing to Create for such a fun idea. This little rainbow cloud craft is not only simple and fun, it can also be quite delicious as well. After all, who doesn’t love a craft that you can eat when you are finished? Isn’t that why Gingerbread houses are so popular at Christmas time? Think of these sweet little rainbow clouds as the Irish version of a gingerbread house.

The tutorial is very simple, which makes this an excellent craft for kids of any age. It can even be great for toddlers, and will help them with their fine motor skills since they will need to thread cereal to make it work.

We love this craft because the kids enjoy making things, and we all enjoy looking at their creations. But things can get crowded around here with so many art projects. This art project is great because we build it, we take a couple of pictures and enjoy it, then we eat it! No clean up required! Those are my favorite kinds of crafts!

Head on over to Jonesing to Create for the full tutorial and some other fun ideas that will last all year long.

Olympics Craft: Olympic Torch

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun! This year’s Olympic Games is being held in PyeongChang, Korea.  The city will host Alpine Skiing, Bobsleighing, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, and Speed Skating.

 The Olympics are such a fun event to watch on television. One of my favorite parts of the Olympics is the opening and closing ceremonies. So much goes into planning and creating the displays and parades that open and close the festivities. One of the great parts of the opening is the lighting and the running of the Olympic Torch. It travels to the Olympics in such a grand ceremony that it makes an incredible display.

 Since the torch is such an important part of the opening ceremony we thought it would be fun to let the kids create their own Olympic torch at home. Thank you to Classy Mommy for such a fun and simple craft.

 Classy Mommy has a very simple tutorial that will make it easy and fun to build your own Olympic torch at home. So head on over now to follow along. And be sure to check out all the other fun ideas she has for crafts and activities at home.