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Mother’s Day DIY Gifts

Mother’s Day is this weekend and we all love our Moms so why not make them a little something special to remind them how much we love them. So Moms look away, Dads, kids, grandparents, and spouses pay attention!

Mom Secret Stash: All Moms have a favorite snack, and by favorite we mean they do not like to share it with ANYONE. For me its chocolate. After a long day of “mommying” it up I want to hide with a small sweet morsel and unwind. However, it can be hard to keep those sweets out of my little ones hands. So this year why not make Mom a little secret stash of all of her favorites. It is a sweet idea with not a lot or hard work. Trust me, Mom will appreciate it.

365 Reasons We Love Mom: This fun little idea is actually available at Big DIY Ideas.┬áIt is so simple, it is not expensive, does not require a great crafting ability, and all of the kids can help, even the littlest ones. It is a gift that Mom will cherish forever. Moms love those sappy mother’s day gifts, and what is sappier than a jar full of all the reasons why we love her?

DIY Succulent Rock Garden: I LOVE succulents. I Love plants. But, I have a black thumb. My kids know this, and have started to buy me only succulents, but I have even on occasion killed the succulents. This adorable little succulent would survive even at my house! It is made form rocks. Your kids can design and paint their very own succulents and design you the prettiest flower pot ever. Best part? It never needs to be watered!

Baby Shark: Baby Shark Cootie Catcher

If you have young children then you may have heard the very popular Baby Shark song. If you haven’t, then I am sorry for ruining your life. The Baby Shark song has become very popular thanks to PinkFong. My household hears it on a daily basis, at least a dozen times a day. My youngest son is obsessed. He has become a huge shark fan because of this song.

We have recently been trying to teach my son how to say more words, and we have found that by using his love for sharks we can get him to interact more. So when I found this fun little cootie catcher shark I knew I had to help him make it. We play with it all day long. He even uses it to dance to his favorite song. We have taken an idea we got from his speech therapy teacher and have used the cootie catcher to “catch” words. We take the flashcards with words and images on them that his therapist gave us and we feed them to the shark. As my son feeds the shark he says the word. This helps him articulate words and makes it fun and interactive for him.

Now even if your kids don’t need speech therapy I am sure you can find other fun ways to use this fun cootie catcher. Our oldest just loves chasing her brother around with the shark and pretending its going to eat him. Which of course brings endless laughter. Be sure to check out Easy Peasy and Fun’s tutorial on how to make this fun Shark Cootie Catcher. You will love the adorable little puppet toy.

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 puzzles, so I figured this might be something they would be interested in.

Tetris magnets

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 Tetris magnets game, but I wouldn’t trust my two-year-old with them.

Enjoy!