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Thanksgiving Table: Kids Table

One of my favorite parts of hosting the holidays is getting to do something fun for the kids. As a child I remember the kids table sometimes felt like we were being banished. We were way off in the corner, I was the oldest of all of the kids, and I felt that I was being punished being stuck at a small table with no one to talk to ( I was 10 years older than the youngest, and 5 years older than the other oldest). I was the de-facto babysitter of the kids table. Sent to the table to make sure the younger kids didn’t spill their juice, and the older kids didn’t play with their food. I wanted to be at the real table with my older brothers in all of their teenage glory. I wanted to hear the real conversations and drink from a crystal glass like everyone else over the age of 12. Instead I was isolated in toddler town.

Today I think back on those days and try to remember the boredom. Especially when I am preparing my own kids table. Even though my kids are all under the age of 7 I know that they will want to feel special. So when I set their table I buy them special plastic glasses that won’t break but LOOK like the fancy crystal goblets at the big table. The youngest kids even have lids and straws for theirs. I set the table with fun colors and items that will entertain.

This year I found these sweet little DIY pilgrim hat crayon holders. Since I give each kid a placemat to doodle on this was the perfect thing to add to my table. Thank you to Kristyn at LilLuna for the incredibly cute and simple tutorial. The hats are so cute I even decided to give each adult at the table one as well. I included a placemat of paper so that we can all doodle. I have even decided to have a little contest. We each have to draw what we are thankful for this holiday season. I cannot wait to see what everyone creates.

Here at The Boy’s Store we want to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. And may all of you have a year to be thankful for.

Homemade Bath Crayons

Homemade Bath Crayons

Getting your boys to take a bath each night can sometimes be a difficult task. Bath-time can be boring and unnecessary in the eyes of some young boys. But by just adding a few little fun elements bath time can become a fun, exciting, and still a clean and efficient bath time. Our friends at Kiboomu have an excellent recipe for some bath-time soap crayons that will not only allow your boys to color and draw on the walls allowing their creativity to thrive, but it is also a clean color that washes right off at the end of bath time.

Bath crayons can be an excellent way for kids to allow their creativity to burst forth during bath-time. With all that creative energy flowing with the water and bubbles bath-time becomes one of the most entertaining times of the day. Let your kids draw or write on the tub walls and the tile. Nothing will be more fun than bath-time after this great craft.

What You Will Need:

Clear glycerin soap
3 or more soap color dyes (food coloring works well)
Essential oils in your favorite smell (optional)
Glass measuring cup
Ice Cube trays or round crayon molds (silicon trays work best)
Rubbing alcohol
Spray bottle

What You Will Do:

You will need to being by separating the soap base cubes, separate them into piles for however many colors you plan to create.
Place the soap cubes for the first color in the glass measuring cup, then m let it in the microwave. Start with short intervals of about 30 seconds until the soap is completely melted.
Once the soap is melted add your choice of color and mix well.
Now you can add a few drops of the essential oils to make the crayons smell less like soap. This is optional but really helps make them more fun to play with when they don’t have that lingering glycerin smell.

Now carefully pour the colored soap into the ice cube trays. Use the alcohol in the spray bottle to spray on top of the colored soap in the trays to help get rid of any bubbles.
Complete the same process with each color. Wen you are done allow the soap crayons to dry for a few hours until they are completely solid. Then carefully pop them out of the ice cube trays or molds.
Now have a great time coloring away in your next bath!