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Spooky Decor: Halloween Decoration DIY

It is September, and for many that means back-to-school routine, cooler weather, and shorter days. In our house, it means Halloween prep. We have already established that I love holidays. I decorate for Halloween and Christmas WAY before I should. It bother’s some people. I like to do it because ti brings me joy, it brings my family joy, and when people see it they are joyful too. We could use a little more joy in this world!

So do not be upset when I tell you I am already decorated for Halloween, and my kids already have their costumes. I am by no means an over achiever. I just enjoy certain things in life, and Halloween is one of them. So I have a fun and frugal Halloween decor idea for you to try. This year we created a Vampire Welcome Mat for our front door. Thank you to Megan Andersen at Creative Live for the fangtastic idea….. I kid.

What you will need:

– Jute doormat with rubber skid on the bottom (10$ at Home Depot)
– Pencil
– Box cutter or cutting blade
– Cutting mat
– Sharpie in pink, yellow or any other medium-light color
– Acrylic paint in white or unbleached titanium, black, and red
– Medium and small sized paint brushes
– Small paper plate

All of this is fun and simple stuff, much of it we already had. Thanks to Megan I now have a really cool and unique welcome mat for the front door this Halloween. The kids and their friends have already started commenting on how cool it is. I so rarely get to be the cool mom, so I enjoy getting these kudos at Halloween. After all, holidays are the times when parents get to be kids too!

Star Wars Legos: DIY Classic Bricks

Legos are everywhere at my house. Themed ones, classic ones, it doesn’t matter. They take up a lot of space! But we love them — so I try to let that go.

My kids always want the next big thing in Legos. Usually they want whatever is popular at the time. We have Harry Potter, Avengers, Batman, and Star Wars. I love that they love to build them, and play with them constantly. It really is not a waste at all. It does however get costly. This month my kids wanted the new X-wing Lego for Star Wars, but it just wasn’t in the budget. Instead I did a little googling and found this awesome DIY X-Wing from classic bricks. We have several boxes of classic bricks (for you non-Lego parents those are plain bricks with no theme) just sitting in the bin. So why not use them to create our own X-wing?

I found this super cool YouTube channel called Bricksir. I subscribed, because Legos, but you don’t have to in order to watch. Then I brought my kids in to watch the videos. All of the videos detail how to build incredible figurines, popular characters, cars, etc. from classic bricks.

My kids spent HOURS on the channel building incredible items. The instructions are simple to follow and help your kids along the way. It is very similar to the books that come with Legos as far as instructions go. So kids that can follow the build instructions in paper form should be just fine with the YouTube video.  It was a lot of fun watching them build, and it is nice to know I have more ideas for them for future builds right at my fingertips.

 

STEAM Tastes Good: Science Makes Ice-cream

We have been trying to do learning activities all summer long. I try to incorporate fun activities with learning components that will engage the kids’ minds but also let them be little and have fun. This week I found this fun (and tasty) activity.

When I was a kid I remember helping my mother make ice-cream and make butter as fun little at-home science experiments. I had not even thought to do it at home with my kids until i came across this post at Growing a Jeweled Rose.

This activity is actually the greatest science experiment for summer. The Science Behind Ice Cream in a Bag is that the salt lowers the melting point of the ice. This is why we add salt to roads in the winter. When you shake and move the bag it causes the salt and ice to react creating ice-cream!  Check out Growing a Jeweled Rose for the fun tutorial and recipe. Then try it at home and see just how sweet science actually tastes!