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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!

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. It 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!

Outdoor Truck Track for Kids

My kids all love playing trucks. My two-year-old little boy loves his Tonka trucks and Caterpillar Trucks, he even got a brand new set for his birthday this winter. Now that the weather is improving and he can spend more time outside I wanted to create a fun outdoor area where he could drive his trucks, build, and move dirt all day long. He loves to move rocks, dirt, sticks, and everything else he can get his grimy little hands on while he plays. So we wanted to create something that was confined and allowed him to get things he could move safely and easily.

I came across this fun little area on Pinterest and knew right away I had to try to replicate it. We found some stones, some pavers, picked up some sand at the hardware store, found some pinecones, and some sticks and twigs for him to move and pickup and set to work creating a fun little zone just for him. It was simple, inexpensive and fast once we got started. Now he can play construction site all day long with his friends, siblings, or all by himself. Check out some of the ideas we used and feel free to create your own little construction zone! Thank you to Cute DIY Projects for some incredible ideas! Truck track truck track for kids