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Lego Creativity Activity

Legos are one of our favorite activities. There really is no end to the possibilities. My kids love to make buildings, create new worlds, cars, animals, you name it they have created it. They can make anything their little hearts desire. It is a great way to challenge their creativity.

Recently, I read an article about open-ended play and invitations to play. It is a great way to reintroduce old toys, show new ways of playing with toys, and allows the child(ren) to try something they may not have considered trying before.

I decided to try using the invitation to play concept and give my kids an idea for how to use their Legos in a different way. Self Portraits. I found this idea on Pinterest and I couldn’t help but think of how fun and unique it would be. The kids always try to build THINGS with their Legos. I am not sure they ever considered building an art project starring themselves.

So I got out all of the kids Legos and baseplates and told them what we were going to do. I showed them an example and I let them do their thing. The results were remarkable. It gave them so much entertainment (me too if I am being honest!)

lego creativity

Give it a try and see what beautiful creations your kids come up with. This lego creativity idea, might surprise you with how they see themselves.

Pumpkin Launcher: Lego Fun

Every year the weekend of Thanksgiving my family watches a show called Punkin Chunkin. On this show people from all over the country gather in Delaware to launch pumpkins from catapult machines and canons. The pumpkin that travels the farthest wins. It is a silly and fun show that allows for creativity and incredible engineering. This year I found a fun little activity for the kids to do while they watch. Thank you Frugal Fun 4 Boys for always coming up with incredible ways to entertain my brood! This Pumpkin Catapult is made from Legos, a family favorite in this house, and uses engineering to launch little candy pumpkins across the room. Now this of course is not on the level of Punkin Chunkin, but it is lots of fun! pumpkin launcher If your little ones (or even your big ones!) love to create things and launch things then this is the perfect little activity. You can even use a tape measure and wage your own little competition for who can launch the pumpkin the farthest! Be careful not to launch it at anyone, and have a great time! Head over to Frugal Fun 4 Boys  for a full tutorial on how to create the catapult!

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!