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Summer STEAM fun!

This summer we have been TRYING to have lots of fun while still staying ready for school next year. It has been a balancing act, mostly for Mommy. Let’s face it, summer is one of our only times to slow down in the entire year. So while Mommy wants to keep these kids sharp, focused, and ready for next year Mommy also wants to sleep in and lay by the pool or swim and do handstands too! But I have tried. And trying is the best.

This month we wanted to share with you a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mechanics) activity that we tried. I found this awesome tutorial at Little Bins for Little Hands. This great activity teaches it all. It is a fun artistic endeavor that allows kids to learn by doing. It also is a fun activity that lets kids explore through play. Which is a win-win in my book. This simple Kaleidoscope lets kids learn how to build, design, and complete a task. It is fun, artistic, and creative.

STEAM fun

We loved working on these together. The kids each had a very different kaleidoscope than their siblings. Even though we made them all together everyone made their own unique design. Then we took them outside to see them work in bright light, shaded light, and back in the house with no light. It was a lot of fun and very simple to accomplish. Now I feel as if I have helped them to hone their STEAM skills and I didn’t sacrifice my fun time for summer.

be sure to head on over to Little Bins for Little Hands for the full tutorial, and be sure to check out their other great fun activities that teach through play!

 

Outdoor Activities with Shaving Cream!

I love giving my kids activities to do outside, and they love it when those outdoor activities make a mess. I do NOT love it when they make a mess, even outside. So I try to find activities that while messy, are easy to clean up.

My kids played at a friends house and used shaving cream outside to make art on the sidewalk. We don’t actually have sidewalk since we live in a rural area. We do have a very large back patio, and they love to use chalk on it. I had been hesitant to let them do too much without being sure it would wash off. So I did a little research and found this fun website called The Tiptoe Fairy. This fun website features a shaving cream recipe that allows your kids to make their own puffy paint for sidewalks (or patios) that washes off easily.  Thank you Tiptoe Fairy for this great idea. Now my kids can make a mess, and I can be sure it comes off.

Outdoor activities

The Tiptoe Fairy has a very simple and easy to follow tutorial that will help you to recreate her foamy puff paint. My kids loved the paint. Although it does stick pretty well to the cement it washes off with moderate water pressure. It was the perfect way to get them unplugged and outside during their weekend playtime.

Be sure to head on over to The Tiptoe Fairy for the complete tutorial, and be sure to check out her other amazing tutorials!

Spring Break Fun: Swim!

Spring Break is almost here, and that means we can finally enjoy some warmer weather. Whether you are traveling somewhere fun and warm or you are enjoying the warmer temperatures at home you will want to check out the awesome swim apparel available at The Boy’s Store this season.

Boys Riis Swim Trunks by Appaman: These green triangle swim shorts are bold and fun for swimming this season. Pair them with some Appaman rash guards or t-shirts for a comfortable and completed look. These run small so size up!

Boy's swim by Appaman

Boys Riis Trunks by Appaman: Just like the green triangles these are great for spring break and summer. They feature a blue crab print, giving some tropical life to our dreary winter blues.

Crab swim trunks

Boys Logo Swim Trunks: The always hip Appaman logo is also an excellent choice for some rad spring break trunks. The monkey logo is always a hit with kids.  It features an ombre blue color that reminds all of us calm and cool waters ready for lots of fun and relaxation. Pick some up now for your spring breaker!