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Tetris Magnets: Travel Games

Are you looking for a fun activity to keep your kids busy on long car rides or plane travel this spring break? We try to keep activities and games in the car or in our game bag during travel. We know that the kids are in better spirits when they are busy and entertained, and so are we. We keep the usual, books, board games, coloring materials, toy cars, etc. But we always love to keep something that is unexpected that will keep the kids’ attention a little longer.

I stumbled upon the blog Moms and Crafters and was impressed by their Tetris Magnets. My kids love to build and puzzles, so I figured this might be something they would be interested in.

Tetris magnets

For those of you not born in the 80’s, Tetris was a video game that allowed you to create a wall with different sized and shaped bricks. You had to make them fit by changing the way they fell and formed together.

Moms and Crafters has created a fun real-life multidimensional version with wooden beads and magnets. This appealed to me on two levels, they were going to be able to build and learn while playing, and it had magnets so it was easy to keep together and not lose. Check out the full tutorial on Moms and Crafters now. You can add this little set of toys to your at home games or bring it on the road with you like we do. The magnets can be dangerous for younger children, so watch younger kids or do not allow them to play with them. My six year old loves this Tetris magnets game, but I wouldn’t trust my two-year-old with them.

Enjoy!

Halloween Crafts: Recycle and Scare!

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Kids love halloween. It is impossible not to fall in love with a holiday that allows you to be anything you want, scare a few friends, and eat candy. So of course it is a kid favorite. However it can get a little expensive to decorate, especially with so many adorable spooky accessories out there. But now you do not have to pay an arm and a leg to get those spooktacular decorations, and you have a built in way to entertain your own little gremlin for the day. Simply make your own delightful decorations. Now you and your little gremlin can create spooky monsters to line the driveway Halloween night and even light the way for fellow trick or treaters.
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Invisible Messages

What fun for two little boys to exchange secret messages using invisible ink. This simple recipe is easy and will require a minimum effort on your part.

You will need:

  • vinegar
  • red cabbage
  • water
  • cotton swabs
  • paper
  • spray bottle
  • kitchen pot

1. Chop the red cabbage into small pieces. Put the pieces in a pot of water. Cook them over low heat until the water is colored. Cool the mixture and pour into a

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spray bottle

2. Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/2 cup water to make the invisible ink

3. Dip a cotton swab into the ink and write a message on the paper. Let your message dry completely.

4. “Deliver” the message
5. Have the recepient spray the paper with the cabbage water to make the message appear