Saturday, June 23, 2012

Some Fun Kids' Activities

It has been a looong week with my son.  He's 3 years old and boy o boy, does he push every one of my buttons.  I'm trying to give him some constructed play a bit so here are some things we've done over the past couple of weeks.

This was a huge hit.  I got the idea here.  Basically, I put some little dinosaurs and sea animals I picked up at the Dollar Tree a while ago in the bottom of a Tupperware.  I filled it up half way with water, then added some blue dye and froze it overnight.

We grabbed a meat mallet and headed outside.  I just gave it a little squeeze to get it out of the Tupperware.  We dropped it on the ground and he went to town rescuing his dinosaur friends.

I made him wear his sunglasses so no glass flew up into his eyes.

 Sarah was relaxed enjoying watching her big bro.

He kept saying, "This is cool!"  Mom brownie points!  I grabbed some colored ice cubes I made for something else (see below) and he crushed those too.

I had also pinned this idea a long time ago.  I really just tucked the idea in my brain and never re-looked at it.  I thought the idea was to make colored ice cubes and "color" the concrete by letting them melt.  That didn't really work.

So, when I go back and look at the idea, she let the kids use the ice cubes to color a piece of fabric.  It turned out really pretty.  So, I may have to revisit this at some point.  For now, it's another great thing for my little guy to smash with his meat mallet.  We ended up just using the ice cubes as cars and letting them "race" until they melted.  Below are "McQueen", "Dinoco", "Chick Hicks", and my personal fav, "Yellow Belly".

Something else that has been a huge hit is water beads!  I admit, I'm obsessed with these.  Just running by fingers through them makes a crappy moment that much better.

I've seen them all over blog land.  Basically you buy a little pack of beads.  I got mine at Joann's for $5 and used a 40 or 50% off coupon making them cheap fun.  Let them sit in water for 4-6 hours and watch them grow.  This was fun to do throughout the day.  We'd go back and forth seeing how much they'd grown.  Then we used measuring cups to move them from one bowl to the next, we played with them a big bowl of shaving cream.  He really loves playing with these.  I just keep them in a sealed container but even if you left them out, they'd dry up but you would just need to stick them back in water.

And lastly, we've been playing with vinegar and baking soda.

I filled a Tupperware container with vinegar and filled a salt shaker with baking soda and let him shake away.  When the soda hits the vinegar, it bubbles up.  He's really liked this a ton too.  I got the idea from this blog.  We've done this several different times, with different colored water (his request).  You could also do it the opposite way with a container filled with baking soda and spray on some vinegar.

These are some really easy, really cheap ideas for you and your kiddos too.  I'd love to hear if you try any of them and how your kiddos liked them!

Thanks for reading!

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Mackenzie said...

Great Summer kid ideas! So creative! I'd love to invite you to share this with my readers on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes, I know they will love them as well! Have a great weekend!
Mackenzie :)

Mama Jodi said...

Such fun stuff here. I love all the creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

Malory {Snips & Spice} said...

These are great ideas! I would love for you to share them at Snips & Spice Sunday Slice.


Etcetorize said...

Looks like you're having a fun summer already. Thanks for sharing at Etcetorize!

Mackenzie said...

Thanks for sharing on Saturday Show & Tell at Cheerios and Lattes this weekend! We were so glad you joined us!
If you're interested, we would love to invite you to also link this up to the Summer Activities for Toddlers Collection! Here's a quick link: This would be a perfect activity to do with young ones!
Have a great week and hope to see you again next weekend! :)

Tulip TrueAim said...

Those water beads are a huge hit. Stopping by from SaltTree. I am a new follower. Hope to see you at True Aim. Thanks for sharing all of your fun and cheap ideas!

Lissa said...

What fun ideas! Pinning the dino excavation to try out this summer. :)

Toni @ SugarTart_Crafts said...

Bless you! Life has been absolutely crazy lately trying to entertain a 2 year old while taking care of a baby, and I need all the ideas I can get!

LP aka A Crafty Southern Chick said...

These sound like fun! Even for me ;) My son is 14 mos. and I can't wait for him to try things like this. I'll be pinning these for later!

Jenni said...

Super fun ideas! Going to try them with my kiddos this summer. :) Thanks for the great list and reviews.

Terry said...

Fabulous ideas. What little guy doesn't love to smash things with a mallet? Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

Chrissy Taylor said...

Love this! Thanks so much for sharing at Taylor House Thursday! This is being featured tonight!

Trish - Mom On Timeout said...

So many fun ideas! Sharing on Facebook and pinning now :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

Carrie said...

Wow, some great ideas!! We made colored ice cubes and melted them in glasses of water to mix colors. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

Lisa Hall said...

Love these kid play ideas!
I can't wait to try some of them with my grandkids!
I found you from the Making Lemonade Blog link-up and I'm glad I did! I am now a happy follower!

Carrie said...

Fantastic ideas, I actually haven't seen the water beads before. Pinned and featured this on my Facebook page! Thanks for linking to the Kids Craft Camp party on Making Lemonade.

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