Organizing the Ideas

I LOVE Family Fun’s magazine. It’s full of wonderful ideas and I want to keep them to refer to but I have nowhere to store them – so I came up with this idea. When the magazine comes in the mail I flip through it and tear out all the pages that I want to keep, hole-punch them and sort them into this binder:

Right now my categories are Crafts, Science, Food, Parenting and Games – I’m sure I’ll be adding more.

It’s a little bit like Pinterest on my shelf – and the kids like to flip through and pick activities!

Finders Keepers Treasures

I saw this on a blog and when I told the kids about it they thought it was a great idea so we started collecting rocks and shells. We hit the jackpot last week when we went swimming at the creek:

So today, while R1, R2 and I started a game of Yahtzee I got R3 started on painting.

And she was having so much fun that the rest of us started wandering over to help when it wasn’t our turn in the game.

After the paint dried we went back and used Mod Podge (made by me thanks to Pinterest), stickers, googly eyes and other objects to decorate them – and we wrote a message on the bottoms of the ones we could (“Bless You”, “Jesus Loves You”, “Peace”, etc.).

The boy got a little carried away with the googly eyes, but they turned out so cute!

And I’m super proud of this one – the one on the left is a bird that R3 made! I was seriously impressed. And the one on the right R1 made to go with it – love his idea to use leaves as wings.

I’m sure you’re wondering what the point is… we put them all in a basket to keep in our car. From now on when we go somewhere in town the kids will pick a few to leave in strategic places in hopes that other children will find them and get a sweet surprise to brighten their day.

Easter Basket Planning

Last year I did a Resurrection basket and it was fun but since we’re doing Resurrection Eggs this year I wanted to do something different for the baskets. But I still don’t want a ton of sugar or junk toys all over the house so thanks to Pinterest I’ve come up with some great ideas. I’ll be back with pics once I get it all made. ;)

Day of Crafts

The kids and I had some fun with crafts today!

Snowman handprint bulbs – this one is R3’s

then we made this cool “snowflake” for the tree.

We also made a bunch of snowflakes from coffee filters – R2 seems to have a knack!

Then the girls painted shiny pictures with condensed milk colored with food color. I’ll have to get some pics.