Homemade Bubble Blowers

Looking at the weather lately I do not know what to think. I feel so bad for my friends who are freezing their toesies off and, yet, I am loving the “way to early to be this warm” weather here in sunny AZ. I have lived my fair share of years cooped up inside during the winter, so I totally feel the pain of being cooped up. So in honor of everyone warm or freezing, we are sharing a fun and inexpensive activity that everyone should love indoors or out!

1 Bubble Fun with Straws

 

What You Need:

  • Bubbles
  • 2 straws - I always snag a couple extra when we go out to eat just for these occasions!
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Small measuring cup (medicine size is perfect)
  • Stir-crazy children

 

Directions:

Step 1: Cut two straws in half.

Bubble Straw Blowers

 

Step 2: Tape all 4 straws together to make a Bubble Pipe (see below). We found it helpful to tape in the middle, but also 1/2 inch from the edge the bubble mixture will be touching.

Bubble Straw Blowers 1

 

Step 3: Fill your measuring cup half way with bubble liquid. See the cup below? Perfect, right?!?!

Homemade Bubbles

 

TIP: We discovered the small measuring cups were perfect for this kind of bubble play! They are a good fit for the kiddos hand/fingers, fit the straws perfectly and, most importantly, if they happen to “accidentally” spill it, you did not loose the whole bottle!

 

Step 4: Go outside and let them blow away!!! OR…

Bubble Fun - with strawsBubble Fun with Straws

 

…Go to the bathtub and let them blow their little bubble hearts out! The bathtub is a great place to contain the bubble mess and they still can go crazy!

P1110205Bubble Fun with Straws

 

In case you are wondering, you can fit 3 kiddos comfortably in the tub area. Ha! But the wee one was ruling the zone!

Fighting indoor boredom with bubbles

 

They had a lot of fun and it was a super easy clean up!

Homemade Bubble Blowers

 

What are your favorite Bubble Activities?

 

Jingle Bracelets

If you ask my kiddos, they will tell you bells are not only good for the Christmas but all year round! I love these smaller bells because the Littles’ always find them entertaining. We intentionally made them for the toddler, but soon ever friend that came over wanted one, too!

Bell Fashions

 

What You Need:

  • 2 Pipe cleaners
  • Bells – we used 4
  • Glue gun (optional)
  • Scissors (optional)

 

Directions:

The first time we made these we used 1 pipe cleaner but the bells kept sliding together and I was afraid my toddler could get the bells off if she played with it long enough. With 2 pipe cleaners, I no longer have that fear.

 

Step 1: Twist the 2 pipe cleaners together a few times before adding your first bell. Leave 2 – 3 inches on each end of the pipe cleaners so you have space to finish off the full circle at the end.

Christmas Festive Jewelry

 

Step 2: We twisted the pipe cleaner 3 times between bells, so the bells were not touching and I think they sound better, too.

Homemade Jewelry for Children

 

Step 3: When you are finished attaching the bells, finish your circle/bracelet off by twisting the two ends of the pipe cleaner together. With most of the bracelets we made we had to cut them down at least an inch or two. You may need to add a little hot glue to cover up the wire at the end of the pipe cleaner if you cannot tuck it away. No one likes to get poked!

How to make a homemade bell bracelet

 

Step 4: For the littler wrists they needed a bigger circle to get it on, but to keep them from coming off we pinched the bracelet tight and then twisted a couple of times so they would not fall off.

Bell Jewelry

 

Step 5: Enjoy and jingle away!!! It’s so hard to get a picture of her holding still with this bracelet on!

Jingle Bracelets

Holiday Break Activity – Bronx Zoo Ice Carving Week

Do you live in the New York area or will be visiting soon? I have a great (and almost free) way to spend some quality time with your family during this upcoming Christmas break and/or vacation….Visit the Bronx Zoo! Right now through December 31 when you donate a unwrapped toy at the Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo, or the Central Park Zoo to help support local families, you will receive one FREE general admission ticket to the Bronx Zoo! Visit http://bronxzoo.com/toydrive/ for more details.

 

I wish I lived closer because next week they have some extra fun going on with the Wildlife Ice Carving Week! Doesn’t this look like so much fun?!?!?Free tickets to Bronx Zoo

 

Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week at the Bronx Zoo: Bigger, Better, and Icier!

This holiday season, don’t miss the Bronx Zoo’s Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Week! Every day from December 26 – 31, 2013watch as master ice carvers craft magical sculptures of majestic Arctic Beringia animals, soar down a 25 foot long polar bear ice slide, sit atop a giant Bowhead whale sculpture, and explore a real life igloo!

Bronx zoo ice carving week

On Saturday, December 28th, visit our fourth annual Salute to Wildlife Ice Carving Competition where carvers from around the tri-state will compete. You can vote for your favorite animal-themed sculpture and pick this year’s winner. You can also enjoy the Toy Soldier Parade Carolers as they capture the season with favorite holiday songs, meet and take a photo with OLIVIA™ from the popular children’s book series, get free OLIVIA™ books while supplies last, make your own Arctic-themed crafts, and visit thousands of rare and amazing animals for the best family holiday fun this season.

For times, details, and more information, visit bronxzoo.com

Kidoodle.TV – TV. Built for Kids, Loved by Parents!

I participated in a Blog Blast program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Kidoodle.TV. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

Kidoodle.TV Review

I have never loaded any apps on my phone that allow my children to watch shows on it…that is until this past weekend. I just loaded Kidoodle.TV. With a sick kiddo in the house who needs to stay down, it has been a life saver! He can cuddle down with my phone and when his time is up, it turns off and I am saved from the “mom fail” of discovering I was not paying enough attention to the clock and he has watched 1 or 2 more shows than he should have. I only wish it was available for Roku, but I am totally good with my computer and phone for now! You can Kidoodle.TV for free for the month of December and check out the details for the giveaway below.

Kidoodle.TV review

 

What is Kidoodle.TV?

  • Built for kids, not just aimed at them, Kidoodle.TV is designed specifically for the use and navigation by kids (ages 12 and under), ensuring an age-appropriate viewing experience.
  • Featuring a brightly colored, easy-to-use user interface, customizable Kid Profiles for up to 5 kids, and great entertainment and educational content from a variety of sources, Kidoodle.TVis child oriented and convenient, with no adult content and with robust controls for parents.
  • Parental controls include age category filtering and title selection and de-selection, which allows parents to tailor available content to each child’s needs.
  • Once logged into Kidoodle.TV, parents simply select a Kid Profile and hand off the navigation to the child.
  • Kidoodle.TV features content appropriate for its audience and is free of advertising within the service.
  • Kidoodle.TV offers the freedom and diversity of Internet access but with parameters built in to assist with child safety.

 

Our experience:

My children are rarely allowed to watch shows on the computer or TV anymore because they are simply too smart for their own britches and have figured out how to change shows or click on to the next show (sometimes it is not a “this mom approved” type show) without telling me. I do not have time to always sit with them to watch a show and I hate having to be a helicopter parent to make sure they are making the best decisions. Problem solved with the “Parent’s Room” on Kidoodle. TV. I can pick the amount of time they are allowed to watch (15 min, 30 min or more). I can also decide which age appropriate shows each individual kiddo can watch. So for my son, I have removed all fighting type shows from his list of approved shows, but he still has the freedom to pick from a large assortment of shows. It’s a win for both of us because he has the opportunity to feel independent while making good TV viewing choices and I do not have to worry about him sneaking in hours of TV time or watching inappropriate commercials and/or show content.

 

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Santa Belly Ornaments

Easy Neighbor Christmas Gifts

We needed a simple and fun Christmas ornament to put together. My mom had one on her tree, so we made our own variation.  They were super easy to put together…and easy enough for my kiddos to do almost all on their own (the hot glue gun was my job ;-) ) If we are going to give gifts from the kids to their teachers, I love to have it be something they actually made and this ended up being the perfect craft!

 

What You Need:

  • 3/8 inch black ribbon – cut it so it can overlap 1 inch around the widest part of the ornament
  • Pop tops
  • Clear plastic ornaments (or glass if you don’t need kid friendly)
  • Red Tinsel
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

 

Directions:

Step 1: Gather supplies. I tried looking at local shopping stores, but was able to find all the supplies (not including pop tops) I needed at Michaels and for %50 off. I did not think finding clear plastic ornaments was going to be as difficult as it was! Also, the tinsel I found was wired on a swag with green leaves. It was pretty easy to remove.

Christmas Ornament Ideas

 

Step 2: Stuff the ornament with tinsel to create the Santa Belly. This is the perfect job for the kiddos and even my 13 month old wanted in on the fun!

Christmas Ornaments Children Can Make

 

Step 3: Feed ribbon through pop top until about  1-2 inches away from one end to create the Santa Belt.

Easy Christmas Ornament Idea

 

Step 4: Since the ribbon will be overlapping you either need to melt the cut end that will be visible with a match so it will not fray or fold it over and hot glue it. As you can see below, we folded it over just a tiny bit and hot glued it.

Santa Belly Ornament

 

Step 5: Attach the belt to the belly using the hot glue gun. We just added a little glue at each end and it seems to hold well.

Easy Neighbor Christmas Gifts

 

Step 6: I was able to find a whole bucket of colorful balls for cheap, so we created some colorful Santa Bellies. We like to call the green one a Grinch Belly!

Cute Christmas Ornament Ideas - Santa Belly Christmas Ornaments

Step 7: Share with friends and enjoy!

Christmas Ornament Idea for Kids

 

 

**Link Ups: Get Your DIY On (ThankfulHouse)

We Did It! Speedy Christmas Tree Setup Video

Set Up the Christmas Tree Video

I posted last week about my In-Laws and their Christmas Tree Set Up Video and I am so excited that we were able to do it this year. Unfortunately, I was playing with the setting on my camera and unknowingly left the settings that ended up recording poorly. BUT there is no redoing the tree set up, so it is what it is! Enjoy!

Tips:

We used a tripod in the corner and I put a few chairs in front of it to keep the little one from investigating it. I also think having the camera out kept all the kiddos pretty calm knowing they were being recorded. Ha! Creating the video on my computer was a lot easier than I thought it would be, too. Oh, and you really do need to hold any writing for 20 seconds (like my brother-in-law suggested). We held our sheets at the beginning of the video for 10.

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