play time – too cool for school

It’s not quite summer yet but we’ve had a few scorching days here already.  So
we are loving these fabulous ideas with ice that are sure to keep the kids
entertained and focussed for hours, all whilst staying cool.

Freeze balloons filled with water and small toys. Cut balloon off and play with eggs outside. Provide spoons for cracking ice and digging treasures out. 

This is the same concept on a larger scale!  Fill a large tray with plastic animals, dinosaurs or whatever your little one is into!  Freeze, then watch them dig away for hours to release the treasure. 

Images courtesy of;

http://www.crumbbums.com/?p=2476 (big ice cube)

alittlelearningfortwo.blogspot.com  (eggs)

fun express – water balloon pinata

Summer time is officially here so I thought this little gem was worth sharing.  My boys can have HOURS of fun with water balloons – filling them, throwing them and, now, using them as a pinata!

Simply fill the balloons with water, attach them to a high string or surface (the washing line is great!) and then bash away with a broomstick until they burst and shower the kids with water.  Much better than lollies in my opinion!

 

5 easy peasy craft activities

It’s raining here.  Cats and dogs.  My boys have completed two games of rugby before 9.30am and we are now home, showered, fed and bunkered down for the rest of the day.  A bit of easy craft (the kind I don’t have to think about too much) is definitely on the cards.

Here are 5 easy peasy ideas …

Duplo painting – everyone has their own plate with paint blobs on it.  Choose duplo blocks of different sizes, along with wheels, and you will have a great little masterpiece in no time at all! (courtesy picklebums.com)



Collect some leaves from the backyard or park and glue them onto pages to make animal shapes,  Add eyes, arms or legs as required and, voila!  We love this fish.  (courtesy marthastewart.com)

Balloon ping pong – add a paddle pop stick to a paper or plastic plate, blow up a balloon and play away! (courtesy theweekendhomemaker.com)

Lanterns – cover a glass jar with pretty paper then use a small flameless candle to play with it outside in the evening!  If raining, it also makes a gorgeous centrepiece for the dinner table! (courtesy picklebums.com)

Enjoy!

lollipop, you make my heart go giddy up

Our boys are all winter babies so we have a party a month for the next three months.

Yes, yes, we claim to have that “party every second year” rule but, inevitably, my inner child and imagination take over and before we know it, the invitations have gone out and I am attempting to decorate a cake waaaay beyond my capabilities.

So I’ve been perusing my favourite sites for inspiration and along the way stumbled across this little gem of an idea …

Lollipop balloons – so easy to make using a roll of cardboard (or plastic pipe), an inflated balloon and some cellophane over the top.  Secure cellophane with ribbon or tape and, voila!