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Easy make and take puzzles

20150406_194900My boys like mixing things up and creating their own fun. So, we searched the options online and found some new creative puzzle ideas to try out. Once made, I’ll be taking these on the road to keep my tots busy when we need to wait at restaurants or during the trip. 

Here are 5 fun ones we found:

itsybitsypuzz 

Grab a printer and some scissors for these easy paper animal puzzles from itsy bitsy fun.

 

 

Color and cut paper plate puzzles from Laughing Kids Learn. 

 

 

 

IMG_7546Sunbleached alphabet and shape puzzle from S.B. Creatively. You could probably use foam letters or toy shapes too. Great puzzle idea to recognize letters and more.

 

 

 

motherpuzzMotherhood on a dime lays out steps to creating craft stick puzzles using photos and popsicle sticks.

 

 

 

20150406_195251Stickers, cereal boxes and pizza. . . .oh my! Preschool Express shares how everyday objects can be transformed into learning tools.

 

 

Balancing marriage, work and two boys under 3, there’s little time to stop, rest and bask in the moments of parenting gone right. I’m learning to keep on the Go-Go tackling the next mini family crisis, multi-tasking and keeping my babies busy all while standing on one foot.  Make no mistake, I am no super mom though. Here, I plan to share my struggles, triumphs, fun with the kiddos, sanity savers and more. Hopefully you will find my ramblings amusing if nothing else. Cheers to parenthood!

Celebrate The Holidays With Paint

By Tuesday, November 25, 2014 , , Permalink 0

My boys love hands-on and messy. Me? Not so much, but if it’s the name of creating fabulous learning experiences, let’s roll!

Painting is a wonderful creative outlet for my busy boys.

This holiday season, I’ve pledged to keep the little ones involved in family celebrations through crafts. I plan to simply set out a craft table with an old table cloth, sample craft and let the fun unfold. Just be sure to forewarn parents so they can prepare with a garbage bag smock or change of clothes. 

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Here’s one holiday craft idea involving paint that I mashed up for Thanksgiving and a few others I plan to explore for the rest of the season:

Photo Box Holiday Ornament

Ornament2Ornament1You can use this as a tree ornament or a holiday gift box. We used a mini Polaroid camera, but you can use a regular camera and print on photo paper or regular paper at your host’s house. Take Thanksgiving-themed photos with free downloadable props from Kristen Duke Photography.

What You Need:

  • Photo Props (optional)
  • Camera and access to printer
  • Paint, Pens, Markers, Crayons
  • Paper Gift Box
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

Babies Can Paint Too

I’m thinking it might be fun for my older toddler to help whip up this paint made with REAL fruit for his little bro from blogger Jamie Reimer (HANDS ON as we grow).

Artist and blogger Arlee (Small Potatoes) also gives step-by-step instructions on making a sensory paint bin so babies can join in on the fun too.

More Paint Project Ideas

Kideas

Kideas

Turkey handprint/ footprint by Will Work For Eskimo Kisses

One Foot Christmas Tree by Kideas

Hand Painted Fridge Magnets by Happy Hooligans

Custom Art Frame by My Creative Side

Sponge Paint Stamps by It Happens In A Blink

Do you have a family holiday craft idea? Feel free to share it in the comment section below! 

Mama Go-Go Puppets in Less than 5

Try as you might keep sock pairs together, somehow they manage to separate.

In the laundry basket, in the wash, from the wash to the fold, from the fold to the sock drawer, from the sock drawer, we’re always losing a sock. We lose socks so much, I’ve created a sock box to reuse as dusters or temporarily store should their mates return.

Meet Tropicano

Meet Tropicano

But kid socks make lousy dusters and pairs rarely reunite. So what to do with all those bits of cotton? Turn them into finger puppets of course!

It’s so much fun to make with toddlers, takes less than 5 minutes and can provide endless fun.

 

Potty Training: The Underrated Lesson

“Nothing builds self-esteem and self-confidence like accomplishment.”

-Thomas Carlyle

The end of the size 5 diapers is nearing. I can sense the journey from messy diapers to the porcelain throne is almost over. Just a few more steps or accidents and we’re there….right?

This whole potty training period will go down as the toughest lessons for my first born boy and me. It’s been a roller coaster experience of patience, surprise, disgust, confusion, worry, doubt and victory.

It would be an embarrassing topic if it weren’t such a monumental step in life for a child and difficult lesson to teach for parents.

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