During the summer months, I looked to Pinterest a lot for ideas. I was searching for items to do with the boys if it was too hot, rainy, or to save for the winter months if we were snowed in. I pinned craft items, science items, writing items, books, and fun recipes. Most of the time, I would just pin them into a board so I could check back later. There was one instance when I immediately went out to get supplies.
In July, someone pinned Tot Treasures’ post about making Slime. I was in love with this idea. Both of my boys love playing with Playdoh, Silly Putty, and other similar items. So, I noted the two ingredients that we needed and bought them when I found a store that had them.
For some reason, we never made the slime before the boys started back to school. This week, I really wanted to test it out since the kids were home for February break. Saturday afternoon, the kids were restless and it was raining outside. We tried a craft kit that I bought and it flopped miserably. Thanks to this, I pulled out the liquid starch and clear glue. NHL was very excited about this process.
It had been months since I read the post, so I quickly went to Tot Treasures for a refresher. Basically, it is equal parts of glue and liquid starch. I say basically because we learned that is not always the case (had I read the comments again, I may have avoided the mistake).
The process is really kid friendly, but sometimes you have to wait a bit for the glue to absorb the liquid starch (apparently humidity factors into this as well). If you put too much starch in, you can always add more glue if you have any more. If not, you may notice that the slime is a bit too wet and lumpy. It does not smooth out. We figured this out after the first batch of slime and made a perfect second attempt.
JSL’s second batch came out perfect. Meanwhile, NHL’s first batch was a mess, literally. We did not have additional clear glue to put into the mixture. So I went on a search for more glue in the house. I found a container of white glue and set to make him more slime. How did the white glue compare? Well, here is the result below.
TechyDad said he actually liked the consistency of the white glue more, even if it stayed a bit more sticky. The “recipe” noted using food coloring, but we opted to skip this step. Our goal was for fun without making colorful hands this time. JSL also figured out a fun way of playing with the slime. ACHOO…
Yes, they had fun laughing, playing, and being creative with their slime. After three hours, we packaged up the slime in containers and are going to see how it holds up for another day of play.
Have you ever made slime before? I would love to know your thoughts on this fun activity.
There are a lot of people that share Disney photos on their Pinterest account, not just blog posts. I am not really one of those people. I have my Disney Life for Me board, but it is filled with posts about Disney from others and also has some of my own. Even before Pinterest was popular, I loved making fun collages and/or adding captions to my photos. Pinterest has just made it more of a hobby so I can make sure there is an item to be pinned on each post. This week, we were asked to share some of our Pinterest photos for the Focused on the Magic theme. You can also click on the picture and it will take you to the blog post it came from (a magical bonus).
Be sure to stop by Focused on the Magic by clicking on the button above to join in the Disney magic this week.
As a child, I have strong memories of playing parachute games at school and during girl scouts. The parachute we used was huge. Lots of girls from our troop and others could gather around it to play games, run, jump, sing, and have a great time. Fast forward to this summer when I won a parachute from Let’s Play on Selfish Mom. On Saturday, we had a party to share the Unreal Candy (more on that soon) that we had received. Since the weather was beautiful, we packed up the scooters, helmets, parachute, and some other outside toys.
The kids all had a great time playing with the parachute. I actually wish I had taken some time to research some parachute games for them to play before we arrived. Unfortunately, I forgot to do this. Thank goodness, kids have great imaginations. They were able to make things up. Once back home, I looked on Pinterest and found a bunch of games that I remember playing as a child. Kid Activities had a great variety, but Woodlands Junior School had fantastic photos of their suggestions. The kids actually managed to do some variations of two of them, and added a new superhero approach.
We tried a variation of popcorn, but the balls we had were too big for the parachute. Next time, I will make sure we pull out some bean bags or other smaller items to use. Of course, the parachute was also a great place to sit down and watch the kids as they were running, jumping, and playing together for some fun in the sun while the sun was shining.
Have you ever played parachute games as a child or with your children? I would love to know what you have done so I can add to my list of possibilities for when the weather cooperates.
It has been years since I have done a major craft for ME that is not knitting. I love painting, making pottery, and doing other interesting items. Yesterday, I wrote about getting supplies to make slime with the boys. One of my Pinterest boards is filled with items that I would like to make for me, gifting, or beyond.
What you may notice with recent posts are a lot of items that involves decoupage or more specifically Mod Podge. In the photo above, you can see the Mod Podge photo-letter collage. I think that would be SO amazing to make for a teacher, grandparent, or other person with special memories on it. I have done similar items in the past, but not in a long, long, long time.
Since I really want to test these out, I went to the store to check out the section of Mod Podge items. This is what I saw:
In my quest to figure out what I want to try first, a friend told me about a website that is all about Mod Podge. Mod Podge Rocks is a blog written by Amy Anderson with lots of projects and more. Actually, if you look in the photo on the right at the book, that’s hers. There are so many ideas my head is spinning and I have to limit the amount of time that I spend looking. I have a feeling I may try Mod Podge earrings, sparkle sneakers, or the photo letter.
So my question to you this week:
Have you ever done a Mod Podge project before? Please share that below or some other craft that you enjoy doing when you have some time.
P.S. If you are interested in checking out what is inside the Mod Podge Rocks!: Decoupage Your World book you can click on that link. It is to an Amazon Affiliate link where I will receive a small percentage from the sale. I know that I am thinking about purchasing the book soon.
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.
Last summer, we had a lot of rain and I was constantly trying to figure out what to do with the boys inside. Rain has hardly been an issue this year. Instead, heat and humidity are making it hard to spend too much time outdoors. This is where Pinterest has been helpful. I have found some very interesting items to try out with the boys.
My Pinterest Crafts for kids, Crafts for ME, Summer Fun, and Educational Fun at Home boards are places I go to for ideas. While out and about with JSL the other day, I confused him with some purchases. Here they are:
Thanks to a pin that I noticed the other day, I knew that I needed liquid starch and clear glue (not the easiest to find) to make slime. When I saw the glue on the shelf at the store, I went on a hunt for the other missing item. The food coloring is already at home. Next step, we will follow the directions on Tot Treasures: Explore the Art of Play to hopefully make slime like the pin below:
Now we have everything all set to make our own slime and you know I will be taking photos along the way. What other items have you made, or seen that you would love to test out with the kids (or yourself) this summer?
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