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    Activities,  Holidays

    How To Have a Fun Spring Break With Boys

    The key to a successful Spring Break with boys in our house is a balance of fun and relaxation time. We don’t want to be so busy that we’re overwhelmed, but too much boredom breeds fighting in my experience so far. We usually stay at home (in town that is), but we plan little activities throughout the week. Here’s how we had a successful (for the most part) Spring break this year. Days to Relax We took Monday and Tuesday to relax and hang out at home. Most of us are introverts (the jury is still out on the youngest little man), so we need time away from big crowds…

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  • Our Boy Life | Thanksgiving Thankful Tree
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    Thanksgiving Thankful Tree

    Every year our family likes to reflect on what we are thankful for. I think it’s a good way to get the boys to think about all we have and how much we are blessed. We usually do a Thanksgiving Paper Chain and have even done a Thankful Jar but this year, I wanted to do something different…something bigger. A big Thankful Tree was perfect. Creating the Tree I found this tree, decided I could make something similar, and set to work. Using that tree as an example, I used 30 inch wide craft paper to draw a tree with pencil. Then, I painted over the pencil drawing and filled in…

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    DIY 4th of July Flag Shirt {And Our 4th of July Fun}

    This year we stayed home and hung out at our house for 4th of July. I didn’t want to make a big production of it like we did for Little Brother’s birthday party, but I still wanted the day to be special. So I planned a few little activities to do around the house, and we had a few people over to just hang out and relax. My favorite activity of the day was making these cute DIY flag t-shirts. I found the idea at the last minute the day before 4th of July, but we were able to whip them together easily on Independence Day morning after breakfast. Supplies:…

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    How To Plan A Thomas the Train Birthday Party

    Since Little Brother loves just about anything that “goes”, we decided a Thomas The Train Birthday Party would be the perfect choice to celebrate his 3rd birthday. I did a lot of planning and searching for ideas, and I’m sharing them here, so you can easily plan a Thomas the Train Birthday Party too. Let’s get planning! Scroll on for more details! Entry The first thing our guests saw at our Thomas the Train Birthday Party was Thomas on the Track on our front sidewalk.I found the idea for the “3 YR OLD CROSSING” sign and duct tape tracks both on Pinterest. The tracks take a lot more duct tape…

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    A Day Out With Thomas

    Recently, we went to “A Day Out With Thomas” at the Colorado Railroad Museum. I actually chose Thomas as Little Brother’s birthday party theme with this event in mind since I already had the tickets. Little Brother loves Thomas even more since his birthday, so it was great planning! There were several activities to do and trains and cars to explore before our departure time. If you love trains, this is the place to go! They even had a scavenger hunt of sorts with a prize at the end. The Railroad Museum allows you to bring a picnic lunch, so the boys did that while we picked up some barbecue…

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    Thanksgiving Activities Jar

    I like to try to celebrate and do activities as we approach Thanksgiving. It’s the perfect opportunity to teach our kids about gratitude. This year we wrote down several ideas for “gratitude activities” and put them in our Thanksgiving Activities Jar. We’d like to do one activity each day, but we’re doing them as we have time. Life can be busy as kids get older and start doing activities! Gratitude and Thanksgiving Activities: Gratitude Scavenger Hunt Write a thank you note. Call your grandparents and say hi. Write a list of the things you love about someone and give it to them. Say a prayer to thank God for all your…

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    Spring Blizzard Activities

    It’s Spring time in Colorado, so it’s the perfect time for…a blizzard! As a native Coloradan I can tell you that March and April are some of the prime times for big snow storms and today was no exception. Though it was 70 degrees and sunny yesterday, today we found ourselves stuck inside, but there was still plenty of fun without the sun. First we played some games. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Operation are favorites. For a nice twist on Candy Land we used these cards to do a little sight word review and learning on a day off from school. Big Brother is doing better and better…

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    Pipe Cleaner Fun

    I’m always on the lookout for any little thing that might entertain or interest Little Man. This simple activity was a surprising hit (even the Big Guy thought it was really cool!).   You just need a plastic bottle, pipe cleaners, and a strong magnet.   Cut up the pipe cleaners and put them in the bottle.   Screw on the lid and use the magnet to move the pipe cleaners around in the bottle. It’s surprisingly entertaining! {You can see the original idea here}   Want more ideas for fun with your kids? Check out my board for Kids’ Play: Inside Follow Erin’s board Kids’ Play: Inside on Pinterest.

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    Simple Countdown to Baby

    We’re getting closer and closer to Baby’s arrival! Little Man can’t quite grasp the concept of time and when Baby is coming, so I thought a countdown was in order. This gives Little Man (and me!) a visual of the days until the due date. It’s also a great way for him to participate in something involving Baby.   Each circle has details about that particular day. Little Man takes down the circle from the previous day as we countdown to the due date (they’re attached with a glue that removes easily). Before we know it, there won’t be any circles left. We’re so excited for this baby to arrive!…

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  • Activities,  Crafts

    Toilet Paper Roll Cars

    I love a good project using items from around the house! These cars are fun to play with but were even more fun to make. We painted them, punched out circles to attach as wheels with little brads, and added number stickers and a steering wheel to each. So much fun!   Little Man liked them so much that he had to be in some of the pictures. I found the idea on Pinterest, of course, and you can view the original project here (it’s in Hungarian, but the pictures are great and easy to follow). Start saving those toilet paper rolls and you can make some too! Want more…

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