Pumpkin Slime!

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Serenity loves slime and we’re huge fans of pumpkins around here, so I decided to combine the two for a simple, fun activity. I had Josh clean out the pumpkin for me and save all of the seeds. I then mixed corn starch, orange colored water, and the seeds together to make a thick slime. I poured it back into the pumpkin and gave Serenity some Halloween toys, measuring cups, and a large spoon. She quickly decided she was making a spooky Halloween pumpkin soup. Her secret ingredients were skeletons, bats, frogs, spiders, snakes, and of course pumpkin seeds.๐Ÿ˜‰

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Spooky Frozen Hands!

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I’ve seen the frozen hands all over pinterest for a couple of years now & wanted to try it with Serenity. I filled some gloves with Halloween toys, poured in colored water, tied off with a rubberband, and froze for a couple of days. It’s best to make sure the fingers are spread out wide & not touching at all or it will be hard to get the glove off. (Ask me how I know! Haha.) When they were ready to be removed, I just ran it under water for a second to loosen up the glove & cut them off. They came off fairly easily as long as the fingers weren’t touching.๐Ÿ˜‰

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I put them in a shallow container and gave her colored salt, a scrub brush, measuring cups and spoons, a medicine dropper, and a bottle full of warm, colored water.

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Of course I had to refill the water and salt repeatedly over the course of the activity. She ended up using an entire container of salt for 6 hands. I hadn’t colored that much, so half of the activity she just had plain white salt. It actually seemed to work better than the colored salt. Maybe it was because it spread easier while the colored one clumped.

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She poured, scrubbed,ย and picked away at the hands until she got every single one of her “friends” out.๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was one of her favorite activities and it was so simple, but the fun lasted for hours!:)

Fizzing Halloween Shapes!

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I found cute little Halloween silicone molds at the Dollar Tree. I bought them on a whim, but didn’t have any idea what to do with them. I remembered seeing people make air fresheners by moistening baking soda and pressing it into cupcake liners to dry, so that gave me the idea to make a baking soda & vinegar activity for Serenity. I just mixed the baking soda with colored water and let it dry. I got impatient after a while & popped them in the oven at a low temperature to dry faster because they didn’t dry overnight for me & I wanted to do the activity the next day. The ones that air dried did turn out better though, so next time I’ll just plan a few days in advance. I put Halloween rings in a few of them, but the molds were just too shallow, so I left them out of the rest. Once they were all dried, I put them on a tray and gave her a spray bottle full of vinegar to melt them with. She loved watching them fizz and melt. The skulls were her favorite. She also had some pumpkins and spider webs.:)

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Fall Sensory Bin!

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Since it’s almost fall, I decided to do a sensory bin with Serenity and her friend Scarlet. Scarlet has been staying with us for a while and the girls were getting bored doing the same old things, so we decided to break out more activities!:) I colored the rice the night before. I hear it’s best to use vinegar and food coloring, but I was out of vinegar, so I just used water. I made red, orange, yellow, and brown rice. For the brown, I used liquid water colors. I added some cinnamon and cloves to the mixture while it was drying to scent it. Our entire house smelled like fall spices! The brown needed a bit more time to dry than the rest, so I put it on wax paper on a cookie sheet and put it in the oven at 200 degrees for about 15 minutes. Once all of the rice was dry, I poured it into our bin and mixed it together. I added some gold glitter to make it extra appealing.๐Ÿ˜‰ I bought a fall garland previously, so I cut the leaves off to add to the bin and some fake squash. I gave the girls some muffin tins, measuring cups & spoons, and a couple of trays to put stuff on. They immediately started digging in and filling their muffin tins.:)

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It was really simple, but the girls loved it. They played with it for hours!

Terrariums!

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My mom bought a couple of “Plant Your Own Terrarium” kits for Serenity a while ago. We never got around to planting them, so Josh decided to do this activity with Serenity before it started to get cold! I’m sure it’s a bit late in the season to be planting, but they’ll be inside anyway and Florida has pretty mild winters. One of them was a “moving plant”. It closes it’s leaves when it’s touched or left in the dark. The other was a “dinosaur park” with ferns, lava rocks, pebbles, and two cute little dinosaurs. That one seemed to be her favorite!

Breaking up the soil.

Breaking up the soil. (For her “moving plant” terrarium.)

Cheese!

Cheese!

Breaking up the soil some more...

Breaking up the soil some more…

Watching daddy plant the first seed.

Watching daddy plant the first seed.

Planting a few seeds herself!

Planting a few seeds herself!

Helping daddy cover the seeds with dirt.

Helping daddy cover the seeds with dirt.

Playing in the dirt! ;)

Playing in the dirt!๐Ÿ˜‰

Playing with the dinosaurs from her "dinosaur park" terrarium.

Playing with the dinosaurs from her dinosaur park terrarium.

Helping daddy break up the soil.

Helping daddy break up the soil.

Helping daddy pour the pebbles.

Helping daddy pour the pebbles.

Adding lava rock to the terrarium.

Adding lava rock to the terrarium.

Putting her little friends in their new home.

Putting her little friends in their new home.

Admiring her dinosaur park. :)

Admiring her dinosaur park.:)

She can’t wait for her seeds to start sprouting! She really enjoyed planting them! I guess we’ll have to let her start a garden next Spring!:)

Bug Party!

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My best friend & I planned a last minute birthday party for another friend’s 2 year old son. She didn’t know what kind of theme she wanted, but she want it to be “boy-ish”. With only 6 days to plan everything, we had to keep it simple. We decided to go with a bug theme because all kids love dirt and bugs right?๐Ÿ˜‰ Since it’s still pretty hot in Florida, we decided to have alot of outdoor activities. We had a water balloon fight (“larvae toss”), a silly string fight (“spider webs”), and a bubble machine. We also had a kiddie pool filled with bug shaped sponges that the kids loved! (The ones that come in capsules that you soak in warm water to “grow”.) My best friend provided all of the food, decorations, and fun. She was able to buy everything for $100. She kept the menu pretty simple, but everyone loved it. (Even though I admit it was a bit mainstream for my crunchy taste.๐Ÿ˜‰ ) For party favors, we gave everyone bubbles and play dough. ย I also made bug shaped crayons by melting down all of the broken crayons we’ve accumulated in a silicone bug mold I’ve had for years. Of course the kids also kept a few of the plastic bugs we had laying around for decoration! Everyone had a blast and birthday boy seemed really pleased!

Here are a few pictures of the table area:

Food & Party Favor Table

Food & Party Favor Table

We came up with creative names for everything.  "Cocoons" (Pigs in a Blanket) "Bug Juice" (Hawaiian Punch in 2 different flavors) "Ants On A Log" (Celery, peanut butter, and raisins)

We came up with creative names for everything.
“Cocoons” (Pigs in a Blanket)
“Bug Juice” (Hawaiian Punch in 2 different flavors)
“Ants On A Log” (Celery, peanut butter, and raisins)

"Dirt Cake" (Cupcakes) "Swamp Pads" (Brownies "Mud Pies" (Chocolate pudding, oreo crumble, and gummy worms)

“Dirt Cake” (Cupcakes)
“Swamp Pads” (Brownies)
“Mud Pies” (Chocolate pudding, oreo crumble, and gummy worms)

Party Favor Bags "Spider Webs" (Silly String) "Glow Worms" (Glow Sticks)

Party Favor Bags
“Spider Webs” (Silly String)
“Glow Worms” (Glow Sticks)

The was probably the easiest party I’ve ever planned! Most of the stuff can be bought at the Dollar Tree. It was so much fun!:)

Ready To Read Expo!

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This was actually last month, but I’ve fallen behind on blog posts again! Sorry!
We took Serenity to the Ready To Read Expo at our public library. They had a lot of “vendors” handing out great information and helping parents find valuable resources for their children. They also set up an activity room for the children. Serenity loved it! She had so much fun interacting with the other kids and was very excited to sign up for her own library card.:)

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Sorry for the low quality cellphone pictures!๐Ÿ˜‰

Finger Puppets!

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Serenity got a finger puppet kit and she was so excited to make some! She’s still a bit young, so I had to help cut and glue, but she got really creative deciding what she wanted to make and what colors she wanted to use.:) You’re not allowed to laugh, finger puppets are hard to make!๐Ÿ˜‰

Butterfly

Butterfly

Rabbit

Rabbit

Elephant

Elephant

Pig

Pig

Spider

Spider

Octopus

Octopus

Monster

Monster

Bee

Bee

She loves them! She has been playing with them for days!:)

Spin Art!

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We found a spin art kit super cheap in the clearance section of Tj Maxx, so we decided to give it a shot! Serenity was absolutely fascinated! We had so much fun with it, I almost forgot to get pictures!๐Ÿ˜‰

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I see alot more spin art in our future! Next time I’m sure we’ll get even more creative!

Art Party!

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Serenity had a wonderful birthday party! We did an art theme this year, so we had plenty of activities for the kids! We set up a coloring/drawing table, a play dough table, and a painting table. The children each got to pick a “decorate your own” activity to paint and add stickers, glitter glue, etc. for decoration. We had tons of coloring books, crayons, and play dough tools. They had a blast getting creative!:)

The painting table with the "decorate your own" kits.

The painting table with the “decorate your own” kits.

Serenity and her friend Scarlet coloring at the drawing table!

Serenity and her friend Scarlet coloring at the drawing table!

The play dough table.

The play dough table.

Serenity and Scarlet painting their boxes! Mason observed for a while before deciding to paint as well.

Serenity and Scarlet painting their boxes! Mason observed for a while before deciding to paint as well.

We kept things simple for the food table this year. Just some healthy snacks, lemonades, and adorable cupcakes! For some reason I didn’t get a picture, but here’s a picture of the cupcakes up close:
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The kids each got a cupcake on a paint palette with sprinkles so they could decorate their own. They really enjoyed it!

Serenity decorating her cupcake.

Serenity decorating her cupcake.

Harmony and mommy decorating a cupcake.

Harmony and mommy decorating a cupcake.

Scarlet enjoying her cupcake!

Scarlet enjoying her cupcake!

For party favors, we gave out gift baskets with art supplies. We added some play dough, a paint set, a coloring set, and some art aprons to protect the childrens’ clothing while they paint.

Party favor table.

Party favor table.

We also had her guest book on this table. We bring it every year and have everyone sign it. Once it’s full, she will have a keepsake from all of her birthday parties over the years.:)

We kept it pretty simple for decorations. We used alot of streamer in every color and I made some garlands out of paint chips. We framed some of her pictures from the photo shoot for the tables and I painted these cute mini canvases to use as balloon weights.

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We wanted to make sure everything was pretty colorful!

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We also had TONS of balloons! Serenity is obsessed with them, so that was her one request! The children had so much fun running through them and throwing them around!

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It was all so much fun!:)