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How To Make A Rain Instrument–Pinned it, Did it!

I originally pinned this rain instrument for a Pinned it, Did it post however, the pin does not link to the original source, it links to another Pinterest type site.  This website appears to be a copy-cat type and when I click on the pin I pinned, it leads to a broken link.  I refuse to give credit to a copy-cat type site that leads to broken links.  I learned my lesson to try to pin from the original site vs just re-pinning random pins.  Now onto how to make a rain instrument... Ok, this is super simple... 1)  Get a bottle 2)  Put in a bunch of tooth picks 3)  Put in some rice 4)  Close the bottle and shake That's it!!  It really DOES sound like rain! To be completely honest, my girls were thrilled with this for about 5 minutes and then it got old.  My neighbor's 2 year old son, however, loved it! Side note: Did you know that we are now on Vine?? (link only works if you have Vine installed on your phone)  Yup, that's right, we'll be sharing short videos of … [Read more...]

How To Avoid Back To School Blunders #Spon #BacktoSchoolwithBSK

We've gotten pretty lucky when it comes to back to school time.  I honestly can't think of any major blunders that have happened in the past years.  Of course, we've only had to deal with two back to school days as Nutty is entering 2nd grade.  This year, however, might be a little different.  Hubby and I are going on a cruise the week before school starts.  I just KNOW I'm going to forget something for Nutty.  Here's what I'm doing, and what you can do, to help prevent blunders this year: Make sure you have all the back to school supplies packed and ready to go in the backpacks the night before.  Double check it! Pack your lunches the night before and store them in the front of the fridge.  If you are packing something that you don't want to make the night before, leave yourself a note of exactly what you want to pack. Make sure your camera has enough batteries, your memory card is in your camera, and that you have enough room on your card.  I can't tell you how many times … [Read more...]

How to make rainbow fish sun catchers using old CDs

We all have old CDs laying around that, for some odd reason, we haven't gotten rid of.  If not, go through your kids' CDs, I'm sure you'll find some scratched, unusable ones in their collection!  What do you do with those CDs (besides throw them away)?  You make stuff out of them! I'm not a fan of cutting up CDs because they are full of heavy metals and once cut, the metals can leech out of them.  I prefer to do crafts that do not require cutting them up and risking heavy metal exposure for me and my kids.  Rainbow fish sun catchers are perfect! You'll need: Old CDs--2 per child Water soluble markers Coffee filters Super glue A spray bottle of water Scissors Small piece of paper Wiggly eyes String/yarn/fishing line Cookie sheet Step 1)  Have your kids color all over the coffee filters with the markers. Step 2)  Put the colored filters on the cookie sheet and spray them with the water so that the colors bleed.  (The cookie sheet keeps the water and … [Read more...]

How To Make an "I Spy" Bottle

Do you want an activity that will entertain your kids for a while and keep them quiet?  Make an "I Spy" bottle!  It's super simple to make, and is good for kids of all ages (my husband loves it as much as my 2 and 5 year old!)  Use the "I Spy" bottle for long car rides, laying low when your kids are sick, or keeping your little monsters busy when you need to clean. Here's what you'll need: A bunch of objects that are small enough to fit into a water bottle. An empty, completely dry water bottle without the label. Paper and pen Funnel (or a piece of paper to roll into a funnel) White rice Glue String, yarn, or ribbon Clear contact paper or laminating paper (optional) Now how to make it: Step 1) Have your kids help you hunt all over the house, garage, and outside for things to put in your bottle.  Make sure to write on your paper everything you collect.  Coins, nails/screws, Barbie or Polly Pocket accessories, Legos, hair stuff, rocks, office … [Read more...]