Category: Activity

Link Round-up: RVing, Rice Krispies Dinosaur Bones, Snacks, and More

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has reasons to go RVing, a Rice Krispies dinosaur bones activity and snack, recipes, and more.

Confessions of an Overworked Mom taught us how to make a decoupaged metal watering can.

Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate peanut butter buckeye brownies.

Crystal & Co. gave us eight reasons to go RVing.

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The Suburban Soapbox showed us how to make blueberry mojito popsicles.

The Partiologist showed us how to make Rice Krispies dinosaur bones.

Domestic Mommyhood taught us how to make funnel cake bites.

The It Mom shared a recipe for watermelon feta pineapple skewers.

Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and The Suburban Soapbox

Link Round-up: Campfire Quesadillas, DIY Jewelry, Upcycling, and More

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has campfire quesadillas, a jewelry DIY, an upcycle blue jeans bowl, and more.

The Suburban Soapbox shared a recipe for campfire quesadillas.

The Partiologist shared tips for hosting a 70s theme party.

Domestic Mommyhood showed us how to make an upcycled blue jeans bowl.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a simple beaded necklace.

Raining Hot Coupons showed us how to make a strawberry cheesecake smoothie.

Create Craft Love shared some inspiration for a homework station.

Meet the Dubiens showed us how to make your own tutus with minimal sewing.

Photo credit: The Suburban Soapbox and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Seashell Fish Craft, Gift Idea, Summer Hair and Makeup, and More

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a seashell fish craft, a gift idea, summer hair and makeup tips, and lots of delicious recipes.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make tropical fish out of seashells.

The Pin Junkie taught us how to make copycat Outshine strawberry popsicles.

Dieter’s Downfall taught us how to grill apricots to perfection.

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Simply Kelly Designs showed us a creative way to give money with a glass block bank.

Three in Three shared a stuffed ranch burger recipe that looks incredible.

Pint-Sized Baker offered a recipe for mint chocolate ice cream sandwiches.

Hello Little Home shared easy hair and makeup tips for summer.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and Simply Kelly Designs

Teamson Castle Encourages Imaginative Play

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 by No Comments

Who doesn’t love castles? Whether your child is pretending to be a princess waiting for her prince, a king and queen talking to their subjects, or a knight slaying a dragon, this hand carry castle play set from Teamson is sure to be a hit.

The hand painted castle is made from wood to ensure long lasting fun. When closed and locked, the castle can easily be moved from room to room. When open, the castle has three separate rooms for various forms of pretend play.

A collection of wooden figures and accessories is included, complete with a royal family, knights, a dragon, cannon, and a ladder for daring rescues or escapes!

As a plus for Mom and Dad, the castle is designed to be easy to assemble with no tools required. I appreciate that Teamson has figured out that there’s nothing more annoying than having an impatient child waiting to play with a new toy that’s impossible to assemble!

The castle is recommended for children from 36 months to 9 years. I think this would have been something my son would have loved during preschool and kindergarten. By first and second grade, however, he had moved away from the wooden figures to playing with Fisher Price Imaginext play sets.

The Teamson hand carry castle can be purchased on Amazon with free two-day shipping for Prime members. Visit the Teamson website to view more children’s furniture and pretend play toys from the company.

What do you think of Teamson’s hand carry castle? Is this something your child would enjoy playing with?

Photo credit: Amazon

Link Round-up: Sweet Rolls, Tie-Dye, Calm Toddlers, and More

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has cherry limeade sweet rolls, a tie-dye how-to, tips for a calmer toddler, and more.

It Bakes Me Happy shared a recipe for cherry limeade sweet rolls.

Army Wife to Suburban Life showed us how to make a cute princess bird ring (think Snow White!).

Sand in My Toes shared seven tips for a calmer toddler.

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Crafts by Amanda taught us how to make a sunshine ombre shibori tie-dye top.

Delineate Your Dwelling taught us how to make a prisma wall décor knock-off like the ones sold in stores for a lot more money.

Seasoned Homemaker told us how to make homemade bug spray.

Beautify showed us how to make a duct tape beach or pool bag.

Photo credit: It Bakes Me Happy and Crafts by Amanda

Teamson’s Monster Mansion Is the Perfect Home for Monster High Dolls

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by No Comments

Are you looking for a unique dollhouse for a special little girl? If so, this Monster Mansion from Teamson certainly fits the bill.

The Teamson Monster Mansion has an open faced front to make playtime easy and convenient. There are three stories and four bedrooms, offering plenty of playtime opportunities. A chic pink and black table, chair, bed, and coffin are included with the dollhouse purchase.

The dollhouse is designed to fit Monster High dolls perfectly, even though it’s not a Monster High branded product.

The Monster Mansion is made of wood and designed to be easy to assemble. Purchasers say the dollhouse is very sturdy and attractive looking in a child’s room. It’s recommended for kids ages 36 months to 10 years, so I think it’s something a young girl would get quite a bit of use from before passing it down to a younger sibling.

I didn’t have a dollhouse as a child because I was never really into the look of traditional dolls. If I was a young girl today, however, I’d be thrilled to have a dollhouse like this. Even if your daughter doesn’t own many Monster High dolls, the Teamson Monster Mansion is much more distinctive looking than other dollhouses on the market.

The Teamson Monster Mansion can be purchased on Amazon with free two-day shipping for Prime members. Visit the Teamson website to view more children’s furniture and pretend play toys from the company.

What do you think of Teamson’s Monster Mansion wooden dollhouse?

Photo credit: Amazon

Mooshka Tots Are the Perfect Huggable Friends for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re looking for a sweet new dolly for your toddler or preschooler, Mooshka Tots fit the bill. According to the Mooshka story, one day a group of paper friends joined hands. Through the power of friendship, they were magically transformed into sweet, huggable little girls.

Mooshka Tots are soft fabric dolls that are machine washable so your daughter can drag them around all day long without worrying about spills or stains. Each Mooshka Tots doll measures 9 ½ inches tall and has Velcro hands so it can hold hands with other dolls in the collection. There are six Tots dolls in all: Kella, Aneta, Misha, Zana, Karia, and Deava.

The Mooska Toys dolls come with a matching baby finger puppet, a paper doll chain, and a free ebook download available on the iTunes App Store. The dolls are packaged in cute decorated shoe boxes that can be reused to store your daughter’s tiny treasures.

Moosha Tots dolls are recommended for children ages two to five years.

When I was looking for a gift for my niece, these dolls caught my eye because they reminded me of the soft cloth dolls I had as a child. I like that the dolls are designed to look like real girls, although you could argue that they need to do a better job of representing different skin tones within the product line.

The free ebook and the included finger puppet baby are also nice touches, since they encourage little girls to read and use their imaginations while playing.  These additions also make it easier for Mom, Dad, or older siblings to be involved in playtime, too.

What do you think of the Mooshka Tots dolls?

Photo credit: Mooshka

Treat Your Little Knight to a Wooden Sword and Shield

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 by No Comments

There are tons of adorable dress up props for girls, but it’s much harder to find cute items that appeal to boys. If you’re looking for items that encourage your son’s creative play, this wooden sword and shield set is sure to be a winner.

The shield is available with three different designs:

  • Dragon
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Gryphon

The shield measures 11” x 14”. The sword is 18.5” long.

Paint used on the shield is lead-free and has met strict EU and US safety testing standards. The sword is not painted, although it could easily be decorated at home if your child so desires.

Due to the nature of the toy, the wooden sword and shield set is recommended for children ages three and up. It’s probably best as an outside toy, unless you live in a home that is totally childproofed so your little knight isn’t going to accidentally knock over any breakable objects as he’s battling an imaginary dragon.

The wooden sword and shield set sells for $29.95 on the Bella Luna Toys website. If you want to take your child’s dress up session to the next level, they also sell felt and silk knight costumes for children, as well as soft felt and silk swords.

Bella Luna Toys specializes in Waldorf toys, so the site is a great resource for simple, well made items that encourage imaginative play.

What do you think of this product? Does the wooden sword and shield set look like something your child would enjoy?

Photo credit: Bella Luna Toys

Practice Math Skills with the Magic Dice Addition Game

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 by No Comments

If your child needs to practice math facts, Magic Dice Addition from Bambini Games looks like a winner.

This clever dice game was invented by two moms who wanted to create a fun and enjoyable way for their children to master basic math skills. They decided to focus on addition, because grasping addition facts prevents struggles with subtraction, multiplication, and division as kids get older.

Magic Dice Addition is very easy to play. The game comes with two unique 10-sided dice that feature the numbers from zero to nine. The goal is to be the first player to roll 10 different addition combinations using all of the numbers.

The game comes packed in a CD sized tin case, so it can easily be tossed in your purse or your child’s backpack for on-the-go play.

Magic Dice Addition is recommended for children ages five and up. The dice are a choking hazard, so they should be kept away from children under the age of three.

The Magic Dice Addition game can be purchase on the Creative Kidstuff website for $11.99. Creative Kidstuff is now a Greater Good Company, so your purchase provides one toy to a needy child. There is a flat rate $4.95 shipping fee or free shipping on orders of $99 or more.

My son is entering fourth grade next year, so we’re past the point of working on addition facts. However, I think this game would have been much more enjoyable for him than learning the facts with flashcards and worksheets.

What do you think of this idea? Would playing a dice game help your children overcome their struggles with math?

Photo credit: Creative Kidstuff