Halloween – Spooktacularly Haunting Fun + HM #253

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Halloween – Spooktacularly Haunting Fun + HM #253

Ooooh… It’s Halloween. So let’s get spooky and creepy and have some hauntingly good fun! The gals of Home Matters are bringing you some frightfully fangtastic ideas to make your Halloween celebration spooktacular.  Enjoy!

 

Fun Halloween Crafts, Treats & Activities from Jenni @ Sweet Pennies from Heaven

 

Halloween Monster Treats from Desiree @ The 36th Avenue

 

Top 30 Spooky Halloween Cocktail Recipes from Nicole and BiancaCute DIY Projects

 

Halloween Decor – Spooky Elegance  from LorelaiLife With Lorelai

 

Halloween – Spooktacularly Haunting Fun Blog Hop

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Air Fryer Fried Chicken from Steve @ The Black Peppercorn

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Upcycled Wooden Rosette Pumpkins DIY from Deborah @ Salvage Sister & Mister

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Easy Caramel Apple Cupcake Recipe from Kelly @ Live, Love, Texas

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Salt Dough Napkin Rings Tutorial from Create With Joy

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2 Ingredient Pumpkin Bread from Lois @ Walking On Sunshine

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Stay at Home Summer Activities + HM #235

Find backyard games and outdoor activities in our Stay at Home Summer Activities roundup! Plus, link up at Home Matters. #SummerActivites #HomeMattersParty

Stay at Home Summer Activities + HM #235

If summer hasn’t hit your neck of the woods, it is just around the corner! The gals of Home Matters have pulled together some awesome ideas to keep your family enjoying life and having fun all summer long. Check out these ideas for Stay at Home Summer Activities.

 

How to Build a DIY Outdoor Movie Screen from  CharleneMy Frugal Adventure

 

14 Insanely Awesome Backyard Games to DIY from Katie @ Little House of Four

 

Planning a Backyard Campout Adventure from StephanieMy Kids’ Adventures

 

Kids, Summer, YIKES! from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

 

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Last Week’s Theme: Travel Tips, Ideas, and Hacks

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Lemon Stand Printables from Jenn @ Clean and Scentsible

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Everything You Need to Know About Growing Peonies from Ann @ Ann’s Entitled Life

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Blue Hawaiian JellO Shots from @ Home Cooking Memories

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Daffy Thank You Card from Linda @ Paper Seedlings

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Lemon and Berries Cake from Bird @ Bird’s Party

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Stress Awareness Management Ideas + HM #178

April is National Stress Awareness Month. Stress is everywhere, so we’ve gathered some ideas to help you be aware, manage, and beat your stress. Plus link up at Home Matters with recipes, DIY, crafts, decor. #StressAwareness #HomeMattersParty

Stress Awareness Management Ideas + HM #178

Stress! Who has a completely stress-free life? Nobady, that’s who. The key is to acknowledge your stress and do what you can to bust it. Since it is National Stress Awareness Month, the gals of Home Matters have gathered some fabulous stress management ideas just for you. Enjoy, relax, and de-stress!

 

12 Stress Busting Foods from Carol @ Total Wellness Choices

 Overwhelmed + Overworked? 9 Ways to Beat the Stress from Andrea @ Popculture

 

6 of the Best Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress from Erin @ Womanista

 

Go Ahead… Sing Karaoke! from Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai

Stress Awareness Management Ideas Blog Hop

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How To Make Your Own Perfume from Kristy @ Life-N-Reflection

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Thai Cucumber Salad from Kim @ Cravings of a Lunatic

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Succulent Tin Can Gift from Ashley @ Simply Designing

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Garden Hose Wreath from The Contessa @ Tumbleweed Contessa

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How To Plank A Wall – DIY Shiplap from Sarah @ Making Joy & Pretty Things

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Create A Gumdrop Topiary – A Sweet DIY

This adorable gumdrop topiary DIY is great for home decor and parties, as well as being a fun craft for kids highlighting math skills and textures.

Create A Gumdrop Topiary

A Sweet DIY

Who knew math could be so fun? Your preschooler or kindergartener will delight in this counting activity that results in a beautiful holiday decoration for the whole family to enjoy. Your child can count out loud as he adds each gumdrop to the topiary, and as he sees how high he can go, he will be practicing important math skills! This activity will also help your child practice color recognition and learn about different materials and textures.

Beauty and the Beast – Lumiere_and_Cogsworth_Topiary – Disney Wiki – Wikia

Topiary is the art of trimming and shaping trees into sculptural, ornamental shapes. Disneyland boasts some of the most famous American Portable style topiaries. In the early 1960’s Walt Disney used the theme park’s landscape shrubbery to recreate his beloved cartoon characters. They continue to be a highlight today!

What You Need:

  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be the “canopy” of your topiary)
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Green spray paint
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)

What You Do:

  1. Spray the dowel green with the spray paint and let it dry completely overnight.
  2. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  3. Help your child insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  4. Help your child insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  5. Have your child sort the gumdrops by color.
  6. Have your child stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  7. As your child works, ask him to count each gumdrop out loud. Occasionally ask how many of each color he has used or has left.
  8. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, assist your child in placing moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.
  9. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
  10. Now stand back and enjoy your new Candyland-inspired table topper!

Isn’t this a fabulously fun and festive DIY project? What a bonus that it provides practice with math skills, dexterity, and textures for your little ones too. This would even make a cute Mother’s Day present!

 

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DIY Roundup – Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

It’s time for a new year, and that means it is time to reminisce and look back over 2016. Today, we want to revisit the top 16 DIY projects of the year and bring you an inspirational DIY roundup in the process. Rev your imagination and let your creativity flow!

 

Top 16 DIY Projects of 2016

A DIY Roundup from Life With Lorelai

 

We’ll start with number 16 and work our way to the number one DIY project on the blog this past year.

 

16.

Origami Card Holder

 

15.

Custom Wire Basket

 

14.

Farmhouse Scale Makeover

 

13.

Discount Store Vase to Outdoor Lighting

 

12.

Solar Lamp – Beautiful Outdoor Decor

 

11.

Guest Room Charging Station

 

10.

Wooden Garden Sign

 

9.

Easy Table Runner

 

8.

Hoot Owl Craft & Centerpiece

 

7.

How To Loom Knit A Scarf

 

6.

Wooden Beach Marquee Sign

 

5.

Car Care & Basic Road Trip Kit

 

4.

Loom Knit Yarn Ball Cat Toy

 

3.

Sports Button Display

 

2.

Sidewalk Chalk Tutorial

 

1.

Haunted Mirror

 

2016 has been a creative and crafty year! We look forward to sharing more wonderful DIY projects and craft ideas with you in the coming year. Happy New Year to you and yours!

 

 

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Christmas Party Games – 12 Days of Christmas – Day 1

I have a special treat for everyone! I am participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Blog Hop with a group of fantastic bloggers. We are starting the fun with Christmas Party Games. You are going to love all of the Christmas goodness that is headed your way over the next several days. Don’t miss a single day — they are all different and promise tons of holiday cheer and inspiration! Enjoy…

Join us for the 12 Days of Christmas Ideas Series along with eleven other talented bloggers. We’ve rounded up the best of the best Christmas ideas to make your holiday season more festive and fun.

Every day December 1-12th we will be sharing a new collection of Christmas Ideas rounded up from our best blogging friends around the web. That’s a total of 144 awesome Christmas Ideas to make your holiday season easier and more fun! Some of our topics include Decor, DIY, Organization, Food, Games and so much more. We don’t want to spoil the fun by telling you too much. We want you to be surprised! Now is the perfect time to subscribe so you’ll be the first to know!

Meet The Hostesses

Shirley of Intelligent Domestications ~ Erlene of My Pinterventures ~ Lindsay of Crazy Organized

Michelle of Our Crafty Mom ~ Stephanie of The Tip Toe Fairy ~ Lorelai of Life With Lorelai

Katie of The Organized Dream ~ Amanda of The Kolb Corner ~ Marie of DIY Adulation

Megan of C’mon Get Crafty ~ Sara of Twelve On Main ~ Kim of Made in a Day

 

It’s Day One and we’re sharing

12 Hilarious Christmas Party Games

 

Welcome, Shirley from Intelligent Domestications

#1

Santa’s Delivery Game is a hilarious Christmas party relay game.

How To Play Santa’s Delivery Game

The winning team will successfully deliver the most packages.

Provide a large quantity of wrapped boxes and gift bags in various sizes with jingle bells inside for fun. No need for ribbon or bows.

Place a card table on both ends of the room. One will be the starting point where the packages will be placed. Select one person to be the hub manager. The hub manager is in charge of keeping count of the number of packages successfully delivered.

One by one, team members aka delivery drivers, will pick up as many packages as they can carry and quickly deliver them to the table at the other end of the room. Once there they will put them all down then pick them back up and deliver them back to the first table where the next member of their delivery team will then go.

Any packages dropped on the floor must remain on the floor and cannot be retrieved except by the hub manager who will return them to the starting table.

As the competition continues, the later players will need to carry more and more packages. The team to deliver the most packages successfully wins.

#2

Do You Hear What I Hear ‘sounds’ like so much fun! We’ll be playing this at our party this year.

Do You Hear What I Hear from Your Homebased Mom requires normal Christmas items you will already have and ‘sounds’ like so much fun!

#3

Christmas Carol Opposites Game is a free printable from Crafting Chicks. You may want to pair folks up in teams of two and encourage a little friendly competition with this one.

#4

Pinned thousands of times and updated with free printables, Holiday Family Feud will make your party memorable!

Holiday Family Feud from Journey with Johnsons is complete with printable answers. This popular game will be lots of laughs at your party!

#5

The Crepe Paper Christmas Game is a relay game adaptable to all ages

You will be wrapping a victim, party guest in crepe paper to resemble either a Christmas tree, a snowman or a Reindeer.

Supplies

All supplies for this game are available at the Dollar store

  • White, Green or Brown crepe paper
  • 2 Hats for the snowmen
  • 2 sets of reindeer ears
  • Cheap stick on bows for the tree
  • 2 Christmas head bands for tree topper

One person on each team will be the subject being decorated with the crepe paper. Team members will wrap the subject around and around with the crepe paper until well wrapped. Once the wrapping is complete, top with the hat for the snowman or reindeer ears for the reindeer or the bows for the tree. The first team to finish wins.

#6

Jingle Bell Toss will be popular with guests of all ages especially those who love Corn Hole.

Jingle Bell Toss takes only a few minutes to create using simple supplies. Grab the easy tutorial from Playground Parkbench.

#7

Break out some Kisses candy and grab these free printable Christmas Bingo cards!

Who doesn’t want to play a game with candy involved! Thanks to The Girl Creative for these free printable Christmas Bingo game cards available in English or Spanish.

#8

This Kids Christmas Charades Game will entertain the children at your party or you could make an adult version.

Katrina’s Paperie has this simple DIY Kid’s Christmas Charades Game which I’m sure your children will take out to play year round, especially on rainy days.

#9

The Reindeer Antler Game is one of the most popular Christmas party games we have seen.

The Reindeer Antler Game is almost too much fun if there was such a thing as too much fun! This is a team game from Intelligent Domestications for those with a competitive spirit! You’ll want to repeat this game year after year for rivalry revenge!

#10

The Stocking Stuffer Game can either be a team relay or a one on one competition.

You will need two Christmas Stockings, a bowl full of stocking stuffer goodies such as candy or Dollar Store trinkets and two spoons.

Hang the stockings. Place a large bowl full of the stocking stuffers onto a table near the stockings. Each player gets a spoon which they will use to scoop up the stocking stuffers and fill their Stocking. The first player to fill a stocking wins.

 

#11

There are so many different ways to use Candy Canes in Christmas games. I found this one on You Tube which looks like a lot of fun for families.

The object here is to get as many candy canes onto the one in your mouth as you can hold. You could do this as a relay by picking up one and carrying it to a designated location or filling a Christmas stocking with them. Use your imagination.

#12

This free printable Christmas Lights Scavenger Hunt Game is a great way to get the competition started early.

Begin this Christmas Light Scavenger Hunt Game from Intelligent Domestications about a week before your party. Set up a Facebook page for everyone to submit pictures of each item as they find them and watch the competition begin! You may want to give a nice prize to your winner for this one!

Be sure to bookmark this blog and stop by tomorrow for 12 Best Homemade Christmas Food Gifts. We will have an exciting new collection of ideas every day now through December 12th!

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Magical Reindeer Food + Free Printable

There is just something magical about Christmas. Some of my favorite memories revolve around this holiday season and the love, joy, and excitement on the faces of my children. I am sharing one simple yet special Christmas tradition that your kids will love — Magical Reindeer Food.

Magical Reindeer Food

A Christmas Tradition Your Kids Will Love!

 

Christmas Eve is full of fun and excitement. Children laughing and playing, making sure their stocking are hung with care, and of course waiting with great anticipation the arrival of Santa Claus.

Why not give your kids something a little magical to occupy a moment of time before they go off to dream of sugarplums in their wee little beds. This simple project is easy to prepare and uses things you may already have in your home. Plus, I have a really cute printable for you to download.

How To Make Magical Reindeer Food

What You Need:

  • Dry Oatmeal
  • Glitter
  • Mylar Confetti (something sparkly)
  • Plastic Bag with a zipper closure – snack or sandwich size
  • Free Printable Bag  Topper (see below)
  • Stapler

Directions:

  1. Print the Bag Toppers and cut them out.
  2. Mix Oatmeal , Glitter, and Confetti in a bowl.
  3. Place handfuls of the mixture into the plastic bags.
  4. Fold Bag Topper over the top of the closed bag and staple it in place.

 

Here is What You Do with the Magical Reindeer Food

On Christmas Eve, take you children out into the yard. Search the sky looking for Santa and his reindeer. Then, have them sprinkle the magical reindeer food on the ground. The glitter and confetti will sparkle in the moonlight. The shimmering light will lead the reindeer to your home.

This sweet little poem is on the printable bag topper:

Sprinkle on the lawn Christmas Eve night,
the moon will make it sparkle bright.
As Santa’s reindeer fly and roam,
magic feed leads them to your home.

 

Download the FREE Printable!

 

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These make great gifts for classmates, or it is even a fun craft / project idea for a school Christmas party.

Enjoy the smiles, awe, and wonder on your children’s faces.

Merry Christmas!

 

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Apples For Everything – It’s Apple Season!

The fall season is a great time for remembering those cherished moments with family and friends. I am sure some of those memories include apples in some way — apple picking, baking with apples, crafting, or even an aromatic body scrub or bubble bath.

I am lucky enough to be a part of the Apple Event for #SoFabSeasons along with many other fabulous bloggers. I’m so happy to be sharing all of the Apple themed posts today from many wonderful members of the Social Fabric community. There is something for everyone. I know you will enjoy!

 

DESSERT RECIPES

Home and Garden Cafe – Apple Pie Coconut Ice Cream

Joy’s Life – Apple Pie Dessert Pizza

Kitchen Concoctions – Toffee Apple Pie Cookies

The Bandit Lifestyle – Delicious Apple Fritters Perfect for Fall

Roasted Beanz – Easy Crustless Almond Raisin Apple Pie

Wondermom Wannabe – Clean Eating Apple Crisp with Caramel Sauce

Anti June Cleaver – Mini Dutch Apple Pear Pie to Get You Ready for Fall

Basic N Delicious – Apple Cinnamon Bundt Cake

Mostly Homemade Mom – Caramel Apple Pie Fudge

Little Blog in the Country – Pressure Cooker Canned Apple Pie Filling

Diana Rambles – Apple Spice Dump Cake

The Tip Toe Fairy – Apple Plum Skillet Cobbler

Five Marigolds – Sweet and Savory Salted Caramel Apple Dip

Intelligent Domestications – Apple Cinnamon Roll Cake & Apple Cream Cheese Icing

Home Maid Simple – Easy Apple Crisp

More or Less Cooking – Best Apple Fritter Coffee Cake

My Big Fat Happy Life – Skinny Caramel Ice Cream

An Alli Event – Apple Bundt Cake with Praline Frosting

Tobin’s Tastes – Caramel Apple Cheesecake Dip

Ginger Casa – Delicious Apple Cranberry Pecan Crumble

Sweet Sensations – Apple Cobbler with Oatmeal Muffin Crust

A Labor of Life – How to Make Delicious Apple Roses

Julie Is Coco and Cocoa – Fried Cinnamon and Sugar Apple Rings

Polka Dotted Blue Jay – Mini Carmel Apple Bites

Finding Sanity in Our Crazy Life – No Bake Oatmeal Apple Pecan Cookies

Being Tazim – Strawberry Apple Crumble Vegan and Dairy Free

Upstate Ramblings – Caramel Apple Cake

Lily the Wandering Gypsy – Fresh Apple Donuts with Bacon, Caramel Pecan Glaze

Rebecca Lately – Baked Apple Recipe

Simple Food 365 – Light and Fluffy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Mama Plus One – Homemade Apple Cider Donuts

Bento Lunch (dot) net – Caramel Apple Pudding Parfaits

 

MORE APPLE RECIPES

Broken TeePee – Salmon and Rice Noodles on Apples, Carrots & Zucchini

Revel & Glitter – Autumn Cranberry Apple Pear Salad

Happy Go Lucky – Bacon Cheddar Apple Dip

Honest and Truly – Delicious and Easy Mini Apple Pancakes

Smiling Notes – Healthy Apple Pie Oat Pancakes

Creative Southern Home – Apple Bread

Beyond Mommying – Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

Momcrieff – Apple Pancake Rings for Breakfast or Snack

Tiaras and Tantrums – Favorite Autumn Apple Snacks

Injenious Life – Gluten Free Applesauce Muffins

Everyday Party – Simple Caramel Apple Cider

A Paper Arrow – Apple Bread for the Fall

Happy and Blessed Home – Delicious Apple Recipes

Mom Saves Money – DIY Dehydrated Apple Rings

Gluesticks Blog – Baked Apple Chips

Life With Lorelai – Caramel Apple Crumbly Bread Recipe

Ava’s Alphabet – Baked Apple Pancake

Life with Lovebugs – Spiced Applesauce and Oatmeal Muffins

For the Love of Crust – Homemade Crockpot Apple Cider

Oat & Sesame – Maple Your Applesauce

Southern Mom Loves – Cheddar and Apple Goldfish Snack Mix Recipe

My Life Cookbook – Cinnamon Apple Breakfast Bread (Gluten Free)

 

ACTIVITIES

Tales of Mommyhood – Apple Picking Favorite Family Activity

Mama Luvs Books – Apple Picking in Rhode Island

Kori at Home – Apple Tot School Unit with FREE Printables

Jenny at Dapperhouse – DIY Apple Basket Sorting Game

To & Fro – Tips for Apple Picking with Your Family

 

CRAFTS

Little Mama Jama – Apple Stamping Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Creative Ramblings – Fabulous Fall Wood Apple Sign

Woods of Bell Trees – Quilted Apple Pillow

For What It’s Worth – Apple Themed Party with DIY Apple Craft

The Kennedy Adventures – Paper Plate Apple Craft

Babs Projects – Apple Scented Potpourri Pouches

Great Contradictions – Apple Themed Candy Bar Wrapper Printables

 

BEAUTY

Momerish – Apple Pie Sugar Scrub Perfect for Fall Pampering

 

Can you believe all these incredible Apple themed posts? Bookmark this page so you can come back and try out all the recipes, crafts and activities with you and your family!

Check back next month when Social Fabric features posts with a pumpkin theme. You can always search the hashtag #SoFabSeasons to find more of what you’re looking for!

How do you plan to use apples this season?

 

 

 

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Kids, Summer, YIKES!

Kids, Summer, YIKES!

Ideas for Summer Kids Activities

 

Summer is here, and that means the kids are out of school and looking for something to do. Keeping your sanity as a mom, grandparent, or daycare provider means being able to entertain those kids all day long. This can make for a YIKES! moment when it comes to summer planning. What you need are some brilliant ideas for kids activities.

When looking for activity ideas, you want the kids to have fun. But you also want them to get some exercise for both their body and mind. Another consideration is cost. You don’t want summer fun to break the piggy bank.

Here are some ideas to take the YIKES! out of summer…

The first thing to do is to check your local area for summer kids programs such as:

  1. A Summer Reading Program at the Library or Book Store. A lot of children’s libraries have other fun programs available too, like story time, magic shows, animal or science shows.
  1. Free or low cost Movies for kids at the local Theater.
  1. Check with your city or town for free or low cost Swimming sessions, or other programs they may have available.

I like to inspire you to allow your kids to use their imaginations and get outside and move. Check these out…

 Here are some activity ideas for Sensory Play

12 Sensory Activities For Kids

And now, onto some awesome ideas I collected for you from Pinterest…

Build a Lemonade Stand and have some old-fashioned fun! Check out these awesome printables at Somewhat Simple

Find 100+ Summer Lovin’ Ideas at Mother’s Niche

35+ Nature Activities for Kids at Reading Confetti

Snowball Fights in the middle of summer? YES! Check out this California Snowball Fight

32 of the Best Backyard Games from Listotic

50 Cool Summer Activities for Bored Kids (No Parents Required) from The Stir

Summer Science for Kids from Growing A Jeweled Rose

Over 75 Water Play Ideas from Kids Activities Blog

How To Make Amazingly HUGE Bubbles from Baby Savers

Aren’t these some awesome ideas for kids activities? I hope they inspire you and your children to be creative and have some fun!

What are some of your favorite Summertime Activities?

Do you have any special summer plans?

 

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12 Sensory Activities For Kids

Sensory Activities for Kids

Turn On the Senses at Playtime!

 

I’m the new Act in The Sideshow–Scene 13!

Lysa at Welcome To My Circus, invited me to do a guest post for her on-going series, The Sideshow. After racking my brain for what I would write about, I decided to turn my thoughts to children. It fits, right… a circus, children, fun.

I had already been planning a post on Summer Fun for Kids here at Life With Lorelai that will be debuting soon. So, I thought I would explore a certain type of play activities for Lysa. Since my son struggled with Sensory Integration issues when he was young, it is an area that is important to me. Although these types of sensory play are great therapy for kids with special needs, they are fantastic fun, and a great learning experience for everyone!

I hope you will stop by Lysa’s blog and check out my guest post: Sensory Activites For Kids

Here are a few of the sensory play ideas you will find…

Garden Sensory Bin from Vicky @ Mess for Less

PIN here.

15 Animal Walks for Sensory Input from Dayna @ Lemon Lime Adventures

PIN here.

Sniffing Scent Jars from Vanessa @ Mama’s Happy Hive

PIN here.

Sand Play Dough from Jen @ Mama.Papa.Bubba

PIN here.

Check out the full post here.

And watch for more summer fun for kids coming soon…

Have you explored sensory play with your kids?

Do you have any ideas or suggestions to share?

 

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