Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Easy Halloween Party Game Ideas!

I love this time of year when we get to think about planning classroom parties. Here are a few fun (and easy) ideas you can use if you are a lucky room mom or just looking for a way to entertain your kids!

Pumpkin Memory

Items Needed:
Black Paper
Brown Paper
Orange Paper Plates

Make several sets of identical pumpkins and use them to play memory!  I thought if you would like to double this up as an art activity, you could have each child make their own set and then play the game together at a station for their party.

Pumpkin Toss

Items needed:
Little Black Cauldrons
Candy Pumpkins (buy double so you will have enough left after you snitch them all week long)!
Optional: Pumpkin Toss Game Board that you can download HERE

Toss the pumpkins in the cauldrons
I made a game board because my kids are a bit older and, well.. it is important to have a clear winner. We are competitive that way lol. You can either score the game by whoever gets the most in the cauldron or use the game board and keep score!

Rolling a Frankenstein

Items Needed:
Green, Black and White paper
Roll a Frankenstein Printable (on the original pin)

Pre-cut the Frankenstein pieces. Depending on the ages of your kids, you can do this ahead of time, or you can let them do this on their own. HERE is a template you can use for the pieces.

Print out the printable on the original pin.

Roll the dice and see who can build their Frankenstein first. Once done, you can glue the Frankenstein together. 

Hopefully, these ideas will help Halloween party planning be a little less scary! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Why didn't I think of that?

Pinterest is the BEST place to go for hacks that seem to make life easier, and I love these simple things we can do to simplify!

THIS PIN had some of the best ideas!

Toilet Brush Drip Dry: Genius! Use the seat to hold your toilet brush in place. It is the perfect solution to avoid the NASTY water dripping all over.
Taco Stand: Who thought of using a muffin tin for a taco stand while assembling tacos? Genius!

Nail Polish clean up: If you catch your spill right away, you can pour sugar on your nail polish and it will clean up your mess. 
Band Aid Fitting: Don’t you hate that band aids aren’t the exact shape of your finger? Especially on the knuckle! Take some scissors and cut a slit on each side. The fit will be perfect!

Handy utensils: Don’t you hate it when they forget the fork in the drive through? A straw cut in half and used like chopsticks is the perfect substitute fork!

Corn on the Cob: Isn’t it a bummer that the corn is round, and the stick of butter is a flat square? Here is a good fix to that! Put a generous amount of butter on a piece of bread and use it to butter your corn. Why didn’t I think of that!?

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Back to School Tips

Back to School Tips

School is almost here and I am excited to share some of my favorite Back to School pins!

1. Organize your school lunch items, so they are easy to find and assemble!

Organizing your refrigerated and pantry lunch making items in a bin…brilliant!

2. Start going to bed early!
It is good to get started training your body to go to bed earlier. The AAP suggests that preschoolers get 10-13 hours of sleep a night, grade schoolers get 9-12 hours and teens 8-10 hours. Have your kids start training their bodies now for an earlier bed time and earlier wake-up time, so the first day of school isn’t awful! Use this time to establish a new bed time routine.

a. Routines provide a template for how to organize and manage daily life. It teaches kids to manage themselves while their brains are developing. 
b. Routines put some things on “automatic”...Expectations are clear, so there is no need for parental reminding, nagging, begging or scolding. When routines are on autopilot, everyone can have a happier time.
c. Routines help children become more independent….You can use one of this fun check off lists. I used a free printable from this pin.

School work can be a mess to store while at the same time be a great way to remember or to see the progress of your child's school work

Using one of these easy closet organizers (I got mine for $10) and labeling it with days makes it easier to just get ready while on automatic in the morning.