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101 AWESOME Ideas for Boys…and a FREE printable!

Yikes!  Summer is really here…After such a Looong Winter, I am ready for some warm, sunny days.  What I’m not ready for is looong days with kiddos searching for something to keep them busy.

Lucky for you, I teamed up with a couple other bloggers…Shelly from Dolen Diaries and Lauren from Elle Elyse to share 101 Awesome Ideas For Boys!  This list is specifically geared for Boys…Between the three of us, we have a combined eight boys!  (Girls would like this list too, though!)

Make sure to check out their blogs for more fun ideas!

Boys are Busy, but Super Fun!  Check out the fun we will be having this summer…and enjoy a FREE printable too!

Boy bucket list

1. Homemade Huge bubbles  2. Get Ice cream cones somewhere new  3. Water fight…balloons or water guns  4. Camping  5. Boys only camping trip  6. Ping Pong Target Practice  7. Lemonade Stand  8. Fire pit & s’mores  9. Picnic lunch  10. Banana splits for dinner  11. Outdoor Movie  12. BBQ with friends  13. Strawberry Picking  14. Smoothies for dinner  15. Play at the park  16. Soccer Camp  17. Swim lessons  18. Go to the river   19. Sponge balls  20. Zoo Trip  21. Sleep in the tree house  22. Homemade ice cream  23. Farmers Market  24. Watch Fireworks 25. Play scoop ball  26. Library summer reading program 27. Go to a car show  28. Trip to ocean  29. Go to the Lake   30. Glow stick dance party  31. Hiking  32. Make Popsicles 33. Lazy Day watch movies in pj’s   34. Nana Takes Over Day! (Mama gets kicked out & Nana takes over) 35. Blueberry Picking 36. Make ice cream in a bag  37. Fill the trampoline with balloons & jump like popcorn  38. Flashlight tag  39. Collect lightning bugs  40. Backwards Day –Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner, eat dessert before lunch (backwards pj’s)  42. Hold a bike/ride-on vehicle “car” wash  43. Play dominoes  44. Hold a bike/big wheel race  45. Hide animals in a giant block of ice and chisel out  46. Mud race (race bikes through mud or go to a Mud race)  47. Catch frogs  48. Roller skating  49. Family game night  50. Family movie night  51. Build your own Pizza Bar  52. Visit festivals in surrounding towns  53. Use binoculars  54. Build with Legos  55. Visit a farm  56. Decorate a container for all your summer treasures  57. Make cookies and visit a nursing home  58. Create a Hot Wheels obstacle course  59. Visit the fire station  60. Tie-dye t-shirts  61. Frog Jumping Contest  62. Have a Weinie roast in the yard  63. Go to a new pool  64. Go to a water park or spray ground  65. Have breakfast at a restaurant and play in the play land  66. Make “unpoppable” bubbles  67. Have a science day  68. Make sidewalk chalk paint  & paint outside  69. Create a sandpaper iron-on t-shirt  70. Make bubble bath paint  71. Make pool noodle light sabers  72. Make moon sand & play outside  73. Turn bathwater to goo & back again  74. Swim at the beach   75. Go to the carnival  76. Go Bowling  77. Have a nature scavenger hunt  78. Have a cousin’s sleepover  79. Have a paint & play day   80. Have a water play day 81. Neighborhood Treasure Hunt  82. Nighttime walk (in pj’s) 83. Shrinky dinks 84. Church Vacation Bible school 84. Kids Choice Dinner (each child chooses their own) 85. Go out for Pizza  86. Fly a kite 87. Baseball game 88. Soccer game 89. Concert in the Park 90. Children’s museum 91. Pinterest crafts each week 92. Walk in the rain 93. Garden 94. Boating 95. Amusement Park 96. Have a Superhero day  97. Marshmallow gun fight  98.  Build a blanket fort  99. Crazy hair day  100. Make Hobo pies in the firepit  101. Build marshmallow and toothpick towers

Click here for a FREE printable copy 101 Awesome Ideas For Boys!

Hope you have an Awesome Summer!

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Growing Sprouts {gardening with kids}

Hello again! It’s gardening time of the year…Today I’m going to share an easy, but fun way to garden indoors with your kiddos.
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We’re going to grow sprouts!  Sprouts are perfect for kids to grow because they start to change in just a day. They are full grown in just a few days and kids can eat them right out of them jar.  Instant Gratification!

Let’s get started!
What you’ll need:
Sprouting seeds
A clean (sterilized) jar
A 6 in. square of clean mesh screen
A rubber band
How To…
Start by prepping your materials and cleaning and sterilizing your jar.  Running it through the dishwasher will work.

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Measure out about 1 tsp. seeds and pour into jar.  Place screen on to and seal with a rubber band.
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Rinse seeds.  Set jar on its side on a towel.  I set mine on the kitchen counter.  The seeds do not need to be in direct sunlight, so filtered light is just fine.
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Rinse seeds two times a day.  In just a day or two, the seeds will begin to sprout.  This is really cool for the kids to see!  Keep rinsing daily until it appears all seeds have sprouted.  Sprouts may be kept in fridge for up to 3 days, but we eat them sooner!
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Ideas for using your sprouts:  Add to a salad, use in wraps, in a pita pocket, on sandwiches, in a cold pasta salad or plain.
Besides being a fun way for kids to watch something grow, sprouts have many health benefits.
Purchasing sprout seeds: I purchased mine at the Green Acres Market, but any Health Food Store like Whole Foods should have them.  Just make sure you are purchasing “sprouting seeds.”
This idea was introduced to me at my monthly MOPS meeting by a friend and mentor, Laura Lee.  She is both an amazing cook and gardener, talented beyond belief, always coming up with wonderful teaching ideas.
Have fun gardening with your kiddos!
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Spring Handprint Butterflies

Hello friends!  I trust you all had a Happy Easter filled with lots of love.  My weekend was wonderful…full of family time, traditions and a bit too much candy.  Why do I buy the kinds I like?!
Today, I would like to share with you a fun butterfly craft I previously shared over at The Taylor House.
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We LOVE to craft at our house and we especially LOVE to paint!  The messier, the better…right!?  I try really hard to document the little things like handprints while the boys are young and still let me do it. 🙂
This is a fun kids craft that uses items you probably have on hand. Yay!
Here’s what you’ll need:
toilet paper tubes
paint brushes
plain paper
patterned paper
embellishments like googly eyes and pipe cleaners
And on to our butterflies…
Start by painting the toilet paper tube.
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While it dries, paint and stamp your little one’s hands.  I painted 4 handprints per butterfly, but you could certainly do 2.  Either way will turn out super cute!
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Cut out handprints and adhere to a sheet of patterned paper.  I laid the tube on the paper and placed the handprints where I wanted them.
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Cut around wings leaving a bit of pattern showing.  Then lay painted tube on middle of wings and staple together.  Embellish your butterfly with eyes, antennae and any other details you come up with!  The googly eyes were self-adhesive and I taped the antennae to the inside of the tube.
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They fit right into the boys Art Buffet, which we are still LOVING!!  I’ll be sharing a genius idea for the bottom drawer soon.
Have fun crafting and creating with your kiddos!

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