12 Virtual Museum Tours for Kids

I came across this post with links to some really cool looking virtual museum tours for kids and I wanted to share them with you.

https://www.purewow.com/family/virtual-museum-tours-for-kids

Some look more interesting than others, but there are 12 to choose from! 😉 Here are a couple that look great to me:

Boston Children’s Museum

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https://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/museum-virtual-tour

Monterey Bay Aquarium

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This one has 9 live cams where you can watch some really cool creatures!

https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animals/live-cams

NASA Glenn Research Center

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If your kids have any interest in space, I think they will find this site fascinating!

https://www.nasa.gov/glennvirtualtours

Hubble Space Telescope

3 bright, blue-white stars at upper left mark the beginning of a bright and dusty reddish-brown, orange, and white "comma" shaped cloud of gas and dust that curves across the top of the image.

There’s lots of information here all about the Hubble Space Telescope! And some amazing pictures!

https://www.nasa.gov/content/goddard/hubble-360-degree-virtual-tour

I think you’ll find these sites very interesting and educational. And you don’t have to leave home to see them! 😉

Smile Starters

Sometimes kids (and grownups) wake up on the “wrong side of the bed”. In other words, they wake up and for one reason or another, they aren’t in a very good mood. And sometimes that bad mood comes later in the day from things that have happened during the day. But sometimes all it takes is a little bit of kindness or a little bit of fun to turn that frown upside down. 🙂 Those little things I like to call smile starters. Maybe its a hug that lasts more than a few seconds. Or maybe its seeing a funny smiley face that was made just for them. Here are a few smile starter ideas for you to try.

Draw a smiley face on an orange. Who can resist that sweet face?

Draw several smiley faces on a bunch of bananas. Maybe they are even looking at each other.

Carve a face into an apple and add a couple of chocolate chips for the eyes.

Use ketchup and mustard to make a funny face on a hamburger.

Draw a smiley face on the top of the lid on a bottle of juice.

I’m guessing you would get a smile out of someone who looks into their bowl at breakfast time and sees this looking back at them!

None of these things take very long to do, but I’m betting they will work great to get some smiles started at your house! Or sneak one of these into a lunchbox for a fun surprise. I’m sure you will be able to think of other simple things like this that you can do to encourage someone to be happy. After all, smiling is contagious so start passing some around today! 🙂

Wacky Wednesday Tongue Twisters

We haven’t done any tongue twisters for a while, so let’s try some today. Wiggle your tongues around to get them loosened up and here we GO!!

Trying saying each of these 5 times fast. 🙂

1.) Mixed biscuits

2.) Pirates Private Property

3.) An ape hates grape cakes.

4.) Willy’s real rear wheel. (Oh my, this one is hard!)

5.) A happy hippo hopped and hiccupped.

Wow! Some of those I had trouble saying right just ONE time! Haha! I hope you have fun trying to say these! And be sure to try them out on your family and friends! 🙂

Fun Joann’s Store Clearance Items

Hi everyone! Sorry to disappear on you last week, but we were away for a few days. Back home and back in the saddle! 😉 I found some fun kid’s items on clearance at our local Joann’s store. (Or maybe you call it Joann Fabrics store.) Just wanted to share them with you in case you’d like to get in on the fun too! NOTE: The prices I’m sharing with you were IN STORE. If you look online, they are not as cheap.

Crayola Model Magic Stackers Disney Frozen II.

It looks like the original price was $14.99 but it was on sale in the store for $2.47!

School Zone BIG Hidden Pictures & More Book. This has a lot of fun activities inside! (I’m ready for the grandkids to come so I can “help” them do some of these!) 😉

I didn’t find the exact original price on this, but similar books are $14.99. It was on clearance for $7.47. There are 299 pages of activities plus several more pages of answers. Great book!

Fab Lab Sequins. These are small packages of assorted kinds of sequins that kids will love! I bought 1 pack of flowers and 1 pack of mermaids and seashells.

Regular price looks to be $1.99 and I got them for $.97 each.

Felt Hoop Kits. There were a couple types of these kits still available in my store. I bought the zebra and the lion kits. It has some felt pieces and some embroidery floss plus the hoop and they look like they will be adorable when finished.

They were in the clearance sale for $2.47 with their regular price being $5.99.

Just one more for this time…Pop! bumper craft pack. This has a little bit of everything in it! (Ok, not everything, but a nice assortment of crafty things!) Included are chenille stems, pom poms, wiggle eyes, white glue, sequins, feathers and foam shapes. Let your imagination go and see what you can make! 🙂

My best guess on the original price is $6.99 to $9.99. It was on sale for $2.97.

And there you have it! There were many more items in the clearance sale, but these are a few that caught my eye. I’m sure availability will vary by store. Remember, the price when shopping online is higher than in the store. Now you have an excuse to shop at your favorite Joann’s store! It’s always better to buy things when they are on clearance, right? 🙂

Fun With a Simple Magnifying Glass

Here’s another simple and inexpensive way for kids to have fun and learn something in the process! Yep, the title gave it away…I’m talking about a magnifying glass. I found one on Amazon for $6.99. And its pretty big.

I know…all it does is make things look bigger. But have you noticed how very COOL things look when they are huge?! Like….books.

Look at mom and dad’s coffee K-cups.

Or your dog’s nose…

Try looking at plants!

Flowers are cooler when you magnify them.

And grass! Check out what you’ve been walking on!

You might even find something cool that lives in the grass!

And dirt! Dirt looks pretty cool up close too!

The list goes on and on! Check out the carpet, your sister’s tongue, a comic book, look at your food…you could do this for HOURS!! Inexpensive, simple, safe and fun! What more could you want? 😉

Make Your Own Matching Card Game

How’s your day going? I hope ok! Today I want to share a super simple way to make your own matching card game. You know, the little cards you line up face down and you turn 2 over at a time and see if they match? Yep, those. 😉 Only a few supplies are needed such as a piece of cardstock or sturdy paper, a ruler, a pencil, a pair of scissors and some stickers.

I used a piece of maroon colored cardstock (8 1/2″ x 11″) and made 12 cards for the game. First you’ll draw lines on the paper to mark the cards into even squares. If you use the same size of paper, your squares can be 2 3/4″. You’ll have just a little bit of extra paper down one side to cut off and discard. (I couldn’t seem to get a good picture of the lines on the paper.)

Cut the squares apart.

Separate the squares into pairs of 2 cards each. You’ll be making 6 sets of matching cards from one piece of paper. Feel free to make more!

Sort through your stickers to find 6 sets of matching stickers.

Make a set of cards by placing 1 sticker on each card, making sure there are 2 identical cards.

And your cards are made! You’re ready to play! Turn all the cards face down and mix them up, then line them up in 3 rows of 4 cards each.

The first player turns over 2 cards. If they match, he/she takes the match and turns over 2 more cards. As long as the player is finding a match, their turn continues. If they don’t find a match, the cards are turned face down again and play moves onto the second player.

A match!

6 matched sets is probably enough for small children, but you might want to make more for kids that are a little older. So easy to make and so simple to play! I hope you’ll have fun making your own game AND playing it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!

Let’s Make a Crazy Hair Octopus!

Welcome to another week of fun with The Kids Niche! Today we’re making a crazy hair octopus! Won’t you join us? 🙂

Just some simple supplies are needed for this project…an empty toilet paper roll, 2 wiggly eyes, some markers or crayons, some yarn, glue, a pencil, a ruler and a pair of scissors.

Let’s start by working on the octopus body. Measure up about 2″ and make a pencil mark all around the toilet paper roll.

Next, make a small mark on one end of the roll and a second mark that is about half way around the roll on the other side. Can you see the 2 little marks?

Using your scissors, cut on one of the little marks straight up until you reach the 2 inch line.

Turn the roll around and make another cut the same way on the second small mark. Next cut the two pieces in half so you have 4 sections on that end of the toilet paper roll.

Cut each of the 4 sections in half so that you end up with 8 sections.

What part of an octopus has 8 pieces? It’s legs, right? The 8 sections will become the 8 legs on your octopus. 🙂

Let’s switch to working on the crazy hair part now. We will be making a pom-pom for the crazy hair. Cut a piece of yarn around 6-7 inches long and lay it out on a flat surface like a table or countertop.

Now take the end of yarn that is still attached to the skein/ball of yarn you are using and place it across your hand like in this picture:

You will now be wrapping the yarn around your hand approximately 50 times. You can use 3 fingers for an adult or wrap around a child’s whole hand.

After you’ve wrapped the yarn 50 times, cut the end of the yarn you were wrapping with. Carefully slide the wrapped yarn off the fingers, keeping it together in a bunch and lay it on top of the first piece of yarn you cut. The wrapped bundle should be placed on the piece of yarn so its approximately in the center of the wrapped bundle.

Using your first piece of yarn, tie it in a knot around the wrapped bundle. You will have loops on both sides of the knot.

Use your scissors to cut through the loops on both ends.

Using your fingers, fluff the pom-pom until it resembles a ball shape.

Trim any pieces of yarn that are extra long and sticking out.

Let’s go back to the octopus body now. Using your markers or crayons, color the entire outside area of the toilet paper roll.

Using your pencil, carefully roll each of the 8 leg sections (one at a time) up around your pencil.

Slide the pencil out and unroll the leg as much as you like.

After rolling each of the eight legs, your octopus might look something like this:

Glue on the 2 wiggly eyes.

Your octopus is taking shape! 🙂

Put a line of glue all around the top edge of your octopus.

Place the crazy hair in place and hold for a little bit while the glue starts to set up.

Give your octopus a smile with a marker!

And your crazy hair octopus is finished! 🙂 Great job! Find a nice place to put him/her so everyone can enjoy seeing him/her! I hope you had fun making your crazy hair octopus!

Making Your Own Game

Does your family like to play games together? I’m thinking board games, like Chutes and Ladders, or card games, like Uno. We have played a lot of games in our family over the years and we always have a great time. 🙂 Here’s an activity that your kids might enjoy, especially if they like playing games. And that activity is making your own game! Grab a couple sheets of construction paper (or whatever kind of paper you have handy), some markers and some tape. You’ll need some game markers of some kind and 1 dice when it’s time to play the game you make. Let’s do this!

You can use one or more sheets of paper, depending on the size the paper is and on what size you want your game board to be. I taped 2 pieces of construction paper together to make my board a little larger.

Turn your paper over so you don’t see the tape and let’s begin drawing! Pick where you want the “Start” to be.

Draw a path with 2 lines on your paper from Start to Finish.

Now divide your path into sections.

Add some fun (and not so fun) things along your path that each player must do when/if they land on that particular space.

Here are a few examples that I used for my game.

Yikes! Go to Jail??!

I hope I get to climb the ladder!

Ooo, a shortcut!

Coming down the home stretch! Don’t go to Jail now!

You can use whatever you have handy around the house for your markers for the game. You could use a penny and a dime for 2 players, for example. I found some Lego figures that will work great for playing this game. All you need is 1 dice and you’re ready to play!

The rules for my game would be: Each player rolls the dice and the player that gets the highest number, goes first. Play will continue clockwise. When it is your turn, roll the dice one time and move your marker forward on the path that number of spaces. Do whatever the space says to do. If the space doesn’t have any instructions, your turn is finished. Continue playing in this manner with each player rolling the dice once, moving their marker ahead that number of spaces and doing what the space says to do. The first player to reach or go beyond the Finish space is the winner!

Let the kids make up the rules and the things to write in the spaces. Your game may get a little crazy and you may spend the entire game in Jail, but it’s fun to let the kids have the freedom to control the game. It’s also great to make a game yourself that has a set of rules to follow to help kids learn about following directions. But sometimes, crazy fun is the best fun! 😉 And the things kids can dream up that you have to do can be pretty hilarious!

I hope you will give this a try and you’ll have a ton of fun! Now I need to go find someone to play my new game with me! Maybe I can draft my husband… 😉 LOL

Dollar Tree Finds

The Dollar Tree store near us always seems to have something fun in the way of toys and crafts. I love going there are finding neat things for only $1.00 each! I was happy with some things I found the other day and wanted to share them with you.

Playmobil individual figures.

Playmobil is a great toy, but they aren’t the cheapest thing around, so I thought it was great to find these surprise packages with a Playmobil figure inside for just $1.00!

They come with some directions but you might have to figure out some of it by looking at the picture on the package. This is the surprise that was in my package. Pretty cool dude!

I also found a chalkboard with an easel back on it ($1) and a pack of 4 chalkboard heart tags ($1). And there were several colors of chalk writer pens ($1 each). I bought purple and white. Next time I’m there, I’m hoping to buy some more colors. 🙂

Just for fun, here’s an idea of what you can do with the chalkboard and chalk writer pens. The pens do write a fairly wide line.

Because it has the easel backing on it, you can stand it up anywhere.

When you’re ready for a new sign, simply wipe the chalkboard clean with a damp paper towel.

Do you like to shop at Dollar Tree? What are some of your favorite finds there? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Clearance Is on Sale!

During a quick stroll through my local Joann Fabric Store on Monday, I discovered some crazy good sale prices! Some of the craft kits for kids (not all of them) were on clearance and then they were 35% more off the clearance price! Whoohoo! I only had time to grab a few of them but I wanted to share them with you.

#1.) Pop! Unicorn Foam and Felt Kit. This is the kit that I showed you in another post but it’s even cheaper this time. Got it for $1.61.

#2.) Makit & Bakit Flip Flops Kit. This one was on sale for $0.96! (We are going to make this one soon so be sure to check back!)

#3.) Little Makers Rub On Art Kit. This kit was on sale for $1.28. There was a similar set with different pictures too.

#4.) Little Makers Foam Mosaic. There was more than one type of this one too. On sale for only $1.61.

There were more kits on sale but I didn’t have much time to be there. And items may vary at each store, of course. I’m not sure how long this sale on a sale is available but you can find some cute craft kits for kids at really great prices! Ruuuuuun to your nearest Joann Fabric Store! 😉