Fun Things to Do at the Beach

Going to the beach is always so much fun! (If you like sun, sand and water, of course!) But sometimes the kids get โ€œboredโ€ while the adults would still like to have some time to relax. Here are a few suggestions to keep everyone enjoying your day away.

Look for wildlife in the area. They can be quite entertaining. ๐Ÿ™‚ Birdsโ€ฆ

Depending on what type of beach you go to, you might be able to find some little crabs.

And you can make a nice little bunker for a crab. Haha!

Of course, building sand castles is always fun.

Depending on where you are, fishing might be permitted.

Drawing in the sand is another option. We had some creative artists. ๐Ÿ˜‰

And there is always burying yourself in the sand. Lol

And collecting treasures of pretty shells and stones.

It can be fun seeing what other people catch while fishing. ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

And watching the moon rise in the evening can be a great way to end a wonderful day at the beach. โ˜บ๏ธ

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Welcome to Arm & Hammer Recess!

I received an interesting email today that I thought you might also enjoy. It came from Arm & Hammer, as in Arm & Hammer baking soda.

Hey Parents! Join ARM & HAMMER Recess - Fun for your kids. A Break for you.

Here’s the little blip about Arm & Hammer Recess that you’ll see on their website:

“Looking for clever ways to engage kids AND teach them something new? (Bonus points for low effort, low cost, and fun!) Discover a whole world of Baking Soda-inspired crafts, experiments, and recipes to try with your family. Great for after school, rainy days, or weekends, each activity is kid-friendly and the perfect inspo to get little creators thinking in fun new ways.”

Their website looks like it has a TON of fun things to do so if you’d like to check it out, here’s the website address:

https://www.armandhammer.com/recess

Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

More Fun Finds at Dollar Tree

I made a stop at our local Dollar Tree store and, of course, I had to check out the kids items. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thatโ€™s what grandmas do, right? I want to share 3 fun things with you that I saw.

#1.) Dominoes. Double Six dominoes, 28 pieces.

These will be great for helping kids learn to match numbers and colors or just for playing the game of Dominoes.

And yes, they will stand up so you can build lines that will fall down with a push on a single domino. ๐Ÿ™‚

#2.). Sparkle by Number Unicorn Kits

You just peel and stick on little โ€œgemsโ€ to make the picture sparkle!

I know a little girl or two that would think this is fun to do and so pretty! (And maybe some BIG girls too!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

There were 2 different unicorn pictures at our local Dollar Tree store.

#3.). Barbie pets. They had a kitten and a bunny that would be fun to add to a Barbie doll play set.

I always have fun when I wander the aisles of our local Dollar Tree store! I hope you can find some fun goodies for yourself and for your favorite kids! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Making Encouraging Pencils

And just like that, weโ€™ve started a new school year! Wow, where did summer go? Hereโ€™s a simple project that can keep your kidsโ€™ spirits upbeat as they hit the books once again.

All you need is a pack of regular pencils and a fine point permanent marker. Simply write an encouraging message on each pencil. If there is more than one child in the family, also include their name. When your child uses their pencil, they will see your encouragement and they will remember you made this pencil especially for them. ๐Ÿฅฐ

Here are some closer views so you can see what I wrote on these pencils for our grandkids.

Of course, feel free to write whatever message you like. Letโ€™s get our kids started off on the right foot this school year! ๐Ÿ™‚

Fun Breaks for Kids When Studying

Sorry for the lateness of this post! Iโ€™m having computer problems so Iโ€™m going to try this post from my phone. Here goes! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Do you find it hard to keep kids motivated when you are homeschooling or they are doing distance learning at home? Sometimes it helps to take a short break now and then. Iโ€™d like to share an idea with you today that might make even a short break more refreshing and fun! All you need is a sheet of paper and a pen.

Make the piece of paper into small squares by folding and tearing or by using a pair of scissors to cut it. I made mine into 16 pieces.

Now write funny little activities on each piece of paper. Iโ€™ll show you what I wrote in just a secondโ€ฆ

The ages of your children will help you decide what kind of activities to write down. The goofier the better! The idea is to get them up and moving and smiling. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ Here are the activities I wrote on my pieces of paper:

After you finish writing on all your pieces of paper, fold them in half and then in half again so nobody can read what they say.

Find a container or bowl to place them in.

You decide when itโ€™s time for a break from studying or working. Maybe itโ€™s after 2 pages of Math or after reading a chapter in a book. When itโ€™s break time, allow your child to reach inside and pull out a piece of paper. Then they read it or have it read to them and they do the activity. It makes for a nice break from sitting for long periods of time. Hopefully after doing their activity, the kids are awake and ready to tackle the next subject. I hope youโ€™ll give it a try! ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 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!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ™‚

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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anti-Stress Lavender Play Dough

We hear a lot these days about stress and how much it negatively affects us. Even kids are dealing with stress. I came across a recipe I had stashed in a drawer for Anti-Stress Lavender putty. (Sorry but it doesn’t say who posted the recipe and I don’t remember where I got it.) Kids love play dough and the lavender essential oil used in this recipe is good to use for calming little people. (And big people!)

So here is my version that I made today. You’ll need 1/2 Cup of flour, 1/4 Cup salt, 4 1/2 teaspoons of cream of tartar, 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil (almond, canola or coconut), 1/4 Cup boiling water and lavender essential oil.

In a medium size bowl, put the flour…

Salt…

Cream of Tartar…

And oil, then start mixing.

Add in about 5 drops of the lavender essential oil, then mix a little more. If you want a stronger scent, add a few more drops.

Add the boiling water and stir. To finish mixing it all together, I dumped it out on the counter top on a piece of wax paper and kind of kneaded it.

You can add a little more water or flour as needed to get the consistency you want. I needed a little more water. You can also add in glitter but that was more mess than I wanted! LOL It makes a nice soft and easy to shape fragrant playdough.

It’s ready for little people hands and playing! ๐Ÿ˜‰ The idea is that the lavender will help to give the kids a calm feeling while they play. The play dough can be stored in a ziploc bag and should keep for a few months. This is my first batch so I can’t really say how long it will last.

I hope you’ll give this idea a try and that you’ll have great results with it! Think relaxing thoughts as you breathe in the lavender! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dots and Squares Game

Here’s a fun game to entertain the kids even if all you have with you is a pen and a piece of paper. ๐Ÿ™‚ We’ll call it Dots and Squares Game.

The first thing you’ll do is to make 100 dots on your piece of paper, in 10 rows of 10 dots each. If you want a little help to keep the dots in line, you can use a lined piece of paper behind a plain piece so you can see the lines showing through on the top paper.

Hanging both pieces of paper on a window also helps to see the lines more clearly.

10 dots down the side and 10 dots across…

Keep going…you’re getting there. It doesn’t take as long as it sounds like it will take when you say “100 dots”. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Presto! There we are!

The game can be played with just one pen being passed around to each player or you can use a different colored pen for each person. (Or use a pencil.)

The idea of the game is to make the most squares. Each person takes a turn drawing ONE line, either horizontally or vertically, between 2 adjacent dots. (No diagonals.)

Play continues this way while each player tries to NOT add the third side to a square because if you do, that means the next person can make a square.

Eventually the game board gets so full that someone HAS to add the third line. Can you spot the place that is ready to be closed off into a square? Hint: look on the lower right side.

In this game, Jasper was the first one to make a square. When you complete the fourth side of a square, you get to claim that square as yours and add your initial to the square. These are the names and initials we used for our example game:

So you can see the J in the box in the bottom right corner of the game board. When you finish a square, you get to take another turn. And sometimes you can make only 1 square, but sometimes you are able to make a LOT of them! When Jasper played his bonus move, he set it up so that Rick was able to make a square on his turn.

Play continues in this manner until the entire game board has been made into squares and claimed by the player making each square.

Count up the squares for each person and see how many squares each one made.

The player with the most squares wins the game!

It’s a great game to play to keep the kids occupied while you are somewhere waiting for someone or in a restaurant waiting for your food to be served. Tuck a little tablet into your purse or pocket along with a pen and you’re ready to go! Have fun!