Make Forest Fairy Houses in the Great Outdoors

We made Fairy Doors on trees while exploring the great outdoors via @PagingSupermom

Here in Arizona, Fall means we can finally venture outdoors, so I guess we’re on a bit of an outdoors kick. Last week we shared ideas to help you go outdoors with your kids, and this week I’ve got a fun and imaginary outdoor activity: building tiny fairy houses out of items you collect in the forest!

Fairy House Ideas - great outdoor activity for kids to make while camping in the forest via @PagingSupermom

We made Fairy Doors on trees while exploring the great outdoors via @PagingSupermom

We went up to the mountains recently and stayed with some friends in a beautiful cabin. The kids were a little restless one day, so I dug into my childhood memories of making woodland fairy houses with my mom; whenever we were camping. Since I love all things miniature, it was one of my favorite outdoor activities, and so I showed the kids how to set up little fairy homes with beds, dressers, tables, and any other decoration or furniture our creativity could think of.

If you’ve just got boys, perhaps you might consider these houses for a little gnome rather than a fairy. Regardless, my boys loved this forest game — they built a tree house, a mini playground and even an electrical generating plant!

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Fun Things To Do With Kids When You Go Outdoors

Fun Things to Do With Kids when you Go Outdoors via @PagingSupermom

Hello! It’s Sara here from Compass Crate. Can you believe that summer break is over?! The kids are back in school, and it seems like autumn is quickly creeping up on us. While some people love spring and lots of people love summer, I absolutely adore autumn. The change in leaves, the cooler weather, the anticipation of holidays. There isn’t much about autumn that I do not enjoy. Most of all, I love to go outdoors.

Great ideas to help you go outdoors with kids via @PagingSupermom

Fun Outdoor Activities for Kids via @PagingSupermom

Life easily has a way of getting too busy and outdoor adventures seem to be the first to go. Yet simple things such as taking a walk or visiting a park are important things to do with kids. So, in an effort to encourage my family to get outside and explore nature, we have put together our Adventure Packs with outdoor games and other things to get us excited about exploring the great outdoors.

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First Day of School Activities

Back to School - Easy Photo Backdrop

Sadly this weekend marks the official end of summer, and kids everywhere are going back to school. My friend Kelly from Cloudy Day Gray shared a glimpse at her family’s first day of school activities, and I was delighted to see the way she used our Back to School with Neon printables to create a fab back to school party.

Love these colorful First Day of School Photo Signs from @PagingSupermom

Love these Back to School party ideas with FREE PRINTABLES via @PagingSupermom

I love how she lined her wall with our “First Day of School” photo signs to create a fun back to school photos backdrop — look at her cute kiddos!

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Books Alive: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

Great Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to go along with "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" #booksalive

Hi everyone! I’m Stephanie from SomewhatSimple.com, and I am excited to be part of the Books Alive series today! One of my very favorite books of all time is If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Laura Numeroff. I remember my school librarian reading this book to my class when I was in elementary school. I loved it so much I checked it out from the library again and again and again. It wasn’t until I was in college that I finally purchased this book for my own personal library, and now my kids and I continue to read it all the time.

Great Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to go along with "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" #booksalive

Last week I decided to have our own “Mouse and Cookie” day with my 2 youngest kids. We colored pictures and we made delicious cookies — just like the little mouse in the book. If you’re looking for a simple Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe, this one is no-fail and tastes amazing!!!

Great Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to go along with "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" #booksalive

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Boredom-Busting Summer Activities for Older Kids

Boredom Busters for Older Kids via @PagingSupermom

I don’t know about you, but it gets tricky keeping my kids busy during the summer without a bunch of screen time, especially those older kids. We live in Phoenix so it’s too hot to be outside, which adds another challenge. I am always on the lookout for summer activities to keep my older kids playing, thinking, growing and limiting video games/tv/computer etc. With teens and tweens it’s especially difficult to find summer activities that will hold their interest. Here are summer boredom busters for teens that have worked well for us this summer.

1.  Build a House of Cards.  It takes patience, a steady hand and practice.  A rough surface definitely helps and be ready with the camera to snap a photo of success, because the whole thing is very delicate and a breath of air knocks it flat in 0.2 seconds.  My two oldest boys have spent a good hour or two on a few different afternoons trying different techniques and building bigger/taller houses.

Boredom Busters for Tweens via @PagingSupermom

Boredom Busters for Tweens via @PagingSupermom

Boredom Busters for Older Kids via @PagingSupermom

2.  Craft Stick Bombs.  My oldest son learned how to make these chain reactions from a friend and then looked up more patterns online and even made up some of his own. Again, this activity gets kids using their hands and brains. It takes a little patience to learn the patterns, but they’re not too complicated. My kids’ favorite is the Cobra Weave because it is long and super impressive when you let it loose and all the sticks fly… but they also like the smaller throwing ones that explode on impact. I like to challenge them to create and name new designs. Look up “Craft Stick Bombs” for detailed tutorials and ideas.

Boredom Busters for Older Kids via @PagingSupermom

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Books Alive: What Do You Do With An Idea

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats recipe

Hi everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company, and I am so excited to be here today to participate in this Books Alive series. Ya’ll, there is one thing I love more than anything in my life… finding a great children’s book. I love it! I love finding one with meaning and one that makes my kids think. One with great illustrations and one with a great design.

Have you heard of the book What Do You Do With An Idea? Let me tell you right now… you will love it! It’s great for all ages, but especially when your kiddos really start using their imagination, and it may just inspire you too.

My Ideas Brainstorm Worksheet via @pagingsupermom

What to Do With an Idea #BooksAlive via @PagingSupermom

The book starts out with a little boy having an idea; nurturing it and watching it grow; and seeing where those little ideas, that turn into big ideas, take us!

BUT how many times a day do you hear, “Mom, I have an idea….” I don’t know about you, but that phrase is used a TON in my house. I’m a little ashamed to admit that I don’t always give their ideas the time and attention they deserve either… I mean there are just SO many, right?! However, after reading this book to my kids, I decided we should do something about it. Enter a free printable brainstorming worksheet that might change your (and/or their lives):

My Ideas Brainstorm Worksheet via @pagingsupermom

The point of this free printable brainstorming worksheet is to get all of those ideas out and on a piece of paper. Encourage your kiddos to keep one of these handy, and when they have an idea, even if they don’t have time to do anything with it at the moment, encourage them to write it down.

There are two worksheets, one with lines and one that is blank. I envisioned kids using them together (drawing and words), but they can use these pages however the like to best communicate their ideas.

Today my daughter had an idea — she wanted to have a baking day. I told her to take a sheet, brainstorm and let me know what she wanted to make. She wasted no time getting that idea across:

My Ideas Brainstorm Worksheet via @pagingsupermom

So we giggled and quickly got to work making a Watermelon Rice Krispie treat. First we melted marshmallows, then added lots of food coloring and squished the rice krispies into the pan just right. As they hardened, she simply added a few chocolate chips to create the watermelon seeds.

Watermelon Rice Krispie Treats recipe

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