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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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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Tips for Watercoloring with Kids

Love these tips to simplify doing art with kids @PagingSupermom

I’ve always loved painting, art, and pretty much all things creative. In my pre-mom days I had these visions of beautiful afternoons spent painting with my future children. After becoming a mom, the reality was I would actually cringe when the kids requested to paint — things just get messy so fast, and as moms we try to avoid messes, right?

Yet painting was something I really wanted to be able to enjoy with my kids. I still don’t have the nerve to really let the kids loose with acrylics or craft paint, but I have figured out some simple ways to make watercoloring easy to manage with the kids, and I’ve partnered with Munchkin to share them with you all today.

Love these tips to simplify doing art with kids @PagingSupermom

Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

One of the biggest problem we would run into while watercoloring is that my kids would frequently — as in nearly every time — knock over their cups of water. Of course the water would run everywhere and often ruin the masterpiece they were working on.

Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

My friends at Munchkin sent me some of their Miracle toddler cups to try — they have a 360 Miracle Cup that is a replacement for sippy cups (and trust me you will NEVER go back), they also have these No-Tip Toddler Cups, which are clearly an ideal solution for watercoloring… and dinnertime.

Maybe my family is just incredibly clumsy… I swear, before we got these cups, at least half of our meal times would involve a spill of one kind or another. Even my older kids would frequently knock their cups over. Does this happen to you too?

Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

Love these @munchkin No-Tip Cups for watercoloring with kids via @PagingSupermom

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End of School Year Party Ideas

Fun Sun Craft Project for Kids via @PagingSupermom

The end of the school year seems like a perfect time to throw a party! Here in Arizona, an end of school party almost surely involves swimming. Today I have some decor ideas and more fun activities to keep your crew entertained, even if you don’t have a swimming pool.

How to Throw and End of School Year Party via @PagingSupermom

A few years ago we shared some adorable printables for an “Oh Summmer!” party over at OneCharmingParty.com, including this cute Summer Fun Foldover Tag and water bottle wraps.

Cut Summer Fun Foldover Tags via @PagingSupermom

This Dangling Sun Kids Craft, similar to these Paper Plate Flowers, are sure to be a hit at your End of School party.

Fun Sun Craft Project for Kids via @PagingSupermom

Fun Sun Craft Project for Kids via @PagingSupermom

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