Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Lunch Box Suggestions

School days are upon me, and I'm having a hard time forking over $2.30 a day for my child to consistently eat chicken nuggets. With a little research, I found a few great lunch box ideas:

Kraft Foods Lunchbox Ideas

Family Education's Top 10 Packable Lunches

I just ordered the Pampered Chef Cut N' Seal so I can make my own Uncrustables. I plan on mass producing a bunch and then throwing them in the freezer. Anything to save a little time in the morning.

I also like the idea of Bento Boxes, I just may have to get a few.

And for a little extra something to slip in the box:

Familyfun Lunch Box Jokes

Happy lunch making!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hot Wheels Birthday Party


- Weaved black and white poster board for racing flags

- Race car posters


- Tire Cupcakes


- Giant race track using garden edging and electric tape to secure it to the railing. The cars didn't stay on the track for long, but the boys loved it when they crashed. It was also a challenge to see how far they could get their car to stay on the track.

- All the hot wheels toys I could find

- Hot Wheels race using this fun track:

The track tells you who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place - we raced all the hot wheels, and then had a champions race. Definitely the favorite event.

- Homemade Pinatas. I used this for inspiration. I also used the flour and paste recipe, but painted it with white glue, just to be sure. We used streamers to decorate. Note: very messy activity (do it outside, if possible). It was worth the mess, my kids loved making them. We will definitely do it again! And just so you know, making straight stripes on a round object is harder than it looks. Now that I think about it, drawing lines before decorating would have solved that dilemma.

- Wet Head Game. It had nothing to do with the party theme, but very entertaining.

Activities we never got to: a game of Red Light Green Light and pin the tires on the car. Better to overly prepared, right?

Monday, August 10, 2009

Better than Paper Boats

Play Equipment

1. Wax paper
2. Aluminum foil
3. Paper boat instructions
4. Sticks to push the boats along

My 5 year old adores origami transportation. Many, many times I have crafted a piece of copy paper into an airplane or boat. The airplanes seemed worth my time, providing at least a half hour of entertainment. But the paper boats always left a bit to be desired, sinking much too soon. Their untimely demise made Chad wonder what we could use instead of paper, and our alternative paper boat experiment began.

Using these instructions, I folded one boat with wax paper and another with aluminum foil. Chad chose the foil, asking me first which one was the hardest to fold (it was the foil). He thought the resistance would make it stronger - and he was right.

The wax paper boat immediately fell apart, but the foil boat lasted for at least an hour! Even when it sank, we just picked it up, drained it, reformed it, and set sail! The foil boat was very popular, Chad even gained a few spectators. After rolling down a grassy hill and poking sticks into the pond, we considered the afternoon well spent.

Need more ideas? Head on over to Ramblings of a Crazy Woman.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Blueberry Fields

I was a little worried this morning, when I realized blueberry season is just about over. As soon as we could get ready, we headed for the blueberry fields.

My little one was a bit of a handful, eating a berry whenever he pleased.

My older two kiddies were much more helpful, gathering about a gallon (most of my berries will be frozen for smoothies or just for eating frozen right out of the bag).

All the while, I dreamed of this.

And on the way out, we paid for our berries with a little blue box.

It's kind of nice to know that there is at least one place that still believes in the honesty of others.

Find a u pick farm near you here.