Easy Snow Globe

This is a fun little project the kids loved making last year and were just as thrilled to pull out of the Christmas decorating box and see them again this year.snow globe
Here are the supplies you will need:snow globe
– Figurine ($3 at local toy store) and tree ($1 for 3-pack at dollar store)
*Note, make sure figurine fits in opening of globe!
– Globe (I used a jar from a dollar store $1)
– Snow (here I used finely shredded coconut and sugar to add sparkle)
– Glue gun
– Marker

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I am sure it is pretty self-explanatory to do this but here are the steps:

1) If the jar is not even all around, close lid and make a mark on lid where the front of the jar is so you will know which way to place figurine.

2) Open lid and hot-glue figurine and tree to lid

3) Fill globe with snow, close lid and voila!
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Trying To Stay Sane in An April Snow Storm

It is April 12th and we are in the middle of a snowstorm! Since the kids have a snow day today, I am trying to think of ways to keep them busy and me sane. Here are some fun and easy activities we have tried recently.

Balloon Rocket

Need: straw, string, tape, balloon, 2 chairs
• Cut a straw and put a string through it
• Tie one end to one chair and the other end to another chair
• Blow up a balloon and hold end closed while taping it to the straw
• Slide balloon and straw to the end of the string which has the balloon opening facing the chair
• Let go and watch the balloon rocket fly!
• The kids liked it when one child would let go and the other child would lie under the string so the rocket would fly over them.
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Goo Science

The goo is sometimes liquid and sometimes solid and so much fun! Scientists would call this a “colloid”. You can roll it into a ball but if you hold the ball in your hand, it will liquify and run through your fingers. The kids could probably play with this for hours.

How to make it:
• Put about 2 cups of cornstarch in a bowl
• One child slowly adds water a little at a time while other child mixes with their hands
• Once you get the perfect consistency of liquid/solid it is time to play

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Fun, Easy Easter Egg Garland

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This idea is entirely thanks to my 8 year old. She wanted to decorate for Easter and loves cutting out snowflakes at Christmas time. She combined the two ideas by drawing and cutting out an Easter egg shape, then folding it in half twice and cutting out shapes as you would a snowflake. Be sure to only cut the shapes from the two folded sides. We finished by putting ribbon through a hole in each of the eggs and then hanging them up. So easy, fun and looks great! Such a clever little monkey 🙂

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The Well-Loved Playhouse

This is the story of a well-loved playhouse. Once upon a time, there was a little girl who lived on a lake and her grandfather made her a beautiful playhouse. Eventually the little girl grew up and was to big for the playhouse so she passed it along to her neighbour who was a little younger than her and could enjoy it for a few more years. Eventually this girl outgrew the playhouse as well. She had two little neighbours who were sisters and she knew these little girls would just LOVE a playhouse of their own and to their great delight, she offered it to them. One of the neighbours owned a crane and was hired to move the little house to its new family. The girls were thrilled the day their new home arrived, flying through the air. The sight of which further adding to its magic. The little house has been shown lots of love and attention and continues to today.

Below are pictures from various stages of the playhouse’s evolution.

The day it arrived. A flying playhouse!Image
Watching it in the air.ImageImage

It received a new exterior paint job and a deck made from a pallet.  
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Interior walls used to be exposed particle board but were re-painted with paint from Home Depot’s bargain bin of unwanted colours people didn’t like after they were mixed. There were signatures of previous guests to the house written on a small wall which were left exposed as reminders of all who visited.Image

We hung a crystal in the window to catch the sun and cast rainbows all over the walls.
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The girls basking in more rainbows.Image

The girls drew some pictures which were framed with inexpensive Ikea frames that have plastic instead of glass so they can’t break.
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Just painting a piece of plywood and drawing some circles on it became a quick stove top. They also get to keep all our used spice jars to add to their kitchen.Image

Dishes are Ikea and tray was $1 in the bargain bin at Ikea as well.
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The play structure is next to the playhouse. This helped us soooo much when we were working on our house. The girls can spend hours here!ImageImageImageImageImage

Quick and Easy Magnetic Pen Holder

I have had a pen on top of the fridge to write on my fridge lists but it manages to roll off or disappear. I had an empty tin from some ginger candies that I love the look of and thought I would try out something I had seen somewhere a while ago (probably on Pinterest). I was going to glue a couple of magnets I had lying around onto the back of the tin and stick it to the fridge and then I realized I didn’t even need to glue them because, duh, the tin is magnetic too. So, two simple steps;

1) stick magnets to fridge
2) stick tin to magnets
3) place pens/pencils in tin.

Et voila! Fini.

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Oh, I searched online to find where I had seen this idea originally and here it is. Good ol’ Martha Stewart. She had an even better idea which is to place the magnets inside the tin.