Pool Noodle Fun

I was browsing Pinterest tonight, and came across this pin about A Bajillion Things to do With Pool Noodles, and I couldn’t pass up sharing! Pool noodles are cheap and in season right now – and you can use them for more than just a pool toy. My favorite from the list is the javelin game that you can create for outdoors.

Check out the full list here on the Rookie Moms blog.

Chore Charts

Okay, so, the kiddos in my life are getting to the age where they should start doing minor tasks around the house, or chores. If you start giving children responsibilities at a younger age, it can give them more respect for doing things for themselves and earning rewards for doing so. I, personally, like the idea of chore charts – they’re easy to manage and give the children a visual of their progress and achievements. You don’t have to reward your child with money after they’ve completed the tasks at hand – try an extra story at bedtime on a chosen night or allow them to arrange a play date with one of their friends as their reward. You can even try a prize basket or coupons – check out these great incentive ideas for When the Pigs Fly and Wondermom Wannabe.

Above is a great list of a bunch of different styles of chore charts – hopefully, you can find one that will suit the kids in your life! Thanks to Kids Activities Blog for the great ideas.

Heart Strings

Today, I just wanted to share a sweet little story from my trip home this past weekend; of course it’s about one of my little sweeties, Abby. I got to spend a lot of time with her this past weekend, along with my nephew, Teagan. My mother and I took the two with us while we went shopping and out to eat. They were very well-behaved, despite a little tiff here and there, but that’s understandable, because they’re only 2 and 3. When we got home that day, Abby and Teagan were playing with their toys, entertaining themselves, and out of nowhere, Abby goes, “You know..You always have a room here.” I immediately felt emotional. How does such a little girl offer up a comment that evokes such big emotions? I always have a room at home. I can always come home. She loves when I come to visit, all of the babies do, but after that comment, I never wanted to leave. I can’t believe how grown up these kids are when they’re barely out of their toddler years, and how intelligent they are. The connections they make amaze me.

I know they’re not my children, but I treat them as my own, so this quote fit perfectly.

Moon Sand

I’m all for sandboxes – I grew up playing in sandboxes, and of course, I always took half the sandbox home with me in my shoes, pockets, etc. I’ve come across moon sand so many times while browsing Pinterest, and it looks like all the fun of a sandbox, but with little mess. I’m heading home for the weekend for a family wedding, so hopefully I get to spend some time with the kiddies. I was trying to figure out what I could do with them to keep them entertained while bonding with themding, ding, ding – I’m going to make up a batch of moon sand. Here’s a great, easy recipe for moon sand.

Try colored moon sand, too!