We are all about bath time fun around here. Anything to get the toddler into the tub! Besides these magical monthly craft foam ideas which stick to the wall, homemade bath paints are another favorite way to transition easily into bath time. I’ve tried DIY tub paints a couple of ways, but the best way (easiest and most fun) is using yogurt! A little bit of plain yogurt in a muffin tin with some food coloring goes a long way! And since I make my own crock pot yogurt at home (here’s how you can, too), it is super simple to always have on hand. If you’re using ready-made food coloring, I encourage you to buy those made from natural vegetable colorants, without synthetic dyes or corn syrup. No need for kids to sit in such unnecessary ingredients, so a brand like India Tree (affiliate link if you’d like to buy it
Today my husband went to visit his mom (Mimi) and took our son along so that I could have an ENTIRE day to myself. A dream come true! Just what I had been wanting! Here’s my chance! This is going to be awesome! …What do I do though?… I have no freaking idea. How come it is so easy for me to think about what I would TOTALLY do right now if I could, on the majority of the past two years as a stay-at-home mom? Now here it is and I stumble to figure it out. The main reason I am putzing around at home without a plan is because I basically exhausted myself thinking of all the possibilities before I even got out of bed. I was giddy in anticipation last night. Oh boy, I can blog and watch some TV! Yes, I can finally clean up without anybody around.
Did you know that craft foam sticks like magic to surfaces when wet? Learning this simple, little fact has made evenings a bit smoother around the Evans household! Try it out with this fun Christmas craft for kids. When my toddler starts to get bored with his usual tub toys, I break out a new set of craft foam shapes to play with together. It all started with decorating jack ‘o’ lantern faces in our bathtub pumpkin patch. Then we made turkeys with colorful feathers and features. Next to celebrate the holidays, we wash in a winter wonderland of Christmas trees, snowmen, presents, and more. The best thing about this “craft” is how easy and inexpensive it is to make. Just buy some thin craft foam at a craft store (or order a pack here or here to have on hand) and cut out your desired shapes. Nothing intricate is required, because it will still
Craft foam fun continues! After the fun my toddler had making a Pumpkin Patch in the Bath Tub, I decided to make some turkey body shapes and feathers to celebrate November or do Autumn Trees in general. Since the craft foam sticks to surfaces when wet, it is the perfect way to add flavor to bath time for toddlers and children. Just grab some craft foam (affiliate link) and cut out a basic turkey shape. I used three different shades of brown and tried out different ideas. Just two circles could work for a turkey head and body, or perhaps a large oval body and turkey head like I made in the larger turkey. Cut out colorful feathers that can go around the body, some beaks, eyes, and feet. And you’ll probably even want a red snood (had to Google “turkey hanging thing” to learn that). Be careful of creating pieces that are
Today at 2:02 this morning, my sweet son turned TWO years old! We celebrated our big boy last weekend with a construction-themed birthday party because I knew he would “dig” it 😉 Here was the invitation I made: Then I ordered (affiliate links) these child construction hats from Amazon which were perfect additions to favor bags in the “Hard Hat Area”. The week of the party, I used markers and construction paper to make some fun signs to hang as decoration. Also had a “Children At Work” sign downstairs in the playroom, but no photo of that. For the “Hammer Time” area, I wrapped florist foam blocks in woodgrain contact paper. Turfdaddy brought home some golf tees from work, and I found some cheap toy hammers. It was a hit (literally!) and usable again and again. I put two lines of yellow duct tape down a black tablecloth to make a road for
Need something new to make bath time more fun/less torture? We sure did here last week, so I pulled out some craft foam…and we’ve had a smashing good time all week! Insert sigh-of-relief here. One of my favorite things to learn as a parent so far is that craft foam sticks to windows, walls, bathtubs, etc when wet. This means it is super easy and cheap to cut out various seasonal shapes for toddlers and kids to explore. This fall, our bathtub is a pumpkin patch ready for decorating. I simply cut out a few orange ovals of various size from a large craft foam sheet, and some random green and black shapes with stems, eyes, nose, ears, and mouth designs in mind. I seriously did this in less than a minute one evening as my son threw a fit about having to go upstairs. He stopped whining out of curiosity about what I