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Is this your child's first or second Halloween? For many families, Halloween is the perfect time to dress up and have fun. The problem with many of the costumes out there for toddlers, however, is that with how quickly they grow, the costume you bought earlier in the month may no longer fit your child, or it's too cold on Halloween for them to actually wear said costume. Rather than pay for an expensive costume that your child may not even be able to wear, many parents have decided to go with homemade or semi-homemade costumes that are simple and allow their child to still wear fairly normal clothes as they go trick or treating with older siblings. You may even be surprised how easy many of these costumes are to make for toddlers!
Easy Halloween Costume for Toddlers: Clown
For many parents, nothing is easier and cuter than having their child look like a rainbow clown for Halloween. Not only are these costumes really cute on a little one, they are very easy for parents to put together without spending a great deal of money. For this costume, all you will need is some face paint and a rainbow clown wig. It is easy to find clown wigs this time of year, and sometimes even big red clown noses. To make your child look like a true carnival clown, use a fine brush and safe face paint to paint decorations like circles, stars and triangles on your child's cheeks. For an even sillier look add a clip on bow tie for fun!
If you would like a Halloween costume that is a bit more girly, don't forget that this is the perfect time of year to help your child look like a cute little princess or fairy. Many parents love going with a fairy theme, since it can be as simple or complex as they like. For those who would like a simpler costume, all you have to do is give your daughter a beautiful set of fairy or butterfly-style wings in her size, and a magic wand. By going this route, your child can wear whatever clothes you like, allowing them to be as warm or cool as they would like, weather permitting. You can also add a tutu, flowered skirt, or other cute accessories to give this outfit the finishing touches to help your daughter look like a real fairy!
Another cute Halloween costume that is perfect for boys and girls alike are superhero costumes. With these movies so popular for the last several years, it is very easy to find superhero sweatshirts, t-shirts, and other clothing made for children and adults of all ages. To add the finishing touches to a superhero costume for toddlers, make sure to get a superhero costume kit, which usually includes a cape and mask. If this doesn't work, you can find masks in the form of sunglasses for toddlers. For children who are uncomfortable wearing anything over their face, you can also use washable paint to paint a little mask around their eyes, allowing your toddler to look like a miniature of their favorite superhero!
Are you planning on bringing your kids to the beach this summer? While the beach can be a lot of fun, it can also be very overwhelming for children. Not only is there a huge ocean to play in, but lots of people coming and going. To make sure that your trip is as stress free as possible, it is important that you plan out the day, making sure that kids are having as much fun as possible and not getting bored or overwhelmed. Luckily, with the right plans, you can keep kids busy with a variety of fun beach activities!
Build A Sand Castle
If it is your child's first time to the beach, building a sand castle is a must! Children love being able to work with friends or even their parents to create a fun sand castle that they can show off to all their friends. Before going to the beach, remember to bring at least a bucket, shovel, and any sculpting tools you think you will need for building your special castle. Just make sure to bring a waterproof camera too since the water and other people can accidentally damage a sand castle before you have the time to get your cellphone or a proper camera from the car. Kids will love to look at their special creation once they are home from the beach, preserving the memory with a fun picture!
While swimming is one thing that many kids love, many of them don't want to stay in the water all day. For younger kids, playing fun beach ball games is almost a must. You can do anything ranging from simple volleyball to playing kick ball on the beach. Since beach balls come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs, you can find the perfect one for your children. You can even find colorful, animated character beach balls, making kids even more excited to get up and play! For older kids, don't forget about other traditional games, depending on what is available at that beach, possibly including volleyball, basketball, frisbee golf or more! Just make sure to check online to see what your intended beach offers before arriving.
Exploring The Beach
Do you have a child that is curious about nature and everything around them? You can use this curiosity to your advantage by having children learn about the beach itself by collecting sea shells, looking at fish, and even various plants that live in the ocean. While it isn't recommended to take fish and animals from the beach itself, you can bring home empty seashells and other little items collected from the beach itself. Kids will love being able to go home and show their friends all the neat things they collected during their trip to the beach!
Did you know that July is National Ice Cream Month? Not only is this the time of the year where you can find killer ice cream sales, but an excuse to enjoy ice cream with your children. I mean, how many times can you say you have an excuse to finish an entire quart of ice cream in one sitting? While it may not be worth it calorie wise, the smiles all around make it worth the extra exercise later. So, what could be more fun than enjoying ice cream outside with your kids? Well, an ice cream party, of course!
Really Its National Ice Cream Month?
So what is National Ice Cream Month? it is a fun day where everyone can enjoy one of their favorite treats guilt free. This fun little celebration started on July 14, 1984, when President Ronald Reagan declared the month of July to be devoted to ice cream with a presidential proclamation. Since then it has been celebrated all throughout the US with fun ice cream events and amazing sales from the various ice cream makers. In other words, it gives us an excuse to enjoy this delicious dessert with our friends and family!
Food Ideas At Your Ice Cream Party
Of course, you can't have an ice cream party without ice cream. For a great party, we recommend a variety of different types of ice cream, definitely including ice cream sandwiches. Since all of us like to eat things other than ice cream, at least every once in a while, traditional grilling and BBQ foods are great as well - who doesn't enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers before digging into the ice cream? To cut down on the mess, however, we do recommend getting some ice cream themed tableware for the party. Putting an ice cream table cloth on a picnic bench with cute cups and plates turns a boring picnic into a fun ice cream party for your entire family!
Games & Prizes
What is a party without games and prizes? Just like any party, you can find fun ice cream themed games, ranging from bean bag tosses to piñatas - no need to make the ice cream eating contest official! If weather allows, have some of your other favorite games there as well, including board games. To go along with the theme, however, make sure to have ice cream-themed prizes for the kids, like jewelry, toys, or even yummy looking school supplies that kids can use once they go back to school in August or September. Just make sure your prizes are age appropriate, and remember the fun ice cream bags so kids can carry their cool prizes home after the party. Kids will have so much fun at your ice cream party, don't be surprised if they want to have them throughout the month of July!
Do you have a little girl who loves ladybugs? While most girls aren't too crazy about most bugs, this beautiful red and black insect is one of the few that girls most girls can agree is cute. Over the past few years ladybugs have actually gotten so popular that many little girls even want to have a cute ladybug birthday party. Luckily, these parties are not only are these parties cute but very easy to set up, allowing you to make the perfect party for your daughter and her friends!
What is a birthday party without decorations? Like many other party themes, it is easy to find ladybug party decorations as long as you know where to look. One of our favorite decorations is actually something you might never consider - a ladybug piñata. This adorable piñata looks like an oversized cartoon bug, perfect to be filled with small ladybug toys and candies. If you are having a hard time finding the right decorations, just go with black and red decorations in streamers and other decorations you want for your party. With the right preparations it will be easy to make your room look perfect for any little ladybug!
Like any party, cute tableware is the key to bringing your party table together! While a cute ladybug cake is obviously a key element of the birthday table, you should also have other decorations. With kids going about at the party, we recommend not trying to use good dishes or things you will have to wash later. This can lead to not only mess, but all too often broken dishes as well. Avoid the stress and consider getting ladybug themed paper tableware. This will not only reduce after-party stress, but leave your table looking even cuter, especially when kids are eating birthday cake from cute ladybug dessert plates. If you do decide to forgo the cake and do cupcakes, don't forget that you can also buy cute ladybug cupcake picks and decorations as well for cupcakes!
Of course, most little girls love to play dress up, especially at their own birthday party. One of the easiest ways to make your little girl feel special on her big day is letting her dress up with her own ladybug wing and headband set. These sets look similar to fairy wings, but look like your daughter's favorite black and red insect. Mix this with ladybug themed jewelry and your daughter can be a special ladybug princess at her birthday party. Since these sets are fairly inexpensive you can even buy one for each girl at the party without spending a fortune! Just make sure when you send out invitations that people RSVP so you know exactly how many of these cute sets to buy!
Looking for the perfect Father's Day Gift? Everyone can agree, being a Dad is hard work and comes with quite a few sacrifices to make sure their family is happy. To celebrate the importance of being a Dad, we all love to spoil Dad on this special day. One of the hardest things, however, is finding that perfect gift for him that will make him truly light up when he opens his Father's Day gifts. Knowing that many of us struggle, we included some of what considered the perfect gifts for Father's Day.
Father's Day Gifts: Homemade Cards
Want to make a fun, unique card that Dad is sure to love? Forget those expensive Hallmark cards and go with something he will truly cherish - a card made by his children. Many guys love getting those special, handmade items from their kids and showing them off at work after Father's Day. Best of all, these crafts don't even need to be fancy - all you need are craft materials, like glitter, glue, markers, and construction paper. If you want to do something truly unique, you can even help your children make a wearable card, by making a Father's Day t-shirt for your favorite dad using fabric paint and markers.
Along with more traditional gifts, you can also give Dad something neat that he can bring with him to the office or display at home. Everyone guy has unique hobbies, from bowling to fishing. One of the best ways you can show Dad that you care is with a fun collectible figure. If you have a dad that loves to fish, consider going with a fun figure showing a cartoon guy fishing. For Dads that love comic books, consider going with something unique showing off their favorite superhero. The sky is truly the limit and kids can have fun trying to find the perfect item that they think is perfect for their own dad!
Father's Day Gifts: Gift Sets
If all else fails, you can also go with more traditional gifts, including gift sets. Many stores sells gift sets special for dad. These gifts sets can centre around just about anything from cologne to beef jerky. It is easy to find the perfect gift for your budget - and what you think is perfect for the dad in your life. To make these generic gift sets more personal, consider going with a unique gift bag or gift box. Some kids may even enjoy decorating their own gift bags using markers. For older kids, consider going with gift bags in your father's favorite colors, or going with a traditional blue bag. With a fun gift bag, you can have Dad trying to guess all day what fun gift he will be getting from his favorite child!
Looking for the perfect gifts for Mother's Day? While it may be customary for adults to buy gifts for mom, many children's love making unique gifts that are straight from the heart. While they don't have a lot of money, they have enough love and creativity to make what can easily be the perfect gift for any mom. Even though kids have quite a few ideas, it is sometimes up to Dad to help kids when it comes to making gifts for mom, especially if they are wanting to keep it a secret. Below, we have some of our personal favorite gifts that every mom will love!
Of course, most mom's love the idea of getting something baked special for them. While Dad may have to help with the cupcakes, kids will love being able to decorate them with specialty cupcakes skirts or even colored sprinkles and sugar. Of course, if kids want to be really creative, they can also make homemade cookies and decorate them to look perfect for Mother's Day. To add that finishing touch to baked desserts, just place them in decorated cupcake boxes or bags to make them look pre-wrapped for mom! If you are planning on making baked treats, just make sure that small children have the help of an adult before any baking takes place!
Many mom's also enjoy getting homemade gifts just in time for Mother's Day. If mom loves to take photos, consider making a magnetic photo holder so she can proudly dispaly her family photos. While this may seem like a very simple craft project, it will be something mom will treasure forever. For families with multiple children, you can also make craft project that are a little more difficult. Such as painting a butterfly (or other shape) photo holder together or even making a special bird house that mom can watch outdoors. With so many different craft projects available kids can easily make the perfect gift for mom for Mother's Day!
Probably the most classic gift that all mom's cherish is a special card made by her children. Cards are inexpensive since they can be made using minimal craft supplies. To get started, all kids need is construction paper or poster board to make the card itself. From there, they can use markers to write a special message for mom on the card. Once the card is finished, they can then decorate it using a variety of craft supplies, ranging from glitter to decorative stickers. Since cards are so easy to make, they go great with just about any homemade gift or treat!
Want to have a special luau for kids? With summer being right around the corner, it isn't too shocking that many of us are wanting an excuse to have outdoor parties and play outside. Kids especially love the idea if it means they have an excuse to play in the pool or have a fun party with all the kids in the neighborhood. What is even more fun about a luau is that you can have two parties going on at once, one for children and one for adults who are enjoying a fun barbeque and a night of cocktails. You may even be surprised at how easy it is to have a fun luau that the whole family can enjoy together!
Luau for Kids: Pool Toys
Of course, one of the best parts of a luau party is being able to play in the pool or at the beach. There are many cool luau themed pool toys, including rafts and floating toys. One of the coolest things that many kids enjoy, however are toys that allow them to have soda and other fun drinks in the pool. This allows kids to have a way of getting their favorite drink without leaving the pool, allowing adults to watch children and enjoy time in the water themselves. Of course, kids can easily have hours of fun in the pool with pool toys such as water guns and beach balls. Just make sure you have activities planned ahead of time to keep kids busy!
Even though many people don't think about it, many children associate luaus with Hawaiian dancers or hula girls. For this reason, many little girls love to pretend they are hula girls, wearing costumes and flowered leis just like these tropical girls. These costumes are fairly inexpensive and a great way to get kids having fun at your party. Since they go great with bathing suits, they are perfect for everyone. As well, consider having straw hats available to all the kids, especially if you have a yard or play area where they will be out in the sun.
Luau for Kids: Decorations
Even though we may not think about it, decorations can easily turn a boring pool party into an exciting luau. This can be as simple as decorating your deck with beautiful flower garland or even giving your outdoor patio table a touch of Hawaii with a grass skirt. If you are planning on bringing your party into the night, you can also purchase Tiki lanterns and torches that run on smokeless oil to keep everyone enjoying the party even after the sun goes down.
Luau for Kids: Games
Of course, one of the best parts of having a luau for kids is a variety of party games. Kids love playing classic games like ring toss and wooden ring drop games. You can also take advantage of your pool by making your own unique games. For example, purchasing Hawaiian themed rubber duckies and having a large pool game. Just place all the ducks in your pool and having children find numbered ducks. You can also purchase inflatable pool games like a ring or ball toss game. Not only can they keep the ducks they 'catch' but can get a cool prize pack with luau themed toys. With a variety of fun games and prizes, every child will have fun at your adorable kid themed luau!
Looking for a way to make your child's first garden even more fun? For many kids, nothing is more fun than doing outdoor activities with mom and dad. As children get a bit older, many of them want to have their own little garden, especially if they have been seeing their parents grow things outdoors as well. While gardening with kids used to be challenging in the past, it is now much more fun and easy to create a fun garden for kids, especially with the right amount of planning and tools!
First Garden: Why Have a Garden
While creating a garden may be a lot of work, it comes with a lot of benefits for children and parents alike. For one, it is great at teaching kids responsibility and where the food on their plates doesn't just come from the grocery stores. By growing their own food or flowers, they watch a life that is dependent on them. They learn that that they have to water it, baby it, and what happens at the end of the season after harvest when many plants die or hibernate. It truly is a great learning experience for children. Best of all, it doesn't take much room at all, allowing parents and children to enjoy gardening together, even if they don't have a lot of room outdoors.
When it becomes time to start putting together your first garden, it is important that you take into account what supplies you need and how much room you have available for a garden. Many people assume that you must have a big area for garden, but it really can be done just about anywhere, including a small second story deck on an apartment. All you need are some basic gardening supplies (child safe ones are available in most stores), seeds, dirt, and whatever decorations you want to include with your plants. As well, make sure to have a child sized bucket or watering can that children are able to use to water their plants.
First Garden: Crafts
To make the most out of your garden, consider allowing kids to make their own unique flower pots. You can purchase flower pot craft kits and paints at many stores that are specially designed for painting on plastic or ceramic. By letting kids make their own unique pots with craft supplies they are able to make their first garden more personal. These pots can in many cases also be used year after year, allowing kids to enjoy their unique projects for many years to come. If you have a large area, you may also want help kids make their own birdhouses and labels for their plants, helping them make their gardening experience even better!
With winter being here, many of us are bundling up and trying to keep ourselves warm as we deal with the frigid temperatures outside. For kids, being stuck indoors and unable to play outside is even worse, leaving parents frustrated. While it may be okay to put them in front of the TV or video game systems for a time, it is important to get kids interacting with others and having fun doing other, more creative projects. Rather than go with the same boring things this winter, consider taking a day and having a fun winter kids party with all of your children's friends!
Winter Kids Party: Crafts
Since it's too cold to play outside, consider having some fun, winter-themed crafts available for children at your party. This is the best time of year for doing fun projects that may be a bit time consuming but allow children to learn something new and fun. One craft that many children, especially little girls, love doing during the winter is learning how to make jewelry. You can find jewelry kits with a winter theme that are very simple, and some that are more complex, including beautiful beads with winter themed charms and colored beads. Sometimes they can be a bit difficult to find, so don't forget to check Christmas sections at party stores. After Christmas, you can often find snowflake and snowman kits discounted, allowing you to make adorable craft projects without the high prices!
Winter Kids Party: Treats
Another activity that is quite a bit of fun for children is making fun treats in the kitchen with mom or dad. It becomes even more fun when you have lots of little girls working together to make cupcakes, cookies, and other fun treats! To avoid a disaster, however, make sure you have everything together before little ones start working in the kitchen. If you are having lots of children, you may want to consider purchasing cookie or cupcake kits with a winter theme. These kits come with everything you need for decorating that dessert. Cookies are always a favorite since parents can make the dough ahead of time, allowing kids to make their own cookies with winter themed cookie cutters and then decorate them with sprinkles, colored sugar, and food grade paints.
If you want to be a little more creative, you may also want to consider making your own winter themed cupcakes. You can purchase snowflake or snowman themed cupcake cups, cupcake skirts, and even cupcake picks! Girls will have fun decorating their favorite cupcakes, giving them a fun winter theme! Best of all, they can share their creations when they are finished, allowing everyone to later relax and enjoy the yummy treats!
Are you struggling to keep kids busy as they are stuck home from school? Let's face it, while many kids may be excited to not have school, they can also get stir crazy when it's too cold to play outside or there just doesn't seem to be much to do other than play video games. Rather than have them bored throughout the snow day, make the most of it and turn into some fun mother and daughter bonding time! You may be surprised just how much fun you will have during a chilly snow day!
Snow Day Activities: Baking
When it's cold outside, many of us love to bake since it is a great way to warm up the house. While kids (and husbands) love eating delicious homemade treats, just think how much fun it would be for everyone to work together in the kitchen. Kids love putting on their own special aprons and making treats with adults. Best of all, you can purchase kits to make your job even easier, allowing you to have everything you need for making themed cupcakes, decorating cookies, or even making your own candy! If you want to save money, don't forget you can also buy decorative cupcake skirts and picks, allowing you to make treats look truly adorable before they find their ways into kids' tummies!
Snow Day Activities: Tea Party
We sometimes forget about it with our busy schedules, but kids love using their imagination and creating their own unique parties with stuffed friends. Rather than do something complicated, consider having a fun tea party with your daughter. This can be done by inviting a few friends over (assuming they are nearby, or the roads are safe, of course!), or just something special with you, your daughter, and her plush tea party guests. Just get out a cute tea set, make some tea, and set the table with homemade treats or snacks that your daughter helped make. Of course, this is also the time to get out the dress up clothes, allowing your daughter to feel like a real princess as she hosts her special tea party during her school snow day!
Snow Day Activities: Games
If you have a few kids over, don't forget that this is also the perfect time to bring out the boards games and spend some quality time with one another. For a few younger children together, bingo can be a lot of fun, or any number of other children's themed board games. If you have older kids involved, just make sure they don't get too competitive and discourage little ones. As well, you can encourage fair play by rewarding prizes not only to the winner, but kids who had good sportsmanship while playing! With the right amount of planning, it is easy to make a snow day fun for the entire family!