Friday, December 5, 2008

Making Holiday Cards with your kids

Get out the craft bin and make some homemade cards with your kids. If you are not wanting to make very many at least do it for the Grandparents. You could do hand prints if they are too young to really draw.

A great idea for a hand print to make it look like Santa... Paint the thumb and the base of the palm red, a small white line under the red on the hand, the rest of the hand peach or skin colored and then the fingers all white. turn the card udside down and put the hand print on the card with their thumb out and fingers straight and down. Now turn the card over, draw a smiley face on the skin colored part and you could put a small pompom on the end of the thumb for he hat. I hope I explained that well enough. I am including a picture, it is red on red so it is hard to see but you get the idea. My daughters K class made all their parents calendars out of handprints I will post more ideas from the calendar soon.

Stay tuned for more great holiday ideas and if it is snowing where you are get out and play!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Horseback riding

Horses and kids are great together!

OK so not all of you have a pony in your backyard like we do but there are other ways to go for a ride with your kids. Here are a few ideas. Find a local riding stable, find friends with horses, take them to a pony ride or even have the pony ride come to you for a party or other special occasion, you can also take lessons on your own horse or a schooling horse at a local stable.

Being an experienced horse person here are some great things to remember when putting your child on a large unpredictable animal.

Helmet, wear one and have your kids wear one.

Horse, make sure that the steed you or your kids are getting on is a safe, gentle, what we like to call bomb proof horse or pony. This is especially important if you are getting to ride a friends horse. They may seem great until a dog barks or a sprinkler turns on and then they take you for a ride that your were not signed up for. At pony rides and riding stables they have the appropriate horse for all ages and levels of riding.

Sun screen, sun glasses, gloves, boots (no open toed shoes are safe around big sharp hooves) are a few things to bring along. Dress for the weather and layer so if the sun comes out you can take off a sweater and cool off. Bring a water bottle too if it is going to be a long ride.

To get involved more there is Pony Club, 4H, and almost ever community has a horse group that can be joined by your whole family.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Fun things to do with your kids at the bowling alley

So the kids want to go bowling. Great you are going to have a blast and here are some great tips to help your adventure go smoothly.

For the little ones try to keep it simple, 1 to 2 games at the most, they get bored and want to do other things. We usually play one game, eat a snack from the snack bar and then hit the arcade and play some games.

Remember to use the bumpers for the little ones, they are now programable when setting up each player in the computer so they are only up for the little one and go back down for the next player.

Remember to have patience and keep little hands away from the ball return.

So go have fun with your kids!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Go for a Drive

What are lazy Sunday afternoons for? Going for a drive of course. We love driving around the countryside looking at all the farms and going to open houses. The kids love it because we do something special when we go for a drive like stop and get ice cream, feed the ducks or visit a friend or family member. Sometimes they even fall asleep :o).

So next time the kids are complaining that they are bored throw some snacks in the car and go for a drive, hit the countryside, lake, park or ?? Have fun with it!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Playing in the Snow!

That is what we did yesterday afternoon after homework and chores of course. Since we have snow here in the high desert of Oregon we dug out the snow bibs, boots, gloves etc... and went outside to throw a few snowballs and play in 2" of snow.

The kids got on the trampoline and had fun jumping and sliding around, keep in mind that we have the net around ours so no falls can happen. Then we had a snowball fight. Snowball fights are not allowed at school so I am ok with them as long as the snow is soft and it is all in fun, no face shots.

Since it was snowing we all came in looking like drowned rats and had some hot chocatate and ate dinner.

Just a little note. I give my girls hot chocalate just about every time that they come in from playing in the snow because it just seems like the right thing to do.

So if you have snow go have some fun with your kids outside and release your inner child. If you don't have snow yet or won't at all make some paper balls and have a paper ball fight. Enjoy and give them some great stuff to pass on to their own kids someday.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Beauty Salon

So here we are the day after Halloween and my kids are a little jacked up on Mt Dew so to speak :o). So after a lazy morning of eating a nutritious breakfast followed by candy, an apple followed by candy, a sandwich followed by candy. I think they have me figured out, I told them it was time for the TV to go off so they could do something besides veg out on the couch.

We discussed our choices on this rainy Oregon day and decided on Hair and Makeup, apparently they didn't get enough of that yesterday. So out come the glitter, makeup kits from Birthdays past, brushes, barrettes, ponytail holders, clips, you get the idea. We used the cape from Molly's vampire costume as a hair dresser cape and they went to work on each other. Ponytails and glitter flying and now I have two beauty queens that are listening to music and dancing.

So for your next rainy day try setting up a little beauty salon and have some fun.

Just a word of warning... If you plan to go or take your kids anywhere on this day keep in mind that you are all going to look like well not so presentable to go out in public so make sure you have enough time to redo all of you before any public appearances. Seeing your hubbys high school girlfriend at Walmart when you just got a makeover by your 6 yr old will be a memorable experience if you know what I mean.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Teaching them a skill

Don't be afraid to teach your kids something new even if you know it is going to get a little messy. What are your hobbies?? Do your kids get in on that or do you save it for yourself when they are not around? Which is understandable and great for your but everyone in a while you can share and have some fun showing your kids what mom or dad knows how to do.

I was out with my weanling colt yesterday and was showing my daughter how to get up to him slowly and gain his trust. He is a wild thing and she is into horses, has her own but is a little unsure about him and his wildness. So this morning he is tangled up in a branch with his 10 ft lead rope that is on him so we can catch him and she goes in with him and slowly goes over and untangles him. I was so proud and so was she. It really boosted her confidence and made us both proud and all because I took a few minutes to show her a skill.

I have taught my kids to crochet, sew, embroider, cook, train the dog. the list goes on. So the next time your kids say that they are board or want to do something with you introduce them to your hobby. Remember to keep it to yourself too because us parents need our own thing too.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Memories, Look a pictures together

Get out the photo albums and go over some family history with them. Even if it their history, stuff they did when they were 2, or what you were thinking in that picture. You can also get out the pictures of you when you were little and talk about your personal history to them. Kids love to hear stories about when their parents were kids, at least mine do.

I just did this with my 11 yr old when her little sister went to bed and we had some time for just us. What a nice time to spend one on one and reminisce about her being a little kid.

You can also throw in some scrap booking and turn this time into a crafting event. I so far choose to keep mine in an organized box. Scrapbooker I am not :o).

I think this afternoon while my daughter rides her pony I will take some pictures of them together and maybe come up with an alternative to the school pictures that I have yet to purchase.

Have fun.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jump rope

Did you know that you can search for school supplies on the web and you will find that you as a parent can order school supplies? Yep I have done it and get this, those jump ropes that you see on the playground are only a few dollars each. So order some and teach your kids all those jump rope games and songs that you grew up with.

My kids are getting into Double Dutch, I am thinking about starting a team with them and their friends.

Get outside and have some fun, if you don't want to jump you can twirl the rope for them and remember you can always tie one end off on something if there are only 2 of you.

Keep checking my blog for more funideas and feel free to comment with ideas and feedback. :o)

Cooking with kids

I know sometimes it is just easier to put them in front of the tv when you are cooking but this is a perfect time to teach, fave fun and keep them busy.

I have my kids help all the time, cracking eggs, measuring, reading recipes, etc.. You both learn patience and you get teach them little secrets that only the two of you know. Like Mom's secret ingredient for whatever.

If this is your first time cooking with your kids take your time and pick an easy recipe, even just a grilled cheese sandwich or mac and cheese out of the box. Then work your way up to Eggplant Parmesan.

What a great way to share some quality time with your kids and teach them some life lessons that will bring them through life with great memories, recipes and secrets.