Dog Days of Summer: Craft Kits for Kids

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

August is a slower month for our family. Preschool summer school is out, dance lessons are taking a brief break for the month, our family vacation is behind us, and school is still weeks away. The days feel quite a bit longer and quite a bit hotter and it’s easy for the girls to let boredom creep in – especially in the mid-afternoon when T might be napping and Liv is anxious to do something special with what we call her quiet time. I dig having planned stuff for her to do during this time. It might be a new activity book, a new issue of Highlights (remember that great dentist office read?), an audiobook, or a construction paper pad and kid scissors with instructions like ‘why don’t you make a thank you card for nana?’. She is a crafter. She gets in the zone for long periods of time and always produces something awesome.

One recent weekend I pulled all of my art boxes out and built her 20 little craft kits, one to unwrap each weekday until school starts. These are the sorts of things that I consider to be love letters to my girls. I don’t mind taking the time to separate, package up, and even illustrate little instructions at all. I could just leave a box of sequins and craft punches on the dining room table out for quiet time. Or I could package up pre-thoughtout ideas (bonus for preschool-aged kids) and make something special to unwrap and delight in. Her excitement on what to choose kills me!

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

My office is technically more craft supply room at the moment and it overfloweth with all sorts of odds and ends. I’m one of those people that likes to have felt squares, foam sheets and ribbon in all colors of the rainbow on hand – if Liv and I feel a little crafting bug come on on a Saturday morning, we can usually find what we’re looking for and get to it.

Sometimes you can have too much of a good thing though and this was the perfect excuse to weed through some of the beads, stickers, chipboard shapes, pipe cleaners, reams of patterned paper and the like, and to put those supplies to good use.

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

I cut out shapes of paper dolls, foam animal masks, felt bugs, and circular badges. Using only what I had on hand, I filled 5×7 cellophane bags (also on hand) with wooden beads + string, googly eyes + paper owl cut outs, embroidery thread + felt flower shapes.

I made two of a few kits (like those bumble bees above) so that if Taylor wanted to play she could join in.

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

The one box I do put out for craft kits is a white bin of miscellaneous supplies like glue sticks, hole punches, crayons, and scissors.

I used a piece of paper folded in half and secured the tops of the bags with double-sided tape, we’ve had so much fun with this project that I plan on restuffing the bags with more kit supplies as we go through them so that we really get their use out of them. Using reusable muslin bags would work really well, too.

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

These are especially great when I’m working and not around. The kits are super self explanatory, both girls are at an age where they like a little creative guidance, then they go creative crazy.

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

Summer Craft Kits for Kids

Fun little crafts! Do you do anything special to beat the dog days?

ps more projects with kids in mind (there are some good ones in there that I’ve forgotten about!). happy mid week :).

Our Double Stroller: Mountain Buggy +One Review

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

I’ll preface by saying that this is not a sponsored review – we’ve found an awesome double stroller and we love it! Our Mountain Buggy + One has served every need that we’ve had in hauling around two kiddos and while it took A LOT of research (and stealth internet searching because I’d never even heard of the brand), it was absolutely worth it.

Apparently Phil & Ted purchased Mountain Buggy not so long ago, so perhaps even more improvements (and publicity) are in its future?

Long story short, the Phil & Ted double stroller that we owned was stolen out of our car when the car itself was stolen last winter. Our car was recovered but the stroller was never seen again. We tried to live without a double stroller but with two little ones that can’t/won’t walk long distances it wasn’t working out so well.

My requirements: three wheels for easy steering, inline (vs side-by-side), portable.

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

While searching, I read EVERY review on the internet.

I was certain that we’d end up buying a Phil & Ted double stroller again because it seemed to be the only one that fit our needs (Bob, why don’t you have an inline?), but the truth was Taylor hated sitting in the bottom, low-slung second seat once she turned one. It’s akin to having the second child sit in the stroller basket without a view and without much room to move. It had gotten so bad that she’d flat out refuse and then we’d be in a pickle at the park or the zoo or while on a walk. I also didn’t love steering it so much, it wasn’t nearly as easy as our single Bob Revolution.

When I came across a review for the Mountain Buggy +One (which was such a hidden review that I can’t even find it anymore!) I felt like I had hit gold. TWO seats, inline, and with a view for everyone. The stroller was built for two preschool-aged kids such as my 1.5 and 4 year olds (at the time). AND it had an infant solution.

I can’t offer a better visual, so here’s one from the website:

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

We are seven months in now and we love it. It was perfect for Marley as an infant from months 0-6 (with Liv or Taylor sitting in the front):

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

And now it’s perfect for two sitting-up-children with Marley in the front and one of her sisters in the back! I wish I had a picture, but the back is roomy enough for Taylor to lay down and take a nap if she needs to, too.

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

Storage wise, the basket runs from the front of the stroller all the way to the back, which is roomier than any other stroller we’ve owned. That’s helpful.

A Mountain Buggy +One Double Stroller Review

So, we love it. It drives very smoothly, fits most anywhere (collapsing it can be a little tight – it is rather big in our trunk but it fits) and the girls are comfortable. I plan on investing in the kiddie rider for Liv (which attaches to the back) but we haven’t gotten there yet.

One of the best parts of my story? I scoured Craigslist for three months before finding a used one (again, not a popular brand) but ended up finding one locally and purchasing at a fraction of the price. Insurance didn’t cover our stroller during the burglary so that was a big benefit.

Alright, over and out. Categorizing this under ‘favorite kid products‘.

Three Things…

Three Things... |

Apologies for so much radio silence over here. These last few weeks have been a few very, very busy weeks. Nothing like this goal that I was aiming for at all! Though I think that as with everything, the craziness that has been my schedule will slow down and pass soon. And then I can get back to it.

Three things from over here…

Kidizen: Since our garage is still full of master bedroom/bathroom furniture, I haven’t been able to get to our clothing bins for Marley (who is growing so fast) and my love for Kidizen has not faltered. It’s taking all of my will power to not make any more purchases at the moment.

Neutral nail polish: I’ve been searching for a great neutral nail polish for a quick at-home mani (and one that won’t show chipping as it wears off). I’m currently wearing Samoan Sand by OPI a lot, though secretly I’d like something a little more matte. Bubble Bath seems to be a close second.

Date nights: We don’t have enough of them and we don’t often snap pics of us (which is why this guy is from Instagram a while back) but when we do sneak out for an ice cream cone or for happy hour, so worth it. You know when they’re missing from your life, you can feel it. Right now I’m especially grateful for date ‘moments’ (because night time and a full dinner away isn’t always realistic).

Happy weekend :).

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