Ice Smashing!!!

This project is perfect in warmer weather, but since we live in Miami we can do it all year. 

Ice Smashing!  Everyone feels at some point in time if they just hit something they would feel so much better. Well children are the same way. They have to to release frustration, energy, or just think it is neat to break things.  This project is perfect for this.

What you need:

  1. Plastic mixing bowl – I use a medium to large but any size will do.
  2. Random toys- I use some Matchbox cars, alphabet magnets, dinosaurs. Things that don’t break easily when hit. 
  3. Hammer or Mallet. Depending on the age of you child and how you feel about you child playing with a hammer.
  4. Plenty of outdoor space or a patio so the sun helps melt the ice. ICE WILL FLY! 
  5. Optional:  Food Color, Glitter

Step 1:

   Fill your plastic mixing bowl 3/4 full of water. If you want to add food coloring and glitter now is the time to do it.

Step 2:

 Add your toys

Step 3:

Freeze overnight.  I usually cover the bowl with Press N Seal wrap.

Step 4:

  Go outside to the patio or where ever you plan on letting your child smash.

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Step 5:

 Place your bowl upside down and gently knock around the base to release the ice from the bowl.

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Step 6:

Have your child let their inner Hulk out and SMASH SMASH SMASH!!!!! 

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We did two bowls, a red and blue.

REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN! 

 

 

Playtime Adventures

In this house we really like the Muppets. My husband went to NYC on business around 3 years ago when our son was a few months old. Well he came home and surprised us with a Build Your Own Muppet at the Muppet Whatnot Workshop. You can do them at FAO Schwartz or online here.

Every now and then Jackson will come out and start to pretend play with our Muppet (who still does not have a name! Any ideas?).

Today we just played for a little while and my photos are kinda crappy since they are Iphone photos. Excuse the quality.

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When I 1st saw it I thought it looked similar to my Dad (I love you). The hair, glasses, and he even has a hat that he wears. Plus he is wearing a NY jersey. My dad loves the Yankees. Even though it is supposed to be NY Pigeons.

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The Muppet just wanted a smell.

 

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Your hammer really doesn’t belong in his mouth, but we will play along anyways.

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Big Hugs

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Jack wanted to show him off

 

 

Cardboard Paintings

Looking for a cheap inexpensive activity for your little ones? Why not paint? Have no idea what to paint on, just grab an old box you have in the garage or an old shoe box and give it new life for a few moments.

We love to paint in this house. The only art work up on the walls actually are of Jackson’s paintings.  So today when he wanted to go outside I wanted to give him an activity to do other than digging up my flowers.

I brought out our Tempura Paints and did a few squirts into muffin cups.  I was able to pick up smaller paints and brushes in Target’s $1 isle yesterday. Took an old moving box out of the garage and onto the back patio. And I let him have some fun!

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We tried a little bit of drip painting. He got bored with that fast since it didn’t fall off quick enough.

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we have to paint rocks!!!

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While singing “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” he started painting body parts =)

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Yes you can paint my white flowers blue.

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When we were all done, we turned the muffin cups inside out and smeared the remaining paint!

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Our finished painting!

Have fun and enjoy!!