Lego Adventures

Thanks to the Lego Movie, Jack has now shown interest in Legos. I was happy to find a Lego Junior set and he actually followed the directions (with help) and built the sets!

He has asked for a few different sets already.

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Lego Juniors are great for little hands that still need a little assistance!

1 year!

 

Well today The Adventures of Action Jackson blog turned 1 year old!  Thank you to everyone who comes and reads on all the activities we do.  We hope that everyone had a Merry Christmas is you celebrate. Jackson’s birthday is also Christmas day so we get to celebrate his awesomeness with a lot of presents.  He turned a might 4 years old!

You can also keep up with us on Facebook.   See everyone in the new year!

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Thrifty Halloween Decorations

It’s a few days away from Halloween! This is one of my favorite holidays!  While I would love to decorate the outside of my house like all my neighbors, we just don’t have the money for that. Plus I like decorations very inexpensive! OR FREE!

This week we have made outdoor lanterns for the sidewalk and we have made spooky silhouettes for Jackson’s windows.  Both were made with items from around the house!

We will start with the silhouettes. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the process since it was super simple. All we did was use Contact Paper. Yup that is it!  I heard you can even use Press N Seal paper too. For us all we had to do was draw on the back side of the contact paper our spooky shapes and cut it out!  We made ghost, pumpkins and bats.  Once you cut it out gently peel the backing off and stick it to your windows! That is it. How super simple!  At night just have a light shining through the back of the curtains so people from the street can see your spookiness!

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Spooky Outdoor Lanterns

Yes another easy and (cheap) project. I collect everything, jars mostly, but my craft room is full of random stuff. Thankfully I had several jars for this project.

What you need:

  •     Empty clean jar
  •     Tissue paper ( green, orange, white) We actually used orange crepe paper (streamers) for the pumpkin. 
  •     Mod Podge
  •     Scissors, paint brush
  •     Black construction paper
  •     Black duct tape

You might want a paper plate or something to rest your jar on while you work. 

Take you a section of tissue paper ( like a quarter of a sheet) and cut it in to strips. You will be placing them vertical on the jar, make sure they are long enough.

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Take your jar and start brushing on the Mod Podge.

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Once you get your jar covered ( or you can work in sections)  start laying your strips of tissue paper. After each strip laid coat a layer of mod podge on top and repeat until the how jar is covered.

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Once your Jar is covered with Mod Podge  draw a face on your black construction paper and cut it out.  Finally Mod Podge it on your jar as well.

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Next take your black duct tape and tape around the mouth of the jar.

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Just let dry and your are all done. Drop a tea light or a battery operated tea light inside and let it light you walkway!

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Alphabet Crayons

You have kids, you have crayons, you end up having broken crayons, am I right?  Last week I bought a bunch of crayons thanks to a free deal through Target. I stockpiled. Well now I am thinking what am I going to do with 8 boxes of crayons plus the ones we already have.  My dear husband suggested the other day to take a box and melt them down into a few big crayons. Well I took his suggestion and made 3 larger crayons, but I also made some Alphabet crayons. Since Action Jackson knows most of his alphabet, he still needs help. I am hoping this helps.

What you need:

  • 24 pack of crayons (or a lot of broken pieces)
  • Alphabet mold (these can be found in the soap section of Michaels)
  • Muffin tin and liners

Step 1:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your muffin tin with liners.

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Step 2:

Start removing the wrapper from all crayons. After doing several of these by just my fingernail, I had the bright idea to run them under hot water. This was much faster! As you remove the wrappers start breaking the crayons ( or using the broken ones) and placing the pieces into the muffin tin.

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Only have a few crayons in each liner for the alphabet (We refilled another time to make the whole alphabet)

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However, if you want big blocks for crayons fill the liners to almost the top.

Step 3:

Bake for the alphabet for roughly around 4 min.  Until they are all melted.

Bake for the larger crayons around 8-9 minutes. Until all is melted.

Step 4: 

For the alphabet: Once you remove your melted crayons from the oven, carefully pick up one liner at a time and pour it into the alphabet mold.  Allow them to cool completely in the mold. Repeat until the entire mold is full.

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Bottom, still allow to cool.

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Front.

For larger crayons: Allow the crayons to set for roughly 5 min. Remove from tin and allow to cool completely.

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Top

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Bottom.

Step 5:

For the alphabet:  Once the crayons are cooled flip the mold over and lightly push on the mold to release the crayons.

Step 6:

Enjoy!

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Tornados!!!!!

Since here in the south we have had nothing but rain for the entire month of July, Jack and I decided to make a tornado.(Do you remember doing these in elementary school?) I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and now I am kinda sad I waited. He is memorized by this.  It’s nice because his little hands are able to flip over the water bottles to form the tornado. I love the weather, I always have. It doesn’t help that my dad is meteorologist. (If you are looking for a new weather report thanks to hurricanes or anything else check it out here)
Jack and I need to do more weather activities.

 

How to make a tornado!

 

What you need:

  • 2 bottles – The smaller the bottles the smaller and shorter the tornado will be. We used 1.5L bottles. Clean and dry. 
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glitter
  • Monopoly house- we used 2 of the small green ones.
  • Duct Tape
  • Hot Glue
  • Food Coloring

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Step 1:

Fill one of your bottles 3/4th of the way with hot water.

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Step 2: 

Add 3-5 drops of food coloring to your water. Don’t go to dark otherwise you can not see.

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Jackson got a little excited before this step and started playing with the food coloring before it was time.

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Step 3:

Add your glitter glue, glitter, and houses to mix everything together.

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Step 4:

Add a bead of hot glue around the rim of one bottle. Then place your other bottle on top of the glue and continue to hot glue around the opening. Cover then with duct tape.

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Step 5:

Shake and spin and turn upside down.. Watch your tornado pick up your house and your glitter become debris.

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After this all I heard was Again Again!! You know you are doing something right when your kid becomes excited over science!

Dinosaur Stomp!

I really should have written this post a while ago since the pictures have been on my phone for almost 2 months now. I have been slacking I know. I really thought I would be updating this more and keeping up with my Project 52 a lot more than I am. I thought I could do both, since I did Project 52 last year and kept up with it even while moving.  Well no moving this years and I am just slacking.

Anyways… Action Jackson and I went to Michaels a while ago and we found these dinosaur feet stilts. They are great. They aren’t to high where I am constantly afraid that he is going to trip over something and break a neck. I do wish the rope handles were a little bit longer because it is hard for him to stand up straight. But he loves these things. I almost want to put felt or something on the bottom of them because they are super loud on tile floor.  But then if I did that he might really fall and break something.  These feet were about $4 I think. Really not that bad. They are made out of plastic so there probably is a weight limit. Jackson is only 34 lbs so I’m not to worried about him breaking them yet. But here is a few pictures from our 1st adventure with them.

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He just started trying to get his balance and wasn’t too sure about them yet.

 

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ROAR!!!!

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I would say that this is a pretty happy face.

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Target Practice

**Warning this works best when no wind is present**

 

Are you ready for your little ones to work on some hand and eye coordination?  Target practice is a great way to practice just that.  Don’t worry no guns (or water guns) are used.

What you need:

  1. Spray Bottle (preferably one with a stream knob instead of spray)
  2. Ping Pong balls
  3. Golf Tees
  4. Foam Pool Noodle

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Step 1:

Cut about 2 feet off of your pool noodle. This will be your base for target practice.

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Step 2:

In as straight of line as possible  line up your golf tees horizontally across the pool noodle.

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Step 3:

Use two golf tees in the back  and on in the front, placed at a diagonal slant to insure the pool noodle doesn’t move.

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Step 4:

Add your ping pong balls to the golf tees. **Remember this activity works best with no wind**

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Step 5: 

Have your child sit at various lengths away from the target with the spray bottle. The farther away they are the harder the targets will be to hit.

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Now enjoy!  This is perfect for summer time. Caution for the backlash of giving a kid a spray bottle, you might just get wet yourself 😉

Let’s Play with Shaving Cream!

There are so many different ways you can play with shaving cream. This week our shaving cream play time involved a tarp (left over from Outdoor Waterbed), shaving cream (we used 2 travel sized cans) and a little bit of water that was left over from rinsing the tarp off in the 1st place 🙂

After spraying on the shaving cream I just let Jackson go to town. It turned out to be a pretty cool slip n slide. We will definitely be doing this one again!  He had so much fun that all you could see was a smile on his face and hear the giggles in the air.  He even pretended to be a frog perched on top of his lilly pad.

Warning: very picture heavy! It just shows the excitement! 

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We had to get mommy in on the action

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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! 

 

 

Front Yard Exploration

Every now and then, as a parent, we need to remind ourselves to slow down. Stop and take a look at what you miss every day on the way to your car or on the way to check the mail. Your front yard can be explored just like a park down the street.  Yesterday Jackson and I did just this.

We stopped. We listened. We explored. 

And you know what, we had a lot of fun. It was maybe only 15-20 minutes for exploration, but it was something different.

We 1st went out and had a seat on our walkway. He loves it when I get a blade of grass between my thumbs and make that high pitch whistle sound. He even tries to immitate. Even if he usually just ends up putting the whole piece of grass in his mouth trying to figure it out. He is still trying and learning.

I had him find some purple flowers. My mexican petunias are always in bloom so this was what he picked. I’m ok with that since they are everywhere lining the front walk.

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He started running out of blooms he could reach so he decided he just wanted to run from the door to me.

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Yes, I still have a santa wreath up. Yes, I will change it when I feel inspired to make a spring time wreath.

And then he stopped and stared at our spiders. I loathe spiders. But these guys don’t bother me much since they stay on one side of the walk. If they crossed the line then they would be goners.

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 While we still waited for daddy to arrive home we though we would play a little animal game. He showed me how kangaroos hopped, snakes slither, bears roamed and growled, and how a lion ran. Haha. And we were able to do that on the wet grass (Thanks Rain!) so he was sure to get extra dirty.

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Sometimes play is more than playing. It is learning, using your imagination, exploring what is around you, and just having fun!

Get out and enjoy your own yard and see what all you find!