Summer Fun: Making Homemade Finger Paints

When I made the summer fun list, there were some things that I thought that Summer and Ethan might enjoy more than Gabriel.

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After the fun experience with the play dough being such a fun activity for all of them, including my niece, I was hopeful that the homemade finger paints would provide some great entertainment as well.

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And, it did.

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My oldest niece was spending the day with us again, so she joined in on the fun, too.

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Listening to them all laugh and watching them all create their masterpieces was such an enjoyable experience and memory for me.

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It was such a simple summer fun activity, and I was thrilled that everyone enjoyed it.

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Summer Fun: Making Kool-Aid Playdough

When we woke up yesterday morning, it was cloudy, and it looked like we might actually get some rain.  I took a quick glance at the summer fun list to see what we could do indoors in case it did rain all day.

I decided that the littles would love the Kool-Aid play dough.

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And, I was right.

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While we did not get any rain, we did spend most of the day indoors because Gabriel and Summer were both a little under the weather.

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It turns out that play dough transcends all ages.  My oldest niece, 12, was here, and she joined in on the fun, too.

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I loved watching and listening to them play, and I really loved how some homemade play dough can bring out the little in all of us.

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Summer Fun: Tie-Dying T-Shirts

One of the best parts of my summer morning is hearing the littles excitedly ask, “What are we doing on our summer fun list today?”  We look at the list and choose some things, usually trying to mix up the activities with indoor, outdoor, and food/snack options.

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I like for the littles to have matching t-shirts when we go places like the zoo or Sea World. While they are generally right beside us, I like to find them quickly if we make a stop at the play area.  Since we are not positive of our exact schedule for those outings, we decided to make our t-shirts now so that we would have them for our little trips.

It was so much fun doing our tie-dye t-shirts this year, because, as a mom, I was really able to reflect on how much they have grown in their creativity and independence over the year.

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I let them each choose their design, and then they went to work on their creations.  I helped Ethan some because he needed a little guidance with navigating the sections of the shirt so that it was not too heavily saturated with one color.  But, he was able to apply the dye himself and was very happy to be actively involved in the process.

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Summer knew what she wanted and immediately got to work on her design.

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Gabriel waited patiently until Ethan and Summer finished, and then he started on his.  While he originally thought that it would look one way, he was very flexible when he realized that it was not turning out the way that he envisioned it in his head. I loved that he changed gears and just went with the flow, creating a new design, one which he loved.

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It was a fun morning of creating and watching imaginations at work.

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