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This Saturday we spent the day crafting our Rainbow and Superstar Bracelets with the kiddos. We love that our Whole Foods Market supports small local businesses. Thanks for a great day and your continued support of Box Play for Kids!
It’s time to celebrate National Piano Month with our very own Piano stickers (which also happen to be one of our most popular styles).
As we were prepping for the photo shoot, our 5-year-old had the best idea…”Why not paint the egg cartons black so they look like real pianos, Mommy?” Brilliant! So the first thing we did was paint 10 recycled egg cartons black, then we applied our Piano stickers. Wow, what a difference…our pianos really popped!We printed 10 copies of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on aged paper then rolled up each music sheet and tied them with a gold string. We found wooden stars at the craft store and painted them a metallic gold. And added some colorful, festive balloons to match the music notes.
We then created Mozart face masks. We assumed Mozart was the composer of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But after a little bit of research, discovered he did not actually compose the famous tune. It’s an old French melody titled “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman” (“Shall I tell you, Mother?”) However, at age 25, Mozart did compose a set of 12 improvisations on “Ah! Vous Dirai-Je, Maman.” The kids loved the masks so we kept them in the mix anyway.
Goodie boxes to entertain, teach and enrich kids’ lives with music. This article from She Knows shares 10 Ways Music Benefits Children. Definitely worth a read.
National Aviation Day is a week away, so we put together these aviation party ideas to guarantee “frequent flier smiles”.
We simplified our center table decór by limiting our color palette to red, white and blue pulled from our Airplane stickers. Instead of a traditional table, we used our vintage trunk to give the party a cool retro vibe. The globe gives you a dominant blue, while the adorable miniature stacked suitcases give you a bold pop of red.
It’s always a great idea to have a few fun party activities to keep the kids busy and entertained. Why not encourage their sense of adventure and creativity by repurposing toilet paper rolls into DIY airplanes. (Be sure adults are around during the craft to assist the kids with creating two slits for the popsicle stick.) And for more fun, we picked up some blank passport books and customized them for the party – rubber stamps and all!
The red & white straws and our sky blue plates are by Susty Party. They’re colorful and compostable. We added blue star stickers to the straws to tie into our theme. Sip in style!
After a day of activities, the kids will get a kick out of these crafty airplane treats. (As if kids needed one more reason to love an ice cream sandwich.) These were a huge hit at our home – 5 year old approved! You’ll love it because they’re inexpensive and easy peasy.
Here’s a recap of all the ideas. Happy birthday adventures!
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We just returned from a week long vacation in California. The ocean is so therapeutic, not to mention a whole lot of fun for the entire family! I came across this great post by Playful Learning on Summer Acrostic Poetry. It was the perfect creative activity to do with our daughter after a long, hard day at the beach . It captured some very sweet moments we won’t forget.
We also never travel without our little friend Oscar the Octopus. TP rolls are available in every hotel, vacation home and camp site!
Hope you’re enjoying your summer. xo
Not only are we at the peak of summer (a.k.a. ice cream season!), we’re right in the middle of National Ice Cream Month! So what better way to celebrate than with the zippiest, yummiest, homemade ice cream recipe that is sure to make you the coolest mom on the block?!
Last year we suggested some yummy toppings for an ice cream social, but this year, we’re stepping up our game and showing you our favorite way to make your very OWN ice cream–from scratch–with some basic ingredients you probably have around the kitchen. No bulky machine or electricity needed.
Whether you’re throwing a birthday party at home or hosting a slumber party, this summer activity is sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike. Oh, and to top off the ice cream theme…don’t forget to save your empty milk cartons and grab a party pack of our Box Play for Kids ice cream truck stickers.
What you’ll need: Gallon-size ziplock, quart-size ziplock, ice cubes (enough to fill each gallon-size bag about half full), sugar (2 tablespoons per serving), course salt (1/2 cup for each gallon-size bag), vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon per serving), milk (1 cup per serving), your favorite toppings and mix-ins.
Step 1: Fill the gallon-size ziplock with ice and salt. Fill the smaller ziplock with milk, sugar, and vanilla extract. Seal the small bag tightly and place inside the bag of ice. Seal the larger bag, hand over to your kiddos, and let them go to town shaking everything up. Check the texture of the inside bag after 5-10 mins. Ice cream should be firm.
Step 2: Add your favorite mix-ins to the ice cream bag. We added some fresh cherries (minus the pits) and white chocolate chips. Put the smaller bag inside the larger bag again and be sure both bags are sealed tightly. Give the kids one last chance to shake up everything up.
Of course, no Box Play for Kids ice cream-making party is complete without our ice cream truck sticker. Save your empty milk cartons, grab a sticker pack and you’ve got the perfect, eco-friendly, ice cream social centerpiece or party favor.
Social Entrepreneurialism: ‘It’s Not A Millenial Desire, But A Human Desire.’ according to our friend, Courtney Klein, of Seed Spot. We couldn’t agree more. Thank you for including us in this great article, Forbes! Read here.
Snap! Snap! Grab your camera (or better yet – grab a mac n’ cheese box and our eco-friendly, Box Play For Kids camera sticker). This Sunday, June 29th, is National Camera Day. Yes, it’s a thing…AND what better excuse to get crafty with your pipsqueak paparazzi this weekend? This easy-peasy-mac n’ cheesy camera-strap project is sure to inspire creativity indoors and all around town.
What you’ll need: The basics include an empty mac n’ cheese box, our BPFK camera sticker, and a pair of scissors. Then you’ll need to do a little rummaging around your house for ribbons, belts, shoelaces, old tees, old tights, old ties, etc. Use your imagination and dig around for anything that you could possibly cut up or braid together to make a camera strap. You might also want rubber bands or elastic hair ties (optional).
Step 1: Carefully apply our specially-sized camera sticker to your average mac n’ cheese box. Our crack-and-peel backing makes it easy to line the sticker up just right.
Step 2: Take a few of your rummaged strings and straps and tie them together at one end but leave some excess sting/chord/tie/shoelace/whatever so you can easily attach to the camera at the end. I’m using an old wrinkled tie, a pair of shoelaces (that I knotted together), and a recycled gift ribbon. Then braid everything together.
Step 4: Use a sharp pair of scissors to carefully poke a hole towards the top of each side flap. Tie a knot with a rubber band or hair elastic and string through the hole to create a loop for your strap. You could also skip the rubber band and thread your strap directly into the box. Tape the flaps closed.
Step 5: Attach the finished strap to your elastic loops or thread directly into the cardboard flaps. Then hand over the camera to your little pipsqueak paparazzi and get snapping.
Here’s another variation with ribbons and some recycled, kiddie dance tights.
Happy National Camera Day from BPFK!
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
This is our daughters absolute favorite book right now! She loves to draw and paint but is a bit of a perfectionist and gets frustrated when she makes mistakes. This gem encourages finding opportunities to make something beautiful out of something you might think is just a mistake. We love the interactive and 3D components of the book.
Bathing Costume or The Worst Vacation of My Life by Charlotte Moundlic
Michael is an eight-year-old Parisian boy who hates his older brother Martin…and the feeling is mutual. He has to spend the summer at his grandparents (without his parents) along with other older cousins who also despise him. Over the vacation, “Michel discovers both independence and real moments of happiness.”
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
Watermelon is in season and so we picked up this fun read! Have you ever swallowed a seed? Find out what happens to this adorable crocodile (no spoilers).
Deep in the Sahara by Kelly Cunnane & Hoda Hadadi
The illustrations in this book are so sweet and magical they will transport you to West Africa. I want to share the beauty of the different cultures of the world with our 5 year old so when I discover books like this I am thrilled and probably more excited to read the book for the first time than she is.
Lalla wants to wear a malafa (the colorful cloth that some Muslim women in Mauritania wear to cover their clothing and heads when they go out in public) so she can be beautiful like her mother, mysterious like her older sister and a fine lady like her cousin. “It’s a story that shows how families are much the same the world over.”