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Summer Poetry for Kids

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.

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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

 

DIY Piñata Just in Time for Cinco de Mayo

What better way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo than with a round of margaritas festive, DIY piñata that your little one (and all the neighbor kids) will LOVE! With just some recycled newspaper, flour from the kitchen, a single balloon, and some craft supplies from around the house, you can design just about any kind of piñata your heart desires. I opted for a less traditional, but super-cute, beehive piñata for my little bumblebee. See our step-by-step instructions below, but BEEware – this may turn out cute enough to save from assault.

Supplies needed: newspaper, (1) balloon, flour, glue, scissors, yellow crepe paper, black pipe cleaners, medium-sized yellow pom-poms, small black pom-poms, ribbon or string.

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Step 1: Blow up the balloon. Don’t worry about the color…we will eventually pop it and throw it away.

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Step 2: Combine flour and water in a pot on the stove. Heat and stir until the mixture thickens into a paste.

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Step 3: Cut up strips of newspaper. You will probably want to lay out a newspaper work surface. Things are about to get messy!

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Step 4: Dip each newspaper strip in your paste mixture and coat the entire balloon, leaving just a little space around the knot. Repete this step until you have done 2-3 coats, letting your balloon dry in between coats. After the final coat, let your balloon dry overnight or until completely hardened.

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Step 5: Once your newspaper shell is dry, use a pin or scissors to pop the balloon and remove.

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Step 6: Decoration time! Starting with the wider end of your shell (opposite the hole), wrap and glue layers of yellow crepe paper to the newspaper. Be sure to overlap each layer slightly as you work your way up to the narrow end of the balloon.

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Step 7: Moving on to the bees! Just wrap a little piece of black pipe cleaner around each yellow pom-pom. Add little black pom-poms to make the heads. We recycled a coffee filter for the wings.

beehive.craft_6Step 8: Glue your bees to the hive and add some ribbon (or string) to the top by making holes with your hole puncher or scissors.

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Step 9: Add candy to the little hole at the top. Cover the hole with some crepe paper. Hang and hit or display in your casa. ENJOY!

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Unfortunately we can’t take all the credit for this unique piñata. It was inspired by a find on Pinterest that led us here