Children’s Activities

14
Aug
2014

Easy Children’s Craft: Swirling Snail Art

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Children's Craft Swirling Snail Art



Here is a fun and cute and really simple children’s craft.  The kiddos can make these cute little snails and I bet they get a real kick out of making these.  This would be especially cute to make if your child likes the movie Turbo.  They could make this craft while you are getting dinner ready and then maybe catch Turbo after dinner for family night.

My girls actually did a similar project at the gym one day and they didn’t have time to finish the artwork so after a lot of pleading, I decided to just make the snails again with them at home so they could finish.

Since my girls enjoyed it so much, I thought your kiddos might like this craft as well.

Swirling Snail Art

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14
Aug
2014

Home Depot: Free Kids Workshop {September 6th}

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The Home Depot event for September will be on Saturday, Septembe 6th and your kids will build a Wizard of Oz birdhouse.

This looks really cute and look how funny with the little feet poking out!

Here are the details:

  • FREE hands-on workshops designed for children ages 5 – 12 offered the 1st Saturday of every month at all The Home Depot stores between 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety along with instilling a sense of pride and accomplishment.
  • All kids get to keep their craft and receive a FREE Kids Workshop Apron, commemorative pin and certificate of achievement.

Note: It does look like they prefer you register for the Home Depot Kid Clinics now so you’ll want to head on over here to do that.

 wizard of oz

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11
Aug
2014

100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

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100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime



Do you have little ones? Well I have a great list of books for you!

Here is a list of 100 Children’s Books to read in a lifetime. I think this is an excellent list to save for when you need baby shower gifts, birthday gifts or Christmas gifts.

We have mountains of books in our house- we just love them- so I think these always make great gifts.

Here is the list- note this was compiled by Amazon and Good Reads- there are chapter books and picture books so something for children of all ages.

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11
Aug
2014

Lowe’s: Free Build and Grow Clinic August 23rd

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Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, which will be held on Saturday, August 23rd at 10am.

It is always best to sign up for these right away because they do fill up really fast.

At this clinic, your kids will build a Monsters vs Aliens robot.

You must register before you attend. The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

See some additional activities to do with the kids this week here.

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11
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 11-17

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

Disney Store: Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days at Disney Store. Store events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a free character button. Events take place every day through September 1st. See a Cast Member for event schedule and details at your local store.

This week’s button giveaway includes Olaf and Elsa.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a  Blooming Numbers Garden on August 16th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Back to School Treasure Pocket on August 16th  from 10am to noon.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. 

Some stores will have a special Back to School storytime featuring Pete the Cat and the New Guy. There will be crafts and more.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

Kids Bowl Free: Just register and get 2 free games everyday in summer!

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on August 16th at 10am.  Kids will learn how to make apple snacks. Ages 9-13.

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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04
Aug
2014

Free Children’s Activities: Week of August 4-10

08/04/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Here are some free or cheap children’s activities available this week to keep the kiddos busy.  I thought posting these now will help you plan your week.

These are all the things that are free to do this week with just a few that are very inexpensive.

Disney Store: Kids ages 3 and up are invited to Summer Play Days at Disney Store. Store events include Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime. Stop by every week and receive a free character button. Events take place every day through September 1st. See a Cast Member for event schedule and details at your local store.

This week’s button giveaway includes Olaf and Anna.

Pottery Barn Kids: Every Tuesday from 11AM-11:30AM, kids of all ages are invited to story time. Times can vary slightly from store to store so you might want to call ahead to verify.  

Lakeshore Learning:  Kids will create a  Summer Spinning Top on August 9th. Stop by from 11am-3pm.

Michaels: Kid’s Club Event: Make a Fun Dough Craft Bug on August 9th  from 10am to noon.

Barnes and Noble: There is a free storytime Tuesday and Thursday as well as Saturday of each week with books, a cookie and usually coloring pages and activities. 

Some stores will have a special Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Storytime this week. There will be crafts and more.  These promotions can vary tremendously from store to store.

Bass Pro Shop: Your kids can participate in the Free Kid’s Adventures Activities- treasure hunts, crafts and more.  These are weekly activities and vary greatly by location.  You can head over here to find your local store to confirm activities and times. And just a heads up from personal experience, it is best to get in line early. These events tend to be very popular.

Kids Bowl Free: Just register and get 2 free games everyday in summer!

REI: They offer the Family Adventure Program with various classes for children and adults.  I saw hiking and camping classes plus fun Geocaching adventures. I also saw outdoor photography lessons.

The selection and dates/times vary by location but you can check to see what your store is offering here. 

Williams-Sonoma: Junior Chef Class on August 9th at 10am.  Kids will learn about fruits and veggies and make a treat. Ages 9-13.

Lowes: Free kid’s workshop on August 9th at 10am. They will build a trolley inspired by the movie Monsters vs Aliens.

You must register before you attend

Lego Store: Free lego build on August 5th at 5pm.  Children can build an adorable monkey.

The event is for ages 6-14. You can find your local store here.

Quantities are limited so it is best to get there early!

If you live near an American Girl Store, you might check out their events.  Times and dates vary.

Summer Reading programs are going on.  Head over  to find out the dates.

Don’t forget the $1.00 movies!  Get the scoop on that here.

 

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31
Jul
2014

Easy Sand Art for Children

07/31/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Easy Colored Sand Art- very fun craft for children



The girls and I had so much fun the other day with this project.  It is incredibly easy and very inexpensive and a perfect craft to do with your kids.

Plus you should have something pretty to display once you are all finished!

You only need a few things to do this sand art.

Basically you color plain salt with chalk and use that to create layers and patterns in a container of your choice.  The salt is super cheap (mine was $.77 at Target) and it looks very pretty- just like sand.

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28
Jul
2014

Lowe’s: Free Build & Grow Clinic August 9th

07/28/2014. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

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Registration is open for the next Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinic, which will be held on Saturday,  August 9th, at 10AM.

It is always best to sign up for these right away because they do fill up really fast.

At this clinic, your kids will build a Trolley inspired the movie Monters vs Aliens.  These clinics are lots of fun and the kids seem to really enjoy them.

You must register before you attend. The kids should get an apron, all the supplies for the clinic and a few other goodies.

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