Outdoor Play

Eight Parachute Games for Kids

Eight Parachute Games for Kids

Nothing beats a parachute party! It’s our favorite part of going to Gymboree or My Gym. So why not bring home the fun? ALEX’s Super Parachute Party is great outdoor play at a backyard BBQ with friends or birthday party, and is serious fun for the kids. It comes with small plastic balls that you can toss in the air and use to play different games. Here are eight parachute games the kids will have a blast playing: 1. Ball Poppers: Place the small plastic balls on top of the parachute. Have the kids hold the edges of the parachute and shake it up and down to make the balls bounce up... Read Post

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Big Kids, Featured, Outdoor Play | 0 comments

5 Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Kids

5 Sidewalk Chalk Activities for Kids

One of our favorite summer activities for kids is playing with sidewalk chalk. From drawing pictures to playing games, it’s a great way to keep them entertained during the summer, get them active outdoors, and challenger their creativity. Here are five of our favorite sidewalk chalk activities: 1. Good ‘Ole Tic Tac Toe – Tic Tac Toe is a classic game that kids love to play. Turn a regular old Tic Tac Toe game into a Tic Tac Toe tournament with over sized boards drawn on your driveway or sidewalk! 2. Hopscotch – Another classic children’s game that is perfect for creating with sidewalk... Read Post

Posted on May 30, 2013 in Outdoor Play, Parenting | 0 comments

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

Fun Ways To Keep Your Kids Busy And Active Outdoors

I love getting my kids outside! They get exercise, the house stays cleaner, and they rarely argue! Here are some of my favorite ways to keep kids busy and active outdoors! 1. Channel classic games: My kids really enjoy Paddle Tether Ball. We also play kick ball, hopscotch, and tag! I’m thinking I should introduce them to sack racing soon! 2. Play with water: My kids adore the wading pool and sprinkler, but they also think that painting with water (a bucket of water and a paintbrush) is super fun! 3. Draw with sidewalk chalk: My kids love drawing house plans, and I remember drawing gigantic... Read Post

Posted on May 22, 2013 in Outdoor Play | 1 comment

Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Five Easy Games You Can Play with Bubbles

Everyone in our house is getting excited for summer, and anxiously awaiting the warm weather that’s on its way.  In anticipation, the kids and I have been planning some outdoor play with bubbles! Kids young and old never tire of playing with bubbles. Popping them, blowing them… it’s all fun! The awe and wonder on a child’s face when they watch bubbles float and pop is priceless. These simple little things can bring so much joy to a child. It also makes moms happy that bubbles are easy to find, and most of the time very inexpensive. Here are five quick and easy games you can play with... Read Post

Posted on May 20, 2013 in Featured, Outdoor Play | 0 comments

Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

Make Your Own Carnvial at Home

What better way to entertain your kids for the day than a carnival?  But instead of spending tons of money, we decided to get creative and make our own carnival at home. To get started, we made a costume for daddy to wear as he ran all of our carnival games, which included a hat and a cane.  All you need to make your own is black construction paper or card stock, scissors, and staples or tape. For your hat, cut out a top hat shape, then cut several 1-2 inch strips of paper.  Tape or staple the paper together, measure the person’s head, and connect the two ends together.  Tape or staple the... Read Post

Posted on May 7, 2013 in Featured, Outdoor Play, Science for Kids | 0 comments

Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

Recipe for Success…and Sidewalk Paint

ALEX’s Kid Concoctions book titled Weird Wacky & Wild Stuff You Can Make At Home! is filled with all sorts of easy-to-make at-home concoctions. Things like slime, paints, play dough, toys and more that kids can make on their own using everyday household items. I have the book and tried out the Super Sidewalk Paint with my girls. Here is the recipe (it’s SUPER EASY): ¼ cup cornstarch ¼ cup water 6-8 drops of food coloring Since we wanted to have a few different colors for rainbows, we quadrupled the recipe (1 cup cornstarch & 1 cup water). The girls mixed the cornstarch with the... Read Post