We tried three - count 'em, three! - different projects with plastic bottles with month. All but this one turned out to be a fail. On the plus side, we sure did a lot of reusing of recyclables!
Now I love home-grown flowers and veggies as much as the next person. Just seeing our yard erupting with color makes it more exciting to walk outside. But I have...well, what would you call the complete opposite of a "green thumb"?
My grandmother used to keep our garden stocked with the most wonderful things. Before breakfast we'd go out and pick raspberries to put in our cereal. At dinner we'd have garden-grown green beans. (Are you picturing a vast country estate? Nope. A teeny urban yard. But she made it happen!)
Kay has always had a thing for superheroes. She still loves to strap on her red cape and zoom around the house "saving people" (or anything else that crosses her path!). So it didn't take long for a teddy dressed as a superhero to take its spot among her favorites stuffed friends.
But the secret is...this bear is actually a tool disguised as a toy.
When researching for this post (doesn't researching sound so much more professional than mindlessly searching around the internet?!) I realized we've done our fair share of DIY recycled toy posts (cardboard castle or a cardboard tube train, anyone?). It seems to be a thing with me! Yep, I'll admit it - I'm all about toys that are frugal and fun!
So let's celebrate Earth Day by checking out some of the coolest the internet has to offer...
The calendar says spring but the weather tells a different story. (Snow? In April? Really?!) These adorable birds will cheer you up any time of the year!
There's many things I look forward to in the spring. Kay can play outside more, the colorful flowers blooming, the beautiful cherry blossoms at our nearby park. But probably my favorite are the birds. I love hearing them sing again, emerging from wherever they've been hiding out quietly all winter, and watching them build their nests.
I never get tired of them. From the artwork when it was little more than random scribbles to the pictures with the distinct people with arms and legs sticking out of their heads, to the cards I get now that sometimes say things like, "I love you Mom!!! can I have ice crem?"
But sometimes even the most artistic can use a little boost. I put together this simple card that is just waiting to be decorated with love! Print this one out for the kids to decorate for their favorite mom. (P.S. If you're the mom, there's no shame in printing it out and leaving it in a conspicuous place. You deserve it, after all!)
Dirt, slime and erupting volcanoes. Add in Little Ponies somewhere and I think you have all of Kay's favorite things!
So getting the opportunity to try out Mindware's new Science Academy Curious Kids Chemistry Kits for kids was kind of a no-brainer. They're technically recommended for kids 8 and up, but I figured with her love of experiments this would be something she'd love!
It's not every day you get to read a book that turns into a robot! A fold here, a flip there and RoboSauce by Adam Rubin becomes a super-cool robo-book!
The first time we read it Kay rushed off to make her own robot, inspired by the book.
Kay is at a point now where she's bringing home weekly spelling words that she can't even read, much less spell.
My thinking (and remember, I'm no educator!) is that if she's familiar with the words, she'll come to know what they're supposed to look like and that will make spelling them easier down the road. But first she needed to be able to read the words. So that's what we focus on first.
So many birthday party supplies are just wasted. Last year we paid $20 for a pinata that was entertaining for all of 5 minutes. This year I bought Kay a beautiful rainbow tutu on Etsy that she didn't even wear because it was "too poofy". (Eye-roll.)
And don't get me started on birthday banners. Last year we had a beautiful Frozen one that just got tossed away as we were cleaning up. (After 2 hours with a roomful of 6 year olds, I am not in the mood to recycle, reduce and reuse!)