Bubble Snakes

I finally joined Pinterest a few weeks ago, and kinda went nuts looking through stuff and getting new ideas for crafts, cooking and kids activities.  I had been putting off joining because I thought that when I joined, I was going to waste huge amounts of time browsing.  I have been pleasantly surprised to find that I can browse very quickly and re-pin things and then when I want to do an activity, I have a whole bunch of ideas to choose from.  I actually has been a time saver, because now I have one resource to go to when searching for new activities.  Anyways, all this to say that I found this idea through another idea that a friend had posted on Pinterest.  It’s again from the Juggling With Kids blog (that’s where I found the Fireworks in a vase idea).

What you need:

  • plastic bottle
  • old face cloth
  • dish soap
  • elastic band

How you do it:

  1. Cut out the bottom of your plastic bottle.
  2. Cut your old face cloth into a circle big enough to cover the bottom of your bottle and to go part way up the side.
  3. Secure face cloth to the bottle with your elastic band.
  4. Fill a medium sized bowl with water and add a squirt of dish soap.
  5. Blow into the top of the bottle.

NOTE:  I think we added too much soap!  We couldn’t get really long snakes and it took a whole bunch of air to get medium snakes.

This was a fun activity, but much messier than regular bubbles.  We’ll probably stick to regular bubbles to keep so much soap off our yard, hair, clothes etc.!

Button Snakes

button-pipe cleaner snakes

The site that I got this from used this as a craft, but we used it just as an activity.  I had a big jar of buttons that I had left over from a craft that I did years ago (really cute button leg Santa decorations),  so when I saw this activity on Pinterest, I knew I already had everything we needed.  My two year old couldn’t do this yet, but it has kept my 4 year old occupied for quite a while.  There’s really not much in the way of instructions.  I just looped around the end of the pipe cleaner to keep the first button from sliding off.  Then I jut let him string on as many buttons as he wanted.  A fun fine motor skills activity that easy to set up and easy to put away!

Get Well Soon

This is a bit of an aside from my usual posts, as it’s not about something that I made, but I thought it was worth a post as it’s a really neat idea if crafty people want to try it on their own.

My son recently had eye surgery to help correct his strabismus (lazy eye).  The day surgery pamphlet that we got from the hospital warned us not to promise our child “fatty food like hamburgers, french fries or chicken nuggets”.  Hmmmm, I wonder which restaurant they are targeting…Regardless, what they really don’t want you to do is fill your child up with fatty food after they have had a general anaesthetic as that will usually cause the child to throw up everything they’ve eaten. We got this pamphlet about a month before Danny’s surgery date, so I had a while to mull over something special that we could get him that wouldn’t violate any of the hospital’s recommendations.  A week and a half out Blossomsform his surgery date I still hadn’t come up with anything when I noticed a small shop in the same plaza as my bank.  It was called Blossoms – Fresh Fruit Arrangements and I knew that I had just stumbled on the perfect get well gift.  I was able to pre-order and have my mom pick it up on the day of the surgery so that it was waiting for us when we came home from the hospital.  I know it would have had more of a wow-factor for Danny if he had been able to open his eyes for more than a blink at a time, but he was still impressed and he really enjoyed eating it 🙂  It was fairly pricey, but considering we got a lot of tasty fruit and it helped to lift the spirits of a miserable four year old, it was well worth it.

Hello world!

so word press already has Hello world! as the title for my first post.  I’m sure that will bring back memories for anyone who has taken computer programming 101.. Yes Dr. Wortley and Dr. Shukri, I remember my Java 101.

Easter bunny cupcakes

This post is just a test for me to figure out how to add pictures and links into my blog text.  Most of my posts will be related to crafting (like the cute little Easter bunny cupcakes pictured to the right) and not computer programming.