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Entries in playdate (3)

Wednesday
Sep282011

5 Rainy Day Playdate Activities

Today my kids have a half day of school. To get some work done I invited 2 of their friends over. 4 tweens running around for 3 hours. Oh how I wish it wasn't raining!

But it is. So here are 5 activities I plan to pull out while they tear up my house for 3 hours...so I can work.

And then clean up.

1. Fort Building

 blanket for the Twofer built just in time to block football on our wall of TVs

I've already scattered the blankets, pillows, small folding tables, etc across the house so it will take them a good 30 minutes just to gather the supplies! Building it is half the fun but the other half is snack time inside the fort.

 

2. Mold and Bake Cookies

Can you imagine 288 packs of deeelish frozen cookie dough? MMM

If the fort doesn't keep them occupied I have some Pillsbury Frozen Cookie Dough they can mold with their clean hands into various cookie shapes. Saves me the messy kitchen of mixing from scratch, but still loads of fun.

 

3. Crafty McCrafsters

I'm not known as a crafty mom but in a pinch I can whip out one of my 14 aprons (YES - 14!) and my craft supplies and get them working on something fun. Whether it's picture frames or beading, I've got something to keep kids busy for at least an hour.

 

4.Walking in the Rain

image via Wikipedia

Eight year olds still need to get outside and get some exercise. I always have extra sweat pants and socks around so kids can get soaked and have fun without ruining their clothes. We usually have extra shoes too! So why not dig out our supply of umbrellas and head out for a walk in the rain? Only if it's not thundering or lightening of course!

 

5. Wiiiiiiiii

I'm not too proud to get a good Wii tennish match going to keep them moving in the basement! They'll need to clean up that fort first though.

 

What do you do when you've got a 3 hour playdate at your house and it rains? Besides panic...

Janine

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Wednesday
Aug252010

Crafty Crafters

You know that friend who always sends your kids home from a playdate with cookies and fun crafts they made?

I am not that friend.

I don't craft.

I don't really bake either.

The Crafter in Me

I have craft things around the house because at one time or another I have...

tried to make Scultpy beads (could never layer it right to get those cool swirl designs)

made my own jewelry (always falls apart)

had the urge to scrapbook (that urge dies as soon as I realize I have to organize the photos first)

I also have children and The Twofer have always been big on 'projects'. See? We even refer to crafts as 'projects' around here because of the amount of work it seems like goes into it all.

That said, my friend who is the craftiest of crafters (to the point where she has created a little business making beautiful baby gifts) sent her girls over for a playdate with The Twofer.

I was determined to impress them.

Crafty Crafters

First, aprons and, because they all looked so darn cute, a photo!

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(See THAT's what I do well! I document any and all moments for the blog.)

Then I found a box of tongue depressers (wooden craft sticks), some glue, and paint. Ah-ha! Let's frame that cute photo!

Here are some of their creations:

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Printing the photo to fit was a little frustrating, but I'm a PRO-fessional so I got it right. The crafter in me decided on a 'rustic' piece of twine would look best to hang our beautiful framed photos.

Here's the final product:

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Is it the most creative? No. But I proved I can craft when I set my mind to it.

Janine

For more crafty blog posts see...

Make your own American Girl accessories

Unfinished Business

Bendaroos review

Wednesday
Apr212010

Do you have a village?

Image of village via blackmustard on Flickr

A few weeks ago I had a flat tire and would not be able to make it home in time to get The Twofer from school. I tried to reach The Mister on his cell phone but he didn't answer. So, I called my village of moms and had two offers to help.

My village of moms

My village is made up of the many moms in my neighborhood that have known my children for years either through playgroup, preschool, walking to school, or the pool. We have each others cell phones numbers programmed in. We feel just as comfortable asking for a favor as offering one. We don't keeping tabs but we know what goes around comes around.

What can you do if you don't have a built-in village?

We don't have family around and we only have one close family friend that lives 15 minutes away. If we lived in a smaller neighborhood, or one with older kids I'd have to find some other way to build my village.

One way to do this is through an online site like HiveMoms.com where you can find other moms in your area and join a babysitting co-op or playgroup. A babysitting co-op is much like my village but definitely more coordinated. If you watch someone's children you earn points, and you can trade in those points when you need a sitter. There is a co-op in my neighborhood as well and people have said it saves them hundreds if not thousands of dollars a year!

If you have a blog, HiveMoms is running a contest right now where you can win $250 cash for posting a story that relates to HiveMoms and links back to their site!

I'm curious, who's in your village and how did they get there?

Janine

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