Welcome! I am a mom to two wonderful kids, a lovely retired greyhound, and a wife to a great husband. Needless to say, there are a lot of daily messes to clean up around our house. Daily Messes is my blog to share ideas on things to do with your kids, snack and meal ideas, crafts, and holiday fun. I hope you find something to enjoy!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

It's April Fool's Day!

Just kidding! Although the days are running together since our normal activities have been a little stalled. Here are a few ideas for fun, harmless pranks to play on your kids on April Fool's Day (which is actually tomorrow, April 1st).
JOKES/ACTIVITIES:
  • Soap: I made dinosaur soap dispensers (trust me, these are super easy) to make hand washing more fun for the boys. For April Fool's Day, try using bugs and toy snakes!
  • Play hooky! Get the kids ready for school and pull into the school parking lot. Then tell them "April Fool's" and take them somewhere fun for the day (zoo, indoor play area, putt putt, amusement park). Obviously, this won't work this year with many states under a Stay-At-Home order. There are still activities to do! Take a break from school work and play outside or play a board/video game with them!
  • Place plastic bugs, spiders or snakes in their lunch boxes/on their plates.
  • If you don't mind cleaning up a small mess, toilet paper (too valuable, use crepe paper or ribbons instead! lol) their room while they sleep.
  • For older kids (or even hubby): safety pin the corners of all their underwear together. When they try to pull out one, they will get a whole string of underwear.
  • Fill their closet or armoire with balloons and wait until they open it!
  • Carefully unwind some of the toilet paper roll. Place a dollar on the roll and roll back up. First one up wins!
  • Serve jelly beans with their lunch, but have them be unexpected flavors. There are a lot of options for gross and unexpected flavors such as Harry Potter Bernie BottsBean BoozledBeerChili MangoTabasco flavored.
  • Place color fizz tabs in the faucets and/or bath tub (unscrew the faucet screen, place the tablet in, screw back on). When the water is turned on, it will be colored! (Don't use Easter egg dye tabs-this will dye things!) I saw this idea here, but don't have the right faucets for it. Let me know if you try it!
  • If you have the time in the morning, hide their tablet or school supplies. You can create a scavenger hunt or clues for them to find them. 
  • WORD HUNT (PDF link)
  • WORD FIND: See end of post for a jpg version, or click the PDF links below.
FOOD:
  • Egg Cupcakes: You may remember these from the Backward's Day post. These were a big hit with  my kids. They are vanilla/white cupcakes topped with an egg. The egg is made out of candy!
  • Egg Candies: For a fun snack for their lunch, try making egg candies. Melt white chocolate chips and pipe onto wax paper. You want it to look like a fried egg shape. Before it hardens completely, place a yellow M&M on for the yolk. Let set.
  • Colored Milk: Add a few drops of food coloring to their morning milk.
  • Make them wormy apples for a snack. Use an apple corer or sharp knife to cut a hole in the side of an apple. Place a gummy worm in the apple.
  • Place the bags of cereal in different boxes!
  • Meatloaf Cupcakes: Make mini meatloaves in muffin pans. Pipe on mashed potatoes for 'frosting'. You could even add a little food coloring to the potatoes to make the frosting look more realistic.
  • Cut a pound cake into strips. Toast in the oven to make them look like fries. Serve with a side of red frosting. DM Tip: Broil cake for about 20 seconds to brown. Watch carefully so they don't burn. Flip and toast the other side.
  • Fly ice cubes. Freeze plastic or candy flies in ice cubes and serve in their drink at lunch or dinner. You could also use raisins for an entirely edible version.



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Monday, March 30, 2020

At Home Activities: Outdoor Fun



SCAVENGER HUNT & BINGO: To get some breaks from the house, we have been taking walks and going on car rides. We are still maintaining social distancing!

Easter is April 12, 2020!

This year Easter is April 12. As always,  I am trying to come up with some new non-candy ideas for the boys' baskets. It's a little harder to find cool non-food items right now with our Shelter-In-Place order from the Governor. We have several people in our family with health conditions that place them at higher risk for Corona/Covid-19. I have been trying to do mostly online shopping and avoiding the stores to limit exposure in our family. (If you are going to order online, I would suggest that you place your order early as there have been a lot of delays with supplies/shipping!)

There are a few things that they always get: a small pack of jelly beans, a couple of Reese's eggs, and a book or two. Luckily, I have been able to buy most of these online. In the past, they have received soccer gear (although not this year as the season has been postponed indefinitely), books, art supplies, etc., which can all be found online! I have some of the food/craft/Easter basket and egg hunt ideas from the past couple of years below.

I wish you and your families a safe, healthy, and enjoyable Easter (and Spring!) season. Hopefully some of these ideas will help you celebrate your Easter! 



 FOOD:
 EGGS, EGG HUNTS, AND EASTER BASKETS:
  • Egg dying and decorating: There are a lot of ways to decorate eggs, however we love to eat our eggs! So, I am only going to be doing ideas that leave the eggs edible.
    • Eggstravaganza (dying with food coloring, natural dyes, impression eggs, tissue paper, crayons, rubber bands, stickers, Diva Eggs, and Lady Bug Eggs)
    • Painted Eggs (fingerprint animals, bubble wrap, painted designs):
    • Crackle Eggs 
    • Space Invaders, Glitter, and Snorkle Eggs
    • Drip Art Eggs: These look fun, but we haven't tried them yet. Stand a hard boiled egg upright over something that will not get ruined (like a plastic plate or bowl). Place a drop of food coloring on the top of the egg. Mist egg using a spray bottle. Add a drop of another color, mist again. Gently blow on the egg to make the colors move around.
    • Monster Eggs (using glue dots, pipe cleaners, and stickers)
    • Tattoo Eggs: Use temporary tattoos. Make sure egg is completely dry before following tattoo directions. 
    • Ombre Eggs: Place a bottle cap (flat side down) on the bottom of a wide glass (8-10 oz.). Set egg on bottle cap. Mix the dye (1 teaspoon vinegar, 40 drops food coloring, 1/2 cup boiling water). Pour dye into glass until 1/4 of the egg is covered. Let sit 5 minutes. Add plain warm water to the cup until 1/2 the egg is covered. Let set 3 minutes. Add more water to the desired level. Wait 2 minutes. Repeat if want additional stripes. Carefully remove with tongs and let dry.
  • Basket Filler Ideas:
    • New gear: soccer ball/cleats/shin guards/practice net, baseball cleats/balls/bats/bag/helmet/throw back, shoes: track/running, mouth guards, golf bag/balls/gloves/clubs, etc.
    • Vouchers: Vouchers can be for anything! Examples: extra hour of TV/Game time, stay up late, get out of 1 chore, money to spend at a store/amusement park/zoo/aquarium, etc. 
    • Star Wars Light Saber Popsicle Mold
    • Slinky's
    • Chocolate Maze
    • Reese's Giant Peanut Butter Egg. Amazon sells these sometimes, but I have found them cheaper at the grocery store and Target. It was $5.49 at my local store.
    • Large sized gummy treats. I found several at Target (gummy bunny 1.75 oz/$1.99), and Party City (Pizza, burger, sushi...$3.99).


    • Lego's: Any fun looking set, mystery minifigure packs, Mixel's (Amazon, Lego). Lego usually has holiday themed sets as well. (2020 has an Easter Sheep.)
    • New weapons/Lego figures/crates. We found BrickArms a couple of years ago and the boys love discovering new weapons and figures for their Lego collection. This year, we bought a few different packs and are mixing up the contents and putting them in several Easter Eggs.
    • Jelly Beans
    • Play-Doh Eggs (Amazon, grocery store)
    • Art/Office Supplies: pencils, pencil sharpeners, markers, tape, etc.
    • Fill eggs with coins.
    • Movie tickets.
    • DVD's. Half Price Books, Michael's Crafts, and Target often have cheaper movies.
    • Book store gift cards.
    • Hot Wheels. There are even some Hot Wheels that fit Lego figures!
    • Mad Libs
    • Mini nail polish, nail files, etc. 
    • Books. Sometimes I use Easter themed books, sometimes just books in a series they love. My oldest is really into Uncle John's Bathroom Readers For Kids. It always surprises me when he says "Oh, I know this!", adds to our conversation, and says he learned it from his Bathroom Reader. They even have sets of paper placemats, if you are having an Easter party and need to keep the kids busy!
    • Craft kits: build a robot (Higgins got the crab robot for Christmas and loved it), origami, jewelry (necklace/bracelet, grown own crystals and make jewelry...)
    • Amazon gift cards. 
    • Art supplies (pencils/markers/crayons, how to books [there are a lot of instruction/how to books for kids and adults from easier instruction books to how to books for older kids]).
CRAFTS
ACTIVITIES:
  • Word Find 
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Coloring Page
  • As I am writing this, many states are under a shelter in place/social distancing/physical distancing order. I do not know if communities will change how they do Easter egg hunts/events or if they will simply be cancelled. Please check with your local communities! In the past, Ikea has had a free Easter Egg hunt. Many local parks and libraries had free Easter Egg Hunts and events as well last year. (Some were even for adult egg hunts!)