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!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Into Fun!

Spring offers a lot of ways to keep your kids busy! Here's some of my ideas:

*Mine love making crafts, so we made celery stamps artwork (picture above). I cut the bottom off a stalk of celery, brushed on a some paint and let the kids stamp away. You want enough paint to coat the celery stalk, but you still want to see the individual stalks, not just a blob of paint. I added on the stems and leaves in green paint. The small star shaped stamps are from an apple core cut in half horizontally. I used a foam paint brush to brush the paint on the celery and my normal go-to craft paints (Rich Art Tempera Paint, which you can get at Michael's Craft Stores or here).

*I remember making flower necklaces as a kid. Looking back, I realize it was clover flowers or other yard-type weeds. Now, I'm annoyed when they pop up because it means I have weeds, but at the time I thought they were pretty flowers. Have fun with your kids AND get rid of weeds at the same! Just pick the weeds, I mean flowers, and tie together!

*Let them help you plant flowers. You know they want to dig in the dirt anyway! Put their energy to good use.

*Go to a local farmer's market. We started going a couple of years ago. We enjoy walking around, seeing who our food comes from, and supporting the local farmers. You never know what you are going to see: sometimes there are puppies for sale, sometimes balloon animals, and sometimes made-for-you wood fired pizza! The kids like helping pick out fruits and vegetables. I also try to use it as a chance to try to teach them about money; we compare prices between stalls and I let them pay and get the change. If you want to find a farmer's market near you, try this site (or you can Google "farmer's market" and your zip code).

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