We love to color, but can get tired of the same old coloring books. This download-able coloring book from Olive Manna features 50 new and old patterns designed for coloring any way you like. It's great for kids, but creative adults will love this too and it's just $9.
Heading east with your kids? OnMilwaukee.com published 100 things for kids to do in Milwaukee. The list includes museums, bounce houses, restaurants, ice skating, tours, sports and many more.
Whether you're trying to beat-the-heat or looking for a snow-day activity, playdough is always fun. I like these two natural alternatives: homemade or store-bought. Try this recipe from Babble or buy Clementine Art's Modeling Dough.
Homemade Playdough Recipe:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup hot water, tinted with food coloring if you like
1/2 cup salt
1 Tbsp. cream of tartar
1 Tbsp. canola or other vegetable oil
Stir everything together in a bowl and knead until smooth, adding a little extra flour or water if needed to achieve a soft, workable consistency. Store in a plastic container or zip-lock bag.
Store-bought bubbles last about 5 minutes in our backyard before being dumped out. I think I need to try making my own. Maybe I'll try this recipe from Simple Kids.
Homemade Bubble Solution:
It is very simple to make your own bubble solution.
1. Gather small and large plastic or steel funnels, drinking straws, rubber bands (thick and thin)
2. Mix together in a bowl or metal baking pan:
1 cup warm water
½ cup dishwashing soap
1 teaspoon light corn syrup (optional)
3. Combine ingredients in a bowl, or metal baking pan and stir well.
To begin, dip the open end of the funnel, paper cone, or drinking straw into the soapy solution and blow lightly through the non-soapy end. The corn syrup helps to create a sturdy BIG bubble.
Once the kids have mastered the art of bubble blowing have a contest to see who can make the largest bubble. Serve with a glass of cold homemade lemonade and you’ll have an almost perfect event.
We live in a small house, so I love finding creative ways to use the space. These hanging beds built for three little boys is pretty clever. Read more about the inspiration and how-to on The Bumper Crop.
Broadway Paper in Milwaukee's Third Ward neighborhood is one of my favorite paper stores. Their selection of invitations, cards and gift items is great. These are just a few of their fun kids party invites.
This list is great. Babble's Top 20 Hotels for Kids all over the U.S. including New York, Chicago, Florida, Hawaii and Colorado. And #6 is just down the road; The Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells. If you're planning a family trip, this list is very helpful.