A Day At the Beach… Or Not

Got a fabulous idea from No Time for Flashcards to make magnetic sandcastles! I grabbed some old partially used sandpaper from Cody’s shop, borrowed his shop scissors, cut a bunch of shapes, and added some magnet tape strips! The whole thing took less than 5 minutes. (Ok, well, more like 12 bc I started searching for the magnet tape and sorta started cleaning my craft cabinet…)

Becca LOVED getting to build sandcastles… And bonus… She learned about magnets, and began experimenting about what magnets stick to and don’t stick to! Then, she discovered that the upside-down cake pan we were using also makes a really fun drum!! She also enjoyed sitting on the counter-top… That’s only allowed for special projects like cooking, so she knew this was gonna be a really fun, special activity. 🙂

Hoping we can make it to the beach soon to build REAL sandcastles, but until then… We’ve got the cool air conditioned version! 🙂


Repurposing Mommy’s Tools

I love to scrapbook and make greeting cards, and I recently got a fabulous deal from Consumer Crafts on a bunch of embossing folders (they were 50% off of their regular $2.97 price!!). Something just hit me yesterday as I was thinking how I needed to find a place to store all of them now… These would make awesome crayon rubbings!! And, let the paper peeling begin!

I took the paper wrappers off of several of Becca’s broken crayons, and showed her the awesomeness of making crayon rubbings. It took a while for her to get the hang of it, and to figure out that yellow probably wasn’t going to produce the same bold results that purple and orange produced, but in the end, she had a blast and it was a great way to kill about 30 mins of a hot summer afternoon- all while working on her hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! She even thought it was fun to attempt to color with her right hand instead of her left! (She’s a lefty.)

You can find your own embossing folders on this page from Consumer Crafts for less than $3 a piece, or at your local Hobby Lobby or Michaels craft supply store. JoAnn’s probably has them, too.