Super Easy Outdoor Chalk Game

This super easy chalk game will get your kiddos outside and counting! So much fun!

On Saturday afternoon our neighbors texted to invite us to a small summer party they were throwing.

So we ditched nap and quiet time and joined the fun!

Someone set out a giant bucket of chalk and, I don’t know about you, but I CANNOT RESIST A GIANT BUCKET OF CHALK.

I remembered seeing this little game on Pinterest many moons ago and thought it would be a good one to try.

The kids had a blast and it was so simple to put together.

chalk gameSimply draw 6 numbered boxes.

Then instruct the kids to go find items to fill each box – enough items to correspond with the number in the box.

For example…

chalk game 11 piece of chalk.

chalk game 22 flip flops.

chalk game 33 pretzels.

chalk game 44 Badminton rackets (and by the way, did you know it was BadMINTon?  I always thought it was BadMITTON. #thanksgoogle).

chalk game 55 hula hoops.

chalk game 66 bubble bottles.

IMG_2467Isn’t this fun?  And the kids had the added challenge of it being an extremely windy day so they had to find items that wouldn’t blow away.

I thought they did great and the final result captured the essence of summer quite nicely!

And here’s one other thing that captured the essence of summer nicely, as well.

summerHappy Chalk Game-ing! :-)

The Big Box

big box fun 6

Our sweet babysitter, Miss Cathy, gave us a large box from their recent washing machine purchase and LET ME TELL YOU.

You would have thought she had given my boys the MOON.

I set it out in the living room so that Happy Buddy and Happy Baby would find it when they woke up.

big box fun 3big box fun 4big box fun 2Happy Buddy had it all decorated – including a welcome mat – before 6 am.

He hung handmade drawings inside on the walls (although the jury’s still out on what he drew in the picture hanging over the window – any thoughts?  Is it a flower?  A man running for his life?  Tadpole?).

He filled it with bins full of books, walkie-talkies, pillows, a football, and pretend snacks.  Everything a boy could possibly need in a new home.

big box fun 10He covered it with a sheet so that he had privacy, of course.

When Happy Baby woke up he decided that he wanted his own house.

I happened to have a box from an inexpensive toy organizer I had recently purchased at Target (which I put together myself.  I used a screwdriver and everything! #feelingproud).

big box fun 7big box fun 8Happy Buddy even made a welcome mat for his brother’s new house.

big box fun 9And now they have their very own neighborhood.

I am not going to lie, having these giant boxes in the living room is kind of making me crazy.  Usually with items of this size my OCD will get the best of me and they will be by the curb the next day because I just can’t stand the extra mess (do you remember the bunny?  We still have it!).  Our house is already small, so adding 2 huge boxes makes it feel like we literally have the MOON in our living room.

But I am choosing to let it go because the boys are just so happy.

Plus they are learning how to be good neighbors.

big box fun 11Ringing the doorbell…

big box fun 5Enjoying one another’s company…

big box fun 12Annnnnd this is a picture of Happy Buddy throwing his brother out of his house because he was tired of entertaining.

Every day the Happy Buddy thanks me for not throwing his house away – lol!  I guess I need to lighten up a bit and let them be kids and have fun.

It’s summer after all.

Have your kids ever had the opportunity to play with a big box?

– Julie :-)

*Feeling overwhelmed with gratitude, sweet friends!  Thank you to those who have contributed to my dream!!  I am praising God for you!  We are ALMOST to my goal!  If you haven’t already, will you pray about donating to help Fund the Fairy?  I would be so honored to have your support! Xoxo

Nature Bracelets

wrap duct tape around your child's wrist, send them outside and let them decorate their 'bracelet' with items they find in nature! I LOVE THIS!

I was poking around through the Happy Buddy’s Happy Activity Bag the other day and we came across this idea to make Nature Bracelets.

nature bracelets1All you need is a giant roll of masking tape.

*Pardon the bucket on the Happy Buddy’s head.  He insisted that it was critical to the success of this blog post.*

nature bracelets2Wrap a piece of tape around your Happy Buddy’s wrist.

nature bracelets3nature bracelets4Then head outside to collect items from nature and stick them to the tape!

The Happy Buddy added leaves, pieces of grass, broken sticks, and those furry pine needly things to his bracelet.

He wanted to put an entire tree on there, but we had to be realistic.  I have no idea how to uproot a tree. :-)

nature bracelets5This was a really fun little activity that required hardly any effort or materials!

It was just what we needed to pass a lazy summer afternoon.

Happy Nature Bracelet-ing! :-)

*Adorable Boy’s Tie Shirt from HERE*

No Cost Fun – Pom-Pom Spooning

I have been trying really hard to be intentional about spending good, quality time with the Happy Buddy each day while the Happy Baby takes a nap.

I think the poor lil’ guy was a bit shocked at first when his brother came home and suddenly his primary playmate (aka me) became unbelievably preoccupied.

So when I saw this idea HERE, I thought, “We can do this!”

Simply grab some pom-poms and toss them on the floor in an open space.

Give your Happy Buddy a spoon (and give one to yourself).

Whack the pom-poms with the spoon back and forth across the room.

And that is it.

The Happy Buddy had soooo much fun with this.

Every time we hit a pom-pom we shouted, “BAM!”

One day the Happy Buddy will be mad at me for plastering his Percy-the-Train-covered-hiney all over my blog. :-)

But, for now, I (and all you dear readers) get to bask in the cuteness of it!

*This cute picture cost me two M&Ms. :-)*

Happy Pom-Pom Spoon-ing! :-)

No Cost Fun – Elevators

One of the things I have always prayed for the Happy Buddy to have is a sense of wonderment for life.

A delight in celebrating the little things!

Well, I am happy to report that one of those little things that brings the Happy Buddy so much wonder are elevators.

Seriously.

If we are near one, we will inevitably end up riding it for at least 15 minutes.

I’ve been so thankful that the hospital has a plentiful supply of elevators.

Some that ding, some that are huge, and some that have mirrors.

The Happy Buddy has found great comfort in his elevators this week.

So much so that he decided to recreate the elevators in our own home.

We cut out a few circles, drew some arrows, and taped them to the molding around our sliding closet door.We added floor numbers to the top of our elevator.

We pretend they light up and tell us what floor the elevator is on as we wait for it to pick us up.

And buttons on the inside so that we get to just the right place.

The only problem?

Make sure the paint on the molding around your closet will not come off because of the tape you used to hang the buttons.

(Oops.)

When we aren’t riding the hospital elevators, you can find us on our very own Happy Home elevator.

Hours of free entertainment!

Happy Elevator-ing! :-)

A Strainer and Some Pipe Cleaners

The Happy Buddy and I needed some sort of calming down activity to do for the 30 minutes before his nap the other day.

So I pulled out a trick I found on Pinterest!

All you need is a strainer and some pipe cleaners.Hard at work – just look at his concentration!

The idea is to have your Happy Buddies stick the pipe cleaners through the strainer’s holes.

Brilliant, right?!

By the time he was done I kind of thought the whole thing would turn into a UFO and return to the planet where it belongs!

But, boy, did the Happy Buddy have a great time.  It’s the little things, huh?

P.S. Do you notice anything magical about our strainer?? :-)

AND…

Speaking of strainers

Since the holidays are just around the corner…

Here is a fun and cheap Christmas gift idea found at Today’s Fabulous Finds!

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The tag reads, “We couldn’t reSTRAIN ourselves from wishing you a very Merry Christmas!”

Head on over to Today’s Fabulous Finds for 14 other cute and affordable holiday gift ideas.

Happy Strainer and Pipe Cleaner-ing! :-)

The Crash Pile

The last couple of days with the Happy Buddy have been kind of rough!

He started school last week and within one day of attendance, picked up a really bad cold.

So the Happy Buddy hasn’t been very ‘happy.’

After an afternoon of sad whimpers and general discontentment, I got the idea to pull out something that always cheers the Happy Buddy up.

The Crash Pile.Nothing cries “This is Fun” like a giant mountain of pillows and couch cushions.Stand back several feet from your Crash Pile.

Count to 3 and then take a flying leap.Face Planting is necessary for Crash Pile success.Crash Piles are guaranteed to make you forget that you aren’t feeling very well.

I’ve also included a ten second video (click link below) for you to experience our Crash Pile LIVE.

Happy Crash Piling! :-)