Paper Plate Bullseye Toss

Paper Plate Bullseye Toss


When you have a small child, you sometimes have to come up with creative ways to entertain them. Luckily, sometimes the most fun can be had with the simplest ideas.

We formed a couple of bullseyes out of paper plates using magic markers.


We had some old mis-matched socks that we used for our toss.


I put a handful of cotton batting in each sock & tied them into a knot.


We put the two plates in our hallway. I used a small bit of tape rolled under each plate to keep them from moving. I gave Mai the socks & let her throw.


“Mama, I am throwing your stinky socks.” She had a ton of fun playing this with mommy.

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20 Awesome Backyard Ideas For The Kids

20 Awesome Backyard Ideas For The Kids

I don’t know about the rest of you, but I have been really enjoying the beautiful weather that we have had the past few days. The summer is coming fast. It is time to pull out our shorts & swimsuits and spend less time cooped up in the house. There will be trips to the beach, the park & the zoo, but there are so many great activities that you can do right in your own backyard. Here are some awesome ideas for a fun, creative & educational summer.

Coffee Cups & Crayons – Sun Melted Crayon Art 


Learn Play Imagine – Water Play With Balls

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Nurture Store – Color & Nature Learning Match Game


The Pinterested Parent – Mining For Gemstones

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Fireflies & Mudpies – Squirt Gun Painting


Housing A Forest – Rainbow Bubble Snakes


And Next Comes L – Alphabet Learning With Chalk Rocks


P Is For PreSchooler – Backyard Car Wash 


Play Dough To Plato – Exploding Pop Rockets


Fun At Home With Kids – Painting With Your Feet

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Preschool Inspirations – Easy Baking Soda & Vinegar Volcano Eruptions


I Heart Naptime – Soap Boat Races


Just Laine – Water Balloon Baseball


Learn Play Imagine – Toddler Color Hop

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Happy Hooligans – Water Water


The Pinterested Parent – Nature Painting


Reading Confetti – Frozen Popsicle Chalk

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Developing The Whole Child – Pool Noodle Obstacle Course


The Pinterested Parent – Soda Bottle Boats

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Discover Explore Learn – Balloon Rockets



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You Can’t Outsmart a Smarty

IMG_20140616_201258330One of Mai’s favorite new games is removing the contents of our Lazy Susan & placing them up on our kitchen island. I will ask he Mai what are you doing? “I go shopping” “I buy food”. She will name off all the items as she places them up on the island. “Ranch dressing, hot chocolate, barbecue sauce.” I do not love this, but it does keep her occupied while I am cooking or doing dishes. She loves playing this so much that I thought it would be a fun idea to make her her own little grocery store on the shelves of our kitchen island. My hopes of course, were that this would distract her from emptying the contents of my Lazy Susan.

I used old food boxes & rinsed out jars and lined them up in a row on the shelves.



Mock supermarket made up of old food boxes & containers
Mai has a little toy shopping cart, so I thought we could make a fun & educational game out of it. My idea was that she could pick out the items that she wants just as she did with the Lazy Susan & that we could use some of her coins in her piggy bank and make it a lesson in counting and money as well.
Unfortunately Mai was not so easy fooled by mommy’s make shift shopping center. She picked up each container & exclaimed “Oh! It’s empty. I throw in the trash.” And in the trash she threw them. Oh Well! Better luck next time, Mommy.