Friday, July 17, 2015

Summer Passport Fun 2

So here is part 2 for the Summer Passports.

I really had such a blast making these. They took a bit longer than anticipated, but were well worth it. Of course this will more than likely be an annual tradition now as the kids loved this one so much they want one each. LOL!

Who doesn't love Disney.  (Okay, I know there are a few people, but hey there's one in every bunch right?) This is one of my favorite places. I love the magic and fun that going to Disney means. The grandparents surprised the girls by taking them. I have to admit though, I am a little jealous that I didn't get to go with them. After all, it's my favorite place to go, besides snuggling down into warm fresh out of the dryer sheets. :D

There's a hospital in Florida that I used to take the girls for appointments, and it was tradition while we were there to always go and feed the ducks after an appointment. Since they are going to be in the area, I thought they might enjoy visiting sans Dr. Appointment.

Not many fireflies left last time I was there, but I hope they can catch a few and admire them for a while. One of my best memories of being employed at the Sheriffs Office was watching a grown police officer in uniform dance around until he caught a firefly for me because I had never done it as a child. They are some pretty awesome  little beetles. Did you know that the light they omit (bio-luminescence) is used to attract both mates and prey?

 The junkyard band I was originally going to leave out because I thought I was running out of room in the booklet. But one of my daughters begged me to put it in. So what is it? It's basically using your imagination to create instruments out of recycled materials. The guitar can be made from layers of cardboard cut to shape, then you cut a couple of rubber bands and stretch them to make the strings. The Drums are cleaned out soup cans with the labels peeled off (hey, save those box tops, and labels for education - the schools could really use those) then you stretch a balloon over the top and hold in place with a rubber band. The maracas are two plastic spoons taped over a plastic egg with beans, change, or rocks inside. The pan pipes are straws cut different lengths and taped together.  The opportunities are endless here. We've made a tamborine before with beans, cardboard and multi-colored strings, and I'm sure you could make a harp in a similar manner as the guitar. Just use your imagination.

Again as before, most of these are self explanatory. Just fun things to keep the kids active and give them choices. We like to eat out, but if I let my kids have there way, we would be eating Chicky nuggets and fry-fry's till the cows came home. So that's why there are several food choices in the passport as well. Plus most of these places we do not have in WA.

Last but not least, I do I do believe in Fairies. Always have, always will, and the girls do as well. This one was a specific request that they had to have in the book. They also make a mean fairy soup with acorns and herbs found from around the house, wild garlic, blackberry as well. I'm not sure if the fairies like it or not, but hey at least they are trying, and it's the thought that counts.

I hope you enjoyed the Passport tour and you were able to find a few fun ideas that you could use for your own kids, or your own kid at heart.

Next week marks the first official permanent change to the blog as I will be revealing my Made in America art series, and the blog will focus a bit more on my art. But don't worry, I'm sure my kiddos and related activities will still make it in as well. Thank you for sharing in my journey.

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