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An Easy Way To Invest Your Stimulus Check

This post is sponsored by ABLEnow®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

I've written about ABLEnow® savings accounts several times over the last few years because they're one of those things I wish every parent of a child with a disability knew about and utilized. We've been contributing to one since Kinsley was three and having those funds tucked away for a rainy day is so comforting to me. Should we ever need to make our home, or her home in the future, more accessible for her, we'll have the funds to do so. These funds can also be used for college, medical expenses, and so much more.

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I remember when Kinsley was first born and her future was so unsure. At the time we didn't even know if she would survive that first year. Now being six years past that really scary time, it can be even more scary thinking about what her future will look like when we're not around. One thing that helps me to push past that fear is to take actionable steps that I know will help her in her in the long run. 

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When you have a child with a disability it might sometimes feel like you have to choose between keeping public benefits like Medicaid, or saving for your child's future. Often times the assets you have can count against you with your public benefits, which makes people fearful of saving and investing because of how crucial those benefits can be in their everyday lives.

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The major perk to ABLEnow savings accounts are that they're the only savings tools available that won't count against your eligibility for certain disability benefits. You can save and prepare for your loved ones future without worrying about losing Medicaid and having to spend thousands of dollars on medical expenses. This is a huge relief to us as Kinsley has been on Medicaid for the last year now, and not having to pay for her medical bills has been just a blessing for our family. 

Right now is the perfect time to open an ABLEnow savings account because many of us have received a stimulus check this year. If you have some of that money leftover, consider investing it into a tax advantage ABLEnow savings account so that your stimulus check can be worth more to you later than it is today. These checks can help you to to build an emergency fund, invest for the future, or have money available on your ABLEnow Card when you need it most.

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If you're interested in opening an ABLEnow savings account and want to see if you or your loved one qualify, head on over to their website and use their eligibility quiz. To learn more about ABLEnow accounts and how they work, check out their free webinar sessions so that you or your loved one can achieve more independence, greater financial security, and a better quality of life.

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As our own daughter gets older and we start to prepare for what her future will look like, I have so much peace of mind knowing that we can take action today to help give her a bright and hopeful future as we continue to be diligent in contributing to her ABLEnow account.

This post was written by me on behalf of ABLEnow. 

DIY Lycra Compression Bed Sheets for Deep Pressure Input

A few years ago someone commented asking if I could do a blog post sharing our bedtime routine. I kind of laughed it off because that is a pretty non-existent thing in our home. What works for a week or month often doesn't work the next, and it's a constant changing battle in our home.

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Kinsley has always been a pretty awful sleeper. Part of that is because she has middle interhemispheric variant holoprosencephaly, which is the long way of saying she has a few brain malformations. She is certainly a lot more high functioning than we ever thought she would be, but she does have several long term issues, one of them being sleep related. Because Kinsley has a lot of spasticity in her lower extremities, she often kicks or flails her legs when she is trying to get to sleep, which means she wakes herself up when she is just starting to fall asleep, or will easily wake herself from a deep sleep in the middle of the night. 

In 2016 we started using a weighted sensory blanket to help solve the problem. The sensory blanket worked really well for a long time, but then Kinsley got too tall for it and Derek and I were having to run into her room several times a night to get it back onto her. For her birthday in 2017 my friend's mom made her a new blanket, but that meant that we had a period of a couple months between the first blanket not working and the new one arriving at our house that we had to figure out a solution for. 


Why We Made A Lycra Compression Bed Sheet: 

I have a few friends with children on the Autism/Sensory Processing Disorder spectrum, and a lot of them had told me about the benefits of deep pressure input. We obviously had success with it in the past which is why we used weighted blankets, but many of my friends were having success getting their children to sleep with compression bed sheets to provide that same grounding sensory input, and I thought it was worth a try. 

What Is a Compression Bed Sheet? 

A compression bed sheet is essentially a bed sheet that fits over your mattress like a sleeping bag would. They're usually pretty tight and hold your child in place so that they can't move around as much in the middle of the night. They give your child a nice deep pressure feeling like being hugged, while still allowing your child to safely get in and out of the bed and be safe while they sleep. 

Initially when I had heard about these sheets several years ago I was hesitant to try it with Kinsley because she was so immobile at the time and I worried about her getting trapped. When we were in between weighted blankets though, that one year made such a big difference with her mobility that we decided to make her a compression sheet as an intermittent fix until her new blanket arrived. 

Why Make A Compression Bed Sheet Instead of Buying? 

I am not the most crafty person on the planet, but if I can make a sensory bed sheet, I promise you can too. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on this, just to find out that it might not work. When I was looking online, store bought compression bed sheets were between $30-$40, which was more than I wanted to spend on something that might not work. 

I went to Hobby Lobby and found some stretchy jersey knit fabric for $5, borrowed a friend's sewing machine, and made my own for less than $10 after I bought thread for the project as well. The savings were well worth making the compression bed sheet on my own and it took maybe 15 minutes to sew the entire thing together. 

If you have a child, or know of someone who could benefit from this, here is a super easy (really, so easy) tutorial on how to make a compression bed sheet for your child. 


Supplies:

Fabric (enough to fit the bed)
Thread
Sewing Machine

Directions: 

Measure the top of your mattress. You'll need just the length and the width. You'll then want to multiply that by two (a piece for the top, and a piece for the bottom). By not measuring the thickness of the mattress, you're ensuring the fabric will be tight enough when stretched over the mattress. 

Head to the fabric store and get your fabric. Lycra is ideal, but Hobby Lobby didn't have any when I went, and so I just went with a thick stretchy blend that they had that felt durable. I did mine on a crib size mattress and 1 1/2 yards was the perfect amount. 

I then laid the fabric out on my table and folded it in half (right sides together). I pinned the long open seam shut, and then pinned the bottom edge shut as well. 


Using a zig-zag stich, I sewed together the two pinned sides, and then I turned the sheet right side out. 


At this point it just looks like a big stretchy sleeping bag. Congratulations, you've succeeded.

Then I simply headed up stairs, placed the new sheet on top of the mattress, and put it back in the bed. 




Have your child try it out to make sure it's not too tight and is comfortable, and then get yourself a full night sleep!


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Three Ways To Invest Money in 2020

This post is sponsored by ABLEnow®, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

If there is one thing we've learned from 2020, it's that saving for financial emergencies and our future is critically important. While we've remained unscathed through much of the turmoil this year has brought, we saw the crushing reality for many friends as they've been furloughed, laid off, and have had to rely on whatever financial cushion they've had to support their families. This has lit a huge fire under Derek and I to get our finances straightened out more than ever, so that we can be prepared for whatever hardships, or typical life events that may come our way.

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1) Invest More Regularly in our ABLEnow ® Account:

When Kinsley was three, we opened an ABLEnow savings account for her. These accounts are administered through Virginia529, the nation’s largest college savings plan. The benefit to ABLEnow accounts is that they're specifically for people with disabilities. The funds in these accounts can be used to pay for medical expenses that insurance won't cover, home repairs to make our house more accessible, educational tutors to come into our home and work with Kinsley, and so much more.

The major benefit to these plans is that they cannot count against Kinsley and her public benefits. Kinsley is currently on Medicaid, which is a huge financial benefit to us as her medical care costs upwards of $10,000 per year. Most Medicaid programs look at your savings and assets when determining qualification and if you have too much in savings you can get denied for Medicaid programs. With ABLEnow accounts you can save for your child's future without it working against you in terms of your Medicaid benefits that your child may be receiving. This gives us so much peace of mind knowing that we're able to have Kinsley’s medical needs covered while still being able to save for her future.

You can take an online eligibility quiz here to see if you or someone you know is eligible for an ABLEnow account.

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Because we just purchased a new home that will likely need a few accessibility modifications in the future (more accessible shower, small ramps to get in and out of the home, etc...), we're making a goal to invest more regularly in this account so that when Kinsley is older and needs those modifications made, we'll be able to have that money tucked away and ready when the time comes.

I also love that these accounts can be used for things insurance may not cover. Insurance only covers one wheelchair every five years, but if Kinsley outgrew a wheelchair before then, we could use the money in her account to fund a new chair for her. Same with walkers, crutches, or other mobility devices she may need or use in the future.

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2) Purchase a Home:

As mentioned earlier, we purchased a home this year. Part of our reason for doing this was to have a long-term investment that would make us more money in the future. Where we live the housing market is crazy, and home values are increasing more and more each month. We sold our previous home last year, and this summer our friends who lived a couple doors down in a smaller floor plan are selling their home for $30k more than we sold ours for just a year earlier. While homeownership may not be a long-term goal for some, we're looking forward to staying in our current home for years and years to come to be able to build that equity to put towards retirement in the future.

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3) Increase Contributions to Retirement Accounts:

Before we got on Medicaid last year, we never had extra money laying around to invest how we'd like. When you're spending $10k/year on medical expenses, it doesn't leave much left to be invested. Up until recently we hadn't even been able to maximize Derek's employee match program for retirement savings because we literally needed every bit of income we could get. Now that these bills aren't crippling in a way that they used to be, we plan on taking full advantage of our other retirement programs and investing the maximum-match amounts each month.

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Now that I'll also be teaching this fall, we plan on purging most of my income directly into both Kinsley's ABLEnow® account, and my retirement funds as well. This has really been the year where we've gotten a lot of our financial ducks in a row, and we really want to take advantage of that momentum to make sure our family is secure and ready for whatever happens in our future. ABLEnow gives us so much peace of mind knowing we can secure a future for Kinsley and whatever her needs may look like long after we're gone.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of ABLEnow.

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9 Fine Motor Skills Activities

Working on fine motor skills with your child will help increase their brain development dramatically. Here are nine fine motor skills activities we like to do at home!

Right before the plague happened we took Kinsley to occupational therapy in the clinic for the first time in her entire life. The only time she'd had OT outside of what she got at school was the last six months that she was eligible for early intervention services when we lived in Georgia. Because money had been tight it felt like we needed to pick and choose which therapies were most important. We always picked PT over OT, but now that Kinsley is on medicaid, we felt like we should really hone in on all the therapies available to her. 

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We've seen our therapist three times now and are finally in a routine with implementing these things at home. A lot of what Kinsley is working on right now is building simple hand strength. For the most part she does really well and is certainly functional with her hands, but if we want to see some real progression with handwriting (as opposed to just tracing), cutting, and being able to do a lot more things independently, that basic hand strength and coordination is really what we need to hone in on.

Fine Motor Skills Activities:

Here are nine occupational therapy exercises we're currently working on in our house, and hopefully they can help you in your home! Most of the "supplies" we have you can get at Dollar Tree. I'll note where I got everything below, and will leave links for things when possible. 

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Threading Beads on Pipe Cleaners

This activity is really great because you can get beads and pipe cleaners at dollar tree. I like using pipe cleaners because the beads don't fall off them as easily as they would with a piece of string and it helps to keep the activity going in the right direction when things aren't falling apart. We love to make these into bracelets and it's pretty much always a hit! 

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Cutting a Straight Line

Kinsley has gotten really good at cutting this last year and now we're working on cutting straight lines. Her OT recommended drawing lines on index cards or card stock because of how sturdy they are, and because they won't flop around all over the place like a normal piece of paper. Her OT also recommended the paint strip samples from Home Depot since they're colorful, already have lines on them, and they're free!

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Snapping Math Cubes Together: 

We got these math cubes from the Target Dollar Spot ages ago, but they're really great for working on hand-eye-coordination and putting things together, and are also great for hand strength for pushing them together and then pulling them apart. If you can't find these locally, here are some on amazon for $12. (They're likely a lot better quality than the ones we have anyways).

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Picking Things Up With Tweezers

We found these same kid tweezers that her OT  uses at Dollar Tree, although they are available on Amazon as well, but they're $8 for literally the same thing. Tweezers are really great for hand-eye-coordination and hand strength and you can use them to pick up beads, learning cubes, connect four pieces, really anything. This is pretty hard for Kinsley and becomes frustrating fast, but I'm holding out that it will pay off dividends later. 

Playing With Thera Putty
Thera Putty is essentially glorified silly putty. It comes in a bunch of different consistencies from really loose to really firm. The firmer the putty, the harder it is to manipulate. Kinsley's OT gave us some to take home with mini beads in it, and Kinsley loves playing with it and digging out all the letters. Thera Putty is actually really affordable. You can purchase one pack for less than $5 on Amazon, or all of the different levels of firmness in a multipack for $12!

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Sticking Coins In A Tennis Ball: 

This is super cheap and easy to do! I bought a pack of tennis balls on Amazon for $2 (yes I was as shocked as you are that something on amazon was actually $2 shipped!). Then I used a knife to cut a hole in the tennis ball, and drew a face on it. When Kinsley squeezes the sides of the ball, it opens up the mouth and she can stick coins inside. This is an awesome hand strengthener, and is another activity that tends to lead to frustration quickly, but I know it's doing good things for her!

Squigz: 

You can get a pack of these on Amazon for $9. They're little rubber pieces that suction to each other so you can build random structures and and stuff. They also stick well to walls and windows. If you have your child stick them to a surface, and then pull them back off, it takes quite a bit of strength to get them apart/off of things, which makes them really great for building those hand muscles. 

Button Art Game: 

Kinsley's OT introduced this to us in the clinic and I think I'm going to grab it for Kinsley's birthday coming up. You put different pictures down on a board, and then you have to put the corresponding color peg into the picture to fill it in all the way. It's really fun and helps with hand-eye-coordination and also cognitive skills such as seeing which color you need, finding the correct color, and then getting it where it needs to go. 

Cupcake Party Game: 

This was another game that got introduced to us in the clinic that might go on the birthday list. Each cupcake is coordinated in color to match a Disney Princess. You get a card, and then it tells you which color piece you need for the top, middle, and bottom of the cupcake, and then you find the pieces and put them together to match the card. It's a really great multi-sensory learning activity! 

I hope this list of activities was helpful for you! I want to do better at sharing OT/PT things on the blog in hopes of it helping other mamas! Be sure to follow along on instagram @thahappyflammily where I share therapy activities and other things a lot more frequently!

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Free June 2020 Coloring Pages

I'm back with another coloring page bundle for the month of June. I've been having so much fun creating these pages each month, and it's been so fun to see hundreds of you downloading the images and sharing them with your children! There are so many fun and wonderful occasions to celebrate in the month of June, and I wanted to make sure that I included them all in this bundle! 

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What's Included in this month's free coloring bundle?
This month's free coloring bundle includes six PDF pages of everything you need to celebrate the month of June. I've included a coloring page for Father's Day, National Donut Day, Flag Day, and a coloring page for the first day of summer. There is also a super fun baseball coloring page for the sports fans in your house. 

In light of the recent events in our country, I also made an "all you need is love" coloring page. I know my voice is small here on the internet, but I felt like this was a small way that I could incorporate inclusion. I hope your children color those people every color of the rainbow and make each and everyone as unique as they should be. 



How to Print the Coloring Pages:
To download this month's coloring pages, scroll down to the bottom of this post where you can click a link to take you to the free downloads. It will take you to a google drive where you can download the files onto your computer, or print them directly from the drive. 


My Favorite Printer:
If you're in the market for a new printer, we just bought the Epson Super Tank printer from Target and it's been the best purchase ever! With the ink that comes in the box, you can print 4,500 color pages and 7,000 black and white pages before having to buy more ink! For our family this printer will pay for itself in less than six months! We have zero regrets about this printer!


I want to see your pictures!
My favorite thing is when you tag me in your photos (I'm on instagram @thehappyflammily) of your little ones enjoying the coloring pages, so be sure to tag me in your pictures on your instagram stories or in your feed so I can share your pictures too!

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Social Distance Summer Schedule

Two years ago, almost exactly to the day, I wrote a post about our weekly summer schedule. That post is the most popular post written on my blog with over 42,000 page views. That post gets high traffic this time of year, but since things are looking a little different this summer, I decided to adapt the post a bit for you, and give you some ideas on how you can make the most of this summer for your children, even with the current climate in the world. 

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I want to preface all of this with the fact that I don't think you need to do one of these things every single day. If you find yourself bored and want to do something, use this as a guide. I honestly don't believe in over structuring summer. How many of us look back on our own childhood and think, "I'm so glad my mom used a block schedule the summer of 1999 and that I learned about the Spanish Inquisition and long division..."  (Not throwing shade at people who LOVE doing this kind of thing, I'm just not that kind of mom, and know I don't have the energy to keep up with anything like that!)

I'm all for routine, and finding a natural rhythm and pattern in our days, but I think the second we start telling ourselves life has to be done one way, and it needs to be that way every single time, it's when we find ourselves burnt out, stressed out, and disappointed by false expectations. I hope this post can serve as a great guide to help you with ideas of things you can do with your children, but in no way make you feel pressured to do any of these things. 

Make it Monday:
Monday's are a great time to get our crafting on! We're fresh from the weekend and feeling fun and motivated right? I love getting little paint kits from the Target Dollar Spot, or Dollar Tree. I also love just getting a bunch of random crafts supplies like paper, paint, beads, string, glue, popsicle sticks, and letting their imaginations run wild! 

Learning Tuesday: 
I am not a workbook/school work every day of the summer kind of mom. However, you could take a day a week to do a fun story time or music class with your kids. Let them pick a topic that they want to learn more about and make a mini lesson on it. If your child struggles with a certain subject, you could take 20 minutes a week to work on that with them. In our house it would be numbers with Kinsley and writing with Kyle. I don't want them to lose a lot of ground in those subjects over the summer, so those might be the things I decide to work on IF we are feeling up to it. 

Water Wednesday:
One of my very favorite things to do with my kids is fill up a kiddie pool with water, throw them and their plastic toys inside of it, and let them have a ball for hours in the backyard. I plan on doing this weekly when we move. Other fun things could be water blobs, water balloons, squirt guns, running through the sprinklers, slip-n-slides, and any other water game your children love!  

Adventure Thursday:
Adventures are harder this summer with splash pads likely staying closed. Things I hope to do are hikes, nature walks, nature scavenger hunts, scenic drives, and any other thing that gets us outdoors and exploring!

Foodie Friday:
I really want to get Kyle cooking more in the kitchen this summer. We bought him a kid's cookbook, and are working our way through it currently. You can cook with your kids, go out for ice cream or shaved ice, or do a family date night and eat somewhere new you've never been. 

Super Saturday:
This is a great day to do something as a family since the work week is over. Go on a camping trip, to the drive-ins, have a BBQ, game night, or sleepover in the backyard. The sky is really the limit. Whatever you do, do it together as a family!

Sundays: 
I did not include this on my graphic, but Sundays are a day where we go to church (depending on when they open again), or we do church at home with our kids. Then we just relax and spend most of the day at home laying pretty low. It's a reset day for us where we just take time to be together as a family with no real agenda. 

What are your plans this summer? Do you like doing small things with your kids each day, or stick to a more structured schedule? I'd love to hear what works for you in the comments!

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16 Inside Activities for Kids

If you're spending lots of time inside this winter, or need something to do that isn't far from home, these 16 inside activities for kids will hopefully bust the boredom!

Raise your hand if you foolishly thought this quarantine was just going to be a fun couple of weeks at home. We are on week nine at home in our house (kids got the flu before lock down and never got better before this all happened), and to be honest it's starting to weigh me down a bit. 

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The last couple of weeks have been hard, and since getting an iPad to for online learning, it's all Kinsley asks for about 99% of the day. If you haven't had a five year old ask you if she can play the iPad for eight hours straight, are you even living life? 


16 Inside Activities for Kids:

If you need an arsenal of go-to, quick and easy mostly screen free activities (some require a screen, but the screen isn't the major point of the activity), here are 16 of our favorite go-to activities for this time at home. 


Color By Number Books: 

Kyle is obsessed with color-by-number coloring sheets. We bought him several different color-by-number coloring books on Amazon over the last year and he's been obsessed with all of them. In that same realm, I've also thought that the Sticker By Number books are really cool too. Here's a quick list of the ones we've bought, and ones we're interested in. 

Reading

I know every parent says this, but if you have a kid who loves to read, totally monopolize on that. Even Kinsley who can't actually read loves to look at books on the couch, and be read to for long periods of time. You can see all my book lists and recommendations here.

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Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a super fun and easy activity to put together for your kids. Make sure you're in a good mood when you start because it's similar to slime and will make a mess. You kids will love it though! For instructions on how to make Oobleck, click here!

Make Slime

In the same vein as the last suggestion, play with slime! I have never really made slime at home, but we usually just get it from the dollar spot at Target. It comes in small containers, and doesn't actually make a huge mess. The kids love sticking their action figures and other toys into it, and then dig them out. They could literally do this for hours straight. 

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Homemade Play-Dough Recipe

If you haven't made homemade play-dough, you're honestly missing out. I find it to be so much softer and more enjoyable to play with than the real stuff, and it could totally double as a homeschool science lesson for the day. This is our go-to recipe for homemade play-dough.

Audiobooks

Kyle recently discovered Audiobooks and it has been so fun for him. He's listened to most of the Boxcar Children series during quarantine, and asks to listen on the iPad every night before bed. This is one of those activities where you need a device, but the device is facilitating something better. We use an app called Epic, which is free for 30 days and then goes to $6.99 a month. They have a huge selection of unlimited books to read, and listen to, and we've loved it for both Kyle and Kinsley. We even went to cancel our membership before we had to pay after the trial, and they gave us another month for only $2.99. You can try Epic free for 30 days here.

Learn to Draw Books

This is another one we haven't done yet, but probably should since we're majorly failing on keeping up with Kyle's art class. I loved these books as a kid because it was always so fun to draw my favorite characters. You can see a huge variety of learning to draw books here. 

Cooking with Kids 

I've really wanted to take this time to teach Kyle how to cook in the kitchen. We bought him a kid's cookbook, Kids Bake: 100+ Sweet and Savory Recipes. I'm super excited for it to get here and start working through some recipes with him and get him more comfortable with cooking. You could also try a Raddish Kids subscription.

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Free Printable Coloring Pages 

My kids love when I print them out random coloring pages that I find on google, or the ones that I've made and shared here on the blog. If you need something in a hurry without spending money, these are always my go-to for a quick and easy activity. Be sure to come back on May 1st when I launch six new free coloring pages! 

Write Letters to Family 

This is something we really need to do this week! My friends over at LDZStudios made these super cute printable envelopes that I really want to print out and send letters in! 

Kids Yoga

If you didn't know we switched Kyle from a public school to a private school this year. We learned since switching that apparently his old school did Cosmic Kids Yoga everyday in his French class... who knew? Anyways, he's apparently a yoga aficionado so we made a rule that he couldn't play on screens unless he does yoga first... which involves a screen but this is an activity with a greater good than just vegging.  There are a ton of different themed videos like Harry Potter Yoga, Dinosaur Yoga, Minecraft, etc... Kyle apparently knows them all and tells me which one he wants to do and I turn it on for him. 

Bike Rides 

We've gotten really into bike rides during quarantine. Kinsley can now pedal her trike with basically no help from us, and Kyle has gotten really good at pedaling his bike with confidence, which has been huge for him. Derek and I just walk up and down our street while the kids ride to their content, and it's the best. 

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Visit a Free Little Library 

There are a couple of these libraries near us and we've been frequenting them the last couple weeks. These libraries can be found in people's driveways, parks, the side of the road... they're everywhere! You can find a list of ones near you here. The basic idea is that you take a book you want, and you leave a book to share. We've found some real gems and always leave a couple books behind for someone else too! 

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Board Games 

We've gotten into lots and lots of board games the last several weeks. Here is a post with some of our favorites... It's pretty outdated though, so I'll have to do an updated one soon!

Craft Box 

We took an old mason jar box and filled it with tons of arts and craft supplies. Whenever the kids are getting restless we pull the box out and let them go ham on all the supplies. It's the best money we've ever spent. 

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What are you doing right now to keep your kids busy and yourself sane? I'd love to hear in the comments below!

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How to Make Oobleck

Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further. 

I love doing messy activities with my kids. I know I'm probably not in the norm with that statement, but I love it because it entertains them for hours! Things like slime, finger paints, glitter, glue, etc... I lay it out for the kids and they let their imaginations run wild and take over the rest. 

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We were having one of those Sundays that seem to go on and on with no chance of bedtime in sight, and decided to try making this Oobleck with the kids a few weeks ago. It was super fun, kept them busy right up until bedtime, and they both had a blast. 

How to Make Oobleck:

There are a lot of different recipes I've seen for how to make Oobleck going around on the internet, but the best Oobleck recipe we've used it to simply use equal parts water and cornstarch. Once our mixture was done, we stirred in some food coloring to make it a little more fun for the kids, and then let them have a blast with it. 

If you pick up a big handful of it, it feels like a solid, only for it to completely turn runny and melt through the cracks in your fingers. 

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What is Oobleck?

Essentially it's a mixture of cornstarch and water. It isn't quite a liquid, and it isn't quite a solid. When you stick your hands in it, it feels wet, but your hands don't penetrate all the way through to the bottom of the bowl right away. They kind of sit on the surface, and then slowly sink in after a few seconds. 

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How to make Oobleck more fun:

If you want to add a little flair to your play, you can add some marbles or toys into it that you don't mind getting messy. You can then let your children look for the objects inside the Oobleck to make it more of a little scavenger hunt instead of a messy free for all (we went for the free for all but if you need structure this is a good option!)



How to Make Oobleck

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How to Make Oobleck
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Author: Paige Flamm
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min
Oobleck is a fun STEM project you can do at home with your children. If you're wondering how to make oobleck with minimal ingredients, look no further.

Ingredients

How to Make Oobleck
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • food coloring

Instructions

  1. Combine all your ingredients together in a bowl, and enjoy your playtime!

Have you made Oobleck with your kids? It would be a fun sensory game while we're all at home right now!

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