A good idea
I’ve been invited to a couple of different “idea parties” this spring. It’s a great way for moms to get together and build a little stockpile of summertime activities for the kiddos. Here’s how it works: Each guest brings 5 identical activity kits that would be suitable for kids of a certain age (under 8 at the party I attended). At the party, names are drawn to see who will take home each activity (no fighting!) and each mom goes home with 5 new kits… as well as several other ideas she could put together at home.
The ideas could really be anything… my friend Danielle tells me her kids LOVE the baby food jar “bug catchers” she got at a party a few weeks ago. It’s basically an empty baby food jar covered with a mesh lid that’s held in place by a rubber band. The catcher came with a little notebook decorated with a bug sticker for documenting the kids’ finds. Her 6-year-old has been emphatically scrawling about each s-p-i-d-e-r he finds and the two-year-old is just happy to have her own notebook.
Anyway, I thought the party was a great chance to meet a few new moms — the hostess just invites everybody she knows and sees who shows up — and get some new ideas and activities for keeping the kids busy throughout the summer. That said, my own contribution wasn’t the most original, but my kids LOVE playing with play dough, so perhaps this recipe for scented homemade dough (which I stapled to a packet of Kool-Aid) will help keep yours entertained. (Thanks to Wendi for the idea!)
A couple of kits I didn’t get to take home from the party were a deck of cards with instructions for all kinds of different games; a list of local family-friendly hikes (cutely packaged with a granola bar, trial-sized sunscreen and a few other items); and a kit to make little bendy dolls out of rafia and pipe cleaners.
Okay, here’s what I did get: First, I was really excited to get this super cool “I Spy” pillow filled with rice and more than a dozen little doo-dads from around the house: dice, crayon, penny, Lego. What a great way to get rid of some of that junk that’s always laying around (and getting stepped on – yeouch!). The plastic window is made from a sturdy Ziplock bag.
My family is going on an epic road trip to Disneyland soon so I’m hoping the pillow will help keep the kids entertained. Hopefully they won’t fight over it. (For more road trip ideas, click here.)
I also got a kit of geometric shaped papers and stickers that the kids can create their own designs (photo at the top).
And, much to the delight of my daughter who was at the party with me, we got this water toy. The mom who brought this toy said her kids love using it to help water the flowers. Sounds like a good idea to me!
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