3 Feb 2016

Lucas' 5th Spiderman Birthday Party

Big boy has been asking for a Spiderman birthday party for the past 6 months! He was so excited to have his friends over and play super heroes. They all had a great time and he was one happy boy. When his friends went home he asked, "Mom, is my party over?" Yup buddy all good things come to an end!

Waiting for party guests to arrive! I made them those masks 2 years ago for Christmas ~ it's fun to see them really into super heroes now!

I picked up plates and cups in Canada this summer but printed out these table name cards here. I always love guests feeling like there is a place for them, so these were just perfect and free!

I found Spiderman cakes on Pinterest and assessed that this one would be the easiest for me to attempt to execute! Inside it was chocolate and i used a cream cheese frosting. We had a small melt down in decorating it... not so easy to do with 3 littles running around the house (shooting nerf darts, yelling and running through the kitchen every few seconds!) But i was happy with how it turned out!

I got these party favours here and also the cute little bags to pack them in. The free printable is the same one i used for the table setting and i added text in Photoshop, a little cutting, 2 staples and done. 

I saw something similar to this vintage poster on Pinterest and remembered i had red wrapping paper from Christmas in the cupboard, along with a roll of art paper from Ikea it was a go!

This little project was also inspired from O Happy Day and here modern Spiderman party. I love how it turned out and the boys were eager participants. I did their photos before party guests arrived to give it a test run, and then the other little super heroes during one of our scavenger hunt games!

We played several games, none of which i captured on film, because it's not easy to entertain 5 year olds and be the party photographer! Here are the games we played:

  1. Attack the Enemy ~ i had 6 mini spiderman frisbees and set up 3 little people on our couch. I told the superheros they had to take out the villains!  I demonstrated, then each of the party guests got to take turns 'taking out the villains' and we cheered them on. i'd say it was a success!
  2. Spiderweb Attack ~ another 'attack the evil villain' game. i bought 2 jars of silly string, printed out pictures of the green goblin & sandman and taped them to the wall. I also had my husband dress up in a green alien costume we had and bust out of our guest bathroom (where sandman was taped to the door) as the 'last' villain to defeat. He rans around the living room with 5 year olds shooting him with silly string. It was a blast! We ended up with silly string on our tv, all over the wall... pretty much everywhere, but it cleaned up fine.
  3. Super Power Scavenger Hunt ~ i started by telling all the super heroes (they were all dressed up) that they had lost their super power and they had to go find it! Their first task was to go upstairs and do 10 push-ups... then climb through a spiderweb i had made in the hall, then jump as high as they could 10 times in our boys room... then they had to go get their picture taken in our room (on the backdrop) and their prize was on our balcony (where they had to 'fight the elements' because it's winter here!) where they all got Spiderman lollipop rings (which they loved!)

Anyways you just have to imagine all of that because there are no pictures... back to the party.

After games we had food: pizza, meatballs, fruit, popcorn, pretzels, chips. You know healthy stuff :) 

Then came the cake! 

And that's a wrap! Hope you enjoyed and feel inspired!

1 Feb 2016

5 Things to do with Sick Toddlers

So our kids have been home sick off and on for the past month. First round of flu hit in mid-December, then it was the seasonal cough and runny nose, followed by contracting the bacteria that leads to scarlet fever (and 8 days of antibiotics), back to fevers...

I love spending time with my kids, but honestly it's a lot easier when they're healthy and when the weather is nice! They've watched their share of tv, but there is only so much i can take of that! So, here are a few things we've been doing to keep busy...

1. Shape & Glue Dinosaurs - Our boys LOVE the book Danny & the Dinosaur. it's a classic. I bought the vintage version because I think it looks more fun and reminds me of my childhood. But seriously, what boy doesn't LOVE dinosaurs?!?! So on this particular day we were stuck inside and i came across this inspiration for dinosaur creativity! I cut out a bunch of geometric shapes, put them in bowls and asked the boys what one they wanted to make. We have a bunch of art supplies at home, including glue sticks so we were set! I helped our youngest (2yrs) but the older boys did most of it on their own, with a bit of help.

2. Reading Books & Reading Eggs ~ They also like to read, most of all the little guy. He mostly likes picture books. Mostly this one. Seriously, i've secretly thought about hiding it so he can't find it... because he chooses it EVERY SINGLE TIME! But reading is a great way to spend time away from the tv. I wish we did more of it! Our boys are really into the easy readers that have tranformers, spiderman and cars. Mostly they like to look at the pictures, but they think they are super cool!

When they're home sick we also have extra time in our day to focus on learning. We subscribed to this program called ReadingEggs.com a few months ago and Lucas really loves it! It teaches literacy through games. He actually loves doing it so it's a win-win. We also got a math program free when we signed up, so he's learning his letters & his numbers! He just turned 5, but they don't teach the alphabet in preschools here, so i decided to start teaching him at home! If you're interested you can look into it here Reading Eggs - Free 4 Week Trial!

3. Board Games for Toddlers ~ Our little guys (5&3) are just learning to take turns and at the very beginning phase of playing games. But here are their current favourites:

  1. Shopping List ~ it's a fun version of the classic memory. each player gets a grocery cart or basket to fill and a shopping list. you have to find all the items and fill your cart! i LOVE that one of the lists is on a cell phone!
  2. Zingo ~ a fun word/vocabulary game that works like bingo. i like it because it's education and fun for the kids
  3. Mike The Knight: Mike's Treasure Hunt Game ~ a simple board game, that is actually a puzzle with a spinner on it. no dice to lose :) and the boys love mike the knight!

4. Playing in the Snow ~ i know, i know... sick kids shouldn't play in the snow, but our pediatrician said it was fine for them to go outside as long as they don't have a fever. I have 3 boys. 3 very active little boys. So since we all go a little crazy (them figuratively, me literally!) if we have to be in the house all day i took her up on it!

5. Potato Stamp Painting ~ i remember doing this as a kid, so i thought i'd give it a try with the boys. It was a success, especially batman stamp! To read more check out this post.

31 Jan 2016

Potato Stamping with Toddlers

Our boys have been home sick a lot these days. To keep things interesting i decided to pull out potato stamping today! I remember doing it when i was a kid, and they loved it. Their favourite was this batman stamp i carved ~ 

I carved the stamps as they were finishing up watching cartoons this morning, so when they ended we were ready to go!

We have these handy paint smocks, which have saved their clothes on multiple occasions and just used regular printer paper.

(ok, little guys stamps turned more into finger painting... and we only have 2 painting smocks!)

We found it worked best if you just spread a small layer of paint on the stamp (instead of dipping in the paint) but it probably depends on what kind of paint you use. We used regular poster board kids paint, it's pretty thick.