Monsters University

THEME: Monsters University

It’s June!  Time for Graduation. My oldest child is graduating in 10 days!  I can’t believe it! For the last several months a reocurring topic in our house has been College. College prep, scholarship applications, college applications, visits, financial aide, etc.  My younger kids have been watching their big brother going through this process. I thought it would be fun to help them understand what he has been preparing for, by using Pixar’s Monsters University.

As I prepare my plan, I give them something to color.

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Monsters Coloring Sheets

You can print lots of different coloring pages for FREE!

 

 

 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

For our very own “Scare Games”, the kids played Monsters Dodge Ball, on the enclosed trampoline!

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What makes this fit into our Monsters theme, is the Fuzzbies. Those are the colorful fuzzie balls!  (We keep a set of these awesome balls around because you never know when you need to toss a ball at somebody.) Each of these balls have a silly face on them

We found these at Walmart. The kid inside of my husband, insisted we get one of every color! And believe me, they have been fun!

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Even fun for Teens!

SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

“Monster Bars”

This is your basic Rice Crispy Bars, with candy eye balls, and colorful sprinkles mixed in.

Melt 1/4 Cup butter with

25 Large Marshmallows

Mix in 5 1/2 Cups of Rice Crispy Cereal

Add sprinkles and eyes

Spread into 8X11 baking dish, let cool

This is a quick and easy treat that the kids can help make!  They really love helping. They felt so creative putting in the extra’s to make it monster-y.

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Blow Paint Monsters!

Okay, if you want to get my kids excited…you tell them they get to paint something!

IMG_2244Just wait till you see how adorable these painted monsters are!

Start out with large drops of different colors, close together.

IMG_2240Next, hand your kids a straw! Have them blow into the straw to swirl the paint around.

Once the paint is dry you can add eyes and draw arms and legs! Seriously, how cute are these:

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WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

We are so ready now to enjoy this film! We are totally in the Monster mood! It’s great for my little kids knowing that soon we will be taking their brother to college.  It’s only a matter of time before they too will be grown and ready for the next stage in their life.  Take the time now.  As hard as it gets, as busy as life gets, remember what your kids need more than anything, is YOU.

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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

THEME: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Oh boy! We get to spend our whole day focused on FOOD!!

Let’s start with my favorite website to find coloring printables. Click here for Coloring Sheets.

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I love starting out this way.  As they sit and color, the kids attention is focused, and they chit-chat with each other. I love to listen to their adorable conversations!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY(Something to get those little ones up and moving)

It’s time to pull out my special “Fun Box”!

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What we find for today is a stack of party cups, and a RED ball.  Yep! That’s all we need. The red ball is going to double as our “meatball”.

We are going to take it Meatball Bowling.

Since our location is at the Oregon coast, we are going down to the beach!

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We used the red party cups to make the bowling pins out of sand.  Pack them full of semi-wet sand, like you would to make a sand castle.  We had several cups pre-loaded to make resetting the pins quick and easy!

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You don’t have to be on the beach to have your kids try Meatball Bowling.   You can pick up a plastic toy bowling set at almost any toy store.  Other ideas to use for bowling pins

  • empty soda bottles
  • empty Pringle’s potato chips canisters
  • paper towel rolls
  • toilet paper rolls
  • soup cans

Be creative!  The idea is to get the kids on their feet and moving their bodies.

If you want to take it one step further, take your kids to a bowling alley!

SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

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I LOVE! Love, love these “picnic” gummi candies.  I regret not picking up one for me too!  I could not resist picking these up at the grocery store, what could be more perfect for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs than a variety of fun foods!!

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

With our food theme, I decided to go with making a Food Necklace.

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This is so simple to make!  All you need is some string, and your choice of food.  I choose to use Fruit Loop cereal, for the bright colors (and because it’s yummy!)  But you can also use Cheerio’s, or uncooked Pasta.

We found that it’s helpful to wrap the end of the string with a small piece of tape. This makes it much easier to thread the cereal onto the string.  Also, I tied a spoon on the opposite end so that the cereal doesn’t fall off the string while you are adding more.

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I love to see their creativity come out. They sorted colors, and created patterns to design themselves the perfect FOOD necklace. Princess for some reason decided that she needed to change her outfit to better show off her necklace!

Of course the best part is that they get to “snack” on it throughout the day!

WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

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I have to admit, I have a thing for children’s movies. I prefer the light hearted innocence that comes from watching kids movies.  Children are lit up from the inside because they have so much innocence and anticipation for life! Allow yourself to share that with them. Spending time with your kids is the most important thing you will ever do as a parent. The most important thing that your kids need is, YOU.

Finding Nemo

Publication1THEME: Finding Nemo

I will never forget the year Finding Nemo came out. My kids (now-teenagers) were ga-ga over all the hype, and couldn’t wait to go see it!  I also remember walking out of the theatre with my now-16 year old-Varsity Football player-who was so scared of the shark in the opening sequence that I had to go get my money back!!

Take it from me, your memories will last forever, but your sweet little kiddos will not.  They will grow faster than you can possibly imagine.  They can be overwhelming when they are small, but you will never regret taking the time to play with them.

Now lets get started!

SIT DOWN: Quiet activity

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I just happened to have this puzzle in our closet of toys. It just sits there, the kids never think to pull it out on their own. Once I put it in my “fun box” suddenly it becomes much more exciting!!

I also always find special coloring sheets that go with our theme!

Nemo Coloring Sheets

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

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Since we were at the coast, my original plan was to take the kids down to the beach to collect sea shells.  Seems we got carried away with chasing the waves, that we didn’t come back with any shells, but they had a good time!

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SPECIAL SNACK:(To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

For Finding Nemo I picked up these Shark gummies, along with Goldfish crackers.

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CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Paper Butts!

No, that’s not a typo. Remember in Finding Nemo when the fish children dared eachother to swim off the reef to touch the “butt”?   My kids couldn’t stop giggling while I explained our project to them.  We are going to make paper “butts”.

The only supplies you need for this is paper.  I just used some colorful scrapbook paper.

I remember making these little paper boats when I was a kid. It’s pretty simple. You can find directions right here from:  Be Different…Act Normal.

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Try putting them into your bathtub or a back yard pool and have boat races!

GAME:

Find Nemo

This is your basic game of “Hot” and “Cold”.   Take a toy, in our case we used a plush Nemo toy, and hide it.  Then you direct your child to find it using the clue “Hot” when he/she gets closer and “Cold” when they move away from it.

Here's Eddie with our shark friend Chum searching for Nemo

Here’s Eddie with our shark friend Chum, searching for Nemo

Give each child plenty of turns to search for Nemo!   I’ll bet they will want a turn to hide him for you to find too!!  It’s so simple!

WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

Watching a movie with the kids is such a perfect way to wrap up our day.

c4b95442c4d67003a6c20d63994215d4Spending time with your kids is the most rewarding thing you will ever do.  It doesn’t always have to be elaborate, expensive, or pinterest-y.  It just needs to be YOU giving them your ATTENTION.  Remember, what your kids need more than anything else is YOU!

Planes

THEME: Planes

I am so excited about this theme! I have put together so many fun ideas for our “Planes” day that we didn’t get to do all of them. I like to let the day go where it takes us! The idea here is to inspire the kids to get unplugged and play, so if their imagination takes us in a new direction….we go with it!

My favorite place to start is with coloring pages!

planes-42_m click HERE to find lots of printable options of coloring pages.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: (Something to get those little ones up and moving)

I have two versions of this activity. One for outdoors, and one for indoors. Our “Planes Day” turned out to be raining. We were at the Oregon coast in our camper/trailer. Not only was it raining, but we were in a small, confined space. I had to trade in walking and sunshine for less movement, but no worries we had plenty of stimulation and laughter to pass the time!

The idea is “Crop Dusting”.  (Just like Dusty Crophopper)

We started with a 9X13 baking dish, and food coloring.

IMG_2700I told them that we needed to draw out what kind of plants they think would be in a field with the food coloring.

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IMG_2704Can you guess what we do next? Vinegar!  I have a spray bottle filled with vinegar to use as our “crop duster”.  When you spray the vinegar on the baking soda, the colors underneath fizz up to the top.  They thought this was the coolest thing EVER!  They took so many turns “crop dusting” that eventually all the colors mixed together into a yucky black-ish green mess!

The outdoor idea is very similar, just draw your fields with sidewalk paint. I found a great recipe for sidewalk paint on this very cute blog: LEARN PLAY IMAGINE! It’s worth checking out. She is Ah-mazing!

SPECIAL SNACK: (To be eaten in moderation, these snacks are meant to be fun not healthy)

IMG_2705I just happened to find these Planes treats at Walmart. I was so excited since they were absolutely perfect for our Planes Day!

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Don’t you just love those propellers!

CREATIVE ACTIVITY:  (make a craft, use our imagination)

Paper Airplanes!

There’s lots of different types of paper airplanes you can make. I happened to find a printout just for the movie Planes!
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This was one of the ideas we never got around to. Leave me a comment about how this worked out with your children!  I’d love to hear about it!

Making Clouds!

I’ve seen this idea floating around Pinterest and Facebook so often, that I decided it was time to try it.  Microwaving a bar of Ivory Soap.  I told the kids that we were making clouds.

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It’s so easy. All you need is a bar of Ivory soap, and a microwave.  Put the soap in the microwave and watch what happens.

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I was actually worried that it wouldn’t work, but it was FANTASTIC!! Look at these big fluffy clouds we made!

IMG_2712We did it a bunch of times, and the kids just loved it! They were so excited that when the teenagers (2 of my 4 children are teens) came back to the trailer, we did it all over again for them…..And some of their friends.  Good thing I had bought a large package of soap.  The only issue is what to do now with all the soap clouds we made?

WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

We did it!  We managed to fill our rainy day in a confined space with a whole day of FUN!  Now kick back while they enjoy this movie!  It’s hard to find the energy and creativity to play with our kids sometimes, but it is so rewarding when you hear the “wows!”  when you show them something new. When you hear the giggles when you are silly with them. What your kids need more than anything, is YOU.

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