Inside Out

THEME: Inside Out

Kudos to Pixar for teaching kids about their feelings!  I love each adorable character and how they work together to make Riley come alive.  Such a creative way to illustrate how our feelings work together, and sometimes against each other.

Click Here For some printable Inside Out coloring pages.

 Cute Right?


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

We call this game “Bing Bong!  For no other reason than it’s silly and fun!  The kids won these inflatable “Body Bumpers” at a school Bingo Night! I have to admit…I’m totally jealous! I wish it could fit me!!

The kids each pretended they were Sadness and Anger in an epic battle.  Then, they decided to pretend that they were Joy and Bing-Bong trying to get out of the pit of forgotten memories.  They each tried to jump higher than the other to see who could be the first to jump as high as the net.

We love our trampoline! But, if you don’t have one, no problem! Give each child a piece of chalk and have them jump up against a wall, marking their height with the chalk. Whoever has the highest mark wins!

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

Cereal. Simple.

Trix cereal was just perfect to use. It’s like the memory orbs.  I told the kids that we each had to share one memory as we ate our “memory orbs” snack.  It doesn’t get any better than this.

1.) Kids just love when you sit with them, and give them your undivided attention.

2.) I just love to hear my kids talk about their life with joy as they go from one thought to another. They will surprise you with their perspective!

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

Making “Stress Balls”!

This project is cute and fun!  We collected sand from the beach, and filled multi-colored balloons.  Then we added personality using a sharpie, to make faces on them. Isn’t this guy cute!

We used an empty water bottle and filled it with sand. Then, we attached the balloon to the bottle and squeezed the sand from the bottle into the balloon.

For more detailed instructions click here: Make Your Own Stress Balls



Inside Out Party Game

I wish I could take credit for this, but I can’t. I found this funny printable card game online.  You can find it right here: Inside-Out Party Game

It’s super simple! You draw a candy, and then the matching character card! Then follow instructions on the card.  The original game called for Skittles, we used Inside-Out fruit snacks.  The main thing is you have to have all the corresponding colors.


 You really can’t go wrong when you are starting with a bowl of candy!
WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)

What a fun day! They are growing so fast. I’m so glad they are still excited to go along with my cutsie ideas.  Enjoy these moments, time passes by too fast. Time is the most valuable thing you can give your kids. What your kids need more than anything else, is…YOU


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.


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!


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!


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:


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.



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.

IMG_2701Next to make our “field” we need dirt right? I took a whole box of baking soda and covered all the drawing’s of our plants.

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!


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!
Paper Airplane Printout

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.


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.



How to Train Your Dragon

THEME: How to Train Your Dragon

In order to get the kids excited about our day, I started out with simple coloring pages. This gave us a chance to talk together about our plan for the day, and it’s a nice sit-still activity for them that allows me to get things ready for the rest of the day! The internet is full of awesome FREE coloring sheets.  Just use your google, you can also click the link below.

Coloring Sheets

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

For our “How to Train Your Dragon” day, we were camping on the Oregon Coast.  I had planned on taking the kids out to fly kites on the beach, what could be more fun than running around on the beach chasing kites?


I purchased dragon shaped kites to go with our theme.  Kites are so easy to come by, and they don’t have to be expensive.  You can almost always find them at the dollar store. CLICK HERE For lots of Kite options

You don’t need a beach, just some wide open space, like a park, or football field, or even in your backyard.  For us, like I said, we were on the Oregon Coast. Which means, when we were ready to go out,  it was raining.  I had to quickly come up with a plan B.  Since I’m from Oregon, I know that at the coast rain is more of a probability than a possibility, so I did have a back up plan.

Rain Painting.

20130809-081142.jpg Rain painting is done by using washable markers to color shapes on a piece of paper.  Then you place your artwork outside in the rain. The rain will make the colors run together and create a fun natural masterpiece!

20130809-081342.jpgMy kids were very entertained just watching the rain splash down on their pictures. They were so excited to see how each of their pictures changed from getting rained on.


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

Super fun and easy craft, we made a “fire breathing dragon”.


What you need:

*paper cups *red party streamers (party decorations) *pom-poms  *glue, tape, and scissors

This craft is easy for little ones. First cut out the bottom of the paper cup. Next, cut the streamers into strips. Let the little ones tape the streamers around the inside of the wide end of the cup. This is your “fire”. Lastly glue 2 Pom-poms as “eyes” on the small end of the cup. That’s it! You can hold up your “dragon” to blow through the small end and watch the fire blow!


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

For our Dragon snacks we used red licorice as “Dragon Fangs”.  Red Doritos as our “Dragon Fire”. And red Kool-aide drinks to be “Dragon Fire Juice”.  The kids really had fun with our snack having the Dragon theme. And of course we played with our food;-)



“Hiccup Says”

Play just like the classic “Simon Says” only replace with “Hiccup Says”.   Hiccup is our hero from How to Train Your Dragon. Kids love this game!  Be sure to take turns so that you each get a chance to be Hiccup.

WATCH THE MOVIE: (Enjoy the quiet time!)


That’s right, set your kids in front of the TV, and don’t feel guilty at all!   You have earned an hour or two of down time.  Kids are much calmer, and more compliant when they are stimulated, exercised and paid attention to. You have shown your kids they are important, and that you enjoy being with them. Remember the thing that your kids want/need more than anything, is YOU.