spider-man party

Today we have a whole party focused on our favorite Superhero, Spider-Man! From the decor, to the activities, to the party attire, it’s all for Spidey and our boys couldn’t have been more excited. The best part about this party is that everything was found at Target and put together in only a couple hours! Here’s how we did it:
Spiderman PartyDECOR: For stress-free parties we love to have just one festive party table. Instead of worrying about decking every hall and nook and cranny with your party theme, a party table adds just enough festivity and is so much easier to execute and focus on details. We used our friend Kayti of the Be{you}ty Bureau‘s awesome cardboard skyscrapers for the backdrop and added Target’s striped flag banner to the front.

Spiderman PartyCAKE: We found a local bakery who will make a simple white 8-inch cake for only $12.99. It comes frosted and ready to decorate and is always delicious. Decorating the cake is the fun part so we love this short-cut. For this cake we found a little Spider-Man notebook and pencil kit in Target‘s Dollar Spot, so we cut out this figure from the notebook, taped a little bit of string to the back and tied the string to two striped party straws! Stick the straws right into the cake and you’re all set. Then to extend your theme all the way down to your cake plate, we cut out web shapes out of paper to layer beneath the plate.

Spiderman PartyInstead of paper plates and cups we opted for the sturdier plastic versions. Kids tend to dump, spill, tip, and mangle the paper so we gave plastic a try. Guess what? No spills!

Spiderman PartyWe had the boys wear any Spider-Man apparel they had – Masks and caps galore!

Spiderman PartyKeeping the party as stress-free as possible, we didn’t worry about feeding them a meal, but instead had easy kid-friendly snacks like popcorn and apple juice on hand.

Spiderman PartyDETAILS: We are obsessed with these chalkboard party hats, use a chalkboard pen to personalize them and re-use for just about any party! We added spider webs and wrote the boys’ names this time around.

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartyWe used Spider-man themed wrapping paper and party bags to add to the festivity, and quickly cut up confetti in the party colors to decorate the table with.

Spiderman PartyPLAY: We kept the activities pretty simple. First, using Dana Made It‘s giant spider web tutorial, we created a giant red web that not only doubled as a party game but also created another element of decor! Then we stuck little party favors in the web, tattoos, treats, and other lightweight items and gave the boys each a can of silly string. Then we let them shoot their targets until they fell out of the web for them to retrieve. Like a silly string pinata! Even though this is a stress-free party, no one can avoid clean-up, so we just tried to embrace the mess. Luckily it all cleaned up no problem!

Yarn Web Game | Spiderman PartyEveryone picked a temporary tattoo they loved and then we had a quick little tattoo applying session. The boys got SO excited about this, the urgency to get those tattoos on was frantic and they still show everyone they see how cool their Spider-Man tattoo is!

Spiderman PartySpiderman PartySpiderman Party Target made this party absolutely a breeze, here are all the supplies we used from their amazing party section:


Utensils // Plate Cup and Bowl Set // Temporary Tattoos // Party Wrap and Bags // Nesting Bowls // Mugs //


Chalkboard Party Hats // Oversized and regular striped paper straws, striped flag banner, napkins and Party Bags found here.

This post is sponsored by Target. More Spider-Man, More Amazing: Blur the lines of fantasy and reality with your favorite superheroes at Target.

DIY threading cards

Threading cards are such an awesome playtime activity to help sharpen hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills! We haven’t seen many around that we love – save maybe this MoMA Modern Shapes set or these Eric Carle illustrations. So, per usual, let’s just make our own shall we? Here’s how you’ll do it:

Threading Cards DIYGrab the Small Fry DIY MVP material of the year: craft foam sheets! And also, bright string and a 1/8 Inch Circle Punch.

Threading Cards DIY

Then you simply cut out the shape you want out of the foam and use your hole punch to create the patterns. We suggest marking the dots with pencil beforehand because it’s really hard to punch a straight line, at least for one of us.

Threading Cards DIY

Geometric, personalized, intricate or simple, it’s all up to you! We take these to dinners-out, church and long car rides, and our four and five year old boys love them!

Threading Cards DIYMore Quiet Time activities: Printable Coloring Pages // Interactive Books Round-up // Pretty Awesome Quiet Book Company Review

best of summer

Is it really almost Summertime again? It’s such a wonderful time of year for families and we are getting so excited! School is out in less than a week and family trips, late nights and days at the pool will reign supreme. We’ve been brainstorming what we want to bring to Small Fry this Summer and had to take a peek back in the archives for inspiration (and to jog our memory, too!) and here our some of our and your favorite posts for Summertime!

Favorite Summer PostsThis Backyard Tent DIY was the very first post we created for Small Fry, ever! The bright and happy photos instantly take us back to a new and exciting time! And how small do our boys look?!

This Firework in milk science project was so much fun to do. It was part of our Summertime School series to keep everyone’s minds learning and everyone should try it at least once!

Washing and reusing swim diapers blew a couple of minds.

A chores and cleaning printable to help start or keep a routine of responsibilities!

Our Road Rally with Freshly Picked was such a hit and the boys are still talking about it. Locals, mark your calendars for July 8th, we’re planning the 2nd Annual Road Rally and it’s gonna be better than ever!

Chalk provides hours and hours of entertainment. We showed a few games to use with chalk and there’s about a million more on our Pinterest!

Sometimes all it takes is a little hype. Simply saying “We’re going on adventure!” and then letting it all unfold. Kids are magicians and don’t need much, just a little push to get them going!

Another post in our Summertime School series, the handwriting wall! Keep those fingers practicing all Summer long!

So while we have you, anything you’d like to see Small Fry cover this Summer? Have a great weekend!


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Monster Puppets [Giveaway!]

Our Paper Bag Puppets have been such a hit with the boys and their friends, we had to add to the collection, so today we’re sharing these awesome Monster Puppets! We put these together with Astrobrights awesome line of paper and they’re giving away stacks of their vibrant paper in 26 different colors. Basically you’ll never have to buy paper again, amazing!

Monster Puppets

Quinn’s Vest // Dash’s Tee

Last time we used standard brown lunch sacks which are great, but couldn’t really stand up to our boys’ vigorous play, so for these we upgraded to a small brown paper gift bag! It is made out of really thick craft paper and has yet to rip or tear. It’s definitely a worthy upgrade.

Monster PuppetsWe use these Astrobrights colors literally everyday for something or other. Crafting, gifts, projects, it’s been so nice having such an expansive collection on hand (we’ve been known to hit the craft store multiple times a week just for a new must-have color of paper, have we lost it?)

Monster Puppets

So you awesome crafty friends, let’s get you the chance to win your own giant collection for your own stash. Stacks of paper this size are usually at least $5 so you’ll be getting $130+ worth of paper! Just to make it extra interesting Astrobrights is throwing in another $50 gift card to Office Depot which has the most extensive Astrobrights selection.

Astrobrights Paper


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Tiny Tour : Chicago

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Summertime is the absolute best setting to create awesome family memories and Blended — out May 23! — is getting us so excited for some Summer shenanigans! The movie is all about how two unlikely families bond on the accidental shared African safari trip of a lifetime. (Drew’s character and her two crazy boys are reminding us of someone?) Getting family to bond is such a tricky thing, and sometimes you can’t plan or orchestrate it, it just happens. So today we brought on Jaime to sharing her tips for bonding all over the next stop on our Tiny Tour: Chicago! Welcome, Jaime!


First Lincoln Park Zoo:

This is such an awesome Zoo! It’s beautiful and has some amazing views of the city, but the biggest bonus is… it’s FREE!! Its open year round, everyday! They always have something going with exhibits, concerts, playgrounds, running trails and fun for the whole family. Since we moved to Chicago we have visited the zoo weekly! We just pack a lunch and spend the day exploring.

Tip: Free activities are always a great option when creating memories together. Without the stress or expectations of “making every penny count” you can just enjoy one another!Tiny Tour | Chicago

Lincoln Park Zoo | Chicago Tiny Tour

Millennium Park:

When you come to Chicago, Millenium Park is a must see! The summer is jam packed with events. And there is so much to see and do! My boys love the “Face Fountain” as we call it.  It’s basically a giant splash pad on Michigan Ave that projects faces on the sides of the fountain, while it spits water at you!  Photos at “The Bean” is on every tourists checklist. And to end your night right you can enjoy a free movie or concert in the park, while you lay under the stars and the beautiful city skyline. Creating traditions lays the foundation comfort and belonging in your family.

Tip: Being spontaneous is always fun, but small children blossom best when they know what to expect! Fill them in beforehand as much as you can.

Millenium Park | Chicago Tiny Tour


Millenium Park | Chicago Tiny Tour

The Museum of Science of Industry: Out of all of the Incredible Museums here in Chicago, this one is our favorite. It’s HUGE! You could spend the whole day here and still not see everything! So be sure to plan on getting up early. This Museum is one of the most popular in the United States, and experiences close to 2 million visitors per year. So planning your trip on a weekday isn’t a bad idea. Some of our favorite things to see were the Trains and Planes, The Tornado Exhibit, and “Animal inside and Out” I love it when I leave a place feeling like my kids learned so much, and were excited while doing it! *Learning experiences are so great for families, because older siblings help the younger ones, while the younger ones bring a youthful outlook to things teenagers might completely miss.

Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago Tiny Tour

Northerly Island Beach: Lake Michigan looks more like an ocean than a lake! Something that makes Chicago so fun in the summer is hanging at the beach.  And one of the best kept secrets is Northerly Island Beach. It’s this perfect little cove, that is so great for your little ones to splash around while you catch some rays:) And it’s right downtown, so when you have had your fill of sunshine, the restaurants and shops of the Magnificent Mile are nearby.

Tip: The beach or lake is always a good place to bond! Kids can run free and aren’t contained by so many rules and crowds. Our best vacations always happen near the water!

Northerly Island Beach | Chicago Tiny Tour

Navy Pier: This Place is uber Famous, and such a good time.  You can ride the Ferris Wheel, Eat a “Chicago Dog”, take an Architecture Boat tour, Watch an Imax, and shop till you drop!

Navy Pier | Chicago Tiny Tour

Parking can be pricey, so walking or public transportation is the best solution. But this is a perfect place for you and your kiddos to have some major fun! Planning activities together might feel daunting or even exhausting, and maybe under appreciated. But when your kids brag about how great and exciting their Summer was all those memories are thanks to you!

Doesn’t Chicago sound so perfect for kids, so many wonderful things to do! Thank you so much to Jaime for taking us on the tour. Are you all planning on any fun adventures with your families this Summer? Blended has us inspired to do something a little out of the box. Check out the preview, or better yet lets all go see it together!

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