One awesome resource we definitely don’t take well enough advantage of is the local public library! With music and reading classes for kids and parents, or reading lists of all their books on princesses, trains, dinosaurs, and ballerinas for those especially passionate kids. Special book spine stickers that mark award-winning reads make it easy to find the best of the best, and of course we walk away with a stack of brand-new-to-us books to pour over for the next few weeks.
So for our third day #unplugged, head to the library and snag some new reads! To make our latest library trip extra special, we turned it into a book hunt. We made up clues on the spot and then when they found each one, we cuddled up to read them one by one.
At this point of our Unplugged Week, it’s all about easy activities that we can reinvent to make new and fresh for these boys and the book hunt was a smashing success!
How is your Unplugged weeks going so far? We’re loving following along on the #unplugged feed, so many wonderful ideas to get us through the day! Here’s our next activity that turns your doorway into the best theater in town.
If you’ve ever put on a shadow puppet play at bedtime, you already know it’s a huge hit. Our kids love to see our butterflies, bull dogs, and foxes dancing on the wall. So we decided to create our very own Shadow Puppet theater! We’re sharing the step-by-step instructions and free printable today on Spoonful. Check out the full post here.
Our boys got a huge kick out of creating a play with their woodland creatures. Who knew there was a heap of bad guys, rocket ships, and karate chop sounds to be had in the forest? Download the Woodland Creatures and Scenery printable here.
Welcome to Unplugged Week! We are taking on the challenge of turning off the TV and video games for one week, and we are so excited so many of you are joining us! There are also many of you who have done this full-time for months and even years and we applaud you. This week we’ll be sharing our plans for getting through it when going outside isn’t an option (believe us, we’ll be outside as much as possible!) with our hair and sanity in tact. We can’t wait to hear what you’re doing while you’re Unplugged, too! If you’re playing along use the #unplugged tag.
Since planting and gardening season isn’t usually until May, we wanted to find a way to bring the outdoors in for those days when the weather isn’t accommodating for outside play. Luckily, an indoor herb garden can be planted year round! A tiny herb garden is such a fun activity that offers so many opportunities to teach about nature, responsibility in taking care of these plants, and cooking with herbs, too! We also let our boys paint their very own herb pots using our customary geometric taping technique.
Before planting, we suited the boys up in these awesome personalized art smocks by Stuck on You! (They’re giving five $30 credits away head here to enter!) These were perfect for playing in the dirt and painting their pots! We used inexpensive pots from Ikea, taped of with painter’s tape and let them pick which colors they wanted for each section.
Once the pots were dry, we removed the paint and got to planting!
Using potting soil to fill the pots, we had the boys carefully place the roots into the pot. We found these rooted herbs at our local grocery store, but we’ve been told by nurseries that they’ll be caring rooted herbs and Spring-time plants any day now!
They were so cute and focused for this whole project, and each morning they ask if it’s time to water the herbs.
When Erin of Candy Kirby Designs (and mom of three beautiful babes!) approached us to design a limited edition pair of her amazing leggings, we were so thrilled! If you have a pair of these leggings you already know they are the most incredible quality and come in the coolest designs. We came up with the Plus Three design in Poppy, which is also her first pair of colored leggings so far! Better hurry though, this design is a limited edition and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
We hope you have a wonderful weekend! Small Fry is going unplugged next week and we hope you’ll join us! We’ll be posting ideas for playtime indoors while the TV and video games are turned off. We know you all have wonderful ideas too, so link up any posts you’ve done that fit with our Unplugged theme and we’ll share them everyday next week along with ours. Good luck to all! We’re going to need it!
When we featured Polarn O. Pyret last in December here, we didn’t think it could get any better. But, then we saw their Spring line. Polarn is made for Spring, the bright colors just belong in the warm sunshine. We love their new patterns and color schemes for this season and have already got quite the mileage out of each piece.
Hayes: Colored Slim Fit jeans and a sold-out striped Tee, we’ll be sure to let you know when it’s back in stock!
Here’s a couple PO.P insider tips: 1. The denim runs big so order accordingly! 2. We are huge fans of their super soft socks, they stay up and fit great. 3. Their swim wear line is darling and really affordable. Check these darling striped shorties out, only $21.50!