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Pinterest: Or, Falling Down the Rabbit Hole

So I’m planning my daughter’s birthday party….can you guess what theme she wants? That’s right – Frozen!! My daughter jumped on the Frozen bandwagon a little late, as she was quite young when the movie was first released. I eventually took her to see it at a small theatre months later, and she loved it. We now hear “Let It Go” on repeat, and she’s bouncing off the walls in anticipation of her birthday party on Sunday.

It’s hard to plan a birthday party for a 5 year-old. I never know if I’m doing too much, or too little. She started off asking to go to the movie theatre, but the helpful sales person at Cineplex suggested that 5 might be too young. I then checked out gymnastics centres, but given our strict budget, I can’t afford $160-$175 for a party.

So, we took the easy (hard?) way out. We’re hosting the party at our house! And what better way to plan a party than to look at ideas on Pinterest?

But Pinterest is dangerous. First I coo over the adorable glasses of frosted blue jello. Then I giggle at the Olaf party favour bags. Soon I’m yelling to my husband that we need giant blue drapes, fake snow for the walls, and twinkly lights. By the end of one hour on Pinterest, I’m frantically writing lists. Panic is making my heart beat louder than the sound of picks on ice.

But no. No, no, no. I’m not Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart is not even a distant cousin of mine. And so I calm down (thanks to my practical husband), and I decide on a few special things:

1) The twinkly lights we have in Christmas boxes are pretty accessible. And they’ll make a lovely backdrop to our movie-themed party (the kids are watching Frozen, and will be served popcorn in their own individual buckets).

2) Pin the Nose on Olaf is a great game for a group of 5 year-olds. And bonus that a friend gave us an Olaf poster after throwing her own Frozen birthday party.

3) Frozen grapes and Olaf noses as snacks

4) If there’s time, the party favour bags are pretty cute, no?

5) As much as I’d love to make my own pinata, I think I’ll head to Bulk Barn and get something simple, filled with a few snacks, stickers and pencils.

Easy peasy, right? Hmmm, talk to me on Monday ;)

 

Pinteresting my way through summer vacation

by Lara

I’m not always the most creative when it comes to finding activities for the kids.  With them home with me full time this past week I have leaned heavily on Pinterest for indoor activities.

What I love about so many of the pins is that just a photo of an activity idea is often enough for me to run with it (psa: when pinning, remember to pin to the URL to the exact post you’re referring too.  Too often I click through to a front page of a site and can’t find anything about what I thought I was clicking through to see).

Here a couple of the crafts we tackled this week:

Ours may or may not have turned out as nicely as those photos ;)

This particular pin has me inspired to maybe tackle a bigger project next week:

And in case you didn’t know, Kids in the Capital has it’s own Pinterest account where we try to share all things kids.  Come on over and join us!

 

Leave a comment sharing what some of your favourite kid activity pins have been lately!

 

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Messy Science Fun

by Amy

In this house we have been suffering from a spate of “I want to do something else” syndrome. Nothing seems to keep the toddler entertained for more than a few minutes at a time, and it doesn’t take long before this Mommy runs out of energy to think of new things. We go swimming, we bake together, she takes gymnastics, but her energy is constant so when we’re just home I have to keep trying to entertain her.

Today, after going through a few of our normal activities it was “something else, Mommy!” again, so I logged on to Pinterest to see what else we could try. I came upon this on my Crafts board.

Fun! Messy! Science!

So I got out my corn starch and the food colouring and we mixed it all together and keep the kid occupied for a good little while.

The truth is, it looks messy but it actually washes off hands quite easily. I haven’t tried to clean the pan yet.

We’ll probably be doing this again.

Amy is mom to two year old Maggie and a 6 year old schnauzer named Henry. You can read her blog at amyboughner.ca where she writes about motherhood and anything else that’s on her mind. She also shares a blog with her husband at boughner.ca where they talk together about parenting a daughter.

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