Melting Crayons

Last week I had seven little people in my house.  That’s right seven… I have a complete new respect for any of you who are raising a large family.  YOU ROCK!!! It was a total adventure but by the third day I was beginning to feel like I look in my driver’s license photo. Despite being sleep deprived and a bit looney, the kiddos had so much fun and shared some wonderful memories with each other.  I pulled together a few crafts to keep them entertained during their visit.  Here was one that ending up being a favorite.  I think it was mine too!  SUPER EASY and fun!

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I took a box of Crayola crayons and let the kiddos pick five favorite colors.  I didn’t have a canvas  but instead used the top of a box lid and taped the crayons at the top.   I would recommend to glue them with a glue gun if you have one.

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then we turned our blow dryer to hot on high.

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not long after you set the hair dryer by the crayons they get shiny and then the wax starts to melt! They each took turns and watched excitedly as the colors raced down the lid.  Seriously… they were so impressed!!

Crayon Craft

It dries really quick and after one kiddo finished, we added five more beside theirs and started the process again.  I’ve read on several posts to make sure you use Crayola.  Some tried to use other brands and it was a complete fail.  It turned out super cool… I’m thinking about using this as wall art for Kinley’s room.  Maybe next time I’ll save our broken crayons and try this again!

FRUGAL SUMMER FUN

 

20130623-110551.jpgSUMMER IS HERE…..And that means there is lots of “free” time.  Unfortunately, that time can be expensive to fill!  We are always looking for some fun ways to spend the day without breaking the bank.

Last week we spent and entire afternoon at Bass Pro Shop.  The one by my house has family fun activities four days a week.  We started out with a demonstration on gun safety and even got pins after we completed a scavenger hunt.  In the back of the store, they had lessons on shooting bb guns as well as bow and arrows.  At the craft table we made fishing key chains before admiring the fish in the aquarium.  We ended by heading upstairs to play the coin operated hunting game.  Three hours later I took five happy kids home with lots of stores to share!  (The entire thing cost me a whopping $2.00!!)

If you have some frugal ideas to spend the hot summer days….I would LOVE to hear them!

STRAWBERRY PICKIN’

IMG_4890Just a few miles from my house is this fantastic little place called Froberg’s.  It is a local farm where you can go pick your own strawberries.  My kids LOVE it!  Surprisingly, it is just as cheap to pick them as it is to buy them at the store.  They charge $2/pound.  The problem is that I have 5 kids.  They don’t think about how much their overflowing buckets cost.  We have just learned to minimize the number of buckets!  Works like a charm.

The next problem I came across was …….what do I do with POUNDS of strawberries before they go bad?  That led me to several fun recipes.  Strawberry bread, strawberry muffins, sweetened strawberries with cool whip….and my favorite strawberry preserves!

This trip to the farm was fruitful.  (Don’t you love cheesy humor??)  We were able to have a fun-filled afternoon and enjoy the fruit of our labor.

What kind of frugal things do you do with your kids?   I am ALWAYS looking for some ideas!

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