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Playful Camping

Camping is is always an adventure, but did you know there are ways to make your next camping trip even more fun?

Take advantage of being outdoors with this list of creative activities.

Nature Scavenger Hunt

There are so many sights and sounds to see in the great outdoors. Inspire your little ones by giving them a list of things to find while out in nature.  This is a fun game that  will help them notice (and appreciate) their natural surroundings. Find an example scavenger hunt here.

nature scavenger hunt

Try Out New Campfire Recipes

Cooking over an open fire can be challenging, but also fun. There are oodles of delicious and creative campfire recipes out there—why not use your next camp-out to try something new? From s’more banana boats to campfire popcorn, you’re bound to find a new recipe you’ll go camping just to make.

smore banana boat

 

Story Telling Games

Sitting around a campfire is one of the best times to tell stories! Come prepared with tall tales, ghost stories, or play an improv story-telling game. One such game is as simple as this: sitting in a circle around the fire, one person (the conductor) begins a story, after giving a little background for the story, they then point to someone else in the circle who will add to the story with their imagination. That person will then choose another person to add to the story and so on. The story ends after everyone has had a chance to add to the story a few times and the conductor adds a final conclusion. Find more improv story games here.

spooky campfire stories

Colorful Campfire

While you tell those campfire stories, add some flare with a fire color changer. This tutorial shows you exactly how to make your own, or you can always purchase some flame crystals to do the trick (found on Amazon.)

playful camping

Outdoor Treasure Hunt

You can do this one of two ways: create an old-style treasure hunt with a hand-made treasure map (created on location), or try a modern-day treasure  hunt with GPS geocaching. This could be an educational experience for the kids, as you teach them about coordinates. While a treasure hunt is fun for any occasion, it is an  especially fun way to deliver birthday presents if you just so happen to be birthday-camping.

geocaching birthday camping

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First day of school Instagram Sweepstakes!

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Your kids will look so cute this year on the first day of school! Post a picture of them on Instagram with the hashtag #kidtokidfirstday, and follow the account @kidtokid and you’ll be entered to win a $100 gift card! Contest ends September 15th. Your profile must be public to be entered so we can see your submission. One winner will be randomly selected.

Enter by September 15th, 2014

Upload a photo of your kid on their first day of school on Instagram.
Use #kidtokidfirstday and follow @kidtokid to be entered.
Make sure your profile is public.

RULES and TERMS:

  • This Promotion is in no way sponsored or administered by Instagram. You are providing your information to Kid to Kid and not to Instagram.
  •  Photo must be an original photo.
  •  Participants must be located in the United States and at least 18 years of age (or legal majority in your state) to participate and submit a photo in this promotion.
  • Prizes left unclaimed for 30 days will be returned to company. Prizes can be given as a gift.
  • Kid to Kid will determine giveaway recipients in its sole and absolute discretion and reserves the right to modify and change promotion without notice.
  •  As a participant in the promotion you will be required to privately (through direct message, email, or other secure, private means) provide your name, address, age and other personal information necessary to receive the prize, if you are selected as a prize recipient.
  • Each winner of a prize in a Promotion is solely responsible for any and all applicable federal, state and local taxes (including income and withholding taxes on any prize), regardless of whether the prize, in whole or in part, is used.
  • By participating in the Promotion, you agree to (i) be bound by the Official Instagram Giveaway Rules, including all entry requirements provided at the time the Promotion is announced and/or promoted, and (ii) waive any and all claims against Kid to Kid and its respective parents, subsidiaries and affiliates for any injury, damage or loss of any kind that may occur, directly or indirectly, from participation in the Promotion.
  • Each winning Participant, by acceptance of prize, grants to Kid to Kid and each of its respective designees the right to publicize his/her name, address (city and state of residence), photograph provided in connection with the Promotion, voice, statements and/or other likeness and prize information for advertising, promotional and/or trade and/or any other purpose (“Winner Information”) in any media or format now known or hereafter devised, throughout the world, in perpetuity, without limitation and without further compensation, consideration, permission or notification, unless prohibited by law. The releases hereunder are intended to apply to all claims not known or suspected to exist with the intent of waiving the effect of laws requiring the intent to release future unknown claims.
  • Participants may not take actions that are negligent, injurious or reckless in pursuit of any prize offered in connection with a Promotion. Participants who do not follow this rule or who otherwise participate in a Promotion in an unsportsmanlike manner will be disqualified from the Promotion. Participants are solely responsible for any injuries or other damages that are caused from their behavior. Participants agree to indemnify, release, discharge and hold harmless the Released Parties (defined below) from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages or injuries of any kind with respect thereto.
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Treats for the heat!

Now’s the time to whip out those ultimately refreshing icy treats! Let’s keep things sweet and simple with some minimal-ingredient recipes.

#1: Jell-O Shaved Ice

Ingredients: water, soda, box of Jell-O. Source

Jell-O Shaved Ice!

#2: Sour Worm Pops

Ingredients: guava strawberry juice, Trolli Sour Worms. Source

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#7: Cotton Candy Ice Cream!

Ingredients: Cool Whip, vanilla pudding, milk, cotton candy flavoring, blue food coloring (optional). Source

Cotton Candy Ice Cream!

#3: Coconut Avocado Pops

Ingredients: avocados, almond-coconut milk, raw sugar, shredded coconut. Source

Coconut Avacado Pops

#4: Cookies n’ Creamsicles

Ingredients: coconut milk, Oreos, vanilla extract. Source

Cookies N' Creamsicles

#6: Healthy Peachy Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients: peaches, honey, plain yogurt, lemon juice. Source

Peach Frozen Yogurt

#8: Frozen! Popsicles

Ingredients: purple and blue sports drinks, water. Source

Frozen! Popsicle

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Water Blog Tutorials!

It’s the summer and kids just can’t get enough splash-time fun. Swimming parks, Slip n’ Slides, water balloons—and now—the water blob. Intrinsically fun by nature, this waterbed-like contraption is a great way to stay cool, and make some fond, silly, and splashy memories.

 

#1: The Individual Blob

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This is a fantastic tutorial that shows you how to make individualized blobs. Who says that blobs were meant to share? We love the sea-animals-floating-inside touch.

 

#2: The Big Blob

big blob

For those of you who are more the sharing type—or the wrestling type—the big blob is your blob of choice. This tutorial calls for a giant roll of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Read more here.

 

#3: The Glow Blob

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Woah! Tubular! Because we love all things glow-y. All it takes is a little glow-pill powder (ordered online) to make this radical blob. It will go perfectly next to your early 2000’s lava lamp. Just make sure it’s double (or triple!) sealed. Click here.

 

#4: The Baby Blob

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So maybe you’re really excited to make a blob, but your child isn’t quite ready to take the challenge. This mini baby blob is a perfect starter to get them ready for blobs  in the years to come. Also, it’s a great sensory toy! Go here.

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DIY Business Stands for Kids

It’s summertime! The kids are out of school and they have way too much time on their hands. One way to keep them busy is to feed their entrepreneurial spirits—and nothing sparks creativity like an inspiring business stand! Whether your kids want to sell lemonade, hot dogs, temporary tattoos, or psychiatric advice, they will need a solid place of business to get their operations running. Here are some DIY stand ideas we’ve found to get your creative stand-making juices flowing, after all, building the stand should be half the fun, right?

Idea # 1: Classic Re-Salvaged Wood Stand

Re-Salvaged Wood Stand

We like the durability of this stand. It will take more than a few fiscal years before it will need to be replaced. This blogger claims to have built this highly sturdy enterprise facility for just $3. Check out the details here.

Idea # 2: PVC Pipe Canopy Stand

PVC Pipe Canopy Stand

This stand is for those of you in sunny country. A baking sun may seriously devalue your goods (as well as diminish aloe vera supplies). Stay cool in the shade with this portable canopy model that can be used with any table. Go here.

Idea #3: Wooden Crate Stand

Wooden Crate Stand

While you may find many variations of this building approach across the internet, we especially love this beautifully designed stand featured here. The method is simple: use wood-slatted crates to build your stand!

Idea #4: Creative Cardboard Stand

Creative Cardboard Stand

This is for the artsy-fartsy, low-budget entrepreneur. The supplies include mostly cardboard and paint. Perhaps not the longest lasting stand, but it comes with shade and allows for an artistic touch. Click here.

Idea #5: “Flip-it” Furniture Stand

"Flip-It" Furniture Stand

Do you love rescuing old, abandoned things and making them useful again? Then the “Flip-It” Furniture Stand is just for you! Find a tasteless old cabinet or bed stand for cheap (or free!), nail a sign post to it, and paint it a trendy new color. Voila! Consider your furniture flipped. Follow the tutorial here.

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Staying fit as a family

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Fun fruits and veggies!

Spring is finally here and the temperature is steadily beginning to warm up. The frost begins to thaw and the patio furniture gets put out to enjoy the warm days and cool nights. It’s also that time for fun spring and summer parties, so time to break out the food. Fruits and vegetables usually get looked over on the way to the main meal, but with these fun ideas fruit and vegetables don’t have to be just another filler food at your table. Here are some fun food ideas you can try to entertain the kids or to try at your spring and summer get togethers.

Fruit Kabobs

Fruit kabobs

 

Fruit kabobs are a great idea for presentation and color for your party guests or kids. You can use any fruit you wish and can use different cheeses if you want to get a little fancy with it. You can also reverse the order in which you put the fruit on the skewer, and dip the bottom of the strawberry in chocolate if you want to indulge a bit.

Fruit Parfaits

fruit parfaits

 

Fruit Parfaits  are an easy setup for a healthy meal. I usually go with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, with a little granola on top, but you can go with really any fruit you have. Just add some nonfat yogurt and you got yourself a great versatile dish.

Appetizer Tree

appetizer tree

If you are feeling like an overachiever and want to go for presentation to impress the party guests. Try an Appetizer Tree. You need a Styrofoam cone, toothpicks, and fruit, vegetables, and cheese of your choice. Your guests are sure to take notice of this towering dish.

Fruit Ice Pops

 

Fruit Ice Pops are perfect for those sweltering hot days. Leave it to Martha Stewart for coming up with this gem. Arrange each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice-pop molds, making sure pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to just cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks). Not to mention when it’s all said and done it’s pretty cool looking.

Find the full recipe here.

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Spring clean checklist

Spring Clean Checklist It’s spring! Use this handy spring clean checklist to tackle each room. We’ll be honest, our favorite is the closets because we want to give you cash for your outgrown kids’ and maternity items. Find a store and save those like-new things to sell to Kid to Kid for cash or 20% more in store credit. It’s a great treat to get paid to clean, right?

Open and print this cleaning checklist and you’ll be well on your way to an awesomely clean house! Get the kids involved too. This is a printer-friendly file!

Click here to open the Spring Clean Checklist

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Easter treats, goodies, and fun ideas!

Easter is almost here and we can’t wait!  Plus don’t forget to grab an adorable Easter outfit, accessories, or basket stuffers before this weekend’s events.

Layered Peeps Bars

So pretty and colorful! Use Peeps marshmallows to make these yummy layered treats. Get the recipe.

Easter Bunny Dirt Cake

Simple, cute, and filled with chocolate! This is a great treat to serve a larger group of family and kids. Get the recipe.

Easy Veggie Bars

Make something savory too! These veggie bars will be a hit for parents and kids. Get the recipe. 

Hop to Win Sack Race 

This is such a fun activity that’s great for kids of all ages! Hop to win this sack race with pillow cases or bags. Learn more.

Tie Dyed Easter Eggs

Such a fun way to dye eggs! This tie dye method creates vibrant colors and patterns and you just need vinegar, dye, and paper towels. Learn more.

Non-Candy Egg Stuffers

These are some great ideas to stuff Easter eggs that aren’t candy! Get your small toys and more at Kid to Kid! Learn more.

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Cleaning games and tips

Roll the dice (Featured)
Make your own dice cleaning game and roll to find out what your task is. Include parents too! You can even have rewards that you get to roll for too! It’s a good way to distribute tasks by chance so everyone feels their task is picked fairly. Plus, everyone loves to see what the dice will say!

Race the clock
There are two ways to race the clock in a messy room. Set a timer and see who can pick up the most items, or designate a space and see who can clean it up the fastest. This speed cleaning technique becomes a race more than it becomes cleaning. It works best for picking up toys – you don’t want to break a dish speed cleaning the kitchen! It’s a good idea to make sure that toys have enough places to go. Bins that can rotate between rooms help with cleanup.

Shoot hoops to score
Stuffed animals and other soft toys are great to play with this cleanup game! See how many you can score by tossing into a bin or basket. This can work with dirty clothes and a hamper or washing machine too! See who can score the most baskets.

Find the colors
Have your kids find a color of toy, clothing item, or trash to put away. Once you get through all the colors of the rainbow, everything will be clean! This works best for kids who get distracted by toys while cleaning and can keep them focused on a specific task.

Count the items
Counting is a great game for younger kids. Ask them to find a certain number of items as their chore. Having your kids pick up 10 items each day can help stay on top of messy rooms and playrooms. Rewards are a great incentive for a recurring game, like a small treat or an allowance.

Sweep into the goal
Set up a small goalpost with two bottles or with tape on your hard surface floors. Have your kids sweep all the items into the goal post. It teaches dexterity using a broom and makes it easy to get all the dust into the dustpan to throw away. Teach those dust-bunnies a lesson!

Take a dance break
Finally, take a quick dance break between games! You’ve earned it.

Cleaning Tips:

  • Put aside clean outgrown items to sell to Kid to Kid.
  • Focus on one room or one area at a time to not get distracted.
  • Take a short break if you get distracted so you can refocus easier.
  • Make sure every toy and item has a place to be put away.
  • Get the whole house involved in cleaning and it will go faster and be more fun.
  • Choose age-appropriate cleaning tasks for each child.
  • Set up a consistent chore or cleaning plan to stay on top of messes.
  • Reward your kids for participating in picking up their toys and trash.
  • Get kids’ involved in cooking and grocery shopping too!
  • Keep harsh chemicals away from young children or try natural cleaners instead.
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