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Sprinkler and water play ideas

Kid to Kid Sprinkler fun Nothing beats the summer heat like a sprinkler day. Here are just a few of our favorite water play ideas for kids and parents.

Homemade-Sprinkler-3 DIY sprinkler
Don’t have a sprinkler? Don’t fear! You can create you own with just a 2-liter plastic bottle and duct tape. Simply remove the label from the bottle, poke holes in the bottle with a nail or other small sharp object, and duct tape the bottle to end of your garden hose. The more water pressure you apply, the bigger the sprinkler!

Bring the water park home
Enjoy the water park in your own backyard with your basic swing set. Position the sprinkler so the water falls on the top of the slide, and watch your kids squeal with delight as they zoom down the slippery slope. For safety reasons, be sure the water doesn’t fall on the ladder or other potentially dangerous parts of the play set such as monkey bars. To add to the fun, fill a kids’ plastic or blowup pool with water at the base of the slide so they land in a splash. Be sure to fill the pool in the morning so the water gets nice and warm. You can even find cheap water toys at Kid to Kid to play with later.

Water bag piñata
This one is great for kids with a lot of energy! Fill a large plastic trash bag with 1-2 gallons of water and tie a knot around the top so the bag is water tight. Secure a rope around the bag underneath the knot, and then tie it to a strong branch. Blindfold a child and let them take a whack at the bag with a bat. Watch the swinging bulge burst and send a torrent of drench on your blindfolded sun buddy. Be sure to set a line a safe distance away for all the other children to stay behind.

Kid to Kid treats Don’t forget the treat!
If ever there was a time for messy treats, now is it! For a quick and refreshing treat, bring out juice popsicles or ice cream sandwiches. Or, if you’re feeling ambitions, try this chilly and delicious frozen pink lemonade pie. Once your kids are thoroughly sticky and blissfully covered in goo, send them back through the sprinkler to rinse off.

Whatever you do to stay cool with water play this summer, have fun!

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Summer styles for kids

Summer kids styles Summer is in full swing! Drop off your gently used items at Kid to Kid for cash or 20% more in store credit to update your kids’ wardrobe. Now is also a time that you probably find that your kids have outgrown items or the styles have changed. Here are some tips for what’s popular for kids this year.

Nautical styles and colors 

Summer is the perfect time for nautical themed clothes and are a huge hit this year for kids and adults. Kids’ nautical attire is usually more colorful. Fun images and prints include fish, ships, anchors, seahorse, and coral. Don’t forget nautical colors like navy blue, white, red, ivory, gray, corals, and browns. Nautical patterns like stripes are also popular for summer for both boys and girls.

Tie dye and ombre dye

Tie dye, dip dye, and ombre are also a big hit for summer and can be for boys and girls. More often you’ll see these items on girls’ clothing. The most popular types of tie dye and dip dye this year only include two colors, instead of the traditional multi-colored dyes. Many of the styles include a white item with colored dip dye either at the top or bottom. You can also try to DIY these dye jobs at home with items you already have.

Colored and patterned shorts 

Patterned and colored shorts and pants are a hit for boys and girls. Colored shorts for boys are usually in more bold colors like blue, red, or brown. Girls shorts tend to be more colorful with coral, purple, and teal. Patterns are also popular. Choose a more neutral pattern so it can pair with more items, likes stripes or dots.

Don’t forget the shoes! 

Sandals and flip flops are always popular for warm weather, and kids’ shoes can get worn quickly. Get some updated shoes at Kid to Kid including flip flops, sandals, gladiator sandals, and more!

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Surviving summer road trips with kids

Road trip ideas for kids Road trips are a staple of summer. Here are some great tips on how to survive road trips with kids. Be sure to stop in to Kid to Kid to get clothes and toys for your upcoming road trip. We also have a variety of strollers and carriers for babies.

Pack and load everything in advance 

Especially if you have a long trip or a large family, it’s a good idea to pack and load the car as soon as possible. This allows more time for any last-minute needs before you hit the road. It also means you can get the kids in the car and start your drive sooner. It’s a good idea to make a checklist of the items you need and the bags you packed so you don’t forget anything along the way.

Bring lots of snack and drinks 

Organizing your snacks in advance means you can save money and time by not having to stop at expensive convenience stores. There are many options for shelf-stable snacks including crackers, fruit cups, apple sauce, sports drinks, peanut butter, trail mix, water, and more! Organize snacks in containers for an easy way to transport and store them for your trip. Having a small trash bag available also helps with food clutter. A great tip is to drink applesauce and yogurt through a straw for less mess!

Burn off energy on stops 

Take advantage of your breaks to have kids burn off energy. Take a quick walk around to stretch your legs and move your muscles. This can help restlessness that kids feel when they have to sit for too long. Do some jumping jacks as a family to get rid of excess energy.

Alternate between quiet time and play time 

To help parents deal with long trips, organize times for quiet plan and times for noise. Scheduling loud playtime and quiet times can help parents have some relaxing time while driving. Loud play time can include music, singing songs, playing games, and more. Quiet time activities can include reading, using headphones for music, coloring, and more. Cookie cutters make great lap trays for drawing, reading, and snacking!

Use technology for movies and games 

Technology can be useful for long car rides. You can have kids watch movies, play games, read, and more. Be sure to bring a charger if you’re going to use these items. It’s also a good idea to have kids alternate between using technology and reading or drawing. Just remember that many services require an internet or data connection to stream things like movies.

Take advantage of morning and night driving 

Driving early in the morning or later at night can correspond with when your kids normally sleep. Having your kids sleep during large parts of your drive can make things easier for everyone.

We hope you have a wonderful trip!

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Fun scavenger hunt ideas for kids

Scavenger hunt ideas for kids It’s warm, school’s out, and it’s time to get your kids moving and exploring outside! We’re giving you some exciting scavenger hunt ideas that will get kids outside, thinking creatively, and having fun. Scavenger hunts are fun for parents too! You can pick up small toys and rewards at Kid to Kid to get you fully prepared for your scavenger hunts!

Nature scavenger hunt 

Get your kids outside with a fun nature scavenger hunt! Have a list of items for your kids to find, including colors, smells, textures and more! This helps your kids identify items in nature and look at the outside in a new way. For example you can have them find items that are hard, soft, fuzzy, crunchy, yellow, smooth, and more. Ask your kids to draw pictures of items they find to spark some fun creativity.

Treasure map scavenger hunt

This scavenger hunt takes a little extra work. Hide little treats and clues around your neighborhood, back yard, house, or nearby park. Next, make a treasure map for your kids to follow to find the clues and prizes. Similar to an Easter egg hunt, your kids will be entertained and learn to follow maps and clues. You can also include math and counting when using your maps! Remember, X marks the spot!

Matching colors scavenger hunt 

Matching colors is a great activity for younger kids and toddlers. It’s also an activity that can happen indoors for colder or rainy days. Draw a big rainbow on a sheet of paper and have your kids find items that match each color.  Add numbers and counting by asking for a certain number of items for each color group.

Riddle scavenger hunt 

Older kids will love a puzzle! Make riddles and clues for each stop along the scavenger hunt. Put a small prize at each stop with a larger surprise at the end. Make little riddles for each clue that will lead them to the next stop. A riddle scavenger hunt is a great idea for a party and can be broken up into teams with different clues for each.

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Why we love dads!

Why dads are amazing
Father’s Day is Sunday, and we LOVE dads! Dads are a great part of the Kid to Kid customer base and we love having dads shop and sell to us. Here are all the reasons that dads are awesome!

We love dads because they…

Are strong, sweet, and loving.

Make amazing meals on the grill.

Give the best piggy-back rides.

Love to carry kids on their shoulders for a great view!

Snuggle up for the best naps.

Teach their kids great life lessons.

Give the biggest hugs.

Have the best (cheesiest?) jokes.

Build and fix toys around the house.

Are smart and know how to save money (and shop Kid to Kid).

So tell us, why do you love dads?

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Awesome reading nooks

Encourage your kids to read with some awesome reading nook ideas! Pick up some great books at Kid to Kid today. All photos via Pinterest.

Boys reading nook

Reading nook ideas

bookshelf and nook

curtain nook

ReadingNook

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How to encourage your kids to read

How to encourage your kids to read Reading is a huge part of every day life, and it can sometimes be difficult to encourage your kids to read, especially outside of required school reading. Grow a love a reading with your kids this summer with great books, reading spots, and creative discussions.

Schedule consistent reading time and a grab perfect reading spot

The first trick to getting kids to read if to pick a consistent time to devote to reading. Having a scheduled time for reading, such as bed time or after dinner, will help both parents and kids read more often. Snuggle up in an awesome reading spot too! A comfy reading corner can be great for getting kids into books. The less distractions around this area, the more they can concentrate. Pile some pillows next to a window and crack open a great book!

Pick some great rewards

Rewards and incentives are perfect way to help kids read, especially over summer and long breaks. In fact, we have a great reading program that you can use to get free books! Rewards can include treats, extra TV time, books, and more. Decide on the best timeline and rewards for your kids. For younger kids you can choose a number a reading minutes for goals and older kids you can choose how many books they complete.

Expand reading comprehension

Discussion after reading allows you to help with your kids’ reading comprehension. You can ask questions about what they learned from the story. A fun use of imagination would be to write a followup to the story they just read. You can incorporate art too! Have your kids draw a scene from the book they read to describe what happened. Reading comprehension is an important aspect of learning, and tapping into creativity can help kids learn.

Get lots and lots of books

Of course the best way to get kids to read is to have a great selection of books to choose from! Luckily Kid to Kid carries great books for less! We have a variety of books for a range of ages, plus you can sell the books your kids have outgrown! Stock up on books now for summer.

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Our top 10 books!

Top 10 books

Here are our top 10 books for kids! What’s your favorite?
Comment and tell us below!

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Getting kids involved in the kitchen

Getting kids involved in the kitchen Getting kids involved in the kitchen can be so much fun! Not to mention that it helps teach your kids how to cook. Don’t forget that the number one thing when having your kids help is safety. Be sure to keep an eye on hot surfaces and sharp knives. Now, get cooking!

Don’t be afraid to get messy.

Cooking in general is messy, so of course having kids help will be messy too! Just have extra cloths handy and an open trash can near by. Your kids can also help with cleanup after cooking as part of their regular chores too. Don’t forget to have fun, so don’t worry as much about being messy. As kids get older, it will be easier to keep the kitchen picked up while cooking.

Find some perfect recipes.

You’ll first need to decide what you want to cook. Find good recipes that kids can help read and prepare items for. Some good ideas are pizza, macaroni and cheese, crock pot meals, snacks, waffles, and lots of desserts.

Pick age-appropriate tasks.

You know your kids best! Pick tasks that they can fully help with. Some tasks for kids to help with cooking include:

Reading instructions Measuring ingredients Opening cans and packages Cracking eggs Mixing and stirring Setting the timer Peeling fruits and vegetables Throwing away scraps Serving the food

Finally, eat and enjoy!

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Easy art and drawing projects for kids

fingerprint art for kids

We love our little artists! Check your local Kid to Kid for painting supplies, aprons, easels, and more! Below are some easy art and drawing projects to your kids can do, and you can participate too!

Fingerprint art

Get a stamp pad or some finger paint and make some awesome fingerprint art! You can cluster your prints together to make larger shapes, or draw around the little finger prints to make awesome animals and images. This is a great alternative to traditional finger painting. It’s also great for kids of all ages as it’s easy for little ones and sparks creativity in older children. Look at these great animals made from fingerprints. You can also download the PDF here. What other images can your kids create with fingerprints?

Potato stamp art Paint with potato stamps

Potato stamps are a great way to create awesome patterns and even fabrics! Help your kids cut their stamps into potatoes or apples. Use fabric paints and your kids can decorate their own t-shirts or back packs! Once the stamps are made you can also rinse them and switch colors. Simple shapes are easiest to make, but you can also get create with things like feathers and leaves. Photo Source.

Draw still life images

Still life drawing is one of the first steps in learning to draw. It can be great for kids of all ages. First, you’ll need to set up something to draw. A bowl of fruit or flowers is a great place to start. Next, everyone can pick a spot to sit and draw. Be sure to include lots of colors so kids can try to match the colors they see. The goal is to try to draw what you see. Be sure to hang the final art pieces on the fridge for a while too!

Easy art projects for kids

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