Homemade pine cone feeders

While Thomas and I ran the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer the kids spent some time with their Granny and Poppy. They came home with these homemade pine cone peanut butter feeders. The kids decided to put them out for our squirrels that live in our mailbox. We think the squirrels liked them, since they were gone the next day.

Homemade Valentine’s

2012-02-11-homemade-valentinesI know I could have gone to the dollar store and bought a box of the generic, cartoon character, boxed Valentine’s day cards. I know it would have been easier and less time consuming. But, I couldn’t do it. It’s too impersonal and uncreative. So instead, I pulled out the construction paper, scissors, glue, stickers, crayons and markers. While making each card, they thought about the friend it was for. They decided what stickers to use and what to say and draw. Each card was a story for their friend. They were thoughtful. And that is why I didn’t go to the dollar store.

Homemade bouncy balls

Bouncy BallsWe came across a post for making your own bouncy balls. We just had to try it.

  1. Here’s what you need:
    – Glue (either white or clear)
    – food coloring
    – Borax (you can find this by the laundry detergent at the grocery store)
    – a small bowl and craft sticks to use for mixing
  2. Put 1 Tablespoon of the glue into a small bowl.
  3. Mix in few drops of food coloring.
  4. Add 1 teaspoon of Borax.
  5. Stir Borax and glue until you can’t stir it anymore (about 30 seconds.)
  6. Then squeeze and roll it in your hands, shaping it into a ball (about 1 minute.)

Bouncy BallsBouncy BallsWe found that the white glue made better balls than the clear glue. They were easier to form into balls, bounced better and held their shape longer. But the balls made with the clear glue were brighter and more colorful. Try for yourself and see which one you like.

We weren’t able to make perfect balls, which was actually better because they bounced in crazy directions.

One final note: if you make these with small children, make sure they don’t ingest the Borax.