If you’re looking for a cute and super easy Earth Day activity to do with your littles this is it. Earth Day seed bombs. That’s right, little balls of paper that look like earth that you can plant to grow wildflowers.
You will need:
- Scrap pieces of blue and green paper
- 2 bowls
- a blender
- packet of wildflower seeds.
- Cookie sheet or pan
- Paper towels
1.) Take your scrap pieces of blue and green paper and rip in small pieces. I let my guys help me with this part and sort into bowls by matching color.
2.) Fill each bowl with warm water, enough to cover the top and let sit for 30 minutes.
3.) After letting soak, take your wet paper and blend each color separately. You may have to add more water so that it can blend easier and that’s ok because you can just squeeze out the water at the end.
4.) Squeeze out any additional water and put the shredded paper back in separate bowls.
5.) Take your wildflower seeds and sprinkle into the blue bowl, mix together
6.) Take a handful of blue paper/seed mixture and roll into a ball.
7.) Take some small pieces of shredded green paper and place into ball and roll to combine, making an earth shape.
8.) If planting right away, you can plant right in the ground following the directions on the back of the seed packet. If you’re not planting right away, let your seed bombs dry on a pan or cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Just soak for a little bit prior to planting.
This post is sponsored by Baby Einstein™, but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
Giving your child opportunities for sensory play encourages them to learn about their surroundings. From babies through children, they learn about the world around them through their senses.
What is sensory play?
Sensory play is any activity that encourages children to use their senses – sight, hearing, smell, taste, touch, balance and motion. Sensory play has been shown to enhance brain development and neuroplasticity.
Benefits of sensory play:
- Promotes fine motor skill development
- Promotes language development
- Stress reduction
- Promotes independent play and imagination
- Aids in developing and enhancing memory
- Invoke curiosity
Some of my favorite sensory play ideas:
Baby Einstein Strum Along Songs™ Magic Touch™ Guitar – This guitar is made with magic touch technology and plays sounds to respond to your baby’s touch. The guitar helps introduce colors and music while also encouraging the development of motor skills. It responds to baby’s strumming patterns to encourage self-expression and creativity. You can switch between 2 guitar sounds: acoustic and banjo. You can find the BabyEinstein guitar available at BuyBuyBABY now!
Sensory bins – I like to make various ones for the change of the seasons. It usually involves either cloud dough or water beads and an array of seasonal items for the kids to dig through and find.
Homemade play dough – My boys love this edible dough made up of frosting, confectioner’s sugar and sprinkles! And it’s super easy to make.
This post is sponsored by Fox Pest Control but all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
Since we’re home this summer, we’ve been getting creative with fun activities to do in the backyard for the whole family. And thank you to Fox Pest Control, we no longer have to worry about pesky mosquitoes, stink bugs or ticks.
Check out some of our favorite backyard activities for the whole family below. And be sure to scroll to the bottom for a special offer from Fox Pest Control!
Our favorite backyard activities for the whole family
1.) Make a giant water blob – If you’ve never seen the movie “Heavyweights”, there’s a giant pillow called “The Blob” . You can make your own giant water blob out of plastic sheeting and duct tape. Click here for the tutorial
2.) Make glow jars – these little jars are so pretty and whimsical. To make them you will need glow sticks (these are the ones I used from Amazon), glitter and a mason jar. Carefully cut the top off your glow stick and pour the contents into the mason jar. (I used 3 glow sticks for each jar). Sprinkle in some glitter, screw on the lid and shake. Then bring outside or put in your kiddos’ rooms at night.
3.) Make s’mores – It’s not summer until you’ve had one. My favorite is to use Reese’s peanut butter cups instead of the traditional Hershey bar.
4.) Bounce house fun – we recently got a bounce house for our yard and it was one of the best purchases we’ve made. It honestly keeps the kids occupied for hours. (Linking ours – it even has a ball pit!)
5.) Make a water slide – Rig up a hose to your slide on the bounce house or on your swingset to make a waterslide.
6.) Camp out in the backyard -Set up a tent and camp out in the backyard.
7.) Giant bubble bath – Fill an inflatable pool with water and some homemade bubble solution (click for my easy DIY recipe) to make a giant bubble bath!
8.) Star gazing – Layer a bunch of pillows and blankets in your inflatable pool, kick back and watch the stars.
9.) Water balloon pinatas – Fill a bunch of water balloons, hang them from a branch or clothes line and let your kids whack them with a baseball bat to spray water everywhere.
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