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Back to school season is upon us! There is just something about this time of year that I love. Between the weather getting cooler, back to school shopping and getting back into a routine. The kids still had school throughout the summer but after Labor Day they head into their new classrooms for the year and with that comes the butterflies.
This year I decided that I wanted to put something together to give the kids the night before their first day to ease some of the nerves and make it fun. I got the idea to put together a Back to School Basket with some things to get them excited. Below I’m sharing some of the goodies in our Back to School Basket and how to put one together.
How to Make a Back to School Basket
I collected a bunch of little things throughout the summer that I thought the kids would enjoy.
Pajamas – I found these at Old Navy for $10 each!!!!
Books – Some of my favorites for the Back to School baskets are shown and linked below.
The Kissing Hand
If you Take a Mouse to School
Our Class is Family
Water bottles – I like these personalized ones stainless steel ones.
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This mud kitchen has been in the making since the beginning of summer and I’m so excited it’s finally complete! (If you’ve been following along on my Instagram Stories then you know what I mean). When I think back on childhood, I have so many memories of making mudpies and little creations outside in the dirt. I wanted to create those same memories and experiences for the boys but keep the mess contained. A mud kitchen seemed like the perfect idea but rather than buy one (which costs easily over $100), decided we could make one of our own.
Using an old desk, some stuff we had around in the garage and a few details from the dollar store, I’m showing you how to make your own DIY mud kitchen.
DIY mud kitchen
You will need:
1.) The first thing we did was we picked up a used desk that someone was giving away on the side of the road.
2.) We brought it home, first removed the hardware and then applied paint stripper as I wanted to take the original black paint off.
3.) Once the paint stripper is completely dry, we sanded the piece using an orbital sander and 60 grit/150grit/220 grit paper.
4.) Using some extra 2×4’s we had laying around the garage Rick built a hanging rack for the back. We added some S hooks for the kids to hang their spoons, buckets and kitchen utensils.
5.) Next we stained using exterior stain.
6.) I got a few containers from the Dollar Store to act as like a sink and bowls. Trace the containers where you want them and then using a jig saw, cut out the spots for the containers.
Then you can add some fun details like measuring spoons, buckets, pails, etc. We put it back by their sandbox so it’s all in one spot.
It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job and the kids have fun! They like to pick various leaves and flowers and fill buckets of water to make “soup”.
I hope you found this post inspiring! Feel free to pin on Pinterest for later. Happy creating!
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If you’re looking for a cute and super easy Earth Day activity to do with your kid 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.
Planting seeds is a fun way to celebrate Earth Day and spring. Little ones will have a ball helping to shred the paper and can form them into balls. These seed bombs are a fun science activity you could do at school too! Scroll down to see my DIY for these Earth Day Seed Bombs.
Earth Day Seed Bombs
You will need:
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.
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