Amazing Kids Rooms

This roundup of kids rooms, featured at Architecture And Design, is fabulous! Every kid should have a room like this. Why not?! Creativity needs a place to grow and where better to do that than at home. There are so many ways to make a room amazing and tailor made to fit your child’s unique personality.

Peter Pan had it right…’who wants to grow up?’ No one would want to if they had a room like this! These designs make me swoon. I especially love that a lot of them are doable and not just dreamable. Which is your fav? What will fit your kiddo best? Do you have a rustic farmer, jungle explorer, truck and car enthusiast, spots buff, princess, or future NASA employee? There is something for everyone. #4 with the slide is precious. I would want a cloud ceiling no matter what room I picked. I also love all the ones with bright colors. An indoor playhouse would go great with these rooms. Babble has some really easy, completely DIYable ones. Find them here.

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Architecture And Design:
26 Kids Rooms That Are So Amazing They Are Probably Better Than Yours

Hutch To Vanity

If you pull up your local Craig’s List and type in ‘entertainment center/system’ hundreds of results for hutches and cabinets will pop up. Most of them are old, being sold for under $50, and rather ugly. If you wait till garage sale season they can be found for even cheaper (I’ve seen them for $20)! The great thing about this is that they can be repurposed into the cutest projects. Projects like this dress-up vanity.

The transformation from hutch to vanity is incredible! I love how the battery powered lights make it look like a real dressing table and closet that a grown up would have in their room. It’s amazing what some white paint, lights, mirror, and a curtain rod can do. I’m so impressed.

Crafty Momz has another example of how to dress up an old entertainment center. The possibilities are endless and adorable. Find it here.

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Sophia Grace & Co: Dress Up Makeover

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I think my love for magic started when I was 5 and I watched Cinderella for the first time. Every little kid wants the impossible to be real. I wish I had a fairy godmother that could work some magic in my life these days. Oh how I with the house would magically clean itself! Since that’s not going to happen, I might as well do some entertaining with these fun ‘magic’ tricks. They might not fool the adults but at least you will leave the kids in shock and awe at their next party.

I’d seen a few of these before but some were brand new and I loved them! The CD bubbles? That was amazing! And I don’t know anyone that doesn’t like things exploding ( unless it’s inside a newly cleaned house). If you liked these, The Kidzone has some card tricks and simple magic that are sure to impress! You’ll love it! Be sure and check it out here

Here’s the video…Enjoy!

How To Make A Matchbox Rocket Launching Kit

If you are going to go crazy with fire, experiments, rockets, and all things dangerous but incredible fun then this is for you! The King Of Random has really detailed instructions, written and video, to walk you through making your own matchbox rockets. This will be an exciting project for kids and adults alike! I’m so on board!

These matchbox rockets shoot up to 40 feet and are powered by just one match! They leave a cool trail of smoke that is quite impressive. I love that he is organized and conscientious of storage space too! This whole project, supplies and all, fit inside a match box. It’s perfect for travel.

Where were the experiments like this when I was a kid? We were more into blowing things up. I played with mentos and coke bottles and there was one incident involving gasoline and a soda can that got me grounded for months, but I was never any good at designing rockers. This would have been helpful and a whole lot safer! These get hot and travel far, so use common sense and don’t point them at people! Instructables has other fun DIY rockets you can make. Find it here

Find the amazing video here…Enjoy!

Homemade Ice Cream In A Bag

I love it when learning coincides with a delicious treat! That’s what ice cream in a bag does. It’s the perfect edible experiment. And this one is easy and quick. You can make it in about 20 minutes, start to finish. You should already have most of the ingredients in the fridge. Ready? Let’s make some ice cream!

The ingredients you will need to make this are: sugar, milk, cream, vanilla, salt, and ice. I have everyone of those! Normally I don’t have cream but I just made a pumpkin pie and had some extra left over. You will also need a bowl, measuring cups and spoons, freezer bags, and gloves.

This tasty experiment demonstrates the reaction between the salt and ice. They draw the heat away from the milk and other ingredients, lowering their temperature to make ice cream. Without salt, you would simply have chilled milk. You can also make ice cream in a blender. wikiHow has the 411 here

Find the video here..Enjoy

How To Build A Milk Jug Igloo

My husband is an Eagle Scout. That means that he started as a little tiny Cub Scout and then spent every summer advancing through the scout ranks until he graduated as an Eagle. One of the many things he learned was how to build an igloo. We did it for fun a couple of years back when it snowed buckets and it was so fun! I hope it’s a skill I never have to use to survive a blizzard but I could if I had too.

A milk jug igloo is a much warmer indoor project that everyone can get behind. Be warned…it is a lot of work! A school in Midland, Michigan built one that is just amazing and their video tutorial is very helpful! Their 5 foot igloo fits 10 kindergarten children and a teacher quite comfortably.

This is a great way to recycle and repurpose old milk cartons (just be sure to wash them first). It took 428 jugs and a lot of hot glue. The cost of this whole project? $12.00 for the glue and a lot of time. It’s estimated about 12 man hours total. All of the jugs were recycled. This is such a fun idea! Plantea has 35 other uses for milk cartons that you are going to love….

Also, don’t miss the article over at Squidoo for more details on this project: Squidoo – Milk Jug Igloo

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Super Cool Science Experiments You Can Do At Home

Eggcellent! These science experiments are timeless classics that your kids are going to love. I take that back, YOU and your kids are going to love them. It’s important to make learning fun and hopefully these can help with that. Catching things on fire, blowing things up, chemical reactions, and changing properties were the only reason I passed physics and chemistry. They helped me pay attention!

This video shows 6 fun and simple experiments. I have tried most of them and they do work. You might need to do a little more research though because the video goes fast. Here are my two cents…It doesn’t mention it, but be sure to only use Ivory soap for your soap cloud. That will guarantee the best results. I don’t know why but it just does. And after making a bouncy ball out of the borax, make some silly putty or gak. My favorite out of all these experiments is the ‘oobleck. (Not to be confused with an oubliette or dungeon.) It makes sound visible. It’s called the Dr Seuss Experiment because of the book ‘Bartholomew and the Oobleck.’ Read it and see if you can figure out why! Science Kids has some other fun things to do with your kiddos too…

See the full video here…Enjoy!

Paper Fairy Houses

Do you believe in fairies? I hope so because everyone needs some whimsy and fantasy in their life. I know that Tinkerbell and the Tooth Fairy captured by heart a long time ago. I also know that every little girl loves fairies. There is just something about magic and a hidden world only accessible to children that is appealing. Flying and pixie dust probably has something to do with it too.

To make these cute little house you will need some paper, glue, scissors, and an idea of what kind of house might just entice a winged friend to visit. I would want to make a fairy castle by connecting a lot of the towers together. What a wonderful and lovely DIY! It is quick too. The main thing to be sure this works is strong glue. Be sure your glue stick isn’t drying out and loosing it’s ‘stick.’

Midwest Living has some other creative fairy crafts you should check out too. Find them here.
You can also buy the fairy houses pictured above on Etsy from Felted Art To Wear: Felted Fairy Lamps

To make one yourself, here’s a link to a full video tutorial on YouTube…

YouTube-El Universo de Elisa: Paper Fairy Houses

30 Brilliant Ideas To Save A Parents Sanity

Being a parent is hard work! Sometimes it takes creativity to get through the day and not loose your cool. These hacks from Diply are definitely going to help with that. #12 is brilliant! There are ideas here for getting the chores done, keeping the kiddos entertained, preventing messes (if that’s really possible), and all around fun. Which is your fav? I think they’re all pretty great.

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Diply – Parenting Hacks For Life Traps: 30 Brilliant Ideas Every Parent Needs To Know

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21 Hilarious Lies Parents Told Their Kiddos

My parents told me that if I ate watermelon seeds one would grow in my tummy and that the vines would grow out my nose and ears; they said that was what was happening to pregnant women. I was terrified! That is nothing compared to some of the lies these parents told their kids. They are cruel and hilarious! I think I should use the TV one. What lies have you told your kids?

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Buzzfeed – 21 Of The Funniest Lies Parents Even Told Their Kids

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