30 FUN ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER!

Summer vacations are very relaxing for kids but they can easily get bored too! So how about some great ideas to try some fun activities or projects which will keep them happily busy and interested? And we think you can get involved too and enjoy the bright, sunny days to the fullest!

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Camping is a great idea for this season. It can be as simple as a backyard camping or a family slumber party with sleeping bags on the floor.

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Cook out! Try “smores”, barbeque. Experiment with different kinds of foods.

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Arrange a delicious picnic in a beautiful park.

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Take the little ones to the botanical garden or the zoo. Let them get close to nature.

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Visit the beach and have a fun day splashing in the water and collecting shells!

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Motivate kids to organize their rooms with our fun storage solutions! They can also stick colorful labels on the bins to show what contains what…http://tinyurl.com/storage-for-children

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Tiny tots can join a kids’ baking class if they are so inclined. Or you can involve them while you are making cookies, cupcakes or a pizza. Let them do the simple and safe stuff.

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Playing board games or fun card games is a good way to pass time.

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How about adding a bit of spark to your home? Parents and children can get together to decorate any wall with our vibrant and colorful wall stickers! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-wall-decor

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Gardening can be a great hobby and teach kids the power of care and nurturing!

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If there is a fair or carnival going on in your locality, take the children there. Fun rides, cotton candy, popcorn, ice cream! What can be more fun?

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A road trip to a nearby tourist spot or city can be immense fun. The sights, the drive, the snack on the road…perfect!

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Visit a museum or a historical site. Kids might find it fascinating.

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Encourage them to create a scrapbook with focus on any particular area that interests them. Or maybe write a comic book with original illustrations!

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Get together for some fun adventure sports like hiking, bike riding, rafting, canoeing and more…

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Arrange for a treasure hunt with your kids and their friends. They can dress up like pirates too!

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Your whole family can put up a drama performance together. It will be a great way to inspire imagination and creativity.

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Having a garage sale for all the stuff which your children no longer use, is a lovely idea. They can earn money and have fun negotiating!

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Tiny tots can have a good time building models with clay, play dough, paper or other scrap materials too.

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How about inspiring them to write a journal or diary, where they can jot down their experiences, wishes, ambitions?

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A puzzle race can be very entertaining. All of you can try to different puzzles with same number of pieces and see who finishes first!

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You can simply go for a walk with your kids and ask them to gather any natural objects that they might find lying around. Then they can create an interesting collage from them!

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Summer is the perfect time to have fresh salads, cool smoothies and fruit juices. Get your kids to help you while making them!

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An evening of stargazing can be absolutely magical. See how many constellations you can recognize…

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Teach tiny tots to make colorful and funky jewelry from beads. They will be engrossed.

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Let the little ones experiment with some cool hairdos, like spikes, braids or non permanent colors!

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Reading is a great hobby. Your kids can join a reading club too or maybe listen to an audio-book of their favorite classic.

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Building a Lego castle is super exciting for toddlers. Make it a family project.

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Put your origami skills to good use. Create fun stuff with your kids and use them as home decor!

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You can also organize an outdoor painting party for your kids and their friends. Use giant canvases if possible. They are great fun!

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And there is so much more to do…learn something together like yoga or a musical instrument, go to the movies, play badminton or Frisbee, fly a kite, do the “back to school” shopping! And of course, we would love to hear about more ideas from you…

Photo Courtesies: Uberlyfe, Clover Toys, Cherry Hill Nissan, Current Nobles Ville, Img Buddy, Larry Field Photography, My Decorative, Pixshark, Elizabeth Street, She knows, Stephanie Hinkle Photos, Mama Experta

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GLOW IN THE DARK PARTY IDEAS FOR KIDS!!

The fun and appeal of a “glow in the dark” party not only lies in the surreal, cool effects you get in the party area but also the creativity that goes behind it. So when you plan one for your kids, make sure you involve them in every detail to make it a wonderful experience! Here are some funky ideas we gathered…enjoy 🙂

Use glow sticks to create a welcome sign or any other words you want to stand out for your little guests.

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Use black lights, heavy curtains to make the room as dark as possible and get the maximum effect of any glowing, neon or fluorescent decor items. Use our glow in the dark wall art to jazz up plain walls and set the mood. See more: http://tinyurl.com/glowing-wall-art

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You can use a plant hanger and glow sticks to make a chandelier or just stick glow sticks inside balloons. Kids will simply love it.

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Want some spooky fun? Just put glow sticks inside plastic cups or inside white balloons and draw scary faces on them!

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Children always enjoy bright, animated stuff, so our funky LED night lights cum wall stickers will be perfect to create some friendly “glowing” fun. See more: http://tinyurl.com/fun-night-lights 

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Ask your guests to wear shoes with LED shoelaces to add some zing to the party. Hand out white T-shirts and highlighters so that kids can write cute messages on each other’s back! Yellow and orange pens work the best.

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Give every guest socks in bright neon colors or black and white and ask them to show off cool dance moves on the floor. You can also have glow necklaces handy to keep the party spirit high!

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Do you know how creative you can easily get with old mason jars? Just go wild on them with glow paint of your choice and a magical display is ready for everyone to go “WOW”!

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Lay out all the yummy food on a table against a particular wall. Use a black cloth or large sheet as a backdrop and decorate it with neon or fluorescent paper flowers or streamers or anything else your kids fancy. Try and get cookies, cupcakes or pastries with neon food colors in them. Using a bright fluorescent cupcake stand is also a great idea.

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Use bright neon plastic or paper cups, fun straws to made the food “shine” in the dark! You can also use water proof, acrylic LED ice cubes for the drinks and edible neon sprinkles on the chocolates or sweets…it will make the goodies doubly delicious.

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Most kids adore soft, feathery candy floss and if you insert a glow stick in each, voila! They get glowing candyfloss! But yes you should ideally not serve it to very small kids who might think the glow stick is edible.

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It’s a kids’ party so don’t forget games. If you have a kiddie pool just throw in loads of glow sticks to get the crowd mad with joy. Or just half fill some empty bottles with water and drop in glow sticks. Glow bowling is ready!

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Lastly, if you don’t mind a bit of mess, join in with the tiny tots and apply glowing face paint to have the ultimate glow in the dark party 🙂

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Photo credits: UberLyfe, Active Dark, Blovely Events, Kara’s Party Ideas, Listotic, Parentmap, Paint it Rouge

HOW TO TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT ORGANIZATION

Kids are super cute but they are usually mischievous mess-makers. So the earlier you start teaching them the value of organization, the more it will help them to succeed not only at school but everywhere else too.

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babbleStart with every day habits or routine like packing lunch box or school bag, getting dressed or even brushing teeth before going to bed. This will encourage them to remember and learn to do the essential things regularly.

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Designate a definite place and time of study. It should be a quiet place with least distractions. Encourage him or her to decide which assignments are priority. Sit with them to review the homework, things needed for school the next day or any special project work. You can install a pegboard near the study table to help organize papers, notes, art work, craft supplies etc. neatly.

3Use folders and files to sort and organize notes, assignments, completed work or work to do, separately. Make sure your child tries to do it himself gradually. Color code or label folders for ease if required.

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While choosing a school bag or locker or closet organizer to store all school supplies, make sure it has enough compartments to arrange different things easily. This is where toddlers start figuring out what fits in where and why they should separately stack things like books, notes, stationery, lunchbox etc.

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Teaching kids to clean up after play time or store their dirty laundry neatly is a cool way to teach them organization and also keeps the nursery clutter free. Will help you to breathe easy too! Use our incredibly cute toy organizers, storage sacks and multipurpose laundry bags to control playroom mess. The double flap organizers will help them separately store their toys, games, books, clothes and much more! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-animalstorage 

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Use labels for bins if that makes finding stuff easier. Like for instance “Everyday toys”, “Favorite Toys”, “Old Toys”. Keep the bins for old toys or clothes higher up on the shelf and the more frequently used ones on the lower shelves so that kids are able to reach them easily. Teach them to donate toys he no longer plays with…he will learn to care for others 🙂

happyorganized life Use our colorful drawer dividers to arrange your children’s inner wear, delicate items or accessories. Motivate them to do the arranging themselves. You can also paint an old dresser with chalkboard paint and label each drawer for different items! http://tinyurl.com/uberlyfe-closetdivider 

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Get a funky, vibrant calendar for your little one’s room. Let them inculcate the habit of jotting down reminders like- things to do, household chores to help with or maybe something they need for school, exam dates, assignment submission dates and so on. Or encourage them to create check lists.

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When you go shopping, involve your kids while planning what things to get, which route to take. Even when you are planning a vacation, let them decide what clothes, games or essential items they want to take along.

ghk-kids-organizing-children-in-grocery-store-lgnAll these little ways can instill a sense of responsibility in your little munchkins and prepare them to evolve into sensible adults 🙂

Photo credits: Uberlyfe, Babble, Good Housekeeping, Elle-Design, A bowl full of Lemons, Freshome, Cgvector, Clutterbug, Happy Organized Life

ORGANIZATION IDEAS FOR GROWING KIDS AND TEENS

As your kids grow up, do you get the feeling that they need more space with each passing day? Their clothes, shoes, books, games, sports equipment just keep on piling endlessly! Storage becomes a headache…and you think that you might lose it!

Here we will show you a few tricks to keep your cool in the war against clutter…

A large closet or wardrobe is often the best and most obvious solution. If you can devote an entire wall for this, nothing like it! Use beautiful, colorful bins (http://tinyurl.com/okj2jbbwherever required. They hide the mess and add to the decor.

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Designing a “raised” bed for your growing toddler or teen is perfect since drawers or shelves below the bed, provide ample space for things rarely or seasonally used. You can also preserve toys he no longer plays with.

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Check out this room below…the way storage has been designed both under and around the bed, is ingenious! Space has been efficiently utilized.

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Simple open shelves on the wall can look very stylish if cleverly color coordinated. But if you combine them with some beautiful wall art, like decals or stickers (http://tinyurl.com/pgll6hw), it will look brilliant! See the images below for a better idea…

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Fancy wire baskets on the wall look chic and are space saving despite being able to hold toys, books etc. Or you can go for a large pegboard to hold all stationery and craft items or maybe hang his favorite art work!

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When space is a worry, combining the bed and study area “vertically” is a smart move. It’s a fun arrangement for kids too!

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If the room is being shared by siblings, even then it is possible to create enough room for storing all their needs! A look at these rooms below clearly shows that even stairs have enormous possibilities!

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So now that you know what all ways can keep your kids happy and their room clean, simultaneously…get started 🙂

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WELCOME TO “JURASSIC PARK”

Most kids simply love dinosaurs! They think the creatures of the lost world were scary but awesome…and just being able to pronounce those difficult names seems like an achievement in itself! So what do you think is the best way of introducing those giant, prehistoric monsters to your little one? How about a dinosaur themed nursery?

Here are some really cool ideas we gathered to help you “go back in time”…

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A smart way of instantly giving a “Jurassic” feel to the baby’s room is through a wall decal! It’s a very creative method of setting the mood…see more: http://tinyurl.com/penn3xz 

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A customized shelf designed like a dinosaur will serve wonderfully as unconventional storage! Similarly a dinosaur shaped rug is perfect for your growing baby to go on a crawling expedition 🙂

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A dinosaur fanatic can never say “no” to these awesome bedding where the giants from a bygone era, roam peacefully…you can also get similar designs on curtains or storage bins.

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When it comes to themed decor, even the smallest things can make a huge impact! Funky dinosaur knobs for drawers, enticing felt crib mobiles and quirky wall hooks will enhance the look and feel of the nursery beautifully.

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You don’t need to stick only to the above ideas…get innovative and go on a “time travel” to bring together things which will delight your bundle of joy!

Photo courtesy: HGTV, Pinterest, Decorative Bedroom

SUPERB SPACE SAVING BABY FURNITURE!!

Not having enough space in your home, should not discourage you from starting a family! A renowned furniture design company has come up with unique, creatively designed furniture to keep your bundle of joy, comfortable 🙂 And they effectively save on the floor area too! Check them out…

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Stylish cushioned sleek rocker, high chairs that use space smartly, fold-able cribs and compact table and chair sets for toddlers. So making room for the new baby is now a cakewalk, isn’t it? We think so 🙂

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8 AWESOME CRIBS FOR THE NEW AGE BABY!!

The baby’s crib is the the centerpiece of any nursery. It is where your bundle of joy is going to be most of the time and parents always want the best for him or her. We are all familiar with traditional cribs but the human mind is always thinking of something new, something different…so here you will get to see some completely out of the box cribs, expensive but ready to blow your mind!

This crib made by an Australian company is eco-friendly, safe, with transparent sides and can be converted into a toddler’s bed when your baby grows up.

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This Vetro crib is made entirely from recyclable clear acrylic and is convertible. You might think your baby is sleeping on air!

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This bubble baby bed is transparent and designed to rock in a circle. Made from clear Plexiglas it is easy to clean and can act as a storage container when your little one grows up.

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This crib is all about adding some rustic charm to the nursery…you can hang fun stuff from the tree branch.

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The abstract zebra crib is funky with 2 stationery legs, 2 wheeled legs for easy portability and a “tail” which can be used as a steering mechanism.

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Is this a crib or a carriage on wheels for your little princess? Well that’s fantasy redefined…the crib comes with storage space and a changing table too! The journey of motherhood is sure to become a dream with this…

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There’s only one thing to say about this crib…it’s king sized!!

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This quirky cylindrical crib is made from natural pine and will help you rock your baby gently to sleep 🙂

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Photo courtesy: Trend Hunter and Oddee