May 18, 2011

Color My Summer - Green

If you're stopping over from  Delia Creates then welcome!  If you're not then let me explain that this is a guest post for the series she's been doing called "Color Your Summer." (We'll be doing Wake Up Wednesday tomorrow instead.)  It's a series based on color and summer fun.  I'm excited to be participating.   It's been so fun to see what everyone has come up with. I picked green at first for one reason.   It's Rex's favorite color.   Everything has to be green in our world.

Well, I thought I would show you two super simple activities to do with your kids that are green and "green."  I love being able to reuse things, rather than spending money at the store.  I think thriftiness breeds creativity.  And now that summer is approaching, it's nice to have a little activity you can whip out without having to go to the store.  My son has an amazing preschool teacher that comes up with the greatest recycled toys and I'm going to share a couple with you today. 
Here's a quick and easy boat you can help your child make in seconds.  It's perfect for floating in a large puddle or even in the sink or bathtub.


The items are listed below and it's easy enough for a little one to put together.


The next idea is even easier.  You just take a milk jug and cut off the bottom.  Now you have a fun game of catch to play.  Just find a small ball.


The handle is perfect and you don't even have to worry about keeping the cap because the ball is too big to slip through.


Make two to play together...


...or just practice throwing catching on your own.

After a while you'll be a pro.

So, let the summer countdown begin!  Thanks for stopping by!

23 comments:

S.Greiner said...

Have I mentioned I think you're awesome! LOVE the milk jug activity!! That will be awesome for my two little guys this summer...I will be making one next week (we need one more milk carton)!

Thanks and have a great day!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Fun idea! I think my boy would love the milk jug game.

Alyssa said...

Okay, so I started (religiously) reading about a week ago. I had a lot of posts to catch me up on your family, brilliance, and craft. I'm going to be a primary teacher soon, and I love the ideas you posted today.
I also loved Rex's arm full of watches. :] You have a great blog, I will be following frequently. Keep posting all of the wonderful goodies you come across!

Rebekah said...

I am loving the ball game... We spend so much time outside and finding new toys is so much fun. Keith will be so excited!
Thanks for sharing a great idea once again.

Jess said...

I love to read your blog! It is so inspiring for me, being a preschool teacher :) I also enjoy reading about nice summery warm experiences when it's so cold down here at the moment in Australia!
Rex is growing so quickly! He looks just like your husband haha mini-me :)

Jess

Shannon said...

We have the scoop game at our house and what I did to make the edges not so sharp is a strip of duct tape around the top....just in case, our games get a little wild sometimes.

stacey said...

Great ideas here! And I'm cracking up at Rex's "arm of watches" - ha! Boys are so funny aren't they? :)

The Miller Five said...

Awesome! I just ran out to my recycling bin and grabbed back my two milk jugs before the truck came to get them. This will be a blast to play in the backyard. THANKS!

Melody said...

Love it! Is that your backyard? Gorgeous!

Delia said...

This is such a great summer idea for kids. Thank you again Cheri for being my guest. You are so great!

Miriam said...

This is great. I've heard about your blog before--and when I read today that you've only been blogging for over a year that surprised me, because it seems like you've been around for a long while. So clicked on over, and was blown away with how PROLIFIC you are with some amazingly creative stuff. Really great stuff.
madmim.com

Cari said...

All of R's watches are cracking me up. I'm off to raid my recycling bin!

Sarah from practicalpraise.blogspot.com said...

I see you snagged a pair of Target's Rex socks too! :D

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

Sweet! I'm so sick of buying toys when inexpensive/free ones are equally loved. Seriously, my son would rather have a cup, spoon and bowl and play with them in a rubbermaid tub filled with beans than play with any other toy he owns!

Also, the first photo of Baden is awesome! What a cute little smile :)

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

Sweet! I'm so sick of buying toys when inexpensive/free ones are equally loved. Seriously, my son would rather have a cup, spoon and bowl and play with them in a rubbermaid tub filled with beans than play with any other toy he owns!

Also, the first photo of Baden is awesome! What a cute little smile :)

Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

Sweet! I'm so sick of buying toys when inexpensive/free ones are equally loved. Seriously, my son would rather have a cup, spoon and bowl and play with them in a rubbermaid tub filled with beans than play with any other toy he owns!

Also, the first photo of Baden is awesome! What a cute little smile :)

Trina said...

Great ideas! I love all of Rex's watches :)

Golde said...

I can't wait to find a milk jug to chop off!!

www.the-little-dumpling.blogspot.com

Nelly said...

LOVE the idea of recycled toys. I have a 3 month old and am always on the look out for home made toys, it feels so much nicer to make them yourself, is cheaper and better for the environment too. I can't see any downsides!
Great blog
Nelly x

Holly said...

These are such awesome ideas! I'm wondering if you could find a ball or toy and somehow drill a hole through the ball and loop some yarn through it- then tie the other end of the yarn through the bottom of the milk jub (without the cap) and tie it to the handle (or cap if you kept it)- if you make the string long enough, the ball and jug would be connected- that would keep everyone from having to constantly chasing the ball around/it getting lost. Of course, then you could only play by yourself. Just an idea! :) Hope it made sense! Ha!

Holly said...

...and yes, I totally said "milk jub" haha...

Amy said...

Another great rainy day activity...plastic straws and twist ties. Slide a twist tie into the end of the straw. Add another straw on the other end of the twist tie. Now you can bend to a right angle. More than one tie will fit into a straw so you can build with these. Start with squares and triangles. The kids will think up the rest. Enjoy. It will keep the kids busy for hours

Mollie D said...

This needs to be a regular post. I'd love to see more of her ideas- this is great!

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