Indoor Activities

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Color Fun

    September 16, 2014

    This is by far our favorite science experiment these days at Our Beautifully Messy House. It’s incredibly simple and quick to put together and L loves it! Whenever she has a friend over and there’s a lull in the action, I usually pull this one out to keep the hooligans entertained. Materials needed: food coloring baking soda vinegar medium-sized container cup medicine ...

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  • Stick Shapes Game

    September 5, 2014

    Do your kids do this? Lately L makes shapes and pictures with everything stick-like…markers, crayons, toothpicks, straws, hot glue gun sticks, chopsticks, everything! It’s a great learning activity though and can be a lot of fun! It’s also something you all can play anywhere at any time…think restaurant, waiting forever for dinner to come…     Materials: markers (or ...

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  • DIY Baby Play Area + DIY Baby Toys

    August 28, 2014

    Over the past few weeks I had been thinking of putting together a little play area for WB, now 7 months old. WB is definitely our laid back kid, compared to her wild-child, older sister. She is perfectly content sitting back and observing the world around her. WB can roll over and push herself up ...

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  • Play Dough Funny Faces w/ DIY Outlet Covers

    August 27, 2014

    When I saw a variation of this craft years ago, I stored it away in the back of my mind, just waiting for L to be old enough to make and play with these! The outlet covers I saw were made using Sharpie Markers, but I love the color we brought to ours with paint! ...

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  • Tie-Dye Napkin Painting

    August 25, 2014

    I remember first doing this activity at a friend’s house when I was in Kindergarten. It’s so simple, yet so much fun! Even as an adult, I enjoy painting these with L…the finished painting always looks so much better than I expect it to! Materials Needed: white napkins watercolor paints Keeping it folded up, paint the napkin with the ...

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  • 2-Ingredient Gooey Dough

    August 21, 2014

    L and I are always looking for new play dough recipes, so when I came across this one I just knew we had to make it! We call it “Gooey Dough” because it’s so stringy, smooth, and gooey! It feels good to squish through your fingers and fun to strrrrreeeeeetch as long as you can! Materials ...

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  • Imagination Box!

    August 18, 2014

    I don’t know about you, but our kids always seem to have too much stuff….too many stuffed animals, too many dolls, too many plastic play sets, too many puzzles, etc. When L is going to a birthday party, I hate to buy a toy that her friend will play with for 5 minutes and then ...

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  • Sensory Bags

    August 2, 2014

    These bags are great for babies to play with and are a nice calming activity for bigger kids…heck, I even have a hard time walking by one without squishing it! They always feel so cool to the touch! We made ours pretty simple, but you can always embellish yours a bit by throwing some glitter ...

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  • New Ways to Paint

    July 24, 2014

    I have never met a person, young or old, who didn’t love to paint! So here are over 10┬ánew ways to paint…time to get messy and have some fun!!!   Some tips before we start: Use an old shirt or apron for a smock shirt…or on a hot day, have your kids take off their shirts! When using finger ...

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  • Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood (aka Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood)

    July 10, 2014

    Our crafts come from many different directions, with many different goals in mind…the day we made Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood my goal was to turn the T.V. off and keep it off for as long as possible! So I decided to bring L’s favorite T.V. show neighborhood to life! You really could do this with any ...

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