Homemade Magnetic Play Bottle

Monthly contributor post from Kristen at Celebrate Every Day with Me.

Homemade Magnetic Play Bottle - fun and educational project for the kiddos

Let’s have some magnetic fun today!  Raid the craft closet, the office drawers and send your kids around the house in search of items small enough to put in a water bottle.

What You’ll Need to Make a Magnetic Play Bottle:

  • An empty water bottle
  • Small items (both magnetic and not magnetic)
  • A large magnet.  My kids have this one.

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Have your kids fill the empty bottle with the items and take guesses on which are magnetic.

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Close the bottle and begin to experiment.  What do the items that are attracted to the magnet have in common?  Using the magnet, can your kids drag an item around the bottle?  Can the kids lift the whole bottle with the magnet and one of the larger items in the bottle?

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My kids loved dragging an item across the ribs of the bottle.  It made a great thumpity-bumpity sound!

Looking for more on magnets?  I found this website helpful.

Do your kids like to play with magnets? 

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Kristen Summers-squareKristen of Celebrate Every Day With Me is a fun-loving mom to two kids who keep her busy and laughing. Add her great husband and the Lord to the mix and her life is one fantastic (and sometimes crazy) adventure. She is a former youth leader, professional wedding and event planner and has a degree in Christian Thought/Christian Ministry. She loves long lists, diet soda and playing jokes on her husband.

Kristen is the author of Teach Me To Serve:  99 Ways Preschoolers Can Learn To Serve & Bless Others.  On her blog, you’ll find fun ideas for children’s activities, creating memorable moments and party planning.

Dear Magazine Giveaway

HEDUA Dear Magazine Giveaway

I’m excited to bring a new giveaway to you!  Over the next few days, you can enter to win a subscription to Dear magazine!  This is a new magazine from HEDUA and is aimed at teen girls ages 13 – 21.

Every young woman is dear. But not every young woman realizes this truth. Jenny Keliher has a passion to encourage young women to discover that they are dear. She wants to “show young women that they are dear in every sense of the word and in every area of their lives.”

So, who is Jenny? Daughter of Well Planned Gal Rebecca Keliher, Jenny is a young woman who has been taught to chase her passions and use her talents to God’s glory.

In an effort to reach teenagers world-wide with the message that they are dear to God, Jenny has created Dear Magazine. This beautiful product combines Jenny’s heart for the Lord with her love for literature, baking, and design.

Designed for young women ranging in age from thirteen to twenty-one, Dear covers everything from faith to fashion, from relationships to entertainment. But nothing about these topics fits the societal norm. Instead, each article reminds young women that everything they do should reflect the dear woman God has created them to be.

In each issue of Dear, young women will find much to challenge them and spark their interest, such as:
– the biography of a historical hero, beginning with Amy Carmichael
– women’s awareness topics
– do-it-yourself sections
– recipes
– fashion tips
– spiritual growth encouragement
– encouragement and advice for growing in maturity
– discussions on relationships with friends and family
– entertainment suggestions


Would you like to learn more? Feel free to explore www.mydearmag.com to see a preview of Issue 1. And be sure to enter my giveaway below for a free one-year subscription!  This giveaway closes on June 28, 2015.

Cooking with Kids: Flip Flop Cookies

In honor of National Flip Flop Day, I found this idea for Flip Flop cookies over at Family Fun.  They are easy-to-make and a fun project to do with your kids!  We’ve made them for several birthdays and summer picnics.

You can pin this Flip Flop cookie recipe on Pinterest here.

Flip Flop Cookies Recipe

Ingredients and Supplies:

  • Vienna Finger, Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies, or Nutter Butter Cookies
  • Frosting
  • Licorice (we used Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel)
  • Round candies (M&Ms, Skittles, etc.)
  • Food coloring
  • Knife
  • Sprinkles (if desired)

1)  Choose what color you want your flip flops to be frosted.  Use the food coloring and tint the frosting.  Spread the frosting on the cookies.  Add sprinkles (if desired).

2)  Cut licorice pieces between 1 – 1.5 inches.  Place two pieces in a V shape on each cookie.

3)  Add a round candy at the point of the V shape on the licorice.


Let Freedom Ring: July 4th Crafts, Activities, and Snacks for Kids

July 4th Kids Crafts, Activities, and Snacks

It seems like the summer is flying by, so I wanted to share with you a few of our favorite 4th of July crafts, activities, and snacks that kids can make!

Scented Patriotic Play Dough

Make some Patriotic Scented Play Dough.

Recycle a plastic baggie into a July 4th Windsock craft.

flag fruit pizza

We think this Flag Fruit Pizza is so yummy!

Make a 4th of July Container Craft out of craft sticks.

star spangled fruit pizza

We also like to make and eat this Star Spangled Fruit Pizza.

Put some special July 4th treats in this Flag Bag Craft.

These multi-layered juice popsicles take a while to make, but they taste super yummy!

Create a torn paper flag craft.

Did you know you can make a wreath out of flip-flops?!!

What are some of your favorite 4th of July kids crafts or snacks?