Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beating the heat!

It's really hot! Curly girlies are feeling it too, so we've been spending most of our time inside. We love playing dress up, cooking in the girlies "pretend" kitchen and building blocks, but let's be honest, those few activities don't fill up our long summer days. So, we've been trying to find ways to be creative with things that we already have around our house.

Silverware Painting - We used plastic knives, forks and spoons to paint pictures. This was really fun because each utensil makes a different pattern. Oldest curly girlie was extremely fascinated by this and it was a great art lesson!

The silverware painting then became fingerpainting...

And then into a game of peek-a-boo with youngest curly girlie!!

We let the paint dry and used the pictures to make cards for friends and sweet cousin's first birthday!

Number book - Oldest curly girlie and I used stickers and construction paper to made a book about numbers. First, we together made a little book of construction paper. We punched holes in it and tied it together with ribbon. Next, she chose what stickers she wanted, counted out the correct number and then stuck them onto different pieces of folded construction paper. Lastly, she told me how many stickers were on each page and I wrote down the number.

She really enjoys "reading" this book and she's been teaching her curly sister how to count!

Cookie baking - We have made several batches of cookies together and the girlies love it, especially licking the batter! We made sugar cookies and used cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes. We've made chocolate chip and our favorite is brown sugar oatmeal.

Kites - We decorated construction paper with some sparkle paint, let it dry and cut it out into the shape of a kite. We glued some ribbon with little ties onto the kite. Once it was completed, we turned on some music and ran around the house, making the kites fly. This was a great activity for the girlies and we got some of that crazy energy out!!

Bucket rides - This is by far our favorite indoor activity! Curly girlies take turns stacking up the blocks, mommy or sister gives a push, and we watch and giggle as the blocks come tumbling down!! Pure crazy fun!!

There is still a lot more summer heat left, so if anyone has creative ideas to share with us, please pass along!


  1. Hilarious. I can't believe we gave our posts the same name. Perhaps we should be coordinating!:) I love the ideas--especially the sticker book. We might have to bust that one out tomorrow...

  2. Such good ideas! I think I might try the silverware (or plastic ware) idea soon because it's been 117 heat index here. Whew!

    Your youngest curly girly looks like your dad. I see his smile in her face.

  3. Great ideas!! I think I'll steal all of these =)