Perler Bead Bracelets

Quick little blog post today!

So last night we did one of the kids’ favorite crafts to date.

Not at all surprisingly, their favorite part was submerging their hands into the container of beads.



15 minutes later, we got started on the actual craft. I saw this idea here at Red Tart Art and knew it had to be added to our Summer Fun List. After the kidlets decided on their designs and got it all assembled



…we got them all nice and melty.



AS SOON as I took the iron off, I picked them up with a potholder and wrapped them around a cup so they would fit around my little ones’ wrists.

I held it there until it was completely cool and, voila! Perler bead bracelets!


If I ever make it to Hobby Lobby for some elastic thread, they may even get to wear them!

We have 11,000 of these beads to use up, not including the glow in the dark variety, so my eyes are open for any other awesome Perler bead craftiness.

~ H

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Not Your Ordinary Legos

Today we finally started our fun-filled summer. And by finally, I mean finally, y’all. Having two crazy children around each other for 3 days straight had me actually looking forward to Monday! As much as I love having our family all together, there is a such thing as too much togetherness. I’m pretty sure I heard “I’m bored” about 83 times just this weekend. So early this morning I busted out our “Summer Schedule” and the “Summer Fun List”, packed the kids up, and headed out to the Children’s Museum. Now that the kids are older, they can do everything at that place and it. was. awesome. There was climbing, there was inventing, there was crafting, and there were tons and tons of smiles! So after 4 exhausting fun hours, we ate lunch and spent the next hour in traffic. We finally arrived home, had reading and rest time, and it was time to start our educational activities for the day! About 6 months ago I ordered these books on sale from Amazon. The kids love them and I love that they include academic activities as well as moral lessons for the week and a physical activity to complete each day.

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Along with the books, the teacher in me came out and we did a few fun learning activities. My son’s favorite was the uppercase/lowercase lego-match-up.

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His favorite thing in the whole wide world right now is Legos. He got 11 sets for his birthday a few weekends ago, and despite the lovely Lego tray I made for him, not a day goes by that I don’t have a Green Lantern figurine or miniature Star Wars light saber embedded in my foot at some point in the day. My daughter’s favorite was Uno Flip with addition and subtraction math facts.


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Is she cute or is she cute?? “One, Two, Three, FLIP!” was her motto. And when we got to the subtraction facts she was sure to point out that there was no way to subtract the larger numbers from the smaller numbers unless I wanted her to use negative numbers. Well ok then, second grader!

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Up tomorrow is a FREE summer movie and hanging with some friends! I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m not really sure how I feel about The BoxTrolls. Pretty sure I’m going with creepy.

~ H

Sweet Summer

As summer is a mere 24 hours away for us and our Summer Bucket List is filling up with all kinds of adventures, I thought now was a good a time as any to continue my blog on good ole’ WordPress. With some persistence, much patience, and lots of prayer, hopefully this summer will be a smooth, fun-filled time with lots of laughs and family time we don’t really get during the school year. Here’s a few pictures from our fun last summer:

Mixing up some bouncy balls
Mixing up some bouncy balls
Fun at Schlitterbahn! #bahnlove
Fun at Schlitterbahn! #bahnlove
Little fishy #bahnlove
Little fishy #bahnlove
Cloud dough fun!
Cloud dough fun!

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Follow our adventures through the summer as we do crafts, educational games, and visit some fun places around town!

~ H