Friday, December 20, 2013

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Marshmallow Fireworks, Holiday Memories, & Sprout's MOMents


I am thrilled to be joining with Sprout's MOMents to talk about holiday memories and share our Marshmallow Fireworks!!  



As parents we want the holidays to be full of happy, memorable events, but sometimes we get moments like this


or this 



It's easy to forget that these little moments can be the most exciting for our kiddos!  And really, it's not that hard to wash paint off of their little arms.  Or sweep the floor.  Or wipe up spilled milk.  Again.

I asked my children and the children I watch about their favorite things to do with their parents.  Their answers were full of a variety of ideas...everything from playing truck games to eating at restaurants with toys!  The one thing they all had in common, though, was they involved doing something.

Preschoolers need to do things.  Sometimes, the best memories you can make will be just sitting down and playing with your children.

Sometimes, it is fun to do something new...like make Marshmallow Fireworks.

These Marshmallow Fireworks take very little time, but your children will probably remember it and want to do it again...and again...

I adapted this activity from a suggestion left as a comment on this blog about a year ago by the lovely Erin at The Usual Mayhem.  

You will need a balloon, a pair of scissors, a paper towel tube, and a mini marshmallow.

Cut the paper towel tube in half (or use a toilet paper roll).

Knot the tip of the balloon:


Cut the other end off:


Stretch the cut end around the end of the paper towel tube:


Drop a mini marshmallow into the other end of the tube.  Pull back on the knot, and let the marshmallow fly!  

You can also use pompoms instead of marshmallows.

How far will your firework go?  Can you shoot two at once?

And if you like to take pictures of your holiday moments, be sure to check out the {FREE} "MOMent" creating tool that Sprout has here!

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This will be my last blog post this year (2013).  I will be spending the next week and a half playing silly games, reading books, and going on adventures with my own kids.  I will still post on Facebook and Instagram, and would love to see you there!

My wish for you this Christmas is to let the little things like too much milk, messy paint, a broken dish, or a tantrum at the store go, while you and your children share a hug, a new experience, or a deep breath.

My wish for you is that you relax this holiday season and enjoy the little moments with your little ones.

And one last thank you to Sprout for celebrating the every day MOMents this holiday season!

I also have some more fabulous New Years Fun Ideas here and over a hundred great Christmas for Kids ideas here.  And, if you're truly last minute, I have a wonderful DIY Christmas Gifts for Preschoolers Pinterest board here.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and I will see you next year!!

 
I may share at any of these parties!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

4 comments:

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I will have to try making marshmallow fireworks with my son. He will love it!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Dee-Dee, I'd love to know how it goes! My kids love it too!

Erica MomandKiddo said...

This would be so much fun for my kids to try! I'll probably be finding little marshmallows behind the furniture for weeks. But it will be worth it.

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

lol, Erica...it is totally worth it!