Thursday, July 10, 2014

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Squishy Bouncing Balls & 101 Kids Activities Giveaway!!

Making these squishy balls is an excellent fine motor and sensory activity.  When they're done, you can squish them, bounce them, or play tossing and target games with them.  They even work great as a stress ball or a distractor for a stressed out preschooler!

Making them is super easy and only requires three items:  balloons, flour, and scissors!  Now if you want to see how to use additional fun items (including how to make your balls bounce!), you'll have to grab a copy of the 101 Kids Activities...and it is so worth it!  More details about that are below!

Here's the easy how-to:

1.  Fill a balloon with flour.  We used about 1/4 cup of flour in our balloons.  Tie a knot to keep the flour inside.

2.  Take another balloon and cut a few small holes in it.

3.  Stretch the balloon with holes over the balloon with flour so you have two different colors on your stretchy balloon.  If you have preschoolers like mine, hold on to a few extra balloons to add to the ball when they tear the outside layer.  :)

4.  All done!  Time to play with it!  My kids favorite game was tossing them into a pack-n-play filled with stuffed animals that wanted to "catch" the squishy balls!

This super easy and very versatile project is one of hundreds of ideas in the new 101 Kids Activities book by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller from  (Amazon affiliate link below)

101 Kids Activities is a fabulous collection of "boredom busters, pranks, crafts, games, simple science experiments," and so much more!  The authors have been blogging about kids activities for years (and you'll want to check out their's amazing!!), and they have combined some of their best projects with loads of new ideas in a bright, colorful, and brilliant book.  

In addition to being a great resource for parents, this book can encourage your children to discover, explore, and exercise independence.  When my 7-year old saw the book, she picked it up, started perusing the pages, and then went and made a bunch of book marks to mark the activities she wanted to do first!  There are easily enough activities and extensions to keep you and your kids busy year round!

The book is divided into four sections:  Boredom Busters, Crafts, Games, and Simple Science.  It includes over 100 full color pictures, easy-to-follow step by step instructions, extension ideas, ideas for adjusting activities for older and younger children, clear supply lists, and a peek into the authors' lives as they share backgrounds on the activities and how they have used them.  Just reading the book is a delightful experience!

You can learn more about 101 Kids Activities on Amazon or on the website.  And to celebrate the book's launch this summer, they are giving away a copy here! Just enter below!!

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We are absolutely loving 101 Kids Activities, and I'm sure you will too!  So go on...take a peek!!  Let us know what you think!

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of 101 Kids Activities to facilitate this review.  All opinions are 100% mine and I only share products that I think you will love!

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