7 Ideas For Kids 4th of July Party

It’s time to start planning an awesome party for the kids! What better time to have some summer fun than the ultimate holiday for being outdoors? We’re guessing you already have the menu and decorations planned for your event, but there’s a good chance you haven’t yet planned out the games. The best part about summer is that it has an easy going vibe that makes life seem breezy and fun. As such, planning for a party shouldn’t feel like a big burden! To help you along we’re sharing seven quick ways to create a super day of play!

  1. Squirt gun tag. Provide the squirt guns and place a large bucket of water in the middle of the yard for use as an easy refill station.
  2. Prior to the party, let the kiddos paint empty tin cans red, white, and blue. Then on the big day stack them in a pyramid. Provide a lightweight ball, such as a wiffle ball, and let the bowling shenanigans begin.
  3. Buy neon light-up necklaces at a party supply store. Shortly before the party light them up and attach them end to end. Drive a stake into the ground and play a game of glow in the dark ring toss.
  4. Serve red, white, and blue cupcakes filled with Poprocks. Have your camera ready!
  5. On the morning of the party give your kids plenty of sidewalk chalk. Instead of asking  them to “keep busy” using it, tell them you need their help to decorate for the party. They’ll feel very important accomplishing the task of sidewalk decorator!
  6. Set up an American flag relay race. Fill extra large red and blue buckets with sand and handheld American flags on sticks. Each member of the relay team has to grab a flag and bring it back to a teammate.
  7. If you have a yard full of rocks make a game of it. Tell the kids they can each select 3 rocks (they like picking things out.) Then provide red, white, and blue paint and brushes.

How To make DIY Glitter Light Switch Covers

It’s the details that really bring a room together! If you’re in the process of decorating a super glamorous room or a room for kids, don’t call the project done until you’ve added glittery light switch plates. This project is cheap and easy, but it has a big impact.

Supplies:

  • Flathead screw driver
  • Tacky glue
  • Craft glitter
  • Foam paint brushes
  • Clear acrylic spray coat
  • Paper plates or newspaper

Glitter is messy so lay down something to protect the surface you’re working on. Newspaper is a common favorite, but paper plates work much better. They will catch all of the loose glitter and keep it within the rim of the plate. They also make it easy move the finished project to a different place while it dries, so you can clear your workspace for your next project. They prevent glitter mixing, too, if you are going to create more than one switch plate and use different colors on each.

Remove the switch plate from the wall using a flathead screwdriver and clean it, or buy new plates. Using a foam paint brush, start by coating the switch plate with tacky glue. Do this thoroughly and evenly, not forgetting the sides and edges. Next, sprinkle generously with glitter. One color will be sparkly but also understated. If you want more excitement, get creative and try using more than one color. You can mix them in light layers, or you can create designs by sprinkling them separately in various areas around the switch-plate.

Once the plate is completely covered in glitter lightly pat the glitter to ensure it sticks. Pack it toward the edges and sides as well. Slide the screwdriver gently under the edges of the switch plate to ensure it doesn’t dry stuck to the paper plate. Allow it to dry completely – refer to the back of the glue bottle for times. We recommend at least three hours. Once it’s dry, pick it up and shake vigorously to ensure that any loose glitter falls away. You might want to tap off the bulk of it into the plate, then step outside to wave it around a bit and get rid of the rest. Last, go to a well ventilated area and spray it with an acrylic clear coat to set it permanently and give it a finished, glossy look.

Chores for Young Kids

It’s never too early to start your kids off helping out around the house. The earlier you start, the more likely they‘ll be to have good habits engrained as they get older. After all, young children love to help, so giving them responsibility early on is a lot easier than trying to introduce it once it’s no longer fun. These easy chores for young kids will have your children helping out around the house from the time they are old enough to understand what it means.

Setting the Table

Invest in some inexpensive dishware, and let your young children set the table. They don’t have to carry whole stacks of plates at once, and if it takes them multiple trips, that’s OK, too. Setting the table is something that a lot of kids actually enjoy, because it means that the meal is about to commence, so they often rush to get it done in a timely way.

Hand Held Vacuuming

Get your kids a small hand held vacuum and have them seek out and destroy the dust bunnies, piles of pet hair, and scatterings of crumbs on the floor. Small vacuums are a lot of fun for kids, particularly if you have a pet that sheds and they can watch the hairs go flying right up into it. Best of all, they can be vacuuming up the small corners of the room or under the furniture while you run the big vacuum, so it helps save you time as well.

Picking Up After Themselves

Clearly organize their bedrooms and playrooms so that everything has a place to go, then put your kids in charge of picking up at the end of the day. Plastic bins with lids work well for this purpose; all they have to do is toss the toys into the correct bin so picking up can be a fast and fun game, rather than a chore. Kids often don’t mind taking responsibility for their own areas, and can get a lot of pride from maintaining them well, so have them straighten up each evening to keep their play areas looking neat.

How To Remove Easter Egg Dye From Your Carpet

Can you believe that Easter Sunday is this week?  It seems as if the year is flying right by!  We’d like to share some useful information with you just in case you or someone in your family dropped some Easter egg dye on the carpet.  Happy Easter!

Detergent Solution – Mix one fourth (1/4) teaspoon of a liquid dishwashing detergent per one (1) cup of lukewarm water. NEVER USE A STRONGER CONCENTRATION! Thorough rinsing is necessary to remove detergent residues that may cause rapid soiling. It may be necessary to rinse with warm water several times to completely remove residues. (See Residue Precautions.) Care should be used in selecting a detergent. Never use a laundry detergent of any type, because laundry detergents may contain optical brighteners (flourescent dyes) that dye the fiber. Do not select an automatic dishwashing detergent because many contain bleaching agents that destroy dyes and some fibers.

Warm Water – Lukewarm tap water should be used in most cases to rinse the cleaning solutions from the fiber. Failure to completely rinse the solutions from the fiber may cause accelerated soiling.

Ammonia Solution – Mix one (1) tablespoon of household ammonia per cup of water. Please note: Be aware that ammonia, if used improperly, can cause a color change. Be sure to test a hidden area.

Call a Professional – Professional cleaners have the ability and the equipment to use more aggressive cleaning solutions to remove stubborn spills. Always consider consulting a professional cleaner regarding any spot removal question. CRI – 1-800-882-8846.