10+ Thanksgiving Decorations You Can Make With Your Kids

10+ Thanksgiving Decorations You Can Make With Your Kids

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Can you believe it?

This year has flown past! One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is making fun, simple crafts to decorate. I’m definitely on a budget when it comes to decorating for the holidays, so I typically make my own DIY décor.

This year I thought it would be fun to involve the kiddos in the decoration making process. So I’ve found tons of fun DIY decorations for fall that you can make with your kids! These crafts/decorations are simple and easy to make which is a must when you’re already busy getting ready for the holidays!

So let’s get started! Here are my favorite DIY Thanksgiving decorations that you can make with your kids!

Glitter Leaves

This might be my favorite DIY Thanksgiving decoration. It’s so easy to make! And it will cost you less than $5! All you have to do is cover some artificial leaves with Elmer’s glue and then cover the leaves with glitter! After it dries you can punch a hole in each leaf so you can hang them around your home!

You can find the full tutorial here: Glitter Leaves

Yarn Pumpkins

I love these yarn pumpkins! They’re so cute and would be easy to make with your kids! All you need is orange yarn, Elmer’s glue, a balloon, and a green pipe cleaner!

You can find the full tutorial for this project here: DIY Yarn Pumpkins

Mini Felt Pumpkins

These felt pumpkins are adorable! This is a simple sewing project for teaching your kiddos how to sew. All you need is some orange and green felt, green and black string, and cotton balls.

First, you’ll need to cut out two pumpkins shapes in your orange felt. I recommend printing a template from google, so that it’s exact. You can also cut a small green rectangle from the green felt for the stem.

You can stitch in the eyes and mouth of the pumpkin, or you can draw them on with sharpie to make it simpler.

Next, start sewing the two pieces of felt together! Remember when you reach the top of the pumpkin to put in your green rectangle for the stem and sew it in! Once there is only an inch of unsewn space left, stuff the pumpkin full of cotton balls. Then sew it up the rest of the way! Simple!

This is a great beginners sewing project, and I think these pumpkins would look adorable in a fall wreath, or in a fall garland!

Pine Cone Turkey

This might be the simplest project on here! All you need is some orange felt, a pine cone, googly eyes, glue, and feathers. Cut the felt into a small triangle for the turkey’s beak. Glue the googly eyes and beak to the bottom of the pine cone and glue the feathers to the top! I love how simple, but cute this DIY decoration is.

DIY Paper Pumpkins

I love these simple paper pumpkins! It’s an easy project for your kids and it looks great when it’s done! You can find the tutorial for this project here: DIY Paper Pumpkins

DIY Glitter Pumpkins

I love these glittery pumpkins! This DIY décor item is probably better for older children (it could get messy with little kids!) I love how simple and easy this project is and I think these glitter pumpkins would be the perfect addition to a mantle or dining room table!

Tutorial here: DIY Glitter Pumpkins

DIY Thankful Tree

I love this cute DIY tree. I think it’s an adorable decoration that’s also great for getting your family thinking about what they’re grateful for! This easy decoration is perfect for kids and they’ll love being able to write down what they’re thankful for on the leaves of this tree!

Tutorial: DIY Thankful Tree

Fruit Kabob Turkey Centerpiece

I love that not only is this a creative and fun centerpiece for Thanksgiving, but it is also perfect for displaying your fruit and cheese appetizers. This project is so simple, and your kids can help you put all of the fruit and cheese on to the skewers!

Tutorial here: Fruit Kabob Turkey Centerpiece

Cute Candy Turkey Treats

These little Reese’s Pieces filled turkeys are so cute! They’re so easy to make and they would be fun for a classroom treat or for a fun treat for your Thanksgiving guests.

Tutorial Here: Candy Turkey Treats

Turkey Hershey Kisses

These cute turkey’s are made from some card stock and Hershey Kisses! These would be a quick and easy craft your kids could make for their classmates or they would be a fun “appetizer/dessert” on Thanksgiving.

You can find the tutorial here: Turkey Hershey Kisses

Thanksgiving Placemats

These placemats are adorable! I think they would be absolutely perfect for the kids table at Thanksgiving dinner! Your kids will love that they got to put their handprint on the place mats and it’s a fun and easy project for you!

Turkey Reese’s Pieces Bowl

I love this cute turkey candy bowl! It would be so easy to make and your kids will love getting to trace and cut out their hand prints for the turkeys feathers. This is perfect for displaying any yummy treats you have on Thanksgiving!

Tutorial here: Turkey Reese’s Pieces Bowl

Scarecrow Popsicle Stick Magnet

I love this adorable magnet! Your kids will love getting to put the cute scarecrow face together. This would be a cute addition to any refrigerator or front door!

Tutorial Here: Scarecrow Popsicle Stick Magnet


Which of these Thanksgiving crafts is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.



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Crazy Fun Fall Themed Science Activities For Kids

Crazy Fun Fall Themed Science Activities For Kids

Fall is upon us and I am sooo excited about it!

One of my favorite things about fall is all of the fun activities there are to do! Especially when you have kids everything about fall seems so fun and magical. As the weather is getting colder it can be tricky to get outside to play, so I decided I would share some of my favorite fall themed science experiments for kids.

I love simple at home “science” projects because they make play fun and educational. I also love that a lot of these activities can be sensory activities as well. I’m always looking for ways that I can incorporate sensory activities into play, so I love using some of these science experiments to do that.

I love these fun science experiments because it’s a great way for your kids to learn and play at the same time! And just so y’all know we’re going to start making videos of fun science experiments that you can do with your kids, so keep an eye out on our YouTube channel!

So let’s get started! Here are some of my favorite fall themed science experiments!

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Dancing Popcorn Science Experiment

Alright so this activity is so much fun for your kids because they get to watch corn kernels “dance” or “hop” in the water.

For this experiment all you’ll need is:

  • A container for your “dancing corn” (I used a mason jar)
  • popcorn kernels (like these ones here)
  • About 2 cups of water
  • 2 T of Baking Soda
  • Small Plastic Cup of Vinegar (7ish tablespoons)

First, fill your container with water and stir in the baking soda until it is mostly dissolved. Then add the popcorn kernels to the container. Then you’re going to stir in the vinegar! There will be an “explosion” so do this project somewhere that you don’t mind getting a little bit messy!

The gas that’s created by the reaction of the baking soda and vinegar causes the popcorn kernels to move around in the container. Your kids will love watching the kernels “dance” around the container and it’s a great way for them to learn!

Pumpkin Slime Science Experiment

I am a huge fan of this one, not only because it’s a sensory activity, but also because it incorporates pumpkins too! This project is so easy! It’s basically just a twist on the classic oobleck science experiment by making the oobleck inside of a pumpkin.

Oobleck is what we call a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning that sometimes it behaves as a liquid and sometimes it behaves as a solid! Your kids will LOVE experimenting with this fun slime!

Here’s what you need:

  • A pumpkin
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Orange food coloring (optional)

First, open your pumpkin from the top like you’re making a jack-o-lantern. Start to loosen the “pumpkin guts” by scraping the sides of the pumpkin with a large spoon.

At this point you have a couple of options…you can totally remove all of the pumpkin guts or you can leave some of them inside the pumpkin to be incorporated in with your oobleck. Personally, I would remove the guts because I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin guts, but you can do whatever you like.

Next you’re going to make your oobleck inside of your pumpkin! The basic oobleck recipe is one part water to two parts of cornstarch. I would start by doing 2 cups of cornstarch and 1 cup of water and then go from there. If it’s too liquidy add more cornstarch and vice versa.

If you want to add food coloring, slowly add a couple of drops into the mixture. Then you’re good to go! You’re kids will love playing with the oobleck and experimenting with when it’s a solid and when it’s a liquid!

Homemade Root Beer

I love making my own homemade root beer! This project is fun for kids because the dry ice used in the root beer creates “fog” that is perfect for Halloween. Your kids will love the root beer and the fog that this recipe creates!

Disclaimer here: Obviously, you don’t want to let your kids handle or be anywhere near dry ice. Dry ice can be dangerous, so this experiment definitely requires adult supervision! Make sure you wear gloves and handle the dry ice safely. Also keep in mind that you should buy the dry ice right before you plan to use it because it can evaporate pretty quickly if you don’t store it correctly!

Here’s the ingredients you need:

  • Large container (I always use a large pitcher)
  • 4 quarts of water
  • 2 cups of sugar (you can add more if you want it to be sweeter)
  • 2-3 Tablespoons of root beer extract (depends on your taste preference, I’d start with two tablespoons and then go from there)
  • 1-2 pounds of broken up dry ice (the more dry ice you put in the longer it will bubble and create fog, but it also means longer prep time)

First off, you want to make this root beer in a well-ventilated area. Also make sure you don’t put a lid on the container you’re making the root beer in! The pressure can build up and cause it to explode!

Mix the water, sugar, and root beer extract together in the container. Carefully add in your pieces of dry ice and stir. Stir frequently so that the dry ice doesn’t stick. Serve once all of the dry ice has dissolved!

Trust me, your kids will love the fog and the yummy root beer! It’s perfect for Halloween (or any time of the year!)

Pumpkin Bowling

So I realize this isn’t exactly a science experiment, but it’s soooo fun so I had to include it! All you need is a couple of pumpkins and some “bowling pins.” For the bowling pins you can use empty soda bottles, toilet paper rolls, or paper towel rolls! I think using toilet paper and paper towel rolls is great because you can draw ghost faces on them to make this a fun spooky activity!

Once you have your pins, you’re ready to bowl! Your kids will love getting to bowl at home with a pumpkin!

Pro tip: If you wait until the day after Halloween you might be able to find pumpkins for a pretty steep discount! We feed pumpkins to our chickens, so we stock up the day after Halloween!

Pumpkin Volcano

Here’s another baking soda and vinegar science experiment! This time you’re going to make a volcano out of a pumpkin! This is a messy activity so I recommend that you do this outside if you can!

Here’s what to do:

First cut your pumpkin open from the top like you are making a jack-o-lantern. I recommend using a smaller pumpkin so you don’t have to use as much baking soda and vinegar! Next clean out all of the pumpkin guts! If your kids like playing with pumpkin guts this can also be an awesome sensory activity!

Fill your pumpkin about halfway full of vinegar, and add a couple of drops of liquid dish soap, and food coloring (optional). Then dump in some baking soda! You shouldn’t need too much baking soda to make it explode, but add more if it’s not “exploding” the way you want it to!

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Apple Volcano

This is the same activity as above, but using an apple instead! Using an apple is great if you don’t have a pumpkin on hand or if you want the resulting mess to be smaller (and easier to clean up!) Simply hollow our your apple using a knife or a spoon, fill it halfway with vinegar, add a couple drops of liquid dish soap, and then dump in your baking soda! Your kids will love the fun explosion that results! I recommend doing this activity on a cookie tray because it makes clean up super easy!

Toothpick and Marshmallow Towers

I love this activity because it’s a great challenge for your kids and allows them to think creatively. Using toothpicks and marshmallows challenge your kids to create a tower (or a haunted house!). You’ll be amazed with all of the creative structures that they come up with!

This is a great way for your kids to learn and play at the same time!

Are you excited for fall? What activities are you planning on doing with your kids? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies for “Corduroy” by Don Freeman

Children’s Book Read-and-Bake Series: Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies for “Corduroy” by Don Freeman

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies are as tasty as they are adorable!

These bite sized cookies have a buttery crunch that melts in your mouth and are ideal for snacking or adding on top of a favorite dessert.

Shortbread is a crisp, buttery, type of cookie that originated in Scotland. The main ingredient list is short and simple; butter, flour, and sugar.

 

Some shortbread recipes supplement the flour with corn starch which adds a melt-in-your-mouth texture. Flavorings, like vanilla or cocoa, can be also be added.

 

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies are a great choice when you want to bake ahead or for mailing. The flavor of these cookies gets even better after a few days. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature, shortbread cookies stay fresh for at least 2 weeks!

Shortbread Dough

Versatile shortbread dough can be baked in many forms.

  • Though no special pans are required, there are decorative shortbread pans that create wedges or bars embossed with lovely designs.
  • The dough can also be baked in a regular square or rectangular baking pan, then cut into bars.
  • Rolling the dough into a log for slice-and-bake cookies, allows you to store shortbread dough in the fridge and quickly bake fresh cookies as needed!
  • Individual cookies can be portioned with a scoop or rolled into balls.
  • For Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies, the dough is rolled out and cut into shapes.

 

Read-and-Bake Book and Recipe

This month’s featured book, “Corduroy” by Don Freeman, is a childhood classic that is amazingly as popular today as when it was first published fifty years ago!

 

The original Corduroy book (there are also sequels and adaptations) tells the story of Corduroy, a stuffed toy bear, and Lisa, a little girl who loves him enough to spend all the money in her piggy bank to buy him.

 

At first, is seems that Corduroy is destined to remain on the store shelf. His overalls are missing a button and Lisa’s mother doesn’t want to spend money on a damaged toy.

 

At night, when the department store is empty, Corduroy has an adventure as he tries to find a replacement button without success.

 

Luckily, the next day Lisa returns and uses all of her piggy bank savings to buy Corduroy and bring him home, where she sews a new button on his overalls.

 

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies are the obvious cookie to link with this story! Make the cookies in several different shapes and sizes and let the kids decide which button Corduroy might have liked best.

To create a variety of button shapes, gather anything you have in the kitchen that might cutout a small shape. For my buttons, I used:

 

  • small cookie cutters: circle, square, daisy
  • small plastic medicine cup (the kind that often comes with cough syrup)
  • the bottoms of large and small piping tips

 

To make the Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies roll the dough out to ¼” thickness between two sheets of parchment or wax paper. Use the small “cutters” to cut out the buttons.

 

Gently press a slightly smaller shape into the center of the cookie to create a rim on the button.

 

Make 2 or 4 thread holes at in the middle of each button using the blunt end of a wooden skewer.

 

Chilling the cutout cookies for 1 hour to overnight firms the dough so that the cookies will hold their shape in the oven.

 

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies are great for:

  • enjoying straight from the cookie jar
  • care packages and gift giving
  • sprinkled on pudding, fruit cups, and ice cream right before serving

 

Sharing “Corduroy” and Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies is sure to cause lots of smiles!

Two other bear themed cookies that would also be fun to share with this book are:

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies

 

Servings: About 3 dozen 1 ½ inch cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very soft, room temperature butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • Optional: Add 4 teaspoons of cocoa to make ½ of the dough chocolate

Directions:

  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a large mixing bowl, stir butter, sugar, and vanilla until combined.
  • Add the flour and corn starch. Stir until dough forms. Knead a few times in the bowl until smooth.
  • For ½ batch chocolate dough: Divide the dough in half. Set one half aside and place the remaining half back in the mixing bowl.
  • Add cocoa and mix with a wooden spoon until the cocoa is incorporated evenly to form the chocolate dough.
  • Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out each dough flavor to ¼”. If the dough is sticky, dust the dough lightly with flour (top and bottom) to prevent sticking.
  • Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out each button. Use a smaller circle to impress a center ring on the button. Use a skewer to place 2 or 4 threading holes at the center of each cookie button.
  • Place the cut out cookies on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.
  • Refrigerate the cookies for at least an hour (up to 24 hours), until firm.
  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375° F.
  • Remove the cookies from the refrigerator and bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are beginning to become golden brown.
  • Allow the shortbread to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.
  • Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.
  • Double wrap small piles of button cookies in plastic wrap. Then place bundles snugly in an airtight container or zip lock bag for mailing.

Vanilla and Chocolate Shortbread Button Cookies

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, very soft, room temperature butter
  • ¾ cup confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup corn starch
  • Optional: 4 teaspoons cocoa to make ½ of the dough chocolate
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  2. In a large mixing bowl, stir butter, sugar and vanilla until combined.

  3. Add the flour and corn starch. Stir until dough forms. Knead a few times in the bowl until smooth.

  4. For ½ batch chocolate dough: Divide the dough in half. Set one half aside and place the remaining half back in the mixing bowl.

  5. Add cocoa and mix with a wooden spoon until the cocoa is incorporated evenly to form the chocolate dough.

  6. Between two sheets of parchment paper, roll out each dough flavor to ¼”. If the dough is sticky, dust the dough lightly with flour (top and bottom) to prevent sticking.

  7. Use a small circle cookie cutter to cut out each button. Use a smaller circle to impress a center ring on the button. Use a skewer to place 2 or 4 threading holes at the center of each cookie button.

  8. Place the cut out cookies on the prepared baking sheet about an inch apart.

  9. Refrigerate the cookies for at least an hour (up to 24 hours), until firm.

  10. When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 375° F.

  11. Remove the cookies from the refrigerator and bake for about 10 minutes, until the edges of the cookies are beginning to become golden brown.

  12. Allow the shortbread to cool on the baking sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a wire cooling rack to cool completely.

  13. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks.

  14. Double wrap small piles of button cookies in plastic wrap. Then place bundles snugly in an airtight container or zip lock bag for mailing.

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10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

10 Healthy Snacks Your Kids Will Actually Eat

It’s summer time! One of the biggest struggles I have throughout the summer and even during the school year is finding healthy snacks for my kids.

It’s so easy to just give them a cookie or chips (because that’s what they want!) when they get home from school, but I’m trying really hard to help them develop healthy habits early on. So while some of these recipes aren’t perfectly healthy, I think they are a step in the right direction.

 

Here is my collection of my favorite healthy snacks for kids!

 Chocolate Popsicles

 

Ok, ok, so this recipe isn’t healthy perse…but it tastes great AND you can make it using ingredients that you trust! I love making my own popsicles because I know exactly what ingredients are going to be in my food.

 

One great tip I have for healthy snacks is to disguise vegetables in other food. Growing up my sister would only eat macaroni and cheese and bread, so my mom had to get really creative to encourage her to eat vegetables. Kids often tend to avoid eating vegetables, so sneaking them into a yummy snack is a great way to get the the nutrients they need without them even knowing!

 

 

I love this recipe for chocolate popsicles because it uses avocado, so you’re sneaking in some healthy food;) And if you’re dealing with a kid who won’t eat their veggies, you can blend up some spinach or kale and add it to this mixture. Trust me with the yummy chocolatey taste they won’t even know there are vegetables in there! I love that you can make this recipe with simple ingredients and a popsicle mold!

Apple Chips

Apple chips are a great healthy snack for kids! They get a crunchy snack that’s healthy and not full of added sugars! I love this recipe because it only takes 10 minutes of prep time. After you prep the apples you just stick them in the oven which makes this a super simple snack you can make for your kids!

If you aren’t into making apple chips, here’s my favorite store bought apple chips brand. I love that they’re organic and have simple ingredients.

Homemade Popsicles

Homemade popsicles are a huge hit around here, especially in the summer because it is unbearably hot right now! Two of my favorite recipes for homemade popsicles are berry popsicles and pineapple popsicles. You can check out the recipes for the berry popsicles here and the pineapple popsicles here. They’re so easy to make and they’re a yummy and healthy snack for your kiddos!

 

 

Watermelon Cut Outs

I’m a huge watermelon fan and I LOVE that watermelon are starting to show up at my local farmer’s markets this month!  Watermelon is a great treat for kids and you can make it even more fun by cutting out shapes in the watermelon. All you have to do is cut the watermelon into slightly thinner slices than normal (1/4 inch to 1/2 inch) and then use cookie cutters to cut out fun shapes in the watermelon. And you can use this amazing chicken shaped cookie cutter! I love this and I’ll definitely be using this to cut out some watermelon for my kids!

 

Strawberry Lady Bugs

Ok so this is really cute! I love how this snack is a fun twist on chocolate covered strawberries! They’re so cute and your kids will love them! I know this isn’t the healthiest snack, but honestly sometimes I’ll do anything to convince the kiddos to eat some fruits and vegetables. I love that it’s a fun, sweet treat that you kids will adore!

Bell pepper pizzas

I LOVE pizza. I always have and I always will. But even though I’m convinced that pizza is good for the soul, I’m pretty sure it’s not the healthiest meal option. Which is why I love these bell pepper pizzas! All you have to do is put a layer of cheese (check out my recipe for homemade mozzarella) inside of a halved bell pepper and then put your toppings on it! You could even sneak in some more veggies, like kale, mushrooms, or tomatoes into these to try and get more vegetables in your kids diet! Check out the full recipe and instructions for these bell pepper pizzas here.

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Watermelon Pizza

Like I said earlier, I love watermelon and I love pizza. So why not mix the two together? All you have to do for this yummy treat is top a round watermelon slice with sliced fruits such as kiwi, blueberries, and cantaloupe. If you want to make this treat extra yummy (but a little bit less healthy) you could spread a layer of homemade whipped cream on the watermelon (like it was pizza sauce) and then add the fruit on top.

And making your own whipped cream is so easy and it’s a fun activity you can do with your kids! All you need is a mason jar and some heavy whipping cream. Fill the mason jar about halfway full of heavy whipping cream and then start shaking it! After about 10 minutes of shaking you should have your own yummy, homemade whipped cream!

Grape Caterpillar

I love how cute these grape caterpillars are! One of my favorite things to do to make fruits and vegetables more appealing to kids is to make them fun! And making caterpillars out of grapes is a great way to do that!

Homemade Fruit Snacks

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If there’s one universal truth I’ve seen about parenthood it’s that most (if not all) kids love fruit snacks. So while they might not be the healthiest snack choice, I prefer to make my own fruit snacks at home. That way I know exactly what ingredients and products are going into the food that I’m feeding my kids. I love this recipe because it’s SO EASY to make! Check out the full recipe and tutorial here. You’ll need silicone molds to put the fruit snacks in and you can find those right here!

Peanut Butter Snail

This might be one of my all time favorite snacks for kids. It’s like a glorified version of the classic ants on a log snack. I love how cute this snail is and I think it is such a fun way to get your kids to eat some healthy fruits and vegetables.

What healthy snacks do you give your kids! Help this momma out and share them with me in the comments below!

 

 

 

DIY Outdoor Decorations that Double as Sensory Activities for Kids

DIY Outdoor Decorations that Double as Sensory Activities for Kids

I love outdoor decorations (Especially for the coop!) I think they’re so cute and fun!

 

I think that they really help to make any backyard feel more homey. I also love making outdoor decorations with the kiddos. I love anything my kids make because after awhile it becomes a fun keepsake!

 

I also try to incorporate sensory activities for my kids when I am doing crafts with them because both of my kids have autism. I think making decorations with your kids is a great way to decorate your yard and get in some amazing sensory activities all at the same time!
So here are 5 of my favorite DIY sensory activities/decorations that you can make for your yard!


Playdough cut outs


So personally I think playdough is on of the best sensory activities out there. And you can make so many fun things with it!

 

What I do is have my kids roll out the playdough flat (like you’re rolling out cookies) Then we use chicken shaped cookie cutters to cut out chicken shapes in the playdough! I then poke a small hole in the top of the playdough (make sure it goes all the way through!) and I then leave them out to dry for a couple of days.

 

After they’re completely dried I have my kids thread some twine through the hole in the top and we hang them in the backyard!

 

I’ve hung them outside of our chicken coop for a fun decoration, and I’ve also hung them in some of the trees in our backyard! It’s a super fun and easy decoration that you can make with your kids that is also a great sensory activity. Check out this awesome recipe for homemade playdough!


Sand foam decorated bucket


This is a super easy sensory activity/decoration that you can do with your kids! What I did is I used a regular sand bucket (you could also use a pretty pot) and had my kids decorate it, however they wanted to.

 

After they finished decorating we filled it with “sand foam” (check out the recipe here) Basically it’s just shaving cream mixed with sand and it makes an amazing sensory activity!

You can use spoons, or other toys if your kids don’t like to get messy. This stuff is so fun to play with! The texture of the sand and shaving cream together is really cool!


DIY Outdoor Quiet Area


I love having an area for my kids where they can go to have some alone time or just somewhere they can go and play. I think it’s important that there is somewhere my kids can go when they have a sensory overload or need a safe space.

 

I’ve seen a couple of amazing ideas online and I’m definitely going to have to try some of them out! I love that with all of these not only are you providing your kids with an area they can go to deal with sensory overloads, but they’re also really cute outdoor decorations.

 

I totally recommend that you have your kids help when you’re making an outdoor quiet area, so that they can be involved in creating the space that they think will be most beneficial to them.


This first outdoor quiet area is one of my favorites. It’s made out of pallet wood which is a huge bonus for me because we have tons of extra pallets lying around.

 

It’s pretty simple to make and after you finish you could have your kids help you decorate and add any sensory activities that they would like to! Check out the full instructions here.

 

Make sure that when you’re using pallets you know that they’re safe! I have an entire article about it that you can use as a guide to help you know if the pallets you are using are treated with chemicals.

 

I also love this DIY bean pole teepee! It’s super easy to create! You only need a couple of boards and some bean seeds are you’re good to go! Throughout the summer the beans will grow up the poles and create an awesome enclosed space for your kids to get away to!


This last outdoor space for kids is perfect for a reading nook! It’s small and could be filled with pillows, blankets, puzzles, books, or whatever your child loves the most!

 

You could also hang some sensory based activities around the playhouse for your kids to use if they needed to! Check out this AMAZING DIY tutorial for an outdoor reading nook here!


DIY outdoor sensory board

 


So I love sensory boards. I think they’re great for any kid and they keep my kids occupied while I get some me time:) This sensory board is made out of things from nature.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BgW4DshjkO2/?tagged=sensoryboard

All you need to do is go outside with your kids and have them choose some nature items that they like the feel of (leaves, feathers, smooth rocks, sand, etc ). Then your just attach them to a board and you have a nature sensory board!

 

I also love this sensory board that incorporates lights, switches, and wheels! I think both of these would be a fun project to do with your kids and personally I think they add a fun touch to any backyard as a decoration.

 

https://www.instagram.com/p/BiP8Zx2hOkH/?tagged=sensoryboard


Outdoor musical instruments

 

So I think outdoor musical instruments are a really fun way to incorporate different noises that your kids like into your backyard. And they add a unique type of decoration to your yard!


One of my favorite DIY musical instruments is a PVC Xylophone. This one is so easy and all you need are some spare PVC pipes in different sizes.

 

Kids love this because they can experiment with all of the different noises they can make when they blow into the different sized pipes. Here’s full instructions on how to make your own PVC pipe musical instrument.


I also love this DIY Music man project! It’s really easy and you can basically use any materials you have lying around your farm that make awesome noises when you play with them!

 

Basically it’s almost like a scarecrow made out of several different types of materials that make really awesome noises! This project is so easy and your kids will love helping your put this one together. Plus it doubles as a scarecrow for your garden! Bonus!

 

This last idea is one of my favorites. It’s a DIY outdoor music wall! I love that this wall incorporates different materials that are great for feeling as well as banging for making noise! Check out the full tutorial here.


What decorations do you have in your backyard that double as sensory activities? I would love to hear about them! Share your ideas with me in the comments below!