Bubble Wrap Stomp Painting!

For those of you who are like me and have done a good deal of online shopping this holiday season, here’s a great activity for the kiddos who desperately want to hear the bubble wrap “pop” but aren’t quite coordinated enough to do it well.

bubble wrap stomp painting @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Bust out a piece of paper (for this we used our trusty butcher paper), wrap the kids’ feet in bubble wrap, and coat the bottoms in paint.

bubble wrap painting @ Rub Some Dirt On It

Then be sure to remind them that they have to be careful (stomping is much safer than skating), and ready, set, pop!

bubble wrap painting @ Rub Some Dirt On It

They thought this activity was hilarious and asked me to paint their feet again and again.  They wanted to paint every square inch of the butcher paper, and I finally just squirted dollops of paint directly on the paper in order to keep up with their demands.

bubble wrap painting @ Rub Some Dirt On It IMG_2271-2

In the end, I had big plans to cut out some kind of holiday shape out of the mural, like a Christmas tree, but it never came to be.  It was a beautiful work of art all on its own!


A fun way to get the kids moving while stuck inside this winter!

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Puzzle Treasure Hunt

So, my dynamic duo does more than fight crime and keep the peace in rural Vermont.  While solving mysteries they also take time to solve something else–puzzles!

I knew this idea would be perfect for one of those days when the baby needed my attention more than the kids would like.  Since all things hide and seek are very high on Jax and Em’s list of Super Fun Ways of Playing Nicely Together, they loved the idea and we ended up playing this for about an hour.  Basically, you take a puzzle (in this case, I chose one with twenty large, colorful pieces that would be easy to spot) and hide the pieces all around your house.  Then the kids get to go on a treasure hunt for the puzzle pieces, bringing them back to a central spot to be assembled.

They know the treasure hunt is over when they have all the pieces to the puzzle!

Supersmart superkids!  Job well done!

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