Make Classic Can Stilts

Classic tin can stilts have been around for a long time.  Make some with the kids on a summer afternoon! They're fun to decorate and even more fun to stomp around with outside!

can stilt fun

A few tips:

I wouldn't recommend using a small can like I did for my son's.  A 29.5 oz. can is perfect for smaller kids but a #10 can is even better, especially for bigger kids (like mom ) and for safety reasons.
I opened the cans with a no sharp edges can opener.
• I had my husband drill holes and then I glued foam circles around them.(answering the comment)
• We decorated with paper, Mod Podge, and paint.  The paper had a slippery/messy time and patterned paper was easier to work with than card stock.
• For the handles I used vinyl rope from Dollar Tree and hot glued ends after knotting.


 * Family Fun's Can-do Stilts are decorated patriotic! (pictured above)

*'s safety advice on their Coffee Can Stilts activity: "...have your child don protective gear and practice walking before hitting the open road.
* You can buy some fun Monster Clompers from ALEX Toys.

Homemade Bubbles and Wands

Steve Spangler Science shows on video the secret to making the perfect bubble solution.  Get the Bouncing Bubble Solution recipe and start having fun!

  Design Dazzle gives the how-to for giant bubbles and a wand!

Lakeshore Learning has two wand ideas and a bubble solution recipe too.

Woo! Jr. is THE Place for Printables

Woo! Jr. is an awesome site for all things kid!!  Printables to make them happy, awesome coloring pages, and activities to keep them busy.  Looking for 4th of July and summer ideas?  You can find fun by topic-- holidays and seasonsThe Woo! Jr. family: Animal Jr., Cartoon Jr., Classroom Jr., Craft Jr., Fantasy Jr., and Space Jr.!

10 Cute Printable Paper Dolls

These cute paper dolls would be fun for lots of things: a SUMMER car trip, *fridge magnets, boredom activity for a rainy or snowy day, little girl birthday gift, party activity or favor, stocking stuffer (*in a little magnetic tin), etc..  All of the free printable paper dolls are for non-commercial use.  *One Pearl Button has a Magnetic Paper Doll tutorial.

Wee Wonderfuls has download freebies (mostly patterns)!

Patty Reed Designs has 6 printable dolls! (2)
Babalisme has many free printables (*memory game made with her reindeer tags)If you place your cursor over a download link on her blog and the link shows in the bottom left of the computer screen as going to ziddu I would caution you to not go there.  Babalisme has changed her hosting site to Scribd (only a few links are still ziddu) and it's a much nicer site.  You will have to sign up and skip past a couple of 'offers' before the download will happen.  It's worth the trouble though!  Her paper dolls are really sweet!
Halloweenie dress-up boy and girl (4)

Kireei has free printable stickers and paper dolls.  The site is in spanish but all you need to do is click on 'english' under the image and then 'download'. (found via How About Orange)

Terri Pettit has a whole page of paper doll links that she's scanned; she created the Vector Strawberry Shortcake. (found via How About Orange)

The Graphics Fairy has many vintage paper dolls. (9)

Wee Life has paper dolls with clothes and Halloween costumes to color! (10)

This Mama Makes Stuff made a cute Fabric Scrap Paper Doll Kit(I had to include this, even though it's (11) and there's no printable for her sweet and simple doll, because it's such a fantastic idea.)  A little metal box would be perfect for storing regular and magnetic paper dolls.
This top ten eleven paper doll list is linked to Top Ten {Tuesday} on Oh Amanda.  The dolls listed are in no particular order!  **part 2: black-and-white printable paper dolls