"There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot." (Aldo Leopold) Apparently, I cannot.


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Erupting Kool-Aid Paints

I think we can all agree that the worst part of doing crafts with kids is, doo doo doo doo . . . the cleanup! Amiright?

Well, I have just found my newest favorite crafting website: Bath Activities for Kids. That’s right, this site shares all sorts of fun activities that your kids can do right in the bathtub. Mess contained, then rinsed away. Bingo bango. I know, right?

With so many fun activities, it was hard to pick just one to share, so you’ll likely see more of these in the future. But for now, I give to you Erupting Kool-Aid Paints.

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These paints promise to look pretty–just imagine the vibrant colors–and smell good, too.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Baking soda
  • Shaving cream (preferably unscented)
  • Kool-Aid packets in various flavors
  • A spray bottle filled with vinegar
  • Containers to hold your paints

After mixing up the baking soda, shaving cream, and Kool-Aid, your kids will be ready to start getting all Picasso-like in the tub.

Then, once they get bored with that, give them the spray bottle and have them spray their masterpieces. This is where the fun will really begin, as their paintings will erupt right before their eyes.

Sounds pretty fun, eh? To see the complete post with step-by-step instructions and absolutely adorable photos, click here. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom for some other fun suggestions for playing with Kool-Aid. And while you’re there, check out all of the other bath activities too.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Handpainted Sneakers

So a few weeks ago, the kids and I actually found some time to do a fun craft. We made personalized umbrellas, and I shared our experience over at Kids Crafts Fun and Games.

I will be the first to admit that I actually had a good time doing that with them. It wasn’t extremely messy, we ended up with something functional that they’ll be able to use for a while (or until it gets broken when it’s being used as a boat or something), and the kids were super proud of their creations. And that made my heart happy.

So I’ve been looking for something else to do with them that sort of fits the same bill. And yesterday, I found it: handpainted sneakers. I’m not sure why I didn’t think to do something like this on my own, as I was a huge decorate-your-own-clothes-with-puffy-paint kinda girl in middle school. Oh yes, that girl walking around with neon-colored handprints on her ass. Yup, that was me. (Hey, don’t judge, it was the early 90s.)

Anyhoo, I came across the idea from Jen at Jen Loves Kev and decided to add it to my I’m-actually-going-to-have-to-find-time-to-do-that list. (Wow, two longly–yes, that’s a word–hyphenated modifiers already. I promise I’m done.)

I mean, c’mon, look at these cute little things . . .

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Photo courtesy of Jen at Jen Loves Kev (http://jenloveskev.com)

What you’ll need:

  • White canvas sneakers
  • Craft paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Containers to hold the paint
  • Smock
  • Water (optional if you want to thin out the paint some)
  • Permanent marker (optional)

Then, let your kid unleash his or her inner arteest and go to town! (To see Jen’s full post, complete with instructions, and some more adorable photos, click here.)

Looks fun, no? I bet it’d also be fun to add other embellishments like, say, puffy paint!! The one problem I can see encountering with this is the necessary drying time. I have a feeling my kids won’t want to wait to wear their pedi-art. Looking forward to giving this one a go, though.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: Making Craft Sticks Educational

Ok folks, this idea from Tot Treasures is super easy, and I bet it’ll keep your kids entertained for a while and help them learn, all on the cheap. What can be better than that, right?

What you’ll need:

  • Craft sticks in various colors (or if you want to get extra crafty, you could get plain and paint your own)
  • Velcro circles to fit on ends of sticks (or you could get strips and cut to fit)

Here’s what you do:

  • Add Velcro circles to the ends of each stick on both sides.
  • Give said sticks to your kids to combine into various shapes, letters, numbers, or whatever other creation they can come up with!

Simple, right? Plus it’s fun AND educational. (For complete post from Tot Treasures, click here.)

And if you want to make this project a little extra special, grab a plastic pencil box and either decorate it for your little ones, or if they are old enough, let them decorate it, and voila, they’ll have an activity box to store their craft sticks.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Too Tired to Try Tuesday: 3 Kinds of Homemade Finger Paints

If you cringed when you saw the craft for this week, don’t worry, I’m right there with you. Deem me a terrible mom if you want, but I loathe doing a lot of crafts–not because I don’t like crafts, but because I despise the cleanup. Let’s face it, when it’s all said and done, usually your kid is a mess, your work area is a mess, and you are a mess.

But I’m starting to embrace the mess. And I realize that part of the fun for kids doing crafts is the mess. So this week’s craft is full of mess . . . . homemade finger paints. (Mess, mess, mess, mess, mess. Have I used that word enough yet? It’s starting to sound funny now when I say it.)

There are three different paint recipes to try: 1) a cornflour/cornstarch recipe, 2) a plain flour finger paint recipe, and, I quote, 3) a “best ever” homemade finger paint recipe.

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So this is a pic of shaving cream paint I made for my kids last summer. They were easy to make, and easy to clean up–I actually had them paint in the tub (lol)–but they did stain. Why am I using this pic here, then, if it doesn’t have anything to do with the 3 homemade paint recipes I’m sharing in this post? Well, I needed a picture of homemade paints, and this was all I had. (Plus it shows I CAN be crafty.)

I picked these particular recipes because

  • They promise to only require “common and cheap household ingredients” and “very little time and effort” (You know I’m already on board with the “little time and effort” part!)
  • Only safe ingredients are used, so you can make these paints with even your youngins
  • They claim to be “easy to clean” and “completely washable” and apparently “do not stain clothes”

This site also suggests some fun variations to try when making your paints, like changing the consistency with dishwashing liquid and adding textures and scents.

So, if you want to get a little messy with your wild things, click here to try one (or all) of the recipes.

And don’t worry, if you don’t want to get too too messy, you can click here for suggestions for how to reduce the mess before, during, and after painting.

As always, if you try it, let us know how it turns out. And send some pics!

I’m no cooking or crafting guru, so I started these Too Tired to Try Tuesday posts to share craft and recipe ideas that I’ve come across and would really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. In addition to ideas that I find, I am open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I just confessed how lazy tired I am, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)


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Let’s Do This (Or Not): Too Tired to Try Tuesday

So I have yet another confession for you: I have never been on Pinterest. Well, that’s not completely true. I have clicked on links from people that have taken me to Pinterest, but I have never gone on there of my own volition looking for new ways to prepare mac and cheese or looking for fun and crafty things to do with all of my empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls. I’m sure you’ve noticed, there is no Tasty Recipes or Fun Crafts tabs on my blog.

The reason I don’t go on Pinterest is not because I don’t want to be fun and crafty, or because I’m opposed to other people being fun and crafty, it’s because 1) I know it’s going to be another time suck that I can’t really afford (I mean between my family, sleep, my “real” work, blogging, and more sleep, there’s just not enough time in the day), but more importantly, 2) I’m afraid that going on there is going to make me feel even worse about my already lacking domestic abilities.

I’ll be honest, I’m not so much into cooking or baking, and there are no wheels that start crazy spinning when I discover I have extra tissue paper and pipe cleaners on my hands. Martha Stewart I am not, that’s for sure. This is not to say that I can’t cook or bake or craft with the best of them, because I’ve been known to whip up a tasty dish every now and then, and I could turn a plastic bag and dried out wipes into a piece of art if I needed to–I simply don’t have the passion for these things right now. I really wish I did, but I just don’t.

I am, however, envious of mommies and daddies that do. And I really hope that I can cultivate these passions as my kids get older. Because, another confession, I kinda do want to be that mom who always has something fun to do with the kids and can whip up a tasty, healthy meal with ingredients I already have on hand and without having to consult a cookbook.

Because I’m not there yet and can’t share with you crafts and recipes I’ve tried and can give you my stamp of approval on, I’ve decided to dedicate my Tuesday posts to sharing crafts and recipes that I’d really like to try but am just too damned tired (that sounds better than lazy, right?) to get around to. And so I give to you Too Tired to Try Tuesdays! (Like the alliteration there?)

TTTTT imageI guess this means I will have to start poking around on Pinterest. And like actually sign up for Pinterest. Shit. Ah well, if it provides you fine people with some new ideas, I’m up for it. And if it turns out I can figure out what I’m doing on there, I’ll share my page (is that even the correct term for Pinterest?) or board, whatever the hell it’s called, with you.

I’m also open to submissions from you–either something tried and true or something you want to try but haven’t had the time to. Just send me an email at raisingwildthingsblog@gmail.com with your ideas, and I may share them here. (And by “may” I mean “will definitely”! I’ve just been lamenting about how I have so little time to do stuff, so if you take the time to send me something to share, I’m going to share it!)

Ok, so my first Too Tired to Try Tuesday share comes from a fellow blogger over at Naps Happen: it’s a PEEP volcano. I’m not a Peep person myself, but this looks like a really fun activity. (Heck, maybe I will actually have to try this!)

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Just before disguising the top of the soda bottle with an entire can of whipped topping and a little strawberry syrup for authenticity.

Click here to get step-by-step instructions on how to make it and see a video of the finished product. And while you’re there, stay and look around a bit, I guarantee you’ll have more than a few chuckles.

Let me know if you try this, I’d love to hear how it turns out.