Summer Activities For Kids

It’s June, the breezes are blowing, the sun is shining, and it is time to play outside! Here are 5 great activities to keep everyone entertained and having fun in the beautiful summer weather.

1. Soda Bottle Sprinkler

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I remember I loved running through the sprinklers as a kid. It cooled me off and I could enjoy some water park fun right in the backyard. This is a new take on old fun and is a great activity for kids of all ages. All you need is one empty plastic 2-liter soda bottle. Poke holes in the bottom half using a large needle and fill with water or attach a hose for constant sprinkling and hang from a tree or fence. SAFETY NOTE: you may want to use a hangable shower caddy or other mesh object to rest the bottle in for safety if you decide to hang it from a tree.

2. Make some “Land Art”

Ever notice how many cool leaves and flowers are blowing around the yard or in the park? Making nature art gets everyone walking around and admiring the outdoors. Try making a mobile and hanging it as a temporary outdoor decoration. Just collect leaves from different plants (go for ones you recognize like Maple, Oak, and Willow), arrange them on the ground, and then string them together with small sticks or reeds for display. Fishing wire tied around the end of the stick will make it easy to hang.

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3. Create a treasure hunt

This activity is a little more involved because it requires writing clues and hiding them around the yard or inside the house, but the kids can use that time to read or finish chores, with the promise of a treasure hunt when they complete their tasks. Make about ten two-line clues (usually rhyming, but if you’re no rhyming wizard, not to worry! It’s just as fun in prose) and these two lines give a hint as to where the next clue is hidden. Keeping the clues in plain sight and at eye-level to keep the kids from getting stuck. As fun prize, hide a piece of chocolate or a letter promising to bake (or do another fun activity) as the final treasure.

4. Decorate Terra cotta planting pots

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photo and project credit: http://mamasmiles.com/spring-crafts-for-kids-decorate-terra-cotta-pots/

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This is a fun short-term and long-term project.

You will need:

Flowerpots (however many you wish to make)

Letter or shape stencils

Sponge-tip paintbrushes

Mod Podge Washout (washes out of clothing better than regular Mod Podge)

Acrylic or Tempera paint (Tempera is washable but acrylic generally is not, so have the kids wear a painting smock or old shirt)

Use the stencils to paint the pots with a medium amount of paint on the brush (less is more). Keeping the brush reasonably dry after rinsing different colors off keeps the paint neat and when everything is dry, paint a coat of Mod Podge over the whole thing to seal it.

Another variation of pot decorating is with tissue paper squares and Mod Podge. Try painting the whole pot and then accenting it with different colors of tissue. There are so many ways to make a personalized flowerpot!

Once the pots are decorated, you can use them to store art supplies and pencils or as a long-term project, to actually plant flowers and watch them grow throughout the summer.

5. Outdoor Twister

Twister has always been an indoor, rainy-day kind of game, but why not move it outside when the weather is nice? To make outdoor twister you’ll need:

a large piece of cardboard

a pen

scissors

a large round bowl or other round object

spray paint in red, blue, yellow, and white

Make the circle first by tracing the round object on to the piece of cardboard and then cutting out the middle so that you have a circle stencil. You can measure out the game board before spraying, but estimating a several inch distance between each circle works just fine. Spray a four-by-four board with the four different colors on the grass (Note: you can make the game board bigger by adding more colors to accommodate more players). If you have a twister game board, you can use that to call each turn, otherwise an easy substitute is to cut 8 slips of paper and write Rt. Hand, L. Hand, Rt. foot, L. foot, and each of the colors and then draw a pair for each turn. And there you go, outdoor twister!

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-ESK

Eliane et Lena – Girls Clothing Designer of the Week

ELIANE ET LENA – Our Girls Fashion Designer of the Week

A brand designed in France, Eliane et Lena girls clothing combines wonderfully bright colors with an avant-garde modern attitude. One of my favorite things about this brand is the exquisite variety of patterns they use. While some outfits sport complicated weaving, florals, and others as shown below, employ the simplicity of plain butterflies.

The Eliane et Lena Navy Sashi Dress in sizes 4-8. This dress is sleeveless and in a light-weight cotton, making it very comfortable for summer weather.

One of the other special things about Eliane et Lena is their attention to the outfit as a whole. Many of their dresses can stand on their own but are also understated in a way that still allows them to be accented with an accessory (necklace, cool shoes, or a decorated hairband). These dresses are fun to wear, dressed up or down.

Interested and want to see more? See the full llbd shop Eliane et Lena collection.

Also, be sure to take a glance at the Fall 2013 Eliane et Lena little girls clothes, now available for preorder.

Fuchsia Laura Dress, girls sizes 6-12 for Fall 2013 is now available for preorder.

-ESK

 

Llum Girls Clothes — Our Girls Fashion Designer of the Week

If one is searching for a fashion forward American children’s clothing manufacturer, Llum is one of my personal favorites. And oh, the name is pronounced, “loom”, not to by rhymed with any fruit, and yet often times as colorful.

Llum is the work of apparel designer Amanda Reichert and her team. The company began producing its stylish collections in 2010. All of their clothes are made in the USA. Fabrics are of soft cottons and easy care. The fit runs true to size to slightly small.

I had the opportunity to work with the Llum team in creating merchandise exclusively for llbd shop. Llum was able to take our focus on black and incorporate the color with the stylings of their dresses. Take a look at the Black and White Bertoia Halter Dress, available in sizes 2T-6, and the Black and Purple Bertoia Halter Dress, available in sizes 2T-8.

 

Should you wish a lot-a lot of color to add to your little-little black wardrobe, the Degas dress is for pirouetting in lilac. The large floral sash allows for making an individual self-tie bow fashion statement.

Visit our Llum page at llbd shop to see more Llum clothes. And as our Designer of the Week get 15% off any Llum item with coupon code LLUM15. (Coupon code expires May 31, 2012.)

Why Little Black Dresses for Little Girls?

For the love of little black dresses, little-little black dresses.

Some may ask, so why little black dresses for little girls? REALLY?  Black for little girls?

Yes, absolutely.  I have been in love with all things black since I was a little girl. It is not that I am a morbid person, I am just drawn to the simplicity and the sophistication of black.

As a child my mother would suggest a tan camel hair winter coat. I preferred the navy one. Red patent shoes, I selected the black pair.  A floral print dress? Not for me, I wanted the navy jumper with a simple white turtleneck. No Peter Pan collars, definitely not. No button trims down the front of a dress. You guessed it, I was a 1960’s little girl, with pure Florence Eiseman taste.

Over the years I became quite known for my mostly black wardrobe.  It suited me.  I was a jewelry designer and craftsman. The black clothing was always a great backdrop for the jewelry. And of course, my favorites were and are my little black dresses.

llbdshop.com was developed from that love of the little black dress. It occurred to me that there was a wealth of black dresses for women available, but not necessarily a place to shop for “little-little” black dresses. It seemed to me that every little girl should have a little black dress and all things to go with it in her closet. My definition of a little-little black dress is really one’s very favorite dress, not necessarily black, we do offer other colors. I though, recommend the black.

Curious? Visit our little-little black dress page.

-The Creative Director, llbdshop.com

Girls Fashion Favorite Designer of the Week — Sophie Catalou

Versatile and chic are the Spring Summer 2012 collections from Sophie Catalou, our featured Designer of the Week.  There are dresses for a stroll in the park, a skip to school, or a special event. In addition, find the most adorable romper dresses for the fashion forward little-little ones.   

Sophie Catalou combines unique fabric selections with attention to the little details.  The edges of dresses often have a colored piping to just give a little pop to the design. Embellishments such as a floral appliqué and sequins are added for a dash of flair and fashion.

Little girls love the look and feel of these Barcelona designed dresses, and moms love the price and ease of care. 

You may view the full selection at our Sophie Catalou page, but here are two of our picks.

Anya Dress

The White and Gray Anya Dress is available in sizes 2 – 6. This sleeveless dress is light gray with white and silver polka dots. The Fuchsia draw strings at the neck tie into a big bow in the back.

Sophie Catalou Ollie Dress

The Ollie dress, available in sizes 12M -5, is black with white piping and has a fun flower appliqué.

 All Sophie Catalou dresses are made of 100% premium cotton and jersey knits, using innovative prints and dyeing techniques. The dresses are comfy soft and machine washable.

As llbd shop’s Designer of the Week, all Sophie Catalou items, including sale merchandise, is available at 15% off with coupon code SOPHIE15. Visit our Sophie Catalou page and take a look.