Make popsicles less messy: Kids LOVE popsicles because they are yummy and great for a hot day. Parents love them because they are normally pretty cheap and easy to keep on hand when the entire child population ends up at your house on a hot day. What DON’T we love about popsicles? You guessed it: the sticky, melty mess. Combat this mess by placing a cupcake wrapper around the stick to catch the melt before it ends up on every surface within a quarter of a mile.
Noise Reduction: Wee woo wee woo, clunk, clink, voom, baaaa – baaaaa, woof, A-B-C-D…. Kids toys. The more sound they make, the more kids seems to want to play with them. Noisy toys are a sure-fire way to test your sanity – or what is left of it. Quickly and simply reduce the sound of a child’s toy by applying some tape over the toy speaker holes. The kids still get to enjoy the quirky clinky clappy of the toy, but it is now at a volume not to be heard at the international space station.
Card Games + little hands: Playing card games are a great way to pass the time and have some fun with your kids, but it can be tough for their little hands to hold more than one card at a time. Egg cartons are a great, inexpensive tool to keep the cards upright – guarding the secrets of a stealth win masterminded by your 5-year-old. Grab some of the must-have, card games and enjoy being beat by YOUR big-brained kids!
Boo-Boos: I am of the opinion that kids are much more resilient than most of us grown-up types. However every now and then playtime comes to a screeching halt due to an injury. While many parents’ first thought in helping the ouch is to apply a traditional ice pack, freezing marshmallows makes for a soft and not too cold alternative. I like to tell my kids (who have surely experienced the occasional head bonk, knee smash, shin bang…) that I am going to make the boo-boo feel better by putting some clouds on it. They get wide-eyed and mystified at my parenting prowess, and get ultra excited when they realize they also get to EAT the clouds one the boo-boo feels better 🙂
In the comments below, share some of your parenting hacks to help minimize the mess, stress and also save some cash!
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