Kids Love a Good Scavenger Hunt!
I decided to repurpose this post again this year. I had forgotten it myself, until I was going through some old posts. The kids had SO much fun doing this last year. It is something I am for SURE going to have them do again this year. Doesn’t cost a thing, keeps them busy for awhile and they get exercise. What could be better?
Do you remember going on scavenger hunts as a kids while at a friend’s party or with a church group? I do and I loved them! The triplets were a little on the bored side (can you believe that? Summer and nothing to do? lol) and I wanted to encourage them to be outside. I do not allow TV, computers or video games during the day, unless it’s raining. I want them to get outside and play, explore and use their imaginations.
I decided the other day to send them on a scavenger hunt. Our town is on the small side, so I felt comfortable with it. I wrote up a list of things that I knew they could find and a few they’d have to search out. I sent them with our home cell phone (nope… they do not have their own yet…. the only ones their age according to them!).
I sent them with a list of things to hunt out and they had to take pictures of them with the phone. No knocking on doors and bringing back an entire bag of stuff (like we used to do).
Here is the list I sent them with:
They had a blast! They took their friend with them and were gone close to 2 hours. I did talk to them during that time, so I knew everything was going well. The only thing they couldn’t find was a garage sale.
I also sent along $5 and told them they could stop at the gas station and get a snack that they all could split, but that they had to have their list completed before they stopped for their snack.
There is now talk of doing another one and competing against another team. One of the mother’s saw I had sent them on a scavenger hunt because I posted it on my Facebook page that day and she said her kids would love to do it with them!
I think I’ve started a new tradition!
Kids Artwork – Great Ideas
What do you do with all that great artwork the kids bring home from school? They are So proud of it!
1) Photograph it
If you have a hard time throwing away their artwork, then one solution is to take pictures of it. You can have it on your computer or in a scrapbook and remember it for years to come. You can now do all kinds of neat things with them.
2) Photo Gifts
I just had mugs made for my Dad and sister for their birthdays with special pictures on them from SnapFish
3) Give them as Gifts
You can give one or two a year to a Grandparent or Aunt and Uncle if you can’t stand to throw it away, but you have your paper for the month. (My rule of saving only one paper for the month…but with most of these ideas, you can actually get rid of all the actual artwork but still see it for years to come!)
4) Frame Them
Frame some of their artwork and hang it. I was just getting a picture framed for a client and there was a woman there with her grandchild’s art work that she was having framed to hang up. She was going to have it hanging in the guest room where her granddaughter stayed when she came to visit. She was using an expensive frame and mat, but the frames above in the picture are only $1.99 at Ikea. There are all kinds of cute colors and they would work great, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money.
5) Art Gallery
I remember growing up that our upstairs hallway was the art gallery. Both my brother and sister are artist and did wonderful work even in grade and high school. My mother had their pieces displayed in the upstairs hallway. They were her favorite pieces. Then if something new came in she would take one down and put the new one up. We all thought that was great and anytime guests came to our house, mom proudly took them upstairs to show them the “art gallery”.
6) Photo Book
I heard a great idea from watching Peter Walsh on Oprah the other day. He suggested taking pictures of your child’s artwork with your digital camera and then putting them in a digital scrapbook. You can use snapfish.com or shutterbug.com, and I also know that Creative Memories(their package for a 20 page book is about $99) does the same thing too.
But I do think his idea was great. You could make one of these each year with their artwork and it would be great fun for them to look at through the years and easy to pass on to them when they are grown.
7) Wall Art
Another thing they had on his segment of the Oprah show was to take carpet squares and use double sided tape and tape them to the wall to make a bulletin board. What they showed was using two different colors with two across and 3 down. Then they used that for a bulletin board and hung one piece of the kids artwork in each square to showcase it. This is one way you can change them often.
Let me know if you have any other ideas of what to do with your child’s artwork!
Link Up A Post You Would Like Pinned on Pinterest
Check out those that have linked up their posts on the linky below and pin them on Pinterest. Link up what you’d like pinned also!
There are SO many fashions that I see on Pinterest that I wish I could wear! The shoes… the dresses and darling outfits! But I can still add them on my board as things I like!
Look at this black and white beautiful dress!! I love it!
I found this on pinterest, but it originally came from the Lace & Tea blog
I’ll add one to get things started.
1) Add a link from one of your blog post you want pinned.
2) Be sure to use the picture you want pinned for the picture we see on here.
3) Would love for you to tweet this out, or stumble or pin it. lol
4) Be sure to pin a couple other pins you see on here too!
If you like the pinterest parties you can go to Kim’s at Crafty Mama of 4. She has Pin it Friday
If you need some help knowing how to link up, this link party tutorial should help.
If you would like an invitation to join Pinterest, please let me know in the comments and I’ll invite you.
My four boys “Then and Now”
While my two oldest boys were home from boot camp I did what moms do.. took pictures. On Christmas Eve while at my Dad’s house, they got goofy while I was trying to get a family picture. They remembered a picture of the 4 of them, lined up in a picture from when they were smaller. They started cracking up and lined up on the floor. I still don’t remember the picture myself, but I will have to search for it.. just to be sure.
About 10 minutes before I was to take my 2 oldest to the airport to go back to Basic training in Ft. Sills, OK I said, “Hey guys… we never did the pictures” and I took off for the basement. I grabbed their old pictures and told them to just give me 3 of them… “Please!!!”
Boys being boys… they will do anything for their moms.. (most of the time) and they did.
I asked Joe and Drew to get together for a shot.. and this is what I got…
I reposted this post from my Chat with Sandy blog. It was originally posted 1/4/11
How Do You Organize Your Digital Pictures?
Digitally Organizing Photos
Just as in real life, digitally we need to be organized. You may wonder why, since there isn’t any physical clutter associated with our computer or laptop. But we can still have “clutter” on our computers. Photographs can be a big culprit. Do you load your pictures onto your computer and forget them? Can you find them when you need them, or do you just have to scan, scan, scan until you see it? There are some simple ways to make browsing and sharing your photos easy.
5 Ways to Organize Your Photos Digitally
Step 1: Up Load
Load your pictures onto your computer. There are many applications you can use on your computer (ie: iphoto, picasa, photoshop) but pick one and try to stick to it. Do not use several different ones on your computer and have your pictures in several different locations.
Step 2: Sort
Just as in real life, we need to “sort” our things, and in this case pictures. You do not need to keep ALL the pictures you take. With digital cameras we tend to take a lot more pictures than we used to. It is alright to delete a picture! If you have 15 pictures of the same subject. Pick the best one, or maybe 2 and delete the rest. Remember, these pictures can be copied, shared and saved – so you can break away from the “running out of syndrome”. You don’t ever have to run out of copies of a digital picture. Keep your best ones and delete the blurry ones, or ones where you cut off the top of someone’s head.
Step 3: Label
Label your pictures. Try to do this as soon as you upload them onto your computer. You have the best memory of the event soon after it happens. Add dates, people’s names, events and thoughts.
Here are some other labeling methods
Face recognition: You can label a photo via faces with some computers. (this is from iphoto on Mac) If there are people in the photo you label a square that is around their face with their name. Your computer photo software then remembers this face and recognizes it in subsequent photos so labeling becomes easier. The person who views the photo later can place their cursor over the picture and the persons name appears. Here is a picture of what a Face folder may look like in your computer.
Step 4: Separate
Separating your photos into folders enables you to find them quick and easily. If you just have all your pictures loaded but not separated in any way, you can be searching forever for a particular photo.
Here is an example of folders from a PC. But I have all the folders labeled and dated for fast and easy referencing.
This is iphotos folder method. I used to have a PC and loved how I organized it.
I like having the picture on the front of the folder along with labeling below. As you use the scroll bar to scroll down the pictures you also get the letter of the category you are on. I have mine in alphabetical order. But it can be more difficult to access these pictures when you are wanting to use a picture for a blog post or to put on Facebook. The text labeling do not show up on that screen.
You can separate your photos into broad events:
Holidays, sports, Vacations
Or you can separate them into more specific events (this is my preferred method)
Christmas 2009, Thanksgiving 2008, Youth Football 2006, San Antonio Vacation 2010
You can separate your folders by dates, events, alphabetically or by place. That is up to you. But which ever method you chose, be sure you can find your pictures fast and easy.
Step 5: Share and Store
Sharing your photos is what taking pictures is all about. There are so many avenues to sharing with social media today; Facebook, Flicker, Kodak Gallery, E-mail, being able to find your pictures easily makes sharing them a breeze.
The m-series Kodak cameras even have a Share feature on them. You can mark how you want your photos shared, (Facebook, Kodak Gallery, email) and when you connect your camera to your computer they are automatically sent.
Store – Back up those photos! Be sure to not store your photos on your camera, get them off your camera and onto your computer to use them. But be sure to back them up with flashdrives, external hard drives or an off-site back up company so that you do not have to worry if your computer crashes or is stolen.
Digitally organizing your photos is not hard. It does take a little extra time when you initially load your pictures onto your computer. But that time will be made up ten-fold when you want to find a picture later. As with any organizing project, maintenance is required. (But well worth it!)
I originally wrote this post for Kodak last year.
Having Fun With My Camera
I am trying to work on my photography skills. Kim from Crafty Mama of 4 inspired me when she was here. Heck…we had to stop the car near my home so she could get that unobstructed sunset view. LOL
I dusted off my Canon D20 (now outdated….but great when I got it about 4 yrs ago) and got it working. Now I am trying to figure out how to take pictures in modes other than automatic. But that is easier said than done. I had taken a photography class several years back…but have always had trouble figuring out what settings to use….unless I have lots of time to set and play with it. But how do you know when you want that “fast shot” or that animal is going to move and you just want to “snap” it?
Dave and I went driving around near his farm since it was rainy…and I got a few pictures. My guess is that most of these are in automatic. I took bunches and tried all kinds of settings…but it seemed the automatic always had better settings than I did. ugghhh…..but I’ll keep trying. I’ve been reading some of the tuitorials on The Pioneer Woman’s blog. She also inspires me to try and go beyond the automatic settings. Wow…her stuff is awe inspiring.
I’ve been trying to look at things differently. Trying to see things through a lens and what might make a neat picture….instead of the “expected” picture.
I worked with a client the other day who gave me some insight. She has MS and has trouble getting around. She also has oodles of Christmas decorations. I looked around at all her beautiful displays and asked if she had decorated herself (because I had a hard time picturing this much of a creativity side of her husband…no offense. LOL) She said, “No…I just direct.” I thought how frustrating that must be. To have the desire to do so many things in life and have a disability or disease that doesn’t let your body do what your mind wants to.
Then she shared with me something I have seen before, but never thought to be used in this way. She took a picture of her decorations up and displayed the way she likes them (last year or the year before I think) and posted that picture on the bin with those supplies in it. Brilliant!
Each person helping her just brings that bin up and knows exactly where and how to put the decorations.
So simple but most of us would never have thought to do so.
This is a fantastic idea for any of us to use. In the spirit of Christmas or other holiday, if you know someone who has troubles getting around themselves, help them do it this year! Take a picture close up and one a little further back (to see exactly the location) of their decorations. Help them to load just that set up or two in a bin and post the picture on the outside.
Love it! Thanks Becky!