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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

CSI Project Guest Post..."CHEWS" Wisely Summer Fun Board! (Re-Post)

Hey friends! Just re-posting my CSI project guest post.
 My kiddos are loving this!  We started using it Monday-so far so good.
Love it when things work the way they are supposed to...have a good one!
 
Hello out there! This is Wendy from Craft Goodies. I am beyond excited to be here today, CSI Project is by far one of my favorite inspiration sites, the ideas available here are amazing and I am thrilled to be able to share one of mine with you.
 
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Summer vacation officially starts Friday for me and my crew so this week's challenge was perfect to get me ready for the {long} days ahead.
 At our house tackling the "summer blues" comes down to having an idea ahead of time. And well, as my calendar is already overflowing with other stuff, adding one more thing to it might cause it to self-destruct!.
 I needed a fun, interactive, and separate way to have all our ideas on hand and so came up with this:
 
 
The "CHEWS" Wisely Summer Fun Board!
Here's how to make one...
 

Start with a basic magnetic white board.
 I picked this one up at Walmart for just under $6.
Tape off the white board and give the frame a shot of color with some spray paint-
 

From there, I added the vinyl gumball machine image and wording.
 I cut the image with my Cricut using the "Sweethearts" cartridge.
*Paper and a spray adhesive would be a great alternative to vinyl*
 

Then I got to work on my gumballs.
I used a small collection of paper paint samples and a 1" circle paper punch to make around 40 circles.
 
 
I then cut a small square of magnet strip and glued it to the back side top of each circle and set them aside to dry.
 

While the glue dried, my girls and I came up with our list of activities. I wrote them out on the small round stickers you use for garage sales.
 

We came up with a bunch of everyday, pretty inexpensive ideas, like a picnic at the lake, exploring a new park, or a backyard camp out to a few mini-vacation/day trip ideas like a trip to the beach or zoo, or visiting the children's museum.
 

To keep the big stuff separate from the others, I punched out larger circles and made them into 25 cent tokens. That way, when we know we have time for a bigger trip we can pick one of the tokens and plan for it a few days ahead of time.
 
 

 From there add the stickers onto the backs of the gumballs, stick them into place in the gumball machine, and stand back and smile!
 

A handful of ready to go ideas whenever you hear those fantastic words, "Mom, I'm bored!"
Just pick a gumball and go.
Keep a small jar next to your board to store your "CHEW"-sen pieces in and then once you've picked them all, put the pieces back on the board and start over!
 
Thanks CSI Gals for letting me be here to share some summer fun! Hope your summers are all absolutely wonderful...
Happy Crafting!
 
 
 

6 comments:

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

What a fun idea! I love it! Thanks so much for your comments on my shark salad! I've linked it up, and am having fun exploring your blog. I'm a new follower!

I'd LOVE to have you follow me too... and please, come share this post at my For the Kids Link Party!!!!

http://sunscholars.blogspot.com

Sonia said...

Cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

Have a great weekend!


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Sallie said...

What a cute idea!

@pril said...

I thought this was a really cute project. I love gumball machines and polka dots. I featured this on my blog: http://koolbeenz-blog.blogspot.com/2011/06/featured-crafter-craft-goodies-with.html

Feel free to grab my Featured Button if you like.

Rachel at Sun Scholars said...

This is such a fun idea. I'm featuring your post tonight! Stop by and grab an A++ button! And while you're there, I'd LOVE to have you link up with us again! Thanks for sharing at For the Kids Friday!

:)rachel at SunScholars.blogspot.com

Beth- the mama bee said...

I love that, I wonder what I could do with it for a behavior chart....

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