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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

summer fun: last day of school activities

Ella's last day of school was exactly a week ago today.

Ella's first and last day of Kindergarten

She had a great year, and has grown in so many ways. Now that she's on vacation, she loves sleeping in, staying up later, and playing longer. But she misses her teacher.


Ella called me Mrs. Reiber today. We laughed. I can't begin to express how grateful we are for Debbie. And I can understand why Ella misses her. Besides structure in her classroom, her patience, love, enthusiasm and experience have given our Ella exactly what she needed for a successful year.


When Ella got home, we made sidewalk paint. It's the paint version of sidewalk chalk. It was so simple to mix up a batch and kept us busy for quite awhile.


Be sure to use a lot of the paint on the brush for the best color. We'll definitely be doing this again, it's inexpensive, easy peasy, and creative--my kind of fun. Here's the recipe if you want to give it a try.

SIDEWALK PAINT

Supplies:
1 part cornstarch (1 c.)
1 part water (1 c.)
food coloring (we used neon colors)
sponge brushes

Mix corn starch and water. Add food coloring and mix.

*I used a muffin tin for extra large muffins to hold the paint. One cup of cornstarch and one cup of water filled them about half way. The paint stretched further than I thought. I also included a sponge brush for each color--just simpler.


Our sweet neighbors, the Bybees, invited Ella over for a water fun party--relays, water balloons, squirt guns, and sprinklers. She loved it. With her siblings in their 20's, Ella is pretty much being raised as an only child. I know it's hard for her sometimes. Chad and Sarah are great about inviting Ella to many of their family activities. Her favorite is "cousins night." I think she looks forward to it more than the cousins do. :)


It was soooo hot, so Sarah pulled out the ice cream. She added a little surprise in the bottom of the cones. How fun is that?
 
Here's to a perfect start to summer!

Kim

15 comments:

  1. can I just say your pictures are gorgeous.

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  2. Coming from you, that's the best compliment EVER! Thanks, Tracie.

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  3. Just curious, how easily does the paint come off?

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  4. Bethany, I was worried about that too. It was actually on a few days before I got to it, and started fading. The rest came off easily with water.

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  5. I love the sidewalk paint idea! Thank you for sharing. I just pinned it :)

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  6. Can you make it in advance or should it be made 'fresh'.....?

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    1. Hmmm...good question Sara. I don't know. I imagine the mixture might thicken up if left sitting too long, but you might be able to just shake/stir it up.

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  7. With the food coloring does it stain or will it wash off? I don't want to use it if it will stain

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  8. My experience has been that it doesn't stain, even after it's been left a few days. I would suggest using the McCormick food coloring, not a more concentrated version and testing it first if you're worried.

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  9. My experience has been that it doesn't stain, even after it's been left a few days. I would suggest using the McCormick food coloring, not a more concentrated version and testing it first if you're worried.

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  10. I am not so worried about the sidewalk, lol =) but does it stain clothes/hands?

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    1. Hahaha! No problem with hands, but I don't remember the kids getting any on their clothing. I do know I would not have made it multiple times if I had to use a stain remover afterwards. :)

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    2. Hahaha! No problem with hands, but I don't remember the kids getting any on their clothing. I do know I would not have made it multiple times if I had to use a stain remover afterwards. :)

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  11. thank you for the chalk paint recipe! so easy! boys are having so much fun right now.

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  12. I know this is an older post but thanks for sharing it. I linked it on my little blog as we tried it today with much success!

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