Anyone who has children knows that while the words “SNOW DAY” bring shouts of excitement from the mouths of any young children in the household, those same words may NOT bring the same level of excitement for the parents of those same small children! For that matter, “sick day,” “holiday,” or “parent-teacher conferences” may also have the same effect. The kids are home, mom and/or dad are off work and have things to do, and in spite of the dozens of “I just *have* to have THAT!” toys and activities received mere weeks ago during the holidays, suddenly…the kids are “soooo bored!”
Enter the wonderful line of Foamies Activity Buckets! For these particular snowflakes, you’ll need:
- Foamies Glitter Baby Bucket of Stickers – Snowflake Shapes
- Foamies Activity Bucket – Glitter Snowflakes
I opened up both containers of these Foamies and literally just dumped them on the kitchen table, and let my three older children, along with a couple of my friend’s children, just go at it. The larger Activity Bucket contains 24 circle bases, with holes punched in the top (so they can be hung from the included pre-cut fishing line), a large assortment of shapes and sizes of snowflakes (self-adhesive), several jewel-rhinestones, a small tube of white glue, a small tube of silver glitter glue, and a small package of white/iridescent glitter. All of the foam items and “jewels” in the Activity Bucket are in white or blue tones. The smaller Baby Bucket contains a wonderful assortment of glittered snowflakes in smaller sizes, plus circles in two different sizes – all self adhesive as well. There were two shades of pink, two shades of blue, and a beautiful glittery white.
The children were all quite creative in how they assembled their snowflakes, each taking different approaches. I watched as one child even tore the balls off the tips of one snowflake to suit his liking, before sticking it down onto another snowflake. One of my three-year old twins was content to just tear snowflakes apart – which is par for the course – she enjoys tearing almost anything apart…yet, it DID keep her occupied! My 5-year old most enjoyed two different aspects – one, the silver glitter glue, and two, stacking as many layers as he possibly could – proudly telling me exactly how many layers he was able to add to each snowflake.
Even I couldn’t help but make a few snowflakes myself – the glitter just called out to me! I tried removing the backing from one of the self-adhesive snowflakes, and dipping it in the glitter (much easier than spreading wet glue around and applying glitter that way). My son watched and then had to try it himself, of course!
I say you can’t go wrong with the Foamies Activity Buckets – and I’d definitely encourage you to stock up on a few to keep on hand for those days when you just may have some “bored” children at home!
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