I Created an Area Rug On a Budget

I love projects that I can build upon a bit at a time such as this area rug made from Dollar Tree carpet tiles.

How we created an area rug for a childs play space on a tight budget. www.simplymoms.net

We are apartment dwellers and the home we live in is older and has hard wood floors. Hard wood is wonderful but not very forgiving to a child who spends a lot of time playing on them or my feet.

Carpet Tiles

While browsing the Dollar Tree I came across these “rug remnants” they caught my eye because of the thick rubber backing. I originally purchased just one for a door mat in from of my entryway door. I also looked them up online and found out they are carpet tiles. You can do wall to wall with them or area rugs like I have. They do not need padding because it is built in. Some say you can use adhesive to hold them down. But I find on a clean floor they do not move unless little miss moves them intentionally. The rubber holds them still. So I decided that they would make a great area rug for Little Miss’s bed room.

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Creating The Area Rug

If like myself you grab these from the Dollar Tree have an open mind. They do not carry all one pattern sometimes there is one of this and six of that. Mix and match. I was more than okay with that as I figured for a child’s play space the mix and match would look fun. Creating the rug is as simple as buying your tiles and plopping them down on a clean floor edge to edge in a way that looks pleasing to you.

With carpet tile you can add to your area rug as you like.

We started out smaller just to see if they would slide around. Each tile is 19′ x 19″ So the rug we started out with would have been a good bit over 4X4 feet. 4.75 X 4.75 to be exact. As you can see with little Miss standing there it is a nice size to sit and play on. The original cost us  $12.00.

We ended up because of her large amount of toys and her need for a bigger bed moving her in the largest room in the place. So we expanded her rug area. With my plan to add around it until most of the room is covered in carpet.

Frugal, easy to change and move area rug from carpet tiles.

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Why Children Should Do Chores

This guest post was written and submitted by  Tilly Sanders .

Children and chores - time to clean up

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Not many children like cleaning and this is not surprising. Kids adore playing and if we lose them of sight for just a couple of minutes, they will make a real mess in our home. We can’t expect from our kids to clean like we do but we can at least encourage them to help us clean. This may not be as easy as it sounds but if you are patient and persistent enough, you can build the habit of cleaning in your child.

Here are some of the most important reasons why you should involve your kids in the process of cleaning.

  1. They help you with the household chores

Children usually make a big mess when they are playing and never put the toys back in their rightful place. They also don’t put the dishes near the sink, neither the dirty clothes in the laundry basket. However, children need to learn that like everybody else in the family, they also need to help with the cleaning, instead of waiting for somebody else to take care of everything.

 

  1. They become more responsible

If your children help you with the cleaning, they will learn to take responsibilities and discover that it is not only playing that they need to be engaged in. This unpleasant activity will help them become reliable grown-ups.

 

  1. They learn what is hard work

Cleaning is a great way for children to learn the importance of hard work. The knowledge that they need to put efforts for everything in life will help them achieve their goals easily.

 

  1. They will develop important skills that can be applied later in life

Stimulate your kids to help you with the house work because they will acquire good qualities and later when they are independent, they will be able to deal with everything themselves and won’t depend on other people.

 

  1. They learn to appreciate things

When children clean they actually see how much efforts it costs you to ensure clean and healthy atmosphere for them in your home. Knowing that they are those who will clean later, they won’t walk with dirty feet inside anymore and will keep everything clean.

 

  1. You will spend more time together

If it was possible, kids would spend every minute with their parents. If you are working too much and often arrive home when your children are already sleeping, cleaning may be a good way to spend more time together. Just present it as a pleasant game and don’t concentrate on results too much. This is how your children won’t accept cleaning as an unpleasant duty.

 

  1. They will build hygiene and healthy habits

Teach your children that they need to help you create clean and sanitized atmosphere in your home and one day when they are living in their own house, they will know how to maintain it clean. It gives a great feeling to be an example for your children.
There are many reasons why your kids should help you clean. However, all children are different. Some of them have no problems with helping with the house work, while others may not want to contribute to it at all. Fortunately, children are easily manipulated and if they have a good stimulation, they will always help you clean. Try different methods and choose what works best for your family. Keep in mind that your children are not able to clean your home the way you do and lower your expectations. Just involve your children in the household work and sooner or later they will get used to being part of the cleaning crew.


Bio:  Tilly Sanders is an owner of a small cleaning company named  Sparkling Cleaners London based in London, United Kingdom. She has one lovely child that she loves more than everything In her free time she likes to write articles related to cleaning, organizing, and eco.

Friday Favorites From Little Miss Toddler

Little Miss Toddler has a rough couple of weeks a cough, fever and an ear infection. She remained the sweetest happiest little girl I know through it all. This is a little glimpse into her world. Her Friday Favorites.

Little Miss Toddler and her Friday Favorites

  1. Barbies

    This little girl adores her Barbies and thanks to Great Nana and I she has a large collection of about 25 of them. I had her pull a few of her favorites from the large pile. Her Uncle J. Bought her a small Barbie house that has a toilet and her Barbies spend a lot of time using that and jumping on the bed.

Barbies both new and vinatge

2. Pink

She clearly understands this week what having a favorite color means. She is choosing pink these days on a regular basis. This photo was a challenge because though she helped me pick all the pink stuff she wanted to show you. She also wanted to play with it LOL.

Pink

3. The Foot Book by Dr. Suess

When I asked her to bring me her favorite book I knew this would be the one. I know it by heart, she knows it word for word. Hands down this little girls favorite. It is one of my favorites as well.

The Foot Book by Dr Suess

4. VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace

This gets played with every single day. She immerses herself into pretend play. Interestingly she keeps the sound off. She loves making her “people” go up the stairs and talk. She uses her Little People (Fisher Price) to place with this set as well. My joy is listening in on her pretend play.

VTech Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace

5. Being out side.

This girl is so happy that the snow is gone. We spent an hour out on the deck the other day blowing bubbles and playing. She kept coming to me telling me it was sunny out and hot. Such joy on her little face. Little Miss Toddler reminds me daily of the simple joys in life.

Sunglasses and outside

What are your toddler’s favorite things this week?

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Toys Toddlers Will Really Play With

Recently I stood in the center of Little Miss Toddlers room shaking my head. She had just dumped a bunch of toys everywhere and ran for the hills. It was a new game she named on her very own called “Make a Mess” What I could not figure out was with so many toys why would she just keep dumping everything and taking off. Then a light came on.

There were just too many toys.

Like way too many. Some really useless, noise making, no imagination needed toys. It was time to sort, declutter and put away some of these things. So Little Miss Toddler and I worked on that over last weekend. The list I am giving you is essentially what she is left with now in her room.

Toys your toddler will really play with and love that foster learning

Then after things were gone and what was left was put away Little Miss Toddler did something she had not done in a long time.

She sat at her table and colored, then she put a puzzle together…She played with her toys.

Less IS more.

This is our Most LOVED by Little Miss Toddler Toy List

  • Cars and trucks
  • Blocks (Wooden and plastic interlocking types)
  • Baby dolls
  • Something to push around such as a doll stroller or a shopping cart
  • Kitchen set, dishes and pretend food
  • Wooden puzzles
  • Books
  • Crayons, coloring book and a scribble pad
  • Dress up clothes simple things to put on such as funny hats, sunglasses and the like.
  • A play set such as a doll house, garage, or castle that includes people, cars, and animals
  • Stacking cups
  • A shape sorting toy
  • A ride on toy or trike
  • A child size table and chairs
  • Ball
  • Bubbles
  • Play dough
  • Non-toxic or homemade paints
  • A bin for playing with water, rice, beans or other sensory items
  • Barbies just because our little REALLY loves them

Toddler plays with a bin of water out on the deck

Often times the most simple things provide hours of fun for a young child. Water play is an excellent example of this.

Open-ended toys that allow imagination to take over are most often the best choices.

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Moon Sand Flour and Oil Version Taste Safe and Homemade

Homemade Moon Sand this is messy play at its finest.

I chose the flour and vegetable oil combination because Little Miss Toddler will not keep things like this out of her mouth. We did it on the kitchen floor.Clean up involved sweeping up and mopping really well (Think oil residue). Next time I would put an old sheep or newspaper down for easier cleanup or simply do it outside.

This homemade Moon Sand or as some call it Cloud Dough is soft, molds together well and it is wonderful sensory play for even a pretty young child. Little Miss Toddler enjoyed it.

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What you need is simple and most everyone has it on hand. 

  • 8 Cups of Flour (All-Purpose)
  • 1 Cup of Vegetable Oil
  • A few drops food coloring if you like but not needed. (We skipped this)

In a large bin just mix it all together really well. Done and done.

We tossed in some kitchen scoops, spoons and the like. She had a blast.

 

Maybe Moon Sand is not what you intended to find or wish to make today? How about some play dough recipes?

 

Homemade Cloud Dough

Toddler Playing With Home made Moon Sand

Toddler sensory Play

Sensory Bin Flour and Oil

Messy Play

Toddler playing with cloud dough and scoops

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Breaking The Ice

There was a lot of melting happening today and with the melting, icicles were falling off the roof. I have to tell you I was a bit afraid one of our Miniature Poodles would be hit or even killed by all this falling ice.

Maine Ice hanging from roof

So I went out and did what any loving dog Mama would do. I went right on out there and started throwing snowballs at them. This, of course, intrigued my 15-year-old son who wanted to know what his crazy Mom was up to. I am sure I looked rather funny out there in my pajamas throwing snowballs at the house. So he did what any good son would do.  He joined in.

Breaking The Ice

I cherish these moments with him. I know they are quickly slipping by. He is a sweet boy, with a laugh and a smile that bring joy into a somber room with ease. He reminds me in many ways of my “Dad”. He goes at life with this curiosity and excitement that makes you want to sit there with him and figure things out too.

So we hit all the dangerous crazy huge icicles. The dogs can now safely wander out and do their business.  I guess that sorta makes us heroes LOL.

 

As a side note, mid afternoon it was hardly cold out hence the t-shirt for in the moment play.

 

Eight Solutions For Bored Children.

 Do you have some bored children at home? We have some fun yet simple activity ideas for you. 

eight solutions for bored children

  1. Make Play-Doh

Pretty simple stuff almost everyone has on hand.

Salt Dough

2 cups flour

1/2 cup salt

1/2 cup water

Play Dough

Mix all the ingredients together then knead it into a ball.  If the dough is too dry add a tiny bit of water. If the dough is too wet add a small amount of flour and knead it in well. This homemade play dough can be played with or air-dried and painted.

 

2. Pick an object such as a small ball or toy and take turns hiding it around the house in different places My kids always had fun doing this. I would always get really creative with my hiding. They thought it was so funny when I would hide a purple ball on a blanket almost the same color and they would keep walking right by it.

 

3. Play an old school game from back in your childhood with them such as Red Rover, Mother May I, or Red Light Green Light alternatively,  if you are inside Go Fish, Old Maid or war.

 

4. Write the start a story for them on paper and have them finish it and illustrate it.

 

5. Look up how to make a piñata and make one together. It can be as simple or as complicated as you like.

Minnie Pinata

6. Learn a new recipe together or hand down a family recipe and really let them help prepare it. One of my favorite memories was watching my son learn how to make the bread. I have been making bread for over twenty years. I taught him to bake bread just as I was taught by my own mother.

 

7. Take them outside or to a park. Outdoor play is a great way to burn off excess energy.

 

8. Search coloring pages, print them and sit down and color with them. My children have always loved this.

COLORING PAGES FOR ADULTS

Hello Kids Coloring Pages

Coloring Pages for Girls

Coloring Pages for Boys

 

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