Balloon Bean Bags

These balloon bean bags are showing up everywhere!

I first saw them on Flipflops and Applesauce. Bookmark her blog!

We’re going to make these! You should, too!

Okay, no more exclamation marks!



  • 3 round balloons (any size is okay, but use the same size for each balloon)
  • rice, beans or lentils for filling
  • scissors
  • funnel (make one if you can’t find one)

Family Fun Balloon Bean Bags


1. Stretch the first balloon: inflate it halfway, hold it closed for 30 seconds (sing the ABCs slowly), then let the air out.

2. Put a funnel in the balloon’s neck, then carefully pour in ¾ cup of filling. You might need a pencil or single chopstick to help push the filling in.

3. When the balloon is round, cut off the lip and fold the rest over.

4. Cut off the neck of a second balloon and stretch it over the first balloon.

5. Take your 3rd balloon, cut off the neck, and fold it over the first 2 balloons.

6. That completes one bean bag. Repeat Steps 1-5 to make more.


This version shows helpful step-by-step photos.

Maybe this is where the idea started?

When is your birthday?

Remember this: When you say your date of birth in American English, usually you can give just the numbers. Month, day and the last two digits of the year. For example, April 15, 1956 can be said as 4/15/56.

Got it?

Okay, now grab an abacus and use your own birthday to solve this little math problem. (Don’t panic. Numbers are your good friends, too.)


  1. Write down the number of the month you were born.
  2. Multiply by 4.
  3. Add 13.
  4. Multiply by 25.
  5. Subtract 200.
  6. Add the day of the month you were born.
  7. Multiply by 2.
  8. Subtract 40.
  9. Multiply by 50.
  10. Add the last two digits of the year you were born.
  11. Subtract 10,500.
  12. The answer will be your birth date!


Did anyone else watch Zoom as a kid?

Dangling Door Decor

In summer when it’s hot, I like to remove doors, open windows in the evening and let fresh air circulate through the home. We’re still in the rainy season now, which means we have plenty of inside time to make these cheap but nifty hanging decorations for all the doors.

All the doors in the home! Yes!

Oh wait. Not the bathroom and shower doors.

Watch the video!

Door Decor from Family FunFrom the fine folks at Family Fun.

Shall we dance?


As soon as your little one outgrows one size, order the next size up. Ages 6-24 months, made in Finland.


Dance ShoesIs your little one already too big for these? That’s okay. I still want you two to dance together.

P’kolino Klick Desk

A P’kolino Klick Desk would have been fun to sit at when I was around 5 years old!

(Scratching my head and thinking….)

A whole pile of these would be fun for our little ones at school now!

Watch the video! See what I mean? Nifty, right?

P'Kolino Klick Desk

(You really must take a few minutes to browse around the rest of P’kolino’s site. Lovely lovely lovely items there!)

Brocatel muffs

My parents always conveniently had a dictionary near the dinner table, but this activity sounds like something my grandma might have done with the grandkids.

You need: a dictionary (the hold-in-your-hand book kind, not the internet), paper, a writing utensil, curious kids

1. Think of a sentence and write it down.

2. Put it in code: look up each word in the dictionary, then write the word that comes just before the word in your sentence.

3. For example, my sentence “Do you like broccoli muffins?” in code would be “Dnase Yoruba likable brocatel muff?”

It’s best to prepare this when your kids aren’t around. When they return, hand them the sentence in code and the dictionary you used, and explain how to crack the code.

The competitive kids will race each other to crack the code first.

The spy kids will hand you their reply in code.

This is Activity #161 from 501 TV-Free Activities for Kids. Great book!


What? You don’t have a dictionary at home? Off you go to get one right now, please. Seriously. You can be old-fashioned and be cool at the same time, you know.

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