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King Me! DIY Checkboard Table

FriDIY Checkerboard Table

This month, we’re challenging little ones with a DIY gaming table! We’ve created a checkerboard table from a kid’s picnic table. This craft will keep little minds active as they hang out with their playmates. Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

  • Kid’s picnic table (we used the Sit & Play Picnic Table)
  • White wrapping paper or construction paper
  • Markers
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Ruler or measuring tape
  • Plastic or paper cups in two different colors

With these materials you can create a checkerboard table in three easy steps! Plus, this activity table can be used inside on a rainy day or outside to keep your children entertained during a barbeque.

DIY supplies

  1. Measure the width and height of the tabletop, cut the wrapping paper to those dimensions and tape the wrapping paper to the table.
  2. Use a marker and ruler to draw the squares of the checkerboard (we created a simpler version of checkers with 24 total squares).
  3. Place three cups on the colored squares closest to the edge of the table on each side of the board. Use different colored cups for each side.

checkerboard tutorial

Now your little gamers are ready to play some checkers!

CheckerBoard Table

Will you be creating this craft with your family this weekend?

4 Ways to Make Going Back to School Fun!

Can you believe that summer vacation is over? Neither can we! Although the summer has flown by, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. It might be difficult to get your kiddos excited about school, but we have some tips that will make going back enjoyable for the whole family.

going back to school tips

  1. Play school at home: To get little ones used to the idea of going to school, grab the art desk or easel and play school! Mom and dad can pretend to be the students while kids act like the teachers. You can even switch roles so everyone gets a turn being a teacher and student. This is a great way to teach your children what teachers do and why learning is important.
  2. Reuniting with friends: Summer can be a time for family vacations, which means that sometimes kids don’t get to see their friends from school during those months. Get your kids enthused about school by reminding them they will get to spend time with their friends during the day.
  3. Building new friendships: Explain to your children why making new friends is important and teach them friendship skills that will help them to bond with others, such as sharing, caring and listening.
  4. Looking forward to the weekend: Reassure your little scholars that the weekends will be merry! Plan family time and schedule play dates with their friends early in the week so they can anticipate all the fun they will have on the weekend during the week.

little girl going back to school

We hope everyone has a wonderful and safe school year! Do you have any tips for making back to school fun?

A Walk to Remember

Thoughtful Thursday: A Walk to Remember

The bond little ones have with their grandparents is unbreakable. Four-year-old Lilly loves her great-grandma so much that she is determined to find a cure for Alzheimer’s for her. Lilly’s fight to end Alzheimer’s began a year ago when she started asking for donations from her neighbors for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This year, Lilly has participated in raising money by serving at lemonade stands with her cousins and now she wants to receive a contribution from all 50 states. Each time she collects a pledge from a new state, she colors in the state on her map of the U.S.

Lily Meyers

Photo by: Good New Network

Although Lilly’s great-grandma doesn’t always remember her, she knows that her nanny loves her very much. To Lilly, donating money to this wonderful cause isn’t just about helping her great-grandma; it’s about helping everyone that is suffering from this disease.

We wish Lilly the best of luck with receiving pledges from all 50 states! This Thoughtful Thursday, we honor the devotion this great granddaughter has for her nanny.

If you would like to make a donation, visit Lilly’s walk page.