Monday, May 23, 2011

Sew Mama Sew giveaway day

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I love browsing through all the listings of sew mama sew giveaway day and discovering many new blogs.



I'm happy to once again be participating in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day.
Today I'm offering a 1/4" yard of the new Denyse Schmidt pink and red polka dots,
that is a 9" X 45" piece of fabric. This will go to one winner.


Plus in addition to that, another winner will get a little zipper pouch.
It's made out of the DS pink and red dotted fabric above. It measures 4" X 6".

It has one layer of cotton batting on the inside. The blue ruffle on the outer may vary but will be similar as the winner will get to choose the color of ruffle and I will make it.

little zipper pouch


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To be entered to win just leave a comment. In your comment please, if you so desire, tell me one of your best creative ideas for summer fun with kids.
You know the school year is almost over and I need some ideas to fill the summer days with. Ideas for preschoolers and Elementary age would be best! I'll share some of my favorites in another post later this week.

Giveaway closes on May 25th, Wednesday night sometime before I go to bed.

The first comment chosen will get to pick if they want the fabric or the little zipper pouch. The second winning comment will get the second item.

Thanks for stopping by.
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Be Sure To Leave A Comment Here on This Post First and then see below for another giveaway to head on over to to win.


Want to win another giveaway?

I want to give a shout out to the talented Heather, from a neat little blog, Dance 2 Create, who went on vacation and forgot to put her Giveaway post up for Sew Mama Sew's big day. So you will not see it on the large master list. But for those lucky enough to see this then you'll have another chance to win from her giveaway tha many won't so you have an advantage of winning.
Go HERE to enter to win her cool little snack bag.

264 comments:

  1. I don't have kids, but I do have nieces and nephews. Their go-to summer fun is always the slip n slide in the yard!

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  2. Well, it's a tad difficult to make any suggestions for projects to do with kids in the summer since mine are not school age yet -although my oldest will start kindergarten next year- but I'm thinking free events and other family oriented things! And of course swimming!

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  3. I know I always enjoyed swimming or going to the zoo when I was younger.

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  4. I don't have kids, but when I was little my mom dug a 3 foot square in the garden for me every summer. We would go to the plant store and pick out a few veggie starters, and I would sprinkle some flower seeds. I remember how proud I was when I could cut up a radish or baby carrot that I grew myself to add to the salad at dinner, or pick a flower for my mom.

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  5. Going to the playground to play or going to the zoo. Mine are both toddlers :D

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  6. Thanks for the chance to win. Sidewalk chalk and bubbles are always a winner with my grandkids. If you're feeling really crazy - let them finger paint with pudding!!

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  7. colored bubble painting. outside of course. it is neat to see the designs they come up with, and if they are old enough, it is easiest to use straws.

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  8. My whole blog is about fun things to do with kids :)

    I think one of my favourites is homemade sidewalk paint :)

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  9. That fabric is so cute!! I think sidewalk chalk drawing can be so fun. Also, since it is so large scale, the activity can last longer than, say, drawing on a piece of paper! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. Fun creative activity with neighborhood kids or a "club": PVC pipe rhythm band. :) Get PVC pipes in various widths, cut to various lengths. Makes different sounds when you bonk the ends or smack them on the driveway. Tons of silly fun. You can even get "precise" and cut so that you get all the tones of a scale. Can probably find directions online these days.

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  11. I just had a baby girl three weeks ago and I have 3 and 4 year old girls as well. Keeping them happily occupied has been key to happiness all around. For my oldest, I thread a dull needle (one of those big blue plastic ones) and she's been sewing it in and out of a plastic gridded heart. I also always have lots of crayons and paper out. The other thing we've done is put a water/sand table on our enclosed back deck - they can be outside, safe, and have fun while I feed the baby :)

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  12. Love the fabric! Going for hikes with the kids or going to the lake.

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  13. I used to love making puppets with my grandma when I was a kid. We made some super awesome sock puppets one summer and I remember it entertained me for awhile. Also, fort making out of cardboard boxes, always a hit.

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  14. cute!!! I'm going to sew capes for my superheros and make a great card table playhouse!! I may just staple fabric to their fort for a nifty little house as well!

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  15. We always sign up for free bowling at kidsbowlfree.com. If you have a participating bowling alley they get 2 free games every day all summer long. It is so nice to get out of the heat.

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  16. The pouch and fabric is beautiful. Each year we pretty much do the same thing. We spend our lazy days at the pool or at the beach, then have a bbq.

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  17. When I used to take care of my little sister, i would show her how to crochet and knit over the summer. She enjoyed that.

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  18. O I would love to win that fabric!

    Let me see...I remember loving picking berries in early summer or taking day trips to nearby cities and exploring. Some summers we had a jar and each kid got to put ideas in that we would pull out on a daily basis to do.

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  19. I love imaginary play. When I was young, my dad and I would sit on the porch and make up stories together. He would start, saying something like, "Once upon a time, there was a giant pink gorilla." Then, I would make up the next line. "The Gorilla was very sad because he was in love with a princess who was promised to another" We would go back and forth for hours making up amazing stories. It is one of my best memories.

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  20. Paper mache! It's great, easy not too messy and can be painted after for an extra project:)

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  21. We visit libraries in the area for book readings!
    dmb161@aol.com

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  22. Summers are awesomely lazy around here. We do different crafts, watch TV and movies, go to the Library when it is WAY TOO HOT to do anything else, and when it gets too crazy...I load up the kids, drive 2 hrs and dump them at my folks for a week!! YAY for "me" time!!
    Thanks for the awesome gives!!

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  23. We always make bubbles and how about a water balloon fight??!!

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  24. My ten year old boy wants to learn how to sew this summer. He has already taken the liberty of using my machine when I wasn't home to make stuff. I think he could go places with this sewing stuff :)

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  25. This morning I entertained my three year old for a looong time by giving her a clean spray bottle with water and telling her to water the garden!

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  26. there is a great blog full of ideas called Paint, Cut, Paste. I'm sure you can google it for the http address.

    I'm all for dying coffee filters to make sun catchers. Making prints from flowers and leaves. Also, if you put acrlic paint into a bubble mix, you can blow colored bubbles at a piece of paper and make bubble art. Totally fun!

    What a great give away. I'd be honored to win!

    Phoenixpeacock(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Side walk chalk, my kids still enjoy it and they are teens now.

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  28. It gets really really hot here in Texas during the summer so we tend to do indoor activities during the day. And my favorite thing to do is make playdough, GAK, and color maccaroni for stringing and gluing on paper.

    http://www.simplymoms.com/art/playdoh.html

    http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/experiment/00000039

    http://www.makeandtakes.com/coloring-pasta-making-necklaces

    P.S. The GAK is my favorite! You really have to try it.

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  29. We just made a list of 60 things to do this summer. It is full of fun includind a bike wash, watermelon seed spitting contest, make a pinata, have a popcorn fight, and meet dad for lunch. Good luck!

    sims.whitney at gmail.com

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  30. I have a toddler and another on the way, but I worked at a preschool for a number of years. Other than making a sensory bucket for the preschooler (dried beans and toy animals, for example) one big hit was blowing up balloons and taping paint stirrers to paper plates to bat them around inside when it was raining out. Thanks for the chance to win!
    LauraL444 at yahoo dot com

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  31. I think going out to the beach or park would be our go-to summer activity. Perhaps making popsicles and fun smoothies to keep cool would keep them occupied too? Can you tell I don't have a school aged child yet. ;)

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  32. Den-building and a picnic are definitely the best things to do in the summer!

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  33. Hmmmmmmm for summer I love working on big puzzles with kids. it may seem like a bad idea for kids but it keeps them entertained and out of the heat :D

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  34. Such cute polkadots. SOme of my favorite ideas for summer fun. On a rainy day, we had a movie day. I made tickets for them and they also got tickets for popcorn and a candy. We set up a table where they could "shop" and collected their tickets. My kids are all grown now but they just told me the other day that this was one of their favorite things we did.

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  35. My children are grown, but we did a lot of park days and library days when they were little. It was also fun to let them help make cookies. They enjoyed reaping the reward :-) Great giveaway! Thanks for participating in SMS Giveaway.

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  36. how about having a treasure hunt - in your neighborhood, or indoors if it's too hot? make a map and leave clues and everything, with a prize at the end!

    how about taking the kids out for an ice cream or gelato treat on a hot afternoon?

    hallmark factory - spend an afternoon making cards for birthdays, or random occasions.

    thanks for the chance to win!

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  37. Lots of walks and popcicles. That is the fun of summer. I can't wait. Only five more days!

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  38. My daughter likes to make dolls. She uses markers to draw a doll on a piece of plain white fabric. I cut it out along with a piece for the back, sew around it, and let her stuff. She loves it and gets to make the kind of doll she wants. We have princesses, babies, and mermaids. Easy, quick, cheap...perfect for kids!

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  39. I don't have any kids, but when I worked at a day school in college, we used to take them outside and let them "foot paint". We rolled out the huge paper on a roll kind of paper and put tubs of paint and water around it. they would put their feet in the paint and then walk, run, jump, whatever all over the paper. They could wash off and change colors, too. :)

    Mary
    http://www.quiltgenius.com

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  40. I used to love playing croquet in the back yard when I was a kid... maybe yours would like that, too! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  41. Since I'm a teacher, I try to let my kids do some things that we don't ordinarily have time for during the school year...we do messy crafts and try to get outside lots more. I don't believe that they should be entertained 24/7, however, because it's during boredom when they develop the most creatively!

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  42. I have two kids under 5, and our favorite summer activity is going to the beach. Lots of sand toys mandatory.

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  43. We're keeping track of all the types of birds we see at the bird feeder I got for Mother's Day. We have a the North American Field Guide for birds, and we love flipping through it and trying to match up the birds we see outside to the pictures.

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  44. I will like to make a nice summer outfit for my young daughter. I cute top matching with short with Heather Ross fabrics

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  45. I just saw a blog that had an idea of cutting up regular kitchen sponges and bundling up and tying and using for water fights. Sounds like lots of fun! I can't remember what the site was but it was a super good idea instead of water balloons.

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  46. I would say go to the beach and have a picnic!

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  47. I think paper crafts are fun with kids--they can feel special about making cards for others...

    thanks also for a chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

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  48. I would say take them outdoors on a nature hunt. that works for me!

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  49. I love the pounch And I am ten

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  50. My kids are old enough now(4 and 7) that I am trying to pull back a little and let them create their own fun. This summer I will be helping them put together a butterfly/hummingbird/fairy garden. I'm also getting together some building supplies like circle log/stumps, clothes pins, twine, a few old sheets and some sidewalk chalk. They tend to go nuts over that sort of thing.

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. My kids are helping plant seeds and then they get to water & watch their plants grow. Also, I try and have crafty projects they can do... my 7 year old always wants to sew on my machine...

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  52. The beach was always a great go to place with my son when he was little.
    Very cute giveaway!

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  53. So nice! We'll be doing lots of pool days in the back yard, plus free movie days at our local theater!

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  54. Great giveaway! I only have toddlers, but one of the things they really enjoy is getting to use one of our paint brushes with a bucket of water to "paint" the driveway.

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  55. My daughter and I are making a sock monkey this summer. I don't know how easy it will be, but hopefully, we will both enjoy it!

    Jennifer

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  56. I have a toddler and a preschooler as well, but our plans include lots of outdoor activities. We planted a small garden a few weeks ago and we are loving watching it grow and will continue to plant more over the summer!

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  57. my daughter is happy with a paintbrush and a cup of water - she paints designs all over our deck, they dry up and she repaints them!!

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  58. I'd love to win the fabric. So cute
    Thanks for the chance
    Gina

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  59. G'Day! I'm here for the Sew, Mama, Sew Giveaway Day! Please visit me, too:
    http://www.homemakerhoney.com/2011/05/sew-mama-sew-may-giveaway-day-ends-may.html

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey
    @Homemaker_Honey
    homemakerhoney.com
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  60. My favorite summer activity is to hang out at the beach.

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  61. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

    I know some kids who love to color with sidewalk chalk -- or even making hopscotch boards.

    Lyalanlee at gmail dot com

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  62. My kids loved playing post office. We'd cut the bottom of a milk carton on three sides, add a brad on the side with string to open and close the post office box. One for each child, bound together with glue or tape to make the post office. Then they each "write" letters, make pictures and mail them to each other--use the return address labels that come in the mail, and stickers for stamps. Such fun to sort the mail, and to get mail, too! Love the polka dots! My fav! :)

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  63. I'm a big advocate of reading to children. I found the Box Car Children a great series to read in the summertime. Sometimes I'd pack a lunch and blanket and head outdoors beneath a tree; sometimes we build a camp with blankets, pillows and card table and read in there with a flash light; head the the park to read two chapters and then let them play...just so many adventures to be had!

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  64. Great giveaway!
    I love to go to the woods with my sons, so much to explore!
    anaeosviraventos@gmail.com

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  65. That fabric is so beautiful! I work at a preschool and used to work at an elementary school and from my experience both ages love bubbles. Once we dragged out the wading pools, made a light bubble solution (using bubble bath) and scoured the campus for anything that the kids could dip and try to blow bubbles with. The kid had a ball (so did the adults).

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  66. You could always make your own chalk paint for the driveway! Google recipes, it's super simple!

    nieveamor (at) care2.com

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  67. This fabric is adorable! Some great summer activities that I love are picnics (have the kids help make the food), going to the beach (sandcastles of course), and hopscotch. You can use sidewalk chalk and make your own design, as long as you want. I used to love doing it as a kid!

    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  68. I have fond memories of gardening with my mom. I would get really excited about the root vegetables, like carrots and radishes because she would let me pull one out every three days or so and I could see them getting bigger. We also would go canoeing, swimming, or my folks would give me random things to make forts outside.

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  69. yes, outdoor water play. I fill up a bucket and give my 2 year old a few cups and he'll play with that for awhile!

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  70. Nice blog! My fav is hose and sprinkler fun on the lawn!

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  71. Please count me in on this great giveaway.

    Hugs from Sol in Norway

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  72. no kids here, unfortunately.... but we love spending time with other kids. it's hot here, so the pool is always fun!

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  73. Going to the zoo is my kids favourite I guess. Not very creative though ...
    How about making salt dough ... making homemade ice cream ... ???

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway!
    And you are very welcome to enter mine, too. You can win some custom-made buttons. :-)

    Love

    Ms Muffin
    ulli-xox [at] web [dot] de

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  74. summerfun with kids imo means water, just put on the sprinkler and let them play in it!
    Great giveaway, thanks for a chance to win!

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  75. Fun! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm hosting two giveaways over at my blog...come on over! http://amypaul.wordpress.com

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  76. Awesome giveaway choices-thanks for the chance! Kids fun stuff-first, I am doing a kids camp swap thing with some mom friends-we each take each others' kids for a day or two and do fun themed activities. Win win-kids get to play, moms plan some fun, and moms get some time off. One thing I have been dying to do but will finally do this summer is do a solar pizza box oven with the kids-instructions at Family Fun magazine online. Have fun!
    Vanessa

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  77. Thanks for the chance to win the fabric or the bag! Favorite things to do in the summer with kids...
    1. Plant a garden and tend to it throughout the summer
    2. Theme days Pick a theme and then spend the day doing activities that pertain to the theme. Example:
    Theme is Ocean Animals
    Story Time read books such as Rainbow Fish or others you find from the library!
    Art Projects: Make a Rainbow fish from construction paper and tissue paper and tin foil. or draw several types of ocean animals and make a mural using construction paper and butcher paper.
    Motor Activities: Go to the pool or play in the kiddie pool with ocean animals
    Have a great summer!

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  78. Great gifts! I let my granddaughters (2 & 4) paint the patio and deive way with buckets of water. Sometimes we go collect rocks and they scrub them with toothbrushes and dishsoap. They love it, the wetter, the better!

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  79. I love both prizes! Very fun! I would say just playing outside & enjoying the weather is what we will be doing most of the time! Thanks so much!

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  80. Fill up some spray bottles and bowls with paintbrushes with food-colored water and let them "paint" the sidewalk/driveway!
    myheehaw at hotmail dot com

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  81. One of my daughter's favorite activities one summer was cooking--I put the play kitchen outside, gave the kids some water to 'cook' with, and they stayed busy for hours! They also enjoyed 'cleaning'--some water, a cloth, and a bunch of plastic toys, and they were very busy!

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  82. I need some good ideas too, I am planning having a wading pool on our deck, but so far that is about it! Thanks for the chance!

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  83. Super cute fabric and pouch!
    Summer fun...parks with water spouts seem to keep my (little) kids very busy! :)

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  84. I'm giving away some DS Quilts fabric today too! :) I am planning to be tourists in our own town this summer- We've lived here since just before my oldest was born and my kids are finally both old enough to really explore our town!

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  85. I look for free opportunities offered in our community. Downtown Duluth,has a great park (which just sponsered National Kids to Parks Day- May 21, Free Frisbee.) It also has fountains that many kids cool off in. I enjoyed playing Hop Schotch with my grand kids. Bubbles are exciting for a time. And baking cookies!Just laughing/loving/attentive listening makes us both feel good.

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  86. I just saw a cool idea for making cards with bubbles and food colouring. I might try that with my nieces.

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  87. I love polka dots! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  88. I enjoy hooking the bike buggy up and going for a ride or going to the park with a splash pad for those hot days. eatkin85@hotmail.com

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  89. how about planting a bee/hummingbird garden?

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  90. For summer fun - hiking, playing in the hose, slip and slide, and making play dough.

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  91. Love the fabric!Summer fun with kids, well I guess that would depend where you live most summers my kids and I spent at the beach or out sailing or fishing. It kept them busy and they really enjoyed it. We also camped.

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  92. One summer we put together a passport of places to go that were free to visit. We went to the zoo, historical centers, nature centers, etc. Each week after we went we stamped the little booklet for the kids. It was fun.

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  93. lovely fabric and pouch! this summer I'll try to spend as much outside as possible, hopefully swimming and doing some crafts with my girl.

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  94. Creative summer ideas for kids... going "camping" set up a tent using an old sheet in the back yard, take some picnic food out, and some friends too!

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  95. my grandchildren love painting with their fingers and toes on paper..keep it simple and love making mud pies thanks for the chance to win..lindacrosby@hotmail.com

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  96. Lovely giveaway! As to fun things to do with kids...if you don't mind a little mess (or have a large wipeable tablecloth...) then have a lunch on the floor and eat spaghetti bolognese with your fingers! It is amazing fun and you can be almost sure that everything will be eaten...
    Thanks. Carmen

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  97. I am trying to think of ideas too, I think we will go to the zoo a few times, try to have some art projects planned, get a little pool for the backyard, and other stuff like that.

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  98. Okay, not to "creative", but so I get to enjoy summer too, we have a meal sign up. Everyone has to fill in 3 spots a week. It's a way to help them learn to cook when they have more time without schoolwork

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  99. We like to 'paint' our driveway and sidewalks with water. Easy, clean and it dries pretty quick in the heat and we can start over again. We make pictures and practice our letters and numbers!

    Love this fabric and the pouch the ruffles are cute!

    sunshinekmp at yahoo dot com

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  100. I don't have kids - and I was *so* easy as a child. Put me in a swimming pool and I'd stay there for 14 hours a day. :) Ditto a backyard. I made entire little countries of my own out of twigs and bark and bits and pieces laying about. I built roads and bridges and buildings and rivers and lakes ...

    Love the fabric and the pouch. Great giveaway!!

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  101. Thanks for the giveaway - Summer fun idea - make homemade popscicles on a really hot day!

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  102. Summer fun is the St. Louis Zoo!

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  103. Love the zipper pouch! It's so very cute, I love the ruffle!
    Kids are really easy to amuse, one good thing to do with them is art. They really get into it and it's pretty darn cute.

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  104. When my kids were little we would pack a lunch and take it to a bridge over the creek. The kids would have a great time playing in the water and enjoying nature.

    Thanks

    lauri dot rymar at gmail dot com

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  105. Lovely fabric and pouch! I think the best summer fun ideas for kids involve paint and water, not necessarily at the same time.

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  106. What a nice giveaway!
    I am so behind on my summer plans but you can never go wrong with getting out the sprinkler or doing swim lessons!

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  107. I like goop fights. Add a little water to a LOT of corstarch so it gets runny but firms up when squeezed. Pour into buckets, let choas ensue, hose off when done!

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  108. Lovely fabric and pouch!

    I've got two little boys and in the summer, it is fun to go on walks that we've turned into scavenger hunts. I give my oldest a checklist of things to find {something with a pink flower, something that is taller than you, etc} and my youngest gets pictures to cross out.

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  109. Lovely, lovely fabric and pouch! We're going to be doing all the free activities we can at parks and museums.

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  110. My favorite summer fun with my 4yo son is to get lots of jugs, cups and measuring spoons, take them outside, fill them with water- and pour!

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  111. Wonderful giveaway thank you so much... Wish I could share ideas with you but I have nothing... Thanks!

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  112. I think swimming is an all time favorite for the summer. Have a great summer!

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  113. Love your blog! My kids-ages 8, 6, and 3- love to paint with crushed chalk. I take whatever little chalk pieces have gotten too small to use without concrete scratched fingers and grind them up, then add water until it becomes a nice paintable consistency. The kids have a great time!

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  114. One of my favorite summer activities for kids is to give them buckets of water and large paintbrushes and let them paint the house and sidewalks with water. thanks.

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  115. Thanks for the chance to win!

    simply.simon.sisters(at)gmail(dot)com

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  116. I have a 2 year old. He loves bubbles and collecting pinecones! Not very exciting for me, but it is low maintenance!

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  117. Cute pouch. Thanks for doing the giveaway. summer fun .. Paper mâché is fun with the kids.... Messy but fun!

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  118. Keeping the kids occupied in the summer is an ongoing challenge for sure! Mine love swimming, and water balloons are always a hit. We also make popsicles a few times a week with fresh fruit, juice and/or yogurt. The kids have fun trying different combinations and then they get a cool treat afterwards!

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  119. I'm planning on making sun prints with my daughter this summer and going strawberry picking.

    limor477 at aol dot com

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  120. What bold fabric - lovely! Hmm, kids.... gardening projects? Making fruit-filled popsicles?

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  121. outside finger painting on freezer paper with vanilla instant pudding

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  122. Sand and water are the best summer toys, I think.

    I'd love to win! Thanks!

    addyforrest(at)gmail(dot)com

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  123. I know this isn't too original but I am always amazed at how long my kids will run around popping bubbles. I have one of those wands that blows big bubbles and they love to pop them while I peacefully wave the wand back and forth.
    aliben7 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  124. My youngest starts high school in the fall... but we spent lots of time at the library in the summer. Most libraries have free children's programs at least once a week. Love your pouches.

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  125. It wouldn't be summer without a trip to Cedar Point!

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  126. We love to hit the local sprinkler parks & water balloons are cheap & fun!! :)

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  127. Sidewalk chalk, it keeps my daughter busy forever or a sprinkler!
    Thanks!

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  128. Go to a creek with rocks, shovels pails and play clothes. Hours of fun guaranteed. Love the fabric, and bag!!

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  129. Library story time.
    mindfulhome at gmail dot com

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  130. tie die = ultimate summer project (outside of course)

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  131. If I were to win the ruffle pouch, I'd have the ruffle in yellow :)

    I think an awesome idea would be is to make homemade crayons in silicone molds, melt the various colored crayons and the kids can color like crazy once they're cooled :)

    rachaelroyce [at] gmail [dot] com

    thanks!

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  132. I don't have kids but swimming (pool or beach) was always a huge treat for me as a kid.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    jmhamlin826 AT yahoo DOT com

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  133. My child is now 26 and I am hoping for grandchildren. Summer fun - picnics in the back yard or if raining under a tent made with a sheet over the table. Even better let the kids help with the food. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  134. I don't have any kids but I still love, hanging a sheet in the back yard and projecting a movie on it. Pop some popcorn, lay down a quilt and its a fun night outside!

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  135. one of our favorite things to do in the summer is preschool story time at the local library

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  136. I love your pouches. I love to swim during the summer - and make smoothies.

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  137. I am going to help my kids tie dye t-shirts! Thanks for the chance to win!
    mrsmchappell at gmail dot com

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  138. Hmmm... my little one is not quite a year yet...so...I'm not much help with activities for preschool/elementary age...but when I was little I made countless elephants out of styrofoam cups! lot's of them! (I know...the styrofoam!..but they really did make great elephants!

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  139. We're going to try out a sand box in the next week or so! Thanks for the chance.

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  140. Have a craftbox.Fill it with a plastic tablecloth (for the floor; to make clean up easier), construction paper, washable markers, stickers, etc... You can also have a box with "building materials"(toilet paper tubes, egg cartons, clean plastic milk cartons, etc...)

    KC
    bunnygrrl_61793(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  141. hi there, i have 5 children.. 4 boys and a girl.. they loves to play games (video games n computer games) no more outdoor games :(...
    but,this coming school holiday, i plan to teach them to recycle old tshirts by turning into yarn.. then i plan to braided to become a rug... i hope they will enjoy it..i hope..:D

    girlynicknack@gmail.com

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  142. I just posted on my blog, The Handmade Experiment a great summer kid activity - www.emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com. Its the post AFTER the giveaway post. Thanks!

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  143. I've been collecting cheap and free real kitchen stuff from relatives and rummage sales and resale shops. Pots, pans, spoons, a teapot, etc. All non-breakable. I put them outside on hot days with buckets of water and the kids have a blast making mud pies and other creations.

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  144. Summer means swimming pool..have fun with my kids.
    mageenadilah@gmail.com

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  145. My kids are both under 6, so summer crafting with them usually involves glue, paper and scissors, LOL.

    They like to creat collages from junk mail and I have found that collages made from old stamps are pretty funky!

    debyeo at hotmail dot com

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  146. Lovely fabric! Your little pouch is too cute.

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  147. I love going on a picnic with kids for summer, not somewhere far away, backyard will do. started with fruit ice sticks making, or jell-o. while waiting for the dessert to set, we will hang out barefooted at the yard, frisbee tossing, ball bouncing, and closed with some water action. After cleaning up we will enjoy the dessert we made earlier.

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  148. The thing my grandkids liked most last summer was building a model treehouse from sticks, glue and found objects. I got the idea from Family Fun Magazine. We also made clothes pin dolls to play in the treehouse. They played with that until it finally fell apart. We may make another one this summer.

    I'll be back to read the ideas others give you and check out more of your blog!

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  149. this is beautiful thanks!!

    nelly dot barney at yahoo dot com

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  150. If they are young and learning to read, have them visit the website "Starfall". It's full of fun games that help them learn to read. I also like to have a daily schedule they help create that keeps them on task and makes the day go more smoothly. They really look forward to what they have planned.

    316ramirez(at)gmail(dot)com
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  151. My baby girl is only 9 months old and it is winter here but I would suggest going to a good local park. It is free and it is hours of entertainment out of the house and you get to meet other mums who have screaming kids they are trying to entertain. In our area here in Australia we have some great parks that are designed to be all access (they are designed so that kids with disabilities can play too) the advantage is that they are really well made, really well maintained and have some great activities for all kids. Mabey you have something similar.

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  152. Thank you for a nice giveaway :-)
    juletchka78 at hotmail dot com

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  153. I don't have children, but when I was young my mother and I collected shells and pretty stones when we went to the beach. You can glue the shells to the stones and make pretty paperweights or just use them as a summer decoration.

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  154. My children and I always make Christmas presents throughout the summer time so that there is less stress when Christmas actually arrives. Their favorite project is making applique tshirts.

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  155. I don't have any children yet--but I always went to day camps during the summer since both my parents worked. I had a blast!! Great way to get lots of energy out.

    Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

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  156. Love this fabric giveaway!!! Fun idea for summer...scavenger hunt is always fun...they can put their items in their new fabric bag or in a fun handmade kids journal with pockets!!!! Endless opportunities for a scavenger hunt...could be flowers, rocks, leaves....or anything you hide for them!!!!

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  157. I'm afraid I don't have kids. I do have a husband who acts like a kid. To shut him up I usually stick him in front of Iron Man but I'm guessing you're looking for something more fun for the family than that!!

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  158. I love crafting with my son so of course it would have to involve some sort of craft. I like to give him a bucket of water, some big paint brushes and let him paint a picture on the driveway. It's messy but there's very little cleanup, unless you count a wet 4 year old.

    Madison xxx

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  159. Thanks for the great giveaway. When we were young, my parents would take us to the zoo during the summer. We loved it!

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  160. I don't have kids, but I always loved doing crafts. You could do some kind of nature walk, collect supplies and do something crafty with them?

    eternal.alchemy[at]gmail[dot]com

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  161. My children are grown now but they always loved making dens everywhere in the summer!

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  162. I recently purchased a bird-watching book for my daughter (4 years old) that is somewhat basic and good for her age. We go to the local parks with that, her bug catcher, butterfly net, and a picnic. It is something she'll never grow tired of! Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  163. My go to summer fun is to put a huge bucket/bin/tub of water in the middle of the lawn and then give the kids each a squirt bottle (recycled dish soap bottles or shampoo bottles, especially the travel size) ... they run back and forth filling and squirting and having water fights but it takes longer because the bottles are little and they have to go back and forth to the tub (also the time-out zone). Takes them hours! [wink]

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  164. as a kid my absolute favorite things to do in the summer always had to do with water as even then i hated the heat. i remember slip and slides being the most awesome thing ever. probably not great for the lawn, though.

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  165. We go to farmers markets, and this summer we are going to make one new dish every week from my cookbooks.

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  166. Oh I love Denyse Schmidt fabrics! I am gathering several ideas of things to do with my kiddos this summer. I have seen several great ideas on the blog Moms By Heart. I also am working on making a treasure chest and filling it with toys I purchased on clearance after Easter. I am working on a sticker chart for behaviors my kids are working on, and they will be able to choose prizes from the treasure chest once they reach their sticker chart goals.

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  167. What an awesome giveaway. And sweet of you to link to someone elses!

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  168. I would love to win this, that fabric is great and the little pouch is adorable! I like the ruffly front.
    As for my kids, I like to take them to indoor play structure places, and also lots and lots of petting farms and the like.

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  169. Outside canvas painting ---and sprinkler clean-up!

    RP from BBC {at} gmail {dot} com

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  170. We like to draw with chalk on the fences :) If and when it rains, the chalk disappears and we get to do it all over again! And right now we're big on macaroni noodle necklaces :) great giveaway!

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  171. I've been thinking about doing some full out crazy outdoor art with my kids . . . like bathing suits and just let them go crazy with finger paints on some sheets or something . . . they would love that.

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  172. With my really little kids I like to give them a bucket of plain water and a big paintbrush. They can "paint" the fence or the house and have fun getting wet.

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  173. i don't have kids myself, but when i was a kid, one of my favourite summer things to do was to climb a tree and then sit up there and read. my little brother and sister couldn't bug me up there!

    i also learned to crochet one summer when i was 6 or 7, visiting my grandma, and i think that helped to keep me quiet whenever i got bored for the rest of the summer!

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  174. Last summer I taught my son to sew and it was a lot of fun.

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  175. Painting rocks is always a kick with kids--they make the cutest things! I love your zipper pouch. leahclaireh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  176. I have a garden and my two little girls love to dig in the dirt and help me water the plants. It's a great summertime activity!
    annamgordon(at)gmail(dot)com

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  177. Very cute fabric. My go-to when watching friends' kids is to look for things in the yard for nature art projects.

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  178. If you are fortunate enough to live close to the coast, its head off to the beach in my opinion. Take some sewing, as the kids will be immersed in the water and sand activities hands down. Have fun if you do...thanks so much for the giveaway

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  179. We love going to open fields where the possibilities of play are up to us. Just bring along a soccer ball and other things needed to play your favourite sports. All your kids will love it!
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    naslyyadid(at)gmail(dot)com

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  180. reading, water gun fights, playing board games or card games, stamping cards, baking cookies. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  181. The sprinkler and 3-D sidewalk chalk are great!

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  182. My daughter will be 3 in 2 weeks, and our favorite summer toy is the water table!
    KellyCraftsForKids(at)gmail(dot)com

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  183. glueing fabric to paper doll out lines

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  184. sprinklers! we used alot of water..
    thank u for a chance to win. i follow u now :)

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  185. thanks for a chance to win. go to pool early in day (before too hot) and tire them out!

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  186. We love doing cookouts at the beach. Thanks for a great giveaway! izazbz at yahoo dot com

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  187. My kids loved the whole craft thing. We did that and did bike rides and trips to the park to get tired out.

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  188. I think painting rocks would be fun if you have acrylic paints. bimbi9@verizon.net

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  189. Hello,
    I don't have little ones anymore, but when I was little, I was put to work on the farm-gardening, collecting eggs, baling hay, etc. I guess that wouldn't be so much fun for them.

    I really like that polka dot print.

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  190. Ohh, I want to create 3D tic tack toe for my preK and Kindergarten boys. It's awesome!To make it you just uses newspaper, TONS of tape, elmers glue mixed with water and paint. They should really enjoy it. ummabbaas AT yahoo .com

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  191. My favorite things to do are go to the park and to the library! My daughter is just at the age to really start enjoying these things at 20 months.

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  192. I enjoyed swimming and water balloon fights when I was younger.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    mrs.marcus2 at yahoo dot com

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  193. If you live near a university, they usually have lots of fun summer programs.

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  194. a trip to the park for a picnic and play. thanks

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  195. My neighbour just bought her kids 3D sidewalk chalk. I am not sure how it works, but I'm sure both the adults & kids would have fun with it - a neat idea!

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  196. I don't have any little ones but I am always in favor of crafting with kids or going on a nature hike and look for treasures. How about gardening?

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  197. I don't have any kids yet, but when I was little I loved finding a great book series and reading it over the summer. I also loved and still love doing jigsaw puzzles while watching movies!

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  198. Adorable bag--so cute!

    You can't go wrong with a sprinkler in the backyard, and lydia is right, good books--I'd add fun trips to the library.

    So, for some reason, blogger isn't letting me sign out of our baseball card store blog--Scott really doesn't care much about your great giveaway, but Trisha absolutely does!!!
    Personal blog: easilyamusedhardtooffend.blogspot.com

    trishatoo at hotmail dot com

    :)

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