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Friday, May 13, 2011

Review and giveaway: kids toothbrush and toothpaste


This month we were asked to do a family review of a kids’ toothbrush and toothpaste that you can customize with stickers:
ARM & HAMMER® Spinbrush® MY WAY!™ battery-powered toothbrush and Orajel® MY WAY!™ Kids Toothpaste. I have to tell you that Ro and Ree were pretty excited for this review, especially because they had spotted these toothbrushes in the grocery store just last week and begged me to buy them (kudos to the marketing folks).
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Toothbrushes: The customization concept is a great one for kids, especially siblings, and here’s why: it’s FUN to use the waterproof stickers to decorate your own stuff, and (this one makes me stand up and cheer) the custom decorations mean that no more fighting takes place over toothbrushes. You think I’m kidding? About once a month in this house Ro and Ree get their toothbrushes mixed up, lay claim to the same one, and fight (loudly -- with much dramatics and even more tears).

Well now the girls have tried out Spinbrush toothbrushes and truly enjoyed decorating them and using them. The neat spinning technology makes the toothbrushes “funner” (their word) to brush with, so they brush WAY longer and do a much more thorough job. Always a plus in this house, where we have one enthusiastic brusher and one extremely haphazard one.
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Toothpaste: Now for the Orajel® MY WAY!™ Kids Toothpaste. We give this one a mixed review. The sticker customization was creative and fun, and the girls appreciated having their own toothpaste containers that couldn’t get mixed up (see aforementioned bathroom fights), but the mechanisms didn’t work well for us. We got two tubes of toothpaste to review, and the push button on one tube was inoperable straight out of the box (we never got any toothpaste to come out) and the working one is hard for our kids to operate (they don’t have the finger strength to easily get enough toothpaste out). The fruity flavor got huge, enthusiastic thumbs-up from both girls, and they prefer it over the brand we were using.
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The giveaway: Enter our giveaway from 5/12/11 to 6/9/11 to win a $100 Visa giftcard, provided by BlogHer and ARM & HAMMER. To enter, just leave a comment sharing something creative to do with kids (we love anything creative, crafty, or family-oriented around here and are always looking for fun ideas).

Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods:
a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post
b) Tweet about this promotion and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post
c) Blog about this promotion and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post
d) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry.
This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw conducted by BlogHer, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to respond, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

For more information, please see:
• BlogHer.com Round-up Page: Visit the Exclusive Offers section
• Rules : Visit the Official Rules
• Sponsor URL Spinbrush: Visit the Official Spinbrush® MY WAY! ® site
• Sponsor URL Orajel: Visit the Official Orajel® MY WAY!™ site

Disclosure: I received two Spinbrush toothbrushes and two Orajel toothpastes from ARM & HAMMER in order to complete this review and I was compensated by BlogHer for writing this review. All opinions are my own.

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Jayne Martin said...

Growing a veggie garden and handpainting the little signs with all the veggie names on them.

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AandAsMama said...

When we to Costco to shop and come with with the food in great big boxes while I'm unloading and putting stuff away I give my boys makers and a box for each. They will sit for a long time very happily IN the boxes while they color and decorate them. My 2 year old spend 2 hours and 15 minutes in he box coloring the first time we did! And then when they get tired of coloring we cut door into the boxes and call them cars :)

-Jen-
jen@sternerstudios.com

Indianalori said...

In the spring and fall our gardens are called "Mud Gardens" and the girls are allowed to play "garden" as much they want. Water, mud, tools...it's insanely messy, but oh so much fun.

And OH YES, we have bathroom drama. Lots of it.

Best, Indiana Lori

Michelle said...

My toddler loves anything with water.....playing in the hose, "painting" with paintbrushes, spraying with a squirt bottle, dumping buckets over, washing the car, sponge cleaning the driveway....the list goes on.....

Lora said...

Great giveaway. (We have those brushes, and I love how my girls now have their names on each brush. ZERO arguments.)

As for creativity, my girls (3 and 5) LOVE making necklaces with beads, Cheerios, you name it. Then they pass them out to friends the day after, making them very popular.

H. said...

We make tutus by just cutting ribbon to fit my daughters waist and then tying strips of tulle onto the ribbon with simple knots...have even done it with several girls at once (slightly stressful! :) )All the girls were happy to bring their own tutu home...and Michael's often has the rolls of tulle on sale for nothing! :)

D said...

We have big plans for a Pirate Day.
We will make pirate hats & eye patches. the Boy will decorate a pirate chest & I get to hide it, then make a map so he can find it. We will end it with a bang with a Pirate Lunch. (to be determined by the Boy at a later date.

jochi33 said...

My daughter loves making paper bag puppets. She will make anything into a puppet, so we go through lots of bags, construction paper, stickers and gems.

Tara Neal said...

I love family nights! I have heard of families picking a theme, and using dinner and a game/activity to go along with it! It can be really simple and thrown together, which I think makes it more do-able! I love rainbow night where each family member wears clothes with each article a different color (like a rainbow) and dinner is all colorful, such as scrambled eggs different colors and milk tinted also to make each glass a different color, fruit of all colors. The activity would then be to create paper rainbows and search around the house for a hidden pot of gold!

Tara
TaraN4ms@comcast.net

Terri said...

We are recycling the pretty foil that was around the chocolate Easter eggs we had for Easter. We are combining them with acrylics on canvas and gluing the foil to the designs. FUN! and we didn't have to throw the foil away.

Resplendentquetzal said...

Breaking open pomegranates! That's fun!

Seriously though, we're making bookmarks for our teacher appreciation gift for the end of the year.

Mama-Beans said...

my default go-to activity is brick painting. I purchase bricks at my local home improvement and when we've just run out of things to do , I'll whip out some bricks and some latex paint and let the kids at em'. I purchased an intense rainbow of colors in latex paint at my local paint store from their pre-mix sample bin. I'm working on lining the entire yard with their creations.. fun and kitchy ( which is so me) and also keeps the bark chips from mixing with the grass.

Judy said...

for spring break because we were going anywhere my kids went to Hawaii, Ireland, Camping and more all from our house. We dressed up, ate food from that area, had passports, plane tickets, inflight movies, etc. Such a hit we are doing it this summer going some place new for one day a week.

Sarah said...

camp "Read S'More" to kick off your summer and to be sure it includes loads of good books to read. set up a tent inside and a pretend little camp fire. make up your tasty s'more recipe. pile into the tent or sit around the campfire and read! get out sleeping bags and read....during the summer you can tie lots of reading activities into the girls "attending" Camp S'More! :)

Anonymous said...

the latest hit in our home is watching caterpillars turn into butterflies! it is keeping my 2, 4 and 5 yr old completely entertained. we ordered the butterfly garden (made by insectlore) on amazon. so far we have two butterflies and are awaiting 3 more to emerge!
shannon
shannon underscore clubb at yahoo dot com

Tarcoulis said...

Since summer is on the way, we decorated straw hats with ribbons, bows, flowers and other found items.

Crystal said...

This isn't necessarily a craft but I know how much your girls love curly hair so I thought I would mention it. Try rag tie curling their hair like they used to do in the old days.

eemster2009 said...

Baking, with lots and lots of sprinkles. And a floor vac :).

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Amanda said...

My daughter is a year and a half old, so for Mother's Day I let her choose a solid color wrapping paper. Then her daddy and I gave her tons of stickers and let her decorate her grandmothers' wrapped gifts with them. They liked the packaging almost as much as the gifts!

lakinsfamily said...

We are busy planting flowers. They love to help.

Summer said...

On days when we can't be outside and my toddler wants to play in the sand, I got him a small wading pool and and put some rice or beans in a storage container with measuring cups and he plays in that. The wading pool keeps most everything contained and if any does spill out big beans are easy to pick up and rice is easy to vacuum up!

Barbara said...

These toothbrushes look great! I know when my twins are a little older we will be getting them!

A few weeks ago I purchased a small wading pool and a bag of ball pit balls. Instant ball pit!! The girls played in it for over two hours with out getting out.

Barbara

allpraiseforhim @ hotmail . com

ape2016 said...

Our most recent 'crafty' thing was also practical- we decorated paper plates and duct taped them to paint stir sticks (you can usually get free or cheap at hardware store) and made our own 'fans'.

Megan said...

The most creative thing we did lately was do hop scotch outside..using your idea:)

sara said...

My 5 year old son actually came up with his latest favorite "crafty" project - every few days he rummages through our recycling container and picks out randoms things like empty juice bottles and egg cartons. Then, he uses his crazy imagination and tape, markers, glue, stickers, pipe cleaners, etc. to build and create. It keeps him occupied not just while building, but then he spends hours playing with whatever he built. Very fun to see what he comes up with to make each time.

sweetcoalminer said...

We cut out pictures (for the 3yo) and letters (for the 5yo) from magazines and they glue them onto colored paper as a collage. They hang them up in their room to admire afterwards.

Anonymous said...

We have my 2 year old triplets decorate card stock paper with markers, crayons, stickers, and finger paint. Then we turn them into note cards (currently we are working on making Thank You notes for the presents they got for their birthday). Everyone loves them and they are so much cheaper than buying cards at the store!
The toothbrushes look like they will be a must around here in a few years!

Erin
ladystargazer @ hotmail . com

susan1215 said...

My children love to draw so I bring out paper, crayons, glue and glitter and they get creative

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susan1215 said...

http://twitter.com/#!/susan1215/status/69576548885344257

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Fleet92 said...

We write songs and my daughter sings them.

Pam said...

My 4 year old loves to make tents. She takes all the blankets and the cutions from the couch to make a tent. Keeps her busy for a long time. But makes a bit of a mess cause she brings all her dolls and stuffed animals into the tent.

Pam

pamt0501@yahoo.com

Fleet92 said...

http://twitter.com/#!/question10/status/69579524844695552

Kurt Knudsen said...

fun! kurtwknudsen@gmail.com

Suzanne said...

Have your girls start working on making Christmas wrapping paper for next year. Brown or White craft paper and pens to draw on and don't forget the glitter... makes for really cute gifts!

suzanne_schlotterback@hotmail.com

kim647 said...

We are planning a birthday party with the same idea as Minute 2 Win It. We have been saving all our own items to use for the games. Great way to recycle and reuse all the products. we will then save the items and game pieces to use over and over again for fun times with family and friends.

TK said...

Love the toothbrushes. I think we are going to have to get a couple of those!

A favorite, cheap craft-painting the sidewalk, porch or house with a bucket of water and a foam or regular paint brush. The water eventually dries so you don't make a mess, but the kids still have fun. A good way to explain evaporation too!

Amy said...

I love to bake and I usually have my kids help out in the kitchen. Decorating cupcakes and cookies are fun activities and they get really creative too!

amy [at] utry [dot] it

Kelly Massman said...

Make paper crafts together!! You can make cards for people!!

thanks also for a chance to win!
kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

Anonymous said...

WOW!! That looks like a neat toothbrush...and we are on the market for a new one. Might have to pick one up next shopping trip. We are really into jewelry making at the moment...a few beads and some yarn or twine and she will stay busy for hours making various necklaces..bracelets...and even rings. Very pretty unique gifts for several people and we count the beads while making the jewelry which helps with math skills.
Monica
monicaabbeysmom@aol.com

Karina said...

plant a garden

karinaroselee at gmail dot com

Sherry said...

My girls would love these tooth brushes -- I saw them last week at the grocery store -- the girls weren't with me so I didn't buy them.

We just planted some flower seeds in clear plastic cups decorated with stickers. Now I just pray they grow.
:)

Destination Motherhood said...

My daughter loves to color old cardboard boxes and then uses them to make a fort

Anonymous said...

I love to plant a flower and vegetable garden with my daughter. In the spring, we plant flowers (petunias, snapdragons,etc) and mix in herbs and veggies (mint, basil, tomato plants, etc). We make the signs together and water together. In fact, our tomatoes are coming in right now...she loves looking for the "red ones"

Cheers
Mary
mgotway@cox.net

Mami2jcn said...

We like to do photo collages. My sons also like taking shoeboxes and drawing in them, sort of like a diarama.

mami2jcn at gmail dot com

Mami2jcn said...

tweet:

http://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/69797601469403136

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Anonymous said...

Fuse bead (those colorful tubes you iron) are the big hit in our home. I save marketing magnets that we receive, tear the ad off and glue them to the back of the fuse bead creations to make refrigerator magnets.

maryellen_briscoe@yahoo.com

Sarah S said...

I am about the most uncreative person inn the world. The one creative thing I do with the kiddos though is painting. We have always got some weird painting project it seems going on in the house. This week its turning an old diaper box into a play stove. Wish us luck!

MCantu1019 said...

My kids love to garden.
MCantu1019 at aol dot com

wendy said...

we started out with a rock painting kit, now we just go and find any interesting looking rocks when we take a walk and my daughter paints them to look like what ever she wants. fun easy and can be placed in the garden when you are done add a lot of color to our garden!

Kim D. said...

My girls like having to pick out new flowers to plant around the yard. They also enjoy painting and drawing flowers they've seen.

Kim D. said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/mom22girlz/status/70155770066505729

Anonymous said...

my granddaughter likes to take all the canned food out of the cabinet and stack it. sometimes i'm amazed by the intricate designs or how high she can go. she is 1 1/2.
sherricrawford70/at/yahoo/dot/com

mmburdette22 said...

My kids use fabric markers and paint to design their own clothing. They enjoy wearing their own masterpieces.

Anonymous said...

We tried that one, but then we tried the Sonicare toothbrush for kids and it does a better job. Casey has a lot of cavities so we'll see if she gets a better checkup this time.

Jamie

mary grace said...

when i babysit, we often make season crafts, (i.e. hand print tree at christmas, marble painting 'fireworks' at the 4th of july, etc.) it's always fun!

Anonymous said...

we like creating scavenger hunts! scg00387 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

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JC said...

We love gardening and quilted.
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JC said...

tweet.http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/70356910330757122

jakiesmom said...

we are planning a pirate night this summer..with a dig for treasure activity...a walk the plank obstacle course and a grub time cupcake decorating event
nannypanpan at gmail.com

traci527 said...

Those are fun toothbrushes! One of our favorite games to play is Find the poisoned apple. My mom bought flat wood apples and painted them...one of them she puts a poison sign on it. You hide them and they go and find them. Its such a simple game, but we play it alot.

The Sunshyn said...

I teach kids how to make jewelry and things out of metal rings.
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The Sunshyn said...

I tweeted this
http://twitter.com/#!/The_Sunshyn/status/70566555150327808

wigget said...

i like to purchase creativity for kids craft kits

Michelle said...

My girl was so tired of practicing spelling words. Then I found a package of Crayola window markers! Lo and behold she will write them over and over on the patio door now. She also uses the markers to decorate the doors for holidays.

Diane said...

Around the holidays we always buy things for her to paint related to the holiday.

jenspurg said...

My 2 year old loves planting things, watering and picking when they're ready. We always have a garden for her to help with.
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jenspurg said...

tweeted. http://twitter.com/jen_r_horn/status/70907512366444545
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Angel Jacklyn said...

WE HAVE FUN COOKING TOGETHER & IT TEACHES THEM AT THE SAME TIME kytah00@yahoo.com

Angel Jacklyn said...

2ND ENTRY TWEET @ http://twitter.com/#!/kytah00/status/71637159978868736 kytah00@yahoo.com

Sarah - PS Mom Reviews said...

We like to make collages out of magazines. It's good for him to practice scissor skills, and it uses the magazines before throwing them out.

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Sarah - PS Mom Reviews said...

I tweeted- http://twitter.com/#!/psmomreviews/status/71665365083635712

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Georgia said...

I always got a way with getting different favored tooth paste to get my kids to brush their teeth everyday.

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Georgia said...

Tweeted here too

http://twitter.com/#!/gmissycat/status/71865112746668032

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Tina said...

My kids love to make cake. We always enjoy our time.
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Tina said...

http://twitter.com/#!/HappyTina0115/status/72085201676804096
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Katie said...

We like making life-size paper dolls -- you trace the outline of the kid and let them design clothes for it.
katiekarr at gmail dot com

Emily N. said...

make up stories together.

emilynwins at gmail dot com

Blue Girl said...

we use a coin jar, everytime they do a chore we add a penny, and it adds up to enough to buy themselve a treat

Melinda said...

make everything an adventure with a story

Anonymous said...

artisticbaker at gmail dot com

for potty training, try this book: The Log Family

It's hilarious, and little kids love it

Anonymous said...

putting anything to music makes it 10x more fun!

shoppingchic2 at gmail dot com

sean said...

family nights - game night, moving night, cooking/baking night.

Great ideas

seanm1999@hotmail.com

Brooke said...

When I visit my nieces and nephew, we almost always play Apples to Apples, make lunch together and watch their homemade zombie movies on the TV.
shutterboo at gmail dot com

teri said...

My kindergartner has recently been very interested in the weather, so we are doing a daily weather journal. She draws a picture of what she sees outside, then writes the weather words and puts the date on the page.

Anonymous said...

We make treasure boxes out of popcicle sticks and decorate with glue and glitter.

Pam H in Evansville,Indiana

Anonymous said...

My first grader and I made goop outside with cornstarch, water and our hands. Alot of messy fun!

Christy
caboz74@yahoo.com

Grace said...

My 5 year old makes comic books for hours at a time!

Madam Wench said...

We like to make pudding pictures. Piece of paper, a shower curtain and some chocolate pudding. Get fun pictures when it dries and it's ok if they lick their fingers! Straws are fun to they can blow the pudding around the paper.

Lacie said...

Let the kiddos paint their own clay pots and then take them to pick out their own flowers to plant in their pots. Talk to them about the need for sun and have them water their flowers each day.

hrhpomegranate said...

Painting rock "pets"!

Kris said...

My daughter loves to pretend to clean everything. So we fill plastic spray bottles up with water and let her "clean" whatever she wants.
krose@bluewatertech.com

Bre said...

I love making cupcake "ice cream" cones - icing them lets you be creative and they're self-contained and eay to make!

Desiree' said...

We are making summer aprons for the girls, they get to chose colors and help customize before mama sews them:)

Lisa said...

Geocaching - I think the twinadoes could ferret out any cache :)

Shannon said...

We love making cookies and taking them up the fire department up the road! We decorate them and love to surprise them with them! sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

Shannon said...

tweet http://twitter.com/#!/sethandshannon1/status/73173203563970560 sethandshannon1 at yahoo dot com

Toddica said...

Plant a garden and making cookies!
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Brandi said...

My 3 year old loves to bake with me...and we love doing ANYTHING with water!

Susan E. said...

Make scrapbooks using their own artwork and lots of stickers!

kswederski said...

I think my kids would love to design their own toothbrushes.

Sweeter the berry said...

My kids like to use play doh to make fun shapes. We bake cookies using cookie cutouts too and decorating them after done.

letessha@yahoo.com

danielle said...

My daughter loves drawing pictures and making them into little books. She tells me the story and I write the words to her little illustrations.

We hope we win!

daniellelourey@hotmail.com

Jordan said...

Cook with your kids!

lyndsey said...

have a play dough picnic!
lyndsey dot hauck at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Painting on rocks was always a favorite when I was a kid. It is more interesting than paper!

bakej01 at hotmail dot com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

I love to get kids involved in art, so I love to grab crayons, colored pencils, glue, paper, and whatever recycleables I can find and see what they come up with. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

gina.m.maddox (at) gmail (dot) com

Gina @ the Crave to Save said...

tweet-http://twitter.com/#!/CrazyItalian0/status/74217244669919232

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Jan said...

Planting flowers and vegetables
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Jan said...

http://twitter.com/#!/disneyfan40/status/74265212328480768
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sy said...

thanks for the review, stickers and toothbrush go well together :D i like to make picture books with my little cousin, it's fun to come up with stories.
songyueyu at gmail

sy said...

tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/syytta/status/74280660084338688

Helen Keeler said...

My children are grown but when they where small I encourage their creativity by reading to them,doing arts and crafts as family project and playing games together. helenkeeler@comcast.net

fuzzandfuzzlet said...

Visit a park with a lot of trees, make a point to visit during all four seasons and note the changes.


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I wish they had a product to make pre teens rediscover the joys of brushing!

karenmed409 said...

we like to go to plays, craft demonstrations, museums and activities at our local library. Most of the things we do are free, the kids have their own special spot in the garden that is just their to take care of.. they take a lot of pride on what they have planted.. each day their crops are growing and I find them looking on the web for tips on taking care of their garden.

karenmed409 at comcast dot net

karenmed409 said...

rt-http://twitter.com/karenmed409/status/74350830320500736
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Jammie said...

We love making things with Popsicle sticks. We have made everything from picture frames to birdhouses@

Jammie said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/Jammie79/status/74375934660190209

Anonymous said...

When its going to just drizzle outside, put some heavy stock paper with crumbles of watercolor paint on it and leave outside, makes pretty designs

jcwga@hotmail.com

mousylim said...

My child and I like to collect boxes from food products, tape them together and make houses or buildings.
mousylim@yahoo.com

edward said...

we like to set up a tent and sleep in there for a night
gromitzzz888@yahoo.com

Miranda K said...

Taking old glass baby jars, clean them out then paint them however they like then plant a seed and watch it grow.

Tracey said...

The internet is a wonderful source for ideas of crafts that Liz can do on rainy days.
traymona[at]aol.com

sodahoney said...

We had a family night. I got a big pot. I put one of the smaller kids in the pot and asked the others to tell me why we shouldn't eat them for dinner and did this for each kid in turn, (the big kids didn't fit it the pot). It was great exercise in saying something good about their siblings. We had a great night and the kids all beamed at the good things their brother and sisters said.

sodahoney said...

blogged http://sodahoney.blogspot.com/2011/05/spinbrush-my-way.html

Tammigirl said...

One thing I love to do with little kids is let them get dressed up in whatever they want and take a ton of pictures of them. They have ideas, too! I listen to them and take the kind of pictures they want, and let them take some, too. You get very willing participants and great pictures.

Tammigirl said...

Here's my tweet:
http://twitter.com/#!/tammigirl/status/75342136542892032

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Teresa said...

We like collecting pinecones and painting them silver and gold for Christmas decorations.
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Teresa said...

I tweeted this giveaway - @tssk10
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http://twitter.com/#!/tssk10/status/75346424287604737

Jeanette said...

Collect some sand and shells from the beach and put them in a canning jar. Label the place and date and you have an awesome souvenir!

callbr549 said...

We get creative with art drawing and coloring with a fun story attached.

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callbr549 said...

I tweeted this giveaway.

http://twitter.com/#!/CALLBR549/status/75389425739247616

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LAMusing said...

Making puppets (from paper bags or socks) is fun - then put on a show the kids create.
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LAMusing said...

tweet! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/75444720381329408
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Norma said...

Recycling crafts can spark the imagination - what can they turn old egg cartons, cleaned cans (with no sharp edges!), or old plastic butter tubs into?
bingomamanorma(at)gmail(dot)com

slehan said...

Playing with clay seems to bring out creativity.
Thanks for the contest.

slehan said...

blogged: http://slehan.blogspot.com/2011/05/win-100-from-blogher-and-my-way.html

Olivia said...

I'm big on upcycling and re purposing--taking something used and making it into something for a different use. Lately I've been using men's ties found at thrift stores to make a quilt. My daughter is involved in this with me, making a smaller version for her doll (a blanket).

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Christie said...

Encourage creativity by clean out the fridge night! The combos of leftovers are so interesting, and often really yummy!

stroker881 said...

My kids love to do arts and crafts. So this gets their creative sides pumping!
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~dab said...

We do crafts all year long (macaroni art, homemade clay, etc.) but our favorite is homemade Christmas ornaments. We've done wreaths and candycanes out of pipe cleaners and beads, clothespin reindeers, snowmen out of pom-poms, and various other ones over the years.

Annie said...

I would help my son write his own books - he would draw and I would write down the story he dictated. Then I would bind them myself with staples, construction paper, and glue. He loved reading the stories he wrote!

Amber said...

Such lil cuties you have! Adorable pics. We like to make our own salt playdough, fun to make and non-toxic! Just as fun as playdough, but healthier! :)

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Kiy said...

We've been spending a lot (A LOT!) of time in the kitchen lately. Baking is always a fav, but now Little Bit is helping more with food/dinner prep. And she's ALL about making her own lunch these days. Her fav: Homemade Lunchables! Total fun with cookie cutters.

kelhorn said...

My kids often get brooms to play with. It keeps them busier than a toy. Those brooms can be a spaceship, horse or firemans truck.

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Terri said...

Our latest creative activity is to use either paint chips or scrapbook paper and cut them into small squares and shapes. The kids then stick these onto a canvas in whatever design they'd like. Thanks!
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Elz said...

We do lots of creative stuff (I hope & think). One of my favorite things to do is to give the girls a small canvas (I draw a general outline) and have them paint or chalk in their self-portrait at each birthday. It's so impressive and utterly adorable.

Beth said...

Oh those brushes lool like they might do the trick for my little guy. His cleft lip/palate makes him more suceptable to tooth decay and I am always a wreck that he is missing half his teeth (strong willed toddler doesn't want Mommy's help when brushing). :)

Anyway, I like making woven baskets w/ kids. You can use a plastic strawberry basket from the farmer's market as the base. Kids can go on a nature hunt and use long grasses, pliable twigs, and leaves to weave into the waffle basket or you can use household ribbons, yarn, string, pipe cleaners, etc. They can be done up in holiday colors or made as gift baskets.

Jeanentt said...

My girls are four and five. I'm going to have to get them one.

A said...

I love to let the children help with baking so that they can put their creative spin on it.

Lauren said...

My daughter is 4 and just learning to brush her teeth herself. This would make it fun to learn and she absolutely loves stickers. Stickers are on everything we own I think :)

bunnysmom said...

My littles love helping me with the groceries. I line individual items (like a box of cereal ect..) in the back of the car and they help bring in the groceries. It usally takes about ten trips but they are so happy to help.

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lilpinksocks said...

we love to go to the tide pools and hunt for octopuses under rocks
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The Branches said...

We like to read books and color, I have a one year old. We are really into bubbles right now :)

Susan said...

My girls love to decorate jars with tissue paper torn into small pieces and glued on with white glue. They look like stained glass.

Melissa said...

I've received coupons on these products but didn't pay much attention to it. Now I will. At the dentist when I take my virtual triplets I always tell them "Please make sure the toothbrushes are a different color". If we used these they would know themselves which one is which and might make it more fun brushing b/c they sure do hate to do it.

Our latest craft was making hats from Mcdonald's happy meals. Gotta do something with the box, right?

Lynn said...

Cooking! This week we are going to make frozen bananas dipped in chocolate and toppings like sprinkles, granola, and crushed Graham crackers. A great, almost healthy, and cool treat!

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Amy said...

On those long car rides, I like to give my 5 year old son window markers to decorate his window with. Super fun for him and he has even been known to put a mustache on the person parked next to us **grin**

c & b said...

A neat way to do some stained "glass" is to either have some parchment/tracing/wax paper. Then tear or cut up colored tissue paper into different sized shapes. Pour some glue out, "paint" a thin layer of glue on the parchement/tracing/wax paper then lay down different sheets of colored tissue paper (press down with some wax paper or you can leave it textured). Set it out to dry. Punch a hole on top, string it and hang by the window or elsewhere and let the light shine through it.

Or you could take a large(r) sheet of black paper, cut our shapes or a border (various boxes) using an xacto knife. Lay it down on top of waxed paper, then glue colored tissue on the border for a stained glass effect.
Fun times.

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Jennifer said...

We have been making cards and 'posters' using different colors of card stock and scrapbook paper. I give my 5yro some crazy scrapbook scissors and a glue stick he stays busy!

Jenn said...

My 5 yr old loves to write her own books- she draws the pictures (or sometimes uses stickers or cuts and pastes from magazines/catalogs - she can cut photos out for an hour while mama reads her blogs ;) and then dictates the story to me. We staple it all together and then she reads them over and over. Often the plots veer off into strange directions, but that's ok, it's all fun! Thanks for the chance to win :) allknowingjen@yahoo.com

Lori said...

With my nieces and nephews we are doing a project to give to their parents for Christmas (I know already???busy schedules dictated now later) We are doing a profile sketch of each and making frames.

ms-texas said...

i don't have any little ones but
i just want to say that this toothbrush is a great concept for making brushing fun (as fun as it can be!)

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Mom 2 Four said...

Give them glitter, glue and paper. Hours of fun, they hours of cleaning for mom!

selinda_mccumbers said...

We are always making up our own games to play! He does the art work and we make up the rules and start!

Thanks!

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TJoad said...

The latest request is a birdfeeder. She wants to spread peanut butter and birdseed on a pinecone and watch her feathered friends gobble it up!

Gracencameronsmomy said...

we like to make stepping stones for the garden with those molds from michaels and plaster of paris...

Anonymous said...

I will choose a historical event, we'll go to the library and check out books, read online articles about it. Then we will reenact it with costumes we make.
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TweedleDea said...

I love to make granola with my 3 year old, she gets to choose the mixins and mix them in. Always really fun and healthy.

Tabathia said...

We love making cards for family members
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Amy said...

I love the ideas posted here. My kids love playdough. They love using scissors to cut with it. They also love putting their superheros and Star Wars toys into the playdough and trying to dig them out again.
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Lorena Arias said...

I get big poster paper and tell Liz to lay down while I trace her. After I am done I tell her to draw herself and what she see hersel doing as a grown up. Its so fun to watch because she has such a fun imagination. One day she is a princess, the next a ballerina.

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deb126 said...

when my kids were small and really into the Wizard of Oz they dressed in character, we must have watched that movie a zillion times, my daughter actually wanted me to change her name to Dorothy she loved it so much, she wore red shoes & carried her basket with a "toto" in it everywhere, then my son came a few years later and he basically did the same thing and had to be almost every character (except dorothy) all the way to the tin man, that was fun getting different things to use for the costume, I remember his oil thingy used for his head and wearing tin foil too I have the pictures from those days and we laugh about it now, the funny thing is they both still love the movie and arent not children anymore
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Callie said...

One of my favorite things to do with kids is to make a huge outside "house" out of cardboard and let them decorate it.

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C and C girl said...

Right now the kids and I love working in the garden. I set up a little garden bed for the kids to grow their own things and decorate however they feel. They love watching everything grow and love eating their own home grown veggies.

Our Crazy Life said...

I actually got these tooth brushes for my girls 2 weeks ago and they LOVE them!!!!
My girls love to play movie director and they use anything and everything in the house to make sets, dress up and then use an OLD VHS recorder to make movies for the rest of us. It is a blast to see what they come up with and they use so many different crafts doing it that it can keep them busy for days!!

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Tammy said...

old socks, glue, paper, and markers make great puppets

Stacy said...

One summer we made soap (we used molds and supplies from a craft store). It was fun, and then we were able to give the soap as gifts.

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coriwestphal said...

I'd say gardening is a great one for getting kids active and teaching them a thing or too also! My kids also love baking with me. They'll eat just about anything if they cook it!

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camper223 said...

My kids are older and are so absorbed by sports and other activities I no longer need to be creative
When they were younger we did lots of exciting stuff
when really young they liked so many things we always found a way to stay entertained
One of their favorites was scavenger hunts we did hiding items or by words when driving for example start with letter A how many signs do you see that have A or fast foods or license plates
In the home their are tons of items you throw away that could be turned into a craft

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MANDY83 said...

A fun way to help your kids in doing chores is to create a chore chart and they can earn stars to get a reward
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Anne said...

My kids love making fairy boats outside out of leaves and twigs. Then they launch them in the creek. They will spend hours doing this.
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Anne said...

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Mari said...

My foster son loves building forts for his toys. I will either buy foam cardboard, or we use cardboard boxes that are given away by our local grocery store. We use crayons, markers, pencils to trace shapes into construction paper, cut them out, and use the pieces to decorate the forts.

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Howell said...

kids love to play with food. have them decorate the cake they'll be eating.
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wizardewu said...

have your kids decorate their dinner plate with veggies like celery and carrot sticks and pepper strips of various colors.

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Sharon said...

We decorate brown lunch bags as puppets and then have a puppet show.

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Jenn said...

To kick off the summer, we throw a "kid car wash", run by my 4 yr old son. We give him a bucket filled with soapy water and some sponges, cleaning brushes and rags. He then washes all his bikes in the best car wash fashion. Not only does he have a blast running his own carwash. He also cleans the dirt/dust off all his play toys from being stored in the winter. Win-win! :)
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