Keep Kids Learning this Summer with PlayMonster

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Keep kids learning this summer with fun and educational games from PlayMonster!

My family enjoys playing games together. We have a wide range of board, card and dice games and each have our favorites. My daughter loves strategic and quick-thinking games, and I'm always looking for creative ways to boost her critical thinking and fine motor skills. Word Shout and Grabolo from PlayMonster are a couple of our favorite games that are both entertaining and educational. So while you're kids are out of school for the summer, keep their brains working while you have FUN with these games from PlayMonster!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Word Shout from PlayMonster

Word Shout is a quick-thinking word-grabbing game! You never know what words the roll of the letter dice will make...just find them fast and shout them out to be sure you get them before anyone else! This is a great game for kids who are learning to spell, and a fun way for the rest of us to sharpen our vocabulary skills!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Word Shout from PlayMonster

To play Word Shout, you just need 10 lettered dice. All 10 dice fit neatly into a reusable plastic click case to keep them all in one place for you to play again and again.

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Word Shout from PlayMonster

The youngest player goes first, and rolls all 10 dice. All players need to pay attention, because speed matters in this game! Everyone looks at the dice (no touching or moving them around) and tries to form at least 3-letter words.

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Word Shout from PlayMonster

When you find a word, SHOUT it out and take the dice! Everyone continues searching for words from the remaining dice until they have all been taken or when no more words can be formed.

Count how many dice you have collected and that's your score for that round. The scorekeeper records and adds scores after each round. The object of the game is to be the first player to reach 50 points!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Word Shout from PlayMonster

This is such a fun game for us to play, and each round goes quickly. My daughter has gotten so quick at finding and putting words together and the game has helped her build her vocabulary. I also love how portable the game is so we can take it everywhere with us.

Word Shout is recommended for 2 to 4 players ages 8 and up. The game contains 10 Word Shout dice, reusable plastic click case, and rules. You can purchase Word Shout at PlayMonster for $7.59.


Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

Grabolo is an awesome game that boosts those visual motor skills, eye-hand coordination and visual scanning. A roll of the dice will tell you which color/number card combination to grab, but you have to act fast! The first player to grab it keeps it, but beware...it could get stolen later!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

The game comes with two dice: a number die (1-6) and a color die (red, yellow, blue, purple, green, black) and 36 cards: a set of 6 for each color.

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

Start by laying all 36 cards out on a table, face up. Roll the dice to get a number and color combination. ALL players need to try to be the FIRST to claim that card with the matching combination by placing their hand over it!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

The quickest player takes the card and places it face down in front of them. Keep taking turns rolling the dice and collecting cards.

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

The cards will start to dwindle down and soon you may come across a combination that isn't on the table anymore! That means one of the players has that card, and now you have the opportunity to guess who has it so you can steal it for yourself. Be careful though! If you guess wrong, one of YOUR cards gets put back on the table for someone else to steal!

The player who gets the most amount of cards collected is the winner!

Keep Kids Learning this Summer with Grabolo from PlayMonster

Grabolo is recommended for 3 to 5 players ages 6 and up. The game contains 36 cards, 2 dice, and rules. You can purchase Grabolo at PlayMonster for $11.99.

For more awesome games like these and MORE be sure to visit the PlayMonster Website and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

What are your favorite card and dice games?

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Fruity Summer Bag Toppers

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Fruity Summer Bag Toppers are an easy Make It Now project in Cricut Design Space!

Fruity Summer Bag Toppers are an easy Make It Now project in Cricut Design Space! #CricutMade
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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday and welcome once again to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm so glad you're here and I am certainly looking forward to seeing everything shared at this week's party. Here's a few of the awesome posts shared at last week's party:

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No-Bake Strawberry Banana Cheesecake by Kleinworth & Co.
Terra Cotta Pot Wind Chimes by Crafts by Amanda
Berry Patriotic Poke Cake by The Frugal Foodie Mama
Farmhouse Mudroom Makeover by Homestead 128
Cozy Home Office Makeover by Life on South Pointe Drive
Salted Caramel Pretzel Extreme Shake by Momma DJane
Mason Jar String Art by Find It Make It Love It
Strawberry Mint Tea Lemonade by Try Anything Once

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Yoda Father's Day Shirt

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Make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with HTV from Expressions Vinyl and free cut file!

Use HTV from Expressions Vinyl to make dad a Yoda Father's Day Shirt with free cut file!

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Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

My daughter and I love coloring, and enjoy word searches even more. Summer is just around the corner, so I created this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page for everyone to enjoy. It's the perfect mix of brain games and a coloring book!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

My husband loves taking these kinds of activities to school to entertain the students and keep them busy. With school coming to a close, this is the perfect worksheet to get ready for summer vacation!

What are you waiting for?! Go grab some colored pencils and a pencil sharpener, and get to work!!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

The top section is filled with fun summer images like a sun wearing sunglasses, flip flops and a palm tree, as well as the word "summer" to color. Not only has my daughter had a ton of fun with this printable, but I've found it to be pretty calming myself!

Welcome summer with this Free Printable Summer Word Search Coloring Page!

There's 30 summer vocabulary words that are lots of fun for both kids and adults to look for! Words will be horizontal, vertical, diagonal and backwards. Good luck!!


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*If you'd like to share this project, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

What's your favorite part about summer?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Hello everyone and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I'm looking forward to seeing everything you've all been working on this week. Here's a few of the magnificent recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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“Hello” Embroidered Pendant Necklace by Flamingo Toes
Easy Strawberry Kiwi Smoothie by Delightful E Made
DIY Metallic Tattooed Flower Pots by Living La Vida Holoka
Vanilla Bean Blondie Milkshake by See Lindsay
Kitty Cat Doughnuts by The Simple Sweet Life
Floral Thumbtacks by Crafty Lumberjacks
Mini & Moist Banana Muffins by Brooklyn Farm Girl
DIY Tufted Suitcase Dog Bed by Busy Being Jennifer

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Free Printable LEGO Batman Movie Bingo

Sponsored by LEGO®, get ready for the LEGO Batman Movie DVD release by building LEGO Batman BrickHeadz and playing Free Printable LEGO Batman Movie Bingo!

Download Free Printable LEGO Batman Movie Bingo

We saw the LEGO Batman Movie a few months ago and absolutely loved it! Everything about this movie is AWESOME!! We are counting down the days until we own it on DVD (June 13th!) and are planning on playing this Free Printable LEGO Batman Movie Bingo while we watch it!

LEGO Batman Movie Bingo includes all of your favorite characters, including Batman (of course), Batgirl, Joker, Robin, as well as a few new ones you might not recognize yet if you haven't seen the movie! The bingo set includes ten bingo cards, so it's easy to print and use for parties. It's fun for every age to play. The calling cards also include the names of the characters in case you don't know who they are.

(Set includes 10 bingo cards and calling cards in a single PDF file)

Download Free Printable LEGO Batman Movie Bingo

The blank set works a little differently. You get one bingo card with empty spaces (except for the "free" spot). Then print and cut out the bingo pieces so you can assemble the bingo cards yourself! Just glue the pieces in place and you're ready to play!

This is a great option for little hands that want to be creative, or if you have a larger group of people and don't want multiple cards that are the same. The blank bingo set includes all the same characters as the full set, but you can create your own bingo card setup.

(Set includes one blank bingo card, bingo pieces, and calling cards in a single PDF file)

Game Instructions
1. Pick some kind of object to mark your squares (LEGOs, candy, glass gems, buttons, etc)
2. Give each player a bingo card and markers (or put your own card together with the blank set).
3. Have each player put a marker over the free space.
4. Have one person choose a calling card and say it out loud. Each player will cover that item on their card with a marker.
5. Once a player has 5 squares covered in a row (horizontally, vertically, or diagonally), call out "BINGO!" and win the game!

Some things you should know before downloading:
*Artsy-Fartsy Mama printables are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.
*You may NOT modify, re-sell, redistribute, or claim the design as your own.
*Please do not remove the credits/watermarks.
*If you'd like to share this printable, credit must be given to Artsy-Fartsy Mama & linked back to this post.

To lengthen the life of the prints, I would recommend printing the bingo cards and calling cards on cardstock. All sets are 8.5x11 inches and combined in a single PDF format.


Build Batgirl and The Joker BrickHeadz characters from The LEGO Batman Movie!

Besides Batman, our favorite characters from the movie are Joker and Batgirl. My husband loves all the characters and is always collecting action figures. BrickHeadz construction characters are a ton of fun to build, and bring you a brand new way to collect, build and display iconic characters from your favorite movies, TV series, games and comics.

You can collect Batman™, Batgirl™, Robin™, and The Joker™ BrickHeadz construction characters from LEGO Batman Movie.

Build the LEGO Batman Movie BrickHeadz Batgirl character!

My daughter is obsessed with Batgirl and loves how she's so tough and kicks the bad guys' butts! Recommended for ages 10+, this Batgirl™ BrickHeadz construction character contains 99 pieces and easy-to-follow building instructions.

Build the LEGO Batman Movie BrickHeadz Batgirl character!

This Batgirl™ BrickHeadz construction character is fun to build using LEGO System bricks that recreate all of her iconic details, including her Batgirl icon and a yellow Batarang! She also stands on a buildable baseplate with a series number and BrickHeadz icon for easy display.

Build The Joker BrickHeadz character from The LEGO Batman Movie!

Batman’s enigmatic archenemy, The Joker, is just hilarious and I can't resist a classic villain! Plus, let's admit it - he's adorable! Also recommended for ages 10+, The Joker™ BrickHeadz construction character contains 151 pieces and easy-to-follow building instructions.

Build The Joker BrickHeadz character from The LEGO Batman Movie!

The Joker™ BrickHeadz construction character features authentic detailing, BrickHeadz eyes, buildable iconic green hair and outfit from LEGO Batman Movie, plus a display baseplate.

Build Batgirl and The Joker BrickHeadz characters from The LEGO Batman Movie!

These characters are so detailed and they are so much fun to build. As fun as it is to build the characters according to instructions, it's sometimes even MORE fun to mash up your LEGO BrickHeadz construction characters to create supercool hybrids or your own amazing characters!!

Who is your favorite LEGO Batman Movie character?

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Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer

Thanks to SKECHERS for the awesomely sporty shoes featured in this post!

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

My daughter and I are going to be spending a lot of time together during summer vacation. She has big plans for us to walk to the local parks and swimming pool daily, which will be a great way for me to work on getting in shape at the same time. My regular athletic shoes just weren't working for me anymore and my daughter's school shoes were also getting pretty worn out. I went to SKECHERS in search of some new ones that will hold up to all the activity we've got planned.

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

Just in time for Mother's Day, we received our coordinating and CUTE sporty shoes to wear out on the town. We are now both ready to hit the pavement to have some athletic fun in the sun!

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

My daughter chose the SKECHERS Skech-Air - Jumparound shoes to wear this summer. She got a different pair for back to school, and has absolutely loved them. Skech-Air shoes are perfect for kids that will be on their feet a lot and keeping active. They are incredibly light and come in a variety of colors!

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

The colorful ombre design on the fabric is a fashionable and sporty look that girls everywhere will love. You even get two different pairs of shoelaces to choose from - sparkly multi-color or bright pink!! The Sketch Knit fabric is breathable to keep feet dry as well as stabilizing to keep feet where they're supposed to be. My daughter described the glittery air pillow pockets on the soles and gel infused memory foam on the inside as "making your feet feel like they are bouncing on clouds!" 

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

My shoes are the SKECHERS Galaxies. They are super light, and most importantly, were comfortable from the moment I put them on. The colors are bright, and will be perfect for summer!

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

I can get out the door quickly thanks to the slip-on bungee laces. The stretch fit design and sporty flat knit mesh fit right to your feet, but the panels are stabilizing and breathable to keep your feet in place and feeling cool.

I still have a lot of trouble finding a shoe that stays comfortable after shattering my leg a few years ago, but the Memory Foam insoles on these Galaxies have been fantastic. I'm not feeling as many aches in my leg, which helps to give me the motivation to get back out there!

Mom and Me Sporty SKECHERS for Summer #SkechersStyle

We are looking forward to a fun and active summer! If you are looking for some new shoes for yourself and your kids, be sure to check out the new additions on the SKECHERS website, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

What are some of your favorite summer activities to get you moving?

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Artsy-Fartsy Link Party

Happy Thursday once again and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! I hope you've had a fantastic week and that you're ready to party! Here's just a few of the awesome recipes and projects shared at last week's party:

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Let’s Flamingle DIY Flamingo T-Shirt by Simply {Darr}ling
Spicy Honey Glazed Chicken Drumsticks by Powered by Mom
French Provincial Chair Makeover by Of Faeries & Fauna Craft Co.
S’mores Brownies Made From Scratch by Try Anything Once
(Mostly Healthy) Cake Batter Popsicles by The Simple Sweet Life
DIY Kitchen Island with Salvaged Wood by Rain on a Tin Roof
Ba'Corn Cheese Skillet by Cooking on the Front Burners
Farmhouse Laundry Room Sign by Tried & True

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Easy Mint Chip and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pies

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Easy Mint Chip and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pies are a delectable dessert that you can enjoy all summer long without the guilt!

Easy Mint Chip and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pies are a delectable dessert that you can enjoy all summer long without the guilt!

As much as I try to diet and eat right, my biggest food weakness has got to be ice cream. Working on getting back in shape is on everyone's mind now that summer is on the way. Unfortunately, ice cream is also a great way to cool down in the heat...

These ice cream pies I'm about to share with you have become one of my favorite desserts for two main reasons. First, they are a delightful treat that I have enjoyed devouring, and I think you will too. Second, and most importantly, they are made with ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Creams. Like its name implies, ProYo is a high-protein and low fat ice cream that combines delicious taste, powerful nutrition, and clean ingredients so you don't have to feel guilty about enjoying dessert!

Easy 4-Ingredient Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pie recipe the whole family will love!

The 4-Ingredient Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pie with a graham cracker crust is filled with a rich and sweet vanilla bean ice cream. Fancy up the pie with some whipped cream and your favorite fresh fruit for a refreshing dessert that's delicious, guiltless, low fat, and high in protein!

Easy 4-Ingredient Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pie recipe the whole family will love!

4-Ingredient Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pie
Makes one 5-inch pie

Ingredients:
Vanilla Bean ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream
3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
3 Tbs unsalted butter, melted
8 teaspoons sugar
Toppings: strawberries (sliced), whipped cream

Directions:
  1. In a bowl, combine graham cracker crumbs, sugar and butter. Stir until completely combined - will have a wet sand-like consistency.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pie dish and slightly up the sides. Make sure it is tight and compact, using the bottom of a flat measuring cup or your fingers. The crust will be thick.
  3. Let sit in the freezer or refrigerator to set.
  4. Get the ice cream out and let it soften a little. Pour it into the prepared pie crust and smooth with a spatula or a spoon.
  5. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sliced strawberry!

Easy 3-Ingredient Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie recipe the whole family will love!

The 3-Ingredient Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie is a chocolatey, crunchy crust filled with smooth, minty ice cream and mini chocolate chips. It is a delectable dessert for those who crave chocolate and mint, but don't want to kill their diet. It's a satisfying treat to enjoy on date night, or as a late night snack...without the guilt.

Easy 3-Ingredient Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie recipe the whole family will love!

3-Ingredient Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie
Makes one 5-inch pie

Ingredients:
Mint Chip ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream
8-10 chocolate sandwich cookies, finely crushed
1/8 cup chocolate Magic Shell topping
Toppings: chocolate sandwich cookies (halved), whipped cream

Directions:
  1. Pour crushed cookie crumbs into a bowl and add the Magic Shell topping. Stir until completely combined - will have a wet sand-like consistency.
  2. Press the mixture into the bottom of the pie dish and slightly up the sides. Make sure it is tight and compact, using the bottom of a flat measuring cup or your fingers. The crust will be thick.
  3. Let sit in the freezer or refrigerator to set.
  4. Get the ice cream out and let it soften a little. Pour it into the prepared pie crust and smooth with a spatula or a spoon.
  5. Top with some Magic Shell, a dollop of whipped cream and a cookie half!

Easy Mint Chip and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream Pies are a delectable dessert that you can enjoy all summer long without the guilt!

With seven ProYo flavors to choose from, you can mix and match these pie crusts to create a whole new dessert creation everyone will love!

ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Creams are available in 14 oz containers nationwide at Kroger and other banner stores. I was able to get the Vanilla Bean and Mint Chip flavors at my local Smith's. Use this store locator to find a location near you!

Don't forget to take advantage of this online coupon Buy 1 ProYo High Protein Low Fat Ice Cream and Get 1 Free now through 7/7, while supplies last.

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