Monday, May 15, 2017

Fidget Spinner Board Game Printable

Wehgo (my modern paint by number kit business) has been keeping me busy! I've still taken on a few crafting, decorating, and party projects - but I haven't had time to post anything. This weekend I spent a lot of time hanging with my kids. While playing board games with together, we came up with a cool idea that I think other parents and kids will love.

So my kids have been BEGGING for fidget spinners - you know those little spinning toys that are driving parents and teachers crazy? Well My kids finally got their own and after about an hour of excitement and spinning they were cast aside. My son picked his up casually while we were playing a board game on Saturday. As I watched it spin in his hands, the idea of a game that incorporates the fidget spinner was born.



I shared my idea with the kids and we started sketching it out. By the end of the day we had a game board (actually a large game mat, that we made with oil cloth and vinyl stickers cut with my silhouette machine) and basic rules of play. 



We played the game and made a bunch of tweaks to the rules and how to play.

Yesterday I created a smaller (8.5' x 11') PDF Printable version of the game. You can download it here




The game is easy to play. 2-5 players move game pieces across a grid. Players spin their fidget spinner on a color wheel to determine where they can move. Depending on the square they move to, they have to complete a fidget spinner challenge or challenge another player to stay on their square; they have the option to switch with another player on the board or spin to move to a different color; or stay put (blank squares). 

Players can move forwards, backwards, and diagonally. They can also block other players - the game has a nice amount of strategy which makes it fun for adults to play too. 

My kids loved using the spinners for game play. They helped come up with the challenges and some are pretty tough. To remedy this, the game includes number cards that you draw every time you do a challenge. The number you draw is the number of chances that you get to complete the challenge. The downloadable version of the game on Etsy also comes with blank cards for players to write their own challenges. 

Some of the challenges we came up with include: 
- Spin your spinner on one finger while standing on one foot for 20 seconds. 
- Spin your spinner on one finger and pass it to one finger on your other hand without losing spin. 
- Spin you spinner on a finger on your non-dominat hand for 30 seconds 

If you'd like to try our little game, Spin It!, you can download it on Etsy for $5. If you do give it a try, we'd love to hear feedback on how we can make it better. 



Sunday, February 5, 2017

Candy Heart Valentine's Paint Party

Valentine's Day is my second favorite DIY holiday - after Halloween, of course. I love helping the kids make fun cards for all of their classmates. As a "Room Parent" I also get to help plan and throw classroom Valentine parties. But why should kids have all the fun!?!  Get your gal-entines or crafty friends together for a DIY Valentine's paint party.

With Wehgo's paint by number kits, you can easily throw a paint party at home. The kits include paint, are small enough to complete in one sitting, require no instruction, and everyone can paint at their own pace! Also - check out this adorable Candy Heart kit! Perfect for a DIY Valentine's Paint party.



Now, that you have super cute and fun activity for your party, you'll need some food, drink and decorations. Candy Hearts are so fun and there are so many cute products and DIY projects featuring them. 

Since your guests will be painting for most of the party, you don't need to go too nuts with decor. To protect the table(s) where guests will be painting, you could use pink paper table cloths or roll out some candy heart wrapping paper like this paper from Zazzle.com



A couple of vases of flowers is a great way to add color and texture to your party. I love this creative and simple bouquet from the Evolution of Style blog. You could swap out the M&Ms with Candy hearts to keep with the candy heart theme. 


If you are feeling like getting a little crafty, Sandy Toes and Popsicles has this super cute candy heart banner printable. 


Don't feel like getting crafty? There are tons of similar items on Etsy - like this heart garland


Now that you've go the decor covered, all you need is and some food and a festive cocktail. In addition to a bunch of heat and serve Trader Joe's appetizers (my party go to) - you could also make these amazing sugar cookie candy hearts from the Bake at 350 blog. Don't be intimidated by the words on the cookies - she used a food safe pen to write on the cookies. 


If you'd like to sip while you paint,  this raspberry and rose cocktail sounds delicious!


If you can't get enough of the candy heart theme - you'll NEED these candy heart wine glass charms that I found on Etsy!


Inspired yet? You still have plenty of time to pull together a Valentine's party! If you do, check out Wehgo's paint party discount options. If you live in the DC area - kit delivery is free of charge. 





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