Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Favorites

Hi, and happy Friday! Although in a teacher's life, Fridays aren't super welcome during summer! I had a lot of fun putting together my Show & Tell Tuesday: Memory Lane post that it got me thinking. Kids these days are inundated with technology and screens and are really missing out on some of the fun stuff we did in the 90s. Here are 5 90s things we're going to be doing in the Lee casa this summer!

1) Friendship bracelets



Trip and I bought a bunch of embroidery floss last year with the intent of me teaching him how to make bracelets and necklaces. I think it would be good for his hand eye coordination, and it's something fun to do without watching t.v. My Popo made me a little board with a clip to hold my threads, but you can always use a clipboard or even just a piece of tape to hold things down. Here's a video that shows 5 of the most popular braiding styles: DIY Friendship Bracelets

2) Slime



Nickelodeon was all the rage in the 90s, and I remember owning a thing of Floam. It was so gross and smelled like buttered popcorn, but of course my friends and I thought it was the coolest. A lot of kids have been making slime and bringing it to school to sell. While I don't agree with sending your kids to school with it or trying to turn the classrooms into a marketplace, I'm going to let my kids make THIS unicorn slime from Hello Giggles this summer. It looks pretty and seems like it will be fun to play with (and hopefully not smell like buttered popcorn!)

3) Fortune tellers



Don't you want to know what your future holds? What you'll be when you grow up? How many kids you'll have? Who you'll marry? My friends and I loved to make fortune tellers when we were kids! We also used to play the game MASH, but I think it might be a little too girly for Trip, so we'll stick with some classic fortune tellers. If you've forgotten how to fold these things, check out THIS tutorial!

4) Brain Quest



I used to always carry around my Brain Quest cards when I was a kid, and Robert and I found some at TJ Maxx a few years back when Trip was little. Now that Ari and Trip can both read, they like to do these on their own, or sometimes we'll pull them out after dinner. One of our friends' daughters loves to be the teacher and pulls these out every time she comes over to quiz the younger kids. You can buy them from Amazon, Target, or look at your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx.

5) 90s movies


Although I'd love for my kids to be as screen-free as possible, we love to watch a movie each afternoon when it's just too hot to swim and need a brain break after doing summer homework. I've talked about it before, but my kids absolutely love some of the movies from the 90s- The Sandlot, Matilda, Aladdin, Mighty Ducks, etc. I'm looking forward to introducing them to some more classics from when I was a kid!

What were some of your favorite activities as a kid that you want to do with your own kids? Tell me in the comments below! Need some more ideas? Check out Erin's post on her family's summer bucket list HERE!


My friends Lisa, Tara, Holly, Sara & Trina are hosting our monthly link-up this Thursday! Make sure you join us to share your plans for the summer and your favorite summer recipes and activities!

In case you missed any of this week's posts:
Life With the Lees: Weekend Recap
Tuesday Training: Week 23
Try It Thursday: Gianino's Alfredo

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Have a great weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday! See you soon!

32 comments:

  1. I love taking trips down memory lane with you! I remember all of these. Before the friendship bracelet, we even did friendship pins in the 80's, you'd put cool beads on safety pins and trade them and pin them to your shoe laces. Rookie of the Year and all those movies gave us great lesions, all my son's favorite is The Sandlot! Have a wonderful weekend sweetness!

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    1. My friends and I always had the heart necklaces that were split in half that said "Best Friends." I love The Sandlot- my students never understand what I'm talking about when I quote from the movie in class!

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  2. Friendship Bracelets and Fortune Tellers- YES! Such great memories- my daughter started doing the fortune tellers with her friends but I really have to bring back those bracelets- thanks for the idea! Happy Friday!

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    1. I can't wait to try some new bracelet designs that I was too scared to try as a kid!

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  3. I love all things 90's. I was never very good at making the bracelets though. LOL The girls in my class were always doing MASH or making fortune tellers. LOVE 90's films. How about The Big Green? Or anything Mary Kate and Ashley!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Yes! I definitely need to add The Big Green! They've seen some Full House and the first season of Fuller House- we need to DVR some more of that to watch!

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  4. I couldn't agree more. Fidget spinners piss me off.

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    1. Ugh- I hope that trend dies out SOON! My friend started a mommy war at school this spring, and of course I opened my big mouth and backed her up and so I'm excommunicated by the PTA now!

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  5. Yes to the slime, haha! Alayna loves making that stuff. I just bought a BrainQuest, we've already had fun reading them! And yes to Amanda above, HATE those things!!!

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    1. Oh my gosh- we bought the Borax yesterday, and my kids ask me 20 times a day when we're going to make the slime. I should've just kept it a secret from them until the day I was actually ready to make it!

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  6. Trips down memory lane are so much fun. I found my old Brain Quest cards and actually use them in my classroom. My kinders love them and they are fun to use if I have just a few minutes before the end of the day or a few minutes before a small group transitions. I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. That is a great idea! I think they have a history one, so I'm stealing your idea and getting some for my 8th graders this next year. Thanks!

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  7. I always loved those Fortune Teller gamers! Have you guys ever done Mad Libs? I know it's still kind of prevalent, but it's something that reminds me of my childhood. Also, what about making your own homemade ice cream in a bag. I remember that as a kid, too!

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    1. Great idea with the ice cream! Yes! I loved Mad Libs- the Easter Bunny brought a Diary of A Wimpy Kid themed Mad Libs for Trip, and he has enjoyed it so far!

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  8. Oh my gosh yes, FLOAM!!! And I love Rookie of the Year!

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    1. I can't wait to rewatch some of these movies! Hoping the slime works out well. Some of the preschool teachers at swim team were talking about their love for homemade play-doh and then some sort of sensory thing made out of shaving cream.

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  9. These are classics! Next time I get together with my girlfriends I am def making those fortune tellers. Maybe we will play MASH too, lol.

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    1. Yes! You'll have to let me know if you're going to live in a mansion, apartment, shack, or house! :)

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  10. Friendship bracelets were the best! I bought the thread last year but have never sat down to work on it with Carly Jo. Those days were so much simpler....I remember just riding bikes all over our little town all day from one house to another and to the pool. It was fun times.

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    1. I feel like friendship bracelets come back in style every couple of years, too! I hope to let Trip ride around with friends soon- I feel like Houston has gotten a little bit crazier though in recent years. :(

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  11. I made the kids friendship bracelets on the way to the beach one year when they were probably about your kids ages. Benny's was actually a choker and he wore that things all.summer.long. Katie went through a big thing of making them too. Love those! And a good fortune teller...well that's just a right of passage. It took me a minute to catch what you meant about teachers not liking Fridays in the summer, but I'm with ya' now.😩 Have a great weekend!!!

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    1. I wore ankle bracelets and necklaces for months on end and then started making hemp jewelry. I'm sure my mother was so proud! Ha!

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  12. Good for you! Getting kids away from computer and tv screens is so smart. I never made friendship bracelets but I figure it is never too late to learn!

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    1. I can't wait to try some new designs that were too complicated for me to make as a kid!

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  13. Love this post! I totally agree about all the technology! My little boy has so many friends that don't even know how to ride a bike!! It sounds like it's going to be a fun time this summer for you all! Yay!

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    1. I feel like we were late in teaching Trip to ride without training wheels- he learned the summer after kindergarten. I would love to have a bike so we could go on longer rides together. Having a bike was always the next best thing to having a driver's license!

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  14. Smart move! I hope they enjoy all the 90s fun :)

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    1. I might just have more fun than they will!

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  15. OMG I totally remember/had all of these things. The description of taping down the end of the bracelet while you made it took me right back, haha! And I haven't seen Rookie of the Year in ages! We definitely rented that one a lot!

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    1. The one I rented a million times was Gold Diggers with Christina Ricci and Anna Chlumsky, and it's nowhere to be found to rent for my kids! :(

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  16. Haha yes fortune tellers!! I loved them! Also loved Mad Libs!

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    1. Yes! I loved Mad Libs- gotta work on parts of speech with my kids to play!

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