Kangaroo Mama’s Keeping Kids Creative Giveaway-$580+ 3 Winners Ends 9/30

Keeping Kids Creative

Any parents or grandparents out there agonize over what activities to give our children that they'll love and we feel good about?  Well, the last week of September has been Nationally designated as "Keep Kids Creative Week". Although this week is usually celebrated at schools with many fun activities to help stimulate kids' creativeness, parents can also take advantage of this week to do some really fun things at home. Many parents, like myself, usually struggle with finding time to fit creativity in but there are lots of products out there to help us with getting those creative juices flowing. Mama-Nibbles and Life With Two Boys created this event to help you find some fun products to keep your family creative not only during "Keep Kids Creative Week" but all year long!

Keeping Kids Creative begins on September 17th at 12:01am EST and ends on September 30th at 11:59pm EST.  Along with the awesome prizes that each of the participating blogs are offering (you can find links to enter all the other giveaways at the bottom of this posting), there will also be 3 Grand Prize packages thanks to our sponsors: BabbaCo, Green Kid Crafts, Kelly Kits, PowerCapes, Bannor Toys, We Can Too, and Kat and Company.

 
Kangaroo Mama has some amazing prizes lined up for you and your family to help make life funner, simpler, and more creative!  Three lucky Kangaroo Mama fans will have the chance to win some amazing prizes.
 
Prize Package #1 (US Only) $300+:
 
Prize Package #2 (US Only)  $130+:
 
Prize Package #3 (US Only) $150+:

Enter for your chance to win these awesome prize packages through the Giveaway Widget below:

 

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Disclaimer: Kangaroo Mama was provided product for free from the sponsor company for review but the opinions stated in this posting are completely my own honest opinion and not influenced by the sponsor company. Fulfillment and shipping of the prize is the responsibility of the sponsor company and not Kangaroo Mama. Please note that the Keeping Kids Creative hosts and participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors that do not fulfill their prize. We have represented each sponsor with the expectation that they will fulfill their prize in a timely manner. While we are not responsible, we will make every effort to assist the winner in obtaining their prize.
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  1. Danielle Mitchell says:

    I like to buy craft kits and get ideas for projects online and in magazines. My girls have a shelf filled with craft supplies that they help themselves to every day. 

  2. To keep the kids creative we save all kinds of scraps… envelopes, bits of colored paper, ribbon from packages. They can always we used in creative projects.

  3. Jessica Crose says:

    I like to keep my kids creative by making sure that we get crafting time together at least 3 times a week. We try to switch it up and do different things each time, but we have a few favorites – making beaded jewelry, finger painting, and Moon Dough are at the top of the list! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. We have fun craft nights

  5. I like helping the children in my life make the most out of their imagination while they are less hindered by the rules that come along in adulthood through crafts and stories.

  6. Sarah Harding says:

    we do alot of creative cooking as a family

  7. Jaclyn Hodnett says:

    I would love to win.

  8. My son has a great imagination, but he looooves play doh and can play with it forever.

  9. Richard Hicks says:

    we have lots of craft books around and we encourage and praise their finished projects.  THey keep on doing more and more

  10. a great way to get kids to be creative is to get them hands on and involved in craft programs or even just have a craft day once a week and get them involved as much as possible let them be creative and do what they want to express themselfs!:) and also be hands on as a parent and do it with them, i remember when i was a kid when mommy would do the crafts with me it was 100x more fun and enjoyable!

  11. Keep them involved in all household activities, cooking and laundry can be fun if you want it to be.

  12.  
    We make up stories together

  13. Doing craft or coloring , that worked for me ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. i try to close the bar and they would not let me  and theni did every  one

  15. Bella Tunno is one of my #FAVES!

  16. Melissa Nix says:

    I always try to find a new craft project, whether in a magazine or online, to do daily. For almost 4, she is very artistic and loves to do art projects.

  17. giving them plenty of different options of things to be doing whether crafts or outdoors

  18. Part of letting them be creative is allowing a messy space for them with adequate supplies. It' doesnt have to be expensive…you can look online and find great ideas for everyday supplies like using egg cartons, empty containers, plaster parris, watercolors and things that don't cost a lot. I found in being a mom of 6 (and now grandma to 6) is that worrying about mess discouraged them too much. I found the best is to find a basement place or even take a table outdoors or let them go crazy on the driveway or patio. Most kid items are (or should be) non toxic and washable so WHO CARES!
    funny, my kids' favorite activity was to paint rocks…for some reason they just loved to be outside. And I had a garden full of artwork. When it rained they just started over!

  19. Angel Shearl says:

    Alot of  Imagination and  arts and crafts!

  20. Krystal Waters says:

    I took everything out of my daughters closet and let her paint on the inside of her closet walls and left it alone so she could so everyone her work of art.

  21. there's tons of craft projects out there on the net!

  22. me and my kids we do alot of crafts together 

  23. lots of art supplies!

  24. Imagination, let them explore….art, you name it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Jacqui Odell says:

    You got to encourage them to use their imagination and let them explore. 

  26. Trasina McGahey says:

    Make sure they have lots of craft items from foam pieces and paper to crayons and glitter and everything in between and they will always find something to do!

  27. By letting my daughter explore and get messy.

  28. Teresa Thompson says:

    By letting them explore new areas and form their own opinions.

  29. Sylvia Ortiz says:

    To keep kids creative, allow them to use their own imagination (not copy someone else's project) and then asking them about their creation, while praising them with excitement on a "job well done". This will motivate and encourage them to do more.

  30. Kids can find anything to use to be creative we just have to give them the freedom to do so. I love taking my children outside with paper and glue they find the rest.

  31. christina priest says:

    BY DOING FAMILY CRAFTS AND INCLUDING THEM ON CHORS 

  32. I look for stuff age appropriate for my daughter to do online.

  33. tracey andino says:

    We always look for new ideas online for crafts. We pick a new one every week to work on.

  34. I love to do projects and color with my kids.  I use pinterest to come up with neat new things they may enjoy.

  35. Ellen Levickis says:

    Give them the tools they want like art supplies

  36. Melanie Schemanski says:

    I always have a box of craft supplies available and constantly add to it.

  37. Francine Anchondo says:

    I look for different craft ideas online

  38. My son is a great story teller and we always encourage him!

  39. christine jessamine says:

    we do alot of crafts together to stay creative

  40. amy beth marantino says:

    I ask the kids alot of questions: what do YOU think? why?

  41. Give them the tools they need to be creative (crayons, paper, recycled boxes, etc) and encourage them when they are.

  42. It's important for my son to be able to use things that aren't toys…like kitchen utensils, binoculars, random things like that, to encourage him to use his imagination and creativity!

  43. the best way to encourage a child's creativity is to show them that children and adults can be and enjoy being creative.  my son knows that i love being creative (sewing,baking, drawing) so he knows that funneling his excitement into it.

  44. Tons of supplies, viewing books or magazines for ideas to get started

  45. I think that the best way to keep kids interested in being creative is to sit with them and participate myself. My granddaughters love it when I sit down with them to work on a project.

  46. Kayla Saffell says:

    I always love to do some kind of arts and crafts with my son. I encourage him to use his imagination. We make door hangers, posters, cut out snowflakes for winter, make santa clause items and I go to hobby lobby to get items so him and my niece can make tree ornaments.

  47. Andrea Albright says:

    What a great giveaway & website! I love to do "crafties" (as my son calls them). His favorite is any thing messy like painting. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  48. Sherry Compton says:

    I like to give them some activity books, markers, colors, stickers, then, we add normal household objects like cereal boxes, butter tub lids, and paper towel rolls to make interesting creations.

  49. To keep my child creative, I simply let her do her own thing. I let her lead our projects, and always try to keep crayons, markers, paper, glue, glitter, etc. in supply for when her creative juices start flowing ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. I have art supplies available at all times for the kids so when the mood to create happens they can just start working.

  51. Lacey McClure says:

    Plans to teach my daughter crochet

  52. Keep kids creative by keeping the tv off or at least VERY limited.

  53. Michelle Macaluso says:

    We like to make crafts for the holidays and birthdays which the kids can then give to loved ones.
     
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  54. Mary Williams says:

    I keep my son creative by always trying new ideas. We love to do different things, and my son gets so excited when we try something we've never tried before! 

  55. I keep my kids creative by taking them outside to natural play areas and letting them explore!

  56. We love to create with toilet paper tubes!    

  57. We keep lots of art and craft supplies on hand.  Whenever the aren't sure what to do, aka are bored, I send them to the craft cupboard and see what they can come up with.

  58. alexandrea goodmanson says:

    There are so many things we throw away that kids can use for crafts. tp rolls, soup cans and paper plates kids can make puppets and make so many other things

  59. Carolyn Ryan says:

    We do a lot of Arts & Crafts at my house.

  60. letting them do crafts and get messy!

  61. Paper, glue, paint, beads, noodles, milk jugs, soda jugs and have them create whatever they want with all the items! They love it!

  62. Chasity Boatman says:

    Putting a bunch of supplies on a table and letting them creative whatever they come up with

  63. Michelle Ramos says:

    My kids love making their own crafts. I try not to tell them what to do–I give them paper, crayons, pencils, scissors, and let them entertain themselves.

  64. Karen Coelho says:

    A great way to keep kids creative is through the outdoors. There are millions of crafts and ideas that can be created just by leaves, a piece of wood, outdoor scenery, etc.

  65. carren larsen says:

    Right now my Grandchildren are still young. We keep crayons, markers, blocks, dress up clothes, and lots of blank paper around all the time. The kids like to dress up and put on little plays for us. They also have alot of childrens musical instuments around. You have to keep their imagination working and the creativity seems to flow from them.

  66. barbara tryon says:

    Me and my son used to find cool rocks and paint on them and we have some really cool ones saved

  67. Cheryl Bielich says:

    I give them paper crayons and markers and scissors and they are good to go with their imagination.  cheap and great fun… blankets and they build a castle.  the less money I spend the more fun they have…

  68. I like to keep craft supplies around, encourage imagination and always look for new things to do

  69. Tiffany Kinney says:

    I let my kids experiment with making their own snack recipies.

  70. Notepad and crayons

  71. We try to do an art or craft every day to help keep my kids creative.

  72. Always have crayons and paper accessible so they can draw whatever comes to mind whenever.

  73. Jessica E Ledford says:

    Simple no-battery toys! My daughter uses her imagination a lot more with those types of toys.

  74. the best toy for any kid is a pad of paper and some art supplies

  75. magazines, theater, outdoor play and imaginative play

  76. Lots of free time and open ended toys.

  77. We always have crayons, paper, glue, stickers, and other craft things around. We also come up with new songs for everything from waking up in the morning to going to bed at night.  

  78. Kelly Falcone says:

    I use a lot of natural art supplies from nature walks

  79. we keep lots of supplies available. 

  80. Stephanie Hirsch says:

    Always have crafts and crayons and markers available so when an idea comes the kids will be able to make it happen!

  81. I love to keep my daughter creative by letting her do her own thing – lots of times I'll just give her some random art or crafting supplies and let her do whatever comes to mind – she's made some pretty cool stuff that way!

  82. Darlene Owen says:

    I think a way to get kids to be creative is to let them experiment. Give them examples for ideas and then let them go.

  83. Jackie Griebel says:

    Keep it simple to keep kids creative. Gather leaves and make a wreath, look for fishing worms, skip stones. It doesn't always have to cost   money to have fun.

  84. Hannah Gillispie says:

    Hope to win this for my sister ๐Ÿ™‚

  85. Jennifer McCann says:

    I have crayons and markers, paper and coloring books easily accessible for my son. We also finger paint and I let him go crazy!

  86. Kelly McDaniel says:

    Just make creating and learning fun and do it with them and they will keep wanting to do it

  87. Kelly Andrus says:

    Get some old magazine, poster board, scissors and a glue stick and make a collage with them!

  88. coloring, chalk, outside activities

  89. explore the world with them

  90. Amanda Hoffman says:

    coloring,drawing,and playing outside

  91. Heidi Daily says:

    I make sure there are many different arts and crafts supplies available to be used in whatever creative ways my daughter can come up with. 

  92. heather eg kaufman says:

    I let my kids express themselves any way they want.

  93. Mary Dailey says:

    Always keep plenty of supplies on hand.

  94. Cheryl Reinhardt says:

     I think the best way to keep kids creative, is to let them express themselves through arts and crafts.
    Supply them with colored paper, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and safety scissors. Also use Nature as a way of creating art, using stones, leaves from tree's, and wildflowers.

  95. While it's important to have limits and boundaries, you need to make sure that you can move outside your own comfort zone, showing your children that their innovation is a good thing is so important.
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  96. I keep my kids creative by giving them the freedom to play… They are the best at coming up with new games and imaginative situations ๐Ÿ™‚

  97. leave plenty of free time in the day for unstructured play time

  98. i think it's important to always have art/craft supplies available, set up even – so that at any moment your child/ren can create a masterpiece. we have a table in the basement with drawers holding paints, crayons, markers, modeling clay, felt cut out shapes, etc 

  99. renee walters says:

    I give the kid's crayons and paper out and let them draw, color and build things. 

  100. My tip is to be creative with them, show them it is okay to be creative!

  101. I try to do variety of crafts with them

  102. betty wojnar says:

    I keep my kids creative by stimulating their curiosity with different items, and then let them imagine what they can do.

  103. We like to cook together…especially with things we've grown in our garden.

  104. We have a corner is our playroom dedicated for Arts and Crafts! My kids love that kid of stuff and are very crafty!

  105. By letting my daughter explore and knowing it's okay to get messy.

  106. My tip is to sit down with your kids and have a fun storytelling session. 

  107. #1 way to keep kids creative is to turn off the tv and computer!

  108. love their wild child designer diner

  109. our 4 year old grandson loves to cut and paste pictures from magazines and make collages

  110. Jennifer H. says:

    keep a box of craft supplies readily available to them
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  111. chelsea preston says:

    Water painting out side and a big box of crafts inside

  112. I try to keep my kids creative by letting them express themselves with ordinary things around them.  For ex. my sons play sword fight with paper towel rolls.  And one of my sons made a "boxtar" with a shoebox and rubberbands.  It is his "guitar box" which he uses to pretend play and sing.

  113. I keep my kids creative with hands on stuff..paint, chalk, glue, paper, this list goes on and on!

  114. Michelle Harasewicz says:

    I get her crayons and paper out and let her draw and color whatever she wants, giving her positive praise along the way. I let her build with her blocks too and help her create things and play with our creations.

  115. I try to keep my son creative by allowing him to explore – even if it means he gets dirty.

  116. one of the main things I do is turn the tv off and hand them a box.  They love creating something out of that box. Its fun to watch them

  117. chelsea preston says:

    Water painting, simple arts and crafts with things like buttons craft sticks feathers construction paper and glue.

  118. I always try to have crafts and other activities planned – we do lots of coloring and painting.  Oh, and never underestimate the power of glitter!

  119. Ella Bryant says:

    I like to make a "treasure box" of sorts for my 3 yr. old.  It's a box w/ a lot of little random (inexpensie or broken) doodads & thingamajigs.  He gets a real kick out of looking thru all the stuff.  definitely supervise nearby if there's anything that poses choking hazard & i only used them when i felt he was ready to explore w/ hands & not mouth. 

  120. Love these cool things!

  121. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    Books, crafts, reading, playing outside is what I used for my children to keep them creative.

  122. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Toys that can be broken down and put back together, books that challenge, activities that involve physical activity!

  123. michelle warner says:

     i always try to keep my kids creative by letting them make things on their own and guiding them to make bigger and better things. always have tons of stuff on hand for them to do

  124. valorie gomes says:

    being creative  is what it is all about, we love art – so we try and make things the kids don't want to try and eat in fun and cool looking things. we love making al of our cards for every occassion and we constantly are drawing and writing down fun ideas when we see them our school products we alsways add more to them with things we find outside

  125. Kelly Kits encourage art play using a wide variety of creative tools & materials beyond what coloring books can offer. 
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  126. M.B. Jones was inspired to write her very first book by her very first granddaughter
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  129. turn off tv and all electronics and provide lots of options for play

  130. to keep the kids creative i try to give them BLANK spaces to be creative with… and LOTS of unfettered time to really connect with their inner muse, so to speak. ๐Ÿ™‚ we have color books and what not, also. don't get me wrong.

    but big wide open spaces is what really seems to open them up!

  131. Marie Haney says:

    I believe that the more you expose your child to, the more creative they'll be.  My daughter has traveled, been to more museum exhibits than most adults, visited sporting events, symphony concerts and theater productions, goes to the weekend craft opportunities at places like Michael's and Lowe's, and has visited many parks, gardens, zoos, etc.  We encourage learning and creativity through many different tools, even some television and movies.  She has a wonderful imagination, and she uses what she's learned in her creativity.  It's wonderful to watch her mind create beautiful things ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thanks for an amazing giveaway! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  132. susan wiener says:

    keep kids creative by making activity books for them, such as crafts or puzzles. They'll really enjoy it.

  133. I think the main thing in our house is shutting off the TV and engaging them by starting to play ourselves. The kids naturally join in and go their own way! Thanks!

  134. Encourage imaginative play, make up stories with your child and turn off the tv, computer and electronic devices.

  135. turn off the tv

  136. Imagination building toys like lego's and arts-and-crafts time.

  137. Sylvia White says:

    Supply a variety of art supplies and encourage them to try them all

  138. Debra Getsinger says:

    The messier, the better and the children have FUN!!!!

  139. Audra Weathers says:

    I like to encourage my daughter to use her imagination and be creative through drawing out her stories and events of the day. We draw and color a lot and it's a fun time to get a conversation going.

  140. Encourage them to get messy!  Getting upset when they make a mess during creative play discourages imagination.

  141. You can offer your kiddos the means for crafts (paint, brushes, paper, scissors, pens, etc) and let them go at it. If they need help with a theme get library books (eg. animals, space travel, city, cars, etc.). Read the books and recreate scenes or parts of the story.
    Also, for older kids, start reading a book and stop half way. Have them write the ending to the story and maybe even draw some pictures.

  142. Playing outside

  143. Sometimes I watch for what naturally seems to interest my child and then find more ways to help him explore. For example, my son loves to experiment with liquids and containers. I noticed this while at a restaurant and almost got mad at him for trying to pour his water into one of the sauce dishes. Now I go home and give him lots of cups and bowls, some empty some with water and let him pour to his hearts content. 

    • That’s a great idea Aimee! I have noticed this last week, she saw 3 cups with water and started pouring water from one cup to another and then started stacking them on top of each other. I did stop the play when she accidently spilled the water all over the table and floor. But I think rather than stopping it, I just need to set up in an area where it’s ok for the spill and it will be easier to clean. THanks for the encouragement!

  144. I think free exploration with a variety of materials are a great way to keep creativity alive and well!  Also going to different places and exploring the world around us!

  145. I try to go places where it encourages new creative thoughts. Then recreate the projects at home ๐Ÿ™‚

  146. I have an Arts & Crafts Desk set up for my children and I am always supplying them with new ideas and supplies.

  147. I provide lots of choice in their play!

  148. shannon oelrich says:

    my kids have been being creative with duct tape recenlty.  It is fun to see what they can make out of it.

  149. Keep kids creative by supplying them with an "exploration box" filled with art supplies, random trinkets, puppets, dress up clothes, old fabric scraps, old sheets, and anything else they can play with.  Oh, and for petey's sakes TURN OFF THE TV! ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  150. Keep kids creative by letting them explore with regular household items, for example, paper towel rolls, sponges, water etc.  

  151. We encourage dress-up and dramatic play!

  152. music, art and nature

  153. Pamela Halligan says:

    I encourage my kids to be creative by playing outside and using their imagination.  We take hikes through the state park and talk about the animals and birds we come across.  Then, we go home and draw pictures of our adventure.  Arts and crafts are my favorite ways to help the kids exhibit their creativity. 

  154. Elizabeth Wisniewski says:

    I keep crayons and paper out at all times

  155. Tabitha Pyle says:

    I use lots and lots of stickers.

  156. I love taking my kids out into nature and having them pick out one thing that they think they could re-create in art. Trees, birds, flowers, rivers, animals, whatever. Then we come home and bust out the coloring tools! It makes them focus on the world around them and also lets them be creative. We also talk about whatever it is they are coloring and try to find some info on line to supplement. Lots of fun. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

  157. I keep my daughter creative by having her spend time each day coloring and playing with toys that do not require batteries, etc. 

  158. We have always loved music and my husband (used) to play in a popular local band. Every night after work he'll play his guitar for the kid's and then the singing and dancing begins. My kid's just love to make up they're own songs and color,paint and draw to his music. I wonder if he knows what a huge inspiration he has been in the kid's being creative! also,when they were little I would plop instant pudding down on they're (clean LOL!) craft table and let them "fingerpaint". Then I'd wipe everything up w/paper towels/wash hands and go again with the shaving cream on the table and they would fingerpaint some more!! The shaving cream actually cleans the table and I have discovered that the cheapest kind actually works best( foam not gel). It allows for a super inexpensive fun time!!!

  159. I like to use picture books and let her make up the stories

  160. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    I think it's important to get them outside and away from the tv/computers a little bit every day. Like my mom did, if they try to tell me they are bored, I like to tell them about all the chores that need done – that seems to inspire creativity! ๐Ÿ™‚

  161. My kids and I used to decorate our yard for the holidays using whatever we could find around the house. We made scarecrows from old clothes, Christmas elves from plywood cutouts, etc. We would spend a whole day outside being creative, the neighbors loved it and the kids were so proud.

  162. Jennifer Mistretta says:

    Always offering new things to explore. As well as setting a good example and being creative yourself!

  163. Give them lots of materials to use and let them know there is no wrong way to do anything!

  164. I really like the spongebob square pants patch!

  165. I think it's important to get down on their level and play and do are projects with them to encourage the creativity

  166. A way I keep my kids creative is by finding DIY projects around the house. We have lost of cardboard so we have been doing lots of card board crafts. They love drawing pictures so another good thing is to ask them to tell a story with that picture. Kids are so creative!

  167. We keep things creative around here by continually having supplies on hand, where the kids can easily access them. Supplies for my older kids (9 & 12) are kept up higher while supplies for the three year old are where he can easily reach on his own.

  168. Dawn Sterner says:

    I always have art supplies because my daughter loves drawing & making little projects or cards for people! ๐Ÿ™‚

  169. I'm a grandma of several little ones and we keep several activities on hand including art, puzzles, books, etc… Having 3  that are 3 yrs and younger can be challenging but we pick activities that are exciting to them at that time. If need be we switch to something else. We also try to introduce activities like cooking to them. For example: they can help "cut" up the lettuce for a salad (they tear it up) and it makes them feel like they are cooking and they want to eat it because they've had a part of it.

  170. jamie braun says:

    i keep my kids creative with painting b drawing. they love it

  171. amy williams says:

    my best friend comes here with her little boy and we do alot of crafts or take them out to a park to look at all the pretty trees and ponds

  172. I keep lots of crafts supplies on hand
    Thanks!

  173. jodi frasier says:

    I keep the kids busy by always having something for them to do.. They love to play board games.. But another thing i have seen that they love to do and it keeps them busy is to give them construction paper, safety scissors, crayons, markers, and some crafts and glue and they are busy for quite some time. Thanks for the giveaway

  174. My daughter keeps me creative!  She loves to paint with anything glittery and she loves to make cards, bake cookies, etc…….

  175. Debbie Walter says:

    You can find lots of online crafts for some creative ideas. There are also free printables for kids online.

  176. We make our own sidewalk chalk and paint with it on our driveaway.  We also like to make our own playdough and have many playdough accessories.

  177. Cassandra Eastman says:

    I think it's important to makes sure kids play outside and explore, and use there imaginations to be creative! My son loves rocks, so he goes on "adventures" in our backyard to find rocks and then we paint them… just little things like that are so much fun to little ones!

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