Pinned It, Did It – Kool-Aid Ice Cubes

NOW HOW COME MY PARENTS DIDNT DO THIS FOR ME WHEN I WAS A KID??  KoolAid ices cubes in sprite. The drink changes flavor as the ice melts!   IM TOTALLY GOING TO DO THIS NOW!

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When putting together a Pinterest To Do list this week, this kiddy cocktail idea looked so easy, it was a no-brainer to add it to my list.

It seemed like a great idea, but to tell you the truth, mine didn’t turn out as vibrant as the original pin.  The idea was to freeze different colored Kool-Aid in ice cube trays and then use the ice in a glass of Sprite.  The Sprite picks up the flavor of the Kool-Aid as it is sipped.

My ice cubes were a little slushy because of all the sugar I suppose, and they melted fast and turned the Sprite red.  Then there wasn’t much contrast between the drink and the ice.  It did do a stellar job of flavoring the Sprite, and my children were delighted to have soda with dinner, so it was still a success in their eyes.

I do think I will do this again for a special occasion like a child’s birthday party, but I’ll chill the Sprite first and hope the ice takes longer to melt.  Perhaps using less sugar would allow the ice to freeze more solidly.  Come to think of it, this would be a great activity to do if we have a color of the week.   Yay Pinterest!

Noah’s Courage

Our quiet little Noah seems to be coming out of his shell.  Our landlord was out here the other day talking to a contractor, and Noah ran up to him and signed deer and pointed.  When Noah wants something, he has no problem letting us know, and he has even been signing complete sentences like “I want milk, please.”  I think children with Down syndrome and other speech delays often communicate much more freely with family than they do with others, so seeing him run up to our landlord was very encouraging.

Noah also has started getting the final P onto some words.  Pup and pop are really the only words he can get that final consonant onto.  I can’t wait to see the progression, though.  Miss L, Noah’s SLP says he is following the natural progression of language development, which is excellent, he’s just doing it very slowly.  I love being able to understand just where he is in his language and what is around the bend.   He is also doing great with the Kaufmann cards; he progresses through the sounds exactly the way they progress on the cards.

The kitchen scavenger hunt PECs game I made for Noah has turned out to be a real winner.  I had no idea he did not know where so many things were in the kitchen.  We’ve played the game two times now, and today he remembered some of what he learned the first time.  I LOVE to see that!!!  So often in the past when I worked on teaching him something, like colors, every time we sat down to work it seemed like we were starting from scratch.  Eventually he started remembering, but it took A LOT of repetition.

I also made a third set of the cards and cut them up to play Memory with Noah.  We’re still playing with all the cards face up, but He and Bella really enjoy matching; and I figure when he is ready, it will be easy to transition to the traditional Memory Game method.  Being able to use the same cards in different ways is the BEST way for kids to learn and really internalize new vocabulary.

I’m still getting used to using the iPad to boost Noah’s cooperation and learning experience.  The motivation is high on the iPad, but he is getting frustrated easily. 

Today was Noah’s last hippotherapy session until September when the weather cools down.  I’m contemplating having him take a break from physical therapy until after Andres’ surgery.  It’s a tough call because his therapist says he is really starting to get into running and playing with her.  We have to take some time off anyway, because insurance won’t cover all 52 weeks of the year.  It’s just hard to know when a good time to take a break is.

Anyone wondering what Noah is doing while I’m writing this?









He’s supposed to be napping and was wanting to get up, so I told him to read to his stuffed puppy.  He’s “reading” to his stuffed puppy.  Awwwww.

Pinned It, Did it – Melted Crayon Dot Art

One thing I’ve always wanted to be and never even came close was an artist.  I would love to be able to sketch and use watercolors in a way that produced results beyond what a 4-year-old could do.  The chances of that happening in this lifetime are pretty slim. 

Enter in Pinterest. 

Different melted crayon idea - WE did this for my hubby for Father's Day - Even my 7-year-old participated.  It turned out BEAUTIFUL!!!!  And it was wayyyyy fun!

I saw some beautiful melted crayon dot art, and it reminded me of a pointillism project I did when I was probably in junior high.  Dots I can do.

Father’s Day was coming up, and Andrew really dislikes us spending money on him but loves DIY creative-y things.  What an opportunity!  I, along with the 17-year-old, the 10-year-old, the 8-year-old and the 7-year-old spent four afternoons working, and at the end of the week, we had finished our entire last name as well as a heart from me.   The finished product now hangs above our threshold.  definitely one of the better DIY projects we’ve done.  (This picture shows just two of the letters and the heart before we hung them.)

 Project:  Melted Crayon Dot Art


  1. Enough 8″ x 10″ canvases (in the art supplies aisle at Wal-Mart or a craft store) for each letter of your first or last name.
  2. Large quantity of old crayons in various shades of each color.  Peel them and sort them according to color and place in separate bags for storage.
  3. Candles, lots of candles.
  4. Printed bubble-type letters cut out to place in the center of your canvas.
  5. Tape
  6. Newspaper or plastic to cover your working space to protect it from melted crayon and wax.


  1. Take your cut-out letter; and using double-sided tape, tape a letter in the middle of each canvas.
  2. Plan what colors you want to use for each letter, and write the color on the back of the canvas to remind you which colors will be used where.  I used the rainbow progression for our letters.
  3. Take the first letter and match it to the corresponding color you assigned it.  Hold the tip of your crayon just over the flame until it is wet and shiny and almost dripping, then quickly touch it to the canvas to form a dot.  If you actually touch the flame with your crayon, some blackening will occur.  Don’t worry.  By the time  you are finished, the black is not noticeable.  If you are a perfectionist, okay, you can worry.  Using the same crayon, continue to make dots randomly in this fashion.  Using this technique, you will need to remelt after each dot.
  4. Continue with the other shades of your color until the canvas is covered.
  5. Carefully peel off the bubble letter to reveal the canvas. 
  6. Continue with the remaining letters.

Honestly, my younger children did start to tire of this after the first day, especially the 7-year-old.  The 10-year-old and the 17-year-old hung in right up to the end.  We all agreed this was a lot of fun and we were very happy with the results. 

By the way, Andrew LOVED it!!!