Road Trip Audiobooks For The Whole Family

Audiobooks are game changers for car trips.  It allows the whole family to bond together through the story.  You’ll all groan when it’s time to stop for a restroom break.  You’ll talk about it for days, maybe weeks after the trip and the memories you’ll share over the books may last a lifetime.  This post is brought to you by Jeepcheap.com and contains affiliate links.

Here are the audiobooks my kids would enjoy on a road trip and I hope yours will too!  If you’ve never tried Audible by Amazon you should look into it.  Their free trial gives you 2 free audiobooks that you get to keep even if you cancel your subscription right away.

Boxcar Children Audiobook

The first book I’d recommend is the beginning of The Boxcar Children Collection.  This series is a rich, easy read that my kids are hooked on.  My kids are 4 and 6 and they both enjoy these stories.  We haven’t enjoyed the audiobooks yet because we haven’t traveled since we’ve discovered this series but we’re already on book 38 of the series. 

This audiobook series includes 3 books for one price ($33.60) but you’ll get the whole set free plus another book if you sign up for the free trial.  I like how they’ve lumped the first three books together into one set.

Little House Audiobook

The Little House series is another great one that we’ve only had the pleasure of reading and not listening too.  It has great reviews on Amazon though so I’m sure the reader does a fabulous job.

Pippi Longstocking Audiobook

Pippi Longstocking has been a favorite of young girls for decades now and this audiobook will help introduce it to more children.

Mary Poppins Audiobook

What kids wouldn’t love a story about a nanny who could clean up their toys, dance with them on rooftops and hop into sidewalk drawings with them?  Mary Poppins is a classic and my kids adore her.  I love how drastically different the books are from the movie and yet how they are similar.  We’ve loved both movies and it’s fun to see what bits and pieces they’ve chosen from the books to include.

Peter Pan Audiobook

Peter Pan is another story that ignites a child’s imagination and takes them far away from home.  This is another one I think all young kids would enjoy.

A Bear Called Paddington

The bear from darkest Peru will surely warm heart young and old.  🙂  A Bear Called Paddington is another great classic book for young kids.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a delightful tale of fantasy.  I can still remember feeling my heart race as I first read this book and eagerly anticipated Charlie opening his chocolate to find the golden ticket.

The Little Duke by Charlotte Yonge, performed by David Thorn (This might be best for ages 7-10)

Paddle-to-the-Sea by Holling Clancy Holling, narrated by Terry Bregy

Peter Rabbit Collection by Beatrix Potter, performed by Peter Batchelor

Don’t let anyone tell you that audiobooks don’t count as real books.  They absolutely do!

Tips for Traveling With Kids

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Fall is upon us.  Ladies, lock and load ‘cause we’re hittin’ the road. We are traveling with kids.  This helpful post is brought to you by Robertloehrchryslerdodgejeepram.com.

I thought I would share my tips and tricks for traveling successfully with the kiddos.

1.  Prep

I know this goes against the grain of the wild adventurer in every one of us, but seriously, you are cruisin’ for a bruisin’ if you don’t know where you’re going or what your doing on the trip. These are not the days of the road trip when we had the luxury of packing the essentials and hitting the road.

Most likely you are intentional about where you want to go and what you’re going to do, but the amenities of those places you will frequent are worth their weight in goal. Number one priority – a playplace. Have you planned a place to let your smunchkins out to roam, to get out the wiggles. Is there a good rest stop that can provide a run and roam area? How often do you need to stop on the way? Planning stops along the way can be crucial to a happy crew.

2.  Protect

If you still want your vehicle to be in one piece after your return home, I suggest that you use protective covers on your car’s fabric features. There are expensive seat covers to protect the car’s fabric from kids’ spills, but you can also use a fitted crib mattress sheet. This is cheap, probably something you have on hand, and can be easily thrown into the wash.

I also like to put down old towels on the floor areas where my kids might drop something or to catch the snack crumbs. I don’t do this all the time because I don’t like a junky car, but it’s nice when your car is home on a long trip.

3.  Pack

Pack your items in such a way that you can grab the essentials at a moment’s notice. You need to be able to get to your toiletries and an extra set of clothes in case junior decides to get carsick and go projectile on your clothes. Vivid but true…

Also, if room provides, make sure that you think through where you could change baby’s diaper if need be. If you’re tight on space, you can always change baby in one of the front seats when you’re not sitting in it. And pack those extra diapers. I’m constantly tucking diapers side pockets, nooks, and crannies like a little squirrel just in case we sometime forget to have diapers. Silly, but I’d rather be prepared.

4.  Pennies

If you have a child at the begging age, you know it’s important to have some money set aside. We collect our pennies and loose change for trips, and then hubby and I decide on what we’d like to use it on. Sometimes it’s what the kids are whining for… within reason ;), sometimes it’s something special we planned. Either way, it’s nice to have cushion change that didn’t come from the budget.

What did I leave out? Let me know what your essential traveling habits are!

4 Tips for Parents New to Homeschooling

Starting your child in a homeschooling program can seem complicated. In the past, parents and guardians were largely on their own when it came to educating their children. This was both the greatest benefit of homeschooling and the most difficult aspect.

Nowadays, vast resources and online curriculum courses are available to parents who are interested in starting their children in an online homeschooling program. Below are four tips to keep in mind that will help you get started on the right path to finding the correct program and curriculum that meets the needs of your child.

1. Get In Touch

While some homeschooling parents prefer to stay completely independent, most first-timers homeschoolers appreciate having a network of support, whether in-person or online. If you don’t know many people already involved in homeschooling, get in contact with the Homeschool Association in your state. Furthermore, you can search on Facebook to find local, national, and global groups dedicated to helping homeschool parents.

You don’t have to be a vocal member of these communities to gain benefits. At first, it’s best to read the forums and discussion threads to learn the main topics and issues among your peers. Once you’re comfortable with the lingo, you can start asking questions and utilizing available resources, which are often free. In time, you’ll become a valued and experienced member of the community, regardless of how active you are.

2. Check Local Laws

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. It’s a trusted method of instruction in homes across the US and abroad. You have the right to educate your child in the best way you see fit.

Some states offer a great deal of freedom for homeschoolers, requiring no notification or evaluation before beginning. Others require some form of notice, while a handful require certifications and required testing.

The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a map of each state’s regulation status and explains the requirements throughout the nation. While it may be frustrating to comply with these rules, doing so will ensure your child maintains a successful educational path well into the future.

Homeschool Play

3. Learn How Your Child Learns

Everyone learns differently. You may have heard that there are 3 different types of learners: audio, visual, and kinesthetic. Some researchers say there are seven learning styles, while still others insist there are endless different types of learners!

Instead of putting your child into a simple category, spend some time discussing their preferences and evaluating how they best understand learning material. Do they prefer to read and study on their own in silence? Do they like having visual stimuli like videos and interactive media? Do they learn best completely on their own, or are they more suited to studying alongside a sibling or friend?

A child’s learning style evolves over time, and understanding their needs is an ongoing process. Part of the joy of homeschooling is watching your child grow as a student. Do your best and be open to changing your plans as you go along.

4. Start Deschooling

To deschool means, essentially, to unlearn the habits of public schooling. In traditional schools, we’re taught to raise our hands to go to the bathroom, sit quietly for hours on end, take required classes and courses we have no interest in…. It’s quite a world apart compared to homeschool!

If you went to public school as a child, these habits are probably ingrained in your memory. Deschooling is doubly important if your child has been a part of the school system recently. Make it clear to your new student that the expectations of public school don’t entirely apply in the home. You’ll set the standards and pace alongside your child.

With clear expectations, strong goals, and an open mindedness toward education, you and your child can thrive in a homeschool environment.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Traveling Families

Being able to homeschool is truly a blessing because your kids can experience more of the world and learn on your terms. With that being said, there are some tips that homeschooling families should learn as a means to make homeschooling in the car a valuable experience. If you’re a traveling family or just find that you’ve been so busy that you’ll have to homeschool on the road during a family vacation, then you’ll enjoy these tips for homeschooling on the road.  This post is brought to you by WinnerFordofDover.com.

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Tips for Homeschooling on the Road for Travel Families

Get Prepared

Look over the lessons that you’ll be teaching your kids while homeschooling on the road. Make sure you opt to choose from lessons that won’t need a lot of supplies. Opting to prepare for your homeschooling on the road sessions will mean that you’ll get the supplies ready, choose lessons that make more sense for homeschooling in the car, and work to allow all kids to learn something similar at the same time.

Plan for Stops

If you’re going to be traveling in the car for long distances, make sure you plan for a stop along the route. This will allow your kids to get some reading and other lessons completed outside of the car. You may want to pick some historical landmarks to stop to work on a homeschool history lesson with your kids while homeschooling on the road.

Review Lessons

While it’s best to choose the harder lessons for at home homeschooling sessions, you may need to teach some of the harder homeschool lessons on the road. It’s best to prepare with a tri-fold poster board to help keep kids focused while trying to get some of the harder lessons done. You may also opt to find a location with no distractions to get out, stretch and learn on the road when you have a difficult lesson to teach the kids while traveling in a car.

Make a Checklist

Last, but not least, make a checklist of supplies that you’ll need to make the most of your homeschool lessons on the road. This means getting pencils sharpened, bringing a pencil sharpener, plenty of paper, journals, and books as well as any other supplies that you’ll need for each lesson in your curriculum while homeschooling on the road.

If you take the time to review what lessons you’ll be working on during your homeschooling in the car adventures, you’ll find that the kids learn better and focus easier. This is one of the benefits of being a homeschool family, you can educate your kids pretty much anywhere. There’s always a way to educate your kids in history, math, science and social studies when you’re a traveling family who’s well-prepared for homeschool lessons in the car.

20 More Family Friendly Trunk or Treat Ideas!

We know you loved the first 20 trunk or treat ideas we shared so we wanted to share even more.  It’s not like you have to twist my arm, I love to look at Halloween costume and trunk or treat decor ideas.  We still haven’t decided on our family costumes for this fall and that’s not like us.  We need to get on the ball!  This post is brought to you by Zeiglerchryslerdodge.com.

1.  Crayola – who doesn’t love these amazing crayons?

2.  A giant Minion.  How cute!

 

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Cleaning out my closet tonight. Much needed reminder about all of the clothes I have and don’t wear simply because I don’t know how to style them or forget they are there because I stick with the easy go-to outfits that I wear again and again. I’m posting here to hold myself accountable to wear something different each day for as long as I can by shopping my own closet. Bright spot – I found these overalls from two Halloween’s ago when Roen and I dressed as minions for our trunk-or-treat ❤️. I’m going to post my outfits daily in stories to be accountable and so I can remember what I have and haven’t worn. They may not all be winners but should be interesting. #closet365 #closetchallenge . . . #shopyourcloset #shopmycloset #minion #trunkortreat #minions😍 #miniontrunk #minionstyle #overalls #overallstyle #closetgoals #boymom #boymomlife #halloweencostume #halloweenminions #trunkortreat🎃 #overallsfordays #momandson #mylittle #shopmywardrobe #boymomma #mylittleminion #littleminion #kcmom #kcmomblogger #kansascitymom #adventureswithkids #adventuresinmomlife

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3.  The tooth fairy!  I have never seen one like this before.  I love the originality!

 

4.  You can turn your vehicle into a traveling zoo.  …I guess that would be a circus.  Whatever you call it, it’s precious!

 

5.  I truly love this!  I almost squealed when I saw it.  Very fun!

 

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#trunkortreat #shark #hgtv #propstylist

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6.  Jurassic Park.  Wow, impressive.  My kids would be terrified of this one but I don’t think most kids would so I still consider it family friendly.

7.  Wow, I don’t know what I could add to this.  It’s just amazing!

8.  Snoopy!! I love Lucy’s advice stand and Snoopy’s dog house!  Well done!

 

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Where the Halloween obsession began 😂 #SpecialNeedsKids #Halloween #TrunkOrTreat #Charliebrown #JaedynsWorld

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9.  Under the Sea.  This is a simple set up but whimsical and fun.

10.  Adult-sized Barbie.  I love it!

 

11.  Super heroes!

 

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Our first annual trunk or treat! The Incredibles! #TLLA #halloween #trunkortreat #earlychildhood #education

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12.  Pikachu

 

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#trunkortreat #pikachu

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13.  Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, & Wendy.  I love the window scene behind them.  Darling!

 

 

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#peterpan #tinkerbell #wendy #trunkortreat

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14.  The Lollipop Guild!  No way!

 

 

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We represent the frickin Lollipop Guild. #trunkortreat #lollipop #tennisrackets #longsufferingdad #gooddads

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15.  Moana!

 

 

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#homemadecostumes #moana #maui #disney #pua #heihei #taka #tefeti #trunkortreat #halloween

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16.  Cars’ VW.  How cute!!

17.  The Jungle Book

 

 

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#Jungle Book trunk or treat #junglebook #futuretrunks #trunkortreat

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18.  A bubble machine!!  Nothing else is needed, am I right?

 

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Bubbles!!! Really cool image taken on an IPhone 8! #rcdsphotographynotclub #iphone8camera #trunkortreat

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19.  Wow!! What an impressive recreation of the house from the movie Up!

 

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Real Life Russel From Pixar’s “Up”. #Pixar #Russel #movies #Cutie #trunkortreat #funtimes #familytime.

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20.  A NASA spaceship complete with an astronaut and aliens!!  Ah, this is one of my favorites!

 

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Had a blast 🚀!!! Ready for pic overload… #trunkortreat

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There you have it, an additional 20 family friendly trunk or treat ideas.  To see the first 20 ideas click here.

20 Family Friendly Trunk or Treat Ideas

Trunk or treating is our favorite way to do trick or treating.  It’s safer and I just LOVE the trunk or treat decorations.  I hope you’ll enjoy this list I’ve gathered of 20 family friendly trunk or treat ideas.  This post is brought to you by Zeigler Chrysler Dodge Ram.

1.  Candyland!! I love this one so much!

 

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My wife got that 1st place trunk #TrunkRTreat

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2.  Is it ever too early to start celebrating Christmas?

 

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Had such a great time tonight! #TrunkRTreat #ChristmasInOctober

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3.  The car is dressed like a dog and the dog is dressed like a car.  Cute!

 

4. Angry Birds

 

 

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Super exhausted, but well worth it! • • • #halloween #trunkrtreat #spokanefirst #jesusfirstchurch

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5. Dino Dig.  I know my kids would love this one!!

 

6. Stranger Things theme.  Spooky and cute all in one!

 

7.  Star Wars

 

 

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My parents are cool. #trunkrtreat #halloween #trickortreat #starwars #leia #jedi #maytheforthbewithyou

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8. Oooh, the princess and the frog.  A gigantic car-sized frog!  How fun!

 

 

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The Princess and her Frog. Come to out to Westview 6-8. #trunkrtreat

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9.  The Great Pumpkin!  Oh, I just love Charlie Brown!

 

 

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Our #TrunkRTreat theme was a Hit!!!! #TheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown 🎃 Man did I have a blast!! I love doing crafty things 😊

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10.  I love Lucy!  Spot on, folks, spot on!

 

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Our #TrunkRTreat theme was a Hit!!!! #TheGreatPumpkinCharlieBrown 🎃 Man did I have a blast!! I love doing crafty things 😊

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11.  Simple big scary creature.  Easy and still very fun!

 

 

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Winging it worked. #trunkrtreat

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12.  Veggietales!

 

 

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Trunk R Treat 2015 #firstchurch #trunkrtreat #veggietales

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13.  This car was transformed into a Ninja Turtle.  Man, I used to love the Ninja Turtles when I was a kid!

 

 

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Chelsey and Scott at trunk-r-treat. #trunkrtreat #ninja #ninjaturtles #cousins

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14. Starbucks “Walk Thru” – too cute!

 

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#trunkrtreat Starbucks!

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15.  Eek!! Giant teeth make this vehicle a larger than life monster.

 

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RAWR!!!!! #TrunkRTreat #Halloween

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16.  This monster looks friendly.  Maybe it’s the soft big eyes or maybe it’s the flopping tongue.

 

 

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Another year and another loss… next year I really amp up my game… #TrunkRTreat

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17.  Have leftover birthday party decorations?  Wrap some empty boxes and voila, you have a cute birthday themed vehicle.

 

18.  This truck did a phenomenal job with their basketball court decor.

 

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THE 2014 BEST TRUNK WINNER ! The Memphis Tiger Basketball trunk #tlcmemphis #trunkrtreat

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19.  This space themed decor would be my daughter’s favorite.  She loves her some stars!

 

 

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Twinkly star trunk #tlcmemphis #trunkrtreat

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20.  Cookie Monster – yum, yum, yum!

 

 

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COOKIE TRUNK! #trunkrtreat #tlcmemphis

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There you have it, 20 trunk or treat decor ideas that vary from simple to complex.  I hope you’ve found something to inspire you for your trunk or treat decorating this Halloween season.

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

When it comes to raising kids you’ll have to learn ways to teach your kids how to use their manners and what respect means. Being a parent is full of many responsibilities, and those responsibilities don’t seem to lessen as the kids get older. Teaching kids manners and respect in a purposeful way comes down to creating a lifestyle that encourages your kids to comprehend manners and respect naturally. If you’re looking for ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect then you’ll enjoy these tips I’m sharing today.  This post contains affiliate links.

How to teach kids manners and respect

How Do You Teach Kids Manners and Respect?

 

Model Manners and Respect

Let’s face it, being married is no piece of cake. There will be times that your spouse upsets you or you don’t use proper manners and respect when handling various stressors in married life. While this is completely normal, the key is to remember that your kids are watching you. When it comes to being more aware of how to purposefully teach your kids manners and respect, it’s all about being a good role model. Whenever you’re feeling angry or make a mistake or treat someone in the house with disrespect or don’t use your manners out of frustration, be certain to correct your behavior so that your kids are able to see that no one is perfect but they can work to correct mistakes when manners or respect isn’t properly modeled.

Family Rules

Set Some Rules

At the end of the day kids truly thrive best on routine and rules. When it comes to trying to find ways to purposefully teach kids manners and respect you’ll want to start by setting some household rules. You may want to create a beautiful canvas sign in the home that features these house rules that set forth the expectations of manners. Having a beautiful decor canvas hung up in a family room that cites how each family member is expected to treat each other will help inspire your kids to visualize the rules each day without feeling the pressure to be perfect. Whenever your kids don’t follow these simple rules about manners and respect, you can have a consequence or discussion surrounding how they can try harder next time.  (The sign above can be found here on Amazon)

365 Manners Kids Should Know

Be The Coach

Your kids may learn some manners and respect through watching your example, there are times where kids will need a little coaching to truly get the concept of manners and respect down. Whenever you’re out in public or sitting down to dinner at home, try to be the coach to your kids. Being a coach for your kids means having more open discussions about when to use what manners and how to properly behave at a dinner table. While you will continue to lead by example, talking about the expectations of manners and when to properly use them will help you more purposefully teach kids about manners and respect in a way that will stay with them longer.  I’ve personally found that using books to teach manners is helpful. One that I’m wanting to buy is a popular book I found on Amazon called 365 Manners Kids Should Know.  It has 4.5 stars.

There is no one size fits all solution when it comes to purposefully teaching kids manners and respect. The idea is to figure out how each your kids learn best. Manners and respect are something that must be taught at a young age and reinforced throughout the entirety of childhood. Using these tips to teach kids manners and respect will help inspire a more positive family lifestyle where your kids utilize manners regularly without a reminder as they get older.

Silver Glue and Gold Foil Slime

Making slime is a favorite pastime for my kids. While this type of craft can be messy at times, it’s such a fun way to experiment with new ingredients and have some fun with your kids. I recently created a silver glue and gold foil slime that looks spectacular. As a means to help inspire you to start making beautiful slime with your family, I’m sharing some information about this slime along with a recipe to help guide you forward in making your own silver glue and gold foil slime with your kids today. This post contains affiliate links.

Silver Slime

A Fun Science and Chemistry Experiment

There are so many unique ways to educate children these days and making silver glue and gold foil slime is just one of the best ways to teach some science and chemistry in a home school environment. Whether you homeschool or not, using this fun craft idea as a means to educate your kids about chemistry and science is a fun time for everyone.

You’ll be teaching a concept called cross-linking when you mix the borate ions, known as slime activators, with the silver glue. These two ingredients mixed collide into a chemical reaction that creates the stretchy slime substance that kids enjoy playing with.

Elmers Silver Glitter Slime

The silver glue is a liquid substance that is made of molecules that help keep it in a liquid state until you mix the borate ions into the silver glue. The borate has ingredients that mix with the silver glue molecules repeated until the silver glue is no longer in a liquid state, rather when the mixture turns to slime it’s called a polymer.

Bet you didn’t realize there’s so much to learn from making this simple silver glue and gold foil slime with your kids? Use this fun craft time as a means to teach your kids about how molecules work and what active ingredients in the slime activators (sodium borate, borax powder, or boric acid) do with the silver glue to transition the glue from a liquid to a polymer.

Is slime a liquid or a solid?

This is a tricky question to answer because at the end of the day this silver glue and gold foil slime is neither a liquid nor a solid. Slime is a creation that seems to be both a liquid and a solid. You can play around with the ingredients to make this silver glue and gold foil slime appear to be more of a solid than a liquid, but in all reality, this substance that’s called polymer is more of a mixture between the liquid and solid-state.

Now that you’ve read a little bit about how this silver glue and gold foil slime can be a fun science and chemistry learning experiment, it’s time to follow the instructions below to make your own batch of silver glue and gold foil slime today.

How to make silver and gold glitter slime:

Basically, start slow, mix in the starch, add a little more, mix again, and keep doing that till it’s no longer sticky.  Toward the end of mixing you may have to knead it with your hands instead of a spoon.  There we go, now that my disclaimer is out of the way, let’s begin!

This silver and gold glitter slime needs a few specific ingredients, so let’s talk about that first. 

  • – Elmer’s Classic Glitter Glue.  I bought mine from a local craft store but found the Elmer’s Silver Glitter Glue cheaper on Amazon right now.  Keep in mind Amazon prices often fluctuate but it’s at a steal of a price right now.

In fact, there’s also a bundle pack of Elmer’s Glitter Glue to save you money and allow you to make a rainbow of slime options.

I’m a liquid starch slime fan but usually more glitter will show through when you use a contact lens solution plus baking soda instead.  This is because contact lens solution is clear and liquid starch has a kind of white-ish blue tinge.  Both of these options will make a great activator.
This one is a glitter glue so be prepared for it takes way more starch than a white glue would.  We used around 3/4ths of a cup but always add 1/4 a cup at a time and mix it in well.  When you get a consistency that no longer sticks to you and feels like you want it too you’re done.  Again, it’s not an exact science.

Silver Glitter Slime

Now onto the fun pictures of playing with the gold foil sheets.  These are incredible and I want to try them in all my future slimes.  They are just so neat!  They can also be found on Amazon here – Gold Foil Sheets.  Prices often change but right now you can get 100 sheets of this for less than $6 shipped.  I still can’t believe how affordable this fun crafting material is!

Silver Gold Foil Glitter Slime

Silver Gold Leaf Slime

Silver Gold Foil Slime

 

Gold Foil Slime

Gold Foil Silver Slime

Gold Foil Stretchy Silver Slime

Stretchy Silver Slime

Super Stretchy Silver Slime

Stretchy Silver Gold Leaf Slime

Stretchy Slime

Isn’t it beautiful?  I just adore it!

Gold Rolled Slime

I hope you and your kids can give our silver and gold glitter slime a try for yourself.  It truly is the prettiest slime I’ve ever made to date.  It rivals any of the expensive store bought putties and with slime you can create it to be the exact texture you want.  I love it!

More Ideas for Homeschooling in the Car

Homeschooling in the car is my way of describing taking the free time we have in the car and sometimes using it for educational purposes.  I’m not advocating for families to bring their workbooks along with them everywhere and wear their children out on school work.  Learning should be fun and a normal part of life.

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I hope this continued list of homeschooling in the car will help you enjoy your kids and make the most of your time in the car.  See our first post on Car Homeschooling here.

  • – Complete the story

This is one of my favorite games to play but is one of the hardest for me to play when driving so I usually have to sit out but I love hearing the stories my kids create.  One person begins to tell a story about anything at all.  After a few sentences they say, “and then…” Then the next person jumps in and adds a few more sentences to the story.  “and then…”   “and then…”  You get the picture.  The story can end anytime you want or after a set number of rounds.  Ours usually ends in full on belly laughs.  I love it!  It’s silly but works their creative juices, listening skills, comprehension, and vocabulary.

  • – License plate addition

One day my husband revealed that he has always had the quirk of adding license plate numbers in his head and I thought that was a great idea!  I held onto the idea until my kids were more fluent with their math skills but this is a great one.

  • – License plate rounding

After my husband shared the above game with us I transitioned it to a game that worked better for our kids at that time.  We decided to round the license plate number to the nearest ten, or hundred, you get the idea.  This was a fun game because it required them to think quickly.  When we first started we had the kids read the number out loud so we could help them with it in case the car drove away quickly.

  • – Geography game

Everyone names a location that begins with a letter of the alphabet beginning with A and going through to Z, while repeating the ones that were listed before. Alps, Belgium, China, Denmark…

  • – Jokes and Riddles

My kids are going through a stage where jokes and riddles are the bees knees.  They love them and always have a new joke to tell anyone they meet.  One of the favorites lately is, “What did the cat get when he crossed the desert on Christmas Day?”  The answer is….”sandy claws.”  Thinking through jokes and finding the humor in twisting the English language can be a challenging and rewarding experience.  I think that the rather dull opportunity that car trips provide is a great atmosphere for telling good old fashioned jokes.

I’ll be brainstorming more ideas for homeschooling with in the car and I hope you’ll share any and all ideas you have with me in the comments below.

Homeschooling in the Car

Do you find that you spend more time than you care to admit in the car?  I can vividly remember a friend’s mom mention to us while we were in junior high (yes, not middle school, I’m getting old) that if she lost weight driving her kids around that she would be much too thin. I guess it’s a good thing that wasn’t the case but I’ve often thought about that sentiment and wished it were true for myself.  As a homeschooling mom I want to make the most of the time I spend with my kids and find ways to fit in educational moments throughout the day, even on errand days and between trips to the park, friend’s houses, co-ops, libraries, and Walmart pick up (which is such a blessing!).  We don’t do school full on all the time, but I wanted to find ways to utilize the time in the car and not spend it surfing the radio endlessly.  Here are the tips that my family make use of and I hope it helps your family enjoy spending time with their kids in the car, whether you call it “carschooling” or not.

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  • – Talk

Okay, I had to start with this one because it seems the most obvious to people and it is the thing we do most of all.  We talk about what we’re doing (as has been the practice since before my kids could talk), plans we hope to do in the near future, how we feel about things, what we’ve been reading, things we saw on Alexa (which brings up so many interesting political and earth science discussions), and the list goes on and on.  Discussing things with kids opens the lines of communication and can help develop healthy relationships…the educational aspect is just a bonus.

  • – Audio books

By clicking here you can see the list of my favorite audio books for the whole family.  Audio books are better for long trips but they can be utilized for shorter trips as well.  My kids get so into the books though that they always hate to stop a story without things being wrapped up neatly.

  • – Twenty questions

We play this game a lot in our house.  Sometimes we’ll pick a book that we have and everyone else has to ask questions to figure out which one it is.  Animals and people are also good choices.

  • – iSpy

iSpy is a game that can be played with younger and older kids a like and it’s always fun.  To make it a little more challenging you could have the kids guess that particular -ing word, or -ly adverb.

  • – Memory work

If my kids are working on memorizing verses or a particular poem I’ll make a copy and set it in the passengers car.  Every time I get in the car I’ll recite the memory work.  After a few days I’ll expect them to finish it after I start it.  Then a few days later they’ll try reciting it on their own.  I’ve been amazed at how very quickly they can recall information when repeated in this way.

  • – Observe the world around you

My kids have always spotted school buses and city buses when we’re out.  It’s always been something they point out.  Other favorites are three wheel motorcycles (I don’t know the correct name, sorry!), fire trucks, diggers, trash trucks, Ashley furniture trucks (because my name is Ashley), etc.  One family I know assigns points for each special vehicle and the family keeps score of what they’ve all seen for a month.  For example motorcycles=10 points, emergency vehicles=10 points, emergency vehicles with their lights on=15 points.  I haven’t tried this yet but I can see how it would be helpful to practice math skills.

I’m sure there are more but these are our main ways to make the best use of the time we spend together in the car.  If you have anything to add I would love to hear your ideas.

Update: I’ve added more ideas for homeschooling in the car here.