I-Spy ABC Bottle For Alphabet Fun

This post has been sponsored by Amazon Studios.

I love when things in our daily life inspire our crafting time. This week, the Amazon Original Kids’ Series show, Stinky & Dirty, inspired us to make a fun craft using an empty water bottle. In this series, dynamic duo Stinky, the garbage truck, and Dirty, the backhoe loader, enjoy everyday adventures that prove how resourcefulness and teamwork can solve just about any problem. I love that they give kids ideas for reusing things instead of throwing them away.

There are so many things you can make with an empty water bottle but my boys and I used it to make spelling practice more fun by turning it into a game. We created an I-SPY ABC bottle!

This craft is super easy to do and fun for kids to help make.

1) Make sure your water bottle is dry inside and take off the outside wrapper.

2) Fill the bottle a quarter full with rice.

3) Add in half of the beads.

4) Repeat steps 2 and 3 until your water bottle is 3/4 of the way full.

5) At this point you can super glue the lid on if you feel your children may open it, otherwise just put the lid on tightly. Then, have children shake the water bottle to mix the rice and beads.

There are a number of ways to use this I-SPY bottle: For younger children you can have them find certain letters by saying the letter you want them to find, say the sound the letter you want them to find makes or have them name letters and sounds as they find them. Older kids can be asked to find the letters that spell words. Children can also find a letter in the ABC I-Spy bottle and then find something in the room that starts with the letter.

Do your children love using their imaginations? If so, you’ll definitely want to watch Stinky & Dirty with them! It’s now streaming with Prime on Amazon Video. Watch an episode with your child and encourage them to use problem solving skills to turn trash into treasure to solve a problem! I’d love to see what they are inspired to create! Tag me on social media (@aliciamarie112 on Twitter and Making Time For Mommy on Facebook) and share with the hashtag #StinkyAndDirty :)

Where To Find Actually Free Apps {With No In-App Charges!}

The other day I opened up the credit card bill to find charges from an app. Turns out Jacob asked Sinisa if he could get some “gems” for a dragon game and Sinisa said yes, thinking it was just a one time charge and not realizing that it was something that Jacob had to keep buying in the game. Sinisa was sitting with Jacob and noticed him buying more so he shut it down, but not until after a handful of purchases. By that time, Jacob had racked up almost $50 in charges with just four in-app purchases! It’s crazy how fast those little things can add up so that’s why I’m thankful to have discovered Amazon Underground. I will never have to worry about our credit card bill when the boys play apps and games from Amazon Underground because everything is FREE.

Yes, a lot of games claim they are free but then have in-app purchases. Amazon Underground has games that are actually free, with no in-app purchases at all. Unlimited lives, levels, upgrades – everything!

There are tons of apps to choose from once you download Amazon Underground. I was excited to see a great photo editing app that is $4.99 in the other app stores but free in Amazon Underground. Jacob scanned through the list of games and there were a bunch that interested him. We chose to download “Jetpack Joyride” for him to play.

He got to a point while playing, where he had the opportunity to buy coins and he was laughing and saying “mom look!” when he saw that he could buy more coins for $0. He thought that surely it must be a mistake because he always has to pay or continue playing to get more coins and other things in all the other games he’s played. He was so excited to find that he could get more coins for free.

Along with enjoying 100% free apps and games, you can watch your favorite movies and TV shows from Amazon Video on your Android phone with Amazon Underground. My family is really enjoying the app and the freedom it allows us to play what we want, without having to worry about unexpected charges.

Want to try the app out for yourself? Download the Amazon Underground app from your Android smartphone HERE.

Reading this on a laptop? Go HERE and follow the on-screen instructions.


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Kids Can Learn And Discover With Tumble Leaf

Thanks to KidzVuz for introducing us to this show and sponsoring this post to help encourage lifelong creative learning.

This Friday, May 6th, new episodes from the second season of the Amazon Original Series, Tumble Leaf will be available for Prime members on Amazon Prime Video. Though we have had Amazon Prime for a while, we just recently started using the video portion of our subscription. The boys were excited to discover new shows and when I learned about this one I knew we had to check it out.

The stop-motion animated show revolves around Fig, a delightfully curious blue fox, and his best, wiggliest caterpillar friend Stick who embark on new nature-filled adventures and discover science through play. I love shows that are educational and there was plenty for the kids to learn from this show. One of the first things I noticed, as a parent, was that the language was very advanced for the age the show was geared for. It works though because the new vocabulary words were used in context so young children could figure out what they mean. There was also a lot of rhyming and alliteration throughout the episodes.

While watching the show the boys were engaged the whole time (which seems to be a rare occurrence nowadays). After watching a few episodes they begged to watch more. With Jacob turning eight next month I wasn’t sure if this show would interest him as much as it would interest Lucas but he loves it and I’m happy to have a wholesome show for him to watch that fosters creative learning unlike some of the tween shows he sometimes watches.

Not only do my kids and I like the show but it seems everyone else does as well. The show has won eight daytime Emmy awards, two Parents’ Choice awards and a slew of other awards. If you have Amazon Prime I recommend checking this show out and catching the all new episodes this weekend. If you don’t have Prime what are you waiting for? With free 2-day shipping, music, movies, shows and more it is used nonstop here in our house! Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Amazon E-Gift Card Giveaway {Hoppy Easter Hop}

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New Year, New Reads {Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway}

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