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Let’s Play Hopscotch with Bean!

19 Oct

Today’s video is playing hopscotch!  It is my kids’ version, which doesn’t necessarily match up with others that I’ve found online, but since its the way THEY play it, that’s how we’re doing it today on the show.  Watch Bean and friends play hopscotch here!

You can find a bunch of other outdoor game ideas here and here.  Next week we’ll be back in the studio filming more imagination activities.  We’ll be drawing using our imagination, making fun costume ideas and hopefully our new imagination song as well as at least one stop motion animation video.

Let us know what YOU would like to see in November and we’ll try to incorporate it into our show!

If you missed our other outdoor games videos, you can see them here:

Come and Play Cars with Us!  And Don’t Step on the Lava!

Come and Play Hide & Seek, Tag and Have Fun Drawing!

Come Meet our Dog, Diva and Come with Us on a Walk!

Come & Swing with Bean and Abyni AND Count to Ten for a Nap!

Or, if you prefer more scripted shows, see our first detective/mystery show!  Bean’s Detective Agency!

Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to share your ideas and suggestions for future shows!


Imagination & Costumes or Dress Up? Make-up Tutorials for Princesses & Zombies!

15 Oct

I know there are many opinions on Halloween, but whether or not you agree with celebrating that holiday, there is no question that kids love to play dress up and pretend.  My kids have always enjoyed dressing up and pretending to be someone or something else, regardless of the day or time of year.

How I wish I still had the photo of my husband with Sprite’s plastic princess crown and dangly clip on earrings!!!  You know that photo would be posted everywhere by now!:)

The boys as Jedi Knights for a Costume Party

Abyni as Snow White

Paris as Punky Brewster

Here I am, dressed as Cruella DeVille with the boys. I think Kainan was the Matrix dude and Jaedin was The Crocodile Hunter

Now the kids are older, and boy have they stepped up their game.  Paris is doing youtube tutorials for Halloween this year and she learned some amazing techniques for Zombie makeup as well as doing some really fun “Princess” type tutorials as well.  Check out Paris’ Makeup Youtube Channel.

The other night, the three youngest kids went to a Monster Bash Costume Party and left the house looking like THIS:


If you’re more of the horror movie genre of costuming, you’ll love this “Zombie” style makeup tutorial:

If you’re more of a Princess type… check these out:

Share your favorite costume photos on our facebook page!


Bean’s Birthday Week! Bloopers & Getting Ready!

17 Sep

Bean learning how to measure

Well, that was a fail.  I got all but one part of the video done… but I can’t replace the missing B-Roll footage until tomorrow.  Its amazing how one little missing clip of Bean pouring sugar into the mixing bowl messes up the whole video!

Oh well!  This gives you the opportunity to make sure that you have the ingredients to make cupcakes along with Bean tomorrow!

Let’s make CUPCAKES! YAY!!!

This is what you’ll need:

1 cup sweetener (we used xylitol instead)

1/2 cup softened butter 

2 eggs

2 tsp vanilla (psst!  We actually used orange flavoring because we discovered we were out of vanilla.  It tasted great:)

1 1/2 cups of flour

1/2 cup of milk

1 3/4 tsp. of baking powder (another flub that I actually left in, Abyni said, “baking soda” so I edited with text over.

See you tomorrow with the “How To” video!  Come and watch while Abyni teaches Bean how to make his own cupcakes!  Here is the hilarious blooper reel!

Coming Soon!

Bean’s Birthday Party!

Bean getting the kids all excited, playing “Bean Says”

BIG Spring Mural Project, Inspired by Eric Carle’s artwork, and his Book “Draw Me A Star”

25 Apr

Fun Mother’s Day Spring Art Project for Kids and Families

For this project, we’re going to work on a different art project each week and add each one to a large piece of paper or posterboard to make one giant, colorful mural.  It will look wonderful hanging in you child’s room!

What You’ll Need:

  • Paints (tempra or acrylic AND watercolor, oils are optional)
  • Assorted colors of tissue paper that you’d use in gift bags.
  • Decent quality watercolor paper
  • Assorted patterns and spring like colors of scrapbooking projects
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Markers
  • An old tooth brush, assorted paint brushes and scissors
You won’t need all of these at once, but we’ll use one type of medium for each separate art pieces.  
The first step of this art project will be up Monday, May 30th, and we’ll do a project at least 3 times a week until Mother’s Day.  

This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift!  

It would also be great to do with several siblings contributing to ONE mural!!

Paris used this concept a little with her first Lonely Monkey Illustration!

Learn How to Paint a Handprint Tree for Kids with Bean’s Monkey Business and Grandma Sue!

24 Apr

It’s Painting Time with Grandma Sue Again!

The Finished Picture!

Free Art Lesson!! Let’s learn how to paint a handprint tree with Bean.

Today Grandma stops by to paint a tree with Bean. Its a fun lesson that kids from toddler to elementary school can help with!

For this project, I recommend tempera paint or acrylic… have FUN!!!

What is your favorite art project to do with your kids?  

What is your favorite medium to work with?

Learning How Bean’s Monkey Business Works: A Peek Behind the Scenes

19 Apr

Behind the Scenes at Bean’s Monkey Business!

I know I’ve mentioned some behind the scenes things here before, but since our camera is dead I haven’t been able to film for almost two weeks and its driving me nuts!!  So, I went searching through footage we already had, hoping for some inspiration.  I found it in the form of “Behind the Scenes” footage.  I would like to go even more in depth on this in the future, especially when we start building our ‘real’ sets and whatnot, but I thought you might be interested in getting a little glimpse of how we do things now.

This is pretty much our living room when we're not filming. The set is very 'flexible' in that we can just move the painted boxes around and out of our way when we need to.

Our set basically consists of painted wine boxes that are (for the most part) not attached.  I’ve had comments that there is too much color on the set… but I love color.  I love the blend of these colors and I think that gives us some originality.  Everyone is entitled to their opinions, I guess, but I like the color.  I AM excited that we’re getting a new camera, though, so we can zoom in closer without having issues with focus like we did occasionally with our old one!

Here is Abyni under our 'puppet stand' where I usually sit on a couch cushion if we're going to be filming more than one clip.

It needs to be noted that Abyni is quite a bit shorter than me!  This is NOT a comfortable position for me to be in!  We are hoping to be able to use some of our tax return to build at least one or two “real” sets, where I can be sitting on a rolling stool and the set is built up high enough so that the puppets can have more mobility, be able to walk and turn, dance, etc.  I can’t tell you how excited I am at that prospect!!

Here is a video showing you some of the things that I generally edit out, like discussing “B Roll” footage, finding the camera and other little technical things that have to be done to get the show to look right.  

Do you have any questions?  Things that you’d like to know about us or our show?  Ask Away!

Grandma Sue is Here! How to Shade with Paint to Make 3-D Objects! Kids, Let’s Paint a BALL!

6 Apr

My mom is here!!

Yay for Mommy Visits, even when you’re a grown up:)

I am very blessed to have a good relationship with my mom.  My kids are INCREDIBLY lucky to have such a great relationship with their Grandma.  She’s a kid at heart, much like me, and so the kids can always have fun with her.  She puts on a “Camp Grandma” every year and the kids all go up a week early to help prepare, and then stay during camp to participate and help.  She travels and paints as her occupation, so I thought that it would be perfect to have her teach Bean some basic painting skills.  

Grandma Sue comes to teach Bean about painting!

Let’s Learn to Paint for Kids!

To prove that my mom is truly an awesome artist:

If you want MORE, you can check out her website here:  AMAZING Custom Painting on Motorcycles, Leather, Canvas and More.

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