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Spooky Snacks & Crafts For Halloween

21 Oct

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My girls couldn’t be more excited for Halloween.  This year we were unable to get our decorations from where we store them so we have been busy making our own to decorate the house.  While we decorate it’s always fun to have Halloween Themed snacks (these could also be a fun afternoon craft activity with food).  Below are some of the activities we have done together and snacks you can make for your halloween play dates, parties or bake sales:

Spider Hands with Web: A simple activity you can do with almost anything you have in your house.  Have your child trace both hands on black construction paper or use computer paper and have them color in their hands after traced.  Cut out hands and glue together.  Have your child make the eyes or you can use google eyes if you have any available.  On a piece of white paper, draw a web and then cut it out. Hang somewhere around the house.

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Creatology Foam Pumpkin Kit:  This kit is available at Michaels.  It’s perfect for making signs and Halloween pictures to hang around the house.  It comes with foam stickers for eyes, ears, nose, black cats, and spiders as well as google eyes to glue on.   We also made a Halloween mobile out of them by punching holes in the stems and hanging them from a hanger.  (use can also punch holes in the hand spiders mentioned above and hang them as well on the mobile).

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The Sparkly Pumpkin:  The easiest craft to keep busy.  All you need is miniture pumpkins and crayola glitter glue. To give it a little spooky touch, add rubber rats or spiders.  A great decoration for around the house.

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GoGoSqueez-enstein: I made these for a snack when my girls came home from school one day.  I made one on the computer and the other I made with construction paper, glitter glue and a black marker.  My oldest thought they were so cute, she went and made a bunch to bring to her friends Halloween party.

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There Was A Little Girl Who Swallowed A Spider:  My girls love the series There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed….A Fly, A Bat and so on.  The other day I made these snacks for a Halloween craft play date.  We started joking around about The Little Girls Who Swallowed a Spider.  These snacks are simple to make.  All you need are brownie bites from Whole Foods (note that they are made in a facility that also processes peanuts and tree nuts).  UTZ Halloween Pretzels, edible Eyes, and Wilton Gel Writers.  Break the wings off the pretzel bats and push them into the Brownie to make the legs,

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The Haunted House : We made this house last year and will continue making haunted houses with some of our favorite halloween candy.  See my previous post to see how you can make them.

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Happy Decorating and Crafting this Halloween!

 

 

 

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Fun Friday: Celebrate Spring With The Very Hungry Caterpillar

21 Mar

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My daughter counted down the days until she gets to the Tulip on her school calendar, which marked the first day of Spring!  We ready to pack up our winter jackets and head to the park for hours on end.  We’re excited to chase butterflies, watch the ducks in the pond, and picnic with friends!

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A throw back, catching butterflies at an educational event in NJ.

Did you know yesterday not only marked the first day of Spring but it was also The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day?

I have childhood memories listening to and reading books by Eric Carle.  Some of my childhood favorites included Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, The Mixed Up Chameleon, The Tiny Seed, and but my favorite was The Very Hungry Caterpillar!  For generations, Eric Carle books have been a favorite in classrooms and in homes.   Now that I am a parent, it’s always fun when my girls come home loving books that I loved as a little girl.  My girls are big fans of his books especially The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  For Christmas, the girls received The Very Hungry Caterpillar Take and Toss Game, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stencil Set, and The Very Hungry Chunky Colored Pencils. To welcome Spring and celebrate Spring we pulled out our game and made art projects.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Twirl and Toss Game is simple to set up. Snap the caterpillar and leaves onto the branch.  Each player receives 3 soft pieces of fruit.  Players help the Very Hungry Caterpillar catch his lunch, by tossing soft-stuffed fruit at the twirling caterpillar.  Be the first to get all three pieces onto the velcro targets to win.  My girls have a great time playing and love cheering each other on to feed their caterpillar friend.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Stencil Set & The Very Hungry Chunky Colored Pencils are great for after school coloring and crafting.  The girls have a lot of fun making cards for their friends and family.  This afternoon we will be coloring our favorite shapes, cutting them out and glueing them on a construction paper crown.  With Easter around the corner, these would make a great basket filler.

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20140321-140918.jpgThe World of Eric Carle toys and games are fun for playdates, sleep overs, or to keep busy during the April showers.  You can find other games and activities from your favorite Eric Carle books here.    Want to have a Very Hungry Caterpillar themed Fun Friday find snack ideas and other activities on my The Very Hungry Caterpillar Board on pinterest.  Happy Spring!

Barnes and Noble also carries toys, games, and other Eric Carle favorites!

Barnes and Noble also carries toys, games, and other Eric Carle favorites!

Disclaimer: I received products for review however this did not alter my opinions.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italic are from amazon.com.   All images are my own unless noted in the caption below them.

Decking the Halls with PEEPS (last minute craft ideas for christmas)

23 Dec

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I still can’t believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  The seasons and years fly by.  Since there is no school tomorrow and the weather isn’t supposed to be good, crafts are always great for killing time.  Back in the fall I attended a PEEPS event.  I discovered many great recipes but I was most impressed by their passion to bring families together by using PEEPS for crafting.

We recently came up with our own activity that would be perfect for any age.  It’s easy to make and makes a great centerpiece for Christmas Eve and/ or Christmas Day dinner. All you need is a poinsettia, peppermint, glue (fabric glue, craft glue, or glue gun) and your favorite Holiday PEEPS, available at your local drug store while out doing last-minute shopping.  Let your child glue on their choice in PEEPS.  Teach them about patterns or let their imaginations run free!  If you use a glue gun, your child will need help so they don’t burn themselves.  (see below image for more craft ideas from a PEEPS SneakPeep Event)PeepsPoinsettia

PEEPS Snowman:

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PEEPS Garland:

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PEEPS Wreath:

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Happy Last Minute Crafting to Deck the Halls and don’t forget to SNEAK A PEEP! Learn how to cook with PEEPS by clicking the link.

Disclaimer:  I received samples used for our craft and attending this event.  This did not alter my opinions or my ideas.

Take A Trip Around the World This Holiday With Green Kid Crafts

19 Nov

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Most afternoons turn into a play date with friends but some days it’s nice to come home and take it easy.  When we aren’t having a play date with friends my oldest likes to sit at the table and do some kind of art project.  Usually, she just pulls out her crayons and colors because I am in the process of getting dinner together and don’t want to pull out a million art supplies.  Green Kid Crafts, an eco-friendly company that designs creative activities to do with kids through art boxes that spark creativity, build confidence, and cultivate respect and love for the environment.  Discovery boxes are filled with supplies and instructions for hands-on learning, making afternoon crafts easier. We recently received a sample of the Around the World II discovery Kit.  The kit included materials to make:

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A Chinese Hand Kite that really flies

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Guatemalan Worry Dolls and a Worry Box

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Aboriginal Rock Art from Australia

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I LOVED this box because it teaches about other parts of the world.  The instruction cards for each project also explain the history behind the culture and the traditions.  My daughter,5, had a lot of fun making the projects but needed help on the activities.   She loved learning about the different cultures. Her best friend was in Australia at the time and was excited to tell her about the rock art when she returned.  Her cousin was adopted from Guatemala.  She wants to ask him if he ever received a worry doll.  After the Chinese hand kite was complete, her and her sister ran around the apartment trying to fly it for luck.  A passport is also included in the box.  After visiting each county, my daughter was so excited to stamp her passport.  This Holiday I will be purchasing the Around the World I which includes projects from Japan, India, and Africa!

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Check out all the Discovery Boxes available at Green Kid Crafts! Stocking Stuffers, Holiday boxes and Party Favors are also available!

Give Green Kid Crafts as a gift this Holiday Season or join now to get started on your first discovery box:

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Disclaimer:  I received a sample discovery box to review.  This did not alter my opinions.  All opinions expressed are my own.  Information in italics is from Green Kid Crafts.

Getting Ready For The Holidays with Kiwi Crate

4 Nov

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In September, I attended the Fashion Forward Conference where I discovered Kiwi Crate.  My girls LOVE doing crafts and LOVE receiving packages in the mail.    Kiwi Crate mails a crate of materials and inspiration for 2-3 activities to your home.  Perfect to have handy when stuck inside on cold and/or rainy afternoons!

Join and have a new theme crate sent to your home every month.  Examples include gardening, dinosaurs, and space.

Image from Kiwi Crate

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Additional materials can be added to the crate for $9.95 a month so siblings can create and do the activities together.

Purchase Single Crates and choose your craft!  Perfect for gifts.  Holiday crates are available too!

From L to R: Space Hero, Fairy Fun, Antarctic Adventure, Thanksgiving Turkeys (all Images from Kiwi Crate)

From L to R: Space Hero, Fairy Fun, Antarctic Adventure, Thanksgiving Turkeys (all Images from Kiwi Crate)

We recently had the opportunity to try the Thanksgiving Turkeys Crate.  A wonderful activity to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit.  The crate includes materials to create Turkey Place Cards and A Turkey Game!  Picture Instruction cards are included for each activity, making it easy for you child to put it together with little help.

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Easy to make! My 5 year-old was able to put them together on her own, with little help.  These place cards would be adorable to have at your Thanksgiving feast.

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A fun game to play with friends and family this Thanksgiving. Color the Turkey and feathers. Follow the picture instructions to put together. Throw the ball to see if you can knock over the feathers.  Our Turkey wouldn’t stay up so we used our Kiwi Crate box to add support.

I’m excited to order the girls more crates especially the Christmas Crates and stocking stuffers!

Disclaimer:  I did not receive compensation for this post.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I received a sample crate for the purpose of this review.

Valentine’s From The Heart!

6 Feb

My oldest daughter received a Melissa and Doug Mailbox for Christmas. It is one of her favorite toys because she enjoys writing letters.  I love to encourage her to write to people especially in a time that letters are rarely received and communication is done by text or e-mail.
20130206-185916.jpgLately, she has talked nonstop about Valentine’s day. She has picked out gifts for my husband and her sister. When I asked her about cards for family, friends, and classmates she said she wanted to create her own to make them “special”. I thought that was very impressive since store shelves are packed with Valentines of her favorite princess and tv show characters.  Naturally, my youngest said she wanted to do the same thing as her big sister.  When I was at Target the other week, I found blank pink cards and a lot of Valentine stickers in the $1.00 section when you first walk in. My girls have used various supplies and are working hard to get cards ready for next week.  Once they are finished they will add her favorite Yummy Earth Lollipops and stuff them in her mailbox to “send” out.

Making your own Valentine’s is a great way to keep busy when you are stuck inside and adds a little extra love to each one.  If you don’t have time to shop, I found these pre-packaged kits you can order online:

Sending lot’s of LOVE this Valentine’s Day!

Exploring Colors With Rudolph

22 Dec

20121222-104856.jpgMy girls love art time. In fact, because they dropped naps a long time ago, our “down” time is usually spent coloring or doing some type of craft. The other day we were stuck inside for most of the day. I tried putting on a Christmas movie but in five minutes the girls were fighting. The more activities we do, the happier they are and the less fighting. I was running out of ideas until I saw a used water bottle laying on its side. I thought to myself for a bit while the girls were screaming and decided that water bottle would make a great Rudolph. All I needed was pipe cleaners, google eyes and brown paint. I went to look for the brown paint and realized we didn’t have any. A perfect opportunity to explore colors by mixing primary colors. We started painting but my girls were having trouble mixing the paint to make brown so we started over with a new plan. I got two more plastic water bottles, filled them with tap water and pulled out the food coloring. My youngest mixed red and blue first making purple, then added green making the water look black. My older daughter started with red and then added green making her water a better shade of brown for “Rudolph”. Next we decorated our bottle cap with a red glitter glue pen for Rudolph’s nose. I then used tacky glue and the girls placed the eyes and antlers on the bottle.  The tacky glue wouldn’t hold so I reinforced with a glue gun. Rudolph is a fun activity, especially on a cold day like today.  The girls had a great time seeing who could get the closest to brown.  Save it and use it for a place card holder for your holiday gathering.

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Get Crafty With Driscoll’s Berries This Holiday Season!

8 Dec

20121208-112056.jpgHoliday parties have started and ideas for decorating and entertaining are always on my mind.  My girls love berries but I have never thought about using them for decorating.  Just before Thanksgiving I had the opportunity to attend a Driscoll’s Berry crafting event with my youngest daughter to jump-start the Holiday season with ideas for entertaining. Before crafting began, guests ate a yummy brunch. The menu included some of these “berry” delicious recipes:

Melissa Klein, Editor of Celebrations.com, led a Berry Tree craft session for adults after brunch.  The tree was very easy to make and my daughter periodically took a break from her craft to help me.   The Berry Tree makes a bright and beautiful centerpiece for a holiday party or dinner.  Melissa also suggested stringing Driscoll’s blueberries to make a garland to add to the tree.  Click here for directions to make a Berry Tree for your next Holiday gathering.

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While adults were making trees, the kids were making adorable Rudolph cupcakes.  All you need is a chocolate frosted cupcake, red m&m’s, sugar eyes, pretzels, melted chocolate to hold antlers, eyes and nose in place and a chocolate covered Driscoll’s strawberry for the head.  A fun activity to do with your child(ren) and their friends to bring to a holiday bake-sale or a kids holiday party.

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For more Holiday fun and recipes check out Driscoll’s and Celebrations (click links)!  Have a Berry Crafty Holiday Season!

Enter the Driscoll’s Holiday Sweepstakes by clicking the image below!

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Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for this post.  I got to take home the craft I made and received a gift bag for attending the event.  Some of the photos used came from the Driscoll’s and Celebrations facebook pages.  Opinions expressed are always my own.  

Gobble-Gobble: Don’t forget Thanksgiving

21 Nov

Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier every year.  I saw decorations set up in a store before Halloween, which seems way too early. I thought decorating for Christmas started the day after Thanksgiving.  I was in Pittsburgh over the weekend and they had the lighting of their tree and there were Santa’s and elves everywhere.  It looked like the North Pole.  I almost forgot that Thanksgiving is Thursday. I love Thanksgiving and don’t want my girls to skip over it so the next couple days leading up to it we will be talking about the meaning of Thanksgiving and preparing decorations and dishes for our Thanksgiving.

Today we started with a fun, easy, and edible Turkey Craft.  I did it with my older daughter while my younger daughter was napping. If my younger daughter had been awake I would have she would have needed hand over hand help.  I think it would have been too hard for her.  While we were working on the Turkey we talked about Thanksgiving and what we were thankful for.

Ingredients:

  • Head- 1 bite sized brownie
  • Eyes-2 purple skittles 
  • Beak- 1 candy corn
  • Gobbler- 1 strawberry fruit snack
  • Feet- 1 blueberry yogurt covered pretzel.  You can also use a chocolate covered pretzel or regular pretzel.
  • Body- 1 pear, you can also use an apple.
  • Feathers- 5 dum-dum lollipops, we used different flavors.
  • “Glue”- Smuckers Microwave topping Hot Fudge.
  • Wilton Sparkle Gel- Use any color, my daughter insisted on pink.
  • Child friendly Knife like Nuk Kiddy Cuttlery
*If your child has allergies, make sure you read labels.

How to put your Turkey together:

Put all ingredients on a plate.  Follow the instructions for heating Fudge topping.  Put it in a separate cup or bowl.  Start creating you Turkey.  I found it better to start with the head.  We used the Hot Fudge topping to “glue” the eyes, beak and gobbler on to the head.  My daughter needed help with the “gluing” because she wasn’t using enough to hold it on.  Once the head was together she put dots in the skittles for the eyeballs and drew a mouth. After the head was complete, we put it to the side while she stuck the dum-dums in the pear.  As she put them in she said what she was thankful for.  I gave her a few examples first.  Next, we “glued” the head to the pear by putting the hot fudge on the bottom of the brownie and she stuck it to the pear.  After the head was the body she put the fudge on the pretzel and put the pear on top.  When the turkey was complete I put it on a different plate and wrote “Happy Thanksgiving” with the pink gel icing.  It went into the fridge for a while to let the fudge thicken.  You can use your Turkey as a centerpiece for the table where the children will sit. Each child can have a dum-dum after dinner.  If there are more than 5 kids, use the number of dum-dums that will be at the table.