Wednesday, April 29, 2009
I love cute, functional things & it makes it even better if I can recycle something in the process. How cute is this for the kids art supplies or for your desk? Here is the link to find out how to make these. I need to start collecting so I can do this in the boys' room!
Monday, April 27, 2009
But, once I was over there...I started reading the other things that she has posted. She has posts about story time parties & fun theme nights...I can't wait to do something like this. A new library just opened up right down the street, so it is great timing to find this site. I will definitely be posting some fun story time activities soon.
She also has a recipe blog. I haven't tried any of the recipes yet, but they sound really yummy.
Top to Bottom-Left to Right:
Eels (Carrots & Ranch), Fish (Fish Pretzel Crackers), & Water with Sharks (Blue Jell-O with Shark Fruit Snacks)
Star Fish (Cheese), Seaweed with Sand (Green Noodles & Parmesan Cheese), & an Octopus (Octodog--Hot Dog)
Check out all of the other MTM links here.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
I have been doing some research on May Day. Here is a simple explaination for May Day, but I will give you a basic summary.
May Day is celebrated on May 1st. It is to welcome spring into your home & is a celebration of the reappearance of the flowers in the spring. Many people celebrate by making crafts to exchange with their friends and neighbors. Flowers are frequently used in the different activities and crafts. The most common May Day custom is to secretly leave a basket of flowers or other small gifts on a neighbor's doorknob or doorstep.
How fun would it be to find a cute flower basket (real or fake) hanging on your door. I don't know about you, but that would really brighten my day!
Wondertime has a cute flower template & you could put a Hershey kiss, Rolo, or mini Reese's peanut butter cup for the center of the flower. Get creative with whatever you have in your house! Stick it on a popsicle stick or a pipe cleaner & there you have a cute flower!
This is all still pretty new for me, so I am sure I will be posting some more ideas that I have found on the Internet & also some that we actually make.
I love this one.
Another cute idea would be to make cookie flowers. All you need is fudge stripe cookies, gumdrops, & bamboo skewers. Take a gumdrop & slide it on to the skewer (I did my gumdrop upside down). Then put your cookie onto the skewer & then put another gumdrop on top.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
To start out the day, I think that we are going to go on a nature walk & try to collect a few things like rocks, pine cones, dandelions, etc.
I am saw this around Easter, but it can be used anytime. You use dandelions to paint with.
Here is a cute idea for a water bottle maraca from Busy Bee Kids Crafts.
Here is a pine cone bird feeder.
I really like this Egg Carton Buggy Mobile from Kaboose.
I still haven't found the blog post about making the juice bottle bird feeder. From what I remember...you clean the bottle & remove any labels. Cut an oval shaped hole in the side of the bottle lengthwise, but high enough that the bird seed doesn't spill out. You could put a wooden dowel underneath it for the birds to stand on. Poke holes in the top by the lid of the bottle & thread string through the holes. Hang the bird feeder in the trees. I think we will try this tomorrow, so I will post better directions with pictures.
I don't know about your house, but with two boys...we have a lot of rocks. Martha Stewart has a ton of cute ideas for rock crafts.
Just 4 Fun has a cute idea for painting the earth with a paper plate.
You could make a bird feeder out of a recycled milk carton, juice bottle, or soda bottle. I am going to look for the directions for the juice bottle bird feeder that I came across a couple of weeks ago because I think that is what we are going to do & I will post it tomorrow. (if I find it!)
No time for flash cards made one of our a milk carton.
If I come across any other ideas I will be sure to let you know!
Monday, April 20, 2009
Here is what we had:
left to right...shredded cheddar cheese, tortilla chips, black olives, mandarin oranges, thick & chunky salsa, & black bean & corn salsa.
I think it was a hit!
**Check out all of the other AWOL MTM Mama's head over to Her Cup Overfloweth.
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
Monday, April 13, 2009
(left to right--top row): Scooby-Doo! Graham Cracker Sticks (thank you Easter Bunny), a chick peep (once again...thanks Easter Bunny), & raisins
(--bottom row): yogurt & a double duo of mac & cheese with hot dogs
The boys love to dip graham crackers in their yogurt.
Friday, April 10, 2009
My cookie jar has been empty for a while now & I have been itching to bake some cookies to fill it. I have been having a hard time choosing which cookie to make (...chocolate chip, snicker doodle, peanut butter blossoms, oatmeal chocolate chip....). Yesterday I came across some intriguing cookies. They are called play dough cookies. The recipe is pretty basic. Here is the post about it. They show pictures of most of the steps (hers are a lot cuter too!)...so I would check it out!
I wanted to turn this into a learning experience...so we talked about what happened when we mixed colors. The boys had fun figuring out what colors would make what. Our purple turned out a little interesting, but overall I think that it was a good experience.
It is also a very hands-on process. The kids can make the dough, mix the colors, roll the cookies into snakes, & coil the dough. My boys had a blast & though the colors we did are a little over the top...we had fun (& the cookies are really yummy)! They would even be fun to put on a stick.
3/4 cup butter (softened)
3 oz cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla (I added 2 tsp)
2 3/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1. In large bowl, cream together butter, cream cheese, & sugar until fluffy. Add egg & vanilla & mix until smooth.
2. In another bowl, combine flour, baking powder, & salt. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture. Stir until soft dough forms.
3. Divide dough into fourths. Tint each with a different color of food coloring. Wrap each color of dough separately & chill for 2 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Take a small amount of each color & then roll into a snake. Coil the snake starting at one end. Place on cookie sheet & bake for about 8 minutes.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
We started by gluing the strips into a circle. I had to paperclip the ends together until it held. You could also use tape. Then we glued the circle onto the star.
While the flower part dried...the boys painted their craft sticks green.
Once everything was dry...we glued the flower onto the green craft stick. I found the cute mini flower pots at the dollar store & they came in a set of three. A little floral foam & some stones & they are done!! I love them in my window sill!!!
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
top row (left to right): flower cookies, pb&j sandwich, & yogurt.
bottom row (left to right): ladybugs on a stick (I cut the strawberries too much), deviled egg, & bug graham crackers.
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Friday, April 3, 2009
First you paint your little one's hand with white paint. You only paint the palm, the ring finger, & the index finger. Then have them put their hand on the paper.
Then they stick their thumb in pink paint & put it on the bunny for the nose.
After the nose, then they draw some eyes, a mouth, & some whiskers.
The finished product. Kaden had me retake his original picture because he wanted to stick his tongue out. Aunt Amy, if you are reading this...the boys both want to send their bunnies to you for your birthday...so we are mailing them out with your cute cards they made!
today & it had the cutest idea. I think meals (especially lunch) can get boring, but there is a group of moms that does "Muffin Tin Monday". They do themes...colors, holidays, shapes, etc. (The picture below is rainbow) I will be out getting some silicon muffin tins this weekend so that we can start "Muffin Tin Monday".
Here are the themes that are listed on the sidebar of her blog:
04.13.09: No Theme
04.20.09: MTM goes AWOL! (Take your tin to another location..park, bedroom, friend's house, etc.)
04.27.09: Under the Sea (Ocean, Sea Life, etc.)
**Check out her blog & the other people who do Muffin Tin Monday. They have some to the cutest ideas to do with your kids. Tonight we will be making hand print bunnies.