Sep 232013
 

Towards the end of the school year last year, my youngest son came home from school one day with a super cute project in which his name was spelled out in different colored pieces of pasta.  I remember thinking when he brought it home that day that colored pasta seemed like a simple, fun project idea and since I am quite possibly the worst mom when it comes to doing crafts with the kids, it was something that they should be able to work with independently.

The only problem?  I had absolutely no idea how to dye the pasta.

colored-pasta

So, I did my research and I’m happy to report that I’m now a pasta dying pro.  It’s so simple to do and there about a million different things that the kids can do with it. Continue reading »

Nov 112011
 

November 11 is a day in which Americans honor those who died at war.  Veteran’s Day originally began as a celebration of peace after World War I ended. The date (November 11th) was chosen because on November 11, 1918, the armistice (truce) that ended WW1  was signed.

Did you know that Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day?  Armistice Day became an official US federal holiday in 1938. The holiday was renamed Veterans’ Day in 1954.

Here is a fun way you can help your kids celebrate the day: 

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Sep 292011
 

Are you ever looking for a quick craft to do with the kids when they’re bored?  I’m always looking out for those kind of ideas and one of the things my boys and I make on a fairly regular basis are pinecone bird feeders.  They are so simple to make, but the kids really seem to love making them.

All you need are some pinecones (which is a non-issue for me since I have two huge pine trees in my front yard and there are hundreds of pinecones out there), some string or ribbon, peanut butter and a bag of bird seed – all of which I usually have on hand.

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Aug 232011
 

Towards the end of the school year last year, my three year old son came home with a project in which his name was spelled out in colored pasta.  I remember thinking when he brought it home that day, that colored pasta seemed like a simple, fun project idea with limitless possibilities.

The only problem?  I had absolutely no idea how to dye the pasta.

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Jul 282011
 

homemade-play-doh-recipeMy kids absolutely love Play-Doh.  They could sit and make Play-Doh creations for hours – and have. Literally.  They love to use cookie cutters/shape makers, etc and just create up a storm.  The only issue is that Play-Doh dries up and gets crusty after a while.

When my son was in Kindergarten, his teacher sent home a recipe for “homemade” play-doh and asked each parent to make a batch & send it in.  When I made her batch, I made one for myself, too and I loved it so much, I’ve been making it ever since.

It’s really simple to make and it lasts much longer than the stuff you buy in the stores.  Plus, it will save you a bundle in the long-run if you’re like me and go through a lot of play-doh.

 

Play-Doh Recipe:

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons of cream of tartar (it’s in the spice section)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup water
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Jul 252011
 

Remember last week when I showed you how I made homemade crayons?  I was so proud of myself and the way that they turned out.  So proud in fact, that the other day I decided that I needed to make a few more.  Not necessarily because I wanted to relive my crafting glory, but because I needed to make sure I had enough to put in the goody bags for my kids upcoming birthday party. 

On the last batch of crayons I’d made during round #1, I noticed that one of the sections of the mold melted, but I didn’t really think much of it.  Since I’d made so many crayons earlier in the week, I just figured it was par for the course. So, I peeled some more crayons until my fingertips were bleeding, loaded up the remaining sections of the mold with crayon chunks, popped them in the microwave (on a potholder), set it for 12 minutes and went in the other room to do something else.

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Jul 192011
 

Let me start by saying that I don’t consider myself to be a crafty sort of mom. I just don’t have what it takes to pull it off –  as much as I wish I did. I do a lot of scrapbooking, though, and not to toot my own horn,  I think I do a pretty good job at them.  That is pretty much the extent of my crafting abilities, though.  However, as I started planning my boys Lego themed birthday party, which I’m having in August, I realized that I’d either have to shell out a lot of cash for Lego supplies – or just make them myself.  So my first attempt at being crafty was to make Lego shaped crayons that I plan on putting into the kids goody bags.

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Jul 042011
 

Happy Independence Day!  As proud Americans many of us are off to celebrate the day with loved ones, by either hosting or attending a cookout – or some form of celebratory bash. I personally absolutely love all the cookouts over the long 4th of July weekend.  It’s such a great time to spend some quality time with the family. 

Obviously, I’m a mom & many of my friends also have kids.  With that being said,  I’ve  found that it’s always enjoyable to plan some special things just for the kids. So if you’re looking for some fun patriotic activities to do with the kids for your 4th of July bash this year, look no further. 

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Oct 222009
 

This is an awesome “recipe” for slime. I would say the consistancy more like play-doh, just “slimier”. It’s simple to make, lasts for a long time (as long as you keep it in an airtight container) and the kids will have a blast with it. It does dry out after a while, but I think it lasts a long as play-doh.

SLIME:
1/2 cup Borax (available at the supermarket in the laundry section)
2 cups water
Food coloring
White glue, such as Elmer’s (I tried generic glue and it actually works better w/elmer’s)

1. Mix half a cup of Borax with two cups of water in a container with a lid. Shake thoroughly.
2. Mix a cup of glue with a cup of water in a bowl, and stir well.
3. Shake the Borax mixture thoroughly and put 3 tablespoons of it in a second bowl. Add 3/8 cup of the glue mixture and a few drops of food coloring. Stir, and the mixture will turn into a semi-liquid putty.
4. Enjoy!!

If any of you make it, let me know what you think!

Oct 222009
 

This is an awesome “recipe” for slime. I would say the consistancy more like play-doh, just “slimier”. It’s simple to make, lasts for a long time (as long as you keep it in an airtight container) and the kids will have a blast with it. It does dry out after a while, but I think it lasts a long as play-doh.

SLIME:
1/2 cup Borax (available at the supermarket in the laundry section)
2 cups water
Food coloring
White glue, such as Elmer’s (I tried generic glue and it actually works better w/elmer’s)

1. Mix half a cup of Borax with two cups of water in a container with a lid. Shake thoroughly.
2. Mix a cup of glue with a cup of water in a bowl, and stir well.
3. Shake the Borax mixture thoroughly and put 3 tablespoons of it in a second bowl. Add 3/8 cup of the glue mixture and a few drops of food coloring. Stir, and the mixture will turn into a semi-liquid putty.
4. Enjoy!!

If any of you make it, let me know what you think!