Snow Much Fun!

Feb 14, 2013 by

I certainly don’t have to tell you how much of the fluffy white stuff we have on the ground from our recent visit from Blizzard Nemo/Charlotte/whatever you want to call it. However, I can share with you a fun activity you can do with your kiddos involving this multitude of snow (now that you’ve finally finished all of your shoveling and snow blowing)!

I jumped at the opportunity to make some Blizzard Ice Cream with my daughter. It’s super easy to make and I guaranty you already have all of the ingredients on hand. It’s pretty darn tasty too!

Ingredients:

  • 4 or 5 cups of clean snow (warning: yellow snow does make lemon ice)
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Step 1: Collect your snow and keep it in the freezer while you get the rest of your ingredients ready.

Fresh powdery snow!

Fresh powdery snow!

Create it Saturday: Pinball Face Game

Jul 14, 2012 by

Wow have things changed! B.C. (Before Children) my magazine of choice would be a juicy Cosmo. Now, I am like a little kid on Christmas morning when I open up the mailbox to find my Parents magazine! I always find great tips, activities, and inspiration. I found this week’s Create it Saturday project in the latest issue. If you are like me you are always trying to figure out new ways to keep your children occupied in the car. This is a fun solution to that “car-ride boredom” and chances are you already have a lot of the supplies needed to make this!

 

 

What you will need:

  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • CD case (with inserts taken out)
  • Electrical tape
  • Pom-poms
  • Pipe cleaner
  • 2 large buttons
  • 1 small button
  • 1 small bead
  • 1 sheet of foam paper

 

Kids Create: Paint Swatch Mosaic

Jun 16, 2012 by

 

I was recently in Home Depot with my two year old daughter (she looooves Home Depot just like her daddy!), determined to pick a new paint color for my living room, and while looking through the paint swatches an idea came to me. All these fun colors – there just has to be a fun art project waiting to happen. That’s when I had the idea of a mosaic!

I let Caroline pick out about 7 different colored paint swatches. When we got home I just cut them into random shapes and sizes (older children who know how to use scissors can do that part themselves).

 

Kids Create: Bubble Wrap Masterpiece

Jun 2, 2012 by

Three words… I LOVE PINTEREST!  I love perusing the website during the kids’ nap/bedtimes and always find so much inspiration from doing so! In fact, today’s Create it Saturday post comes from an idea I found on Pinterest and you can go to the website by clicking here.

What you need:

  • Paint (I used 4 different colored finger paints)
  • Paper (or canvas…depending on how fancy you want to get!)
  • Paintbrush or hands (I let Caroline use her hands because sometimes it’s just more fun to get messy!)

I put the paint in front of Caroline and let her paint the sheet of bubble wrap – the more area of the bubble wrap sheet painted the better! After she finished, we flipped over the bubble wrap sheet onto the piece of paper.

Here’s what Caroline’s masterpiece looks like:

Do it Yourself: Chalkboard

May 12, 2012 by

Do it Yourself: Chalkboard

 

My daughter loves to play with sidewalk chalk and I have wanted to buy a chalkboard for her to play with indoors as well. Then the greatest thing happened! My sister-in-law (who is a fabulous artist) offered to lend me some of her chalkboard paint that she had used in a piece of her artwork that she had in a recent art show! So at first I was going to just use a piece of plain wood and paint it with the chalkboard paint to create a basic chalkboard… but then I had a much more creative idea (or so I think anyway) during the middle of the night while nursing my week old newborn (this is how most mommy’s brains work)! So instead of a simple piece of wood, I pulled out an old clipboard that I held on to from my teaching days and decided I could make a clipboard with that which would not only be fun to use, but could also be an educational tool as well!

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