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stART with Family Fun! ~ One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish & The Cat in the Hat February 29, 2012

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This week we did our stART project as part of our Family Fun Night group.  Since we celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday  this week on Friday, we enjoyed a couple of his books.  We read “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish” and “The Cat in the Hat”  both written by Dr. Seuss.  Since no one seemed to own the fish book, we decided to implement a little technology into our family night.  Big thank you to Eric for downloading the book on their i-pad.  This was so exciting since the story then becomes interactive.  We had the i-pad read the story to the kids.  Did you ever realize how long this book is?  We had the kids listen for rhyming words.  Next, we read bits and pieces of “The Cat in the Hat”.  We focused in on the parts where the cat balances all sorts of things with his body and Thing 1 & Thing 2.  Dr. Seuss is always a favorite for all ages!

For our first activity each child was given a printable sheet with six numbered fish bowls and a pile of goldfish crackers.  The students practiced their number reading and counting skills by putting the corresponding number of fish crackers in each bowl.  I found the printable here.



Our big project was making Thing 1 and Thing 2 hand print art.  If you are brave to let your kids make a mess, this is a project for you!  I think it turned out pretty cute despite the mess.  With the help of their parents each child had the palm of one of their hands painted white and the fingers blue.  They pressed their hand on yellow construction paper.  Next, to creat the body the child’s hand was painted red (except for the middle finger).  Again, the kids pressed their hands on the paper just below the head.  After the paint dried the parents painted a white oval on the tummy of the character and used a Sharpie marker to make the face and label on the belly.  It was fun to listen to the kids giggle because it tickled as they got their hands painted !  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here.


To get the kids up and moving we played a game called Balance, Balance.  I found the game here.  The kids had even more fun with this game than I was anticipating.  Since we didn’t have any bean bags to balance, we used blocks.  I instructed the kids to balance on various body parts (one leg, heels, toes, etc.) or balance the block on certain parts (elbow, head, back, toes, etc.).  It is amazing to see the difference in development with ages ranging from 2 to almost 5 years old. 

We concluded our night by making a Cat in the Hat treat.  Suzie led us in making hats.  This idea came from Pintrest as well which led me here.  The bottom layer is half of an Oreo cookie (the side with the frosting!).  Next, we took three red Gummy Lifesavers and stacked them between layers of white frosting.  It was a pretty tasty treat!  So easy and so cute!


stART~ All You Need for a Snowman February 26, 2012

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Last week we read another cute snowman story called “All You Need for a Snowman” by Alice Schertle.  This story follows a group of kids out playing in the snow.  They begin building a snowman when one little snowflake falls from the sky.  Piece by piece they add to the snowman until he is all decked out!  It is a great little story with wonderful illustrations.


For our project we constructed a snowman of our own (inside – since at that time there was no snow here). 




We started with a toilet paper roll.  Will painted it with white craft paint. 


The next day, after the paint dried, we added all the details.  I hole-punched a hole near the top on either side of the tube.  I strung a pipe cleaner through to make the band of the earmuffs.  Then we glued on the sparkley pom-poms to each side (covering the holes).  We added buttons, wiggly eye, a paper carrot nose and drew on the smile with a black pen.


We added it to our winter decorations in the dining area at home.  This was a fun little project! 



Banana Oatmeal Pancakes February 17, 2012

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Sometimes I’m just in the mood for breakfast for supper.  One night supper was on my own, so I made up a batch of these yummy pancakes, since I figured the boys in my life wouldn’t be too hip on them (my little guy has never liked bananas).

I googled the recipe and found it on the Taste of Home website. 

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup old-fashioned oats

1 tablespoon sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg

1-1/3 cups milk

1 cup mashed ripe banana

2 tablespoons canola oil

Maple syrup


Mix the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon. Mix the egg, milk, banana and oil and combine it  with the dry ingredients just until moistened.


Pour batter into a hot, greased pan or griddle.  Turn the pancakes when bubbles form on top; cook until second side is golden brown. Serve with syrup.  Makes about 1 dozen.





stART ~ Franklin’s Valentines February 10, 2012

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Since Valentine’s Day is next week, we dug into our collection of Valentines’ books.  We picked one with one of our favorite book characters, Franklin!  We read “Franklin’s Valentines” by Paulette Bourgeois.  On Valentine’s Day when Franklin is in a rush to get to school his valentines fall out of his backpack when he’s running for the bus, but he doesn’t realize it.  When it is time to pass out valentines, he has none.  Franklin learns both what is like to be a friend and the gift of unconditional love in a friendship. 



We had our friends Rylee and Drew over for supper the other night and decided it was the perfect night for them to join us in our project fun!  We, of course, had to make valentines!  This project using heart stamps came from Pintrest via Rust and Sunshine.  Will’s 4 valentines went out in the mail today for some special family members!



To make the heart stamps take a toilet paper roll and crease it in half lengthwise.  Then bend one side on the crease inward to create the rounded parts of the heart.  Secure the heart into place by wrapping a piece of tape around the toilet paper tube.  Now you are ready to stamp!



 For more stART ideas visit A Mommy’s Adventures.



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Valentine’s Day Tasty Bouquet February 9, 2012

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Last week Will was asking to take treats to daycare.  He just loves bringing treats, mostly because he gets to pass them out to the kids, I think.  Here is another Pintrest recipe I found that was fun to try. 

First, Will and I worked together to make a 9 x 13 pan of Rice Krispie bars. 

Melt a bag of mini marshmallows with 3 Tbsp. butter.

Pour melted mixture over 6 cups of Rice Krispies cereal and mix.  Press the mixture into a greased 9 x 13 pan.

I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut out the heart shapes.  I had to piece a few together, but I got 22 hearts out of one pan of Rice Krispie bars.

I melted some semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave and then dipped half of each heart in the chocolate.

Immediately afterwards I sprinkled them with Valentine’s sprinkles (I found in the $1 section at Target!)


Last, I inserted a skewer into the end of each heart to make them into heart pops! 

I think the kids enjoyed them as well as my co-workers who got the extras 😉 


Valentine’s i-pods February 4, 2012

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Last weekend a girlfriend and I got together to make Valentine’s treats for our kiddos to give to their friends.   We found this idea for the Valentine’s i-pod on Pintrest.  The original idea came Family Fun magazine

We started with these boxes of Conversation Hearts.

I cut various Valentine papers to fit the width of the Conversation Heart boxes.  I also copied the i-pod dial and screen from this location and cut them out.

Roll the paper around the box of Conversation Hearts and secure it with adhesive or tape.



Next, we taped a Hershey Kiss to each end of a length of yarn to make the ear buds.

We taped the folded length of yarn to the top of one side of the covered box of hearts.  Last, we put each i-pod in a clear baggie to make them easier to transport to our friends.  Hopefully, it will be a rockin’ Valentine’s for everyone!



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