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The 12 Days of Christmas – Student to Teacher December 20, 2013

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We celebrated Will’s kindergarten teacher, Mrs. T., with 12 gifts for Christmas.  It was so much fun to bring something each day.  I think his teacher enjoyed seeing what she was going to get each day, too!

I found this fun idea from “A Bushel and a Peck”.  Please visit this blog to see how she put the gifts together.  You can also get a free printable of the labels to attach to each gift.

Clipboard Collage

1st Day:  Clipboard

“For the 1st day Christmas,
something for you to use,
I’m giving you this clipboard,
so your papers you won’t lose!”

This is the day I went all out for.  I bought a small clipboard and added some magic to it with some craft paint, ribbon and washi tape.  It was quick and turned out pretty cute.

2nd Day:  2 Red Sharpies

2nd Day of Christmas

3rd Day:  3 binder clips

3rd Day of Christmas

4th Day:  4 dry erase markers

“For the 4th day of Christmas
Dry-eraser markers come in four…
As my Kdg teacher,
You really help me soar!”

4th Day of Christmas

5th Day:  Popcorn

5th Day of Christmas

6th Day:  6 packets of cocoa

6th Day of Christmas

7th Day:  7 packs of gum

7th Day of Christmas

8th Day:  8 paper clips

8th Day of Christmas

9th Day:  9 Candy Canes

9th Day of Christmas

10th Day:  10 magnets

10th Day of Christmas

11th Day: Pencils

11th Day of Christmas

12th Day:  12 Apples with Caramel Dip

“For the 12th day of Christmas,
12 apples you’ll find in here,
I wish you a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!!”

So, I forgot to take a picture of the 12th Day’s gift — oops!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

 

Turkey Table Favors November 25, 2013

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Turkey Table Favors

Thanksgiving is just a few days away.  For once in my life, I’m way ahead of the game and have these cute favors ready to share with our families.  I got this super cute idea and very fun project from one of my favorite blogs: Smashed Peas and Carrots.

Materials

Materials:

Muslin

Baker’s Twine

Scrapbook Papers

Googly Eyes

Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Sewing the Bags

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You can just buy the bags, but the only ones I could find were pretty spendy for a small quantity.  I decided I would take on the challenge of sewing the bags.  1) Cut a piece of 10″ x 3″ muslin  2)  Fold it in half (5″ x 3″)  3) Sew up the sides (leave an open spot to pull the twine through)  4) Fold over the edge about 1/2″ as a casing for the twine (I found it much easier to just sew the twine right in the casing rather than trying to pull it through afterwards  5)  Turn the bag right side out

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Decorate your bag with googly eyes, orange paper beaks and red paper waddles.

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You can either make a feather template and cut out five feathers for each turkey, or take the easy way out like I did and cut the feather shapes out on the Cricut.  I used a petal shape from the Art Philosophy cartridge.  Next, I glued the feathers together as pictured.  I used hot glue to attach the paper feathers to the back of the muslin turkey bag.

Treats

Last, and best of all, fill up your turkey bags with yummy treats.  Our treat of choice was a variety of chocolate!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!

 

stART ~ I Can Read About Spiders October 11, 2013

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Since it is now October it is time to get out all those fall and Halloween books!  We have really been enjoying reading those favorites that get put away the rest of the year.  This week Will picked out a book about spiders to go along with our spider web treat project.  We read “I Can Read About Spiders” by Deborah Merrians.  This is a nonfiction book with many good facts and illustrations.  We learned a lot about spiders, how they differ from insects and their webs.

 

I Can Read About Spiders

 

I came across this spider web treat in an e-mail I got with several Halloween ideas in it.  The e-mail linked to Delia Creates.  It was a fun project to do together and was fairly quick and easy.

Spider Web Treats

It is also a pretty tasty salty and sweet snack!!!!

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Materials:

Pretzel Sticks

Candy Melts (chocolate and bright green)

Wax Paper

Snack-size Ziplock bag

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First, arrange the pretzel sticks in a circle shape.  Make sure the middle is close and tight to help it stay together in the end.

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Next, I melted the candy melts in the microwave according to the directions on the package.  I poured the melted candy into a snack size ziplock bag.  I cut a small piece off the corner of the ziplock bag to create the web spiral on top of the pretzels.  Squeeze the melted candy out from the bag in a spiral shape around the pretzel sticks.  Let the candy harden and enjoy!  Be careful since I found these spider webs to be quite fragile.

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YUM — Spiderlicious!!!!

 

Ironman Birthday Party ~ Part 2 ~ Treat Sacks June 13, 2013

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Treat Sacks

Along with candy, stickers and temporary Avengers tattoos, I had two handmade items in the Ironman treat sacks that I’m going to show you in Part 2 of the Ironman Birthday Party posts.  I decided it would be fun to put all the goodies into a clear cone-shaped bag.  I was even able to find coordinating colored M&Ms and Sixlets.  I just tied the top of the bag together with maroon and gold ribbon.

Superhero Suckers

First up, Superhero Suckers!  I found this idea on Pintrest, but there was no further link to anything other than the picture.

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I hand-drew the cape pattern on an index card and then traced the shape on the maroon-colored felt.  I cut the triangle shape out of the gold-colored felt.

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I also punched a small hole in the top-center of each cape using a hole punch.  Glue the gold triangles on the capes.

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You can see I printed the message “Thanks for Coming!” on white cardstock and used a circle punch to cut them out. Next, using the hole punch I added a hole at the top and bottom of each circle (to insert the sucker)

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To assemble just insert the sucker stick through the cape and then through each hole in the circle message piece.  Very quick and easy project.

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Next up, the Ironman Mask!  I also found this on Pintrest which led me to Jessica at Cutesy Crafts.  She gives great tips here and has patterns for a whole variety of superhero masks.  I made all Ironman for Will’s party.  I would suggest going here to get more detailed instructions for making the masks.  I’m just going to briefly show you how I made them (plus I forgot to take pictures during the process).

Pattern Collage

I copied the Ironman pattern (found here) on cardstock and cut out the pieces to use as a pattern.  Next, I traced the patterns onto the felt using a fade-away pen.  One pattern is traced on gold felt and the other on maroon felt.   I cut two of each maroon piece per mask.

Mask Collage

First, I sewed the gold piece on top of one of the maroon pieces using gold thread.  Remember to also sew around the eye holes.  Next, I laid this piece on top of the second maroon piece.  In between the two pieces secure the 3/4″ elastic piece (14-inches long).  Sew around the whole mask using maroon thread.  Also, remember to sew around the eye holes during this step.   That’s all there is to it!  It was a really fun project and they were a big hit at the party.

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The Birthday Boy Ironman!

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The Whole Crazy Ironman Gang!

 

stART ~ Snowmen at Night January 18, 2013

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We finally did another stART project this week.  It sure has been a while.  Will and I had a fun spending time together doing something creative.  I hope you like our project!

We read the book “Snowmen at Night” by Caralyn and Mark Buehner.  It is a cute book that explores the adventures snowmen have at night.  While we are sleeping, snowmen have all sorts of fun playing which may leave them looking disheveled in the morning.  Will just loved the one snowman in the story who had a pickle for a nose instead of a carrot.  He just kept laughing and pointing it out on every page.

Snowmen at Night

For our project we made Melted Snowmen treats.  I found this idea on Pintrest which led me here at Parents Magazine.

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These treats were quick and easy — just the right project for a 4-year-old and his mom while the baby jumped in his jumper!  Win-win for everyone!

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First, melt almond bark (or candy melts) according to the directions on the package.  After it is melted drop a heaping tablespoon of candy in a blob on waxed paper.  Use the spoon to spread out the candy and shape it.

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To Decorate:

Hat:  Wilton Light Cocoa candy melt with a Rolo attached (using a dab of almond bark)

Eyes and Mouth – mini chocolate chips

Nose:  Orange Tic-tac

I put each item in a small bowl to make them easier to get at since we needed to work fast before the almond bark hardened.

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Looks like our weather in the Midwest will be changing from melted snowmen weather to FREEZING in the next few days!

 

Oreo Truffles December 2, 2012

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Oreo Truffles

I’ve always loved these Oreo truffles when people brought them to share.  Who knew they were so fast and easy to make?  I found the recipe on Pintrest from Chef in Training.  They were a big hit at our Women’s Christmas party at church yesterday.

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Just 3 ingredients!

1 pkg of Double Stuff Oreos

4 oz. Cream Cheese

1/2 pkg white almond bark

Directions

Oreos

Place the whole package of Double Stuff Oreos in your food processor and chop them into fine crumbs.

Take a few of the crumbs out and put them aside to garnish your truffles after you dip them.

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Using your hands, mix the cookie crumbs with the softened cream cheese.

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Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls and place them on a cookie sheet covered with wax paper.

Place them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden before dipping them in the almond bark.

While the truffles are cooling melt your almond bark according to the instructions on the package.

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Immediately after removing the truffles from the freezer dip them in the almond bark using a fork.  Tapping your fork against the side of the bowl works really well to remove the excess almond bark and leaves a smooth coating.  After placing it on the cookie sheet sprinkle the top with cookie crumbs.

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Enjoy!

This recipe made about 2 dozen truffles for me.

 

stART ~ The Sun is My Favorite Star May 24, 2012

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After a long (too long) of a break from our stART projects, we are going to try to get back on board for the summer.  We kicked off this week by reading “The Sun is My Favorite Star” by Frank Asch.  This is a simple, yet informational, book about all the things the sun does for us.  A great topic to kick off summer, right?

For our project we made Sunshine Cupcakes to share with our neighbors and daycare friends.  The idea came from Pintrest via Taste of Home.

I started by baking the cupcakes, yes, straight from the boxed mix!  I know, super fancy!  I also used the canned frosting.

Will helped with the decorating portion of the project.  He had a great time and it even kept his attention until we were done.  After that project, he did not have the patience to visit with our neighbors when we dropped them off.

Materials:

Boxed Cake Mix

Canned Frosting (white)

Food Coloring or Paste (yellow & red)

Mini Chocolate Chips

Candy Corn

Yellow Sprinkles (optional)

After I frosted the cupcakes, Will was the official sprinkle guy.  Note we did this on a plastic tray so the many, many, many extra sprinkles could be returned to the bottle to reuse.  If I were to do this project again, I’d suggest skipping the sprinkles since it make it hard to stick the rest of the candy on.

Next, we placed two mini chocolate chips near the center to make the sun’s eyes.  I used red frosting to draw the smile.  The recipe suggested using red licorice for the smile.  The frosting worked pretty slick.

Last, we added candy corn candies around the perimeter of the cupcake to make the sun’s rays.

You are my sunshine!!!!

 

 
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