Thursday, January 26, 2012

Edible Valentines Recipes!

I remember having so much fun on Valentine's Day trading and giving my little valentine cards and treats to friends and classmates.  Do kids still do that?  Hopefully, your kiddos will enjoy Valentine's Day this year.  To make sure they do, here are some edible Valentine's Day ideas to try!

And a hidden bonus feature...each one of these recipes and crafts could easily be adapted to suit other holidays and special occasions.  Use your imagination and get the kids thinking too!  Enjoy our edible suggestions.  Remember, we love feedback and photos!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

A+B+C=Kid Friendly Recipes!

Running into a snack block?  (That's where you are out of fun ideas for snacks and your kids are running amok, demanding something imaginative and tasty.)  Don't worry!  In the spirit of back to basics, I've got your ABCs to a snacking rescue.

A is for Awesome Owl Snacks and apples, apricots, avocados, asparagus and artichokes!  I recommend the Awesome Owl Snacks or apples as a fun snack attack rescue.

B is for Back to School BUS Cookies, bananas, beans, beets, broccoli and brussel sprouts!  Personally I like the BUS Cookies and bananas, if it were all up to me.

C is for Cheerio Surprise, cheese, crackers, carrots, cabbage, corn flakes and calamari.  Again, I would stick with the Cheerio Surprise and or cheese, which are the safest and tastiest of the "c" snacks.

Whatever snack you choose, I've given you lots of "fun" suggestions to get your imagination started.  Your kids can help with these!  They are made to be kid-friendly and mommy-approved.  Enjoy!  Remember, we love feedback and photos!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Back To Basics!

January is a great time to revisit the basics with your little ones, especially preschool age kids!  In honor of the New Year and the alphabet we've compiled some letter-inspired crafts and activities to keep your little ones entertained and educated over the weekend.

A fun and creative way to help teach little kids about the alphabet is to make an alphabet book with them.  Both of my boys have done this activity at preschool and loved it!  You can make your book as simple or as fancy as you wish.  And it makes a great keepsake too.

I loved the Alphabet Magnets idea for two reasons.  1. It was simple and required few supplies, and 2. it reuses the pesky refrigerator magnets with your friendly neighborhood real estate agent's picture on the front.  I always feel guilty tossing them, but don't like to look at the goofy pictures.

Now this is a super fun and imaginative way to learn about the alphabet.  And in my experience, little boys love bugs.  Add both together and you have yourself an alphabug!  With some paper, markers, and imagination you and your kiddos can create a bunch of letter bugs.

Enjoy these alphabet crafts.  Remember, we love feedback and photos!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

A is for Awesome Kid Recipes!

A is for ants and raisins!  Well, technically the raisins are stand-ins for the ants, kind of like stunt doubles!  Because who would want to eat ants anyway?  Ants On A Log is a silly and fun recipe your kids can prepare with minimal supervision and maximum fun, not to mention the "H" word (healthy).

A is also for apple and apple cobbler!  This apple cobbler recipe is a very simple treat your kids can prepare (again with minimal supervision) and you can serve for dessert or as an afternoon snack and it promotes independence and self-confidence...i.e. "Look what I have created!"

A is for astronaut, but not pudding?  Whoever heard of such a thing?  I was not aware of the growing love of pudding among NASA's finest and few.  Back to the astronaut pudding, this one requires a bit more supervision and help on your part and I don't recommend it for 3 year-olds.  (Trust me.)

What have we learned today?  There are tons of kid-friendly recipes that start with A over at The Idea Box, just waiting for you to discover.  Have fun, watch for ants and apples and astronauts eating pudding!

Enjoy!  Remember, we love feedback and photos and sharing!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Let It Snow!

I would love to tell you we are knee deep in snow here in Western Idaho, but alas (and with a sigh) we are severely lacking in the white stuff.  Some would tell you this is a very good thing indeed.  To those who despise snow, I say "humbug!"

As for me and my house, we are desperately wishing for white fluffy flakes falling softly, building the foundation needed for snowmen, snow forts, and snow balls.  (These are staple materials for childhood in winter!)

Forgive me if I sound a bit whiny about the lack of snow in my neighborhood.  But you see, I have two very bored little boys sitting in my living room repeating the mantra "We're bored! What can we do?"

Bored you say?  I know just the thing to cure the winter boredom blues!  Hop on over to The Idea Box for a bunch of activities, recipes, songs, and crafts to keep the kiddos entertained for an afternoon (or for a few minutes at least).

Enjoy winter and your snow (if you have some)!  Otherwise try some of these crafts to bring a little fluffy white stuff to your house.  Remember, we love feedback and photos!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Winter Crafts for 2012 Week 1!

If you have nasty weather outside, you have kids inside!  How can we keep the kiddos occupied and enjoying themselves (hence us enjoying them too)?  Do what kids do!  Use your imaginations and get crafty.

Where there are small children, crayons abound.  We are always in a state of crayon renewal at our house, since little fingers tend to break crayons faster than larger ones.  So instead of tossing the crayon bits and pieces, put them to work up-cycling themselves (the crayons) into art!

And if you have some dark paper and glitter lying around, put that glitter to work too for art's sake!  I know what you are many pictures of glitter icicles can we possibly hang up?  Let me tell from experience, many.  I mean gobs.  Seriously, alot.

Okay, this little craft carries its own weight in the science experiment department.  It doubles as a great lesson about water molecules, winter season, and bits and pieces of nature.  Plus, it's really pretty when it's all finished.

Enjoy these crafty distractions!  And as always, we love feedback and photos!
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