Last year I volunteered in a Kindergarten classroom for a Halloween party and the room mother made these simple, festive snacks to celebrate the season. You know your kids will get tons of candy. So these CLEMENTINE PUMPKINS are a welcome break from all that. Better still, kids love easy-to-peel-and-eat clementines.
You can have a clementine decorating party of your own. Be sure to use WASHABLE NON-TOXIC markers. Happy snacking!
I came across an amazing article in the October 2016 issue of Family Circle Magazine that featured a dad who makes wheelchair costumes for his son. He decorates the entire wheelchair to look like a pirate ship, dinosaur, or superhero. When his son went trick or treating, people saw past the wheelchair to the boy in it. Since then, Ryan Weimer launched a Kickstarter program with chapters around the country to build costumes for other children each Halloween. Magic Wheelchair now has chapters in 10 states.
Since Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer, that usually means more time outdoors and lots of outdoor eating. If you’re going to a picnic this weekend, here are a few simple games, activities and food ideas to help win the day.
MAKE PATRIOTIC NECKLACES using red, white, andblue straws cut into one inch sections. String them onto a piece of yarn and everyone looks ready for a parade or backyard barbeque.
Try frozen STRAWBERRY POPS to cool off after a fun day in the sun. Wash and remove the stems from a quart of strawberries. Toss them in a blender and add a splash of orange or grape juice. Puree until smooth. Pour into small paper cups. Place a popsicle stick in each one and freeze until firm. Peel away the paper and they’re ready to eat.
At the next family reunion, have the kids dress up in red, white, andblue and have a backyard parade. You can decorate wagons and bikes, and play some peppy marching band music to add to the festivities. Adults can join in and everyone can “perform” by doing whatever they’re good at: acrobatics, card tricks, puppet show, singing, dancing, telling corny jokes. Getting everyone – young and old – involved adds to the fun.
With spring finally here, and Easter and Passover right around the corner, there are lots of ways to celebrate the season with crafts and egg decorating. Some of the easiest and festive kids crafts can be found on the RED TED ART sight. There are 40 Easter crafts using eggs, pompom balls, and readily available materials. http://www.redtedart.com
When I was a kid, we died eggs by dipping them into cups of colored water. You can still do that, but now there are many other ways to decorate eggs for the holiday. You can use non-toxic water color paints to create works of art. Try paint daubers to make dots, Crayola or other non-toxic markers to draw designs. The Red TED sight has many other ideas for egg decorating. If you wish to try the Polish art of PISANKY egg dying, you can order your own kit from:http://www.chinaberry.com
I decorated this egg at a workshop on how to do PISANKY.
Here’s a unique way to give out chocolate treats for the holiday: Create egg-shaped baskets out of balloons and dazzle family and friends with your talent. Check out the how-tos for MAGIC BALLOON TREATS at: http://www.thewhoot.com.au
Here is an easy no-bake dough you can use to make holiday ornaments, beads for jewelry or magnets. The fragrance is heavenly and lasts for years…even after being stored away with other Christmas ornaments. All you need is the following: 2 C. applesauce, 2 C ground cinnamon and 2 T white glue. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until you have a soft dough. Roll it out onto waxed paper until about 1/4 inch thick. Cut it into shapes using various cookie cutters. Use a straw or nail to poke a hole at the top if you are making ornaments. This will give you a hole for the string. Set the cut ornaments aside to dry. They will take 24-48 hours and should be turned over half way through to ensure both sides are completely dry.
After they dry, you can decorate them with glitter, sequins, etc. by brushing a layer of glue onto the front and sprinkling the decoration of choice.
CAUTION: Even though this dough smells heavenly and is made of food products, don’t eat it. It is strictly for craft use only.
When I was a kid, my sister and I spent endless hours making fancy and colorful pictures using a compass and crayons or colored pencils. We called these compass circles flowers and decorated the house with them. You and your child can create a few of these easy “flowers” just in time for Mother’s Day.
You need: a compass, a clean sheet of paper, colored pencils, crayons or markers, scissors.
Draw two circles of the desired size with the compass as shown. You will be able to make them darker later.
Now comes the fun part. Place the POINT of the compass – NOT THE PENCIL END – on the circle edge.
Move the pencil from one side of the circle to the other as shown below.
Keep repeating by moving the compass point to the new line, drawing the arc to connect with the outer line of the circle, until you connect the arcs into flower petals. Smaller Circles can be made by adjusting the compass to a smaller circumference.
You can experiment with designs….there is no right or wrong way to do this.
Color your flowers as desired.
Use as a greeting card, or as package decorations. Cut them out and mount to sticks for “flowers”. Why not give compass flowers a try?