Valentine’s Day, a Chocolate Mustache & A Free Printable to Make the Process Easy

Valentine's & Free PrintableWe are getting ready for Valentine’s Day like everyone else.  Most years we have fun making & sharing edible Valentine’s from the kitchen.  This year my daughter wanted to find something we haven’t done in the past & we accidentally stumbled upon chocolate molds in the form of a mustache & with the latest mustache rage still making a big hit with the kids, who could resist?

We found ours at the local craft store & with our coupon, the mold was under $5.

What do you need for this entire project?

* Free Printables (see below)

*Scissors or scrapbook cutter

Valentine's supplies* Glue Stick

 

* Card Stock

* Mustache Mold

* Melting Chocolate

* Cake Pop/Candy Sticks

* Candy/Cake pop clear bags

* Ribbon

This project is really very simple.  Print the free printable(s) below, we have a blue & and a pink for you to select from & there are four on each page.  Cut the printed Valentine’s into fours, glue each one to colored card stock & cut them so that just small amount of the colored card stock extends to show.  It’s easier if you have a scrapbook cutter, but scissors can do the job.

IMG_1638Melt the chocolate, pour it in the molds, let it begin to set, add the sticks & make certain they are covered with chocolate.  Let the chocolates set until they have fully hardened and then remove them from the mold.  Repeat this process until you have the number of mustaches needed for your class.

Cake Pop/Candy Sticks: We found our sticks for $1.99 a pack at the local craft store and with a 40% coupon they are very reasonable.

Chocolate:  We purchased our chocolate melts on sale for $1.99 and decided on milk & dark chocolate, but you can use other colors if desired.

mustache valentines pink Grab the free Pink Valentine Printable by clicking here: mustache valentines

mustache valentines blueGrab the free blue Valentine Printable by clicking here: mustache valentines boys

 

Valentine’s made Easy with a Free Tic Tac Toe Printable Treat

Are you still looking for a fun Valentine’s idea to share?  Check out this free Valentine’s Printable! There’s a game, a treat and a bit of fun all wrapped up into one.  The directions for play are all included on the printable and the person who is receiving the Valentine can take it home to play with a parent or sibling before sharing a snack or two!Valentine's Tic Tac Toe

What do you need for this Valentine’s Printable?

Card Stock (we used pink)

Hershey kisses (8 per card)

The Valentine’s Printable (prints four on a sheet to create four valentine’s – see the link below to print as many as you need)

Scissors

Glue Stick

Mini Candy bags

StaplerValentine's Free Printable

How do you put this Valentine’s Printable together?

1. Cut the printable into four separate cards.

2.  Cut the card stock slightly larger than the tic tac toe board so that it creates a border.

3. Glue the printable tic-tac-toe board to the card stock.

4. Place four kisses of one color and four kisses of another into the small sized candy bags.

5.  Fold the edges of the filled candy bag and staple it to the card.  All of the directions for play are included…

To grab your free Valentine’s Printable click here: 2013 Valentine’s tic tac toe

Note: it prints four Valentine’s to a page.

Cutting: I have a cutting board that has been made for crafting & scrapbooking which does speed up the process and ensures straight edges and with guidance, it’s easy for kids to help.  If you don’t have one, I recommend folding the paper to create straight lines to follow before cutting.

Candy Bags: can be found in crafts stores in the candy make section.

Three wishes for the New Year

mini time capsulesWe are reflecting & setting goals & making wishes for the New Year.  As part of our activities we are making mini time capsules; one for each of us.  In each little capsule will go three wishes/goals we want to happen for the New Year.  Then, we will put them away & see what each of us accomplished on next years New Year’s Eve she we each open our own capsule.

I am keeping a running list & it will be interesting to see what makes the top three.  I already know my daughter has a visit to The American Girl Doll on her list & my son has a Bruins game on his…(I’m hoping I can afford all three wishes – lol)!

Supplies:

Paper towel roll

Scissors

Wrapping papper

Tape

Ribbon

Slips of paper

Pens or Markers

Simply cut the paper towel roll into three sections.  Write your wishes on slips of paper.  Wrap the tube with wrapping paper & tape it into position.  Close one end with ribbon.  Fill the tube with your wishes.  Tie off the other end with ribbon.  Label each tube with the person’s name & stash it away to be opened at the end of the year.

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These Adorable Snowmen are made from Kid Thumbprints & make Perfect Holiday Thank You Cards

Snowman Thumb Print Thank You NotesLooking for a little crafty fun?  Check out these easy & relatively inexpensive thumbprints that became snowmen that turned into the perfect holiday thank you notes to share with family & friends.

Not only were they easy, but they filled up an afternoon with crafting that kept kids busy and active.

Supplies:

Blank Card Notes (see below)

Puffy paints (or 3D Paints – see below)

2 – 3 different colored stamp pads

Step 1: Create snowmen by using thumbs to create the head, body & bottom of each snowman.  We made three snowmen on each card to represent the three kids in our family.  Let them dry.

Step 2:  Add snow to the bottom the card by using either white or glittering crystal 3D Paint (a.k.a puffy paints)

Step 3: Add arms using the brown 3D Paints.

Step 4:  Add black eyes & mouths using 3D Paints.

Step 5:  Add orange noses using 3D Paints.

Step 6:  Add snowflakes and dots to the top to finish it off using 3D paints.

Blank Cards:  We found the blank cards used in the photo in a $1 bin in the crafting section at Wal-mart near the scrapbooking supplies.  They were 8 cards for $1.  However, you can also purchase blank cards at local crafting stores with coupons for under $5.

3D Paints:  These can be found in both crafting stores & at Wal-marts for less than a $1 per bottle.  We use both Scribbles 3D paint & polymark dimensional fabric paints.

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Hot Cocoa Cones are the Perfect Recipe Combining Food & Craft for Kids to Make & Gift

hot cocoa cones Whether you are looking for an easy make & share for the upcoming classroom party or a fun craft the kids can gift to a few friends, Hot Cocoa Cones are always a great option.  We made hot cocoa cones last year for my daughter’s entire classroom & they were a hit; they are perfect for all of the snow days & school vacations in coming in our very near future.

This time of year is always busy & if you can have a little time together in the kitchen crafting with food while avoiding the oven it can be an added bonus with already hectic schedules & extra activities this time of year.

 

 

Supply list:

Holiday wrapping paper

Poster board

Scissors

Stapler & staples

Cellophane or Clear Cellophane gift bag (party supplies)

Ribbon

Instant Hot Chocolate Packets

Mini Marshmallows

Saran Wrap

Candy Canes

  1. Create a template on the poster board as seen in the photo to create the cone.  Each cone will need a poster board or brown paper bag base for stiffness. (sides are approximately 5 inches on each side with the triangular part of the cone at approximately 6 ½ inches)
  2. Trace and cut wrapping paper to fit the cone template.
  3. Staple the wrapping paper and poster board together so that the paper doesn’t shift.
  4. Roll to make the cone & staple it into form.
  5. Roll the hot chocolate packet and slide it inside of the cone.
  6. Wrap approximately a ½ cup of marshmallows in the Plastic Wrap.  I typically tie mine off with a twist tie, ribbon or tape.
  7. Place the marshmallows on top of the cone.
  8. Wrap the entire cone with cellophane so that it is one piece.  Tie the top with Ribbon.
  9. Add a holiday note & voila, your food craft gift is ready to share.

Note: One 10.5 oz. Price Chopper Bag of mini marshmallows yields 10 – 11 half cup scoops for Hot Cocoa Cone wrapping.

 

 

Lunchbox Holiday Notes for Kids are a Great Way to Connect with Family Fun

holiday note picI had so much fun sharing the last set of Lunchbox notes that I decided to search the web and pick our top six to share for the current holiday season.  All you have to do is click on the link below to pull up the pdf, print it, clip the notes & pack away.  All of the answers for this round of kid fun is below the picture.

So far, my youngest immediately got the first one, but was stumped on the other five.  I will be missing the lunchbox packing fun once we’re done with elementary school, so here’s to a little Kid Fun, which I think is more parent fun on occasion :)!

Holiday Lunchbox Joke Notes

holiday 2013 lunchbox joke notes

Riddle: Where do snowmen keep their money?

Answer: In a Snow Bank.

Riddle: What did the gingerbread man put on his bed?

Answer: A baking sheet.

Riddle: What did the reindeer say to the elf?

Answer: Nothing, reindeer don’t talk.

Riddle: What do get when you cross an apple with a Christmas tree?

Answer: A pineapple.

Riddle: What’s in December that’s not in any other month?

Answer: The letter ‘D’.

Riddle: What do snowmen eat for breakfast?

Answer: Frosted flakes.

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Family Fun for the Holidays making a Reindeer Food Holder Craft

Reindeer Food Craft Over the years we have both made & received reindeer food.  Many of the reindeer food gifts we have received contained items like glitter, etc. in the mix.  So, I morphed the concept into our own concoction to share that is both festive & eco-friendly to any critters that might partake once it’s been dusted outside to attract Santa’s Reindeer for a visit.  You can grab my Reindeer Food Recipe by clicking here.  In addition to making this fun combo, we also created an affordable Reindeer Food Holder Craft that was perfect for family fun & a great way to share this festive treat with friends.  Making the Reindeer Food Holder Craft & filling it with the Reindeer Food has made a wonderful classroom gift or just the right share with family friends.  It also has provided a fun way to sprinkle out reindeer food on Christmas Eve.

 

Reindeer Food Holder Craft Supplies Needed:

Reindeer Food

Black Marker

Black poster board or card stock

Large Paper Bag

Pencil

Red Duct Tape

Scissors

Stapler

1.  Cut one rectangular side of the bag away from the rest of the bag & lay it on a flat surface.

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2. Cut out a curved triangular shape like below (the sides equal 8 inches in length and then slightly curve/arc the top).

3. Using a black marker, add eyes towards the top of the arc.  Note: The point will end up being the nose of the reindeer.  You can also use the craft wiggly eyes if desired by attaching them with crafting glue.

4.  Roll the triangular piece of paper and staple it to create a cone shape.

5.  Add a piece of red duct tape around the point to create a rudolph nose affect.

6.  Cut two antlers out of the black card stock or poster board by creating a large ‘Y’ that is 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick.

7.  Cut out a handle form the black card stock or poster board that is approximately 10 – 12 inches long & 1 1/2 – 2 inches thick.

8.  Staple the antlers and handle in place.

9.  Fill the reindeer holder with reindeer food.  We actually wrap the reindeer food in a cellophane goody bag and tie it off with holiday colored ribbon before putting it in the holder and then open it & pour it into the holder on Christmas Eve before sprinkling it outside for Santa’s Reindeer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Thanksgiving Printable Lunch Box Joke Notes Add Family Fun to the Holiday

 

thanksgiving riddle cards cutHere’s to a little Thanksgiving lunchbox packing fun for everyone.  What is it?  We surfed the web to find Thanksgiving Riddles.  We then picked six riddles that were stumpers.  Our main test requirement to narrow down the six to share with you?  They ultimately had to make all of our test shares laugh.  We then turned them into printable lunchbox notes so that you could share them with your family.  We’ve made it super easy!  All you have to do is print them out, cut them into individual riddle cards and share them with your family.

What we’ve found?  Everyone has been enjoying them.  As we share the cards, typically everyone is stumped until the last card when they start to catch on to the humor pattern and start thinking in riddles.

All you have to do is click on the link below the picture to pull up the pdf.  The answers are below;

Thanksgiving jokes

Thanksgiving jokes

Riddle: If April Showers Brings May Flowers What do Mayflowers bring?

Answer: Pilgrims

Riddle:  When does Christmas come before Thanksgiving?

Answer:  In the Dictionary

Riddle: What sound does a Turkey’s Phone make?

Answer: Wing-Wing!

Riddle: What always comes at the end of Thanksgiving?

Answer: The letter ‘G’

Riddle:  What is the best thing to put Into pumpkin pie?

Answer:  Your teeth!

Riddle: When the pilgrims landed, where did they stand?

Answer:  On their feet!

IMG_1384 Check out our lunch time food art Thanksgiving fun that’s perfect any time this month or to use with left-overs the weekend after by clicking here.

 

 

 

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Create Family Togetherness by Promoting Thankfulness with an Attitude of Gratitude Jar

Every year our family does something to encourage a focus on thankfulness or, as we call it, the Attitude of Gratitude throughout the month of November.


When my boys were little we used to create a large tree base with brown poster board and hang it on the wall.  We would then cut out colorful leaves from construction paper & add a leaf every day in November with something written on it that we were thankful for.  We’ve continued the tradition, but it’s morphed over the years as the kids have grown and last year we started an ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ jar. My youngest totally jumped on board with the plan, which is simply filling out a tag made of construction paper every time you have something to be grateful for and then add it into the jar.

I loved secretly sneaking to read the tags when no one was home.  One day last year when we had unexpected company, my youngest kept herself busy by sitting at the counter, filling out tags and adding them to the jar.  When she went to bed I pulled them out to read them and one had written on it, ‘and let’s not forget to be thankful for me, MOI!’ 

This jar was super easy to create.  We purchased a container at Target, decorated it with a combination of  scrapbooking paper & construction paper, labeled it, cut out colorful slips of paper to add to the jar with our thankful thoughts & we were ready to go.  The entire project was under $10, but whenever you have a focus on being thankful, there’s always a powerful impact.

We just pulled it out to start all over again for this year & I’m excited to see what lands in the jar this month…

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