Easter Eggs: Decorating made Easy with this Crafty Striping Technique

 
Striped Easter Eggs

Festive & Fun!

As Easter rolls around, decorating Easter Eggs is always at the top of the list.  There are so many unique & creative ideas and the possibilities are limitless.  Here is just one simple decorating tip to consider; striping Easter Eggs.  It’s easy to do with this crafty technique and all you need is;

An egg decorating kit

Painter’s tape

Scissors

  1. Step 1: Cut the tape to the desired width and length.  Each striped egg can be tailored for your desired striping result, cut it thing, leave it thick, cut several pieces, cut one…you are the creator of your striped eggs!
  2. Step 2:  Mix the colors on the kit as directed or use the traditional method (see below).

Step 3:  Place the tape on the eggs where desired & gently press along the edges so that the color won’t bleed through.

Step 4:  Dip your egg(s) in to the desired colors on either side of the striping and let them dry.  You can actually speed the process by gently wiping the egg(s) with a paper towel to remove any drips.  You can dip each side a different color as well.

Step 5:  Once the dye is dried, gently remove the tape to reveal your striped egg.

 

Middle Stripe: If you want to color the middle stripe, just add tape to protect from bleeding where needed and use a basting brush, paint brush or sponge to add color to the center.  Let it fully dry or use the wiping method before removing the tape.

Note:  You definitely want to cover your work surface before beginning this project.

McCormick’s Old Fashioned Egg Coloring

This is how my mom colored eggs when I was young…

½ cup boiling water + 1 teaspoon vinegar + 20 drops of McCormick food colors

Easy Rainbow Science with the Imagine Nation Museum

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Rainbows are always magical & amazing when they appear in the sky.  Although we can’t recreate the exact science of a rainbow in our own kitchens, it’s always fun to try.  The Imagine Nation Museum recently shared their trick with Easy Rainbow Science Fun that’s perfect for all ages trying to answer the age old question of ‘Is there an end to the rainbow?’  According to this science experiment it just keeps going & going & going…

However, before you start any science experiment, always have the kids guess what is going to happen & record it so that they can compare their thoughts to their actual discoveries at the end.

Supplies Needed:

  • Milk
  • Food Coloring (all different colors)
  • Q-tip
  • Plate
  • Dishwashing detergent

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  1. Put a layer of milk on a plate, enough to cover the bottom.
  2. Using 2-3 different colors of food coloring add a few drops of each color in different areas on top of the milk (so that none of the colors are touching each other).
  3. Dip a Q-tip in dishwashing detergent , and touch the Q-tip in the middle of the milk
  4. After a few moments the detergent will spread to the food coloring, and swirl the colors together creating a beautiful rainbow.

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Note: Be certain to tell kids that the experiment is not edible due to the dishwashing detergent used.

Real Rainbow Science Discoveries: 

  • Rainbows are kind of like an optical illusion 
  • A rainbow is formed because raindrops act like little prisms that catch the light
  • The raindrops split the light creating colors for your eyes!
  • No matter how you move, the rainbow will always be the same distance away from you

A Crafty Chinese New Year Celebrated with Easy Painted Paper Lanterns

Chinese New Year is this week. Why celebrate?  It’s filled with a lot of kid fun & it introduces us to different customs & cultures from around the world.  It’s an opportunity to take us on a journey of exploration, understanding and mind opening experiences.  Several years ago we celebrated Chinese New Year and made Chinese Lanterns for fun (well…our version of a Chinese lantern minus the candles.  So, I don’t know if technically they are really a Chinese Lantern, but none the less…they were fun & decorative to create).

The Chinese New Year, at least in ancient times, actually lasted up to 15 days and has to do with the full moon.  One fact that appears to be consistent in our research is that the Chinese New Year always ends with a Festival of Lanterns on the final day.  Here is how we decorated for our festival of lanterns to commemorate a little Chinese New Year fun.

Step 1: Google Chinese symbols and/or letters to copy.  Print them for the kids to follow along.  We’ve even tried our best to re-create our names with the chinese letters we’ve found on-line.

Step 2:  Fold a 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half-length wise.

Step 3:  We used a ruler to mark off a line on either side of the paper (see below), which is the width of the ruler and runs length wise.

Step 4: The children then cut lines with safety scissors from the fold to the drawn line, but not past it.
Step 5: We then open the paper & lay it flat.  The kids then draw Chinese symbols on the edges.

Step 6: This particular year, they used water colors to decorate the cut lines. Step 7: We wrap them around, connect them with a staple or tape & voila – decorative Chinese New Year fun!

Added Family Fun:

1.  Google & discover they symbol of the Chinese New Year; 2014 is the year of the wooden horse.

2.  Google & discover with your Chinese symbol is based on the year and month you were born; we looked up each family member.

3.  Google & discover what 2014′s year of the wooden horse means to your chinese symbol.

Other Chinese New Year posts to check out include; Gok Jai desserts & Fortune Cookie Lunchbox Notes

 

Crafty Chinese New Year Lunchbox Note Fun Made Easy

 

paper fortune cookies for lunchbox fun Over the years I have LOVED sharing lunchbox notes with my kids & with Chinese New Year 2014 just around the corner, Friday, January 31st to be exact, I decided that this year I was sending paper fortune cookies with some well wishes to my youngest.  I have seen the fabric fortune cookies, but determined that wasn’t a project I could take on.  I needed it to be quick, easy & something that was fun, but didn’t take up hours of my time.  After a little configuring, we discovered that these are quick & easy to make.  It only took approximately 20 minutes to complete the entire project to share and we’ve even simplified it a bit to share with you complete with a free printable.

 

paper crafting for Chinese New Year Supplies Needed: 

Colorful Scrapbooking Paper

Compass or ruler with a pencil

Scissors

Tape

Stapler & staples

Pipe cleaners

cutting paper fortune cookies paper fortune cookie making

Step 1:  Draw a 4 inch circle using the compass with pencil and cut it out.

Step 2:  Cut a 4 inch piece of pipe cleaner.

 

creating paper fortune cookies

Step 3:  Tape the pipe cleaner down the center of the circle on the side that will ultimately be the inside of the paper fortune cookie.

Step 4: Fold the paper fortune cookie in half loosely not forming a crease at the bottom.

Step 5: Staple the very top of the folded cookie at the rounded edges.

Step 6:  Fold the fortune cookie in half to create the fortune cookie shape.

chinese new year crafts       lunch box note fun for chinese new year

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We searched the internet for a few chinese symbols & created a free printable of notes to fill the fortune cookies for lunchbox packing fun.  The printable is at the bottom of the page, but here is what it has included on it;

fortune cookie notes

Here is the free printable to simply print & clip: fortune cookie notes

Also, check out our Gok Jai recipe for a little family fun taste testing by clicking here.

 

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Egg Heads & Gardening

We’re having a different kind of fun in the kitchen today, but it’s all food related!  We’re beginning our gardening over spring break using eggs as our seed starters.

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Start with hollowed (or blown) eggs and gently crack the top off.

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Using craft markers (NOT washable), begin to create your egg-heads by adding faces of all kinds.

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Using seed starter potting mix, fill the egg heads with the soil.  I have found that it’s best to pour the dirt into disposable bowls and use small plastic spoons for this process with children.

kids fun 101 - planting the seeds Lightly water the soil, add the seeds, cover them with just a bit more dirt & lightly water again.

We planted basil & oregano yesterday and named our egg heads.  The basil side of our tray were dubbed the ‘Basil Buddies’ and the oregano side of our tray was named ‘The Over Joyed Oregano’s’!  And now, we’re watering daily, providing sunlight at the kitchen window and patiently waiting for our egg-heads to sprout their hair in about 10 days!

kids fun 101 - egg heads And, we can’t wait to use our fresh spices throughout the summer.

Other than Gardening: Before we tried our hand at any gardening, I used to make these with my son’s and plant grass seed for them to sprout hair.  So, if you aren’t ready to start a garden, there’s always an alternative.

The Eggs:  When we hollow the eggs to create the blown egg, we always have scrambled eggs, omelets,  Breakfast Burrito’s orBreakfast Taco’s the next day.

Disclosure: I am pleased to be working with MVP Health Care and the MVP Generation Go Program, which has sponsored this post. My participation is voluntary and my opinion is always my own, as is any advice offered.

 

Bath Salt Kid Fun

National Bubble Bath Day prompted an entirely different kind of recipe at our counters.  We made         Bath Salts to share;

Our Bath Salt Recipe Fun:

1/2 cup Epsom Salts

1 teaspoon glycerin

1/2 a dropper of essential oil (we used pomegranate vanilla)

3 – 5 drops of soap coloring

Use a glass or metal bowl and a metal spoon to mix your bath salts together.  First we started by measuring the Epsom salts.  Then we measured and added in the glycerin, essential oil and soap coloring and stirred it all together.  You can find the essential oils and soap safe colors by visiting your local craft store.  The soap colors we found had three different colors in a package and so we actually made lavender, a light orange and a sage green colored salts.  We shared our festive fun with a friend and made 8 different bath salt creations & still have more supplies to keep going….and going….and going.

Homemade Marshmallow Roasting Sticks

I was visiting the Williams K. Sanders Library in Loudonville this summer to make frozen yogurt with the kids and Beth Bomba, who works at the library, brought in homemade marshmallow roasting sticks that she thought I might enjoy seeing & she was right, I LOVED IT!

I’ve been waiting for the right day to share this fabulous idea that was passed on to her, on to me & now on to you & when visiting BlogHer12 I learned that today is National Make a S’More Day, so I thought it the perfect day for this share, because everyone needs homemade marshmallow roasting sticks to complete the s’more making process!

Jodie Fitz roasting s'mores at BlogHer12

How did I learn that today was National Make a S’more Day? By visiting the Hershey display at BlogHer12 where they set up an area for attendees to make S’mores at the conference each day.  It was a hit with everyone!

Supplies Needed for your Homemade Marshmallow Roasting Sticks:

1 Wire Hanger with the cardboard tube at the bottom

Wire cutters

Electrical Tape

Step 1: Making a marshmallow roasting stick

Step 1: Remove the medal part of the hanger.

Step 2:  Straighten the hanger hook at the top.

Step 3: Use the wire clippers to remove the small bends in the wire that were inserted in the cardboard tube.

Step 3: making a marshmallow roasting stick

Step 4: Insert the connected wire end into the cardboard tube portion of the hanger so that two prongs appear.

Step 5: Making a marshmallow roasting stick

Step 5: Cover the cardboard tube with electrical tape.

Storing your marshmallow roasting stick

Another Fun Trick: When you are all done roasting, remove the medal from the cardboard tube, squeeze the open prongs together and insert them into the tube for storage until you’re ready for a future roast.

Elizabeth Bomba

Thanks Beth for a FABULOUS share – we love our homemade marshmallow roasting sticks!

And thank you Hershey for the GREAT S’mores at BlogHer12!

Kids Fun 101: Homemade Hula Hoops turns into Olympic Fun!

Homemade hula hoops are great to make. In fact, they can easily be turned into backyard olympic fun;

I can’t believe the Olympics have already been going in full force for almost one week.  I always consider the two week period of the Olympics a great time to promote being ACTIVE!  It’s funny, as much as we are sitting and watching them, I find my youngest more active in other ways as she’s inspired by the athletes.  In fact, she’s already improved her dive, worked on her swimming techniques, attempting to master a side dive & can lemon drop herself into the pool.  Thank you Olympian athletes, because most of her new tricks are nothing that I excel at & can demonstrate, but I do make a great cheering section!  We are moving on to watching more gymnastics, can’t wait to see what grass tumbling is in store…

In the meantime, we got active and celebrated the launch of the Olympics with our own Olympic hula hooping.  We invited a few friends, kept our gathering small & relatively simple by making homemade hula hoops, swimming and then serving light fare with the opening ceremonies.

Homemade Hula Hoops

How do you make a homemade hula hoop (and, turn it into backyard olympic fun)?

1.  Purchase your supplies:

- 3/4 inch irrigation tubing 100 psi found in the plumbing section at your local hardware store.

NOTE: I don’t recommend this activity unless you are having a party.  You can only purchase the tubing in 100 ft. lengths.  Since our party we have made two more to share with a cousin and another friend and still have tubing  hanging out in the basement, however it was FUN & makes for a GREAT birthday party idea.

- 3/4 inch couplers

NOTE: double check that it’s 3/4 inches on both sides, because there are many couplers with varying sizes on either end.

- black duct tape

- colored electrical tape

- cutting device

NOTE: You can purchase a special irrigation tube cutter, but we simply used a sharp X-acto knife.

2.   Measure each child’s length of tubing individually and cut it accordingly.  We measured ours at the mid-way point between one’s belly button & chest; they were a perfect fit.

3.  You have to warm each end, one at a time, in order to fit the connector into the tubing and create the circular hoop.  My husband heard the word ‘blow dryer’ and became Tim the Tool Man, ran down to his work room and brought out this gadget;

Have to say, NOT KID FRIENDLY!  We used it, but I made my husband do the work after he lit it up the first time;  I really didn’t want to explain any unnecessary injuries to parents – LOL!

NOTE: It should connect with barely any of the coupler showing.

4.  Cut a piece of black duct tape and wrap the area you’ve connected to cover the connection.

5.  Decorate your hoops with electrical tape.

NOTE: We were making the olympic rings, however, we substituted a black ring for orange. In order to avoid any issues, I simply placed our electrical tape into a bag and let the kids blindly pull out their colors.  I successfully found green, white, red, orange, yellow and blue prior to the party.  Post party, I located violet.  However, I have to say that I’m glad I found it post-party, because EVERYONE would have wanted it; crisis averted!

You can use duct tape, but it’s stickier and trickier.  The electrical tape is much more forgiving for kids to use in the wrapping process.

Where did I find our products with the best value?

Duct tape = Wal-Mart or a craft store with a coupon

Irrigation Piping & Couplers = Home Depot

White, Red, Orange, Yellow, Blue & Green Electrical tape = Wal-Mart or AC Moore with a coupon

Violet = Home Depot (it’s the only place I found violet & I visited 5 different stores)