Fun Shapes for Pancakes

Posted January 7th, 2015 by Jenn

I had a ball with the kids this holiday season. Really, I think it was one of the best, and that had a lot to do with the things we did as a family. We did all sorts of crafts and went all sorts of places. Everyone had a great time no matter what we did, and it truly was a season filled with holiday magic.

One of my favorite things we did was make snowman pancakes. It was so easy, and the kids thought they were the best.thing.ever! They laughed when they saw them, and The Older even thought they were worthy of a second helping.

I used cool whip for the ‘snow,’ chocolate chips for the buttons and eyes, pretzel sticks for the arms, bacon for the scarf, black icing for the mouth, and an Andes Candy for the hat. Super easy, and if you don’t have the things listed here, you can easily improvise with whatever you want.

See? they were pretty happy with their breakfast-for-dinner!


Making “Snow”

Posted December 22nd, 2014 by Jenn

This was a great activity, especially for us down here in the south where it hasn’t snowed since 1976! Both of my kids have been begging to see snow this year, and while I can’t change the weather, I can give them an idea of what real snow feels like and how it acts. This ‘fake snow’ only takes 3 cups of baking soda and 1/2 cup of hair conditioner (any will do, but if you use a color-tinted one, your snow will be tinted as well). I also used a large nonstick baking pan, and that worked well. The cookie sheets I’ve seen used don’t have enough of a lip to keep the snow from falling off over the sides, and Tupperware doesn’t have enough room in my opinion.

I lucked out in that I happened to have a box of baking soda in the fridge, so when I mixed the solution, it was actually chilly and even more like real snow :-)

Both kids enjoyed this so much, I packed all the ‘snow’ back into Tupperware and put it in the fridge. That way, it will be cold and ready for more play later!

Glue Ornament

Posted December 11th, 2014 by Jenn

This craft was a bit trickier, but it was fun!

I have a few metal cookie cutters, so The Younger picked out which one she wanted to use before we started. She chose a snowflake, so I put it on wax paper, opened the bottle of glue, and let her go!

She filled it about 1/4 of the way up, and then I used the handle of a plastic paintbrush to make sure the glue filled the ends of the cookie cutter. We added glitter (blue because, you know, that Frozen thing), and then she stirred it carefully to mix it in.

Now we just have to wait for it to dry. I wonder how long she’s going to stand there?…

I’ll post the final outcome once it’s ready to be hung :-)

Easy Christmas Craft- Snow-filled Pinecones

Posted December 9th, 2014 by Jenn

I found a few fun crafts to do with The Younger while she’s out of school the next few days, so I figured I’d post a them throughout the week.

This is a great one I found at Preschool Daze called P is for (Snowy) Pinecones. I happened to have all the materials on hand (including the pinecones that have been sitting outside in a bag for many, many months), so it was a no-brainer to do this one first.

This activity was fun for The Younger, and it also got her imagination running with what else she could do with the pinecones (like making a bed for one of them, making a family, etc.). It was also interesting to watch her work and see how far she’s come with regard to small motor skills!

We didn’t even need the glue for the original plan. All we did was pull apart the cotton balls (easier to work with) and use a tooth pick to push the pieces into the pinecone far enough so it wouldn’t fall out.

Here’s the finished product:

And here is the “Pinecone Family.” We added the glue to some of them by painting some school glue on the edges of the pinecone and shaking glitter on them. That was a nice touch ;-)

Cute, Inexpensive Holiday Gift

Posted December 7th, 2014 by Jenn

‘Tis the time of year for stressing over finding cute but inexpensive gifts for people. Specifically, for me, it’s the kids’ teachers and the staff at their wonderful school, because if I include every person who makes a difference in their lives, I’m pushing 20 people. I wish I could afford $50 gift cards for each of them, but reality means I have to rely on creativity over $$$. So, I poked around the dollar store last month, and I found a few things that I thought I could put together to make something fun.

I bought some white liquid hand soap and some ribbon, and when I got home I gathered the google eyes and construction paper I had…

This was so easy to do, and I think all together it cost me maybe $2 to make.

This was the soap I used:

I left the front label intact, and I peeled the back on off so there would be the blank space for putting his face on:

The good thing about this was the label left some residual stickiness, and the nose and mouth stuck to the bottle without using anything extra. I debated using black cutouts for eyes too (I did his mouth with black construction paper and a hole punch), but I thought the google eyes gave him a more silly look (good for teachers), so for those I used hot glue just to be sure they stayed on.

Well, there it is. Easy, inexpensive, fun to make, and something the teachers can use in the classroom or at home. Also, a few people have pointed out that with a few teeth, he could end up looking very much like a certain Disney snowman we all know… That could be fun too!