We made these family hand turkey crafts at my Catholic Moms group last week and I thought they were so cute I had to share. This is a really easy craft that you can make as a family. Just cut out everyone's handprints on different colored construction paper and layer the handprints to look like the turkey's feathers. Cut out the turkey's body, head, beak, waddle, and draw on the eyes. We mounted them on 12 X 12 scrapbook paper with Elmer's glue, but you could use whatever you have on hand. Thanks for sharing this fun and festive craft Joslyn.
My husband took this picture today to say "Thank You" to our brave men and women who have sacrificed so much for us. I also want to take a moment to thank all of the families of veterans and active duty military for their sacrifices. Thank You for your service!
We gave our four year old a dinosaur birthday party this year. To make it extra special, I made a 3-D dinosaur birthday cake. To make sure I had enough cake (we invited my son's entire preschool class), I also made the green dinosaur cupcakes. They were super easy because I found a dinosaur cupcake kit at Meijer. (Thank you Mom for staying up late with me and putting dinosaur heads and spikes on the cupcakes.)
We were in Target a couple of days before the party and I had not decided on a cake recipe yet, when I saw these fantastic cake mixes from Duff Goldman of Charm City Cakes. I decided a cake mix sounded great at this point and let my son pick out his favorite. He chose this really cool tie-dye cake. I didn't realize at the time that I needed two boxes of this cake mix to make two 9 inch cakes that would be thick enough to create a 3-D dinosaur. I baked two very skinny cakes and went back to the store and bought 2 cake mixes. I then used one cake mix for each 9 inch cake pan. This cake mix worked well for the cake, just make sure and use 2 boxes.
My husband found the instructions for making a 3-D dinosaur cake years ago and printed them out and we still had them 5 years later.
I love the way the tie-dye looks. You start with a body, by cutting one 9 inch cake in half and putting the flat sides together. Spread a little icing in between to help hold it together and put some icing on your cake board to help it stay in place.
Make a template following the instructions for making a 3-D dinosaur cake. I used the bottom of my cake pan as a stencil and cut out a 9-inch circle of wax paper, then penciled in the cutting lines from the guide online. I then cut out the wax paper pieces and placed them on the cake. I very carefully cut the pieces and assembled them into a dinosaur shaped cake.
The head/neck and front legs were the hardest parts to assemble. I found them difficult to hold in place even with toothpicks so I covered the whole cake in a crumb coat of buttercream frosting and covered the difficult areas with a layer of fondant to help keep them in place.
I used a large star tip to cover the cake with green and purple icing. I mixed purple and green icing in my icing decorator to get a nice mottled look. My favorite decorating tool is a pampered chef icing decorator that I have used for years. It has large tips and is great for cupcakes and less detailed work like this. I ran out of green before finishing the cake and when I made a second batch my green came out much darker, but I decided that was ok because it gave some variation in the color.
I colored some fondant gold and purple and cut out simple triangles for the spikes and random shapes for spots. The eyes are also cut from fondant. I did not leave my fondant pieces out to dry, I just put them directly on the icing while it was still moist and they held in place nicely.
How cool is this? The tie-dye cake was most impressive. So fun for a kids party.
We had so much fun trick-or-treating this year. We went with a friend from the bus stop (not pictured) and his Dad, and all four boys had the best time. The weather was nice, warmer than usual and mostly dry, after the rain we had all day. We had a transformer - bumblebee, a dragon, and a puppy.
Our little puppy was a little scared by all of the decorations and needed Daddy to carry him some during the trick-or-treating, but he felt more comfortable as the night went on.
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We love our new Clifford The Big Red Dog Rainbow Science Kit. This kit comes with almost everything you need to complete these great science experiments. You do have to provide some household items that you probably already have in your kitchen like food coloring and milk, but everything else is included in the kit.
This would make a great present for the inquisitive child in your life this holiday season.
The kit is well equipped and even comes with this handy tray so you don't need to use lots of dishes when completing the experiments.
The Clifford the Big Red Dog Rainbow Science Kit is the perfect tool for introducing science to preschool aged children. My four year old is practicing using a pipette in this picture.
The boys made a rainbow star, but I couldn't get a picture fast enough to capture the star on the surface of the milk. They really thought this was cool.
The Rainbow Science Kit comes with this easy to follow instruction book. Emily Elizabeth, Clifford's owner, explains each experiment in simple terms that children can easily understand.
The boys even made bookmarks with chromatography paper.
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HOOPERSIZE by KidTribe is the first retail fitness kit designed for children and their families.
Kit includes an easy-to-assemble, indestructible full sized Pro-Hoop that’s designed to be a bit thicker, heavier, and a lot sturdier than typical hoops you may have seen. Built for success, this bigger diameter surprisingly makes tricks easier to accomplish and allows kids to hoop for longer periods of time. It also includes two Parents’ Choice Foundation Award-winning DVDs featuring instructional music videos that teach tricks, lead dynamic routines and entertain with nutrition and other tips. The kit is packed with 12 instructional games. Also included is a HOOPERSIZE CD with seven heart-pumping tunes.
Pieces easily fit together to form the hoop.
HOOPERSIZE is recommended for ages 6 and up, but the little ones will want to play with it too. They can play and have fun, but might not be able to follow along with Miss Kellee in the videos.
Our 6 year old struggled the first couple of times he tried to HOOPERSIZE so we put it away and tried again another day. The third time he tried it, he was able to do it and had a really fun time. Older children should be able to pick it up even faster. You can see how excited he gets in the video when he realizes that he can HOOPERSIZE.
My favorite part of the HOOPERSIZE fitness kit is the DVDs. Miss Kellee does an outstanding job. She is a great teacher and motivator. She was nicknamed “the Pied Piper with a Boom Box” by the LA Times. If you watch the DVDs, you will want to get up and move. I tried it, following Miss Kellee's instructions and it was a really fun way to get some exercise.
HOOPERSIZING is a fabulous way for the whole family to get some exercise while having fun. I am excited to have the HOOPERSIZE fitness kit for the cold winter months when the kids will be indoors more and will need an outlet for their excess energy.
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Super Duper Publications has a huge selection of engaging and fun learning toys and activities for kids. I am always impressed with both the quality and selection available at Super Duper Publications. Just in time for the new school year, you can use coupon code DJPC3MGP to receive 30% off your purchase. This code is good through Sept. 30th. Super Duper Publications even offers free shipping to the USA and Canada on purchases of $20 or more.
We received three games from Super Duper Publications for review.
The boys and I had so much fun playing Grammar Gumballs. We had to put it away so that they could go to bed and they asked if they could play the next day. They were having fun while learning grammar skills!
Grammar Gumballs includes 180 illustrated cards (20 for each area) to teach nine grammatical forms:
I read the questions to the boys for each card they drew. They answered the questions, then spun the spinner to see how many gumballs they received. We went through the irregular plurals cards and at the end of the game the boys excitedly counted their gumballs to see who won. They actually tied and were both pleased with themselves.
The boys have really gotten into playing bingo this summer so I knew they would love Ask & Answer® "Wh" Bingo. This bingo game helps teach how to ask and answer "Wh" questions. Bingo is a wonderful teaching tool. I created a banking bingo game when I was teaching high school Family and Consumer Science (Home Economics) and my students loved it. Bingo is a great way to make learning fun.
This is a very nice bingo set with cards for each type of "Wh" question that coordinate with color coded bingo cards. There is even a nice cup and cup holder for the bingo chips.
We took our new Ask and Answer "Wh" Bingo with us on the road. I sat in the back and played with my 6 year old. It worked well as a travel game because of the nice organization tray (pictured above).
Auditory Memory for Short Stories Fun deck is a set of cards with short stories and questions on one side and story titles and pictures on the other side.
Your child will listen to short, silly stories like "Aunt Pat's Hat," "Hannah's Bananas," or "Ollie the Octopus"—and then answer questions about each story.
These cards provide a fun way to improve your child's auditory memory skills.
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One of my life's dreams has always been to model. When I was in middle school I made the 4-H modeling squad which was a big deal for me. Not everyone made the squad and I was awkward, tall, thin and pretty introverted. I liked being on the modeling squad. I learned a lot and it was a good experience for me. It certainly helped boost my confidence. I joined a modeling agency in college, but then after graduation sort of forgot about my dream and moved on with "real life"- teaching, getting married, and becoming a Mom. I have a new dream job as a work at home Mom, but I still wonder if someday I might end up in some form of modeling.
I love my boys and want to provide them with every opportunity that I can. I signed up for Tryout because I thought it might help me learn more about opportunities available for my boys. My husband and I have talked about trying to get them into baby and child modeling for a long time. We think they have real potential, but haven't known where to start.
I am still learning about Tryout and what it has to offer, but so far I would say it is an online place to learn about and develop and grow your child's talents.
Signing up was really easy. Once you sign up, you can subscribe to channels. These channels periodically post opportunities, contests, and advice. There are some really cool opportunities in many different areas of interest including, voice over talent, sports, acting, and modeling. My boys are still on the young side for most opportunities, but the potential is there as they grow and develop their individual talents.
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I took some things in to consign at the local Children's Resale Store on Friday and saw this adorable little kitchen. I looked it over and wondered if this would be a nice toy kitchen for the boys.
I have been on the lookout for one for a couple of years and have never seen a used one that was in good condition. I'll admit, I have been very picky. I wanted it to be sturdy and have the cuteness factor. Also, it couldn't look too girly since I have all boys. Check out my Pinterest board, For the Home, and you can see an adorable green kitchen made from a nightstand. I have also been on the lookout for the right nightstand to make my own.
In looking over this kitchen, I noticed the markings on the back and thought it was probably a quality piece.
I was not familiar with this company, but liked that the kitchen was made in the USA.
I never wanted to spend much money so I was excited and surprised to see that this kitchen was priced at $20. I had $10 credit in my store account so I decided to buy this toy kitchen for $10.
When I returned home, I looked up Elves and Angels toy kitchens and discovered that they are in fact handcrafted heirloom quality pieces. Online prices ranged from $100 for a pre-owned kitchen on ebay to $269 for new models. I felt really good about my $10 investment.
The boys have had so much fun playing with the kitchen and I have become a much sought after soup taster trying delicacies such as watermelon, carrot, apple, and bread soup. There has even been the appearance of a super hero cape as the super hero soup maker got to work in the kitchen.