Friday, December 30, 2011

Homemade Valentines :)





All you need for this is paper and a hand print, scissors, pen/pencil and glue.
[Scrap-booking paper works very well!! Card stock would also work!!]

Your child is free to decorate each hand as they please. Since Bug is little with a short attention span I googled 'Happy Valentines Day' and put them in a word document and cut them out to fit on the hand making 'stickers'...


Cut out the hand print and the print outs


If you use scrap book pages have your child pick the color and design they would like to use....then flip it over and using the hand print you traced earlier trace their hand several times on it....
[If your little one is able to use the stencil made earlier have them trace their own hand print on the page(s)]

Then cut them out....(If your little one is able to have them cut these out...)


Have your little one pick a cut out....using the glue stick place glue on the back of the cut out and then place it on the hand....

[You may need to go back later and make sure there is enough glue on them so the pictures stick]




I took a marker and wrote a message on the hands......Pair with a homemade snack and you have a VERY easy gift for those you and your child love!!!

Throw the scrapes of paper away, put the cap on the glue, put your pen and marker away and you are done :)




**Original idea found here HERE

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cake Pops

We made our own frosting (recipe found HERE ) Cover it and put it in the fridge...

We have the pans to make the cake pops but you can do it without them too :) Be sure to spray them down with Pam


Make your cake mix as the box instructs....(This made 2 rounds of cake balls and a 9x9 cake :)  )

Fill the bottom pan to the fill lines and place the top on. Then attach the clips and place in the oven (Cook according to cake box directions (about 15 minutes)


Using pot holders take the top pan off and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes [you may need to take a butter knife and trim the over flow around the edges of the cake balls].....as those are cooling melt some chocolate in the microwave...

Coat the end of the stick in chocolate...this will help hold the cake ball on the stick...

 
Place the stick into the ball and place on a plate/pan....
Once your pan is filled place them in the freezer for 10 minutes... (at this point pull the frosting out of the fridge and take the lid off...

If you want colored frosting separate small bowls and add a few drops of food coloring and stir....

Frost the pops...use a small handfull of sprinkles to finish off the decorating.... I placed these on a plate (probably should of used waxed paper too) and placed them back in the freezer to harden the frosting so they were easier to wrap..

I also melted more chocolate and covered a few in chocolate and sprinkles...placing them in the freezer for 10 minutes will harden the chocolate...


[This frosting tastes very good but I noticed it tended to start to melt and drip off when it wasn't cool...perfect for cakes but a thicker kind would be better for these] 

Using candy wrappers and twist ties wrap them and seal them :)



FINAL PROJECT :)

We can't wait to make more :)










Friday, December 23, 2011

Homemade Bows

I tried my hands at homemade bows today!! I think they turned out pretty good!!

You could always have the kiddos help with this one...I think they would have fun!!! Just thought I would share :)

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Stockings

Tonight we stayed simple since it was a long busy day!!!

For this all you need is construction paper, stencils, scissors, glue and a pencil
[  Daddy drew us a stocking stencil and a stencil for the top of the stocking.....I found other 'Christmas' shapes by googling them. ] 


For the sake of time [its almost bed time] I cut out the stocking and the top of the stocking. (If you have time you can allow your child to help you cut using the hand over hand method) 

Have your little one pick 2 different colors of paper out...

Place the stencils on the paper and using your pencil trace them...


Cut them out (again, for the sake of time tonight I cut them out but if time allows you should have your little one help you!)  Then, using the glue stick place glue on the back of the top of the stocking and have them stick it on...

 
Out of our little shapes/ characters Bug picked the snowman...I cut it out and she put the glue on the back and stuck it on!

We also cut a teddy bear out of yellow paper to add to it. Bug put glue on the back and stuck it on...

[If you have time you can use glitter glue to make it sparkle or add some stickers. I used a marker and put Bug's name on the top of the stocking]

Throw scraps of paper away, pick scissors and glue up and you are done :)








Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Snow Flakes

We have had 1 snow fall in Southern Wisconsin and it melted less then two days later. In attempt to make up for the missing snow that Bug 'loves to walk in' :) We made Snow flakes :)

All you need are a pair of scissors (safety scissors are preferred but ours disappeared!), coffee filters and tape. (We used the extra sheet of white paper to practice cutting before we did the filters)

Take 1 flattened coffee filter....

Have your little one fold it in half...

Fold it in half again...

And once again...Put this piece aside...

Grab your piece of paper to practice...

I had Bug sit in my lap and did 'hand over hand' with the scissors with her. (MUCH easier with a smaller pair of scissors)

I held on to the end....

Had her help me cut the filter however she chose to do it...(Making sure that the edge holding it all together wasn't cut completely.)

This is the shape she cut...

There's what it turned out like :)


Pick a place in the house to hang them...She chose my bedroom door. (Sorry it is hard to see white snow flakes on a white door). 


Put scissors and tape away, clean up leftover pieces of paper and your are done :)